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Chapter 13 Albany
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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            Little bitty love goddess all alone. Little bitty love goddess has no home. Little bitty love goddess cries all night. Little bitty love goddess is not all right. The song faded into laughter, cackling laughter.copyright protection4PENANADJIL4xBmgn

            The laugh was the worst part. I had heard that song all night, and every time it was followed by that laugh. I felt my brain shatter each time I heard that laugh. The song was stuck in my head, but the laugh was ground into my subconscious. Halfway through the dream the voice singing the song changed to my voice, but the laugh had been his throughout. And it was driving me crazy.copyright protection4PENANA0BibszcdQY

            I was slumping in my throne. I was so tired. I had slept last night, that’s where I had heard the song and laugh, in my dreams. But I feel as if I hadn’t slept at all. There were bags under my eyes the size of bowling balls and I wasn’t sure if my face was wet from drool or tears anymore. I shook my head and tried to pay attention.copyright protection4PENANAwamKhupG7V

            Artemisia was standing before us. Her torso was heavily bandaged, and I could see faint bloodstains starting to bleed through on her back.copyright protection4PENANAVKFDwJa85q

            “And the hounds left just like that?” Kara asked.copyright protection4PENANAv51OguotHe

            “Yes. “Artemisia nodded. “There was only one left at that point, but if left me and the survivors alone as soon as that horn sounded.copyright protection4PENANAreoNZGionp

            “The horn means there must be a master somewhere. Someone who owns those hellhounds.” Paul was shouting. He was angry that his sister had been attacked. “Let me go after them. I will find them and I will bring them before you.”copyright protection4PENANAjiaYWHI7PN

            “No.” Kara said. “I don’t like this. We don’t know anything about them. It could be a trap or worse. From now on no patrols in the forest, stick to the valley. And double the number of men on each patrol, we have enough recruits for that now right?”copyright protection4PENANAykTA994xDM

            Paul bit his lip. “Just barely.”copyright protection4PENANAL41aS0Raof

            “Good. Do it.” Kara muttered.  “Paul, the guard is for defense, not to go hunting mysterious horns in the woods.” Paul frowned but he nodded. “Artemisia, you should rest. You need to take some time off. Let your body heal, Paul, Chiron, and Hercules will be captains while you recover.” Artie nodded in agreement, and gingerly eased herself back into her throne.copyright protection4PENANAAIxKHurqCg

            Little bitty love goddess.copyright protection4PENANAdaB6LKgPiT

            “Next order of business.” Herman shouted. Eric and Sid stood up and walked to the middle of the room.copyright protection4PENANAC4YDeQE603

            “Tell me what happened.” Kara said. I perked up at this. I was tired but I wanted to hear what they had to say. When these two had come back they brought Zack back in chains and Blade in a coma.copyright protection4PENANAlBMTltoNT0

            “We were looking for Aeolus to ask if he had heard anything about Hestia.” Sid explained.copyright protection4PENANA47bGeWruMJ

            “But when we got there Zack and Blade got into a fight.” Eric interrupted. “Blade ended up spitting on him again.”copyright protection4PENANAooNm22cG9d

            “What caused the fight?” Kara asked.copyright protection4PENANAKuOwoa0MXU

            “We’re not sure, but we separated them right after.” Sid said. “I went into the lighthouse to look for Aeolus with Blade.”copyright protection4PENANAN21YIgU9KG

            “And I stayed outside in the rain with Zack.” Eric said. “It started storming real bad after their little tussle. Clouds came out of nowhere.” Eric was saying. “Lightning and thunder everywhere, I thought Zack was doing it.”copyright protection4PENANAT85Gu7JHOS

            “Well then what happened?” Paul asked.copyright protection4PENANAUznJ5MT5zR

            “The lighthouse blew up.” Sid said. “It got struck by lightning.”copyright protection4PENANA0mT2kCifM2

            “It blew up?” I asked quietly.copyright protection4PENANAWFb1mG95nY

            Little bitty love goddess.copyright protection4PENANAYixm1D8VJH

            “How are you ok but Blade is in a coma?” Kara asked. “And what happened to Aeolus?”copyright protection4PENANAMJ4GLpj3E5

            “I dove into the ocean right after it happened.” Sid said. “The water protected me, I found Blade floating in the surf shortly after that. We never did see Aeolus after the explosion. Don’t know if he’s dead or missing or what.”copyright protection4PENANA6BKhC6XMcl

