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HELA HALF-ROTTED Chapter 11 FINALChapter 11: Redeemed
Everyone who has ever read the Norse myths know that Ragnarok, the great twilight of the gods, came and went. Yet, neither of the Eddas or any of the written myths mention the deaths of Hela or Ullr.
The mighty ship Naglfari created from the fingernails of the dead over the centuries - creaked and rocked forward, weighted down by the armies of Niflheim. Loki captained; Hela kept a careful watch. She was apprehensive because Ragnarok took place during late winter and Ullr had been in Asgard.
She was so overwhelmed by the sights and sounds of the last great battle that she was utterly without words. The dead were streaming out of Helheim. Her reapers dissolved into mist, overwhelmed by the ceaseless slaughter before them. Surt and his fire warriors were approaching from the South, shields blazing brighter than a thousand suns. The Jotuns and Aesir were already locked in bitter combat. The churning of her shape-shifter brother Jormundgand had trigger
HELA HALF-ROTTED Chapter 10CHAPTER 10: DANGEROUS
Loki put his plot against Baldur on hold for a while as he found larger concerns looming in Asgard. He was becoming too bitter, too conspicuous. Hela was not disappointed; although she wanted to punish Odin, once she thought it through she became keenly aware that Ullr was Baldur's nephew. She hated Asgard but loved one of its residents. It was very confusing, and she resolved not to think about it too much.
For the next ten years the winter god spent half his year in Asgard and the other half in Niflheim, and the people of Midgard attributed the change in seasons to his comings and goings. As angry as she was, Skadi would not give him up. Neither would Hela. Since neither stubborn Jotun woman would yield, Ullr declared that he loved them both and left it at that.
While Hela was content to wait for Ullr, Loki was not as patient as the years passed. The gods of Asgard were becoming ever more suspicious of him as his allegiances shifted increasingly toward Jotunheim
HELA HALF-ROTTED Chapter 9CHAPTER 9 - BEREFT
Hela sighed in exasperation. "How should he know how Skadi is, Father? She's in Asgard, and Ullr is here. With me," she added pointedly.
Ullr ran his hands through his hair. "Greetings, Bringer of Discord," he said to Loki. "And what brings you here this fine day?"
"Well, I bring you tales of Asgard, God of Snow. Rumor has it that Skadi has burned your belongings in the city square."
Uller's jaw dropped open. "What?" he sputtered.
For Skadi was Ullr's wife, goddess of winter and the hunt, and a giantess at that. She had disposed of her first husband Njord by divorce, and it now appeared that getting rid of another might be in her future. Or would it?
"Actually, I'm joking," Loki chuckled, sitting down and putting his feet up on a nearby ottoman. "She didn't burn anything because she doesn't know anything. I, of course, could enlighten her upon my return to Asgard but suspect you would want to personally fill her in on how you've been fooling around with my daughter."
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