Descent Chapter 16 Loki was up before her yet again, at the railing of the balcony looking out across the city. She lay there for a few moments, drinking in his silhouette framed by the parted drapes before she spoke.
“What wakes you so early?”
He turned, headed to the bed where he sat down. “Come, rise Eidra. The thaw has started, it is nearly Eostre, spring is on the way, perhaps the waterfall has melted a bit. We will ride today.”
He rose from the bed and walked to the wardrobe.
Ride? She put her hand over her stomach, “I cannot ride, Loki.”
He glanced over his shoulder, a tunic in his hand. “Why? if Helgi has chores for you only tell me and I will release you from them.”
She sat up in bed, the coverlet pulled to her chest, “
Descent Chapter 15 Winter's grip was tight, ham-fisted, the days short as the landscape was steadily buried beneath a blanket of snow, but what were short days and long nights to two young lovers who could hardly be bothered about the world outside, so wrapped up were they in each other.
Loki had convinced Eidra to return to the stables yet again and they would, on pleasant days, bundle up and ride through the countryside. They would stop at villages along the way she acting the servant gladly. They had more than once made it as far as the village of Rialo where he would treat her to more bolts of cloth from the seamstresses shop to make dresses with. She would protest, he would distract, the bolts would be there on her cot in the morning, it serving for little else most of the evening as they clung to each other in blissful slumber upon his bed.
The seamstress, whose name was Ren, would often invite them in by the fireplace in the kitchen for
Descent Chapter 14 When Silas arrived to attend him the next morning, Loki flew into a rage that had Silas nearly tumbling down the stairs to the staff kitchen. When Eidra saw Silas's face, she jumped up from the kitchen table and ran into the laundry room to hide behind one of Artra's big kettles, sure that Loki was hot on Silas's heels.
After a few minutes, Artra called into the laundry room, “Come child, he has just left for the hunt again. He will not be coming for you.” Eidra begged Silas to make sure that he was gone, just to be certain.
“He is gone yes, but your cot has been shoved out into the hallway.”
Artra elbowed Helgi, “It sounds like the prince is having a royal tantrum.”
Eidra stomped up the stairs, down the corridor, folded her cot up and dragged it down the spiral staircase. “Helgi, can I put this in your room?”
Descent Chapter 13 The disc twirled about on the leather thong as she spun it, the colors in the opal reflecting the firelight.
Loki, dressed in his robes, sat on the floor before the fireplace, leaning back on his hands. Eidra sat facing him, her back to the fire.
“Each family has a deflowering gift that is passed down through the female generations. It is always an item of power and prestige. Women are revered as the givers of life and therefore are deemed worthy of such honor. I had looked on this many times. My father would take it out and show me what to do with it. I do not know why, he knew I would never be able to pass it on to my offspring. Perhaps he felt guilty.”
She put the disc between her thumb and forefinger.
“And now here is my gift to you,” she turned the disc and said, “Alfheim”
The disc started
Descent Chapter 12 Loki was up and gone well before Eidra awoke for the day. She went to the kitchen where she found Helgi making bread. Eidra sat down at the long table beside her.
“I heard them leave, the whole hunting party. Did you not get up to assist Lord Loki?”
Eidra shook her head, “He rarely wakes me up early. In fact, he often fetches his own robes, dresses himself. He would get his meals if I were indisposed.”
Helgi glanced at Eidra, “What purpose do you serve, then, if not to wait upon him?”
Eidra kept her attention on Helgi's movements as she kneaded the dough for the Pulla on a cutting board, “As a companion? As an amusement?”
“He mistreats you no longer?”
Descent Chapter 11 The young Alfari boy poked his head through the tent flap and peered inside, on his face a look of sheer terror. Loki gestured for him to enter and he bolted through the flap bowing deep as he reached him and held out a tied parcel. Eidra watched Loki take the parcel, walk to the writing desk and lift the lid. He took out his pouch, opened it and dropped a couple coin into the boy's hand. The boy smiled bowed again and ran from the tent.
Loki looked at the parcel in his hand.
“I shall return shortly, I would like to read this correspondence in private.”
Eidra nodded, “I will go outside, Milord.”
Loki held her shoulder, “No, you stay inside. Continue to pack. I will leave.”
He lifted the tent flap and walked around the side of the tent to the tree line behind him where he
Descent Chapter 10
Voices outside the tent roused her from sleep. She had turned to her side in the night and now was facing into the tent interior, Loki's arm wrapped tightly around her waist, his forehead pressed against the nape of her neck. She made to push his arm from her but he clung tighter to her.
“Milord, let me go,” she whispered, frantic, “There are people outside.”
She made another push and felt his arm let loosen. She threw the blankets from her, pulling them over him as she darted away, reaching the side of her cot just as the tent flap opened and Odin trained his good eye on her.
“My son lives still?”
“Yes, Sire. He had a quiet night.”
Odin nodded, strode to the s
Descent Chapter 9 It was not long before he returned. She had brought some mending to occupy her and was sitting cross legged on her cot when he threw the tent flap open and walked in with a cloth bundle in his hands. He knelt on the rug before her and set the bundle in her lap, unwrapping it. Inside lay half a loaf of bread, a small capon, and a baked apple wrapped in it's own pastry.
“I daresay this is better than soldier's fare.” He tore off a piece of bread and held it up to her lips.
She took the bite from his fingers gingerly, “It surely is, Milord. Were other High Court members present at the feast?”
He looked up at her, “You mean to ask did I see your father? Yes, he was there but I only saw him from afar. Eldan, am I correct?”
Loki rose from his knees, went to the tent flap and lifted it, staring out into