The Norwegian culture is big on exploring and spending quality time in nature no matter what the temperature is. They would leave work early on Friday just to go on “Hyttetur” which literally translates to “Cabin trip”. It is rumoured that all Norwegians have a cabin in the mountains handed down from generation to generation. The dreams of this little woman in Oslo were filled with the smell of freshly chopped wood and the murky atmosphere of an old cabin in the woods.
Eden didn’t remember when she fell asleep but she woke up from the sound of her dads singing and playing the piano downstairs; she felt a smile tug at her lips,
“At least they’ve made up.”
Lars and Fred Olav were Eden’s parents, they were generally a happy family compared to most but Lars and Fred bickered like sworn high-school enemies from time to time and last night was one. Eden was still feeling light from the joy of her dads making up and suddenly her eyes fell on the wooden clock she’d gotten for Christmas;
“Good heavens, I’m late for work.”
In a few minutes, she got dressed, kissed her dads goodbye and greatly resolved within herself that today would be different;
“I am strong, I am worthy, I am Queen.”
“My crazy boss’s son will catch a bad case of measles and my boss will be absent today.”
“I will speak only when I’m spoken to and try not to lose my temper today.” Eden smiled because she knew it’d be easier to fish for sharks in a pond than allow someone that annoyed her go scot-free. She walked for a few minutes and then she arrived at the Viking Ship Museum where she worked as a curator; standing at the door was Johannes, her work bestie and self acclaimed fashion enthusiast.
“Hey Johannes, you look like you had a nice night.”
“Well she finally agreed to be my girlfriend.” Johannes said, almost skipping.
“You wore the lucky shirt then.”
“Yes yes, and I told the penguin joke.”
“Way to go Jo, at least we won’t be called museum freaks with no lives again.”
“Well, I’ll be the only one that isn’t cal—.” Johannes stopped when he saw Eden was shooting darts with her eyes;
“I-i didn’t m-mean it like tha-that.”
“It’s okay Jo, I’m not angry.”
“Let’s go in then, you’re late again, Amy is fuming.”
Eden thought this had to be the most uneventful day in her life well apart from her boss telling her off and threatening to fire her for being just forty-five minutes late, the day dragged on like a slug on codeine. She was on her way to review the latest artefacts that came in for the museum when someone bumped into her;
“Wow, you’d think people that actually need glasses would get them.”
“Oh he’s also mute and he can’t apologize. Blind and mute, so touching.” The giant looked back, shook his head and kept on walking.
“Gosh I need a new job.” Eden retorted. She remembered the dream she’d had about leaving civilization and decided she’d be going away to her family’s cabin. She told Amy she felt sick from passively inhaling chloroform and left work early. On her way home, she remembered she’d need some supplies and decided to get some from the grocery store a few blocks from her house.
“Flashlights, paper towels,hmmm what else does a girl need……. CHOCOLATE!”
With unimaginable speed for someone of that size, Eden made her way to the aisle with chocolates to get her favorite type called “kvikk lunsj”. She smiled as she remembered having a fist fight with an American from her high school that kept going around saying the Norwegians copied the American “kitkat”.
There was someone there, in front of the pack of kvikk lunsj, a tall man, she looked down and it was just one bar of the chocolate left, she reached for it, but he was faster;
“Hey! give it back!”
“Sorry ma’am, I was here first”, save for the seriousness of the situation, Eden would have laughed out loud, the man had the most feminine voice. She looked up and she was thrown off by the face she saw, it was the giant from work!
“So you speak.”
“It’s you, the doctor, the eye doctor and speech therapist.”
“Sir, you bumped into me and left without a word.”
“You were in my way.”
Eden was not in the mood to argue, she looked at the cart of the giant and it was filled with popsicles and chocolate brands of all kinds;
“Someone’s got a sweet tooth.”
“Oh, you’re also a dentist.”
“Don’t you have a girlfriend? I bet you have ejac probs.”
“Ejac probs? What’s that?”
Eden stopped herself from replying because ejaculation is not something to discuss in a grocery store, least of all with strangers. She smiled and said;
“Never mind, just a thought, my name is Eden”, she stretched her hands to shake him. The giant smiled back and flashed the most arranged teeth she had ever seen and said;
“My name is Brandon.”
Love & Light.
For more insight on some characters here you need to read the first story of the Eden Olav series. Click here.
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