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Gods In Training: Generations
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Chapter 27 Artemisia
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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            “Aletheia take me.”  Blade spoke the words. Now he was bound to his word. Now he had to help me find Paul. I climbed down the building. The pile of bodies meant I only had to climb half as far as when I went up. I had killed so many, but I knew even that considerable amount was nothing compared to the hordes the Huntress had unleashed. The city was overrun. We were alone now, but that wouldn’t last long. “Hurry.”copyright protection3PENANArwOOXhCadA

            I pointed the arrow at his neck. “Don’t you dare lie to me. We’re going to find Paul.”copyright protection3PENANAH2spIeQKwv

            “I swore on Aletheia.” He said. “I don’t even think I can lie if I wanted to. Now shut your mouth.” Now I was actually covered in darkness, but I had felt like I had been since watching Paul fall.copyright protection3PENANAqcajuB3Zbl

            “Paul!” I shouted looking around. We were in the valley below Olympus, Blade had kept his word. The field was littered with bodies of friends and fiends. My eyes darted, moving quicker than any arrow ever could.copyright protection3PENANAvDSjrQB40O

            “Lady Artemis. Lord Hades.” A voice called out. “Have you come for Lord Apollo?” My eyes found the source. It was the Huntress, but she wasn’t alone. In addition to the several hellhounds a cloak figure stood next to her. The Huntress was standing tall over them all. Her height advantage was due to her standing atop the wreckage of a chariot. A chariot which had a body lifelessly draped over it.copyright protection3PENANAFHR77zmXkS

            “That’s Selene.” I pointed it out. The pale hair shone with much less vigor in death. It also was no long pure white. Red was straining the moon goddess. “Paul and Pan were in the chariot. They could be there.”copyright protection3PENANAtL5D4ze7zq

            “This is clearly a trap.” Blade muttered. “Besides we’re outnumbered.”copyright protection3PENANAt44mowcZAd

            “You swore to look for my brother with me.”copyright protection3PENANANfVFn2fJ0z

            “We found him.” Blade pointed at Selene’s body and her chariot. “They put her body there. They want you to think that. Paul is dead. They killed him too. We have to leave now.”copyright protection3PENANACtkH7pgmxQ

            The Huntress was plucking at the string of her bow. “Come, rescue your fellow new Olympian. Come save your brother, girl.” I wished I hadn’t broken my bow. I wished I could fight her. I wished I could kill her. I looked down at the last arrow in my hand, my only weapon. It wouldn’t be enough. “Shall the hounds feast on him?”copyright protection3PENANAN0URninAiY

            “Artemisia.” Blade put his hand on my shoulder. “We need to leave. There is nothing more we can do.”copyright protection3PENANAN6eILBL0lL

            “Not until I see the body.” I muttered coldly. “Not until I know for a fact…one way or another.” Blade bit his lip.copyright protection3PENANAzXfUFmjWJQ

            “Calypso is going to kill me.” he mumbled drawing his flaming sword. “You need a weapon.”copyright protection3PENANAMwRGneZLOh

            “I need to find Paul.” I countered. The hellhounds had started to encircle us. Slowly moving behind us, tried to trap us. The Huntress was still playing her bow like a lyre. Meanwhile the hooded friend hadn’t moved. Could that be Paul? Maybe she had bound him and stood him up for me to see?copyright protection3PENANAJCoXl9z6aU

            “If you’re going to do this, sooner would be better.” Blade was turning with the Hellhounds, eyeing them nervously. I griped the shaft of the arrow between my two hands and broke it off near the arrowhead, now I had a dagger…at least a small semblance of one.copyright protection3PENANASJS8EyvXue

            “Can you take the dogs?” I asked.copyright protection3PENANAOgKFX8UWTJ

            “I should have brought Cerberus.” Blade complained. “Maybe he could have talked sense into them…while I talked sense into you.”copyright protection3PENANAeClDAHM9OW

