Geirahod's Reluctant Promise
Suddenly, as if startled out of a deep sleep, Gondul jumped up out of her stupor and reached down for her sword. " Where is he ! I will kill that stupid human ! " she shouted angrily. As she looked around trying to find the warrior she wobbled slightly on unsteady legs. " Where is he ! " she screamed again in frustration.
Skogul slowly came up from behind her friend and grabbed her sword hand gently. She then placed her other arm around Gondul' s waist and hugged her. " Forgive me my good friend, but it was I who struck you down ! " she whispered softly in her ear.
Gondul quickly wriggled out of Skogul' s grasp, and spun around to face her sister Valkyrie. " You ! ? It was you !! " she shouted while pointing her sword menacingly at her friend. " What ? ....How ?.... Why ? " she screamed angrily at her long time friend.
Skogul lowered her head in shame. " I am sorry ! I am so very sorry !! " she told Gondul. " I do not know what compelled me...., but I could not allow you to harm Kolskegg. " she explained to her sister. " Kolskegg was not hurting me....., he was....well.... he was hugging me ! " she added with a stutter.
Gondul' s expression turned from anger to surprise. " Kolskegg ! " she shouted as she returned her sword to its holder. " Now this human has a name ? " she added . Gondul began to pace back and forth. " This is dangerous ! Very dangerous ! We Valkyries are blood oathed to Odin, and Odin alone. If Valfather finds out about this he will not be pleased ! " she exclaimed scolding her friend for her irresponsible actions .
The angry Valkyrie began to calm down when she suddenly realized that the warrior she had been bringing to Valhalla had also been thrown off of her horse, and was now lying on the ground beside them. Gondul took a long deep breath. " Let us first gather up the honored dead for Odin and Freyja. We can speak of this later back in Valhalla when we are finished with our duties. " she told Skogul in a much calmer voice.
Gondul and Skogul did not speak as they rode back to Valhalla side by side with the last of the honored dead for Odin' s ever growing legion. After Skogul had set her warrior upon the steps of the great hall, Gondul grabbed her by the arm, and led her away to the fields just outside of the Odin's hall. As the golden doors opened to allow the dead warrior to enter Geirahod emerged from the hall, and carefully, and quietly, followed her sister Valkyries to see what they were up to. When Gondul and Skogul stopped, Geirahod remained at a safe distance. Far enough not to be seen, but close enough to hear what was being said.
Gondul let go of Skogul' s arm and pointed her finger at her sister. " Explain your actions Skogul, for I do not understand ! " Gondul demanded. Skogul turned her eyes away from Gondul before replying. " How can I tell you of something that makes so little sense to me ! " Skogul shouted back at her friend. Gondul took a deep breath and let it out hard in frustration. " Then tell me what you can ! " she insisted.
" I was retrieving a soul from the battlefield when our eyes met for a second time. Then he came toward me ! I knew that he meant me no harm, but I still drew my sword to protect myself. And then.... then.... he dried my tears and kissed me.... " she told her friend with a huge smile. " I believe it was at that very moment that you attacked him. " she added.
" Kissed ! Kissed !! " Gondul screamed. " I thought he was trying to hurt you ! " she told her friend while shaking her fist at her . Gondul' s expression suddenly changed from anger to confusion. " Why did he kiss you ? " she asked. Skogul turned to Gondul, and grinned from ear to ear. " He thinks I am beautiful ! " she told her friend excitedly. Gondul gave her sister a mean look that wiped the smile off of her face. " Great ! Isn' t that just wonderful ! " she yelled at Skogul. Then Gondul stroked her chin thoughtfully. " I do not understand why it is that this human can see you ! " she told Skogul in an confused tone. Skogul shrugged her shoulders. " Nor do I . And it seems that he can see me, but not you. " she explained to her sister .
Gondul nodded her head in the direction of the great hall. " I think that we should inform Odin about this human. To hide this from Valfather would be wrong ! " she told her sister. Skogul' s expression turned to fear and surprise. " No ! No ! I do not believe that this small matter deserves the attention of great Odin ! " she quickly replied.
Geirahod rose up from her hiding place among the tall grass when she heard what Skogul had just said. " Who are you to decide what is, or what is not, important enough for Odin to be made aware of ! " Geirahod shouted as she approached her sisters. Gondul and Skogul both looked at each other, and gasped in horror when they saw Geirahod coming toward them.
Geirahod completely ignored Skogul and spoke directly to Gondul. " She spoke to a human ?... who should not have been able to see her.... and then she struck you down when you tried to protect her ? ! The punishment for a Valkyrie attacking one of her sisters is at the very least banishment.... and possibly even if death if Odin so decrees ! " she explained to Gondul angrily.
Gondul grabbed Geirahod by the arm and led her a short distance away from Skogul. " Please sister ! I know this looks bad, but I believe that all of this was simply a series of unfortunate misunderstandings. " Gondul told her sister Valkyrie. " And we all know that some humans can see us ! " Gondul reminded her. " Do you remember the story that our sister Skeggjold told us about the one called Volund and his brothers ? " she asked. Geirahod nodded, but did not reply. " Those Valkyries lived with their human hosts for seven years, before they were recalled to duty by Odin himself ! " she explained just in case Geirahod did not actually remember.
" Gondul put her arm around Geirahod's neck and pulled her close. " Now I have decided to put Skogul' s actions behind me, and forgive her for her indiscretions. And I ask that you do the same ! " Gondul told her sister with authority as she increased the pressure on her neck.
Geirahod understood the meaning of what she was being told by Gondul, but she was not intimidated. She placed her hand on Gondul' s chin and raised it up so that their noses almost touched. " For your sake, and because you have asked so nicely, I will let this matter rest..... for now. " she told Gondul through clenched teeth.
Then Geirahod released Gondul' s chin and spun around to face Skogul. The angry Valkyrie pointed her finger menacingly at Skogul. " But I will be watching you very closely my dear, and if I catch you breaking any of Odin' s laws I promise you I will bring you down ! " she shouted to Skogul. Geirahod glanced angrily at Gondul one more time before storming off back to the golden hall.
Gondul shook her head back and forth in disgust. She then walked back over to her friend and rubbed her arm. " Let us not speak of this again Skogul. " she told her. " As far as I am concerned this matter is ended ! " Gondul added. Skogul managed a weak smile, and thanked her, but in her heart she knew that this was not over. It was just beginning !
- End Chapter 3
- Next : Chapter 4 : A Temptation Too Great !
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