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Gods In Training: Generations
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Chapter 15 Kara
TJ Nyx
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            “When Eric and Sid get back from Tartarus I want them to go back out looking for Aeolus.” Herman and I were walking and talking. “I can’t have another god disappearing on us. Aeolus needs to be found.”copyright protection13PENANAagsDd1XVIk

            “Yes Hera.” Herman saluted and then hurried in the opposite direction. I stopped to watch him go. Herman darted down a side street and I was alone. I leaned back against a wall and let out a sigh.copyright protection13PENANATy6tmFWMyq

            I had three gods in the hospital, one locked in Hell, and Hestia still missing. I could not afford any more bad news, I think I needed Aeolus to be ok more than he did, wherever he was. Things were deteriorating quickly. Paul wasn’t making things easier. While he respected my orders to not go after the hounds or their mysterious master, I could tell he was barely resisting. The fact that Artemisia had been attacked on our doorstep worried me, but I didn’t have the resources to deal with some dogs. Besides, a lot of men had died out there. Whatever was out there, it was dangerous. But it was leaving us alone, Artie had simply ventured a little too far that was all. I hoped.copyright protection13PENANAlZcxzr8Yv2

            After several more calming breaths I resumed my walk. The city was a shell of its former self, it seemed as if no one lived here anymore. Mount Olympus was terrified. I needed a victory soon, any form of good news. I don’t think we could take another blow. It would put us over the edge. The status quo was already almost there.copyright protection13PENANAhGjKjxMgsu

            “My Lady Hera.” Hygeia the goddess of health bowed to me.copyright protection13PENANABm2HQpmMcU

            “How are they?” I asked stepping into her hospital.copyright protection13PENANAdyUp5tResn

            “Blade is still unconscious, Albany sleeps and then scares herself awake, and Artemisia is sulking because I won’t let her leave. I’ve had a bad day.”copyright protection13PENANAgK3zun7gDz

            “Haven’t we all.” I put my hand on her shoulder. “May I see them?”copyright protection13PENANALfVOWLdiyp

            “Of course.” Hygeia showed me the way before leaving me with my fellows.copyright protection13PENANAcLY7b3A2h3

            “Why are you here, it there more bad news?” Artemisia asked. She was sitting on the foot of Albany’s bed. The love goddess looked worse than I had ever seen her. I could tell she was having problems, but none of us knew what was ailing her. Her only symptom was nightmares, not exactly the Black Death. I shook my head and turned to Artie.copyright protection13PENANApyNt8hQfyu

            “No bad news.” I smiled. “I just had a free moment so I thought I’d check on you.”copyright protection13PENANAPkJL8FxlX5

            “Have a seat.” Albany offered me the side of her bed opposite Artemisia. Her voice sounded strained and hoarse. “Welcome to my new home.”copyright protection13PENANALaQJh1NS45

            “How are you two feeling?” I asked taking my place.copyright protection13PENANAVtEJXN1N3z

            “I feel good enough to leave.” Artemisia said loudly, glancing at the door. “I might just sneak out.” She muttered.copyright protection13PENANAhSU1E2GboE

            “Don’t you dare.” Hygeia called through the door.copyright protection13PENANAhaP8U6aHZe

            I smiled. “You could try climbing out the window.” I suggested. “What about you Albany?”copyright protection13PENANANVIsEFfFti

            “I’m good.” She said quickly. “I feel better.” She paused and her lip twitched. “All this sleep is doing wonders for me.” Her eyes flitted between the two of us, unwilling to linger too long. “I’m great.”copyright protection13PENANAfKb9LPcs0A

            “That’s good to hear.” I told her again smiling. Her lip twitched again and I noticed she flinched. “Do either of you know if Blade is doing any better?”copyright protection13PENANA6iLVqF2An2

            “Nah.” Artemisia swatted the air. “He hasn’t moved, neither has his girlfriend. She’s hard to talk to, spends the whole time in there watching his face waiting for him to wake up.”copyright protection13PENANAOaYxCCcSiF

            “Really?” I asked. I was surprised Calypso was still here. “Hopefully he wakes up soon.”copyright protection13PENANAayqlIcaUEb

            “Hopefully we all wake up from this huge mess soon.” Artemisia muttered.copyright protection13PENANAvLugHUWKuj

            “Hopefully we can all stay awake.” Albany whispered to herself.copyright protection13PENANAMjuLR7n3ZG

            I stood up. “I’ll let you get back to resting then.” I said.copyright protection13PENANAJ9eavXmGS1

            “I should probably get back to my room, Paul’s coming for lunch.” Artemisia stood up and exited with me. “Did you see it?” she asked once the door was closed.copyright protection13PENANARoMlEugBeL

            “See what?” I asked.copyright protection13PENANAU15oMWvaZu

            Artemisia started wiggling her lip and blinked her eyes rapidly. “Albany. Something’s wrong.”copyright protection13PENANAQJE5Ta2fQV

            “She did seem off.” I said thinking about it.copyright protection13PENANAhIj33YxkzM

