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