The Blood of the Gods
by Linda Akerman
She counted the steps over and over in her head. Only twenty more and she would be in the hall. She stopped and bit her lip. She wasn’t ready for this, how could she ever be ready for this? She knew what awaited her when she got there. Her family and friends, rejoicing for the honor bestowed upon her. She closed her eyes for a moment and took another deep breath. She had been groomed for this all her life. She looked down at her beautiful red velvet gown and started walking.
The entire court looked up at her when she entered. Her mother came and kissed her cheek.
“I am so happy for you my child”, her mother whispered. “All grown-up and ready.”
The queen took her hand and led her to the middle of the big hall. Everyone smiled and bowed. Her mother gave her one last hug and stepped to the side. She was alone and in front of her stood a pillar with a shiny goblet on it. In it, the blood of the Gods. She would drink it, and became the Tricksters new bride. She would be sacrificed to the 7 Gods to ensure good harvests and 40 years of tranquility. She would leave this human body and get a new life.
She swallowed hard and took the goblet.
“I serve the 7, I serve he who is and isn’t.” She took a zip, and her last thoughts were what if nothing waits?