Freyja came up behind the Norn, and gently placed her hands upon the maiden's shoulders. " Then you will help me to change Odin' s mind about the union of the human Kolskegg, and the Valkyrie Skogul ? " Freyja whispered in her ear.
Skuld held up the tapestry of future time that she had been weaving and began to pull out the leading thread that ran through the cloth. The Norn wound the thread around her hand again and again, until it became a small ball. As she did so the tapestry became smaller and smaller. When she reached the point that would change history forever, in fact that very moment, she stopped and held up the piece for Freyja to examine.
" I promised the Vanir many millennium ago that if your kind defeated the Aesir I would grant you one favor. I now consider that pledge to be paid in full . " she told Freyja in a monotone voice.
Freyja never understood the conversations she had with the Norns. It was nearly impossible to speak to beings who already knew everything that you were about to say long before you said it. The Vanir Goddess had spoken only a few words, and yet Skuld had apparently granted her what she wanted. Freyja tried not to look perplexed as she asked : " And how will you change the mind of the wisest of Gods ? " she asked.
For the first time Skuld turned around and looked directly into Freyja' s eyes. The Norn's eyes seemed to be as empty as the future that had not yet been woven, and the sight of such a void unsettled Freyja. Skuld's eyes looked through Freyja as if she were not there as she spoke. " By giving back to Odin the one thing he has always hoped for . " she told the Goddess.
Freyja turned away from the empty sockets that stared at her, before asking. " And what may I ask is that ? "
Skuld picked up the tapestry, and as one corner of her mouth curled ever so slightly into a smile, she replied : " How can I tell you when I have not yet begun to weave that future ? " she answered as a question. Skuld slowly turned away from Freyja, and without speaking again, began to weave the new future into the fabric of time.
Freyja shook her head, went back to her cart, and left the Well of Urd. Freyja laughed as her cats pulled her cart into the heavens. Although she had no idea what Skuld was talking about, the Goddess had the Norn' s word, and that was, in and of itself, enough for her to put the second part of her plan into effect.
Freyja could not help but smile as she walked up the golden steps to Odin's great hall. The Goddess of Seidr stopped at the landing in front of the doors and chanted a spell several times. Suddenly, instead of wearing battle armor, she had changed into a very seductive see - through gown, with a slit that traveled up the entire length of her long legs. With a mere wave of her hand the heavy doors opened before her. She used the same simple magic to close the doors behind her . Although the golden hall gleamed with light, it still took Freyja a moment for her eyes to adjust from the bright glow of Sunna's rays. When she was once again able to focus properly, she saw exactly what she had hoped to see . There, sitting beside Odin, was his loving wife Frigga. Freyja grinned from ear to ear as she approached the two Aesir Gods.
Frigga was both surprised and dismayed to see Freyja here in their great hall. The All- Mother looked down at her very conservative gown, and then raised her eyebrows at the provocative attire that the Queen of the Vanir was wearing. Frigga turned to her husband and whispered sarcastically : " My it must be warm in Asgard today ! " Odin smiled. " Yes indeed ! " he replied without taking his eye off of the beautiful Goddess who stood before him.
Freyja took long strides as she approached the high -seats. Her ample breasts heaved up and down with every carefully placed step. " I hear that the great Odin has no use for love ! " she told him with a sexy pout.
Frigga' s eyes narrowed as she watched the Vanir Goddess approach in such a seductive manner. " And what exactly do you mean by that ! ? " All - Mother asked angrily.
Freyja gave Frigga a condescending look before replying : " I had to console a Valkyrie named Skogul today, at my hall in Folkvang. She was deeply hurt because your husband disapproves of the love between his maidens and the humans who live on Midgard. " she answered slyly.
Odin stood up and pounded on the arm of his high - seat . " Did Skogul come crying to you looking for help ? ! " Odin demanded to know.
Freyja walked closer and placed one of her long legs on the first step leading to the high - seats. This allowed the slit in her dress to open up from her feet to the creamy whiteness of her thigh. " She did not come to me for assistance. She was merely delivering a warrior to my hall. It was just " fate " that I saw her crying on the steps of Sessrumnir. " she told Odin with a flirtatious smile. " In matters of wisdom and war you are the lord and master, but when it comes to love... well, that great Odin, is my domain . And I intend to persuade you that in this matter I am right ! " she explained to Odin. Freyja then licked her lips, and gazed deeply into Valfather's eye.
Odin looked nervously at Frigga, who had an angry look on her face, and then shook his finger at Freyja. " Skogul has broken her oath to me. She has been with a human.....she has attacked one of her sister Valkyries, and.... and.... I think I have been very fair with my punishment toward her ! " Odin told the Vanir Goddess loudly as he tried to hide his nervous tone behind his anger.
Freyja walked up the steps, and placed her leg up on the arm of Odin's high seat, exposing her thigh to Valfather. " I see ! The Lord of Asgard can take on as many lovers as he so desires, but a maiden in your service can have none ! " she shot back with a pleasant grin.
Frigga leaped up from her seat ! " How dare you come here and speak to my husband in such a rude manner ! I will not stand here and listen to such nonsense ! " Frigga shouted, her voice trembling with anger. Frigga pushed Freyja' s leg off of her husband's high - seat before walking out of the chamber, and heading for Hlidskjalf.
Freyja smiled from ear to ear as All - Mother stomped off. Before Frigga disappeared the Vanir Goddess shouted : " I will keep coming here as many times as is necessary to change your husband's mind, and gain his blessing for this union ! "
Freyja continued to speak to Odin about the relationship between the human Kolskegg, and Skogul the Valkyrie, for quite some time after Frigga left. Now, however, she was not as adamant as before. The Vanir Goddess did not need to change Odin's mind any longer. Frigga would change her husband' s mind for her !
- End of Chapter 9
- Next : Chapter 10 : The Future Known
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.