Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Reena shut the door behind her with a slam. She was outraged! That arrogant bastard, her boss, had managed to enrage her again. Not only had he accused her for the damage of the photocopy machine, although it was not her fault but his girlfriend's, he had humiliated her in front of all the office's staff. Not that she wasn't used to this, but patience has its limits. And her patience had began to wear out. That arrogant bastard!!! He was taking advantage of her need for work, keeping her working late every day, even working on weekends, and never appreciating her work, paying her peanuts. If only she could find another job! With her qualifications she would be paid three times more than she earned working for him. Damn! She knew how difficult it was to find a decent job these days. The unemployment rates were too high and good jobs nowhere to find.
Oh, how she wanted to crack his head with the PC monitor! Then, again, she felt sorry for the poor monitor and decided to weave another plan to get her blood back. Oh, yes, revenge is a dish that's best enjoyed when it's cold.
She threw her briefcase on a chair and started thinking of a way to get even with him. Now, what would hurt him? She thought of medieval tortures, but she concluded that it wouldn't be much fun, especially when she realised she didn't have the necessary equipment. No, physical tortures wouldn't do.
She entered the kitchen, intending to make some coffee, but then she realised that her kitchen was a mess. The sink was full of last night's dishes, so she decided to wash them first. While at it, the thought of getting her revenge again. Now, what would really hurt him? She thought of the work waiting for her at the office tomorrow. Letters to be answered, reports to be typed plus the extra work that the others would provide for her. As if she didn't have enough of her own! Incompetents!!! They couldn't even type a phrase, let alone a letter.
Then it hit her. But of course! She'd call in sick for a few days. Yes, that would hurt more than all medieval tortures combined. Without her, the office would be in a state of chaos. No one would be able to carry out the simplest task. She laughed wickedly. That should teach him a lesson!!!
By the time she finished the dishes she had no appetite for a coffee. She poured a glass of milk and turned the TV on. As she watched the news, she kept thinking of her plan, adding a few details here and there.
Friday 9:00 a.m.
Still half asleep, Reena searched for the stop button of her alarm clock. She turned it off and picked up the phone. She dialled the office's number, hoping that someone would be there.
"Hello?", she heard Jane's voice on the other end of the line. Oh, good, he wasn't there yet.
"Hi, Jane." Her voice sounded hoarse, as if she had a severe cold. Those cigarettes last night had done their miracle. "Maria is that you?"
"No, it's me, Reena."
"Reena? What happened to your voice?"
"I'm not well," she said, faking perfectly a nasty cough. "I'm down with a nasty cold and a high fever. I won't be coming to work today."
"Have you seen a doctor yet? You sound really awful."
"I've made an appointment for later in the afternoon. I don't know how long I'll be missing. It depends on my fever. Will you be OK there?" Yeah, as if she cared!
"Well, you know how we count on you on everything here, but I suppose we'll manage," said Jane, disappointment in her voice. "Just take care, OK? We'll miss you."
"I'll do that, don't worry. Just tell the boss I'm ill, all right?"
"All right. Bye."
Reena hung up the phone, smiling contentedly to herself. ‘Revenge is so sweet,' she thought. ‘I think I'm going to enjoy this more than I had thought.' She straightened the pillows on her bed and lay back to catch up her sleep, wondering how she'd spend the rest of the day. ‘Well maybe I'll have a facial, I need that', she thought and made herself more comfortable. ‘But first I'll get some more sleep.' She yawned and in a few instants she was already fast asleep.
Meanwhile on Olympus...
Ares sat on his throne, feeling restless. Another day, same as every other, had just dawned. 'I have to check on my schedule', he thought.
"Strife", he yelled. "Bring my agenda".
Strife appeared holding a pile of scrolls. "‘morning unc," he said. "Here's your agenda."
"What's my schedule for today? Any appointments?"
"Well, nothing much, unc. Just a meeting with the other Olympians,
regarding the configuration of the palace's gardens," he said trying to
keep a distance from his uncle, expecting his wrath. "WHAT???" shouted
Ares, getting up. "A meeting regarding the palace's gardens? That's humiliating.
Are they expecting me, the God of War to
Strife disappeared in a flash of light, as another ball of fire was directed his way by the God of War.
