I scrambled back as quick as I could, and the hound followed. I looked over to see how far away the log was, maybe I can make a run for it. The hound looked as well. When it faced me again it moved in front of me, blocking my only escape. I didn’t think it would be smart enough to anticipate my next move. I’m going to kill Thanatos if I make it out of here alive.
“Nice doggy, I think we got off on the wrong foot,” He growled as I spoke. I’m so dead, “maybe you could spare me and eat the other guy instead? I’m sure he tastes much better.”
“You think I’d taste good?” I ignored Thanatos as he stood on top of the log taunting me. Seriously why doesn’t the hound want him more? He probably helped Hades cage him. “You need to force him to obey, not make small talk. What’s next you’re going to ask about the weather? Offer to braid his hair? Give him a nice belly rub?”
Keep clam just ignore him, keep calm just ignore him. Tuning Thanatos out I focused on the hound once again. This time I didn’t speak out loud, I tried reaching his mind. “Don’t attack,” as I thought this the hound stopped circling me and stared. Hey this might actually work, “don’t attack me I’m your friend.” I kept repeating that over and over. To my shock he sat down, watching me curiously.
“Good job Isabel, now kill him.” Was he crazy? Kill him? This three-headed beast? And with what weapon?
“I’m not going to kill him!”
“We don’t know how long you can control him, he might switch back and try to kill us. It’s kill or be killed.” He stated. I could tell he had a great childhood growing up. Not.
I looked at the hound again who was still staring at me. At least there was no more hostility in his look. I can’t kill him, even when he was trying to kill me, he never finished the job. “No.” The hound got up and started running towards me. Oh my god was he about to kill me? Did I make the wrong decision? I covered my face to protect myself from his vicious teeth. To my shock all I felt was a lick across my hand. I looked up to see all three of his heads looking at me happily, with their tail wagging. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say they were happy I didn’t decide to kill them.
“Great, now he’s your pet.” Thanatos sighed, I rolled my eyes. Can’t believe he wanted me to kill this innocent creature! The man really didn’t have a soul.
“Now what do we do?” Since the hound didn’t kill me does that mean I passed the test? Shouldn’t I be back home now?
“Congrats you’ve mastered only 40% of your magic.” I spun around as I heard clapping, to see Hades standing there. Before I could stop myself, I ran over and smacked him.
“I could’ve died!” I screamed in his face. He only smirked at me.
“But you didn’t.”
“But I could’ve!”
“But you didn’t.” Wow he’s so mature.
“Only because Thanatos helped me.” Actually, where was Thanatos? I looked around just noticing only Hades and I were here.
“He left as soon as I showed up for some reason,” he shrugged, “Now let’s go.” He grabbed my arm and we flashed back to the hotel.
“Next time you plan on throwing me in some jungle with a wild dog, try giving me a warning.” I said crossing my arms.
“I needed to see how fast your reflexes were. Your parents could attack you at any moment, I needed to see how fast you would react. And I must say not fast at all.” I wanted to smack that smirk off his face. I reacted pretty well considering the situation.
“I’m done with any more of your tests! I’ll just let my parents kill me.” I flopped down on the bed in frustration. Did my parents really want to kill me just because I fell in love? Sure, it wasn’t with the best bachelor but really death was their answer?
“You’re done when I say you’re done. Now get up.” Who does he think he is? I stayed put rolling my eyes at him.
“You think you’re my boss or something? I said I’m done.”
“You don’t understand how powerful your parents are Isabel. You need to be ready, I want to help you get ready. I need to help you get ready.” He sighed sitting down on the bed. He placed his head in his hands, looking stressed. “I can’t watch you die again.”
“Watch me die again?” I knew we had a past, but I didn’t know he had to watch me die.
“Somehow during every battle, they always got to you. I was distracted and not able to help, every damn time!” his voice raised at the end, scaring me a bit.
“Oh,” Was all I could say. I didn’t know how he felt. I never had to watch someone I love die. I’m sure seeing it once was terrible enough, but having to watch it over and over? That had to be painful. Maybe I was being too harsh with him. I understand now why he’s pushing me. He still cares. “I’m sorry.”
He looked up at me in surprise. “Sorry for what?”
“For um, dying?” I didn’t really know what I was saying sorry for. I just knew some part of him was still hurting, and a part of me wanted to ease his pain.
He stared at me for a long time, before leaning in. Oh my god! Was he going to kiss me? I stood perfectly still as he reached out, grabbing the back of my neck. I should stop this before it goes too far. But did I want him to stop?
