The Dark Witch
The Birth Of Evil
" They will seek you out in my house because they know that I am eager to help you ! "
Instead his mistress suggested that they hide on her farmstead in the swine - sty. The Jarl thought it a good idea and had his thrall dig a great hole in the pig - sty, and over this hole they placed boards to help hide its location. It was then that Thora revealed to the Jarl that Olaf Tryggvason had sailed up the fjord, attacked, and killed his son Erland. With a heavy heart Haakon and Kark jumped into the hole. Thora then moved the boards back into place over the pit and swept dirt over the boards to further disguise it. She then drove the swine over the boards to complete the illusion.
After killing Erland, who was protecting the fjords, Olaf came ashore and met with the bonders, ( free born farmers ), who eagerly accepted Olaf as their king. The bonders told the king that Jarl Haakon was most likely hiding out at the farm of his mistress Thora in Rimol. Olaf took their advice and traveled to Rimol, and sought out the Jarl's mistress.
At the farm the king stood on a great rock that lay not far from the swine - sty, and told all those he had summoned that he would give a great reward of gold and honor to the person who brought Jarl Haakon to him. This speech was heard by both Haakon and Kark as they lay in the cold muck of the pig - sty. After the king finished Haakon warned his thrall not to betray him ! Tormod Kark, however, began to think more about the gold that the king had promised, and less about his loyalty to the Jarl.
The king did not find the Jarl, but he left a few of his warriors in the area to watch for him. During the night Haakon became ill, and at one point, in his delirium, he got down on all fours and looked as if he would try to stand. Kark became afraid of being discovered in the dark pit and withdrew a knife out of his belt. With his master muttering like a madman Kark stuck the blade into the Jarl's neck, and cut out his throat. Haakon let out a gurgling scream as the blood rushed down his throat and choked him to death !
At that exact moment a child was born in a small hut not far from Thora's farmstead. As Alfhild, the midwife, lifted the newborn she gently slapped the darkly skinned baby on the ass. The baby suddenly let out a gurgling horrifying cry that startled Alfhild. As she turned the baby around it opened its eyes and looked up at her. Alfhild let out a terrifying scream as she dropped the child on the bed next to its mother. The midwife then turned and ran out of the hut as fast as her legs would carry her. Alfhild did not stop screaming until she reached the village.
Hildigunn was exhausted from the birth, but somehow she found the strength to pick up the child. As she cradled her newborn in her arms the child opened its eyes again and looked deeply into hers. Hildigunn gasped in horror at what she saw, and held the baby away from her at arms length. It took a moment for her to recover from the shock, but as she looked into the blood red eyes of her daughter she began to laugh.... a crazy demented laugh !
" I will name you Hella ! " she told her daughter with wide eyes and a crazy grin upon her face.
Her husband came into the room when he heard the screams, and cut the umbilical cord with the knife that the midwife had left on the table next to the bed. As he did, he too looked deeply into the eyes of his newborn daughter, and what he saw terrified him ! Inside the blood red eyes of his child lay a pupil that was as black as death itself. And in that blackness he sensed a great evil !
- End Chapter 1
- Next : Chapter 2 : The Power Behind Those Eyes !
- Glenn Bergen, ( Ravensheart ), © Copyright, 2015.