Loki? I brushed the hair back from his eyes, and they fluttered open.
You took your life into your own hands when you left, and you knew it, Elora said simply.Dammit, Elora! I shouted. This isnt about placing blame, okay? I want to know why you lied. You told me my father was dead.
It was far simpler and cleaner than telling you the truth. She said that like it would make everything okay. It was easier lying to me, so thats fine. I wouldnt want to make her life complicated or anything.What is the truth? I asked her directly.I married your father because it was the right thing to do. She didnt say anything more for so long I thought she might not continue, but then she said, The Vittra and Trylle have been fighting for centuries, maybe forever.
Why? I stepped closer to her, but she didnt look at me.Various reasons. She gave a slight shrug. The Vittra have always been more aggressive than we, but were more powerful. It led to an odd power structure, and they were always jostling for more control, more land, more people.
So you thought marrying Oren would end centuries of fighting?
My parents thought so. They had arranged it before I even came to Förening. Elora had been a changeling, like I had, though she rarely spoke of it. I couldve contested it, of course, the way you contested your name.Loki, can you give us a moment alone? I asked. He sighed and looked like he was about to protest. Loki. Now.
As you wish, My Queen, Loki muttered. He walked past Finn as he left the room, giving him one more discerning glare, but they said nothing to each other. Loki shut the doors behind him, leaving Finn and I alone in my room.What were you thinking? Finn asked, sounding at a loss for words.
I was thinking that were about to go to war, and my mother just died, I said. Life is so very, very short, and I… I love him.Finn winced. He looked away from me, and he chewed the inside of his cheek. It broke my heart to hurt him, but he needed to hear the truth.