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Chapter 30 Deon
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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            “Deon!” I woke up to find Adele standing over me. She was wearing a glimmering bronze chest plate and a leather strip skirt. I saw that she was holding a gladiator helmet under her arm.copyright protection17PENANA3BRAE276s2

            “What?” I asked sitting up.copyright protection17PENANAoZf4xlobhC

            “It’s time.” She whispered. “Please come with me.” I managed to get out of bed and followed her out into the street. “I’m going to take you to the armory. I think you’ll need a weapon and some armor.”copyright protection17PENANAkd5hIOZerb

            “No hope for peace?” I asked without any real hope.copyright protection17PENANAVvNN5rPdyi

            “No, sadly Blade showing up with an army completely invalidated my argument that he wanted peace.” Adele said bitterly. “So now Zack and Eric get what they want. War.”copyright protection17PENANAfWiu1PQq17

            I put my hand on her shoulder. “You did your best, but Blade made his choice.” I consoled her.copyright protection17PENANA2ml8D4XDjo

            “No, we made it for him.” Adele said. “We were the ones that put him in the Underworld and left him there alone for eons.”copyright protection17PENANAPeUC104RdD

            “But that wasn’t us, that was the Old Olympians.” I reminded her. “We had nothing to do with that.”copyright protection17PENANAatAsXBiO2j

            “We are the Olympians now, so shouldn’t we be responsible for their actions?” I asked. “That WAS us, or rather it was who we have become. We were made into gods, so those gods live on in us. They didn’t just hit the reset button! Their sins and deeds are ours now.”copyright protection17PENANAW4FhdjlaWE

            “No.” I stated determined. “Like Albany said, we still our old selves. I am Dionysus and Deon. You are Adele and Athena. There is a reason that we are all still called by our regular names. I refuse to belief that becoming Dionysus has changed who I am. It may have made me immortal and a god, but it didn’t touch who I am and what I’ve done. Our old lives didn’t just disappear. The world is still out there. We are still Deon and Adele.”copyright protection17PENANAyLTtoUtsMG

            Adele looked at me without expression. Then she continued walking. “Life goes on I guess. Your words make sense, but I am still taking the blame for what Athena and the others did to Hades.”copyright protection17PENANA6W9Go7iGVk

            “Think about what you just said.” I told her. “Athena and the others. Why would you say that if you think that we did it? Shouldn’t you have said ‘What I have done’? I think that you realize that I’m right, but you can’t admit it since you are the goddess of wisdom and you can’t be wrong.”copyright protection17PENANA0RpF9CYuMV

            Adele made a face at me. “Shut up!”copyright protection17PENANA9lH2O5WhyI

            I laughed. “I just outsmarted the wisdom goddess! How’s that make you feel?” I asked her a little too excitedly.copyright protection17PENANAYEF8l3fDKb

            “Wisdom isn’t just knowing random facts and other things. Wisdom is knowing when to admit you are wrong as well.” Adele told me. “Now shut up and put some armor on.” She commanded.copyright protection17PENANAYK3nqc0oHM

            As I lifted the heavy bronze chest plate over my head, the realization that I’d be fighting in an actual battle hit me. Something about putting on that armor and picking up my whip made me realize that this was for real.copyright protection17PENANAjQ80SX6OeE

            “A whip?” Adele asked. Once I had reemerged from the armory.copyright protection17PENANAxdjdlEhBi1

            “Yeah.” I lifted it up for her to see. “What’s wrong with it?”copyright protection17PENANANgMQEc2EBJ

            “Nothing.” Adele said quickly. “It’s just…why not something more normal? Like a sword.” She suggested.copyright protection17PENANArVAAWsx2hM

            “Nothing else about this is normal, so why should I let normal dictate my actions and choices. Besides it’s a little too late to switch.” I shrugged. “I’d like to go into battle with a weapon that I’ve used before.” Granted, I’ve only used the whip like twice in my life. But whatever!copyright protection17PENANAHPZ02lFjWX

            “I can get behind that logic, let’s go on then.” Adele said leading me onward once again.copyright protection17PENANAlKe7ASkDxV