            “Can you take…”copyright protection3PENANA4HGXPkvkiZ

            “Yes.” He shouted charging. He took the first beast down in one strike. The others howled and leapt into action. Racing around us biting as they passed.copyright protection3PENANAz6gkMdsGal

            “Keep them busy!” I shouted. “I’m going for the bitch.” I sprinted towards the Huntress. Her sonic boom bow would rip right through me. I couldn’t let it hit me. I didn’t have any shield or any other form of cover. I readied myself to dive sideways, I was confident that her first arrow would miss. The problem was…I had to make sure I was back on my feet before the second found me. Behind me I heard another howl and sizzle as Blade must have killed another. I couldn’t look though. My eyes had to watch for when the Huntress drew her bow. I would have less than a second to dodge, I needed the earliest possible warning.copyright protection3PENANAppYL2ztPIh

            But she didn’t draw her bow. Under her hood she smiled, and then turned to the figure next to her. “Uncle…would you?” Two black hands slowly rose up, and out of the loose sleeves of the robes a thick mist poured out. It swirled around the figure and the Huntress. Obscuring them before slowly spreading outwards. I stopped and quickly dove to the side. Damn, now I wouldn’t know when her arrow was coming. I turned over my shoulder. Blade was busy with the hounds still. He was too far away to be of any help, besides he seemed to busy to even notice what was going on. He was an easy target. Oblivious and in the open. If she wouldn’t fire at me, surely she would target him.copyright protection3PENANALNYsKNMg85

            “Artemisia don’t!” Blade shouted behind me. When would he stop? I had to find Paul. I leapt forward. The cover of the mist would be to my advantage. The Huntress wouldn’t be able to see me until I was close, close enough to stab her with my makeshift dagger. “I know that mist.” Blade shouted behind me, he was now running towards me, the hound on his tail. “It’s from the Underworld.”copyright protection3PENANAgIbw2XKuEU

             BOOM. An arrow rocketed out of the mist, burying itself where I had been before the mist had appeared. She was blind in there I grinned, surging forth even fastest.copyright protection3PENANAQ4kPPmoib6

            “No!” Blade shouted once more. He didn’t know that I still had the arrowhead. He must think I was unarmed. Or maybe he thought I wasn’t completely focused with Paul’s fate up in the air. No, I was focused. Focused on killing the Huntress. “Artie! The mist is…” his voice cut off. I was in the mist now. I worried about Blade, had the hellhounds gotten to him? Why had his words been cut short. I hadn’t heard another arrow, surely he hadn’t been shot.copyright protection3PENANAAXUypFmcVv

            I retreated out of the mist, going to look for him. It was my fault he was here after all. I ran back towards where he had been. The mist had spread far in the short time I had taken to turn around. I couldn’t escape it.copyright protection3PENANAhcdtIfrsJ5

            “Blade!” I called out. “Blade where are you.”copyright protection3PENANAnA9HpZ3Nif

            “He can’t hear you here.” I turned around, but I couldn’t see the Huntress. “Thank you for ignoring him. You have just made yourself a caged animal.”copyright protection3PENANAUScOrCtNOp

            I looked around, Blade had to be here somewhere. Slowly I realized I didn’t recognize where I was. There were no longer bodies around me. There was no longer grass underneath me. Empty expanses of space spread out around me, all of it shrouded with this mist.copyright protection3PENANAj6BwzkL0Mv

            “Usually I don’t hunt trapped animals.” The Huntress’ voice rang out. “There is no sport in it, no challenge.”copyright protection3PENANA5a5fRveUiw

            “I’m always a challenge.” I started running as soon as I spoke. I couldn’t let her pinpoint me.copyright protection3PENANAadpn2QZwEN

            The Huntress laughed. “Girl you don’t understand what you have done. You’ve sent yourself to Hell.”copyright protection3PENANAVXTxttRftE

