“No,” my dad demanded.
“What do you mean no?”
“I mean no. You’re still so young to wander outside of Olympus.”
“That’s so unfair! Your other children left Olympus as soon as they turned a hundred and thirty. Why is it different for me?”
“You’re the youngest!”
“That doesn’t matter!”
“Almania, you heard your father. If he wants you to stay in your room for the next few months-”
“Years,” he corrected her.
“Next few years then you must listen to him.”
“Now, we must get to a meeting. The guards will make sure that you don’t escape your room.”
They walked away. This is so unfair! If my father lets his other children leave, why not me? Wouldn’t it be nice for them both to finally have no more children in Olympus? I knew if I wanted to leave this place, I had to find a way to escape.
I hurried out of the entrance of Olympus before anyone could see me. Two guards were standing in front of the walkway.
“Almania, what are you doing here? Aren’t you supposed to be back in Olympus?” one of the guards asked.
“Well, I came out here to tell you two that Zeus needs you.”
“Why?” the other guard questioned me.
“He’s just wondering why Poseidon isn’t here yet.”
“What do you mean, Almania? Poseidon hasn’t talked to Olympus in years!”
“Did I say Poseidon, no I meant Perseus!”
“Yeah, he was supposed to be here by now. He said that you guys were supposed to invite him to this meeting.”
“He did? Oh no! Zeus is going to be furious! C’mon, let’s go and find him. Thank you, goddess Almania!”
“You’re not supposed to be here, Greek! You die today!” one yelled.
“You’re in the Underworld now! Whoever trespasses must be slaughtered! Law from Hades and Persephone.”
I started bolting away from them, trying to keep myself from perishing in the hands of tiny people. They chased right after me. What should I do? I can’t go back to Olympus because the tiny men are in that direction! I had no other choice, but to run down a hill to try to lose them. It didn’t work. Am I going to die here? Is this the end of me? I see why my father didn’t want me to leave Olympus. He’s told me about the Underworld, but I didn’t expect it to look like this.
I kept looking back, not even paying attention to what was in front of me. I accidentally tripped on a tree branch and fell down the hill. I lost the goblins, but I’m pretty sure that they’ll check the bottom to see if I’m still here. I hid behind a bush, making sure that they couldn’t see me. I didn’t even notice that there was a man sitting next to me. He was sitting by a tree, reading a book. The man had black hair and dark eyes. He also wore all black that camouflaged with the tree. The young man stared at me while I was crouched up like a baby, looking absolutely ridiculous. Is he going to do something to me? The little men ran down the hill. They were searching around for me, but noticed the man instead.
“Oh, it’s just Damonious.”
“Damonious, have you seen a woman with blond hair, blue eyes, and a crystal dress?”
He glanced at me. I froze, hoping he wouldn’t tell them where I was. Damonious looked back at the tiny men.
“No, I haven’t seen anyone who fits those descriptions, my men. I’ll make sure to let you know if I see her.”
“Thank you, young god!”
The men ran in the opposite direction. Did that young man just help me out? A person who lives in the Underworld treating me, a Greek, like a normal goddess? I got up from my hiding spot and walked towards him.
“Are you alright?” he asked me.
“Yeah, I’m fine.”
“What is a Greek like you doing in the Underworld?”
“I...I wanted to visit the outside world, beyond the Olympus walls. I didn’t expect those walls to go directly to the Underworld.”
“Well, you must’ve gone the wrong way, then. There are other gates that lead to different places. The gate you just went through is the place where your guards secure, so that no one from the Underworld goes into Olympus.”
“How do you know so much about Olympus?”
“My...mother used to tell me stories about it.”
“The daughter of Demeter?”
“Yeah, I’m guessing you heard about her story.”
“My mother told me about her. She said that she didn’t want me to end up like...I’m sorry. I think I should go.”
“Oh, okay then.”
“Thank you for saving me, Damonious!”
“Almania, my name is Almania.”
“Your welcome Almania.”
I smiled. I scurried back up the hill and entered the inner gates of Olympus. Both of the guards were standing in front of me, irated.
“Almania, I can’t believe that you tricked us! Your father is very furious right now!”
“I know he is.”
“C’mon, let’s get you back to your room.”
One of the guards escorted me back into the Olympus palace where my family and I live. When I was walking to my room, I overheard something that I wished I didn’t.
