Chapter 6 - Vanaheim

Sidrat looks at Istanna, then SpaceDog, who nodes their heads YES knowing what she wants without saying a word or using telepathy. The entire group is entangled to Vanaheim in the blink of an eye. Root, Toot, and Soot go directly to the kitchen and prepare hot tea and serve the traveling family members with a sign made saying,

Welcome Home

[SpaceDog & Istanna]  Welcome to ours and your new home.

SpaceDog nods his head again at Sidrat who is standing next to Jeff. Buffi, Gertrude, Jewel, Luke, Njord, Rosemary, Ruffi, Jessi and Genni are all looking at the sign. Gertrude, Luke, and Rosemary look a bit startled not knowing where they are or how they got there... They Look out the window and gasp!

[Sidrat]       What I was instructed to do was rebuild the city of Barra Hold and the surrounding villages that have been in ruins for many cycles. That task has been completed and in the next few days, we will be returning Vanir back to Vanaheim.

[Istanna]      Let me take this opportunity to introduce you to a new Barra Hold that is protected by a barrier of which you have never seen...

[SpaceDog]    and hidden from all who do not wish peace. Let's go outside and see what Sidrat has done under our instructions. This was a dream we had and Sidrat made into reality. 

Root is first to the double doors and opens them wide. Sunlight from the twin suns of Polaris cover the landscape and reflections of the building are absolutely dazzling. They exit the treehouse looking upon the city of tall buildings sparkling with gold, highlighting the crops and forest township of Kveyka on the other side of the valley. In the middle, there is farmland and crops already growing. On each end of the valley is a pyramid capped with gold and ten layers of gems forming a rainbow between them.

SpaceDog looks at Sidrat with a puzzled look on his face.

[Sidrat]        I did not forget the rest of your family. They are not here for reasons I wish not to disclose at this time. When all the Vanir are home, they will be brought along with the crew of the QETS. Wind Walker has been watching your sister, and Tanna was retrieved before Ragnarok and taken to Alfheim. Freyja said she does not want to be disturbed.

Istanna gets an odd look on her face hearing the name Tanna. SpaceDog palms the rune on his hand looks at Istanna and whispers,

[SpaceDog whispers]   You will forget the name Tanna for five moon cycles.

All look a bit shocked seeing their old home rebuilt. Njord takes something out of his pocket and says,

[Njord]        I will be in my lab checking on the power plants. Is there something I need to know before I go?

Chepi and Zenko look at Istanna and SpaceDog.

[Istanna]     Yes! Take the twin dream weavers with you and they will fill you in. I think you will be surprised at what you find in your lab. Mum, you did complete the project I dreamed about?

[Sidrat telepathically]      'My daughter is operating at 94%. Several precautions are in place only I can unlock to keep Father Time out of trouble as you requested.'

The twin spirit guides, Toot, Soot and Njord disappear walking towards Barra Hold. The remaining family members, still awestruck by the dazzling city and green valley, decide to sit outside at the table and drink the tea offered to them earlier. Root serves as a waiter and the raccoon spirit guides chase each other around the front garden while exploring their new home.

[ ~Luke~ ]     Are we really home? I thought I would never see this place again.

[Rosemary]   Father Freyr, how did you?

[SpaceDog]  I dreamed about what this place was once like before the war. Then I dreamed some more, and in one of those dreams, I saw Sidrat rebuilding this place. She was a gift of Father Time to help me find my true calling. I also discovered a lot about Ymir, the ancient alien we were created from while exploring the ruins of Barra Hold.  After Jon Morris and I found the 'Morris' stone, discovered what it is and how it can turn dreams into reality. You all are now living in those dreams.

Istanna holds SpaceDog's hand and looks deep into his eyes.

[Istanna]       When I met Spacie, he helped me in a lot of ways I could never imagine. But only saw him for short periods of time every 600 cycles as the Air Goddess Dragoness of Alfheim. We had some great adventures and now together for life. We have found something special in all of you as family.

Tears begin to form as she thinks back about the past 4 moon cycles. She remembers Lady Robin and the protection necklace she gave her. Thinks about the human who turned herself into a cat alien looking like a panda and completes most of her thoughts with a 'meow' and how she got excited seeing gems and good food. Then she remembers Cyn, Dee, Ruu and CeFuu at the Gallant Tree Inn and realized they are now part of her family as well. She cuddles SpaceDog and gives him a huge hug before she falls asleep in his arms.


Lab Surprise

Jeff finds Njord's lab, looks around the place and is startled by what he finds. On a floating glass table, there is a slightly smaller hairless version of Sidrat in a black bodysuit. Njord is looking her over puzzled by what he sees or does not see on his scanner. He starts pulling on his long white beard.

