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Chapter 1 Blade
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            My name is Blade. It’s not my real name, but my real name doesn’t apply to me anymore. So Blade was what I replaced it with. Because that’s what this life has made me, a blade. Cold, hard, and friendless.copyright protection33PENANAl7HmSJoLYc

Everybody thinks that they’ve got it so rough, that nobody understands them. But for me, all that is true. Nobody understands me because I have no one. Mom died from cancer when I was little. Dad drank himself to death after Mom died. Big sister killed in a robbery where she worked. Bang, bang, bang. Family was dead before I reached double digits. Friends? Apparently the grieving scared kid I was after my family died wasn’t the guy people wanted to hang out with. So yeah, my life sucked.copyright protection33PENANA2v57FQDI3C

            Past tense. Sucked, not sucks. That’s not me anymore. That was just a bad dream, a truly terrifying nightmare. But like every dream, eventually I woke up. And now, I got a new life to go along with my new name. Blade is not the name of a sad lonely little kid. Blade is a name to be spoken in awe and with reverence.copyright protection33PENANATC3RUuA310

“I’m sorry son, but your credentials don’t match what we’re looking for.” The fat ugly man was saying. “Maybe you’ll have better luck somewhere else.”copyright protection33PENANAem8WJ0F8MD

            “Thank you sir.” I said standing up and leaving the room. I had been trying to get a job for a while now. Being fifteen, I was on my way out of the orphanage and I could use just about any money. But, with a name like Blade and my attitude towards life, things weren’t looking to good.copyright protection33PENANAkO8qVOgzwj

            The fact that I was an orphan was the only reason I still had interviews. People heard my story and wanted to give me a chance. Then they met me, they saw my long unkempt black hair, my angry eyes, ragged old jeans and tattered jacket and they judged me. They realized that life has made me a cynical pessimist and they write me off. But they all apologize for it, because they feel bad for turning someone like me away.copyright protection33PENANAbpWehRISUK

            I learned a long time ago that apologies don’t mean a single thing. They’re just words we use to make ourselves feel like its ok. I’m so stick of apologies and condolences. What does that even mean? You have our deepest condolences. I’ve heard that line more times than my real name.copyright protection33PENANAS9715R2KZO

            “Hey, watch it!” an old woman screamed at me as I almost bumped into her. I gave her the courtesy of my middle finger before carrying on my way. I hated the world, I blamed the world, and I just wanted it to end.copyright protection33PENANAnkCwKyk07R

“Why?” I thought. “Why me?” I never did anything to deserve what happened. The things that happened to me made me the way I am. If I still had a family, maybe I would still believe in apologies. I might even have helped that old lady cross the street…maybe.copyright protection33PENANAkjhhyz8gr3

“Excuse me, I’m looking for a Mr. Bishop?” someone said stepping in front of me.copyright protection33PENANA1kc8lh0n2Z

“Don’t know any.” I muttered brusquely continuing on my way.copyright protection33PENANAcqjPW3nh4v

“Well then, perhaps you know a boy named Blade?” the stranger asked again. I stopped in my tracks.copyright protection33PENANA9pOrGm0ODr

“I know a Blade, why do you need him?” I muttered quietly. I turned to the stranger. The man was wearing a long black trench coat and despite his considerable height there were several inches of fabric dragging on the ground. I couldn’t see much of his face under the shadow of the black fedora hat on his head.copyright protection33PENANAREL4N7mOvo

“I have a job for him.” the man replied. He cleared his throat. “I mean you.”copyright protection33PENANANHO6wLaT3f

“Who are you?” I asked backing away a few steps. This guy looked extremely shady, I wasn’t talking about that shadows that seemed to wrap around him. He looked like a Hollywood baddie, just the way he dressed and acted set off alarms. And I had learned to stay away from those kinds of people.copyright protection33PENANApcFdElAEae

“One of my names is Thanatos.” The man replied.copyright protection33PENANA62TS6HZsvu

“One of your names?” I asked suspiciously.copyright protection33PENANAQicFpIqACu

“I, much like you, have different names.” Thanatos replied. “But for now you will call me Thanatos.”copyright protection33PENANAP1HvflQPZ1

“Thanatos?” I asked. “That sounds foreign. What country are you from?”copyright protection33PENANA453XX9EWC9

“Greece.” Thanatos replied. “Now about the job.”copyright protection33PENANArtsD8RmzsY

            I waited for him to continue or at least elaborate on this job, but he seemed to be waiting for me. “What about it?”copyright protection33PENANA3i0KNf5D54

