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Teaser Tuesday: LOKI'S BOY

Note that (as I've discovered, thanks to a very helpful member of my writers group) Leif is pronounced approximately "Lay-f" where the "Lei" has the same sound as the "Lei" in Princess Leia.

From the first chapter, still rough. Leif has just made a general offering of his service (and his father's ring) to the gods.


His ears were stinging with the cold, his eyes watering with the wind, his leg throbbing. He held himself there, straight and still, face turned to the sky, arms spread. For a second the wind seemed to lift around him, rippling his cloak, and he believed his words had carried as far as the great halls of the gods. Then it quieted, until there was hardly as much as a breeze. The snow pelted down. The tree stood solemn and silent. And no one came.

Of course not. He couldn't get a couple of door guards to listen to him--how could he have hoped to command the attention of the gods? Shaking his head at his foolishness, he bent down to pick up the ring. Peas it would be.

"And humans are ever impatient," a voice rang out from overhead, slick and cool as a sheet of melting ice. Leif flinched, and his feet slipped beneath him. Falling to his knees, he stared upward.

The snow still fell around him, but not a single flake veered close to him, or the ash tree, or the tall, slender figure who now leaned against it, wearing it like a throne. The giant of a man peered down, his lips bent in a smile that stretched across the entire V of his jaw and cracked dimples in his moon-white skin.

Not a man or a giant, Leif thought, his heart drumming in his chest. He couldn't move; he could hardly breathe. One of the Aesir. A god.

"Is this what's on offer?" the being asked, crouching down for a closer look. A lock of amber hair drifted across his forehead and he brushed it aside with spidery fingers. "You are a scrawny thing, though, aren't you?"

Leif opened his mouth. His throat refused to produce a sound.

"Hmph, small wonder you seek the aid of the gods. Well, speak up. I have no use for an ally who has no tongue."

"I-- I--" Leif swallowed. An ally. The god was actually considering--here was his chance. He had to take it, take it quickly. In a rush of determination, he hauled himself to his feet. Even standing while the figure before him hunched down, he hardly came to the other's waist. Pinned by those sharp blue eyes, it took him a few seconds to master speech again.

"I am strong enough," he said, raising his chin. "I farmed these lands nearly alone these last two years, and I brought down the wolf that threatened our animals. I'll fulfill any use you have for me, if you will help me in return."

"Any use?" The smile stretched wider, revealing teeth even whiter than the skin surrounding them. "Brave words, boy, when I might ask for anything. Perhaps even foolhardy."


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Aug. 26th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, now I really want to read this! Beautiful :)
Aug. 28th, 2008 01:03 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)
Aug. 26th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
Great writing!
Aug. 28th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Aug. 27th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
This is so good!
Aug. 28th, 2008 01:04 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 27th, 2008 05:02 pm (UTC)
Hi Megan! I found your LJ from the 10ers blog (I'm an eager watcher). I like this a lot. "Spidery fingers" is lovely; that's really evocative.
Aug. 28th, 2008 01:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! Always glad to meet new people on LJ. :)
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The Clouded Sky
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A Sky Unbroken
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The Way We Fall
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Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
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Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
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self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
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Henry Holt, 2009

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