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Chapter 35 Deon
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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            Albany and Gaia had run out of here faster than light once they hammered out a plan. I hoped it worked, but I was already convinced that I knew the answer. I couldn’t explain it, but at least Albany confirmed that my feelings weren’t totally wrong…even if hers were…they were. Totally wrong. I mean how could you love someone you only meant a short time ago? How could you feel so strongly for a person, that you were physically unable to go a day without thinking of them? How could one person make you so happy, that you forgot all about your worries, insecurities, and bad memories? How could someone make you daydream about a future with them? No sir, I didn’t know anything about love.copyright protection14PENANAfLWxJ2ptJx

            I was still sitting where the goddesses of love and earth had left me when Hygeia returned to this sorry excuse for a hospital. She seemed pretty surprised to find me still sitting here, but she didn’t say anything. She began to make her rounds of the other patients. My eyes followed her briefly, and then flicked back to Adele. The bleeding had stopped and she was in no real danger anymore. Hygeia even said that there would be nothing permanent to remind Adele of this battle in the future. Hygeia even promised that she could remove the inevitable scar when Adele woke up.copyright protection14PENANADjasNLPd0w

            I just sat there holding Adele’s hand thinking. Why did I feel that Blade was still alive? What connection did we share? Do we even have a connection, or am I just crazy? Maybe I should have gone to Delphi with the girls! Then I looked down at Adele and realized that the one question that really mattered to me would require me to stay here for the answer. Albany and Gaia would find out for sure, they could handle it. I shouldn’t worry about that anymore. Adele was in the hospital, my mind should be elsewhere.copyright protection14PENANA55wNags1al

            “Lord Dionysus.” Hygeia tapped me on the shoulder. “I will now be checking up on Lady Athena. Don’t worry, it’s just routine.”copyright protection14PENANAnq7jXQmmk5

            “Ok.” I stood up and got out of her way.copyright protection14PENANATXp3qcPfpQ

            “Why don’t you go on and walk around. See if you can set your mind on something else.” Hygeia suggested.copyright protection14PENANAMvVii6zL8K

            “I’d rather be here…” I began to argue.copyright protection14PENANA6vadP74buo

            “I insist. Lady Athena will not be waking up today most likely. Go on.” Hygeia told me quietly but firmly.copyright protection14PENANAgnmFrMSh2i

            I understood that it was an order, not a suggestion. “Ok, could you tell me if something happens?” I asked beginning to walk towards the door.copyright protection14PENANA7ON3769HRh

            “I said she wouldn’t be waking up today.” Hygeia said once again. “Are you trying to tell me you think that I’m wrong?”copyright protection14PENANArYNCcCKgNe

            “No.” I said hastily. “Not at all…I guess I’ll be back tomorrow.”copyright protection14PENANAF4C1K4OClQ

            “Do that.” Hygeia muttered taking Adele’s temperature.copyright protection14PENANAVtFIwNPFuH

            Not knowing where I should go, I just began walking. Just walking with no destination. Pretty soon I ran out of space, I had reached the edge of the city. I approached and then leaned up on the railings that encircle the city. I gazed over the edge and peered down, there was nothing in the field now. Everything had been cleaned up.copyright protection14PENANAXWFKzSmj9a

            “Blade can’t be dead.” I told myself. I’m not calling anyone a liar, but I didn’t see it with my own eyes, so I had doubts.copyright protection14PENANAxOe9QYeEBz

            Wait a minute! I didn’t see Blade die, but I could still see his body! That would definitely give me a for sure answer. Nodding, I headed off. I doubt that Olympus had a graveyard, so I had no clue where the body was being kept. But I kept walking, I’d just ask the first person that I came across.copyright protection14PENANAvw2afyY5et

            Apparently the center of Olympus is the only place that is inhabited because I literally meet no one until I made it outside the throne room. I mean really? City of the gods and no one is there, what’s up with that?copyright protection14PENANAMbpsWYkjiu

            I found Eric flexing for some nymphs inside a small willow groove complete with a small pond. I waited until the nymphs stopped laughing at him and disappeared back into their trees before moving in to talk to him.copyright protection14PENANAuPiIZ9HdNj

