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Chapter 12 Blade
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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         “Cerberus!” I shouted. “Go get the stick! Go get it! Get the stick!” I was playing fetch with my inherited dog Cerberus. For those of you who don’t know, Cerberus is the guard dog of the Underworld. And he is seriously lonely. He isn’t just any dog. Cerberus has three heads and is the size of a Great Dane, and he is the only living thing besides me and Thanatos in the Underworld.copyright protection21PENANAbordTKujcA

            “Master Blade.” Thanatos said appearing at my side. “I think it is unwise of you to play with Cerberus. The beast should be at his post guarding the entrance.”copyright protection21PENANAHVGUX3JZrL

            “He’s a dog, not a beast.” I said.copyright protection21PENANAAIi7kPQZEv

            “He has three heads.” Thanatos said. “Dogs don’t have three heads.”copyright protection21PENANAmQTO3Nyx7L

            “This one does.” I told him. “Cerberus is a dog, and dogs need to be played with.”copyright protection21PENANA8OHOJESsDk

            Thanatos shook his head. “But souls are escaping the Underworld!” he complained.copyright protection21PENANAde2wlnlcn0

            “Good.” I said. “Maybe if enough of them get out, those fools on Olympus will finally summon  me.” I hated that word. Summon, you summon a dog or a servant, not a god.copyright protection21PENANAIJQCxTp6rw

            Thanatos hissed quietly. “Don’t call the Olympians fools!” He whispered. “Zeus hears all.”copyright protection21PENANASAlzp4dhwR

            “You told me they didn’t have a replacement for Zeus yet. You said that was why they didn’t…summon me.” I said, hating the statement.copyright protection21PENANABK6Dgs0CEo

            “That is true.” Thanatos said. “But it would be a good habit to get into. For future use.”copyright protection21PENANACm7sYFmoMO

            “I live in Hell,” I pointed out, “how much worse can Zeus make my life?”copyright protection21PENANAUEofeNks5Q

            “Yes you do LIVE in Hell.” Thanatos said. “You could be DEAD in Hell. Zeus can arrange that.”copyright protection21PENANAjGBqkRSltx

            “I’m the god of death.”copyright protection21PENANAJ6TRzSwWgj

            “Lord of death.” Thanatos corrected me.copyright protection21PENANAKbY8qcWKE1

            “Lord of death.” I conceded. “Can I even die? I mean seriously.” Just then Cerberus brought back the stick. I took it from him and threw it once again.copyright protection21PENANABYIco24hoy

            “Yes.” Thanatos said.copyright protection21PENANAO7EIYeAvaQ

            “How do you know?” I asked.copyright protection21PENANAPV1N4s00dE

            Thanatos looked confused. “Well, I’m the god of death. I tend to know things like that. It’s part of my job.”copyright protection21PENANA2PDK12N6jb

            “Very well.” I muttered. “So I can die whatever.”copyright protection21PENANAE8jjQixrOH

            “Master?”copyright protection21PENANAhDCjqGMrH0

            “When you told me I was going to become a god, I thought things would be better than this.” I said. “This was supposed to be my new life, a life where I could be the new me. A better life.”copyright protection21PENANA5JPJuQMiX6

            “You came to Hell looking for a better life?” Thanatos asked.copyright protection21PENANAtBeNU55rwT

            “I did, that’s how bad my old life was.” I said. “I actually thought it would have been better living in Hell.”copyright protection21PENANA9OxM7YtUpb

            Thanatos nodded. “You are not Hades.” He muttered. “And that gives me hope that the new Olympians will also be different from their old counterparts. Perhaps these new gods will welcome Hades to Olympus.”copyright protection21PENANAUvUJepA0Hx

            “Your just saying that.” I said, once again sending Cerberus running after a stick.copyright protection21PENANA7b8lY3q4uX

            “No, the old Hades would never have wanted to come to Hell. He was sent here to rule by Zeus. Hades was not lord of the dead by choice, but you are. You chose to be a god, and that’s more than the old order could say.”copyright protection21PENANAXELvqTtUNS

            I looked over at my godly advisor. “I didn’t know what I was choosing.”copyright protection21PENANA5Ho0qCp1D7

            “And you still chose this. Even though you had no idea what you were walking into, you still picked to come here.” Thanatos said. “Trust me, these new gods will be better. Of old the gods have understood little of men, because most of us were never men. Many wished for something else, since they had never asked to be gods. But you will understand men, for you were a man. And you wished for something else and were given it. That was our hope in replacing the others. We aimed to find people like you Blade. People who could be good gods.”copyright protection21PENANAyKiH6hKxlf

