CONTEST: Encounter a god
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WRITERS: Anna & Grace ( @beachgurl77 ) 


STORIES: 
Mine
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Andrea was at the drivers seat again, they were going along an old dirt road, woods on all sides.
“I’m really thirsty, December do you have water back there.” Odessa asked the blonde girl. 
Who nodded and passed her a pink bottle. 
Odessa took a drink and went back to reading. 
“I still don’t know how you read in here, it makes me sick.” Andrea said as she glanced over at Odessa, who chuckled. 
“I know, why do you think I do it.” 
“What are you reading, December piped up from the back. 
“It’s Harry Potter, my mom doesn’t like me to read it where her friends can see it, but she said I could read it at camp, she’s not much for black magic, which is a bit funny, seeing as my dad is the god of the underworld.”
Andrea chuckled a bit and sighed as she turned a corner. 
She stopped the car quickly, something was in the road, it wasn’t really a person, but more like a smoky shape. 
“What is that?” December asked from the back. 
Andrea shook her head, Odessas stared at it for a bit, she reach to the side and pushed open her door, her eyes almost glazed over. 
“Odessa!” 
Andrea best friend snapped out of her daze, she looked over at her. “What?”
Andrea was a bit shock. “What do you think you are doing?” She was almost screaming.
“Oh, come on Kate, it’s fine, it’s just dad.” 
Andrea frowned. “How do you know?” 
“Can’t you see him?” She asked as she pointed to the foggy figure.
“No, we can’t.” December said in a matter of fact way. 
Odessa frowned this time. “Oh, really, well, what does he look like?” 
Andrea looked back at the figure. “Nothing really, just..”
“Smoke.” December finish and nodded her head. “It – he – looks like smoke.”
“That’s weird.” Odessa shrugged and started walking towards Hades.
 “Odessa, wait!” Andrea shouted as she jumped out of the car. 
 Andrea stopped and grabbed a small knife from next to her seat.
“You can’t just go alone,” December added. She grabbed my sword and hopped out of the car after her.
Odessa was standing in front of the smoke silhouette, smiling up at it. She seemed to be having a conversation with it, though all I heard was a rumbling noise when it spoke. 
“No,” she was saying as Andrea and I caught up to her. “No, they can’t.”
 Hades said something, and Odessa smiled and nodded.
 December glanced questioningly at Andrea. She just shrugged in return, wondering what exactly they were saying. 
 “Yes. Yeah, I will,” Odessa said to her father. “But…it won’t be easy.” The smoky figure reached out and placed a hand on Odessa’s shoulder.
Andrea slipped her knife into her hand, ready if anything happened.
 “I know. I love you, too,” Odessa said quietly. Then Hades’s smoky form dissipated, and he was gone.
 Andrea relaxed a bit after he was gone. 
“What was that all about?” December asked. 
“Dad just…wanted to talk to me,” she said with a shrug. 
“Why couldn’t he talk so we all could understand him?” Andrea grumbled as she shot a ‘whats going on’ look to December. 
Odessa shook her head. “I don’t know. He didn’t say anything important, really. He just said that he knew I would find his sword.” 
December shrugged. Andrea bit her lip as she thought. 
They all walked back to the car, December and Andrea giving each other odd looks the whole way.
Andrea got back in the drivers seat, she pulled the keys out of her pocket and started the car, they drove for about 3-4 feet before the whole thing stop with a loud cranking noise. 
 “What is it now?” December sighed. 
“I don’t know,” said Andrea as she tried turning the keys again. “The engine just stopped running.”
 “Fantastic.” December said from the back. 
Andrea tried in vain to start the car again, but it wasn’t working. They all got out of the car, and Andrea opened the hood. Smoke was pouring out of it, Andrea coughed and waved her hand in front of her face. 
“Can you fix it?” Odessa said anxiously.
 “I don’t even know what the problem is,” Andrea said, waving her hands around to get the smoke to clear.
 Suddenly swore loudly, a look on her face made Andrea notice she had just thought of something that didn’t make her very happy. 
 “What is it?” Andrea asked her. 
“Hades,” December said, aiming a kick at one of the tires. “Hades did this to us.” She swore again.
 “But…why would he do that?” Odessa said she almost looked hurt. 
“Yeah, why would he try to slow us down?” Andrea added. “I mean…doesn’t he want his pitchfork back?”
 “I don’t know. But it seems a little funny, doesn’t it? The car’s working fine, but then we run into him, and two minutes later all…all this is happening?” December gestured to the engine, which was still giving off smoke.
 “That’s true…” Andrea looked troubled.
 “No,” Odessa said. “My dad wouldn’t do this to us.”
 December sighed and Andrea reach in to touch something, but she pulled back for it, it was burning hot. 
 “Well, it doesn’t really matter if he did this or not, because we’re still stuck out here,” Andrea said, as she rubbed her fingers. 
“We’re not too far from that town,” Odessa said. “Maybe we could walk back there and see if there’s a tow truck or something?” 
“No, we can’t.” Andrea shook her head. “It’s too late. We can’t make it back before it gets dark. We’ll have to spend the night out here and walk back in the morning.” 
“This sucks,” December said, kicking the tire again.
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“Guys, check it out!” I said in mock excitement, waving the newspaper around like a flag. “We’re in the newspaper!”
 
Andrea and Odessa both looked over at me.
 
“What?” said Andrea. 
 
I beckoned for them to come closer. They leaned over my shoulders, and I pointed to show them.
 
“Oh, great,” Odessa sighed. 
 
The article was small, but it was there all the same. The headline read “Teenagers destroy rest stop” in bold letters. Underneath it were three small, very blurry pictures of us that I assumed were from a security camera. The article was very short, only saying that the rest stop had burned down and three unidentified teenage girls were to blame. 
 
