There is an ancient tower in the middle of the North Atlantic (Part 7)

2021.10.24 14:38 FishermanTales There is an ancient tower in the middle of the North Atlantic (Part 7)

Index
The void took me into its inky blackness and set me down into another stone room. I was standing. Disoriented from having gone from swimming to standing in the blink of an eye.
The room was small. At least compared to the vast spaces I had been prior. Above me I could see the void. A black hole of nothingness.
There wasn’t any water in this room, aside from that which dripped from my wet body. Candles were spread in a circle along the edges of the floor. Their light glimmered off of something near my feet.
The sword.
I assume it had drifted to the bottom after I’d dropped it, and into the void. I knelt down and picked it up. A feeling coursed through me that’s tough to describe. Like a reunion with an old friend.
The room was empty, aside from the candles. No door. Nothing. I began to wonder, why is traveling through this tower so complicated? Like an obstacle course. Why not have stairs throughout the entire tower? Thor had mentioned that ‘demons,’ which at the time sounded like an exaggeration, collected the swords he forged, and took them to the lower chamber. Is that who I heard slapping against the stone as I crawled through the shrinking tunnel?
I cast the thoughts from my mind so that I could focus on finding a way to the next room. I walked along the wall, searching for an opening. A loose stone. Anything. I did the same as I crawled along the floor.
I looked back to the void in the ceiling. It wasn’t so high as to be unreachable. I stepped below it. Running out of options, I asked, “now what?”
The void answered.
From its center, blackness began to leak towards the floor. But it did not drip. It slowly lowered. Dangling above. That’s when I realized that the void was not dripping, like running ink. This was something equally black, but separate. It was hair.
I backed away, sword held at the ready. The hair growing. So long it nearly touched the floor. Then a hand followed. Two hands. One pale, flesh. The other rotten and corpse-like. Her head was next. She was facing away from me, but I still recognized her as the woman from the wolf’s chamber.
To me, she seemed almost as if being birthed. I was unnerved by what I was witnessing. There was nowhere for me to go. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.
I did not blink. It felt like a risk to do so. But it didn’t matter, because in a flash, the woman appeared on her feet, facing me. It was as if I had a lapse in memory.
I gasped.
She glared at me behind a curtain of hair.
“Are you ready to continue?” She asked.
I swallowed and said, “yes.”
She lifted her head slightly, as if her intended move had been interrupted. “You have questions.”
I don’t know what gave it away, but I absolutely had questions. So many questions. I didn’t even know where to start. My mind spun in circles. “I…” I exhaled. “Where am I?”
“It is many things. A prison. A home. A gateway.”
“A gateway?”
“You will see.”
“Who are you?”
“Hel.”
A chill spread through me. “Hell” is what I heard. Same as when the giants said it. This was hell, I thought. And this woman… the devil?
“Your name is ‘Hel?’”
She nodded.
“Does the gateway lead to Hell?”
“It leads to many places.”
I thought for a moment. I’d never heard Satan referred to as the place he ruled over—hell. But I did not realize at the time, that she was not Satan—and this was not Hell. Similar, I’d come to learn—but different.
“Who is the one who awaits below?”
“He is the fate of the gods.”
“I don’t understand.”
“You will.”
“You are aligned with him?”
“My father is. I am aligned with my father.”
I was confused. Her father? That must be Satan, I thought. But if Satan was not the one who awaits below—then who was?
There was a sudden coolness to the air and a whisper that clawed at my bones. “Come to me,” it said.
Hel heard it as well, and said, “he is waiting.”
My blood ached. Why did his summoning pain me now? I reluctantly nodded and the floor began to vibrate. I stumbled and caught myself. Hel stood unflinching.
I watched the rounded wall rise. The void growing further and further out of reach. I realized it was not the wall that was rising, but rather that the floor was descending. Like an elevator.
Trying to speak over the loud scraping of stone against stone, I hollered, “what is next?”
Without having to raise her voice over the grinding rock, Hel said, “my father.”
“What is he going to do?”
“He will travel with us to the bottom.”
I watched the half-corpse woman for a moment. “Okay.”
I waited anxiously for several minutes as we continued to descend. Again, the thought struck me as to how strange the design of the tower was. Small rooms, followed by large chambers. Long, wide stairways followed by an even longer ladder. A pool of blood. A pool of water. A crawlspace where stairs or a ladder would’ve sufficed. And then there was this platform, hundreds of feet in size, descending deep into the tower. So much unused space.
The center of the platform began to rise, and the movement ceased. The chamber fell silent. I looked upwards towards the void, now a distant speck.
Hel stepped to the center, and into the hollowed out stone block that now jutted from the floor. I followed. Inside was another spiral stairwell. Again, I was perplexed by the design of this tower. I’ve experienced more consistency in dreams than in this place.
Hel radiated a moon-like glow that I was able to use as a guide down the stairs. It was a light similar to that I’d seen in the water-filled chamber.
We traveled round and round, until we finally reached an opening. The room was scorching hot, and brighter than any of the previous chambers. Hel walked through without hesitation. As I followed, I realized that the wall itself was on fire. A wall of flames. I reluctantly stepped forward, shielding my eyes and taking shallow breaths. I stepped on something stick-like. It recoiled and hissed.
A snake.
I fell back into the stairwell, realizing that the entire floor was covered in snakes. Hel stood amongst them, waiting.
I do not trust snakes. Not even the non-venomous ones. To say I was frightened, is an understatement. These were certainly no giant serpent, like I’d seen in the water-filled chamber above. But this chamber lacked the fear of drowning. The desperation for air. I can look past certain fears when I’m fighting to survive. Here, there wasn’t anything to distract me other than snakes.
They began to slither away, all moving towards each other. They met at a spot next to Hel and began to pile onto one another. Stacking. Twisting. Forming into something. Legs. Waist. Torso. Snakes slithered further up the shape. Arms. They curled into a ball atop the shoulders. A head.
The snake formation was complete. It moved towards me. With each step, several snakes would fall, only to slither up the others and back into place. I held up my sword and slid further back onto the steps.
The figure kept approaching, and the snakes began to morph. Into regular human legs, then upwards to the rest. And as the figure was standing directly in front of me, it had completely changed into a flesh and bone human.
Tall and lean, and clothed in emerald linen. His red hair dangled past his ears and stopped at an angular jaw. A pointed chin highlighted by a pointier goatee sat below a mischievous grin. His nose was sharp and his eyes were narrow. His brow arched in an intense manner, contrary to his smile. His following words sparked more confusion.
“Oh, how disappointed I am that you’ve returned.”
His speech was playful, but in a sarcastic sort of way—with a hint of resentfulness.
“Who,” I began to stutter, “who are you?”
“You really don’t remember?” The man turned to Hel and laughed. “I’m going to enjoy this.” He faced me again and knelt down, placing his elbows atop his knees. He stared hard into my eyes. “I’m going to enjoy this very much.”
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Second off, I live in Poland (law context).
To give some context. For a few years now, my divorced parents have been going to court to raise alimony payment for me aswell as my younger sister.
My parents have divorced, because my dad had been drinking, and, when he was drunk, he used to beat me, beat my sister and my mom, he would throw slurs at us, he would say that I had been a failure.
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