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Gods In Training: Generations
Writer TJ Nyx
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Gods In Training: Generations
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Intro 1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10 11
Chapter 5 Kara
TJ Nyx
Jun 11, 2018
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No Plagiarism!TJ7qBxKP9mIvKQo06akZposted on PENANA

            It had all started two days ago.copyright protection21PENANAwVoPv1TjKD

“My Lady Hera!” I sighed. There was no such thing as free time for the Queen of the gods.copyright protection21PENANAWEm34XAPNK

“Yes?” I turned. There was a young nymph kneeling before me. “What is it?”copyright protection21PENANAbvfWmEXsOh

“You must come at once.”copyright protection21PENANArlcQaIR31B

“What has happened?”copyright protection21PENANAGXf31k0BaO

“It is Lady Hestia.” The nymph told me.copyright protection21PENANAmmkCiGgf85

“What about her?”copyright protection21PENANAwzqJpBrgFt

“Please come with me.” The nymph jumped to her feet and took off running. I had no choice but to follow.copyright protection21PENANASmr8pstq4D

“Where are we going?” I shouted. “What’s wrong with Hestia?” None of this made any sense. That was the life of a goddess. Chaos was only ever a minute away.copyright protection21PENANAeqZy2hejxm

I shouldn’t complain. Life had been good. We had had an unprecedented time of peace, so much so that I had called a hiatus on the Olympian Council. There honestly wasn’t a need for all of the other New Olympians to be here. I had decided it would be best to give everyone a chance to relax and do whatever each of them wanted. I had decided they should get to enjoy being gods for once. We had earned it. I on the other hand, was still Queen. I didn’t take breaks. I was too busy.copyright protection21PENANAp3WPNmrfD6

“This way my Lady.” The nymph called to me. I realized where we were heading. This nymph was leading me to the throne room. What could possibly be going on? I picked up the pace a little, trying to catch the nymph. She bounded into the throne room and slid to a halt.copyright protection21PENANAIvs9ESC7iG

I reached her side and tried to regain my breath. “Now tell me what has happened. Where’s Hestia?” The nymph didn’t speak, she pointed. I followed her finger. She was pointing to the home hearth, the fire that burned in the throne room eternally. As the goddess of the home and hearth, it was Hestia’s sacred symbol. Only there was a problem.copyright protection21PENANAKw7J5a1jty

“Summon the gods.” I told the nymph. “Any that are on New Olympus, find them and send them here now.” I looked back in confusion and fear. “Hurry!” I shouted when I saw the nymph hadn’t moved.copyright protection21PENANAGSCCIpY9FB

This wasn’t good. I didn’t know what this meant, but I had an ominous feeling. I approached the hearth and knelt besides it.copyright protection21PENANAgn7IxLA9ST

“Hestia?” there was no answer. “Hestia are you there? Zeus damn it!” I rose to my feet and retreated to my throne. Brushing my fingers gently on the armrest I started thinking. I’m going to have to summon the others. I realized. This was just the type of thing we had avoided for so long. But now it appeared things would once again be happening to us. Hopefully we had learned a few things for this time around.copyright protection21PENANAQCpXmv7nOA

“Hurry this way.” I heard the nymph call out in the distance. If people saw, there would be a panic. I needed time to figure it out for myself, free from the hysteria and confusion this would likely bring. I hurriedly closed the curtains that surrounded the throne room and stood outside waiting for the nymph and whomever she had been able to find. They appeared shortly gathering before me.copyright protection21PENANAVvtx8bX6lC

Several gods had answered the call, among then were a few I recognized, Pan and Demeter, who had refused to leave. Something about the air helped her skin. I don’t know she is…quite different now.copyright protection21PENANAIB0QkyBUHu

“Thank you for coming.” I said. I could tell they were concerned and confused. I wasn’t sure what the nymph had told them, but I hoped she hadn’t mentioned the hearth. I looked around and saw the curtain I had drawn across the throne room. Others followed my gaze. Whispers started in the crowd, whispers I had to quell. “This curtain has been drawn because the throne room is empty. The New Olympians are not here as you all know.” I started. “We must open it once more. Summon the Olympians, summon my brethren. We have urgent matters to discuss.” They bowed before me and hurried off. “You!” I pointed to the nymph. “Come here.” The crowd did as their queen bid, I was alone with the young nymph.copyright protection21PENANANx7dvtICRx

“My Lady?” she bowed before approaching.copyright protection21PENANAdM3GkbSiid

“What did you tell them?”copyright protection21PENANAV0OVR8tt3b

“That they must come quickly. That you had summoned them.” The nymph told me.copyright protection21PENANAXRJ45eyORp

