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[continuation] After 'serving others'

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</i>— Dion is roughly here. </i>

Earlier happenings became no more than a blur within Dionysus’ mind. All he knew now was that he had been running, and to escape whatever frenzied monster was chasing him, he was not allowed to stop. The cold water of the treacherous river coiled around his bones, causing his entire frame to shiver by the time he emerged at its bank, gasping for air.

The monster snapped at his heels.

Time was running out.

His stomach no longer churned from hunger, his muscles no longer ached. They were on fire, burning, and Dionysus was utterly unable to tame the flames. His eyelids were heavy, gaze clouded by smoke. A strange urge to sleep dawned upon him, but something within him screamed not to shut his eyes this time, as though the monster would emerge from the darkness of night and lock its jaws around his throat.

Was this what Bacchus had felt? Had the monster drawn Achilles away?

Unable to run any further, the boy collapsed. He did not know whether Mintaka had followed him. Or if Margarita had listened.

All Dionysus knew was that his strength to go on was hanging by a thread.


Apr 19, 2018 11:39 AM

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Mintaka felt almost dead. Pain coursed through her body. Her lungs screamed for a break, but stocky legs continued to thunder across the forest floor. Amber eyes kept on Dion, not realizing the little snowball brat was behind her.

The golden girl cursed under her breath as Dion fell upon the ground. “Stop it. Stop it! Dion, you are being an idiot,” she panted and snorted as she rounded around him. Her own body fell into a sitting position. “Why are you a…. acting l… like this?” she asked. “Just calm down and talk… calmly,” she ended.

Her eyes were slightly blood shot from holding them open, afraid if she blinked… the boy she wanted to make sure was ok would flee form her sight.


Apr 19, 2018 12:00 PM — Post #1

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Margarita maiyev
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She hadn’t been eating enough for travel like this. Searching the geysers had been okay on scraps. Fun, even; Rita liked exploring new places. She liked the whimsy of adventure.

Dion had been right, though. She was going hungry, just like he was. She was colder at night. She’d be lying if she said she didn’t miss the caverns. The food. The warm—even if false—company.

The girl had been eating longer than he had, though, and had kept up with him because of it. It seemed like he hadn’t seen her this whole time, and like he probably wouldn’t if he kept running.

His steps were slower. He was getting sloppier. Though she was several paces behind, she could see it.

He’d ignored her, just like she’d ignored Mintaka for most of the journey.

The two girls had kept in step for most of it, though the younger one had expended the last of her energy on sprinting the final stretch to where Rita’s brother had collapsed. Though she was concerned, she didn’t reflect Mintaka’s pace; she wouldn’t force her muscles to.

She had to brace for Dionysus’s hostility, too.

It was never easy to take, even if she could dish it back sometimes. After her outburst, though, she didn’t have it in her anymore. Before she could stop herself, Rita was a few paces away from her brother’s body with Mintaka across from her, the two of them panting heavily. She paid no mind to the other girl, instead staring at Dion.

He was still breathing, at least. Weakly.

“He’s not gonna be able t’ talk like this,” she told Mintaka bluntly. “He needs food. And water.” Rita pondered on the possibility that he would need any herbs, too, calling from memory the couple of remedies she’d picked up from Leas. She doubted any would be useful in this situation—and if she should try at all.

Would he even take anything from her? Probably not.


Apr 19, 2018 12:15 PM — Post #2

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A voice he knew. Beside him. Dionysus didn’t turn his head to look, instead, tried to swallow. But his mouth was too dry and he was ultimately unable to hold his breath long enough, resulting in more gasping. The world around him started to spin.

His sister’s voice joined Mintaka’s, dread burrowing in his constricted chest. If he was capable of it, perhaps Dionysus would have snapped at both of them and demanded that they left him alone, but he was helpless.

Food. He released a strained grunt. Water.

Leave him the fuck alone and go back home PLEASE OKAY.


Apr 19, 2018 03:38 PM — Post #3

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This was perfect. All three of them couldn’t be in worse shape… mentally and physically. All of them hated each other right now as well. When Marg came around, Mintaka wanted round on her and slap her across the forest back to the Evergreens. A shame she wasn’t that strong.

Like always, the little idiot had to comment on Mintaka’s words, which was for Dion ONLY. The girl turned her head and lifted her lips, her eyes narrowing into almost demon like glare. “I… know,” she growled. “I’m not an idiot like you think I am,” she stated firmly. “You waste time saying the obvious,” she ended as her head whipped back around.

Mintaka recalled playing with moss around forest and how it normally was moist in the morning or after rain. “You think you can get some wet moss?” She asked tilting her head. How else were they going to get water to him?


