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This week's prompt is "toe". We are back with Juliet and Ares in my paranormal/Greek god romance.
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Ares gaped at her in disbelief for a long moment as he held the box for her. Finally he spoke. “Yes. Well, no. I went to her to help me change Juliet and break her curse. But then she tore into me and reminded me repeatedly what a worthless piece of shit I am and how much she hates me.”
Athena huffed as she dangled her military-issue flat off her perfect big toe. “Typical Hera.”
“Like she acts that way to you. You’re their little princess,” he accused with a snarl.
“I’m Dad’s little princess. Mom hates me nearly as much as she hates you.”
“Athena, everyone hates me. No wonder I’m so fucked up. My parents have hated me since the day I came into existence. My entire family hates me. Not one living, breathing creature has ever cared about me.” He stopped for a moment as the image of Juliet popped into his mind. He felt that familiar bond they shared tug at his heart. Truthfully, he didn’t know if he ever stopped thinking about her. Even when he was at war, she was on his mind. “Except Juliet. I know she loves me. And I love her. I just want to save her from the pain she goes through being who she is.”
Athena cocked her head at him. Her eyes narrowed as if she were studying him. “She’s changed you.”
Ares stared back at her then shrugged. “Yeah, she has. I’m not sure I want to go back to who I was.”
“Why haven’t you asked if I would help you?”
“Because you’re Daddy’s little girl and Zeus gave strict orders to do nothing. Besides, you hate me just like the others. Don’t deny it.”
Athena plucked another piece of ambrosia from the box he held. “I’m not. I don’t like you. You’re violent and erratic and you act like a grade-A asshole nearly all the time. But you’re my brother and because of that and because I’ve watched you get the shit end of the stick for thousands of years, I love you. I don’t have to like you to love you, Ares.”