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Death of Balder by XsilverleenX Death of Balder by XsilverleenX

Tyr watched the procession of gods, each coming to touch Balder's body among the funeral trappings. When Odin leaned to speak into Balder's ear, Tyr pressed the stub of his wrist hard against his side. Tears stung his eyes. He wouldn't say their grief was even, but he felt the same pang of loss now as the day he lost his hand.

Odin straightened and waded back to shore, his one eye closed, and was lost in the crowd.

The water was cold when Tyr approached Balder's pyre. Waves lapped against him, rocking the boat to and fro gently as he reached a hand to touch Balder's pale, beautiful face. So young. This was a child's funeral.

"Sometimes I hear them singing at night. I hear it over the land, and I know the world isn't as empty as I thought it was."

He brushed his knuckles against the child-god's white hair. Tyr narrowed his eyes against the sea salt and called silently for them over the waves.

A moment passed, then their great dark humps broke over the waves, bodies undulating through the water like weaving in a tapestry.

Tyr grabbed the edge of the boat and pulled it farther out away from shore. A second pair of burly hands caught the other side. Droplets of water clung in Thor's wiry red beard, his ruddy face a mask of pain, but his grip was sturdy as ever. They walked until the water slapped against their chests, the boat now above eye-level.

"Let go," Thor bellowed over the ocean's roar.

Tyr let go and took a slow step back. They were waiting a few yards out still, close even now to beaching themselves. Thor gathered himself, pulled the boat back along his side, then pitched it forward with all his strength. The boat cut a clean path through the swells. The large forms gathered around it and turned, bearing the boat and its lone passenger out to sea.

Tyr watched as the whales faded into the distance until a wave knocked him over. He floundered, the sea trying to pull him along Balder's path, until Thor's large hands gripped his arms and pulled him up. Tyr sputtered, coughing up sea water while Thor walked him back to shore.

"Y'all right?"

Tyr nodded, wiping water from his face. "I hope he'll hear us at night and remember not to be lonely."

The Death of Balder
City of Asgard
(C) Silverleen
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Fuzzy-Fluffy Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such a sad picture. The Shining One...:(
XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
I actually mean to redo it eventually, but yes, tis very sad :(
daiong Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful <3
XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
Thank you :D
kruemelm0nster Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
why would you do something like that? All of these feelings, I can't handle them!! DD: it's so beautiful!
XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2012
I had to to get it out of my system. Thank you! Feelings were what I was going for :)
Odins-Gift Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011
Great picture! Moreover, the story is excellently told. Do you have more of these stories to read somewhere?
XsilverleenX Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
It's actually a small scene from a novel I'm writing based on norse myths. I'd like to try and go for real publication before I start randomly posting it on the internets :) But thank you! I'm glad there's interest.
Odins-Gift Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Cool :-). Let us know when the novel comes out!

(And if you like, I can do a bit of promo for it on some groups and lists, and link to it from my site, a collection of Norse-centered poetry & prose. Just holler.)
Thorskegga Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful work :)
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