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He had waited a thousand years and his patience was wearing thin. with him. like a many-eyed beast. it was all hers. 1 . needing her. tucked behind the gable that reached up with a pointed finger to the soft blue sky. Well. Painted in eggshell blue. and all his. Windows in all shapes and sizes dotted the house. She stopped. ~ Jenna Krinard’s high heels clicked up the stone path as she walked up to the front porch. Not now. Soon she would be here.Sapphire Phelan He watched her from behind the graying mist of the Underworld. as her gaze took in the large Victorian house. and the bank’s too. but the time was drawing near. with gingerbread trim the color of dark red. as if trying to poke it through the bright yellow sun. wanting her. She saw a widow’s walk. and freeing a hand. and waiting for the right time to take her. She blinked. pushed her glasses back up her nose. hers.
Putting down the box of packed things she had been holding. It was worth every penny of her savings for the down payment on it. Golly. Jenna’s eyelids fluttered as she realized the dream seemed real. hard and male in origin. The door swung open with a loud creak. as if in a dream. she kicked off her shoes and stretched out on the couch which the furniture movers had delivered with the rest of her furniture the other day. And frowned. covered hers. Her eyes opened and she sat up abruptly. Jenna spent the rest of the afternoon bringing in the rest of her belongings. Oh. but you got to quit dreaming. She picked up and carried the box inside. she inserted a key into the door. it will be great to have my own house. depositing it on the shiny redwood floor. She sighed. After unpacking and putting things away. Too real. and not some dinky little apartment! She closed her eyes. There was no one. Your 2 . Jenna. They kissed hers and she responded. Lips. She strolled up the wooden steps and onto the porch.To Teach an Ancient God Jenna smiled. she flipped the light switch and light flooded inside. Yes. Snaking her hand around the corner. tentative caressing to hard and possessive. she was definitely home. She was home. The kissing went from soft.
He smiled. she went to bed early. The dark whirling circle closed behind him. He stepped through it.Sapphire Phelan dream kisser kisses like an angel or demon. ~ The sound of booted heels resounding on stone invaded Jenna’s sleep. ~ A shadow detached itself from the darkened room and moved to her bed. But all she found was her bedroom. His for the taking . No half measures this time. to stand over her. She was here. a vortex opened. doing it gently so she wouldn’t feel it. dark and quiet. “For tomorrow you will be where I dwell. . Even Zeus won’t do anything. my beloved. treading heavily down stone steps leading to the Underworld. revealing the gleam of large. waking her up. Figuring that she was tired from the moving in. “Sleep well. He leaned over and kissed her lightly. white teeth. . Reassured it was only a 3 . Maybe that’s why your relationships never last. forever. She fell into a dreamless sleep.” he whispered. Dark eyes flashed as the figure sat down by her side.” He stood up and with a snap of his fingers. something your real life boyfriends couldn’t match. This time there is no mother to stop you from staying the year with me.
“Mmmmmmm. made it. Her stove. like her last boyfriend almost had. she thought with humor. troublesome. Her glance through the window caught the sun drifting up above the painted silhouette of rose. ~ She woke up to bright sunlight filtering through the glass of the window. Jenna slipped on her glasses. a T-shirt with a yawning kitten on the front and Garfield bedroom slippers. and sat up.To Teach an Ancient God dream. and then mysteriously vanished out of her life. Her first day in her new home. Guess he didn’t want to possess me enough. She climbed out of bed. 4 . stretching. and then threw on a pair of jeans. She stood up and walked over to the dishwasher. orange and scarlet of the dawn. its warm fingers caressing her face with a lover’s touch. He had turned out to be possessive. She bounded down the stairs. She smiled. Jenna sighed with delight and ate her breakfast. It was going to be a good day.” she murmured. Her kitchen. Her house. And no man to ruin it for her. Her life couldn’t be more perfect. she drifted back to sleep. making for the kitchen where she made a breakfast of scrambled eggs and bacon on the stove.
Did her lights go out? But wait.” she called out. so as not to trip in the dark. “Right over here. Carefully. And listening to some heavy metal rock music from a CD player.” “Underworld?” 5 . Still. Wait a moment. dearie. Twice. A figure dressed in a black hooded robe and perched on a chair next to the barge. You’re near the gates of the Underworld. ~ Jenna stood there. “Hello. And I’m in charge of this barge that takes those who died down the River Styx here. Holy Toledo. but it sure was dark. “Who are you?” Jenna asked. She squinted and saw a glow of yellowish light to the left of her. she didn’t have the kitchen lights on as it was daytime. her eyes finally focusing. she maneuvered over to it. “I’m Charon. “Anyone there?” A disembodied dark chuckle floated to her. was smoking a cigarette.” She kept shuffling until she saw that the light belonged to a lamp of sorts. “And where am I?” The figure flicked the burning butt into the dark water lapping at the barge and stood up. Blinked. It hung from a long wooden staff leaning over one end of a barge.Sapphire Phelan about to deposit her dirty dishes inside it when a flash of light hit her.