He pressed his lips to mine gently, giving me time to pull away. My eyes were wide as I sat there in shock. What is going on? Why is he kissing me? And why wasn’t I pushing him away?
As if my lips had a mind of their own, I started kissing him back, my lips moving in sync with his. His lips were so soft and inviting; taking control of the kiss I licked his bottom lip asking for entrance. He wasted no time giving me access. He tasted like power and big red bubble gum, an interesting combination. He pushed forward, coaxing me to fall back on the bed. I tangled my hands in his hair giving a slight tug, he moaned in return. Something keeps telling me to stop before it goes too far. But another part of me took a bat to that parts face and dragged into a back alley. It was like something was awaken inside of me and taking over my body. I felt so much energy going through me and all I wanted to do was release it. Release it with him.
He broke the kiss to trail kisses down my neck. His hand slid down my side until he reached the hem of my shirt. I moaned when I felt his hand on my bare skin moving up. It was electric, almost as if his touch was fueling me even more. He cupped my breast through my bra and all I could think was to remove this barrier between us. As if he could read my mind, he pulled back to look at me.
“I think we need to stop.” His voice was coated with lust, proving that the last thing he wanted to do was stop.
“I think not.” I smashed my lips back to his.
The next few moments were a whole new experience for me. After all, how many girls can say they had sex with Hades? One thing for sure it was a hell of an experience.
I watched as the couples waltzed around the room, laughing and smiling. I took a sip of my champagne waving at my best friend as she smiled at me. She was dancing with the prince from a local kingdom. One she was hoping to wed soon. My eyes shifted to the left of me as a body approached.
“May I ask why you’re over here alone? Filling up on drinks instead of dancing?” I looked to the side seeing a tall handsome guy. He had a slight British accent and smiled at me with a mouth full of pearly whites. His beauty was otherworldly, catching the attention of every female within our radius. If I remember correctly, he’s also from a neighboring kingdom. The kingdom my parents have always warned me to stay away from. What was he doing here?
“I do believe having a drink is a major part of any party. I would be foolish to miss out on every experience.” I smiled at him over the rim of my glass, as I took another sip.
He reached for my glass, “Then I guess I should experience it as well.” I was stunned as he took a drink from it. A very bold thing to do, especially at a party like this. “Yuck, what is this?” I grinned in amusement.
Taking the glass from his hand I sat it on the food table behind me. “That, would be a drink meant for a lady.”
“That, would be a good device to use as torture.” He shivered. I laughed.
“I think it tastes fine.” I surveyed the room again. A few people were watching the interaction between us.
“I think you owe me a dance after that disastrous drink.” He held his hand out to me expectantly. I smiled placing my hand in his. He led me to the dancefloor, people moving out of the way for him. “I never got your name.” he placed his hands on my waist pulling me closer than what was appropriate. I felt a rush dancing with him. An electrical surge flowing through my body as we swayed from side to side. What was this effect he was having on me? It was like nothing I’ve ever felt before.
“Isabella.” I replied.
He smiled down at me. “Isabella, I like it.” he spun me around once before pulling me close again. I stilled as he angled his head lower, like he was going to kiss me. “You can call me Hades.” He whispered in my ear.
“So, what exactly was this lesson meant to be? How to have unprotected sex?” I dimly heard an amused voice as I woke up. My eyes widened when I sat up. Looking around the room to see Thor, Erebus, and Sydney standing there.
What was that dream? Why did it feel so real? So familiar? And where was that breeze coming from? I looked down at myself letting out a shriek, before pulling the cover up over my naked body. I can’t believe I just showed Thor all my business!
“Get out you imbeciles.” I heard Hades growl at them from next to me. I couldn’t even look at him right now. I can’t believe we had sex! What was I thinking? Not that it was bad, but Hades? Of all the people! He’s tried to kill me more than once and I go and have sex with him? and did this Hades have any relation to the one in my dream? That couldn’t have been the same one, right?
The three of them left the room with Thor winking at me. This is so embarrassing. I felt him shifting next to me before he tapped me on the shoulder. I looked over to see him holding my pink panties in his hand. I could just die right now.
“I don’t believe these are mine, the color isn’t right.” If there was a world record for having the biggest smirk on their face, he would’ve won. I felt my cheeks warm before snatching my underwear from him.
“Get out!′ I pulled as much cover over my body that I could.
