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Gods In Training: Generations
Writer TJ Nyx
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Chapter 16 Artemisia
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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            I was having such a good dream. I couldn’t remember it, but it made me happy. Then I came back to the place that wasn’t happy…reality.copyright protection6PENANAMvfFLQN41l

            “Wake up.” There was a thump and suddenly weight was on my chest.copyright protection6PENANAFp1u2VGP9x

            “Oww…jeez Paul.” I sat up and realized a duffel bag was what he had thrown at me.copyright protection6PENANAabL3sOEoJB

            “Come on, we have to hurry.” He whispered. I glanced at him confused and then opened up the bag. Inside was a set of black clothes, and underneath those was a quiver full of arrows and my bow.copyright protection6PENANAYv7ebT4YX6

            “What’s all this for?” I asked picking up my bow.copyright protection6PENANAkCvm7xiNnr

            “Kara’s fast asleep.” Paul said looking at me from the foot of my hospital bed.copyright protection6PENANAlxD6B6VfuE

            “Ok.” I told him. “So what?”copyright protection6PENANARsaZHlSMkP

            “So there’s no one to tell me that I can’t go after the person that hurt my sister anymore.” Paul grinned. “Come on.”copyright protection6PENANASFsn1zVjni

            “You want to go back into the woods?” I asked. “To look for who did this to me?” I indicated the bandages covering my back.copyright protection6PENANALIQpPrvKHZ

            “Well, I had some other things in mind besides just looking.” Paul admitted. “I was probably going to teach them what arrows feel like.”copyright protection6PENANAozszz9VrVf

            “Kara said we shouldn’t.” I put the bow back in the bag.copyright protection6PENANAhNVKbWj6gH

            “Kara isn’t here right now.” Paul insisted.copyright protection6PENANAp2pfreHWZo

            “That doesn’t mean she’s not still Hera, that doesn’t mean she’s not still the queen.” I reminded him.copyright protection6PENANAWnYoXxxSYt

            Paul looked at me. I couldn’t tell what he was thinking. Maybe anger, or annoyance. “Look sis, you know what I’m going to do tonight. I can’t make you go, but I am going.”copyright protection6PENANA8gh30sZkzg

            “You’ll end up in this bed instead of me.” I warned him.copyright protection6PENANA1ZjreKFVHE

            “I’m a better archer.” He boasted. “They won’t even touch me.”copyright protection6PENANAkD2i20PASO

            My twin made his way for the door. “The only reason they won’t touch you, is because I’ll be there to kill them before they get the chance.” I picked the bow back up and stood up. “Besides, I know just where it happened.”copyright protection6PENANA304k45N4qn

            Paul grinned wickedly and placed his hand on my shoulder. “Lead the way dear sister.” Sneaking out of the city is easy when it’s been practically abandoned. But it’s hard to climb down a mountain sneakily.copyright protection6PENANAksmDTAozw6

            “Should we knock him out?” Paul and I were hiding behind a building looking out at Hercules who was guarding the exit.copyright protection6PENANAeQKh8MhXm9

            “Have you ever see him? He’s huge! How would we knock Hercules out?” Paul whispered.copyright protection6PENANAMqaQKeWyin

            “Two gods versus one really strong super old hero.” I said. “I like those odds.”copyright protection6PENANAWDPihJTFiq

            “Yeah, odds of getting us caught.” Paul pulled me back behind the building. “Look, I’d rather no one catch us ok? Maybe we should try some other way to get to the valley.”copyright protection6PENANAMxgwOpi5nF

            “Like what?” I asked. “We’ve only ever used Hercules’ Landing.” I said. “To be honest, is there even another way out?”10Please respect copyright.PENANAszYkOvMZLR
            “There’s always a backdoor.” Paul grinned. “We just have to find it.” The two of us quietly backtracked away from Hercules and back into the city.copyright protection6PENANAf95p0QEWpX

            “Do you have a plan?” I asked.copyright protection6PENANAklA9DRTxwc

            “Course.” Paul said.copyright protection6PENANAXiJePxD8D0

            “What is it?”copyright protection6PENANANS9Ti9KX69

            “I don’t know yet.” He admitted.copyright protection6PENANAUruuA8luGS

            “Then you don’t have plan.” I corrected him.copyright protection6PENANAGDbpS0Xv9A

