The Road to Darkness

A Party of Tears

I stood in the centre of the throne room, completely oblivious to the award ceremony going on around me.

"Perseus Jackson!" Zeus bellowed, drawing my attention to the king of the gods. The throne room fell silent - all except the crackle of flames which was coming from the hearth.

I took a few steps forward, and bowed, the emotionless mask I was wearing remaining where it is.

"For your act of bravery, and saving this world for the second time in under a year, we offer you the same as last time: godhood, but this time, you shall join us on the Olympian Council." Zeus offered. I looked up at my father to see a glint of hope in his eyes.

"No, Lord Zeus." I simply replied, returning my gaze to the ground at my feet.

"And why do you decline such a generous offer?" Zeus seethed quietly, the stench of o-zone rolling from the god of thunder.

"As I have a promise to keep. Now, swear on the Styx that you will comply with my wishes, as long as they are all within your power - not that these requests all are." I said, going over on what I wanted.

"In the name of the Olympian Council, swear upon the River Styx to comply with you wish as long as it is within our power." Zeus growled out, still annoyed that I had declined godhood again.

"For starters, my wish last time: the peaceful titans, such as Calypso and Leto, are freed from their prisons; as you ignored that request. To add to that, I ask for Hestia's and Hades' thrones within the Olympian Council to be returned to them - they have deserved it more than enough already." I said, counting my fingers on how many wishes I was defiantly making.

"And what of a wish for yourself? Your gift; from us, to you?" Hestia asked from her hearth as she poked the coals with prongs.

"I must agree with Aunt Hestia, father?" Lady Artemis turned to Zeus, as well as quite a few other Olympians joining in afterwards.

"ALRIGHT! The wishes shall be granted. Hermes, grab Calypso and Leto for proof." Zeus thundered, and the god of thieves flashed away for a few seconds before reappearing with a girl either side. Calypso stood on Hermes' left; while on the god's right was a thirty or so year old goddess, with long, light auburn hair and a pair of shimmering silver eyes.

Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed Calypso and Leo staring at each other. So much for keeping it secret.

Leto though, on the other hand, was crushed in a hug by two children. I looked around the throne room to see Artemis and Apollo not in their thrones. I forgot that Leto was their mother.

After a few minutes of hugging, Apollo walked over to me and pulled me into a hug, Artemis and Leto hugging me as well.

One I was released from the bear hug, and Artemis and Apollo were back in their thrones, the Olympians began chanting until two new thrones rose up at the end of each row.

At the end of the row of gods, was Hades throne. It was an obsidian throne, with all kinds of gems, diamonds, metals and minerals dotted across.

On the opposite side of the throne room, was Hestia's throne. The throne was an orangery-red, and had flames reaching up from the sides of the throne.

Hades and Hestia then walked up to me once their thrones had fully formed. Hades clapped me on the back, but Hestia pulled me in for a bear hug, before going over to her throne and sitting down upon it. I'll admit it here: Hestia is strong for an eight year old goddess.

"Now, as the... Umm... Majority of the council demand it, we have to at least give you something for yourself." Zeus spoke, bringing me back to reality.

"I would like to just have particle immortality, like Artemis' hunters do. And, if you can, resurrect Annabeth from the dead for one day - so I can say good-bye for one last time." I said, and Zeus nodded slightly.

"It shall be done. Artemis, it would be far easier for you to give him immortality, like you give your hunters; would it not?" Zeus turned to the goddess of the Moon.

Artemis nodded in understanding, and hopped off of her throne. She shrunk down to human size and walked over to me. The man-hater then rested her hand on my shoulder, and muttered something in ancient Greek under her breath.

A silver-ish glow pulsed around me for a brief ten seconds, before sinking into my skin.

"And Hades?" All eyes turned to the eldest of the Big Three.

Hades closed his eyes and held up his hand for complete and utter silence. Then, the god of the dead somehow paled even more, and his eyes snapped open. Hades clutched his head in pain, and all of the gods looked at him - concerned.

"What's wrong, brother?" My dad asked, now standing next to his elder brother with his hand resting on Hades' shoulder.

"It's the Underworld... Souls are going missing from the Fields of Punishment, Fields of Asphodel and Elysium. I tried to access Tartarus, and I couldn't enter. Instead, it felt as if I'd run into a brick wall." Hades replied, before adding, "Annabeth is still in Tartarus as well. There is next to nothing chance that her soul shall ever escape there."

"Not helping the situation, Hades!" Athena spat, still upset about losing her daughter.

"It was my fault anyway..." I muttered under my breath, and walked out of the throne room, wanting to be away from it all.

I walked over to the edge of Olympus, and saw all of the moving lights across the highways and roads down below.

"You alright, kelp head?" A familiar voice asked from behind me, and put their hand on my shoulder.

"Yeah... I'm fine pinecone face." I turned to see Thalia's electric blue eyes glaring at me.

"I can tell when you're lying, kelp for brains." Thalia stood next to me.

"Fine... Annabeth's death was my fault, happy?" I snapped at one of my best friends.

"No it wasn't Perce... No one knew until Gaea showed her there, and... You know the rest." Thalia squeezed my shoulder lightly, trying to reassure me.

"Gaea should stay asleep, because when she wakes up, I'll tear her apart with my bare hands." I growled through gritted teeth, tightening my grip on the fence around Olympus. I was fighting of the tears; continuously chanting that I will not cry, over and over again.

