Flash Fiction – 12 Hours Part 9 January 14, 2011Posted by techtigger in flash fiction.
Tags: #fridayflash, flash fiction, Nox and Grimm
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When Loki returned, he found the crypt covered with paper and piles of books. Nox sat on a stool, looking somewhat haggard as she drew out elaborate symbols on a scroll. He kissed the top of her head, and set down the coffee he had brought for her. “Hey there, blue-eyes. Did you miss me?”
She wrapped her hands around the mug inhaled deeply. “Oh, you beautiful man! I take back everything I’ve ever said about you.”
He laughed and set a plate of food at her elbow. “You need to eat something too. Even Grimm took a break for dinner.”
She blew on the coffee, and sipped it with a look of pure ecstasy on her face. “I have the divine nectar, what else could I need?”
He pried one of her hands off the mug and stuck a piece of bread in it. “Eat.”
“Yes dear,” she said, rolling her eyes at him. She took a bite, and mumbled around it. “What’s the word on the street?”
“None of our allies were attacked, but they have been getting pressured to rethink their treaties. Not too surprisingly, there are a lot of rumors that the House of Ice has fallen. Our agents have done their best to counter them, but you know how tough that can be. They are letting everyone know that your father won the battle with the Chimaera. That at least people will believe, since he’s never lost. But firethorn is another matter. You can’t fight something like that with swords.”
“I’m close to an answer. If I can just get this damned sorcerous energy to flow like the elements, I can work out the last pieces.”
He handed her another piece of food. “You’ll get it. But first you eat. You haven’t had a thing since our lunch the other day.”
“Hel of a first date, huh?” she said, with a sad smile.
“We’ll do better next time. I promise.”