The Initiative Chapter 1The Initiative Chapter 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was a dark day for her good senses when Sarah Miller received word she had been recruited for employment with S.H.I.E.L.D. at their new headquarters. It was an even darker day when she opened her dossier to find she would be working as an assistant in the newly retooled Avengers Inititative department, in normal circumstances, without the superhuman company, a wondrous and terrifying look into how alternate, reality really had become. Add any one of the multiple personalities, the ultra- rich, ultra smart egomaniac Mr. Stark, his friend and shadow as of late, the subtly volatile Dr. Banner, the quiet patriot and beloved super soldier, Steve Rogers, and it was a full blown party complete with balloons and streamers. She hadn't expected, with her less than stellar service record, that she would even be considered for the assignment with a mere twelve years as a lower level agent in D.C. under her belt.
Descent Chapter 10Descent Chapter 102 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Voices outside the tent roused her from sleep. She had turned to her side in the night and now was facing into the tent interior, Loki's arm wrapped tightly around her waist, his forehead pressed against the nape of her neck. She made to push his arm from her but he clung tighter to her.
“Milord, let me go,” she whispered, frantic, “There are people outside.”
She made another push and felt his arm let loosen. She threw the blankets from her, pulling them over him as she darted away, reaching the side of her cot just as the tent flap opened and Odin trained his good eye on her.
“My son lives still?”
“Yes, Sire. He had a quiet night.”
Odin nodded, strode to the s
Descent Chapter 21 Days went by without a visit from Silas. By the end of the week, she asked Helgi again if she had seen him.Descent Chapter 212 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“No. He does his chores late in the evening and is gone before morning meal.”
Eidra had considered searching the corridors for him but knew it was now getting more dangerous for her to be seen. He would either come to her when he felt he could or not at all. She missed him sorely. She was ecstatic when Helgi joined them one night a week later, knitting in hand.
They had moved the chairs to the balcony to catch the evening breeze, a lantern hanging on a wire frame between them. Helgi sat on a low stool.
“You are doing so well Eidra, the blanket shall be finished by the time the baby comes.”
She smiled, “I had a good teacher.”
Descent Chapter 24“My dear, you should not worry yourself about such matters as these.”Descent Chapter 242 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Frigga glared at Odin, “Do not patronize me. I will worry as I please.”
Odin turned another page of the tome and continued reading, drumming his fingers on the tall stand at which he stood.
“What is the use of worrying when it does little else but give you bad humors?” Odin leaned closer to the page, following the words with his finger.
Frigga wanted to throw the book to the side and jump atop the stand, screaming. Instead , she walked up to him and stood at his side, “The laws of the High Court of Alfheim?”
“Woman,” He grumbled as he turned another page.
She kept silent, stayed at his elbow as he hunched forward again to read, turned the page back, then forward again. She edged closer still until Odin sighed and stepped back from the stand, “Please feel free to intrude upon my research, my dear.”
He rolled his eyes as she slid in front of him an
Descent Chapter 13 The disc twirled about on the leather thong as she spun it, the colors in the opal reflecting the firelight.Descent Chapter 132 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Loki, dressed in his robes, sat on the floor before the fireplace, leaning back on his hands. Eidra sat facing him, her back to the fire.
“Each family has a deflowering gift that is passed down through the female generations. It is always an item of power and prestige. Women are revered as the givers of life and therefore are deemed worthy of such honor. I had looked on this many times. My father would take it out and show me what to do with it. I do not know why, he knew I would never be able to pass it on to my offspring. Perhaps he felt guilty.”
She put the disc between her thumb and forefinger.
“And now here is my gift to you,” she turned the disc and said, “Alfheim”
The disc started
Descent Chapter 8Descent Chapter 82 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
She was startled from sleep by the sound of the bedchamber door being swung wide. She opened her eyes and raised her head to see Loki striding past her cot to draw the heavy drapes aside. The sun was not yet over the horizon but it was growing lighter in the sky. She sat up and stood from the cot, trying to steady herself.
“Milord?” She followed him to the balcony where he now stood, staring out at the city blanketed in a soft coat of snow.
When he turned to her, she could see the grey hollows beneath his eyes, he looked exhausted, moreover he seemed agitated.
“What is wrong?”
His frown frightened her.
“The dark elves are marching on Alfheim. We will be heading out by midday. Take my battle armor from the wardrobe. See to it
Descent Chapter 9 It was not long before he returned. She had brought some mending to occupy her and was sitting cross legged on her cot when he threw the tent flap open and walked in with a cloth bundle in his hands. He knelt on the rug before her and set the bundle in her lap, unwrapping it. Inside lay half a loaf of bread, a small capon, and a baked apple wrapped in it's own pastry.Descent Chapter 92 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“I daresay this is better than soldier's fare.” He tore off a piece of bread and held it up to her lips.