"Your right there. But, then again, a thousand other girls, and goddesses want to get with you." Thalia smirked slightly, trying to lighten up the mood.

"Not helping Thals, not helping at all. I don't even want another girlfriend. I'd prefer to stay single for the rest of my life than fall in love again. I'm only going to get heart broken in the end." I began to tap the railings, my ADHD kicking in.

"You sound like a hunter at the minute. You realise that, right?" Thalia laughed slightly.

"Yeah, and so do you. You never know, you might all become cat-ladies." I cracked a small grin at a gaping Thalia.

"Close your mouth or you'll catch flies." I joked, and I got an electrified punch to the gut in reply.

"Come on then, fish face, let's join the party." Thalia joked, making a gesture to follow her.

"I'd rather stay here for now, to be honest, sparky." I replied, only to get shocked again by the daughter of Zeus.

"Your coming - like it or not, Perseus Jackson!" I flinched at my full name being said to me.

Thalia then grabbed me by the arm and literally dragged me to the celebration that went on throughout Olympus. I made no attempt to fight back though.

At least I still have a few friends to watch my back, I thought to myself as I was dragged to the party.


Now this, (no offence to anyone there) is the definition of boring.

I may have been surrounded by all of my friends from Camp Half-Blood, but none of that mattered to me at the minute.

My wise girl was gone - dead. I'm now immortal, and have no way of saying goodbye to her.

"What about you, Perce?" Jason asked, turning to me.

"Huh?" Was my ever so smart reply, earning me a groan of annoyance.

"What are you going to do now? Like... After all that happened?" Travis and Connor Stoll asked, and Katie Gardener clipped the twins round the ear hole.

"I don't have a clue, to be honest..." I trailed off, leaning back in my chair.

"Anything at all?" Nico asked, and I shrugged my shoulders in reply.

"I really don't know what I'm going to do. I was going to go to college in New York, near where my mom lives, but I don't really see that as an option now." I tried to think of something other than stay at camp, or just staying with and endangering my mother.

"You'll find something, probably a new bird while you're at it!" Leo said cheerfully, and I raised an eyebrow at him.

"You have Calypso, do you not? Boys these days. Anyway, Percy here isn't anything like you." Thalia rolled her eyes at the extremely ADHD son of Hephaestus.

"It's not like you're going to pick up a few guys, is it sparky?" Nico mocked, only to get shocked.

"Can it or lose it, death breath." Thalia hissed, electricity crackling around her body.

Why not join in? I could use a little fun in life. I suggested to myself, and I mentally shrugged, as if to say 'why not?

"That's reassuring, pinecone face." I joined in, only to get shocked as well as Nico.

"I know right!" Jason joined in, and soon, Thalia was shocking everyone on the table - me, Jason and Nico being the centre of most of her shocking.

"Aren't we loved by Thals?" Nico smirked, and flicked the hunter of Artemis round the head, and then ran off.

"Why you little..." Thalia growled through gritted teeth and chased after the poor son of Hades, shooting multiple bolts of lightning at him.

"How long before his fried?" Leo asked, turning to Jason.

"Five to ten minutes." Jason pulled out ten drachmas and laid them out on the table.

"Ten to fifteen minutes!" Leo pulled out another ten, and put them besides Jason's lot.

"You both get it wrong; I get all of the drachmas." I said to them both, and both paled, knowing that I was going to know win.

Thalia then came back with a smoking Nico slung over her shoulder.

Leo and Jason then snatched back their money, saying 'we didn't shake on it!

I rolled my eyes at their levels of immaturity.

"Idiots." Thalia grumbled and threw Nico down on his seat, before taking her seat.

"Perseus Jackson!" Artemis came over.

"Yes, Lady Artemis?" I turned to the silver eyed goddess, and looked her dead in the eyes.

"You are requested." The goddess said, not moving her eyes.

"Okay then, Lady Artemis." I nodded my head in understanding. Artemis then turned on her heel after looking into my eyes for a few minutes and stormed off.

"Go on then, kelp head!" Thalia said, and I ran off after Artemis.

Followed her until we were quite a bit away from the council, and she stopped.

"Um... Why am I here exactly?" I asked, and I saw Leto and Apollo walk over to us.

"I want to thank you... For getting my mother out of her banishment." Artemis swallowed hard, and I was then grabbed into a tight bear hug by Leto.

"Thank you so much for getting me freed! I can never repay you so much!" Leto kept on thanking me, causing me to crack a small smile.

"It's alright, Lady Leto. I don't need anything in return anyway." I said to her, cracking a small smile at the Titaness.

"See, mom! I told you he would say that!" Apollo exclaimed, laughing a bit.

"Is that all I'm here for?" I asked, slightly worried that a random god or goddess was going to randomly pop up and smite me or something in a moment.

"Pretty much. And now, back to the PAR-TAY!" Apollo said cheerfully and flashed away, Leto following his example (not the immature behaviour though).

I then began to walk away, but someone grabbed my arm.

I turned to see a pair of bright silver eyes staring at me.

"Umm..." I didn't know what to say.

"Why did you help out my mother?" Artemis asked.

"It felt like the right thing to do... After Annabeth died, I had nothing else to wish for other than for her to be brought back to life. And that obviously failed." I answered, a tear trickling down my cheek as I thought of my wise girl.

"Thank you... Percy..." Artemis then broke her gaze from me, and flashed away without warning, but still wasn't quick enough for me to notice the blush creeping up on her cheeks.

"No problem..." I muttered under my breath, and looked out at the New York skyline.

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