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Gods in Training
Writer TJ Nyx
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Chapter 7 Albany
TJ Nyx
Jun 10, 2018
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            “Who are we looking for again?” I asked. “What’s his name?”copyright protection6PENANA875zbMJIbw

            “Yeah.” Gaia said pulling a piece of paper out of her pocket. “It says, E. Reese. Also, don’t ask why he’s in juvie, ok?” She warned.copyright protection6PENANAJMjmIcWy9Z

            “Why?” I asked.copyright protection6PENANAVSyeTueQP4

            “That’s something a cheerleader would asked.” Gaia smiled. “Look where we are. This is a juvenile detention center. Now when I say don’t ask questions of a boy who’s in juvie I expect you to understand.”copyright protection6PENANAJXbOxmAg5L

            “That was a dumb question, wasn’t it?” I asked.copyright protection6PENANAMOy6bgj7Ps

            “If you must know. Eric beat a teacher unconscious on the first day of school.” Gaia muttered.copyright protection6PENANA7KkGYdad4Z

            “Why?” I asked.copyright protection6PENANAhNXtCuPdLV

            Gaia started at me. “Dumb question number two.” She said. She looked back at the clerk as she handed in the form. “How would I know why?”copyright protection6PENANAZyJxEUNX2D

            “I figured you gods knew everything.” I muttered as we were ushered into the visitation center. We took our seats and waited for E Reese to show up. “How are we going to get him out of here?” I whispered.copyright protection6PENANApanKQmX1z1

            “Good question number one.” Gaia whispered back. Just then a boy said down at our table. If he wasn’t chained to his seat, I think I would’ve run away. Eric was bald, angry, and littered with tattoos and scars.copyright protection6PENANA1RPYkstaFe

            “Who are you?” he asked eyeing us suspiciously. His eyes lingered on me.copyright protection6PENANA5ENPbrKZoN

            “Can’t some cousins visit each other every once in a while.” Gaia said smiling.copyright protection6PENANACOX0yNnwOX

             Eric tore his eyes from me and grunted. “Hell, lady. All my cousins are locked up in places like this. Really, who are you?”copyright protection6PENANAyPOoO9Qhjv

            “We’re looking for some employees.” Gaia said.copyright protection6PENANAwpajflL0la

            Eric leaned in. “I can’t do much work from here.” He pointed out.copyright protection6PENANANXYLYxym3n

            “Then you won’t be here much longer.” Gaia said also leaning in. “But I’m going to need some…commitment…from you.”copyright protection6PENANAjCd802hQkB

            “Get me out of here and I’ll work for you no sweat.” Eric said smiling. “Will she be working with me?” He asked indicating me.copyright protection6PENANAmR1wbhRWhd

            “Of course.” Gaia said. “You’ll be on the same team.”copyright protection6PENANA65b5Q9DpvH

            “Alright, I’ll commit right now, just tell me when I’m getting outta here.” Eric cracked his knuckles, I swallowed trying not to flinch from the sound.copyright protection6PENANANPj1Xj3fan

            Gaia looked over her shoulder. “Can you get out of those chains?”copyright protection6PENANARwfT2qaUms

            “They’re already unlocked.” Eric said showing us. “I just keep them on for the guards.”copyright protection6PENANA7tyizpscOY

            “Then we can go as soon as we’re done here.” Gaia said. “Do you have any questions?”copyright protection6PENANATCNdDLwH1G

            “I don’t ask many questions, especially about employment opportunities.” Eric said. “But, I would like my first question answered.”copyright protection6PENANA5TdkMfKWa6

            “Who are we?” Gaia asked.copyright protection6PENANAphAXA9m2lb

            “Yes, I would like to get to know you ladies.” Eric said looking at me. I had the feeling he didn’t really care that much about who Gaia was. Guys wanting to ‘get to know me’ was nothing new, but with Eric I felt two times as uncomfortable.copyright protection6PENANA0fNOsrAZ9C

            “Ok, well I’m Gaia and this is Albany.” Gaia said making the introductions.copyright protection6PENANAGevTzh9jej

            “Gaia and Albany?” he muttered. “Those aren’t average names.”copyright protection6PENANAqDB0BbaXew

            “All the normal names were taken.” I pointed out.copyright protection6PENANA9fLX4eoEey

            “She speaks.” Eric said staring at me. He rolled his neck across his shoulders before continuing. “So, Albany, I get the feeling you don’t like me. That won’t be good for the team spirit.”copyright protection6PENANAhVMMPl3YFi

