The Road to Darkness

The Puppets and the Road to Darkness

She just cried, her silver eyes shining with salty tears. Her auburn hair was let down, as he loved it. Her bottom lip quivered.

He was dead. She couldn't digest that information.

He had to be alive.

He just had to.

"And if your plan fails?" She asked.

"Then you will never see or hear me again. I love you... Remember that." He was trying his best not to cry with her. She wouldn't see him weak.

"THEN GIVE ME A SIGN!" She screamed, and the damns broke. Both had rivers of tears falling down their faces.

The ring on her finger broke, shattering into dust.

"That is your sign, Artemis... I'm sorry... I'll keep you alive, as you are the searchlight that will lead me out of the Road to Darkness..."

THE ROAD TO DARKNESS

No point of view:

Silver and golden arrows rained down upon enemy monsters.

The twin siblings Artemis and Apollo stood back to back, shooting any monster that dared to get in their lines of fire.

One Cyclops attempted to batter a demigoddess black and blue, only to get turned into a silver and golden pincushion.

The only thing on Artemis' mind (other than winning the war they were currently fighting) was where Percy was, and if he was safe.

She couldn't even bare to see Percy's face after she saw Thalia snatched up by Gaea, and a bunch of other demigods slain by Mother Earth.

"Incoming!" An extremely loud voice yelled out, and all of the monsters scattered. A huge pole of Cesterial Bronze hit the ground right where a Lydian Drakon was, killing the creature instantly.

The twins looked around, leaving their only option up.

Through the thick clouds of the night, a pair of dark golden glowing eyes stared through the dark clouds of the night.

No... It can't be... Artemis couldn't bear to think of what the creature was.

An ear-shattering roar filled the air, bringing all of the demigods, monsters and immortals alike to their knees.

"Now, Íta Trópidos, Katastroféas ton Kósmon, show these weaklings what you are truly capable of!" Erebos barked from on top of the dragon.

"Uh... Sis... We're screwed, aren't we?" Apollo asked, not sure of what to say.

"Not just yet, Apollo. We should though prepare for the apocalypse, as this creature will dismantle this world, undoing all of Chaos' work." Artemis said, deadpanned.

She was truly gutted - she would never get her chance to marry her true love; Perseus Jackson, son of Poseidon.

THE ROAD TO DARKNESS

A flash of black shot through the night sky.

Ropes of mud flew past Percy as if they were supposed to be bullets.

Percy seemed to dive out of the sky, far under a flaming oil truck. It then exploded, but Percy was already far out of sight, as he had barrelled through an alleyway.

As he neared the port, the streets became more and more coated in golden dust. Then, there were a few severed demigod limbs to litter the streets. Percy didn't really feel sick until he saw Gaea, as she was... Well... Put it this way: she was way more disfigured than before.

There was a jagged scar running down. Her face, marking where Percy (literally) cut the Protengoi of earth in half during his fit of rage after she killed Annabeth in cold blood.

"Oi, Gaea?! How was it being cut in half?!" Percy yelled up at Mother Earth as she towered over everything and body.

The Protengoi of earth turned towards the winged son of Poseidon, and seethed.

"Perseus... This time you will be ripped in half!" Gaea shrieked, and Percy was forced to clutch his ears in pain. Gaea really needs to calm the hell down.

"I think you’re on your period again, Gaea! Ever heard of a tampon?!" Percy dived to the side to avoid a garbage truck coming down upon where he once was.

"A simple 'no' would have been a good enough answer..." Percy grumbled, and pulled an all too familiar ball tip pen from his jeans pocket.

He uncapped the sword, and it extended into a sword with a three foot long Cesterial Bronze blade. Riptide.

Percy dodged a few tendrils of dirt, and cut them in half with his sword. He know full damn well that it wouldn't do much other than piss Gaea even more than before as they were made of dirt.

Gaea threw much more dirt-related stuff at Percy, but they were easier to dodge than how dumb Ares and Apollo were (and that is a LOT).