"The palace's gardens!!!" mumbled Ares scornfully. "What an insult!" He started pacing up and down again, thinking of how to spend the rest of the day. There were no important battles to attend to. He had to admit it. He was currently a God of War out of work.
"I must find something to do. I can't stay here any longer. Sooner or later some of the other Olympians will come to persuade me to take part in this stupid meeting. And I can't go. I have to keep up to my reputation."
He moved to the other side of the room, where a huge mirror was. With a wave of his hand the mirror turned to a big screen.
"Now, let's see. There must be someone of the mailing list I could visit." With a wave of his hand the screen started showing images of the listsibs dealing with everyday tasks at work, at school, at home. "Damn! They're all too busy! DonÆt these people ever relax and take a day-off?" He puffed and was ready to break contact with the outside world, when an image caught his eye. Reena was still in bed, talking on the phone. ‘Hmmm. This could prove interesting' he thought and concentrated on the conversation Reena was having. When she hung up the phone he had made up his mind. He'd visit her. After all, she seemed to have the whole day free. Exactly what he wanted.
He waved his hand again and the screen turned to a mirror again. "Time to go," he said and disappeared in a flash of blue light, only a moment before Athena materialised in the room, determined to drag him to that stupid meeting.
Ares materialised in Reena's soffit. He took a look around the small room and grinned. ‘How can this girl live in such a small place?' he wondered. ‘It's really crowded in here.'
Reena was in bed, naked and fast asleep, a wide smile on her lips. She held one of her pillows tightly in her arms. The realisation that she was naked had excited him. ‘I wonder why she's smiling in her sleep' thought Ares, and for a moment he was tempted to read her thoughts. Then he remembered he had stated once that he does not read anybody's thoughts without a permission. He sighed and moved towards her. He sat at the edge of the bed and wondered how to handle this situation. He knew how irritated she became when someone interrupted her sleep. Irritated? That's an understatement...
"Wake up sleepyhead he said, shaking her lightly. Reena tossed in her sleep, mumbling something like "Go away" and changed side. Ares shook her again, only to make her toss again and throw away the pillow she was holding.
Boy, she was a sleepyhead!!! Even an earthquake couldn't wake her up! He decided it was time for a different approach. He was curious of her dream, so he put aside his rule of not reading minds without permission and entered her mind. What he saw there made him smile self-contentedly. ‘So, that's why she's smiling! She's dreaming of ME.' He made up his mind in a blink of an eye. He'd wake her up in a way she had never experienced before.
Still smiling, he snapped his fingers and his clothes disappeared. He pulled the covers and lay down beside her, pulling her softly in his arms. She murmured something indefinable and buried her face in his chest, her arms closing around his waist.
He laughed softly. She was surely a tough case. But he was a god and he wouldn't be beaten by a mortal. His hands began stroking lightly her naked back, her thighs, while he placed soft kisses on her face. "Wake up Reena," he said softly in her ear, his hands still travelling on her body. He felt her body respond to his touch as she tossed in his arms, trying to get closer to his body. With one hand still stroking her back, he slid the other further bellow, until he found the wet, tender spot between her thighs. His fingers began stroking her swollen clit and he heard her sigh. His lips found hers, teasing them, until she started responding. "Now we're getting somewhere," he mumbled, forcing his tongue in her mouth. Her response was immediate. Their kiss deepened, their tongues teasing each other, until she finally fluttered her eyes.
Still half asleep she started to realise she wasn't alone. Her hands explored the body they were holding, starting from the back, then continuing to the sides, until they met the huge erection between his legs. "Hello Ares," she said sleepily, one hand closing around his huge cock while the other explored the black curls of his chest.
She felt him tense and take a deep breath before returning the greeting. "I'm amazed!" he said, "how did you know it was me?" "I think I'll keep that a secret," she replied. She kissed him lightly and continued teasing him with her hands. "What a wonderful way to wake up in the morning," she sighed.
With a quick move Ares turned her on her back, his body covering hers. "And that's only the beginning," he said promisingly, staring her right in the eye. "Oh, I have all day at my disposal", she replied in the same tone, reaching for his lips. "So, do I, my dear, so do I," he said among kisses and then he deepened his kiss, torturing her tongue with his.