Apr 20, 2018 04:16 PM — Post #4

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Already, the other girl was getting snappy—literally. Margarita fell silent, her nose simply wrinkling in disgust of the girl as she continued to speak.

“You think you can get some wet moss?”

The white girl frowned. She quirked an incredulous brow at Mintaka. Now, she thought she could just dish orders? Okay.

“Maybe if you’d stop bein’ such a bitch, I would,” quipped Rita flatly. “Why don’t you go get the moss? Since it was your idea.” She narrowed her eyes assertively at the colored wolf, but didn’t leave enough time for her to reply just yet.

“While you go’n do that, I’ll hunt.” He needed food and water, like she had said, and like Mintaka claimed she knew. Rita wasn’t about to leave the most pivotal part in the hands of some younger pup, either. Moss, sure. Whatever. But food, she’d only trust herself to get.

And she wasn’t about to let this girl push her around. At all.

Part of that meant not dwelling long enough to let Mintaka get caught up on her losses, or to let either of their tempers escalate. As much as she wanted to put the brat in her place, Rita didn’t have the energy to fan that flame. Instead, she swung her head this way and that, looking across the plains.

“We should, like… drag him somewhere else first.” Somewhere he’d be safe for the time being. Somewhere far less open.

But here, everything was open.


Apr 21, 2018 12:58 AM — Post #5

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Spots were beginning to invade Dionysus’ vision. His mind wavered between awareness and unconsciousness until finally, the weight of his eyelids won, ears falling back, head slack and muscles no longer tense.

Nothing felt right.

The hunger, the thirst, exhaustion — the monster was catching up to him and he could feel it. “Sumthin’s wrong,” He snivelled, hardly audible amongst the strained, shallow breaths he so desperately tried to take. Mintaka and Margarita’s voices were fading. He could not make out their words, and after a while, he couldn’t truly be sure if they were even there at all. Only a high-pitched ringing accompanied him.

The night air was chilly, crisp. Except Dionysus felt strangely….warm.


Apr 21, 2018 08:49 AM — Post #6

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Mintaka now was puffed up. Claws dug into dirt as she glared at the stupid white fuzzball. “Maybe if you would stop hating me for no reason we could actual do something good for once!” She growled back.

Neither of them had really done anything right for a while. Mintaka was convinced she was born bad… and Marg was just an as s for no reason.

The golden girl was about to put the other female in her place if it weren’t for Dion faintly muttering the obvious. “Even if we put him somewhere else… things will find him… foxes,” she said. Mintaka had never seen a Fox, but she recalled Dion telling her about it.

“Or coyotes,” she ended. Again, never seen one… but heard of the animal. “One of us has to stay,” she said. Who would stay by Dion though? Mintaka believed herself the better hunter because she hadn’t seen Marg practicing, but maybe she was wrong. Either way, one had to fend off bad things if they came… and she wasn’t sure Marg was up for that. She was like a soft feather with to many emotions.

The girl peered down at her friend. She resisted the urge to nudge him like she had done so many times with Auberon. “We… you will be fine Dion. I promise,” she said in a comforting tone that was rare for the girl.


Apr 22, 2018 04:59 PM — Post #7

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Still, Mintaka kept spouting off angrily. So this was all of Margarita’s fault, apparently. The white wolf merely rolled her eyes and ignored her as she continued speaking. Instead, she turned her attention to Dion, leaning in to listen to his breathing, to look over his skinny body for any wounds, as if she knew how to remedy any problems she might find.

She wouldn’t know, though. Not well enough to help at all. She should’ve been listening to Lees more. Maybe she would’ve learned something since her mother had left. Instead, she just spent all that time moping… and running away.

Rita wondered if Lees was worried about her.

She was probably too worried about Mintaka to remember Achilles’ kids ever even existed.

“Sumthin’s wrong,” Dion croaked suddenly, thick and raspy and barely audible. Margarita strained to listen to him, even contemplated asking for clarification—but she knew.

Something was wrong.

Mintaka closed in on the boy and started to console him. Rita’s chest tightened as she watched. Her heart gave her mind no time to think before she was standing over him protectively.

“Go get water. And run. He won’t be fine if ya keep waiting for him to be.” Before the other pup could protest, Rita spoke again. “I’m not leavin’ him. So go.”


Apr 23, 2018 09:09 PM — Post #8

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Something brushed against his sides and a mild hum sounded up above. Margarita stood over him.

It wasn’t comforting.

But Dionysus didn’t fight it. He couldn’t. Time stretched out. The tingle in his paws began to slowly snake its way up his limbs and across the rest of his body, tail and the corners of his lips twitching. All he could do was breathe, or rather attempt to. His body did not feel like his own. Not anymore.

