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Chapter 3 Albany
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         “Go Team!” I shouted with the other cheerleaders. It was Friday night and I was standing on the sideline of the football field shaking as the cool autumn breeze embraced my bare legs.copyright protection19PENANAotGOvx8vul

            “I hate miniskirts.” One of the girls muttered, her teeth shaking.copyright protection19PENANAEsfk6mCJWa

            “Let’s go Vikings!” I shouted waving my pompoms. “Yeah.” My cheering was in vain. Our Vikings were getting blown out by those dreadful Knights.copyright protection19PENANAPDD7Xh60Hx

            “They better not play like this next week.” Someone said.copyright protection19PENANAY60EUwc21G

            “Yeah I would like a win on Homecoming.” Another chirped.copyright protection19PENANAoG8D0f0DYW

            “Speaking of Homecoming, who are you guys going with?” yet another asked.copyright protection19PENANANOAqWxI3xp

            “Go Team!” I shouted. I wasn’t going to Homecoming. It’s not like I didn’t have a date, because I could have believe me. My long red hair and hazel eyes never stopped impressing the boys. But they’re also the problem. It’s just that all the guys that asked me, asked me because they thought I was hot or because I was a cheerleader. Not one asked me for me. And I know because the guys that asked me only talk to me so they can get a closer look. None of them ever actually got to know me. I know, wow, pretty deep stuff from a cheerleader.copyright protection19PENANAAwvBbp7ns9

            “V-I-K-I-N-G-S!!!” the cheer went up and I joined in. “Vikings go!” I was just sick of guys not liking me for me. Never once had a guy called me beautiful. I’ve heard hot and sexy a lot, but I don’t count those. People who you think of as hot or sexy are general people you just want to sleep with, and I didn’t want to be that kind of person. When you call someone beautiful, you are talking about their appearance AND their personality. At least that’s what the word means to me.copyright protection19PENANA3RPcvQrvtq

            “Hey, Albany, are you going to Homecoming?”copyright protection19PENANAsge2HbApe7

            “No.” I answered. Here come the questions.copyright protection19PENANAOOEkpPKxcd

            “What! Why not girl?”copyright protection19PENANAGf4wszmU4Q

            “I didn’t get asked by the right guy.” I said smiling. I hated conversations like these.copyright protection19PENANAkx6zzNKadY

            “More like she didn’t find the rich guy.” Someone muttered.copyright protection19PENANAh1MWmcL6KX

            That’s how they comprehend it. I thought. In their world, no one in their right mind would miss Homecoming. So they make me out to be some snobbish rich girl with high standards so I fit in their fantasy.copyright protection19PENANAjqdnXFXjA2

            “No, he doesn’t have to be rich. My family’s rich enough.” I said once again smiling. In high school I was the envy of many people. I was the rich hot girl with the huge mansion and butler. But I hated it all. My parents had been absent most of my life. What with the safaris and mountain climbing, all of which I was deemed too young for. So I was stuck at home with Baxter the butler.copyright protection19PENANAaUzgt94djh

            “If you don’t want all that money, I’ll take it.” someone offered.copyright protection19PENANAcBjZxFbiLV

            I smiled. “If I could give any of it away, you girls would be who I’d give it to.” I said. That would make their lives.copyright protection19PENANAg5mttk9qEJ

            “Aww.” My statement earned me about seven hugs.copyright protection19PENANAsOE247b9lu

            “Girls, the game’s almost over. Just hang in there.” Our couch told us.copyright protection19PENANAqy5JxDpJVa

            “Yeah boss.”copyright protection19PENANAFbg1FJlPaZ

            We spent the rest of the game occasionally saying ‘Go!’ and ‘Vikings’ then we were free. I followed my team into the locker room and changed back into my other clothes. After several minutes of shallow chit chat and gossip I managed to escape. You may have noticed that I am not the most enthusiastic cheerleader there is. Well my distant parents decreed that I had to be on at least one team. Cheerleader is the only ‘sport’ where I can blow off the practices and still preform halfway decent at a game, I’m the only person that’s glad the cheers haven’t changed in thirty years.copyright protection19PENANAyDOcFSkQ2G

            “Excuse me, are you Albany?” someone asked me once I was in the parking lot. I looked around and saw a woman standing behind me. She looked around twenty and was wearing an ‘Earth is Awesome’ t-shirt with faded blue jeans. But the weirdest part was her long blonde hair. It had three long streaks of neon green in it.copyright protection19PENANAlsfqcM4BvZ

