Episode Fourteen: Shadows: Scene 18

“You’re suggesting,” Thruor said, “That we prank a priest of Apep.”

“You know who’s suggestion it is. But I’m serious. Apparently, Apep loses a lot of his power if he comes here himself, and he can only see what’s going on through his priest or the serpent demons. So, it’s not impossible to do something without him knowing who did it.”

Zaid considered that. “What kind of something?”

I fixed my eyes on the priest. “He’s your enemy. Also, what does your god think about this?”

“I haven’t talked to him directly.” His eyes rested on me. “You were talking to one of the Tricksters. And I’d hazard a guess it was an in-pantheon conversation. When did Odin let him out?”

“Not sure,” I admitted. “But he apparently worked out that it was only making Ragnarok come faster.”

Zaid shuddered. “We don’t need that. No offense, but we don’t need your massive godwars spilling into everyone else’s realities.”

“I’m working on it. But yes, I was talking to Loki.” I stretched a little bit. “And he pointed out that if Apep doesn’t know it was me he can’t go whining to Ra or something.”

“And if Ra knows it was you?”

I considered that. “Would Ra care? I mean, this is Apep we’re talking about not, I don’t know, Horus.”

“I’ll be back in a few hours.” Zaid stood up, gracefully.

I was pretty sure Zaid was, or had at least once been, a woman. It didn’t matter. Zaid was Zaid…and it wasn’t like Loki himself didn’t have some androgynous properties.


I didn’t want to think about that. I really did not want to think about the fact that one of my half siblings was a horse.

Zaid slipped out.

“Zaid’s a priest of Ra,” Thruor said, simply.

“I figured. But Ra’s under the same rules as Apep.” I glanced at Kanesha. “While we get an answer, how about we come up with a really good prank?”

“If he’s using witchcraft, then he must have some kind of supplies. He’s also…oh…” Kanesha grinned. “He’s summoning demons, right?”

“Of a sort, but yes.”

“Get him out of there, break in, sabotage his summoning circle.”

“I thought I was the one who was Loki’s daughter here.

She just grinned at me.

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