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Gods in Training
Writer TJ Nyx
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Chapter 11 Albany
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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No Plagiarism!zWYfu3DnzYay4Qh4H7UBposted on PENANA

            I had never been on a more awkward car ride. Hector seemed quite content to merely look out the window, Eric found more interest in staring at everyone than saying anything, and Gaia was napping.copyright protection4PENANAEOlhLb2XEj

            “So, guys, anything…new?” I asked desperate for someone to pick up on the conversation.copyright protection4PENANABdgAtKD67d

            “Two ladies busted me out of jail.” Eric answered, Hector didn’t even answer.copyright protection4PENANA5hM983ePb9

            “That’s cool.” I muttered. I was half tempted to wake up Gaia, just so she could help me start a conversation, but the earth goddess was out like a rock. Go figure.copyright protection4PENANArQYM7JYaHD

            After about ten minutes straight of no one talking I decided to break the silence with some music. “I love this song!” I said even though no song was audible. On cue Baxter turned up the radio, which then woke Gaia.copyright protection4PENANAujQKTjvxqD

            “Hey.” She muttered sleepily. “Why is it loud?”copyright protection4PENANAKvUxF3BTSM

            “Never mind Baxter, I don’t like this song.” I shouted at him. Luckily he heard me and turned the radio down again.copyright protection4PENANA3kD17LL5Vs

            “Very good Miss Albany.” Eric mocked.copyright protection4PENANAIqLzaETGcj

            “Sorry Gaia, I didn’t mean to wake you.” I said feeling bad.copyright protection4PENANAjWPetuh4oa

            “Ah, don’t worry about it.” She said. “I needed to wake up anyway.”copyright protection4PENANARsuvtBgeGc

            “So when are we becoming gods?” Eric asked.copyright protection4PENANAHpCsZN7Stj

            “As soon as we reach our destination.” Gaia told him. “Well, technically a little bit after that.”copyright protection4PENANAcMg10KwiPV

            “Ok, so when are we getting to our destination?” Eric asked again.copyright protection4PENANAsHnWdRxt5e

            “That depends on circumstances.” Gaia shrugged. “If nothing goes wrong, we should get there in an hour. But something will go wrong.”copyright protection4PENANAFMEifD6nvz

            “How do you know something will go wrong?” Hector asked nervously.copyright protection4PENANAHHmYJnJgFz

            Gaia frowned. “There’s a reason they call it a Greek Tragedy.” She said. “Life just wouldn’t be the same without obstacles.”copyright protection4PENANAb8gz4uqCXw

            “What kind of problems do you except for something like this?” I asked. This was my life now. I wanted to know what I was up against.copyright protection4PENANAQDjuWz82WD

            “Oh, this and that.” Gaia said waving her hand in the air. “But there’s always something. That much is certain.”copyright protection4PENANACElYD4mnk2

            “That’s no good.” I said. “Here I was thinking that being a god would be easy.”copyright protection4PENANAWwad5fHwRE

            Gaia laughed in my face. “Naïve little children. What makes you think being a god would ever be easy?”copyright protection4PENANA2IildeUlhR

            “The ultimate power.” Eric suggested.copyright protection4PENANAYTwjS9oewJ

            “No.” Gaia muttered. “There is no such thing as ultimate power. Because if there was, the person who had that power would be ruling the cosmos right now.”copyright protection4PENANAgsfrGlGnRy

            “That’s scary.” I muttered.copyright protection4PENANA2Tgkftz9PQ

            “Not really.” Gaia said shrugging. “Now if you ever meet Medusa, then we’ll talk.”copyright protection4PENANA0NKx7CGwQc

            “Medusa’s real?” I asked shocked. I knew that Medusa was the legendary woman who had snakes for hair and could turn any living thing to stone with one glance.copyright protection4PENANAf7FuylQfJH

            “What do you mean?” Gaia said. “You haven’t figured it out yet. You’re becoming Greek gods. Wouldn’t it be safe to assume that the old Greek myths were real?”copyright protection4PENANANLB36QxG0m

            “I was taught that when you assume something, you make an ass of you and me.” Hector muttered.copyright protection4PENANAx1ahyiTeOK

            “What?” Eric said looking at him.copyright protection4PENANAr3R7yqtoFd

            “Assume, has the letters for ass, u, and me in it. When you assume something you make an ass of you and me.” Hector explained. “That’s what my mom always told me.”copyright protection4PENANA6tYHx5y4My

            “Charming woman.” Gaia muttered. “Anyways, of course Medusa’s real! And so is every other thing you know about the old myths.”copyright protection4PENANArjABA8UunI

