Descent Epilogue In the fullness of time, Loki led his brother to believe he had forgiven him, even going so far as to seek out his company when he actually bothered with anyone at all. His mind, however, was only intent on one thing, revenge.
When Helgi brought her little niece to live with her, a year after Eidra's passing, the child seemed taken with Loki. She would toddle after him whenever she would see him. At first he would not trouble himself with her but Helgi would bring the child when she would clean his chambers and eventually Helgi would find him sitting on the floor playing with the child, letting her climb on him, tug on his hair, his grief momentarily assuaged. On one such visit, Loki handed the child a stuffed leather ball that he had made for her.
However, one day as she sat on his lap, her chubby hand found the Uruz hanging about his neck. She stared at it
Descent Chapter 26 He sat on the edge of the bed twirling the Uruz around on its leather thong, feeling its heft, its power, a soft hum, a vibration which always increased when he would couple with Eidra. He held the disc up to his eye, looking through the center hole as he considered a plan. He would find where Eidra had been taken, go to her room and steal away with her. They would use the gateway and escape...but to where? Vanaheim? Midgard? A grand plan, they would have nothing, would have to start with nothing, but, oh for the chance of a life together.
Thor's voice outside the bedroom door and his subsequent entry into his room suddenly gave Loki over to a case of giggles.
“I am bunking here tonight, brother, to keep you company.”
At this, Loki fairly howled with laughter, lying back on the bed, tears streaming down hi
Descent Chapter 25 When Silas finally set the spade on the ground beside the tent, the sky was starting to brighten on the horizon. The camp was still quiet. He crept into Eidras tent, dropping to the hay beside Helgi and Eidra. Helgi had her hand at Eidra's back, as if she had been rubbing it. Silas tapped Helgi on the shoulder, and she turned with a snort.
“She is with Ren,” he whispered.
Helgi's hand came up to cover his, “Dear boy, we are ever in your debt. Lay down and rest while you still can.”
Silas lay staring up at the roof of the tent beside to Helgi,, “How fared she after I left?”
“Mmm, it took much to console her. This will go far in easing her mind. Now rest.”
The stamping of a horse outside the tent opened Silas's eyes. It was light
Descent Chapter 24“My dear, you should not worry yourself about such matters as these.”
Frigga glared at Odin, “Do not patronize me. I will worry as I please.”
Odin turned another page of the tome and continued reading, drumming his fingers on the tall stand at which he stood.
“What is the use of worrying when it does little else but give you bad humors?” Odin leaned closer to the page, following the words with his finger.
Frigga wanted to throw the book to the side and jump atop the stand, screaming. Instead , she walked up to him and stood at his side, “The laws of the High Court of Alfheim?”
“Woman,” He grumbled as he turned another page.
She kept silent, stayed at his elbow as he hunched forward again to read, turned the page back, then forward again. She edged closer still until Odin sighed and stepped back from the stand, “Please feel free to intrude upon my research, my dear.”
He rolled his eyes as she slid in front of him an
Descent Chapter 23 “Tomorrow you will travel” Loki stroked the redness on her cheek where Thor had connected with her, “I shall charge Helgi with your care. I will provide you with enough coin and set you up in Rialo with Ren until your time. Then you will rejoin me with our child. I will speak with Father as soon as you are safely away. When mother sees you with that little baby cradled in your arms, she will bend him to her will. He shall not be able to deny you.”
He slid her robe over her head caressing her belly as he did so, “I shall miss this, touching you, feeling the baby move under my hand.”
“Ah, the baby will still move beneath your hands only I shall be across the room,” She put her hands atop his as her face turned grave, “I am afraid though, I have felt a change these past couple of days, my back has hurt constantly. Helgi says it is my
Descent Chapter 22 “I have never been so uncomfortable in my life,” Eidra groaned, holding up her finished blanket, “..And so proud. Look, my first big piece.”
Helgi nodded, “The yellow edging is lovely, a royal coverlet.”
Eidra proceeded to fold it in her lap, “I had to order Loki to go with Thor riding today. He was at the door this morning, demanding that Loki come with him. I stayed seated with the blanket on my lap and he scowled at me but I did not waver. I thought he was going to upbraid me for being so impudent but he simply grabbed Loki's arm and dragged him out of the room.”
“He has not troubled himself about you in such a long time. We may count our blessings.”
Eidra stood up, a little off balance at first, then
Descent Chapter 21 Days went by without a visit from Silas. By the end of the week, she asked Helgi again if she had seen him.
“No. He does his chores late in the evening and is gone before morning meal.”
Eidra had considered searching the corridors for him but knew it was now getting more dangerous for her to be seen. He would either come to her when he felt he could or not at all. She missed him sorely. She was ecstatic when Helgi joined them one night a week later, knitting in hand.
They had moved the chairs to the balcony to catch the evening breeze, a lantern hanging on a wire frame between them. Helgi sat on a low stool.
“You are doing so well Eidra, the blanket shall be finished by the time the baby comes.”
She smiled, “I had a good teacher.”
Descent Chapter 20 “Get up, get dressed,” came the whisper in her ear.
Eidra opened her eyes to see Loki standing over her, looked out towards the balcony where the sun had not quite made the horizon.
“It is so early,” She flopped her head back down on the pillow as the coverlet was thrown back from her.
“Get up,” he shook her again.
She swung her feet around to the floor, “I am up, Odin's beard.”
He set a pair of breeches and a tunic in her lap. “Put these on.”
She held them up before her, “A dress would hide me better.”
“No one will notice you today.” He put his hands on his hips, “Hurry, I wish to beat the dawn.”
Descent Chapter 19 He was up and gone before she woke the next morning. She put on a clean dress, picked up the dirty clothes from the chair, wrapped her cloak over her shoulders and wandered down to the staff kitchen.
Artra was standing at the kitchen fire, stirring the porridge in the large kettle.
“Where is Helgi?” Eidra asked as she passed by on the way to the laundry room.
“She went to see Petar. The poor woman is beside herself. The High Council is in session this moment as we speak to pass sentence on Malek.”
She came back out into the kitchen, “Is Silas with his mother too?”
“He is, he came to fetch Helgi. He was as white as milk.”