[ Jeff ]        Who is that?

[Njord]        Looks like your Mum, the Sentient Intelligent Dynamic Remote Artificial Timekeeper I built many cycles ago, but it's smaller and more compact. There are no connections or power supply. Not even sure if it's complete or working.

[Chepi & Zenko]  Don't you know how to wake her up? She was built by Sidrat and she told us not to tell you a thing about her except, she needs a kick start.

Both air spirits begin to giggle. Njord looks at them, looks back at the A.I. then looks at Jeff who is about to burst out laughing. Jeff pulls something out of his pocket and holds it behind his back.

[Njord]       Has your Mum turned you into a prankster?  Don't tell me you need to kiss the princess to wake her... what? What did you just pull out of your pocket? Jeff? Don't make me read your mind.

Jeff tosses over a round cobalt marble. Njord catches it, looks at it and scratches his head not sure what to do or is acting dumb.

[ Jeff ]        I've always been a prankster. That was one of the birthday gifts and I believe you know what my sister needs. Place that in her Chi receptor. It should complete her power source conduit.

[Njord]        How do you know that?

Jeff makes a hand sign in ancient alien and taps his head. Njord begins to understand and shakes his head from side to side.

[Njord]        So that is what you've learned from your Mum.

Jeff points to the area below the A.I.'s chest bone. When Njord places the cobalt marble there, a slot opens and the marble sinks in before closing.  Jeff then makes a rune in mid-air, Njord picks it out of the air and places it on the A.I.'s forehead. Nothing happens. Njord looks at Jeff and bows his head as if defeated. Jeff walks up to the A.I., lifts her left leg straight up, bends it at the knee before making her kick. Suddenly the glass table disappears and the A.I. floats to a standing position with both eyes still closed.

[ Jeff ]       And now methinks we need to give her a name. How about... Atlántida or do you prefer, Tida, Aoi or ... 

One of the A.I.'s eyes opens and she turns her head towards Jeff. Her cobalt blue eyes look just like Jeffs' and Njord’s. She blinks at Jeff and looks away shaking her head NO.

[ Jeff ]        Okami

She smiles and shakes her head YES then points to the object his mom gave him in one of Jeff's pockets. Jeff feels the squishy black and light blue object with a ring on it unsure what it is or does. In a very low sweet voice,

[Okami]       Place that on me here or here. 

Okami points to her nose with one hand and her right breast nipple with the other. Jeff looks at her, then slowly turns to Chepi and Zenko for guidance. Both start twitching their noses. He takes that as a suggestion and places the object near Okami's nose. She inhales quickly and the ring clasps onto both sides of her nose and she begins to change.

[Chepi & Zenko]  This is critical. See her as your sister, friend or pet, then close your eyes and make a wish.

Jeff closes his eyes and Okami's bodysuit changes into blue fur with black highlights. When Jeff opens his eyes, her nose begins to grow into a snout, grows a long fluffy tail, hands and feet become long, with sharp, pointed nails. When the transformation is complete, she shakes like a wet dog and suddenly has on a short plaid skirt, sleeveless black blouse and matching plaid bow on one ear. Jeff watches her inspects herself, looks at her hand like paws, looks down at her nose and pulls on the nose ring. It comes off. She shoves it back on and tries to walk around, crouches down looking as if to pounce. She spins around, sits up next to Jeff, howls and nuzzles her head on Jeff's leg just as Sidrat appears.

[Sidrat]      Okami, sit, roll over, play dead.

Okami sits like a dog, rolls over once in one direction, then rolls in the opposite direction before falling over motionless. One leg begins to kick, then twitch and finally, she stops moving altogether. Jeff and Njord look at Okami when Sidrat kicks her with her foot. Jeff crouches down and pokes her a few times with his finger feeling her soft fur.

[Sidrat]      Otusan, is the lab up to your standards or is there something you want me to change?

Njord makes a strange face at Sidrat. He walks around the lab noting all his equipment, sensors and gadgets in place. He walks over to one of the wall displays and waves his hand. Schematics of the two power plants on either side of the valley appear along with two additional remote power plants on the north and south regions of Vanaheim. He inspects it closely the forty obelisk receivers, waves his hand and a representation of the first through fourth realms appears along with the Zero Point Energy collectors between the binary suns of Polaris. He waves his hand again and the wall becomes blank once more.

[Njord]       Fractal ester collectors between the suns of Polaris? How did you pull that one off? I had only thought about something like that after the war started.

