Ascension Chapter 14 He stood in the doorway swaying slightly, his bloodshot eyes scanning the room as if expecting to find his brother hiding somewhere in the shadows of his old bedchambers. His absence troubled him more so during holidays than during any other season. It had been particularly difficult that Jul past when he'd gone down to the cells to see Loki. He had brought him food from the feast but Loki would touch none of it, that is to say, he would touch none of it to eat. Loki had hefted the gold serving platter and thrown it at the bars but such was his rage, still new and raw, that Thor had quietly picked up the platter and left him to his anger. He had hoped that father would relent and let his brother into his care but three seasons had passed in the same manner.
Loki had been gone now for nearly four months though there had been no rumblings of trouble in the nine realms. He'd had plenty of
Ascension Chapter 13 He roused Chris from his bed that next morning to a rare sight. It had snowed overnight, only a bare inch but it made Loki long for Asgard, such a longing he'd not had in ages. "Of course it would have to snow. It makes a chore all that much harder. Boy will you see to the milking, that blessed cow has been lowing for full half an hour. I will put on a kettle so that we might have tea to warm us for our journey."
He ran to the barn to milk Chris's cow, Charlotte. He had told Loki that he had named her after King George the Third's dear wife, Queen Charlotte, though he was rather doubtful that the queen would have taken the gesture as a compliment.
By the time he'd returned to the cottage with the milk pail, Chris had set out two mugs, a half loaf of bread, a hunk of cheese and a few apples and was pulling the kettle from the f
Ascension Chapter 12 His hand hovered at the door, listening to the voices within. He had seen candles lit in the window as he tied off his horse and expected Eidra would be awake but the voice he heard now, loud and raucous, was male. He knocked lightly and opened the door. Sally and Eidra were standing about one of the rocking chairs which had been pulled close to the fireplace. In the chair was a man shivering, a cloak wrapped about him.
Loki recognized his dress, the Midgardian clothing of a soldier, the color of sand and stones. He was immediately on his guard. The man's dark brown hair was cropped close to his head, he had a square set jaw, lean angular face, green eyes ablaze as he surveyed his surroundings. He was talking to the women, his hands waving about as he explained to them what had h
Ascension Chapter 11From that moment forward, an easy intimacy developed between Eidra and himself. When they were together, she would always find reason to touch his hand, stroke his face, rub his shoulders as he milked Corrine and Brenna, Magnus having been weaned now from her. They would sit in the loft ofttimes and talk, ride about the countryside together, other times he would be content just to sit and watch her knit, holding the yarn as she wound it into a ball on occasion. His life had begun to take on a richness he'd never had in all his years living in the palace. Though immersing himself into the life of a commoner had been a necessary evil to reach her, he could well see them continuing as such when finally she was restored. The peace of keeping one's own house, loving and laughing together with a family, joys he had thought all but lost to him, he now had reason to hope would become reality.
Ascension Chapter 10 Eidra stood beside Corrine with her hands on her hips waiting for Sally to stop laughing. "Are you quite finished?"
"Eidra," She gasped, "Certainly ye can't be serious."
"I am." Eidra pulled the stool in closer to Corrine's side and sat down.
"I would much rather stay home than go to the reel without ye and certainly not with Chris."
She listened to the milk stream into the pail, "But I do not want to go and I do not want to keep you from going."
Ascension Chapter 9The following morning dawned gray but the rain stayed away. When Loki knocked on the door of the cottage and opened the door to peer in, he saw the fire in the hearth burning low but other than that, there were no signs of the women. He ventured round the house and out to the barn, the plainative lowing of a cow in distress quickening his step.
He walked into the barn to find Brenna laying in the hay of her stall, her sides heaving as Sally patted her head and Eidra knelt at her backside by the light of a lantern hung on a post beside her.
"Loki, I am so glad you came. Breanna is ready to deliver but we may have to move the calf around to help her." Eidra rose from the hay and brushed her hands together.
"I know nothing about birthing livestock
Ascension Chapter 8 Three days after the feast of Samhain, there came a knock on Eidra's door. The sun was just tipping the horizon. She'd just risen, she wrapped her shawl around her and opened the door to find Loki watching the sunrise from the cover of his hood. "I have come to visit Corrine. Have you her pail?"
Eidra reached down where the pail sat beside the door and handed it up to him whereas he bowed and headed around the cottage to the barn.
"Yer kidding." Sally was behind her.
"Quite obviously not."
Sally threw her cloak around her shoulders and grabbed a basket by the fire. "I am going to fetch eggs and pull som
Ascension Chapter 7The field just outside the village near Fin's cottage had been spaced off for the caid match. Loki and Chris led their horses to the community paddock and headed for the crowd that had gathered to watch the match. Loki kept looking for Eidra but didn't see her. Colum saw him though,
"Loki! Come on," Colum began to guide him away from Chris but he held up a hand and turned to Chris. He drew the Uruz from around his neck and pressed it into Chris's hand,
"Take care of this for me, it is my most prized possession."
Chris nodded and only then did Lloki let himself be led into the center of a group of men where he was introduced. "Men this is Loki, he's an outlander and likely to get broken, now we don't want to have to welcome him
Ascension Chapter 6 Chris had begged and cajoled Loki to join him that evening in town but to no avail. He said he would stay at the cottage and so Chris set out alone for the village.
Eidra pulled her hair back from her face with a silver clip as she stood before the looking glass beside her bed. She pinched her cheeks for a bit of color and smoothed the skirt of her pale blue dress. She stepped into her dark blue slippers and walked out into the main room where Sally stood sporting a dark red dress with a tight fitting bodice and brown shoes. She had their cloaks in hand.