Freyja tried to look about Asgard, but could not see the hand in front of her face. The fog that had descended over Asgard was not a natural occurrence. Freyja could sense that just as easily as she could feel the power that had conjured up the thick mist. She reached out with her open mind, and felt the great force that was close by. As she turned in the direction of that which was emanating the powerful magic, Freyja shouted angrily : " Hnoss ! What have you done this time child ? Odin will not be happy with you this time my little treasure. " From out of the mist Freyja heard a little giggle.
With a wind that seemed to blow up from out of nowhere the fog was thrust out of Asgard, and into the great void that exists beyond. " Is that better mother ? " Hnoss said with a hint of sarcasm in her voice. " Why would you do that my daughter ? " Freyja questioned. Before Hnoss could answer little Gersemi shouted: " Because Hnoss is a wicked little girl, mommy ! " Hnoss gave her little sister Gersemi an angry look before turning back to her mother and answering her question : " I just wanted to see if I could reproduce the fog that you created in the Aesir - Vanir War that helped the Vanir breech their wall and defeat the Aesir. " Shush Hnoss ! " Freyja said softly. " We should not bring up such things now that we are friendly guests here in Asgard ! "
Then from behind a large tree came a bellowing voice : " Do not be too hard on the little one Freyja ! " Odin said as he pulled back his hood. " She is powerful, maybe even more so than you great Vanir Goddess. " Odin added raising an eyebrow. " Yes All- Father, I believe you are right, but she has not yet learned the discipline of the magical arts. Seidr can be very powerful and is not something to be played with as though it were a toy. " Freyja shot back. Odin looked at Freyja with his all seeing eye and shook his head : " Yes Freyja, I saw that quite clearly when you taught me Vanir magic, but she will learn discipline in good time. She is young and is exploring her new found powers. We should be patient as we teach her what is right and what is wrong. " Odin said and then turned to little Hnoss. " We must remember little treasure, that everything that we do can affect others, and we must keep that in mind when we practice our Seidr. " Hnoss looked up at Father Odin with sad eyes and said : " I' ll be more careful next time. I promise ! " Odin laughed as he bent down and whispered in her ear : " Oh, how can I be mad at someone as precious as you little one. " Odin lifted Hnoss off of the ground and placed her on his hip, and then motioned to Gersemi to come over. Gersemi jumped up and mighty Odin caught her with his other arm and put her on his other hip. He spun the little Goddesses around in a circle as he said laughing : " Your little girls always brighten up my day Freyja ! "
Freyja smiled as she watched All - Father Odin swing the girls back and forth. Odin seldom showed this side of himself to others, and it was wonderful to see. As Freyja watched Odin play with her daughters she became very worried at something Odin had said. " She is powerful, maybe even more powerful than you great Vanir Goddess." Odin was right ! Hnoss was powerful, very powerful....... maybe too powerful !
Freyja wished that Odr was at home instead of traveling far and wide as he too often did. Odr had a way of speaking to someone, anyone, in such a fashion that even though he was reprimanding that individual, the person did not feel that they were being scolded, or punished. Freyja, on the other hand, knew that she was much more to the point, and often said exactly what she needed to say in a more direct, forceful and hurtful way. Freyja took a deep breath before she went through the doorway and entered her eldest daughters room. Hnoss was sitting on the ledge of the window, and was giggling at all the animals that were outside of her window. Freyja narrowed her eyes, and said in a terse voice : " Skadhi is able to gain the trust of the forest animals by speaking to them. She does not need to force them to come to her. They come because they respect her. " Hnoss turned and looked at her mother with an angry scowl before saying with a sly smile : " That is because she is not as powerful as me mother. "
Freyja walked over to Hnoss, and was about to scold her for her answer, when Hnoss raised her hand, and in a fluid motion waved it at the animals. The animals awoke as though out of a deep sleep, and realizing where they were, ran back into the cover of the forest. Freyja gave out a little involuntary gasp at the sight before collecting herself, and joining Hnoss on the window sill.
Freyja looked her daughter in the eyes, and said in a tone not much louder than a whisper : " With great magical power comes the responsibility to control it. " Before Freyja could continue, Hnoss rudely interrupted : " Mother, do you really think that I would hurt anyone, or anything, with my powerful Seidr ? " Hnoss asked. " No ! I don' t think that you would hurt anyone willingly, but sometimes our magic can go beyond its intended target, and unforseen consequences can occur my daughter. " Freyja said calmly. " That may be the case for someone who is not as powerful and practiced as myself mother, but I can see, and control, the limits of my magic. I control it mother, it does not control me ! " Hnoss replied arrogantly. Freyja was taken by surprise by her daughter's response, stood up, and started to leave. As she reached the doorway Freyja turned and said : " Yes, my child, but still we MUST be careful ! "
After Freyja left little Gersemi ran into her older sister' s room and asked : " Why does mother look so worried ? " Before Hnoss could even answer Gersemi giggled and added : " What did you do this time ! ? " Hnoss looked at her little sister and smiled before lifting her up, and putting Gersemi on her lap. " Mother is worried that I will not be able to control my Seidr, and someone, or something will get hurt or damaged. " Hnoss said matter of factly. " I think that mother is a little afraid of you ! " Gersemi shot back. Hnoss gave a little laugh before answering: " Yes, my power is great, but don't you worry little sister I will be careful. However, I need to practice my Seidr so that I can become strong ! "
- Glenn Bergen, Copyright 2012.
Coming soon : Part 2 : Hnoss anger the All - Father !