I beg for your forgiveness. This update has been a long time coming. I really tried to get it done last Friday but things with work had to be taken care of first. I apologize a billion times over for making you all wait.
I made this a extra long just to say thank you for waiting so patiently. But please read it slowly…I have yet to get my laptop updated which will have a new version of Microsoft word on it. Also, I wanted to get the ball rolling for BIG stuff...no pun intended (wink, wink)
Hope this was worth the wait...
Mnemosyne (Titan): Goddess of memory/remembrance and mother of the 12 muses.
Memory Stone: The memory stone was taken from Mnemosyne when the Titans were imprisoned. The amazons were charged with keeping it safe from the rest of the world. I just made this all up. No real history behind it except what's in my head.
"Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of an intention."
"You're grandmother? She is your grandmother?" Philippus whispered.
"Uh…yeah. She was…"
Philippus got the meaning right away and felt her heart sink.
"She died when I was 10…plane crash…"
Philippus had gone a whole shade paler in a span of a second. That worried Arizona.
"Hey…Philippus? You alright?"
The younger woman carefully reached out to touch Philippus' shoulder only to have the hand pushed away.
"I have to go…" Philippus mumbled as she almost knocked Arizona over. She practically ran up the beach and towards the palace. Arizona was left standing there confused.
"What the hell did I say?" Arizona muttered to herself. She shook her head and began the trek back to the palace grounds.
Hippolyta was relived. Her talk with Eurybe had lifted her heavy spirit up a little bit but the threat of mutiny was still present.
Hippolyta inhaled deeply and rubbed her tense neck. She needed to find a way to unite the two tribes – she knew that a few of the off shoot Bana's had felt as if they were being ousted from the island. Hippolyta did everything she could to dispel those thoughts. She had offered them land and cattle…everything she would have given any Amazon.
But the Bana were a prideful bunch. They refused and lived just on the outskirts of the neighbouring villages preferring to live in the thick forests. She couldn't force them to take the gifts she had offered but she did leave the option open for them.
For the most part, a good majority of the Bana had agreed to the terms and integrated themselves along with their culture and faith into daily life on the island. She thought of Artemis and beamed with pride. The fiery Amazon was a fine leader for her people.
She knew how to speak to her sisters to make them see reason. She was one of the few Bana that had endorsed an alliance with the Themyscirans. She was a strong, tough and stubborn woman who fell deeply in love with an equally strong and stubborn woman; who just happened to be a Themysciran.
Hippolyta heard footsteps coming from the side and she turned to see who it was. Her eyes widened at the sight of Philippus running towards her. For a moment, Hippolyta felt a flurry of activity in the pit of her stomach. She wanted to throw herself at the woman but one look at Philippus' face kept her rooted on the spot.
"Philippus! What's wrong?"
Philippus was completely out of breath. She took hold of Hippolyta's forearm and dragged her back into Hippolyta's sleeping quarters. Once there, Philippus fell onto the bed with Hippolyta following suite. Philippus buried her face into her hands as the days events took its toll on her.
Hippolyta couldn't bear to see her like this. She gingerly placed a comforting hand on Philippus' back and instantly felt the other woman stiffen. Hippolyta quickly pulled her hand way and folded them neatly on her lap as she waited.
Philippus took a steady breath and regained some semblance of control. She pulled out the necklace and laid it in the palm of her hand as she spoke softly.
"All this time…I always wondered…why she never came back…"
Philippus' words were choppy and broken. Her voice was laced with sadness and her eyes…Hippolyta had to keep herself from gasping out loud. Those beautiful eyes held so much sadness in them that Hippolyta had to look away.
"I should have sought her out…I should have made sure she was alright…why didn't I? I loved her so much…"
Philippus wept. Hippolyta threw her arms around her and held on tightly. Hippolyta rocked her gently back and forth whispering soft words into her hair.
Arizona quickly dogged the swing as it whooshed by her head.
"Well…I don't know…she just took off…" Arizona said with a grunt as she blocked Diana's attack. It had been a few hours since Arizona had spoken with Philippus on the beach. She had to admit, she was worried.
Diana gracefully followed up her series of punches with a round house kick. Arizona barley missed getting hit. She rolled and landed on her knees while blocking another round of punches from Diana.
"Tell me…exactly what…you…said…," Diana asked breathlessly. She found out, rather quickly, that Arizona was much more talkative when sparring. Diana particularly liked the idea. Arizona had recalled the conversation that morning and was still left confused.
"I mean…why…would she even be…interested in my…gran - ooff!" Arizona let out whoosh of air as Diana's fist connected with her abdomen. Stumbling backwards, Arizona held up a hand. She was hunched over trying to catch her breath.
