Chapter 6:

Minerva woke as cold water splashed onto her face. She opened her eyes to see Alyssa standing over her with a glass of water in her hands and noticed she had wet fingers. "Min, get up. We are going to be late for work." Minerva sat up and looked around the room. She was lying on the couch with sweat dripping down her face.

Alyssa walked out of the room and into the kitchen. "It was only a dream" Minerva whispered in relief. She looked at the table; there was a less then half of a bottle of gin sitting on it. Minerva held her hand up by her mouth and breathed out. She could still smell the gin on her breath. Part of last night started to come back to her.

She had come back here right after she talked with Bryce and went strait to bed. Later she had woken up and taken a shower, then came back to the couch and drank half the bottle of gin. Minerva put her hand on her forehead; the hangover was starting to hit her.

Alyssa came walking back into the room with two mugs in her hands. "What was only a dream?" Alyssa handed one mug to Minerva as she sat down.

"Oh. Nothing, I just had a bad dream." Minerva closed her eyes and smelled the coffee. Her eyes were sensitive and her head was throbbing.

"Are you sure you don't want to talk about Bryce anymore? You didn't say much last night." Alyssa looked worriedly at Minerva.

"Yeah, I'm sure." Minerva brought the mug up to her lips and sipped the hot liquid. "There isn't really that much to tell. He is going to tell everyone that we aren't together anymore because we grew apart. That's all that happened."

Alyssa looked at Minerva with disbelief, "Alright, I will just leave it be. But when you want to talk to me about it, I'll be here."

"Alright. There's nothing to talk about, but thank you. I'm going to take a shower before work." Minerva stood up and walked into the bathroom leaving Alyssa to drink her mug of coffee alone.

Alyssa sat on the sofa and was staring into the fire place when she realized that someone was staring back at her. She knelt down by the fire place to get a closer look at who it was. "Athena? Is that you?"

"Hi! I have been sitting here waiting for Minerva go get up and do something. I have been meaning to talk to you about her."

"What about her?"

"Well Bryce of course. I assume she has been staying with you. What is gong on with them? The news papers say that they aren't together anymore." Alyssa looked unsure for a moment.

"Athena, I don't know if I am the one that should tell you this. It's really none of my business."

"Alyssa, you know how Minerva can be. She has some kind of wall up. She doesn't let anyone in."

"I know but-"

"Alyssa, someone has to be there for her. What happened with them?"

"They grew apart. That's all she told me."

"That is bull! She doesn't say much but I know she told you more then that. Come on. What did he do? Or did she do someone?"

Alyssa covered her face with her hands. Athena always found out what she wanted to know, it was just a matter of time. At the moment it didn't seem wise to make her go to Minerva for the information. Alyssa took her hands away from her face. "Ok, fine. Minerva walked in on him cheating on her." Athena's reaction was hard to make out through the ashes and flames. "But don't tell her I told you. This isn't something she wants to talk about."

"THAT SON OF A-"

"Athena, NO! Do not start that! No." Alyssa was trying to calm Athena down.

"He thinks he is above her! Who does he think he is! He is just a regular person!"

"Oh Merlin."

The door to the bath room opened and Minerva walked out. "Who are you yelling at?"

Alyssa tried to cover up the fire place with her body, but it was helpless. Athena was still yelling at the top of her lungs. "OH HE WILL PAY FOR HURTING HER!"

"Dammit Alyssa, you told her." Alyssa put her hands over her face again.

"I'm sorry Minerva." She began to shake her head back and forth. "I knew that I shouldn't, but you know your mother."

"Yes, yes I know. She would have found out sooner or later." Minerva walked over and knelt down by the fire place. "Mom… Mom… Mother!"

Athena looked at Minerva with surprise. "Oh. Well hi there Min. How are you doing?"

"Very well actually. I was just getting ready for work as a matter of fact."

"Work? You don't have a job."

"Actually I do. I got one the other day. And no I will not tell you where I work. I don't want you coming and seeing me there." Athena looked a little insulted.

"I wouldn't come and visit you. Maybe once, but that would be all. Besides, I have to see you some time. You can't just hide away and expect me to be ok with that. I miss you. We used to talk all the time."

"Yes, I know. But right now, I just need some time alone. And right now, I need to get ready for work. And so do you Alyssa. So let's just leave my dear old mother here while we get dressed." Minerva stood up and dragged Alyssa along with her. "Goodbye mother."

"Bye Athena!"

"You know Minerva, sooner or later you are going to have to deal with your emotions! You can't just keep pushing them off to the side!" Athena was trying her hardest to keep them there and talking to her, but gave up as the door to the other room closed.