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Gods in Training
Writer TJ Nyx
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Chapter 53 Albany
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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No Plagiarism!azr3U3MEXlziOVlBvwMpposted on PENANA

            Everything was falling into place. The plan was underway. It was a good plan, no one denied that, but would it be good enough? Zeus knew we would need our very best to even touch Kronos...well, Zeus would know that if he still existed.copyright protection5PENANAxv8HMU0YK8

"Albany." I realized I had been standing in the way. Quickly stepping to the side, I allowed Hector and Eric plenty of space to fit the table outside.copyright protection5PENANAiUIKXCNKhK

I watched them take it down towards the river. So maybe things could go wrong, so maybe some of us could die...hell, all of us could die. We could soon be ghost in the fields surrounding the palace. And as bad as I wanted to kill Kronos, I wanted to live more. I wanted to grow up, I wanted to love somebody, and I wanted to worry about getting wrinkles. I wanted to be old. There I said it! I'm the first girl in the world who wanted to be old. But old people had one thing that I didn't. They had lived a long time and experienced life. Sure, I had experienced a thing that no mortal had before, but I would also be among the first mortals to fight a freaking Titan.copyright protection5PENANA5R3TMpviWh

Albany, I am with you. I about freaked out. I turned around, but no one was there. Worried that some ghost was peepin on me, I hurried out of the gateway. I sprinted over the fields of death and soon arrived among my friends again.copyright protection5PENANAHtNPaAKbyu

"When is Blade coming?" Kara demanded of me.copyright protection5PENANAjRp1BnEp7V

"Personally, I'm glad he's not here." Eric said.copyright protection5PENANAadNd7ACCSy

"We're over hating him." Deon said glaring at the war god.copyright protection5PENANAUz1IpcianR

"You are maybe, but anyways it's not that." Eric said. "Blade is the worm on the fishing hook, and for once I'm pretty sure no one wants a bite on the line just yet."copyright protection5PENANAFHJ4JksnKA

"If you were wise, you wouldn't want to see him at all." We turned and saw Persephone standing higher up on the river bank, petting Cerberus.copyright protection5PENANAjUN68UGLwy

"At this point, I don't think we can afford to be wise." Adele said. She shrugged and turned back to the boys. "Guys, I need you to finish this."copyright protection5PENANAjr8l9yysIW

Grunting Hector and Eric heaved the table into the white water. Now there were three tables floating in the river. A few were barely over the water, and one was upside-down with its legs sticking in the air.copyright protection5PENANAjnD2snnUK8

"The most dangerous bridge in the world." I said gazing at our creation.copyright protection5PENANAu42ibbdRWJ

"We won't be crossing it." Adele informed me. "Blade will."copyright protection5PENANAqgbzBk8aMQ

Bladecopyright protection5PENANA66eK9G7wBS

I couldn't stop shaking. Standing at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial, I think I would have run away if I had been alone. But Calypso put her hand on my shoulder and whispered in my ear. "I'll be there to carry you back."copyright protection5PENANAF6WIo7TBZP

I smiled and took that first step. We ascended together. The Memorial was closed, but let's be honest, that was the least of our worries. I took Calypso's hand and led her into the lion's den. We approached the statue of the Great Emancipator. The great marble statue loomed over us, it was imposing and even more striking now that I knew the lord of the titans was in there this very moment.copyright protection5PENANAlq5w0HR8RD

"Kronos." I called to him. "Kronos, I'm here to set things right."copyright protection5PENANAZYKdITUPqv

I was glaring at the statue, but it wasn't the one that spoke. "Ah, I already said that I won't kill you. You freed me, why would I wish harm on you? Calypso, how's your father doing?"copyright protection5PENANAI5CEN0MHCM

I turned in a circle, but I couldn't see where Kronos was speaking from. "I brought you into this world, and now I'm going to take you out of it." Kronos laughed, but didn't speak. I still couldn't see where he was. "Come on out now, why are you hiding?" I shouted.copyright protection5PENANAwXcCudjmlb

"A panther does not hunt from the open." Kronos said, he voice eerily quiet.copyright protection5PENANA0k9KyRDsH4

