I headed out of the building and down the street, heading past numerous houses and buildings, past the pack house and into the trees surrounding the packs town, towards the campsite that we had made when we first arrived here.
I walked up to our site, and Bryja appeared in front of me.
“So General, what did Alpha Rawlins say?” She asked, her blonde hair falling in braids around her face, blue eyes piercing into mine.
“He wants us to stay until the target gives up the location to the Berserkers.” I paused, “And just call me Nerine, it’s only around people that are not our team that you need to be formal. I reminded her.
“Sorry, I forget sometimes. Did he say what he had stolen?”
I shook my head, “No, I still have no idea why we were sent here, or why the order won’t divulge the information. The pack must have paid the order a fortune.”
“Yeah, or they just wanted to get you out of Norway.” Thana spat, disgusted, as she walked over.
I sighed, “This again, really? I already told you that nothing happened, and they blew it out of proportion.”
“If I get punished for something you did, I will kill you, Nerine.”
“So, you keep saying, and I keep telling you, that they won’t punish you for something I did. Really, where is the love for you, sister?” I scolded her and she stuck out her tongue in response.
“You lead our squad so it is only natural they would punish all of us.” Sáta put in.
"they wouldn't punish you. Maybe question you that is it." I told her.
Each Valkyrie or Berserker squad consisted of ten members and to be a leader or general of a squad was an honor bestowed only on the best, but because Valkyries where competitive beings there were constant challenges among them to earn the role as leader. I picked my squad carefully and made sure they were people I could trust, but even still, I was wary of betrayers among me. I had one Valkyrie on my team that I kept because I knew she was against me and refused to let her out of my sight.
“Where is everyone?” I asked when I looked around for the other members of my team. Only Bryja, Sáta and Thana were here. I was hoping to spot the coward who left me alone in battle. I wanted to speak to her.
“They went into town. They figured we finished our mission so they could go get a drink.” Thana shared.
I nodded, “They did well and technically, we completed our mission. We just have to wait for the Alpha Rawlins to tell that to Valhalla Bridge.”
“Sáta remind them not to cause trouble or draw attention, we are, after all, representatives of our order, and they will punish anyone who makes them look bad.”
She nodded and headed out of the forest to track them down.
I unbuckled my sword belt from and placed it against a log before sitting down in front of the fire.
“Did that vampire bite you?” Thana asked, worried.
"No." I lied; I did not want my team to think I was weak enough to let a vampire bite me. Thana looked at my suspicious but didn't say anything.
A vampire bite could poison a Valkyrie depending on what type of vampire it was and his intent. Considering he called me his fucken bride, I’m pretty sure I am safe. All I had to worry about were the voices. A vampire, once he has bitten you, can talk into your mind and try to overpower you to do his bidding. Lucky for me, they covered that in training, some potent herbs once a day would keep him from taking control of my body but wouldn’t stop the voices.
“How long is your arm going to be stuck like that?” Bryja asked, her green eyes eyeing up my cast. Her blonde hair falling over her shoulder as she watched me. She was petite and curvy like Sáta, if I didn’t know better, I would think they were sisters.
“Should be fine in a few hours, no later than tomorrow. Dr Aura from the wolf pack said it should be healed by then.”
“Well, at least we completed our part of the mission. The rest is up to the Berserkers.” She frowned.
“These woods are going to get very loud.”
“I know, they love to party.” I laughed. “We better enjoy our last night of quiet.”
“Things used to be so simple, we would collect fallen warriors and bring them back to Valhalla. Now we are sent on missions to destroy vampires and track down people and things for our clients.” Bryja shared, shaking her head.
“We do as Freyja and Odin ask that is our job and why we are here.”
“Don’t you ever want more?”
“Wanting more? We serve the God Odin and our Queen Goddess Freyja. We should be content with that.” I scolded her, although I agreed it would be nice to have a say in our lives and how we decided to live it, or who we decided to live it with.”
“I know.” She looked down ashamed, pulling out her dagger and stone, she started sharpening it. “Sometimes I just wish we were able to live as the humans do, find love have families.”
“You could, but you know the cost.” I reminded her as I stood up, grabbing a pot and dumping a can of food into it before placing it over the fire.” Crouching down to cook it. I added, “unless you can get Odin’s blessing.”
“Maybe the cost would be worth it if you find someone you love.”
“Quit talking about things that will get us punished.” Thana scolded as she sat down next to Bryja.
“You never know who might be listening.” I pointed out.
Bryja nodded, “So what are we going to do with our spare time while the Berserkers get the information from the Vamp?”
