Garrett La Vern looked just like the regular guy strolling around the fine streets of London. He had nice expensive clothes, was clean and didn’t smell like dirt. That classified him by looks as a good person. Little did the people that saw him pass by in the street know, he was an expert thief. And he had just stolen everything that was in their pockets.
When they got home, they’d probably wonder ‘Gee, I was sure I had my pocket watch inside pocket’ but would shrug it off, thinking they had just left it somewhere around the house. Meanwhile, Garrett was selling said pocket watch in his trustful dealer by thrice it’s worth.
Truth was, he was a son of Themis. And the titan was ashamed to have such a son. She asked her friend, Nemesis, to punish him for breaking so many laws and bringing shame to her name. Nemesis agreed and set off to London. When she found Garrett though, she saw that though he was a thief, and a very skilled thief at that, he had honor and pride. He only stole from those who weren’t in need and was always kind to all sorts of people no matter where they came from.
She was impressed one day, when she followed him invisible and saw that he passed by a drunk man raping a young girl. Garrett immediately stopped and went to help the girl. He fought the drunkard and scared him off. He took the girl home and took care of her. He personally brought her to her house and explained what happened to her parents. Nemesis thought to herself that while he was a thief, he was in no way a despicable man.
She saw herself falling in love with Garrett and desperation grew with the love. She had promised to punish Garrett, not fall in love with him. She decided to test him, if he passed her test she’d lie to Themis; if he didn’t, she’d do as she had promised.
She turned into a poor woman and was on the street begging for money the time Garrett was passing by. One rich man she begged to tried to step away and a car splashed mud all over his fine suit. Maddened with rage, he yelled at the goddess and was about to kick her when Garrett held him back with a cold smile. “Sir, I don’t believe it’s the poor woman’s fault the car splashed your suit. And you should know that a gentleman never lifts a finger against a lady” He said and Nemesis told herself that he had passed on her test. When Garrett offered to help her getting back home she told him she had no home. He took her to his house instead and made her a warm cup of Earl Grey tea.
They chatted and Nemesis noticed that while he stole so much, his house didn’t have any trinkets or any stolen goodies. It seemed to her that he had sold all of the things he robbed. The next morning, Nemesis woke on his bed and felt grief wash over her. She told Garrett she couldn’t be a burden to him and left.
Back at the Olympus, Nemesis told Themis her job was done. But a gossiper, Aphrodite, knew the truth. She had smelled the love in Nemesis and told everything to Themis. Enraged at the lie Nemesis told her, Themis decided that instead of just punishing him, she’d kill him once and for all.
Nemesis wept for her dead lover, but didn’t let it show to Themis. She kept her cool and acted as if nothing had happened. Months later, Nemesis noticed her belly growing and was sure she was going to have a child. Desperate to hide it from Themis, she trusted her baby girl to one of her sons who lived in Italy and told him to tell her everything when the time came.
The child was named Valentina and she grew up knowing nothing about her heritage or that her parents weren’t really her parents. She wasn’t really a normal child, always prone to pick-pocketing and lying her way out of situations. Her adopted parents were worried that it showed her father’s habits on her and that she may get caught someday.
And that was exactly what happened when she was 8. The teacher heard some kids crying of losing their lunch boxes and when she searched through everyone’s lockers she found them in Valentina’s. When the school called her parents, they said they’d take care of it. When they got home, they told everything to Valentina.
After that night, Valentina changed. She grew to hate her grandmother and swore she’d have her revenge on her for killing her father. She asked her adopted father to teach her how to fight since she was still too young for her powers to develop. Years later when they first started showing, he began teaching her how to control them. When monsters came by, they’d both kill it and Valentina loved it. It was rare for them to show so she sometimes hunted rabbits in the woods near her house.
She kept pick-pocketing and stealing things but now she was more careful. If anyone ever said a thing about her they’d see all the evidence pointing at them or at someone close to them and later, she’d ‘teach’ them not to get in her way.
Over the years, she gained the reputation of the heartless girl who you didn’t want to mess with. She didn’t care much for it, she only cared about getting stronger and then going to camp when she was older. When the city boy, Angelo, came to town it all changed though.
He came from Rome and the whole school buzzed around him like bees do around a flower looking for honey. In a small town like the one they lived in, not much happened and a city boy coming was more news then they’d had in the past 5 years.
Valentina didn’t care for him and kept being the same person she always was, but the boy got interested in her. She kept telling him off but he kept flirting and asking her out every day. After almost a year she gave in and went on a date with him.