“You said nothing of the hearth?” I asked.copyright protection21PENANAm4cpLxADQS

“No.” the nymph answered.copyright protection21PENANAQLTFHKObdS

“Good.” I relaxed a little bit. I had some time now. When the others arrived we would have things to discussed. “Come with me.” I pulled the curtain apart and stepped through. The nymph followed closely behind.copyright protection21PENANAmbK6gPlODc

“What does it mean?” she asked.copyright protection21PENANAe0hrp2ZZFP

“I’m not sure.” I admitted gazing at the hearth. “But things of this nature seldom are good omens in this world.” The conversation died off. We both gazed at the empty hearth. There was no fire, no sign of life. It was empty, and that’s just the feeling it left me with.copyright protection21PENANASwBLciw1tJ

I was sitting crossed-legged on the floor. I was gazing blankly at the empty hearth. The throne room was colder now, not just because the fire had gone out, but it had lost it’s feeling of welcoming and peace. It was cold now, and distant. The thrones appeared stiff and mysterious. Without Hestia this place was foreign to me.copyright protection21PENANATQVDXbti07

“My Lady.” I looked up, the nymph was back. “They are arriving.”copyright protection21PENANAve7MGwOFwu

“Good.” I stood up and brushed myself off. “Send them to me when they are arrived. Please…make no mention of this until they are within the throne room.” She bowed and ducked around the curtain into the outside world once more. The curtain had been drawn for two days. People were beginning to get anxious. They could tell something was wrong. I had never completely shut the throne room before, but I didn’t want word getting out. When the eternal flame that lights the gods throne room burns out, something is happening. And new happenings are not a good thing for gods.copyright protection21PENANAvo069dpFeT

“Kara?”copyright protection21PENANAp8KkMHwf0w

“Deon and Adele.” I couldn’t help but smile. Seeing my friends again made it hard to have problems. “Its good to see you.”copyright protection21PENANAmvLuir167x

“I’m here too.” Demi pushed through the couple and stood eyeing me. “See Adele, I told you her hair is starting to grow back in.” she pointed out to her companion.copyright protection21PENANABDWCJ6P8M3

Subconsciously I ran my hand through my still quite short hair. “Yeah. It is.”copyright protection21PENANA2bcMwYt2du

“Queen Hair-a.” Demeter bowed, a grin spreading across her face. I couldn’t help but laugh.copyright protection21PENANAzAZk5iM6pU

“Hey.” Adele came over and hugged me. “I’m glad you did, but why did you summon us?”copyright protection21PENANAD0xzChFrpr

“Umm, the fire’s out.” Deon realized walking over to the hearth. “Why is the fire out? Are you cleaning it?”copyright protection21PENANAvrDHeaGHcT

“That’s actually why you all are here.” I said letting go of Adele.copyright protection21PENANAbLub6ztSFT

“You need help starting a fire?” Demeter snapped her gum. “Do I look like a boy scout?”copyright protection21PENANAMjTkTvBzX1

“It’s not that I need to restart it.” I began. “It’s just…”copyright protection21PENANA1ttEbHORp1

“Wait a minute.” I could tell Adele was having a revelation. “Hestia.” I was watching her make the connection. “That was Hestia’s job…to keep the fire going. Why wouldn’t she do her job?”copyright protection21PENANALBNgMTPgMv

I looked at them all. Confusion was spreading to their faces. “Hestia brought you here, didn’t she? She was the one that chose you to become gods?” I was remembering back to when I first became Hera, when we all first became gods.copyright protection21PENANA9zO3TIzvhx

“Why would you ask that?” Deon asked. “What’s going on?”copyright protection21PENANAwi1ZXcHL46

“Where is she?” Adele looked around. “Hestia!”copyright protection21PENANANQHB6uvWLi

            I took a deep breath. I had worked with Hestia a lot, but these three had been closer to her than to their mothers. She had recruited them, she had taught them how to be gods, and she was always there for them. How could I tell them she was now gone? “Hestia disappeared.” Just rip the Band-Aid off. “I believe that is why the hearth has gone out.”copyright protection21PENANArVRgYLYygf

“Disappeared?” Deon looked back to the fire. “Is she lost?”copyright protection21PENANA5Nx6Nujugn

“Gods don’t get lost!” Demeter pointed out. “Hestia is smarter than that. Maybe she needed a vacation.”copyright protection21PENANAB4eiFkNbgy

“How long has she been gone?” Adele asked.copyright protection21PENANAtIulYs6X0n

“The last time I saw her was about three days ago.” I told them. “She seemed normal, and she didn’t say anything about a vacation.”copyright protection21PENANAc6bKcYfwtw

