Ascension Chapter 22 That evening when the whole household had retired to bed, Brenna in bed with Ren and Loki sprawled out on the bed in the spare bedroom, Eidra and Helgi had sat up by the fireplace as Eidra told her about Sally, Chris, Tir Na Nog, her five seasons on the island unaware of her past, and she held Eidra's hand as she cried for the time lost with Brenna. Helgi had reassured her that she would make up for it from now on, walked her to her bedroom, kissed her on the forehead and had joined Ren in her bed, cuddling up behind Brenna, and had finally fallen into a restless sleep, her hand entwined in Brenna's hair.
That next morning when Helgi and Brenna had set off for Asgard, Eidra had tried to maintain her composure until Loki lifted Brenna up to Helgi but when Helgi had bid them goodbye, entreating Brenna to wave as well, Eidra had turned her face to Loki's chest. Helgi could see
Ascension Chapter 20 The young houseboy jumped at the knock on the door, sitting up from his pallet by the fire and rubbing his eyes, at first thinking he'd dreamed it until it came again and he leaped from the pallet to open the door a crack and peer out. Before him stood a tall man with long black hair and a young woman, both strangers. "May I help you?" He ventured.
"Yes we must speak to the master of this house." Loki glanced back at Eidra then back to the houseboy.
"My master is asleep as is the rest of the household. May I ask who is calling so that I might tell him?"
"Inform him Lord Loki is here upon urgent matters."
Ascension Chapter 19 The fine sand slid beneath his feet as he half trotted up the beach to the road leading into town. The sun was below the horizon now, the light waning. He gazed up at the sky, the clouds shrouding the rising moon in gauze. He hurried his pace now, he had to get to Chris's and fetch a horse from him. He was exhausted, running on pure adrenaline as he thought of Eidra. She would be waiting for him to return and he did not want to disappoint.
The moon had nearly taken over the sun's job by the time he reached Chris's cottage and burst inside, just missing the swing of a jug full of cider. He stumbled backwards, nearly into the dooryard with a yell as Angus and Chris rushed up to him. "Ah Loki, I'm sorry, my boy. We didn't know it was you."
Ascension Chapter 18 Chris was pacing back and forth before the fireplace, every so often he would step outside and stare down the road, hoping to see Loki. It was heading towards sundown now and he'd not seen the stranger return from town. He was halfway to the door again when there was a loud thump upon it from the other side, then a hard knock. He swung the door wide and was startled to see Angus spill over the doorstep, his chest heaving as he tried to catch his breath.
"Angus, what in the world..." He pulled Angus to his feet where he leaned over the table, one hand in the air.
Chris looked through the doorway out into the yard, "Where's your horse?"
"I ran all the way here!" He gasped, "I don't
Ascension Chapter 17 He knelt down on the floor before the hearth and closed his pack. "I will have to find something suitable when I reach Midgard."
Chris stood behind him, his arms crossed, "I wish to God I could go with you, lad. I hate to think of you alone out there. You say the world has changed and not for the better. I see my dear friend stepping into that hell."
Loki shook his head, "I would not allow even if you could go. It is much too dangerous." He kept to himself that he felt Chris would only slow him down. It was nothing but a simple observation and he wished to make all haste on this journey. The less time spent in Midgard the better.
Ascension Chapter 15 The full moon cast a blue light over the village cottages but the Guild hall was already ablaze with candlelight when they arrived. Loki held open the door for the others to file in. Colum spotted them right off. "Ah Loki! Chris!" He called over the music. "Come on, join in!" Loki saw Fin on the podium at the end of the hall with the other musicians, working the fiddle, his hands a fluid grace as they flew along the strings.
Chris waved at him, "I've not visited the food yet, and I should like a mug of ale before I attempt anything so elaborate."
Loki nodded absently, he had been unable to take his eyes off Eidra from the moment he'd walked in the door of the cottage and he felt proud to have her on his arm. They watched the couples dancing in the middle of the floor. She saw Cormac on the other side of