"Nice try," I shouted, trying to keep him talking. It sounded like his voice was coming from the left, but I needed to hear more to be sure, "but I know you're not a panther."copyright protection5PENANAYq9A4XBREd

"Mister Blade, I had already discussed this with you." Kronos said. "I will let your fellows deal with you." He wasn't taking the bait, I thought panicking. My friends in Hell had made it very clear that I had to get him to take the bait. I needed to try harder.copyright protection5PENANADbbQNG472p

"Are you a coward? Too afraid to fight me?" I demanded, hoping to anger him into coming out. Kronos laughed again but said nothing. Now his voiced seemed to be coming from the right. I turned but saw no sign of him. "Let us finish this."copyright protection5PENANAj2KsMikqK2

"Yes...let's." A shadow dropped from the ceiling. It landed between me and Calypso. I turned to see that there really was no form to it. It appeared to be just shadowy darkness. As I watched, the shadows spread around Calypso. She screamed and tried to fight her way to me, but the shadows bound her and held her fast.copyright protection5PENANAuIsEjxBUpf

"NO!" I shouted. I drew my flaming sword and prepared to strike.copyright protection5PENANA83rkUf0Yn3

"Tssk, tssk, tssk." Kronos tutted at me. The shadows raised Calypso's arm above her head, ready to take the full force of my blow. "We wouldn't want to kill the little lady here."copyright protection5PENANAnG579Squja

I did not attack, but I did not lower my blade either. I held my tongue as well, it was best to not waste time talking. The more seconds spent chatting gave Kronos more time he would have to outwit me. He didn't have to win. He had to wait until I lost.copyright protection5PENANAwOTZsdx37W

"Blade..." Calypso muttered, her body was not under her control, but her eyes and voice were. She stared me straight in the eye. "I can't bring you back, if I'm not there myself."copyright protection5PENANAjgZLAU0BSn

Kronos jumped on her words, figuratively. "Yes young Hades. You wouldn't want beauty here to get blood all over her pretty dress."copyright protection5PENANAEg3KocDOHW

He misunderstood her. He had heard what he had expected to hear, but he didn't comprehend her real meaning. I almost missed it, but her eyes made me see. "Kronos!" I shouted in rage. I knew what I had to do, but I had to fill myself with so much hate to do felt like I was the old me again. I boiled with rage and anger. I had to get so heated, so pissed off, that I would attack anyone to get at Kronos, even if that someone had long curly blonde hair and an unconfident smile that just made me melt.copyright protection5PENANAYdKSdd5Khd

I brought my sword down. The flames licked through the shadows, cutting them from existence. But I didn't stop there. My sword kept coming after that, it sliced through the shadows, and into solid flesh. I felt her arm break under my flames. I felt the thud of her hitting the floor. I saw the blood ruining her pretty little dress. I watched the shadows shrink away as Kronos roared.copyright protection5PENANAGAtGm4AmFt

"HADES!" the building shook as Kronos rose from the ground. He was clutching his arm in the same place as Calypso. The shadows must have been an extension of him and I had cut him when I cut her.copyright protection5PENANAJkJN470HVH

"Come and get me!" I shouted. I closed my eyes and mouth and the shadows now wrapped around me, squeezing, choking, blocking all but my thoughts. "I'm sorry, I'll see you in Hell Calypso." I said in my mind.copyright protection5PENANAEUVoM8CSST

Deoncopyright protection5PENANA5ztzgPDRcj

"Hey!" I shouted. Across the river two figures had just appeared. "Hey, I think Blade's here." The others looked and soon we were all watching with bated breath as Blade rushed towards the river, with Kronos storming after him.copyright protection5PENANAkWD4JHbJp7

We could hear the Titan from here. "HADES! Curse you, curse you and all of the gods! I will erase you all from time. I will end your every thought of existence. You will more than die!"copyright protection5PENANAr31msOu4Gn

"Yikes, looks like Blade pulled through yet again." Albany muttered.copyright protection5PENANAXMXrldhZ5u

