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Chapter 19 Artemisia
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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            “I say we kill him!” Eric shouted. After Blade punched Zach, we had been ordered into an emergency council. We were supposed to be deciding whether or not to attack Blade. But this had just turned into a shouting match.copyright protection4PENANABVHiApjEP8

            “Of course you want to kill him.” Albany said. “You’re the god of war.”copyright protection4PENANAblXQtYY0OH

            “Has diplomacy been completely ruled out?” Adele asked. “Can’t we still make peace?”copyright protection4PENANA6sv7NsFisd

            “We can make peace with his corpse.” Eric said smiling.copyright protection4PENANAX39FmK4FoT

            “Eric is right!” Zack shouted. “I cannot stand for his insult.”copyright protection4PENANAOAfLrIKpJy

            “Yeah.” Kara said.copyright protection4PENANA7Q0CYO4E6w

            “Hey bro, did you think we’d be going to war one day in?” I asked Paul.copyright protection4PENANAR4A1JWLNBa

            “Nope. But I also didn’t think you’d be a goddess.” He pointed out.copyright protection4PENANAGqKVbcEVBn

            “I can smite you now.” I retorted, not even sure if she was insulting me.copyright protection4PENANAuIdvlbjpPp

            “Me too.” Paul said making a fist.copyright protection4PENANAWHuxJduu06

            “Ok. So stalemate.” I muttered, quite confused as to where this conversation had gone. “That’s cool.”copyright protection4PENANAFHwqDHChDe

            “It is isn’t it?” he asked.copyright protection4PENANAF8WSDi4WIU

            “Live and let live!” Adele said. “I don’t think we should be so hard on him.”copyright protection4PENANAmECQcl4GQ4

            “He spit in my face, and then hit me.” Zack whispered vehemently. “He will die.”copyright protection4PENANANvMjWp1yGE

            “Ok, that settles it then.” Albany said dripping with sarcasm. “Let’s just all obey Zeus. Whatever he says, is what we must do.”copyright protection4PENANANmMJfq2jmK

            “Good.” Zack said. “Things would get done a lot faster that way.”copyright protection4PENANAeJoRABcEi3

            “And done more poorly.” Albany countered. “There is a council so things like this don’t happen! We can’t just kill whoever we want.”copyright protection4PENANAJ5zvovUp4B

            “I want to kill you right now, but I’m not.” Eric muttered.copyright protection4PENANA4RYRBdhDxE

            “Shut your face.” Albany said turning to him.copyright protection4PENANAnLnMCYnPCF

            “What Blade did was wrong, but he shouldn’t die for it.” Adele pointed out. “He’s still young, and very inexperienced at being a god. He will learn how things work soon enough.”copyright protection4PENANATmLsR9YMz2

            “The way you said that made it sound like we actually know what we’re doing.” Herman pointed out. “But in all truth, he’s been a god longer than us, even if only a day or two.”copyright protection4PENANAoDUmvvzM96

            “That may be, but we’re the Olympians!” Zach said.copyright protection4PENANAqwSOivNGlp

            “New Olympians.” Sid corrected. “Don’t forget the ‘New’ part.”copyright protection4PENANAmeM7GDhEqQ

            “NEW Olympians.” Zack repeated. “Anyways, we have more power that this lord of the dead…”copyright protection4PENANAHOuBbZ7KLg

            “Exactly, which means we should take more responsibility with our powers.” Albany interrupted.copyright protection4PENANARcMJ15fOMA

            This back-and-forth argument raged on, with no signs of ever slowing down. I slouched down in my throne. Personally I don’t think this should be such a big deal. I mean what Blade did was wrong, but he shouldn’t die for it. Zack was totally overreacting to this whole ordeal. In fact he was the one making all this into an ordeal.copyright protection4PENANAe8O0gvDxa4

            “We’re getting nowhere!” Deon shouted. “This is pointless. Why don’t we just vote on this, and then drop it?” he suggested.copyright protection4PENANAnRSRt4QAOC

            Zack thought about it. Then he said. “Alright. Who thinks that we should punish Blade for this?”8Please respect copyright.PENANAjaWHe1nEJc
            Zack and Eric’s hands shout up at once. They were joined by Kara, Herman and Sid. “Five.” Zack said.copyright protection4PENANAQGODqPJFDv

            “Alright, now who thinks we should let this go?” Albany asked sticking her hand in the air. Adele and Deon raised their hands, as well as Paul. I followed suit after thinking it over briefly. “Five as well.” Albany counted.copyright protection4PENANAgSE4SVAwsK