            “Shhh, Artie.” Paul stopped suddenly. “There’s my plan, little sister.” He was pointing towards the Olympian stables, where Bellerophon’s pegasi were housed.copyright protection6PENANAvWtFQMPAJW

            “Because stealing horses is more subtle than knocking out Hercules.”copyright protection6PENANAKEne8Ynus3

            “I didn’t stay more subtle, just so much easier.” Paul grabbed my hand and pulled me towards the stables. The pegasi were woken by our footsteps. Neighing and flapping of wings soon echoed throughout the night. Paul approached one and reached out a hand to touch its nose. “Hey there little guy.” He whispered quietly. “Can you give us a lift?” Paul opened the gate and carefully lead the pegasi out of its stable. It was about the size of a horse, which a rich white and black spotted coat, and its wings…they were powerful and larger than I would have imagined. The animal spread them and stretched, as it seemed to know it was about to be asked to fly.copyright protection6PENANAn8Hyxzzu5I

            “Will it be able to carry both of us?” I asked.copyright protection6PENANA5AFygwl575

            “It has a name.” Paul informed me. He leaned over and read the plaque nailed to its gate. “Dairy.”copyright protection6PENANA1RJo6RnumP

            “Dairy? That’s a horrible name.” I muttered. The pegasus stomped its foot and snorted loudly.copyright protection6PENANAyJXfivPS0U

            “He says Artemisia is too.” Paul told me grinning.copyright protection6PENANAB5vhEMNZRU

            “Shut up.”copyright protection6PENANA4TMOiSGFm2

            “Come on, let’s fly.” Paul clambered up onto the pegasus’ back. He extended his hand towards me. I grabbed it and jumped into place.copyright protection6PENANAuUMsa5X0XY

            “Looks like he can carry us.” I said.copyright protection6PENANAVy3rQIdDI5

            “I know I’ve put on a lot of muscle recently, but please…enough with the weight jokes.” Paul turned to look at me.copyright protection6PENANAyNYkBhchWz

            “The only thing you’ve put on is your clothes.” I said. I pinched his bicep. “How do you even draw your bow with this arm?”copyright protection6PENANAjru6TFbRG9

            Paul frowned at me and then turned forwards again. “Ignore her Dairy. Now…let’s fly!”copyright protection6PENANAQBIU3yChbk

            I couldn’t help but laugh. Dairy didn’t move. Paul had spoke with such enthusiasm and gusto that Dairy’s nonresponse only made me laugh harder. “Let’s fly?” I asked. “I think you meant, up up and away.”copyright protection6PENANAmJ7l3ICg0z

            “Shut up.” Paul muttered. “Come on bird horse, let’s go!”copyright protection6PENANAQk0kqU0CMG

            “This is definitely easier than fighting Hercules.” I informed my brother. “Look, we don’t even have to move.”copyright protection6PENANALCitwl29Cd

            “You’re not helping.” He told me.copyright protection6PENANAtYXBk1kWik

            “And this isn’t working.” I countered. “I think flying a horse isn’t something you just are born knowing how to do. Probably takes at least an hour of reading the manual.”copyright protection6PENANAv8Ewt5qtHc

            “Would you like to try?” Paul asked.copyright protection6PENANAatPsWmNZvq

            “No, not really.” I said. “I’m good here on the ground.” With that Dairy surged into the sky. I was forced to cling to Paul as Dairy galloped higher into the clouds.copyright protection6PENANAcZpaAJcUFu

            “Gods!” Paul screamed. “This is awesome!” He put his hands in the air like he was on a roller-coaster and waved them back and forth.copyright protection6PENANAfbCTH6Y7AG

            “Paul hold on!” I shouted at him. “Make him land.” Dairy only climbed higher.copyright protection6PENANAkK9ac6wZ52

            “Wow, we are really far up.” Paul was looking over his shoulder. “I’m starting to think Dairy is taking us where she wants.”copyright protection6PENANAqi1PtByFwd

            “Well we need to get her to take us where we want.” I said. “So fix it.”copyright protection6PENANA9LpMF6SEes

            “Say something.” Paul shouted over the wind as Dairy briefly picked up speed by dropping into a dive.copyright protection6PENANAkzcuJpAgoG

            “Paul the horse can’t talk to you.” I informed him.copyright protection6PENANAiPZjEsVc7r

