CHAPTER SIX HUNDRED and SIXTY-EIGHT
Nelson got up and quickly made her a sandwich like his. He poured the tea. They ate in silence for a while. Feeling better, Jill sighed.
“What do you think she does with the fish?” Jill asked.
“I think it is very, very fresh,” Nelson said. “But don’t quote me. I am no chef.”
“I didn’t think Heather could cook,” Jill said.
“Mostly she doesn’t,” Nelson said. “Then, suddenly, there’s this magnificent fish.”
“What’s this about a prophesy?” Nelson asked.
Jill shot him an angry look.
“Now, little Titan, don’t glare at me,” Nelson said. “I am merely human. I have no special powers. I can’t read minds. You have to use your words.”
“Fine,” Jill said. “There was trouble at the school today. Templar ghosts. Thousands of them.”
“Huh,” Nelson said with a shrug. “That’s weird. I wonder why.”
“Ms. Palio. . .” Jill said.
“I remember that she’s a Titan, but I don’t remember which one,” Nelson said.
“I thought you knew all this stuff,” Jill said.
“I skipped the Titans because they are supposed to be dead,” Nelson said.
“I guess that makes sense,” Jill said. “She’s the mother of Apollo and Artemis. Most of what she was assigned to do has been lost to history, and she’s not telling anyone. My dad thought that she would like being the principal at the Marlowe School so she applied.”
“How’s she done?” Nelson asked.
His curiosity seemed genuine, so she answered, “She’s an amazing principal, truthfully. She’s been dealing with the state throughout the pandemic. She found the funding for all of the improvements and made them happen on time. The teachers love her and most of the parents.”
“We’re lucky to have her,” Jill said. “Oh, she’s also Asteria’s sister.”
“Your father’s sister-in-law,” Nelson said with a nod.
“He calls her ‘Sister,’” Jill said. “Honestly, they are all so inbred that she may as well be his sister.”
Smiling, Nelson nodded.
“She said something about a prophesy?” Nelson asked.
“She and Hecate referred to a prophesy that includes the Templars and the Sword of Truth,” Jill said. Her anger ignited again, she added, “You could have mentioned it anywhere along the way.”
“Okay, okay,” Nelson said, raising his hand. “I see where you’re coming from. But you forget, I’d have to know about a prophesy to tell you about it.”
“You don’t know?” Jill asked.
Nelson shook his head.
“If I ever knew, I’ve forgotten,” Nelson said. “Honestly, the years I spent with the Templars have blotted out a lot of things I knew really well.”
“I bet.” Jill nodded.
Nelson looked up at the clock.
“My father is usually awake at this time of night,” Nelson said. “He is very weak but regaining his strength. Why don’t we finish up here and head over? We can bring the cookies.”
Jill gave him a slight nod.
“I know that you are angry,” Nelson said. “And honestly, you have a right to be angry. But outside of knowing the swords exist and what they can do, I don’t know anything about the Sword of Truth or the Vanquisher. I mean, I do know that the Vanquisher is supposed to destroy the world, but your dad told me that he made that up so that people would stop looking for it.”
“Did it keep them from looking?” Jill asked.
“No,” Nelson said. “That’s how it got ‘destroyed.’”
Jill nodded. Nelson gestured to her food.
“Finish up and we’ll head over,” Nelson said.
“Okay,” Jill said.
“I will tell you,” Nelson said. “My father knows that you are the child of a Titan but he does not know the power you wield. I will ask you to tamp down. He is very ill. Still.”
Jill nodded. They ate in silence. Nelson got up to use the restroom. Jill cleaned up their meal and tucked the plates into the dishwasher. She washed her hands. Nelson grabbed the tin of cookies and they headed over to see Nelson’s father, Pierre Semaines.
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