“I’ve seen it all before babe.” My cheeks got even hotter if that were possible.
“Get out now!” I pushed him with my feet until he started moving. He slipped out of bed and I quickly covered my eyes. I forgot he was naked too!
He chuckled going into the bathroom to get dressed, before leaving the room. I let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding. I never wanted to leave this bed for the rest of my life. Unfortunately though that wasn’t an option. I slowly got out of bed, one because I didn’t want to leave it and two because I was a little sore.
After getting dressed I paced back and forth in the room, debating on going out to the living room with the others. What must they think of me? We don’t even know if he’s truly an ally and here I am sleeping with him. This cannot and will not happen again. I stiffened when I heard the door open.
“Relax it’s just me.” I let out a sigh of relief when I heard it was Sydney. Before she could say anything else, I threw myself at her.
“What am I going to do? What have I done?” I cried into her shoulder.
“Shh shh it’s ok girl everyone does it. I mean not with a god like Hades, but we all do it.” Is this supposed to make me feel better?
“What will all the gods think of me? And let’s not forget Persephone is still in the picture.” I had forgotten all about her, there was clearly something still going on between the two of them. Were they still together?
“Who cares what the other gods think? Not too long ago we didn’t even know they existed. So why should their opinion matter?” She made a good point. But we know them now so their opinion kind of matters.
“So, you wouldn’t care what Erebus thought of you?” I wiggled my eyebrows at her as I pulled away. She rolled her eyes.
“Here I am trying to be a good friend and you just want to tease me,” she pouted, “besides weren’t you like married to him in another life or something? I doubt this is the first-time you guys have slept together.” I shrugged. That would explain the sudden attraction. Maybe a part of me was remembering from another lifetime. Or maybe a lifetime caught up with me and took over my body! Nah there’s no excuses for my action. I had complete control when I made that decision. I’m just wondering why?
“You’re right who cares what they think, it’s not going to happen again anyways.” As I said those words, I felt a strange feeling in my stomach. Almost as if I was lying to myself.
I walked towards the door getting ready to face the music, but Sydney’s next words stopped me. “Before we go out, I should warn you Thanatos is here.” I felt my heart drop. I was about to turn away from the door but Sydney pushed me out of it. Looking up my eyes connected with Thanatos, all I saw was betrayal. How dare he!? The same guy that has killed me multiple times feels I betrayed him? I glared at him before making my way to the couch. Just my luck the only available space was next to Hades. He wrapped an arm around my shoulder when I sat down, earning him an elbow to the stomach.
“Great, now that we’re all here let’s get down to business. We need to make a plan of attack.” Erebus suggested.
“Hades and Isabel already got down to business. ” Oh god I see now I’m going to have to kill Thor to keep him quiet.
“Where is Ares?” I asked once I noticed he wasn’t in the room. Neither was Poseidon or the other gods.
“He left with the others.” Erebus answered.
“We can’t do anything.” This is the first time Thanatos has spoken since I walked in the room.
“What are you talking about?” Erebus asked confused. Glad he asked, I didn’t really want to talk. I was trying to keep a low profile.
“Did you and Isabel use a condom?” Is it hot in here or is that just my face? So much for going unnoticed.
“Oh shit.” Hades jumped up from his seat, making me jump up as well. Did I miss something?
“What’s going on?” I asked.
“We can’t attack them until we know if you’re pregnant or not.” Thanatos answered me, I wish he didn’t with all the venom he was spitting.
“I could be pregnant!??” I felt myself starting to freak out. I tried calming myself down counting to ten over and over. People have unprotected sex all the time and don’t get pregnant the first time, right? Maybe I’ll be lucky like them.
“That’s what happens when you have sex without protection little Isabel.” Thor rolled his eyes at me.
“But it was with him!” I pointed at Hades, “I didn’t think he could have kids or whatever.” This is so not happening.
Hades raised an eyebrow at me. “You thought I was shooting blanks babe?”
“Just shut up!” I was not in the mood to hear his voice anymore. All the passion I held for him moments ago was long gone.
“But that will take weeks to know.” Sydney was right, we didn’t have time to wait that long.
“Actually, with him being a supernatural we should know soon. Maybe within a week.” I felt like the world stopped, in one week I’ll know if I’m pregnant with Hades kid or not. How could everything go so wrong so fast? I shouldn’t have slept with him, what was I thinking? As if my life wasn’t already complicated enough.