He felt her arch her body towards his and with sudden movement he entered her. She left a gasp as his throbbing cock filled her. She moaned his name and raised her hips to take him deeper. Then he slowly began moving inside her, each stroke sending waves of pleasure to both of them. Her legs wrapped around his waist, in an attempt to draw him closer. He chuckled as he felt her impatience.
"Harder, Ares. Harder," she begged him. "Please, stop tormenting me." "Like this?" he asked, with a hard thrust, his voice harsh. "Yes!" she cried. "Please, don't stop." "Oh, no, I won't, my dear. I have great plans for you," he said hoarsely, his cock thrusting harder and harder until he heard her pleading him to satisfy her needs. She was ready to come and he knew it. He quickened his thrusts, his enormous cock thrusting inside her harder and harder until he felt her clenching on him, burying her face in his neck, biting his flesh to suppress her screaming. With one last, hard stroke he came too, filling her with his hot seed.
Moments later he rolled on his back, holding her in his arms, waiting for her to recover. "Well, are you fully awake now?" he asked her, biting teasingly her earlobe. "Oh, yes, I am," she said faintly. "Could I go back to sleep so that you wake me up this way again?" She heard him laugh. "You don't need to go back to sleep to repeat it," he said meaningfully. "As I said, I have plans for today. *Great* plans. "So, what are we waiting for?" she asked leisurely, rubbing her body on his.
... she heard the hideous ringing of her cell phone.
"Oh, no, not now!", she exclaimed.
"What's that?" asked Ares, trying to find out where the noise was coming from.
"Damn, that's my phone. I forgot to turn it off", she said, trying to find out where she had left the phone, searching between the sheets. She managed to find the phone under her pillow. She looked at the screen and cursed.
"Shit! It's from the office. Damn them! Can't they just leave a ‘sick' woman at her peace?"
"Do you have to answer it?" he asked and his voice sounded a bit angry.
"I have to," she answered wearily. "And after that I'll turn it off. They can always leave a message."
"Reena," she said.
"Hi Reena." She heard her boss's voice. "How are you? Are you feeling any better?"
"No, I'm feeling worse. I have a high fever and I'm feeling dizzy."
"Have you visited a doctor yet?"
Reena glanced at Ares who was tracing her leg with his fingers, sending shivers down her spine. "Umm. I was just getting ready to go to the doctor," she said, trying to keep a straight voice.
"Oh, yes, definitely," murmured Ares, biting her shoulder.
Reena let a small cry and heard her boss saying: "What was that?"
"Umm, nothing, I just felt dizzy again. Is something wrong and you're calling?"
"Er, yes..." her boss said. "Where have you saved that file concerning the dictionaries? You know, the one we wrote the day before yesterday."
Reena felt like screaming. On one hand she had a bunch of morons who couldn't even find a file in the computer and on the other a sex-crazed god who was trying to draw her attention to his affections. She took a deep breath and decided to finish with the call first. "I can't remember now the name of the file. My brain is completely not functioning. Tell Tatiana to search the last 15 entries and she'll find it."
"Oh, OK. I'll tell her," her boss replied.
"Is there anything else you want me? I have to leave or I'll miss the doctor," she said.
"Well, no, nothing at this time. I'll call you again if I need anything" were his last words. She heard a click and the line disconnected.
"Yes, and if I answer the damned phone I'll become the Pope!" she said furiously and pressed the key to turn off the phone. "And what do you think you were doing?" she asked Ares angrily, turning to face him. "Do you want to get me into trouble? If that bastard realises that I've been playing sick he'll make my life a living hell!!!"
"As if he hasn't already!" Ares said mockingly, his fingers still teasing her. "How can you work for such a guy?"
"For your information, I don't" she almost screamed. "But I have only two choices: either I work for him or I'll become a beggar at King George's Square! Decent jobs are hard to find in this city, for your information", she added, now almost at the edge. Even his touch wasn't enough to calm down her anger.
She suddenly got up and reached for her robe, leaving him lying astonished on the bed. She started pacing up and down the small room, mumbling and cursing, not paying attention to him.
