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Gods in Training
Writer TJ Nyx
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Chapter 23 Blade
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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         “Good work Persephone.” I said admiring the group of gods and goddesses before me. “They all want to help us fight Zeus?”copyright protection6PENANA8wUW8wSC0j

            “Why would I bring them if they didn’t” Persephone asked. “I mean really?”copyright protection6PENANATz43dRbxTK

            “Sorry, stupid question.” I muttered. “Alright, so what now?”copyright protection6PENANAEJgURmRq7J

            “You could interview them,” Thanatos said. “Just to get to know them and their reasons for wanting to fight.”copyright protection6PENANADgfyco5405

            “Good idea.” I said, I stood from my shadow throne and looked over at the group of potential allies that stood before me. There were only seven, but that was seven more friends than I had this morning. Now the whole crazy idea of getting back at Zeus seemed almost real, not just some crazy idea. “How about you?” I pointed to the goddess who was standing closest to me.copyright protection6PENANAoUFtYSkapd

            “I am Nemesis Lord Hades.” She said bowing. “Goddess of revenge.” Nemesis wore a black cape with a large hood. Under the hood was her shadowy and frowning face.copyright protection6PENANAU3WaYNwQeD

            “Goddess of revenge? I don’t need to ask why you want to overthrow Zeus.” I said. “I’m glad to have you Nemesis. What’s your story?” I pointed at the woman next to Nemesis.copyright protection6PENANAzSTPq5dvae

            Another goddess stepped forward. This one was by far the shortest woman I had ever seen, but she was also the one who emanated the most power. Her red hair looked like a burning flame, I meant it. Her actually hair was waving, shimmering, and flickering just like a fire.copyright protection6PENANABz8g278nhx

            “Lord Hades.” She said bowing. “My name is Hekate, goddess of magic. And I would like to help you.”copyright protection6PENANAAbBxlAlSqz

            “Why?” I asked. I needed to be able to trust these people, and to do that I needed to get to know them.copyright protection6PENANAvZrpORv2nG

            “I am a witch. Let me ask you something. What do you imagine when you think of a witch?” Hekate inquired of me.copyright protection6PENANAhYfqeixmFO

            “Black cats, flying brooms, and warts.” I answered honestly.copyright protection6PENANAUg0wNm68ew

            “I once owned a black cat, back in the fifteenth century. But other than that it’s all lies! Lies started and spread by the Olympians. They used to jokingly start witch hunts on Earth just to remind me that they disliked me. I want to give them a reason to dislike me.”copyright protection6PENANAHKw89k0Fnn

            “I can respect that.” I muttered. I had a similar problem. “And you?” I pointed to what I could only describe as a tornado. In reality it was a tornado shaped like a man, but that made me sound crazy.copyright protection6PENANAlEmA4ASBXy

            The wind stepped (stepped probably isn’t the right word to describe how the wind moved) and bowed. “I am Aeolus god of the winds!” he proclaimed in a voice that did not sound like the wind at all.copyright protection6PENANAqSOqoBMuK0

            “I thought Zeus was the god of the winds?” I said confused.copyright protection6PENANA1rLxAVSAAf

            “And now you know why I want to see Olympus burned.” Aeolus muttered. “Zeus is king of the sky, not god of the winds.”copyright protection6PENANAYVTkwYVpzS

            “Good point.” I looked at Thanatos. “The Greeks seemed to have a habit of doubling up on their gods.”copyright protection6PENANAXZKMq8ncD8

            “The Greeks did not pick what we were gods of!” Thanatos said indignantly. “The gods got to pick what they were gods of!”copyright protection6PENANAdEzYb9T4Ju

“Oh.” I muttered. “Moving on. Fangs, step on up.” I said of the next god standing in line. This guy literally had fangs, and with his hunched over posture and red eyes he looked like Persephone had found him here in Hell.copyright protection6PENANAjIqd2XbXmK

            “Lycaon is what you will call me from now on. Don’t call me Fangs.” He whispered.copyright protection6PENANAQkKA7aJunm

            “Sorry, Lycaon. So why do you want Zeus gone?” I asked.copyright protection6PENANADA1czcmtg5

            “He cursed me.”copyright protection6PENANAXANnNQlYNH

            “Seriously? Like how?” I asked intrigued.copyright protection6PENANAJD2ue9EYE1

            Lycaon grinned wickedly at me, and then he turned into a wolf. Cerberus began barking with all three of his heads.copyright protection6PENANAkhClubyQEP

            Thanatos stepped back. “Werewolf.”copyright protection6PENANAWCpK0dAlco

            “I thought he would go well with Cerberus.” Persephone said admiring her handiwork.copyright protection6PENANA2V15pge4eT

            Lycaon turned back into a human. “That is how I am cursed.”copyright protection6PENANA5zaHVETtvx

