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The Road to Darkness

By The_Prince_of_Souls

Action / Fantasy

Earth Shall Fall

Percy's point of view:

Battle raged around me.

I stood at the foot of the original Mount Olympus, with the rest of the seven - Romans and Greeks engaged in an all-out brawl against the army of monsters and remaining giants - the gods of Olympus aiding them. Nico was also with us for extra support.

It was August the first - the Feast of Spes, the Roman goddess of Hope; and the day Gaea wishes to rise to help ensure her victory over the world.

"You ready for this?" I turned to Annabeth, to see her nod slightly, and grab my hand for comfort.

"We'll get through it, don't worry." I assured her, and kissed my girlfriend on the forehead.

Then, a tremor began, and two enormous hands made out of earth broke through the surface of the ground - one grabbing Frank, the other grabbing Annabeth.

I grabbed my girlfriend's wrist, but Gaea's grip was too tight. She pulled Annabeth and Frank underground, and after a few minutes, the ground spat them out, and Gaea began to emerge.

"You alright?" I instantly asked Annabeth as I rushed to her side.

"I'm alright, don't worry." Annabeth assured me.

"PERCY! LOOK OUT!" Jason roared, and I hit the ground.

An earthen hand swept over my head, nearly taking it from my shoulders.

I grabbed Annabeth and rushed over to the other six, Riptide uncapped.

Annabeth drew her new bone sword she got in Tartarus, Nico summoned his Stygian Iron sword, Hazel drew her spatha, Frank got out his bow and arrow, Jason flipped his golden coin into his golden gladius, Piper grabbed Katoptris and Leo grabbed his hammers from his tool belt.

"Puny demigods, do you really believe that you have a chance against me?! A Protogenoi? Fools!" Gaea's voice echoed from the ground below us and a figure broke from the surface of the ground. She stood at thirty feet tall, with long, dirt riddled hair, a dress made out of dirt, tree roots and grass, and bright mean green and black eyes glowed from her eye sockets.

"Come on then Gaea, let's rip you apart!" Leo snapped at the Protogenoi of earth.

I waited no more time, and did the stupidest thing anyone can do - I charged Gaea, Riptide ready to strike.

Gaea didn't seem to notice me until I brought my sword down on her foot, earning a cry of pain from the earth Protogenoi.

"Perseus Jackson! You and your girlfriend shall be the first to die by my hands!" Gaea shrieked, and swiped her hand at me, and sent my flying.

I hit the ground roughly a hundred or so feet away, and I instantly got up to my feet and charged Gaea again.

"Yeah, I'll die once the world is at peace!" I growled in pain. If this is my last fight, then I'll take the earth Protogenoi down with me!

I swung Riptide in a huge arc, and sliced the leg of the Protogenoi open.

Silver blood leaked from the wound - but not before dirt rose up and healed her - just like what the sand did for the giant Antaeus, who I killed in the Labyrinth.

"Just die already!" Gaea hissed in annoyance and hit me again. That is when the other seven jumped in.

They all charged the goddess (other than Frank, who pelted Gaea with arrows), and each took a slice at her feet, buying me a few seconds.

Come on dad, help me out here. I pleaded to my father, dropping Riptide on the ground next to me. Then, I raised both fists and brought them both down on the ground, sending a massive tremor and earthquake to shake the area around me.

Gaea stumbled, and almost fell, but used her geokinesis to keep her up on her feet.

"I'll be back, Heroes of Olympus. GIGANTES ! TAKE THEM APART!" Gaea shrieked, and dropped into the ground. The Gigantes then all turned to us, and charged. Nine flashes then appeared before us. In front of us, in full battle armour, stood nine gods of Olympus - Jupiter (Zeus in his Roman form for Jason), Poseidon, Hades, Mars, Hecate, Athena, Hephaestus, Aphrodite (wait what?) And Artemis stood there with Thalia at her side.

"Now, time for revenge!" Porphyrion roared, and all of the Gigantes summoned their spears (other than one of them, who had a bow and arrow). The Giants were Porphyrion, Polybotes, Gration (the one with the bow and arrow I'm guessing), Alcyoneus, Enceladus, Ephialtes, Otis, Leon, Mimas and Thoon.

"Son, let's send Polybotes back to Tartarus for a third time, shall we?" My father, Poseidon, came up to me, trident at the ready.

"Yeah dad, we're going to win as well." I agreed with him, and felt the weight of Riptide in my pocket, so I pulled it out and uncapped it, revealing the leaf-shaped sword in all its glory.

We charged Polybotes, as the other gods and their chosen person charged one of the Gigantes. Artemis stayed a bit away from Gration, but did continuously pelt her bane with arrows.

"Why don't you guys just stay dead?" I jeered at Polybotes as my father grew to his godly height of fifteen foot, and parried the giant's spear with his trident.

The giants were still twenty foot without a doubt, so we had a down fall there - but we will use it to their disadvantage. I allowed my father to distract his bane, allowing me to create a tidal wave and launched it at Polybotes.

"Gah! Puny demigod scum! I'll tear you apart - limb for limb!" Polybotes roared, turning to me. My father then used this time to stab the giant through the neck. When the giant collapsed to the ground, I stabbed him in the chest, sending the bane of my father back to Tartarus for the second time in a couple of months.

