Emer was impressed, when they passed through one of the four gates of
the fortress she saw lots of houses with oval sides, many poles at the
sides, supporting the walls and the roof. It seemed the wood used was
With the help of some men, Gunnar took Bragi with him to lead the injured man to be tended by a healer.
Some of the inhabitants were outside to watch her. They were curious
about the princess that would be their queen. She could see some of them
were cautious. A small girl ran from her mother and stopped in front of
Emer. The princess smiled at her. The girl saw this as a sign to
investigate further. She took Emer’s hand on her own and was dazzled by the softness of her skin. Emer found the girl fascinating as well,
with grey and curious eyes. The girl’s mother didn’t know what to do.
She was fearing being offensive and wake up Ivar’s wrath.
Sigvard approached and whispered to Emer. “Ivar is out there, watching us.”
Emer blushed, after almost a year, she was seeing that man. Not only
this, she was marrying him. She looked in Ivar’s direction. A little
smile playing about his mouth, but suddenly the smile disappeared and he
was looking angry. The girl has gone with her mother and Emer started
walking to Ivar, flanked by the brothers, Sigvard and Gunnar.
Emer didn’t know how to greet him. Should she bow?
She had not to think much about it. Ivar looked at her from head to toe.
He asked Sigvard. “Did her father checked the mundr?”
Sigvard nodded negatively. Emer was ashamed. They were discussing about the payment.
Ivar’s face was showing a kind of emotion Emer couldn’t name. Was he angry? Frustrated?
He smiled in mockery and turned around, walking away. Emer was
embarrassed. She knew her appearance was not the most charming after
such a tough travel. The woman didn’t know if she should follow him.
Sigvard walked past Emer, giving her a reassuring look and nodding his
head for her to follow inside.
Once inside, Emer saw that Ivar was sitting, leaning forward and
looking at her in amusement. It was like he was enjoying her confusion.
She was angry that after such a long journey he had not spoken a word
yet. All she wanted was to have a bath and eat something fresh. Not the
old bread from when they were on the road.
He was tilting his head to the side, as if he was studying Emer,
while the woman was looking at him fiercely. At last, he nodded saying.
“I imagine you are tired of the travel and wish for a bath and food. Is
Her strengths: This woman is funny, hot, and spontaneous. When you walk into a room with her, everyone stares at you in envy. Neil Strauss, the author of the best-selling dating memoir The Game, puts it simply, “This is the kind of girl everyone wants, and it makes you feel awesome when you’re the one who has her.“
Her weaknesses: "You need enormous confidence to date a woman like this,” Strauss says. “She gets off on attention, but you can’t get jealous.” If you’re independent, you’ll dig her ambition, but make sure she wants you–and not just the ego boost you provide.
The Arty Hipster: PISCES, GEMINI
Her strengths: She knows where all the dive bars are and all the art shows with free wine. She’s exciting and stylish, but not as untouchable as the urban sophisticate. “She actually likes nerds and intellectuals,” says Ian Coburn, author of God Is a Woman: Dating Disasters. And she actually cares about culture. “She can be great for a guy who wants to learn more about art and music,” says Ian Kerner, Ph.D., a relationship therapist and the author of She Comes First.
Her weaknesses: Do you keep going after her because you hope her cool will rub off on you? If your interests don’t match, don’t expect to just coast along on her taste. “Girls like this have opinions,” Kerner says. “And they want you to know the difference between Jonathan Adler and Jonathan Richman.”
The Vegan Yoga Gal: AQUARIUS, LIBRA
Her strengths: She’s got great skin and a long neck, and she gives you long back rubs with wacky oils. All that deep breathing means she rarely flies off the handle, and you value this perhaps even more than you value her amazing, high, tight rear, which is saying a lot. Strauss says, “This is a woman who really wants to make a deep connection with life, and a man who wants the same could be really into her.” Fisher says that independent, analytical, or creative guys could find her alternative view fascinating.
Her weaknesses: Remember, Strauss notes, “These women are almost exclusively interested in men who are into the same stuff they are.” Love her, love her lifestyle.
The Alpha Female: VIRGO, ARIES
Her strengths: She graduated from college in 3 years and went right to law school without taking a vacation. She’s hard to keep up with. Ironically, it’s not the alpha dog who should try dating her. “A scientist, artist, or teacher will do well with this woman,” says April Masini, author of Date Out of Your League. “If you’re not interested in power plays, she won’t fight you."
Her weaknesses: She has a lot in common with alpha males, but these relationships are too intense. "They can’t make time for each other,” Fisher says. Coburn cautions that pushover types are often attracted to such women, and some alpha females – the sadistic ones – are attracted right back. “Obviously, if this is your dynamic, it isn’t good.”
The Intimacy Junkie: CAPRICORN, SCORPIO
Her strengths: She goes to yoga, too, but it’s the easy kind that’s more about “connection to the self” than sculpting a smoking bod. So what if she’s a little in your face. The sex is amazing. Strauss likes women like this. “She is the best kisser in the world. Very intense, very into connecting.” Fisher says independent men will love such a deeply verbal gal, and Kerner thinks all men should date someone like this. “Most men need help learning to communicate, and she will help them."
Her weaknesses: The intimacy junkie makes you feel great at first. She’s so into you and your feelings. Analytical men will find themselves easily ensnared in her macramé web. "He will be super into her at first, but there’s going to be a lot of talk about the ‘meaning’ of the relationship, which might cause it to implode,” Fisher says.
The Happy Homemaker: CANCER, TAURUS
Her strengths: She’s no gold digger – all she wants is a Volvo wagon and a nice, cozy three-bedroom. She wants to have your kids, take care of them, and take care of you. “Some guys draw a great deal of ego satisfaction from providing for a family, and there is nothing wrong with that,” says Masini. A man who grew up in a very traditional household will love her, and, conversely, a guy who grew up with domestic chaos craves this woman for the stable home she provides.
Her weaknesses: Remember that when she says she’s not going to work, she means it. Career-minded men could be happy with an arrangement that allows them to focus on their work while she manages his domestic life. But if the financial stress builds, you may not be able to convince her to get a job.