In a rare show of annoyance, Hera held aloft her right hand facing the palm towards Queen Gemevere, tightening her fingers as she did so. She quickly lowered her arm, and Gemevere dropped down to her knees, choking. The other Gods and Goddesses looked on open-mouthed, for it took a lot to annoy Hera. Gemevere had managed it in just a few sentences. “Kneel before the Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus, and know thine place, mortal.” Fury exuded from Hera’s face, which gradually grew all the more red. She glared ferociously into Gemevere’s eyes, who tried to speak but couldn’t, as she could feel a tight grip around her throat getting tighter by the second.

Athena put her hand on Hera’s arm. “OK, then, let’s all be a little more calm, shall we?”

Hera pushed away with her hand, sending Gemevere sprawling on her back on the floor. Adding one final squeeze, causing Gemevere to choke again, Hera calmed herself. “These mortals do get ideas above their stations at times!” she said, with an exasperated sigh.

The ‘private’ door opened again, and Jupiter and another man walked though it. “What is all the commotion out here?” Jupiter boomed, looking directly at Hera.

“It is this mortal, Husband.”

The other man knelt beside Gemevere, and helped her to sit up. Gemevere glared at Hera, who simply held up her right hand again, and Gemevere looked sheepishly away. “Please forgive my wife,” the man said looking at Gemevere, “she can be quite direct at times.” He then stood, and turned to the still seated Gods and Goddesses. “I am King Arthur of Pendragon, and both my wife and I are very pleased to meet you.”

Hera muttered something under her breath, but so quietly nobody heard.

Jupiter took his wife’s hand, and helped her to stand. “This is Hera, my wife. And for all of these to come here at this time, something of grave importance must be taking place. Arthur and Gemevere, we will have to continue our discussions at a later time, especially as Poseidon had to leave so suddenly too.”

“I understand.” Arthur said. “Please let me know by messenger when we can next meet, and we shall both surely return.” He helped Gemevere to her feet, and they both left the library through the large oak doors, which once again echoed loudly around the vast room as they closed.

“So, wife, what is going on?” Jupiter looked both annoyed and pleased to see Hera.

“Athena’s the best to explain.” Hera said.

Athena stood for effect, and explained the situation as they saw it to Jupiter.

“So, reality’s blended somehow?” Jupiter asked, once Athena finished speaking. “Thinking about it, you may be right. Something didn’t seem right about Queen Gemevere to me, thinking about it…” his voice trailed off as he began to ponder his surroundings. “Poseidon too. And, alas, you too, my dear and beautiful wife, Hera. You, sadly, feel out of place.”

“I can assure you, husband…” Hera was interrupted.

“Be that as it may, it is our current reality.” Jupiter thought for a second. “I think you all are more than capable of looking into these anomalies, whatever they are. There are two places where you may find answers, or at least clues, as to what is going on. The first would be to consult the Dead Sea Scrolls, in Pompeii; and the second would mean going to the Temple of Pendragon in Camelot.”

“That’s where them two have just gone to!” Baldur said, looking at the large oak doors.

“I shall attend Pompeii.” Hera declared. “Athena, Aphrodite and Adonis, you will come with me. Baldur, Diana and Amunet, you can go to Camelot with King Arthur and that woman.”

“And me?” Carpo didn’t want to be left out.

“Oh, very well, Carpo, you can come with us.” Hera smiled, and sat back down on the sofa. “I’ve always wanted to see Pompeii.”

This is the ninth part to the Legendary Circles II story. The previous parts are on the Storylines page.

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