            “When I saw the lightning hit the lighthouse I knocked Zack out and tied him up.” Eric said. I was surprised, throughout this entire godly experience, Eric had always been the one who had supported Zack through everything. “I don’t like Blade, but I would never kill a fellow god. Not after everything we’ve been through.”copyright protection4PENANAKbDixFVGAE

            “Where are they?” Kara asked.copyright protection4PENANAnnns49Rncw

            “Blade is still unconscious.” Sid explained. “That girl is with him.”copyright protection4PENANAsj7cBKjzww

            “What girl?”copyright protection4PENANAUgHyzeduUN

            “His lady, dude.” Sid said. “Calypso.”copyright protection4PENANA8ibwLfFCCS

            “Oh, well what of Zack.” Kara asked,copyright protection4PENANA94bhhM1Aly

            “I got him chained up out front.” Eric said grinning.copyright protection4PENANA6fPONo21SX

            “You chained the king of the gods out in public for all to see?” Kara asked.copyright protection4PENANAP1g0x2fcFR

            “I thought we voted him out of office.” Eric stopped grinning.copyright protection4PENANA4OWf5d27On

            “Artemisia was attacked in the forest. Blade came back in a coma.” Kara said slowly. “People are scared. I’m not sure we should have Zack locked up in the open. It might cause more panic.”copyright protection4PENANAFUDuJrTMsL

            “What should I do?” Eric asked.copyright protection4PENANAJhM0ij2xwH

            “Bring him in here you idiot.” Artemisia shouted. Eric glared at her but hurried off to fetch the former king.copyright protection4PENANApAwlQCySJn

            “I DIDN’T DO IT!” Zack screamed as soon as he was inside the curtain. “I SWEAR I DIDN’T DO ANYTHING!” Eric threw him on the ground before Kara’s feet.copyright protection4PENANAgpiTU1lNNN

            “Shut up.” She said quietly.copyright protection4PENANAyx5lxnFAUb

            “Kara, I didn’t do this.” He begged. “I know how it looks but I swear it wasn’t me.”copyright protection4PENANAhkLOFCqeua

            “I think no one in this room believes you.” Kara said matter-of-factly. I didn’t believe him. Everyone knew Zack hated Blade. It made sense that he would try to kill him like this.copyright protection4PENANABKzTEuUZhI

            “I didn’t do it.” Zack was speaking quietly now, as if he realized we didn’t believe his lie and he doubted if it was worth telling.copyright protection4PENANANQfSbMgQnb

            “Shut up.” Kara told him again. “Zack, we can’t have this right now.” She said slowly measuring her breathing. “We tried to give you another chance to work together and play well with others. It’s not working.”copyright protection4PENANA1FvNtbpTpU

            “Kara, I didn’t do it.” He pleaded. “What are you going to do?”copyright protection4PENANA41FEVj8Qjp

            Kara was silent for a while. “I’m banishing you to Tartarus.”copyright protection4PENANAy6gNYrAeiX

            “WHAT NO!” Zack screamed, he strained against his chains. “I DIDN’T DO IT KARA!”copyright protection4PENANAqkDV866y0w

            “It will not be permanent.” Kara tried to tell him over his screams. “Just until other matters are solved. Then we will revisit this issue when we have more time. Good bye Zack.”copyright protection4PENANAs4x8ItrRjK

            “NOOOOOOOO!” he screamed and kicked as Eric and Sid dragged him out of the throne room. “I’m innocent!”copyright protection4PENANAgSRxFQYg4h

            “At least have the balls to admit it.” Paul snorted shaking his head.copyright protection4PENANAevCRqKXxiY

            “He is the only one that can control lightning.” Hector said. “He must have done it, they said the storm appeared after Zack got mad. I don’t see how he could be innocent.”copyright protection4PENANA3L3BTM4lDo

            Kara put her head in her hands. “Oh gods.” She muttered. “A week ago I didn’t have any problems. Dismissed.” She muttered sitting back and slouching. We all got up to leave. “Herman, come here.”copyright protection4PENANA6UgXrWNqcS

            Little bitty love goddess.copyright protection4PENANAHqnkhO4fln

            “Albany?”copyright protection4PENANAdp8h0235nH

            “What?” I looked up and saw Hector standing before me.copyright protection4PENANAutBKr3GetT

            He was looking at me strangely. “Are you ok? You almost walked into the fire pit.”copyright protection4PENANA7bjuvBjzQE

            “Oh sorry, I wasn’t really paying attention.” I said quickly. “Oops.”copyright protection4PENANAX435l47p9u

