Divided Epilogue Part 2“Gretten!” Eidra called into the kitchen, “Have you seen Brenna?”
Beth poked her head out of the pantry and pointed to the large square door in the corner, its iron ring standing straight up in the air, “He's in the cold cellar.”
“Well then have you seen Brenna?”
“Mama! Cookie!” cried a squat, rosy cheeked toddler, the hem of Beth's dress gripped tightly in her fist.
“June, you're being very rude,” Beth reached for the toddler's head, endeavoring to push her back into the pantry. Instead the little girl hid her face against Beth's leg with a whimper.
“Sorry about that.”
“Children will be as they always have been,” Eidra sighed, “Please do you know where Brenna has gotten to? The seamstress is here with her dress.”
The door to the cold cellar creaked open and Gretten's face emerged from the darkness, “You have only to look out the window to see where she is.”
Divided Epilogue Part 1PROJECT EXIT REPORT
Agent / Project Lead: Anthony Edward Stark
Project: Remote Portal Placement (Controlled Chaos)
If you're looking for the standard clinical jargon here, you pencil pushers might want to take the next file from the pile. For those of you who've opted to stay around, I've a tale to spin. A tale of intrigue and magic, lies and heartbreak...
Nope, sounds too grandiose, self serving....except maybe for the heartbreak part. That word I'm leaving in and let me tell you why. Straight out of the gate, this project was a thinly veiled effort upon the part of the leaders of the free (and I use that term very loosely) world to gain control over yet another domain in the name of safety and security, commerce, even an exchange of cultures. Sounds a bit Roman if you ask me, which you won't, but there it is. Divide and conquer.
Of course, as usual, when the men at the top of the heap send their boys to the front line, there are always casualties,
Divided Chapter 100“Director?”
Lily's head came up from the table with a snort and she stared about the conference room until her gaze rested on Fury, sitting in a chair across the way, his arms folded. How long had she been asleep? She stretched, groaned as her muscles screamed in protest.
“I said you should have found a couch somewhere,” he shook his head, looked up to the ceiling, “What is it?”
“We're reading high electromagnetic activity in the atmosphere,” the disembodied voice replied. Fury was on his feet, followed closely by Lily.
“Whereabouts is this activity concentrated?”
“Ah, in the sky above us.”
Fury gestured to Lily as they headed for the conference room door, “I want agents on the heliopad now! We're on our way.”
The wind tore at the door in Fury's hand, making every effort to wrench it out of his grasp. Beyond him, Lily could see Tony Stark and Thor standing amid a circle of agents which parted as Fury st
Divided Chapter 99From the opposite end of the corridor, Eidra could see people gathered before the open doors of the Great Hall and she stopped. The guardsman, realizing she was no longer keeping pace with him, paused to look at her, “Milady?”
The group milled about, casting silhouettes against the torchlight. Among them, she spied at least one Jotunn but the guard had told her Loki was restored. She started forward again, a bit slower this time, clasping her trembling hands tight together.
One of the figures had broken away and was now rushing toward her, the rest turned to watch their exchange.
“Oh Mama! It is ended!” Brenna flew into her arms, “Come see. Papa is home safe again!”
Eidra clutched Brenna to her tightly before taking her by the arms and giving her a shake, “Are you mad? Running off with Mister Stark to the gods know where!”
“In my defense, I tried to make her stay here but she wouldn't listen,” Stark was bes
Divided Chapter 98“Milady, will you not reconsider?” Tamarin pleaded.
Eidra shook her head, ignoring the cluck of Frigga's tongue. She threw her cloak about her shoulders, willing her fingers to stop trembling as she fastened the enclosure at her throat. She was beyond anguished now, she was furious, angrier than she'd been in recent memory. In the space of one half a fortnight, she'd lost more than she could bear and now her eldest child had disappeared along with Chase and Mister Stark, could even now be lying injured at the encampment? The alternative was too horrific to consider.
“Do you not see what is going on outside the walls? It is far too dangerous to leave the protection of the city. Let me send a contingent of guards to the Midgardian camp...”
“Your Majesty, with all respect, I refuse to send someone in my stead to fetch my daughter. The fighting has all but ceased. The guards and the Jotunn troops from Muspelheim have claimed victory. Bruna is watching the girl
Divided Chapter 97Stark and Chase had herded her behind an outcropping of rocks, urging her further beneath the granite boulders as they perched at the opening, watching. She'd lost sight of the others when they separated into the woods along the access road. Now she knelt in the snow trying to catch her breath, hoping the pain that raged inside her skull would not be the last thing she felt in this lifetime. Though she'd managed to heal the wound, her shoulder still throbbed.
The Jotunns stomped between the trees, trampling the underbrush and shaking the snow down from the branches as they searched for their prisoners. Even from this distance they could hear the crackle snap of the longhouse as it burned itself out. If the Jotunns found them they would likely be killed for their part in the sabotage. She smiled at the thought of what must be going through their minds, how they themselves would suffer for their failure to protect the longhouses.
“How are we going to get out of here?” Chase w