Mates: Book Three

Summary: A god has fallen...And must be found...Four parts are lost...Scattered 'round... The universe is in utter chaos. Can the Justice League put it back together again without succumbing to the madness? And at what price?

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Poof. Thud. Crash. Yelp!

C'eridyall looked up from her meditation position, opening an eye to stare at the intruder who had made the loud noise. Upon recognizing the goddess Aphrodite, she sighed, shaking her head. "You should save your strength."

The goddess wasn't in much better shape than she was, truth be told. Apparent when she hadn't even been able to teleport neatly. Stumbling all over the place...coughing...since when did gods cough?

Since we've started...to die...

"Yeah yeah..." Aphrodite waved a hand dismissively as she plopped down into a sitting position. "I know, but I was going to lose my mind if I stayed in Olympus any longer. So many gods poofing in and out! POOF—fail. POOF—fail. UGH! S'giving me a headache!" Leaned back, running blue eyes around the barren chambers that made up C'eridyall's room. It was drab, true, but definitely quieter.

Which was very refreshing. Olympus was nothing but a zoo right now. Ares dying was...big, bigger than anything they could possibly imagine. It was different when Zeus took away Ares powers, which happened...really often, when one thought of it...at least twice a decade...

But during those times, Zeus would store Ares's powers on Mount Olympus. So the energy was there, keeping Earth in balance. The universe in balance. But...when Rao had...killed...the god of war...

Said god's entire being had been destroyed, powers and all, thus disrupting the balance.

Now gods everywhere were racing to find the ones capable of bringing Ares back because their powers were fading and their people...were slowly dying out... Aphrodite wanted to scream because logic said if it had been an Earth god that died, then surely Earthlings should be the ones to bring him back. But according to some weird ancient poem thingy everything had to be done a certain way...

Which was crap in Aphrodite's mind because they were Gods and when did Gods follow any type of rules? But it was the only thing they had to go on and they...really couldn't afford for things to get any worse than they already were.

Any worst and they...just might fall...

Damn that Rao...

Didn't want to think about him...or about what was going to happen soon...because of him...

So she instead chose to focus on C'eridyall, who...looked really horrible. Normally bright green skin a pale shade, glowing eyes now dim and lifeless...with a sickness that seemed to cling to her body...which wasn't right...Gods weren't supposed to fall ill...

"How's H'ronmeer?" Aphrodite asked quietly, aware of how painfully sensitive her...friend...? ...was...

Were they friends? No...not quite...more? Less? Neither of them really knew...or cared.

C'eridyall flinched at the sound, shrugging awkwardly. "He is...growing stronger as days pass..." And more out of control...having to tightly rein in his emotions lest he lose it altogether...an emotionless being who wouldn't even talk to her for more than a few seconds nowadays... L'Zoril was just the opposite, growing more violent every time...so angry...getting into arguments with Hades and Zeus...who shouted back, their tempers just as short, if not more...

They were falling apart...

Suddenly lips were over hers and she felt herself relax as a feeling of...peace...washed over her. When this...thing had first started between them, she had protested albeit weakly, but that was...months ago...and there was something about Aphrodite that made her hurt less...feel less...lonely...bitter...angry...

"Why?" she whispered against the Goddess' lips, feeling her own tremble, "Why is it...that you heal...what He cannot?"

Aphrodite smiled brightly, and then...suddenly things didn't seem so hopeless anymore. "It's...a love thing," she winked, her mouth trailing over green skin in a seductive manner, causing C'eridyall's head to fall back with a loud moan. Her eyes started to regain a little bit of their shine as her fingers ran through blond tresses.

It...wasn't quite enough. There was still emptiness inside, growing wider as the seconds ticked by; an impending doom that never seemed to leave...but...

"M-more," C'eridyall gasped out, arching into Aphrodite's touch.

For now...it was enough.

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Zeus and Herra are married. But they're siblings. Ares and Aphrodite supposedly have a thing going on. But they're siblings. Zeus has been shown having atleast one male lover before. So have the other gods. I seriously doubt they care about species, race, blood or sex. I think that's just, again, a human thing.