Chapter 14

May 12, 2017

Elijah opened his eyes. Standing in front of him was none other than Raithanus, and to his left stood June, staring bewildered at the man in front of her. Raithanus stuck out his hand towards her.

“How you doin’ June?” He asked. She stuck out her free hand and grabbed Raithanus’, surprised that it was actually tangible. After a long, awkward pause she finally managed to let a few words escape.

“I-I’m doing… I’m doing fine, how about you?”

Raithanus laughed, “I’m doing alright, I’ve only been stuck in a dark box for the past 700 years, but other than that it’s been fine.”

“Oh, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean anything by…”

“No, don’t apologize for anything,” he said creating a cloud staircase in front of him, “It’s not your fault I’m in here.” He started to walk up into the darkness above, “Come on, I wanna show you my crib.” Elijah started climbing up the stairs and June bounded past him, leaping excitedly from step to step, almost ripping his arm off of him.

“You seem a lot more interested in all of this than I do,” Elijah laughed.

“We’ve been invited into the home of a god and you’re not excited?!” She shouted back to him. He laughed, shook his head, and then started jogging to keep pase with her. When they reached the top and they saw Raithanus doubled over huffing and puffing. “You alright?” Elijah asked with a tone of concern in his voice.

“Yeah, no I’m good,” Raithanus wheezed, “I just got a little excited and tried to race June to the top. I’d just forgotten that it had been almost a hundred years since I last ran.”

He laughed and then optimistically said, “Well for someone who hasn’t exercised in 100 years you still look fit.”

“Well I haven’t eaten in 700,” Raithanus responded as he stood back up. Elijah stopped for a second.

“You haven’t eaten in 700 years?”

“No, and I’m really craving some tamales.”

“Is there anyway I can bring food in here.”

“Uhh- huh- never really thought about that.”

“You mean in the 20 years you were with my father you never tried to bring food in?”

“Well, I mean, I don’t know it just never came up.”

“Next time I come in here I’ll make sure I have some food.”

“I’m a demi-god Eli, I don’t have to eat. It tastes good, but I can’t starve.”

“Still though, it can’t be healthy.”

“What are you my mom? Why are you concerned about me eating?” Raithanus joked.

“Ok, fine then, no tamales.” Raithanus’ face went straight and he lost the sass in his voice.

“No, no, I didn’t say that. It’ll be worth a shot.”

Elijah laughed at the distressed demi-god, “Ok then we’ll give it a shot.” Raithanus let out a sigh of relief. Elijah looked around the landing. It was just a small platform made of clouds with a door near the far end.

“It’s time for you to see my empire.”

“Your empire?”

“Yup, right through that door is my mansion.” He walked towards the door and in the most melodramatic way possible opened it.

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