CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED-ELEVEN
“That’s not true?” Alex asked. “Who is the Grand Master now.”
“My father,” Nelson said. “Well, me. My father was holding the position until I was ready, able, or willing to take it.”
“You?” Alex asked.
She looked from face to face. Each of the Goddesses nodded.
“Wow,” Alex said. “Should I kneel?”
Nelson laughed, and she grinned.
“Okay, I have to tell you something,” Alex said.
“You told Jax to help me,” Nelson said.
When Nelson left home, he was assisted by Michael Scully and, later on, by Jackson “Jax” Theriot, both members of Alex’s original Special Forces team
“You knew?” Alex laughed. “Why didn’t you say something?”
“I love Jax,” Nelson said. “I’ve seen you at the yearly celebrations.”
“I haven’t seen you,” Alex said with a wide grin.
“You will this year,” Nelson said.
Nyx cleared her throat.
“If you’re done,” Nyx said.
Alex and Nelson looked up to see the Goddesses’ glaring at them.
“What do we know about this sword and this site?” Hecate asked, stepping back into her role as the quest leader.
“Site first?” Nelson asked. “Or sword first?”
“Let’s start with the site,” Hedone said.
The other Goddesses nodded.
“I’ve got that,” Alex said.
Nelson gave her a nod to continue.
“Do you know James the Great?” Alex asked. “He was one of Jesus of Nazareth’s original apostles.”
“Killed by Herod Agrippa?” Hecate asked.
“Him,” Alex said. “Herod Agrippa ordered Saint James beheaded. His head was buried under the altar of the Cathedral of Saint James in the Armenian quarter of Jerusalem.”
“Anyone there?” Nelson asked.
The goddesses all looked down at the ground or away. Mari laughed out loud.
“Anyway,” Alex said with a grin. “The Historia Compostelana says that Saint James preached the gospel in Spain as well as the Holy Land. After his martyrdom, James’s disciples carried his body by sea to Iberia where they took it inland for burial.”
“You’re saying that sweet James’s human body is buried here?” Aphrodite asked.
“That’s one story,” Alex said. “To many people, including my biological father’s family, this is considered to be as much of a holy site as Rome or Jerusalem. James the Great is the patron saint of Spain.”
She nodded to Nelson. He took over the narrative.
“The Templars defended pilgrims from just south of Lyon, France to this site, among others, on the Camino de Santiago,” Nelson said.
Aphrodite nodded to Hecate.
“The Celtic tribes used to travel the same pathway from the interior to the Atlantic coast of Galicia,” Hecate said. “They believed that watching the sun set over the endless waters was a spiritual experience. Not all this gold and swords and…”
“But the love of this planet,” Aphrodite said.
The Goddesses nodded.
“The Romans held Iberia from 200 BC on,” Nelson said with a nod. “They built roads from Bordeaux in modern France to Astorga in northwest Spain.”
“To mine the area’s gold and silver,” Hecate said with a sneer.
“Of course,” Abi said, rubbing Hecate’s back to calm her.
“Pilgrims use this trail today,” Alex said to finish her statement.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow…
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