            We journeyed to Hercules’ Platform to meet up with our fellow warriors. Most of the gods were there, but not all. I saw Zack, Eric, and Herman standing near the edge looking over. Nyx and Gaia were right behind them talking. Pan was giving last minute tips to Artie, Paul, and Sid. And Hector was sitting down on a bench by himself. There was a crowd of minor gods, most of whom I did not know, but they looked a lot less nervous than all of us.copyright protection17PENANAnZRXzNp6QH

            “Hmm, interesting.” Adele muttered quietly.copyright protection17PENANASxwSyyddSa

            “What is it?” I asked.copyright protection17PENANAbdUplviF8Q

            “I see that Albany, Kara, and Demi aren’t here. I understand Demi’s absence, but Albany and Kara should be here.”copyright protection17PENANABwQstpgTw6

            “I don’t really see those two fighting.” I protested.copyright protection17PENANAApE6hcFvqy

            “Not to fight. But to wish us luck. We are fighting for their lives as well our own.copyright protection17PENANAFBLA076jMe

            “Well, they’re not here, so we’ll have to do without them.” I said. “Looks like all you got is me.”copyright protection17PENANA9oLZRep78V

            Adele smiled at that. “You would have been my first choice anyway, and you are more than enough.”copyright protection17PENANAdIkRPC4v7u

            Now I smiled, and it wasn’t voluntary. I smiled the biggest smile of my life, and I couldn’t stop. Just hearing Adele say that had made my life. “Same here.” I told her.copyright protection17PENANA3N5Pn6WtpJ

            “Listen up everyone!” Zack shouted above the conversations. “You’re all welcome to kill the skeletons and other rebel gods, but Blade is reserved for me! I WANT TO KILL HIM!” he proclaimed to the heavens.copyright protection17PENANAIz8tyZIY6Q

            Down from the clouds rode Helios and Selene, in their two chariots that had carried us here in the first place.copyright protection17PENANATkzecpQgVX

            “Get in the chariots!” Eric shouted swinging his Morningstar. “We’re going to war! YAAH.”copyright protection17PENANALZKRO8XLCm

            “Good luck!” I said donning my helmet.copyright protection17PENANAukWCOuCxtJ

            “You don’t need luck. I’ve got your back.” Adele said smiling underneath her own bronze hat.copyright protection17PENANAom3XBgnrxj

            Once again I lost control of my facial muscles. I’m glad that I brushed my teeth, because that smiled definitely put my pearly whites on display. And then I was handing on for dear life as Selene mushed her giant owl onwards into the Valley of Death.copyright protection17PENANApiia96i7SU

            Time slowed down in the chariot. I watched dumbfounded as Bellerophon streaked past me aboard Pegasus almost in slow motion. I looked over my shoulder and watched Adele tighten the straps on her shield. I gulped down my anxiety.copyright protection17PENANAumfqZ4VCBo

            I was going into an actual battle. The thought resonated within my head multiple times. I was going into a warzone, where I could very well die! Thankfully I had no option of exiting the chariot and returning to the safety of Olympus, because at that moment, I would have. But Selene and her speeding chariot took that option away from me. I shook my head and forgot all about my cowardice. Because right then, we landed.copyright protection17PENANAlZLpXmFlOd

            “Get out of the chariot!” Selene shouted at us all. The other fighters and I steamed out onto the field. Helios and Selene had landed our group just outside of the enemy lines. We clustered together and examined the enemy.copyright protection17PENANAEdvWnF3FNV

            “Come on you sons of bitches! You wanna to live forever?” Eric screamed before he charged the horde. With a loud battle cry my comrades marshaled forwards into the fray.copyright protection17PENANAAhiPHiUCUv

            Adele bumped into me and motioned that I follow her, so I did. The two of us ran into the horde of skeletons. Adele did most of the fighting, by the time I brought my whip around to strike, she would have already dismembered the poor undead creature.copyright protection17PENANA1guMFr8lMW

            There were millions of skeletons on that field, but they fell in dozens. At one point I remember seeing Hector use his hammer as a bowling ball. Ironically he knocked down ten skeletons, a perfect strike.copyright protection17PENANAyra4oxKrdx

            I noticed that most of our undead foes didn’t even have any weapons. Those I merely kicked and watched as they crumbled. Even without weapons, the fiends were still dangerous.copyright protection17PENANAnNOGDwYx9T