[Sidrat]       I created what you dreamed about. It was possible for me to complete the task with slices of the Morris stone placed in my sensor array. Soon the Vanir will be home and I can even rebuild Asgard if my commanders wish for me to proceed. You can wake up now AI8. Jeff, she was supposed to be your sister. Did your hearts change?

[ Jeff ]       No Mum. I pictured a wolf when thinking about a name and when I looked at Chepi and Zenko, they gave me a hint about what I really need. Did you built her quasi-dimensional like Skithblathnir or is she like you?

[Sidrat]      She is like me. She is sentient and can follow her own intuitions but still can not kill anything sentient unless commanded to by you when protecting, you or your family. Otherwise, she will shut down. 

AI8 looks at Jeff and blinks.

[Okami]      Now that I am operational, I can change my appearance if you wish. I can even function as the Vanir I was designed to be. I can take on eight different forms once I am at 100 percent. But, I will always be female no matter what exodermise you wish for me to take. It will be another 4.24 arns for me to be totally functional.

Okami puts one hand on Jeff's shoulder and whispers into his ear,

[Okami whispers]     My sensors are going wild while taking in everything you're thinking. When I wake up, I might be the Vanir you're imagining, and I will always be by your side. Please call me Lu'C-Ana. Mum kept thinking that name when she was birthing me. If you need me as a protector, or pet, call me Okami and I will change into this form.

The glass table reappears and Okami floats onto it and closes her eyes changing into a skinless form. An opaque force shield covers her. Jeff smiles at Sidrat and they both vanish. Chepi & Zenko also vanish.  

Njord pulls a Valknut from around his neck and places it into a slot in the wall. A door opens and he walks through, stops, looks at Soot and Toot motioning them to follow. With them inside, the door disappears.


Kveyka

Buffi, Gertrude, Luke, Rosemary, Genni, Jessi, and Ruffi finish their tea and sit motionless for a few moments looking at their new home.

[SpaceDog]    Well? What do you think, Luke, Rosemary your thoughts?

[ ~Luke~ ]      How long did it take to rebuild this? I only remember bit and pieces of it when we followed grandfather through this place.

[Rosemary]    This valley is gorgeous!

[Istanna]       Sidrat entan.... 

Sidrat and Jeff appear before Istanna can complete her request.

[Sidrat]        665.377 arns. It took more time to read the thoughts of all the Vanir on Midgard and Alfheim then it did to rebuild Kveyka and Barra Hold. I even had Minds Eye help with the calculations to get everything perfect. Yes, commander, I borrowed Minds Eye without your permission.

[SpaceDog]   Tell me about those new tree houses. That was one of my childhood fantasies. I can see from here there is an intricate network of ropes, pipes, lifts pulleys and outside platforms all over the place. Each is unique. Who did you build them for?

[Sidrat]        I built them for someone not born yet, students, and everyone who wishes to use this place to get away or explore. Wait till you see the canopy road down to the ocean past the geyser field, the hot springs, and a seaside temple that's linked to your home in Japan.

[SpaceDog]   What?

Sidrat grins and mouths without saying the words, 'the temple is linked to Tempest'

[ ~Luke~ ]      Ruffi, Buffi? Go on and explore. Take Jeff with you. I have the feeling there are things he wants to talk about. Just the age gap and his past has a lot to explore as well.

[Ruffi & Buffi]  Jeff, come join us, mischief-makers... 

[ Buffi ]          swing from the trees, test your limits...

[ Ruffi ]          ... and I really want to see the ocean view when the suns set.

[ Jeff ]           I think someone else will be joining us just before the suns turns the sky a lovely shade of green and orange.

Jeff looks back at Sidrat who nods her head in agreement. Ruffi & Buffi have questioning looks on their faces wondering who this someone may be.

[ Jeff ]            Let's just say... I have a new playmate, friend, pet and/or sister who is a lot like Mum. Sidrat made her for me.

All three look up into the trees and notice a small lift type basket on the side of an older tree with gold leaves. They take it as the best way to the top without entanglement.  When they walk up to it, Buffi jumps up and down in the basket trying to make it give way without luck.  Ruffi closes the door behind Jeff. It slowly ascends into the tree stopping at a platform near the top. 


[SpaceDog]   What's this about someone not born yet? Who's this playmate?

[Sidrat]     Has your power of prognostication failed you commander, or is it something only I know? Got to get back to the QETS. Tootles!

Sidrat vanishes. SpaceDog refuses to say or do anything for a few arns. Then he explores the new city of Barra Hold with Istanna by his side.


