The Goddess Hunt
A Goddess Test Novella
A vacation in Greece sounds like the perfect way for Kate
Winters to spend her first sabbatical away from the
Underworld...until she gets caught up in an immortal feud
going back mil ennia. Castor and Pol ux have been on the
run from Zeus and Hades's wrath for centuries, hiding from
the gods who hunt them. The last person they trust is Kate,
the new Queen of the Underworld. Nevertheless, she is
determined to help their cause. But when it comes to
dealing with immortals, Kate stil has a lot to learn....
A Goddess Test series ebook novella.
To the mother council, for al the walks through the woods.
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The cave wound upward through the earth, and Pol ux
grasped Castor's hand as he led him across the uneven
ground. Cerberus's snarls echoed through the tunnel, and
though Pol ux would've rather let the hel hound feast on his
own innards than admit it, fear coursed through him like
adrenaline. Hades's massive three-headed guardian of the
Underworld couldn't hurt the dead, but Pol ux wasn't afraid
of a dog. He was afraid of the god who trailed him.
So maybe breaking his brother out of the Underworld
wasn't exactly the smartest idea Pol ux had ever had, but
the council hadn't given him much of a choice.
"Come on," he said, pul ing his brother's arm. "It isn't far
"You said that three miles ago." Castor stumbled, but
Pol ux was there in an instant, pul ing him back to his feet.
"And now we're three miles closer than we were before.
Stop complaining and start running."
They staggered through the cave together, and behind
them, Cerberus's growls grew louder. Neither brother said
a word as they climbed, drawing closer to safety with each
step. One foot in front of the other, again and again and
again. That was al they could do.
Cerberus was gaining on them. His breath blew warm on
the back of Pol ux's neck, and it reeked of bone and blood
and death. Pol ux urged his brother forward, half dragging
him now. At last the darkness gave way to a faint glow, and
his heart pounded. So close. So damn close. Just a little
Castor cried out.
Whirling around, Pol ux's insides turn to ice. Cerberus
loomed behind them now, close enough to reach out and
touch; and Castor's leg was caught between his teeth.
Didn't matter that Castor couldn't be injured, not when he
was already technical y dead. If they lingered too long,
capture would mean proper death this time. And permanent
Pol ux didn't think. Mustering al of the strength he had, he
drew his arm back and punched the dog in the mouth. One
more reason for Hades to hunt them down and skin them
alive, but it did the trick. Cerberus whined and dropped
Castor, and the dog pawed at his injured jaw while the
other two heads growled.
"Al right?" said Pol ux, helping his brother up.
"I'm fine," gasped Castor. "Did you just--"
"Yel at me later. Let's go."
The light grew stronger as the stench of Cerberus's
breath grew fainter. Final y, finally they reached the
entrance to the cave, and Pol ux whooped. They'd done it.
They'd actual y done it, and at last they were safe. Or at
least what passed for it.
Together he and his brother burst into the daylight, and
he squinted, blinded by the sun. The leaves rustled in the
summer breeze, and Pol ux's heart soared. It didn't matter
that he'd gone against the council of Olympians. It didn't
matter that by doing so, he'd severed al ties to his father. It
didn't matter that they would be hunted for as long as they
remained on the run.
What mattered was that he and Castor were together,
and nothing, not even the gods, not even the cruelest
destiny the Fates could imagine, would break them apart
again. Not as long as Pol ux had a breath in his body.
Glancing over his shoulder, he spotted Hades' silhouette
among the cavern rocks. The surface wasn't his realm. He
couldn't pursue them out here. But one toe back inside that
cave, and they would be his.
The wind grew stil . Without warning, a bolt of lightning
sizzled through the air, striking a tree only feet from where
they stood. Castor jumped backward toward the mouth of
the cave, toward Hades and eternal separation, but Pol ux
pul ed his brother back into the open. He would have rather
endured a thousand lightning strikes than wil ingly return his
brother to their captor.
A great thunderclap echoed through the endless sky,
rattling Pol ux's teeth, and they exchanged a look. Zeus
never missed. He too knew the consequences of stepping
back into that cave, and there was no doubt in Pol ux's
mind that the King of the Gods would stop at nothing to
defend his pride.
Taking heed of his father's warning, Pol ux grasped
Castor's hand and ran.