United Chapter 46Fen's bouncing on the bed to wake them, did just that. Eidra opened her eyes and looked at Loki. “We shall have to tie him down. Perhaps you should use your petrifying spell. It works well with your brother.”
Loki smiled but her view was soon replaced with Fen's face lying between them. “Is it yet time to go?”
“What about the morning meal?” She drew him to her, kissed his cheek as he struggled to free himself.
“Mama I am too excited to eat.”
“Well Cait will not be. She will wish to eat first,” Even now she could hear Cait stirring in the cradle as Loki rose to fetch her.
“I cannot wait, Mama!” Fen bounced back off the bed and ran out to the portico, looking out over the railing at the city below.
“Fen you stay well away from there!” Eidra called to him. Loki set Cait in her arms and she felt the heavy wetness at her bottom. “You are soaked my little lamb.”
Loki walked out to the portico to s
United Chapter 45“Now, ye mind yer mother, child.” Sally enfolded Fen in her plump arms and kissed his forehead.
“Yes Aunt Sally.”
She could feel the boy quivering like an animal that had been spooked and she let him go to leap up into the wagon where he stood waiting for Helgi who was pinning her cloak together. “Are you sure you will fare well alone?”
Sally smiled, “Ye know they will drag ye kicking and screaming. Give in, me friend.” She hugged Helgi tight then held her hand as she climbed into the back of the wagon with Fen. Eidra sailed from the cottage with Cait in her arms, bundled in a heavy blanket.
“Nappy changed, again” she shook her head, gave Sally a one armed hug, Sally leaning over and kissing Cait's head.
“Ye take care now. Don't fret over the farm. I'll be taking good care of it.”
Eidra handed the baby up to Loki and climbed up into the wagon seat beside him, “We'll be five days at the most, I promise. When w
United Chapter 41Chase was taken with the way Brenna had leaned back her face upward to the vaulted ceiling, mouth open in a great O. “And these creatures roamed the earth?”
Chase surveyed the Brachiosaurus skeleton, “Yeah they did. Cool, huh?”
“Can you imagine having one of them coming at you? Scary shit.” Brian elbowed her.
She nodded and was about to reply when Miss Munro caught their attention and held up a finger to silence them.
Everywhere she looked, there were things to see. She couldn't take it all in at once. She hadn't known such large animals existed until she began to study science. She was beginning to see how vast the world was beyond Asgard. She had tried to listen to the tour guide but from the minute she walked into the museum, she heard maybe half of what the guide said.
As they wandered the museum, she was at first startled by the stuffed and mounted animals. The African elephants, the Kodiak bear, gorilla, lion, they all seemed so real.
United Chapter 40Winternights had passed unnoticed, it having been only a few days hence since they had lain Chris in the ground beside Silas's grave and the household felt ill inclined to participate. Even Fen expressed little interest though Helgi did take him to the village for the evening to see Ren and join in the feasting and the celebration.
The month of Frer-mánuðr was young when one morning, Loki was awakened by a pounding at the door. He sat up in bed, looking down at Eidra who was staring in the dim light at the bedroom door then back to him. "Who in Odin's beard is here?"
Loki crept over her, trying not to wake Cait as he slipped out of the bedchamber and reached the front door. He could see the reflection of torches in the windows on either side and he glanced over at his short sword hanging on a peg feet from him. He swung open the door, ready to snatch it out of its scabbard until he saw Thor's great bulk filling the doorway. "Brother? I expected you to be up at this hour."
Loki closed h
United Chapter 39"Sir, we're here."
David sat up with a start as they passed under the large stone arch with the black metal letters across it reading "Forest Hill". He stretched, settled back into the seat again. It had begun to sleet. "Rotten weather for the first week in November."
"It is these days. I recall when I was a boy, we would have had snow up to our waists by Thanksgiving. Now, we're lucky if we get a white Chrismas."
David nodded, "Harry, the times they are a changin'." He glanced at the tablet in his lap. Nearly seven thirty in the morning. He had some time before the board meeting to visit his projects though they might not be awake yet. Sometimes that was the way to go.
The psychiatric hospital had grown from the days when he had found it as a relic, the state ready to close its doors for a hundred reasons. He had brought in cutting edge technology, wooed some of the top therapists and psychiatrists in the country to join him in a new facility that hadn't even been realized at that tim
United Chapter 38Brenna turned over and stared about her room. It was quiet. She looked at her clock. Five a.m. She sat up and searched for the chain on the lamp atop her stand. She felt all at once uncomfortable though she couldn't put her finger on the cause. She got out of bed feeling a little unsteady still.
It had been nearly two weeks past since she'd fallen ill with what Chase had called the measles. It had laid her up alone for nearly a week. As luck would have it, the people most important to her sanity were the ones who were immune to the sickness. Sophie would visit and they'd sit and talk and do their homework together. Chase would bring her meals and they would sit and watch some of the silly shows on TV or watch videos on the computer, talk. Lots of talk.
Professor Wagner had visited her almost daily as well. He had continued to apologize for his mistake with the magazine until Brenna had begged him to stop, telling him she forgave him though she had already written the whole incident off