            Hector looked me in the eyes. “Are you ok, I’m serious?” he asked. “Albany you look terrible.”copyright protection4PENANA6DYIopL5Ee

            “First time I’ve heard that.” I tried to laugh and slapped at his arm. “I’m ok buddy.” I said smiling.copyright protection4PENANAYLqigVTzvJ

            Little bitty love goddess.copyright protection4PENANAesOhyalFzv

            “Ok.” Hector didn’t look convinced. “So umm, mind if I walk with you?”copyright protection4PENANAaG99oyzaDe

            “Sure, go for it.” I said.copyright protection4PENANApB0PTgLNQh

            “I wanted to talk about our job.” Hector said. “I know we already did it, but I want to do another sweep. You know, in light of recent events.” The longer he talked the quieter his voice got until it disappeared all together. I tried to listen to him, but no sound entered my ear. I watched his mouth move in silence.copyright protection4PENANAx4KlmjwIZ6

            “What’s wrong little bitty love goddess?” the voice laughed. “Why don’t you go to sleep, you seem so tired.” My heart started racing. I forced my eyes wide open, scared I had dozed off. The voice only visited me when I was asleep, why was it here now?copyright protection4PENANAdaMnjbVTmy

            “Albany!” Hector was shaking me. “What’s wrong?”copyright protection4PENANA7La7B4onSe

            “Nothing.”copyright protection4PENANAEpjpLFIhnH

            “Albany you collapsed into my arms.” Hector said. “You look like a zombie. When’s the last time you slept.”copyright protection4PENANAnBSaYbmT4I

            “I’m ok.” I insisted stepping away from Hector and standing under my own power, barely. “I’m fine.”copyright protection4PENANAsbuDj5IHsA

            “No you’re not.” Hector said.copyright protection4PENANAV70exLTg2h

            Little bitty love goddess.copyright protection4PENANAYqSQAQ1XK6

            “Stop calling me that.” I shouted.copyright protection4PENANAFdi9RBfAiI

            Hector looked taken aback. “I didn’t call you anything.”copyright protection4PENANAbePbtnWnDZ

            I realized I had spoken out loud. “No I didn’t mean…I’m sorry.”copyright protection4PENANAEBqws0nuX7

            “You know what, it’s fine.” Hector said. “I’ll go double check the city. But first I’m going to take you home so you can sleep.”copyright protection4PENANAADlTNcu2NN

            “Hector I’m fine.” I told him. “I want to come with you, I can help.”copyright protection4PENANAKY2A9vX6SB

            “That’s right, come sleep little bitty love goddess, you are so tired after all.”copyright protection4PENANA6wdw3Fxq9v

            “NO!” Hector was looking at me like I was crazy.copyright protection4PENANAyK9TDW68YT

            “You are going to sleep.” Hector said. He gently grabbed my arm and escorted me down the street. He was holding me upright more than preventing my escape. I was falling to pieces. He was right I needed sleep, but sleep was when the voice was busiest.copyright protection4PENANAVJSXj1sh8l

            “Hector please.”copyright protection4PENANASfR5MUKjlU

            “Albany, I know its crazy right now and you want to help, but you can’t do this to yourself. You need to sleep. You’re no use to us like this.” I flinched at his words. The voice started laughing again.copyright protection4PENANAPTEYNhUTpT

            “You see? They don’t need you, they don’t want you. Little bitty love goddess all alone. Little bitty love goddess has no home.”copyright protection4PENANANlCFjWHLdP

            “Please no.” I begged. “Hector.”copyright protection4PENANA755YaRTVbe

            “Olympus won’t blow up without you.” Hector told me. “I’m here.” He smiled.copyright protection4PENANAP08uZVLUOb

            “Hector no.” I was too tired to stop him, and too scared to tell him.copyright protection4PENANANBxqhQmYCz

            “I’m not trying to bully you into this, but it’s for your own good.” Hector was telling me.copyright protection4PENANANJFTIPKBLV

            Little bitty love goddess.copyright protection4PENANAQBWY5WTRQI

            “Hector stop.”copyright protection4PENANA2EkA4Bqrz3

            “Try to sleep I dare you.”copyright protection4PENANA1nMGguw16h

            “Albany I’m sorry, I’m just trying to help.” He tone was softening but his grip wasn’t. Hector was leading me through the streets, we were passing a bakery. In the window were delicious looking snacks. They weren’t alone.copyright protection4PENANAXXSTWYQPPG

