Living the life of trickery and deceit can be very lonely at times. Malachi Ashford knew this feeling all too well. Even with the many women he would spend nights with, Malachi could never find that special one and when he found one he could tolerate he would end up hurting her by lying or cheating. Maybe it was for the best though? Malachi was currently working in the field of drug dealing and was associated with many bad people so would he really wanna bring a women into that life?
Little did Malachi know that he would soon meet a girl who could compare with even his trickery and deceit….
The First Encounter…
The sun was just setting and darkness draped over the sky when Malachi was on his way back over to his Motel. Because of his line of work the young mortal never really had his own home and usually stayed at motels or even on the street to just up and go if he ever needed to. With a pocket full of cash Malachi was now nearing the motel when suddenly a girl appeared from the corner and ran right into him. Now sitting on the floor, Malachi gave out a soft chuckle as he asked the girl if she was alright and with a small laugh she assured him she was. The women was very beautiful in Malachi’s point of view and he decided to keep a conversation going just for the hell of it.
It wasn’t until the girl noticed a bag of pills and “Herbs” on the floor and handed them over to Malachi, that he became nervous. He automatically began to think of an excuse but surprisingly the girl brought out her own merchandise letting Malachi know that she to was in his line of work. After a bit of bonding over techniques and a few other things affiliated with their work the two parted way but, not after swapping numbers. This was the beginning of Malachi’s first love that would later on destroy him but, that's getting a bit too far ahead.
A few weeks had passed since the two met and have spent most days together. Most of those day they spent dealing their drugs and scamming people out of their money and even spent some day pulling pranks on people they didn't even know. It was a match made in heaven, as some people would say. Finally after about a month the two had a bit too much to drink and ended up in Malachi’s Motel room doing you know what. The next morning Lila was gone. Maybe she had somewhere to be? Malachi thought but weeks past and he never heard from her.
An Unexpected Delivery
Months past since that night with Lila and Malachi’s life had went into a downwards spiral. Lila was the one to pull of most of the scamming so now that she was gone, a lot of Malachi’s deals were going wrong. He began to heavily drink and unless it was for a deal he had with a client, he would never come out of his Motel room.
Four months had now past and Malachi was yet again in his Motel room but, on this day he wasn’t drunk. It was more of a lay in bed all day and be sad kinda day. Suddenly a knock on the door could be heard and Malachi got up to answer it. He was completely frozen once he saw who the person at the door was and was even more shocked when he looked down and noticed what was in the familiar woman's arms. Lila smiled at Malachi and walked into the room and began to speak, explaining everything. From who she was, which was the greek goddess Apate, and everything about what their child would be and where to send him once he was older. At first Malachi was skeptical but after his love disappear in a cloud of smoke he had no choice but to believe her.
This time, when Lila left, things changed. Malachi stopped his drinking and tried being the best father he could be, he even went as far as to get a real job. Of course getting out of the drug dealing business wasn’t easy so instead Malachi chose to continue in it. It gave him more money and he was already used to it so why not right? Over the years Malachi watched as his son grow, more and more every day.
At the age of 2 Damien, the name of Malachi’s son, had began to walk and once turning 3 the young toddler began to talk in short choppy sentences. When damien turned 4 he was put into public school. Over the years of being in school Damien was marked as the class clown and everyone assume that he wasn’t intelligent despite the fact that he had the highest grades. Because of this Malachi began to hide the fact that he was actually smart and when he was around people, he only showed the side of him that like to play pranks and joke around.
It wasn’t all bad that bad though. His status as class clown later on gave him entry into the cool crowd and was mark as a “Popular” person, as some people would say. It wasn’t till Damien turned 11 that his life was turned upside down.
The Death of a Father
It was just a normal friday afternoon and Damien was just on his way home from school. Things had been a bit strange at home with his father and damien was contemplating the idea of just head over to the park however, once he turned the corner into his street he noticed cops all around his house.What happened? was all Damien thought before running over to the commotion. At first the police officers didn't let him in but, once letting them know this was his house they let the boy pass. What Damien say next changed him for life. Two men in a black uniform where carrying out a black body bag. The young boy refused to believe it was his father but after overhearing a few officers talking, It was determined. The man in the body bag was Malachi Ashford, and his death was ruled a suicide.