            “Do you want it?” Thanatos asked.copyright protection33PENANAE9aI77SL4u

            “What is it?” I said getting confused.copyright protection33PENANAVwXna6fwFH

            “A job.” Thanatos replied simply.copyright protection33PENANAvJZvtNLzrR

            “Wow, really.” This guy was crazy. “Look, I’m going to need more details.”copyright protection33PENANAE61OO8VGU0

            “I cannot tell you more unless you accept.” Thanatos said shaking his head. “You must accept the offer to learn the details.”copyright protection33PENANAaPw8dGesdU

            If someone won’t tell you what kind of job you’ll be doing, you know you need to get out of there, especially some mobster looking creep. But what he said next hooked me.copyright protection33PENANAaIDae6X0Go

            “I CAN say that it will change everything.” Thanatos promised.copyright protection33PENANASkuT8j24ZW

            That was what I so desperately wanted, a new life. My mind started racing. If this guy was telling the truth, I could have a new life. I would get to start over as Blade. I weighed my options. Continue a fruitless job hunt and sleep on the streets, or head out into the great big blue without knowing where I was a headed. “A job’s a job I guess.”copyright protection33PENANA5aMBi0iwtv

            “Good.” Thanatos said. “Will you please come with me?” he offered me his hand.copyright protection33PENANArDe4OsbMtR

            “Wait, you want to hold my hand?” I asked a little skeptical. This was like no job interview I had ever had before.copyright protection33PENANAalbFfkYhoY

            “It’s necessary.” Thanatos assured me. “Come on.” I guess I did need a job. So I took the offered hand and followed Thanatos into a nearby alley.copyright protection33PENANAet815q1nXv

            “Umm…” I started to say. I was really starting to get cold feet.copyright protection33PENANATo97tXAEJ3

            “Keep your mouth closed! You don’t want to eat any of this.” Thanatos shouted quickly. Before I could ask what ‘this’ was the darkest shadows that I had ever seen surrounded Thanatos and me, dragging us both down into the ground. I started to scream but Thanatos cupped his hand over my mouth.copyright protection33PENANAvUpGAE0zWp

            Don’t accept jobs from strangers, you might just get dragged into the earth by a shadow.copyright protection33PENANAxbTFdY6fm3

            When the blackness receded I found myself in a strange place. I was standing alone in the middle of a long room with tall black pillars running down its length on each side. Facing me was a set of large stone doors. I walked towards them and saw that they were engraved with scenes of a vast army of skeletons worshipping a man whose head was on fire.copyright protection33PENANAKfsTmVRXzB

             I reached up a finger to feel the stone and found that the door swung open for me. The door was about eight feet tall and six inches thick, it had to weigh several tons, yet it opened at the touch of a finger. I closed the door and turned around to study the room I was in.copyright protection33PENANA14vqL65MF2

            The black pillars continued up until they were out of sight, and I could see no ceiling. Beyond the pillars was just shadowy blackness, which flickered as if the shadow was cast by a fire. Yet I saw no fire, or any other signs of lighting.copyright protection33PENANAccd5Rr3XGp

            “Ah, you’re awake.” Thanatos said from behind me.copyright protection33PENANA1qFtk2pbZY

            “Where am I?” I asked him.copyright protection33PENANAM03irPowC4

            “Well, Blade, this is your new office.” Thanatos explained.copyright protection33PENANAyOgMT8eX5U

            “This is MY office?” I asked stunned. “What exactly am I going to be doing in this office?”copyright protection33PENANAn7l3BG50R4

            “You are Hades.” Thanatos muttered.copyright protection33PENANAZE43XvTm2v

            “Haiti?” I asked confused. “We’re in Haiti?”copyright protection33PENANAqBkGodOCbU

            “No, Hades. H-A-D-E-S.” Thanatos explained. “As in Hades, the Greek god the underworld and lord of death.”copyright protection33PENANAxz2SCDyHDq

            “Hades? Greek god of death? What are you talking about?” I asked Thanatos. What did he mean? What exactly had I gotten myself into?copyright protection33PENANALD5QG2mzpp

            Thanatos sighed. “Surely you’ve heard of Hades from Greek Mythology? Zeus, Hercules, the Odyssey, Olympus?”copyright protection33PENANA5P0pwoDl1P

            “I’ve heard of the Olympics.” I said. “But not the other stuff.”copyright protection33PENANAgyoir0VZIz

            “Oh, Hades.” Thanatos said sadly. “Very well, from the beginning then. You’ve heard of Greece?”copyright protection33PENANAqucvlTyHtX