Diana just waited patiently for Arizona to regain her footing before she attacked again. She loved sparring, and the fact that Arizona was getting better at it and seemed to enjoy it as well, made Diana even more excited.
"Well...that does seem…a little…strange," Diana said unfazed as she side stepped several punches and jabs.
Arizona was getting a little frustrated at not being able to beat Diana. She swung left then quickly ducked and tried to get behind Diana but she just wasn't fast enough. Diana moved just as fast and flipped Arizona onto her back with a thud.
"Ok…not fair at all," Arizona said breathlessly. Diana smiled mischievously as she held Arizona's wrists above her head.
"Do you yield?" Diana asked roughly. Arizona swallowed as she stared up at those blue eyes but didn't say a thing. Her breathing had become shallow as Diana lowered her head slowly. And just as their lips were about to touch, they heard someone clear their throat.
Diana and Arizona opened their eyes. Diana laughed softly as she watched Arizona's reaction.
"Another time then," Diana whispered. She gracefully rolled off of Ari and got up in one smooth motion. Ari just remained where she was, silently fuming.
"Pretend I'm not here," Artemis said playfully with a smirk on her face. Diana shook her head but had a smile on her face. Arizona moved so she was sitting but scrunched her face up at being interrupted.
"What can I do for you, Artemis?" Diana asked politely. Artemis leaned against a pillar and crossed her arms and legs as she shrugged.
"I just wanted to see how it was going. The sparring I mean," Artemis said with a wink. By now, Arizona managed to get up and dust herself off.
"What? Think I'll be too rough with the princess?" Arizona retorted teasingly. Artemis threw her head back and laughed.
"I just came by to see if you were still in one piece!" Artemis easily caught the towel that Arizona had thrown at her still laughing. Diana smirked as she wiped away the sweat around her neck.
"I see you haven't learned your lesson from the other night. Shall I teach it to you?" Diana said, her voice playfully challenging. Artemis straightened and held her hands up in mock surrender.
"No princess. Save the lessons for this one. She could use a few more," Artemis jerked her head at Arizona.
"Hey!" Arizona gave a shove as the two amazons laughed. All three begun the trek towards the infirmary chatting along the way.
"Has any of you seen Alindra? We were supposed to train this morning but I haven't seen her since…well…that night," Artemis asked.
"Last time I saw her, she was sleeping like a baby in Athena's arms," Arizona replied with a smirk. Diana gave her a warning look but was softened by the smile on her face.
"I believe she is still…resting. Have you tried seeing if she is home?" Diana suggested. Artemis nodded.
"I just came from there. No one home." Artemis thought for a moment before speaking again.
"Although I did see Athena on the way here. She seemed preoccupied, more so then any other time," Artemis said, concern written all over her face.
Diana and Arizona shared a look then shrugged.
"Try the training grounds. Alindra could be there," Diana offered politely. Artemis nodded.
"I will. But first I want to say hello to Epione. I will see you two later." And with that Artemis took off for the infirmary.
Diana and Arizona watched her go; both had smiles on their faces.
"She's a big push over, isn't she?" Arizona asked. Diana turned to her, a fine brow arched.
"You're one to talk," Diana said with a smirk. Arizona glanced at her and felt her cheeks burn. Before she could reply Diana began to walk past her.
"I need a shower…care to join me?" Diana said huskily. Arizona's grin fell from her face as she watched Diana glance over her shoulder and smiled sensuously.
Arizona swallowed the lump in her throat before mumbling, "Absolutely." Arizona followed quickly and stayed close to the dark haired beauty. Diana laughed as she dragged a very willing Arizona towards her room.
Athena shoved the large doors wide open and marched over to where the seeing well was. Aphrodite was standing there as well, a look of pure terror in her eyes.
"WHERE ARE THEY?" Athena demanded. Her sister shook her head, tears welling up in her eyes.
"They're gone. Zeus, Hera, Hestia…even Demeter. They all just…what do we do?" Aphrodite asked, her voice almost sounding panicked. Athena reached out and gave a loving squeeze to her sister.
Athena was about to reply when they both heard a loud boom. Aphrodite, startled, quickly covered her mouth to keep from screaming out loud. Athena growled when she saw who it was.
"You better not be apart of this brother! I will cut you to pieces myself," Athena snarled. Aries threw his hands up as he continued forward.
"Well look who decided to join the party?! How's life with the mortals? How's the little wife?" Aries retorted sarcastically. Athena had enough and her hand flew to the hilt of her sword. Just as quickly Aries covered Athena's hand with his and gripped it tightly.
