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Adventure Drama

Finally, after three horrid hours of that AJR, we crossed into Nevada.ย 

The highway twisted through a canyon with the Truckee River on one side.

Miles tapped his hands on the wheel, in sync with the pitchy trumpets. He hummed along.ย 

โ€œSo, ex-god.โ€ Cailen said. โ€œWhere to?โ€

โ€œI donโ€™t know.โ€ I said.ย 

She had been in a much better mood since Fairfield. They wouldnโ€™t tell me what had happened, I could only see what was visible from the car.

โ€œWe could go find H-โ€ Miles started.

โ€œNo!โ€ Cai said. โ€œI will not go to her for help.โ€

โ€œCai, please. I havenโ€™t been able to make the trip up and see her for months.โ€

โ€œI will not see her.โ€

โ€œThen wait in the car! We need her help. She knows Reno better than we do.โ€

Cai sighed.

โ€œWait, who?โ€ I felt like I was missing something. I always felt like I was missing something.

I hated that feeling.

โ€œNo one.โ€ Cai said, at the same time Miles said, โ€œA friend of mine.โ€

I sighed.

โ€œCanโ€™t wait to meet her.โ€ I said.


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We rolled into a cul de sac. All the houses looked the same, other than that they were painted different colors.

Miles parked in front of a gray house with white trim.

โ€œCome on, Loki. If Cai doesnโ€™t want to come.โ€

She rolled her eyes and pulled out a book.

โ€œFine, then.โ€ And we walked towards the house.

I had to do a double take when the young woman opened the door.

I may have even uttered a small โ€œWhoa.โ€

She looked exactly like Miles, except for her eyes. One of them was green, and the other was blue. Her hair was the same ginger orange, but had bleached tips. They had the same nose, same smile, same glimmer in their eyes, same freckles. They even looked the same age.

โ€œMiles!โ€ The girl said, and rushed forward to give him a hug.

โ€œHey, Hunter.โ€ He said, giving her a hug.

She saw me. I had tried to look as inconspicuous as possible. My hands were in my pockets, and I was trying to make it look like I was staring at the sky.

โ€œWho is this, primo?โ€

โ€œAh. This is Loki. Loki, meet my cousin, Hunter Gil-Aguilar, daughter of Hades.โ€

โ€œHow does that family tree work?โ€ I blurted. Darn this impulsive mortal mouth!

Hunter laughed. โ€œMilesโ€™ dad is Apollo. His mom is my momโ€™s sister. Hades is my dad. Not that difficult, if you think about it that way.โ€

โ€œOh.โ€

โ€œMiles, you stopped by just in time. Iโ€™m leaving tomorrow.โ€

โ€œWait, where are you going?โ€ Miles looked confused.

โ€œYou didnโ€™t hear?โ€

โ€œHear what?โ€

She sighed. โ€œYou better come inside. I see Cai out in the car, tell her to come in as well.โ€


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โ€œYouโ€™re going to be a Hunter?!โ€ Miles said, his eyes wide.

โ€œA Hunter named Hunter?โ€ I said, and Cai rolled her eyes.

โ€œYeah, Miles. Itโ€™s my destiny. Tomorrow theyโ€™ll be here, then Iโ€™ll accept immortality and join the Hunt.โ€

โ€œSo what is the Hunt?โ€ I asked. โ€œI didnโ€™t pay close attention to other pantheons when I was a god.โ€

Cailen spoke for the first time since the car. โ€œArtemis, or Diana for Romans, is the goddess of the Hunt, and the Moon. She has a group of maiden hunters called the Hunters of Artemis, or Diana, whichever you prefer. Members of the Hunters have to swear off romantic love forever, but in return they get to travel the country and hunt monsters. Oh, and immortality. Unless they die in battle.โ€

โ€œExactly.โ€ Hunter said.

โ€œWhy now?โ€ Miles asked.

โ€œI couldn'tโ€ฆgo through heartbreak again.โ€ She looked to the ground.

Cai blushed and looked at the ground.

My godly senses perked up.

Why did Cai blush and look at the ground when Hunter said that?

