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Authors: Marisette Burgess

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Men of the Cave (Symbol of Hope Series)

Men of the Cave

By

 

Marisette Burgess

 

Men of the Cave

©2012 by Marisette Burgess

 

The characters and events in this book are fictitious. Any similarities to real persons, living or dead, are coincidental and not intended by the author.

 

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, except brief extracts for the purpose of reviews, without the permission of the publisher and copyright owner.

 

ISBN-13:
978-0-9838832-8-9

 

WRB Publishing

Palm City, FL 34990

[email protected]

 

 

Dedication

 

To my mother Marta, my first fan, who always believed in my ability as a writer; and

To my husband Joshua, whose unyielding encouragement and support have gone far beyond the duties of a husband.

My Love to them Both

 

Acknowledgements

 

I would like to extend a heart full of gratitude to all those who read Men of the Cave first, and gave their valuable advice: JB, MP, MA, ML, and TK. 

I am incredibly grateful to have had the honor of meeting and working with Charlene Crandall, who’s insightful advice brought life to the characters in Men of the Cave.

To my PCWW’s, who’s encouragement and support go without say.

And of course to Leona and Walter Bodie who make dreams come true.

 

Thank you all.

 

Contents

 

Prologue
1. Kasey’s Host Family
2. Kasey’s Hostile Beginnings
3. Dion’s Mini Cooper
4. Kasey and the Villagers
5. Kasey’s Family
6. Kasey and the Gladiators
7. Dion A Monster or A Knight
8. Kasey and Destiny
9. Kasey and the Mermaid
10. Kasey and the Brothers
11. Kasey and Hercules
12. Dion’s Innocence
13. Kasey’s Gifts
14. Dion’s Plea
15. Kasey It’s Time
16. Kasey and the Fire Jumping
17. Dion vs. Sam
18. Kasey’s Spanish Christmas

 

Prologue

 

Pandora’s bones ached. This always meant one thing; a god was near. Her stomach cramped. Cursed most of her life with this sixth sense, she ignored it. The rain poured and lighting flashed through the small cracks in the door. She wondered, is Zeus approaching? Her isolated stone cabin kept the weather at bay. She went to the fire and threw more wood onto it. The thatched roof had several leaks, so she laid out three big buckets to keep the wooden floor dry. Then the door shook with a thunderous vibration. It was strange. Humans did not come near these parts, and the gods never knocked.

 “Who’s there?” She yelled.  She pressed her frail body against the door, knowing she could never stop anyone, human or god, from forcing their way in.

“Open, woman!” A harsh male voice answered.

Was he a god? Why would he knock? If he were a god, he would be angry if she did not open the door. She made the decision to open. The wind was forceful, and she steadied the door so it would not blow wide open. She sheltered her eyes from the wind and rain hammering her face. Due to her blurred vision, all she could make out was a giant sized figure walking past her. When she managed to shut the door, she wiped her face with her sleeve and looked upon her guest.

She gasped. Before her stood a man of goliath proportions. He wore shiny armor. The constant flow of water dripping from his garments puddled on her dry wood floor.

He removed his helmet, then shook his long blonde hair. Two strong white feathered wings extended out from his back. He shuddered like an animal shaking its wet fur, and water sprayed in all directions.

“By the gods of Olympia, who are you? What are you?” Pandora asked.

“Gabriel is the name I was given. I am a messenger of the one true God,” he said in a low gruff voice. 

 “The rumors around Olympia are true then?” she asked.

“I am here to find where your allegiance lies, Pandora. Will you proclaim your loyalty to the one God and do his bidding, or do you bow and kiss the feet of the gods and goddesses on Olympia?” He commanded.

The woman lowered her head and thought for a minute.

“I have been nothing more than a pawn to the gods of Olympia. Used, tricked, and lied to. I hold no allegiance to them. But why should I anger the Olympic gods by doing the will of yours?” She straightened her back and raised her chin.

“It is you who holds the key we need. If you refuse me now, the immortal life Zeus has granted you will end here. If you aid my God, he will give you a place in the heavens where you belong.”

Her shoulders sagged, her chin lowered, she stared at the angel before her. “If it is truth you speak and I will be granted peace in the heavens, then I will do His bidding.”

“You have made a wise choice Pandora. Here is what is to come. You must stay hidden and away from the Olympic gods until the battle is over. You will be vital to the preservation of humanity, but it will not come to pass for a long time. Do you still hold the jar created by Zeus?” The angel asked.

“I do. It is hidden within the depths of my heart.” Pandora placed her pale fist over her heart. “It only contains hope for I already let out all the evil into the world.”

“That is well enough. You must preserve that jar at all costs. It is crucial to our success. Do you understand?” The angel affirmed.

“I do,” Pandora reassured him.

“Before I go I must do one more thing. You have lived as an immortal under the rule of the pagan gods.

”Her eyes grew wide.

“Bow before me.”

Pandora hesitated. He needed her, she knew he would not harm her. She fell to her knees. Gabriel stepped forward, brushed her curly strawberry hair out of her eyes, and placed his thumb on her forehead.