I then looked around the battlefield, and saw Artemis and Thalia struggling against Gration, as well as Porphyrion was winning against Jupiter and Jason.

"Dad, help Jupiter and Jason! I'll help Thalia!" I yelled at him, and ran over to the goddess of the Hunt whom was losing to her bane at this moment in time.

I brought Riptide down in a huge arc, stabbing the giant in the leg.

Gration roared in pain, and attempted to hit me with his bow, but I was out of range for close range attacks.

"Why are you here, Perseus?" Artemis asked me as she and Thalia stood by my side, both shooting at the Gigantes of the Hunt with their silver arrows.

"I heard that Gration was refusing to go on holiday to Tartarus, so I thought I thought that I could help send him back to his father." I joked dryly, only for Thalia to electrocute me.

"Well, Kelp for Brains, we are doing just fine." Thalia said, shooting a few more arrows at Gration.

"Well then, I'm going to help you end this quicker, Pinecone Face." I gave her a lopsided grin, and charged Gration, Thalia at my side with her spear and Aegis out already.

"Stay in Tartarus next time!" I shouted at the bane of Artemis, and stabbed one knee, while Thalia stabbed the other. The Gigantes' knees buckled and he fell to the ground with a thud. Artemis then shot him through the throat, and I walked up onto his back and stabbed him. The giant then crumbled to sand and sunk into the ground.

I turned around to see Hades and Nico not in the fight - the two probably lured the dumb idiot Alcyoneus into crossing the Greek border, or just flashed away to help someone else. The other demigods were also struggling against the remaining monsters, so I poked Thalia.

"Thals, want to join the party over there?" I asked her, and a wide grin spread across her lips.

"Well then, let's trash the party as they were too rude to give us an invite, weren't they?" Thalia grinned, and we jumped into the wild battle between the demigods and monsters.

I instantly had to jump over a battle axe from one of my best friends - the Minotaur.

I spun around and stabbed him in the face, and went on to stab a load of other monsters including Earthborn, Telekinesis, empousai and some weird creatures that looked like a cross between a dung and stag beetle. They were a bit of a challenge; but then again, Gaea recruits some rubbish monsters. Then, a few arai caught my eye, but I decided against killing them (after Tartarus, I don't think I'll want to have anymore curses on my list).

Then, a roar echoed throughout the battle field. I turned to see Porphyrion standing over my father and Jupiter, his spear raised to kill the two.

I saw Jason on the floor thirty or so yards from the brothers - unconscious or dead.

"Finally, I win against you, Jupiter! Now, time to-!" A silver and gold arrow sprouted from his chest, and I ran for the king of the Gigantes.

"Well, I suggest that you run back to your daddy with your serpent legs flapping about you want to-be king!" Apollo jeered at the giant king, Artemis at his side. Both of the twin archers had another arrow notched in their bows, and had their bows trained on Porphyrion.

"Hey, ugly!" I shouted at the Giant king, and he turned around, his serpent-like legs ready to crush me.

"Oh, it's you, Perseus Jackson." He smirked at me, and I rolled my eyes at the giant's stupidity.

Well, they get it from either Gaea or Tartarus - or both. Eh, it's what you call a perfect match, I guess. I snickered mentally at those thoughts.

A golden arrow then tore through the giant's throat, and a silver one thudded into his back. The giant fell down, and I raised Riptide up - the Celestial Bronze blade plunging deep into the Gigantes King's cold, black heart. Porphyrion then crumbled to sand, and melted away into the ground.

Then, an ear-splitting scream echoed throughout the battle field.

Gaea broke through the surface of the earth, holding someone in her hands - a blonde haired girl... Annabeth!

I tried to run, but earthen hands grasped me and held me where I was - like all of the other gods and demigods.

"Now, Perseus Jackson, you shall feel true pain. You have killed a majority of my children, so I'll kill the one you love most: Annabeth Chase!" Gaea yelled out, and a fissure snaked through the ground at Gaea's feet.

For once, I didn't flinch at my full name - I could only watch as Gaea tore the girl I loved more than life itself in half, and threw her into the fissure.

"See your girlfriend in Tartarus, Perseus!" Gaea taunted, and the earthen hands released me, allowing me to collapse to the ground. Tears welled up in my eyes. I looked up at Gaea, and everything around her went black - and she went blood red, showing her as my target.

I reached into my pocket, and pulled out my trusty sword - Riptide. I rose to my feet, and time seemed to slow down around everyone and everything other than me. In fact, I was moving faster than anyone ever had.

Without a second thought, I charged towards Gaea, a killer's intent clear in my eyes.

Now, nobody ask how I did it, because not even I know. My legs tensed up and I leapt into the sky, Riptide raised high above my head. At the last second, I brought Riptide down, and stabbed the earth Protogenoi in the chest - right where her heart was.

I twisted the blade a full 360 degree angle, and then I allowed gravity to pull me down and slice Gaea in half, silver blood splattering everywhere other than Annabeth's blood - which caked her hands.

Gaea couldn't even make a sound - she just looked down at her body which was carved in half, and her body seemed to cave in on itself, and left a green and black sludge which stained the ground of where the goddess had been connected to the ground.

The war had been won. The Prophecy of Seven had also been completed - but with a price: my girlfriend, Annabeth Chase, had died at the hands of the earth Protogenoi - Gaea.


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