Yes there are some words in here used differently than how they are used today like the word 'queer.' Keep in mind this is a different time period, just thought I should put that out there
Chapter 5 Secrets Revealed
"Um, it's hard to explain but I need it as a weight." She responded a little sheepishly. She had to admit he was handsome but something like that had never affected her the way it did the other females she knew who might swoon or giggle about it.
"You are a very odd girl aren't you?" He replied, it was more or less a question of confirmation.
"So I've been told. Well not to be rude but I am trying to get this thing home before the sun sets so if you will please excuse me I should be getting back to this." She replied, trying to be polite.
"Would you like my help?" He offered.
"Oh, no I couldn't allow you to do that, I'm sure you have other things you need to or would rather be doing that helping a funny girl like me push a boulder." She replied.
"I still have a few hours before I need to work again." He insisted.
"Oh, no I couldn't allow you to help me. I am perfectly fine." She argued. He rolled his eyes and helped anyways.
"Please I don't need or want help, I don't want you to be bothered with this." Athena said determinedly.
"No matter what you say I'm going to help. I do not want you to be doing this by yourself. Where are we taking this to?" He responded.
"That cave." She said pointing at a cave a few hundred feet away. She decided to give up, he was clearly almost as stubborn as she was so they would get absolutely nowhere if they had continued arguing so she decided to hold her arguments and went back to shoving the boulder. Within the hour they made it halfway, most likely that would have taken Athena at least two on her own.
They stopped and took a break.
"What do you need such a large rock as a weight for? What are you doing with it?" Kozmotis questioned as they sat and rested.
"I need it to keep something off the ground, anchor it down." She explained.
"Must be a big object." He commented as they started again. Kozmotis never expected to be spending a day rolling a boulder to a cave with a girl as queer as Athena but he couldn't help but admire her determination and spirit, surly someone as different as she was ostracized and treated differently, most likely in a negative way, yet she stayed true to herself and refused to change.
"By the time it's finished it will outweigh the rock, if my calculations are correct." She responded. Once at the mouth of the cave she added, "Thank you for the help. If there is anything I can do for you in return let me know please."
Kozmotis wasn't paying attention, he was looking around the cave with blatant surprise. There were so many different things from crafts to small inventions and some things that was about ten feet tall. When she started all of these projects and how long it took he had no idea.
"I've always had a lot of time on my hands. And no I did not make all of it by myself." She said, answering the questions that were clear on his face.
"Your family does not mind? Would a girl your age not already be learning how to take care of the house and home?" He questioned.
She shrugged and said, "My parents died over a year ago, I have no one to make me prepare to get married."
"I'm sorry to hear about your parents deaths." He replied.
"It's part of life. Sometimes things happen that are out of our control. I've done my grieving, I will get nowhere if I dwell on things out of my control." She replied bluntly. She was very frank and mature for her age, most definitely ahead of her time, very far ahead.
Athena stepped through the portal with the other Guardians following behind and out into the forest she use to know so well. She was surprised that it was still there, almost completely untouched by human tampering.
"Wow, I can't believe it's been untouched." She breathed out in disbelief while looking around. Besides the elements making some changes it was almost the same as she remembered.
"Where are we?" Tooth asked.
"A forest in Athens. I use to spend a lot of time here." Athena responded, knowing exactly where she was going and needed to be.
"So where are we going?" Jack asked.
"My home." She said simply as they walked through the forest until they came to the side of a mountain and a cave cut into the side. Once at the mouth of the cave they all knew they were at the right place. Swirls of darkness curled around inside along with fearlings roaming the vast cave where many different crafts, wood and stone objects and tapestries sat or hung. Athena had long ago put a spell on the cave so that it wasn't seen or anything in or around it damaged but she didn't think it would hold up this long.
"Welcome home Athena. This is where you had made your home at about age twelve correct?" Pitch's voice said from the depths of the cave.
