Someone told me something once, something I didn't understand at the time. "If anything interesting ever happens to you, write it down." I don't recall who it was, but it seems like good advice now. Maybe this book will become a big part of history? I don't know.
Anyway, it started the other day, when I was tracking a bounty. Fellow named Juarez, wanted for half a dozen murders and three times that number of rapes, plenty of witnesses left behind. I'd been on his trail for about half a week, but he managed to keep ahead of me even though I was on a horse. Bastard must've run on near nonstop through the night to keep so far ahead. When it was starting to get dark, meaning I'd have to stop lest I lose the trail, I did in fact lose it anyway. Not sure how I managed to bungle it so badly, but it happened.
Next thing I knew, I was laid flat out on my ass and my horse was running off. Looked around and saw some kind of giant lizard monster moving about, damn near the size of the horse it scared away. Biggest lizard I ever saw before that one was about the size of my boot, so I ain't sure where it came from, but there it was. I got up and fired a shot, hit it right between the eyes. Damned beast kept on moving though, was quick as lightning too. Attacked me, clawed my chest and took one of my nipples with it, the bastard. I gave it another shot to the head for its trouble and it went down. I probably would've died if I hadn't been wearing my thick clothes to soften the blow. Thanks be to the chilly weather that morning.
I did what any proud man would do, set about getting a trophy for the kill. Couldn't very well brag about it without something to show for it, could I? Tried to break off some claws, damn near half as long as my arm, but they wouldn't budge. I got the next best thing instead, skinned the lizard monster and came away with a lot of thick scales. By the time I finished my horse had wandered back, so I headed back to town. Could've kept after the bounty, but I'd already lost well over an hour on him and would've had to carefully backtrack in the morning to pick up the trail again, not to mention the fact that I was injured. Though it shames me to admit it, I had to let the bastard go. Hopefully someone else will recognize him wherever he goes to ground and collects the bounty on his mangy hide.
I took the time to bandage my wounds as I rode to a little town called Jupiter, just a couple hours away from where I'd fought the creature. Went into the Jupiter Inn to get a room for the night, and the innkeep was a pretty strange fellow. Once he saw the lizard scales I had, he pulled out some special key and led me to a door under the stairs. I'd been in that in a few times before, and I never once saw a door there, but there it was. I was wary that it was a trick, maybe the man knew the worth of the lizard hide and wanted it for himself, but there was no ambush waiting for me there. Curiosity got me then, so I went in to that secret door while the innkeep stayed outside.
There was a set of stairs leading down, with some odd stuff on the walls and a door that didn't open when I tried the handle. When I questioned him, innkeep said I should run my thumb over the handle, and so I did. Damned thing started shooting lightning like I was in the middle of a storm, but it didn't do any harm. Made me feel more... I can't think of any word to go there. I just felt more me, like I'd been sleepwalking my whole life and finally woke up. Probably would've thought it was the other way around, that I was dreaming, but I'd just fought a giant lizard monster so I was in a state of mind to believe the unusual.
And damn it all if unusual wasn't what I found. There was a letter in the room past the lightning door, which opened after it did its thing. Letter was addressed to me, signed 'Zeus,' and it called me son. Mentioned something the door left on my arm, and sure enough I've got a lightning bolt tattoo now. Also said I could put the scales I got, letter called the creature a titanspawn, into the chest in the room and someone named Hephaestus would turn them into armor for me. I recognized the name from stories my mother used to tell, about the Greek gods, so I guess that makes sense. Figured it'd take a while, creating armor and whatnot, but apparently not. There I was less than an hour later wearing armor made out of them fancy golden scales. Also got a new gun, which apparently needs no ammunition, and a necklace that the letter said would grant me great military command. Never really thought I'd be part of a war, but sure as I'm living and breathing I felt like I could probably lead one once I touched the amulet.
So here I am sitting on a train to Nacogdoches writing in this journal I bought off a guy at the train station. Ticket came from that room too, was there with the letter. Anyway, I'm wearing that gold armor and necklace, hiding them both beneath an extra shirt and my long coat, but I think some people might've seen them anyway because they keep giving me strange looks. Or maybe they never saw a guy writing on a train before. Either way, guess I should get used to attention. Seems like I'm Zeus's son, going by the letter and the evidence to go with it, so that makes me someone special. Maybe it makes me sort of a god too. Huh. Hope I won't have to deal with a bunch of whiny bastards wanting me to solve their problems for them.
Guess I'll put this here journal away and try to be incognito. Somebody named Leo is supposed to find me once I get to Nacogdoches, so I guess I'll stop worrying about it til then. How do people end journal entries anyway? Doesn't matter. Guess I'll try to get some sleep.