Dear readers: Tonight, time-traveling musician Shelta Maclean sits down with Loki, Keeper of Lost Souls and Stories, for a candid conversation. Though Shelta doesn’t meet Loki until book two of the Roots and Stars series, he has watched her since the beginning.
Loki leans back in his chair, his dark suit threaded with silver, and offers to trade Shelta a few of his stories for a few of her songs. She agrees.
Shelta: How did you come by your title: The Keeper of Lost Souls and Stories?
Loki: How many names have you collected over the years?
Shelta: I only had Shelta when I started.
Loki: Now, you’re the Song Weaver. And you’re young. Imagine being immortal.
Shelta: What do you do with your lost souls and stories?
Loki: I give them a home. A family. A library. Sometimes, I give them my attention. Sometimes, I turn my attention elsewhere.
Shelta: Like watching me?
Loki: Like watching you, and your family.
Shelta: Do you remember being a child? Do immortals forget, after so many years?
Loki: I remember. Even then, I was always on the edge of things. My mother is Arianrod, Goddess of the Silver Wheel. Frigga tolerates my father’s adventures, but Odin’s lovers aren’t welcome in Asgard. I grew up going back and forth, sometimes here, sometimes staying with my mother. I helped her gather the spirits of the dead and ferry them to the Otherworld. My youth in Asgard mainly consisted of sparring with Thor and devising plots to upset the tedious routine of living in the palace.
Shelta: You started out as the God of Chaos, didn’t you?
Loki: I’ve displayed enormous talent for mischief, yes, but “God of Chaos” lacks scope, and most legends written about me miss the mark. They certainly don’t reflect who I’ve become.
Shelta: You’ve matured?
Loki: I like to think so.
Shelta: How long have you followed my adventures?
Loki: Since you were birthed into the World Tree.
Shelta: You mean abandoned and flung into the future to bounce through foster homes until I was old enough to live out of vans and lovers’ beds, playing music on the street? Yeah. You’d think I would’ve had an easier time of things with gods watching over me.
Loki: You would’ve had a considerably harder time if we hadn’t been. Your mother guided you to Killian. What perfection that was.Continue reading “Shelta and Loki (of the Roots and Stars series, by Leia Talon)”