Sorry it took so long. I actually have an excuse this time: school. School is horrible. Still, I worked on this when I could.
After I had agreed to help the fool so he'd stop whining, we went into the Olympus' Mental Health Facility where they held all the mentally unstable gods. Past various twists and turns into the recesses of the building, we came upon Athena's holding cell. A small keycard materialized into King (apparently that was what Apollo was here, scary I know) Apollo's hand. He swiped it over the red light, causing it to turn into a florescent green.
As soon as he opened the door a crack, I could feel madness radiating out in waves. I felt an uncomfortable flutter in my gut.
"I can sense her," I said. The others shifted slightly.
"Don't say it like that," Zeus grumbled, his eyes at a downcast. "You sound like your Uncle Hades."
Olympus forbid that I should sound like him.
Apollo opened the door all the way and we looked inside. No one made a move to go into the dark room. After several moments of hesitation, Victor took the lead. King Apollo went right behind him and I went shortly after with my father trailing behind me and Leto taking up the rear. At the back of the room, was the other dimension Athena. She wore cream colored shirt and pants that were rather plain and cheap looking in appearance. She kneeled on the ground with her hands and feet shackled against the wall. She had her head hung down, her disheveled hair covering her face from view. I could faintly hear her mumbling different words that had no connection to each other what-so-ever. She kept slipping into other languages which just made it all the more confusing.
We all stood still, watching the once tall and proud goddess reduced to a shriveling mess. That's how we remained until the other Dionysus arrived. To be honest, it made me uncomfortable. It was like looking at a mirror except it's one of those possessed mirror reflections that move, act and have a mind of its own. He regarded me with a bored yet slightly disgusted look.
"Hmm, I think I'm better looking than the other dimension me," he said.
Before I could get out a word, dad shouted, "You two look exactly the same!"
Instead of being mad, Other Me looked shocked for a second. King Apollo leaned over and whispered something to him.
"Ah... I see. That's the Zeus from the other dimension," Other Me said. Victor flew up to him.
"So, do you think you guys can fix her?" Victor asked, hope shining in his eyes like a flame. But it flickered as if the slightest wind would blow it out.
"Tch." We both said. Other Me pushed him to the side and we both walked up to Athena. Then we placed a hand on her head. I felt her shuddering underneath my grasp. Other Me and I exchanged looks and nodded. We began to heal her mind. I put most of my aura into it, remembering that one of me alone wasn't enough to heal her. There's no telling how much power it will take to bring her back. It might even take the combined efforts of me and other dimension Dionysus at our max power.
As I started to mend her fragmented mind, I briefly saw flashes of the conflict she and her dimension had been through: Six color coded gems that radiated power, the sky breaking into pieces, fire consuming Olympus, an unfamiliar goddess stabbing Hephaestus' right eye with a sword of light, a pit leading to Tartarus, the minor godlings of Olympus raising a revolt.
It was all so disorienting I almost had to stop. I pressed on anyways though.
It was hard to tell how long we had been in her mind but at last we stopped. The others were waiting patiently for us.
"Is she...?" Victor asked, stepping forward.
"...Victor?" Came out a soft croak as if the voice hadn't spoken that loud in a long time.
"Athena!" Victor zipped over and pushed me and my other to the side, both of us looking equally annoyed. Athena lifted her head blinked her eyes. It was so quiet in the room, no one even dared to breathe. Her eyes lit up in recognition.
"Victor," Athena said quietly, choking faintly. She buried her head into his shoulder. "I'm okay. I'm okay..."
Victor wrapped his arm around, gripping her tightly.
"Yes, it's all going to be okay now. You're fine," Victor said, choking on his words as he spoke to. He leaned his face onto the top of her head. "You're fine."
Things wrapped up pretty well after that point.
It didn't take long for Victor to explain to Athena all that he had done to help her. After he had finished, King Apollo had suggested that we go somewhere else to continue our conversation instead of staying in an asylum. Leto suggested that we go to this dimension's Hecate so that she may get out portal ready for us to go home. She seemed pretty eager to leave. So, that's where we went.
As we were waiting for Hecate to finish, I noticed out the corner of my eye that Athena kept giving my side-long glances.
What's that for? I thought. She's acting like I'm her dad when her real dad is in this dimension... oh.
That's right, he faded. Victor had mentioned that. I'm probably the closest thing to her real father as she's going to get. I approached her. Athena glanced up at me.
"I'd like to talk to dad— I mean, the other dimension's Zeus alone, Victor," Athena said. Victor nodded.
"Sure thing," Victor replied, flying off. Athena observed me warily.
"What is it?" Athena asked.
"I was just hoping you were willing to talk," I said casually.
"I see..." Athena said, trailing off. After a few moments, she spoke. "How are thing's in your dimension?"
I chuckled. "As good as they are going to get. Now one is trying to overthrow us so I count that as a blessing."
