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Gods in Training
Writer TJ Nyx
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Chapter 20 Albany
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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No Plagiarism!9oUZeyiwFBQhBc0edRSGposted on PENANA

            When I wasn’t busy arguing over who Zack could kill or not, I liked to go and stare at the stars. They were beautiful. Up here on New Olympus it seemed as if there were new stars every day, like they had just twinkled into existence in some far off galaxy and made my sky that much prettier.copyright protection5PENANAXNQOi4hX66

            I let out a relaxed breath of air. It truly was peaceful up here. I was lying on the roof of my shrine. The shrine itself wasn’t much. Each of us New Olympians had one. Most were just open-air pavilions held up by those same Greek pillars that I seemed to see almost everywhere else. The inside of my shrine was nothing special. There was just a life-sized statue of Aphrodite (the old one, not me) and a small brazier with a little fire burning in it. The shrine was supposed to be my private place of solitude, but I found that the roof fit that purpose much better.copyright protection5PENANAtfunfJWyfB

            I could faintly hear a harp being played in the distance and paused to listen to the sweet slow song. Once the melody began to die away, I decided that I would like to learn to play the harp someday or maybe the piano. I like the idea, music would be a good way to relax and keep my sanity if I was to do this the rest of time.copyright protection5PENANA95SLiSZvKR

            “Hey.” I diverted my eyes from the sky and instead set them on the intruder of my peace. I saw one of the twins standing there on my roof.copyright protection5PENANAcHF2wY7OVd

            “Paul, what’s up?” I asked. I raised my body in to a sitting position to better talk with him.copyright protection5PENANAUptpMI8Igo

            “I was just wondering if I could talk to you.” He asked.copyright protection5PENANAjqubbN4aiP

            “How did you know I was up here?” I asked. One of the reasons that I had picked the roof for my stargazing was because I had hoped it would grant me a certain level of privacy.copyright protection5PENANA2vxIx4GFSC

            Paul laughed loudly. “I’m a god.” He explained. “It wasn’t that hard to find you.”copyright protection5PENANATN1mcO4lwl

            “Oh, that makes sense.” I admitted. “Well yeah come and sit down, what did you want to talk about?”copyright protection5PENANAJPLe1X167j

            Paul took a seat next to me on the roof. He gazed out across the city of the gods without saying anything.copyright protection5PENANAVaPsTnxA2p

            “Good talk.” I muttered after about a minute or so of silence.copyright protection5PENANAcVceio2nJy

            “It’s hard to explain.” Paul said. “I have no idea what I’m supposed to say.”copyright protection5PENANAItouHqrIwz

            “Neither do I.” I told him.copyright protection5PENANA2sKRUDesdh

            “Well I guess I can start at the beginning.” Paul muttered. “After the meeting, my sister and I were just walking around the city when Pan came up to us. You know Pan, right?”copyright protection5PENANARqc4FutHSd

            “Gaia told me about him.” I said.copyright protection5PENANAgAGF5o5w7C

            “Oh yeah, Gaia brought you. You probably know all the embarrassing stories about Pan.” Paul said, with a yearning in his eyes.copyright protection5PENANA594Q1ZtfrH

            “Gaia may have mentioned a few.” I admitted, not really knowing why that was relevantcopyright protection5PENANAxi8JnNeQv6

            “We’ll have to do that later.” Paul said waving his hand like he was trying to swat away his curiosity. “Anyway, Pan walks up to me and Artie and we started talking. You know about Zack and his killing desires.”copyright protection5PENANA3LHKqM8wjf

            “Yeah, ok.” I said. I had a weird feeling. It wasn’t coming from Paul. This was my first real conversation with him, but he seemed normal enough so I couldn’t pinpoint why I was uneasy.copyright protection5PENANA8ppdfqcJGD

            “Well we told Pan that thankfully we had saved Blade with our vote.” Paul said.copyright protection5PENANAqeWzXjmcaR

            I nodded. “Yeah, I was part of that vote. I know all this already.”copyright protection5PENANAjdD1Y4N7B7

            Paul ignored me. “Then Pan said something along the lines of the vote didn’t matter. Because he has heard rumors of Blade using Persephone to rally the minor gods.” Paul was studying me for my reaction.copyright protection5PENANAnJwMXLd9uU

            “Rallying them for what?” I asked, once it was clear Paul was waiting for my response.copyright protection5PENANANV8Ju63Rjd

            He smiled. “I didn’t know that either. But Pan said that he thinks it means that Blade is preparing for war. A war against us.” he paused to let that set in. “Pan is convinced that the only way to stop this is by persuading Zack to forgive Blade and give in to Blade’s demands.”copyright protection5PENANAJCrmDprrx2

            “War?” I asked too stunned to register anything else. “Oh no! This is terrible.”copyright protection5PENANAzUM5HJRVSm

