Returning Life

by Julia D.

The Gods gathered together looking down upon the mysterious creatures approaching. Zeus remained stoic with his lightning bolt gripped firmly in his hand. He knew that if he were to show fear the others would surly follow his lead. Ares, cocking her head, began to watch them closely. As they came closer she was able to see the blank and dead expressions. They continued to drag themselves slowly up the mountain. Their slow pace allowed Ares to plan his method of attack. Artemis felt herself begin to quake with anger, as she watched these ignorant creatures try to storm into the mountain of the Gods. She grabbed her bow and arrow and aimed it at the heart of one of the creatures. Hades watched as the Gods studied his creationd of the dead storm the mountain. He laughed as he saw Artemis aim her bow at one of the zombie’s hearts. The undead are notorious for being hard to kill, for they are already dead. Hades knew that the only way to permanently put a zombie to rest was to do extensive damage to their brain. He looked back up at the mountain and noticed Athena whispering into the ear of Zeus. He was curious to know what she was saying. Suddenly Zeus’s face brightened and he walked over to Artemis; he took her elbow and raised it. Now the arrow was pointing at the zombie’s brain as opposed to his heart.

‘Of course,’ Hades thought to himself ‘the goddess of wisdom would undoubtedly know how to kill the living dead.’
Artemis let her arrow fly and it shot straight into the eye of the Zombie, effectively killing it. The body dropped to the ground and began to roll back down the mountain.
“Mei delectant cerebrum” One of the zombies groaned.
“Necabimus dei”
Hades found it to be no surprise the joy he was taking from watching this play out. The zombies were getting closer and closer to the top of the mountain where the Gods were preparing for the fight they knew was to come. He looked back up to see what Zeus was doing, but none of the Gods were standing at the edge of the mountain anymore.
“Ubi dei sunt”
“Zeus timidi est”
“Quia morietur”
“Dei in villa sunt.”
The Zombies continued to talk to one another trying to figure out where the Gods had gone. They were nearing the top of Mount Olympus and were ready for the battle they were sure would ensue.
“Properant mei amici!” one zombie yelled to the others. They all picked up their pace.
They now stood at the top of the mountain they looked around at the beautiful scenery and began to remember things from their lives before. The zombie that had yelled at the others to hurry, remembered how much his daughter had loved gardens such as the one on top of the mountain.
“Hortus filiam meam delectat,” as he said this as a single tear slipped from his eye.
“Iam non mei delectant cerebrum.” Another said looking around and remembering the garden infront of his house that his wife used to care for.
Hades began to get angry as he watched his zombies slowly turn into humans again. He could sense their bodies gaining back warmth. His face heated as his hair turned to flames showing his fury.
“Salve dei.” The same zombie said looking at the ground ashamed. They all turned around and began walking down the mountain, prepared to return to the life they once had but Hades stole from them.
Meanwhile, Zeus was watching the whole event take place from inside the castle. Athena had told him two things when she had whispered in his ear. One was the only way to kill zombies was to cause damage to their brain and secondly if they can remember their life before their death they can return to their human state. He had then made sure they noticed the garden which he had created with the zombie’s distant memories. He felt pride that he was able to return life to these once damned creatures.

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