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Gods In Training: Generations
Writer TJ Nyx
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Chapter 10 Kara
TJ Nyx
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            Albany had just run away out of nowhere. We had been talking and then she started crying and then she had just run away. I didn’t know if I had said something or what was going on in her head, but I was worried. Sadly she wasn’t the only one competing for my sympathy currently. Hestia had to take the priority, whatever was wrong with Albany at least she hadn’t disappeared.copyright protection12PENANAs5jHYqrr0F

            Anyways I had sought her out to ask her advice, and I had gotten it. I had to look at the big picture here. And sadly that didn’t include Albany’s breakdown last night. If I had a free moment and she was around perhaps I could ask about it, and make sure my friend was doing ok. But until Hestia was found I don’t know how many free moments I’d be getting.copyright protection12PENANAxmHONUQmIl

            “My Lady Hera.” Several nymphs were in the throne room with me.copyright protection12PENANANlCbOrgu2o

            “Any news to report?” I asked.copyright protection12PENANAwvuQdsgETh

            “Lady Hestia is the only reported disappearance so far from New Olympus. Most have been accounted for and the remainder will be done so within the hour.”              “Well that’s good news.” I said. “At least I only have to find one goddess. Are there any indications of foul play? Have Hector and Albany found anything.”copyright protection12PENANAjrD1frV6NE

            “They started this morning, but I doubt it.” The nymph said. “Lady Hestia was well loved and none wished her harm.”copyright protection12PENANAsBZ4MNw3iz

            “So it is looking more and more that she left of her own free will. Why?” I muttered to myself. I couldn’t help but to feel hurt and betrayed. I halted all mental processes. Thinking like that wasn’t going to help. I forced myself to calm down and remain levelheaded. The evidence wasn’t pointing to foul play, but that didn’t mean Hestia wanted to leave. There was no signs no evidence at all. It would be rash and foolish to make kind of assumptions. Best to just push on, and hope for a break in the case. “Either way she’s not here anymore.” I told myself. I turned back to the nymph. “When Hector and Albany are done I want to speak to them.” Perhaps I could speak with Albany then. “If there are no signs on New Olympus, there must be clues elsewhere.”copyright protection12PENANAsP4WFhoVWi

            “Yes my lady.” They bowed again before hurrying from the throne room. I slouched in my chair, alone now, and gazed at the empty hearth. Four years of nothing, and now this. I should be grateful we’re not at war this time around. Yet. Knowing my companions on the Olympian council you could never truly rule out war.copyright protection12PENANAdgJQhZic66

            “My Queen.” I looked up and saw Herman bowing at me. “Are there any messages that I shall need to run for you today.”copyright protection12PENANAQyHQDuE9xX

            “Nothing yet.” I said. “No news.”copyright protection12PENANAJZMNVr5kn2

            “Isn’t no new good news?” he asked taking his place at his throne.copyright protection12PENANADAinrzmKMt

            “For four years it was.” I said. “But now, I just want to know what happened.”copyright protection12PENANAQD2yuF28PA

            “It is out of nowhere isn’t it?” he asked.copyright protection12PENANA5yzSlvkrPI

            “It always is, here.” I nodded in agreement. “No warnings, no signs. Just jump right in. Every time.”copyright protection12PENANAttjMQLmdv8

“Maybe it’s for the best.” Herman shrugged. “Less time to doubt ourselves. And I just realized, less time for us to ignore our problems. I used to do that as a kid you know, just ignore things hoping they’d go away. Never worked, problems just always got worse. So what I’m saying is…it’s probably a good thing this snuck up on us, forces us to react. Complacency sinks ships. Or wait…no loose lips. I don’t know how I get those mix up. Where does that saying come from, do you know?”copyright protection12PENANAGmMIUhnXpc

“You haven’t by chance talked to Albany?” I interrupted.copyright protection12PENANAxvK6n6CIys

            He snorted. “I wish Aphrodite had time for a guy like me.” Herman scoffed at my ridiculous question. “No why?”copyright protection12PENANAq1VJNLu9YZ

            “I was just wondering.” I said quickly. I don’t think I wanted to tell Herman what had happened. He was the messenger of the gods after all. And a very big mouth came with that job. It wasn’t my place to be feeding rumors to the best god at spreading them. Especially when I didn’t know the whole story.copyright protection12PENANAiEm5ngmKeM

            “Why?” Herman was suspicious. He got up excitedly. “Was she asking about me?”copyright protection12PENANAXLhISFPunn

            “Of course not.” I said a littler meaner than I meant it. “We have work to do, focus.” I steered us back on track. “I need you to go find the twins.” I said. “Tell them everyone else has been accounted for, they can stop looking in and start looking out.”copyright protection12PENANAWOpRxcD1mB

            “What does that mean?” he asked.copyright protection12PENANA1FgnKDE7oS

            “It means I want patrols in the valley and the woods. Last time things got interesting up here an army marshaled right underneath us, that won’t be happening again. I want to be the one striking first this time.” I clarified.copyright protection12PENANATlEb4wRT0f