            “Hey buddy!” I shouted. “Could I ask you something?”copyright protection14PENANANjQPt5osaD

            Eric glared at me, then began kicking a tree and saying some not nice things about the nymphs moral character.copyright protection14PENANAVXOkpLjK5B

            “Yo bro! I need some help.”copyright protection14PENANAezrxhrGZFu

            “WHAT?” Eric asked finishing his assault on nature with a nasty piece of phlegm.copyright protection14PENANAisN8iheGKp

            “Calm down, they can’t travel more than twenty feet from their tree anyway dude.” I told him. Adele had filled me in on this; she knew everything about Greek stuff. “So just go find a tree on the other side of town. But before you do that, I need to know where Blade’s body is.”copyright protection14PENANAjFm80MUkwZ

            “Why would you need to know something like that?” Eric asked cracking his knuckles.copyright protection14PENANAWKyniQOYQt

            I was scared of Eric, like I had a nightmare once with him in it. But the trick with people like Eric is to pretend they don’t scare you. It’s only a theory, so use caution when practicing.copyright protection14PENANAt9WhhezwVj

            “Answer my question.” Eric said, now touching his toes. The way he was stretching you’d think that he was about to play a basketball game.copyright protection14PENANAVeYinY4hiA

            I figured that Eric would not take to kindly to me saying that I thought Blade was still alive, especially in his current state. (I didn’t want to be spit on by the war god, spit was more trouble than it was worth on Olympus)copyright protection14PENANAhelPCDGrCw

            “Adele is hurt because of him.” I said, which was kind of true. “I want to spit on his dead body.” I added, which was not true. Remember, if you become a god/goddess; be careful with your spit.copyright protection14PENANAV6FRnX6Xu1

            Eric smiled wickedly. “He would deserve it.” Eric nodded. “Herman is guarding him, or whatever is left. He should be in the shrine to Hades. We thought it was appropriate to keep the body there.” Eric chuckled to himself. He then pulled out his mace and began swinging it in a circle. “I hate trees.” He said smiling like a maniac. Before I could say anything, Eric swung his mace at the tree that he had been kicking. “How do you like me now!” He demanded still swinging his weapon.copyright protection14PENANAgqfeIDdNUw

            “Ok.” I muttered. “Time to leave.” And leave I did. Don’t get in the war god’s way and you’ll go far.copyright protection14PENANAnbLJ1nnIPZ

            So I made my way towards the shrine that Eric had talked about. It wasn’t very far, and when I reached it I saw that Herman was indeed standing guard outside.copyright protection14PENANAfK6VCtSIqn

            “Hey.” He said when I got close. “You wanna see the body?”copyright protection14PENANAJHNZWwDajx

            “That’s why I’m here.” I told him.copyright protection14PENANAGHJrrLPOuE

            “Yeah, you and everybody else. This guy is Mr. Popularity now that he’s dead. Almost every person on this mountain had come to see this dead god of the dead.” Herman informed me.copyright protection14PENANAOJpUE2oxKP

            “Not every day you see a dead deity.” I told him. “So can I just go right in?”copyright protection14PENANAUuwIute7Dy

            “Yeah, he’s not busy.” Herman said cracking a smile. “He’s got all day.”copyright protection14PENANAFjfpLHbBvF

            I entered the shrine to Hades, careful to close the door behind me. I had never really talked to Herman before, so I didn’t know if he’d take to kindly to me saying I thought Blade was alive.copyright protection14PENANAgjoFe2HCzs

            The shrine was smaller than I would have thought, but then again, who comes to a shrine to the lord of death for fun. That’s right…emo kids. CUT YOUR HAIR AND BUY JEANS WITHOUT FIVE FREAKING HOLES ALL UP AND DOWN THE LEG! Sorry, people annoy me.copyright protection14PENANAsuXYcrrrz5

            Anyway, small shrine. So the shrine was really just one small room with a few torches on the wall and an altar in the middle of everything. Resting on the altar was a body covered in a black burial shroud.copyright protection14PENANA0eogDaXPLs

            I approached the altar slowly. I wasn’t totally comfortable with this idea of Blade being dead but not dead, if I was even right at all that is. Not knowing what else to do, I reached for the shroud.copyright protection14PENANAu1MSH0VpDv