            “I don’t need to like you for what we’re doing.” I said.copyright protection6PENANAi5WT6x5gvk

            Eric laughed. “The way my relationships work, is I treat you like you treat me. You insult me. I beat you with your nametag. You don’t like me, I don’t like you. My question is, are you fine with me not liking you? I’m a much better friend than enemy you know.”copyright protection6PENANAMEzyCDN0i2

            Gaia whispered a warning in my ear. “You’ll be working with this guy forever. Be nice.”copyright protection6PENANAzAXlmNHqLm

            “You’re right Eric.” I said. “We should be friends.” My words may have cowered to him, but I made sure to keep my face solid and emotionless as a stone. I didn’t want to show this guy any weakness.copyright protection6PENANAI3sEXzc2PI

            He smiled. “Good choice Albany.” He purred. “There’s this thing about guys not hitting girls. I just want you to know that the teacher I beat up… their name was Mrs. Walcott.”copyright protection6PENANAmCmWbYAZZT

            “Get ready to get under the table.” Gaia said taking a deep breath. “Haven’t done this in a while.” She closed her eyes and exhaled, and then she clapped.copyright protection6PENANA2zt0UPNCgy

            The clapped echoed at a magnified volume throughout the small room. Each of the other people clasped their hands over their ears in agony, except Eric and me. I got under the table and I pulled a shocked Eric after me. Just as I had him safely under the table the floor began shaking violently. There was a sound of glass breaking following by a deep and menacing crack.copyright protection6PENANAZYCrDA0QDQ

            “Earthquake!” someone shouted.copyright protection6PENANAyZtVWFUwFU

            “Dang!” Eric laughed. “This is my exit right?”copyright protection6PENANApHtTIoIv0Y

            “I don’t know.” I muttered. “Gaia didn’t tell me how we were getting you out.”copyright protection6PENANA4ZXHrBhsrU

            Eric laughed as he watched one of the walls buckle. “What are you two? Superheroes?” he asked.copyright protection6PENANAi0UMVQsQn7

            “No.” I shouted over the roar. One of the walls had totally come down. I could see clear through to Baxter’s car. I could picture him watching this destruction with his expressionless face.copyright protection6PENANAKNPdGxBp3C

            “Go!” Gaia shouted. I crawled from under the table and hurried out the hole in the wall.copyright protection6PENANAo8BmP3Y7vq

            “You weren’t kidding!” I said amazed. “You really are the goddess of the earth.copyright protection6PENANA1OqWAmN2ca

            “Titaness!” Gaia shouted back. “Eric, let’s go!”copyright protection6PENANAaWYZaFxL5B

            Eric removed his handcuffs and ran after us. “Did you say goddess of the earth?”copyright protection6PENANAotJ0Qy3OGy

            “I thought you didn’t ask questions?” I said.copyright protection6PENANAeImEEX1rZd

            “I thought people weren’t supposed to cause an earthquake on a whim.” He retorted.copyright protection6PENANACa9BakgH5l

            “Touché.” I muttered.copyright protection6PENANAiuP1uFAxuh

            “You’re not superheroes, you’re goddesses.” Eric continued. He caught on quick. I looked over at him expecting some sort of reaction or maybe a freak out session. But he just followed us to the car albeit scowling slightly more than usual.copyright protection6PENANA5IZsnDpo5p

            “Get in the car.” I ordered opening the door for him. “Baxter! Take us home.”copyright protection6PENANABHzLiJ5zrb

            “Very good Miss Albany.” He replied pulling out of the rubble strewn lot.copyright protection6PENANAUJFKLaqmHU

            “Whew!” Gaia said. “What a rush! I haven’t done that in a long time.”copyright protection6PENANADMDCf0gEol

            “Explain.” Eric ordered.copyright protection6PENANA302CMllRUN

            Gaia eyed Baxter. “Not right now.” She said.copyright protection6PENANA3PwJziT0FA

            “I love this song!” I shouted. Instantly Baxter turned up the music until the speakers were shaking. “Ok, you have until the song ends, then he’ll turn it back down.”copyright protection6PENANAUinxVCybgX

            “Way smarter than a cheerleader.” Gaia muttered. “Ok, questions.” She said turning to Eric.copyright protection6PENANAxkXzWKViBQ