“What do we do whenever we have spare time?” I asked her, then replied, “We train.”
Valhalla Bride was famous for sending us on one mission after another downtime to train would be a welcome change.
“Really?” Bryja asked, disappointed.
“We wouldn’t want to get rusty, would we?” I asked with a smile.
“You are evil.” Thana pouted.
“No, I am prepared, and that is what keeps us alive on the battlefield.”
“Valkyries were created to help Odin with his army. What good would it do if we were killed in the process?” I scolded them.
After Odin sacrificed his eye to see the future, he saw the final battle, Ragnarök, and decided he needed help to build his army.
There had been a huge war between the Germanic tribes and many shield maidens had died in battle. He decided female warriors with their beautiful faces were the best ones to guide his new warriors to Valhalla because they would be better able to convince the fallen soldiers to come with them.
His decision made, he filled the rain with his essence and as the rain fell from the sky soaking the dead shield maidens; they rose, becoming immortal warriors, wings spray from their backs and they flew to Valhalla to meet their new father. Odin ordered them to travel to battle fields and gather powerful warriors for his army and bring them to him, to wait in his hall Valhalla until the final battle.
The Valkyries did as they were told and gathered many warriors, they also learned who the strongest generals were, when they delivered the warriors, they informed Odin of what they had learned. The Generals who worshipped Odin and had gained a name for themselves with their strength and intelligence in the battlefield, were made into immortal beings that would later become known as the Berserkers.
Valkyries later learned to control their abilities and could hide their wings from humanity so they could blend in. Hundreds of years ago, Odin and Freyja created Valhalla Bridge, to help with the plague of vampires that had begun to spread across the earth. They ordered half of the Valkyries to continue their duties and collect warriors for the army, while the other half and the Berserkers were ordered to serve in the order and help protect humanity.
"Nerine?" a hand waved in my face. “Are you there?” Bryja asked
“Yeah, sorry, lost in thought.”
“No shit. You burned the pot.” Thana laughed, pointing at the smoking handle in my hand.
I threw the pot to the side. “I wasn’t that hungry, anyway.”
Noise erupted nearby, yelling and fighting could be heard. Then I heard him.
“Nerine, tell these fucks who the hell I am.” a man ordered.
“Great, the Berserkers are early.” I mumbled as I stood up and headed toward the noise. I left the tree line, finding General Abtez and his men arguing with the pack guards. One guard looked at me. “General Nerine, do you them?” I nodded, “Yes, although I thought they were arriving tomorrow. This is the Berserker General Abtez and his team. They are here to interrogate the vampire.” I informed them. “I already fucken told them that.” General Abtez snapped as he looked at me, then noticing my arm frowned and walked towards me. “Are you okay?” he asked as I looked at his men smirking behind him, probably knowing what had happened between us. “I am fine.” I retorted, backing up. “Why is your arm in a cast then?” he inquired angrily, his dark brown eyes shifting to a vibrant ice blue. “Price of the job.” I shrugged as he towered over me his broad muscled frame reminded me of a bear, he intimidated me, but I refused to show it, he was bald with raven tattoos covered his neck and hea
“Nerine, wake up?” I opened my eyes, seeing Thana looking down at me. “What’s wrong?” I asked, sitting up and facing her. “General Abtez wants you to go with him to meet Alpha Rawlins.” “Really? You woke me up cause the big scary Berserker needs me to hold his hand?” I laughed. “Pretty much.” Thana laughed. “Very well, I’ll be out in a minute.” “I’ll let General Abtez know.” She shared before leaving my tent. I looked at the cast on my arm; I knew it was healed already, so used my claws to slice through it and remove the plaster. “I stretched out my arm.” Good as new. I smiled. I loved being immortal. I quickly dressed, putting on my leather skirt and breast plate. I pulled on my boots and laced them, grabbing my Sais and sword before heading out of the tent. I pulled my long brown hair into a ponytail as I headed outside of camp where General Abtez was waiting. “Morning General Nerine.” General Abtez smiled at me. I narrowed my eyes at him, "I told you to stay away from m
I left his office, my head going in circles, what the hell was happening to me? First, my target recognized me as his bride and now a werewolf as his mate, not to mention the stuff with General Abtez. This must be some kind of sick joke. Why would they recognize me a Valkyrie as theirs when I am not even capable of having a destined mate? I headed towards the pack prison, annoyed with myself for getting into this situation to begin with. “Nerine.” Dagon boomed in my head so loud it felt like my skull split. “Quit ignoring me, you are in as much danger as I am.” I guess the Berserkers have started their work. I doubled over as the pain in my head increased. “Hey are you okay?” A man I hadn’t met asked me. I forced myself to stand upright. “Yes, sorry.” I smiled. As I picked up my pace heading to the prison. As I reached the door to the prison, I heard Dagon yell, “I stole nothing, you idiots have the wrong person.” Before he yelled. “You are not just hurting me.” I felt as if s
