He told me I was safe...
She told me I was normal...
They were both wrong...
Family. They're the people you tell your secrets to and the people who comfort you when times get rough in life. You share laughs with them and you share tears with them. You tell each other everything...
Or at least, that's what I thought.
I love my parents with every inch of me, but they lied to me.
And now, I'm left alone to face the consequences...
“Hey, Google? How does one exactly slay an ancient and really powerful god?...”
A lot of things happen during the last month of your senior year.
3. Your parents get kidnapped by an ancient god
Okay, so maybe number three isn’t for everybody, but it’s definitely a reality for Andromeda “Andi” Ross. For a long time, her reality was really just the first two. There were no monsters or evil ancient powers who were hellbent on ruining her life. Of course, that all changes when she learns that her father is actually none other than Hades, king of the Underworld. Goodbye to homework and exams and hello to crash courses of Greek Mythology and ancient creatures who, coincidentally, want to tear her to shreds just to get her dad’s thrown.
Time is running out fast, and Andi has a lot to learn before she can battle the god Erebus for her parents’ lives. In order to reach them and save the entire Underworld from eternal doom (ironic, right?), Andi must set out on a mission with an unlikely companion, who’s got a closet full of skeletons himself.
The fate of the Underworld rests on her shoulders, but will she be able to overcome major setbacks to save her parents in time?
**This story contains mature language**
**Based off of an original on Wattpad, but can be read as a stand-alone**
Prelude: A Bedtime Story
“Please daddy? Just tell me one more tiiime?”
Henry chuckled at his little daughter’s persistence. It had been thirty minutes since Rose had sent the two of them upstairs for a good night tuck in. He wanted to prove to her that he could do just as well as she could when it came to their daughter. So far, it was proving to be much more than he could handle.
Running a hand through his dark hair, he sighed. “Fine, but only if you promise to go to sleep right after.”
“I pinky promise!”
He groaned inwardly at the possibility of Rose walking in any second only to laugh at his measly attempt to be a good father. Or worse, glower at him for not getting their daughter to bed as he’d promised.
Andromeda giggled and pulled the covers to her neck, her eyes wide and wild with excitement.
“Long ago, the heavens sent down three powerful beings, brothers to be exact, that came down from Olympus to walk upon mortal men. They were sent down in order to correct the mistakes of man after ruling from afar for eons. However, they saw cruel and twisted things in the heart of men that were far beyond repair. They had planned on wiping them out entirely, purging and cleansing the world of the wicked. But something stopped them from their ultimate plan of destruction, and that was when they saw few who were wise and generous amongst the villainous souls of the world. They were the ones who showed potential and growth in humanity, and that for every evil man were ten good ones.”
“Daddy, what were their names again?”
“Well, there was Zeus the Lord of the sky and king of Mount Olympus. Then there was Poseidon god of the sea, and finally Hades Lord of the Underworld.”
“What happened? When they went to earth?”
“They remained the most powerful beings even amongst man. They had the ability to control someone unbeknownst to the person. They had everything and the universe under their thumb.”
“It sounds lonely.” Andi scrunched her face, probably imagining the life of the three gods.
“They had each other. Occasionally.”
Andi got out of the covers to kneel on her bed. “But didn’t they want to start a family? You can’t spend the rest of your life living with your siblings.”
“Yes, it would be a complete and utter hell--I mean nightmare.” Henry made a mental note to refrain from his colorful vocabulary when speaking to his daughter. He didn’t need another reason for Rose to kill him. ” Do not repeat what I just said. Anyway, one of them did, in fact, find true love.”
“Him?! I didn’t think anyone so scary could be loved!”
Henry’s eyes turned sad. “Yeah, he didn’t believe it was possible either, but that didn’t stop the mortal from falling in love with him. Hades fell for her practically the from the first moment he laid eyes on her. His feelings were returned as well, despite the journey that the two embarked on together. Although, there were several occasions when fate didn’t try to push them apart, and they loved every second of it. They would do anything and everything together like--”
“Ewwww! Can we please skip past the mushy romantic stuff?”
Henry chuckled. “But that’s the best part!”
“Noooo! It’s so gross!” Andi gagged to emphasize her point. “Talk about a cootie infestation!”
“Alright, little one. I’m glad you know this very true fact and please, do your dad a favor and remember this for future references. But you need to settle back down or I’ll be forced to end the story.” Henry’s daughter’s dramatic display was rather adorable, albeit a little over the top, but it was his job to get this bedtime train back on track.