            “NO SHIT.” My brother turned to face me. “I was talking to you, try to tell Dairy what to do.”copyright protection6PENANAqgdP3SVVwa

            “Why?” I questioned him.copyright protection6PENANAoRJBls0WIp

            “I’m troubleshooting our no control problem.” He said.copyright protection6PENANAC1eBkS3g4b

            “Ok.” I said. I trusted my brother, even if I didn’t understand his motives. Like with finding the pegasi, even when Paul doesn’t have a plan, there’s a reason to his madness. “Dairy, take us back to the stable.” There was no response, and no change in course.copyright protection6PENANAHusVkvNfrj

            “Now tell her to keep flying.” Paul ordered.copyright protection6PENANApQa9rwBrsk

            “Why can’t you do it?”copyright protection6PENANAR4l5GGXKW2

            “I’m testing a hypothesis ok? Just listen to me.” Paul said.copyright protection6PENANAVExnzRTn7k

            Shaking my head I complied. “Dairy, keep flying.” We plummeted. Dairy seemed to be trying to land as fast as possible.copyright protection6PENANAGwaRFCoh3Q

            “Dairy don’t safely land in the valley by the woods across from Mount Olympus!” Paul shouted. Dairy ignored him. Paul nudged me.copyright protection6PENANABUVX0BDXlA

            “Dairy don’t land in the valley over there.” I repeated.copyright protection6PENANA0hfxEOoybv

            “Safely!”copyright protection6PENANASS23KIF80J

            “Safely!”copyright protection6PENANAYCEUzEvdCR

            “No not safely.” Paul shouted.copyright protection6PENANAOC839NRyl3

            “Dairy don’t land safely.” I shouted. I was started to understand what Paul’s hypothesis was. Dairy instantly spread her wings and hurried to disobey my order. The valley approached and we were gently set down upon it.copyright protection6PENANA4eV6hGPXOP

            “Thank gods.” I muttered jumping off. “I thought I was going to die.”copyright protection6PENANAGNrkH1ZdeB

            Paul was petting Dairy from still on her back. “I think she doesn’t like you.”copyright protection6PENANA42dd5n0XWm

            “Well its mutual demon winged horse.” I said.copyright protection6PENANA00AW7SDXQs

            “Think about it.” Paul said smiling as he slid off the pegasus’ back. “Dairy did the exact opposite of whatever you said. I think you really made her mad when you insulted her name.”copyright protection6PENANAMwfeRXfRbu

            “Next time, we’re just going to fight Hercules.”copyright protection6PENANAsgxGtC4uA0

            “Thank you Dairy.” Paul said shrugging his quiver over his shoulder. “Tell her to leave, we’ll need her for the ride back.” He whispered to me.copyright protection6PENANARB1sy9kb6a

            “Dairy, I want you to leave. Don’t wait for us, we won’t need a ride back.” The horse stood firm, staring me down. With one last glare at my newfound enemy I turned to follow Paul into the woods.copyright protection6PENANADTHT8zRoq3

            “Do you remember where about the hellhounds attacked you?” Paul asked. “Maybe we can find some tracks and follow them to whoever was blowing that horn. And then I can show them why my sister isn’t dog food.”copyright protection6PENANASTjqAN3EiD

            “Yes, I could probably find it again.” I told him. “I think if we just go this way, we should run right into the spot.” I said.copyright protection6PENANAF9fHBNQWZX

            “Then let’s go.” Paul started trekking through the woods. It didn’t take long to get back to where the bodies had been. The bodies had been recovered earlier, but the smell of blood and death still hung in the air. Paul stood in the middle of the small clearing and drew an arrow.copyright protection6PENANA7CROwZoooP

            “The hellhound ran off that way.” I said pointing in the direction where the horn had sounded.copyright protection6PENANArgIKHixKXQ

            Paul nodded. “Then that’s the way we go.” The forest was louder at night for some reason. Bugs and rodents scurried through the undergrowth, running from our footfalls. Paul and I didn’t talk, we stalked forwards, following the broken branches and muddy footprints the hound left behind. I knelt and loaded an arrow into my bow as well. I had a feeling I’d need it soon. We kept following the trail left for us, until a new sound joined the nightly ruckus.copyright protection6PENANAnCZCjBqaxp

            “That sounds like a fire.” I whispered. Sure enough, now I noticed the glow. Obscured behind trees and hidden through bushes, a weak light was flickering.copyright protection6PENANA7F2YuyYSXm

