~ Endearment ~

"Who loves Auntie Artemis?" Acheron cooed as he handed his nephew to the goddess.

Artemis reluctantly took the toddler into her own arms. Apollodorus uttered a thoughtful hmmm before turning to point at his uncle.

Acheron was clearly surprised by the child's action, since his question had been rhetorical and meant to coerce Artemis into holding her nephew. His startled expression morphed into a smile as he watched Artemis cuddle the child.

"Oh, you're a smart baby," she said, hugging Apollodorus to her.

It was the first time the child had done something that truly endeared him to Artemis.

~end~