“And when did that happen?” Adele pointed to the hearth.copyright protection21PENANAU4A8ngtasK

“It was brought to my attention two days ago.” I said.copyright protection21PENANAJVsdgrGnoH

“They have to be related.” Adele sat in her throne. “Hestia leaves, and the fire burns out.”copyright protection21PENANAKBNVl0UBwn

“That was my reasoning as well.” I concurred with the wisdom goddess.copyright protection21PENANA7rsIzPZ30r

“But why would she leave?” Demeter asked. She sounded hurt. Demi had been a little girl when we had become gods. Hestia had been the only one to make time for her. She had gotten left out and forgotten especially with Blade and Kronos threatening our world. Hestia had probably been her only friend for a long time.copyright protection21PENANANJmgXDHD06

“And where would she go?” Deon added to our list of questions.copyright protection21PENANAkLH7H38BEF

“I have no idea.” I admitted. Sheepishly I added, “My hope had been that one of you three could shed some light on this situation. Did any of you hear from her recently? Did she mention anything, was anything strange about her behavior?”copyright protection21PENANAZL6ruFhtJh

“She just wished me luck on my previous rounds of exams.” Adele’s face was furrowed, recalling any and every detail she could from her last conversation with the now missing goddess. Hoping like I had that something would explain this current mystery. “She seemed happy, content. I don’t think she would just leave. Did she say anything to you Deon?” He shook his head. his eyes were still locked on the cold stones that held the eternal flame. “Demeter?”copyright protection21PENANAUw1hMYUuCV

“No.” She replied. “She didn’t even say goodbye.”copyright protection21PENANAAWGi4nlcZ0

“It was a long shot.” I said. “What’s important now is that we remain vigilant. The smallest clue or hint could led us to the answer. You are all right. She wouldn’t just leave or run away. There has to be an explanation. I’m confident we can all find it together.”copyright protection21PENANARYMYpgEHJn

None of the three looked very convinced. In fact they looked significantly worse than when I had first told them Hestia was missing.copyright protection21PENANAZET1VGZQaC

Adele stood up and approached me. “Kara, this worries me.”copyright protection21PENANAMLys4CQqPP

“Me too Adele.” I placed my hand gently on her elbow. Hestia’s abandonment did not bode well. Had I been too lenient? Was giving the New Olympians a vacation a bad precedent? Would all the gods now be demanding vacations and time off?copyright protection21PENANAqHOcFetjVc

“You are right, it isn’t like Hestia to leave or disappear…especially with no notice or sharing of her intentions beforehand. It is most unlike her.”copyright protection21PENANAGVQAWMgWDq

“I know.”copyright protection21PENANAypc6SgJIGy

“Which makes the situation worse.” Adele warned. “Have we considered Kronos?”copyright protection21PENANAy7fnkUBNex

“Of course I did.” I said, “but there isn’t any evidence of kidnapping or mischief. She just disappeared.”copyright protection21PENANA0UsRuoDLkh

“Which is why I mentioned Kronos.” Adele pressed on.copyright protection21PENANAbSGoZyFIhl

I pursed my lip. She was right it’s the only thing that made sense. Somehow, someway Kronos was back. But that couldn’t have been possible. “Do you remember two booms and a blinding flash?”copyright protection21PENANAgQtwdNrPBF

Adele shook her head but quickly added, “We wouldn’t necessarily remember it.”copyright protection21PENANAmBAOs5c6Qx

“But then why do we remember Hestia?” I asked. “If this is Kronos’ doing, if he is back to his old tricks, why do we all have memories of her? Why did she exist until two days ago? And why is she the only change in this new reality?”copyright protection21PENANAn2p4qoD57V

Adele nodded in agreement, her gears still clearly cranking away in her head. “Highly improbable the change would leave memories or that it would occur in the present.” Her eyes darted up to me. “Do we know that she is the only disappearance? Are we certain of that?”copyright protection21PENANAroLUUZImOj

“Well…not yet.” I hadn’t considered that maybe others were missing as well. Were there other disappearances? “I’ve had no reports of that, but it is most definitely worth looking into.”copyright protection21PENANA1bVCZoHcuy

“Well, what’s the plan?” Deon had stormed over and interjected himself.copyright protection21PENANAJSA9X0yA6F

“We are still working on one.” I told him. “But the others will be here any minute now, we will all figure this out together.”copyright protection21PENANAvy3htYhbl6

“Kara, you know as well as I do that we will decide nothing.” Deon snarled. “The council doesn’t work. We’ll debate and argue and Hestia will still be gone after it all.”copyright protection21PENANAvmhrZgPHtk

 “Either way, we will need to tell the others.” I said.copyright protection21PENANAfccPl9QTKX