            “Albany.”copyright protection4PENANAySkSspuTR4

            “LEAVE ME ALONE!” with the last of my strength I pulled free from Hector and hurled my fist through the glass, shattering it and sending shards all over the food. I turned to see Hector staring at me wide eyed. “I’m so tired.” I collapsed against his chest.copyright protection4PENANAWSsIzId6Kk

            “Albany you’re bleeding.” He held up my arm to reveal glass shards had scraped by forearm, causing rivulets of blood to drip off my body and into the street.copyright protection4PENANAnHhgBder34

            “I can’t feel it.” I said looking at all the blood.copyright protection4PENANA8BWtuoTZhK

            “I’m taking you to the hospital.” Hector lifted me up and hurriedly started in the other direction. I felt myself start to pass out, I wasn’t sure if it was from blood lose or fatigue.copyright protection4PENANA3dDvWde9jZ

            “Hector don’t let me sleep.” I said patting his chest. “Don’t let me sleep.”copyright protection4PENANAtHGLYiYdK1

            “Albany stay with me.” Hector said. “You’re going to be ok.” He reassured me.copyright protection4PENANAhSDdm8Bf7T

            “Don’t let me sleep.” I repeated. “The voice comes when I sleep. Don’t let me sleep.”copyright protection4PENANA0b6EH2RWcb

            “Voice?” Hector slowed a little and looked at me. “What voice?”copyright protection4PENANAVFSCqRUp4F

            “You’re almost here, little bitty love goddess. A little longer and you’ll be with me, sweet dreams.”copyright protection4PENANArly4yUdaal

            “No.” I said faintly. My eyes were drooping and the outside world was disappearing. “Don’t let me sleep.” I was out cold. The voice told me so, and he brought the nightmares with him.copyright protection4PENANA3bwaPecHap

            Little bitty love goddess.copyright protection4PENANAS55LHwCCVG

            “Albany.” This was a different voice. Not the one laughing at me. “Albany wake up.” I knew this voice.copyright protection4PENANAhm2PrAKELU

            “Let’s try my way.” I smiled when I heard that voice. It was one of my favorites. “Up and at’em love goddess!” a sharp smack forced me awake.copyright protection4PENANA0O5wZUKcCV

            “GAIA! You can’t slap my patients!”copyright protection4PENANABu0GgIcSk8

            “Piss off Hygeia.” Gaia glared at a woman in a nurse’s clothes.copyright protection4PENANAzCvBrXcbCX

            “I mean, you know she’s right.” Hector said meekly. “Right?”copyright protection4PENANA6CMb8L6TXI

            Gaia ignored him. “What’s wrong?” she was staring directly at me.copyright protection4PENANAOydPfuxsmS

            “What happened?” I asked. I felt my cheek, it wasn’t skin that brushed against my face though, looking at my hand I saw it was wrapped in gauze.copyright protection4PENANABWu6xW4K8G

            “Gaia hit you.” Hector explained.copyright protection4PENANAHeiuprfvld

            “No, before that.” I said.copyright protection4PENANAe9MsZ2Wxuj

            “You punched a window, freaked out, and then passed out.” He filled me in. “You were saying some weird stuff.”copyright protection4PENANAp5fUcNQhxY

            “Old Ironsides came and got me as soon as he dropped you off here.” Gaia said. “So I ask again, what’s wrong?”copyright protection4PENANAXfcfKCH082

            “Ironsides?” Hector looked confused.copyright protection4PENANAdmcZOb2KIw

            “God of metal working.” Gaia explained. “Iron is a metal, ironsides. See Albany, that’s how you answer a question. Now why don’t you try it?” she turned to me. “What’s wrong?” She repeated.copyright protection4PENANA48Cj2P7S6E

            “Nothing.” I said. “I guess I was just tired.” I did feel better, more rested. Physically at least, not mentally. The voice had dogged me the whole time I slept.copyright protection4PENANAQ3U3jEF1FN

            “Bull.” Gaia said calmly.copyright protection4PENANA3SafSYrUJ9

            “No really I’m fine.” I said.copyright protection4PENANArNh37jTecZ

            “You had the worst case of night terror’s I have ever seen.” Hygeia said from the foot of my bed.copyright protection4PENANAT33O6ntMo8

            “She made us let you sleep, but eventually it got too hard to watch.” Hector said.copyright protection4PENANAAs0KHTJ8Nt

            “So I slapped you awake.” Gaia said, still studying my face.copyright protection4PENANAifgAioUcC6

