Recap: Persephone has successfully escaped the Norse Goddess Hel’s invasion of theunderworld. Unfortunately, she’s a long way and a long time from Olympus.*************I walk along the road. Periodically, one of the horseless carriages zooms by at speeds Iwould not have thought possible of mortal conveyances. At first, I had thought they were drawn by invisible horses, but this close, I would have sensed their essence. Given the fumes beingemitted, I now suspect they are pure machines inspired by my brother, Hephaestus.The first two zoom past me. I see faces through the clear windows staring out at me inwonder, but they still don’t stop. The third carriage, goes by even faster then the other two, butthen with a loud squeal comes to a quick stop and suddenly starts backing up toward where Istand by the side of the road. I watch curiously as two youngish looking men step out and startwalking toward me. They are both dressed in extremely well fitted black leather jackets. Theywear, tightly wrapped around their legs and lower body, a blue material made from cotton, a plant that was just starting to be used by man when last I walked the mortal world.The men stop in front of me. I dislike the disrespectful expressions on their faces even before they speak.“Damn, is the circus in town?” the right one asks. As with the trolls, the language isunfamiliar but I understand him perfectly well.“Who cares?” his friend replies. “She is incredibly fine.”“Yeah, but you’ll need a ladder.” At first, I don’t quite follow his meaning, but then Irealize I’ve made a critical mistake. Unlike, my father, I rarely pretend to be mortal and I’vedone nothing to disguise myself. These two men appear to be tall for mortals, but I am well over a head taller.“Hey baby, why don’t you come with us?” I ignore him. I should have changed myform. I’ll stand out too much and be easily recognized by Hel’s forces. I should hide, changeshape, and then come back to this road and find some mortals to shelter amongst. Unfortunately,these two have already seen me.