“What for?” Deon said angrily. “They don’t know her like we did. To them she’s just another ancient relic. They never talked to her, they never got to know her. She brought us here, we can bring her back.”copyright protection21PENANAzfvDxYCOaX

“Adele pointed out that there could be other disappearances.” I tried to remain calm and keep my voice steady. “With the whole council here we can better assess the whereabouts of all the gods and then start to work on where Hestia could have gone.”copyright protection21PENANAUFkb6jsW0V

Deon frowned. “So you want to sit around and take roll call?”copyright protection21PENANAgg7t5tCWnn

“How else will we discover the extent of the problem?”copyright protection21PENANATWCoz9mbYw

“We know there is a problem, we aren’t going to fix it by waiting and talking about the problem. We need to act now. Hestia is out there and she needs us.”copyright protection21PENANA8Scs3jMvfN

“We will do everything in our power to find her, Deon. I promise.” I tried to reassure him.copyright protection21PENANAqv3yY81B4p

“We should go out and look for her.” Demeter muttered.copyright protection21PENANAYYlBmVLJ7J

“Yeah.” Deon nodded, agreeing with the young girl. “Yeah, you can talk and see who else is missing while we go out and look for Hestia.”copyright protection21PENANAggBsJFLva1

“After the council and debate, we could very easily decide that. I will of course recommend that you three be in charge of the search.”copyright protection21PENANAiBwlavuc6z

“Hera isn’t hearing us.” Demi muttered, “that was much more pun-like in my head.”copyright protection21PENANAB5xXHUSsD0

“Demi’s right.” Deon muttered. “How about you tell the council that is what we’re doing. We’ll be out there looking for Hestia.”copyright protection21PENANAcTgOmZt8vE

“It would be best to have the full council here before making decisions.” I offered. “We should all be unified and on the same page in this.”copyright protection21PENANA9NgF9qbECh

“Ok.” Deon nodded. I couldn’t help but noticed her caught Demi’s eye and motioned towards the exit. “Find Queen Kara, you win. Let us know when the rest of them get here.” He started backing away. Demi quickly followed.copyright protection21PENANAdenKb4E3xi

“I’m going to go through my texts real quick.” Demi said. “Maybe there’s a clue in there.copyright protection21PENANA4Jbkyyk1GP

“Good idea Demi.” Deon quickly shouted. “That will be helpful information we could share with the group. We’ll report back about that. We’ll be just outside.” With that Deon and Demi ducked under the curtain.copyright protection21PENANAGPDWvMmGqZ

I turned my gaze to Adele and let out a sigh. “I know.” She said.copyright protection21PENANAYEdlpop4sX

“Stay in contact.” I told her. “I’ll be sure to update you on what the rest of us decide. As well as any other disappearances I’m alerted to.”copyright protection21PENANAmwGyRe6bgN

Adele nodded. “I’m sorry.”copyright protection21PENANA0XCDT8pgPQ

“I understand, and it’s fine.” I waved my hand at her apology. “Deon’s right, council and debate rarely seem to be productive. Half of them will yell and disagree, the other half will complain and quarrel. I predict we will get off topic several times, and new crises will be brought up and just as quickly swept under the rug.”copyright protection21PENANAfNvt8URyYk

Adele smiled softly. “On the bright side, with less of us there maybe it will be a little easier to control the mob.”copyright protection21PENANAvkRcTIr0TI

I chuckled. “That’s something at least.” I looked at her. “You must have a plan, an idea?”copyright protection21PENANANTFqwyyWPn

“Deon will certainly want to sweep the entire city, convinced you’ve misplaced her here. Demi will want to go back to every place Hestia has ever been.”copyright protection21PENANAN4aiyjcqSb

“And you?”copyright protection21PENANAKovCBpk3pd

“I have no idea.” Adele admitted. “But that’s still a good place to start.”copyright protection21PENANALc7rCE0bAP

“How so?”copyright protection21PENANAyoUJHs3TSW

“There is a certain someone that is great at giving hints and pointing people in the right direction. The Oracle.”copyright protection21PENANA4DlAfW0AZp

It was a good idea. No wonder the wisdom goddess hatched it up. “Will that waste too much time, going all the way to Greece? We are already two days behind.”copyright protection21PENANANLCVcfzcqa

“I cannot say, but I do know Deon and Demi’s solutions will put us even farther behind with even slimmer chances of success.”copyright protection21PENANA2ZyWIgpM9h

“What do you put the councils odds of coming up with something better?”copyright protection21PENANAIeV3Pb0QL0

“We could go to Greece and back again in a rowboat and still beat your odds.” She smiled.copyright protection21PENANAfzLSuY74bx

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