In an Ocean of Stars

The Last Centurion 1


Summary:

After the Giant War Percy thought that he could finally get a quiet life, but it all came crashing down when Zeus went to war against Poseidon, forcing Percy to go into hiding. After countless skirmishes, the Council has made a tough decision and forced Percy into a marriage with Artemis in hopes of stopping the godly war. Also, deep down in a dark pit, a Primordial stirs...

(Thanks to TooManyIdeasTooLittleTime for helping me with the summary)

A/N:

Don't expect Artemis to fall in love with Percy immediately, this is going to happen slowly, I want to keep it as realistic as possible and explore how both of them slowly learn new things and deal with their unexpected engagement, they will have to learn how to care for each other.

Fully expect Diana (Artemis's roman form) to pop up in the story at some point, I want to explore both sides of the goddess personality in-depth but I want to do that without overdoing it.

Percy is going to be powerful and skilled but not unrealistically powerful, at some point: far down the story, he would eventually become an Olympian god.

This is NOT a guardian of the hunt story.

NON-CLICHÉ GUARANTEED (No chaos, no guardian, no wings, no torture at the hands of the hunters, no champion of a billion gods, etc.)

DISCLAIMER: I do not own Percy Jackson and related stories.


Chapter One: Wrath of Olympus

Percy looked up at the sky disdainfully and for the millionth time that week, he found himself wondering just how long he was going to survive.

Dark and sweeping clouds shrouded the heavens in an inky blanket of gloom, denying even a single ray of sunlight from passing through and providing some solace to the humans who so desperately yearned for the warm embrace of the sun.

Much like most other people, Percy did not recollect the last time he had felt the wonderful sensation of the sun against his skin.

Over the past couple of years, Earth had witnessed some of the worst weather in several centuries, massive earthquakes had leveled entire cities and catastrophic events like hurricanes and tsunamis had become more and more common, these disasters often ended up claiming thousands of innocent lives as they raged across cities destroying anything and everything that dared stand in their way... In the last three months alone, there had been two major tsunamis in the Pacific Ocean and if that wasn't bad enough already, one-fifth of the ozone layer had mysteriously depleted due to 'unknown reasons'.

The mortals had chalked up all of those catastrophes to global warming, but being a demigod, Percy knew better: The two sole reasons behind this apocalyptic situation were none other than his own father and his uncle— The God of Seas, Earthquakes, Storms, and The God of Sky, Lighting, and Thunder respectively.

Poseidon and Zeus had always been known for their bitter rivalry, but lately, this rivalry had taken an especially ugly turn when Zeus tried to have his brother voted out of the Olympian council... In the end, however, his plan had failed rather spectacularly when Poseidon was able to retain his seat by turning the rest of the Olympians against the king... but ultimately this resulted in the worst clash between the two brothers till date when Zeus challenged the God of the seas to a duel and after a fight that lasted for five whole months, both gods were forced to retreat when Poseidon proved that they were equally matched and no one was able to get an upper hand.

Sadly, rather than accepting a draw with humility, Zeus got even more enraged at being humiliated in this manner and declared an all-out war against his brother, this of course included all sea creatures, every port city, and naturally, the children of his brother... and seeing that Percy was the only mortal child of Poseidon alive, it was not surprising the days that came after that declaration were one of the worst Percy had ever experienced.

Fortunately this time the rest of the Olympians unanimously chose to stay out of this madness and instead tried their best to neutralize all the damages and save the world from the combined fury of the two Elder Gods... however, the sad reality was that there was little that they could do to make the brothers see reason, so ultimately, the devastation continued more or less unopposed.

These years had been especially tough on Percy since he was forced to face the brunt of Zeus's wrath for being his enemy's most prized son. He had lost count of times he had almost been struck by lightning; dark billowing clouds seemed to follow him everywhere he went, every time that he was out in the open, he was pelted by massive hailstones that down rained on him with vengeance. It was as if the sky itself had turned against him, the heaven was hell-bent on claiming his life to satiate the unquenchable bloodlust of its master and it was showing no indications of stopping.

