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Golden Whip

By Stepho Janssen All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Fantasy

Chapter 1

Zeus has called for me to fly over to where he stays in the clouds. This could be about anything from asking me to check on a fellow god or take a look at these elephants. I spread out my wings and fly from my borrow in a dense rainforest on earth. When I reach the clouds, I fly over to where I see Zeus waiting.

“Iris we have chosen you for a very special task. This task you have trained for all of your life without knowing the reason why. We are asking you to find Damon Young, a prodigy who will save the earth from a terrible monster. We believe Hades is training this monster to destroy earth, so that he can take over the earth as his own. Damon is a high student who you must convince in some way possible that he can save the world if he tries” Zeus booms in his loud voice with his hand on my shoulder.

I’m overwhelmed by the significance of this task. The whole world depends on me to complete the task or everyone on earth dies at the hands of Hades. Zeus adds that I cannot tell Damon what he must do to save our earth. He must know on his own. I must give Damon my golden whip when I know and when the gods know that he is ready to fight. I graciously accept my task and grab my things for the chariot ride down to where I will be staying on earth. In a small neighborhood not a block from the high school. As I climb onto the chariot, the gods wish me luck on my journey. I gently whip the reins and my white horses start to fly down to earth. We will be there with a few hours. This Damon Young, I wonder what he will be like. Will he be popular? Will he accept my wisdom? All these questions in my head. But, I know what I must do. This Damon Young character will save the planet if it kills me. How to convince him? Is the question I must ask myself over and over.

We pull up to the house’s backyard without a sound. I park the chariot inside a shed and put away the horses in their own small barn. Today is what humans call Sunday, the day before the work week begins. I have a day before I must start my journey at the high school. I am the daughter of Thaumas (a sea god) and a cloud nymph Electra. My sisters are the Harpies; Aello, Celaeno, and Ocypete. I am the goddess of the rainbow, and a messenger to the gods. I am also a goddess of the sky and sea. I’ve traveled all around the world linking the gods to humanity. Even though I travel with the speed of wind and have gone from one point of the earth to the other, this is my first real huge assignment. Most of the time I carry a winged-staff like Hermes except for this assignment because I must give this Damon character my golden whip. I grab my stuff and get settled inside. I use my golden wings to fly outside and send a mental message to the gods saying I’ve arrived safely to earth.

A few hours later I make myself a simple sandwich with ingredients I’ve found in the fridge. I’ve watched humans make them many times. Usually middle-aged husbands who don’t know how to cook a lot of different things. As I bite into the surprisingly dry sandwich, I notice that it tastes plain. All of the food I’ve ate has been either seafood I’ve found in the ocean during my visits to earth or a few woodland creatures I’ve snagged in the woods. Once I finish, I fly upstairs to bed because gods and goddesses have to sleep at least III hours more than humans. This is because we drain energy much quicker because of how much we use our powers. I flop down on the fluffy bed and eventually fall asleep dreaming about high school.

The next morning I wake sharply at VII in the morning. I quickly gather some teenage girl clothes, throw them on and change into the human teenage Iris the student body will see me as. Long black hair with rainbow dyed at the end, pale skin, gentle features, soft pale blue eyes, taller than most, and very skinny, but not as humans would say anorexic. I grab my bag and eat a quick what humans call breakfast. I take a path that I know for sure no one ever takes. The school is only a few minutes away, so I get there without a problem. I’m supposed to meet Hermes by the front doors he’s going to pose as my father for the high school. The front grounds are packed with kids either talking amongst each other or walking to their lockers. This place is bustling with people; I can’t see Hermes anywhere. Curses! I can’t fly up to get a good look from the air without everyone screaming for their lives. I start walking around the square until I finally spot him behind a tree. When I see him, he’s already turn into his human form, a middle-aged man resembling my human form.

“Alright let’s head in” He says as we start into the building and head to the office. We settle my registration, schedule, and little tour with the principal. I believe his name is Mr. Winster. I’m a junior, XVII, so I have Chemistry first. I almost sprint down the hallway, take a left, then gracefully walk into the room second on the left. The teacher, Mrs. Franklin, informs me on what I’ve missed but I’ve already learned chemistry with the gods. I take a seat in the front row which was completely empty. Our lesson drones on about ionic bonds. The bell finally rings and I head to my locker at the end of the hall. A tall lanky boy with long pitch black hair strolls clumsily toward me and runs into me by accident. We look in each other’s eyes for a moment. He has big blue eyes. I instantly realize that it has to be Damon Young. He casually walks away mumbling to himself.

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