Chapter 44

Kara

"So what do we do?" I asked.

"What do you mean?" Hestia asked confused.

"What I mean is what should we do next?" I clarified. "We can't just sit here. The others are god knows where. We don't even know if they still exist. We need to at least try to help them." I urged.

"She's right." Sid agreed with me. "We at least need to find out for sure what happened."

"Ok." Hestia nodded. "What do you think we should do Lady Hera?" She asked. Sid and Demi were also looking expectantly at me. With Zack gone, I was technically in charge.

"Why don't we try to find Zack?" I said. Sid actually rolled his eyes, and Hestia dropped her gaze. "What? We went to school together! He is the only one that I actually know where to find."

Sid was shaking his head. "Look, no disrespect to your boyfriend. But he was a terrible god. Even if he is still alive, I'm not sure we want him back."

"He's not my boyfriend." Was the only thing I could think of to say. I knew that Zack had been the root of everything that had gone wrong on Olympus. And maybe Sid was right, maybe Zack would hurt us more than help us. "He is still one of us. He deserves for us to at least look for him."

Sid sighed. "I disagree with you, but I will follow you if you do this." He stood up. "He may not be your boyfriend, but he is more than a boy friend." With that Sid walked away into the forest.

I turned to Hestia. She said. "We might as well get under way." She too stood up. Helping Demi to her feet she added. "Come on, let's go find Zack."

"We walking the whole way?" I asked.

"Of course not." Hestia said. "I have a few tricks up my sleeve. Sid, get over here!" Sid came as he was beckoned. Hestia offered her hands to Demi and Sid. Both of them took hold.

Sid offered me his hand. "This is just a start." I told him grabbing his fingers. "We will find them all." And away we went. I heard a pop, and I felt a reassuring warmth spread throughout my body. Then we were in a bathroom.

"Urgh!" Hestia exclaimed pinching her nose. "I wasn't aiming for this stink hole.

Sid looked around and his eyes got wide. "You can't be in here! He shouted pushing me and Demi towards the door. "This is a boy's bathroom."

Demi yelped at this and closed her eyes. I was more annoyed. "I'm a Greek goddess, I can go where I want." I told him stubbornly. Then the smell hit me and I added. "I want to go outside." I exited the restroom gasping for fresh air. "What do you guys do in there!" I demanded. "That smelled worse than death."

"You don't want to know." Sid muttered darkly. "And for the record. I don't ever remember smelling Blade." He smiled and chuckled a little.

"Very funny." I muttered. Once my nose was clear I was able to look around. "This is my high school!" I realized.

"Well duh!" Hestia muttered emerging from the bathroom. "You wanted to find out if Zack was still alive, this was his school. So I came here."

"Good logic." I muttered. "But we can't just search every room for him." I told her. "In fact, we probably shouldn't even be here."

"This was your idea." Hestia said. "You are supposed to come up with the plan. I'm merely the means of transportation."

"Ok." I said. "What to do." I had to come up with a plan on finding one boy in a school of two thousand. "Umm."

"How about we have the office call him down?" Sid suggested.

"What would we tell them?" Hestia asked. "Ah, yes. We are Greek gods here to see Zack. That would only get us arrested."

"Well then." Sid said throwing his hands in the air. "Sorry I tried." After that he just walked around looking at the posters on the lockers.

"We aren't even sure that Zack exists." I reminded everyone. "We can't just start wandering the halls looking for someone that might not even be alive."

"Bigfoot hunters do that all the time." Sid shouted from down the hallway.

"Shh! There are classes going on all around us. We don't want to get caught." I warned him.

"Hey." He muttered. Sid grabbed a piece of paper and ripped it off the locker. He ran back to us. "Check this out." he handed me the paper.

"Join Yearbook today?" I read. "No, I don't really want to." I told him. "I'm not the club person."

"No!" He said. "The school yearbook! You know, the thing that has the pictures of all the students in it?"

"Oh!" I got it. "Zack will be in it!"

"If he's alive." Hestia added.

"This is how we can tell real easy." Sid said. "If he's in the book, then we know he's alive. If not, he never even knew life."

"Hey." I muttered. "Have a little respect."

"Just take us to the Yearbook room." Hestia ordered. "Now." I had never been in the Yearbook room, until now. It was just a couple desks with stacks on stacks of yearbooks.

"Grab one and start reading." I said. We all did, though Demi was just randomly flipping. We were at it for a while, until finally.