            When I paused for breath I realized that Adele and I had been separated. My eyes relocated. She was a several yards away fending off two skeletons at once. It was mesmerizing watching her blade work its magic. She parried a blow and impaled the poor soul in the spine, but before she could turn her attention on the second assailant. Tragedy struck…in the form of a sword, slicing into her lower back.copyright protection17PENANA3a9xXPZ5aM

            Once more, time slowed. Adele reared back in pain, and then fell to her knees in slow motion. I ran forward and gave a crack of my whip to Adele’s aggressor, breaking several of his vertebrae apart. I kicked at two more of the dead things before I felt safe enough to check on Adele. Kneeing besides her, I removed her helmet. She coughed and frantically groped for the wound on her back.copyright protection17PENANA2IddMBKw3Y

            I grabbed her hands. “Hey, calm down. You’ll be ok.” I reassured her soothingly. “I need to look, I’m going to have to roll you over a bit.” She nodded and gritted her teeth as I rotated her as softly as I could. Her back and the ground were doused in blood, but I couldn’t see the wound itself. I pried at her armor, opening up a little window into the red sea. She flinched and her hand clamped down on my forearm.copyright protection17PENANA4rLS7po6Xy

            “Stop stop stop stop stop.” She begged. I withdrew and let her armor fit comfortable around the wound again.copyright protection17PENANAZ0I9yFZxL9

            “I’m sorry, Adele.” I said. I worked my forearm free and clasped her hands in mine.copyright protection17PENANAkOSy1E9Mbd

            “What’s wrong?” she asked quietly, hearing my tone.copyright protection17PENANAKfEw8LWxRT

            “There’s a lot of blood.” I muttered. “And it’s still bleeding.”copyright protection17PENANA5RUO1tu00g

            “Go get help.” She ordered.copyright protection17PENANAal52T6H3TS

            “Shouldn’t I stop the bleeding first?” I asked preparing to get my hands dirty.copyright protection17PENANAgD8VahH6Pz

            “No! There’s no time. Health goddess, Hygeia.” Adele’s fingers had found her injury and she paused as she assessed the damage herself. “Oh gods.”copyright protection17PENANA0UqVJsodtp

            “Go get Hygeia?” I asked for confirmation. “But where is she?”copyright protection17PENANAuDKzFDFmHz

            “She’s here somewhere. GO!” Adele rolled completely onto her stomach and began trying to remove her armor. I hesitated looking at all her blood. “DEON! I need you to go now!”copyright protection17PENANAfXcoTnGAuv

            I closed my eyes and turned away. I started running, so much of me wanted to look back, just to make sure Adele was still alive back there, but I knew that I needed to find Hygeia to be of any real help.copyright protection17PENANA9uqAq92Onw

            I ran into Pan and stopped to watch as he bludgeoned a skeleton with a baseball bat. “Deon! What are you doing?” he asked when he saw me. He noticed the blood on my fingers and splattered on my chest and legs. His eyes widened. “Deon?”copyright protection17PENANAdR9YqPB6ci

            “Adele got stabbed.” I began to explain, but I was cut off by a toothless skeleton.copyright protection17PENANAFsgSQ9fxKJ

            “WHAT!” Pan shouted amazed. “Why aren’t you helping her?”copyright protection17PENANA2TestEBwsY

            “I’m trying to!” I shouted frantically slashing the whip. Several skeleton’s fell before I added “I need to find Hygeia!”copyright protection17PENANA2GQcEg1gmd

            “Hygeia?” Pan muttered to himself. “I don’t think she’s here. Don’t worry I’ll find her. Go back and protect Adele.” Pan ordered. He whistled shrilly and within seconds Helios had landed nearby in his chariot.copyright protection17PENANAz1FQUw093K

            “You called?” Helios inquired.copyright protection17PENANAT6D7y7MaDe

            “Take me up, we need to find Hygeia.” Pan ordered climbing aboard the sun god’s chariot. “Deon! Go make sure she’s still alive when I bring Hygeia back.”copyright protection17PENANA9GVZSzfUPC

            “Hurry!” I shouted as they took to the sky. I couldn’t afford to watch them for long. The undead fiends did not give me much time to myself. And besides with each second, each heartbeat, Adele lost more and more blood.copyright protection17PENANA7pENfykfHn

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