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A Story for Japan – Day 2 March 21, 2011

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A Story For Japan BannerThis story is a stand-alone Nox and Grimm tale, being written to raise funds to help the Red Cross Japan relief fund.  For every dollar donated, I will add a sentence to the story.  Go on, make me write. I dare you!  To see the original post, Click Here

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Read the first part here.

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“Loki!”  Nox jumped up and launched herself into the arms of the ginger haired fire elemental waiting for her.

He staggered a bit and laughed as he caught her.  “I’d ask if you missed me, but I think I know the answer.”

She planted a kiss on him that left no doubts, and Grimm turned his head and coughed.  “They are always in heat,” he muttered to himself.

Loki got boyish a grin on his face, once Nox let him come up for air.  “Hello, luv.  And hello to you too, Grimm.”

“Welcome back, fireborn.”

They all sat down again, with Nox tucked happily into the curve of Loki’s arm.

“How are things going at the Convocation?” Grimm said.

“Simmering.  The negotiations are still plodding on – everyone has an agenda, and no-one is ready to commit to one side or the other. I keep hoping we can avoid civil war.” He kissed Nox’s hair and held her a little tighter. “I find myself rather looking forward to things settling down.”

“Me too,” she said, and gave him a wistful smile. “Your uncle won’t step down without a fight, though.”

“I know, but if there is a chance that I can avoid taking out half of my House along with him, I have to try it.”

“No one wants this war, I’m sure the Summer Kings will come around to your side,” she said.

“Maybe,” he said, and shrugged. “Let’s not talk politics. I’ve had my fill of that over the past few months. Tell me about this madcap scheme that brought you all the way out to the back end of nowhere.”

Grimm’s ears perked up. “No schemes, we’re hunting down an energy field.”

Nox pointed to the horizon. “Take a look at those shifting colors. At first we thought it was an atmospheric effect, but there are no weather systems moving through to cause it.”

Loki’s brow furrowed as he peered through the gloom.  “Do the northern lights show up this far south?”

“Not often, and definitely not in the same place every night,” she said. “From what my father tells me, that was the same phenomenon he saw the day my mother crossed into our dimension. He never got a chance to study it though.”

“No, he was too busy staring at your mother,” Grimm snickered.  “I have never seen him look so dumbstruck.”

Nox giggled at the thought, and Loki pointed a warning finger at her. “If a man comes through, you are not allowed to follow the family tradition and marry him.”

She gave him an arch look. “And what if we find a woman?”

“You can’t run off with her either,” he said, waggling his eyebrows.

The air chilled around them, and a pale apparition floated past, taking on the shape of a man wearing antique plate armor.  The ghost of the Wind Knight spoke in a breathy whisper. “If you had anything like sense you would have married her already, and not have to worry about her running off. Now in my day…” he said, earning a groan from young couple.

Grimm drew himself up to a sitting position, and barked out a thought like a drill sergeant. “Report, Lieutenant.” Nox mouthed the words, thank you, and the hound gave her a wink.

The ghost floated around to face Grimm and snapped a salute.  “Yes sir, Captain! You asked to be warned if anyone was moving through the wastelands. We came across a well armed caravan, camped a few miles to the east.”

How many of them are there?”

“I counted thirty. Markus stayed to keep an eye on them.”

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