Mindy was out in the hall reading a book. “Everything okay?” She asked.
“No, you remember that prophecy from breakfast?” I asked.
“Yes. What about it?” Mindy asked.
“I think it’s about us. And Bec and Kore,” I said.
“What did Willow tell you?”
“Strange things. But she said the Oracle’s children and the children of the Underworld. And she mentioned people she saw in a vision. Me, a girl with curly hair, a girl with a hijab and a person with shadows. The prophecy is about us,” I said.
“Find the lost goddess. Sibling bonds to break the chains. The mark burns the home. Free the powerless. The knife will destroy the rule. Four go, one will die. I know who the lost goddess could be but I'm not sure… sibling bonds well I guess us and the Bec and Kore. I don't know what else I can figure out about it. I really didn't want to go in another quest after the one last year,” Mindy said.
“One of us will die,” I said. It was probably me. I was the one with the death related curse. But maybe this quest would save Megara and Lexie. I didn't really know them but they deserved to live. Maybe if I died Zeus would lift the curse. Afterall it only existed because of me.
“We don't know that. Trust me double meanings in prophecies happen. Me and Kore went on a mission with a prophecy from Apollo last year,” Mindy said.
“What was your mission last year?” I asked.
“To get a stupid golden apple for Zeus. Me and Kore came back empty handed and Kore's face was- well you saw. Bec tried to stop us from going on rescue missions but we convinced them that we would be okay and that every demigod saved makes the world a better place.” Mindy frowned.
“So you two save a lot of others?”
“In total only fifteen have been saved by us. We lost four. But yes a lot. Through there's probably more. We try to find them and we try to bring them here to train and live among our own kind. It makes us stronger and safer. We can control our powers here.” Mindy's hands sparked up as soon as she said the word powers.
“I haven't noticed any powers before. Or ever. Still haven’t,” I said. It was true, I hadn't.
“Do you garden or have an amazing gift with plants?”
“Marcaria probably did something to control your powers. Or Hecate. Once Bec lost control. Someone got killed, so for the last five years Hecate has been holding back Bec's powers. But for them it's not enough. Children of Hades are always the most powerful, he's like the oldest of the gods minus Hesita. But yeah, powers can be control and held back. You’re powers were probably a lot easier to hold back.” Mindy said.
“Who died?” I asked. A death five years ago, Bec had been nine, poor thing. Wait hold up. A death when they were nine? Was it their mom? Dear gods. If that was the case no wonder Bec was so cold.
“Bec wouldn’t want me to tell you. They’re still not over it. They have nightmares most nights. Persephone lets them go to her temple if me and Kore aren’t here. When we are they either sneak into my room or Kore’s room and wakes someone up to tell them a happy story,” Mindy said.
“Oh. Okay. Sorry for asking,” I said.
“It’s alright. Now let’s go see someone about your powers.”
When I saw Hecate's temple, I was surprised. It was a pastel rainbow striped painted house. Rainbow. For a goddess from the Underworld. Of ghosts. Of magic. I actually remembered the stories Macaria told me about her.
“This is the right place?” I asked.
“Yup, it changes its appearance every day but yes.” Mindy said. She knocked on the door. The woman who opened was not godly at all. She looked like she was about sixteen and wore a bulky coat covered in black dust.
“Oh I remember you. You were four last I saw you.” She said.
“Did you block my powers?”
“Yes, well I had already when you were born but I did block them when you were four for sweet Macy,” Hecate said.
“When I was born?” I asked.
“I’ve been waiting for both of you to figure it out but I guess you guys didn’t.” Hecate frowned.
“What?” Me and Mindy said together.
“Get in. He can’t hear inside of temples that aren’t his. He’ll probably try to listen in if you stay out here too long.” Hecate said, she turned around and let her coat fall off. Underneath she wore a black dress.
I looked at Mindy and she shrugged before stepping into the building. I followed behind her.
Inside looked like a normal Greek temple should look like. All marble with a few statutes and baskets of offerings to the goddess.
“Listen, be careful. I was told to only give you back your power if you two should meet once again. And I will after I tell you your mother’s secret.” Hecate said.
“Her secret?” I asked.
“She’s a descendant of Apollo.” Hecate said.
Mindy gasped. I just stared.
“Demeter, Apollo, Artemis, Macaria, Persephone and I knew. Why do you think Apollo went to go get you? You are his great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren.” Hecate raised her hands and smoke flowed around her.
“He has watched over your family for years, amazing doctors, admired poets, a few singers, and one Olympic archer have come from your family tree.” Images of people I did not recognize appeared for mere seconds in the smoke.
“Your ancestor Adoette was a Cherokee girl who was a wonderful dancer,” A young woman appeared with a young man and they were dancing, “Apollo was taking an interest in the Jamestown colony and had wander off, like teleported too far to the South really. He fell for the sweet girl. He learned her language and traditions. The music of her people. They had four children together.” A woman and a man appeared along with four children.
“She died eighteen years after meeting him. You two descended from the youngest, a boy named Tooantuh. He was a spiritual leader for the tribe. He saw the future. Descendents from the others all died out. The eldest, another boy named Adahy who was an archer and singer, never had any kids. Then there were twins, Tayanita and Theo, dancers like their mother. Their separate bloodlines lasted until the Trail of Tears.” All but the man and one child were left.
“But yours survived. I think their names were Galilani, Inola, and Yonaguska. Yes, those were the names. Galilani was the mother, the other two were her twins who were born a few years after the trail. Apollo did his best to watch them and the rest of your family. He had to protect the last mortals he was related to at that time. He had also truly loved Adoette. She was probably one of the few mortals he loved. And when your grandmother gave birth to your mother, he saw your mother as the start of something new so he gave her the powers of prophecy.” The smoke disappeared.
“Wow. That’s a lot.” I said. Apollo was my ancestor. Ugh. Just great.
“How is Willow an Oracle? Why did he give her that power? She’s just a mortal?” Mindy asked.
“I do not know. Maybe he just saw her path leading to Bobbie. Or her mother was hot. Now let’s take away the seals on your powers. Hmm. such power. There’s a reason Zeus wanted you dead, Bobbie dear.” Hecate said as she grabbed one of each of our arms.
I felt something spark inside of me. Images of plants flashed into my eyes. I couldn’t move. I couldn’t speak. I heard Hecate say, “Almost done.”
Her hands let go of us. Mindy’s hair was extra fizzy and electricity curled around her fingers. I looked down at my own hand. Grain had covered it completely. I looked at Hecate, who was now holding two necklaces.
“These charms were place inside of both of you long ago. Now you shall wear them until you need your powers to be at their fullest.” She smiled.
Me and Mindy stared at each other. This was a lot and I felt tired and I’m sure she was tired too.
Hecate hand us the necklaces. Mine had a sickle on it while Mindy’s had a lightning bolt.
“Thanks. Now I’m going to take a nap in my room.” I said as I put my necklace on.