A Steep Price To Pay !
The brothers tossed and turned that night and were not able to get much sleep. The thought of receiving a good price for the Brisingamen necklace, in and of itself, was enough to keep the brothers awake. When combined with the rare opportunity to meet the Goddess, considered to be the most beautiful woman in all of the nine worlds, it was simply too much for them !
Niping's shop opened every morning when the horn was blown to warn the Dwarves that Sunna was about to rise. The brothers, however, had arrived much earlier, and had been waiting quite a while when Niping strolled up to open his doors for business.
Niping was a wise man, and knew full well why they had come so early.
" You need not have arrived so early my friends . Freyja is indeed a Goddess, but she is also a female, and I do not expect to see her until later in the day ! " he told them.
Niping smiled when he saw the disappointed looks on the brothers' faces.
" Of course you are more than welcome to wait in my store ! " he told the brothers with a smile.
And wait they did ! The master craftsmen sat staring at the walls of the shop when the horn blew twice for noon. They fidgeted nervously as the horn blew three times for the evening, and they hung their heads low with disappointment when the horn blew four times to announce that Sunna had left their domain.
Niping was about to close up the shop, and tell the brothers to come back tomorrow in the morning, when he heard the latch of his door slide open. And then, out of the shadows of the Dwarves world, and into his lit shop, walked the very image of beauty. Freyja stood for a moment in the doorway before entering. Her loveliness radiated out from her like the powerful light rays that Sunna projected as she crossed the sky. And just like the sun's rays the Dwarves shied away from her great elegance.
Dvalinn could not believe that any creature could be so beautiful ! He was instantly attracted to her like a moth to a flame. As he studied her perfect shape and form he could not help but compare her to the wonderful necklace he and his brothers had crafted. Her hair flowed off of her head like a waterfall cascading over a cliff, ending in perfect curls that reminded him of waves breaking upon a shore. The curves of her shapely body, rose and receded in perfect proportion to her height and weight. She was as perfect and beautiful as their necklace in every way. And then..... then she smiled, and his heart sank down into his soul and he wanted her more than anything else in the nine worlds !
Niping quickly ran behind Freyja and closed the door to his shop. Being a Goddess he could of course not expect her to shut the door while lesser beings were around.
" I hope that you will not close just yet Niping, my dear little Dwarve friend. For I have come for that wonderful mirror that you described to me when last we met. " she told the merchant with a smile that made the little Dwarve tremble inside.
Niping bowed to the Goddess before replying.
I would never be so rude as to close up my shop when it has been graced with the presence of one as beautiful and graceful as you Freyja ! " he told her nervously.
Freyja nodded her approval, and then spoke.
" Who are these gentle dwarves who seem so interested in me ? " she asked with a shy little grin.
Niping suddenly remembered that they were there, and why they had come.
" Beautiful one, these craftsmen have made a piece of jewelry that only your loveliness can do justice to ! " he told her with a slight bow.
Niping pointed to Dvalinn when Freyja seemed less than interested.
" Show her the necklace ! " he told Dvalinn through clenched teeth.
With trembling hands Dvalinn placed the box on the cushion of the golden high - seat, and slowly opened the lid. At first Freyja showed little interest in what the Dwarve was trying to show her, but the moment the shining golden necklace caught her eye she looked over the Dwarve's shoulder to gain a better look.
Freyja owned many beautiful things, but this was a magnificent work of art. The Goddess quickly stepped in front of the Dwarve and lifted the box to get a better look at the lovely piece of jewely. As she gazed upon the necklace Freyja studied every detail intently. The absolute perfection of the flawless gemstones awed the Goddess, as did the overall balance of the necklace despite the different shapes and sizes of the gems. Freyja noted even the smallest little engraving with great admiration. Then she had an awful thought. She imagined the necklace on another woman !
" What is your price for this magnificent piece ? " she asked the Dwarve who had shown her the necklace.
Dvalinn could see that she wanted the Brisingamen necklace very much.
" The price for the necklace is one thousand times its weight in gold ...... and you must spend one night with myself and each of my brothers pleasuring us ! " he told the Goddess as he almost choked on his own words.
Alfrik, Grer, Berling and Niping all gave out an involuntary gasp when they heard Dvalinn's price for the necklace. Freyja, however, calmly took a deep breath before making a counter offer.
" And if I pay five thousand times its weight in gold ? " she asked hopefully.
" The amount of gold can change, but the four nights of pleasure that you must provide will remain the same ! " he told her bluntly.
Freyja stood staring at the necklace for a moment as she struggled with her decision. When Dvalinn felt he had waited long enough he closed the lid of the box. The Dwarve was about to pick up the Brisingamen necklace when Freyja grabbed his hand.
" I have one stipulation to add to your original price. " she told Dvalinn.
Freyja then looked around the room at all the other Dwarves before returning her stare to Dvalinn.
" NO ONE must ever learn of the bargain we have struck her this day ! " she told the Dwarves in an angry whisper.
Dvalinn trembled in side from her touch as he replied.
" And none shall ever know of our.... " special " .... deal ! " he assured her.
Freyja picked up the box and held it tightly up against her ample chest.
" Then the bargain has been struck ! " she told the little Dwarve.
- End Chapter 4
- Next : Chapter 5 : For All To See
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.