Beyond Kveyka Forest

Jeff, Ruffi, and Buffi spend the next 4 arns exploring the treetops of Kveyka forest. Along the way, they count over 100 houses built into the tall trees. Many of these tree homes are again ready to be occupied as the population of Vanaheim will soon return. There is an intricate network of zip lines along the tallest trees and while zipping from one set of trees to the next,  they find a long road made of multicolored stone cobles running west. Every 100 meters, there is a tall obelisk with a glowing top and they decide to explore this road after finding another lift that allows them a way down.

[ Jeff ]     I believe Mum has outdone herself and my expectations. What do you think, take the lift down or find another line that takes us west along the road?

[ Buffi ]    If you're asking me, I think we should use that rope swing I saw at the last stop and follow the road.

[ Ruffi ]     Does that mean, we're going to run or walk? It looks like a long road with no end in sight.

[ Buffi ]    How about a race?

In the area behind them, they hear a wolf howl. Jeff gets a big grin on his face that Buffi and Ruffi notice. They glare at him wondering what's going on.

[ Jeff shouts]   OKAMI!

Long silence as Jeff listens and looks around hearing only the rustle of trees from a light breeze. Okami looking like a blue wolf with black highlights suddenly sneaks up between Buffi and Ruffi when she sticks her head between them she goes,

[Okami whispers]    Woof

Having not noticed her, Buffi jumps forward a meter almost falling over. Ruffi drops to the ground into a defensive posture while Jeff puts his hands up slapping Okami's paws. Okami goes down on all four paws and looks like a large wolf with a ring in her nose.

[ Jeff ]     Okami, meet Ruffi and Buffi. Ruffi, Buffi, I would like to introduce you to my playmate Okami. Okami, sit, roll over, play dead.

Ruffi still in a defensive posture waits on the ground. Buffi gets a bit too close when Okami sits, rolls over knocking Buffi over and then falls over kicking Buffi lightly on the leg, twitches and stops breathing. A few moments pass and Okami looks really dead. Ruffi slowly crawls over and cautiously approaches the fallen wolf, feels for a pulse on her neck and shakes her head NO.

[ Jeff ]     Speak.

[Okami whispers]    I'm still dead. You didn't kick me like Mum does.

[ Ruffi ]    She talks and understands us?

Okami stands up on her back paws, shakes like a wet dog producing her plaid skirt, black shirt and bow in her ear.

[Okami]    Of course I can talk.

[ Buffi ]    Why did you knock me over and kick me?

[Okami]    I knocked you over and kicked the bloodsucker off your leg before it bit you. Nasty bugs those Knockles. They can't kill a Vanir but sure hurt like Hel. Want me to lick your wounds?

Buffi shakes his head NO.

[ Jeff ]     Okami, how far to the shoreline?

[Okami]    Walk two arns, trot one arn, run half an arn, entangle instantly. 

[ Ruffi ]    Wait, you can entangle us?

[ Buffi ]    Ah... How is that possible?

[ Jeff ]     How is anything possible. It's called magic. Okami, brake Bravo 156 Sierra star twenty-three NOW

Okami follows Jeff's instructions and takes them all to the geyser field instantly.

[ Ruffi ]   Wow! What type of spell was that? 

[Okami]   That wasn't a spell. It's a set of command codes from Mum's instruction file.  I'm an A.I. Jeff could have used telepathy, but tested my command skills. That was just the beginning of the demonstration now that I'm fully functional like Mum, but without Morris stones in my sensory array.

[ Jeff ]   I have not seen her in Vanir form yet, so, get ready for anything when I call her Lu'C-Ana.

One-tenth of a moment later, Okami changes from a wolf girl into a young lubricious, one and a half meter tall girl, with straight blue and black-streaked waist-length hair with metallic highlights, lunar white eyes, thin light blue pointed eyebrows, slightly pointed ears, wearing a flexible mithril armor dress fit for a Valkyrie.  The three Vanir watch her turn around slowly showing her curves and backside. She faces the geyser and raises her arms just as it erupts. When she turns her head back, she notices them all drooling.

[Lu'C-Ana]  If you could see the looks on your faces.

She giggles.

[Lu'C-Ana]  This is priceless. Guess you like what you see. What were you expecting Jeff, a porcelain Doll?

[ Jeff ]    How will I ever recover or get any studying done with you around. Thank you, Mum, for making Lu'C-Ana the work of art she is. 

[Lu'C-Ana]  Thank you, Jeff. We're not far from the beach and it's almost time for the suns to set. It's only a short walk over that dune.

Lu'C-Ana points to the tall white sand dune with her curiously long finger.

[ Ruffi & Buffi ]  Let's go.