"I would agree to that." Athena said, the corners of her lips quirking ever so slightly. Athena's eyes trailed off me and I turned to see what she was looking at. I could see my Dionysus and the other talking to each other. I could hear brief grasps of their conversion. They were arguing about soda or something. Meanwhile, King Apollo was trying to convince Leto to stay who was adamantly keeping no as her final answer. But that's not who Athena's eyes were on.
Her eyes were watching Hestia, who observed the Dionysuses patiently.
"What is it?" I asked her. Athena turned to look at me with uncertainty.
"Can I... tell you something?" Athena asked me after hesitating a bit.
"Of course," I replied. Athena chewed on her lip.
"I was talking with Victor and apparently she moves nearly as fast as Hermes. Did you know that?" Athena asked. I frowned, beginning to feel a pit in my stomach.
"No, I wasn't aware of that," I replied tentatively. "I always knew she was fast— faster than me but I never knew she was that fast."
To be honest, the last time I actually saw her speed was during the First Titan War.
"Well, we both think— are afraid —it may be the same reason our Hestia was fast," Athena said.
"Why was she fast?" I asked quietly, dreading the answer.
"She—" Athena began. She was interrupted by King Apollo's abrupt coughing fit. He was looking directly at her.
"What is it?" I asked her although I knew exactly what was up.
"I'm afraid I can say no more. Just realize that Hestia holds many secrets that you are not aware of," Athena said.
"*COUGH* *COUGH* Athena! *COUGH*" King Apollo coughed into his hand.
"I must leave," Athena said, inclining her head. She ran towards King Apollo. I was left thinking about this. I had a hard time believing there were reasons to be suspicious of Hestia. She was one of my closest confidants. I could tell her stuff and get an honest answer without it being berating. In fact, it was even constructive. The family shared many secrets with her. My lips turned down as I realized something. She never really told us any of her secrets. In fact, she hardly ever told us anything about herself. Whenever we asked her a question about herself, she'd dodge the question smoothly.
"The portal is done," Hecate said. Dionysus said goodbye to his double and Leto slipped away from King Apollo. I walked over to my family warily, still thinking deeply.
"What were you and Athena talking about?" Hestia asked, a bright smile on her face. Despite how innocent it seemed, I couldn't help but feel it was somehow... fake.
"Nothing," I replied quickly. For the briefest moment, a frown flashed on her face. It was gone before even a second, causing me to wonder if my mind had just made that up.
"Good-bye!" King Apollo said, waving and grinning with his smile nearly blinding us. Victor wrapped an arm around Athena.
"See you around," Victor said to me.
"Better not," I said in a near growl. Victor laughed, albeit uneasily.
Well, it's time to leave this rainbow barf land.
We went through the portal.
After we came back, I promptly sent Dionysus back home.
"That's no fun." Dionysus grumbled. "But what about the game?"
"I'll be ending that soon." I said. I went to the kitchen and ordered that they stop playing truth or dare (the general reactions were mixed but most seemed rather pleased). I now sat in a recliner on my balcony. Hera walked out and wrapped her arms around me. She had been in a suspiciously good mood lately although I assumed it was because I ended truth or dare.
"So, what shall we do now?" Hera asked me. Funny thing she asked, because I had been thinking about that. I gazed up at her to see her smiling down at me.
"I was thinking of... a vacation."
Wow! Looks like I am finally done! I hope you all enjoyed my story. Also, it's not over yet.
SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL! SEQUEL!
If you aren't reading the author's notes, are you now? Did that catch your attention?
Well yes, I AM making a sequel. In fact, I'll tell you guys what it is called:
A Trip to Insanity
It's about Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, Percy, Annabeth, Nico, Hades, Demeter, Dionysus, Athena and Hestia all going on a vacation together to a mansion on the side of Lake Michigan. I might add more characters to the bunch if you guys REALLY want a specific god but I am pretty set on these guys. Disaster strikes as they all have to tolerate each other for a week. What is Zeus planning? And why did he invite Percy, Annabeth and Nico? As the title suggest, there will be a plethora of craziness.
Anyways, here's a preview because I love you guys.
I didn't know whether to squeal like a little girl or be scared out of my wits.
"I'm invited to a vacation with... t-the gods?" I asked gaping. I just couldn't believe it. My mind seemed to be working slow. Hermes looked at me and grinned.
"That's right." Hermes said, pulling out his caduceus which was in the shape of an iphone. "Zeus invited ya."
Yep. I need to be scared out of my wits.
"Um... is there anyway I can... you know... decline?" I asked. Hermes froze as if Khione had turned him into one of her nice little statues. His eyes widened until they were the size of golfballs.
"I'm sure you could but... Zeus might—" Hermes sliced his finger under his head as if it was a knife going across his throat. I gulped.
"So I guess saying no isn't an option..." I said. Hermes shrugged apologetically.
"Sorry sport. Unless you want a permanent vacation to the Underworld with Hades." Hermes said. Ugh.
"That's like... asking for the lesser of the two evils." I mumbled. Hermes gave me a bright smile.
"Don't worry about it! It's a vacation, how bad can it be?"
Apparently, it could be very bad.
"Is Hades wearing khakis?" I asked. Yep, I should've went with the other option.