            “Five plus five equals ten not eleven.” Sid muttered. “One person didn’t vote.”copyright protection4PENANAAQCtI5xyGm

            “There are twelve of us. Two people didn’t vote you moron!” Paul said. “Honestly I’m surprised you added to ten correctly.”copyright protection4PENANAbw2ZatPU8t

            “Who didn’t vote?” Zack demanded. Hector raised his hand. “Is that you voting or saying that you didn’t vote?”copyright protection4PENANApol4teZ3Ks

            “Oh, this is me voting that I didn’t vote.” Hector said. “And I think Demi didn’t vote as well.”copyright protection4PENANAOkiqO0wlzc

            Zack looked around. “Speaking of the little girl, where is she?”copyright protection4PENANAIKJLKTeAOn

            “Hestia took her to see Pegasus.” Deon said. “Demi just loves ponies.”copyright protection4PENANA4eMpifEijo

            “I told you there were eleven!” Sid shouted. “Math power!”copyright protection4PENANAK8J2yy35TC

            “Pegasus isn’t a pony.” I pointed out. “And Sid you’re still a dolt.”copyright protection4PENANAhCn0n7UBII

            “Dolt?” He said sounding confused. “Dolt?”copyright protection4PENANAYMWKcf0Qxk

            “Why isn’t Demi here?” Zack demanded. “She can pet ponies later! We need her to vote on this important issue.”copyright protection4PENANAfhsZk1xo6q

            “Dude, she’s like eight.” Paul said. “I doubt that she’d even know what she was voting on.”copyright protection4PENANA0n2ooqvi1e

            “Yeah, and besides, with Demi there might be a tie. At least this way we get a guaranteed answer.” Herman said.copyright protection4PENANA0Z0XKccK3J

            “Herman’s right.” Adele said. “Hector, go ahead and vote.”copyright protection4PENANA5i1xhmyOKF

            Hector looked very uncomfortable with us all looking at him. He fidgeted in his chair and glanced around at each of us. “Umm…ok. I vote for not killing him.”copyright protection4PENANAfL3i9rIFJK

            “No!” Eric shouted. “Why?”copyright protection4PENANATKJTIu6Uf9

            “Good choice Hector.” Albany muttered nodding her approval.copyright protection4PENANAEksFRK2qyM

            “Can we go now?” Deon said getting up. “I need to walk around a bit, my leg is asleep.”copyright protection4PENANA6Ox97HAPmk

            Zack pouted. “I guess I can no longer hold you here, but know…when Blade betrays us again, I will not accept your apologies. Nor will I ask your opinion when we swarm down upon him.”copyright protection4PENANAzf5j9NOfH3

            “Cool.” Paul said. “Come on goddess. I want to see which of us can shoot better now.” I knew he was talking to me, so I stood up and followed him. The others vacated the room as well, each going their separate ways.copyright protection4PENANAplnS1eC3Fb

            “That was pretty heated.” I said walking alongside my brother.copyright protection4PENANAQLZoU75vXr

            “Yeah, I know. Hopefully we’ll have some more cheery things to discuss in the future.” Paul said. “Zack might not be the best leader for us.” As soon as he said that, lightning forked above up in the sky.copyright protection4PENANAPxHUQQHE5p

            “I think he heard you.” I muttered looking over my shoulder.copyright protection4PENANAIvL5nMk0QZ

            “If he did, you better vote to not kill me.” Paul said laughing.copyright protection4PENANAbHLb5Gibbf

            “Twins!” worried that Zack was indeed going to kill my sister, I started freaking out. But then I saw that it was Pan who had shouted at me. I was still getting used to seeing the REAL Pan. Up here on New Olympus, Pan didn’t bother disguising himself like he did on earth. He strutted towards on his hooves, with those hairy legs clopping on the marble floor the whole way.copyright protection4PENANAD1MkWDaEig

            “Hey Pan.” Paul said. “Have you ever gored anyone with those?” he pointed to his eight-inch-long horns.copyright protection4PENANA30LP69Bq9s

            “Only annoying children.” He muttered. “Rumor has it that Lord Zeus means to declare war on Lord Hades.”copyright protection4PENANAqk9bwfROr3

            “He does, but we voted against it so it won’t happen.” I told him.copyright protection4PENANA445Ro2vzGO

            “Trust me kid, just because you vote that way, doesn’t mean that’s what Zeus will do.” Pan muttered. “Besides I hear Blade may take the fight to us.”copyright protection4PENANAPKOBzVKblT