"You sure you wanna start this sis?" Aries spat. Athena's eyes narrowed.
"Get your hands off me you coward!"
The two gods were close to losing it completely when Aphrodite finally stepped in.
"ENOUGH! BOTH OF YOU!"
Both Aries and Athena were startled. Aphrodite was never one to raise a finger let alone her voice. Athena yanked her hand out of her brother's grip while Aries adjusted his collar.
"I'm sorry Aphrodite," Athena begun but was cut off when Aphrodite waved off her apology.
"Save it. We need to figure out how to do this with out killing each other first. OK? There will be enough of that soon enough." Aphrodite looked between the two and watched as both gods nodded grudgingly.
"Exactly what happened Dee?" Aries asked using the nickname he gave her, trying to quell the desperation that was now hanging in the air. Aphrodite looked at her two siblings and shrugged.
"I don't know. Hera was a bit agitated then her usual self. I've never seen her like that before. Zeus just disappeared and Demeter begged me to leave Olympus with her. I think they all know what's going on. They just don't want to say it."
"He's gone? Who's the coward now?" Aries goaded Athena. He knew damn well that she was daddy's little girl.
Athena ignored him as she motioned for Aphrodite to continue.
"I have a theory. I think that mortal figured out about that damn memory stone," Aphrodite said quietly as if saying it out loud would make it real.
"Whoa! Hang on! How the hell did anyone find out about that?" Aries demanded.
"I had Philippus destroy them," Athena said confidently. Then a thought struck her. "Wait…," Athena said softly. She looked pensive for a moment. "There is one small shard left. But it's not enough to warrant any concern."
Aphrodite nodded in understanding. Aries saw the wired communication going on between his sisters and felt like the odd one out.
"Hello! Care to fill me in?" Aries whined. Aphrodite pursed her lips as she glared at her brother.
"Arizona, dummy! She has the last shard of the stone…er…at least she's supposed to have it," Aphrodite said sounding annoyed. Aries looked lost.
"Who?" Aphrodite clenched her fists as she desperately fought the urge to smack her brother. Just then Aries snapped his fingers. "That chick in the plane?
"That chick is the one holding our lives in our hands!" Athena roared.
"I promised not to interfere but I had to do something!" Aphrodite blurted out. She covered her mouth as both Aries and Athena swung their heads around to stare at their sister.
"You what?" Athena asked. She couldn't believe what she just heard.
"Have you lost it?" Aries demanded as his face turned a darker shade of red.
"Nothing like what you're thinking! I sent a few…suggestions to the mortal. It bought us some time…," Aphrodite explained frantically.
All three of them stood silently. A thought occurred to Athena and it didn't help the situation. Athena was the first to speak.
"Gather who ever are left and leave Olympus."
Aries and Aphrodite stood in shock.
"Did I just hear you correctly? You want us to leave?" Aphrodite asked quietly. Aries gently placed a hand on his little sister's shoulder.
"Come on Dee. Let's go," Aries said gently. Aphrodite shook her head and yanked her arm out of Aries grasp.
"No. Athena…what's going on? You know something don't you?"
Athena slowly turned around to face them and nodded.
"If my theory is correct…if the mortal found away to awaken Mnemosyne…please go, Aphrodite. Just go." Aphrodite stood there for a second before throwing her arms around her sister.
"Be careful Athena," the goddess of love whispered. Athena nodded and looked over to her brother.
"I'll come back and-" Aries offered but was cut off before he could finish.
"No. I need you to stay with the others. They'll need you more."
This angered Aries.
"Athena! Stop being so damn pig headed!" Athena once again cut him off. She lifted a hand to halt any other argument.
"You need to lead them back. Aphrodite has bought us some time. I will do as much as I can with the time I have and meet with you later."
Aries didn't like it. But he knew his sister had something up her sleeve.
"Don't mess this up Aries," Athena warned. He nodded as he gently guided his sister out of the room. Athena could hear Aphrodite crying and Aries doing his best to reassure her.
Athena looked back at the seeing well and with a wave of her hand, replayed a scene once more. She had to figure out a plan. And fast.
Just then, an idea popped into her head…
Doug felt a presence fill him. He had a rough day. The colonel was on his case about some stupid stone.
Doug sighed and turned onto his side and kept his eyes closed. He was tired and just wanted to sleep.
"Do not ignore me Douglas."
Doug rolled onto his back once more.
"Listen carefully. You must destroy the stones. You are in danger."
Doug figured his tired mind was playing games with him. He tried to ignore the voice once more.
