As Hnoss and Gersemi were walking quietly towards the Rainbow Bridge, Gersemi turned to her older sister and asked : " Hnoss how will we ever get past Heimdall? Father says that he can see everything in the nine worlds, and can even hear the grass grow ! " Hnoss smiled as she said slyly : " I will cause a fog to rise that not even mighty Heimdall can see through, and I will create a howling wind so loud that no one, not even someone with ears as sensitive as Heimdall' s can penetrate. "
Just as Hnoss finished her last word Heimdall stepped out from behind a large tree startling the girls, and said in an unpleasant voice : " And where do you think you are going little ones ?! Odin has decreed that you be confined to your rooms until he feels that you have learned your lesson, and fully understand the gravity of what you have done this day ! " Hnoss, who was a little afraid of Heimdall gathered up her courage and replied : " I will not stay in a land where my power is not appreciated ! I am headed to ..........."
Hnoss never had a chance to finish the sentence before they heard screaming coming from the direction of the Rainbow Bridge. Heimdall turned to the girls and shouted : " Go home and stay there ! Asgard is under attack ! " Heimdall reached down with his hand for his horn, Gjallar, but it wasn' t at his side. He had left it at his post on the Rainbow Bridge when he went after the girls. Heimdall took a deep breath, pulled out his sword, raised his spear over his head, and ran at full speed back to Bifrost. The last thing the girls heard as he disappeared into the distance was Heimdall shouting : " For ASGARD ! "
Gersemi tugged on her big sister' s hand : " Come on we have to go ! " she said in a fearful voice. Hnoss was stunned, and was crying as she looked down at her little sister. She knelt down and said quietly, but forcefully : " No ! This is all my fault ! If we had not left Sessrumnir then Heimdall would have remained at his post guarding both the Rainbow Bridge and Asgard. I have endangered us all ! I need you to go home Gersemi. I am going to help Heimdall. " Gersemi looked at her big sister with an expression of horror on her face and shouted : " No, Hnoss ! No ! We must go home ! They are Jotuns ! " Hnoss stroked Gersemi' s hair, and said quietly : " I know, but I caused this ! Mother was right, my power did have unseen consequences, and now I must make this right. " Then Hnoss stood up, and gave Gersemi a stern look before saying : " Go home little sister, I will join you later ! "
Hnoss then ran in the direction of the Rainbow Bridge as fast as her little legs would carry her. As she approached the bridge she saw a horrible sight . Five Jotuns were fighting with Heimdall, while another much larger Jotun was standing by enjoying Heimdall' s predicament. Although one Jotun was lying motionless on the ground it was obvious that Heimdall was losing, and he already had several visible wounds. Hnoss felt anger build up inside of her that she had never felt before. In a fit of rage she yelled at the top her voice : " Stop, or I will kill all of you ! " The huge Jotun stepped foward, and laughed at this insolent little child. " Who dares to threaten the great Utgard - Loki !? " The Jotun bellowed. Little Hnoss had to look almost straight up to see the face of the Jotun, but although he towered over her, she was not afraid. " You heard me ! You WILL stop now ! " Hnoss snapped back at him .
- Glenn Bergen, Copyright 2012.
Coming soon : Part 4 : A Battle of Magic !