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Onichi Kuroi, Origin of a Goddess, Saga 1: Hero, Book 1: Rough Beginnings, Ch. 13
Chapter 13: In Which We Finally Get The Party Started.

after about several hours of flying, transferring, driving, and bitching, we finally arrived at my apartment in good ole San Francisco.

Ah, Home, sweet home. I thought to myself.

"Nice pad you got here, O leader" says Xuan as he sits down on my favorite armchair.

"Hmph, it's got potential" says Serena as she slumps onto the couch.

"It's very... quaint" says Magnus, following Serena to the couch.

"I liked it. Although i see no gaming system in sight." says Tetsu as he sits on the floor next to the couch.

Everyone's a critic. Well, after several weeks of concentrating on getting the band together, I finally did it. As a motley crew as we are, I still don't understand why my mom choose for me to be with these scions specifically: a geek, a goth, a playboy, and a model... and then me, the college grad. If there was something in common with all of us, I couldn't tell ya, but I had a feeling that my guide did.

"Well, now that we are all gathered her in this wonderful apartment" Mara, who decided to change again, much to Xuan's displeasure and Mara's amusement "I'm finally gonna tell you why you have been gathered"

Ask a question, and you shall receive.

"You five specifically, all have one thing in common, you are the keys to saving this world"

"Yes, yes, we are scions, helping our parents and saving the world, we know this already." Serena interjected, she seemed a bit annoyed.

"I was getting to that point, Baroness" Serena shut up'd "Anyways, as you know we are at war with the titans, unfortunately you will not have to fight the titans directly. Your mother" he directed at me "has chosen you to come together, but to tell the truth, all of you were destined to come together sooner or later."

"Wait wait wait, back up" Magnus spoke up this time. "You are saying that it was 'written' for the five of us to come together? For what purpose?"

"If you would please wait!" Mara eyes glowed with fire. Magnus also put in his place.

"Does anybody else have something to say?" Tetsu almost put up his hand but I smacked it down to save him from a verbal beating.

"Thank you... as. I. was. SAYing... there was an incident some during world war II which might have caused some of the barrier which holds back the titans from being released out from the world. Now before anyone asks, no we can't kill the titans because if we do then the whole world goes kaput. Surprising as it is, we can only seal them away. Now, onto the point of this. There are 5 barriers that need to be 'updated' sort to say, the seals are weakening and need to be re-enforced. Each of you has within you the power to re-enforce these barriers thus effectively keeping those titans from getting out."

"What is the reason for the barriers weakening?" I asked

"Now that you asked... let's just say that not ALL scions want to help out the gods. There were a group of scions who have been helping into weakening the barriers." He pulled out was seemed to be 5 profiles.

-Hector Kosta, Scion of Hephaestus, supposed leader of this band, former mechanic, with a face that only a mother, and his father would love

-Kamil Rasheed, Scion of Horus, second-in-command, ex-cop, turned in his badge due to taking the law in his own hands.

-Marisol Sanchez, Scion of Quetzalcoátl, medic of the group, used to be in insane asylum, was a little too devoted to daddy when it came to sacrifices... or giving blood to him.

-Martha McCarthy, Scion of Danu, one of the muscles of the group, second to Kamil, can handle her liquor and herself in a fight, you don't want to mess with her.

and finally:

-Roy Johnson, Scion of Br'er Rabbit, ex-con on the run, usually the one to do the stealth operations of the group, escaped out of maximum security prison... 3 times.

"Looks like we got our work cut out for us." Xuan said as he smiled "O ho, this is gonna be fun!" he sounded like a kid at Christmas.

"Well, it seems that most of these scions has a hatred towards our divine parents, but it seems like... hmmm" Magnus pondered.

"What is it, Maggie?" Xuan said.

Magnus closed his eyes, suppressing what look like wanting to sock him "The name... is Magnus. But what i was thinking, besides that you need to grow up, is that most of these scion's parents have something against our parents."

"More specifically, Onichi's parent" Serena said as she and the rest of the group looked at me.

I could feel the stares upon me. Why me? I though Why am I the center of attention now? Not like I knew about this mission before I took it on.

I started to say "Look, the point is that all of us are special and-"

"Not as special as you, Red-Eyed Girl" Xuan said before he was given a dead leg by Serena. 

"You just never learn to shut up" Serena said as she gave Xuan a cold look.

"What can I say?" he said out of breath but still managing a smile. "I'm my father's son"

"GUYS!" we all turned around to see that it was Tetsu on the floor. "We need to focus, doesn't matter who's parent gave the order, why were we gathered or what the hell we are going up against. It does matter that this needs to be done for the greater good of this world, the next and the world above..."

Holy S***, had that just come out of Tetsu's mouth? the one that is usually quiet? Whether it did or not, it didn't stop him from being right. We were born into this world for a higher purpose, at the moment our purpose was to strengthen the barriers that were made weak by our supposedly new rivals. It seemed that the s*** on our plate was rising at an alarming rate, and we only just got the team together.  Still ticked me off that all of my team members found out about their parents before I did, despite being the oldest I felt like I was the youngest. I'm sure most scions meet their parents earlier then 27 but if i did meet my mother before then i wouldn't been able to have a normal life... but these scions had time to adjust to their situations in their own way. Me? I've only had the equivalent of 2 weeks or more at best. And now I'm supposed to go out into the world and prevent these barriers from falling apart. I was feeling rather selfish, I wanted to do nothing and go back to my normal life, without my father, and just except the end when it came... but the other part of me knew I couldn't live with myself if I just ignored my responsibility as a scion.

I finally spoke "He has a point... we need to do this. Mara... Where are these places we need to fix?"

"Right. The five places are located in each of your respective countries" Mara started.

Xuan was about to say something when Mara gave him the stink eye. He shut up'd right away and smiled.

"And we have to hit them in a specific order, and get there at a specific time of the day: Osorezan in Japan, Baiyan Temple in China, Church of our Lady in Denmark, Dutch Reformed Groote Kerk in South Africa, and finally last but not least Dakshineswar Kali Temple in India"

"Should have guessed that these barriers would be in churches and temple." spoke Magnus "But I'm guessing these specific times are going to have to be at night?"

"Yep... O I forgot to mention, we got to get there at a specific date too." Mara smiled as he dealt out the info.

"It's never easy." Tetsu said as he shook his head. "God this makes 'Demon Souls' look easy"

Serena seemed a little fustrated "Hey, Geek-boy, nobody gets the video game references, alright?"

"Guys, look we have our heading, our times, we need to hop on this." this might be a LOT harder then I thought, I turned towards Mara "When's the first gate going to need re-enforcement?"

"In about 3 days time"

Xuan clapped in excitement "Awesome, this will gives a day of rest and then out to ADVENTURE!!" 

Well, Xuan was right about one thing... this might be the last time we get rest, the next time... it'll be 6 feet under if we aren't careful.... or worse.


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