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United Chapter 48Sophie showed Eidra and an amazed Helgi about the kitchen as Brenna took the chickens from the refrigerator, stealing a glance every so often at her father who stood at the other side of the island with a pensive look upon his face. Chase had drawn out a cutting board and was chopping potatoes, tossing them into a pot before him. Lily sat at one of the tables with Cait who was now awake and had been given a spoon to play with.
“And you make the flame with a turn of this circle?” Helgi bent over, “These symbols, what do they mean?”
“That's how you set the temperature.” Sophie took hold of one of the circles and turned it to three seventy-five, listening as the pilot lit.
“Inconceivable.” She muttered as Eidra smiled, “Imagine no wood to chop?”
Brenna slid down to Chase, aware that her father was watching them, “You did very well.”
Chase frowned, “Did I? I can't tell, he hasn't said anything yet.”
United Chapter 47The limo swung around a circular drive to stop before the front steps of the mansion. As the driver opened the door for them, Loki spied the white haired woman he had spoken to when he had first been to the school to find Brenna. She was standing at the bottom of the steps leading into the school. Beside her was a man with dark hair, wild, like he'd just come from a fight. His eyes flitted back and forth, his stance as if he were ready to pounce at any moment, arms at his side ready to swing. Loki could only liken him to an animal. He exited the car after Stark who was already shaking hands with the man and Miss Munro. Eidra stepped from the car next, he helping her to stand. She held out her hands to Lily who handed Cait up then got out of the car herself, practically pushed from behind by Fen who leaped out to run to Loki. “Papa, another palace!”
Thor stepped out, then turned and offered his hand to the empty door, “Come now, we are already here, Helgi.”
United Chapter 46Fen's bouncing on the bed to wake them, did just that. Eidra opened her eyes and looked at Loki. “We shall have to tie him down. Perhaps you should use your petrifying spell. It works well with your brother.”
Loki smiled but her view was soon replaced with Fen's face lying between them. “Is it yet time to go?”
“What about the morning meal?” She drew him to her, kissed his cheek as he struggled to free himself.
“Mama I am too excited to eat.”
“Well Cait will not be. She will wish to eat first,” Even now she could hear Cait stirring in the cradle as Loki rose to fetch her.
“I cannot wait, Mama!” Fen bounced back off the bed and ran out to the portico, looking out over the railing at the city below.
“Fen you stay well away from there!” Eidra called to him. Loki set Cait in her arms and she felt the heavy wetness at her bottom. “You are soaked my little lamb.”
Loki walked out to the portico to s
United Chapter 45“Now, ye mind yer mother, child.” Sally enfolded Fen in her plump arms and kissed his forehead.
“Yes Aunt Sally.”
She could feel the boy quivering like an animal that had been spooked and she let him go to leap up into the wagon where he stood waiting for Helgi who was pinning her cloak together. “Are you sure you will fare well alone?”
Sally smiled, “Ye know they will drag ye kicking and screaming. Give in, me friend.” She hugged Helgi tight then held her hand as she climbed into the back of the wagon with Fen. Eidra sailed from the cottage with Cait in her arms, bundled in a heavy blanket.
“Nappy changed, again” she shook her head, gave Sally a one armed hug, Sally leaning over and kissing Cait's head.
“Ye take care now. Don't fret over the farm. I'll be taking good care of it.”
Eidra handed the baby up to Loki and climbed up into the wagon seat beside him, “We'll be five days at the most, I promise. When w
United Chapter 41Chase was taken with the way Brenna had leaned back her face upward to the vaulted ceiling, mouth open in a great O. “And these creatures roamed the earth?”
Chase surveyed the Brachiosaurus skeleton, “Yeah they did. Cool, huh?”
“Can you imagine having one of them coming at you? Scary shit.” Brian elbowed her.
She nodded and was about to reply when Miss Munro caught their attention and held up a finger to silence them.
Everywhere she looked, there were things to see. She couldn't take it all in at once. She hadn't known such large animals existed until she began to study science. She was beginning to see how vast the world was beyond Asgard. She had tried to listen to the tour guide but from the minute she walked into the museum, she heard maybe half of what the guide said.
As they wandered the museum, she was at first startled by the stuffed and mounted animals. The African elephants, the Kodiak bear, gorilla, lion, they all seemed so real.
United Chapter 40Winternights had passed unnoticed, it having been only a few days hence since they had lain Chris in the ground beside Silas's grave and the household felt ill inclined to participate. Even Fen expressed little interest though Helgi did take him to the village for the evening to see Ren and join in the feasting and the celebration.
The month of Frer-mánuðr was young when one morning, Loki was awakened by a pounding at the door. He sat up in bed, looking down at Eidra who was staring in the dim light at the bedroom door then back to him. "Who in Odin's beard is here?"
Loki crept over her, trying not to wake Cait as he slipped out of the bedchamber and reached the front door. He could see the reflection of torches in the windows on either side and he glanced over at his short sword hanging on a peg feet from him. He swung open the door, ready to snatch it out of its scabbard until he saw Thor's great bulk filling the doorway. "Brother? I expected you to be up at this hour."
Loki closed h
a hospital bird with soot in her lungsshe slept through a car crash
that almost killed her,
through whitewhite walls
where her lover dies
nobody thought she'd make it
but she woke up a few months later
with flowers in her hair
and ash in her airway
trying to remember how to start all over
but forgetting to remember how to live.
fall slipped from her open eyes
and winter crawled in for a long hibernation
to her the clouds looked sick
and pale like they might
let everything inside them out,
but she opened up wide instead,
spilling blood where there was none to be spilled.
her heart slipped down the street
and with unsteady hands
she stitched in a bird and cut off its wings.
pray into my collarbone
let your snake tongue slither
with the syllables.
i wish for soft-chested nights,
and the trickle of champagne down crystal glass.
poppy-lips, lull me to sleep,
nurse my coiling tongue with yours;
tap my scalp like a silent drum,
and wind my hair in between your fingers
like broken guitar strings.
(serenade me with the buzz of pollen in your kiss.)
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