Years of Hell
Because there was no one else to look after the young boy, Damien was sent to a foster home, despite all efforts he did to avoid it. After that Damien became more ruthless. He gave up the idiot act and began speaking whatever came to mind, not caring about the consequences. He even got into many fights with his fellow foster sibling which resulted him getting kick out and being sent to another foster home. Over the years he jumped from foster home to foster home and made no friend whatsoever
Was it really his fault? His father had died and the only thing people did was send him off to live with stranger. They could have at least let him live with a friend back home but, none of his friends parents wanted him, which was unknown by Damien. Things just kept going bad for this boy and it was about to get even worse.
First Monster Attack
Damien was now 14 and was currently settling into his new foster home he was just sent to. I know what you might be thinking…. A 14 year old demigod who hasn’t been attacked? Well because of his constant moving and being the child of a minor god there wasn’t much time for a monster attack to happen just yet.
It was Damien's first day of school and he was currently making his way over. After about 10 minutes he finally got there but, it seem like the bell had already rang and everyone was in class. Damien cursed under his breathe as he began to walk through the basketball courts that led to a building where his class was. Suddenly the sound of a growl could be heard from behind the boy which caused him to turn around. Standing just a few feet away was a hell hound the size of a car. A look of shock and fear spread across Damien’s face as he spotted the beast, It wasn’t until the monster pounce that Damien snapped out of his shock and rolled out the way. Minutes past as Damien continued to dodge attacks from the hellhound and he was growing quite tired. Suddenly, after one last dodge, the hellhound let out a small yelp before turning into dust. This confused the son of Apate until he noticed a young man around his age standing there. Damien recognized the boy as Trevor, one of the boys from his newest foster home.
Trevor, who was a son of Ares, began explaining everything to Damien. About what he was and where he should go, and about the monster that had just attacked him. Is this boy crazy? Was all the young demigod could think but, after going over the events that just occurred in his head he slowly began to believe. Could he really be the spawn of a god? Everything was so confusing but, once hearing Trevor say something about going to camp Damien’s head cleared. Even though his life had been complete crap the past few years, the young boy wasn’t ready to go off to some camp in the middle of nowhere. After some manipulating and fake crying Trevor decided to stay with Damien but wasn’t about to let them live in the horrible place they call a foster home. Trevor being almost 18 and having a lot of training decided to run away with damien and make their way over to new york slowly.
Betrayed By a Friend
Years past since the two ran away and they were currently in Philadelphia, hiding out in a small cave. Through those many years Damien and Trevor were attack by many monster but with a lot of training from trevor and trevor himself, the two were able to get by. With all their traveling and helping each other out the two demigods grew closer and closer and even came to the point that they introduced each other as brothers, but there was always something about Trevor that unsettled Damien. He wasn’t sure why but he always had this feeling like Trevor was lying to him about something (There innate ability to sense lies). Because he trusted trevor so much, the young boy always pushed these feelings aside and over time the feeling went numb. Little did Damien know that he would be betrayed by this person he called family.
Damien was currently 16, about 2 weeks from 17, when Trevor and him were finally in New York. In all honesty the child of Apate was actually happy to be getting so close to camp and was ready to live a safe life.