"Thirteen actually. Your memory is still a little rusty Kozy. What are you doing here?" She responded.
"Regaining some memories here and there. This place popped into my mind so I came to find out why. Not too far away is where we first me no?" He responded.
"You would be correct." She responded.
"It is also not too far from where you died if I'm not mistaken." He added, knowing he would be hitting a sore spot for her. She chewed on her lower lip in thought before replying, "It is. Been starting to remember more eh?" She asked, keeping from showing any emotion.
"Little by little, familiarity helps. Like the memory of you abandoning me." He countered, a burst of anger lashing out. Athena flinched as if having actually been hit but then her eyes started glowing an angry red.
"You think I abandoned you? You actually thought that I would do that? Well no wonder the darkness was able to corrupt you so easily, you have no faith or trust in others even when they put too much in you and your memory is still very spotty." Athena replied coldly and strode right up to him and gave him a hard stare. She may have been shorter but she was equally intimidating.
"I am terribly sorry that I trusted your competence and believed that you trusted me enough to listen to me and believe in me." She said stiffly.
"I did, but you weren't there." He argued.
"Obviously you still have things that you need to remember before I continue this argument with you because we've already had it, and you need to lose the darkness and evil that is corrupting you before I ever try to be civilized around you again." She countered.
"That will never happen. I like this power too much to give it up." He responded. She gave a blank expression before asking, "Why are you even bothering in trying to remember if you love the darkness and evil so much? Remembering will only be a hassle to you. You already know enough to guess most everything I throw at you, the rest is useless to you."
"That is where you're wrong, but it seems that this place holds no more memories for me to find so destroying it will be my next step." He replied. Athena took a step back with a horrified expression, "You will not."
"I will and you and your Guardians can watch." Pitch replied and snapped his fingers. Immediately larger and much stronger looking nightmares swooped in. These had eyes, but they looked like the pictures you would see of a supermassive black hole instead of the usual fierce gold. They were quickly able to keep the Guardians busy with fighting while a few others managed to corner Athena.
"Using the magic with your nightmares, not a bad idea although the time limit is still the same." Athena commented. Ste had been cornered by one along with a few regular nightmares, her wand on the ground and out of reach. She felt stupid for having been overpowered this quickly.
"Time limit?" Pitch questioned.
"Yeah, magic in items isn't unlimited, each item lasts for about two weeks depending on the size of the object, type of magic and how often it's used, but fusing it and using it on a larger scale like this will probably only last you a week at best." She replied.
"Then how about this?" He questioned, picking up her wand.
"Ha!" She laughed, he shot her a questioning glare.
"Still missing some memories." Was all she replied with.
"Well if I can't use it then I'll have to make sure that you can't either." He replied and snapped it in half before tossing it into the midst of the inventions and crafts as darkness and nightmares swooped in on it all and started destroying it.
"Stop it! This stuff isn't helpful to any of us so just leave it alone!" Athena shouted.
"Seeing it destroyed causes you emotional pain, that's all the reason I need." He responded and laughed at the destruction until he turned to see a tapestry that had three people on it. A young woman with shoulder length wavy blonde hair, large bright blue eyes, a young man with short, smoothed back dark brown hair and soft golden eyes and a little girl about three or four years old with smooth, straight dark brown hair and large bright blue eyes and smiling happily.
A faint feeling of recognition hit him when looking at it, however it didn't bring any real memories back so he felt nothing as the nightmares swooped in to destroy it too.
"No! Leave that alone!" Athena shouted at him.
"If you're that insistent on it being left alone then it must be very important to you. Destroy it." Pitch said.
"No! Don't let them destroy it Kozmotis!" Athena argued, tears welling up in her eyes. The tapestry was the only thing she had to remember the family she once had, their family together with their only child Katherine, whom Pitch still didn't remember. However Athena calling him by his full first name did strike a nerve inside of Pitch. He snapped his fingers and the nightmares back off but destroyed everything else before disappearing, completely silent, confusing everyone as all of the nightmares disappeared with him. The workshop was in ruins, the only thing left was the tapestry.