            I didn’t know what to say. Here Thanatos was telling me that I would be a good god and that things would be different for me than they were for Hades. And it gave me hope.copyright protection21PENANAujTfOk9heW

            “Hello Thanatos. Long time no see.” I turned around to see a woman standing behind me playing with my dog. She had long flowing black hair with a purple petunia resting on her right ear. Her smooth skin a pale and fair and she was wearing a floral design sundress.copyright protection21PENANAakDyk4bK6P

            “Lady Persephone.” Thanatos said bowing slighting.copyright protection21PENANARFAamHr7eN

            “I assume this is Hades 2.0?” she said gazing me over.copyright protection21PENANAmJ6fZUA8cO

            “I’m Blade. Who are you?”copyright protection21PENANA4n9IWtN7dT

            “I am Persephone.” She told me. “Goddess of springtime and flowers…and Hades wife.”copyright protection21PENANAX5yygVfI2u

            “Whoa!” I shouted turning to Thanatos. “I’m married?”copyright protection21PENANAvpdBFdwflI

            “No, Hades was married.” Thanatos said.copyright protection21PENANA4q5d91GW9U

            “Don’t worry kid.” Persephone said standing up. “I’m not going to marry you. Zeus knows I didn’t want to be married to the first one either.”copyright protection21PENANAQ70pFglVYn

            “Then why are you here?” I asked.copyright protection21PENANAptNC5sPBHb

            “I’m only allowed to leave in the spring.” Persephone said. “Half the year here and half the year up there.” She pointed towards the shadowy ceiling of Hell. “That was the deal.”copyright protection21PENANAjMBpZKrGHB

            “Lady Persephone will be…a motherly figure for you Blade.” Thanatos said.copyright protection21PENANAAyJAYoRjjP

            I looked the lady over. “You’re not my mother.” I told her. “And your deal was with Hades, you are free to leave when you want.”copyright protection21PENANAHJjulpWb0E

            Persephone smiled. “You are kind for the lord of death.” She walked closer to me and leveled her face with mine. “What makes you think I want to leave?”copyright protection21PENANAnkqYKpJc5r

            I inhaled and found that she smelled like roses. But I should have expected that since she was the goddess of flowers. “I didn’t say you had to leave. I said you were free to leave when you want.”copyright protection21PENANANGZxhXV8hf

            “Good. I would hate to have to replant my garden, and who would play with Cerberus if I was gone.” Persephone smiled and returned to the three headed dog. “Oh, I also have a message…”copyright protection21PENANAYYZiskHpwI

            “From who?” I asked. Was I being summoned? Was I finally going to get to meet my new family?copyright protection21PENANA3T3uSNTCZZ

            “…for Thanatos.” Persephone said. “From Hestia.”copyright protection21PENANA3NG3kX1g6i

            “Thanatos stepped forward. “What is it?”copyright protection21PENANAw5hvnJQ59n

            Persephone smiled, and then looked at me. “Two words: Bring him.”copyright protection21PENANAOdhRHaEAME

            “Now?” Thanatos asked.copyright protection21PENANAAQsgUNeW3l

            “Can’t be late for the first date.” Persephone said smiling. “It would leave a bad impression.”copyright protection21PENANAeAqv6OfWTp

            “We’re going?” I asked. I was very excited. “They summoned me.” I wasn’t even upset at that word.copyright protection21PENANAkHCBzjLdUy

            “Where?” Thanatos asked. “The gods haven’t been crowned yet. We can’t be going to Olympus.”copyright protection21PENANASuolLj80fc

            “That’s right, but Hestia would like Blade to meet the others.” Persephone said. “To prove that they will be gods. She would like us to rendezvous with her. Her usual hole in the wall.”copyright protection21PENANAluMLZSzfPt

            “Great.” Thanatos muttered. “The smell follows me for weeks.”copyright protection21PENANAF9bhLKBwYv

            Persephone smiled. “I could make you smell like flowers.” She offered.copyright protection21PENANA4R0tcMMkM1

            “No thank you.” Thanatos said. “The god of death shouldn’t smell like daisies on the job. It would make me look like one big oxymoron.”copyright protection21PENANAw8vjTvctL2

            “Don’t say I didn’t offer.” Persephone said shrugging. “Now let’s go. The sun and moon are on their way, and they won’t wait up for us.”copyright protection21PENANAXqc8IXTjuR

            “Sun and moon?” I asked.copyright protection21PENANAPyIP2VCPfo

            “Master Blade, take my hand.” Thanatos ordered me. He called me master when he gave me an order. I thought to myself. But I took his hand anyway.copyright protection21PENANAQMwm6qSjUE

            “Mind if I tag along?” Persephone asked. “I would enjoy seeing this for myself.”copyright protection21PENANAlR5x0OvT7Z