            “I was talking to Hector when he was here, and he said she was talking to herself and saying all kinds of weird things when he brought her here.” Artemisia explained looking back towards Albany’s door. “Maybe this isn’t just a case of nightmares.”copyright protection13PENANA5tNaSA6oK6

            I thought it over. I remembered the first time I had talked to Albany when she got back. We had been sitting on the roof of her shrine, looking at stars. Then all of a sudden she ran away crying. Something was wrong with her I could tell. Add that to my list of problems. “You’re right.” I said. “Is there any way we can help you think?”copyright protection13PENANATBQxGJHJZy

            Artemisia shrugged. “I’m an archer not a doctor. But we shouldn’t just let her lie like that for much longer. She might completely lose her mind.” With that the goddess headed down the hallway leaving me to contemplate her words.copyright protection13PENANAEggYkjWSEv

            I looked at the door to Albany’s room. Perhaps Artemisia was right, Albany was hurting, and as her friend I couldn’t leave her like this. I opened the door and went back inside. “Albany?”copyright protection13PENANAEJZsUS21gN

            There was no response, so I walked closer to her bed. She was on her side with her eyes closed, sleeping peacefully. I sat down and looked at her. Albany was one of the strongest of us, one of the best, one of the leaders. Without her, we may never have survived Kronos. It bothered me to see her like this. Maybe if she were at full strength, she would be able to help me fix this mess.copyright protection13PENANA89oYH4IoOH

            I instantly felt guilty. I realized I wanted Albany to feel better more for my own betterment than for her sake. Albany was more than just an asset. She was a person, a goddess…and my friend.  “I’m sorry Albany.” I reached out and gently rested my hand on her shoulder. “I’m going to help you. I’m going to help you get better.”copyright protection13PENANAWtYcriwoab

            Albany’s eyes flicked open and locked on me. “She’s mine now God Queen!” Albany shouted. Surprised I took a step back. Albany quickly got out of bed and pushed me up against the wall, her forearm pushing into my neck. I couldn’t breathe.copyright protection13PENANAUPVUhPMkR2

            “Albany.” I managed to force out. The love goddess punched me in the nose.copyright protection13PENANA7ZcvYTAGip

            “Guess again.” She grinned wickedly. I couldn’t respond, there was no air left in my body. Albany pushed harder and farther into my neck, making my eyeballs feel like they were going to pop out. Desperate, I started clawing at Albany with my hands and kicking at her with my feet. I was terrified, I didn’t want to die. I was getting dizzy and lightheaded. The pain was beginning to feel more detached, like it had happened yesterday…was I dying?copyright protection13PENANAoeSmrkFYIQ

            “HEY!” Albany suddenly released me and took a step back. I fell to the ground choking and coughing. I spit out blood.copyright protection13PENANAaCF5wXUjiM

            “My lady Hera?” I looked up and saw Hygeia looming over me. “My lady Hera, can you hear me?” I rubbed my neck, and she turned to talk around. “Hold her down, I’ll sedate her.” I saw that Hector was struggling with Albany on the ground.copyright protection13PENANAlpLxVJqwqI

            “NOOOOO!” Albany was screaming. “Don’t put me to sleep.” She was begging.copyright protection13PENANAVOXObp8QoR

            “What did you do?” Hector demanded as she strained to hold the seemingly rabid Albany down. My eyes fluttered. The world started to spin. I slumped over.copyright protection13PENANAGyumD1jykC


            “What happened?” I sat up and looked around. Hygeia was in the room with me.copyright protection13PENANAlF26dXQEuh

            “Lie still.” She said with pursed lips.copyright protection13PENANAnq5lehLn79

            “We should be asking you that.” Hector entered my field of view. “I came to visit Albany and found her pinning you against the wall.” Hector explained. “Is there a reason she would attack you?copyright protection13PENANAfOIJamKuV4

            I thought about what happened. “I came in to check on her. Artie told me she was acting strange. I was worried.”copyright protection13PENANA6gK8nY6eCA

            “Strange how?” Hector asked.copyright protection13PENANAv00BlfS7D0

            “She was fidgety and…just weird. Something was wrong.” I had a revelation. “Artie told me you had a similar experience?”copyright protection13PENANAgSOZBYmmth

            Hector nodded grimly. “Yeah.”copyright protection13PENANAqzybIV9OaM

            “Can any of this wait?” Hygeia asked. “She needs rest and sleep.”copyright protection13PENANApGNqh9Fagi

            “Sleep. Albany was afraid of sleeping.” I remembered.copyright protection13PENANAaxbZwMXS8r

            “Yeah.” Hector nodded. “Did she mention a voice?”copyright protection13PENANAaz1ILJEVyO

            “Voice?” I thought about it. “No voice…wait, what do you mean?”copyright protection13PENANAIYuvoME4XV

            Hector looked uncomfortable. “She told me after punching that window that the voice visits her when she sleeps. She was losing a lot of blood, so maybe she was just delirious…but I don’t know, I can’t help but believe her.”copyright protection13PENANAn8sy7Zk5St

            “A voice?” I tried to remember what Albany had said as she had attacked me.copyright protection13PENANAw33xLOhqKQ

