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This week’s word prompt is "chest”. We are with Hades and Persephone in the fourth book in the Gods of DC series, Death Do Us Part.
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Freddy let go of Demeter and crossed the room to Juliet. His heart and souls belonged to the goddess. That would never change. But he and the nymph had history. She was his best female friend aside from Demeter and closer to him than his own sisters. It was obvious she wasn’t taking Ares’s actions well.
He reached out to brush her shoulder. “Juliet.”
She stretched from her spot on the crate as she gaze met his. Her red swollen eyes flashed from sorrow to rage in a moment. She launched off the box at him, pummeling her tiny fists against his chest.
“That lying, deceiving, two-faced bastard,” she near screamed at him. “Why didn’t you stop him? Why didn’t you warn me about him?”
He gripped her biceps gently, allowing enough room for her to continue her assault. Fuck knows he wanted to hit something too, primarily Zeus or Ares. “One, I did. I told you he was a self-centered, conceited ass. Aren’t you glad you haven’t tied the knot with him yet? But this isn’t like Ares. Turning on us and Hades isn’t honorable and he’s all about honor. So I’m as confused as you are.”
Juliet collapsed against his chest as a sob escaped her throat. Freddy hugged her to him. He glanced over at his wife as his heart twisted.
Demeter had the shimmer of tears in her eyes as she gave him a small small. Of course she would be more worried about Juliet’s broken heart than the hug they were sharing. He had the coolest wife ever.
He looked at Poseidon. “Where did you come up with this dump?”
Poseidon motioned around him flippantly. “It belongs to Dionysus. He wants to make a pub or something out of it. But you know him. He gets distracted by the littlest drop of alcohol and is plastered most of the time.”
“Where is he? Is he coming later?”
The god of the sea sighed heavily. “He not. He wants to help but he knows that siding with us openly will be seen as defiance to Zeus. And most of the gods and goddesses feel that way. We should be thankful he did this. I hate to break the bad news to you but these are our numbers.”
Poseidon swept his arm towards Artemis and Athena. “Have you been formally introduced?”
Freddy nodded to them. “Not formally but in passing at the wedding.”
Apollo approached him slowly as he cocked his head to the side. “Yes. The dark leprechaun. I thought leprechauns were much smaller?”
Freddy scowled. “The god of the sun, healing, and knowledge. I thought you’d be much smarter.”
“Freddy,” Demeter chided.
“Boys, we don’t have time for bickering,” Poseidon warned.
Apollo cocked his head as he grinned at Freddy. “No worries, Uncle. I like this one. He’s feisty.”