I sat down my pack next to the table as I went to grab something to eat. Pallas was up as well. She was kind for the most part, although snark was more her thing.
“Morning Flora. Have a good night?” She asked.
“Yes. Did you sleep well?” I asked as I yawned so the well bit was barely audible.
Pallas nodded. “I went by the guest rooms last night. Heard some moaning from your room.”
I blushed. She heard me and Bec. Fuck me. The last thing I wanted is to make things awkward with Mindy and Kore. But no I ended up sex with the person they were both very protective of and someone heard it.
“I won't tell everyone your business. But you're on thin ice. I could have had Alexa or Metis with me and they shouldn't hear things like that. Next time I suggest y'all find a way to cover noises.”
“Okay.” I said even though I knew there wasn't going to be a next time. Bec was going to die soon. They were going to give up their life because they wanted to die and to get a knife. To save my life. To save Megara and Lexie. To save any Demeter children that comes after us.
Would it be worth it? Is Bec’s life worth it? No one should die but what would be a better option? Was there a right choice? Would not stopping someone from killing themself be worse than letting yourself and two others die?
“Oh good, you’re up,” Mindy came into the kitchen. “Bec fell back to sleep on the floor of me and Kore’s room. They sleep so much.”
I smiled at her. I know she didn’t want to talk about how she volunteered to die. I have tried to talk to her about what she said but she would only change the subject or just say that she just couldn’t let Bec die. My mouth went dry. Mindy was going to be so upset when Bec dies instead of her. When Bec commits suicide.
I forced myself to keep smiling. I couldn’t let her know.
“Oh hey, Bobbie have you taken your pills yet?” Mindy asked.
“No… I’ll take it in a second.” I said.
Ten minutes later Kore and Bec came down into the kitchen. Soon after them came the other Grey sisters and Medusa. Athena didn’t, which was odd. Medusa kept tapping her fingers on the counter while her daughters ate.
I watched her while I stuffed a cinnamon roll into my mouth. She was nervous and that made me scared. What could be going on? Where was Athena?
The answer came as soon as I had those thoughts. Athena strolled into the kitchen with two people in tow. One was a woman with dark brown skin and a pink afro, the other was a man with light brown skin, a spear tattoo was on his forearm.
“Good to see you again.” The woman said. Her voice was familiar but I couldn’t quite place who she was.
“Aphrodite and Ares decided to come visit.” Athena said. Aphrodite? She definitely changed her look. I wonder how her children knew she was herself when she changed how she looked.
“Yes. We did. We need to talk to Athena about something. By the way happy birthday, little Nassar.” Aphrodite smiled at Bec, who of which just glared at her. That was when I remembered it was Bec’s birthday and the day they killed their mother.
Happy birthday seemed inappropriate.
“Aphrodite, Athena. Can we go somewhere private like an office? Shouldn’t these demigods be leaving soon anyway?” Ares asked. For a war god he sounded very calm. I would expect him to have a booming voice but he did not. Instead he had a very nice gentle voice.
“Of course. Medusa get them fed and get them out on the road.” Athena said with a smile but her eyes looked worried and tired. Her hands were on her stomach in a protective manner. Something was wrong. Very wrong.
“Just tell us what’s going on.” I said. I didn’t want anymore grownups hiding secrets from me and others.
Aphrodite looked at me and frowned, “An Apollo kid is dead. Josephine Ravi. Johanna Ravi is ill. Reina Bello, my daughter, lost an arm and a leg in the explosion. Demigods are fighting. No one knows who the bomber was. They are blaming anyone who ever argued with any of you. Some are blaming Bobbie. Zeus and Demeter have been arguing. Soon their fight will affect the mortal world. Crops will die and storms will rage.” She said. The room was silent. Metis and Alexa looked scared and upset. Medusa had started to nervously play with a snake poking out of her head scarf.
“Johanna.” Bec whispered. I looked at them. Tears were rolling down their cheeks. They looked worried. Was Johanna their friend? From what Johanna said about them. I wouldn’t think the two of them were friends. Strange. Then again, I didn’t really know anything about these people. They all probably had secrets I probably couldn’t even comprehend.
“I’m sorry, Bec. About Johanna but she will get better. She’s been ill since she was very young. She’s been keeping Josephine alive for the last ten years.” Aphrodite said.
Kore looked at Bec in a confused manner. It was good to know that I wasn't the only one who was confused about this whole Bec and Johanna being friends thing. I looked at Mindy who was just staring at Bec. She seemed like she was trying figure out what Bec was hiding. And so was I. What if Bec and Johanna were dating? That thought made me feel dirty for sleeping with Bec. If it were true, then why would Bec even think it was a good idea? Because they are going to die soon? Because they are going to give up their life to save a few lives? And they only told me they had sex with me partially because I am the only one who doesn’t have a deep connection to them. I guess meaningless sex actually isn’t confusing with Bec. But I really hope I didn’t sleep with someone else's partner.
Listen we may have been young but I wasn’t going to get stuck in high school level drama. I had godly level drama now. I didn’t have time for romance. I didn’t have time for drama. I had to help save my sisters and me. And any other future Demeter kids. And I had to do it before Megara’s birthday. Six month left. That was what she had said. That should be enough time. All we need is the knife to do something with. Maybe threaten Zeus to take away the curse. That should work. Or we trade him the knife. And make him swear to never curse or have someone curse anyone ever again. Then I get my blood on the knife and destroy it. On accident of course.
No one should have the power to kill a god. That seemed like a terrible weapon and idea.
“Well then. Demigods, be off. Ares, Aphrodite come with me. Medusa, keep a close eye on the girls. No one goes outside.” Athena said, walking out of the kitchen.