            Herman stood up and headed to leave. “You don’t actually think there will be an attack…do you?”copyright protection12PENANAgW3FOASrCf

            “It doesn’t matter what I think. I need to make sure I’m ready for everything.” I said. “Now go.” He bowed and hurried off with his message.copyright protection12PENANA3EUj2FXHMl

            “Why is it, that you always seem to be the one making the interesting choices?”copyright protection12PENANAzFHdRLJIEK

            I smiled when I saw him. “Why are you always choosing to show up afterwards?”copyright protection12PENANAXUH1AvCsXf

            “Queen Hera.” He knelt.copyright protection12PENANAH1TBkWhiD3

            “Janus.” I stood and walked over to him. “How is the two faced god of choices?”copyright protection12PENANADdJkrA5bjK

            “My choices have done good by me.” He grinned with both faces. “And you?”copyright protection12PENANAVhEDif9VH6

            “Facing yet more tough decisions.” I shrugged. “Are you sure you aren’t throwing me more than my fair share?” I accused him jokingly.copyright protection12PENANAap741s0iKE

            “That would be a very poor decision.” He said. “But it is not mine to make. I do not give choices to anyone, I merely help them to make the choices as they come.”copyright protection12PENANAloR4IiFOuY

            “Yet you always seem to me helping me.” I pointed out.copyright protection12PENANAypgd2zsbua

            “By nature you will have more choices. Queen of the gods, that is a job with a lot of options.” Janus said appreciatively.copyright protection12PENANAiEzqIATJSD

            “You wouldn’t be able to help me find out what happened to Hestia would you?” I asked eyeing him knowing what he would say.copyright protection12PENANAne2fiLyYz2

            “That depends on your choices, my dear.”copyright protection12PENANAX8rdluMOGh

            “It always does.” I smiled. “The hearth is out.” I pointed this fact out to him.copyright protection12PENANAYYVxpE8in0

            “You are correct.” He observed.copyright protection12PENANAWLeY0xJywj

            “The hearth burned eternally.” I said, more to myself than to Janus.copyright protection12PENANAAtr2HNxuBd

            “Apparently not.”copyright protection12PENANALAcH8BlgTJ

            “Even when Hestia wasn’t on the mountain, the flames burned on.” I continued, ignoring him. “So that makes me think she isn’t taking a vacation.”copyright protection12PENANAgQuvPv3y4z

            “Do you think it is possible she choose to extinguish the flame?” Janus asked with two mouths.copyright protection12PENANASF3jHL6efI

            “Why would she do that?” I asked confused.copyright protection12PENANAr1iEIqf3H9

            “It appears to have drawn quite a fair amount of attention.” Janus muttered. “Perhaps it was a call for help?”copyright protection12PENANANYZitONxnS

            A call for help, why would Hestia need help with that she couldn’t ask for? I thought. What could have made Hestia extinguish the hearth home in a call for help, what could have happened?copyright protection12PENANA6fxazeVGta

            “You pointed out that the flames remained even in Lady Hestia’s absence.” Janus continued. “So it is difficult to believe they would go out now if she were on a vacation.”copyright protection12PENANAoVcHzU8OYP

            “So she chose to do this, to warn us?” I asked.copyright protection12PENANAYLOY3hNRPa

            “I can not be sure.” Janus shrugged. “This choice seems to have not come with much consideration or planning.”copyright protection12PENANAJWqg60v1GY

            “Now what does that mean?” I pressed him.copyright protection12PENANAc4ToMtiVih

            “Well look, the fire is out.” Janus said. “It could be a symbol or maybe someone put it out as a prank. It is not a clear omen and even if we were sure it was a sign, how could we interpret it. I believe, that if it was a warning to us, then it must have been a last second decision, one made right before she went missing. Perhaps she only had enough time to do that.”copyright protection12PENANAKg2ye6Q2YG

            “We all figured she wouldn’t leave without telling anyone, so this makes more sense.” I ran my hand through my hair. “But there’s been no sign, and no one we can think of would have born Hestia any ill will.”copyright protection12PENANAdHCDYIDuKk

            “It would have been very difficult for her, but Lady Hestia could have chosen to do so. To leave without a farewell.” Janus nodded. “She cared for you New Olympians. She thought of herself as your mother.”copyright protection12PENANAsWpmlbPE67

            “She told you that?” I asked.copyright protection12PENANAVRoXqD4hF2

            “No.” Janus said quickly. “But its obvious, if only you look at her choices.” He smiled and winked at me. A two faced god winking is quite frightening to look at, I assure you.copyright protection12PENANAXSKAwIiac2

            I thought his words over. Hestia was right to think of herself as like our mother, especially to Deon, Demi, and Adele. She was a motherly figure to all of us. Nurturing and caring, she had made it obvious how much she cared for each of us…even Zack. She wouldn’t have abandoned us, but that realization made me feel much worse instead of better. If she hadn’t left willingly…well I didn’t like the choices left of what could have happened.copyright protection12PENANAuFZT2k5RYc

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