            “I know it sounds crazy.” Hector glanced at Hygeia. “But with everything going on…it only makes sense to be expecting crazy at this point.”copyright protection13PENANAesOJXcwCht

            “She’s mine now God Queen.” I muttered.copyright protection13PENANAyEB0cJ0xOT

            Hector looked taken aback. “Excuse me?”copyright protection13PENANA1kW5SIU98E

            Gears were turning in my head. “Hygeia, is Albany ok?”copyright protection13PENANA0n6O731EGi

            “She hasn’t woken up from the sedatives.” Hygeia informed me. “But otherwise is healthy I believe. I can’t explain what she did to you though.”copyright protection13PENANA7eXJfasgIg

            “Where is she?” I asked.copyright protection13PENANA9KB6PuPJEX

            “Lord Hephaestus believed it would be prudent to restrain her to her bed. She is there now. The Lady Gaia is with her.” Hygeia smiled at me.copyright protection13PENANAnElustyt7e

            “Good.” I nodded.  “One more thing. Would you mind sending for Lord Hermes, I’ll need to speak to him.”copyright protection13PENANAMftKYIUqYD

            Of course Lady Hera.” Hygeia hurried from the room.copyright protection13PENANAH8niecN3Wr

            “Kara…I don’t think we should be telling Herman.” Hector warned me. “He has a big mouth…that’s kind of what he is the god of.”copyright protection13PENANA1k5nOxRm1Y

            “We won’t.” I said. “I just wanted to talk just the two of us.” I sat up in bed, Hector looked concerned. “Before Albany attacked me she said ‘She’s mine now God Queen.’ She said that.”copyright protection13PENANAAOd3ycMtCL

            “What?” Hector’s eyes scrunched up.copyright protection13PENANA6kTtD7GqbC

            “The voice you mentioned. You said you believed Albany about it? You think she really was hearing a voice.”copyright protection13PENANARdWWAKur7w

            “I…I wager so.” Hector shook his head. “But I can’t be sure.”copyright protection13PENANAqHkELTQynt

“Albany’s gone.” I said. Her words clicked and my memories returned.copyright protection13PENANAjtNcXrkDRw

“She’s tied down pretty tightly.” Hector assured me.copyright protection13PENANAfIJcFkXaM4

            “No.” I started to get out of bed. Hector offered me a helping hand. I started to stand but my head began swimming again so I gently lowered myself back into a prone position. “I hadn’t meant Albany was gone as in disappeared, I meant gone as in that wasn’t Albany. I didn’t tell Hygeia my theory, people were already scared enough, and you’re right Herman has a big mouth. But I’m was sure that Albany…wasn’t Albany. They way she had talked, the way she had attacked me, she would have killed me if Hector hadn’t come along. Albany wouldn’t have done any of those things. Something is very wrong with her. And it can’t be a coincidence that a voice is haunting her right before she completely changes.”copyright protection13PENANAGcM1QxUG6h

            “Right.” Hector nodded. I could tell he did not like my theory but he didn’t dispute any part of it, which worried me even more. “…so what do we do.” Sometimes, I really disliked being the leader. Because now I had to lie to Hector, and tell him I had a plan. I had to install confidence and hope in everyone. They were all looking to me now, they were all counting on me. And I had no idea how to handle any of this. One thing after another, it was starting to overwhelm me. I don’t know how much more I could take.copyright protection13PENANA9pLXBIoWlg

            “We’re going to keep this quiet, and keep her restrained.” I thought it over. “We’ll let Gaia know, she is probably closest to Albany. Hygeia has probably figured things out too, but we don’t need to give her any more information. If half of the council ends up in the hospital there will be chaos.”copyright protection13PENANAsBYbNEwKOi

            “Gods only know what chaos would be like up here.” Hector grinned. “Wonder what that would be like.” copyright protection13PENANAOuuAvk8q1e

            I smiled. “Even more chaos than usual.” I corrected myself. “Hygeia mentioned sedatives? The next time Albany wakes up out of the sedatives you and Gaia need to be there. To contain her if the voice or whatever is still making her attack us, but also to see how the sedatives affect her. Maybe with strong enough drugs she would be able to hear the voice and she’ll snap out of it.”copyright protection13PENANAIbEt9gbxcw

            “I hope so.”copyright protection13PENANANF7MRVrnFf

            “Me too.” I nodded. “Can you do that?” I asked eyeing him.  Hector nodded. “Good, fill Gaia in too, make sure she understands to keep things quiet.”copyright protection13PENANAFuK95gueHw

            “Of course.” Hector nodded standing up.copyright protection13PENANAspH7SQn4oA

            “Report to me directly, Hector.” I told him. “Please don’t involve Herman. Oh, and don’t let Artie or Paul know more than they need to. I want to be on top of this before we go to the others.” Hector nodded. “Thank you.” I hurriedly added as he was leaving.copyright protection13PENANAAcfIY6Eqtj

            “Following orders is what I do.” He shrugged.copyright protection13PENANAF8OqiTHN7o

            “No…for stopping her.” I corrected him. “Thank you for saving my life.”copyright protection13PENANAjAO1HGS5Kh

            “I do that too.”copyright protection13PENANAFltV4s1ISv

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