The Prophecy Of Destiny
Back To Asgard
Odin traveled back to Asgard on the same road he had taken to Hel' s hall. This time when he reached the valley where he had seen the baptisms being performed, he was greeted with a sight of sheer devastation and destruction ! Branches littered the ground, and a number of large trees had been knocked over, by what Odin could only surmise was a storm of great magnitude. All - Father decided to take a short detour to see how the village had fared in the storm. As Odin slowly rode Sleipnir through the main street of the small village he was shocked by the absolute destruction. Every hut, and every longhouse, had been blown apart ! Wood and stone debris lay everywhere, and several times Sleipnir had to either walk around what was left of a structure, or jump over it. As he passed, Odin noticed that the Christian Stave Church had been burned to the ground, presumably by a lightning strike. Bodies were strewn throughout the wreckage, and scavenger birds were already feasting on the flesh of the dead. Odin thought to himself that it looked much like a great battlefield. Only here everyone was killed. Suddenly, Odin realized what had happened, looked up at the threatening sky, and pointed to a dark cloud off in the distance. " I told you there was to be no interference in the lives of the Midgardians ! " he shouted. In response the sky lit up from a lightning strike, and a moment later the whole valley shook from a massive boom of thunder. Odin could not help but shake his head and laugh. " My boy never did listen to me much ! " he said under his breath.
As Odin reached the edge of what was once the village, he passed the remains of a blacksmith shop. There he saw a young boy crying over the body of a large male, who was almost certainly his father. " At least Thor did not kill everyone ! " Odin told Sleipnir as he pulled up closer. Then Odin recognized the boy as Eyjolf, the son who had protested being baptized at the stream the day Odin had rode through the valley. All - Father dismounted, and walked over to the boy. When Odin's shadow reached Eyjolf , the child looked up, and with tears in his eyes he spoke : " My parents are dead ! They are all dead ! " he shouted pointing around the whole village. Odin reached out his hand to the boy. " Let us leave this place son, there is nothing here for you now. " he told him. As the boy took hold of All - Father's hand he collapsed up against Odin and cried. Odin held the boy with one arm, and stroked his hair with the other. Usually never at a loss for words, the King of Asgard could not find his voice, and instead held Eyjolf until he stopped crying. Then he helped the boy up onto Sleipnir. " I know a nice Pagan village up stream from here that would be more than willing to take in a fine young lad like yourself. ! " Odin whispered as he rode away from the remains of the village.
As Odin followed the stream to the next settlement he noticed something on the bank of its shore. As he rode down to the edge of the water he saw the body of a priest, still in his white robes, lying with his lower body on the shore, and his upper torso in the water. As the priest's head bobbed up and down with the flow of the stream Odin thought to himself : " Christians are about to receive a new baptism. They are about to be immersed in war ! " Then Odin shook his head in disbelief. " And all because of a child..... a child of destiny ! " Odin then kicked Sleipnir and rode on to the next village. He wanted to drop off the boy as quickly as possible, and head back to Asgard. For as the Sibyl had told him : " I think Great Odin that they are waiting for you ! "
- The End
Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2014.
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