I narrowed my eyes. โ€œCai-โ€

โ€œAnyway.โ€ Miles said, his eyes glancing from me to Hunter to Cai. โ€œCan you give us directions? A god spoke in Lokiโ€™s head, said to come here, to Reno. But we donโ€™t know where in Reno. Any mythological hotspots?โ€

โ€œWell...I have been meaning to check out Peavine Peak lately. Somethingโ€™s up. Random fires have been starting all week. Clouds swirl around the peak.โ€

โ€œWell, then, let's make it a last hurrah before you join the Hunters.โ€

She sighed. โ€œLet me get my weapons. Get the car started.โ€


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โ€œWhy did you not want to see her?โ€ I asked when Cai, Miles, and I were in the car.

โ€œNo reason. Stay out of it, Doyle.โ€

She was telling me to stay out of it? I was an (ex) god. We didnโ€™t stay out of things. How absurd.

Before I could say anything, Hunter climbed in the backseat with Cai. Cai turned, and pretended to look out the window.

Something had to give.

We pulled on the interstate, all of us quiet.

โ€œLook.โ€ Hunter pointed.ย 

There was a mountain to our left. The peak had clouds swirling around it, but they werenโ€™t regular clouds; they were dark grey.

โ€œWhat theโ€ฆโ€ I said.

โ€œI know.โ€ Hunter said. โ€œSomethingโ€™s happening up there.โ€

Lightning flashed in the distance.

โ€œThis wonโ€™t be good.โ€ I said.


We rolled up onto a gravel road, northwest of the city. Miles stopped the car.

โ€œIf we throw out the axle, weโ€™re screwed. Therefore, we will hike the rest of the way.โ€

Cai and I groaned.

Hunter just hopped out of the car and grabbed her weapons. Maybe she was hyping herself up for all the hiking she would do with the Hunters.

I studied her weapons. She had a sword, and that was it.ย 

โ€œYouโ€™re not starting to practice with a bow?โ€ Miles asked, shouldering his.

โ€œNah. I donโ€™t have a bow. I doubt Iโ€™ll be much good at it, anyway.โ€

โ€œIโ€™ll help you get the hang of it.โ€ Miles said. What a helpful little son of Apollo.

โ€œThanks, cuz.โ€ Hunter looked at the summit of the mountain. โ€œWeโ€™ve got a hike ahead of us.โ€


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Curse this mortal body!

Had I been a god, I would have teleported to the top. Or transformed into a wolf, or an eagle!

But no. I had to drag myself up on these feeble noodle legs, tripping and cursing like a fool.

โ€œAre we there yet?โ€ I complained.

โ€œLoki, does it look like weโ€™re at the top of a mountain?โ€ Cai said.

I muttered some curses in old Norse.

โ€œWatch your mouth.โ€ Miles said.

I turned to look at him. โ€œYou understand old Norse?โ€

โ€œYep. I learned it a few years ago, because I knew there were Roman demigods. If they existed, why wouldnโ€™t Norse demigods exist?โ€

Fair.

I sighed, wishing my crush would cease to exist, and kept climbing.

Finally, my legs feeling like the weak noodles they were, we reached the summit.

โ€œWhoa.โ€ Cai said.

The whole city spread out below us. You could see the towers of the Row, and all the other various casinos in Reno. I tried to imagine what it would be like at nightime, when there were lights. Then I decided I wouldnโ€™t want to be here at nightime, because the collegeโ€™s mascot was Wolf Pack for a reason.

We turned. The grey clouds had started to spin faster, surrounding the very top peak. Antenna and a radio station were caught in the middle.

โ€œAre there mortals in there?โ€ Cai wondered aloud, as we all drew out weapons.

โ€œI guess weโ€™ll find out.โ€ I said, and we walked towards the building.


The clouds didnโ€™t act like a barrier, so we just walked in, weapons drawn.

Luckily, there didnโ€™t seem to be any mortals. Just blinking lights on the control boxes.

As we made our way down a hallway, Hunter motioned with her head. Someone in here.

