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Prologue to “Achieving Apollo”

April 11, 2012

The young man hunched over his writing desk, his pencil scurrying across the page. The dim light from the candle illuminated one freckled cheek and his neatly combed blonde hair. He picked up his hand and looked at the black smudges along his pinky finger. He sighed and set back to writing.

Finally done, he sat back and skimmed the page before folding it. He pulled on a worn and patched coat and tucked the paper in his pocket. The man started to the door, came back, blew out the candle, and headed out again. As he stepped out of the brownstone and onto the snowy streets, he fell into step alongside a tall, dark man.

“Did you see the paper?” he asked the other man.

The dark man shivered and wrapped his arms around himself. “No.”

“Wilson is planning on sending the boys toEurope,” he said. “They’re calling it the ‘great war.’”

“Aha.”

“Another one, Meth. You should be proud.”

Prometheus snickered. “Another one. And another and another till they blow the Earth to bits. You give a child a flame, and he makes an incendiary bomb.”

The other man shrugged. “Well, I’m not fighting this time.”

“What have you got planned? And you know I’m not helping you this time, Apollo.”

“I know you won’t. And I’m not sure. Mine collapse, maybe?” Apollo pulled the paper out of his pocket and handed it to Prometheus. “Can you give this to my brother so he will know where to find me?”

The man looked down at the paper, nodded, and pocketed it. “See you in another life, mate,” he said and turned down another street.

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while. Free excerpt available on smashwords and the ebook in full there, Amazon, and B&N. It’s not your typical “oh! he’s a god!” book. I had to had my own fantasy twist on how Greek mythology “really” works. 🙂 Read, review, enjoy.

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