Divided Chapter 21They had left Colin at the crossroads on his way to the longhouses then he and Silas continued on to the city. When they reached the courtyard and dismounted, the air seemed charged with excitement. They handed the reins to the waiting servants and trotted up the steps to the doors which had been flung wide. As they passed into the castle proper, one of the royal guards stepped up to them.
“Your Highness. The King has requested you be brought to the royal chambers immediately upon your arrival.”
Loki glanced at Silas then back to the guardsman. “What has happened. Is all well?”
The guardsman shifted nervously from foot to foot. “I do not know but that I am under orders to see that you reach the chamber unimpeded.”
“I will take my leave, your Highness.” Silas bowed, “Until you have need of me.”
Loki started off behind the guard turning in his mind over and again what Thor could want with him.
“He is not ill?”
Divided Chapter 20His hand floated above the stalks of barley, the heads brushing his palm. “Again,”
Fen cleared his throat, stared at the heels of his father's boots as he tried to keep pace with him, the soft earth sinking at each step, impeding his progress, throwing off his concentration.
“To honor the spirits of my ancestors who sit on high in Vallhalla, to honor my father, to take my place among men, I give thanks to you for your sacrifice, great auroch. Let this kill serve as a symbol of my passage from boy to man. This I ask in the name of the mighty Allfather.”
“Better.” Loki stopped, looked over his shoulder. “Do not be afraid to give your voice free reign. Roar so all of Asgard might hear your vow.”
Loki put his hand on Fen's shoulder, “You are overwhelmed but you need not be. You are already a man in body, the Aesir must bear witness to this. It has been decided the ritual will take place before the harvest celebra