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Gods in Training
Writer TJ Nyx
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Chapter 55 Blade
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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No Plagiarism!xDPg7o256e2zCxDVE9D1posted on PENANA

         “I’ll be there to carry you back.” I opened my eyes. I sat up, my brain was fuzzy, my mind was empty. I looked around. I had no idea where  I was or why I was there. The only thing I remember was five letters. Cal..so. I knew I was missing pieces, quite a bit of pieces, but I didn’t care about that. All I wanted was to remember Cal…so. I needed to find out what it meant. I stood up, my leg tingled, but I was able to walk. I was in a large room, where darkness danced beyond the pillars that lined the walls, and an empty dais occupied the middle of the room.copyright protection5PENANAsWrojuZ2eT

            “Hello?” I shouted. I was alone, alone with my thoughts, the few that I actually had. I clutched my head. My hair was wet, there was no water nearby so I couldn’t understand why though. “Is anyone there?”copyright protection5PENANA3LwT2Ei4Jo

            “I’ll be there to carry you back.”copyright protection5PENANAjLXVjARXKv

            “Who said that?” I turned in a circle. There was no one there. There was no one to say it, and I began to wonder if it had even been said. “Cal…so.” I looked around. I did not know this place. I was sure I had never been here before. I walked towards the raised dais. When I stepped onto it, the shadows rushed forth from beyond the pillars to form a throne.copyright protection5PENANAYcrqBKUAN9

            “Anyone who sits on a throne of shadows can’t be a good person.” I observed quietly to myself.copyright protection5PENANAtRV0KXE22o

Albanycopyright protection5PENANAqmaoitZarJ

         Kronos was our Trojan horse. He was our way to sneak into the city at night. Kronos would fix this, and we would just have to watch. Well I would have to watch.copyright protection5PENANAFqW6QxRL8E

            “Are you ready Aphrodite?” Kronos asked me, we were no longer in the Underworld, we had left everyone behind and now stood in a secluded alleyway. Kronos was looking at me with his evil eyes. It was frightening to look at them, he didn’t know that he was supposed to hate me. He didn’t know that I was his enemy. His eyes should have been kind, but all the malice and hatred from before was still inside them. We were playing with fire. We were messing around with a loaded gun.copyright protection5PENANAUCvPCgNhiQ

            “Yes my lord.” I said standing next to him.copyright protection5PENANAFJcP7uj7EL

            “Then we’re off.” Kronos smiled and I almost fainted. He embraced me, his arms wrapped around mine. It was a tight hug. Normally you wouldn’t hold someone this close. I felt like I was suffocating, then time slowed down. My heartbeat got louder. Thump, thump…thump, thump…..thump, thump……..thump, thump. The people in the street slowed down. Thump, thump………..thump, thump. A pigeon overhead appeared to have stopped in midair. Thump……thump. Turning my head was so sluggish, like moving through gelatin. Thump…………thump. Time was not working anymore. Thump………………………thump. I was scared I would spend infinity alone with just Kronos, I could spend infinity with him…all before a heartbeat ended. Thump…………………………………………………………………...copyright protection5PENANAQjbNq1kiNt

Deoncopyright protection5PENANAXH5txIJlZ1

Albany had left with Kronos, or Zeus or whoever we were pretending he was supposed to be. And I couldn’t help but be relieved. The Titan was gone and we were on the highway to success. I couldn’t be more happy.copyright protection5PENANAbFLnvSSPZx

“Was it just me or did Kronos make a better Zeus than Zack ever did?” I asked jokingly.copyright protection5PENANAAQRLEiNZAA

“That is sad, but true.” Hector murmured.copyright protection5PENANAsyix1QfKbf

“We should have gone back with her.” Kara walked briskly into the room. “She shouldn’t have gone alone.”copyright protection5PENANAMmVxKqqDfq

“I don’t remember you volunteering earlier.” I said. “Albany is one of the strongest girls I know, she can do anything. Isn’t there some old saying like ‘Love conquers all’ or something like that?”copyright protection5PENANAaQg1BUkoUU

Kara ignored me. I was starting to realize that that was a theme among my godly (at least formerly godly) comrades. “Adele,” she addressed Adele who had so far been sitting next to me in silence, “is there anyone else. A god, a special apple, or like a magical squirrel? Anything that can take us back in time to help Albany.”copyright protection5PENANAZmsiUt89ek