"Moron! I wish you burn in hell, you bastard and that slut girlfriend of yours. Oh, I swear you'll pay dearly for this. They couldn't find the file! HA!!! Why didn't he just say that he wanted to check if I was really sick! As if I don't know him! Son of a bitch! Oh yes, you'll pay for it! I guarantee that". She kept on pacing up and down, now cursing herself for not turning the phone off.
Ares felt his anger rising. Not because she was ignoring him, but because that scoundrel had managed to spoil her disposition and all the plans he had made for spending the day with her. He decided he had to do something about this. No one messes up with the God of War without paying the price.
He looked at her thoughtfully as an evil plan was forming in his mind. He sat up and reaching out his hand he pulled her back to the bed.
"Ares stop that! I'm trying to find a way to get even with him," she said in a very angry mode, sitting at the edge of the bed.
"Hey, you're not the only one pissed off here! I'm as angry as you are" he replied in the same tone. He sat behind her and wrapped his arms around her waist. "That creep managed to spoil my good mood and I too want him to pay."
She turned around to face him and caught an evil glimpse in his eyes. "You have a plan, don't you?" she asked suspiciously. He gave her a faint smile. "You do!" she exclaimed enthusiastically. "Ares, you're so wicked!"
"Thanks a lot for the credit" he said. His fingers slid under her robe, tracing her skin. He placed a kiss on her shoulder and with his lips close to her ear he whispered: "Indeed I have a plan. But... there's something I have to do first". His teeth bit the tender skin behind her ear, before his lips moved downwards to her neck. He felt her shudder and he knew he had almost won half the battle.
Then his lips were replaced by his hands as he started massaging her shoulders. "You are very tensed" he said. "You must relax before we continue with my plan". He continued massaging her shoulders, moving slowly down to her back and then to her arms and hands, freeing her from her robe. She sighed and let her body lean on his. Ares smiled to himself. She was almost ready. When he felt her tension subside he changed his pace. Now his hands were caressing her body very slowly while his teeth were nibbling on her ear.
"Isn't that better?" he asked and without waiting for her answer he leaned back on the bed, drawing her down too. Still holding her by the waist, he half-turned his body so that they were on their side.
She felt his cock hard on her back and shuddered once more. She pressed herself on him and heard him take a deep breath. "So, that's what you had in mind?" she asked and tried to turn around to face him, but he didn't let her.
"No, that's only an appetiser" he murmured in her ear and tightened his grip around her waist with one hand, while the other teased her nipples.
"Oh, really? And what's for main course?" she asked teasingly. She raised her hands above her head and slid her fingers in his hair. She felt the silky curls on her skin and her desire grew stronger. She rubbed her body on his and she felt his grip tighten.
"Don't worry" he replied, biting her softly on the shoulder, "the main course won't be long". His hand left her waist and slid between her legs. He thrust one finger inside her and heard her gasp for air. His finger began making circling moves inside her and felt her tremble.
"Ares, what are you doing?" she asked weakly.
"Don't you like it?" he asked her, his finger still circling inside her. His voice was sultry when he asked her "How about this?" and thrust one more finger inside her. "Or this?" and his thumb found her swollen clit, rubbing it hard while his fingers were thrusting rhythmically inside her.
"Ares, please...", she moaned.
"Please? Please what?" he asked her teasingly, his fingers still tormenting her.
"Fuck me, Ares, please" she almost cried.
"But I am, my dear, I am fucking you" he replied and quickened his pace. His fingers moved inside her faster and faster, until she felt her body shake uncontrollably. She screamed his name and tightened her grip on his head.
Ares felt her shaking and held her closer to him until she started recovering.
"Shhh" he cut her mid-sentence "I'm not finished with you yet. That was only the first course."
With a swift, well-calculated move he rolled her flat on her stomach. "Now's the time for the main course" he added, his lips tracing the line of her shoulders. He entered her with a sudden thrust and felt her tense for an instant, then relax to welcome him inside her. Her body arched towards his and she groaned with pleasure as she felt his hard, throbbing cock moving inside her. She tried to raise her body to meet his, but his hands trapped her wrists, holding her down on the bed.
"No" he whispered in her ear "you're just where I want you to be." He lowered himself only enough to let the silky curls of his chest tingle her back. She shuddered, wanting more, but Ares lifted his body, a faint smile of contentment on his lips. Still holding her trapped under his massive body, he began moving inside her again, his pace steadily increasing, his thrusts harder and harder, until he heard her scream his name as she came. He felt her tremble beneath him and he came too, filling her with his hot semen.