"What's that?" Bunny asked as they walked over to it to see.
"And why would Pitch leave it alone?" North added, none of them having seen or heard the exchange, having been fighting.
"That's you isn't it?" Tooth asked, pointing at the young woman with blonde hair.
"It was yes." She replied.
"That guy looks like...no way, that's not who I think it is, is it?" Jack asked in surprise. All of the Guardians were giving Athena surprised and questioning looks, wanting answers and it was clear that they would not accept a 'no.'
"That is Pitch is it not?" North asked.
"Yes, well, who he was." She replied dully.
"And you two had a daughter? She's so pretty. And with such a pretty smile." Tooth said while looking at the tapestry.
"What happened to her? What's her name?" Jack asked.
"Katherine. She grew up and she died." Athena stated blankly, of course she missed her daughter at times but it had been a long time ago and Katherine seemed to have lived a full life, Athena's only believe and having married a good man and had children they loved. Athena only wished Katherine's father could have seen their daughter grow up. Athena had been keeping track of their descendants since.
"Pitch doesn't remember her does he? Or that you two were married?" Bunny asked.
"No, as far as I can tell, at the present time he only remembers me as a person and a few memories outside of that. At first he only remembered the nickname I had given him 'Pitch' and added 'Black' to it. Other than that I don't think he remembers much." She explained.
"My mind is still having trouble wrapping around that. You and Pitch got married and had a child together?" Jack asked. Sandy silently laughed.
"Yeah, yeah it's a real shocker let's just go." Athena replied, she was done with the conversation. She pulled the tapestry down and carefully rolled it up. She searched for her wand and picked it up, concentrating on repairing it until it worked. She then used a spell to send the tapestry to another safe place before taking one more look at the ruined place.
Her blood boiled at the destruction that Pitch had caused to it, almost all of the work from her human life ruined, not only that but it was history, of course no humans knew about it but that didn't change the fact that they were 3,000 year old fully functional crafts and artifacts destroyed in less than a minute. She was only glad that he left the tapestry alone but he was more than ready to destroy it.
Is he really that corrupt and cold-hearted? Would he have done the same thing if he had all of his memories despite being corrupted by the darkness? She wondered as she stepped through the portal after the rest of the Guardians.
They ended up in a clearing of a forest, with a pond nearby and a cliff side.
"Who decided on this place?" Athena asked.
"Jack." Tooth replied.
"Okay so where are we?" She questioned.
"Burgess. A friend of mine lives here, and it was my hometown when I was human." Jack replied, walking through the woods into a town. The rest of the Guardians headed off to do their own thing while Athena got onto her broom and flew over the town to look around. She remembered having visited the area maybe a hundred years ago while tracking one of her descendants who had moved there during that time.
"Is there something special about this town besides those two things?" Athena asked as Tooth flew by.
"His friend Jamie was the first to believe in Jack." She explained.
"Ah okay." Athena replied in understanding.
"You should meet him." Tooth said.
"Yeah because kids believe that there's a spirit behind the goings on of Halloween." Athena replied sarcastically.
"Jamie is different." Tooth insisted.
Little corner of mine: Hello all! As said above with the reminder keep in mind of the time period so of course behavior and such is very different during Athena's originated time period. This chapter only cuts the surface of their history, well it's more of a generalized version but there will be more details as the story goes, hence the flashbacks at the beginning of the chapters.
Eventually we will be getting to the points of Katherine's birth and Man in the Moon's creation but it is of course in chronological order so it'll be a little while. There may be points (like dreams or flash memories of Pitch's) that show varying things out of the order. There is a reason for the mention of a descendant moving to Burgess, anyone wanna take a guess?
Sooo yeah, thank you for reading! If anyone has random ideas I would love to hear them and, if they can fit, I'll most likely use them :)