Trick or Treat? Halloween is just around the corner, so I thought I'd give you a little "treat." Here's an excerpt from my book, MONAD 12.21.12 The Awakening of Stella Steinar, Chapter 19.
“You know what tonight is?”
“Halloween?” Dane answered with a chuckle.
“Besides that, goof! It’s actually the Norse New Year. October 31st was called Samhain Eve.”
“Cool!” She had Dane’s attention. He loved her stories.
“It’s supposedly the night that the Wild Ride begins.”
“Sounds like my kind of New Year!” he joked, pulling her closer to him.
Giggling, she continued. “It’s the night when the lights go out in all of the Nine Worlds, letting all the spirits and goblins roam free around the earth.”
“Creepy. Are you scared?”
“Maybe. A little.” She was exaggerating, in a cute way.
“So how do we contain all of these maniacal ghosts?” Dane was going along with it, having a little fun.
“We don’t. We just hope they don’t kill us,” she said finally belly-laughing. When she caught her breath, she added something she’d just remembered. “You know what’s really kind of weird, though?”
“I just remembered that, according to Nordic lore, the height of the Wild Ride lands on December 21st—the day of the Midwinter Festival. It’s the shortest day of the year in Scandinavia.”
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“It’s like…the Mayan Calendar.”
“Yeah.” They both were quiet for a moment, thinking as they walked. “Whatever. It doesn’t matter. It’s just a myth.” She’d had enough freaky action for one night.
Dane changed the subject. “Come on, I know where we can go.” Aron hugged his arm tightly and they headed for a party.