Child Of Destiny
A Chance Meeting ?
What Astrid needed was a plan. How could she meet Thorvald if her parents would not allow her to travel anywhere near Hedemark ? Then one day she mentioned to one of her handmaidens that she thought that Thorvald was a very handsome young prince, and that someday she would like to meet him again. The handmaiden, who was married to Onund, one of her personal guards, told Astrid that her husband had seen the Hedemark prince riding along the border of the two kingdoms almost every day . "One of these days my husband says he will ride into Hedemark, and chase him all the way back to his hall ! " the handmaiden said with a giggle. Astrid's eyes lit up, and she smiled, as her mind slowly developed a plan to meet her fair prince.
The next day Astrid had her horse saddled, and readied for a ride. A warrior was always assigned to her, and today she asked for the handmaiden's husband to accompany her. Onund was a brave warrior, but he was a very gullible man, and not one of the most intelligent men she had ever met. When they had ridden halfway to the border with Hedemark, Astrid suddenly pulled hard on her reins, and stopped her horse. " Onund, it is much cooler this morning than I expected it to be ." she said matter of factly. " Would you be a dear, and ride back and ask one of my handmaidens for my riding cloak ? " she asked slyly. " Princess, you know that I am not allowed to leave you alone, and unprotected ! " Onund said in a stern voice. " But I don' t want to ride all the way back to our hall ! " And I am cold ! " she replied with a pout. " Besides Onund, we are on Romerike land, and no one is going to harm the princess of Romerike on our land. I promise you I will wait right here for you until you get back ! " she added with a smile. " If the king finds out I will be punished princess ! " Onund protested. " Well I certainly am not going to tell him Onund ! Now go and get my riding cloak before I freeze to death ! " Astrid said more firmly. Onund reluctantly turned his horse around, and shouted as he rode away : " Yes, my princess ! " As soon as Onund disappeared into the distance she sunk her boots into her mount, and made for the border as fast as she could.
Astrid rode up and down the border several times, but did not see Thorvald. The skies were beginning to look threatening so she decided to ride along the border one last time before heading home. As she was ending her ride she noticed off in the distance a lone rider on the Hedemark side of the border. As the rider came closer she could see that it was Prince Thorvald of Hedemark. Astrid was mesmerized by his long blonde hair as it bounced up and down with every stride of his horse. " Yes, he is a handsome young warrior ! " she said to herself.
Thorvald was pacing his horse at a slow trot when he saw the rider on the other side of the stream that marked the border in this area with Romerike. His first instinct was to reach for his sword, but when he noticed that the rider was sitting on the horse side saddle, and was wearing a dress, he relaxed his grip on the sword. Thorvald was puzzled ! The rider had stopped, and appeared to be waiting for him at the edge of the stream. As he came closer he saw that the rider was none other than Princess Astrid of Romerike. Even with his cheeks chilled by the cool morning air he could feel himself beginning to blush as he pulled up along side the stream.
" Well, good morning Prince Thorvald ! " Astrid shouted boldly. " Morning, Princess Astrid. " Thorvald replied sheepishly. " Despite the chill in the air it is a wonderful morning for a ride, is it not price ? " she asked. " It is princess. " Thorvald replied. " My parents were not happy that we spoke at the great feast, princess, they would be furious if they heard that we were together once again . " he told her. " And what do you want Thorvald, Prince of Hedemark ? " Astrid asked as she leaned over her horse, and revealed to him her low cut bodice. Thorvald took a deep breath before replying : " I think we should continue our rides princess. " Thorvald then turned his horse and began to ride away along the stream.
Astrid took this as another challenge, lifted her dress, turned herself in the saddle so she was straddling the horse, and rode after the prince. When Thorvald caught sight of the princess catching up to her, he kicked his horse into a full gallop. He expected to see her fading into the distance, but instead she was still steadily gaining on him. As she rode up along side of Thorvald, Astrid gave the prince a sexy smile, winked at him, and then kicked her horse into a full gallop, and passed his heavily panting horse. She laughed aloud when she realized that Thorvald had been watching her breasts as they heaved up and down with every step of her horse.
Thorvald saw that he was overworking his horse and pulled up to allow his horse to rest, and get a drink of water from the stream. Astrid slowed down when she saw him stop, and rode back to the prince. " When did you learn to ride so well princess?!" Thorvald asked as she stopped on the opposite side of the stream. " My father wanted a son, I believe, and therefore trained me as a shield maiden." Astrid answered proudly. " If you fight as well as you ride princess, I am sure that you are a force to be reckoned with ! " Thorvald replied complementing her. " I do many things well ! " Astrid then told him with a wicked smile.
Freyja had been watching closely as the two met, and realized that she had to act quickly to get these two young people together because Onund had returned with Astrid's cloak . When he did not find her where she said she would be, he rode back to the hall, and had now returned with two more warriors to search for her. Freyja summoned her brother Freyr, and asked him if he would be so generous as to allow the rain to fall a little sooner than he had planned. Freyr smiled as he asked her : " How hard would you like it to rain sister ? " Freyja smiled as she replied : " As hard as you can make it brother ! " Freyr raised an open hand to the grey clouds, and then clenched his fist tightly over them. It was as though the heavens had opened up as the deluge of pelting rain fell faster and faster !
As the cold rain poured down upon them, Thorvald shouted from across the stream : " We need to find shelter and fast princess ! " Astrid nodded and pointed to a grove of trees on her side of the border near the base of a small mountain. As they approached the grove, a lightning strike split an old fir tree down the middle, with one half pointing like a finger to an opening in the rocks at the mountain's base. By the time they reached the mouth of the cave they were drenched and shivering. Thorvald dismounted first, and helped Astrid down from her horse. He noticed as he set her down that her horse blanket had remained dry beneath her dress, so he quickly loosened her saddle and brought the dry blanket into the cave with him. Thorvald tried to place the blanket over Astrid' s shoulders, but she pushed his hands away. " We must get out of these wet clothes first or we will freeze to death. " she told him as she started to take off her dress. Though he was shivering, Thorvald could feel a warmth building up inside of him as he quickly undressed. When Astrid was completely naked she took the blanket from Thorvald, and placed it around her back, and then with an inviting raise of her eyebrows, and a little smile, invited him to join her in the blanket. Thorvald then stepped forward, and she wrapped the rest of the blanket around him. As their bodies met, and the warmth of their soft naked skin touched, they looked deeply into each others eyes. Astrid moved first, and kissed him softly on the lips. It did not take long for their passions to rise to a level where they could no longer control themselves !
Freyr looked over at his sister, and smiled as he said : " I see now why these Midgardians call you the Great Goddess of Love, sister. " Freyja returned his smile. " And when did you learn to control lightning my brother ? " she asked . I thought only the Mighty Thor could do such things ! " she added. " I am sure that I am not as proficient as the God of Thunder, but I am not lacking either when it comes to controlling the weather. " Freyr answered proudly. The two Gods laughed as they watched the prince and the princess love each other for the first time.
End Chapter 4
- Glenn Bergen, Copyright, 2014.
Next : Chapter 5 : Forbidden Love !