CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and FIFTY-FOUR
“They are very interested in you,” Hecate said. “Any idea why?”
“I was told that the head of their sister. . .” Nelson said.
“Medusa,” Hecate said with a nod.
“Yes, Medusa’s head is in the Templar hoard,” Nelson said. “Or so they said.”
“That makes sense,” Hecate said, seeming relieved.
“Why?” Nelson asked. “What did you think?”
“They can get oddly obsessed with things and people,” Hecate said. “Medusa can grow another head or ask for one from a myriad of goddesses and gods. But they don’t do that. They want her original head back.”
Nelson shrugged. He leaned into the Titan.
“They are terrifying,” Nelson said. “Even when they look human.”
Hecate just nodded.
“What do you know about them?” Nelson asked.
“Let’s see. . .” Hecate sighed. “They were ancient before I was born. There weren’t a lot of them. Ever. But enough to have survived all this time. I have never seen a male but my father says that they breed.”
“How would you know male or female?” Nelson asked.
“True,” Hecate said. “Perseus was sure that Medusa was female.”
“The guy who cut her head off?” Nelson asked.
“You should ask Athena about him,” Hecate said. She looked at Nelson and continued sharing what she knew about the gorgon. “They’ve never been all that interested in me or my parents. I guess that’s because my dad is the God of Destruction. For all their power, they do love being alive.”
“Medusa is still alive without her head?” Nelson asked.
“I believe so, but I’ve never seen her,” Hecate said with a shrug. “Abi gave you a ring?”
“It doesn’t come off,” Nelson said.
Nelson held out his hand for Abi to see the ring. She lifted his hand and looked at the ring.
“Huh,” Hecate said. “What do you think it does?”
“It’s supposed to make me immune to magic,” Nelson said.
“You were already protected,” Hecate said. “I wonder what Abi is thinking.”
Nelson shook his head.
“I wonder. . .” Hecate said. “This word. . .”
She looked at Nelson and smiled.
“I bet it’s the password to your hoard,” Hecate said.
“Password?” Nelson asked. He winced. “I need a password.”
Hecate grinned at him.
“Any idea how to pronounce this word?” Nelson asked.
Hedone grinned at him.
“We’re going to have so much fun,” Hecate said.
Nelson made a sound that was something between a grunt and a growl. Hecate laughed.
The new dog ran toward them.
“That’s the God Anubis, isn’t it?” Nelson asked.
“I’ve been told that he’s just a dog,” Hecate said.
“But?” Nelson asked.
“He’s a beautiful puppy,” Hecate smiled. “The animal doctor. . .”
“Veterinarian,” Nelson said.
“What is that?” Hecate asked.
“Animal doctor?” Nelson grinned.
“Yes, that’s it,” Hecate smiled and continued, “She said that the dog is not quite a year old.”
“Not quite seven hundred years old?” Nelson laughed.
The dog jumped up at the sound.
“Any legends of the Templar and Anubis?” Hecate asked.
“Not that I know of,” Nelson said.
“We’re going to have so much fun,” Hecate repeated.
Shaking his head, Nelson laughed. Blane and Mike came out of the kitchen with a platter of pig parts and the dogs ran to see what was happening. Valerie called everyone to eat. Tanesha came out of the Castle with plates. Soon, everyone fell silent while they enjoyed their dinner.
Denver Cereal continues tomorrow...
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