She was still trembling, her hands clenching at the sheet when he covered her body with his. A sigh of deep satisfaction came from his lips and his arms closed around her.
"So, what did you think of the ‘menu'?" he asked her teasingly.
Reena rolled on her back and made herself comfortable in his arms.
"If that was the main course" she said with a mischievous smile "I don't
think I'll make it to desert. Unless... you let ME choose the dessert."
Ares chuckled softly and stared at her for a few seconds, trying to figure out what she had in mind. "OK" he said. "On one condition: you'll approve of my plan to revenge your boss."
"Do you guarantee that he'll suffer?"
"Don't you trust me?" he teased her. "Of course he'll suffer. As a matter of fact, by the time I'm finished with him he'll be begging you on hands and knees for help. Just tell me something first. Are you the only one who can use a computer in this damned office?"
"No, I'm not. There's Tatiana, too, you know. She doesn't have my experience in computers, but she manages quite well."
"So they could have found that file without calling you to request your help, isn't that right? I mean, they can still do some things without you."
"Yes, they can". She looked at him thoughtfully. "What's on your mind, Ares?"
"What would happen if they couldn't access the computer files?"
"They wouldn't be able to do almost anything. Most of the work at the office depends on the computers. No! You don't plan on destroying the computers!"
"No. That would mean a lot of extra work for you, and I don't want you to suffer this" he said, giving her a sexy smile. "I was thinking of a temporary data loss..."
"You mean a virus?"
"Not just any virus, my dear. I'm talking a NEW computer virus, specially designed by the God of War, guaranteed to spread chaos to all the computers in the office."
"Yesssssssss! That will drive him out of his mind. You know, I was actually thinking of frying him in hot oil, but your plan is better, Ares". She paused for a second and then added "Then of course, we can fry him later, just for the fun!"
"Oh, I like the way you think! It turns me on" he said huskily, rubbing his body on hers.
"Refrain yourself Ares", she said sitting up. "We have all day for this. Right now we have to get to work. I promise you, we can play as long as you want later. But right now I want revenge!"
"Believe me, woman" he said "by the time I'm through with your boss you'll have got your revenge... and more," looking at her mischievously. He half-lied on the bed and took her in his arms.
"I suppose you'd like to watch. Am I right?" Without waiting for her answer he pointed a finger at the TV and it started broadcasting live from the University. She saw her boss dictating a letter to his girlfriend Tatiana, nagging because she wasn't typing fast enough. Jane and Penny were watching them secretly, giggling and commenting on their boss's affair with Tatiana, while Tony was patiently waiting for Tatiana to finish the letter so that to type some letters for him, too.
Reena giggled at the sight. "This is better than any soap opera I've ever seen," she said.
"You've seen nothing yet" she heard Ares say, as he raised his hand and pointed a finger towards the TV.
"Wait!!! If we're going to watch it on TV, I'd better tape it. I'm sure Stagie would love to see it!" She heard Ares chuckle as she rushed to the TV set, slipped a blank tape in the VCR and pressed the record button. She returned to the bed and made herself comfortable in his arms. "Now we're ready," she said. "Let the games begin!"
Ares raised his hand again and with a slight move of his finger he
directed a beam of blue light towards the TV. Reena was holding her breath.
For a few seconds nothing happened. She watched Tatiana saving the file
she was working on. The boss asked her to open another file.
"Enter password?" She asked stupidly. "What the hell is that?"
"Don't be stupid Tatiana," her ‘boss' said. "There's only one password we use in this office. Enter the word and stop stalling, OK? We've got lots of work to do."
Tatiana mumbled something, typed the password and pressed the enter key. Another message flashed on the screen: "Invalid password. Please try again."
"I must have mistyped it," she said to her boss, who was getting impatient. She repeated the process but the "invalid password" message appeared again. She tried for the third time but she got the same message again.
"What the..." she started to say, when she heard a loud beep and a new message appeared on the screen: "You've failed to enter the correct password. This disk will self-destruct in five seconds."
