He glanced at his watch impatiently. He did not know why he did it. The thing stopped working centuries ago. Time was a thing of the past since he found he was immortal. There were no urges to suck blood or howl at the moon. He simply stopped aging. His heart kept beating ad he was as normal as any human that needed food, except for the fact that he did not need to breathe and he never gets sick.
“You’re late,” he said.
“What is late?” she said.
“Ah, that’s right, the people of this world have no concept of time, well, not the time that I knew of years back.”
“You talk like you’ve been alive for a very long time.”
“I have,” he said. The world was still the same and to him the world moved at a snail’s pace. Technology was still the same after centuries of the opportunity of progress. He watched as people continued to refuse different advances, fearing change. He feared for their existence.
“That is impossible,” the woman said. They were walking down a dusty old street as the sun set behind them. “You appear to only be as old as me.”
“There is one condition to my immortality. Each year on this day, I must find one mind I see that is open and can contribute to the world.”
“And what must you do when you find that one person?”
“I must turn them immortal and they, in turn, they must find others and turn them immortal. It is not an obligation, but it is what I see is necessary to slowly change the world.”
“Am I the one you seek?”
“Yes,” he said. The young girl looked around and found that they wondered onto an open field.
“Where are we?”
“This is one of the few remaining fields that have been untouched by man’s pollution. There are only five left in the world.”
“Is this where you will turn me immortal?”
“Yes, it is, if you accept it.”
“I do,” she said. “Will it hurt?”
He let out a soft laugh. “Mortals are always fearing pain. You will no longer feel pain.”
He took both her hands. A gust of wind swirled around them.
“You will be filled with light and breathe your last breath. Once that breath exits your body, you will no longer be mortal. You will walk this earth with no fear of pain or illness. You must fulfill your purpose and it is to instill reason in the heart of this generation, as well as find more immortals.”
“What is it you do?”
“I am here to send you a message. I am a messenger.”
“What is this message?”
“Athena, it is time for you to awake.”
“But that is not who I am,” she said.
“Athena, awake,” he said. In a flash, her eyes glowed and her skin shimmered. The gust was scented in orange blossom, cinnamon, and cedarwood. A cloak materialized on her body, which was adorned with rubies, sapphires, and turquoises. The cloak hugged her body and turned into modern day clothing. The brooch of an owl adorned in the same gems sat on her breast, the only sign of her immorality.
“Hermes, I have awoken. What has happened?”
“The time of the mortals caused all immortal souls to be trapped within these corporal forms. I can only awake a god or goddess once a year. I have been awakening them and now you can aid in awakening them as well.”
“Have you found our king?”
“No, none of the three have been awakened. Let us hope that Hades be not the first of the three.”
“Thank you for freeing me.”
“Change this world, Athena. We must part ways for now. Find the others and bring back wisdom to the world.”
That’s my challenge for today. I wasn’t really expecting for the story to go that way. Haha.