            “What do you mean?” Paul asked. “Blades going to attack?”copyright protection4PENANADLeNWK3Ozu

            “I didn’t say that.” Pan said. “I merely said that MAY happen. There is a difference.”copyright protection4PENANASEzXwYZ1xG

            “The world MAY end tomorrow. Sid MAY actually be brain dead.” Paul said. “May is too vague.”copyright protection4PENANAPmqEY0zIbV

            Pan pursed his lips. “A friend of mine just told me that Lady Persephone is going around, trying to round up allies.”copyright protection4PENANACPGRDDBHrb

            “Allies for what?” I asked.copyright protection4PENANAcjQLhmJgoh

            “What are allies usually for?” Pan asked rather angrily. “All I’m saying is, this is how every conflict in our history has started. With the gathering of allies.”copyright protection4PENANAXeEoSCoslA

            “You think Persephone is recruiting gods to fight with Blade?” I asked understanding what allies are for.copyright protection4PENANAnXq4O3HqL8

            “Well, Persephone has historically never done anything to help Hades. However, this is a new Hades, and objectively speaking he is not as ugly or as revolting or as frightening as the previous Hades, so maybe she’s working for him now.” Pan said. “I mean for all I know Persephone is gathering a book club. But fair warning you will find that Blade is not the only one who wishes to spit in Zeus’ face.”copyright protection4PENANACXssIJPs0d

            “This is bad.” Paul muttered looking at me. “If Persephone is gathering allies for Blade, and he is preparing to attack then we need to tell the others. This might change some votes.”copyright protection4PENANAKXromk1KNm

            “Hold up!” I said. “Do you want to go to war? Why are we going to tell them these…rumors…no offense Pan, and risk Olympus style world war?”copyright protection4PENANAlbjLf8PWyA

            “Are you suggesting we just hide the truth?” Paul said his eyebrows raised. “Do you want us to just wait around until he attacks?”copyright protection4PENANA5axxDghsJh

            “If he attacks.” Pan muttered.copyright protection4PENANAGtf7SBsTmg

            “We can’t hide the truth if we don’t know it.” I said urgently. “You would go in with unproven rumors and expect people to calmly discuss it? After what we just sat through? Gods Paul! Eric and Zack wanted to kill Blade just for spitting on him, can you imagine what they would do if we told them that he was raising an army?”copyright protection4PENANAfHrztGHiCf

            “Welcome to Olympian politics.” Pan said. “May I interject a hint?”copyright protection4PENANATHqrf3Iwwr

            “Go for it Goat God.” Paul said.copyright protection4PENANAOcU4kNGMG2

            Pan frowned at him before speaking. “Things usually worked out smoothest and for the best, when Zeus wasn’t involved.”copyright protection4PENANA2WKuveacxN

            “What are you saying?” I asked.copyright protection4PENANAsquSSJWAgs

 “I would gather the gods who voted not to go to war and tell them what I told you.” Pan explained. “Warn them, but make sure they know this is still rumor. Be ready, but be quiet about it. I would keep this away from Lord Zeus, his fuse is already short. Any hint of a spark could make him explode.”copyright protection4PENANA14EW8ZJOLq

            “Pan, is there any way you could prove these rumors?” Paul asked.copyright protection4PENANAROmCiRRt4o

            He thought about it. “It would be hard, and I can’t make any promises of success.”copyright protection4PENANAgwPLpHumhL

            “Well I think it wouldn’t hurt if you maybe visited these minor gods too.” Paul said quietly. “Maybe just ask around, see if any of them have seen Persephone or if they know anything.”copyright protection4PENANAPjPtfYsZNe

            “You could also get us some allies, you know just in case.” I added. “Couldn’t hurt.”copyright protection4PENANApF3LimC9PH

            Pan nodded like he liked the idea. “Maybe just remind them of their oaths to Olympus. See if they are still loyal. Yeah I can do that.” He bowed to us and then scampered off, his goat legs whisking him away surprisingly fast.copyright protection4PENANAx6dmRD4mZl

            “Do you think it’s true?” Paul asked me.copyright protection4PENANA7OFXiUVLUI

            “I don’t know.” I admitted.copyright protection4PENANA0jo44GqHPg

            “Could we really be going to war?” Paul was studying my face, looking for a hint of my thoughts. We may be gods now, but Paul was still my brother. And it was my job to be there for him when things got rough, no matter how much I hated him all the other times. In bad times we stuck together.copyright protection4PENANAommCJegNAf

            “What better way to prove who’s the better archer than a real life war?”copyright protection4PENANA8I4OFnIA9C

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