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Gods in Training
Writer TJ Nyx
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Chapter 9 Kara
TJ Nyx
Jun 10, 2018
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            The Chevy’s air conditioning, radio, and speedometer all did not work. This sucked. It was hot, woefully lacking good music and I was very worried that Nyx had no idea how fast she was going. But, sitting next to Zack made it all better. Then Herman ruined it again.copyright protection4PENANAS8mOKK955U

            “So, Kara, how do you think your parents will take you disappearing to be a goddess?” he asked me.copyright protection4PENANAAcIYgr82M2

            I was forced to wrench my eyes away from Zack to answer him. “My dad will probably worry like crazy.” I told him.copyright protection4PENANAa5ae2MOJkP

            “But not your mom?” he pressed. Gods! Why wouldn’t he just let me stare at Zack in peace?copyright protection4PENANAfcYC1JmaOr

            “She’s in Panama. Working with the Red Cross.” I said quickly switching my gaze to Zack once I was able to again. His arm was touching mine!copyright protection4PENANA4pENnVfwY2

            “That’s cool.” Herman said. “My parents work with the postal service.”copyright protection4PENANAz87JnawbTQ

            “So they’re mailmen?” Zack asked looking at him.copyright protection4PENANA1820K4J6ey

            “Pretty much.” Herman shrugged. “Not as exciting as having a mom in Panama though.” He smiled.copyright protection4PENANAyjXd7l8mS6

            “Trust me.” I said. “There’s nothing exciting about it. I haven’t even heard from her since she left.”copyright protection4PENANAprfwaCGGOA

            Zack looked at me. “No letters or phone calls?” he asked.copyright protection4PENANAxQIAQsEAzT

            I was pleasantly surprised. I found myself able to respond to him. “None for me.”copyright protection4PENANA88c6lkruHk

            “That sucks.” He said consolingly. AHHH!! He felt sorry for me! This was better than learning I was going to be a god.copyright protection4PENANAA6LPDWskDh

            “Yeah it does.” Herman exclaimed. “So, Z, what about your mommy and poppy?”copyright protection4PENANAUa7CLY5pyF

            “Don’t call me Z.” Zack muttered. “My name’s Zack… And my mom and dad are my business.”copyright protection4PENANAiHNvN9PfDw

            Me and Herman shared a look. “Ok. Sorry I brought it up.” Herman whispered.copyright protection4PENANAzdCk3ghwAU

            “I don’t have a mother or a father.” Nyx said without really being asked. “At least not in the way you view those terms.”copyright protection4PENANANu5V6RTchs

            “What does that mean?” I asked.copyright protection4PENANARz9E5WOVbr

            “I’m the goddess of night, fashioned from the darkness itself.” Nyx replied. “I wasn’t born in the traditional way.”copyright protection4PENANAsKF45JknfU

            “Fashioned from the darkness itself.” I muttered. “That explains the skin tone.”copyright protection4PENANAi3poYvfRHw

            “I didn’t know there was a traditional way.” Herman said. “I was of the understanding that everyone had to be born that way.”copyright protection4PENANAjy6tdbq27B

            “Oh no!” Nyx said. “You just assume it’s normal because that’s how you were born. But as gods and goddess, you three will find that you deal with the untraditional ways more often than not.”copyright protection4PENANAtzm9EsSYP8

            “Exactly how many untraditional ways are there?” I asked.copyright protection4PENANAT7bjw9OL0w

            Nyx thought it over. “Many.” She replied. “If you’re going to go to the trouble of being born in a different way, why not go the whole ten yards and make it totally unique. At least that was Aphrodite thought. She was born from sea foam.”copyright protection4PENANAhk5oOjAelH

            “I thought she was created when Uranus’…man parts…were flung into the ocean after…he lost them.” I said.copyright protection4PENANAQOgcXUFQTv

            “Whoa!” Herman shouted. “Losing man parts? That’s not mandatory is it?”copyright protection4PENANAYND969iVUj

            Nyx looked as though she was rather uncomfortable. “Different example maybe? Ah! Athena was born from Zeus head!”copyright protection4PENANArcEwAsQaGb

            Herman frowned. “That probably wasn’t a pleasant surgery. Could you imagine what his x-rays would have looked like?”copyright protection4PENANASw08JY2pOW

            “We didn’t have x-rays back then.” Nyx said. “But I remember, before she came out, Athena was just a huge tumor on Zeus’s temple.” The goddess smiled. “Oh, he was so self-conscience about it.”copyright protection4PENANAUMJxWQHeLC

