CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and TWENTY-NINE
“If you are to be Grand Master, then our problems are your problems,” the elderly man said.
“Who are you?” Mary Joy asked. “Where do you get off telling someone else what to do?”
“I am his great uncle,” the elderly man said. “His mother was my niece.”
“The mother you killed?” Mari asked.
“I don’t know anything about that,” the elderly man said.
“One of the women you travel with told us that she paid for the bombing,” Nelson said.
“I will look into it,” the elderly man said. “My name is ‘Guy.’ I am also a Semaines. You were named after me.”
“I go by Nelson now,” he said.
“Yes, I am aware,” Guy said.
“How are you a Semaines?” Mari asked.
“Pierre took our name,” Guy said. “It was your mother’s father’s requirement.”
“He still tried to kill us anyway,” Nelson said.
“Yes, I know about that,” Guy said. “And you killed him?”
“I wasn’t there,” Nelson said.
“They were killed by an ancient and angry God,” Mari said.
The man snorted and shook his head in disbelief.
“Who could believe this kind of tripe?” Guy asked. “There are no Gods. No. . .”
He sucked in a breath when Perses appeared out of nowhere.
“May I introduce you to Perses?” Nelson asked, mildly. “You may remember that he’s a Titan. He was also there.”
“Want me to kill him?” Perses said in a loud excited whisper.
The man fell back. After a moment, he gained his bearings.
“You are connected with the Titans?” Guy asked.
“Beings of power seek each other,” Perses said. “I am married to the mother of his partner’s cousin. His partner is married to a Greek Goddess.”
“I’m a fairy,” Mari said.
“She’s a fairy,” Perses said.
Guy looked at Mary Joy. She shrugged.
“I’m human,” Mary Joy said. “As far as I know.”
“You’re super-human,” Nelson said. “You’re a nurse.”
“And a soldier,” Mari said.
Mary Joy blushed and nodded.
“Why don’t you head back to wherever you are staying?” Perses asked. “Discuss what you need from your grandmaster. He and I and possibly one of those. . . what are they called?”
“Lawyers,” Mari said.
“Lawyers,” Perses said. “And this little fairy. Is your partner around?”
“Otis?” Mari asked.
“I’ll bring him,” Mari said. “Good thinking.”
“Why so many?” Guy asked.
“We need to support our friend,” Mari said.
“Teach him how to lead,” Perses said. “Her partner, a man named Otis, has led large groups of humans. He will be able to help.”
“If you have a partner, I’d like to meet her,” Guy said.
“Him,” Nelson said. “We are not ashamed.”
“Of course,” Guy said. “Good for you.”
With that, the man turned in place and walked out of the building. They waited to see if anyone else would show up. When no one appeared, everyone took a breath.
“How is he?” Perses asked.
“Stable,” Mary Joy said. “He has been sick for a long time.”
“He touched a powerful object,” Perses said.
“Yes,” Mary Joy said. “Let’s hope that someone awakens him soon.”
“Why soon?” Nelson’s voice was tight with concern.
“No human can stay in this state forever,” Mary Joy said.
Nelson gave a stiff nod.
“If we are meeting them later, I need to rest,” Nelson said.
Mari touched his arm and he was back in the little room that he’d been staying in. Oddly, the room was bare of all furniture and equipment.
“Where is the bed?” Mari asked.
She tipped her head backward.
“Upstairs,” Mari said.
She touched his sleeve, and they moved through the house. They landed outside the door to what would be his bedroom.
“I’ll be back,” Mari said. She turned to go and pushed him forward, “Go on.”
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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