She ended really liking him and they started dating. Everyone was shocked but they didn’t care much for it, she was happy with him. She usually sneaked out of her house at night to meet up with him and never took her weapons with her. A year later, on their anniversary, Angelo told her that he was actually a demigod, a son of a greek god. And it turns out, he was a son of Themis just like her father.
She was shocked at the revelation and told him her father’s story. She asked him if he believed her mother was so fair that she’d kill her son while he was still an honorable man. He said that he didn’t have any opinion on her mother but said that even gods could make mistakes when angry. Valentina wasn’t sure what to respond to that so they said good-bye for the night.
Few weeks later, a manticore attacked the town. Three demigods in one place had smelled so delicious he couldn’t bear and went to hunt them down. Valentina and her adopted father went to fight it and when Angelo found out about it he went to help them. The manticore threw thorns everywhere and they were having trouble dodging them. When the finally killed the beast, Angelo had a deep cut near his ribs and was losing blood fast.
They took him to a hospital as fast as they could and he was dragged to the ER. Valentina wouldn’t leave the hospital until she was sure he was fine so her dad left her there waiting. She walked around so much she could’ve made a hole in the floor. When the news that he was recovering reached her, she almost ran to his room.
When she opened the door, she saw a woman in the room. She immediately asked who she was and she told her that she was his mother. Valentina called her a liar, said his mother was Themis and that there was no way she’d come here just for her child. When she heard that, Themis asked her how she knew that. Valentina told her that she knew Themis was a cold-hearted woman who killed her children for not doing what she hoped and the fates wouldn’t let her interfere in her son’s life.
She said that she was only visiting because she was worried about him, hadn’t done anything to her son. Visiting was allowed after all. And she asked what made Valentina say that she was such a horrible mother. Valentina said she was Garrett’s daughter, the son she killed just because he stole from the rich who didn’t value what they had. She yelled at Themis, but Angelo was still out cold to stop her.
Themis said ‘Watch your tongue, demigod, or you won’t have it for long’ and disappeared into thin air. Valentina, who was still tired from the fight, collapsed in the floor. She woke up in the sofa in Angelo’s hospital room and he was happily eating pudding while watching a silly cartoon in the 15 inch television he had in the room.
She asked if he saw his mother yesterday and he said no. She said nothing else about it, so Angelo didn’t ask. He knew his girlfriend was trying to take all the information she could from her discussion yesterday with the Titan. When Angelo got out of the hospital, their routine seemed to be the same as always.
Only, their routine was about to change. In the Olympus, Themis confronted Nemesis as to why she had not only lied about killing her son but slept with him and had a child of him. And most of all, why had she hid the girl from her. Nemesis said that she didn’t want Themis hate get to her daughter and that who the father was had no relation to it. The two goddesses fought through the night without reaching a consensus.
Themis said that she wouldn’t let the spawn of her disgrace walk around so easily, specially not after insulting her like that. She sent another monster after the girl, one who was to specifically kill her but not touch the other demigods in the town.
But when the monster reached the town it was the dead of the night. Themis had hoped to have her killed while she slept, but Valentina still sneaked out of the house to stay with Angelo. The monster attacked her in the middle of their date and Valentina was weaponless. Angelo, however, wasn’t and took his sword out to fight it. Valentina, desperate, could only watch and try to shake the monsters balance.
When Angelo finally slayed the monster, his wound of the previous fight opened and he had a new gash going from his heart to the middle of his stomach. He collapsed and Valentina ran to help him. She tried stanch the wounds, but she it was too deep and he was losing too much blood. She could do nothing but hold him while life left him by the liter.
She cried and begged for him not to leave her. He smiled and said that he would always be with her and asked her to forgive his mother. The light left his eyes and Valentina cried and cried. Her stepfather found her there in the morning, dirty with dried blood and tears, hugging Angelo’s dead body.
Angelo’s father didn’t blame Valentina, he even tried to comfort her but no one could heal the wound that cut her heart that night. After the funeral, she told her stepfather that she would go to camp so she could learn how to use her powers better so this kind of thing didn’t happen. She didn’t know that Themis was the one who sent the monster so her hate for her didn’t grow as much as her hate for herself and her uselessness.
Her stepfather couldn’t do much more apart from paying her flight and hoping she had a safe trip. Valentina traveled with the desire to become stronger and more powerful so nothing would happen to her beloved ones ever again.