Hephaestus' Flame [Caprioli #3]

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Chapter 4: The Necklace

Not to brag but I was a fine art major that was emphasizing the creation with metals and fire. This kind of stuff was being inspired by my father that I wanted to diverse the forge that was ours until he said that he would never welcome someone that made other things except for weapon.

And I am glad that I had this knowledge now since I was entering this contest.

I know that the other blacksmiths were confused by this as well as I was but I was smiling while I was putting on my apron before I was making my way to set the fire for the melting of the metal.

“Can you believe it? It was asking for a necklace. A fucking necklace! I mean who does this competition anyway? I heard it has always been weapons and weapons all year round,” one of the contestants as I was smiling inwardly at their conversation.

“What are you smiling about?” Percy asked me as I turned to look at him when he was adorning the apron that made him looked like a hunk man right now.

And I think my heart was skipping a beat.

I blinked my eyes before I was turning to focus on melting my metal and started working on the necklace that I had planned in my mind.

“Nothing in particular,” I said as I was pushing the air into the coal and melted the metals before I was taking them and hammered them to shape the pendant that I was thinking right now.

I think I might make The Fire Necklace.

I smiled as my mind was filled with an exciting idea for this necklace and I have 24 hours to finish it. We started at 8 AM and tomorrow morning, we will be submitting our final creation. But I don’t think I can wait that long since I was afraid that someone would copy my design.

“Okay, now you started to get creepy with that smile and all,” Percy said before I was rolling my eyes at him.

“What do you mean? Can you not distract me? I am working here,” I said before Percy was chuckling at me. I glared at him.

“Okay, sorry,” he said before he was working on his creation. It’s not that I don’t want to watch him when Percy was working with metal, but he was so in his element that I was ensnared by his masculinity in the forge.

“Elise?”

“Huh?” I replied as Percy was looking at me with his electric blue eyes.

“Stop staring. You’re drooling,” he said as I was touching my mouth involuntarily before I blushed.

“I was not!” I said as I went to work on my creation before I was turning my back to him. Percy chuckled before we were working for our creation at our booths right now.

I was hearing the clicking of the hammer and the metals as well as the other booths. It was reminiscing the memory of my father as I was looking from the outside that he was working in the forge. I sighed.

“What are you thinking about?” Percy asked me as I was turning to look at him. He was a god right now.

Hephaestus, God of Fire and Forgery.

I smiled before I was continuing to work on my necklace as I have another inspiration that was coming at me right now.

“Nothing. I was just being inspired by something,” I said as I was cutting the metal into the shape that I wanted. I was smiling like an idiot before I was putting the pieces aside before I will put them together later before I was ready to submit the necklace to the judging community.

“Okay, whatever you say,” he said as Percy continued to do his work and I was doing mine.

Time passed by and I was sweating furiously right now. I don’t know why but maybe because it was the fire and the smoke that was being trapped inside the booth right now. I think I need to step outside for a bit.

I was walking away from the booth before I was taking in the fresh air but it was polluted with fire and smokes from the other booths. Maybe this was the reason why I don’t want to continue this job anymore.

“Are you okay?” Percy asked me as I turned to look at him as he was getting out of our shared booth. I smiled at him before I was showing him my water bottle.

“Yeah, just a little nauseous,” I said as I was sipping on the water. I felt like I was being alive again when I was sipping on the cold water.

Thank goodness they prepared it for free or I might have died on exhaustion.

“If you need anything, you can just tell me and I will get it for you. You don’t have to be running on yourself when you’re not feeling well,” Percy said as I was turning to look at him. Some people might say that he was a brooding type, but to me, he has always been warmth and joy.

Until we broke up when we’re not even sure what was our status at the time.

We have always been the best of friends, but I know deep down that I wanted something more. I wanted to make sure that I was getting something more out of Percival Hephaestus Caprioli but he was on the other level and I was just…me.

I sighed before I was nodding at him as I was smiling weakly. I know that deep down, I still hold some feelings for him, feelings that should not be explored when I know that our family relationship was not gone, not when Percy was no longer the apprentice of my father.

And I was no longer his best friend.

I was getting up from the sitting as I was smiling at Percy. He was concerned about my health but I would never show that to anyone again.

Not after what happened 5 years ago.

I smiled before I was walking inside the booth as Percy stopped me. I felt his hand warmed my arm before I was closing my eyes, forcing my tears to stay inside and never to fall in front of Percy.

Not now, not ever.

“I am fine now. I can work to finish the necklace that I was determined to win. I don’t know about you, Percival but I know that I have to win this thing and I will do it. So if you excuse me, I will be working on that necklace now and I will submit it before anyone can see it,” I said as I was trying to get away from his hand.

“Even me?” He asked huskily as I was turning to look at his hooded eyes. I gulped as I know that I was not strong enough to get over this with him. Not when I am still holding some feelings for him.

“Even you since I know that you’re a prodigy of this matter, I don’t want you to put me down,”

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