            “I’m not stupid.”copyright protection33PENANA6yM7YjvBEx

            “Good! In ancient times, when Greece was the center of civilization, the ancient Greeks worshipped a series of gods and goddesses.” Thanatos said slowly.copyright protection33PENANArU5PcxQ8xz

            “Yeah, that was their religion.” I said kind of annoyed that he was talking to me like I was five.copyright protection33PENANAHX3UtoN16h

            “Yes. These Greek gods and goddesses are real.” Thanatos explained. “You are now one of them.”copyright protection33PENANAYcQLjO5PqJ

            “So, you’re saying that the Greek gods are real, and I’m one of them?” My mouth must have been hanging down to my knees. “Are you crazy?”copyright protection33PENANAmREsHR0xZx

            “Although sometimes this life makes me feel like it, I am not crazy.” Thanatos said calmly.copyright protection33PENANA6GuaAXyoZE

            “If the Greek gods really are real, then how come I’ve never seen one before?” I demandedcopyright protection33PENANAFYRvJbkP0K

            “First, you are looking at one right now. Second, if you were a god, which you will be, would you want to spend your free time signing autographs in some mortal mall?”copyright protection33PENANAynBdQj4QQ3

            I was too busy mulling this whole information overload over in my head to bother answering. The Greek gods were real? And even stranger, apparently I was now one of them. I wasn’t sure I believed him, this Thanatos whoever he was. “Ok, so say I am a Greek god. Why don’t I have any powers? What happened now that makes me a god when clearly I been a regular human for my whole life?”copyright protection33PENANAnXKS7kQGJP

            “I can’t answer those questions just yet.” Thanatos said in his frustratingly cryptic manner of speaking.copyright protection33PENANAloNdUxoemo

            “Why?” I demanded. There was no answer. “Well which god am I then? And where are we? I know this is my office but where in the country are we?”copyright protection33PENANAZVMB8CUctK

            “We are not in the country anymore, we are under it.” Thanatos said. “And you will be Hades.”copyright protection33PENANAgRI0JQkzx4

            “I’m Hades?” I asked. It fit with what he was saying earlier.copyright protection33PENANApStc5nJuC6

“You’re not Hades per say.” Thanatos said. “You’re taking Hades job. And his palace, and his powers, and his immortality.”copyright protection33PENANASB1Fcah6mL

            “Whoa, hold up.” I said. “I’m taking his immortality? If Hades was immortal, why am I needed to replace him?”copyright protection33PENANARCCzDmqXWX

            Thanatos sighed. “Hades and a few other gods decided that they had lingered in this world too long. They decided it was time to hand off the mantle to a new generation of gods.”copyright protection33PENANA2lQvxWThqv

            “So what? Hades died and appointed me to replace him.” I said trying to clear this up.copyright protection33PENANAnj6pYjzfpW

            “Hades did not die, he is immortal.” Thanatos said again.copyright protection33PENANA1hzDQcZhaV

            “If he’s immortal why isn’t he here?” I asked.copyright protection33PENANAech4HP1A7r

            “To a god like Hades, forever is not such a long time. The gods have endured for eons. They have lived more lifetimes than the world has people. Perhaps they grew bored of this earth and needed to move on.”copyright protection33PENANA6vKdUIwuYW

            “So they passed on, as in dead?” I asked.copyright protection33PENANAqZdZD3cDlm

            “If you continue like this you will be the god of stupidity!” Thanatos shouted. “Hades and the others did not die, they faded. They removed themselves from this world.”copyright protection33PENANAzzzQEgFFRM

            “Ok, so Hades is not dead.” I said surrendering the argument. “So, I’m the god of death. What about you Thanatos? What are you the god of?”copyright protection33PENANA7YhRbcAHGz

            “I am the god of death.” Thanatos explained.copyright protection33PENANAD6zQ6cUiPf

            “Hold up. You said I’m the god of death and the underworld.” I said. “How can we both be the god of death?”copyright protection33PENANAFoPeetvU9n

            “Technically you’re the LORD of death AND god of the underworld. I am the god of death.” Thanatos explained. “You see, Hades was the god of both death and the underworld. But the underworld is constantly growing with all the dead people pouring in, so eventually it became too big a job for Hades to do both. That’s when he appointed me his lieutenant and made me god of death.”copyright protection33PENANAHglZ8wbJeS

            “That’s stupid. I’d never give up being a god.” I said.copyright protection33PENANAiRZRI53DoT

            “We’ll see in a few thousand years if you’re still so enthusiastic.” Thanatos said. “Now, you accept the job and all it comes with?”copyright protection33PENANAT3hIiwcNrm