            “I can imagine that you will be useful.” I told him. “So I guess you’re god of wolves then?”          copyright protection6PENANAjr9JbaWLv9

            “When Zeus cursed me, he forgot to mention that. Personally I don’t care, I will be when Zeus is dead.”copyright protection6PENANA9y4bDusSyG

            “Good man.” I said. I made a mental note to not trust Lycaon. It was nothing against him personally, but a certain movie series sort of ruined my opinion of werewolves.copyright protection6PENANALEgWmbBfF6

            “Prometheus?” Thanatos muttered once he saw who the next in line was. “I thought you’d be imprisoned with the other Titans?” Prometheus was a tall man with small square glasses. He looked more like a businessman than a god with his tie and collared long-sleeved shirt.copyright protection6PENANANYyXIJ7EuC

            “Not all of us made the poor decision of opposing Zeus. You’ll see that I’m not the only of my kin here.” Prometheus stepped aside to reveal the two people standing behind him.copyright protection6PENANAOEbSQOniHW

            “Menoetius and… I do not know you.” Thanatos said to the young girl next to the man named Menoetius. I thought that Menoetius looked more like an angry biker dude than anything else. He was a little on the chubby side with a handlebar mustache and sleeveless jean jacket. The girl behind him was a total stunner, and I’ve seen Aphrodite. But this girl blew the love goddesses out of the water. Her long, curly, blonde hair fell around her shoulders in the way that one would imagine an angel’s hair would look like. She wore that small and unconfident smile that just made her even more pretty.copyright protection6PENANAZtBfpXr1d6

            “I’d be surprised if you did recognize her. This is Calypso, one of Atlas’ daughters.” Prometheus said putting his arm on the girls shoulder. “After Atlas made it clear he would not bow down to Zeus, the gods decided to punish Calypso as well as her father. She was confined to a small island and only ever rarely received visitors.”copyright protection6PENANA815GZNq7sU

            “Ah, I recall the story now.” Thanatos said. “How did she manage to get off the island? Olympians curses are known to be rather difficult to break.”copyright protection6PENANAKgzV9pJwHr

            “Hekate here was able to break the troublesome curse with her advanced knowledge of magic and other such things.” Persephone said from her position behind me. “Prometheus and Menoetius would only promise their support if the girl was also freed.”copyright protection6PENANAtHU4Wk2olg

            “Well seeing as most of our kind is chained up right now, we Titans need to stick together.” Prometheus smiled happily.copyright protection6PENANAuuiAbhnBoP

            “Does Calypso count as a Titan?” Thanatos asked. “In most cases the children of Titans were really gods. And Calypso is the child of the Titan Atlas.”copyright protection6PENANAw9654fvOMd

            Prometheus frowned. “I’ve never thought of it like that. Well, you see. There are less and less Titans every day.” He laughed and turned to Calypso. “Sorry, but you’re kicked out of the Titan support club.”copyright protection6PENANAffU9kRtnfP

            “Why are you deciding to fight Zeus now?” I asked. “You said you stayed out of the first war between the Titans and the gods. What is your motivation for fighting now?”copyright protection6PENANADKkVkvdH7B

            “I didn’t fight, but Menoetius here was involved in the war. You see he’s the Titan of anger and hatred. He and Ares had such legendary battles.” Prometheus said remembering those battles with his eyes in the empty space above my shoulder.copyright protection6PENANAxDLDJPTeEG

            “Why wasn’t he imprisoned with the other Titans then?” I asked. I knew that most of the Titans were imprisoned after their unsuccessful war with the gods.copyright protection6PENANArTWl3gdxDs

            “Well you see, Ares won their battle.” Prometheus said. “Menoetius was so ashamed that he laid down his blade and vowed never to fight again nor speak while Zeus ruled Olympus. Now ZACK rules NEW Olympus. So Menoetius is free to fight again, although he still hasn’t spoken.”copyright protection6PENANAmhcHcwcpek

            “That still doesn’t explain why you are joining me now.” I pressed him.copyright protection6PENANA1MXMpHCjVg

            “Are you aware that it was me that first created man?” Prometheus spoke of the achievement as if it was nothing. “Yes, I just fashioned them out of clay. I was quite proud of my deed.” (he didn’t sound like it) “Over the years I was humanities only voice in the rulings of the world. I fought for them on everything. I even stole the idea of fire for them from the daft fool Hyperion. So could have imagined it, but I have grown quite fond of the little guys. By the time of the gods uprising, I had realized that Kronos, and mainly the Titans in general, were not what was best for my friends the humans. So when the gods challenged us Titans, I remained out of the conflict secretly hoping that the gods would win. I assumed, correctly I might add, that the gods would prove more beneficial to the humans.copyright protection6PENANA0naWJddWKR

