Once the story came out-I projected the thoughts to all of the Council members-Zeus executed a swift punishment. Thantos watched Hades go with a pained expression on his face.
"Go home." I murmured to him. "Rest. I'll be okay here."
He looked at me searchingly before nodding. "You know where to find me." His velvet voice was soothing as he created a Portal and vanished. I closed my eyes briefly before creating my own Portal and going to Apollo's room. A few moments later, he appeared. He didn't appear overly surprised to see me sat on his bed.
“You need energy before you enter the human realm,” I knew where this was going and it made me tense.
“I’ve seen some of the people there. Not many of them are nice. You are going to need it.”
“Okay,” I was thrown by how quickly he gave in. All of the arrogance he had carried since we finished had melted away with the loss of his godhood. He was like he used to be, which made this easier to bear.
“Umm...” I hesitated, feeling heat flood my cheeks.
“What,” Apollo suddenly looked uncertain-a sign of how unusual it was for me to be lost for words. I decided to just bite the bullet and go for it.
“The only way to do an energy transfer without harming humans is through...” I let my words fade as realisation dawned on Apollo's face.
“Intercourse,” I couldn't read his expression but he started to glow. I raised my eyebrows as his thoughts came across loud and clear. He crossed the room and sat next to me on the bed. His hand came up to touch my cheek gently.
"You don't have to do this." He said softly.
I just smiled as his human control gave way. The kiss was slow at first but quickly deepened, becoming more passionate. Apollo reached for the clasp and released my dress, letting it fall away as he lowered me down onto the bed. Every move he made was gentle and considerate, completely at odds with his character as a God. His clothes quickly joined mine on the floor. I wrapped my bare legs around his waist as our breathing became more ragged. He groaned in pure pleasure, glowing brightly as I transferred the energy he would need. Apollo wrapped his strong arms around my waist, pulling me closer to his body and I lost myself in the sensations. I felt Apollo's lips moving down my neck, along my collarbone. My hands skimmed over his back, feeling the muscles flexing with his movements. The moment of necessity was over, this was now pure pleasure and we drew it out as long as possible, both feeling the need to be close to someone.
When it was over, Apollo faced me, still glowing, one hand low around my waist still. Our bodies touched as much as was possible and there was a comfortable silence between us. Eventually though, the situation reasserted itself.
"You should go," I said softly.
He pulled a face, clearly not enjoying the idea of settling with humans.
"I'll show you a place, the people there are kind and its warm. The nights are beautiful there too."
He gave me a lopsided grin. "You would know all about the night wouldn't you?"
"Don't start getting cute with me Apollo," I laughed, throwing his clothes at him. He helped fasten my dress again, the glow now fading from his skin.
I created a Portal. Unsurprisingly, it was nighttime.
"You weren't lying, it is beautiful." Apollo said. I smiled, looking over at him, but his eyes were fixed on me.
"I have to go." I said, quietly and sadly. "I probably won't see you again, and when we do meet, we will be in opposing realms again."
He nodded, "Take care of yourself Nyx."
I answered him with a smile. I was just about to leave when he caught my arm.
"Wait! I can sense Gods here.."
Widening my senses, I found them as well. I strode off in their direction, Apollo following me. We rounded the corner and I stopped dead, Apollo walking into me.
"What the hell is going on here?" The fury in my voice rang out clearly, startling Than and Primrose who sprang apart to face me guiltily.
I shook my head to cut them off, created a Portal and went home.