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Chapter 25 Albany
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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            I had decided to help Adele find these two goddesses that we were sending to Hell. I thought it would have been more interesting than sitting in the throne room waiting. So the two of us headed out into the immortal city to pick up hot goddesses.copyright protection3PENANAhIGx4yNzLe

            “So, where do Iris and Khione live?” I asked.copyright protection3PENANAC6pxaOrwov

            “I don’t even know if their on New Olympus.” Adele admitted. “I didn’t think I would have to go and find them. If I had known that, I would have picked people that I knew where to find them.”copyright protection3PENANAaBfPo27plI

            “Great.” I said. “Well we can walk around pointlessly or ask somebody?”copyright protection3PENANA9DrPavoX5a

            Adele thought it over. “Hey you!”copyright protection3PENANAbHhBfrpHYO

            “Lady Athena, Lady Aphrodite.” The god bowed. I saw that this dude had two heads, but like merged into one. “I am Janus.”copyright protection3PENANAd8ptXNv5cR

            Adele pretended not to notice this man’s very…unique…face. “Hello Janus. Can you help us find someone? Two someones to be exact.”copyright protection3PENANANmuecEKBCQ

            “That depends on your choices.” Janus said.copyright protection3PENANALOy2pOuPvs

            “I choose you.” Adele said.copyright protection3PENANADIA2byQGE3

            Janus smiled. “Very good choice.”copyright protection3PENANAyrq2GDHrej

            “Thank you.” Adele said gratefully. Janus remained silent after that.copyright protection3PENANAh07P3wDxl9

            “Are you going to help us or not?” I asked.copyright protection3PENANA0ZRB13aSJO

            “That depends on your choices.” Janus smiled as he repeated himself.copyright protection3PENANAVifmkWZ2ne

            “I already made a choice.” Adele said.copyright protection3PENANAlFftui08Ql

            “I say we choose to walk away, this dude is weird.” I muttered.copyright protection3PENANAiRk9smcCeW

            “You made a choice, but not the choice that will allow you to find your goddesses.” Janus explained.copyright protection3PENANAqaeGwzCwB0

            “What choice will help me find the goddesses?” Adele asked.copyright protection3PENANAKXF0qaiqj9

            “You should choose to turn around and run that way.” Janus said. “And you should choose to do that…now.”copyright protection3PENANAMB07KtuX5J

            “What?” I asked confused, without hesitating Adele grabbed my hand and pulled me with her as she ran in the direction that Janus had pointed. I didn’t see how this was going to help us find Iris or Khione, and then it hit me. A woman had walked out of a doorway just as we were running past it and the three of us all fell to the ground together in one big tangle of goddess.copyright protection3PENANAUwT9cqJPXk

“Ladies, may I introduce Iris the goddess of the rainbow.” Janus said helping the three of us to our feet.copyright protection3PENANAPIivIIF19Y

After examining the cut on my elbow, I turned my eyes to Iris. For the goddess of the rainbow Iris was, not as colorful as I imagined. Iris was a tan woman with darkly rimmed coal black eyes. Her hair was the color of Nyx’s skin as was the dress she wore.copyright protection3PENANAaWzb3kFxiK

“Aww, Lady Athena. Lady Aphrodite.” Iris said bowing. “Forgive me for running into you.”copyright protection3PENANAhchamuB5jy

“No, it’s not your fault.” Adele said brushing herself off. “We just made a bad choice.” She glanced at Janus.copyright protection3PENANAq9gIEZrj0A

“Black looks good on you and all, but shouldn’t you be more…rainbowy?” I asked looking her up and down.copyright protection3PENANAibxRnAc28u

“Shouldn’t you be more worried that your little cut will ruin your looks?” Iris countered.copyright protection3PENANANpH4A3yc9S

“No, I’m Albany not Aphrodite. I’m not that shallow.” I said a little defensively.copyright protection3PENANAKA11iG1K01

“Well I’m Iris, not a teletubby. You should know that being a goddess of something doesn’t make you that thing. You’re Aphrodite, yet not Aphrodite. I’m rainbows, yet not rainbows.”copyright protection3PENANAlicSaAtmCB

“Oh, I can respect that.” I said. I was starting to like this rainbow goddess, she was more like me than I had expected.copyright protection3PENANAQp1xuCB3OL

“Iris, excuse me. We might have a job for you if you’re interested.” Adele said. “It’s kind of dangerous, but it needs to be done.”copyright protection3PENANAVzlXBEDCoD