            “I’m Albany.” I said wondering what this woman was doing here, and how she knew me.copyright protection19PENANAMab3cRNyGX

            “Hi, can I talk to you for a minute?” she asked.copyright protection19PENANAyeAmrgfM6h

            “Yeah sure.” I said.copyright protection19PENANAtrKISXuWz0

            “I’m going to be straight with you, cause I hate it when people beat around the bush.” The woman said. “Do you want all this to change?”copyright protection19PENANAWlb8pnZcWF

            “All this?” I asked confused.copyright protection19PENANAauUKRl1687

            “Your life?” she stated. “Would you be opposed to having a new life?”copyright protection19PENANAoBz9kr6PoF

             I thought about it. “What kind of knew life?”copyright protection19PENANAPk11sqosDl

            The woman smiled. “The kind where your family is actually in your life.”copyright protection19PENANA7NP1yHnzOw

            I definitely wanted that. “What’s the catch?”copyright protection19PENANAGc8glsIsh6

            “Would you rate your interest level at committed?” the woman asked.copyright protection19PENANA77r98UAxmd

            “You’re beating around the bush.” I pointed out.copyright protection19PENANASt0IvzpT8d

            “I like you.” The woman said. “You got a nice personality.”copyright protection19PENANApPqx5MZOeh

            “What’s the catch?” I asked again.copyright protection19PENANAUmomwwg64C

            “Immortality, the power of a goddess, and a family that you actually see.” The woman replied.copyright protection19PENANAkW5lEBU4u2

            “Immortality? What do you mean goddess?” I asked confused. This was one strange lady.copyright protection19PENANAiTSJrYwrMK

            “Immortality.” The woman purred. “Every girls dream. To be young forever.”copyright protection19PENANAIG762EDjLH

            “In the end, it's not going to matter how many breaths you took, but how many moments took your breath away.” I recited. I had a poster in my room that said that quote. It had always been my favorite.copyright protection19PENANAV5E1qjClo7

            “I really like you.” The woman smiled. “You’re a cheerleader?”copyright protection19PENANAoG1gqseWT0

            “Not by choice.” I retorted. “You mentioned a goddess?”copyright protection19PENANAHBHPIKtm3e

            The woman took a deep breath. “Are you familiar with Greek Mythology?”copyright protection19PENANA4ZjI0K1D5p

            “Yes, I’m not stupid.” I said.copyright protection19PENANAKu6LKweZs7

            “You should not be a cheerleader.” The woman said. “Anyway you know all about the Olympian gods?”copyright protection19PENANA09JHYsssPw

            “The twelve central gods and goddesses of Greek Mythology.” I recited. “Next question.”copyright protection19PENANAGTv0BwLD9R

            “How would you like to be one?” the woman asked.copyright protection19PENANA3UlaG5GU59

            “What did you say your name was?” I asked.copyright protection19PENANA25jMNiefK4

            “Gaia.” She smiled.copyright protection19PENANAMrXhszOddY

            I looked at her shirt again. ‘Earth is Awesome’. “Gaia…the earth goddess?” I asked.copyright protection19PENANA4gSqqyv7tB

            Gaia waved her finger. “Wrong. Titaness of the earth.”copyright protection19PENANAgvGAitSxJD

            “Titaness?” I asked.copyright protection19PENANABw5yNx8CKl

            “Female titan.” Gaia explained.copyright protection19PENANAAPBsf21Lav

            “I know what it means.” I muttered. “I thought the Titans weren’t friends with the gods.  If you’re a Titan, why are you here talking about gods.”copyright protection19PENANAmq131jxUQg

            “You’re right, the Titans didn’t like the gods.” Gaia said. “But being Mother Earth, I have a maternal instinct to protect my planet. And the gods are the best way for me to do that. So for our intents and purposes, I may as well be a goddess.”copyright protection19PENANAxrMC0A98dU

            “You’re going to make me a god?” I asked. Was she really Gaia, THE Gaia?copyright protection19PENANAtNJ5gZ8hKi

            “Not me personally, but I can take you to someone who can.” Gaia said. “And by the way, girls become goddesses. Just so you know.”copyright protection19PENANAN7JOaK7HEX

