The Lost Twins 2. Circle of twelveThe Lost Twins 2. Circle of twelve in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Zeus had sketched up the works and days of his large organization. The Olympos corp of course with its energy construction business, environmental research, medicine development, transportation, telecom, computers and information technology, banking, genetic medicine, space industry, and all the other branches there was. But that was only the tip of the iceberg. Beneath that was the large organization, which was the thing that made the world really tick, the unknown entity which pulled the strings of the world leaders and prevented the world from going completely askew. No one wanted a world war III and it was generally believed that Zeus' organization was the only thing standing between the world and a disaster of such magnitude. The rare moment when the Olympos had slipped had seen disasters like 9/11 and other atrocities and so there was a reasonable consensus that the secret rulers of the world were a good thing. Even if most people who knew about it was reluctant to tell, because
The Lost Twins 1. Introduction - AthensThe Lost Twins 1. Introduction - Athens in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The Lost Twins
In another world slightly like ours, Zeus Olympias runs the secret organization which is really ruling the world from behind. However time has come when the job load has gone too heavy for him, his wife Hera and their troika consisting of Zeus' blood brother Poseidon, his sister Hestia and his old friend Demeter. Zeus will have to find new, powerful assistants in his job, put together a circle of twelve rulers. And he relies upon his daughter Athena to find his lost children, her siblings. A hunt that will take her across the world.
Introduction – Athens
The 58 story Olympos HQ was located on the Gemini Boulevard in downtown Athens and it stood 688 feet tall, shaped as an elongated ziggurat, intercepted with large orbs and ellipses, it was a breathtaking landmark and more or less a symbol of modern Athens. Construction started in 2007 and was completed in 2010. The building had a unique floor plan and although the front entranc
The Lost Twins 8. Break and enterThe Lost Twins 8. Break and enter in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
After a quickie dinner on noodles in a hole in the wall joint across the street from the Himawari ryokan, Athena had about an hour to get ready. The sun had almost set and she needed to be at Unicorn when it was just dark enough to sneak past any security that may come in her way there. After pulling her long, blond hair back into a neat bum back in her neck, she threw on a pair of black jeans and a ditto cotton turtleneck top. Then she strapped gun holsters to her sides and placed her dual Glock 22's in their place.
In Athena's opinion the simplicity of the Glock pistol design contributed to its reliability, as it contained a relatively small number of components, nearly half as many as the typical handgun, making maintenance and repair easy in any harsh environment. It had early on become her weapon of choise.
Before donning her leather jacket, long enough to conceal the guns, she put a knife and a cotton balaklava in her deep inner pocket. Finally she tugged on a pair of dark finger
The Lost Twins 13. A narrow escapeThe Lost Twins 13. A narrow escape in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Athena never made the impact against the destroyed wall, a fist of steel caught the back of her jacket, quickly pulling her out of danger and down on the floor instead and she fell hard, instinctively rolling to the side while seeing Felix as he let go of her. He was now armed as well, holding a sharp needle-like dagger in his left hand, with which he attacked the Minotaur. Swiftly, he slid her weapon across the skin of the neck of his opponent, pushing deep as she did. The Minotaur began choking and gurgling loudly while blood poured from its throat.
Felix kept on pushing the dagger deeper into the neck of the beast. At the same time he pressed his free hand firmly over the beast's mouth and nose, forcing it to lose air, and silencing the ungodly noises it made. The Minotaur struggled desperately in Felix' grasp, but he didn't let go. Then, all of a sudden, the being went limp and as Felix loosened his grip the huge thing dropped to its knees, slid out of Felix' embrace of malice and
The Lost Twins 15. Felix' storyThe Lost Twins 15. Felix' story in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
An hour later, Athena had packed, settled the bill and given Tomoko her farewell. She thanked the Japanese lady for all her help and in return Tomoko wished her luck and welcome back. After that Felix and Athena took a cab to the Narita Airport, stopping by at Felix' place in a suburb high-rise, where he dashed in and grabbed toiletries, an exchange of clothes, a passport and some other of the most necessary things, not more than what to fill a hand luggage. Then they were on their way again, riding one of those famous metropolitan highways towards Narita.