            “Everything?” I asked.copyright protection4PENANAePL5XjwqIc

            “Everything.” Gaia said nodding. “All of it.”copyright protection4PENANADOFCvcI4hu

            “Really? Even Kronos eating his children?” I asked.copyright protection4PENANADJOdlplfTJ

            “I actually saw that happen.” Gaia said.copyright protection4PENANAX7yJdv3KWL

            “Centaurs, satyrs, and those other beasts are real?” I asked again.copyright protection4PENANAWAACc6PVa7

            “Yes.” Gaia said in a singsong voice.copyright protection4PENANApNQe0bDmrw

            “Atlantis?” I concluded.copyright protection4PENANA6pEF8SbcD7

            Gaia pursed her lips. “Well…no.” she frowned. “That was a partially true.”copyright protection4PENANAYzIycUE1QP

            “Partially?” Hector asked.copyright protection4PENANA9gCZuDb70C

            “Yeah, partially.” Gaia repeated. “You see, Poseidon god of the sea had this palace on the bottom of the ocean. But he thought it would be a great idea to make it so that the palace could rise to the surface as well as being on the bottom. So yes, there was a ‘city’ that did actually sink below the waves. But it was intentional and nobody drowned…I take that back. Knowing Poseidon somebody probably drowned.”copyright protection4PENANAE61iLabWnO

            “His palace could go from the ocean floor to the surface?” Eric asked unbelieving.copyright protection4PENANA4loMUBHyDx

            “Yeah, it was wicked.” Gaia said. “If any of you are Poseidon you’ll get to chill there sometimes.”copyright protection4PENANAoMN1LhFXpF

            “Cool.” Eric muttered. “Forget god of gold. That’s what’s up.”copyright protection4PENANAA3MBmxMyu9

            Gaia smiled. “That’s not even the best. If Greek Gods Cribs was a TV show, your minds would literally melt. That’s how awesome some of the palaces I’ve seen are.”copyright protection4PENANAmzvLlpn3Y0

            “Greek Gods Cribs?” I asked. “I thought the gods just all lived on Olympus?”copyright protection4PENANABmMonyG3v5

            “No, do Senators and Representatives live in D.C.?” Gaia asked. “Course not! They just work there, same with the gods.”copyright protection4PENANAI59uHv2u3x

            “Whoa.” Eric said awestruck.copyright protection4PENANADq69csyzvw

            Just then we passed a cop car on the side of the road. As it when past we saw two officers patting down four people. The oldest of the four looked really nervous as the cops slowly worked their way to him.copyright protection4PENANAz6TlvhTckp

            “Was that guy not wearing a shirt?” I asked.copyright protection4PENANAi2urxcXAG0

            “Turn around!” Gaia ordered.copyright protection4PENANA8jrftDH1cd

            “No don’t, you didn’t miss much. He had abs but his eyes were weird.” I told Baxter.copyright protection4PENANAxMkr8QI222

            “Maybe you are a cheerleader!” Gaia shouted.” Everything’s not about boys. I knew that guy, he was tasked with recruiting you people like me!”copyright protection4PENANArk5WMD8JeO

            “Oh. Baxter, turn around!” I ordered.copyright protection4PENANAJm8aCBOkC1

            “Very well Miss Albany.” He said before pulling a total 180 degree turn, without slowing down I might add.copyright protection4PENANAxaNSBWIkYK

            “Hello.” Eric purred. The turn had tossed me into his lap.copyright protection4PENANAmq5smR6vAk

            “Eww.” I muttered quickly getting off.copyright protection4PENANAjjHruj3jDG

            “Don’t slow down.” Gaia ordered as we neared the two cars. By now the officers had noticed us speeding the wrong way down the highway towards them. One of them was standing in the middle of the road motioning for us to stop. “Keep going.” Gaia repeated.copyright protection4PENANAkbQ83s4MN2

            “Baxter, don’t stop.” I told our driver.copyright protection4PENANAw9tBCPsIk2

            Seeing that we weren’t stopping the officer quickly moved out of the way, but not far enough way. As we passed Gaia opened her door which swung out and struck the officer in the back, dropping him instantly.copyright protection4PENANA3EmK6R49aH

            “Gaia!” I shouted stunned by what she had done.copyright protection4PENANAPvTGDX9HJW

            “Respect!” Eric said fist bumping Gaia. “That’s how we do it!”copyright protection4PENANAKf6eRI3kro

            “Stop the car.” Gaia ordered.copyright protection4PENANAnu3Ke9BjiM

            “Stop!” I relayed the ordered. The car screeched to a halt. Gaia bounded out and started running towards the remaining officer and his four prisoners.copyright protection4PENANA18hUOUSYCB

