Ares is Tricked

Word got to me that Hermes was looking for me. Everyone knew that if Hermes was after you, it meant bad news from the Big Man himself.

So, I stayed on the move for a while, going from vacation spot to vacation spot. That didn’t mean I wasn’t enjoying myself along the way.

But all good things must come to an end eventually. I was on a yacht off the coast of Oia, Greece. I had gone on a tour of Akrotiri, and the tour guide, Konstantina, had flirted with me the whole time, Naturally, I invited her to have dinner with me on my yacht.

We were sitting on the deck at a candlelit table, gazing into each other’s eyes as the moonlight reflected off the water. One of the crewmen brought a covered dish to the table and placed it in front of me. When he removed the lid, I noticed an envelope instead of food on the plate.

“Excuse me, but this isn’t what we ordered,” I said to the man.

“I have spent months trying to track you down, Ares,” a familiar voice said. He reached around me and ran a scanner over the envelope. I heard a beep, followed by a chuckle. “Now your father knows you are in receipt of his message, so you can’t say you never got it.”

I stood up and turned to face Hermes. “How did you find me?”

His gaze went from my face to something behind me. I looked over at Konstantina. “I have friends everywhere,” he grinned.

“You mean this whole thing was a set up?”

Konstantina got up and went to stand by Hermes. “I’m afraid so, my dear Ares,” she said, wrapping a slender arm around his waist. “Zeusy asked me to help out, and I was only too happy to oblige.”

“I’ll just bet,” I muttered as I silently cursed my father.

“We’re off,” Hermes said. “You better read that. Your father wants you to get started immediately.”

“Who do I have to kill this time? His last conquest?” I glared at Konstantina.

Hermes just chuckled, snapped his fingers, and they both disappeared. I hated when he did that.

Sighing, I flopped down in my chair and picked up the cream-colored envelope. I opened it and read the latest missive from dear old Dad. My mouth fell open as I read the words on the page. “You have got to be kidding me!”

I have to get a JOB?!

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