She took the bite from his fingers gingerly, “It surely is, Milord. Were other High Court members present at the feast?”
He looked up at her, “You mean to ask did I see your father? Yes, he was there but I only saw him from afar. Eldan, am I correct?”
Loki rose from his knees, went to the tent flap and lifted it, staring out into
Descent Chapter 11 The young Alfari boy poked his head through the tent flap and peered inside, on his face a look of sheer terror. Loki gestured for him to enter and he bolted through the flap bowing deep as he reached him and held out a tied parcel. Eidra watched Loki take the parcel, walk to the writing desk and lift the lid. He took out his pouch, opened it and dropped a couple coin into the boy's hand. The boy smiled bowed again and ran from the tent.Descent Chapter 112 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Loki looked at the parcel in his hand.
“I shall return shortly, I would like to read this correspondence in private.”
Eidra nodded, “I will go outside, Milord.”
Loki held her shoulder, “No, you stay inside. Continue to pack. I will leave.”
He lifted the tent flap and walked around the side of the tent to the tree line behind him where he
Descent Chapter 22 “I have never been so uncomfortable in my life,” Eidra groaned, holding up her finished blanket, “..And so proud. Look, my first big piece.”Descent Chapter 222 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Helgi nodded, “The yellow edging is lovely, a royal coverlet.”
Eidra proceeded to fold it in her lap, “I had to order Loki to go with Thor riding today. He was at the door this morning, demanding that Loki come with him. I stayed seated with the blanket on my lap and he scowled at me but I did not waver. I thought he was going to upbraid me for being so impudent but he simply grabbed Loki's arm and dragged him out of the room.”
“He has not troubled himself about you in such a long time. We may count our blessings.”
Eidra stood up, a little off balance at first, then
Descent Chapter 25 When Silas finally set the spade on the ground beside the tent, the sky was starting to brighten on the horizon. The camp was still quiet. He crept into Eidras tent, dropping to the hay beside Helgi and Eidra. Helgi had her hand at Eidra's back, as if she had been rubbing it. Silas tapped Helgi on the shoulder, and she turned with a snort.Descent Chapter 252 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“She is with Ren,” he whispered.
Helgi's hand came up to cover his, “Dear boy, we are ever in your debt. Lay down and rest while you still can.”
Silas lay staring up at the roof of the tent beside to Helgi,, “How fared she after I left?”
“Mmm, it took much to console her. This will go far in easing her mind. Now rest.”
The stamping of a horse outside the tent opened Silas's eyes. It was light
Descent Chapter 20 “Get up, get dressed,” came the whisper in her ear.Descent Chapter 202 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Eidra opened her eyes to see Loki standing over her, looked out towards the balcony where the sun had not quite made the horizon.
“It is so early,” She flopped her head back down on the pillow as the coverlet was thrown back from her.
“Get up,” he shook her again.
She swung her feet around to the floor, “I am up, Odin's beard.”
He set a pair of breeches and a tunic in her lap. “Put these on.”
She held them up before her, “A dress would hide me better.”
“No one will notice you today.” He put his hands on his hips, “Hurry, I wish to beat the dawn.”
Descent Chapter 7 That morning when she took the tray for his morning meal, he announced to her that she would be an attendant that evening at the feast of Mabon.Descent Chapter 72 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“It is high time you learned. You will be pouring wine for myself and for other guests. You shall have need of a better dress than that of a chamber maid. Have Helgi provide it for you.”
“Milord, I do not know how to be an attendant. I am just a chamber maid.”
Loki rose from the bed. “You will learn. I have ordered it, thus you have no choice. Now go, bring the tray to the kitchen and speak with Helgi. I have a meeting with Father and the oaf so I shall expect to see you at the feast tonight, wine ewer in hand.”
She bowed, “Yes, Milord.” and, minutes later, was standing in the kitchen while Helgi stared at her, arms folded.
Descent Chapter 23 “Tomorrow you will travel” Loki stroked the redness on her cheek where Thor had connected with her, “I shall charge Helgi with your care. I will provide you with enough coin and set you up in Rialo with Ren until your time. Then you will rejoin me with our child. I will speak with Father as soon as you are safely away. When mother sees you with that little baby cradled in your arms, she will bend him to her will. He shall not be able to deny you.”Descent Chapter 232 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
He slid her robe over her head caressing her belly as he did so, “I shall miss this, touching you, feeling the baby move under my hand.”