            I didn’t know what to say. “I don’t remember that.”copyright protection4PENANAcwafkhDN32

            “What was going on in there?” Gaia asked.copyright protection4PENANAVDuWncP7lD

            “Albany, when you punched that window.” Hector said. “You told me to leave you alone. But were you even saying it to me?”copyright protection4PENANAADSRdaf8nS

            I was scared, not of the voice. I was scared of them finding out. I was scared they would learn I was losing my mind. And then everything the voice had said would start to come true.copyright protection4PENANAfzopPJGswK

            “I’m so mad I want to light off a bunch of volcanoes and make a second Hawaii.” Gaia grunted. “Why won’t you let us help you? I’m not a doctor, but it’s so obvious that your hurting it insults me.”copyright protection4PENANAvsnZoLcdSx

            “Albany we want to help.” Hector said.copyright protection4PENANAQtaIkoTzxg

            “Yeah! Let us in love goddess.” Gaia shouted.copyright protection4PENANAsMPRbEAS77

            Little bitty love goddess.copyright protection4PENANACCz0CXLObE

            “Don’t call me that.”copyright protection4PENANAl27wLsVE1s

            “Love goddess?” Gaia asked. “Why not? I’ve always called you that.”copyright protection4PENANAVufLlqqVix

            “Not…”I almost said not you. But if I had they would know. I didn’t want them to know. There was enough going on. Enough gods were gone or hurt. They didn’t need to worry about me. I was strong, I could beat the voice.copyright protection4PENANA3UaCVMAHBM

            “I’d like to see you try.”copyright protection4PENANAlXOtuzWqeY

            “I’m sorry.” I said pausing. “I’m a little confused. I think I’m still just tired, that’s why I’m acting weird.”copyright protection4PENANAT9s8UNzkJR

            “Do you want us to let you sleep again?” Hygeia asked.copyright protection4PENANASMM3pHPZor

            “NO.” I said quickly. “I mean…I’m hungry. I’d like to eat first.”copyright protection4PENANALKoAeT9ajo

            “Go get her food.” Gaia ordered. Hector hopped to it. Gaia turned back to me. “Albany, you should probably take some time off. Maybe your not adjusted back yet. You did go from hiatus to up the creek without a paddle like that.” She snapped. None of the others had trouble adjusting back, I thought.copyright protection4PENANA8cxBlsoUN8

            “They aren’t weak like you.”copyright protection4PENANALGUyJjgzjF

            “I’m not weak.” I said.copyright protection4PENANA15qqFFjPPC

            “I didn’t say you were.” Gaia smiled. “I’ve got the power of a planet, but I don’t mind taking a nap or two every now and again. Why don’t you do the same?”copyright protection4PENANAeYPLzaeY42

            I smiled at her. “You’re right Gaia.”copyright protection4PENANA6QI0pskG2D

            “They don’t need you anymore. They want you out of the way. You don’t have a place here anymore.”copyright protection4PENANAm3JMtorMeh

            “I just need to take a break.” I told her. “I’ll be all better on my own.”copyright protection4PENANApsffePptNu

            “Great.” Gaia clapped me on the shoulder. “You’re strong Albany. You’re a goddess. And we need you, but only when your ready.”copyright protection4PENANAvTleULHerJ

            “Lies. She’s too much of a coward to tell you what she really thinks of you.”copyright protection4PENANASNMBAf012e

            “You come find me as soon as anything starts to happen to her again. You understand?” Gaia was right in Hygeia’s face.copyright protection4PENANAirHyHWn7pa

            “Scum. You are nothing. The gods don’t want you. Neither did your parents, they didn’t want you, they had better lives without you. They dumped you on that butler of yours. And that same thing is happening now. The gods are going to get rid of you. Bye bye love goddess. You’ve overstayed your welcome. Your new family is going to dump you like your first. But this time, there will be no one for you to pretend is your parent. You will be alone…well, I’ll be there with you. But make no mistake, I am not your friend.”copyright protection4PENANACV4XaYJRca

            “Nurse.” I said. Gaia had gone, only Hygeia was here with me now. “Do you have any medicine I could take?”copyright protection4PENANAB4YnGzDGAF

            “Medicine? Of course.” Hygeia smiled welcomingly. “What kind of medicine do you want?”8Please respect copyright.PENANA0yU5w53fWg
            “Anything that stops dreams.” I begged.copyright protection4PENANAVT7DsPzPWZ

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