Divided Chapter 84Eris paced about the fire pit in her little shelter, listening to the voices of the Jotunns in high spirits outside though she understood not a single word they said. Sulyir had come to see her at one point, telling her Loki had been sequestered with Menyir for quite some time, reassuring her she would be brought to him. At the thought of facing the man she'd desired for so long, her stomach clenched violently. She'd been wrong, oh very wrong but the situation was now out of her control. She doubted they would just let her walk away knowing what power she possessed not to mention her scant knowledge of the portals and the ability to identify Simon Foster when they found him. No, she was a prisoner as surely as if she'd been captured right along with the city itself.
When the door to the shelter opened again, she fought the urge to disappear, to run away as she had so many times in the past but she stood there waiting as Sulyir extended his hand, “Come, you are to be presented to
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Divided Chapter 83Colin watched Tony lift Eidra into his arms as Loki passed by, walking with Menyir, casting not a glance at his family, the children screaming for him even in his transformed state. Only when they'd reached the archway did Thor falter, dropping his hammer to the floor as Jane hurried to his side. Tamarin had eased Frigga onto a nearby bench. Ingrid and Helgi were clustered to Stark's side, holding Eidra's hand while Fen tried in vain to comfort the girls who had taken to great sobbing. Chase stood apart from the rest, hands to the side of his face. Gretten was supporting Beth who had turned sheet white. The room had erupted into chaotic chatter, calls for the King to speak. He heard one of the Aesir demand loudly for the Midgardians to give Simon Foster over to the Jotunns and at last he could take no more. He hurried to where Tony knelt on the floor with Helgi, trying to bring Eidra around.
“What are we going to do?”
“We're going to take care of Eidra and her childre
Divided Chapter 82Colin felt numb. He'd failed. He'd failed the whole project, failed Loki and his family. Those of the High Council who had still been in attendance before the attack, stood in a group talking with one another at the far end of the Great Hall. Members of the Aesir were milling about speaking in low whispers to one another. On their way through the hall they passed Trena and her new aide and he had to suppress the urge to clamp his hands around her throat.
“Protector my arse,” he mumbled, looking away.
When Menyir entered the Great Hall behind them, all conversation seemed to cease, the only sound to reverberate off the walls Astrid's soft crying as she hid her face against Eidra's neck.
As Thor approached the council members, he leaned in to speak to them, letting Loki to stand alone and Colin thought for a moment his friend was going to collapse to the floor but he kept his footing, muttering under his breath like a man possessed as Thor turned to Menyir.
Divided Chapter 81Colin's hands were shaking, had been since the attack began. He shifted the crossbow to his left hand again, staring out over the balcony railing.
“How fare our guards, Colin?”
“They're holding their own, yer Highness,” he lied. In all actuality, the darkness had graciously obscured some of the more serious breaches in the walls but the fighting was growing closer to the palace itself. This had to be it. Had to be what he was here for but what to do? He had touched three of the four runes and he hadn't the slightest idea where the fourth one was hidden. He felt useless.
“They're getting closer.”
Colin turned to see Jane, leaning on the balcony railing, “Aye, I didn't want to scare the Queen mother.”
He looked over his shoulder at Frigga, sitting in a high backed chair, Tamarin on a low stool before her, holding her hand, stroking it gently.
“She's stronger than we think.”
Colin had to agree at least in part. When one of the ro
Divided Chapter 80Colin felt the hairs prickle at the back of his neck as Thor paused, reins in his hand waiting for the royal guard to reach him.
“Your Majesty! A battalion of Jotunn are on the move in this direction. They appeared at the longhouses. Longhouse one has been destroyed. Longhouse two still stands but it is not clear what they are doing with it. Our men stayed only long enough to gather intelligence before they left for the city. The encampment has been routed!”
Thor looked up at Colin who could only stare at him open mouthed.
What about the agents? The technicians? Civilians? Was Chase alive? They had to be safe? The great Tony Stark? Had to be alive. It was inconceivable.
“I must go to my family!” Loki brought Agathon about.
“No, I need you here,” Thor took hold of Agathon's bridle, “I will send a contingent of guards to the manor. We must secure the city gates! Sound the bells, raise the call to arms! I want all able
Divided Chapter 79Eris had never been more terrified than she was at this moment as Menyir lifted her wrist up to his face.
“All you have to do is press your finger to this bracelet and we will be able to pass through these portals?”
“Yes,” Eris fought to steady her voice, “But if you go in there swinging, you're going to destroy what you need to build more portals. If you don't want anyone to come after you and kick your ass, you need to take the portals themselves down. The techs and scientists, especially the men named Tony Stark and Simon Foster. Simon is the man who created the portal technology, Stark built them.”
Menyir let her wrist go, “These....techs as you call them. You know who they are?”
“The people you're going to find when you enter the longhouses. They are techs. Take as many of them as you can. Remove the equipment from the longhouses then destroy the portals,” Eris sighed, feeling as though she was talking to a child, “
Divided Chapter 78From the cover of the dark arch, Eris watched the two guards standing together talking at the entrance to the reliquary. She couldn't hear exactly what they were saying though they seemed relaxed. Skiver and Gundrun had likely not been found yet. Eris smiled at the thought.
Now what to do about the two guards before her? How would she get inside the reliquary? She couldn't just walk up and open the doors and there were no visible windows through which to climb and once she were inside how would she get out, knock?
Her mouth dropped open. Knock. It was certainly a way to get in. She started for the guards, keeping her footsteps as light as possible, stopped at the door a few feet behind them, raised her fist and knocked on the heavy wood.
“What in Odin was that?” One of the guards muttered.
“What was what?” his colleague looked about the small courtyard.
They turned to stare at the door.
Eris bit her lip.
Divided Chapter 77“Who among us represents this Midgardian in his petition for citizenship?” Urtek's voice resounded through the Great Hall.
“I do,” Loki moved to stand beside Colin.
“Upon what grounds?” Urtek stood at the podium, a quill poised in his hand.
“I bear witness to the high regard in which he holds the Asgardian people, the loyalty he has shown my family and the realm. He has resided within my house for nearly a full season, cared for my children, shared the grief of the Allfather's passing, the joy of seeing my son achieve manhood, ensconced himself in the day to day life of my household.”
Colin and Loki exchanged glances as Urtek's quill moved across the parchment, Loki's confident smile easing Colin's anxiety ever so slightly.
“And you attest to the integrity of Master Denehy's request?”
Colin scanned the room, noting Urtek's wife and children in the seats which had been arranged in rows on either end of the l