“Dangerous?” Iris said stroking her chin. “Good. I need to start doing dangerous things.”copyright protection3PENANADKWQC6q6s3

Adele was just as surprised as me by that sentence. “Why?” she asked.copyright protection3PENANAHitJQYls1a

“Because when people hear goddess of rainbows they assume I’m some cartoon character that frolics around kissing bunnies. I need to build up a better reputation.” Iris explained.copyright protection3PENANAdWJzUkdxWC

I looked at Adele. “I think you’re just what we need.” I said smiling. Eric would get a kick out of this rainbow goddess.copyright protection3PENANAbAm7qZeR5G

“Wait, I still what to know what this job is.” Iris said.copyright protection3PENANAVNZpxQnTio

“That’s the thing.” Adele said. “Well, we need a spy to go to Hell for us.” Iris didn’t say anything, she just looked at us.copyright protection3PENANA3wlM5f7jN3

Janus whistled. “What a CHOICE.” He muttered. “That’s a tough decision.”copyright protection3PENANAVZEi74ilWo

“I’ll do it.” Iris said. “That will definitely make people respect the rainbow.” She said.copyright protection3PENANA2Sb1hJRECa

“You’re crazy.” Janus said. He turned to me and Adele. “I believe there is a second goddess.”copyright protection3PENANA3FGosMEz5s

“Yes, Khione.” Adele said.copyright protection3PENANAD1rhjymBUj

“You’re going to send Khione to Hell?” Iris asked. “She’s the snow goddess, she won’t help you.”copyright protection3PENANAZWbbXsVP7x

“A few minutes ago I would have said the same thing about the rainbow goddess.” I muttered.copyright protection3PENANAZadGzGtdfz

“Touché love goddess.” Iris whispered. “Touché.”copyright protection3PENANAFTA7aTGxvA

“What choice will let me find Khione?” Adele asked the god of choices.copyright protection3PENANAQvx2HvvCkC

“Many choices will do just that.” Janus said. “That all depends on what you choose to do.”copyright protection3PENANAakNo1n4uBk

“Maybe we should send him to Hell.” I suggested. “He can annoy the death right out of Hades.”copyright protection3PENANA3hdDoox4W3

“That is a choice I will not be making.” Janus said. “I make it a personal priority to not go to Hell. That’s just me though.” He added looking at Iris with his left face. “We all make different choices.”copyright protection3PENANAFNzcPgHkT2

“Janus, you need to make a choice right now.” Adele said smiling. “Take me to Khione, or Albany and I will choose to send you to Hell.”copyright protection3PENANAX4nLso8wTK

“Nice.” I muttered giving her a high five.copyright protection3PENANARW14Apt8up

Janus sighed. “Very well. Go put on some warm clothes. Khione likes the cold, and penguins.”copyright protection3PENANAcacLn225nW

“Am I coming too?” Iris asked.copyright protection3PENANA7k0u6tSfZM

“That depends on your choices.” I said mocking Janus. “What do you choose?”copyright protection3PENANAZRI0VjqpsV

“I’ll go get my coat.” Iris said walking back into her house. Being Olympian goddess and all, me and Adele just snapped our fingers and had thick winter coats appear on us. Be amazed mortals.copyright protection3PENANAOE51qs3sxq

Once we were all better dressed for visiting the snow goddess, Janus said. “Alright, Iris, I need you to make a rainbow from here to Antarctica.”copyright protection3PENANApFLp9SS27S

“Make a rainbow?” I asked confused “How will that help?”copyright protection3PENANAO7Kx8GRz5j

“I always pictured the snow goddess being on the North Pole. Seeing as her father is the north wind and all.” Adele said quietly.copyright protection3PENANAuUYzWo2ZRz

“Yes, well Khione used to be up there. Then she discovered the penguin.” Janus explained. “And she made a choice.”copyright protection3PENANAqgfcGp4zrc

“She really likes penguins that much?” Adele asked.copyright protection3PENANAsgkcOsSF1X

“You can hug a penguin.” Janus said. “But not a polar bear. It was an easy choice for Khione.”copyright protection3PENANAZvSX5Om7Nd

“I still don’t get the rainbow making.” I insisted. “What’s up with that?”copyright protection3PENANAHeuWqbluKN

            “You ever heard of a rainbow bridge?” Iris asked.copyright protection3PENANAHc41pTuhyv

            “No.”copyright protection3PENANAfy17w6VSeJ

            “Here’s an example.” Iris said pointed. Suddenly there was a rainbow in front of me. There rainbow gently arced up into the sky until it disappeared behind some clouds. “Come on.” Iris said walking up the rainbow.copyright protection3PENANA6WXBToMfTx