“Now you serve the one God. You are bound to The Almighty.” With his thumb, he made a T shape on her skin.

“It will not come to pass for more than three thousand years, until a red headed female carries your blood line. Remember, protect the jar.”

His wings swung forward covering his body and then he vanished.

 

1. Kasey’s Host Family

 

Three Thousand Years Later

 

Balling my fists, I embraced the pain of my nails digging into my palms. The sensation a much better distraction from the torture I was about to undergo. I held my breath and clenched my jaw. Please don’t vomit, I thought. Then the drop came. I felt the slight jolt from the wheels, and I let out a slow breath. The plane landed. To refocus, I blinked several times. The old woman next to me looked horrified.


Estasbien
?” she asked.

I had spent the last two months trying to complete as many online Spanish lessons as I could. I wanted to be prepared for my adventure in Spain. According to the program, I picked up the Spanish language very well.


Si, gracias
,” I replied. Embarrassed, I stood and turned to get off the death machine as quickly as they would allow me.

The busy San Sant Airport was just a blur as I tried to get through it. My stomach twisted and churned with knots. I knew he did this to me. Teal’s miserable words of despair and pathetic groveling, before I boarded, were like a repeating record in my head.

Did I act too irrational when I signed up for this study abroad project last March? But who would pass up a scholarship like this one?  If we were still together, would I have left for Spain? More nervous and guilty than excited, I began to doubt my decision. Was leaving the country to get away from my ex my best option?

I re-focused and concentrated on getting a cab to Deia. When I walked through the automatic doors and the hot air hit my body, I was disappointed the weather felt like back home. Then I realized the immediate landscape. A green mountain hid behind a city that blended modern day skyscrapers with old Mediterranean stoned structures. Cars honked, people yelled, a city full of energy. The traffic of people everywhere disappeared into the natural beauty all around. The contrast between gray city surrounded by vibrant greens, browns, and blues, left me breathless. No such place could exist in America. The sea salt tickled my nose, but my lungs welcomed the pure air of the island of Mallorca, Spain.

“Taxi?” The sound of a voice jerked me out of my trance.

“Uh,
si
,” I answered.

He hailed a cab. After one attempt, a white car with a yellow and black stripe down the sides and on the hood pulled up. A balding man with an enormous grin exited the cab.


Hola soy Renaldo. Adonde vas
?” he asked speaking loud and slow. It appeared he greeted others like me before, foreign. Renaldo approached my bags. Once he came around the car, I saw that he was short and stocky.


Vas pueblo Deia
,” I said with confidence.

He chuckled, “Do not worry I speak English.”

He grabbed my green suitcase, the carry-on off my shoulder, and put them in the trunk. I climbed into the back of the cab. The grey interior smelled of a lovely jasmine scent. A blue beaded rosary hung from the rearview mirror. Taped to the dashboard was a wallet-sized picture of Jesus.

As Renaldo entered the cab, he asked in his broken English and heavy accent, “
Adrez in Deia
?”

I snickered at his attempt at English.

“I’m going to the Caracoles Restaurant,” I answered.

“Ah,
el Restaurante Caracoles
, great food. Wonderful family. You must eat the swordfish. Very good.”

“Do you know the family?” I questioned, my curiosity intensifying for any information on the family I would soon be living with for the next ten months.

“Yes, very good people.” He pressed his foot to the gas pedal and accelerated out the airport at an alarming speed. His driving was fast and unpredictable. I scrambled to find the seat belt.

“No seat belts?” I panicked.

“No, they broke so I took them out. No worries, I safest driver. Never an
accidente
.” He punched the gas and laughed.

As he came inches from other cars, people, and street light posts, I gripped the handle above the door, and swallowed hard the bile rising from the pit of my stomach. I shut my eyes.

“No worries, we get there by lunch, one hour or less trip.”

Once we left the city, it became easier to open my eyes for seconds at a time. I gathered in as much of the scenery as possible. The man’s dreadful driving made me nauseous. I wished I’d taken my motion sickness pills. How was I supposed to know that I would need them on the ground? There were fewer cars on the road once we left the city but he continued with his erratic speed. A few times, I snuck some peeks. The land's orchard of olive trees grew wild and took over the landscape. The trip seemed to take no time, because of this man’s crazy driving.

“This is Deia,” he exclaimed.

I pried one of my eyes open as I felt the car slowing. Once we reached a reasonable speed, I opened my eyes fully for the first time since I entered the taxicab. It was as if we were driving into a painting.

“Is it real?” I gawked.

He laughed, “Very much so, very magical she is not?”

“To say the least.”

The road curved in an elongated S toward the main street. Within the swirly landscape stood the most adorable sandstone structures hiding in the luscious green of the terrain. It was almost as if the little tiled structures played peek-a- boo from behind the greenery of the over-grown land. The village began in the valley of Serra de Tramuntana between two mountainous cliffs. The ancient town seemed perfectly placed. It started in the valley, worked its way up on the side of the mountain, and finished on the rocky cliffs.


El Restaurante Caracoles
just around the corner,” Renaldo pointed to a bend in the road where it took a sharp right turn.

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