CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and EIGHTY-SIX
“With you as the governor?” Athena said in a tone that seemed to challenge Edie.
“Yes,” Edie said. “I have been trained by Abi and Hedone to be ready to work as a kind of Prime Minister.”
“Working for yourself for the benefit of your fairy realm,” Artemis’s twin, Apollo, stepped out from the wall.
“For all fairies,” Edie said. “In the last few years, Prince Finegal has worked hard to move our fairy realm into the modern world. Our fairies are going to human college and getting jobs in human industry. We have successfully integrated into the Isle of Man government. Humans and fairies work side by side for the benefit of our country. This will be my goal in setting up this kind of governance for the fairies.”
“And if Athas’s fairies become the head of this government?” Hephaestus asked.
Edie grinned at her old friend.
“I have to say that I’m not sure what I will do,” Edie said. “I have worked for a long time to get our fairies ready for the move away from a Monarchy to a more Democratic society. If someone else takes over governance, I would likely work with the other realms to get them ready for a new government.”
“Can any of Áthas’s fairies read?” Athena asked.
“I doubt it,” Hephaestus said with a chuckle.
The Greek Gods laughed.
“I will work to ensure that all fairies can read and learn,” Edie said with a nod. “Our fairy library has already started creating courses for reading and fairies. This program is headed up by the Mother’s daughter, Ne Ne. We are being left behind by the world. We need to learn from humans. They are in control of the planet now. We will outlive them as we’ve outlived the others. This will allow the fairies to teach human wisdom, your wisdom, to whatever comes next.”
Grinning, Athena nodded to Edie.
“Yes, human doom,” Ares said. “It’s something we’ve talked about in these chambers for thousands of years.”
Ares nodded and turned to Hedone.
“Why are you here, granddaughter?” Ares asked.
“I came in support of A … uh, the Mother and Princess Edith,” Hedone said.
“You must have an opinion,” Ares said.
He raised his eyebrows in challenge. He was always pressing Hedone to take her position as a full Goddess.
“I have listened to Princess Edith’s plans,” Hedone said with a smile. “I have watched her realm put into action the initiatives she’s spoken of — education, committees to oversee areas of the queendom, even the fairy police. The only thing that I see missing is that there appears to be no space for the other realms to bring their ideas and suggestions. They are cut out of the process.”
Edie nodded to Hedone to indicate that she had heard Hedone’s suggestions.
“We are also cut out of the process,” Hera said.
The other Greek Gods nodded.
“Now, now, we don’t want to pollute the entire thing with a bunch of nonsense,” Ares said angrily. “Ask a million people for their opinion. That’s a great way to get nothing accomplished.”
The room fell silent. The Greek Gods had been invited there to give their opinion. No one dared speak and incur the wrath of Ares. The temperature of the room seemed to increase.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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