“We have to take her back to Mortem.” Thanatos said.
“What? Why?” I didn’t want to go back there. I was tired of being confined to one room. Plus I still didn’t trust Persephone or Artemis. I’m just assuming that’s where Artemis went since she was no longer here. I doubt Ares took her with them.
“It’s the safest place for you, until we find out.” Hades said.
I looked over at him. “How are you so calm about this?” he shrugged.
“That’s settled then, back home we go!” Thor grinned.
“Can I at least have my own room?” We were once again back in Mortem. I still wasn’t sure how they got here since Thanatos had me close my eyes whenever we came. I’d just feel a whip of wind then bam we’re here.
Thanatos was currently trying to place me in his room. Hades on the other hand got his own room, which I didn’t think was fair.
“What’s wrong with my room?” he asked.
“Will you be sleeping here?”
“Well it’s my room isn’t it?”
“Exactly, I don’t want to share a room with you! I want my own.” I said.
“She’s right, she may be carrying my child anyways so she should bunk with me.” Hades smirked from the door way. When did he get there?
“Did you miss the part where I said my own room? Not share one.”
“Fine, whatever gets you to shut up.” Thanatos said.
“So it’s true, you really are here.” Persephone appeared behind Hades, wearing the smallest dress ever invented by man. She ran her hand down the side of his arm, causing a weird feeling in my stomach. “if you need a place to sleep, my bed is always open to you.” Wow she was worse than Crystal.
Hades rolled his eyes, flicking her hand off him. “I’m sure you gave my brother the same offer many times. Besides I already have a roommate, the mother of my child. Isabel let’s go.” I opened my mouth to object, but the warning in his eyes made me snap my mouth shut. I sighed following him as he led us out the room.
“I told you I wanted my own room.” I mumbled behind him.
“The mother of your child!? Are you freaking kidding me right now? This must be a joke.” She called out behind us.
“Do I look like a clown to you?” he asked, without turning around.
“Well when she gets fat and ugly, you know where to find me.” I turned around locking eyes with Persephone. If looks could kill I’d be three feet under right now. I quickened my steps making sure to stick close to Hades. I may have powers, but I had no idea what she was working with. I mean she was a goddess after all.
He pushed the door open holding it for me as I passed by. This room was decorated much like Thanatos’s but with blood red covers instead of black. “Why would you tell her I’m carrying your child?”
“Because I’m not!”
“And you know that for sure?” he smirked.
I sighed. “I hope you’re planning to sleep on the floor.”
“Why would I sleep on the floor in my room?” I glared at him.
“I am not sharing a bed with you!”
“Why not? Not like we haven’t slept together before?” he said. I stood in the middle of the room as he walked over to the bed, sitting down. He looked up at me, patting the space next to him.
“I don’t think it’s appropriate.”
He kicked his shoes off watching me. “You weren’t saying that when I was sticking my- “
“It’s inappropriate! You’re sleeping on the floor.” I cut him off with a growl. Why did they all have such a potty mouth?
“Whatever you say babe.”
“Don’t call me that.”
“Why are you so uptight?” he stood from the bed walking over to me. “do you want me to help you unwound?” I stiffened when he placed his hands on my hips.
“I want you to back up out of my personal space.” I said. I placed a hand on his chest, making sure to keep some space between us.
He grabbed my hand bringing it up to his mouth. A shiver went through me when he placed an opened mouth kiss on the back of my hand. “If that is what you wish.” He stepped away from me, letting my hand drop as he walked into the bathroom. What was that? How could he so easily effect my body like that? Without even trying?
I decided to get ready for bed while he was in the bathroom. I slipped into bed pulling the cover over my head. I forgot to turn off the lights before coming over here.
I snuggled more into my warm pillow. This bed was extremely comfortable for some reason. “Get any closer babe and you’re going to be inside me.” My eyes popped open, taking in the muscular chest my face was currently pressed against.
I jumped back. “What do you think you’re doing?”
“Uh, sleeping?” he responded, taking his hand through his hair. How is it that he just woke up and still looks so hot? No crust in the corner of his mouth or anything.
“Why are you in the bed? I gave you specific instructions to sleep on the floor.”
“Last I checked I didn’t listen to people younger than me.” The right side of his mouth lifted slightly.
“So this is why you didn’t want to share a room with Thanatos. You guys were planning to get it on again?” I looked in the direction of the door to see Erebus standing at the end of the bed. Why couldn’t he just knock like a normal person? Why does he have to just appear? Who knew being the god of darkness also made you a peeping Tom?