            “I already said yes.” I said.copyright protection33PENANAa8Dv7L2jvg

            “Very well,” Thanatos muttered, “time to make it official. Come with me.” Thanatos led me towards a dais on the opposite side of the room from the doors. “Sit.” He ordered pointing to the dais.copyright protection33PENANAbN8aFRgIuE

            “There’s no chair.” I said stating the obvious.copyright protection33PENANACoIT70qkOR

            “Sit.” He repeated.copyright protection33PENANAGYZju75wrA

            “Ok if you say so Mr. Greek god.” I muttered. I stepped up onto the dais and began to sit down. As I lowered myself into a sitting position the shadows that danced just beyond the black pillars rushed forward and formed a solid black throne underneath me. As I sat in the throne, I felt my body come alive with power. I could feel my bones vibrating with raw energy. Now I felt like a god.copyright protection33PENANAMCnVN2M3Lh

            “My lord.” Thanatos said dropping to one knee before me. “I have awaited your return.”copyright protection33PENANAIoFrhMrI6f

            “I like this.” I said examining the throne. “I really like this. This is going to be sweet.” And so, Blade was the new me. I was no longer a sad, scared little boy. I was a god. The god of death…or was it the underworld? Either way shouldn’t I get to pick who dies and who lives? “Thanatos. Is my family in the Underworld?”copyright protection33PENANAzMez6IHbf8

            “They are indeed Master Blade.” Thanatos replied.copyright protection33PENANAM2LaXydJCY

            “I need to see them.” I said standing up. “Take me to them.” It felt good giving orders.copyright protection33PENANA0knGLEsdnz

            “Yes Master.” Thanatos said getting to his feet. “This way.” He led me out of the throne room and into a hallway. As we made our way through the palace I noticed a trend in the décor.copyright protection33PENANAtWmIwsqdEG

            “Hades sure liked the color black and skeleton statues.” I pointed out.copyright protection33PENANAlqI7AGFNqh

            “Those aren’t statues. They’re real skeletons.” Thanatos said. He was right. I noticed that the skeletons were moving.copyright protection33PENANAMrCa7oOzBb

            “Why are there skeletons?” I asked edging away from the nearest one.copyright protection33PENANA958vNEYeRC

            “We’re in the Underworld.” Thanatos pointed out. “Besides, you’re the lord of the dead. You’ll be dealing with a lot of skeletons.”copyright protection33PENANAUd3DkEj0sJ

            “What did I sign up for?” I muttered watching a skeleton with one leg hobble down the hallway past me.copyright protection33PENANAifaUphieRU

            “That’s not the worst of it.” Thanatos muttered. “Skeletons will seem like daisies compared to some of the creatures we will deal with.”copyright protection33PENANAq1ZzwMdu05

            “Like what?” I asked curious.copyright protection33PENANA7VjbyDQSEi

            “Foul things that should not be spoken of.” Thanatos replied cryptically.copyright protection33PENANACWyMRY4acW

            “You brought it up.” I said. “Is my family skeletons?”copyright protection33PENANA4DX4cuRqZS

            “No, they have not been here near long enough.” Thanatos said. “However, they are still dead.”copyright protection33PENANAw6NPimt8f7

            “I know that!” I said to him. “I’ve lived with that fact for my whole life.”copyright protection33PENANArR30EVYI5b

            “It would be unwise to bring them back.” Thanatos stopped walking. He turned to face me. “That is why you want to see them, so you can bring them back?”copyright protection33PENANAFaODf176r6

            “That was my plan.” I admitted after a pause. “I guess you’re going to tell me I can’t.” The possibility of seeing my family again had almost brought back the old me. “Some speech about how death is final and even the god…or lord, whatever, of death can’t reverse that final sleep?”copyright protection33PENANAYYcMNv9gDo

            “You’re a god. You can do literally whatever you want.” Thanatos shrugged. “But if you bring them back to life, they will no longer be in your life.”copyright protection33PENANAn5gr5Un3Ds

            “What do you mean?” I asked.copyright protection33PENANAeiD3VS52Zx

            “You’re the lord of the dead. Your duty is to the Underworld. If you give your family their lives back, then they will have to leave here. A person cannot die twice, so when their time comes…again. They will fade rather than die. This fate is not what you seek.”copyright protection33PENANA9YvmLiRUyv

            “Then what do I seek?” I asked. “You seem to know.”copyright protection33PENANAjWAzoFuLJ7

            “You seek to have a family.” Thanatos whispered.copyright protection33PENANAeYqS1lK7oJ

            “I know that already!” I shouted. “That’s why I wanted you to take me to them.”copyright protection33PENANAExH9TssLn1