However, despite the severity of the danger the sky presented, none of this had been Zeus's worst blow. No, the worst blow had come the day Athena had forced Annabeth to break up with the demigod son of Poseidon on Zeus's direct orders; this attack had completely shattered the young hero's heart as his love was violently snatched away from him; but despite how much it hurt him to stay away from her, the last time he had met her, he made her vow on the Styx that she would move on with her life and not wait for him anymore; he had done this because he feared that the King of Gods could try to hurt him by instead hurting the woman he loved.

There was only so much Zeus could directly do against 'the' Percy Jackson without seriously annoying the other Olympian Gods, due to his savior status Percy had gained tremendous respect from the divine world, and by targeting him with lighting bolts Zeus was already beginning to push the limits, but sadly in the eyes of most gods, Annabeth was not nearly as valuable as Percy was... nothing was stopping Zeus from going all out and trying to kill her if he wanted to, so this had forced Percy had to make the hardest decision of his life, he had to sacrifice their relationship in order to ensure her safety.

And this was how the Hero of Olympus found himself sitting on the small terrace of his unassuming two-bedroom flat in Hawaii, this US archipelago had become the safest place for a son of Poseidon in the entire country... The entire island was surrounded by expansive seas, and since the seas were within the domains of his father, this made Hawaii the only place where Percy could step outside of his house and walk on dry land without being smashed by football-sized hailstones...

The lonely demigod groaned in disappointment as he looked at the empty shores across from his apartment complex, once overflowing with tourists, these beaches had been reduced to barren wastelands, gone were the days of enjoyment when people could roam around freely without a care in the world, the new world had shut itself behind their doors in fear of the next disaster could strike them down without any warning.

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Olympus, Throne Room.

The gods of Olympus were assembled in their throne room as they all gazed down on the plight of the planet below them, while most gods were in attendance, there were two who were noticeably missing: Zeus and Poseidon, the two elder gods were so busy waging war on each other, that they had stopped attending the conferences that were held on Olympus.

Nevertheless, on this particular day, their absence turned out to be more of a blessing in disguise, because this gave the other gods a chance to finally have a serious dialogue about how to bring the two brothers back on line.

"I say this madness has gone on for far too long! They need to be stopped before they end up slaughtering the entire world in this pointless quest to satiate their overinflated egos!" Demeter, the usually soft-spoken and amicable goddess, exploded in outrage as another city fell into the dark clutches of famine.

This time Demeter had every right to be bitter; the clashes between her brothers had destroyed most of the harvest all around the globe, the never-ending disasters had plunged several parts of the world into terrible famines, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths across all nations, while Demeter had tried her best to support the mortals and aid their survival in every way probable, unfortunately for her, when the seas and sky themselves turned against her efforts there was little she could do other than stand aside and watch in sorrow as all her hard work was undone by the frivolous vanity of her brothers.

Hera, who had been resting adjacent to Demeter, nodded gravely as she pounded on her sister's words, "You are right sister... while I have tried my best to calm Zeus' rage and make him see reason... he does not yield; he is hell-bent on exacting revenge against Poseidon and no matter how hard I try, he just won't listen to my pleas..."

Hermes, who had been sitting on his plush throne comfortably, suddenly peered around nervously before leaning in and whispering, "The last time I visited Atlantis, they were preparing for an even larger scale war... hordes of cyclopes, reinforcing the city... forging weapons capable of wiping out entire continents... It was a horrifying display of destruction, especially seeing that I got a less than warm welcome for being my father's son." the god said while shivering at the thought of the cold reception he had received; the only reason he had even survived the visit was that his status as the messenger of deities gave him a sort of diplomatic immunity in these circumstances.

"Zeus too is doing more or less the same thing, he is amassing an army made of monsters, minor gods and creatures... even the demigods have started taking sides," Hera remarked sadly, all of these developments indicated towards an even more detrimental confrontation in the future, the most horrible part was that she couldn't say for certain whether the world would be able to endure that confrontation.

"At this rate, there would be no civilization in a few decades..." the goddess of wisdom spoke up, "the loss of life and capital have been incalculable... the humans would not be able to sustain themselves for far too long; soon their countries would descend into anarchy,and they would start waging wars on each other until the whole of humankind is consumed in its flames..." Athena said tensely, she had gone over all the data multiple times... if they did not act immediately then the destruction of the planet was imminent.