Andrea looked like she was going to be sick. 
 
“Relax,” I said. “It’s just a crummy local newspaper.”
 
“Yeah, but that rest stop was two states away,” Andrea said. “If the news has spread this far already…”
 
“You can’t even really tell it’s us,” Odessa said, tilting her head sideways.
 
“Not so loud!” Andrea hissed. “Let’s get out of here.”
 
I sighed and tucked the newspaper under my arm. We quickly paid for a pack of gum and a roll of bandages for Odessa’s arm, and then left the gas station. We had stopped in a tiny town called Redford Falls, population 5,000. Andrea hopped into the driver’s seat and we were off. 
 
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“Hey, December?” 
 
I looked away from the window. “Yeah, Odessa?”
 
“Do you have any water back there?” 
 
I dug around in the piles of stuff that shared the backseat with me. “Yeah.” I pulled a hot pink water bottle out from underneath a sweatshirt and passed it up to Odessa. Then I went back to staring aimlessly out of the window. 
 
We were driving down yet another road in the middle of nowhere, and there wasn’t much to see. But I didn’t have anything better to do. I’d already read through the newspaper three times, and the batteries on my MP3 player had died. 
 
All of a sudden, the car jerked to a halt. I almost flew out of my seat. Pushing my hair out of my eyes, I leaned over the center console to see what was going on. 
 
“What is THAT?” I said.
 
There was something standing in the middle of the road. It was shaped like a human, but it was entirely black, like it was a shadow. It was sort of blurred around the edges, making it look like it was made of smoke. Odessa was transfixed. 
 
“Odessa!” Andrea cried, and she shook her head. 
 
Then, to my confusion, she opened the door and climbed out of the car. 
 
“What are you doing?” Andrea said, frowning. 
 
“Relax. It’s just my dad,” Odessa said, a slightly dreamy expression on her face.
 
“How do you know?” 
 
“You mean…you can’t see him?” Odessa’s brow creased. 
 
“No,” I said. “We can’t.” 
 
“So…the road’s just totally empty to you guys?” Now she looked worried, glancing back and forth between the smoky figure and us.
 
“Well, no, it just looks like…”
 
“Smoke,” I finished. “It – he – looks like smoke.”
 
“That’s weird.” Odessa shrugged and started walking towards Hades.
 
“Odessa, wait!” Andrea shouted.
 
“You can’t just go alone,” I added. I grabbed my sword and hopped out of the car after her. 
 
Odessa was standing in front of the smoke silhouette, smiling up at it. She seemed to be having a conversation with it, though all I heard was a rumbling noise when it spoke. 
 
“No,” she was saying as Andrea and I caught up to her. “No, they can’t.”
 
Hades said something, and Odessa smiled and nodded.
 
I glanced questioningly at Andrea. She just shrugged in return. This whole situation was very strange. 
 
“Yes. Yeah, I will,” Odessa said to her father. “But…it won’t be easy.” The smoky figure reached out and placed a hand on Odessa’s shoulder. “I know. I love you, too,” she said quietly. Then 
Hades’s smoky form dissipated, and he was gone. 
 
“What was that all about?” I said.
 
“Dad just…wanted to talk to me,” she said with a shrug.
 
“Why couldn’t he talk so we all could understand him?” Andrea grumbled. 
 
Odessa shook her head. “I don’t know. He didn’t say anything important, really. He just said that he knew I would find his sword.” 
 
I just shrugged, but I was a little suspicious. Hades sure had gone to a lot of trouble to make sure Andrea and I couldn’t know what he was saying. 
 
We walked back to the car. I settled into the backseat, preparing myself for another few hours of staring aimlessly out of the window. We drove about three feet before the car shuddered to a stop. 
 
“What is it now?” I sighed.
 
“I don’t know,” said Andrea. “The engine just stopped running.” 
 
“Fantastic.” 
 
She tried in vain to start the car again, but it wasn’t working. We all got out of the car, and Andrea opened the hood. Smoke was pouring out of it, making my eyes water. I don’t know much about cars, but I knew that smoke was probably a bad sign.
 
“Can you fix it?” Odessa said anxiously.
 
“I don’t even know what the problem is,” Andrea said, waving her hands around to get the smoke to clear.
 
Suddenly something occurred to me. I swore loudly. 
 
“What is it?” said Andrea.
 
“Hades,” I said, aiming a kick at one of the tires. 
“Hades did this to us.” I swore again.
 
“But…why would he do that?” Odessa said.
 
“Yeah, why would he try to slow us down?” Andrea 
added. “I mean…doesn’t he want his pitchfork back?” 
 
“I don’t know. But it seems a little funny, doesn’t it? The car’s working fine, but then we run into him, and two minutes later all…all this is happening?” I gestured to the engine, which was still giving off smoke.
 
“That’s true…” Andrea looked troubled. 
 
“No,” Odessa said. “My dad wouldn’t do this to us.”
 
I just sighed.
 
“Well, it doesn’t really matter if he did this or not, because we’re still stuck out here,” Andrea said. 
 
“We’re not too far from that town,” Odessa said. “Maybe we could walk back there and see if there’s a tow truck or something?” 
 
“No, we can’t.” Andrea shook her head. “It’s too late. We can’t make it back before it gets dark. We’ll have to spend the night out here and walk back in the morning.” 
 
“This sucks,” I said, kicking the tire again. 
 
There wasn’t really anything else to say, so we just climbed back into the car. It was going to be a long night. 

CAST: 
December Jennings ~ Alona Tal
Andrea Miller ~ Meagan Tandy
Odessa Caras ~ Brittany Markert
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