"Douglas! I will not be ignored!"
Doug felt his body give a surprising twitch as though startled.
"Destroy the stones, Douglas. Destroy them all…"
The voice soon faded away and Doug was sent deeper into sleep.
Diana pushed Arizona against the stone pillar of her room and kissed her deeply. Arizona moaned against Diana's mouth and pulled away.
"Isn't this a little too fast?" Arizona asked breathlessly before her mouth was devoured once more. She couldn't help it; Arizona pulled Diana closer and held her tightly.
Diana pulled away quickly to shake her head and give Arizona a swift, "no," before claiming Arizona's lips.
Grabbing Arizona by the front of her shirt, Diana dragged them both to the edge of her bed. Arizona groaned loudly as Diana yanked the white t-shirt from Arizona's pants and slid her hands underneath.
"Shouldn't I…ask for…mother's… permission?" Arizona said in between kisses. She was doing her best keep her mind intact but Diana was making it impossible to form any sort of coherent thought.
Growling, Diana gently pushed Arizona back. The captain fell onto the bed and gave a little whimper as she watched Diana climb on top of her and straddled her hips.
Diana quickly shook her head. "No." Diana didn't waist any time. She begun to push Arizona's shirt further up her body giving it a tug indicating she wanted it gone. Arizona complied and ripped it off of her and tossed it to the ground.
"Diana…" Arizona tried once more. She wanted to be 100 percent sure this is what Diana wanted.
Diana sighed and placed her forearms on either side of Arizona's face as she stretched out her long legs over Arizona's. Smiling down at the woman beneath her, Diana made one simple request.
"Please…shut up." And with that, Diana and Arizona tore at the other's clothing until there was nothing left.
Pulling away for air Arizona got a chance to see Diana. All of her. Arizona felt her mouth go dry as her gaze moved from Diana's face down to her shoulders. Slowly, Arizona's eyes moved over Diana's chest then lower.
When Arizona's eyes landed on the spot where their bodies were touching, her eyes fluttered shut and she let out a low moan. Diana smiled proudly at the effect she was having on Arizona.
Opening her eyes, Arizona saw the smile and felt the butterflies in her stomach reawaken. Slowly, she reached out and lovingly caressed Diana's thighs. She could have sworn she felt Diana shudder.
Diana slowly stretched her body over Arizona's and purred softly. She leaned over the other woman and kissed her soundly, Diana's dark hair falling, covering the sides of their faces, creating a cocoon around them.
Artemis finally found her friend heading towards the far end of the beach. The red head had to run to catch up to her.
Artemis heard her name being called and skidded to a stop. She growled softly before turning around.
"Io, what can I do for you?" Artemis said through clenched teeth.
Io didn't really care if she were interrupting. She just needed to find Diana.
"Diana had asked me to repair these a few days ago. I was just wondering if you had seen her," Io asked neutrally. Artemis inhaled deeply.
"The last time I saw her she and Arizona were heading towards the palace. Try her there." And without so much as word, Artemis took off down the steps and towards the beach. Sighing, Io shook her head and turned to leave.
Artemis was out of breath by the time she was halfway up the beach. She still had a few yards to go before catching up to Alindra.
"Alindra! Wait!" Artemis huffed. Alindra finally turned around. She was a bit startled to see Artemis hunched over, her hands on her knees, huffing and puffing, gasping for air.
"Artemis?" Alindra stood in front of her friend and laid a gentle hand on her shoulder.
"Where in Tartarus were you off too in a hurry?" Artemis asked as she straightened herself up. She was still out of breath but managed to get her heart rate back to a normal rate.
"I just needed a walk. Why?"
Artemis just studied her friend for a moment. She had a deep suspicion something wasn't right. Reaching out slowly, Artemis placed a gentle hand on Alindra's shoulder.
"What is it?" The red head asked softly. Alindra sighed tiredly. She looked out at the water. How was she supposed to explain it? How was she supposed to tell her best friend?
She remembered the argument she had with Athena that morning…
"So why can't you just tell me?"
"I thought I just did?" Athena replied tiredly. Alindra pressed her lips together in a tight line. She placed her hands on her hips and glared at her companion.
"Don't you dare patronize me Athena! I am not an idiot!"
Athena swung her head around and glared right back.
"I never said you were! You know exactly why I can't!"
Alindra threw her hands in the air in frustration.
"You give me some obscure warning and then expect me to do nothing?!" Alindra shouted. She didn't have the patience to calm herself. Athena took a step forward and calmly placed her hands on her shoulders.