"So I believe are we all in agreement that it's time we took this situation into our own hands?" Hades asked in confirmation, he and Hestia had been recently reincluded in the council and they had immediately taken a proactive role in working to save the world from their brothers.

Hestia, the goddess of the hearth, nodded in affirmation, "Yes... if they refuse to stop acting like children then we must behave like adults for them." The eldest child of Rhea spoke resolutely.

"But what are we going to do? how do we stop them from fighting?" Apollo questioned, he hated admitting it, but it looked unlikely that anything short of sending one brother to Tartarus was going to improve the situation now.

While most gods were just as clueless as he was, Hara chose this moment to speak up again, she gave him the sun god a crooked smile and said, "Oh don't worry about that Apollo, I have an idea... just gather the council tomorrow and side with me when I call for a vote."

Apollo quivered internally at the expression he saw on the Queen's face, Hera could be ruthlessly cunning when she wanted to be and Apollo knew that better than most people, he had had the misfortune of experiencing her wrath for being Zeus's son from another woman and he could say with certainty that he wasn't looking forward to whatever malevolent scheme she had cooked up this time.

"Vote on what?" Hermes voiced everyone's unasked question, he too knew that the Queen of the gods did not shy away from being exceptionally fierce if the need arose.

"You will see soon enough..." Hera smiled mysteriously which only made the gods present there feel that much more agitated about her plan.

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That evening every Olympian god save Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo, Dionysus, and the two maiden daughters of Zeus received a letter penned down by Hera herself, these letters were to serve the objectives of bringing the rest of the gods into the folds of her master plan to save the planet.

The six who weren't included in it had been left out for a very good reason, Hera had concluded that it was almost guaranteed that they would never side with her plan, so in end, she decided to keep them in the dark and only reveal her plan at the very last moment to minimize the chances of any mishaps. While Hera herself had no reservations against doing what she was planning to do, the rest of the Olympians did feel bad going forward with her plan, nonetheless in the end they understood that it was necessary to save the world and agreed to it anyway...

It was clear to everyone involved that Hera wanted to punish her husband and her brother, and she wanted to do it in a way that would leave a lasting expression.

The next day her plan was put into action when she called an emergency gathering that all fourteen Olympians were obliged to attend.

Zeus and Poseidon appeared at the same time and immediately started glowering and snapping at each other; slowly the throne room filled in and all fourteen Olympians were in place, although by this point, the two brothers looked ready to jump out of their thrones and gut each other.

"That's Enough!" Hera roared, snapping the two gods out of their exchange as they jumped back in confusion.

Zeus was about to say something when Hestia joined Hera and scowled at her younger siblings, "NOT A WORD FROM YOU TWO!" She snapped at the now cowering forms of her brothers, Hestia rarely raised her voice but when she did, everyone listened.

"Since both of you are refusing to stop acting like children, from now on I will be acting like an adult for you!" The goddess announced and a pillar of searing hot blaze engulfed her form, within seconds, the 8-year-old goddess morphed into a 30-year-old woman who was looking down at them sternly. "Now sit silently and heed to what our sister has to say," she commanded with so much authority that even Zeus nodded his head nervously, the sky god had never seen Hestia this angry before, and to be honest, her fiery temper almost had him wet his toga... Nonetheless, his fear was swiftly replaced by smug satisfaction when he saw that his brother was not faring any better either, as he too fidgetted under their sister's heated glare.

Free to speak again, Hera cleared her throat and returned the council to attention, "So as I was saying..." she commenced,

"For two long years... the world has suffered the wrath of gods; hundreds of thousands of innocents- dead, children- orphaned... for two years we have failed as rulers, we as Olympians were supposed to be responsible for the well-being of the world but as we are all aware, due to the actions of two members of this council, all of humankind is now facing the threat of extinction. And this is unacceptable... when we named ourselves as the new rulers of this world, we did so with a vision, a vision to be benevolent rulers to our subjects, to be kind compassionate, and forgiving... but with great sorrow, I must admit that over the past few millennia, we all seem to have discarded those noble visions that we had set out with... our inability to settle this pointless feud is a testament to our great and irrefutable failure.