            “I’m not there yet.” I shouted.copyright protection3PENANALzOROFm2AF

            “Yes, you are.” This was a different voice now, different from the Huntress. It had to be her friend, the newcomer. The mist maker. “You are in Hell. You are in the Underworld. You are in my realm NOW!” suddenly the figure burst forth from the mist. Lunging at me with a flaming sword.copyright protection3PENANAzLSY8VO7rs

            “Gods!” I feel down, my arrowhead held up overhead. The figure was tackled to the ground.copyright protection3PENANAVnqPVUiM9M

            “I’m here for you Artie.”copyright protection3PENANArUlgL9W8cx

            “Pan!” I shouted. I couldn’t believe my eyes. The satyr was alive and well, in all his cloven glory. “You’re alive?” the flaming swordman laughed at my words before retreating into the mist.copyright protection3PENANANLiGKqByy2

            “I’m surprised too kid.” He helped me up. We turned to look for anymore threats. Surely the two were hunting us even now. I risked a hug.copyright protection3PENANA1tqsilmB8w

            “Paul?”copyright protection3PENANAnzrIQdSMl5

            Pan shook his head. “The last thing I remember was falling. I don’t know what happened to him.”copyright protection3PENANAk8QCPB3q9C

            “But if you survived…”copyright protection3PENANAtb5UDofZZn

            “Let’s focus on staying that way.” We ran in the opposite direction from the flaming sword.copyright protection3PENANAwmXX5OaXBv

            “Hmmm, now the hunt’s getting interesting.” Her voice rang out over the barren landscape.copyright protection3PENANA2VETytuBUE

            “Hunt…Huntress.” Pan fell to his knees. “Something…something important.” He was clutching his head.copyright protection3PENANAdoPjitHxtH

            “What’s wrong?” I knelt next to him. We couldn’t stay in one place for long. Surely we were being closed in on.copyright protection3PENANAVZ3TW8H66i

            “I…I don’t remember.” Pan whispered frantically. “Something about the Huntress.”copyright protection3PENANAC8eg2MKwoE

            I remembered the last time I had seen Pan. When he and Selene had gone back down to get Paul. “You seemed to know who she was. I think. You acted like you knew her.”copyright protection3PENANAaB30VltDTW

            “I did?”copyright protection3PENANAkPWoJSxqZD

            “You don’t remember?” I asked.copyright protection3PENANAJBMYRPKCl8

            “I…I…”copyright protection3PENANAhwKkwFG0iz

            “My realm is claiming you.” The second voice spoke out. “You are fading goat god.”copyright protection3PENANAXDpT28MzyL

            “Come on.” I grabbed his hand, it nearly slipped out of my grip. “You fell off a mountain, its to be expected your head doesn’t work right away. We’ll get out and then you can think about it. Besides, I don’t need to know her name to kill her.”copyright protection3PENANAdin0gfP1Ra

            “But you do need to find me.” BOOM an arrow rocketed so close to Pan I could have sworn it touched him.copyright protection3PENANA98HTtez9eS

            “Hurry!” I let go of Pan to sprint to the left. We had to shake the Huntress.copyright protection3PENANAIcv76xfS7O

            Pan was wheezing, barely able to keep up. “Artie, where are we?” he coughed out.copyright protection3PENANAEk71lohap8

            “I don’t know.” I said. We were in the valley by Olympus, but this mist…I think it took us somewhere.”copyright protection3PENANAlyh2sKh1Tw

            “Artie…I…I can’t remember.”copyright protection3PENANATCIpJOWZH4

            “Come on Pan.” I shouted. “You’re concussion is a problem for after these two’s funeral.copyright protection3PENANAOmpWoKkFUK

            “You are amusing to me new god.” The second voice purred in the mist. “Your ignorance…surely niece you wish to kill her now. She is an insult to you.”copyright protection3PENANANgj5jLPANI

            “I appreciate this mist you made.” I shouted. “It’s wonderful not to have to look at you two, but next time make sure I won’t have to listen to you either. Kind of a design flaw to have to hear your babble.”copyright protection3PENANA6GkP54D24l

