Descent Chapter 10Descent Chapter 103 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 16 Loki was up before her yet again, at the railing of the balcony looking out across the city. She lay there for a few moments, drinking in his silhouette framed by the parted drapes before she spoke.Descent Chapter 163 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“What wakes you so early?”
He turned, headed to the bed where he sat down. “Come, rise Eidra. The thaw has started, it is nearly Eostre, spring is on the way, perhaps the waterfall has melted a bit. We will ride today.”
He rose from the bed and walked to the wardrobe.
Ride? She put her hand over her stomach, “I cannot ride, Loki.”
He glanced over his shoulder, a tunic in his hand. “Why? if Helgi has chores for you only tell me and I will release you from them.”
She sat up in bed, the coverlet pulled to her chest, “
Descent Chapter 14 When Silas arrived to attend him the next morning, Loki flew into a rage that had Silas nearly tumbling down the stairs to the staff kitchen. When Eidra saw Silas's face, she jumped up from the kitchen table and ran into the laundry room to hide behind one of Artra's big kettles, sure that Loki was hot on Silas's heels.Descent Chapter 143 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
After a few minutes, Artra called into the laundry room, “Come child, he has just left for the hunt again. He will not be coming for you.” Eidra begged Silas to make sure that he was gone, just to be certain.
“He is gone yes, but your cot has been shoved out into the hallway.”
Artra elbowed Helgi, “It sounds like the prince is having a royal tantrum.”
Eidra stomped up the stairs, down the corridor, folded her cot up and dragged it down the spiral staircase. “Helgi, can I put this in your room?”
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 133 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
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 13 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Descent Chapter 15 Winter's grip was tight, ham-fisted, the days short as the landscape was steadily buried beneath a blanket of snow, but what were short days and long nights to two young lovers who could hardly be bothered about the world outside, so wrapped up were they in each other.Descent Chapter 153 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Loki had convinced Eidra to return to the stables yet again and they would, on pleasant days, bundle up and ride through the countryside. They would stop at villages along the way she acting the servant gladly. They had more than once made it as far as the village of Rialo where he would treat her to more bolts of cloth from the seamstresses shop to make dresses with. She would protest, he would distract, the bolts would be there on her cot in the morning, it serving for little else most of the evening as they clung to each other in blissful slumber upon his bed.
The seamstress, whose name was Ren, would often invite them in by the fireplace in the kitchen for
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 233 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 24“My dear, you should not worry yourself about such matters as these.”Descent Chapter 243 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 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 223 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 20 “Get up, get dressed,” came the whisper in her ear.Descent Chapter 203 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 5 That afternoon while Loki was out for his ride, she saw to it that his trunks were well packed for his trip. She then sought out Helgi, telling her of the events of that had unfolded the night before. Though she knew she should keep some secrets, she needed to pour her heart out to someone who at least shared in her sympathy.Descent Chapter 53 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
“Pray to the gods he comes back in better spirits,” Helgi advised her, “You can help us with the final harvests in the fields, we will have a blot when they return with the year's new mead and wine. If his mood remains black, beg the Queen to let you stay in the kitchens. It will be safer for you. Now rest easy child.”
“I told him my name was Eidra,” she tilted the bowl of broth to her lips and sipped it.
“And he addressed me by my name. Perhaps he will co
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 253 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 26 He sat on the edge of the bed twirling the Uruz around on its leather thong, feeling its heft, its power, a soft hum, a vibration which always increased when he would couple with Eidra. He held the disc up to his eye, looking through the center hole as he considered a plan. He would find where Eidra had been taken, go to her room and steal away with her. They would use the gateway and escape...but to where? Vanaheim? Midgard? A grand plan, they would have nothing, would have to start with nothing, but, oh for the chance of a life together.Descent Chapter 263 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Thor's voice outside the bedroom door and his subsequent entry into his room suddenly gave Loki over to a case of giggles.
“I am bunking here tonight, brother, to keep you company.”
At this, Loki fairly howled with laughter, lying back on the bed, tears streaming down hi
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 13 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
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 73 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.
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 13 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
The Initiative Chapter 12The Initiative Chapter 123 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Sarah had prayed that it wouldn't snow until she was well into Vermont but she was now driving through Albany in a near whiteout. She peered into the snow, going well under fifty, thinking to herself that she should have listened to Lizzie and taken the extra day off so that she could have ridden with her to their parent's house. Her back was aching from driving so far and the baby had been tap dancing for nearly the whole ride, she was sure it was sensing her tension.
She was glad to be going to Rutland for Thanksgiving. Thankful for the chance to spend time with her family, maybe get her mind off Loki if only for just a day. When her thoughts started to overrun her, she wished even harder that she had gone with her sister the day before.
She was thinking about trying to talk Th
The initiative Chapter 10Morning dawned bright and clear, the sun catching Loki across the face and he put his arm across his eyes to shield them, reaching with his other hand for Sarah and sitting up swiftly when he could not feel her in the vast expanse of the bed. He peered around the room and as his eyes adjusted, he could make out her silhouette on the terrace. He crawled to the end of the bed, grabbed his breeches and slid them on, then made his way to the terrace where Sarah stood, wrapped in the silk coverlet from the bed, staring out at the sun glinting off the Bifrost bridge.The initiative Chapter 103 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
When he was finally beside her, she said, in a low toneless voice, "Is the sun here the same as ours at home?" Loki nodded, kissed her exposed shoulder. "Why shouldn't it be? Sarah turned to him, "It shines on Midgard, Asgard, Valhalla." She cocked her head, "What's Valhalla?" Loki squinted up at the sun and raised his hand, "For us it's equal to your