“This way…” Trevor said gesturing for Damien to follow and that he did. The building Damien spotted the son of Ares heading into was a bar and this made Damien a bit confused. “You wanna stop for some dri…..?” His sentence was cut short once he walked into the bar and a sack was pulled over his head. Fear rushed through the boy's body as the only thing he could see was darkness and felt his whole body being tossed into a large car. What was going on? Was all Damein could think and after what seem like hours the sack was finally pulled off his face and before Damien stood a man in a black suit
“Ahhhh the son of Malachi Ashford…” The man stated which sent chills down Damien's back. How did this man know his father? The son of Apate’s gaze went from the man to around the room and what he saw was shocking. Buff men with guns, stacks of money everywhere, and piles of drugs in different parts of the room but, what was most shocking was the person standing right next to the man in the black suit, Trevor. “What’s going on…” The boy croaked out. “Young Damien you may not understand this much so i will try my best to explain.” The man in the suit, who’s name was Oscar, said. “You see a few years ago your father, Malachi owed me a lot of money and instead of paying it, he took his own life to escape.” Damien couldn’t believe what he was hearing. Had his father really done what this man was saying? “If you wanted my father your a bit to late…” Damien remarked as he looked directly to Oscar then glared at Trevor. Damien wasn’t sure what Trevor was doing but, he was pretty suer he had been lying to him all these years.
“Ahhh yes yes, Well you see since i didn't get the plesure of killing your father myself i think it’s only right that i get to kill his son…” The man said in a cold voice. Damien gulp and for a second he actually thought he was going to die but, suddenly Trevor clapped his hand, causing a shock wave to go through the room and knock everyone over. “Run!” Trevor shouted as he grabbed Damien by the arm and ran out the building as fast as they could.
~A Timeskip to about 2 hours later when their safe~
“What do you have to do with all this!” Damien shouted as he pushed Trevor up against the wall. Trevor didn’t put up much of a fight and instead began to explain everything. as Trevor explained Damien came to realize that the people Trevor was working for were a local gang and they threatened to kill his family if he didn't go and fetch the son of Apate for them. He also came to know that trevor tried his best to keep him away (Those three years they had been together) but, Oscar - the head of the gang, ended up killing Trevor’s mother, which caused him to finally bring Damien in to save the rest of his family. Damien was furious…. This man that he called family for year was really just tricking him this whole time, how could he do that? After hearing Trevor’s explanation Damien left in a fit of rage and because he had no idea where camp was he had to try and find it on his own. Of course finding camp included hiding out from all the mobsters that filled the city, looking for the boy. During all this time a certain goddess was waching over her son and took pity on his situation but, what could she do? It wasn’t like she could help in any way. Maybe there was a way around the direct interference rule….
Help From a Goddess
It had been about a week since Damien went on his own and was trying his best to find camp and on top of that not get kill. He was currently hiding out in an ally, hoping the gang that was looking for him wouldn’t find him. He was weak, hungry, and just about ready to give up when suddenly a cloud of purple smoke appeared in front of him. Damien jumped up from his spot and summoned his weapon, that trevor had given him years ago. “Who are you?” Damien asked, trying to keep his voice from shaking. “Relax young demigod…. i am known as Hecate, goddess of Witchcraft… and i'm here to help.”
Damien was more confused then he had ever been. Why was there a goddess standing before him and how was she going to help him? After some explaining from Hecate Damien realized that it was his mother Apate who asked hecate for help. Due to the two being fairly close Hecate agreed and came up with the idea to change Damien's appearance so the people who were looking for him would never find him. Damien wasn’t sure he liked the plan very much but, what other choice did he have? He was any closer to finding camp and if he was found by that gang, he would surely be killed. All this happened because he trusted a stupid son of Ares. With a much thinking, Damien came to accept Hecate's idea and let her do her work. “What will i look like after?” He asked. “The results are unknown but you will most likely take on the appearance of someone else who already exists.”
Damien shook his head in understanding and let the goddess do her work. Minutes latter Damian was looking into a small mirror, fully transformed. (Looking like his model at the top ^). Damien actually liked his new look of his, why wouldn’t he? Shortly after his transformation, Hecate offered to help get him to camp in which Damien accepted. With the snap of a finger, Damien was no standing on hall blood hill looking down at a camp with kids running around everywhere. “Thank Y….” He was about to say but, once looking around he noticed hecate was now gone. As he looked down to the place he would soon call home, Damien vowed never to trust anyone to easily again, being too afraid that he would be betrayed again.
Once getting to camp Damien was quickly claimed as a son of Apate and settled into his new room in the Apate cabin. After a week had past the young boy turned 17 years old and is now waiting to see what other adventures await him.