            “She called you a goddess.” He said.copyright protection6PENANA5FFCofVifA

            “I’m a Titaness.” Gaia corrected.copyright protection6PENANASaTgHOTf09

            “What’s that?” Eric asked.copyright protection6PENANAcxua7qU3Jw

            “A goddess.” I explained.copyright protection6PENANATPbyrAOmS4

            “Are you a goddess?” He asked me. “Because that would explain a lot.”copyright protection6PENANAXLeQ1WFUcG

            “What does that mean?” I asked.copyright protection6PENANA4peyAmZupI

            “She is going to be a goddess.” Gaia stated. “And you are going to be a god. That is the job we hired you for.”copyright protection6PENANA1iydR0OGmG

            “What does being a god pay?” he asked.copyright protection6PENANAKksZatVQo7

            Gaia looked taken aback. “Umm…nothing.”copyright protection6PENANAwtxL1771Cw

            “You could’ve mentioned that before.” Eric puffed.copyright protection6PENANAKDPiQHiEnF

            “I’m sorry. Do you not what to be an all-powerful, immortal deity?” Gaia asked sarcastically.copyright protection6PENANAl7ZN6ah21F

            “Can I be the god of gold?” Eric asked.copyright protection6PENANAax9HjaPqcr

            “You don’t get to pick.” Gaia said.copyright protection6PENANAXW4MfVtxAQ

            “Who’s going to stop me?” Eric said threateningly.copyright protection6PENANAdWYcJ5n17o

            “Fine.” Gaia muttered she closed her eyes and raised her hands like she was going to clap.copyright protection6PENANAHhWQZf0OGd

            “Whoa!” Eric said stopping her. He glanced nervously back at the jail we had just busted him out of. “I don’t need to be the god of gold.” He said.copyright protection6PENANAfD9kpofTWQ

            “Good.” Gaia whispered.copyright protection6PENANAJ9MImwNJxU

            “Not so tough now.” I muttered.copyright protection6PENANA8eb54bl5Z1

            “You’re not a goddess yet, that means you can still die.” He pointed out.copyright protection6PENANAieErz4QOXM

            “And here I was thinking we were friends.” I said sarcastically. The song ended and Baxter turned the music down.copyright protection6PENANAFHWrpiXc1u

            “We are.” He said. “So what now?” Eric asked turning to Gaia.copyright protection6PENANA6aJifNuASt

            “We got one more god, I mean friend…to recruit.” Gaia said. “Baxter, could you take us to the mechanic’s shop down on fifth?” There was no response.copyright protection6PENANACaIgChkt6i

“Baxter, could you take us to the mechanic’s shop down on fifth?” I repeated. Baxter was MY butler after all.copyright protection6PENANAgLZcdouaBv

            “Very good Miss Albany.” He said changing lanes.copyright protection6PENANAFIGo1Vcvw4

            Gaia shook her head. “I rarely get ignored.”copyright protection6PENANAY8fHpSYKl4

            “Baxter’s only loyal to me.” I said proudly. While he was still a butler, Baxter had become like a mother and a father to me in my own parents absence.copyright protection6PENANA2BP2N3rhd2

            Eric burst out laughing. “What’s so funny?” Gaia demanded.copyright protection6PENANANTLtiMpuhW

            “I’m free man, and on my way to being a god.” Eric said. “I’m allowed to be happy.”copyright protection6PENANAzg4PXuHWe3

            “I guess you are.” Gaia said. “We’re here. Albany you should come on in with me. Eric you should definitely stay here.”copyright protection6PENANA0gEQisTKJ7

            “Why? You think I’ll scare the sucker off?” Eric demanded.copyright protection6PENANAMx1x1jkrOC

            “No, you we in a juvenile detention center ten minutes ago.” Gaia said. “You shouldn’t be walking around where others could see you.”copyright protection6PENANAnoTseQWVMa

            Eric sat back down without another word.copyright protection6PENANAYNrDDK5xuP

            “Please tell me this one is the opposite of Eric.” I said. “I don’t know how I’ll survive forever with him.”copyright protection6PENANAEgmGOn09PO

            Gaia laughed. “Don’t worry. This one should be more human. His name’s Hector, he’s kind of shy, so let me do the talking.”copyright protection6PENANALcdEErvBni

            “Shouldn’t be a problem.” I said. I had a feeling Gaia was only bringing me as eye candy for the recruit, but I couldn’t be sure.copyright protection6PENANALm5cZJW5hr

            We walked in and found four mechanics working on two cars and a motorcycle. “We need to see Hector.” Gaia announced. Three of the mechanics went back to their work, but the one working on the bike stood up and approached us.copyright protection6PENANAUWIhCwFCFu

