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Chapter 19

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Avery sat at the banquet table, ancient scrolls scattered around her. Atropos had sent her homework after their training session; promising that Avery could find something valuable from the disjointed scraps of paper. She crawled under the table, trying to find the top half of a page.

"Thousands of years and they haven't had the time to organize their papers," she muttered under her breath.

"Need some help?" Asked a voice from behind her.

She jumped and hit her head on the table, "Ouch! Son of a-"

"Avery are you okay?" They asked with concern.

"No I'm fine," Avery said and crawled out from under the table, she looked up at her visitor, "Hades you surprised me...what are you wearing?" She asked trying to suppress a laugh.

There in the door way stood the god of the underworld, sporting red horns and a pitchfork. He looked down sheepishly, a slight blush tingeing his cheeks.

"Today is what humans refer to as Halloween," he said and rubbed the back of his neck.

"Oh my gods, so you're going as the devil." She said and fell on her back laughing.

"Well I heard this was a popular costume, but I can't exactly wear the whole thing."

"Why not?"

"It seems to consist of only a brassiere and small leather shorts."

Avery burst out laughing, "Hades that's a girls costume," she said brokenly between laughs.

"I gathered as much; although I don't understand how that is supposed to be scary, or how it even qualifies as clothing. I mean what would possess women to dress like that?"

"It isn't supposed to be...," she sighed, "It's kind of like-"

"Avery, I know," he said with a smirk.

"Oh you jerk," she groaned, "What do you want from me?"

"I was wondering if I could rescue from these piles of paper and take you on an outing?"

She sat up and looked at him, "What kind of outing?"

"The surprise kind."

"I don't know," she muttered.

"Unless you'd rather read more..." He said trailing off, looking over at the piles of paper and books.

Avery jumped up to her feet, "Where did you say we are going again?"

He chuckled, "I didn't."

"And I don't suppose you are going to tell me, are you?"

"You know me better then that, I think."

She rolled her eyes but she smiled, "Off we go then."

"Uh-uh," he said, "You have to be in costume as well."

"Hate to break it to you but I don't have a costume," she said with mock regret.

He smiled, "No need to worry, I got you one."

She paled slightly, "Please tell me it's not the rest of your costume."

"As much as I would love to see you in that costume, I have something better for you."

She smiled, "I guess I'll have to go try it on."

"After you my lady," he said, and guided her to the changing room.

"Oh you must be joking Hades!" Avery exclaimed from the other side of the door.

"I told you I'd get you to wear one!" He said chuckling.

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