XXXIII: Sons of Cronus

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Cornelia busied herself, digging around in the dirt of her sanctuary and wandering the morbidly silent halls of the Inferis. Clay coated her fingernails and angst coated her soul. Nothing made sense, what is the meaning of all this?

The tensions had been ridiculous. To make matters worse, no one acted like the people she had come to know and love, especially not Artemis. This woman was, at one time, her powerful and patient mentor. No, now she was some petty inarticulate pig-headed monkey fart. Her inward insult made her smile; Apollo is rubbing off on me.

To make matters worse, she had not been able to find Hades anywhere. He seemed to have locked himself in the West Wing of the ship and would not come out. Which happened to be the same place her legs had carried her on this particular exploration mission.

Cornelia stared at the locked door of Hades sudden and self-imposed prison within a prison and heaved a heavy sigh. Something is wrong, she thought back to Artemis' behavior or is it, someone?

Bolstered by her theory and realization Cornelia felt a renewed sense of determination and adventure fill her veins. How could Artemis be someone she is not? Hades knows something, and if he doesn't tell me on his own, I will make him do it.

Cornelia's ears perked up as she heard Hades' creative epithets through the door, "Hades let me in."

No answer

"Hades I am leaving and never coming back." She turned away from the door and made heavy stomping sounds.

She heard footsteps on the other side.

"Where do you think you will go?" His voice was somber and accepting. What happened to her pugnacious little scientist, subjugate king of the Inferis.

Yup, he knows something.

She hid a smile as she feigned a tear struck voice, "somewhere that people will appreciate me and not leave me alone with Apollo!"

"I do appreciate you," His voice seeped through the other side of the door with a touch of annoyance.

"Then show me," She sunk down into a runner's stance as she heard him play with the keypad. Five, four, three, she rose up on her toes, two, and one. The door opened, and she bolted crashing into Hades in a victorious yip as she pushed through to the other side of the room.

"You brat!" He sputtered as he worked on picking himself up from the floor.

"Yup,"Cornelia exclaimed in admittance of her victory. "Come and get me night light." A triumphant smirk crossed her lips; she did not care if she had stepped on his toes, he'll get over it. Cornelia had succeeded in her mission. She skittered to a halt in the process of tripping over Hades as he grabbed her ankle, she braced herself as she collided with the floor. Before he had a chance pull her to him, she freed herself and took off down the hallway.

"Get back here," he laughed as he trailed behind her.

"No!" She continued to barrel down the hallway until she got to the control room, "you're working on something, and I want to know what it is."

He slid up next to her resignation crossed his expression, "it's not a what." His fingers moved across the control panel.

"I knew it!" she cried out victoriously.

He nodded and opened the door, "Welcome to my lab, Corny."

Cornelia strode into the main room with open eyes. The room was alight with dancing lights and complex mechanical sounds. A wall of view screens lit the room. They were like the tablet he gave her but much larger, and the images were in real time. She moved toward the screens mouth agape and touched her fingers to the one with Medusa inside. She was sound asleep, and Artemis was watching her, "why are you watching them?"

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