“THIS IS DESPICABLE!” my brother, Hermes shouted. “Bringing a war to the Underworld is just a horrible idea.”
“Hermes, we have no other choice. I believe Hades is doing the same thing. If we don’t do this, who knows what will happen to Olympus,” my father explained.
“I kinda like the idea,” Ares chimed in.
“Of course you do. You’re the god of war,” Artemis implied.
“Do you want Olympus to be in ruins?”
“I don’t like fighting my uncle, but if it means saving Olympus, so be it,” Athena responded.
“Good, two of my children are on my side. Anyone else?”
“I guess. It’s not like I really was able to really talk to him anyway,” Aphrodite answered.
“This is absurd! Are you guys really going to start this war that Olympus doesn’t need?” Hermes continued.
“I agree with Hermes here,” Artemis said. “If we want this war to end between Olympus and the Underworld, we have to stop it now. Make peace with Hades and everything will go back to the way it was before.”
“I’m sorry, my loving niece, but I’m with my brother. I hate wars, but I must keep my people safe,” Hestia replied.
“So do I,” Demeter confronted. “I would rather not have my crops and harvest destroyed by my treacherous brother.”
“Are you guys actually going with this?” Hermes exclaimed.
“Hermes, we have no other choice. Join us and we will win this war,” my father implied.
“I will never start an unnecessary war, father.”
I heard footsteps walking towards the door. I backed away and tried to act natural for whoever was ever about to walk through. The door busted open and Hermes marched out of the room. He glimpsed at me, infuriated.
“Almania, promise me that you won’t start wars that are avoidable.”
“I will, brother.”
He grinned. “Thank you!”
Hermes exited the Olympus palace. I placed my ear up against the door again to eavesdrop.
“Great, it’s settled then. We will battle Hades and the Underworld,” Zeus replied.
“Brother, I have only one exception,” Demeter answered.
“We can hurt the Underworld, but I would rather not have my daughter perished in the fight.”
“Demeter, I don’t know if your daughter will make it out of there alive, but I will try to keep Persephone safe.”
“Thank you, Zeus.”
“Great, we’ll take the fight to Hades in three days. That’ll give us enough time to prepare.”
More footsteps started heading towards the door. I ran out of the palace as quickly as possible. I don’t know what to do! I have to tell someone, anyone! The thing is, who? Ah ha! Damonious! I have to let him know that he and the entire Underworld is in danger. Maybe there can be a way to stop this. The problem is, how am I going to get past the guards?
“Almania, what are you doing back here? Whatever you’re trying to tell us, we won’t fall for it again,” one of the guards replied.
“No, it’s something important that I have to tell someone in the Underworld!”
“We’re not falling for it!” the other guard responded.
I groaned. “You don’t understand! It’s important!”
“Why do you need to go into the Underworld? The Underworld is a menacing place. If you need to talk to someone in there, are they good or bad?”
“It doesn’t matter, Telon! Whoever lives in the Underworld is automatically bad.”
“No, they’re not!”
“Whatever, we’re still not letting you go into the Underworld.”
“Fine, if you’re not going to let me go, I guess I have to force my way in there.”
I pushed through the guards and they tried their hardest to hold me back.
“No, Almania, you can’t go in there!”
I accidentally broke through the gate and fell down the hill in the Underworld. I could hear the guards talking.
“We got to get Zeus!”
“No, he’ll kill us if he finds out that we let his daughter into the Underworld!”
“So do we go after her?”
“She got herself in this mess, she can get herself out. Plus, she had to talk to someone in the Underworld. If that person is actually good, she’ll survive.”
When I made it down the hill, I stood up and dust myself off. Gosh, their grass in the Underworld is so burnt! It was like particles of ash rubbing on my entire body. As soon as you enter the Underworld, why does there have to be a hill right here? A dark figure started running towards me. It was Damonious!
“Almania? What are you doing here?” he asked me.
“I have to tell you something!”
“No, you need to get out of here!”
“I can’t let you get hurt! An olympian like you isn’t safe in the Underworld. Now, go back to Olympus and never come back!”
He started thrusting me up the hill, forcing me to go back.
“It’s about your father!” I exclaimed, trying to get his attention.
He stopped in his tracks, befuddled. “What about my father?”
“Olympus is going to attack the Underworld in three days! I came here to warn you about it!”
“Almania, I appreciate you for letting me know, but there’s something else.”
“What is it?”
“My father is doing the same thing to Olympus in three days as well.”