Visiting the garden is a favorite pastime, but today even the sweet scents could not keep my thoughts from drifting back to a conversation I’d had with Fallen. “If humans are so bad, why didn’t the ancients let Odin destroy them?” We enjoyed arguing opposing sides to hone our developing diplomatic skills.
“Odin had a weak moment.”
“A weak moment?” I chuckled. “Better not let him hear you say that.”
“You know what I mean. The ancients may not take action, but they will ‘advise’ until they talked their target into submission.”
“I’ve read the account in the official transcripts. Odin had gone berserker, they had to talk him down to rational thought before he acted.”
“Oh, you think they talked him down because he would regret his actions? Haven’t you ever wondered what was in it for the ancients?”
“Fallen, the ancients live in their own realm, they don’t benefit from anything in our world.”
“Think about it Daeris, out of all the elves who have moved on to other realms, only a few have chosen to serve as ancients. Why couldn’t they have an agenda?”
“An agenda, and what might be?”
“We have free will, right?”
“Yet there are times when we are taught a lesson, but humans are despicable creatures and their free will goes unchecked. Are you telling me you don’t see anything wrong with this?”
“That is their agenda, to not teach humans a lesson?” I scoffed.
“Yes, Daeris it is.”
“What?” A chuckle escaped me before seeing the challenge in his eyes. He was serious. “Oh Fallen, where did you get such an idea?”
“Think about it Daeris, if humans keep going unchecked they’ll destroy themselves, which might not be a bad thing except the gods would no longer have a purpose and expire as well. If the gods perish, what will happen to the elves?”