But I say that it's time we stopped, I say it's time we remembered who we are and what our obligation to the world is... this feud has to end, and if the parties concerned cannot decide for themselves, then we as a council must do it for them! This is why today I propose that we pass a peace treaty and finally bring this madness to an end... Also, I hope everyone here appreciates the severity of this situation... their crimes against humanity cannot go unpunished... and I believe that the terms of the agreement that I am about to propose would satisfy both requirements rather effectively..." the Queen of the gods proclaimed.

While the rest of the council displayed their support by applauding and nodding in approval, the two gods in question did not look amused. "If you think that I am honoring any peace treaty that you cook up in that scheming head of yours, then you have the wrong idea woman!" Zeus thundered in anger, he couldn't accept this, how dare they try and order around their king?!

Nevertheless, Hera seemed to be unfazed by his outburst as she smirked at her husband and replied, "I wouldn't be too sure about that dear..."

"Well, I am not going to accept any treaty either! Your suggestions are preposterous Hera!" Poseidon rebuked in anger, he was not allowing himself be pushed around by anyone, especially his least favorite sister.

Hera however, chose to ignore them and addressed the council once again, she took a deep breath and finally dropped the bombshell that was to be her masterstroke, "Olympians! Today I propose this: we have one of my Husband's Olympian daughters marry the most treasured son of Poseidon, this is the most tangible method of guaranteeing that peace between the two sides endures... also, what better way to punish them for their grave offenses than to have them see their favorite children suffer the consequences of their actions, this would motivate them to think twice before claiming thousands of innocent lives to satiate their pathetic sibling rivalry!"

"WHAT?!" Four voices exploded together, and those voices belonged to the following deities: Zeus, Poseidon, Athena, and finally Artemis... the latter looking so livid at the suggestion, that it was a surprise she wasn't strangling Hera already.

The goddess of marriage responded gravely and answered in a deeply sympathetic voice, "This is the only way I see of restoring peace, I am afraid that if we do not act now then the world will suffer appalling consequences."

"No way! I am NOT marrying ANYONE!" Artemis fumed with anger, she couldn't believe it, she couldn't begin to understand what Hera was thinking proposing something so outrageous, Artemis had half the mind of pulling out her bow and turning the sorry excuse of a goddess into a silver pincushion then and there, but somehow, she managed to control her murderous urges and keep herself from sending the queen to Tartarus.

"WELL NEITHER AM I!" Athena bellowed in anger; she had been looking forward to Hera's plan to save the world but she had never imagined that it could come back to bite her own neck.

"I am NOT having my daughters MARRY a spawn of this SEA SCUM!" Zeus thundered, he was livid! No one punished his precious daughters, he was not going to stand for this injustice.

"Yeah, and I don't want either of my sons near his daughters either!" Poseidon growled and tightened his grip around the trident in his hand.

"SILENCE!" Hestia ordered, "This is the olympian council and YOU WILL RESPECT ITS AUTHORITY!" A surge of power soared out of the goddess and pinned every god back into their thrones, "This matter shall be put on a vote on and NO ONE, I repeat NO ONE will question the council's resolution!" She ordered and her sudden anger sent the two brothers cowering under her glower again, the truth was that Hestia did not like the plan... no, she hated it... and if it was up to her she would have scrapped the plan immediately, but it was not in her hands... Hestia knew what the council was going to vote for and the best she could do in this situation was ensure that Hera's plan did not make everything worse. THen there was also the fact that this was necessary, her brothers had to learn that they could go destroying entire civilizations without expecting severe consequences if this was the only language they understood then they must be taught in this way.

"But... But... NO! Aunt Hestia! I refuse to MARRY A male! I will NOT stand for this! Please don't do this!" Artemis pleaded... her whole life had been based on the principle of hating every single male, she couldn't let this happen, it would destroy everything she stood for.