"That boy has a talent for starting fights." Eric said.copyright protection5PENANAiqqWu9EGT3

"No, he has a talent for attracting the most difficult choices." Janus said strangely. Both of his faces appeared to be in deep thought, like he was having trouble understanding Blade's choices. "Something is wrong..." Janus muttered, he looked worried with one face and intrigued with the other. "It would be a wise choice if we were a little farther away." Not one to ignore a hint from the god of choices, we hastily made our way away from the river.copyright protection5PENANANk7OHACcEj

Bladecopyright protection5PENANAzC5w4rKmqQ

I knew what I had to do. All I had to do was get Kronos to the river. I was running my heart out. I had died once before, it was not something I looked forward to going through again. Thinking of my death, made me think of Calypso, and how I had killed her. She was probably here now, watching me run from Kronos. I had all the reasons in the world, the underworld, and on Olympus to despair. To quit. To lay down and let myself die. And thinking of my murder, my killing of Calypso. It should have made things so much worse. It should have toppled my tower. It should have buried me here.copyright protection5PENANAQJggFLqjrj

But it didn't. "I'll be there to carry you back." Her voice echoed in my head. "I'll be there to carry you back." Her voice sounded again. "I'll be there to carry you back." This time I realized that I had shouted it!copyright protection5PENANAneEu3l4GxJ

I kept running. I kept racing. All I had to do was get to the river. I had done harder things. I had risen from nothing to be a god. I had faced the might of Olympus. I had returned from the dead. If I could do that, racing a Titan to a stupid river would be nothing. Piece of cake!copyright protection5PENANAZ7m5ErwpNW

Kronos tried to freeze time. He tried to halt me in my tracks. But here on the fields of death, time didn't exist. I smiled as I slide down the bank. I turned to see a frustrated Kronos still chasing me. He was getting annoyed, that is what I needed. He needed to be blinded in his rage. For what sane person would risk this river crossing? With that last sentence in mind I jumped onto the first table.copyright protection5PENANAfEGwUlhlEJ

I probably would have fallen had the legs not been upright, I grabbed ahold of them and pulled myself away from the milky white water. It had a strange smell, like cleaning solution mixed with Styrofoamcopyright protection5PENANAF1Xjw0FAGd

Kronos was now on the bank besides me. I jumped to the second table and landed on all fours. I glanced towards the far bank. I spotted Paul peeking out from behind a rock. His bow was already notched. Looking behind me I saw Kronos look at the water.copyright protection5PENANAkGkGLZ7ioV

He would realize if I didn't egg him into crossing fast. I did some quick thinking. "When I defeat you, I'll be praised by the gods, they will welcome me back onto Olympus. And then...I will have my second chance to take over." None of it was true, but the truth was hardly a weapon.copyright protection5PENANAfEzVbugtPV

"You used me?" Kronos asked. "You dare use ME as a pawn in one of your games!?!?" he screamed. "Curse you Hades! I knew you were false." He made his leap. I was disappointed to see that he landed perfectly. I hadn't expected him to fall in on the first jump or anything, but it hurt my pride to see him do it so perfectly, while I had nearly failed.copyright protection5PENANAcuX9Otat4R

I hastily jumped to the third table and final table. But in my haste my leg dragged behind and fell in the water. I pulled it out as fast as I could, but my leg was already wet. Gasping, I lost all feeling in my leg. It was numb and cold and I couldn't move it. It was dead weight now.copyright protection5PENANAHox25j1dCq

Kronos was able to step onto the second table, as my jumping off of it had pushed it closer to him. He smiled as he looked at me immobile on the table. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Paul sneaking out from behind some rocks. I was frightened, tired, and crippled. But I was relieved. I had done my job. Kronos was now a sitting duck for Paul. He would shoot Kronos, he would fall in, and we would win.copyright protection5PENANA8R5IMgc2K2

"Nope." I watched as Kronos grabbed hold of one of the upright legs from the first table and used it to shotput the table towards the next stage of our plan. Paul hurried a shot off, but it went wide right. The table broke to pieces as it collided with the former god. Kronos had one heck of an arm on him. "That was nothing compared to what I'm going to do to you." Kronos practically purred. He cracked his knuckles and smiled wickedly. "I can't believe I wanted someone else to kill you."copyright protection5PENANAYWxV6logPs