            “That’s definitely not a traditional birth.” I muttered. “In fact those are really disturbing.”copyright protection4PENANAycPcJpFzAm

            Herman laughed. “He had a literal brain child.” He burst out laughing. “Has anyone had a food baby? Please tell me that’s where the term comes from!”copyright protection4PENANAKtSKBCIE2x

            “No.” Nyx muttered. “Are you mocking me?”copyright protection4PENANAAWjkugacvV

            Herman stopped laughing and faked a small smile. “I’m laughing with you.” He muttered.copyright protection4PENANAO37DgR3VqE

Nyx had already shown us that it would be in our best interest not to piss her off. About an hour back she had been cut off by some jerk that was speeding down the highway. Instead of honking and flipping him off like most drivers would have done, Nyx killed him… well I’m not sure if he’s dead or not. Nyx used her goddess-ness to envelop the driver and his car in a thick veil of black shadows. When the sunlight broke through the blackness there was no trace of life.copyright protection4PENANAha7aVJNEnP

“Good.” Nyx purred. She smiled. “You guys hungry?”copyright protection4PENANAbYMvigLssg

“I could eat.” Zack shrugged. “But you don’t have to stop if the others aren’t.”copyright protection4PENANAohkwVAnYvN

“I’m hungry!” I shouted. All I knew was that I was with Zack right now. I was going to drag this out for as long as I could. “We should stop.”copyright protection4PENANADNYKXUtKyR

“As you wish.” Nyx muttered switching lanes. “I need to stretch my legs anyways.”copyright protection4PENANAAJPmf8C0B5

Herman cleared his throat. “I didn’t know shadows had legs.” He said.copyright protection4PENANAhZnBvibShH

“And I didn’t know gods could be so young.” Nyx replied. “There is much you do not know. And even more which you will never know.”copyright protection4PENANAGUvFFsz8d8

“Thank you?” Herman said after a brief silence. Nyx was rather hard to talk to.copyright protection4PENANA0NRQ97YM7z

We got off the highway and made our way into one of those tiny towns with five gas stations and fast food places with nothing else. We pulled into the least crowded parking lot and all clambered out.copyright protection4PENANASpyf13xcWO

“You guys meet me back out here when you’re done.” Nyx muttered walking in the opposite direction.copyright protection4PENANAUDJpioSRx6

“You’re not coming with us?” I asked.copyright protection4PENANAZxTRn3YlP6

“I’d draw too much attention. Plus, I told you I need to stretch my legs.” Nyx replied. With that she walked away.copyright protection4PENANAVHwtXxxuKu

“Bye.” Herman shouted after her. “Come on guys let’s go.” We entered the building and ordered our food. Thankfully I got a seat next to Zack.copyright protection4PENANAjE734prXhY

“How much longer do you guys think we’ll be in the car?” Zack asked opening his meal. “We’ve been in that truck forever.” He complained.copyright protection4PENANA3gvX8T07fQ

“I know, it’s been a long time.” Herman said. He always had to add his voice to the conversation I had noticed.copyright protection4PENANAeaxKDuhbZ1

“I just want this car ride to end. “Zack continued. I was crushed, he didn’t enjoy sitting in a hot, uncomfortable car with me.copyright protection4PENANAFjGMmLbOJs

“I know.” Herman said. “Once we get there, we become gods…and goddess.” He added smiling at me.copyright protection4PENANAMMJiJSbKZr

“That’s what I’m waiting for.” Zack muttered tearing into his fries. “I better be a strong god.” He said. “Otherwise what’s the point?”copyright protection4PENANAAeB8YfDgqD

“Yeah.” I muttered. “I can see you as an all-powerful god.” I said, I also saw him in my dreams, but I didn’t say that.copyright protection4PENANAh5XYSjK37t

Zack looked at me. “Yeah.” He said. “Thanks, I guess.”copyright protection4PENANAwUggc08oK8

“What about me?” Herman asked. “What kind of god do you see me as?” he insisted on being included.copyright protection4PENANAPlmrtlG6B7

“An annoying one.” I muttered to myself. “I don’t see you as a god.” I told him.copyright protection4PENANAJTdGR50C88

“Ouch.” Zack muttered smiling. He smiled at what I said!copyright protection4PENANA5F3mWfm5E7