Hestia looked up at the distraught Goddess wistfully and with a heavy heart, she said, "I am so sorry my sweet niece, but I have no choice but to agree with Hera, I have seen the future dear and if we don't do something now then it would mean the end of the world... there is no other way of ensuring peace right now... I wish there was... but there just isn't... I hope that one day, you find in your heart to forgive me Artemis... but this treaty must happen, call the vote Hera..."

"No..." Athena whispered weakly but her plea went unheard just as her sister's did.

"All in favor?" Hera asked.

Eight hands rose in conjunction: Hera, Hestia, Demeter, Hades, Hermes, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Ares, and surprisingly Dionysus.

Zeus looked at his sons with betrayal in his eyes but the god of war just shook his head and answered, "Sorry father, but this is no war... this is just madness." Zeus's gaze shifted to Dionysus who just shrugged and said, "You are destroying my grape fields."

In the end, the only people who voted against the proposal were Zeus, Poseidon, Apollo, and of course, the two maiden goddesses the treaty affected the most.

The five deities looked in horror as the vote was firmly placed against their favor, they had lost, and they had lost spectacularly, there was no going against this decision now, it had been set in stone.

Hera smiled brightly and silently celebrating her success she declared "The vote has passed... Aphrodite, I believe you have a wedding to prepare."

Said goddess squealed with excitement and said, "Finally one of you is being forced to break that silly oath of yours! Oh, I have been waiting for this moment all my life! but I do wonder who it would be? The huntress or the nerd? Personally, I am rooting for the huntress, at least the nerd falls in love now and again but you—"

"SHUT UP APHRODITE or I SWEAR I will send you STRAIGHT TO TARTARUS!" Artemis shrieked in rage and launched the love goddess.

"Calm down sis, let me handle this." Apollo cried out and managed to restrain his furious sister, he was not just going to just stand there and let his sister be forced to marry some stupid boy against her wishes. The sun looked at the gods and tried to reason with them, "Obviously this cannot be my sister; as much as I hate to agree with Aphrodite, she is right this time, at least Athena falls in love with males... the only thing holding her back is her oath, but my sister... she hates men and the entire world knows that, you cannot force her to do something that goes against her very nature, I don't care what the council decides I will not let you do this."

Demeter shook her head at his outburst and looking at Zeus she said, "It has to be the father's decision Apollo... he must be the one to make the choice."

Said God slammed his fist in fury and a loud thunderclap went off above them, "I am not making them marry anyone!" He roared.

But Hera was having none of that as she leveled her husband under a withering glare and in an icy tone she said, "The council has voted Husband, even the King isn't above the law."

"Well fine then! If you are so hell-bent on this decision then it would be my daughter Thalia who marries his son! Leave Artemis and Athena out of this Hera! they are sworn maidens! You can't do this to them" he cried frantically.

Hera shook her head and said, "I can't do this? Oh, my dear husband, you are the one who did this. Sorry Zeus, but you must be taught a lesson for your sins, you cannot go around destroying half the world and expect no repercussions for your actions... no, it must be one of your favorite daughters, only then would you suffer the most... maybe this would make you understand what those poor humans have to go through when you and Poseidon decide that their lives are too inconsequential to stand before your mighty egos", while it was true that Hera was internally gleeful on getting the chance of punishing both her husband and the results of his infidelity, she did care about the world too, she genuinely wanted to do some good and the fact that she would be praised for saving the world was just an added bonus.

The mighty Zeus slumped on his throne and sighed in defeat as he finally admitted that there was nothing he could do, the council had voted.

"But this is not fair!" Poseidon rebelled, "you cannot expect me to force Triton to marry his daughter against my wishes." he cried in righteous outrage... everyone knew that the sea god loved his children above all else and that he would go to any lengths to protect them.

Hera huffed in annoyance and said, "Oh please... as if Triton would ever pass on the chance to wed either of them and besides, who said anything about it being Triton? Who are you trying to fool brother? Everyone knows who your favorite son really is."

Poseidon just gritted his teeth in fury and slammed his trident against the marble floor of the hall, "You. will. leave. Percy. out. of. this!" The sea god warned and a small tremor shook the entire palace proving just how incensed he was.