"Trust me," the Goddess asked softly. Alindra could feel tears in her eyes. She shrugged Athena's hands off of her shoulders and turned around to stare out the window.
"What if I can't anymore?" Alindra asked quietly. Athena had to strain a little in order to hear her.
"What?" Athena didn't want to believe what she had just heard.
Alindra closed her eyes and took a breath before turning around once more. She wiped her eyes and squared her shoulders as if preparing for a fight.
"For as long as I can remember you have asked me to trust you. And I have. With out question. Because of that trust, I have lost too many of my sisters. I refuse to lose anymore."
Alindra stood staring at Athena. She was not going to do this anymore. She never once asked for an explanation. Until now.
Athena closed her eyes as she shook her head. She could feel her own tears starting to fall.
"Please…Alindra…don't ask me for what I can't give you," Athena begged. She looked back up into the eyes that she loved so much. In them she saw pain and it broke Athena's heart.
"Then…," Alindra's voice shook under the pain of her broken heart. "Then there is really nothing left to say," she said sadly. Alindra went to the door and opened it.
Just as Alindra was about to disappear, Athena blurted out, "I will not let anything happen to you or your sisters. I give you my word, Alindra. No harm shall come to them, I swear to you."
"Don't make promises you can't keep." Alindra didn't bother looking back at Athena as she spoke.
"Do what you must…but don't expect to return here and find me waiting…"
And with that, Alindra was gone. Athena stood there staring at where her former love once stood. Tears ran down her face. She could no longer fight to keep her emotions under lock and key. Alindra had spoken the truth.
Athena had taken too much from her, demanded too much. And all Alindra wanted was for Athena to trust her. But it wasn't in her nature to just trust – she was a goddess after all and gods didn't trust anyone. But that didn't matter anymore. She had successfully destroyed the one thing that sustained her all these years.
Yes…she was truly her father's daughter.
Wiping at her eyes violently, Athena straightened herself up. Clearing her throat and tugging at her armour and with a flick of her hand she disappeared. She left behind what ever was left of her love for Alindra in the place where it all started.
Artemis could feel the sorrow that radiated from her friend. Alindra sighed and still looking out onto the water spoke softly.
"We need to be ready."
Alindra finally turned and looked at Artemis with sad eyes.
"I don't know. But we just need to ready."
Artemis gave her friend a smirk, "can't you ask Athena?" Not realizing what had transpired that morning, Artemis continued to tease her friend. Swallowing the urge to weep, Alindra shook her head.
"Just be ready. Make sure that Epione is well stocked and that she has extra help. Stock pile supplies: food, bandages, weapons…everything that you can find…," Alindra continued her list as Artemis finally realized the severity of the situation.
"Did she say what we are up against?" Artemis asked.
Shaking her head Alindra stiffened slightly. Artemis saw the change and regretted asking.
"No. She never does," Alindra replied, her voice void of any emotion.
"Alright. I'll go to the infirmary and let them know. Can you get to Io? I think she was looking for Diana the last time I saw her. And we need those weapons."
Alindra nodded and the two warriors' ran up the beach together. Whatever was going on with Alindra would have to wait.
Io hurried up the marble steps in search of Diana. Any chance to be in the presence of her…their princess was a chance Io wasn't going to pass up.
After Artemis had rushed off Io had hurried back to her little hut and quickly changed into something a little more presentable in difference to her work overalls. She had quickly brushed her hair back and quickly wiped away the grease and grime from the day.
She held onto the shield she had lovingly repaired and straightened out invisible wrinkles in her shirt. She smiled as she headed for the princess's private quarters but quickly stopped in her tracks and listened intently. Io swore she heard something.
A second later she heard it – a low moan. At first she thought Diana was hurt but then a light breeze picked up and the curtains surrounding Diana's room lifted enough so Io could see inside.
What she saw ruined any hope inside Io. She felt tears prickle the back of her eyes as she saw Diana and Arizona in bed together. Io saw Diana smile softly down at the other woman as she leaned down to kiss her. Io looked away and took several steps back.
She looked down at the item in her hands until her vision blurred. Looking back up, Io took a breath and took several steps back to the room and laid the shield next to a pillar and turned to leave.
She wiped at her eyes just as Alindra was heading in her direction.
"Io! I need a word with you," Alindra said as she climbed the remaining steps. Io quickly wiped her hands on her work pants.
Alindra gave Io a once over and shook her head in confusion.
"Why are you dressed that way?" Io didn't get a chance to reply when Alindra just waved a hand to dismiss whatever Io was going to say. "Never mind. We need you to get as much weapons finished and repaired as you can."
