A/N: So it's been a while huh? I know I haven't been faithful in updating this story but right now with the current message from a reader I have decided to at least end this and move onto completing my other stories. I have lost my train of thought with this story and my other computer had crashed taking the finished story with it. So I kind of get to start over a bit from a certain point. A blessing and a curse I suppose. Well happy reading! I hope that this ending doesn't suck...because my writing style has been so different since I had started this story. -KPetrova
The sounds of the underworld filled the sense of every living person that had entered it's domain. The heat, the heaviness of souls and the war that raged in between. Arina was at the top of the peaks fighting Dea to what seemed like a death match. Below the current was Luke and Percy engaging in a battle of strength and perseverance as each demi-god tried to best the other. Then there was Oceanus and Cronus, two brothers facing off after an eternity of imprisonment. Oceanus walked through the foyer of Hades' mansion as he was greeted by the sight of Persephone. She stood there in her long black dress leaning against a pillar as she filed her long nails. She looked up with curiosity as Oceanus materialized before her and took his first few careful steps. Her manicured eyebrow raised and she pushed herself off the pillar and the nail file disappeared in a wisp of smoke.
"I do not know you." she said carefully. "But I would like to."
"Persephone, I would like to speak with my nephew and brother if that's not too much trouble."
"Ah...Oceanus...right. He said you would come." Persephone sighed and she folded her arms indignantly over her chest. "Hm, he told me to sick the hell hounds on you if you showed your face. But I'm more inclined to watch my 'husband' get the beat down of his life. After all he keeps me here...alone. So babe, for you, you can have a free pass." she smirked and then snapped her fingers as the awaiting hell hounds receded into the darkness and Persephone herself did as well. But before she disappeared Oceanus saw her smirk and her white wide eyes stare into him before she winked and like the nail file before her was gone in thin black wisps.
"Was never fond of her." Oceanus mumbled to himself before he walked towards the study. As he did he entered and looked about at the decor before he saw a chair in the center of the room facing the fire. And there a blonde head of hair could be seen over the top and next to it was Hades.
Hades looked to Oceanus, his eyes going wide for a moment before he bent low and said something to the person in the chair. And that person arose to reveal in all his glory was Cronus. He looked younger than Oceanus, with a head of blonde hair, ice blue eyes and was tall and commanding. He wore a red button up and black slacks and he smiled as if pleased to see Oceanus and placed his hands in his pockets.
"Brother, I see you've been freed. How fortunate." he said and stepped around the chair. Hades kept his position where he was looking between the two Titans with worry. This could go either two ways; scenario one, Oceanus helps. Scenario two, Oceanus does not side with his brother and then the underworld would proceed to be ripped apart by two of the strongest beings besides himself and his two other brothers.
"Young Percy freed me. I am not here to side with you brother." Oceanus said plainly as he too took the same stance as Cronus. "You have sent family against family and because of this you killed my daughter. My only blood, and the only one I would ever love. I have naught seen her since infancy and it's all because of you."
"Blame your nephew Zeus. Because of him we've been trapped and you have naught seen dear sweet Arina. She's beautiful from what I hear...very...powerful like her father and well she looks so much like her mother."
"If it wasn't for your destructive ways we would not be here. I've forgiven and come to terms with the fact I had to be punished along with the others to make the world a better and safer place. It is the age of human kind not gods. We are a thing of the past brother, a mere memory."
"Then we must reclaim the worlds for our own. Humans are nothing more than slaves! Weak!"
"No brother...you are weak. All love has left your heart. I remembered a much kinder you...now you are riddled with hate. What happened to the Cronus I knew."
"He gained all the power in the world. And now that I'm free I will tear apart the Olympians and all their children and then...anyone else who stands in my way."
"Well then...I guess we get to see who has the most power after all this time." Oceanus said simply and in the next instant a trident appeared in his hand made of glowing water and he thrust it at Cronus. It hit causing a huge quake and Cronus went flying through the stone walls revealing the underworld outside the mansion. Oceanus looked to Hades his eyes glowing white hot and the god of the underworld just stood there and nodded.
"Fix this." he said simply and Oceanus pointed a finger at him.
"I will leave you for my daughter to handle." and with that he disappeared in a huge wave after Cronus.
Meanwhile Arina and Dea where locked in an epic battle. Arina lashed out striking Dea across the face with her bare fists and Dea went flying across the dirt in her own crater, blood and ash seeping from the cracks in her own marble like skin. Dea struggled however to get to her feet but only to be thrust back down in the dirt by a strong force of ice and pressure. Arina walked up to her cousin and picked her up by the throat and holding her in the air. Dea clawed with her nails at Arina's skin but it left no mark or indent and Dea's eyes widened in fear.
"Why do you get to become a god when I have served uncle to the fullest!" she screeched.
