In a flash of green the thing was wrapped in vines. Johanna got off the table. “It’s Ophiotaurus.” She said.
“My Gods.” Mindy whispered behind me.
“What’s Ophiotaurus?” I asked, shaking.
“Something that shouldn’t be alive,” A deep voice said. The air in the room became colder, “Apollo spawn, take it away. Now.”
“Of course, Lord Zeus.” Johanna went over and picked the vine wrapped thing up. She was shaking as she walked past me. I looked at her as she left. Out of the corner of my eye I could see a man. I couldn't look at him.
“Why the fuck are you here?” Mindy asked.
“My son, your brother is dead. I've come to see his body. Though I wasn't expecting to see the little bitch whose mother murdered Faith Raye.”
“At least my mother, Demeter, didn't rape anyone.” I snapped and turned towards him. Zeus was tall and buff. I glared at him. I wasn’t scared of him.
“What did you say?” He snarled at me.
“At least she didn't rape anyone. Unlike some people like you, you sick fucker.” I yelled at him. He raised his hand and hit me. I held back my cry as I hit the floor. I looked up at him. He was smirking and behind him was Mindy, crying while covering her mouth. Kore was behind her holding onto Mindy's free arm.
I was in so much pain. I couldn't tell what was hurt. All I knew was that I was in pain. Who knew a single hit from a god could hurt so much. I tried to stand up but was met with a blow to the head. I saw Mindy try to run to me but Zeus grabbed her before everything went black.
Color returned soon but I wasn't in the infirmary. I was in an unfinished nursery. Two women in hooded cloaks were talking, one was holding the baby.
“Qadira, you shouldn't be here. If Zeus finds out you have nymph blood, he will kill Kore,” The one without a baby said.
“Not to worry. I'm pregnant again. Their father is Hades, tell me my unborn child’s fate please,” Qadira said.
“Oh. Sweetie, you are so young but I will tell you; the child in you isn't going to live for long. A child of Hades cannot live into adulthood. I am sorry.” The first woman said.
“No. Adsila. Please, tell me how to save this child. Please.” Qadira cried out. The first woman was my birth mother. Adsila.
“There's nothing I can do but I see a happy little child of Hades in the future but your death will come because of them,” Adsila said.
Qadira was shaking, “Will Kore be happy? Will they both be happy? Will I get to raise them?” She asked.
“Yes. Yes. Until Hades’s child is nine. They will die a few years later.”
“Is there a way to stop any of it?”
“Leave Hades and Persephone. Never see Kore again and you will live a long time with a man you do not love and more children you didn't want. And Kore here will come to find you. It won't end well for Kore, for you won't even recognize your own baby by that time. That's only way to stop your death, but Hades’s child will still die.” Adsila stood up, her cloak fell. She looked like both me and Mindy but with dreads that went past her ass. She also had scars over her right eye and her iris was a pale golden color. And she was very pregnant.
“So I will die for my children to live a better life. Like you. Adsila, I know you said you are going to die with you give birth to Minerva but why? Why not live?” Qadira said as she kissed the baby's forehead. Kore’s forehead I assumed.
“I saw my other child in the bed of Zeus. I saw zir body bare against his. My child was crying and screaming. I was still alive for I was there too. Bloody and broken. Demeter couldn’t get inside his temple. But I heard her crying. I can't let that happen. When I die, Demeter will ask Persephone to find a guardian for my child. Macaria will raise zir somewhere far away. And Minerva, Hera will raise her but I still want you to help take care of her.” My mother smiled at Qadira. Qadira lifted one hand away from Kore and touched Adsila’s stomach.
“I will take care of her as if she's my own.” Qadira said, leaning towards Adsila. She kissed Qadira’s lips as the room around her faded. She turned towards me. It was the woman Melinoe had turned into.
“You've grown up well, Bobbie,” She said.
“What?” I took a step back.
“I'm Qadira, Kore and Bec’s mom. Ex lover to Persephone and Hades. And to the Oracle Adsila. But don’t tell anyone that last part,” She held out her hand towards me, baby Kore had turned to dust.
“How? Why?” I said as I shook her hand.
“Well I wasn't fucking them at the same time except that once with Hades and Persephone but nevermind that. Anyway me and your mother were gonna get married before she told me she was to die. Most don’t know about our love.” She smiled. Her teeth were pointy and inhuman.
“Your teeth! What are you?”
“I am quarter nymph, my grandmother had been a beautiful poppy nymph.”
“Oh.” Well then. I guess nymphs were definitely real. And sometimes had children with mortals. Not the strangest thing I had heard so far in the last day or so.
“Adsila asked me to tell you or Mindy that she loves you both and has been watching over both of you all the time. Also Mindy needs to stop fooling with that Dionysus boy in closets someone is gonna catch them soon,” Qadira said.
I woke up in pain. I thought I would see Zeus standing above me but I was in my bed in my room. Jamie was sleeping on the desk and I felt someone on the end of my bed. I sat up even though it hurt a lot. My arm was bandage and a cast on my leg. Mindy was sleeping against the wall at the edge of my bed. I saw Kore, Bec, and Megara sleeping on the floor.
I didn't have my phone and I could get up so I kicked Mindy with my good leg. She woke up quickly.
“You're awake!” She yawned.
“What time is it?” I asked.
“Um let me see,” She pulled her phone out of her pocket, “two in the morning.”
“Sorry about him.”
“Don't be sorry. Not your fault he's your biological father. Oh yeah. By the way Kore and Bec’s mom’s ghost told me to tell you that you need to stop screwing some guy in closets, she said our mom told her that. Also that our mom loves us and has always been watching over us,” I said.
Mindy blinked at me before going back to sleep. Hopefully she remembered because I probably wouldn’t.
I closed my eyes and tried to go back to sleep.