            “Let’s go!” Eric shouted as he pulled Hector out of the car.copyright protection4PENANAUnR0BJJF3a

            “Baxter, bring the car around.” I ordered also getting out. When I got up to the scene Gaia had knocked out the other policeman and was taking the handcuffs off of the four prisoners.copyright protection4PENANA4qF7aTgMdz

            “Pots and Pan!” She was shouting. “You owe me another one.”copyright protection4PENANAyeIP8xK0vn

            “Thank you Gaia.” The nervous looking man said. He lifted up his pant leg and said. “I’m just glad you stopped them from seeing these.copyright protection4PENANACpLtqmc91g

            “Told you satyrs were real.” Gaia told me. “Albany, Eric, Hector. I’d like you to meet Pan, god of the wild.” We were introduced to the man.copyright protection4PENANAk6GZdRTuD6

            “I thought satyrs had horns and hooves.” I said.copyright protection4PENANA3ckM2tjNuO

            “I do.” Pan replied. “They’re hidden right now. You know, I can’t have normal people starting at me.”copyright protection4PENANAa6eVAEiNOk

            “I asked that when I first met him too.” A girl said. “I’m Artie and this is my twin brother Paul.”copyright protection4PENANA38qK7DB17f

            “Oh hey,” I said, “Nice to meet you.” I thought they were both girls. The boy named Paul looked way too much like his sister.copyright protection4PENANA7brsYuVhhq

            “And the shirtless wonder over there is Sid.” Paul explained.copyright protection4PENANA6rxkn7ZGVN

            “More like Shirtless Blunder.” Pan muttered chuckling. “Stay away from Sid. He’s an idiot.”copyright protection4PENANA0YWqJ44k5c

            “So Pots and Pan, what’s up?” Gaia asked. “Why were you getting the shake down?”copyright protection4PENANAAdo2FmwBDN

            “The twins were carrying bows and arrows. Apparently they threatened these two fine officers with them.copyright protection4PENANA2Jfz4DH4jC

            “Total crap.” Paul muttered. “We weren’t hurting anybody.”copyright protection4PENANARjBOKkTOFY

            “Well we did shoot those arrows back there.” Artie pointed out.copyright protection4PENANA1fcphSMOup

            “Don’t feel bad kids.” Gaia said. “With Pots and Pan here driving it was only a matter of time till you got pulled over. Goat hooves are not good for conducir el carro.”copyright protection4PENANACw9R5evMiO

            “What?” Sid asked.copyright protection4PENANApa80ZSlSH0

            “What’s wrong with your eyes?” Eric said looking at Sid. “Why are they all bloodshot?”copyright protection4PENANARIg38yWUmq

            “It’s either from the chlorine from his pool, or whatever manner of substances that so diminished his IQ. We’re not sure yet.” Artie said.copyright protection4PENANAkYWuQ1IlO1

            “Anyway.” Pan said clearing his throat. “I’m glad to see I’m not late bringing mine in.”copyright protection4PENANA9echebaz3S

            “Whatever, you know I’m not good with this stuff. The only one I actually recruited correctly was the one in jail. And he only committed because I said I’d get him out of jail if he did.” Gaia said.copyright protection4PENANAAUAQYJoUEK

            “Same old Gaia.” Pan muttered. “Speaking of jails, I heard on the radio that a juvenile detention center was hit by a freak earthquake.”copyright protection4PENANAkYJhtzjcU7

            “Yeah, you got me.” Gaia said. “Don’t tell Hestia?”copyright protection4PENANAd4mpmABwaE

            “Stop calling me Pots and Pan and maybe I won’t.” Pan proposed.copyright protection4PENANAoLzZBxJ0sn

            “Nah!” Gaia said. “Hestia will find out in the end. She always does. Come on Pots and Pan, we’re taking my car.copyright protection4PENANALMmu3P3m1Y

            We were crowded in the vehicle, but at least it wasn’t awkward anymore. We had plenty to talk about between the eight of us.copyright protection4PENANAuf2QEorfVC

            “So you’re Gaia, the earth goddess?” Artie asked.copyright protection4PENANAUkntkZ13Zt

            “Titaness.” I corrected.copyright protection4PENANArLgNfkDjHE

            “Mother Earth?” Paul asked. “Why are you so young?” I laughed as Gaia rolled her eyes.copyright protection4PENANAhbTk2yJuOE

            “I’m old compared to you, but for a planet I’m still quite young.” Gaia explained.copyright protection4PENANA7JZvcjuenu

            “Are you a planet or a Titaness?” Paul asked. “It’s kind of one or the other.”copyright protection4PENANAHPfXCvifOZ