            “I know right?” Paul said.copyright protection5PENANAQFiYpN5sEo

            “We are in no state to fend off an attack at this moment.” I said. “We’ll stand no chance. We have to warn the others.”copyright protection5PENANAGo17KFxc74

            “No!” Paul said. “Pan says that if we tell Zack and maybe even Eric, that they will be blinded to council. Those two would be dead set on war, and they’d drag us into it as well. No, we have to get Zack to drop the issue without him knowing anything about Blade’s suspected plans.”copyright protection5PENANAeGZ0LGJDBC

            “What do we do?” I asked. “Why did you tell me this if you didn’t want me to do anything about it?”copyright protection5PENANAZrihqH4waJ

            “I told you so you could help us and the others that voted with us to think of a plan.” Paul explained. “Oh, and by the way this is all rumors. Pan said he didn’t know if it was true or not.”copyright protection5PENANAVQ7WYSCv5J

            “Well then let’s do this.” I said standing up, I had been a cheerleader. I was experienced with dealing with rumors. You couldn’t just wait for them to go away because they, and your situation would only get worse. High school actually taught me something worthwhile. “We had to get to work.”copyright protection5PENANAAjpzkbg4PR

            “Good.” Paul smiled. “Come on, the others are probably waiting for us by now.  I told Artie I’d meet her at the practice range.”copyright protection5PENANAGOjZ6JGbgR

            “Lead the way.” I instructed. Paul nodded and we both began climbing down to the street. Once we reached the pavement, he led me at a brisk walk. Not so fast as to cause a disturbance, but fast enough that we had to keep weaving in and out of the other, much slower foot traffic.copyright protection5PENANAVbI38GWKc1

            He had me follow her through several streets and alleys before we emerged in an open area with archery targets scattered across it. Artie was standing in the middle with Deon and Adele, showing them how to shoot a bow.copyright protection5PENANAuMkTmF5CJU

            “Hey, I got her.” Paul announced when we reached them.copyright protection5PENANAuqJNpPx61N

            “Good.” Artie put down her bow and leaned against a target. “So, you all know why we’re here. Got any ideas?”  She asked.copyright protection5PENANAXWZFZ7mWRy

            “No.” Deon muttered. “Zack won’t let us talk him out of this. He wants Blade’s head, and he won’t settle for less.”copyright protection5PENANAXllifIXlkG

            “Maybe we could trick him into thinking Blade is dead.” Adele offered. “I think that happened in one of the myths.”copyright protection5PENANAfP6YCwOaCP

            “Ok, then what happens when Blade attacks?” I asked.copyright protection5PENANAXAMWgM3DIV

            “If Blade attacks.” Adele corrected me. “The rumors say that Persephone was visiting the minor gods. How do we know that she isn’t JUST visiting some old friends? Why do we assume that Blade is going to kill us?” she said.copyright protection5PENANAcGhxYxgVSB

            “He spit in Zeus’ face.” Paul said. “I’d bet that he’ll kill us. Unless Eric kills him first!” Paul said suddenly excited. “We should tell Eric that Zack wants him to kill Blade. That way Zack is happy and we don’t get attacked.”copyright protection5PENANAC7qJ62gVcT

            “Maybe it was just me, but I thought we all voted not to kill Blade?” I asked.copyright protection5PENANAKatx7Kjbn2

            “I remember that too.” Artie agreed.copyright protection5PENANA7zIo7HWnDO

            “That was before he was going to attack New Olympus.” Deon said.copyright protection5PENANAYfWpZ3sfYF

            “IF he is going to at all.” Adele corrected. “Which is highly doubtful.”copyright protection5PENANA8JPCgWnA8L

I couldn’t believe it. Even the gods that agreed on something ending up arguing. No wonder the Old Olympians were portrayed as a group of quarrelsome debate specialists.copyright protection5PENANADfklDs3AQG

“None of this is helpful.” I said. “We can’t argue. We need a decision here, what do we do?” I repeated the question.copyright protection5PENANAoPWleVoGbm

“I got an idea.” Deon said.copyright protection5PENANAlj6bWm8jXg

“Ok, well then do share.” Paul said prompting him on.copyright protection5PENANA4AvpW9RZJI

            “We could just have Albany talk to Zack.” Deon said. “She’s the goddess of love, can’t you like…make him love you and then use his love of you as a tool to get him to do what we want.”copyright protection5PENANAF8xBtLwSsI

            “No!” I said instantly.copyright protection5PENANAfO1lZXI8gF

            “Hey, that’s actually really quite smart.” Artie said nodding her head. “Like, that might actually work.”copyright protection5PENANAolfUKb3CaN

            “Deon! Nice job coming up with the big idea.” Paul said clapping him on the back.copyright protection5PENANAkQVRrpDYh6

