Ítreksjóð : The Guardian Of Asgard's Treasure
Half Of Nothing
- Weeks later
The only good thing about coming to Jotunheim was that the extreme cold was making the burns on his back feel better, or maybe he was just going numb from the frigid temperatures, he could not really tell. Durinn limped slowly up to the great frozen doors of Farbauti's great ice hall, and took a deep breath to calm himself down. It did not help ! As he reached out to knock on the right door his hand was noticeably shaking. He had come not because he wanted to, but because Motsognir had told him it was the right thing to do.
" Better to face up to a little more humiliation now, then deal with the possibility of retribution later ! " Durinn told himself as he tried to steel his nerves.
Durinn's first few knocks were feeble, almost as though he did not want them to be heard. After a few moments of silence the leader of the Dwarves decided it was foolish to put off the inevitable. With a sudden burst of will power he balled his fist up and pounded hard on the door, again and again.
Every thundering Giant footstep that approached the door made his body quiver and his stomach feel sick. And the grinding sound of the latch being lifted made him close his eyes out of fear. When Durinn opened his eyes he saw standing above him Stigandi, who guarded the Ice Palace. The Jotun, who's face still showed the injuries of their recent fight against the Gods, narrowed his eyes and grimaced as he opened the door.
" Farbauti said that you would eventually come ! " he said angrily to the little Dwarf.
The walk up the slippery aisle to Farbauti's ice high - seat seemed longer than the distance across Bifrost, and the dragon's cave combined. This illusion, of course, was not caused by distance, but by the anxiety being caused by the icy stare he was receiving from Farbauti .
When Durinn finally reached the high - seat the huge blue - gray Jotun and the tiny hairy little Dwarf stared at each other for several uncomfortable moments before the Dwarf thought it best to break the silence.
" I decided it was time that we met to discuss the failed attempt to steal the God's gold. I have come not out of fear, but out of respect for both of our realms. " he told the Ice Giant nervously.
Farbauti looked down at the little Dwarf, and took a deep breath before replying.
" There are some here in Jotunheim who want me to squash you like an insect, and enslave your people to serve us,... however,..., despite your plan to steal the God's gold being flawed,... I did agree to it,... and therefore must take some responsibility for it's failure. " he responded haltingly and without emotion.
Durinn shrugged his shoulders.
" How could anyone have known that the Asgardians had a fire breathing dragon ! ? " Durinn said quickly.
Farbauti nodded in agreement.
" Yes, indeed ! " he offered.
Then the Frost Giant quickly added.
" You did, however, promise us half of the Asgardian treasure that you could carry out of the Golden realm. And half of nothing is still nothing ! " he reminded the little Dwarf.
" Actually, I have decided to give it all to you ! " he told the Jotun with a little grin.
Durinn reached deep into his pocket. He pulled out the coin he had taken from the cave, and threw it up to Farbauti.
Farbauti caught the coin and studied it for a moment. Despite all they had been through the Jotun leader could not help but see the humorous irony in the single coin. Farbauti began to laugh so hard that it echoed throughout Jotunheim.
Durinn laughed also. Not because it was funny, but because he knew that the dragon would come looking for his stolen coin one day !
- The End
- Next Story : ' The Rune Stone ' © 2017.
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2017.
Also coming soon : Durinn and Motsognir return in : ' An Uncivil War ' © 2017. And Ítreksjóð and Farbauti will appear in the conclusion of the trilogy : ' The Fire Dragon's Quest ' © 2017.