It had been an interesting week for Eris. As corny as it may sound, one might say she'd experienced a breath of fresh air in what had been a rather dreary existence. Life marches on. People come and go. Some become friends and others enemies while most are left somewhere in the middle. There were times she told herself to try a little harder, put herself out there and be more of an open book. Then she came back to her senses to maintain that quite, sometimes stoic, facade. Every now and then, an unexpected surprise comes along at just the right time. One that would open up her world just a tad bit more than usual.
Could help that all had been quiet on the home front. The contract between her and Zeus was finally being enforced with the help of Hera. So, there's been no snooping, no sneak attacks and no unwelcome guests taking up square footage in her condo. In fact, it had been nice and quiet. Almost too quiet. Eris didn't for one second believe her brethren had finally done something so stupid they'd become extinct. There was no way she could be that lucky. No, more than likely, they were up to something. The air was too still. The calm before the storm. There was a high probability they knew too much. A little birdy may have told another little birdy, who'd run to tell the wolves, that she was seeing someone again.
Only took a few days to find her spider senses were spot on. After heading out for some Chinese food one afternoon, she returned to hear music coming from inside the condo. Rap music. How Eris hated rap. There's one person she knew who was addicted to that incessant noise. After opening the door, those suspicions were proven right. "Ares..brother dear, what a pleasant surprise." Said in the most deadpan way possible while heading for the kitchen.
"Oh, you brought lunch. How very kind of you. I am starving. What are we having?" He was reclining on the couch with his feet on the coffee table while flipping through the channels on the TV. "Who watches this crap? Did you know there's people that eat couch cushions? Nasty humans. Sooooo, how've you been?"
The food was placed on the counter as two bottles of beer were removed from the fridge. He was going to be here awhile. Might as well get comfortable. "You can have the rice." Offering him a bottle just before knocking his feet off the table. "Don't scuff my furniture up, you heathen." Not bothering to comment on unemployment TV shows. "I've been good. Why do you ask?" Opting to lean against the wall instead of joining him on the couch. The bottle top was removed with a quick twist and slight hiss.
"I'm your brother. I care. It's been awhile." Already sipping on his brew. He'd watched her silently for a few, long moments. Trying to gauge what type of mood she was exuding. As normal, the woman was a blank canvas. "You look good. Happy. Dare I say.. satisfied? New man in your life?" Meaning 'are you screwing this new guy? For Ares, that was about as subtle as he could get.
That empty canvas bloomed into a sardonic smile. "None of your biz. Why don't you just come out and say it? Zeus knows I'm seeing someone. Not just someone; but, someone who could possibly be an even worse pain in the butt than I am. Should the two of us get together, he might be outmatched. " Reveling in the very idea of being able to take the Big Guy out of commission. "Let's be honest, I hate half the people on Olympus. Maybe more. That being said, I'm not trying to find someone to kick Zeus off his throne. He can stay there until every solar system implodes as far as I'm concerned. The guys a jerk; but, he's a predictable jerk. Why rock that boat? Doesn't change the fact that I deserve a life and intend to have one."
"I'm sure he'd be happy to hear that." Rubbing his scruffy chin. Eris wasn't stupid. He knew that better than anyone. "Alright, so this Sindur, who or what is he? We have no records of a being such as this. Does that not worry you?"
"I doubt he would." Zeus was never happy with anyone who didn't allow the chain to be tightened around their necks. Those dark brown eyes couldn't help but roll at Ares next questions. "Oooh..wow, you guys have really been spying, haven't you? I don't ask for much; but, privacy is huge on my list." Couldn't claim to be surprised. There were eyes everywhere. Still, it was aggravating. So much so, the beer was drained and tossed into the trashcan before another word was spoken. When she did speak, it was calm, cool and collected and cut right to the heart of the matter. "Right now, he's none of your business. None, zero, zilch. Off limits completely. WE'RE off limits. He and I are to be left alone. Period. End of discussion. Be sure to tell everyone on Olympus the same. If heads need to roll to ensure that, I expect you to be on my side."
"I'm always on your side, Eris. You know that. Which is why I'm here and not the mouthy messenger with his microphone mouth. The contract is still in place. But, that's for a human companion. Brenton was gifted; but, he was human..wasn't he? This one doesn't appear to be anything of the sort. Am I right? ..don't answer that." Holding up his hand to keep her silent on the topic. As if she would tell anyway. "Brenton wasdifferent; but, human and you saw how Zeus acted. This guy, whatever he is, won't be treated any better. If this guy is a God of any kind, he'll void the agreement in an instant and put your pretty little, human head on a block. We just need to make sure Zeus doesn't know otherwise." Completely out of character for him, Ares would give his little sister a hug. "We have your back, love..you know that. ..I want to meet him. When you're sure he's a keeper, we'll have dinner. For now, I'm out of your hair." Just like that, he was gone.
She and Sin were suppose to meet up again tonight. This time at her condo. Eris didn't want this night to be about Zeus and his jealous ways. It was to be a evening for them. One she looked forward to. There was no reason to drag out all of the families dirty laundry again. Sin knew. He may know more about her own family than she did. The rest of the afternoon would be spent cleaning, bathing and getting all prettied up. A bottle of wine was chilling in the fridge and food would arrive right before he would. The girl was gifted in many things; but, cooking was not one of them.