            “I’m Hector.” He said. Hector was shorter than me by about three inches, and I was short myself. He was a total shrimp, but just in height. Hector’s muscle looked like they could’ve lifted up both cars at the same time by themselves. His face and shirt were covered in grease and motor oil and he smelt like a gas tank.copyright protection6PENANArrGF5l6AWu

            “Can we talk to you outside?” Gaia asked. He glanced nervously at each of us, and then led us out back.copyright protection6PENANASIQYUQIRWZ

            “Can I ask what this is about?” He asked quietly.copyright protection6PENANAiQV08xxNad

            “Certainly.” Gaia smiled. “We’re here to see if you’d be willing to join us.”copyright protection6PENANAiBEYgKknlh

            “Join you in what?” Hector asked.copyright protection6PENANASdZJcUzUMw

            “Join us in our workplace.” Gaia said. “How would you like to work with us?”copyright protection6PENANAT4nP5vnDjx

            “I have a job.” Hector pointed at the shop.copyright protection6PENANARB9vApgUNB

            “I’m no good at this.” Gaia muttered. “Alright, my name is Gaia, the Greek Titaness…”copyright protection6PENANAcFPbo16YWS

            “That means goddess.” I explained.copyright protection6PENANAuQXSG3n3GG

            “…of the earth.” Gaia said. “I am here to recruit you to be an Olympian god. Now do you want to reconsider your answer?”copyright protection6PENANAAyiJ4S9kNX

            Hector didn’t say anything. He just looked at Gaia like she was a strange three headed alien that had just puked on his lunch. He turned to me. “Is she telling the truth?”copyright protection6PENANAVZCLb1Nh0J

            “Yes.” I said nodding.copyright protection6PENANAauA7ngbKjS

            “Ok.” Hector said. “Let me go and change.” With that he went back inside and disappeared.copyright protection6PENANArUqJEuCOOp

            “Is that it?” I asked. “No other questions? He’d just drop everything and come with us because I said you were telling the truth?”copyright protection6PENANALKoovzpjRp

            “Hey now, don’t take all the credit. I think my speech is what won him over.” Gaia said reentering the shop. “And um… if people ask. You and Hector committed before I told you what you’d be doing.”copyright protection6PENANA32UD9hUl2d

            “Ok.” I said. We waited for about a minute before Hector returned. Then we lead him out to Baxter’s car. “Word of warning.” I muttered to him. “Be nice to Eric.”copyright protection6PENANAdu8DeN7QBW

            “Eric?” Hector asked looking concerned. He hesitated but in the end he got in the car anyway.copyright protection6PENANAfnGELcebv5

            “So, this is another coworker?” Eric asked eyeing Hector.copyright protection6PENANABy7wchN6CQ

            “Eric, this is Hector.” I said.copyright protection6PENANAkQlttzgBpS

            “You don’t look so godly.” Eric muttered showing off his tattoos and scars.copyright protection6PENANAyFfej1rxcX

            “Who’s Nicole?” Hector asked. Eric face instantly filled with shock.copyright protection6PENANACNwKjI27PE

            “Had do you know about Nicole?” He asked defensively.copyright protection6PENANAY9vjDYSTAi

            “I’m a god, I know everything.” Hector said. Gaia laughed and Eric made a point to switch seats and moved away from Hector.copyright protection6PENANAL8X1ng2PNe

            “Nicole?” I whispered.copyright protection6PENANAMq2jam1cuR

            Hector pointed to Eric’s forearm, just below the elbow. “One of his tattoos said Nicole, but it was crossed out. I figured mentioning her would be the best way to shut him up.”copyright protection6PENANARt1mMElFxW

            “You’ll make a fine god.” I said nodding appreciatively. So Eric wasn’t invincible.copyright protection6PENANAYj4VkrcmgZ

“I almost forgot!” Gaia exclaimed pulling a piece of paper out of her jeans. “Could you tell Baxter to drive us to this location?”copyright protection6PENANAB3qEmA1oNv

            “Sure.” I said taking the paper. I read it and looked back at Gaia. “You want us to go here?”copyright protection6PENANAfFYg2LUoqs

            “I didn’t pick the meeting place.” Gaia shrugged.copyright protection6PENANAkoMpk6Qwt7

            “Whatever. Baxter, change of plans.” I said. “Could you take us to…”copyright protection6PENANAw5aWJxxLVl

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