We all peaked in, and it was a blonde lady, with blue eyes, wearing a dress.

The hard thing about the dress is that it looked black, but then the color would shift to blood red and then back again.

She was not mortal, I decided that.

She noticed us, and turned her head.

Miles jumped backwards five feet. Cai went pale, and Hunterโ€™s eyes widened.

The other half of the woman's face, scratch that, body, was a skeleton.ย 

She grinned and gestured to us to come inside the sound booth. I went first, because I knew who it was.

โ€œHel.โ€ I said.

โ€œDad!โ€ She said. โ€œYouโ€™re looking...young.โ€

โ€œYou wouldnโ€™t be the first to tell me that.โ€

She looked at my companions, then zeroed in on Hunter.ย 

โ€œYou,โ€ She said. โ€œYou are a child of death?โ€

Hunter nodded. โ€œDaughter of Hades, uh, maโ€™am.โ€

Hel smiled. โ€œYou can call me Hel, or Lady Hel.โ€

Cailen gulped.

โ€œI see you are all nervous to be in my presence.โ€ She said. โ€œBut I will not be taking any of your souls today. I merely come with a warning.โ€

She turned to me. โ€œFather, my brother, your son, his bonds are weakening. Soon, he will be unleashed on the world, and Ragnarok will begin, and we will all die.โ€

โ€œWait, who?โ€ Cailen tightened her grip on Tide.

โ€œHe knows well that you are coming to stop him.โ€ Hel continued. โ€œAnd he will eat anyone who tries to bind him again. You included. You must cage him again, but survive. That will be the way back to your godhood.โ€

โ€œLoki, who is she talking about? What do we have to do?โ€

I swallowed hard.ย 

โ€œShe means we must find my son, whose bonds are weakening.

โ€œWe must bind the Fenris Wolf.โ€


End of Part Five.

April 25, 2021 14:48

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Link to Miles and Hunter together (photo): https://picrew.me/image_maker/399481/complete?cd=GVIjQIDjia Link to Hunter character design (photo): https://picrew.me/share?cd=j8KpzjQAZW So, whats the tea between Hunter and Cai? heres an image describing it! https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Fnewfastuff.com%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2019%2F07%2FGrKDWNS.png&imgrefurl=https%3A%2F%2Fnewfastuff.com%2Fmeme-generator%2Fwouldnt-you-like-to-know-weather%2F&tbnid=udSGuQFv1qHpoM&vet=12ahUKEwjoz4rw0pnwAhXLn-AKHSvaB0IQMygCegUIARCYAQ..i&docid...

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12:10 Apr 26, 2021

OOOHHHHH!!!!! OMB It's just like what Magnus had to do!!!!๐Ÿ˜ฒ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ OMB I CAN'T WAIT FOR PART 6!!! I've actually climbed up like, half a mountain, but in AZ, so I feel you, Doyle! I like the way you introduced Hel, and Loki's quest!!!! That was really cool!

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Thank you so so much! I've never climbed a mountain, but I live near a lot of them. Thank you thank you!

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12:51 Apr 26, 2021

Of Course!!! ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“๐Ÿค“ I don't live near any, but when I go camping, we always have to hike.๐Ÿ˜ When I was in AZ, I hiked like, halfway up one, but we didn't go to the peak๐Ÿ˜… it was only like, a three mile walk ๐Ÿ˜‚ But yeah, you got the feeling right๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ camping/hiking songs always make it SOOO much better ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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I camp a lot, and I mountain bike 6 miles to school and back every day, i just pulled the feeling from that XD We have a lot of campgrounds near us (we live close to a national forest). I've never sang a campfire song, though. My aunt and uncle like to go to yosemite (its a 7 hour drive from where i live). Luckily, we live in some pretty scenery and (aside from the nasty fire season & scariness of wildfires) its really nice

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14:40 Apr 26, 2021

๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚NICE!!! I wish, but we only have hills here. XD Ooh! Maybe we'll have to come camp there sometime! I've actually gone to Yosemite once and we tent-camped with another family last summer, and are coming out west again! XD Seven-hour drives are never fun, unless you get to stop every five minutes to get away from your carmates! XD I love the scenery out west!!! Yeah, when we went, lots of places had extreme wildfire warnings, so... :/ We could TOTALLY come to one of the campgrounds! If you have any suggestions... {wink, wink} I do have quit...