            “I told you, your free to do as you please.” I repeated.copyright protection21PENANALXyuMApppF

            “Good.” She said taking Thanatos’ other hand. “Cerberus! Come!” she said.copyright protection21PENANANgskDyLwSF

            “Umm…” Thanatos started to object as Cerberus charged towards us.copyright protection21PENANAaexgMx4hqb

            “We can’t leave him here all by himself.” Persephone objected.copyright protection21PENANAgb8OFVp5kP

            “Let him come, Thanatos.” I said. “He should see the sunlight once in a while.”copyright protection21PENANAK85dtJMefE

            “Yes Master Blade.” Thanatos said nodding. “Close your mouths.” And with that the shadows once again enveloped me. They compressed slowly encircling me, before sunlight once again shone down on my face.copyright protection21PENANAUqSrGEYKVp

            I was able to enjoy the world again for two seconds. Then the smell hit me. Let me tell you, nothing in Hell could measure up to that landfill. Phew!copyright protection21PENANAWcB51h1rml

            Next to me Cerberus was whining and pawing at one of his noses. “I know dog.” Persephone said petting him. “It smells bad.”copyright protection21PENANAg7umkX56cl

            “Whoa!” Someone shouted. “That thing has got three heads!”copyright protection21PENANAL7LDysixce

            “Sid, stay away from Cerberus! He can eat you three times as fast as anything else alive.” Another voice shouted.copyright protection21PENANAX8qyesPfTc

            When my eyes finally stopped watering from the smell, I was able to see that I was standing in the middle of a circle consisting many people.copyright protection21PENANABaj5wE3CLg

            “Lord Hades.” An old lady said approaching me. “Thank you for meeting us here. I am Hestia.”copyright protection21PENANAXwnJaWbstn

            “Hello.” I muttered. “Why aren’t we on Olympus?”copyright protection21PENANAHrw8ZKAP0u

            “Well, mortals aren’t allowed to gaze upon Mount Olympus.” Hestia explained. “If they do, they burn up and die…painfully.”copyright protection21PENANA2BEmGa0KNM

            “What was that?” one of the kids asked.copyright protection21PENANA0KinusjFVN

            “She said we’re going to burn and die.” Another answered.copyright protection21PENANA3CfALell4l

            “If they can’t see Olympus, then how are you going to make them gods?” I asked.copyright protection21PENANAQ6WusDFtns

            “We’re going to blindfold them.” Hestia answered.copyright protection21PENANAfodyLH05mW

            “Oh.” That was the best the gods could come up with? “And you need me for that?”copyright protection21PENANATqz80knlGs

            “Not particularly.” Hestia said. “I just thought you would want to come to Olympus with us.”copyright protection21PENANAHwyD01hGuE

            “I would like that.” I said. I couldn’t wait see Olympus! Then I remembered what Thanatos had said about my new family being the gods. I turned to face the other kids. They would become my brothers and sisters. “Who are these people?”copyright protection21PENANA8K2liO3jUq

            “Ah introduction!” Hestia mumbled. “Those three over there are Adele, Deon, and Demi. I don’t remember anybody else’s name.” she admitted.copyright protection21PENANAgNQPWQakcQ

            “I’m Gaia.” Said a girl with neon green streaks in her hair. “This is Albany, Eric, Hector, Artie short for Artemisia, Paul, Sid the shirtless blunder, and Pots and Pan. Call him Pan.” She rattled off the names almost faster than I could look at the people who owned them. “The shadow over there is Nyx, I haven’t met her’s yet.”copyright protection21PENANAMTmlxnmO3R

            The woman made of shadows smiled, I could hardly tell with her teeth also being darkness. “Lord Hades, I would like you to meet Herman, Kara, and Zack.” She bowed slightly while she said the names.copyright protection21PENANAtcCwyUlBdf

            “Hello everyone.” I muttered after a brief silence. I didn’t know if I was supposed to give a speech or something, but no one else was talking.copyright protection21PENANA1t3Rj0ItkV

            “You’re Hades?” Paul asked. “God of death.”copyright protection21PENANAk6PGrn4Ob7

            “Lord of death.” Thanatos corrected.copyright protection21PENANAGFkicScxtq

            “Sorry, lord of death.” he corrected himself. “But you look so young. Does death not age or something?”copyright protection21PENANAMvUQmeQ5Hb

            “Sadly death ages.” Thanatos whispered, more to himself than anyone else.copyright protection21PENANA11iQIKdMyp

            “I look so young because I am young. I couple days ago I was just a kid like you guys. But now I’m Hades. Now I’m a god.”copyright protection21PENANAUe5fwh7JOA

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