Atlanta loes the life she has with her freinds. The one thing that stands in her way of a normal life is cronus, and when a surprise attack occurs, Atlanta realises the little time she has left...
“Don’t you die on me, Atlanta!” I heard Jay cry. He pulled me up into his arms, trying to suppress the bleeding long enough for the others to return. But…I knew I wouldn’t make it…
I wouldn’t see my friends again…
I wouldn’t see Archie again…
TWO DAYS EARLIER
My alarm clock rang loud, jerking me from a terrible nights sleep. I threw my hand down on the snooze button and rolled onto my back. I just wanted to lie there all day and do absolutely nothing. But, I was a young hero, and I had a duty. Ever since I was pulled into the world of Mount Olympus, my life had turned upside-down. I could never have that normal life I’d come from again. I was here, with my best friends, and I didn’t want to be anywhere else. It was Jay who persuaded me to stay after I’d had second thoughts.
“Atlanta, you’re here now, and your ability will do great things within our team,” he’d told me after our first encounter with Cronus. I loved Jay like an older brother. We got on great from our first meeting. How could I forget the boy who had pulled me to the safety of a Griffin after a giant was about to squash me?
I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and sat up slowly. It was only 6:30am, but I didn’t mind. I had to go on my morning run anyway. I threw the covers back and stood up, careful not to wake Theresa. I grabbed my T-shirt and shorts and quietly got changed before leaving the room. I tiptoed down the hallway and down to the first floor. At the front door, I put on my runners. As I reached for the door handle, a hand grabbed my shoulder.
“Leaving without me?” came Archie’s voice. I turned around and smiled up at him.
“Of course not,” I said and kissed him quickly. I opened the door before he could react and ran down the front steps. I heard the door close and I turned to face him. He grinned at me as I started stretching.
“Think you can beat me today?” I asked, a smile on my face. Archie and I were very competitive, and he’d always declared he would beat me, every time we went for a run. And it was cute when he got touchy on the subject.
“I will beat you,” he said firmly.
“But Archie, you said that yesterday, the day before that…and…the day before that!” I said, poking fun at him. He looked at me for a moment and then smiled.
“I will today,” he said and turned to run. I got ready and we were off. It was our daily routine, and we’d done it since we first got here, two and a half years ago. It seemed like only yesterday we were all meeting for the first time. We had grown closer and closer as a group of friends, and nothing could break a friendship this strong, including Cronus’ wrath. He was a terrible man to deal with, and we still hadn’t managed to find a way to beat him. Monster after monster was sent to destroy us, but we dodged them all, some leaving us injured and beaten. But Hera and the other gods believed in us. It was good to have them on our side, someone to turn to when our problems were too hard to face.
As Archie and I turned into the park, he sped up slightly. I let him, just so he could feel like he was winning. He looked back at me and grinned cheekily. That was another thing I loved about Archie: his smile. It was the one thing I had fallen for as soon as I’d gotten to know him. He was a kind hearted, yet competitive person, just like me. The amount of things we had in common was a great relationship starter. Both fitness freaks. Both opinionated. Both outgoing.
Archie stopped and sat down on the grass, facing the lake. I caught up to him and sat down beside him, wiping my brow. The sun was rising, and it was a nice sight. Once or twice we’d seen the sun rise together, and Archie being the hopeless dreamer pointed out how romantic it was. He’s a real mood setter.
I side-glanced at Archie, and caught him looking at me. He looked away quickly and I laughed. He looked at me again.
“What?” he asked, blushing.
“You’re so cute,” I said, laughing again. He blushed even more. I kissed his cheek and went to stand up, but he pulled me back down into a kiss. I ran my hands through his purple hair as his arms wrapped around my back. We parted and looked into each other’s eyes for a moment.
“I don’t think I could live without you,” he said the corning of his mouth curving into a smile.
“Me neither,” I said, kissing him once more before getting up. “C’mon, the others’ll be up now.”
I helped Archie up, and when we turned around, we jumped back in shock. Cronus and two of his giants were there. How come we hadn’t heard them? I backed up into Archie and he put his arms protectively around me. Cronus grinned.
“Ah, Archie and Atlanta, just the two people I was looking for,” he said.
“What do you want, Cronus?” I demanded. He and his giants took a step forward, causing Archie and I to back up.
“We wanted to pay a little visit to the Hunter mainly, but seeing as though Archie’s here as well, he can witness it,” Cronus said. In the blink of an eye, Cronus disappeared and reappeared behind us, breaking us apart. Archie was thrown back into a tree and I fell forward onto the hard asphalt, grazing her my arms. When I looked back at Cronus, he was holding a circular disk.
“May vestri tener vita adeo suus mane terminus,” he yelled. I felt a searing pain tear at my lower back, and the last thing I remember is Archie screaming my name.