Io snapped out of the funk she was in.
"Why? What is wrong?"
"I'll explain later. I just need you to distribute the armour to our fighters. There should be a stock pile left in the armoury, correct?" Alindra waited as Io nodded. "Good. Well need those as well." And with that Alindra took off for the Queen's quarters but stopped and turned around.
"Have you seen Diana or Arizona?" Io did her best not to wince.
"Uh…no. I didn't find her," Io lied.
"Damn." Alindra sighed. "Doesn't matter. I will inform the Queen and she will let Diana know."
Io shrugged and turned to leave when Alindra called the blacksmith back once more.
"Io?" Alindra waited for Io to return. "You'll need to have Arizona fitted for her armour as well." Alindra flashed a smile before heading towards the Queen's quarters. Io felt her dislike for the outsider grow.
"Fine," she muttered under her breath. She stormed back to her work hut and begun shoveling coal into the large oven. She began repairing equipment and weapons as she waited for the fire to get hot enough.
Hippolyta watched as Philippus paced the length of her room.
"Philippus, please. You aren't thinking straight." Sighing loudly, Philippus stopped in mid stride and turned to face Hippolyta.
"Then what do you suggest I do?" Hippolyta held out a hand and Philippus took it. The Queen gently tugged and Philippus sat down next to her.
"It is obvious, is it not?" Philippus was about to reply when Lyta held a finger up indicating that she wasn't finished. Philippus fell silent next to her.
"Philippus…I know how much you loved her. I loved her as if she were my own. But our Arizona is no longer with us. And we can not keep this from her granddaughter, either. She needs to know the truth Philippus."
Philippus just stared at the ground. She knew that once Arizona knew the truth about them and her grandmother, the young woman would flee as far away from them as possible. And she didn't want to miss another opportunity at having a relationship with the young pilot.
The Queen could see Philippus was having a hard time. Reaching out and gently cupping the side of Philippus' face, Lyta brought their faces close.
"Whatever you choose, I will not leave your side," Hippolyta said softly. Philippus could feel tears sliding down her cheeks. Hippolyta smiled softly and rested her forehead against Philippus' forehead. They sat that way for a moment.
But that didn't last long. Alindra skidded to a stop just outside the Queen's personal quarters and cleared her throat.
"Your majesty. I need to speak with you. It is of an urgent nature."
Hippolyta and Philippus sighed.
"Duty calls," Hippolyta said disappointed. Philippus nodded and wiped her tears away. They both stood and headed for the entrance of the room. Philippus pulled the heavy curtain back far enough for the Queen to pass through then followed right behind her.
"Yes Alindra? What is it?" Hippolyta asked politely.
Alindra didn't bat an eye at the sight of Philippus and the Queen exiting the Queen's room. She had always suspected the two were more then just friends but she didn't care. She was happy for the two.
"May I speak to the two of you in a more…private area?" Alindra requested. The look on her face must have said it all since the Queen nodded and quickly led them to her study. Once there, Alindra relayed the warning that Athena had given her.
At once the atmosphere in the room grew heavy. Philippus and Hippolyta shared a look.
They were going to war.
Collapsing next to Diana, Arizona rolled onto her back. Their skin was damp and both women were out of breath. Yet they were energized for more. Well…at least Diana was.
"Oh…god…" Arizona ran a hand through her damp hair and tried to regain some kind of balance. Diana laughed and rolled on top of Arizona.
Arizona's eyes fluttered shut and she whimpered softly. Diana bent her head and placed soft kisses on Arizona's neck. Arizona sighed and moved her head so Diana could have better access.
Arizona's hands could keep still. They moved from shoulder to Diana's buttocks then back up again. Arizona nuzzled her nose into the crook of Diana's neck and inhaled deeply.
"How can you feel so good?" Arizona asked breathlessly. Diana moved her lips so she could now kiss Arizona deeply. Arizona tightened her hold on Diana and gave the other woman a squeeze.
"Funny, I was going to ask the same thing of you," Diana replied playfully against Arizona's lips. They smiled softly at each other before one of Diana's hands moved in between the two.
Moaning out loud Arizona quickly rested a hand over Diana's, stopping the woman from going further. Arizona could feel Diana struggling to move and she knew that Diana could easily break free and continue on but was waiting, impatiently, for Arizona.
"Diana…I think…I think we need to talk for a second…," Arizona managed to get out just as Diana grew frustrated and begun curling her nails over a sensitive spot on Arizona's stomach. Arizona hissed and bit her lower lip and tried not to move her hips in time with the aggressive caress.