When I awoke, it was dark outside, and I could hear people talking. “You should’ve stopped the interrogation; you could’ve killed her.” Sáta yelled at someone. “She told me not to, she knows how important our mission is.” General Abtez retorted. I sat up, looking at my blankets. Blood was everywhere, groaning I stood and headed outside. “Why is there a Berserker in my camp?” I asked Thana as Sáta and General Abtez jumped, turning to look at me. “You look like shit.” Thana stated. “You are too kind.” I smirked. “Are you okay?” General Abtez asked concerned. “Right as rain. Did he tell you anything useful?” He shook his head. “No, he is adamant that he has stolen nothing.” I frowned, “They are positive he took it, so just keep at it.” “But…” “Just find out where he hid it, okay?” I turned away from them and headed to the nearby river. I stripped and washed the dried blood off my clothes with a piece of damp cloth before wading into the river and washing the blood from my hair
“What did she do exactly?” I asked, now worried, if she gave away any of our secrets, our whole team would be put on trial and judged. “I don’t know if she broke any laws per se, she disappeared for a while last night and didn’t tell anyone where she went to.” “So, she did what you guys did to us?” I asked, breathing a sign of relief. “Yeah, but when she returned, she was acting differently.” “Differently how?” “More reserved and less like herself, it was as if someone else had taken over her body.” “Keep an eye on her and tell me if you notice anything else, okay?” Hetha nodded and headed back to her tent. “Great, now we have to worry about what she is up to; she was difficult to deal with before.” Thana fumed. “Hopefully, it is nothing we have to worry about.” I put in. Reva was the newest to our squad, having been with us for only about fifty years. Reva and I butted heads a lot, she had challenged me more than once to be the leader of our squad, every time I had won and a
I woke as the sun was rising and readied for my day; I walked out of my tent; my team was gathered eating breakfast. “Good Morning, Nerine.” Thana smiled as she hands me a cup of the herb tea and a bowl of porridge. “Thanks.” “Can’t have that bond screwing stuff up while we are heading into the mountains.” “Yeah, that would be inconvenient.” “When will we be leaving?” Sáta asked, walking over to us. “As soon as everyone has finished eating.” I replied, after taking a sip of the tea. Valkyries didn’t really need to eat human food, but when we did, we found it doubled our strength and helped speed up our healing. In times where food was unavailable, we could siphon energy from the souls we collected for Odin, or from the adrenaline of battle. Once everyone was ready, we gathered our weapons and headed out. “Bride, where are you going?” Prince Dagon asked in my head. I rolled my eyes and headed towards the trial we would take until we were far enough from the pack and village t
I looked at my team and addressed them, “it is rare for us to have free time, we will use it to our advantage.” “You mean you needed to get away from camp and the bond that our target formed with you?” Reva accused as she walked over, her blonde hair braided haphazardly and green eyes staring daggers at me. She was a smaller build and shorter than the others in our group, which was surprising because we were all considered short, among the other Valkyries. “And where were you when we captured the target, Reva?” I retorted, annoyed. “Waiting like you told us.” “No, you were supposed to come with me into that club but when we were surrounded by the vampires people you fled and come to think of it you didn’t return with us either. So where were you.” I asked her as I walked closer to her. “I would never run from a battle.” “If I didn’t have to go into the damn club alone, things would be different.” “You did run, I saw you from our ambush spot.” Thana retorted boredly as she cleane
I waited for an attack, but nothing happened, I watched as the eyes continued to stare, watching me. “Come out, I know you're there.” I told the creature. A large grey wolf walked out of the bushes and towards me. His amber eyes stayed on me as he moved closer. I sighed and put my weapon away, “Let me guess. You are one of the pack members?” The wolf nodded. “Why are you so far from the pack?” I asked curious, it would have taken a wolf a couple hours to get this far. The wolf walked into the forest and came out a few minutes later wearing nothing but a pair of boxer shorts. Alpha Rawlins stood before me, “Why didn’t you come back with the others?” he asked, sitting down next to me. Being half naked didn’t even seem to phase the guy. “Wanted to be alone.” I lied. He looked at me, his eyes switching from green to amber. “Don’t lie Nerine. I saw your team come back without you and thought something had happened to you.” “The vampire bound himself to me, everything the interrog