Thanks to your mother. almost blending with the darkness. But 6 . You know.” She shook her head. “Do not insult my beloved. the Underworld. “Okay. They stamped and snorted until he laid a touch on each one. I’m still asleep and dreaming. midnight hair that flowed over his shoulders like smoke halted a black and silver chariot pulled by a matching pair of pitch-black stallions. boss. girlie-girl. From goddess to geek. Charon. Ever since old Zeus zapped you out of his arms while you were both doing the wild thing.” A frown appeared on his dark angel face. black eyes and long. If he wore a hat.To Teach an Ancient God “Yep. Same about the geek thing. Sorry about the pitiful body part. A handsome man with pale skin. Charon sat back down. had eyes that glowed red like the dying embers of a fire. “Oh hi. the head honcho of Olympus sent you off into the future to be born in some mortal body.” said Charon with a wide grin. The horses. where Hades hangs his hat. “Too bad it’s such a pitiful one. Then they stood still like statues. “Hades has been waiting a thousand years for you.” The snorting and neighing of horses filled the air suddenly and they both whipped around. Did I watch some episode of Hercules last night to cause this dream?” “Nope.” He shrugged.
“Excuse me. It dueled with hers. she felt ready to fall down. seductive intensity. He was all hard muscles and power. due to the dark young god who held her body tightly fitted against his. “Now. She reached up and touched her 7 . All too real. Can I wake up from this nightmare now?” Dark amusement glinted in Hades’ eyes.” He stepped down from the chariot. Her breathing moved in and out. Aphrodite is interested in you and boy. in short rasps. Boneless. His tongue thrust past her lips to enter her mouth.” Jenna’s felt strange. electrified. even down to the hardness nudging her hip. moving against them with hard. “Nightmare? Beloved. It felt real. I’m just plain old Jenna Krinard from Nebraska. “That I am a dream. “And neither is this a dream. as if she’d swallowed too much wine. tell me again that all this is a dream. this is no dream. flicking and caressing the inside of her mouth.” His dark gaze locked with hers. He let her go. except she didn’t. but what are you talking about? I am not Persephone. Sure you still want her? I mean.” He pulled her into his arms and captured her lips with his. She thought she must be drunk. that goddess is well stacked!” Jenna frowned.Sapphire Phelan Persephone sure isn’t the same as she was before.
or it was something about me. . I waited and searched for a thousand years for you. Never have been and never will be. Why do you think all those men you dated always seem so mysteriously erratic?” “You bastard!” she cried out. “Yes. “Don’t gods want sacrificial virgins? Maybe I’m not a virgin—” He laughed.To Teach an Ancient God lips. throwing his head back. “Oh God.” Her hands tightened into fists and she swung them at him.” Uneasiness lurked behind her gaze. You were meant for me since the first time I saw you picking flowers on Earth. She took a step back. Zeus. Though I prefer Hades on your sweet lips. please? Now?” He shook his head. and this time. “Oh. “You’re not for them. He grabbed her fists and yanked her hard against him. She shivered. “Can I go home . but not from the cold air. . will tear us apart!” He edged closer. my beloved.” she moaned. all those thousands of years 8 . which felt swollen because the god who ruled the Underworld had made them so. I’ve insured that you stayed pure for me. “You did something to them. no damn mother or my father. “No. And here I thought they were being jerks. which I am.
~ Cold.Sapphire Phelan ago. but definitely perfect for the Underworld. when your mother seemed to have won the first time and thought she would get you back. Nothing but the best for his Persephone. This time though. racing down alongside the River Styx and through the gate where Cerberus stood guard. Jenna rubbed her arms. She sat down on the bed. dead kind of beauty. but with a cold. It was so cold. I’m not Persephone. Six months. Beautiful. With a quick glance over her shoulder. “it’s for keeps. pacing back and forth. beloved.” Hades appeared at her 9 . She barely glanced at her quarters. which were decorated in vibrant reds and golds. her fingers absently stroking the soft velvet feel of the quilt. I’m just plain old Jenna Krinard. or so Hades had told her. you’re not. Not something she would decorate for herself. “I made sure you took a bite of food down here back then.” A snap of the reins and the horses took off at a full gallop. Jenna saw the gates close behind them with a loud. I only got six months of you then.” Hades lifted her up into his arms and deposited her into the chariot.” he whispered into her ear. “No. thought Jenna angrily. ominous clank.