            BOOM! Another arrow rocketed into the ground to my right.copyright protection3PENANA7THwP5g9Kb

            “The Lady Artemis finds fault in her new home.” The second voice scoffed. “Fear not new god. Soon enough my mist will make sure you never experience anything ever again. Your friend knows of what I speak.copyright protection3PENANAUyrdDLYtlL

            “Artie.” I turned to look at Pan. He looked pale, ghostly pale. “I…I…help.”copyright protection3PENANAcssxhyCVBG

            “Pan come on.” I kept running. I had to get him away from these monsters and this mist.copyright protection3PENANAgIzXep3vyN

            The Huntress laughed. “ARTIIIIIEEE” Boom. Pan stopped speaking. I screamed and charged backwards. Pan was my mentor. He had picked me to be a god, I wasn’t going to leave him here.copyright protection3PENANAHsm9G0UEuf

            “Looking for someone?” the second voice asked. I stopped running. I looked around. There should have been some sign of him by now? A body, a bloodstain. It had sounded like the Huntress had killed Pan, but there was no evidence that he had ever even been here. “Can’t you hear him in the mist? Can’t you hear his babble? No…I don’t think you will ever hear from him again.”copyright protection3PENANAqGISdZrQU2

            Suddenly over the sound of this second voice I heard crying, a woman crying. The Huntress? No it couldn’t be…who was it then. Cautiously, my head on a swivel I gazed around, wary for any sign of it. The crying was getting louder. I stopped moving, and crouched. Out of the mist a woman walked towards me. A pale woman with even paler white hair.copyright protection3PENANAwbL68Zvbv4

            “Selene?” I couldn’t believe my eyes. I had seen her body, watched her die. How was she here now, much less without a sign of any of her mortal wounds or blood? She didn’t see or speak to me. She merely walked closer, crying the whole while. As I watched her grew paler and paler…no not paler, more transparent. She was fading away into nothingness. Soon she was gone entirely.copyright protection3PENANAZcxmldnfSR

            “It seems she remembered a little bit more than your satyr.” The second voice spoke. “She realized what this place was, and what it meant for her.”copyright protection3PENANAvixebLdDB8

            “She was brave in life. Going back for Lord Apollo.” The Huntress spoke. “See what becomes of your martyrs?”copyright protection3PENANAF8jqfsqLEW

            I shook my head. This was a trick. Somehow this mist was poisoning me, clouding my mind. Making me see things that weren’t real. Blade had warned me after all. He had recognized the mist. He said it was from the Underworld. I got to my feet and surged forwards. I couldn’t let them find me. I had to keep moving. I ran in the direction Selene had come from. And that is what led me to see it.copyright protection3PENANAQE8n0uBnKu

            The chariot was lying exactly as it was when I had last seen it. Complete with Selene’s corpse. I looked around. I must be getting out of the mist. Maybe realizing it broke the spell. Carefully I approached the chariot. I was wary of a trap.copyright protection3PENANAfgMMuYyIBa

            “Pan.” The satyr’s body was lying facedown on the ground near the chariot. His legs were clearly broken, and his body was battered. It looked like he had died on impact. But then how…the mist. This mist was clouding my mind.copyright protection3PENANAQhjaIzC9kg

            “Artie.” I looked up and saw my brother. Paul was standing on the other side of the chariot.copyright protection3PENANA5bUezVJajt

            “Paul.” I nearly cried. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I went to rush towards him. Yearning to hug him. Yearning to hold him.copyright protection3PENANAEyJrleqUW2

            “No!” he held out his hands stopping me. He glanced down at his feet. “Don’t come over here. Whatever you do Artie, don’t come to this side of the chariot.”copyright protection3PENANA4NkoX3Xzci