            “But why are you fighting now?” I asked.copyright protection6PENANAo78BPl82Lm

            “The gods have grown arrogant. They have begun to neglect the humans. And now the Olympians have left them alone altogether. I must protect my creation.”copyright protection6PENANAmN8jAy1cSW

            “Very well.” I said. “Why does the girl want to fight?” I found it easier to speak clearly when I wasn’t looking at Calypso.copyright protection6PENANAtSjDP2R2ZC

            “‘The girl’ was abandoned on an island for millennia. She has no love for Zeus.” Prometheus replied. “Isn’t that right Calypso?”copyright protection6PENANAToK2Zzn8B9

            Calypso glanced to Prometheus, and then me. “Yes. They punished me for something I did not do, and then forgot about me. I will make sure I am not forgotten again.”copyright protection6PENANAvXWEhwdiJ5

            That was what I was fighting about too! I was lumped in with Hades and all his problems, yet I didn’t deserve it. “I can understand that.” I managed to say without drooling over her.copyright protection6PENANAfcYyQNBHQA

            “Thank you all for taking the risk to help us realize our dream.” Thanatos said ushering the assorted gods and goddesses out of my throne room. “But Lord Hades has some things to think on now.” Thanatos guided them all out the door and then closed the great monstrosity with a finger.copyright protection6PENANAjKZ4MYDa7e

            “How did I do?” Persephone asked holding up her hands. “Good huh?”copyright protection6PENANAjCcggtNtMw

            “I approve of  Nemesis, Hekate, Aeolus, and Lycaon.” Thanatos said. “I do not trust Prometheus and his little friends.”copyright protection6PENANAz1JxAzlchb

            “Because they are Titans?” Persephone asked. “Do you think they’ll betray us?”copyright protection6PENANAMAVMEILiSS

            “No, Gaia is also a Titan, but I would trust her with my life. At least now I do, after we attack I probably won’t be friends with her anymore.” Thanatos said. “No, I do not trust them because I have known Prometheus to always have a second agenda. Menoetius could kill us all with his tongue. But I am still unsure of what to think of this Calypso girl. She could be honest and just sincerely want Zeus gone, or she could be just another pawn of Prometheus, added to give credit to his name.”         copyright protection6PENANAwcuJsLcgfZ

            “Without those three we lose half of the allies Persephone conjured up for us.” I said. “We need them to fight Zeus.”copyright protection6PENANAMO0vmA5HMm

            “No, those four plus us will be more than enough when combined with the hordes of undead that are willing to fight for us.” Thanatos said. “I beg you to send the Titans home, I don’t trust them.”copyright protection6PENANASzXOlCw6Up

            “Those little skeletons of yours would be good in a horror movie, but against the New Olympians they will fall like autumn leaves.” Persephone muttered.copyright protection6PENANAZrBua4fnku

            “That’s the point.” Thanatos said. “Those young gods will see an army of my zombies and charge right in. Zack has already proven he’s a hothead. He will take our resistance as more spit in his face. In his rage he will dive headfirst into the fray, the others will have no choice but to follow. They will be separated and alone, while we will move in force and overwhelm them one by one.”copyright protection6PENANAm7jnDFYImL

            “That’s brilliant.” I muttered.copyright protection6PENANA5fl23HEAOz

            “The hordes of skeletons will hide what we are doing until all the gods that oppose us are dead. They will not see the trap until they feel our blades.”copyright protection6PENANAZN0BhbFxz0

            “Really brilliant.” I said again.copyright protection6PENANA2W8ljL0itm

            “Hades often made plans of attacking Zeus, he just never went through with it.” Thanatos said shrugging.copyright protection6PENANA4yBpBF7gfV

            “So we may not even need those Titans.” I said.copyright protection6PENANAPfJQQ11wyB

            “No, we will.” Persephone insisted. “These gods are young, but they will not be untrained or unassisted. The New Olympians may not see the trap, but one of the other gods will. With the Titans help we can eliminate more of the New Olympians before they find out what is going on, because they will figure it out.”copyright protection6PENANAwAxFVRqV9U

            “No.” Thanatos said. “Zack will not let others ordered him around.”copyright protection6PENANAidtUD4AKkP

            “It is not Zack I’m worried about.” Persephone said. “There are some in that group of youngsters who reminds me greatly of their predecessors. I will bet my immortality that there is a group on New Olympus that is already making a plan without Zeus. They are who we should be worried about.”copyright protection6PENANAGa5p0Vq2rZ

            “So do we need the Titans or not?” I asked.copyright protection6PENANADYzaDv14rb

            Thanatos frowned. “Persephone is right. Zeus may not be in total control. In the old days there were normally two plans for everything the Olympians do. Zeus’ plan, and then what everyone else did. The other New Olympians will most likely be more organized and careful than Zack will be. We will need all the help we can get.”copyright protection6PENANAYJpsE3xeNS

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