Erato’s Misadventures – After Hours

I watched Nike fly out of one of the other windows on this floor, and though I tried to keep a frown on my face to let her know I wasn’t happy about her disobeying my demand that she use the doors, I couldn’t help but laugh as I heard her shout, “NO KEYS!” I placed a hand lightly on my chest and watched her golden wings shimmer against the moonlight as she dipped and soared against the night.

Minutes later, Zeus wrapped his arms around my waist and kissed me lightly on my cheek. “How is she?”

I leaned my head back onto his chest and sighed deeply. “I’m not sure. If she were any other Goddess, I would say she was fine and was only going through our version of puberty, but this is Nike we’re talking about. She’s chosen to freeze her age and purposely keeps herself sheltered from anything she deems as being ‘too much,’ whatever that means.”

“Hmm, so who do I need to smite?”

I laughed. “No one, my heart. She’s only had a very vivid dream of a mortal man she sees occasionally at her place of work.”

Zeus rested his chin on the top of my head and I felt him smile. “So you’re taking care of him.” A statement, not a question, as he knows me so well.

“Of course.” I turned into his arms and kissed his bare chest. “Now, I believe you were in the middle of the story of how you single handedly overthrew our father and I was preparing to show you just how grateful I was to you for rescuing me.” I dropped my robe to the floor, grabbed the lightning bolt tie I demanded that he wear, and pulled him to our oversized mahogany bed. 

Zeus growled playfully and chased me, giggling, across the bed. “Yes, my love, let me show you just how I used my sword to penetrate his defences…”

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Hera (CJ Landry)

Hera (CJ Landry)

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Occasional writer, often wanderer, horrible speller, broken thinker, incessant lover of all things ineffable, neutral evil and serious about it. CJ Landry is a suspense writer who is currently editing her novel, His Undying Love, which has been called by beta readers a cross between Gone Girl and Misery. She also spends time killing people off in her 72-Hour Murder series which has 2 installments already published. Each is a quick read that promises to have you rooting for the death at the end. You can also see another side of her in the poetry anthology, The Madness in Our Intentions, which she published with her son. CJ is fascinated by the different ways to torture someone and hide the body and tries to include those in some way in her writing. You can almost guarantee that someone dies in her books. She is a professional throat puncher, founder of #ThroatPunchTUESday, and benevolent ducktator of #DuckTwitter. She’s also deathly terrified of sharks because those fuckers will one day evolve to breathe on land and eat everyone.
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