We arrived back near the sunrise. It was wraming up again.
Alcatraz staggered toward us. "It was a trap, they wanted this." He fell on the floor. I knew he was still healing, but there was blood about him, his own blood. The air stank of his metallic blood. Lillith ran in, leaving me to carry Alcatraz in.
What Gods had done this? I could see it, Aphrodite and Ares. Who would we be against. I made a quick list in my mind - Ares, Aphrodite, Demeter, Hephaestus, Hera, Hermes and Hestia. But at least we'd have Artemis, Apollo, Athena, Dionysus, Hades, Poseidon and Zeus. To think, Zeus against his own Hera. A war of the gods. I knew this would happen eventually. But so soon.
I could feel the coming of the gods - I could feel them arriving in my bones.
Artemis appeared and pushed us indoors.
"I'm the first here. Now we're not fighting on earth. I and Apollo are are going to take you to Mount Olympus. I don't like it when immortals fight. But the hunt will start soon. I'm keeping the night, then you won't die.
She raised her arms and I wasn't sure what had happened but the night remained, it felt truly perpetual. Apollo arrived soon thereafter, we linked our arms and took to the skies, The wind whipped at our clothes and eventually we crossed the seas until we came upon the legendary Mount Olympus of the Gods. It was decadent and there was a giant chess board. We became the pieces. The gods took the main pieces and we, amoung other vampires were mere pawns. Pawns of war.
Each of the gods and vampires on our side were decked in the purest of white robes and tunics, our weapons lay at our sides with detailling of our rank on the handles of swords, the bridles of stallions, the staff of pikes, it was a giant chess game.
Across the board our opponents stood, decked in purest black. To think that I'd been temporarily recruited against my 'family'. The game was to start soon. Zeus sent a thunderbolt into the centre of the board, starting the game.