Hercules was torn between this girl and the town outside. "You're destroying a whole town for one girl?"
"One very special girl," Ares replied again reaching for the Alex's hair.
She slapped his hand. "Back off hot shot." Alex took a step back. This was getting way to weird.
"Herc?" Iolaus asked.
"Go," Hercules said. "I'll be down in a minute."
"You got it," Iolaus said running out the door.
"What do you want with me?" Alex asked.
"That pendant around your neck," Ares said. "Where did you get it?"
"None of your business," She said grasping her necklace. "And you can't have it."
Ares leaned over so that they were nose to nose. "I don't want the necklace," He said. "I want you."
He reached out to take her arm, but Alex quickly moved back. Hercules stepped in front of her.
"She doesn't want to go with you Ares," Hercules said. "If you want her you're going to have to get through me."
Ares smiled. "Gladly."
The two men began to fight. While they were preoccupied Alex grabbed her book bag and ran out of the room. She was not staying to see who won.
Alex ran down the stairs, out of the inn, and directly into the middle of a battle. A man ran up to her with a sword.
"Where do you think you're going?" He asked.
He rushed towards her, but Alex sidestepped him so that he ran past her. She quickly turned and kicked him in the back sending him face first into the dirt. Before he could get up Alex walked over and kicked him hard in the face. The man was out cold.
Alex knelt down and grabbed his sword. It was heavy, but she could manage. Her mother had been into weaponry before she died. She was able to teach Alex a little of what she knew.
Alex slung her bag back over her shoulder and walked into the chaos. She was intent on getting out of here. If anyone tried to stand in her way at least she had a little bit of a chance.
She walked through the men fighting. They were destroying the village. Alex watched as one soldier grabbed a girl by the hair. Sighing she knew she couldn't walk away.
Alex dropped her bag and ran over to help the woman. She put the sword at the back of the man's neck. "I wouldn't do that if I were you."
The man went stiff against her sword. He let the woman go and she ran frantically away.
"Turn around," Alex said. She pulled back the sword so he would have a little room to move and he did as she asked. Before the man had the chance to blink Alex punched him with the hand that held the sword. The man fell to the ground.
"Men always think they can do what they want with women," She said kicking him in the gut. "It's not a nice thing to do." She kicked him in the face.
"Not bad," Iolaus said walking up to her. "Where'd you learn how to fight?"
"Living on the streets for nine years," Alex said as she ducked from the blow of another soldier. "If you don't learn how to defend yourself you're dead."
Iolaus grabbed the guard by the arm and swung him around so that he went flying into one of the fruit stands. "It doesn't sound like this Philly your from is a nice place."
"It used to be," Alex said sadly.
"Discord," Ares called through the window. "Enough."
"Oh, but I was having so much fun," Discord whined, but she listened to Ares and stopped the massacre. She disappeared as the soldiers ran away.
"And you," Ares said pointing at Alex. "I will be back for you." He disappeared.
Alex felt her heart leap in her chest. Somehow she didn't think that Ares was someone to have as an enemy.
"Hercules," Iolaus said worriedly. He ran back into the inn, Alex on his heels.
The room was in shambles. Hercules was getting to his knees.
"Herc are you all right?" Iolaus asked kneeling by his friend.
"Yeah I'm fine."
"Why did he leave?" Alex asked. "I mean if he was winning, why take off like that?"
"Because," Hercules said getting to his feet. "He was only here for you. Why he left without you, I have no idea, but I do know he'll be back."
"Let me tell you how much better this day is getting," Alex said as she began picking up the room. "Crap, I forgot my bag. I'll be right back."
"Hold on we'll go with you," Iolaus said. "If Ares does come back it's best if you're not alone."
"Whatever," She said once again descending the stairs.
Alex walked outside and scooped up her bag. Once it was safely about her shoulder she looked around at what was left of the town. Fruit carts and other stands were destroyed. Some of the women and children were sobbing over the corpse of their husband or father.
"He did all this because of me," Alex said. The adrenaline had worn off. Her head was pounding as if her brain would break through her skull. She was shaking and the sight of this village wasn't helping.
"He did it because he's the god of war," Hercules said. "It's not your fault."
Alex sighed. "I'm so tired."
"Iolaus why don't you take Alex back upstairs," Hercules said. "I'll help the villagers clean this mess up."
"No," Alex said. "I'm the cause of this. I'll help them clean up."
"Alexandra you are in no condition to help these people," Iolaus said. "You're going to wind up passing out if you keep pushing yourself. I'm surprised you could even fight like you did."
"She fought?" Hercules asked raising an eyebrow.
Iolaus nodded. "Well too."
"Adrenaline," Alex said.
"What?" They said in unison.
"Adrenaline is the reason I was able to fight these guys and not feel bad at the time."
"What is this adrenaline?" Hercules asked.
"It's a chemical your body produces in times of stress," Alex explained. "It can make someone as small as me as strong as you Hercules."
Iolaus crossed his arms over his chest. "That's impossible."
"I thought people appearing out of thin air was impossible, but apparently I was wrong," Alex said.
"Well I've never heard of adrenaline," Hercules said. "But you are one interesting girl, Alexandra."
She nodded still looking out at the village. She didn't like the fact that these people had been hurt because of her. She was tired and her body was sore. Alex brought a hand to her head and came away with blood.
"When did I start bleeding again?" She asked no one in particular.
"Come on," Iolaus said. "Let's get you up stairs."
Iolaus went to take Alex's arm. The girl instinctively pulled away, causing the world to spin.
"Alex are you all right?" Hercules asked.
Alex went to nod and changed her mind. It was too late though. The motion caused the world to spin even faster. Alex felt strong arms around her, but she was too weak to protest. She felt herself being lifted as everything went black.