“Now I remember why I stayed in the Underworld.” Hades grumbled getting out of bed. I tried not to stare at his muscular legs. He was only in his boxers and I tried hard not to drool over his body. “Take a picture it’ll last longer.” I looked up blushing at being caught. He winked at me, before walking into the bathroom.
“Speaking of leaving, we have to go back on earth.” Erebus said, taking a seat on the bed.
“Why?” I asked, siting up. We just got here and we’re leaving already? Why could they just pick one place to stay.
“We left Sydney up there unprotected. Since she hasn’t died yet she’s not allowed to come down here. So, I convinced Thanatos to let us go back. We’ll hole up in the hotel for safety.”
I never thought about Sydney’s safety. Wow I was terrible friend. So quick to just leave her. “I’m such a horrible friend! How could I just leave her? I thought she’d be safe. My parents wouldn’t come after her right?”
He shrugged. “We’re not sure what your parents would do. That’s why we’re going back.” I was happy with this news. I’ll be back with Sydney and I won’t have to worry about Persephone killing me in my sleep.
“Going back where?” Hades stepped out the bathroom, looking at Erebus.
“We’re going back to earth! Where’s Thanatos? When are we leaving?”
“No, we aren’t going back. Where is Thanatos? Whose dumb idea was this?”
I glared at him. “It’s not a dumb idea, we need to be with Sydney.”
“What part of staying here for your safety don’t you understand?” he glared at me. There was a knock on the door, before Thanatos walked in.
“She’ll be safe locked in a room with all of us.” He casually walked into the room, sitting on the bed.
“You really think having her locked in a small hotel room surrounded by humans, is a good idea?” Thanatos nodded. “Well I think all you’re doing is putting my girl in danger.” He growled at him. Whoa wait? His girl? Did he just call me his girl? Again? I felt my cheeks warm and my heart stop. His girl?
Thanatos stood from the bed. “Well good thing I don’t care what you think. We’re leaving in twenty minutes.” He walked from the room. Hades stood fuming watching the door. He looked one second from going after Thanatos.
I got up from the bed heading for the door as well. “Where are you going?” I turned as Hades question stopped me.
“Um just going to find Thor?” Erebus smirked walking past me out of the room. Why did I feel like a teenager trying to sneak out? I couldn’t be in this room alone with him after what he just said. His girl. He called me his girl. In front of everybody! Again! The first time I just brushed it off, but now?
Hades sighed but didn’t say anything. I took that as my que to leave. I rushed from the room and down the hall. I had just turned the corner to get to Thanatos room when I smacked into someone.
“Watch where you’re going!” Oh great, just who I wanted to see. “Well well if it isn’t little miss power shield.” I made sure my face was blank as I looked up at Persephone. “Where you rushing off to baby momma?” She took a step close to me.
“Just get out of my way.” I made a move to walk around her, only for her to block my path.
“You know he’s just using you, right?” She leaned against the wall watching me.
“Who?” I decided to just entertain her. Maybe then she’ll get out of my way.
“Hades, he always had a thing for weak human girls like yourself.” Seriously? What was with her and Artemis calling me human? Is it because I wasn’t a god like them? So I was automatically deemed human even with my powers? I wonder if that’s how the other gods referred to me as.
“Good for him?”
She moved until she stood directly in front of me. “For your sake, you better hope you’re not carrying his child.” She bumped my shoulder as she walked past me. Did she just threaten me? I shook my head continuing on my way to Thanatos room. Not like she can do anything to me with all these gods around.
“You’re ready to go?” he asked when I walked in. I nodded. “Erebus is already there with her.” He walked over to me grabbing my hand. “Close your eyes.” I did as he instructed. There was a whoosh and I opened my eyes. We were back in the hotel room.
“Isabel!” Sydney rushed over to me, pulling me into her arms.
“Sydney! It’s been so long.” I squeezed her.
“I know mama, feels like forever.”
“It was literally 24 hours.” Hades spoke appearing behind her, a scowl on his face. Sydney and I pulled apart to glare at him.
“Mind your own business.” She said.
“According to him Isabel is his business.” Erebus commented. My face heated up remembering his comment.
“Shut up.” Thanatos snapped.
“Well first we need to discuss sleeping arrangements. There’s only one bedroom here.” Thor said as he walked out of the bedroom door. Where has he been?