Divided Chapter 16Brenna was aware of voices far away, muffled like they were speaking through a pillow. She wanted them to stop talking and she wanted the hand on her face to stop moving. An acrid smell filled her nose all at once and she brought a hand to her face as she began to cough.
“Thank the gods she is coming around. Waken, my princess.”
It was her father speaking to her, his hand on her cheek. She opened her eyes. Everyone was standing around her. The young man who'd escorted her into the longhouse was kneeling on one side of her, a brown bottle in his hand, her father opposite him pulling her arm to sit her upright.
“You cracked yer head a good one.” Colin rolled the chair over to her as they eased her to sit.
“What happened?” Tony was squatting on the floor in front of her.
She looked up at her father's worried face, at Simon who seemed ready to purge. Colin, concern furrowing his brow. Should she tell them of the glass prism? What it was doing?
Divided Chapter 15Gretten rubbed his temples, stifling a groan. Eidra had begged him to have patience, told him to try counting in his head when he began to feel irritated. She had not been long out of the kitchen and he had already hit two hundred.
“How many of these....instant paintings must you take?”
Beth held up her tablet, tapped the screen, “I think this will about cover it...see?” She held the tablet out to him but he waved it away. She slid a finger across the screen, bringing up the keypad and started to type until she noticed Gretten standing with his hands on his hips.
“Exactly how will this little arrangement work?”
Beth shrugged, “You go about your daily routine. I'll observe, take notes, ask questions..,”
“And you are to do this for half a season?” He began to count again as Beth pulled the bench from the worktable and sat down.
“As I become familiar with the routine I could help you....there's nothing better for learning t
Divided Chapter 14Eidra had lost the battle to stay awake until Loki came to bed. Loki had disappeared outside with Colin after the evening meal, Silas and Ingrid had repaired to their newly built cottage a short way up the road from the manor. Helgi, Fen and Brenna had been playing dice in the sitting room. She had checked on their new guest, Beth, making sure she was settled, retiring to the bedchamber after settling the children for the night.
She'd set in the rocking chair by the bed, knitting by the last rays of the sun, finally lighting the lantern as she pondered on the day's events.
The evening meal had been a tense affair. The twins had been fussy, Brynn in particular. He'd had no appetite. Eidra had checked his forehead for a fever, finding none, still he'd hid his head on his arms, pushing his plate away. She suspected Beth's arrival was partly the cause. Of all her brood, Brynn disliked change the most and he would act out at the least alteration in routine. Beth had been mostly silent the e
Divided Chapter 13Loki followed Colin's outstretched finger to where Stark was approaching. The Great Hall was beginning to empty out. Teams were following their respective leaders, guided by guards, members of the Council.
Colin tilted his head to Velos as Loki stepped forward, “Why do I get the feeling we're going to hear a bit of hollering?”
Velos chuckled, “You will be privy to it. I, myself am to head for home very soon. I miss my little honey bee.”
They both turned to stare at Loki who had his arms crossed before him while the woman whom had accompanied Stark, stood stock still, her face white as milk.
“It isn't up for debate...” Stark gazed about the room as if looking for something, “This is her assignment.”
“Why am I to be saddled with yet another guest?” Loki threw his hands in the air.
“Because you have room. Because we picked your name out of a hat, what the hell ever because you're only going believe what yo
Divided Chapter 11“Astrid share with your brother.” Eidra brushed the hair from her face and leaned back on her heels, hearing Ingrid chuckle behind her.
“Look at Edie and Cait.”
Edie and Cait were sitting on a blanket, shaded by the long hedgerow at the edge of the garden. Cait had been trying to teach Edie to braid her hair with minimal results but their attention was now drawn by Brynn and Astrid glaring at each other over a leather covered ball.
“Astrid!” Eidra shouted to her, “Come to me.”
“Children will be children, Eidra.” Ingrid bent down, pulling more weeds from around the onions.
“If Brynn gets upset, he may have another attack.”
Astrid trudged up the row with a petulant look on her face, stopping behind Ingrid.
“Why do you not toss the ball back and forth with Brynn, must you hold it?”
Astrid crossed her arms, “Brynn drops it all the time. We do not play toss, we play drop.”
She was serious but Ing