            “This doesn’t make sense.” I said. My brain was reviewing everything I knew about Greek Mythology. “The gods didn’t just make someone a god… goddess. Only people like Hercules were given that honor. So I guess my question is, why makes me worthy of being a god…goddess?”copyright protection19PENANAYbpLOpmYxz

            Gaia poked my forehead. “Your personality. Now are you committed?”copyright protection19PENANAS1mC6DBeVm

            “I’d have to be crazy to say no, wouldn’t I?” I muttered. “Sure, I’ll be a god…goddess.”copyright protection19PENANAwItfwD0EkE

            “Nice.” Gaia said. “Umm, you wouldn’t mind giving me a ride would you.”copyright protection19PENANACjQ14FrqDZ

            I laughed. “Sure, but I would’ve thought Mother Earth wouldn’t like cars.”copyright protection19PENANA0w0n870KmV

            “It’s a necessary evil.” Gaia muttered.copyright protection19PENANA6TEz9ac9Ox

            “Ok, the cars just this way.” I said leading the Titaness to my ride. “You said I’d get to be an Olympian.”copyright protection19PENANAOqQEsVjUmX

            “I did.”copyright protection19PENANATmtUJB1Jmo

            “What happened?”copyright protection19PENANAFshj1queAj

            “What do you mean?” Gaia asked looking at me.copyright protection19PENANAMoJD3cym6V

            “Something must have happened if you need to recruit humans to rule the gods. I want to know what it was?” I said.copyright protection19PENANAj0hNU0pWKL

            “You’re pretty bright.” She said. “The old Olympians retired.”copyright protection19PENANAkqdBJf2duD

            “They can do that?” I asked.copyright protection19PENANAwg1gU4ttrA

            “They were the twelve most powerful beings in the universe, how could we stop them?” Gaia said. “They claimed that they had grown tired of the constant cycles that their lives went through, so they retired.”copyright protection19PENANAoLAFyuGXrr

            “What, they got old?” I said trying to comprehend.copyright protection19PENANAJLRXnBcpPG

            “Basically.” Gaia nodded.copyright protection19PENANA2mX4DS86lA

            “But you’re way older than the gods. Why haven’t you retired?” I asked.copyright protection19PENANAHJlhpUM6Sd

            “Do I look old to you?” Gaia said angrily.copyright protection19PENANAxBYpyl0KLP

            “No.”copyright protection19PENANArObpTPh1VD

            “What you fail to realize, is that the Earth is still young. I’m millions and millions of years old, and I still look like I’m twenty-two! I’m not done yet!” Gaia said passionately.copyright protection19PENANACCnXUMSGTK

            “Ok.”copyright protection19PENANAUqlTPTfQE0

            “Besides, as a god, you don’t have to retire.” Gaia explained. “There are some gods that are just as old as the Olympians were, and they’re still going strong.”copyright protection19PENANAF6PRwIGOKC

            “So what god…goddess will I be?” I asked.copyright protection19PENANArnfPk9CcQv

            “I don’t know.” Gaia said. “Do I look like The Oracle?”copyright protection19PENANAXKViDLcTBR

            “I wouldn’t know. I’ve never met The Oracle.” I said.copyright protection19PENANAThYJ9usQjd

            “Maybe someday you will.” Gaia said.copyright protection19PENANAsLAHAVRc8I

            “There’s my ride.” I pointed out Baxter’s car. At the sight of me he pulled out and slowly wheeled over.copyright protection19PENANAH5sDo6oAZ0

            “Good evening Miss Albany.” He said rolling down the window. “I’m sorry to hear the Vikings lost.”copyright protection19PENANAsThqDqV6gf

            “You know I don’t care, Baxter.” I said getting in the car. “Do you mind if I bring my friend along?”copyright protection19PENANAjJ0UrBPiOY

            “Certainly.” Baxter said. “Where will I be taking you ladies?”copyright protection19PENANA1w3t9rAy2A

            “I’ll be getting out with my friend, Baxter, so you’ll be driving home alone.” I told him.copyright protection19PENANAyvuQW7hSey

            “Very good Miss Albany.” Baxter said. “And when will I be picking you back up?”copyright protection19PENANA7xh8rJKh2y

            I looked at Gaia. “Never.” I said smiling.copyright protection19PENANAf34ixdK7MN

            “Very good Miss Albany.”copyright protection19PENANAIkjcbfks7y

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