Mercury to the Rescue

by Julia

It was one of the busiest days on Mount Olympus thus far in the year. Jupiter was arranging his annual birthday party, in which he threw for himself, which meant chaos would soon seize the atmosphere. Jupiter made it his duty to hand deliver all his invitations to his guests. Among that list were many of Jupiter’s relatives, including his sons Bacchus, the God of wine and festivities, Vulcan, the God of fire and forge, and Mars, the God of war, murder, and bloodshed. Not to mention, Neptune, the God of the sea, would also be joining the party along with Pluto, the God of the underworld and brother of both Neptune and Jupiter. His favorite daughter Minerva, also referred to as the Goddess of wisdom, weaving, warfare and reason will be attending.

Everyone knows this is an exclusive party, only one with an invitation could enter. This often caused hostility on Mount Olympus. It was easy to distinguish this part of the year. Everyone would run around trying to get on Jupiter’s good side in hopes of receiving an invitation to the party they’ve missed out on in the previous years. Mercury, the messenger God, strongly opposed the annual party. He felt it diminished those of whom were not invited to the party. Every year he would try a new tactic to stop the party from happening. He would write letters to Jupiter saying “Tu improbus dux est” or try and rally up revolts in the town by chanting “Bacinalia malus est!” However, this year was a little different. As Jupiter was handing out his invitations and the select guests were choosing what to wear, Mercury was roaming the streets saying “Zombies venientes. Nolite ire ad bacinalia” Without hesitation, everyone ignored him and resumed whatever they were doing. Mercury tried everything he could to get his fellow Gods and Goddesses to believe him, “Audi mi! Es in periculo!” he cried, but nothing seemed to work.

It was the night of the party and everything had been in its place. Dinner had already been served and Jupiter’s family and friends had been enjoying themselves. All of a sudden there was a loud banging at the door. “Cuius est?” Jupiter asked, not leaving his seat. Everyone assumed it was Hephaestus, who had been invited but wasn’t feeling well that morning and had been told to come if he was feeling better. Considering Hephaestus was a big guy, it wasn’t hard to believe he would be the one making such a loud noise. To their surprise, it wasn’t Hephaestus, it was a group of zombies who had barged in, ready to attack them. All the Gods and Goddesses acted upon their first instinct and ran around in complete terror. “Auxilium me dat! Auxilium me dat!” They all screamed. After some time, Jupiter was able to get them to reason and work together to defeat the zombies. “HIBERANT. Congregabo vestra arma.” Mars, obviously, was the first to start the fight. Following him was Neptune, who used his trident to swing at the intruding creatures. Minerva, who had anticipated the worst, brought with her a newly woven net she had made. After Jupiter, Mars, and Neptune beat up the zombies, Minerva captured them in her net and tied it leaving them trapped. Then, Vulcan set them on fire and Bacchus joined by adding wine to the fire to make it even more effective. Finally, Pluto was now able to send them into the underworld where they would never been seen again. “Id facimus!” Jupiter exclaimed. “Mercury est vero” added Minerva. “Audiremus eum” said Neptune. Therefore, as a group they all decided to leave the party and apologize to Mercury for doubting him. “Ignoscite mehi Mercury” they said. Mercury eventually forgave them and happiness was brought to Mount Olympus once again!


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