            “No way.” I muttered. Since becoming Aphrodite, I had seen some things, but this was the most mindboggling. I followed the others as we ascended the rainbow. “So glad I chose to come with you Adele.”copyright protection3PENANA3AK7C906rz

            “Yeah.” Adele muttered. She glanced over the edge of our colorful bridge and edged back to the middle. “I don’t like that it’s see-through.” She muttered.copyright protection3PENANABG8DOEKJxY

“Are we going to walk all the way to Antarctica?” I asked. That would be one long rainbow.copyright protection3PENANAtEVrfOQ23J

“Technically.” Iris muttered. “But it won’t feel like we are.”copyright protection3PENANAA7kkeWuf2V

“How so?” I asked. Her answer better not be that time flies when you’re having fun.copyright protection3PENANAPEBXiqC2aa

“Rainbow miles are different than normal miles.” Iris explained. “One rainbow mile is like five times around the Earth. See, look down. We started walking seconds ago and we’re already over Brazil. Welcome to Rio de Janeiro.” Iris spread her arms and smiled warmly.copyright protection3PENANA0DOW54KV6O

“What?” I looked down and sure enough, we were above Rio. I just see that huge statue of Jesus, the Cristo Redentor standing guard over the city. “Cool.” I muttered. I turned around and walked a few steps back. “Adele, look! I’m over Cuba.” In just five steps I had gone from Brazil to the Caribbean.copyright protection3PENANAEHVZ1aVvqY

“I don’t want to look.” Adele whispered. “If I look, then I’ll realize how high we are.”copyright protection3PENANArgD3eVtQXD

“This is awesome.” I shouted to Iris. “Why are rainbow miles so big?”copyright protection3PENANA0YgPUmTFh0

“I don’t make the rules kid.” Iris muttered. “But it makes it super easy to move around. How do you think Hermes delivers all his messages so fast?”copyright protection3PENANAuWHqVJBQe1

“Herman doesn’t deliver any messages. That guy just sits around and checks me out.” I complained.copyright protection3PENANAPFisIwocnl

“Hey guys?” Adele asked. “Can we just walk the rest of the way to the South Pole already? I’m sure it’s like only seven steps, but I need ground under my feet.”copyright protection3PENANAPnk6dfs6UJ

“Sure, right this way Lady Athena.” Iris muttered. “It’s three steps by the way.” We walked the rest of the way and soon found ourselves in a winter not wonderland.copyright protection3PENANA7oFOOBxprM

Antarctica was super cold. I mean, I stepped off that rainbow and my lungs instantly felt frozen from the icy air. It was hard just to see. The world was so bright and white, with nothing else in it. Then, from behind a huge snow drift, a herd of penguins waddled into my vision.copyright protection3PENANArhsJKbg8nD

There are certain animals that you just can’t help but saying “Aww.” when you see them. Cute little waddling penguins are one such animal.copyright protection3PENANAuc1Oie3KkX

“Aww! Look at them.” Adele squealed, her fear evaporating now that we were back on land.copyright protection3PENANAurmagbLOBd

“You guys ever seen March of the Penguins?” Janus asked.copyright protection3PENANAA3u2Med2nA

“No, why?” I asked.copyright protection3PENANAFRNHF5VIQg

“Good choice.” He said. “Watching a seal kill penguins…it changes a man.” Janus whispered. He closed his four eyes and shivered, but not from the cold.copyright protection3PENANAGlH3vYehMQ

“I see penguins and snow, but no snow goddess.” Iris said petting a nearby penguin.copyright protection3PENANAumTZpGeDIB

“Did you ask for a snow goddess?” with a loud pop a girl appeared in the snow. I’m assuming she was Khione because, well…the girl was wearing a long, thick, white cloak with a black snowflake drawn on it. Her long white hair was flapping in the icy wind and her eyes shone white like freshly fallen snow.copyright protection3PENANAeos15871RY

“Are you Khione?” I asked. The girl looked pretty young, but that didn’t mean anything. Gaia was millions of billions of years ago, but she only looked twenty. Khione could have a similar situation going. Looking like a teenager, but being super old.copyright protection3PENANAhxjYBPXP7J

“Yep!” She shouted. “Don’t you just love penguins?” she asked as she belly-slid down a snow drift along with her penguin companions.copyright protection3PENANAGB6zBvfQ8Y

“You want to send this one to Hell?” Iris whispered to me.copyright protection3PENANArmnUot2vuU

