CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and EIGHTY-EIGHT
Thursday early morning — 2:15 a.m.
“No,” Delphie said.
“No?” Abi asked. Her eyebrows rose with surprise.
They were standing at the doorway to Delphie’s apartment.
“Like the kids say, ‘Not a chance,’” Delphie said.
“Why?” Abi asked.
“Shh,” Delphie said. “Lower your voice. You’ll wake Ivy. She’s still catching up on sleep.”
Acquiescing, Abi nodded. She gestured out into the hallway. Shaking her head, Delphie grabbed her bathrobe to cover her night dress and followed Abi out of the apartment. Delphie followed Abi down the hallway to the kitchen.
“I would love some tea,” Abi said.
“Of course,” Delphie said.
Abi wasn’t allowed in the kitchen since she shorted out the electricity for the entire area one day. Delphie went to the fill and turn on the electric kettle. Delphie set out two cups and then dug in the cabinet for the special tea that Abi liked. Delphie had hidden it so that Abi could actually get some of it.
“Ah ha!” Delphie exclaimed as she pulled the tea bags from the back of the cabinet.
Abi grinned. The electric kettle clicked off and Delphie made poured the hot water into the mugs.
“You look very nice,” Delphie said.
“I have been in court at Olympia,” Abi said. “Now, Edie has asked for your assistance. It’s not like you to turn anyone down who needs help, especially someone you like so much.”
“I will not go to Olympia,” Delphie said. “That’s final.”
“Why not?” Abi asked.
Shaking her head, Delphie carried the cups out into the Castle living room. Delphie took a spot on the couch. Abi flicked her hand toward the fireplace and a cheery fire blazed, providing cheery warmth and golden light. Delphie smiled in appreciation. Abi took her tea and sat down next to Delphie.
“Princess Edith has asked for your assistance,” Abi said. “It’s hard for me to believe that you won’t help her.”
“I would be happy to help Edie but I will not go to Olympia,” Delphie said.
“Why?” Abi asked.
“Oracles and Olympians do not mix,” Delphie said.
“Why do you say that?” Abi asked.
“Zeus has tried on more than one occasion to obliterate all Oracles,” Delphie said. “He finds out abilities ‘against nature.’ A threat to his power.”
Abi gave Delphie a long assessing look.
“You’ve been looking through history,” Abi said.
“Edie asked me to take a look,” Delphie said. “She doesn’t trust Olympia. She’s unsure why they would want to assist with the fairy world.”
“What did you find?” Abi asked.
“Edie has a right to be concerned,” Delphie said. “Zeus does not like to be threatened. He’s the one who launched the Titan war. He cannot tolerate anyone having more power than he has. He will not tolerate any species that has a different power than his.”
“Like the power of an Oracle,” Abi said.
“Exactly,” Delphie said.
“He is no longer in the Sea of Amber,” Abi said.
“I will not go to Olympia,” Delphie said.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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