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Gods in Training
Writer TJ Nyx
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Chapter 22 Kara
TJ Nyx
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            Being Hera wasn’t as much fun as I’d thought it would be. When I first found out that Zack and I were going to become Zeus and Hera, I was ecstatic. Why would I not be? The hottest guy from my school was supposed to be my immortal and all powerful husband. But then I learned that Zeus wasn’t the best husband to Hera, and the way things were looking…Zack was heading down the same path. While I was sitting in the throne room, listening to Zack repeatedly insist that we kill Blade, something happened. I obviously voted on Zack’s side, but afterwards I couldn’t help but feel that I had made a mistake. It was like someone had turned me around, and showed me the scenery on the other side. Believe me. I was still doe-eyed for Lord Zeus. But he was no longer Mr. Perfect, more like Mr. Hot Angry King of the Gods did I mention hot?copyright protection3PENANAupfZZxSeHm

            Anyway, I was having a dilemma. My heart was screaming for Blade’s blood, but my brain was whispering quietly that I should think this over. I don’t know why, but the whispers drew my ear more than the screams and wails of my affection.copyright protection3PENANA48lYrTNuTn

            Heart versus Head. I just didn’t know what to do! It was driving me crazy! I was just sitting on a bench by myself contemplating the whispers and the yells when I was interrupted.copyright protection3PENANAGHZ3fXMpY3

            “My Queen.”copyright protection3PENANA4tsjssRlGz

            I looked up, knowing the person was talking to me. It had taken a while, but I had learned that as Hera I was queen. “Hello.” I saw that my visitor was not normal, even by Olympian standards.copyright protection3PENANAHKH3J9WxEQ

            “My name is Janus.” The man said bowing. What set Janus apart from the crowd was that he had two faces, one on each side of his head. They were identical with the same cold eyes, long nose, and gray goatee. Where the two faces met, there was just two halves of an ear that did not make a whole.copyright protection3PENANAUkyUnNS9dQ

            “Nice to meet you Janus.” I said trying to be polite. I couldn’t help but stare at the strange formation of his ear.copyright protection3PENANAdhkGBN8s8P

            “I can’t help but notice that you are having some difficulty making a decision. You see, I’m the god of choices, beginning, and endings. So I can tell when one is debating with themselves.” Janus said, neither of his faces was in front of me and it was very awkward watching both of his mouths move.copyright protection3PENANA1PAJSjTPQx

            “God of choices? So then you can help me?” I asked once I had decided that his ear was oddly shaped.copyright protection3PENANAGLReFf2ypg

            “That depends on what choice you are about to make?” Janus said. “We are always given a choice, but only if you make a certain one will I help you.”copyright protection3PENANAoCyIj9vsCE

            “What do you mean?” I asked.copyright protection3PENANAhEtRnmbgc1

            “If you chose to walk away without asking for my help, then I would not help you. But if you chose to ask for my assistance, then I would of course lend a hand. The choice is yours, my lady.” Janus said out of his left mouth, while the other smiled at me.copyright protection3PENANAOTMG8sVb0k

            “Oh, umm…Can you help me?” I asked.copyright protection3PENANArpX08haEJM

            “Yes.” Janus said, this time with both mouths. I noticed that he spoke from two mouths with one voice, there was no echo.copyright protection3PENANAi1qMSO935l

            “Thank you.” I said.copyright protection3PENANA5TfRznjvyk

            “You need help making a decision? I specialize in yes or no questions.” He added helpfully.copyright protection3PENANAQ0JN0R5avO

            “I’m sure you do.” I said. “Why do I feel like Zack is wrong, when I believe he is right?”copyright protection3PENANAXNPozIdIMi

            Janus smiled, with both mouths. “Ah, this is not a decision. Therefore, I cannot help you with the answer. Well, I could answer…but yes would not be a helpful answer in this situation.”copyright protection3PENANA4RcjJMH3hf

            “Right, god of choices.” I muttered. “So I need to ask you a question regarding a decision to be made?”copyright protection3PENANAn7f6VfY0qt

            “You do not need to do anything. You may choose to do one, or the other.” Janus said.copyright protection3PENANAPnhFMRoZAa

            “Yeah, I always have a choice.” I muttered.copyright protection3PENANAiE2uYMgFPy

            “You ALWAYS, have a choice.” Janus recited.copyright protection3PENANAVdGakCqiDQ

            “Ok, what should I do?” I asked.copyright protection3PENANAMse381Uw0u

            Janus sighed. “Too many answers to too vague a question.”copyright protection3PENANAGi9JM8v3Ol

            “Ok sorry. How about, is Zack right?” I asked.copyright protection3PENANACJyiTTVkby

            “Lady! I’m not the Oracle. What kind of decision can you make from that question?” Janus said clearly annoyed.copyright protection3PENANAbY1p19rWFr

            “Ahh!” I said grabbing my head. “That’s the problem. I can’t even think of the questions to ask that would help me make a decision.”copyright protection3PENANArmJB5wJBAx

            “Many people do not understand what decisions will affect their life, even fewer understand that it is THEIR decisions that affect THEIR lives.” Janus said. “Do not fault yourself for not knowing the question. Fault yourself for not looking for it.”copyright protection3PENANAWchvvaoquA

            I stared at Janus’ ear. For some reason it was annoying me. All his other features were clearly defined. Two entire sets of characteristics, yet the ears were different. It was almost as if the ear hadn’t known which face it wanted to be a part of, and in its rush to pick a side the poor ear just joined both.copyright protection3PENANAYFy05A9wxO

            Then I knew what to do. That ear was ugly, but at least both of Janus’ faces had part of an ear. I needed to level the field, give each face the same amount of ear. I had to make a compromise, one that appeased both sides. That way everyone was happy.copyright protection3PENANAYZbHAgekSP

            “I’ve made a decision.” I said. I had to appease both my heart and my brain, for I needed both to live. I needed to force the others to come to an agreement where they were all satisfied.copyright protection3PENANASO29kxkJYP

            “And what is that?” Janus asked.copyright protection3PENANAjXuSXAt771

            “Compromise.” I said.copyright protection3PENANAV506NAn2Vf

            “Ah, the decision to make no decision.” Janus said wistfully. “Very wise Lady Hera. The other Hera would be proud. Sometimes you must make concessions to keep the family whole.”copyright protection3PENANARN4TXprh8q

            “Yeah, you have to sacrifice beauty to make sure each face had enough pieces of an ear.” I muttered.copyright protection3PENANA6soBklcOsj

            Janus stared at me out of the corner of his eyes. “That’s one way of putting it.” he was clearly confused. “Well my lady, I must go. There is a young man trying to decide whether or not to bungie jump. I really should go and help him weigh his options.”copyright protection3PENANAPopPvcqTel

            “I’m sorry, but this has been bothering me. What happens when you sneeze? Do both noses sneeze or just one?” I asked.copyright protection3PENANA969eZ6DroL

            Janus smiled. “What decision can you make from that question?” with that he disappeared.copyright protection3PENANARvdg7yCjn5

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