How the couple shared things. The heat pooling at the area between her legs began to 10 . read together. yet insistent. “Remember the dreams you been having most of your life. like a butterfly flitting against a flower. His lips traveled over hers. She grew hot. in various. kneeling on the floor and caressing her knees through the silken material of the gown he had given to her. hot and heavy. When she had become an adult—she blushed as she remembered—the dreams changed. and done things together. she remembered the dreams that had invaded her sleep. Plus other. and back on Earth.” Against her will. the heat settling down at her groin. beautiful woman with scarlet hair that tumbled past her waist in silken curls. “Persephone”” muttered Hades against her lips. interesting places. his tongue circling her lips. his skin pale against the woman’s more golden one. showing them in passionate love making. her hands encircling his neck as she molded her body to his tightly. With a moan. The pressure grew more forceful and his mouth engulfed hers. Of the god that kneeled before her and a strange. under the stars. erotic positions.To Teach an Ancient God side. she kissed him back. They had loved one another on this very bed. soft. She remembered a naked Hades. Think.
So I acted like a typical Greek god and took you. The grin took away his darkness.” His dark eyes peeped up through long. I knew the time was drawing near. “I couldn’t wait either. “Oh.” he said. I grew darker and impatient for it.Sapphire Phelan flame out of control. all these thousands of years alone?” She sat down on the edge of the bed. But even in the haze of lust. “I knew that someday we would be together. I tried to be patient again. how did you bear it. He pulled away and grinned.” Her eyes closed. But when you were born in this mortal body and I found out. Hades. it was hard. as in ancient.” A single tear rivered down her cheek. as she felt the emotional pleasure of 11 . A perfect balance. that we belong to each other. lightly caressing them with his lips. He gathered her hands in his and bent over. making him appear even younger. “Yes. “Dark and light always matches together. she knew he had to be old. we’ll be together—forever. and bought that house that I had conjured up and set up as a gateway to the Underworld. “Your body tells you that I am right. soon.” He moved and sat next to her on the bed. Now. Besides what is twenty-five years but a drop in the bucket to an immortal god? And when you took the bait. and yes. soot-black lashes at her.
widening. His lips traveled up her arm to the vee where her breasts met above the silken material. I do love you. there is no other way. and clenching her fists. my job—” She stopped. “But my life.” Jenna jumped up and paced the room back and forth like a restless tiger in a small cage. “Oh. no!” Her gaze took in his dark head nestled against her breasts.To Teach an Ancient God his lips against her skin. That’s not even real. who supposedly just bought the house of her dreams. She clenched her hands into fists. “My new house. “You do not love me?” “Oh God. to stay with you forever this time. Tears welled up in her eyes. his head rose up until his dark gaze bored into hers. “But how do I—” Her eyes opened. “I would have to die and give you my soul. my 12 . I know now that I was—am—Persephone. locked eyes with him. don’t I?” He stilled. “I’m sorry. “Am I supposed to give my life up. But I’m also Jenna Krinard. and slowly. a mortal woman with a full life.” She clutched at his arms in desperation. and yes. is it? Do I have to give up everything to be with you? There can’t be any concessions?” He stood up. his eyes ablaze with anger.
“I’ll have someone take you back to the mortal realm. she loosened her hold and turned away. the drink of the gods. Her features brightened. every line of his form rigid with unhappiness and loneliness.” “It’s the same story as before. when she had been Persephone. as if she had repulsed him. The golden apples. “I said to—” 13 . Tell me what to do. irritation on his face. “Hades. It contained a dark gold liquid and a bowl of golden apples.” He turned around. “Hades. Ambrosia.” He stared at the painting. I can’t lose you again. She noticed a clay pitcher with Grecian figures etched on its surface. Leaning her cheek against his back. “Go. She picked up an apple. One that she hadn’t noticed before and saw was of her.” His body stiffened even more. making his way over to a painting. One small taste of either.” Saddened. how can I give you up? I’m so confused. . just to be with you? And yet.” Hades shrugged off her hands and stood up.Sapphire Phelan soul. she cried. has it?” “But I do love you. A thousand years hasn’t changed it one iota. . She ran over to him and wrapped her arms around him.
“A tiny bite. Might give a new perspective on us for you. “But that’s still six months. Hades rushed over to her and ripped the apple out of her hand. “Sometimes gods need to come down off their lofty heights. not after a thousand years of not even having you. Just like before. I don’t have to die. flinging it into a dark corner of the room. chewing and swallowing the tiny piece. This way. not a year. or in your case. as she caressed his cheek. Six months of the year I will live with you here in the Underworld.” His dark features lightened as he smiled. For six months of a year I’ll be forced to stay with you down here. What are you doing?” Calmly. and live among the common man. He picked 14 . couples learn to make concessions. whose souls I take?” “Yes. come up from the dark depths. And I can’t live without you for six months. and the other six months you’ll just have to live with me in my house.” “Me? Six months among the mortals. she bit into the apple.” “Well. this is modern times and here. in the mortal world.” she said softly.To Teach an Ancient God Horror filled his eyes as he realized what she was about to do. “You took a bite of food--” She smiled.” He glowered.
“Guess you can teach an ancient god new tricks.Sapphire Phelan up another golden apple and took a small bite from it. He swallowed and bent his head down to capture her lips with his. Just before he kissed her. he said.” The End 15 .
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