Raising his sword, the Hero of Olympus reached the earth Protengoi's disfigured face.

He brought the sword down, but he was flung backwards by a sudden blast of energy.

There, behind Gaea, stood a few of her giant sons: Porphyrion, Polybotes, Alcyoneus, Enceladus, Otis, Ephialtes, Clytius, Leon, Mimas, Thoon and the worst of them all - Gration.

Porphyrion's marble-like eyes were narrowed at Percy as he wore one of the sadistic grins known to man.

Blood was splattered everywhere, as the son of Poseidon was thrown into a daze.

It was pretty clear that Percy's nose was broken, and his lips were enlarged with blood leaking from them.

The eleven giants and Gaea surrounded the semi-conscious son of Poseidon, all wearing a creepy grin.

"I am going to enjoy torturing you in Tartarus, while Gration screws that most beautiful fiancé of yours." Porphyrion grinned darkly, and raised his spear high above Percy, which caused it to pulse strong amounts of concentrated energy through it.

Then, a roar from high above shook the air around them, and a beam of dark golden light shot down, hitting Percy square in the chest.

Multiple waves of energy sent the eleven giants and their mother flying into buildings, vehicles and the Hudson River.

A pair of glowing dark golden eyes managed to catch the son of Poseidon's eyes.

"Uh-oh..." Percy paled considerably. It was here earlier than anticipated - a little too early if one may add.

"Now, Íta Trópidos, Katastroféas ton Kósmon, show these weaklings what you are truly capable of!" Erebos' voice echoed from on top of the dragon.

"Ugh... Remind me to punch him in the face..." Percy groaned in pain, and picked himself up off of the ground.

He summoned some water from the Hudson to help heal his wounds before wiping what was left of the blood from his face.

Percy glared up at the planetary sized dragon. It was much smaller than from in Percy's dream, but this thing could still swallow half of Olympus whole.

Percy growled in annoyance, his sea green and crimson red swirling eyes glowing with hatred.

"So, this is the legendary Perseus Jackson... Humph, you’re much weaker than I anticipated. Prepare for death, Perseus Jackson, as I will devour you as I will Olympus and Earth!" A voice smashed against the sides of his head.

The son of Poseidon fell back down with a serious migraine. "So, this is Íta Trópidos, Katastroféas ton Kósmon, huh? A lot smaller than I thought, but still way too big." Percy commented, trying to majorly piss the enormous dragon off for some random reason.

"So, Perseus, do you wish to die tonight, or with the world's end?!" Erebos offered Percy from up above.

"Hmmm... Let me think... How about you let your pet dragon eat you, I kill it, and then I find you in the Void and park my foot up your ass. How does that sound, bitch?!" Percy sneered, arching his eyebrow in a mocking way at the Protengoi of darkness and the Spirit of Apocalypse.

"Or I'll just rip you apart... Limb for limb. I will enjoy crushing your bones and drain your veins of your blood. Then, I shall eat your heart and turn you into a puppet just like your girlfriend Annabeth is!" Erebos snarled, and Percy's switch flipped.

The golden light seemed to sink into the son of Poseidon, sending a sharp rush of power through his body.

With a shout of rage, Percy aimed Riptide at the two and a beam of bright light arched up into the sky, aiming straight for the golden eyes.

They closed for a brief second, before snapping open, burning with hatred and bloodlust.

With a loud roar, the dragon broke through the clouds.

The only way to see it was the glowing golden eyes, as its black scales were darker than the night itself.

Percy mentally cursed. He could not possibly fight something he could not possibly see.

He pushed those thoughts aside when he saw Erebos hovering next to the monstrous dragon.

Percy just looked down slightly.

He couldn't bear to look at Erebos. He would lose himself in the ocean of hatred.

Just look up... She will be avenged... He must fall... A dark, menacing voice goaded the son of the sea.

Percy looked up.

He eyes burned blood red, as well as that all him seeing.

Waves of darkness began to roll off of Percy, as well as all of the light around him beginning to fade.