“I get it!” Herman shouted. “You didn’t see me because I’m the god of invisibility!” Herman said excitedly.copyright protection4PENANAdusAWVVC2w

I was taken aback. I had meant to insult him. “Not what I was getting at.” I told him. Herman just ignored me and continued reveling in his imaginary invisible god powers.copyright protection4PENANAKMpXsh2tTb

“Come on.” Zack said standing up. “We are not going to become gods by sitting here.” He muttered.copyright protection4PENANACZRFlNVISz

“You’re so right.” I said following him. We ventured back to the Chevy and found Nyx waiting inside. She gazed silently at us as we approached.copyright protection4PENANAP64hG0dBDf

“We were wondering if you could speed this up.” Zack said.copyright protection4PENANA8n1yluPnXJ

“Speed this up?” Nyx asked. “What do you mean?”copyright protection4PENANAzAJqf5daN5

“I don’t know, do whatever you do to get us there faster?” I suggested. I was torn between backing up Zack and spending more time with Zack.copyright protection4PENANAKCbOTSP7ut

“Ok,” Nyx muttered, “get in the car.” We obeyed. “Close your mouths.” Again we obeyed. “Keep them closed.” Nyx warned. “Eating shadows is not pleasant.” Nyx closed her eyes and lifted her hands. She let out a few sharp quick breaths. My mouth was closed but my eyes were not. I watched as Nyx breathed out shadows from her mouth and nose. The shadows then surrounded the truck with us inside. They proceeded to close in on us until I couldn’t see anything anymore. I desperately resisted the urge to scream.copyright protection4PENANAmCRoacS0AQ

Then the sun was shining again, and the shadows disappeared. I gasped for breath. “You breathed darkness!” I shouted.copyright protection4PENANAK9qtzFyNQm

“Yeah.” Nyx said. “I do that.”copyright protection4PENANASAY4oSWeZq

“Cool.” Herman muttered.copyright protection4PENANAHm3yKeKCfl

“If it wasn’t noon I would have summoned shadows to transport us, but alas…curse you 12:00 p.m.”copyright protection4PENANAtZuTt3z2Rp

“Wait, did you say transport us?” Zack asked. Looking around I saw we had indeed been transported. Transported right into a dump.copyright protection4PENANAoJZnOofLCe

“Phew! It stinks.” Herman muttered.copyright protection4PENANAbkAfSltDXI

“Yeah, well it’s a landfill…” I muttered.copyright protection4PENANAYqItkcxTeo

“Nyx?” a voice called out. “About time.”copyright protection4PENANAiD7i0WGfHj

Nyx looked at us. “Get out of the truck.” We obeyed.copyright protection4PENANAuTD58wqCao

“Nyx. I’m surprised. You’re the first one here.” I saw the voice belonged to an old woman. The woman was walking towards us with three children following closely behind, two girls and a boy.copyright protection4PENANAl8O4C8g92v

“I cheated.” Nyx admitted. “I took the shortcut.” Nyx led us to the elderly woman. “Hestia, you would have us meet in a landfill.”copyright protection4PENANAxk8FC8Bjoi

The old woman, I guess her name was Hestia smiled. “We’re gathering twelve of the most powerful gods and goddesses in existence. I don’t want anybody interrupting us.”copyright protection4PENANADScgYlNoXX

Nyx eyed the younger of the two girls that was following Hestia. “Oh my, I thought mine were young.”copyright protection4PENANAMj6BnIKDSM

Hestia gazed at the child. “Her heart is mature enough for the task, even if her body isn’t.”copyright protection4PENANA8p7h4KpG4N

Nyx shook her head. “Hestia, this is Herman, Zack, and Kara.” She said pointing us out. “I think they will perform decently.” Just decently? That was one good vote of confidence.copyright protection4PENANAZHGbYEwM3t

Hestia eyed us. “So young, all of you.” She gazed at the children with her. “Demi, Deon, and Adele go mingle with your new coworkers.”copyright protection4PENANAJQNQsazdOr

The three kids drew near us. We all stood quietly, none of us knowing what to say. Except Herman of course.copyright protection4PENANA0WQ7dVSDBX

            “You guys ready to be GODS!” He shouted loudly.copyright protection4PENANArAE8LCNipQ

            The girl named Adele smiled. “I think it will be an honor to be gods by your sides.”copyright protection4PENANAM8HzZ9Jzmx

            “Yeah, likewise.” I said smiling. These people seemed nice enough.copyright protection4PENANA0muRuIMnmo

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