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haha, hills are cool XD XD, only child perks. Headphones go on, book comes out, and i'm in my car ride happy place. I don't want to be too location specific, because privacy, but the tahoe national forest has a loooot of nice ones! (if you don't mind 30ish degree nights)

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14:04 Apr 28, 2021

XDXD lol that's cool, tho!!! Well... glasses can become contacts, right?! you would totally fit the part!!! [btw... I started a new comment thread bc that one was getting reaaaalllllllyyyyy loooooooooooonnnnnnnggggg XD]

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15:16 Apr 28, 2021

XDXD That wouldn't be too out of character, would it?!?! XDXD

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00:40 Apr 29, 2021

:DDD Chapter 15 is out on this account, if you were wondering ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜Š

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01:13 Apr 29, 2021

๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟ๐Ÿ‘ฟโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโ˜ ๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธ

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11:49 Apr 29, 2021

I challenge you, Doyle!!! ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜กโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธ โš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜กโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธโš”๏ธ

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13:51 Apr 29, 2021

๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿ˜ก i've got to tie up a stupid wolf first

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Hey Lina! I laughed out loud several times. I love this series SOO MUCH! My favorite lines: -โ€œHow does that family tree work?โ€ I blurted. Darn this impulsive mortal mouth! -โ€œA Hunter named Hunter?โ€ I said, and Cai rolled her eyes. -She was telling me to stay out of it? I was an (ex) god. We didnโ€™t stay out of things. How absurd. -โ€œAre we there yet?โ€ I complained. โ€œLoki, does it look like weโ€™re at the top of a mountain?โ€ Cai said. A single critique: -Me and Cai groaned. I think you meant "Cai and I groaned."

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Hey Lina! I'm writing a story that I don't think I'm putting on Reedsy, but would really love your opinion! I would also appreciate feedback. :) Here's the link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/109W9Fd1cFJ6l5jLGoz2S6FslbAB14qb_UK2W3we38AE/edit?usp=sharing

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Valerie June
03:54 Apr 27, 2021

Lina this was amazing! You nail the humor in here, and I felt like you didnโ€™t rush or force the introduction of Lokiโ€™s quest. Canโ€™t wait for part 6! :D

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00:24 May 03, 2021

I find it funny that there is already a Hunter named Hunter in the books. (She appears in The Dark Prophecy; she's one of the people Commodus had imprisoned.) I'm getting extreme ex vibes between Cai and Hunter. There. That's my theory. Cai and Hunter were a thing, but Cai broke up with her. Either that, or Hunter liked Cai, but Cai didn't like her back. Ooh, Fenris Wolf! This whole quest such a great idea. Lightly hilarious and enjoyable to read. I can't wait for the next part! My only critique is that you sometimes have dialogue that ends...

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I guess i did my job well if you're getting those vibes ๐Ÿ˜ Thank you so much! Ohhhhhh, i did not know that! I will totally try to remember that, tysm!!

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11:48 May 03, 2021

So I was right??? No problem!

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SOKEEFE all the way its funny when i first read your comment i thought it said "Empty Buddies" and i was so confused XD what about you? Sokeefe or Sofitz?

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Hey Carolina- about the form you filled out for my reedsycast, all other Amator spots are taken. You can choose to be an Imperium (we need more of those), a Neutral, or a side mention. Also, hydrokinesis is taken (a list of those taken is in parenthesis in the question on the form)- and I can do the bigender, just please correct me f I use the wrong pronouns :) don't worry, you won't be the only one Link to adjust kinesis and character side: https://forms.gle/EVB113ktSeorhgBB9

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Tru Sorcerer
15:09 May 08, 2021

How do you write so awesome? so awesome that I can't say just awesome so I'm saying awesome awesome, like it's so awesome! eh....

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