"I found him!" Sid shouted. He rushed over to the desk I was sitting in and shoved the book into my face. "You see, Zack is right there. Third from the left." He pointed him out to me.

"My god." I said awed. "He does exist." I was happy to learn that Zack was alive, but now I was faced with another decision. Should we bring him with us? He didn't have the best track record as a god after all.

"Let me see it." Hestia took the book. "Yep that's him." She closed the book and started to hand it back. "Wait a minute." She snatched it out of my outstretched hand and examined the front cover.

"What's wrong?" Sid asked.

Hestia held the book so that the cover was facing us, this is last years. You see, this book is from last year. From before when Zack was a god."

"So we just have to fine this year's then." I said. "We know that he exists at least. What could have happened to him in a year?"

Hestia flipped open to a random page. She pointed to a picture. "It hasn't even been a year, yet the girl in this picture, and the one I'm looking at are polar opposites." The photo was my yearbook picture.

She was right. I had changed so much since then. Not even counting becoming a goddess. The same could only be said for all the others as well. Not counting their deaths, if any of them were dead, which I hoped hadn't happened. Never mind, I don't want to think about that.

"No big deal, we just find him in this year's yearbook." Sid said returning to the piles of books. "There has to be one here somewhere."

"No." I said suddenly realizing. "This year's yearbook can't be done yet. The school years practically just started."

"So a student manifest or something?" Sid suggested. "They have to have a list for when they do start working on it, right?"

"I thought you wanted to leave Zack?" I asked turning to him. "Before you said we would hurt us more than he would help. What changed your mind?"

Sid took a deep breath. "I didn't really like Zack. But I was being ignorant back there. I realized, that if Zack didn't exist anymore because Zeus was dead, then the others wouldn't exist either as their gods had never come to be without Zeus." Sid sat down in a chair. "We can't do this alone. We need the others. And finding Zack will let me know for sure that there are others to find."

The thought that there might not be any others had not occurred to me. I had only thought that they were living their mortal lives again. But now, with Sid's thoughts in my head, I was scared. I was scared that we wouldn't find the others. I was scared that there would be no others at all. "We will find Zeus."

"Hey." Demi shouted. We all turned to the little girl. She was waving a piece of paper in the air.

"Let me see Demi." Hestia said. Demi handed it over. Hestia read the paper. "This paper has Zack's name on it." Hestia passed it to me with Sid looking over my shoulder.

The page looked like a piece of homework or a quiz. And Zack was written quite prominently across the top. "So he does exist." I pointed to the date. "This paper was turned in last week."

"Hmm, I didn't figure Zack as the guy to take Yearbook." Sid said squinting at the paper.

"He hates math, so he takes all these electives to escape it. Anyways, that's not important right now." I muttered.

"So, should we wait here for Zack to come to class?" Sid asked. "Or try to find him?"

"It's up to you Kara." Hestia deferred to me. "We will obey your wishes."

"We leave." I said making up my mind.

"And come back again tomorrow?" Sid asked. "That's a waste of time I think. Why don't we stick around and try to find him?"

"No," I said speaking softly, "We are leaving. And we aren't coming back." I had decided that Zack would serve us best as he was now. He wasn't fit to be a god, let alone king of the gods.

"Leave him here?" Hestia asked. "Why the change of mind?"

"Zack is alive." I said.

"Yes." Hestia said.

"But Zeus is dead." I continued.

"That is true also." She added.

"So he wouldn't be able to help us with his god powers. Besides, he would do more damage than good. We don't need him."

"We don't need him, but we need someone!" Sid shouted. "We messed up everything as gods. We have to fix it, and to do that , we need some backup."

"Exactly. That is why we will go and pick up the others." I said. "Hestia, you picked up Deon and Adele in the first place, could you get us back to them?"

"Yes." She nodded.

"Good." I walked over to the door. "We leave Zack to his normal life. He is king here as he was on Olympus. Why don't we let him enjoy it?"

"Your, the boss." Sid said shrugging. "But are we going to pick up the others? They aren't gods now either, does that mean we won't use them?"

"I don't know." I admitted. "But we can definitely talk to them about it when we get there." I motioned to Hestia. Like before she offered her hands. I grabbed hold along with Demi. Sid stood where he was.

He smiled. "I'm glad you in charge Kara." He took my hand. "You at least have a plan."