“A magical squirrel?”copyright protection5PENANAp0HkyrLY50

“I DON’T KNOW!” Kara practiced screamed at me. “Just anything that can time travel.”copyright protection5PENANAofQFhsABRu

Adele thought about it. I could see her going through her mental filing cabinet. After searching through A-Z she said. “Kronos. He’s the only one, at least the only one in Greek mythology.”copyright protection5PENANAwQRZ9LthVH

Kara looked like she wanted to pulled her hair out, but she couldn’t…because she was bald. Yeah. So she hit a wall instead. “Gods! Why? Why didn’t we go with her?”copyright protection5PENANABkIiFhKqfP

“Kara, this was the plan. Albany knew her part and she knew she could say no or even ask us for help.” I stood up and walked over to her. “This isn’t your fault. It’s nobody’s fault. We are doing the best we can.”copyright protection5PENANArE5iknKVZB

            “If that’s the case then we should never have helped at all. If our best leads to Kronos killing Zeus and changing the world for the worse, then we shouldn’t be gods! We should have used Kronos’ time traveling powers to stop Nyx from recruiting me. We should have stopped them from recruiting any of us. What good have we done?”copyright protection5PENANApvshuB2YTX

            Kara started crying. No one spoke. I’m certain we had all had thoughts such as these. But Kara had lost it. I mean, we had been bad gods. But that wasn’t entirely our fault. We had one bad sample in our baker’s dozen. One little death god who wasn’t happy with where he was in life. It was his fault we were here right now.copyright protection5PENANAGvioNXFyoV

            No, I couldn’t think like that. Blade was in the other room without any sense of himself right now. He might never wake up from his coma, he may not have made our lives easier but he never gave up. Blade had tried to atone for his mistake until he was physically unable to continue. What had I done? I flirted with Adele, told some mediocre jokes and been of no actually use. I couldn’t name one thing that I did to stop Kronos.copyright protection5PENANAoPAt7URRPQ

            “I just…we should have gone with her.” Kara said wiping away her tears. With that she turned and ran from the room.copyright protection5PENANAtflWwQyyPr

            “Kara!” Adele stood up. “I’m going to go talk to her.” She said. “Be right back.” She pushed past Eric who was entering the room.copyright protection5PENANAwvWPTKMzja

            “Did I see tears?” he asked.copyright protection5PENANAvH05b702YP

Karacopyright protection5PENANASs5eoB5XaU

         I couldn’t really see where I was going, but I didn’t care. I just didn’t want anyone to see me right now. I wanted to be alone. I was just so disappointed with myself. I had cried, like a…well I guess like the old me. I was supposed to be strong. I was supposed to be the leader, the queen. Lady Hera did not cry! I guess today I was feeling more like Kara. I felt like a helpless mortal girl with too many regrets.copyright protection5PENANAoHplwj6jTq

            “My lady.” I turned and saw the ugliest ear ever.copyright protection5PENANAup8uvjBvmA

            “Janus!”copyright protection5PENANAlf3qus2Apc

            “May I be of any assistance?” he asked.copyright protection5PENANAuOTUaqehJ8

            “Janus, I don’t really need to make any choices right now. It’s too late to change anything. Albany already left.” I wiped away one more tear.copyright protection5PENANAHdxPH29jxw

            “Why are you choosing to focus on something that you can’t change. You can choose to sing all you want, but that will not make your sugar taste any sweeter.”copyright protection5PENANATTLWjgomQO

            “What do you mean?” I asked.copyright protection5PENANAylCsfMSt3B

            “That’s the beauty of it. It is open to interpretation. You can choose its meaning.” Janus double smiled and looked quite frightening.copyright protection5PENANACKP9AwbKPJ

            “Our conversations usually leave me more confused than when we started.” I informed the god of choices.copyright protection5PENANAgJC2GWi5i9

            “After a pebble falls into the water, the waves are difficult to see through. Only after the ripples have run their course is it plain want lies at the bottom. Kicking at the water, our your choices, won’t make them easier to understand.” Janus turned his back to me. “Sometimes it is best to choose ignorance.”copyright protection5PENANATQuvjJhcdl

            “So your telling me to ignore all of my problems?” I asked.copyright protection5PENANAOP6DZG9aqZ