"Those who are worthy of god-ship are rewarded, those who are not are forsaken. I will punish you as such." Arina's eyes glowed as Dea screamed as her eyes too went from yellow to blue. The jewel around her forehead began to crack and suddenly the headpiece began to crack until it shattered and Dea's eyes went pale grey as if all color had been drained from it. She hung limp and Arina dropped her to the ground as she curled up into a ball and began to cry. Dea stared about as if she did not know where she was and now no longer had the ability to speak. She was mute and dumb and would spend the rest of forever locked in a nightmare of the things she's done. Arina looked down on her with pity and turned leaving her there, only to have something hurling towards her. A body hit hers and she along with that person crashed into the peak as they shattered it and went for the lava below.
Arina was able to remove herself from under the person before they hit and she watched them go into a current of lava. Flipping her long hair back she stood on a bank and watched as the figure arose out of it the lava running off him like it was water. A trident was sticking through his chest the skin cracked but no blood came forth. He turned and looked at Arina and he sighed as though bored and pulled the trident from his chest and it melted into water.
"My niece...so good to see you."
"Cronus." Arina hissed as she too erected a trident out of thin air and her eyes began to glow.
"You and your father have the same annoying disposition." he said and then in the next instant out of the lava a giant Xiphos made for the hands of a much larger being arose made of solid gold. And Cronus smirked the evilest of smirks as he began to grow and his skin turned grey and then metallic until he was a good fifty feet tall and took said sword in his hand. Arina looked up at him and her face set hard as she prepared herself to exchange blows but before she could a giant torrent of water swirled fifty feet high as well and then standing there in all his glory was her father.
"Touch her and you die!" Oceanus thundered and Cronus looked to him his attention diverted.
"Your love for your daughter makes you weak!"
"Your love of power makes you weaker!" Oceanus said back and a metal trident appeared in his hand. He held it up defensively. "Arina, aid Percy. This fight is not for you."
Arina hesitated but turned and ran off to join her friends in their fight with Luke.
Oceanus looked to his brother and then began the war of the titans. Cronus and Oceanus exchanged devastating blows that rattled the underworld causing new cracks in the earth and the souls to wail. Oceanus took Cronus by the throat and thrust him up against a mountainside as he crushed with all his might. He was moments from plunging the mighty trident into him, ridding him of life forever but Cronus thrust upwards with his sword piercing Oceanus in the shoulder. And so the mighty Titan of the Seas roared and dark purple blood fell from his veins. These weapons they possessed where the only weapons made that could fatally wound. Oceanus was thrust back and went flying into the lava making it rise and broil as a hot sea.
Becoming fed up with the heat the lava began to hiss and cool and suddenly water began to come forth under it...Oceanus would turn this hot domain into a watery prison if he had to. The more water the better and the stronger and if he had to flood it from above he would. And so water rose from below and rained down from above. Cronus looked around him and back to his brother who was holding himself up by the trident and the water sealing over the wound. His eyes narrowed and he grit his teeth.
"Always the stubborn one." his large voice boomed.
Arina looked back to see her father for a moment but then she kept on running forward. Before she knew it she was met with an arrow to the face and before her was Annabeth. Annabeth let out a breath of relief before turning and shooting a fury over her shoulder.
"Thank the gods it's just you." she said turning back around.
"There." Annabeth pointed to the bridge above where Luke and Percy where dueling with their swords. Arina looked back at Annabeth and then walked up to her as she put her arm around her waist and with a powerful jump they soared into the air and landed on the dirt on one side of the bridge.
"Watch my back." Arina ordered and Annabeth nodded as she put another arrow in her cross bow.
"Just kick his ass."
Arina turned as she walked out onto the bridge and both boys paused to see the new arrival.
"Ah, Arina love. So glad to see you awake and healthy. You're welcome by the way."
Arina didn't respond instead she frowned and turned into water before dashing forward and Luke's eyes widened as the water swirled about him and entered his body through any opening available. He felt it choking him and the cold wash through his veins until it rushed back out and Arina was a foot from him. She did not look pleased and her eyes glowed bright and he was struck dead as every water molecule in his body froze. And so he fell over the edge of the bridge and into the smokey watery grave never to be bothersome again. Arina looked to Percy then who was covered in ash, blood and sweat.
"You need to leave. Take the others and go...dad and I will do the rest."
"What's going to happen?" he asked her and she smiled sadly.
"I'm unsure. But if the underworld collapses you will be stuck here for an eternity." she said gently. "We will see each other soon Percy. I promise."
"I love you." he said and Arina smile turned slightly happier, warmer, all in all the picture of a memory that Percy will never forget till the day he died.
"I love you too." and with that Arina clapped her hands and held them out and an opening appeared in the mountainside. "That tunnel will lead you above ground."
And so Percy did as he was ordered and as he was about to step through the archway that led to the mortal world above he looked back one last time. He saw Arina glow bright as a hurricane raged about her and her and Oceanus charging at Cronus. He was pulled through by Annabeth and the opening sealed itself behind them and they where encased in darkness.
Alcander created a light source through his powers and led the way. Only time would tell if the fight would be brought above ground to create destruction or calmed to signal victory.