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The Will of the Gods 1Chapter 1 - Mount Olympus
"Speak of the gods as they are." Bias of Priene
White doves soared over the high crests of Mount Olympus as fluffy white clouds drifted past the ivory rooftops of the shining palace that lay atop it.
The halls within rang quiet, apart from the resonance of music and the soft sound of muffled conversation: a subtle, but certain sign of life.
Afternoon sunlight poured in past the marble pillars, drenching everything in a glowing brilliance, as a single motionless figure stood at the entrance to the great hall.
Artemis pressed her back against the heaviness of the massive doors as she looked onwards towards the boundless gardens. The long golden tendrils of her hair, fastened at the top with a string of shimmering pearls, fell across her shoulders and over the paleness of her robes as she let out a single breath.
Snoozing at her feet was a large sighthound with a pointed nose and tawny colorings. The hound's long tail twitched as he snored, dr
Duplicate - Chapter 8Fact three: I do not know what a Lennon is.
That is what I am thinking as I sit uncomfortably in my sleeping unit, on the thin mattress of my cot. The room is tiny and boxlike and, besides the folding bed, contains only a small closet to hang my clothes.
The lavatory is down the hall and is shared by other female CCs in Sector 9. My hair hangs around my shoulders, still slightly damp from showering earlier, and I am wearing my nighttime garments, which are a dreary shade of off-white.
Having just completed a full shift in the MRA, I should be some sort of tired. I am not. Looking down at the metal timepiece on my wrist, I see the motorized hands display 1:45 AM. Letting out a deep breath, I can only think of two things: Thom Stark's cryptic cigarette message and the fact that I need to be sleeping right now.
Even though it is strictly against regulation, Bender is here, sitting on the floor with his back rested against the cot. I watch him as he runs a ha
The Will of the GodsPrologue - Twin Wishes
The island of Delos appeared entirely deserted as the waves crashed gently on the shore. Towards the horizon, Poseidon rode his shining golden chariot over the water, keeping the sea steady and calm.
Tiny infant sea turtles crept their way up the beachtheir glittery shells reflecting brilliant lightas birds flew overhead, across the rocky peaks of the mountains, and down into the lowness of the blossomed valley.
Voices could be heard from the wooded center of the island, where hare, stag, and wild dog resided. Two young childrenboth lovely and fair-hairedcame stampeding down the side tor, their laughter consuming the earlier quietness. Not a single cloud littered the sky as the sunHeliosshone brightly downward on the sand.
When the children reached the water, they hurled themselves into it, as if they had been craving its coolness for ages. They splashed each other and laughed, skillfully keeping themselves afloat
The BeginningHe told them, of course. He told those idiots everything, the whole damn story, including the blunder he'd made, and its consequences. Looking back on it later, he realized he had probably been in shock the whole time. It made sense, anyone would have been.
Soph was about twenty years old, and he'd been that way for a couple of years already, ever since the Hoarde had started attacking humanity from the past. Every day that passed, they ate at another day in the past. It sickened him. Those creatures had absolutely no regard for proper time and causality protocols.
It didn't seem to affect anyone else that way, though.
The Hoarde was the result of a human creation, of course, like everything bad in the world, though no one else knew about them. Then again, no one else had undiluted access to the power of creation. Even he didn't know much about the Hoarde, only that they appeared through some tear in The Fabric of The World and started killing people off. They appeared at some point in
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