But Hera just smirked in reply and completely ignored the sea god's threats, she had already won and she knew that very well, there was nothing her brother or her husband could do now to get out of this situation, she had played all cards perfectly and she only had to sit back and enjoy the rest of the show now.

The two daughters of Zeus looked at their father pleadingly as they finally understood that their fates now rested in his hands. But the sky god himself was feeling just as despondent as they were, he looked broken as he was forced to make what was perhaps that most arduous decision of his entire life, he felt miserable on seeing the looks that his daughters were sending him... but alas, he was powerless to do anything other than choosing one and condemning the other.

Ultimately, the King of Gods sighed in defeat and looked at Athena, "I am sorry child, but Apollo is right... at least you don't hate men..." he said with his eyes downcast, he was feeling too ashamed at his helplessness to meet her eyes.

Athena looked at her father with an expression of shock and betrayal plastered over her face while Artemis gasped in relief as she finally got off the hook, or so she thought because out of nowhere, Athena's eyes suddenly brightened up as an idea popped up in her genius brain.

"No," she said firmly.

"I am sorry?" Zeus asked in confusion, he didn't understand what she meant by no: was his daughter in denial?

"I said no, father... do you remember that promise you made me several centuries ago?" The goddess of wisdom asked her father with a wicked grin that stretched over her face, she had found a way to get herself out of this position, there was no way her dad could force her to marry someone anymore.

"That promise?" Zeus's eyes widened in surprise as he too remembered a promise that he made a very long time ago, his expression soon morphed into a look of concern as its implications in the current situation finally dawned upon him.

"Yes, you swore upon the Sryx that you would fulfill one request by me as long as it was within your power do so, well this is my wish father, I wish not to marry anyone, and I am holding you to your word!" Athena grinned maniacally as she celebrated her genius idea which has possibly saved her from being forcefully married off to a disgusting sea spawn, it was no secret that she hated Poseidon with a passion, and his children were no exceptions.

"NO YOU SELFISH SELF CENTERED—" Artemis launched herself at her half-sister only to be restrained by Apollo yet again, the sun god was trying his best to calm her down but it was becoming increasingly more difficult with every passing minute...

"I am so sorry my dear daughter... but I am restricted by the oath..." Zeus said in a crushed voice as a lone tear leaked from his eyes, he did not blame Athena for this, she was well within his rights to defend herself, it was him who had failed Artemis today...

After nearly an hour of shouting and protesting, Apollo was finally able to calm his distrust sister down. He had tried his best to get the council to reverse this decision, but nobody listened to his pleas, he was acting all tough and collected from the outside just to support his sister... because from the inside, he felt just as broken as she did, he felt horrible for being powerless to help her.

The rest of the council looked at the twins with sympathy as they were forced to take part in their torment, they did not want to do this to Artemis but there was no other way of saving the world from its doom...

Finally, when the moon goddess had calmed down enough, Hera looked at Poseidon who was sulking in his throne, and said, "Go ahead then Poseidon, you better summon your son now." she suggested.

The sea god looked up from his seat and with great pain evident in his eyes, he said, "Obviously it has to be Triton... I cannot do this to Percy... not after all he has gone through..."

"NO!" Artemis growled, "I will NOT marry TRITON! NEVER!"

"Daughter please, try to understand—" Zeus began but he was cut by his daughter.

"NO! It will NOT be Triton" Artemis declared, "He is NO BETTER than the rest of the worthless males out there! If I must marry a man then it has to be Perseus! In my eyes, he is one of the only few honorable men in the entire world, he is a man who managed to earn my respect so if I marry someone then it has to be him!" She announced making her decision known to everyone.

"Are you certain daugh—" the sky god began but to be interrupted once again.

"YES, FATHER! Don't you understand? He took the sky for me! He earned the respect of the greatest hunter I ever had, he has shown himself to be an honorable person every time he got the chance so if you must condemn me to this HELL then at least make it as bearable as possible!" She cried out desperately, she was sick and tired of Zeus questioning her decision all the time, the least he could do for her after getting her into this mess was allow her a choice in choosing her own groom, but even there he was making her life harder.