            “Thanks, I was just staring at her and then it hit me.” He admitted.copyright protection5PENANAGwUIRUGA2X

            They seemed not to have heard my statement. “No, you guys. I’m not going to make him love me. No way!”copyright protection5PENANAfrium2GqFR

            “Come on goddess of love.” Artie said. “Take one for the team.”copyright protection5PENANAdZH8Q9yu8P

            “I remember that in the old myths, Aphrodite was always making men love her to get what she wanted.” Adele said.copyright protection5PENANAAPluydpeNs

            “That was how Aphrodite did things, not how Albany does things.” I said firmly. “I refuse.”copyright protection5PENANAc3UuygxeGc

            “Come on.” Paul begged. “We need you to do this. You’ll be saving New Olympus from certain doom.”copyright protection5PENANA5TcN22XAx6

            “Not certain doom.” Adele muttered. “In fact not even probable doom, I would say…slight probability of doom.”copyright protection5PENANAq7WMCu01JO

            “Oh, well if it’s not even certain doom, why should we even bother talking to Zack?” I said quickly. “I’ll take my chances with the slight probability of doom.”copyright protection5PENANAuVRoqpEYDl

            “Really, you’d gamble with all of our lives?” Deon asked.copyright protection5PENANAbJfnxhqvSX

            “Certainly, seeing as all of you are gambling with mine.” I said. “I will not do this. I won’t!”copyright protection5PENANABi4x5H25JL

            “Albany, come on.” Artie said. “Why is this so much of a big problem?”copyright protection5PENANATdHKC79g5N

            “It’s a problem because I don’t believe in that kind of love.” I said. “I refuse to believe in your love charms and tricking men.”copyright protection5PENANAChxRE594A2

            “Why not, hot girls do it all the time.” Deon muttered.copyright protection5PENANA1cl6KqNMvx

            “Yeah, they do.” Paul muttered. He shook his head. “…five homecoming dates!” he muttered under her breath.copyright protection5PENANAyoKf8mniDt

            “I don’t want to be just a hot body with a pretty face!” I shouted. “I have a brain, heart, and feelings too. Those things are what I want a man to like about me, not my looks.”copyright protection5PENANA6fKD6oIgtj

            “You want dudes to like your heart?” Deon asked.copyright protection5PENANAiuvDAf3o2y

            “By heart she means passion, interests, and the other things she loves.” Adele explained. “Hmm, you truly are a new Aphrodite. Guys, this is getting us nowhere. She won’t give in.”copyright protection5PENANAVAXGQ52doG

            “Ok goddess of wisdom, what do we do now?” Paul asked.copyright protection5PENANAHuVr82QRij

            I was thankful that Adele had stepped in and helped me out of that situation. I was a goddess now, not a sellout. I was determined to remain Albany. I wouldn’t let this place change me any more than it already has.copyright protection5PENANAaBOFepViNX

            “We give up.” Adele said.copyright protection5PENANARJyOpoUsCi

            “What?” Artie asked “We can’t.”copyright protection5PENANA9jM4LU7CLq

            “Retreat and regroup.” Adele shrugged. “We’re just wasting time here. Let’s go our separate ways and keep thinking on our dilemma. Besides, some more rumors may pop up soon that will help us.”copyright protection5PENANAVW1KCg9xyX

            “Hmm, I guess we can call it a day.” Artie said picking up his bow. She proceeded to begin firing arrows at several of the targets. Paul retrieved his bow and began to fire arrows as well.copyright protection5PENANAvpG3e6s8z4

            “Albany, think it over.” Deon muttered before he and Adele left the field.copyright protection5PENANAqIodN98VLU

            I didn’t respond to him. I found my way back to my shrine in silence, just brooding over the words of my fellow New Olympians.copyright protection5PENANAmHQortEA1d

            I made my way back up to the roof and lay down once more. The stars aren’t as pretty when your mind in racing.copyright protection5PENANAywDfARm20V

            “What should I do?” I asked the tiny twinkling lights. Sadly they were too cool to talk to me, so I was forced to resolve the problem by myself.copyright protection5PENANA7rEvEsFNoq

            Should I abandon my morals and beliefs for the good of the many? Was it even the good of the many? What if Blade didn’t even attack? What if Pan’s rumors were just rumors? AHHH!!copyright protection5PENANAHK8y8z1Na2

            There were too many questions in my head competing for limited answers. I had no idea how to deal with this situation. And no way of knowing if this situation even needed an answer. Being a goddess was crazy. Off course being a teenager was like that too. What would I do if I was still a teenage in a similar predicament? I didn’t have an answer. And that was the main problem. This would be so easy if I could just trade a few stars for an answer or two.copyright protection5PENANA1IzEXawjcx

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