The Temptation Of Balder
" Desperate Times Call For Desperate Measures ! "
Byleistr could not help but be amazed at how perfectly his brother's plan had come together. While he remained on the golden cart, holding the child of the Goddess, he watched in awe as Nanna turned a bright shade of red. He wanted to applaud his brother's devious brilliance, but instead he cleared his throat, so he could be heard over Balder's groans, to alert his brother of their arrival.
As soon as Loki heard his brother he spun around and in an instant became an actor in his own play.
" Oh, no ! Nanna ! What are you doing here ! You were not supposed to arrive until later ! " Loki announced as though he were a thespian in a Greek tragedy.
Byleistr, wanting to emphasize his part in his brother's elaborate plan, quickly chimed in :
I am so sorry brother, I misunderstood when I should bring Nanna to Ljosalfheim ! " he blurted out, while trying his best to hold back a grin.
Nanna ignored the Jotuns conversation, and took her child from Byleistr, before stepping off of the cart. As she gently bounced Forseti up and down in her arms, as all mothers do, she gave Loki a horrific stare.
" I will not speak to you on this matter, Loki Farbautison ! " she informed the Jotun in a very harsh tone.
Loki bowed his head and walked over to where his brother was standing in the cart to watch the show that was about to take place. As they stood side by side Loki poked his brother in the ribs and winked at him.
" This should be worth all the gold in Asgard ! " he informed his brother jovially.
Nanna stood as rigid as a statue while her husband finally became visible within the glare of the light. What stunned the Goddess most was that he was not alone in the glowing mass. An Elven woman, of immense beauty, apparently had shared the experience of the Light Dance with Balder as well, and the look of satisfaction, and exhaustion, that was etched upon his face, related to her just how much he had enjoyed the dance with this female.
When Balder's feet finally hit the ground again his legs were to weak to support his weight, and he fell meekly to his knees under his own weight. As he knelt there, trying desperately to catch his breath, Nanna slowly walked up to where her husband was now resting in the meadow.
" I am waiting for an explanation from my husband about his apparent bad behavior ! " she said rudely, as she held their child in her arms like a moral weapon.
Balder, physically and mentally exhausted by the exhilarating experience, held up one hand to his wife before speaking.
" I am afraid,......, that you will have to wait for me to compose myself before I can respond fully to your concerns. " he told his wife in between a slight gasp for air.
Aeola walked up to the Goddess and smiled first at the child, and then at Nanna. Despite her anger the wife of Balder could not help but feel a tinge of excitement while looking into the eyes of the Elf.
" Your child is very beautiful ! " the Elf commented.
Nanna, who was in no mood for small talk, narrowed her eyes as she gazed down at the Elf.
" Do you often make a habit of pleasuring other female's husbands ?! " she asked in an uncharacteristically harsh tone.
"Yes ! Males, females,...., hermaphrodites,...., beings from all the nine worlds come here to Ljosalfheim to experience the Dance of Light. " she told the Goddess.
Nanna's eyes nearly popped out of her head !
" Females !!? " she shouted back at the Elf.
Aeola allowed a small frown to furrow her perfect brow.
" Yes,..., of course,...., oh, I see,...., you think this ' Dance of Light ' is a sexual encounter between two beings. I assure you this could not be further from the truth ! Once the pureness of the light engulfs the dancers the pleasure comes from within their own souls,...., not between their bodies,...., and most assuredly not from the one they dance with. And that is why it is so intense for beings not of this world. For you see we have become familiar with such intense pleasure and can control our emotional state, while others, especially those who are experiencing it for the first time, are sometimes overwhelmed by the intensity of the dance. " the Elf explained with a smile.
Nanna could not hide her confusion.
" I do not understand ! " she blurted out angrily.
Aeola smiled and pointed to a nearby Elf.
" Give your child to Fritia, my dear . As the third moon rises we will dance together. " the Elf told her.
Nanna was not certain that she wanted to be a willing participant in this ' Dance of Light ', but because her husband remained in an incapacitated state by its affects, she allowed herself to be drawn into the meadow by Aeola to join the other Elves who were preparing to once again dance under the moonlight.
Byleistr gave his brother a confused stare.
" Is this also part of your master plan ? " he asked.
Loki shook his head from side to side.
" No ! This is not good ! " he informed his brother in a hoarse whisper.
Loki watched as the Elf woman, and the Goddess, began to circle around. Once again, as the moon became more prominent in the Elven sky, the whirling pace of the dance became faster and faster. As the light grew in intensity so too did the emotions that it stirred within the Goddess who was not of this world. As Nanna's feet lifted off of the ground the moon's light mixed with their own brilliance, and Aeola and the Goddess became lost in the intense glow. When neither could be seen any longer Byleistr nudged his brother.
" Should we leave now ? " he asked.
Loki bit his lip before replying.
" No ! We should allow this to play out ! " he told Byleistr.
Nanna, like her husband before her, could not control her sexual emotions as she was engulfed in the penetrating light. At first the wife of Balder moaned in a low soft tone, but as the light intensified so too did the sheer ecstasy that burst through her soul like water through a ruptured dam. Before she collapsed, and was gently set down on the flowered meadow by Aeola, she let out several screams that escaped her mouth like a howling wind.
As she lay upon the ground, limp and exhausted by the overwhelming experience, she looked up at Aeola, and with tears of joy cascading down her cheeks she managed to say one thing before she fainted.
" Oh,......, now I understand... "
Byleistr poked his brother once again.
" Now is it time to leave ?! " he asked in a much sterner voice.
Loki took a long deep breath before answering his brother.
" Yes, I believe that once again my plan has not worked quite the way I had envisioned it ! " he told his brother bitterly.
In a flash of light, that went unnoticed by anyone in the meadow, the two Jotuns disappeared. Just as quickly they reappeared in Jotunheim in front of the great Blue Ice Hall. As Byleistr climbed the stairs to his hall he turned and looked down at Loki, who appeared to be in deep thought.
" What will my brother do now ? ! " he asked.
Loki stared up at his brother as he pounded his right fist into his left palm.
" Desperate times call for desperate measures ! " he shouted up at his brother.
Byleistr shook his head in disgust.
" I want no part of your new plan ! " he adamantly told his brother.
- End Chapter 9
- Next : Chapter 10 : Murder In Ljosalfheim
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