“Ah, the baby will still move beneath your hands only I shall be across the room,” She put her hands atop his as her face turned grave, “I am afraid though, I have felt a change these past couple of days, my back has hurt constantly. Helgi says it is my
Descent Chapter 17 Thus it came to pass a week later that Thor showed up at Loki's door one evening.Descent Chapter 172 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“If you will not venture out, I shall have to come to you, brother.”
Eidra had been sitting in her chair knitting, chatting with Loki. Helgi had taught her to knit some weeks past when she had expressed an interest in it while watching Helgi one night beside the kitchen fire. Eidra quickly set her needles down, rose and walked to Thor, holding out her arms as he draped his cloak over them. While he straightened his tunic, she bowed to him, gliding to the chair and artfully draping the cloak over the backrest hiding her name carved there.
“You are dismissed for the evening,” Thor waved at her while he sat in her chair. Loki was nearly out of his seat when she shook her head, her eyes wide, sliding to Thor. As she closed the door behind her, she reasoned to her
Sacrifices Chapter 1 Sarah pulled the suitcases down from the top shelf in the closet, careful not to swing them down hard as Fen was playing around her feet with the horse and king from his Lego castle play set. She twisted around and gingerly stepped over Fen and his toys, then set the suitcases on the bed, bouncing the baby carrier where Madison lay, her hands flailing at the smiling spinning monkey on the bar before her, turning her attention to the sound of Sarah unzipping the largest suitcase only for a moment. "The little monkey likes the little monkey doesn't she?" Sarah said as she leaned down and kissed Madison on the head, causing her to rub her hands on her face, and Fen to start running around the bedroom chanting, "Little monkey, little monkey, little monkey "Sacrifices Chapter 12 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Ascension Chapter 1 The rabbit had heard him, he had seen its ears twitch its head turn towards him, its large black eyes unblinking. There was little to be done for it though, the animal would either make a run for it or decide foraging was a better option for self-preservation.Ascension Chapter 12 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
He sat on the ground, his back against the tree, body nestled between its gnarled roots. As slowly as he was able, he slid the tip of his boot into the stirrup of the crossbow and pulled the stock back with both hands, grimacing at the whisper of pain across his collarbone into his right shoulder. The Dökkálfar had effectively seen to it that he would never again have the strength to draw a long bow. He chanced another peek around the trunk of the t
Descent Chapter 18 She plucked at her dress to pull it away from her body, acutely aware that Loki was right, she was showing a bit more than she'd thought. She followed Helgi to the edge of the field where carts were lined up loaded with farm implements, spades, hoes, pouches of seed. It was already warming up, she had taken her slippers off to feel the warm soil beneath her feet. She shivered and the baby kicked.Descent Chapter 182 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“I think she shall be a runner.” She whispered to Helgi as they made for the wagons.
“And you still insist it shall be a girl?”
“I think so. He claims otherwise,” she scanned the field. “Where is Silas?”
Helgi joined her, “I do not know.”
“Ingrid!” She heard th
The Initiative Chapter 11 She had been given a week's leave to recover from what Fury called her ordeal. She had nearly gone mad with grief, sinking into a profound depression, not answering her phone or calling anyone in return until one afternoon, she heard a knock on the door of her apartment. She was lying on the couch wrapped in a blanket, the TV on mute. She waited for a minute to see if whoever it was, would go away. Finally another knock and a called "Hello?" it was Lizzie. She stood up from the couch, wanting Lizzie to go away and yet needing to talk to someone, anyone. She unlocked the door and opened it, Lizzie stood there with Daniel beside her. "Where the hell have you been, I've been calling all week."The Initiative Chapter 112 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
She walked into the apartment and looked around. "This place is a mess, are you okay?" Sarah had given Daniel a hug and was now back on the couch, blanket wrapped around her. "I ha
Redemption Chapter 1He stood before one of the large stone pillars at 1407 Greymalkin lane, reading the simple metal sign partially covered by climbing vines, "Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters". It was starting to sprinkle and he was footsore from walking. The driver of the semi that he had hitched a ride from in Bangor had dropped him at a rest area near the Salem Center exit off interstate 684. He had looked at the map enclosed behind a thick pane of plexiglass underneath a small roofed shelter, finding his current location marked by a small red arrow with the words "YOU ARE HERE" beside it, and he had found Salem Center a few miles distant.Redemption Chapter 12 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
He'd had to ask directions once or twice. An elderly gentleman who stood in the front yard of his house with the hose aimed at a line of rose bushes was finally able to point him in the direction of Greymalkin lane though he had cast him a curious look when he mentioned Xavier's school.
He put the