“Yeah penguins are the world’s cutest animals.” Adele agreed.copyright protection3PENANAuLrNK2DHSK

“It is your choice to believe that, I do not share it.” Janus muttered. “Kittens are the cutest thing alive.”copyright protection3PENANArzmx8Y2nOb

“You know, after you turned out to be the rainbow goddess version of Rambo, I had hope that Khione would be just as…willing to earn a new reputation.” I admitted to Iris. “I have now lost my hope.”copyright protection3PENANAmgyJbWcdsH

Iris nodded. “You can’t send her to Hell. It’d be a crime against nature.”copyright protection3PENANA8XszLdCoUv

“You guys want to make snow angels?” Khione asked brushing the snow off of her. “It’ll be super fun.”copyright protection3PENANA8l4vSctVAh

“I’m good.” I muttered. Gaia was older than she appeared. Khione was younger than she appeared. I swear this girl was younger than Demi.copyright protection3PENANA7XyFHJCTX5

“Khione we need to ask you something.” Adele said taking the younger girl’s hands. “I need to know if you’re willing to do something very dangerous for me.”copyright protection3PENANAB523ENghcb

“She’s a little girl.” I whispered to Adele, as if she couldn’t see for herself. “She can’t go to Hell.”copyright protection3PENANANlxRQq4jlF

“You haven’t met very many little girls.” Janus muttered. “Little girls often make the worse choices. I swear.”copyright protection3PENANABsC98jSLdP

“What is it?” Khione asked. “What do you want me to do?”copyright protection3PENANAQOUTSzH9RT

“Will you go with Iris here to spy on a friend of mine?” Adele said in her best friendly voice. “You don’t have to if you don’t want to.”copyright protection3PENANAkEeRv5hApD

“Iris?” Khione muttered staring up at the rainbow goddess. “I remember you! Rainbows!”copyright protection3PENANAf06Saec3Zq

“Yeah, that’s why I want to do this job for you.” Iris muttered. “That’s how everyone knows me. Rainbow!” she said with fake enthusiasm. “You wanna go play with rainbows and penguins in Hell kid?”copyright protection3PENANATQfOJ7nqhf

“Sure.” Khione muttered. “I’ll do it.”copyright protection3PENANAkBTytpDLZ2

“Wait!” I shouted. “I’m not sure that I want her to do this.”copyright protection3PENANAof3v8eJkhJ

Adele straightened up and let go of Khione’s hands. “She didn’t even make me beg. Some goddess of wisdom I am, I totally expected that I’d have to beg.”copyright protection3PENANALaA0Yj8mKp

“Khione, why do you choose this?” Janus asked.copyright protection3PENANAC41vCvUggU

“Well you see, one of my favorite penguins died recently. It was very sad, I cried for days. The whole herd’s just not the same without him. So I think that I will go down to H-E-double hockey sticks and bring my friend back. Maybe I can do that thing for you while I’m down there.”copyright protection3PENANAjF9mahAUCS

I’ll admit it. I face palmed. “So we got one goddess that wants to prove that rainbows are tough and another that wants to rescue her penguin?”copyright protection3PENANAEn3eo2yxpi

“At least they volunteered.” Adele said they she leaned in close and whispered just so I could hear. “I feel bad saying this, but it’s not like we’ll miss them much if Blade does attack. They don’t seem to be that powerful of warriors.”copyright protection3PENANAX1mYwZurgK

“That’s true. But by extension don’t we want a strong warrior, that way they come back alive?” I pointed out. “I mean they’ll need to defend themselves.”copyright protection3PENANAlzqvWBNxvp

“Look at them. I mean I can see Iris starting a fight, but who would attack Khione. She’s a little girl.” Adele said.copyright protection3PENANAqaNtobvWJV

“Who would spit in the face of all powerful Lord Zeus?” I said making a point. “There’s no telling what Blade will or won’t do.”copyright protection3PENANAfGWCFtC9US

Adele pursed her lips. “Maybe you’re right. Should we send Janus instead? He can give Blade a lecture on the weight of our choices.”copyright protection3PENANAUgskLpVyXr

I thought it over. “Was that a joke?”copyright protection3PENANAYnBLR0XnXG

“You coming or what?” Iris shouted. “It’s cold and we have a whole hemisphere to walk across.”copyright protection3PENANAidneP2HsbC

“Rainbow!” Khione shouted as she penguin slid over the rainbow.copyright protection3PENANAl5SOpEdlcb

“Ah, the choices we make.” Janus muttered as he too walked across the rainbow.copyright protection3PENANANbzoWqpUNn

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