            “What are you doing?” I turned around to see Hestia and Nyx standing behind me.copyright protection14PENANAR5ZO4cgwEP

            I pulled my hand away from the shroud quickly. “Oh, I just didn’t know Blade was dead. I just heard about it like twenty minutes ago. So I came to see for myself.”copyright protection14PENANABE40UIaSxV

            Hestia eyed me. But Nyx replied. “Some things cannot be unseen. You should count yourself lucky you weren’t there to watch.” She approached the altar and stood right next to me. Gingerly, she rested her hand on the edge of the altar. “Trust me. Some things are better left to be imagined. That will spare you the most gruesome images.”copyright protection14PENANAk1W7UE8P3L

            “You think I can’t handle this?” I asked. I was actually kind of offended. They were like parents trying to tell me I couldn’t watch a PG-13 movie until I was actually 13. How lame.copyright protection14PENANAkURkJVw0rb

            “Deon, this is nothing personal.” Nyx muttered turning around and returning to Hestia’s side. “I’m only advising you not to look. Haven’t you learned by now? You’re a god! There are only two people that you need to take orders from, yourself and then of course Zeus.” With that Nyx turned tail and exited the shrine.copyright protection14PENANAP3QU3LCdD9

            Hestia hadn’t moved since she had entered the shrine. “I ran into Gaia before coming here.” She told me. Her tone of voice told me that she knew what had happened at Adele’s bedside in the hospital.copyright protection14PENANA9Yb655KdUN

            “You did?” I muttered, not sure where this was going.copyright protection14PENANAZfIQzrL6sd

            Hestia looked over her shoulder, making sure Nyx was gone, and then she said. “There is a reason Nyx said you take orders from yourself AND THEN Zeus.” Hestia whispered. “Lightning is fickle, and often it causes unnecessary damage. It is the rain’s duty to warn the world that a storm is coming, and to clean up afterwards. Do you understand?”copyright protection14PENANAhig8ckTOxw

            I nodded that I did in fact catch her meaning. Zack had a habit of causing problems.copyright protection14PENANAYHu9NzfxNa

            “Good.” She looked over her shoulder again. “I think it best that we know for sure.” Hestia muttered pointing to the shroud. “Cover all our bases. I told Gaia the same thing. I’ve been around a long time.” Hestia muttered. “I’ve learned how to smell trouble through all those years. Right now I feel like there are fifty perfume bottles under my nose. I do not feel good about this entire situation.” With that she turned around and made her way to the door. When she reached it she looked back at me over her shoulder. “Cover all our bases. We have to be sure” and then she left.copyright protection14PENANAlMp3CZvo5X

            I stared at the door thinking on what I had heard. Hestia was having doubts about this too! Others were sharing my thoughts. Could the lord of death really die?copyright protection14PENANABnfSvrcogK

            I turned around and faced the answer to my question. All I had to do was lift up that shroud, lift it up and check to see what was under it. Nyx’s voice echoed in my head. “Trust me. Some things are better left to be imagined.” I didn’t think that was true. Not knowing one way or the other…that was just that much more frightening. Having no idea what was true, that is where your imagination becomes your enemy. Your brain takes one ‘What if?’ and uses it to make everything you know one big question mark.copyright protection14PENANAVerpoeZDMM

            I once again reached for the shroud. My hand moved slowly and cautiously, like I was preforming surgery. As nervous and scared as I was, my hand was as steady as a rock. Finally after what seemed like hours, my hand rested upon the fabric of the shroud. It was cold…no not cold it wasn’t cold. There was merely an absence of heat. The shroud was thick and coarse. My fingers found the edge of the shroud, and burrowed their way underneath. I stood poised to rip it off all at once, but something stopped me. Instead I gently lifted the shroud. Very slowly, I was barely moving it at first. Then my hand gained speed, swiftly dragged the shroud down, toward the foot of the altar. I paused right before I was about to reveal the face.copyright protection14PENANAO7ydbbcGzi

            Taking a deep breath I resumed the unmasking.copyright protection14PENANADbFT3bkgAA

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