CHAPTER FIVE HUNDRED and FORTY-SIX
Gando felt a blanket of sorrow come over him.
“What is it?” Hecate asked.
“I want you for myself,” Gando said. He lifted a shoulder in a shrug. “Every relationship I have been in — since I was a boy, really — I have been the one who felt smothered. ‘Get a life of your own,’ I’d say. ‘You cannot count on me as your sole source of love.’ Or always, ‘I need you to have things in your life that you love as much or more than you love me.’”
He paused, watching her watch his face. There was something about her look that felt compelling. He felt her eyes on his lips.
It hit him out of the blue.
He’d never even kissed her. Yet here he was, feeling sad that he would not be her entire universe. He laughed at himself. She gave him a soft smile.
“I don’t know what we will have,” Hecate said. “I …”
“Do you want children?” Gando surprised himself by the question.
“I cannot have children,” Hecate said.
“Oh,” Gando said. “I can’t have children either. Accident. Military.”
“I saw … uh … antiqua mater saum,” Hecate said.
Gando translated the Latin to ancient mother.
“Abi?” Gando asked. “We call her ‘Áltsé Asdzáá’. First woman. In the Diné Bahamé. Uh, the Diné story of creation and the people.”
“Your native language is very similar to Abi’s original language,” Hecate said with a nod. “It would make sense if you were her first people.”
“You were speaking of Abi?” Gando asked.
“She was unable to have children,” Hecate said. “Most of her life. She has children with her fairy prince. She believes it’s fairy magic so …”
“My father is the only Titan who has had children since … well, many, many thousands of years,” Hecate said. “So, I don’t know.”
“Did you want children?” Hecate asked.
“I thought that, if I found the right person, I would adopt children,” Gando said. “There are Diné orphans who could use a loving home. They can only be adopted within the tribe, so there is a great need.”
“Do you …?” Gando asked.
He was so ashamed of his need for her that he had the urge to throw himself onto the fire. He could not meet her eyes.
“Are you asking me if I can have intercourse with a human male?” Hecate asked. “I can. Have you heard the story of the women who have so much intercourse with a human male that the male dies?”
Keeping his eyes on the fire, he gave a quick nod.
“That’s a story of my mother,” Hecate said with a smile.
“Oh.” Gando’s head jerked up to look at Hecate. “Really?”
“Most certainly,” Hecate said with a laugh.
He laughed. He looked across the fire, and she grinned at him.
“Are you monogamous?” Gando asked. “Or is that a human thing?”
“Titans are monogamous, in general,” Hecate said. “There weren’t human beings when I was a child. We form long lasting connections with the right people. Both of my parents have done this. My father has always been loyal to my mother, still is, even after she let him go. He deeply loves his current wife, Anjelika.”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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