El Antiguo Guerrero

El Antiguo Guerrero – chapter 24

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Chapter 24

 

For some minutes, thunder fluttered in the sky, followed by a bright light that seemed to cover the whole area for some minutes. The light dwindled, revealing Franni and her colleagues. “Wow, this is the abandoned temple,” Franni exclaimed in amusement. “The name sucks for a gorgeous building like this.”

 

“We are in a hazardous killer residence, and you are shrinking in satisfaction when we are supposed to be planning our way out.” Ariel scolded her.

 

“That wasn’t me,” Franni yelled. “That is junk work.”

 

“What?” Everybody exclaimed in unison.

 

“Point of correction, upgraded Franni; version 2.0,” they heard her clarify.

 

“Version 2.0 indeed,” Dan utters and nods his head.

 

“But how is that possible?” Alpha Thane asked.

 

“I don’t know how she is doing it,” Franni acknowledged frankly. “But she seems to have gained more leverage ever since I retrieved the sword.”

 

“Shall we proceed?” Dan asked. While researching the environment, Jack bellowed, “Wait for a twinkling. Didn’t you guys notice the tense atmosphere? I mean, there is something wrong. “

 

“I can feel it.” Ariel endorsed it.

 

“Like someone is watching us.” Dan illustrated

 

“Watch out.” Alpha Thane shouts at Franni, but she has already stepped aside as an arrow whooshes past her face.

 

“Ptcheew,” she hissed. “That was close.”

 

“That was the medusa,” Dan explained.”It means she is watching us.”

 

“Now, what is the plan?” Franni asked. She glanced towards the direction where the arrow appeared, and everything looked natural. But deep down, she had the feeling that something wasn’t favourable. “We have to change positions. We can’t stand here forever.”

 

“Can someone tell us more about this Medusa?” Alpha Thane asked.

 

“If there is anyone who knows more about her, it should be Dan.” Franni clarified.

 

“And why did you think he might know about Medusa?” Ariel inquired.

 

“Because he is an additional ancestor to us all.” She replied and averted her gaze from Dan. 

 

“That is true,” Dan replied. “I know much about her because I was among the gatekeepers of the Titan’s realm before she was cursed.”

 

“Then tell us what you know.” Jack inquired precipitously.

 

“Medusa is best recognized for possessing hair made of snakes and for her potential to turn anyone she glimpses at into stone, literally to petrify…”

 

“We all know that,” Jack cut in anxiously. “I mean, who she is, her weaknesses, and anything that can help.”

 

“Be patient, Jack, for God’s sake!” Ariel yells at him.

 

“Can’t you see that we are running out of time?” He yelled back.

 

Alpha Thane stomps in. “Easy guys, Fighting wouldn’t solve the situation.” 

 

“Let’s hear what Dan has to say first,” Franni chirps in, then she faces Dan and signals for him to continue his dialogue.

 

“She was one of the three Gorgon sisters born to keto and Phorkys, primordial sea gods;” Dan said, and allowed his words to sink into their mind, before he continued. “Medusa was mortal, while the others, Stheno and Euryale, were immortal.” Dan paused for a moment to catch his breath before continuing again, “Medusa Gorgon was condemned by Athena for betraying her. Medusa was sent to a faraway island and was cursed that no man would want her. She was given cracked skin, insanity, and her signature snake hair and stone eyes. “

 

“Can you tell us the reason why Medusa betrayed Athena?” Ariel asked when she noticed that Dan had stopped.

 

“Well, I don’t know much about that,” Dan answered. “But I can remember different rumors that say Medusa was raped by Poseidon and left in a vulnerable state at the temple entrance, which makes Athena think she betrayed her.”

 

“Please, can you be clear about that?” Franni asked when she didn’t appear to comprehend what Dan was trying to say.

 

“Medusa was a priestess to the goddess Athena, the goddess of wisdom and battle. One requirement to be a priestess of Athena is that the young woman should be a virgin and give her life to the goddess.” Dan paused again and stared at their eyes before he continued. “One day, Poseidon, the god of the sea and antagonist to Athena, saw Medusa and was mesmerised. But Medusa, being a loyal priestess to the goddess of wisdom, Athena, rejected him. And what does he do about it? Rape her, of course! They decided to humiliate Athena by raping the young Medusa on the steps of Athena’s temple. I am confident you can all guess what transpired next.

 

“Poseidon vanished after he was done and left Medusa susceptible and vulnerable.” Alpha Thane replied. “Which made Athena look down in bitterness and caused her.”

 

“Exactly,” Dan answered.

 

“Then what about Poseidon?” Jack asked.

 

“As I told you earlier, I don’t know much. I was just a keeper then, before I was sent down here to protect the sword until the wielder arrived.” 

 

“Wait a minute,” Franni utters, as if she just remembered something. “So, that means you will be returning to your position after we kill Thanatos.”

 

“Nope,” Dan answered, shaking his head. “I should have been reimbursed since you claimed the sword.”

 

“Then what are you still waiting for?” Alpha Thane inquired.

 

“I wanted to make sure Thanatos paid for killing my sister during the Titan’s War,” Dan answered him with a melancholy tone.

 

“And who is that your sister that you are talking about?” Ariel asked. “And what did your sister have to do in the first Titans war?”

 

“The name of my sister is Syrinx, but she changed her name here on earth,”

 

“Wait, did you mean the same syrinx that was rumoured to be cast out by the minor god for having a prohibited power?” Jack cut him short.

 

“Yes, but the point of the amendment is that she wasn’t cast out and her power wasn’t forbidden.” Dan clarified. “She is the first moonlight and most powerful witch to ever exist.”

 

“Then how does she end up in the human world?” Ariel asked, out of inquisitiveness.

 

“She was a proponent of the goddess Artemis, where she learned how to harness and control her power. But she ran away when the god Pan tried to seduce her, so she asked some river nymphs to help her escape. Luckily, it was successful, and she ended up marrying a man here who was rumoured to be an Alpha hybrid. I used to connect with her then. I was also the one who informed her that Daniel and Virgo planned to eradicate all supernatural beings from existence, which provoked the gods and sent me here on earth to protect the sword as my punishment for interfering in human affairs. Even though they succeeded in saving the realms, it cost her life while the master planner behind everything managed to escape and called on the god of death for help so they could revive Daniel again. “

 

“Wait, you mean your sister is a witch? I mean, moonlight witch” Franni asked, alarmed.

 

“Yes, of course, but the connection between us broke when she died,” Dan answered, but stopped mid-sentence as the reality dawned on him. “Or you are the child my sister conceived before going to the war?”

 

“Yes, and I have a little brother as well,” Franni answered. Even though she was attempting to sound brave, she ended up bursting into tears.

To be determined.

 

 

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