Hera, who had been sitting silently all along suddenly stood up and said, "I also remember saying that It HAS to be your dearest son Poseidon, and Triton is not that. Besides... Artemis is right, who better to marry her than perhaps the most loyal person alive? To guarantee peace in the future we must make sure that the marriage is successful, and Percy appears to be the perfect candidate for marrying Artemis because he would never betray her for anyone else... it goes against his very nature to do that."

And that was when Apollo decided to step in, the truth was that he didn't know what to do anymore, there was no way he could turn the council's decision now, all he could do was make this easier for Artemis, exasperated by his lack of options, the god groaned in frustration and ran his hands through his hair before finally speaking up, "Yes... even I would feel better if it's Percy marrying my sis rather than Triton, he is perhaps the only man I would ever allow near her... and no, this is not up for debate, you either agree to her demands or accept my resignation from this council, I will fight every god present in this room if I have to but I will not let you do this to my sister." the god declared resolutely, making Artemis look at him with surprise and fondness, even in this fragile condition she still managed to feel immensely proud of her brother, she was deeply affected by her brother's unwavering and endless support, moved by his words the goddess subconsciously leaned even closer to him as the god continued to hold his sister in place.

Hermes who had been sitting quietly until now, looked around thoughtfully before saying, "I agree with them, Percy is a great guy... look at what he did for my Luke, he allowed my son to have an honorable end even though he betrayed them... if that's how loyal he is to his friends then he would be a perfect husband for Artemis."

"Well I don't care what you people think because there's no way that I would allow Percy to marry a man-hater! My son deserves better than this; he deserves a chance to fall in love and live his life on his own terms! AND THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE! Especially after everything he has done for this Council!" Poseidon cried in fury as he saw the other gods try to rope his son into this trap, he would not let Percy go through this hell, not under his watch...

Hera shook her head and said, "It is not your place to question the council's decision brother. It has to be your favorite son, I thought I had made it abundantly clear."

"What is this silly title you keep using all the time Hera, I have no favorites! And even if I had, you have no way of proving that Triton isn't my favored son, after all... he is my firstborn and the heir to Atlantis! Why do you keep bringing Percy into this" the sea god countered, while Poseidon loved both his sons immensely, he was a lot more protective of Percy than he was of Trition, this was probably because his younger son was a moral who had had hundreds if not thousands of near-death experiences while his older son was an immoral god who had been born with a silver spoon is in his mouth, Percy had proven himself to be the best among the best through all the struggles he had overcome in his difficult life, the sea god was terrified of losing him to this so-called treaty which was why he was behaving so defensively all of a sudden.

"Do not delude yourself into thinking that I need any proof to see this through brother, but if you are so intent on proving otherwise, then, by all means, go ahead, swear an oath, swear it on the Styx that Percy Jackson isn't your favorite son!" Hera challenged.

"B-But... um..." Poseidon stumbled, he couldn't do that... he couldn't swear saying that Percy wasn't his favorite son... because then it would be a lie...

"I thought so, what did you think brother? Did you really expect to get out of this so easily? Your crimes are beyond severe snd your punishment must be harsh too." Hera spat angrily, she hated it when her husband and Poseidon acted like they were so much better than everyone else and like the normal rules did not apply to them, she had become fed up with their massively inflated egos and this was why she was so hell-bent on putting them in their place...

"But he is innocent! Punish me, not him! Please Hera, I beg of you... these are my crimes! He doesn't deserve this punishment"

"This is your punishment Poseidon... you brought this upon him." The goddess said in an unforgiving tone.

"But you said it has to be an OLYMPIAN! He isn't even a god sister! Leave him out of this, hasn't he has lost enough already?" Poseidon pleaded desperately, such was his love for his sons that he was even ready to abandon his pride and beg like a mere mortal to save Percy.

"Do not twist my words Poseidon, I only mentioned an Olympian daughter of my husband, besides that: even if he is not an Olympian yet I am pretty sure that he would become one eventually, after all, he has saved the world two times already, has he not? I think he is far more deserving of being in this council than my husband's drunk bastard over there." she hissed in anger as Dionysus fell out of his throne at harsh the insult.

But before the sea God could reply, