“I was able to bring in food and we have blankets and such things, but I did not have the power to take us out. My power is greatly diminished and the more so when I am blocked by the Nymphus.”
“You are broken, old man,” Greta responded. “Why have you not gone over to the other side?”
The old man smiled a little, but it did not look like a warm or welcoming smile. Greta saw something calculating in that smile. “How can I pass over when I am not every whit whole?”
Greta shook her head. “Your brother Varuna would be very unhappy with you.”
The old man’s visage changed. He gritted his teeth and furrowed his brows. He did not expect that comment. “My brother surrendered to the invaders and gave everything to that moron, Indra. My brother got reduced to the lowest of the low, a simple god of the sea, not even allowed to set his foot on the dry land.”
The old man looked startled, but then he softened. “Yes, I forgot. She would see things differently, though as I recall, she did not get counted among the gods of Olympus.”
Before Greta could respond, a voice came from the doorway. “Get him. Kill him so we can end this.” Mithrasis showed up. She stood in the doorway and pounded once on the invisible door that kept her out.
“Where is that dragon?” Mithras responded sharply. “The agreement was to keep you away and I care for his daughters. Nymphus, you have no part in this conversation.”
“But she does,” Greta interrupted. “I intend to put her in her bed.”
“What?” Everyone but Fae asked. Fae kept her mouth closed. Mithrasis looked seriously interested.
Greta, who wore her armor since Samarvant, called for her weapons. They appeared, attached in their proper places, so the sword called Salvation rested on her back with the handle sticking out over her left shoulder, and the long knife called Defender rested comfortably across the small of her back, or as she thought, across the top of her big butt. Greta looked at Mithrasis.
“Let me in,” Mithrasis yelled. The Nymphus liked Greta, but paused when Greta went away and Nameless stood in her place.
“And I intend to put her in her bed, personally,” Nameless said. Mithrasis paused before Nameless heard the click and Mithrasis doubled her effort to get in. “But first, Mithras, I want to know what game you are playing.” Nameless whipped out defender and put it to Mithras’ throat faster than anyone could see or react.
Mithras dared not move, but he spoke. “I am an old man, as you see. I should be on the other side, but I am not whole. I thought if I could get your help, you might find a way to repair the damage and set me free.”
“Kill him, and we will all be free,” Mithrasis yelled.
“She lies,” Fae added.
Nameless raised one brow. “I don’t believe anyone has told the whole truth this whole time. And whose stupid idea was it to pull down a Wolv transport?”
Nameless merely waved his hand and the force field around the dome ruins came down. Nameless stood in his element, so to speak. In the Land of Aesgard he was counted as a Prince. As the last child of Aesgard in his own jurisdiction, his will became final. Neither Mithras nor Mithrasis could overrule what he decided. At least that was how it was before the time of dissolution.
Nameless held out his hand as Mithrasis tumbled into the circle. She hesitated and squinted at Nameless’ hand, but Nameless was a love god on his mother’s side, and that became too hard to resist. Mithrasis took the hand and while she did not exactly snuggle up to his shoulder, it was near enough.
“So what game are you playing?” Nameless asked again.
“Kill him. Be done with it,” Mithrasis whispered in his ear.
“It is no game,” Mithras said.
“Then let me put Mithrasis in her bed,” Nameless said, and he turned, and once again in a move too swift to follow, he slipped Defender up under Mithrasis’ ribs and into her heart. Nameless did not want to lie for fear Fae might inadvertently say something, but he thought the whole time of putting Mithrasis in her death bed.
Mithrasis’ eyes got big. She began to shake, like one suffering an internal earthquake, and she began to sparkle, like the light inside her started burning out. “But I’m on your side,” she said, even as she fell apart. This time, they all saw the one spark of light rise up from Mithrasis’ crumbling remains and shoot into Mithras’ mouth. Mithras let out a great shout, and he collapsed, unconscious to the ground.
“This is the third time we have seen this,” Hans said, while Fae knelt down to check on the old man. “He should stay out for several hours.”
Hobknot stepped up and spoke to Nameless. “Lord. We spent the other two times arguing about whether the Mithras was a friend or foe.”
“But he fed you, and cared for you, and kept you all alive,” Bogus said.
“So said the women, but young Hans and I had our doubts.”
“And I questioned some,” Fae said. “It was not that he lied, but he told such half-truths as fit his agenda. I could not help wondering if the whole truth might speak against his agenda.”
“A true progressive politician,” Nameless said, and turned toward Berry, but before he could speak to her, a giant shadow fell on them. The Raven, the giant bird, the Roc, appeared to be coming right at them. “The shield has been removed.”
“Wait,” Hobknot said. Nameless waited as Hobknot pointed. “It is not after us.”