Watching the breathtaking scenery flashing by, Athena felt a bit forlorn. She had always loved this country and it felt strange leaving so soon, she had more or less looked forwards to spend some days in Tokyo, sampling the atmosphere. Shopping some in Shinjuku, walking the parks and perhaps visiting one or another of those extraordinary night clubs which kept on popping up everywhere, flourished in hipness for a while before they we
The Lost Twins 3. The Roman TheatreThe Lost Twins 3. The Roman Theatre in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Inside of Zeus' folder there were mostly just pictures, but no profiles of the twin duo which were her sister and brother Apollo and Artemis. Only random and miscellaneous notes here and there, mostly in her father's driven hand-writing. The first picture seemed fairly new; a woman probably just a few years younger than Athena, who had short, straight ash blond hair with bangs cut at an angle across her face. Her clothing was dark and well fitted. She actually did seem a bit intimidating, or at least tough. At the same time, her ice blue eyes seemed so honest and serene, it was strange to think she could be threatening.
Sitting on the bed of her hotel room, Athena spread the pictures over the bed cover, as the street noise of Rome seeped in through the open window. Athena had arrived in the Eternal City early the same day, and now she was hoping to find some trace of this elusive woman who was Diana Crescentini, aka her sister Artemis, daughter to Leto Coeus, the hidden one, the queen
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The distressed crowd burst through the emergency exits, reaching the open and its promise of safety. Pouring out into the cold night, frightened and blinded by smoke, they fanned across the snow-covered courtyard, scrambled against high walls, desperately searching for a safe way out. Finally, a rusted side gate buckled beneath their combined weight clattering down upon the concrete below. Picking their way over the elegant terraces the fleeing people reached a conifer bordered side street, while the tremendous heat from the firebombs above caused the acidic pines to explode.
Flames leapt from the trees and white-hot boughs cascaded into the casino grounds. Piercing screams met the darkness and soon the night sky was lit orange with fire. The inferno that followed barred the emergency services from entering the complex until near midnight. An hour later, soot stained bodies were being laid with scant respect along the wet curbstones. Shocked paramedics could do little but beholding the
The Lost Twins 18. Apollo vs Le TigreThe Lost Twins 18. Apollo vs Le Tigre in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Somewhere between the Norwegian border and Stromstad, Sweden.
They had flown for about an hour when they spotted the train. The crew helped Apollo into the harness, and then he took a deep breath and stepped out into the void. The wind caught him; it was forceful and excruciatingly cold as they were flying at nearly 100 kph. The line was let out and he descended rapidly to the high speed train rushing down the tracks below. After what felt like too long time in the biting wind, he hit the train roof and it knocked the air out of him, but he kept enough strength in reserve to attach the first sucker pad to the roof. The line was going tight and threatening to pull him back off the train.
Rolling on to his side, Apollo unclipped the harness and listened as the helicopter lifted away, its engine sound fading until the only thing heard was the howling of the wind and the rhythmic sound of the train coaches against the track. The pine forest was a blur as the train sped by, slightly
The Lost Twins 16. ApolloThe Lost Twins 16. Apollo in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"We're here," Felix gently whispered to Athena several hours later as the plane began to descend over the lovely island of Sao Miguel in the middle of the Atlantic. The sunlight was slanted and tinted with orange, since the evening was closing in, and the snow-capped mountains shone like cone candles, sticking up between cotton candy of clouds.
"Home sweet home," she said almost scornfully as she spotted her island, the town and the runway by the sea.
"You're not glad to see it?"
"I am. Yet honestly, Felix, I'm more like afraid of what I'm going to face. Oromandus was like an uncle to me, or a way older brother. He started out as my mother's personal attorney but over the years he became so much more. Almost like a member of the family. He was the one who taught me to drive and to handle the guns. He took care of us during times of turmoil, always the steady form, the lighthouse guiding me home through stormy seas."
"And now you fear for him?" Athena could only nod her head at Felix' s