            “Only the ones who’s expiration date has passed.” With that he left me. He left me to ponder my options.copyright protection5PENANAUHJwJps2vK

            “Kara!” I looked up to see Adele slowly approaching. She was moving slowly, cautious to see if I would start whimpering again like a little baby I bet.copyright protection5PENANAboBFTVpb7D

            “Hey.” I said.copyright protection5PENANAxVsDyrkICL

            “Hey…is everything all right?” She asked now standing next to me. I wiped my eyes, just to make sure I wasn’t crying anymore, and nodded at her.copyright protection5PENANAIwss3cRwem

            “I just, chose to let everything overwhelm me. I’ll be ok I think.” I managed a smile. Janus was right. I had no way of going back and changing anything no matter how much I felt like I needed to. I was stuck with the choices I had made, and I would just have to live with that.copyright protection5PENANAgqLS5FNvQV

Albanycopyright protection5PENANA8nQA1p2l8F

         ………thump. Thump, thump. My heart began to pick up the pace, the wind blow fast and cool against my face. Time was back. Infinity was no longer a heartbeat, a second was a second.copyright protection5PENANA6RcyjfKbLZ

            “I have been here before.” Kronos muttered looking around. We were standing on a gentle mountain slope shaded by a great cliff. “This is Crete.”copyright protection5PENANAy2pjUvYI0P

            “Crete?” I asked. The name was new to me.copyright protection5PENANAD8duJeUMz3

            “Crete, the island where Zeus was born.” Kronos explained. I couldn’t help but notice that Kronos said Zeus…not I. Was it a coincidence or was he starting to see through my deception?copyright protection5PENANAsFUEeeUZpF

            “Oh yes.” I said quickly. “Then Kronos should be coming soon. You need to stop him or else he will destroy the whole world that we know.”copyright protection5PENANAYYIoiDUglV

            “I don’t know the world. I can’t remember it.” Kronos said.copyright protection5PENANA6Z3juNxoA7

            “Do you want the whole world to have to go through that?” I said.copyright protection5PENANAr2MmH1AB00

            “I will stop him.” he said quietly.copyright protection5PENANAhZYZogDixY

            “RHEA!!!” we turned to see Kronos, the pre-brain washed one, standing below us in the valley. There was a cave in the valley, and from that cave a woman emerged.copyright protection5PENANAdDYhXs5uRG

            “Kronos what are you doing here?” we heard her shout.copyright protection5PENANABiIoFqqf1q

            “Where is my son mother?” he demanded rushing towards her.copyright protection5PENANAgjqfiPvV73

            The Kronos who was standing next to me was looking at himself strangely. He couldn’t possibly recognize himself, but this was where the danger doubled. While my Kronos wouldn’t remember that that is what he looks like, the other Kronos remembers everything.copyright protection5PENANAUlHSDElJ9c

            “KRONOS!!!” with no warning Kronos charged Kronos. The good Kronos, by good of course I mean less evil of the two, dove into the eviler Kronos and they went tumbling to the ground. I ran down the hill to get closer to the action. The other woman was suddenly next to me.copyright protection5PENANApLv89ayApA

            “Why is my son fighting himself? What is this trickery?” she said. I turned to explain but was too stunned to speak. Her hair was missing its green streaks and I would never have imagined her wearing a long white dress like she was now, but it was her! I recognized her face.copyright protection5PENANA1GTrVbgr7o

            “Gaia?” I said still too shocked to move.copyright protection5PENANAu2KbVnQg7Z

            “Who are you?” she demanded. I know that this Gaia didn’t know me and still wouldn’t for thousands of years, but I was just so relieved to see her alive.copyright protection5PENANAtwKYEU8duy

            I stood staring at her waves of emotion changing like the tide, only Kronos’ battle brought me out of it.copyright protection5PENANANveGX9SeA0

            “Who are you to steal my face?”copyright protection5PENANAC52mhXK7eS

            “KRONOS! You stole my memories, now I will steal your life!”copyright protection5PENANA7HoRG3LOhg

            I watched as the Kronos landed a punch on Kronos, but Kronos retaliated by hurling a stone the size of a watermelon back at Kronos. As I saw more and more, I realized that it was no guarantee that the Kronos I was rooting for would win. However both of them were sufficiently distracted.copyright protection5PENANAm4MBLJKEXl