[ Jeff ]    What, no race?

Jeff starts to run up the path with Lu'C-Ana next to him. As they reach the crest of the dune, she reaches down and holds his hand. A half moment later, they are joined by Ruffi and Buffi. Several moments pass and they see a group of beach visitors on the cobbled road with a couple of carts.

[Lu'C-Ana]  Mum sent you food and blankets so we can spend the night here.

[ Jeff ]    She thinks of everything, doesn't she.

[Lu'C-Ana]  Yes Jeff, she does. She even wanted to send you something else but told me to give it to you instead.

[ Jeff ]     Oh! And what would that be?

Lu'C-Ana puts her finger to his lips. Moments later, the Vanir have set up two large tents, built a fire and soon after, the fireworks begin. She pulls Jeff close holding his arm close to her armor before turning back into the wolf girl, Okami...

[Okami]    I'm also here to protect you from the coming storm.

Jeff sits on the warm sand next to Buffi and Ruffi. Okami puts her head on Jeff's lap and scans the area in her watchdog mode.


Barra Hold

When phase two of the plan unfolds days later, all 2351 Vanir begin to appear on in the town square in groups along with their possessions and pets. Dazzled by the city of gold and granite, they make their way to their former homes finding everything rebuilt, just like they remembered. 

[Istanna]      This valley reminds me of Alfheim, except without the world tree.

[SpaceDog]   I was just thinking we should bring some of the plants and animals here we took to Fornax Santé once their population grows a bit in a few cycles. Let's go for another stroll in the city. Was wondering what the place looked like before the Æsir destroyed it. All I can remember is the ruins and rubble left behind as they turned the place overlooking for the Vanir. Let's go explore some more and see how everyone is getting settled in. 

[Istanna]     It's been 2 days since we got here and I still can't believe how incredible this place is. Everyone is taking the move quite nicely and seems to be very happy. I've not seen Genni or Jessi since we got back. Do you think they have already looked over the entire city or explored any of the village?

[Rosemary]   Don't mind those two. They can take care of themselves without any concern.

[SpaceDog]   I'm ready to explore some more.

[ ~Luke~ ]     Mind if I join you? Looks like I will not need to do much building since Mum rebuilt Barra Hold.

[Rosemary]   Don't you dear leave me behind, Luke. I have some ideas for improvements you might like. After all, I am also an architect. The place may look new but somehow it lacks character. Been thinking about opening a bakery and scout out a good location.

Everyone gets up and starts to walk towards the city crossing the green grassy area until they get to the path. Rosemary takes Istanna by the hand and stops, turns around and whispers into her ear,

[Rosemary whispers]  Does he know?

One side of Istanna's mouth curls up into a grin that only Rosemary can see. She closes her eyes, smiles and slowly shakes her head NO. SpaceDog turns around looking at Rosemary and Istanna when the valleys' sky suddenly brightens from a second rainbow that flairs up between the two twin power plants.

[Sidrat]       Better head for shelter. It's about to rain.

[ ~Luke~ ]    Rain? But there isn't a cloud in the sky.

[Sidrat]        Look again. Just another way to keep the valley green and cool the power plants.

From the tops of the pyramids, a fog begins to form crossing the valley and soon a lightning bolt is followed by a loud thunderclap. The fog keeps getting thicker and it starts to sprinkle. A gust of wind sweeps the area when rain begins to fall lightly. A few moments later it begins to rain heavier as the ground starts to get damp just when they reach the first of the buildings. A door opens to let the visitors in and another loud boom causes the water in the air to condense and fall to the ground in a flash downpour.

[Citizen Cain]  Will you look at that! I never expected the five of you to be my first visitors. Welcome to the Barra Hold library. Ruthr and I thought we would look over the place and see what we could find. I found some of these at the reception desk. It helped to guide us and another couple, Pete and Rah, get around this place. 

Cain points a small device around the room. Everything he points at shows him what it is, library index number, what it's purpose is including a map of the grounds so he can find his way around. The device looks like a 21st-century smart phone. SpaceDog puts out his hand and Cain hands it to him. Several icons show up including an identity scanner. When he points it at Istanna, his jaw drops and his eyes get wide.

Ruthr comes out of one of the many doors along with another couple while holding a similar scanning device. Rah is a one-meter tall redhead with curly hair and Pete is two meters tall.

[Citizen Ruthr]  Cain, I'm not sure this one is working properly. I am detecting one A.I., one  Fay and nine Gods in this room, but I only see Sidrat, our two new friends Pete and Rah, you, me, Luke, Rosemary, Freyr, Istanna and... are you with twins?


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