Neptune looked across at Poseidon.
“It is difficult to meet on neutral territory. It is best we meet in the forests. Here we can be seen by all and they care nothing for us.”
Poseidon looked at the old man and his long straggling beard. “It is always good to talk, we can’t always be at cross-currents. It is an eternal struggle, a calm is brief rest. Why meet?”
Neptune fingered the grey beard. “There is someone new.” He looked at Poseidon through sea-green eyes, “Have you bred her?”
“Me?” Who do you speak of?”
Neptune watched Poseidon check-listing his memory, grew irritated at the glazed expression as the mind worked. “No. Nymphs, naiads, humans, well more or less, sylphs and hobbits and such like but not one called Anvil.” He shook his head, at a loss. “You?”
Neptune gave his beard a tug of annoyance. “Why ask you? Why meet in this blasted forest if it is mine?”
“Maybe you forgot? You’re not so young anymore”
Neptune felt his water pressure rising. “You’re no cub anymore!”
Poseidon smiled, “But I have plenty of cubs I can play with. The variety is quite enjoyable. The coping strategies interesting. Keeps me young. You should have been more prolific, it’s fun.”
“There are already too many of us interfering in the lives of others. The humans believe in us, in all of us. Isn’t that enough?”
“Well, its Romans versus Greeks. We chose our sides and its up to us how we play them. Chess is always a long term game. Incidentally, I am probably older than you, and I’ve still got it!” Poseidon, clean cut and in full belief of his status as a god felt remarkably calm as he saw Neptune wavering before him. “Maybe you should talk to Zeus, maybe Thor or trot along to Osiris. You never know it might even be Gog or Magog trying a stunt over here.” He looked at his hands. “I must change, I have someone to visit.”
Neptune began to regret this meeting. “She created a storm.” He said urgently.
“Oh well done her!” Was the sarcastic retort. No longer interested he stood and stepped into the stream that flowed between them. Poseidon let himself relax into it.
Neptune watched Poseidon glisten and cascade downwards into the now golden coloured water.
“She caused untold mischief!” He shouted to the dissembling creature before him.
Poseidon raised his hands, shrugged his shoulders and plashed as a golden waterfall into the fast running shallows before rolling into a golden wave that thrust itself away from the dark forest and along to the cragged shore line and into the sea as a final white horse splashing atop a crested wave.
“Maybe Medea and that Ferryman of hers have created a new force between them.” Neptune stood, “Here, I have no salted tears but offer to nourish!” He spoke to that around him.
The broken trees twisted forwards. The howling knots between scarred bark were silent as branches moved and cracked.
He pressed his trident into the moss and mould and down into the soil. Holding the trident still he closed his eyes and inhaled deeply. His exhalation produced a heavy mist that covered the stark trees around. A second exhalation and the mist thickened, coalesced and droplets sank into the ground like a sheet of melted ice.
Neptune slipped into the stream and meandered back to his salty home, hoping he had not offended Vidar one of the forest gods, by allowing his vexation to settle on their lands.
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