Diana nipped her way across Arizona's collar bone and was rewarded with a gasp. She could feel Arizona's nails digging into her back and smiled.
Diana sighed. Her shoulders slumped slightly as she rolled off of Arizona.
"Alright. But I intend on taking advantage of you very soon, so you might want to hurry this conversation," Diana stated bluntly which caused Arizona to blush uncontrollably.
Arizona smiled sheepishly and waited for Diana to push herself up against the headboard. Arizona followed suit with help from Diana.
"Well?" Diana asked after a moment of silence. Arizona quickly glanced at the other woman and nearly fell out of bed. The look Diana was giving her reminded Arizona of an animal ready to pounce and devour their prey. The younger woman swallowed nervously.
"For someone who desperately wanted to talk, you're not doing much of it," Diana said with a smile to take the sting out of her words. She reached out and lovingly caressed Arizona's thigh as she waited.
"Yeah, well…," Arizona croaked. She cleared her throat and tried again. "Kinda hard to think when you're naked and you keep distracting me."
Diana smirked at that and nuzzled Arizona's neck and nibbled on her ear as she laughed huskily in Arizona's ear.
"I'm distracting? Hmmm…interesting…" Diana trailed off as she pressed her breasts against Arizona's bicep.
"You damn well know it is!" Arizona huffed. Diana pulled back slightly and laughed. She then rested her head on Arizona's bare shoulder, laced her fingers with Arizona's and waited.
Arizona struggled to find the right way to start. She shoved her other hand into her hair and sighed.
"Isn't this," Arizona motioned between them as she spoke, "going a little too…fast?" Granted, she had been on this island for a few months recovering – the first month was spent ignoring Diana. The second month was her rehab with Alindra and Artemis. The other 4 months were spent exploring the island with Alindra and Artemis. This last month…Arizona was trying to figure out how she felt about Diana. But if she really sat down and did the math, Arizona and Diana really knew each other for less then a few weeks.
Diana smiled at the look on Arizona's face. Diana was quiet before she spoke.
"By your standards, yes, it can be considered…fast," Diana said thoughtfully. She smiled lovingly as her free hand brushed the hair that had fallen into Arizona's eyes.
"Amazon mating isn't a dance like it is where you're from. It's…more like combat. We test one another as opponents and then we test what we are as allies." Diana quickly glanced at Arizona and saw that the other woman was trying to soak up as much as she could. Diana smiled and gently kissed her on the cheek.
"Amazons do not wait for love to bloom fully. When attraction strikes, we embrace it for play - or forever. Does that frighten you?" Diana asked when Arizona didn't say anything. Slowly Arizona shook her head.
"You sound like you've done this before," Arizona stated softly. Diana's turned a little innocent, surprising the other woman. "What is it?" Arizona asked. A soft blush slowly crept up Diana neck and up to her cheeks.
"I've never had another woman in my bed. Until you," Diana replied quietly. It took several minutes before the meaning of what was just said actually sunk in. Arizona sat stock still, blinking rapidly, the colour draining from her face.
"Arizona? Say something," Diana quietly begged.
Arizona couldn't hear anything else except a buzzing in her ear and the hammering of her heart in her chest.
"Oh god," was all Arizona could say. She was having a hard time breathing. Arizona got out of bed, oblivious to the fact that she was completely naked, and begun to pace. Her hands clenched her hair as she went.
"Arizona, please." Diana reached out to comfort her love but stopped when Arizona turned and faced her.
"You're…oh god…you were a…," Arizona said disjointedly. Diana nodded.
"Yes. I was a virgin." Diana pulled the covers back as she stood proudly from the bed. Arizona stumbled back slightly and looked everywhere but at Diana.
Diana reached out and cupped the other woman's face in her hands; calming the other woman. Arizona closed her eyes steadied herself before opening her eyes.
"Why didn't you tell me?" Arizona asked. She wrapped her hands around Diana's wrists and gently pulled her hands away.
"I didn't think it mattered."
Eyes widened in surprise.
"Didn't matter? Of course it matters!" Arizona moved away from Diana and quickly put some distance between them.
"Diana…you just can't give something like that to just anyone! It's not like you can get it back!"
Diana smiled as she took several steps towards Arizona, closing the gap between them but leaving enough room for escape if Arizona wanted.
"You aren't 'just anyone', Arizona. I wanted to give my virginity to you," Diana stated. Arizona looked so distressed that Diana closed the gap between them and gathered the other woman in her arms. She ran her hand down Arizona's bare back trying to sooth her.
"God, Diana…I wish you could have told me." They rested their foreheads against each other.
"Why?" Diana smiled then broke into a grin when Arizona blushed.
