It’s bad to let a world-eating wolf just ... eat everything, but it’s also not that great to chain it up for 1400 years. It’s bad to let a giant snake crack the Earth, but what happened instead, it wasn’t OK. What I’m saying is, I get why someone might want to quit the Keepers’ House and stop holding the world together this way ... but, won’t that mean Götterdämmerung? (Part 3 of “Enemies Endure”) More
Once upon a time, Bethany stole her way into the space beyond the space beyond the world, and from it she seized a hope dyed in fluttering red:
That in this world things would be OK.
That if she fought for what was worth fighting for; if she lived, and loved, and lingered well, then, in the end, everything would be OK.
That—that, to be a person in the world, it would be enough.
Unfortunately that hope was eaten by the wolf.
One day, not long from now, Tom will rip the world down to its foundations, pull fire from the sky, and shape the chaos that will be all that will remain of it into a happy ending of his own; but this will fail, too.
It’s not his fault, really, and it’s certainly not Bethany’s. One could even call it a characteristic of the world:
It was never made for a happy ending, not since the early days of its formation, not since the age of fairy-tale things went by, and the bright and storied hopes meant for each of us were buried beneath the polar ice.
Vidar’s Boot is a surrealistic apocalyptic fantasy. It concludes the Enemies Endure trilogy that began with Stomping the World Round and The Storm that Saw Itself.
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