"That's right. And if you do try to leave this temple, we'll know about it. We are Gods, after all."
"Show some respect for your father!" Hera snapped, her eyes flashing.
"Aren't you guys gonna be late for your Cross-Pantheon Cultural conference?" Nikolos asked. "I thought you were the organizers, or something."
Still muttering, Zeus straightened his toga before he and Hera disappeared with a flash of lightning. The faint scent of ozone lingered in the hall after they left.
As the echo of Zeus' thunderclap faded, Nikolos heard a small "pop." He looked up to see his girlfriend, Kashi, peeking out from around one of the dozen marble pillars that circled the great hall of Zeus' temple, her pale blue skin only barely brighter than the pillar she was hiding behind.
"Are they gone yet?" she asked.
"You just missed them," Nikolos said with a shrug toward the domed ceiling where the thunder still echoed faintly. "But I can't go anywhere or They'll know." He got up from the couch, smoothing his tunic self-consciously as he walked over to where Kashi stood.
He leaned against the pillar next to her, hitting the back of his head against the cool marble as he spoke. "Jeez. What's the point of being a junior deity if I have to just sit around in a rotting old temple all weekend while everyone else is having a great time? What a way to kick-off Spring Break."
"It's okay,” Kashi said, wrapping two of her arms around him, then standing up on tiptoe to plant a quick kiss on his cheek. "When I didn't hear back from you, I thought they might have freaked out about something again. So I have a backup plan."