He was terrified.

 


Apr 25, 2018 02:57 PM — Post #9

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Mintaka really wanted to beat that whiny child’s butt right then and there. Marg had not been an ounce of what Mintaka had been going through mentally. The white girl didn’t even have to give up any family or friends for Dion and now she was here bossing Mintaka around.

Well no thanks… Fine. The golden girl would get the damn water just to help the wolf she cared about… but that would be it. Mintaka would leave after that… leave blasted Mart and stupid Dion… he shouldn’t have left in the first place. He should have taken Mintaka with him. She thought they were friends. Yet he didn’t even say goodbye or try to talk to her.

With that, Mintaka got close to Marg and snapped her teeth at her before turning and stomping away before picking up to a trot.

-exit-


Apr 28, 2018 04:08 PM — Post #10

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Despite the urgency, the golden girl’s sour mood persisted. Rita simply watched her all the while, her gaze commanding. She’d never met such a bratty pup, and there were so many around the caverns. Mintaka was no better than the rest of them, yet she acted otherwise. It bewildered her. It pissed her off.

Her father was gone. Her mother had left her, too. Her narrative had followed the same threads as Margarita’s, yet all she wanted was to hurt those around her. To rub salt in Rita’s wounds. To take the only thing she had left.

It was unacceptable. Unforgivable, even.

Still, Mintaka didn’t reply; didn’t dispute or concede. Instead, she closed the distance between herself and the white girl, craning her neck to bite the air in front of Rita’s nose. Reflexively, her fur bristled, lip lifted, and a growl bubbled in her throat, but she stayed her anger. Now wasn’t the time to expend her energy. Mintaka had spent more time under the care of the Evergreens than she had, and likely had the strength to show for it.

Margarita wouldn’t risk losing to her. Not tonight. Not until she was confident she could put the younger pup in her place.

When Mintaka left, the white wolf turned her attention back to Dion, still sprawled under her feet. She whimpered quietly at the sight of him. Why had he gone? Was being all alone like this, starving, and stuck in the cold, better than being at home with his sister? Mum was gone, but they could’ve had each other through all of this.

Instead, he felt he had to leave.

“Dion,” she murmured. “Dion. Talk to me, please.”


May 01, 2018 10:13 PM — Post #11

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This wasn’t supposed to happen.

“I’m sorry.” It was a struggle for him to talk. His throat hurt, his stomach hurt, his thoughts hurt. Everything that wasn’t completely numb felt as though somebody was burning him from the inside out, and yet, he was so incredibly tired.

Dionysus could sleep right now. Through all of it. He contemplated the idea with great caution until he could no longer fight it. Finally giving in, the monster swallowed him whole and there was no turning back.

He could utter no goodbye to Margarita. To Mintaka. He didn’t even know what was happening until it was too late, for he had never been taught about death amongst his own kind, only lesser prey. The finality of it. The Ambrosia boy simply knew that it was what took Bacchus. Maybe it took his mother, too. They would never know. He wouldn’t. Not anymore.

Now, it was his turn. The monster took him quietly. There was no writhing, no screaming, and all of the pain seemingly faded. Even the hunger and weakness that stripped him of every ounce of strength he had disappeared. It was replaced by a warmth of sorts, too good to be true, and then, there was nothing.

Forever.

Dionysus had tried.

Exit Dion.


May 03, 2018 12:04 PM — Post #12

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“I’m sorry.”

His apology had been soft; hoarse, near-inaudible, his voice rendered gravelly by the hundreds of paces he’d run. It was clear, though, nonetheless. Too clear. It sunk from the drums of her ears through her skull, down past her throat, and into the pit of her stomach, where it nestled between the stones left there by her mother and Bacchus before.

The third. The only. The last.

“Dion,” Rita hissed, staring at his face as it grew more and more like brittle porcelain. She felt tears welling in her eyes. Though she’d never truly witnessed it, she’d dreamed of it too many times. Of this.

Of death.

“Dion!” the girl shrieked, her voice cracking as its shrillness peaked. “Dion, no! NO! DION NO! No-ho-ho…” Finally, her legs gave way, and she collapsed next to him, dragging herself to lie over his stony frame. She could feel his bones jutting out from beneath his thick coat, jabbing sharply at her flesh. The aches barely fazed her as she sobbed into his fur; if anything, she savored it, knowing full well it was the last touch she’d ever feel from him.

“Please,” she pleaded weakly. “Please… Dion…”

You’re all I had left.

| exit margarita.


May 04, 2018 09:50 PM — Post #13

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