            “A campfire?” Paul suggested.copyright protection6PENANAHoDq8kJG4G

            “Whoever blew that horn must have made a fire.” I craned my neck to try and see. “I can’t see anyone though.”copyright protection6PENANAxsiw5C8vMG

            “Spread out.” Paul whispered. “Maybe they’re asleep. Watch for those dogs.” He warned. I nodded and watched as Paul veered off to the left, circling around and away from the light. I made my way right, careful to listen for any sound or sign.copyright protection6PENANAUUlXTPvSIs

            There was nothing. I found myself just outside the ring of flickering firelight without occurrence. The fire was unattended. I didn’t like this. I was starting to think this was a trap.copyright protection6PENANAepRSQZdzGh

            Before I could act on my misgivings, a figure stepped out of the tree line and approached the fire. The figure was slender and graceful, moving without the slightest hint of a sound to give them away. I couldn’t see any part of them under their green cloak, and despite sitting down before the fire, the large hood pulled over their face still shaded their features from view.copyright protection6PENANAfdKyKPaTlX

            I raised my bow and took aim. I did not know this person, but I could not imagine an innocent person would be camping this close to Mount Olympus on accident. I had a gut feeling this was the horn blower. The hood angled up, as the face underneath gazed at the stars. The movement caused the cloak around their body to slip slightly, revealing a hunting horn tied to their belt.copyright protection6PENANAzfSVcLKIDs

            TWANG! An arrow rocketed from the outside of the clearing. Paul must have fired his bow. Faster than I could track with my eyes the figure jumped out of the way, having not been in any real danger of being pierced by Paul’s arrow.copyright protection6PENANAbSS2KI2XiJ

            “HYYYYH.” The hooded figured barked.  I felt the hot breath of a hellhound on my skin as three massive dogs emerged from the bush encircling me. “Come, sit with me at my fire.” The figure spoke, once more sitting by the fire. I realized the voice was feminine.copyright protection6PENANAfxXZ5IPgBa

            Which some encouragement from the dogs, I took a seat near the fire. Paul was likewise deposited next to me. The hounds retreated back to the tree line, ominously they began circling, mere shadows waiting to bring us back to hell with them.copyright protection6PENANAebq66DRQmv

            “The twin Olympians.” The figure spoke. “Lord Apollo…and Lady Artemis.”copyright protection6PENANAjxncA8VC6d

            “Who are you?” Paul shouted.copyright protection6PENANAmlLjlR1a7D

            “I?” the head tilted towards my brother. “I am simply the Huntress.”copyright protection6PENANAllOLsUpjLL

            “Well then Huntress, what are you doing here? And why did you attack my sister?” Paul demanded.copyright protection6PENANAP4jchTlcwr

            “I am here on my fathers orders.” She said calmly. “And as to the attack, it was not my intention. My hunting hounds were merely supposed to observe you, I apologize that you were wounded Lady Artemis.”copyright protection6PENANAqSNbc82eja

            I was taken aback that she apologized to me. “Who are you?” I said.copyright protection6PENANARFwFrYzQhk

            “The Huntress. Who are you?”copyright protection6PENANAC7pVjHPETm

            “You know my name.” I told her. “You just said it.” There was no reply.copyright protection6PENANA6jeTvr2xFm

            “What are you doing here?” Paul asked. “You said your father sent you, who is he? Why did he send you?”copyright protection6PENANAHw1dcscLju

            “That would give away the game now wouldn’t it?” the Huntress said.copyright protection6PENANA6VBvQUcGz6

            “What happened to Hestia?” I said. I had a feeling this mysterious woman was somehow related to Hestia’s disappearence.copyright protection6PENANA2GqhzWICto

            “She is in good hands.”copyright protection6PENANAYbVZp7sBSL

            “So she was kidnapped?” Paul said.copyright protection6PENANA5YGGuxBHdb

            “The Theomachy has begun.”copyright protection6PENANAOgSfxsbg4E

            “Theomachy?” I asked. “What the hell is that?” out of the darkness emerged a large lumbering bear and a wild and wicked looking boar.copyright protection6PENANAE2Qz2gGuRz

            “My attendants the bear and the boar will return you to your Dairy. Sleep well young Olympians. My hounds are hungry. Tomorrow I think I will let them run.”copyright protection6PENANAfXyWE2ugKH

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