            “Both.” Gaia muttered. “Don’t kid yourself with that ‘one or the other’ crap. You’re to be a god soon. Your answer should always be both.”copyright protection4PENANAU6bOqen9Ic

            “I could see that answer backfiring on more than one situation.” Artie muttered.copyright protection4PENANAOQVOl87Qmv

            “For a regular person it won’t work.” Gaia said. “But it’s different for gods. Should I get this dress, or that puppy? Both! Should I give Southern California an earthquake, or Japan?”copyright protection4PENANAl3kA1X6kdV

            “Neither.” Paul muttered. “That’s terrible.”copyright protection4PENANAj71uWsJjCr

            “That’s called being Mother Earth.” Gaia retorted. “Not everyone likes their mama.”copyright protection4PENANAvqirfDzntV

            “I’m not going to start calling you mama.” Eric said shaking his head. “That right is reserved for one woman only.”copyright protection4PENANASOZdp1awln

            “Thanks.” Gaia said. “You’re too ugly to be my son anyway.”copyright protection4PENANArEvs9rUSLw

            “What was that?” Eric asked as he cracked his knuckles.copyright protection4PENANAkhXCIcghzJ

            “Trust me kid, you can’t win this battle.” Pan said intervening before Eric shook the earth.copyright protection4PENANAdsycFYdPuz

            “He’s right.” I pointed out. “You saw what she did to get you out of jail.” Eric frowned, but he didn’t push the issue.copyright protection4PENANAdVeJnnbigW

            “Whew!” Pan said with an exaggerated sigh of relief. “That was a close one! We almost had five volcanoes and three earthquakes.”copyright protection4PENANAPBeMeWZuez

            Gaia grinned. “No volcanoes, they scorch too many plants. But definitely on the earthquakes.”copyright protection4PENANAer1MEHLSxf

            “Wait, you were serious about controlling earthquakes?” Paul asked. “Like, you can really do that?”copyright protection4PENANArKaFty3ERk

            “Yeah.” Gaia said. “And volcanoes. Sometimes I’ll throw in a sinkhole or two.”copyright protection4PENANABGVPtaMsE1

            “Whoa.” Paul said in amazement. He turned to Pan. “Why don’t you have any special powers?”copyright protection4PENANA2St3F7Kq0i

            Gaia burst out laughing. Pan blushed and muttered furiously. “I do have special powers! I’m just more restrained with mine than Gaia is.”copyright protection4PENANAGr2Q7wpbbg

            “What kind of powers do you have?” Artie asked.copyright protection4PENANAvNWrDpCpSg

            “He’s got a mean donkey kick.” Sid suggested. “Except he’s a goat.”copyright protection4PENANArU9UYP1Jf2

            “I’m a satyr you halfwit.” Pan said angrily. “Half goat, half man.”copyright protection4PENANA1Vu4MBBcNN

            “Bah!” Sid said imitating a sheep.copyright protection4PENANAsjApLeOnDH

            “That’s not…never mind.” Pan said looking away from the shirtless blunder. “I can cause a panic.”copyright protection4PENANAD5CNZAC1kS

            “A panic?” I asked. “You mean you can scare people.”copyright protection4PENANA3lOxqA91MW

            “Yeah that’s what panic means.” Pan said sounding kind of mean. “I was known for it back in the old days. That’s why they called it a panic. You know…PANic”copyright protection4PENANAPffqE0Etni

            “That’s it?” Eric asked. “You scare people? Hell, I’m more scary than you.”copyright protection4PENANAa1nNOmnrnI

            “That’s because I’m not in the zone right now.” Pan muttered. “If I was, all of you would be so frightened you’d be forced to flee in terror.”copyright protection4PENANAjr37YuH7wu

            “I’m no coward.” Eric stated arrogantly. “I’d never run away in terror.”copyright protection4PENANA4lJjLokpRH

            “You don’t have a choice.” Pan said. “That’s part of the magic of the wild. People fear what they don’t understand. And what is less understood that the unknown wild?”copyright protection4PENANAH2J5PyrdZP

            “Space.” Hector suggested. “The final frontier.”copyright protection4PENANAVigYpft7nZ

            “Ok, well then when there’s a Greek god of space, I’ll let him scare people with the power of the wild.” Pan retorted.copyright protection4PENANACrkmK6K5wB

            “Will we get god powers?” I asked. I could almost picture myself using some awesome and terrible power.copyright protection4PENANAMeDwjt4LG3

            “Probably.” Gaia muttered. “Although personally some powers aren’t even worth having. Like the power of the wild. Stupid.”copyright protection4PENANAABlRAL73Su

            “Hey!”copyright protection4PENANA2uVnQGuBL0

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