            A baby’s cry it a powerful thing. And Zeus first cries were no different. Thunder accompanied the shrieks of the king of the gods, and large dark clouds gathered overhead.copyright protection5PENANAEArHXIFIQT

            “Rhea’s child has been born.” Gaia said softly, almost a whisper. She was now intrigued by the circling clouds. Yes, it is a boy.” She nodded. “Kronos’ bane has been born.”copyright protection5PENANAAXBZOh2A6k

            “Can you take me to the baby?” I asked. I knew that I needed to take advantage of the time Titan’s battle.copyright protection5PENANARtoD4amPOk

            “Why he is just inside the cave.” Gaia pointed. The rain came as I was running. A heavy rain, thick with raindrops. I was soaked within seconds. The cave was small, at least what I could see of it. There was only a meager fire burning in the middle of the cave. Sitting beside the fire was a woman. She was young and she was holding a baby.copyright protection5PENANAatUCaSkPAa

            She looked up at me and said. “My husband is coming isn’t he?” her voice was soft, nurturing almost. And her sad eyes evoked pity in me. I nodded that she was right. “Please, can you take him?” She offered me her son, the god Zeus, with outstretched arms. “Kronos will devour him if he finds him with me, please.” She begged. Without waiting for an answer she stood up and carefully deposited her son into my arms. I gingerly held him tightly and secured him close to my body.copyright protection5PENANAJa7k9WCcwI

            “What are you going to do?” I asked. Rhea, the woman, was busy turning her back to me and bending over. She was moving quite well for having just birth a baby. It was actually quite impressive. Bending up and down like that, this was one tough lady. With a grunt she heaved a rock, roughly the size of an average infant god into her arms and wrapped a cloth around it.copyright protection5PENANAwnbV1f6o4V

            “I’m going to go show my husband his son.” She smiled and patted the rock on its head. To be honest she may have patted the rocks stomach. My high school didn’t offer rock anatomy as a class so cut me some slack.copyright protection5PENANAIfoDSyvco5

            “There’s no way that will work.” I muttered.copyright protection5PENANAn7gusqq4CX

            “But you must go, take my son to safety.” Rhea ordered me. “For he will be the future.” I looked down at the little child I was holding. So fragile, so small. I couldn’t believe I was holding Zeus. This organic life form in my arms right now would be the most powerful god ever. He would rule the world for eons. But right now, he was helpless. Right now, he needed me. He needed me to help him escape. I left Rhea in her cave. I hurried back outside. Gaia was gone and so were the two Kronos’. I was alone with the rain and a baby. Pulling Zeus tighter to my chest, I made sure his blanket was protecting him from the rain. I started walking up the mountainside. I didn’t know where I was going, but I knew that I needed to get Zeus away from here. I hurried up the gravely slope as quickly as I could, the rain was making the going rough and very slow. I lost my footing on more than one occasion and was scared for my and Zeus’ life the whole time.copyright protection5PENANAM9lX5ndbLi

            “No one’s going to believe this.” I said to myself. “I rescued baby Zeus.”copyright protection5PENANA6uyu8q3DDr

            “ZEUS!”copyright protection5PENANAJ0z0v1qW53

            “Not yet.” I corrected myself. I recognized Kronos’ voice, but it the rain it was hard to be sure of where it had come from, I looked around, but it was so dark now because of the thunderclouds that I couldn’t really see much back down in the valley or anything above the ridge I was climbing. I just had to keep going and hope that I wouldn’t run into Kronos. I took a deep breath and began to push myself to go faster. It was getting more dangerous. The slope was getting steeper and now the rain water was starting to reach a volume where it was flowing down the mountainside like a shallow wave. I was struggling, Zeus’ weight was starting to make my arms ache and I nearly screamed when I slide down several feet as a patch of mud partially gave way underneath me.copyright protection5PENANATScfQhC3tn

            “This way child.” I looked up and saw Gaia standing on top of the ridge. She waved her hand and the gravel compacted into a stairway for me to climb up the slope quickly. I reached Gaia’s position and thanked her ceaselessly. “I do not know you. Who are you?” Gaia asked,copyright protection5PENANAmzSV40l8EZ

            “I’m…” I didn’t get to tell her.copyright protection5PENANAAoZ9ouaOqg

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