A counter appeared on the screen counting down the remaining seconds, accompanied by a "beep": 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. A loud, wicked laugh filled the room. The screen flickered and turned black.
Reena recognised Ares' laugh the moment she heard it. She started giggling and then burst laughing her heart out. "Oh Ares, this was awesome" she said, unable to stop laughing. "I wouldn't have thought of anything like this in a million years," she added holding her stomach, tears running down her eyes.
"I'm not finished yet," he said, laughter in his voice. "Relax and enjoy the show." He wrapped his arms around her waist, drawing her closer. "Are you comfortable?" he asked.
Reena leaned back feeling the warmth of his body against hers. "Very comfortable," she purred.
"OK, let's watch the rest then" he said.
With their attention on the TV again, they watched Tatiana and her boss quarrelling about the computer. He was accusing her of destroying the computer. Tatiana was shouting too that it wasn't her fault. Jane, Penny and Tony were just watching, afraid to say anything in case they faced their boss' wrath too.
"OK. We'll deal with this later. Tatiana sit at the other computer. Tony call the technician," the boss growled.
Tatiana sat at the other computer and tried to retrieve the file without success. The computer asked for a password again. After three failed attempts the system halted just like the other. With Ares' laugh still echoing the room, Tatiana exclaimed: "Oh my God! The computers must be infected by a virus."
The boss almost freaked out. "A virus? Run the anti-virus program on the other computers. Maybe we'll be able to save them."
Reena chuckled. Her boss was more afraid of computer viruses than the flu. "Yeah run the anti-virus program!!!" she heard Ares say. "You're in for a big surprise."
Tatiana and Tony started checking the other two computers for viruses. For a few seconds the office was totally silent. Suddenly, Tony and Tatiana screamed simultaneously.
"What's wrong?" they heard the boss asked. "There is..." Tatiana started to say. "... no cure for this virus." Tony finished the sentence.
"WHAT?" yelled their boss.
"See for yourself," said Tony.
The boss put his glasses on and looked at the message on the screen. "Your computer is infected by the ARES virus. This anti-virus program cannot remove the virus. Press any key to continue."
The boss stared at the screen, trying to digest the new developments. Tatiana looked at the screen in front of her and said: "The same message appears here too."
For a moment they looked at each other speechless. "What are we going to do?" asked Tony at last. "We must find a way to get the computers running again, or we'll lose two years' work."
The boss looked at him, then at Tatiana. He puffed and then said: "Call Reena. Tell her what happened and ask her how to solve the problem."
Suddenly they heard two long beeps an instant later the well-known now laughter of the God of War. Tatiana and Tony looked at their boss at a loss.
"Don't stare at me like that! Call Reena at once!"
Reena kept watching, her laughter now so loud that the people living downstairs could hear her. Ares, too, was laughing, only not as loud as Reena.
"That should teach them a lesson," he said between laughs.
"I'll turn the phone on," Reena said, calmer now. She wiped the tears off her eyes and added: "I'll torture them some more."
"Now that's my girl," Ares said, placing a hot kiss on her lips.
"Hey, behave for a few minutes" Reena said and reach for her cell phone. She turned it on and two seconds later she heard it ringing. "Nice timing," she said. She let it ring for a few times and then she answered it.
"Hi, Reena. This is Tony. We have a little problem here."
She heard explaining the situation, trying to keep herself from laughing. She was ready to answer to him when the boss grabbed the receiver and angrily started explaining to her the same things once more. "OK. I get the picture. But I'm afraid there's nothing I can do."
"What do you mean you can't do anything?" her boss barked.
"It means that I can't do anything" she answered in a mild tone. "If you had let me download the latest version of the anti-virus programme from the Internet this wouldn't have happened. I've warned you about the risks but you said that we didn't need the new programme. So, there's nothing *I* can do. I'll try to find it from a friend, but I can't bring it to the office before Monday."
"And what the hell are we supposed to do till Monday?" he yelled again. "We've got urgent work to do today."
"That's something you have to work out" she said, as if talking to a child. "As far as I'm concerned, there's nothing I can do."
"All right, all right" he said. Reena knew he was furious. "Try and find the new programme. See you on Monday."
She heard a loud banging and the next moment the line was disconnected
before she could say a word.