Andi quickly ducked into the covers once more, this time grabbing her stuffed dog she named Cerberus. “Okay, now I’m ready.”
Henry shook his head smiling. “Anyway, the mortal had learned that she was going to have a child. She became so excited, she couldn’t wait to tell Hades. However, before anything could be celebrated, an old goddess by the name of Demeter intervened. She placed a curse upon the mortal so that if she were to live, her child would die.”
“But why would she do that?”
“Eh, it’s romantic stuff. Not really your taste.” Henry teased, lightly tapping Andi’s scrunched-up nose.
“But I thought all people were good.”
Henry looked at his daughter conflicted before pulling her to his lap. “Sweetheart, sometimes people do cruel things just because they feel like it is the only way possible; that it is what will make things right. Sometimes, they don’t even know what good is because no one has shown it to them. Yes, we all have the potential to be good, but that doesn’t mean we always choose it.”
“Do you choose to be good?”
“I make it a personal goal each day.” He nodded his head solemnly which made Andi laugh. “Now, back to the story. Knowing that she could not bear to take away her own daughter’s life let alone anyone’s life, the mortal sacrificed herself for the sake of her daughter. Once Hades found out, he became disheartened. The idea of raising a child on his own frightened him, but he knew he couldn’t just abandon his daughter. So instead, he decided to attempt the impossible.”
Henry paused for dramatic effect, noticing his daughter’s breath had caught in her throat in anticipation.
“He decided to bring the mortal back to life.” Andi’s eyes widened as they did every time he told this part in the story. “Day after day, he worked on the formula until finally, it was ready.”
“And did he save her?”
Henry grinned. “Of course, he saved her. Hades was reunited with the love of his life and together, they raised their daughter. As they say in your storybooks, they lived happily ever af-”
“What is going on here?!”
Henry and Andi froze, closing their eyes slowly. Then, they turned around to where the sound originated. Rose stood fuming in the middle of the doorway.
“Henry! You were supposed to put her to bed forty~five minutes ago, not go galavanting into stories!”
Henry shot Rose an apologetic grin. “We were getting there.”
Rose groaned, barging into the room and picking up Andi out of Henry’s lap. She then gently lowered her into the bed and began tucking her in. “But mommy! We were at the best part! He didn’t even mention the god Zeus’s death!”
Rose’s eyes became cold. She turned to Henry. “You’re telling her that?! Henry!”
“You know how much she loves Greek mythology! I thought it would be a better modern tale than one of the old ones! Those are always so unrealistic and way too full of ideas for someone her age. I do not need my daughter getting married to a stranger at the age of fourteen, thank you very much.”
Rose shook her head, but before she could stop it, burst out laughing. Henry gave a confused but relieved look. Andi began to laugh as well, a very nervous chuckle escaping her lips before full bellows of laughter erupted from her tiny frame. “Okay, little one. Enough fun and games. Go to sleep!”
“I wonder what the daughter is like. Do you think she has superpowers?!” Andi exclaimed excitedly as her mother finished tucking her in with her stuffed Cerberus beside her.
“Uh, I wouldn’t say superpowers, but I can tell you she’s pretty awesome.” Henry placed a kiss on his daughter’s cheek.
“How do you know?”
“I’m a dad. I just do.”
“Just as cool as me?”
“Definitely, Peanut,” Henry said, ruffling her gorgeous curls.
Andi closed her eyes as Rose kissed her good night. “Good night, Andi.”
“Good night mommy and daddy.”
Rose turned off the lights as she and Henry walked out the door. She turned to him, a small smile forming on her lips.
“She really enjoys those stories, doesn’t she?”
“Yeah, she does.” A smile began to stretch onto Henry’s face as he thought about their little girl’s excitement every time he told her a story from the ancient “myths.”
“But Henry, do you think we should keep the truth from her? I mean, sooner or later, she’s going to find out who she really is and what she’s capable of.”
“We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it, my love. Andi is still very young, and knowing her identity would only put her in harm’s way. For now, let her only concern be the next My Little Pony episode.”
Rose laughed, putting her arm around her husband’s waist. “One adventure ends, and another begins. Let’s just hope this one will be easier than our own.”
Thoughts on the preview? I’ll be uploading the first eight chapters soon and would love to hear your feedback!