            “You misunderstand.” Thanatos said. “You seek a family for Blade. Your old family was only family to the old you. Now that you are Hades, your relation was cut.”copyright protection33PENANAgHYQhmwL8f

            “You didn’t say that when I took this job!” I said.copyright protection33PENANATndjffF0n4

            “The fault is not mine. You claim to want your family back, yet you yourself are pushing them away.” Thanatos said. “You have changed your name, your personality, and yourself just to get away from their ghosts. Are you sure you want me to take you back to them?”copyright protection33PENANAK1BsbvVDgj

            I was quiet for a while, thinking over his words. Thanatos was right. It seems that I had unconsciously changed anything about me that reminded me of my loved ones. Without realized it, I was the one that kept them away. “What should I do?”copyright protection33PENANAEw0CniZT48

            “Blade, you have a new family now. You are a new person, a god. I think seeing the people that were your family would only confuse and hurt you.” Thanatos said. “Hades is now who you are. You must remember that, let go of the past.”copyright protection33PENANA9XvnhLDWM0

            “You keep saying I have a new family. Can I meet them?” I asked.copyright protection33PENANA0w1CZc8VQo

            “You will not meet them. They will meet you.” Thanatos said strangely.copyright protection33PENANAeuVf7jx6dB

            “If we’re going to be working together for eternity, you’re going to have to speak more plainly.” I said already getting annoyed with Thanatos cryptic talk.copyright protection33PENANAemzKKQvnNh

            “Sadly, you cannot just visit your family. You must be summoned.” Thanatos said.copyright protection33PENANAnNOpqOCyJs

            “When do I get summoned?” I asked.copyright protection33PENANAXXXTd4cKap

            “When they summon you.” Thanatos answered.copyright protection33PENANAmpMV9wMFTz

            “Can I fire you?” I asked bluntly. “Cause this isn’t working out.”copyright protection33PENANAWhnLGNzjmi

            “You could fire me, but it will be near impossible to find someone willing to be the Grim Reaper forever.” Thanatos said.copyright protection33PENANALjgIctNpeY

            “Fine, you’re not fired.” I said.copyright protection33PENANAOBnBww8jb2

            “Thank you Master.”copyright protection33PENANAS8jgU03tjp

            “Yet.” I added. “Now take me back to the throne room.” The whole way back to the throne room thoughts were racing through my head about Thanatos’ words. About my new family, and how they would summon me when it pleased them.copyright protection33PENANAM5I3NVxBkM

            “Here we are.” Thanatos said bowing.copyright protection33PENANAz9nWKUtSdE

            “Who exactly is this new family of mine?” I finally asked, sick of my rampaging thoughts. “Who are they to summon me like a pet? I’m a god!”copyright protection33PENANAU6NemHepby

            “Exactly. You’re A god. Not THE god.” Thanatos explained. “There are other gods, and unfortunately for us they are a little higher up on the totem pole.”copyright protection33PENANAPYDy2rtz2O

            “I bet Hades didn’t like that.” I muttered. “Being a god, yet you still have a boss.”copyright protection33PENANAlBXIxID0BQ

            “He found it insufferable.” Thanatos nodded. “As do many others. But the hierarchy is there for a reason.”copyright protection33PENANAFwWtKibZIm

            “And that reason is?” I asked.copyright protection33PENANAyxlb6nDAWF

            “Because that’s how we do things.” Thanatos answered.copyright protection33PENANAoigm1O4EPF

            “Are we in Hell?” I asked.copyright protection33PENANAuvbrYWK9Ws

            “The Underworld, yes we are.” Thanatos answered. “Why?”copyright protection33PENANAwu0RG6ejGb

            “Cause I wanted to banish you there.” I muttered angrily. “Why can’t you give me a straight answer?”copyright protection33PENANAZ5ugrv5vaU

            Thanatos sighed. “Because I’m tired of answering questions.”copyright protection33PENANAbFqn6okQyg

            “What do you mean?” I asked. I hadn’t questioned him too much have I?copyright protection33PENANAj5LjWsqbM6

            “Being Death, all you hear is ‘Why? Why did you have to take my loved ones?’ and other such questions.” Thanatos said. “I hear too many questions.”copyright protection33PENANAmLbQ2Cm78x

            “Wow, that’s kind of dark.” I said.copyright protection33PENANA2jcsHjR1aq

            “We’re gods of death.” Thanatos said. “Get used to the dark.”copyright protection33PENANAitv4MrwcCj

            “Good advice.” I muttered. I went over to my shadow throne and sat down on it. “So what do gods of death do all day?”37Please respect copyright.PENANAKhAWJhgBjq
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