"Your first time should have been special," Arizona replied almost dejectedly. Diana's grin turned into a full blown smile as she placed a gentle kiss on Arizona's lips.
"Right. You call ripping each other's cloths apart special? I mean, god lord! We did stuff that shouldn't even be physically possible…for any creature!"
"Twice," Diana added unfazed. Arizona blushed at the memory. Diana held her closer and nuzzled her neck in hopes of easing any discomfort the other woman felt.
"I didn't hurt you did I? Arizona asked gently. Diana smiled and shook her head.
"I should be the one to be…anxious. I am sure that there are women you left behind. I know that there are several here that have been eyeing you." Diana had said it with a smile but unconsciously held Arizona tighter. The other woman smiled and leaned in and kissed the Princess until she felt some of that jealousy fade.
Arizona pulled back and looked directly into blue eyes. She wanted Diana to know.
"Actually…you're my second," Arizona said softly. Diana was still for a moment before she nodded slowly.
"Come back to bed. Let us get to know each other much more…intimately. I plan on keeping my promise," Diana said as she pulled back the covers of her bed and waited for Arizona to slip under them.
"Oh? And what would that promise be?" Arizona replied. She was already feeling a wetness pooling in the apex of her thighs.
"I'm going to take advantage of you. I expect you to yield to my every need." Arizona groaned.
"Now lie back," Diana ordered. She straddled Arizona's hips and pushed the other woman onto her back none too gently. Diana smiled sensually.
"THAT SON OF A BITCH!" Colonel Black looked around the small room. Everything he had ever worked for was now lying on the floor.
King Hyperion looked at the mess as if it were nothing and scratched his chin. The stones had been shattered to pieces.
"I'll kill him! I will rip him limb by limb!" The Colonel fumed. Hyperion just laughed. "What are laughing about? Look at what that punk did!" King Hyperion threw his arm over the Colonel's shoulders and surveyed the room.
"I really didn't need those," Hyperion said with dead humour. He pulled an apple out of his pocket and took a large bite. It took a moment for the words to sink in Thomas's brain.
"What the hell are you taking about?" He shrugged Hyperion's arm off of him and glared.
Hyperion wiped his mouth with the back of his hand and tossed the apple core over his shoulder. He wiped his hands on his shirt before answering.
"Did you honestly think I would ever tell a mortal my real plan?"
Thomas felt his stomach lurch and his jaw clenched. Hyperion found the man's expression amusing.
"Don't look so surprised, Colonel. You had your use," Hyperion said as he walked passed Thomas while patting the man's cheek as he went.
"BASTARD! I risked my neck for you! I had that damn broad killed! And her fucking granddaughter!" Thomas reminded Hyperion. His face was a deep red and his breathing was laboured. Hyperion placed his hands behind his back as he stood in front of Thomas.
"Really? Are you sure about that?"
Thomas looked confused.
"Is she really dead? The young one?" When Thomas still looked dumbfounded, Hyperion stepped into Thomas's personal space and got up close.
"That's where you made your mistake. Lucky for you, I no longer require you're…services," Hyperion said in a low menacing voice. Thomas's eyes went wide and before he could react, pair of hands wrapped around his forehead and chin and gave a sharp twist, snapping the Colonel's neck.
The colonel fell with a sick thud. Mnemosyne stepped out of the shadows with a twisted grin. Sighing, Hyperion shook his head.
"Hello Mnemosyne," Hyperion said casually. The other titan sighed as if board.
"Mortals…god…I hate mortals…" Mnemosyne spat.
"Have you found it?" Mnemosyne asked impatiently. Hyperion shook his head. Mnemosyne stomped her foot and pouted.
"Very soon we will get our powers back. Have you found out who meddled with the boy's mind?"
Mnemosyne smirked as she nodded.
"The blonde one…Aphrodite."
"We will find her first…and you will kill her," Hyperion stated calmly.
Mnemosyne just smiled.
The goddess turned around surprised written all over her face.
"Aries! I told you not to come back."
He waved her off.
"I hid it."
Athena shook her head not following.
"She figured out where it was. That's why she went looking for it..." When it was clear that Athena had no idea what her brother was talking about, Ares sighed in frustration.
"The bow! They're after the bow!"
Athena's eyes widened.
"Senior figured out where I hid it. I think she may have uncovered what the Colonel was up to and decided to find the bow herself…"
"Gods…it's worse then I feared. If Hyperion get's his hands on it he'll unleash the rest of the titans and start a war against Olympus," Athena said. Aries shook his head.
Athena felt her stomach lurch.