This popped into my mind a few minutes before i started writing this sentence. Hope you enjoy!
Olympian bring your kid to work day
On Olympus, Apollo and Zeus were having an argument.
"MY children are better than yours!" Boasted Zeus, stroking his long white beard.
"No way! Mine are better!" Snapped Apollo, clenching his fists.
Hermes flew in "What's all the hubbub?"
"This lyre-playing pest thinks his children are better than mine!" Roared Zeus.
"Well, they are!" Yelled Apollo, drawing his sword.
Zeus took out his thunderbolt, and fingered it angrily.
For a second, it looked like things were going to get ugly.
Hermes flew in between them "Listen, guys, I have a suggestion."
The two took their eyes off each other for a second.
"Why don't you bring a demigod kid of yours round? A child, preferably. See how they behave at the big meeting tomorrow."
Zeus stroked his beard "That would be... acceptable."
Apollo nodded "If I win, you have to go to the gardens and do a really uncomfortable pose for three whole days!"
Zeus scowled "Fine. If I win you have to yell at Artemis that she can't shoot to save her life!"
Apollo held out his hand, and the two shook on it.
The next day, two young boys walked through the gates of Olympus with their fathers, who were glaring at each other.
"Hi!" Said Zeus's son, a tall, dark-skinned and muscular boy of around ten, who had shoulder-length black hair "I'm Heracles!
Apollo's son, another ten-year-old who had golden hair and a lyre in his hand, shook it "I'm Orpheus!"
"WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS!?" thundered Hera, striding up.
"It's a bet." explained Poseidon.
"A bet to see who's kid behaves better at a meeting."
Hera growled "I shall not allow two underage demigods into an important meeting! Least of all-" she threw a look at Heracles. She couldn't do anything. Not with Zeus so close.
The two gods nodded. Zeus seemed to have forgotten in his fright that He was the Supreme ruler of the universe, not Hera.
"Can we at least let them stay for a bit?" asked Apollo.
"Fine." Growled Hera, disappearing in a flash of light.
When they were left alone, the boys began to talk.
"So you're a prince too?" Asked orpheus.
"Yeah! Of Thebes!"
"Cool!" Heracles' grinned.
"Yeah. My older brother Linus is next in line though. I think he went to teach nobles music to Nobles where you come from, actually."
"Yeah" Heracles scowled "He's my teacher."
"I never liked him."
"I hate him."
"He thinks I'm an idiot."
"I suggest putting something sour in his food. He'll look like a prune!"
Heracles laughed "Thanks, Orpheus!"
"So, you're really strong, right?"
Heracles said nothing. He just went over to a nearby pillar with symbolic decorations all over it, and broke it off.
Orpheus smiled in wonder. This turned to a look of horror when the roof began collapsing.
Orpheus whipped out his lyre and began to play.
"Falling debris, stay in the air, while we two children escape by breath of a haiiiiirrrrrr!"
The debris stayed in the air, and the two hurriedly moved out of the way, before it fell again, coating the two in dust.
"You can do that?" Asked Heracles.
Orpheus blushed "It works way better with nature, buuuuut..."
"Hey, what do you two think you're doing!?"
The pair jumped and looked behind them.
A goddess with hair the colour and texture of wheat strode towards them. She wore a dark green dress, and was easily recognisable from statues as Cemeter.
"You two could have gotten hurt!" She wiped their faces with a bit of cloth, unknowingly inventing the handkerchief long before Richard II of England did "You're Zeus and Apollo's kids, right? Honestly, I hate it when their children get drawn into their affairs..."
Heracles blinked "We aren't children?"
"How old are you?"
"That's a child! Honestly, what are children coming to these days? During Humanity's early days it was your daughter willingly marrying the god who kidnapped her, now it's ten-year-old's destroying palaces! Why- oh, they're gone."
And indeed they were.
The two boys walked through a corridor, chatting, until they came across some stables.
"Cool." Muttered Heracles.
Animals of all kinds were in the stables. Horses, hounds, swans.
Orpheus pointed to a slightly singed section. It had four golden-maned horses in it.
"The steeds of Ares." Whispered Heracles.
He stretched his arm out and petted one of them.
It snorted fire at him, making him draw his hand away.
Heracles lost his temper. He punched it to hard it flew through the roof and landed by the stable door, right by the feet of none other than Ares, who had just arrived.
The god stared for a few seconds, before drawing his sword.
Orpheus and Heracles very wisely ran for it. Heracles wasn't strong enough to take on a god yet.
The chase continued into the gardens, where Athena and Artemis were hanging out.
They watched the scene unfold for a few minutes, before deciding to intervene.
Artemis shot an arrow at Ares' cape, which pinned him to the grouind.
Athena stepped forward "What's going on?"
'He punched my Horse!" Snapped Ares, pointing at Heracles.
"It snorted fire at me, stupid!" Heracles stuck out his tongue.
Ares' eyes blazed. Literally. He looked like he was about to explode when Orpheus began to sing. A song of calmness. A song of resting. A song of not beating up children.
Ares sighed woozily, and patted Heracles on the head, before walking off, mumbling sleepily.
Artemis and Athena stared. Then they both burst out laughing.
Zeus and Apollo stormed in, looking furious.
"Look at what you've done!" Apollo thundered.
Zeus snapped his fingers, and the boys dissappeared in a flash of light.
He pinched the bridge of his nose.
Hermes flew in.
"Looks like you lost the bet, Dad!" He grinned cheekily.
Zeus groaned. He knew there was no getting out of this.
An hour later, deities of all sorts gathered round a god in the garden doing a cow pose..
This god, of course, was Zeus.
Hera, who hadn't gotten the chance to sneak away and torment Heracles in some way or other, cheered up once she saw this.
"It looks like you're between a rock and a hard place!" She smirked.
Zeus, who could hear and see her, fumed.
He was getting her back for this.
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