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Landsbyen -Into the North- An Epic Poem 83

The experience of leaving the ground was a sensation that she could never have imagined. Her stomach felt strange and at first she felt light headed, but that subsided in a short while. Then she noticed the view of the world around her. It was beyond anything she had ever experienced. Joulupukki wrapped one of his blankets around her when he saw her shiver as the wind blew directly in their faces. She would stand when she noticed something interesting and then squeeze back down between Joulupukki and Lumi when the chill of the wind became too much for her. Lumi raised the mud guard and showed her the small windows. It wasn't the same for her and she asked him if he could lower it again, and he did. Using the directions that Raðulfr provided, they guided the deer due north. He said there would be three peaks that towered above the surrounding mountains. These peaks with crowns of stone push past their blanket of white, beneath the first, a fjord painted to mirror the sky, the second, a monolith stretching to Valhalla and at the base of the third is where you will find the cave of Bréagán the Elf. They flew for days, stopping to rest and to feed the deer when needed. All of the time Jessica was filled with questions and Lumi gladly filled in the missing details that Joulupukki preferred not to provide. He told her of how the King and he met and how Joulupukki saved his life. He told her of Rian and how they defeated him and his Dark Elves. He told her of the flying hreinin deer with their special grain they fed them. He told her of the beacon and Chroí. Joulupukki assured him that they would be back at the Village as soon as he could get them there. He had not forgotten the concern that Lumi still had for his friend and knew he wanted to be there for her. Lumi continued to tell the tale of King Klaus and the prophecy of the Erin Elf as the deer flew and the wind blew and the sky slowly faded to dark. “So, you are a king,” Jessica asked Joulupukki with an impressed sound in her voice. “If that is your reason for being with me, you will be very, very disappointed.” His plan for the elfin people sharp in his mind. “I am here for Joulupukki,” she said, “whomever he is. The man I grew to know and love.” Joulupukki smiled at this, his cheeks flushing red. “I think we will overnight on the ground. We must be getting close and I don't want to pass it during the night. Lumi. What do you think?” “I agree, better to be safe. We can fly until the light is gone then go to ground.” They followed Lumi's suggestion and landed the team as soon as the last of the light faded from the sky. Only the twinkling pin holes beyond the clouds made attempt to brighten the velvet blackness. They could still see the beacon shining far to the southeast, but the moon was no where to be seen, the days again growing shorter as they headed toward the top of the world. The trio rested well that night, waking earlier than the sun. They checked the deer and harnessed them as a dim glow brightened the new day. Lumi, taking the reins, guided Sprinteren and his companions into the sky, again, heading north. They all sat quiet for the first part of the morning, sipping on warm broth and nibbling dried fruit and crusted bread. The sleigh flew above the low lying clouds creating the illusion that the world was, somehow, upside down. It was a bit disorienting to Jessica at first. They flew around the great storms that appeared with lightening flashing and distant rolls of thunder, billowing clouds that stretched high into the sky, towering far above them. Her mind was only half occupied by the sights before her, she was also lost in thoughts of her father. She was beginning to wonder if she should have left him alone. After Joulupukki explained about Raðulfr, her sense of adventure pushed her to accompany him on his journey. Now, she was having second thoughts, but she trusted Joulupukki, more than anyone else in the world and she would not ask him to turn around when he was this close to his goal.

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