Loki Seeks Revenge
Loki was not moved by the Godi' s words. As he raised his swords to strike he shouted : " You are a fool human ! " Loki was surprised that the Godi did not flinch as he swung at the defenseless human. Just as Loki expected to here the splitting of flesh, and the cracking of bone, he heard the sound of metal hitting metal instead. Loki looked at the object that had stopped his swords, and knew at once that only one man used such a weapon. To the side of Odd stood Odin with an angry look upon his face. Using Gungnir, Odin pushed Loki away from Odd, and said in an angry tone : " You will NOT harm my priest Loki ! " Loki, startled, stammered as he replied : " But, but you said the Aesir were not to interfere here in Midgard ? !" Odin shouted back : " A decree that you have already broken blood brother ! " Loki's eyes narrowed, and he gripped his swords tightly. Odin saw this and shouted : " Don' t ! " Loki rushed at the Godi a second time screaming in a high pitched tone. Before Loki could reach the priest he was knocked off of his feet by a giant fire ball, and thrown up against the side of the temple. From the back of the temple Freyja, who was flushed red with anger, and ready with another fireball yelled : " I will not allow anyone to hurt my priest ! "
Loki staggered to his feet and picked up the sword that had fallen closest to him. " You will not stop me Vanir bitch ! " He moved only a few inches before Mjollnir knocked him right through the side wall of the temple. Thor's mighty hammer then returned gracefully to the one who commanded it. Thor' s voice echoed through the temple like a thunder clap through a valley as he spoke : " I will never allow anyone to harm the Godi of our temple. NEVER ! "
Odin walked over to the gaping hole that had been punched through the wall by Loki' s body, and looked out into the bright sunlight. Loki was gone ! Off in the distance what Odin did see was King Thorkel riding towards the temple at full gallop with his men. Odin looked back at Thor and Freyja, and just shook his head as he walked over to the Godi.
Odd expected the Gods to just disappear, but they stood there watching the Godi, almost as if they were studying him. Odd looked up at Odin and asked respectfully : " I am not a great warrior, nor a skilled craftsman. I am not even a very productive farmer. In fact I am no one of any significance. Why did you protect me from Loki ? " Odin smiled as he gazed upon the Godi with his one eye, and replied : " You have always honored us well. Your faith is admirable my son, and you did not abandon us when you were threatened by Loki. Why would we abandon you when Loki tried to kill you ? " Odin questioned. " A deed of honor deserves to be repaid with a deed of honor my son ! " Odin added.
Freyja who had quietly walked up beside Odd said in a whispering sexy voice : " I have always been touched by the love that you have shown not only the Gods and Goddesses, but also by the love and compassion you have for your fellow Midgardians. I see in you what King Rognvald saw in you. A man of absolute faith ! " Thor laughed as he chimed in : " You do not have to be a warrior to be brave Godi. Even as Loki swung his swords to kill you, I did not see fear in your eyes. Today you were as brave as any warrior "
At that moment King Thorkel walked through the gaping hole in the side of the temple, with sword drawn. As he did the Gods disappeared leaving Odd standing alone. King Thorkel yelled over to Odd as his men poured through the hole : " Are you alright Godi ? " The Godi who stood before the statues of the Gods turned to King Thorkel, and with a smile on his face, and tears in his eyes responded : " I no longer stand in the shadow of the Gods, but now bask in the light of their glory ! "
- Glenn Bergen, Copyright, 2013.