"You know... I'm going to enjoy ripping you apart. I think that the Road to Darkness was the right path for me..." Percy grinned evilly, his raven black hair flying around in the harsh winds collecting around him.

Erebos just grinned. He had done it. He had got Percy to choose the wrong path: The Road to Darkness. Now, he belongs to Erebos.

Finally, another puppet to play with. Erebos smiled, showing his pearly white teeth.

His skin grew even paler, and his eyes turned darker than Íta Trópidos' scales.

The Road to Darkness had been taken. And now, the world was doomed.

Perseus Jackson is no more.

THE ROAD TO DARKNESS

"Ugh... Why does my body hurt so much...?" He asked himself, shielding himself from the bright white light that surrounded him.

"So, you decided to die, Percy Jackson?" A weak voice asked to the left.

Percy turned his head, and saw someone long dead.

"Nyx..." Percy breathed, relieved to see a familiar face.

"I wouldn't be so ecstatic, fool." Nyx snapped, her face hardened like steel.

"What did I do now?" Percy groaned, getting up onto his feet.

"You gave into Erebos' temptations. Your body is merely a puppet to him now." Nyx explained, still clearly pissed at the son of Poseidon.

"So... Err... What happens now?" Percy asked, rubbing the back of his neck sheepishly.

"Nothing can be done, the Road to Darkness has been chosen, Percy, and you cannot turn back. There is only one option though: you cross it, and destroy Erebos by entering his mind. But not even Chaos can pull that off, so you better not try that. The option there is, is to take back over your own body, as that shall be easier." Nyx explained, shaking her head in disapproval.

"I'm going for option A. But first, I think I should pay someone a little visit. Sp, know how to break down a godly barrier?" Percy asked, and Nyx grinned.

"So, that is why you gave her that ring."

"Can you help?"

"With pleasure, Percy."

THE ROAD TO DARKNESS

Artemis sighed in defeat.

The dragon seemed to retreat back to the cover of the clouds as dawn drew near, and the monster armies seemed to retreat for the shadows. The demigod army marched back to the Empire State building to seek shelter for the duration of light hours. Twenty demigods remained awake to scout the areas, and switched every hour so that the demigods each got the same amount of sleep as the other.

Artemis was asleep back up in her palace. She couldn't shake off the fact that that bright light was Percy, and that the dragon descending was it eating Percy whole.

She entered her sleep, only to be dragged into a dream unlike most immortals.

She was in a pale white room, and across from her was Percy.

"Artemis... I only have minutes... But I need to warn me... I took the Road to Darkness. My body is currently Erebos' puppet, so just capture it if my body comes anywhere near you." Percy quickly said, Artemis only catching the most important parts.

"Where are you?!" Artemis yelled, and Percy held back the tears.

"I'm dead, Arty. I have to fight Erebos within his own mind if I'm to survive. Just stay alive, this war is nearly won - I promise you." Percy's voice cracked. This may be the last time he's ever seen his one and only true love.

Artemis just cried, her silver eyes shining with salty tears. Her auburn hair was let down, as Percy loved it. Her bottom lip quivered.

He was dead. She couldn't digest that information.

He had to be alive.

He just had to.

"And if your plan fails?" Artemis asked.

"Then you will never see or hear me again. I love you Artemis... Remember that." Percy was trying his best not to cry with her. She wouldn't see him weak.

"THEN GIVE ME A SIGN!" Artemis screamed, and the damns broke. Both had rivers of tears falling down their faces.

The ring on Artemis' finger broke, shattering into dust.

"That is your sign, Artemis... I'm sorry... I'll keep you alive, as you are the searchlight that will lead me out of the Road to Darkness..." Percy cried, and the two began to move apart.

"I love you!" Artemis cried.

"Forever, when the stars remain..." Percy sobbed, and the two lovers were tossed out of the dream world.

Artemis snapped awake, her eyes wide.

She checked her finger - no ring.

The damn broke.

"Percy..." She cried, hugging her knees tightly into her chest.


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