            “Paul?”copyright protection3PENANAQitLx3Ggd0

            “Don’t talk.” He ordered. “My memory is cloudy and getting worse. I have to tell you something. But I need you to promise. Promise you will leave, get out of this mist. Find the others. Tell them what I say. But please above all else…don’t come to this side of the chariot.”copyright protection3PENANAKSyukUILOF

            “Paul I don’t…”copyright protection3PENANAOTs8hqcf0o

            “Artie stop. The Huntress, she’s Artemis. The OLD Artemis. The orginal, the one before you. Pan recognized her. He figured it out. We were going to tell you, we tried, but…we didn’t make it.” Paul was looking very pale. “The old Olympians are back. They want to retake their place ruling the world. This experiment…humans becoming gods, they’re ending it.” Paul was a ghost. He was nearly transparentcopyright protection3PENANAyRH2Ce5jvj

            “Paul…” My mind was realizing what was happening, but I didn’t want to believe it.copyright protection3PENANAjgcSKxMtiB

            “Artie, tell the others. Warn them. Theomachy, Pan translated it. It means war of the gods. The old ones, they’re coming back. You have to stop them.” Paul’s very essence was melting away as I watched. “Artie, I love you. I’m sorry…I’m sorry you have to know what it’s like to lose a twin. Please, don’t come to this side of the chariot.” My brother faded into nothingness. He disappeared into the mist, his soul lost to its hidden depths.copyright protection3PENANA96uBfM2r22

            “PAULLLLLLLLL!” I screamed.copyright protection3PENANAQATyCwNIPi

            “The game is up.” The Huntress walked out from behind the chariot. “The cat is out of the bag. Hello Artemis, I want my life back.” BOOM! And arrow burst forwards, I had already moved. As soon as I saw her I pounced. Now I knew for sure, knew that this woman killed Selene and Pan and so many others. But now I knew she killed Paul too. I buried the arrowhead into her upper chest, as close to her neck as I could get. We toppled to the ground.copyright protection3PENANA19yd2jKPN3

            The Huntress, Artemis…whatever. She yelled in pain. She then began to batter me with her fists. I was knocked off of her and she staggered to her feet, blood starting to cover her cloak.copyright protection3PENANAqW9VxpHARK

            The second figure stepped out of the mist and loomed over me. “This one is tough. At least she has your fighting spirit.” He told the other Artemis.copyright protection3PENANADHkwfX33FS

            “Being in your realm was supposed to weaken her.” The bleeding goddess complained.copyright protection3PENANAlG2UU4eET1

            “It seems the other Hades still has some sway.” He muttered. “It doesn’t matter, the girl will still die here. By my flames or your arrows.” I was crawling away from him. Backtracking  to what I hoped was safety. Slowly rounding the chariot. Only then did I remember Paul’s last words. Only then did I see what was on the other side of the chariot. Paul lay there, his body showing all the signs of the fall much like Pan, however he also showed other signs. Arrows embedded into his body so deep only the tuft of the fletching was exposed. Burns were interspersed between the arrows, places where a flaming sword had seared into him.copyright protection3PENANAHkXRfvhX58

            “Being the god of the Underworld has some perks.” The second figure knelt next to me. I made sure his soul wasn’t let into Tartarus right away. I made sure he was still breathing when we did that.”copyright protection3PENANAHIQ2f6Zi9F

            “It’s your fault really.” Artemis smiled through the pain. “We couldn’t get to the gods up in your city, so we played with him.”copyright protection3PENANAbvmdqghEVb

            “We showed him the true power of an Olympian god.” Hades roared. “We proved that mortals are not fit to be gods. We proved our claim to the throne of Olympus and the seat of power in this world. And we will have it back, especially if that means doing to the rest of you what we did to him.”copyright protection3PENANAFDvDvL8MId

            “Hoping that’s the case.” Artemis whispered.copyright protection3PENANAVqWMtbTtt3

            “Take solace in the fact your loved ones will not have to see you disfigured like your brother. The others will all be dead long before.”copyright protection3PENANA8FyvSZLaDH

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