Time just crawls in this place. Four days? Five days? I’ve tried to keep track, but with no windows, it’s hard to know where one day leaves off and the next one begins. Evil Loki comes by every so often to gloat and to ask if I’ve decided to join him yet. Never! I know my Loki will find me.
I am trying to remain hopeful and keep my spirits up. One of the robots brought me a book, so I at least have something to pass the time. It is a truly dreadful book, but it is better than nothing. I have been reading aloud to the hyena, Fisi, and the rats. I think the hyena likes me, probably because I have also been letting it have most of my bread.
Sitting in a bare, smelly warehouse doesn’t give you much of an appetite…
Where were we Fisi? Oh, that’s right. Edward had just rescued Bella from the car.
I hate not knowing what is going on, or whether Loki is safe, or—
“Arrr. On your fEet, girrrl.”
“What do you want? What does Evil Lo–What does your master want with me?”
“He’ll let yoU know soOn enough. Arf! Just remeMber: MiNd your mannerrrs when yoU talk to him, if you know what’s good for yoooo…”
Please let Loki be all right. Please let Loki be all right. Please let Loki be all right. Please let Loki be looking for me…
“How are you enjoying the accommodations? Are my associates treating you well?”
“I am just fine, thank you. But when my Loki comes for me, I will be very glad to leave. And you’ll be sorry.”
“When ‘your’ Loki comes, he will fall into my trap. I have a few little surprises for him. Then there will be only one of us. Look, he and I are the same, you know. Only I am more powerful than he will ever be. Why not side with the Loki who can give you everything you desire? I want a beautiful woman at my side. I’m giving you a choice: Swear fealty to me now, or regret it later. Once I’m ruling Midgard, I may not be as generous.”
“I will never betray my Loki!”
“Have it your way, my dear. I shall leave you to ponder your fate. Fisi, keep an eye on her.”
Oh, Loki, where are you?
Where is Loki? My Loki? For that matter, where am I?
That…that evil impostor did some sort of spell. Now I don’t even know where I am. It looks–and smells–like some sort of abandoned warehouse. The chains are unbreakable. I tried. I’ve looked and looked and I can’t find a way out.
I don’t even know what day it is. I think this is the second day I’ve been here. There was some stew, but it’s gone now, and there is just some stale bread and water.
There are rats.
What does Evil Loki want with me? What is he going to do to my Loki?
I’ve never been so scared in my life.
Loki, if you can hear me, please come and rescue me. But be careful…I’m pretty sure this is a trap, and I’m the bait.
We did not buy the sticky caramel or the cookie butter at Merchant Joseph’s. We did not purchase baking spices or any of Loki’s oddly-colored vegetables. I was forbidden to bring the lobster home.
But the human female and I did get ourselves a little treat and now we are about to enjoy it.
Look at that! Warmed up and sitting in a puddle of its own sweet, treacly goo.
Grab a spoon, Loki! We’ll share!
Two final pitfalls lie between us and the checkout–candy and flowers. I have managed to shepherd Sigyn past the marzipan and Toblerone, but I don’t think I’m going to be able to keep her out of the posies.
Quite literally. Behold my Queen, enthroned among the peonies.
I have to hand it to her, though…
My sweetie sure knows how to choose blossoms to complement her coloring.