CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and EIGHTY-EIGHT
“I will not go to Olympia,” Delphie said. “I’ve spoken with Perses and a few of the other Titans. They believe that Zeus will come after them again if he realizes that so many of them are still alive. Can you think of any way that he might realize that?”
“Áthas’s fairies.” Abi shook her head. “Are the fairies in danger now?”
“From Ares, their host?” Delphie asked.
“No,” Delphie said. “Ares will be in danger once Zeus discovers the fairies are there.”
“This could destroy Olympia,” Abi said in a soft voice.
“Who would benefit from that?” Delphie asked.
“Áthas’s tribe,” Abi said.
“And humans,” Delphie said. “Those who are ruling Áthas’s tribe in her absence want to disband the tribe and live like humans. They want the wealth and glamor of human life. With their limited magical abilities, they can easily fit in with the famous for being famous crowd.”
“They are no threat to Zeus,” Abi said softly.
“Exactly,” Delphie said.
“Is this going on right now?” Abi asked. “Is Edie in danger? Asmaa? Rani?”
“Their futures are not determined,” Delphie said. “I must ask you …”
Abi turned to look at Delphie.
“What is your relationship with Zeus like?” Delphie asked. “The stories are that Kronus got rid of you and Uranus.”
Abi winced and nodded.
“Not all stories are true,” Abi said, mildly. She shook her head. “One reason I love being around the people native to North America is that their stories are not filled with these petty power plays. The misogyny of Greece and Rome manipulated the stories so that one white male god ruled over everyone else. One male god killed off his father and his son then killed him. Just absurd. The fact that anyone believes them? Ridiculous.”
Delphie gave a slight nod. Abi stared at the fire for a few moments.
“So Kronos?” Delphie asked.
Abi shook her head.
“A story for another day,” Abi said. “What shall we do? Advise me Oracle.”
Delphie took a breath. She closed her eyes and cleared her mind. Letting out the breath, she looked at Abi.
“How may I be of assistance?” Delphie asked.
“What should we do?” Abi asked.
“Let Áthas’s fairies go,” Delphie said. “Help them settle in the modern world and continued to make a union of fairies.”
“There are thousands of lost fairies,” Delphie said. “Some of them are going to want to stay independent. Others are going to want to integrate into the human world. That’s a fact that Edie never considered.”
“Who would give up being a fairy to become human?” Abi asked. “Of course, Edie hasn’t thought of it. The very idea is crazy.”
Abi’s eyes flicked to Delphie.
“No offense meant,” Abi said.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrrow…
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