Divided Chapter 9The square was busier than when they'd arrived. When Thor and Loki stepped through the gates into the crowd, they were swarmed by citizens wishing to see them, speak with them. Eidra kept Brynn on her hip though he wanted to walk with Astrid. Brenna had firm hold of Cait's hand as they walked about the square. Colin was lagging behind a bit, observing when he felt a hand on his shoulder and turned to see Lily on the arm of her husband, Garik.
“ Ah, at last. I was looking fer you in the palace. I've reports for the week and a list of requests for you to deliver.”
“I'll find you tonight and get them from you before you leave. For now, we have a festival to enjoy.” She nodded as Garik drew her away.
A loud scream made Colin jump, colliding with a couple of men whom he apologized to as he searched about for the source. Eidra and Helgi were hugging a middle aged heavyset woman with long dark hair. Eidra looked up, gesturing for him to approach.
Divided Chapter 8He nodded to Hal who met him at the door as he was closing up house for the evening. Hal at once turned to fetch him a lantern from the stand by the door.
“Everyone is abed?”
“Yes, Milord.” Hal handed the lantern to him, “As I am soon to be. Does Milord need my assistance?”
“No, Hal. Thank you. Good evening.”
Hal bowed, “Good evening.”
Loki trotted up the stairs and into the bedchamber stopping short as his stomach did a turn. Eidra was not in bed. He stared at the empty room for long minutes, debating whether he should look for her, finally returning to the hallway.
He tapped gently first on Brenna's door, pushing it open a crack and holding the lantern high to find Brenna curled into a ball, the covers about her feet. He walked over and lifted the linen sheet to cover her then slipped out of the room.
He stood in the doorway of the nursery where he could see Brynn and Astrid fast asleep, sprawled out in their beds, closing t