My leg was still numb, but I was regaining some function in it. I clumsily stood up. I found myself face to face with the Titan. Paul had been the next step, and we didn't have a backup plan. There was no one left. The others were probably watching from the palace. "Screw you."copyright protection5PENANA7wRFzWZAaB

Kronos smiled. "You will feel it all. I won't kill you until every single one of your nerves overloads with pain. You will wish you had never met me Blade."copyright protection5PENANA1is71fodh8

I knew I had to get him in the water, but with my leg I didn't trust myself to jump. So he would have to come to me. "I already wish that you ugly piece of..." Kronos lashed out and struck me across the face. I hadn't been expecting it and it nearly hurled me from the table. "Good thing time doesn't work here, because it will take an eternity for you to OVERLOAD my nerves with pain while hitting like that." I said overload with airquotes around it for added insult.copyright protection5PENANAgf4Nba8zrY

"Really? Saying I hit like a girl?" Kronos said looking disappointed. "Rather overdone don't you think?"copyright protection5PENANA2zvTe4QeF0

"I'm not the god of insults ok!" I shouted.copyright protection5PENANAQHjjOkycxQ

Kronos laughed. "I hate that word, god. Such a useless word. I think, when you and your friends are no longer thoughts, I will eliminate it."copyright protection5PENANAkO5pBhzKQ0

I was running out of time. Kronos could kill me any second, and I still couldn't feel my leg. I looked around. Paul was visible under the planks that had just been a table, but other than that I couldn't see anyone.copyright protection5PENANAISzdMOhC3X

"Your friends have abandoned you." Kronos said. "If you were ever actually their friend."copyright protection5PENANACTEVcsfKEN

"I know." I muttered looking down. I gazed at the river. "I don't blame them for sending me. They probably knew I would die trying, and they probably didn't care."copyright protection5PENANAAZBGodXYXO

Kronos laughed. "I told you they wouldn't accept you. I told you that you were not one of them. Would you like me to kill you, would you like me to make you die?"copyright protection5PENANAZFHzTtna6r

"I'll be there to carry you back." Echoed in my head. But why go back, life was hard and it hurt. Was it worth it? What was wrong with being in the underworld with Calypso? "I don't want to." I answered myself. "It's wrong because I don't want that."copyright protection5PENANA7JkMFxeViT

"I didn't ask if you wanted to." Kronos interjected.copyright protection5PENANAJTSlzhyxfv

"Long before I brought you back, before I died. Back when I had just become a god, I wanted to be living up in the world. Spending my time on Olympus. I thought I deserved it. I thought it should be given to me. When it wasn't, I tried to take it. I stormed Olympus and opposed the gods. They killed me for it. I thought I wanted to be a god of Olympus. I thought that I wanted a family. I don't. I want to stop being scum. As a mortal I was a lower class wretch, someone who was pitied. As a god I was the annoying relative that was the dead branch on the family tree. Everything I ever wanted was a mistake. People like me don't deserve to be loved and adored. We are the bottom feeders, the people that are supposed to shut up and do their jobs. I know that now."copyright protection5PENANAmeb3N4xbfE

Kronos frowned, but he said nothing. We were both just standing there. Standing on tables in a white river.copyright protection5PENANACnoX93vnYN

"What I'm saying is, I don't care anymore. I'm not worth being a god, hell I'm not even worth being alive. I don't care how you do it...just cut my branch off of my family's tree. I don't belong anymore, I probably never did..."copyright protection5PENANAgIG93grBOG

Kronos smiled. He struck again. This time I grabbed him and let myself fall. I put no effort into staying on the raft. I was banking on falling off. Kronos struggled to free himself, but we were in the water before he could escape.copyright protection5PENANA6aVieJmMVB

I can't remember if I was baiting him or telling the truth when I asked him to kill me. I can't remember.9Please respect copyright.PENANAPMzwVCMmeB
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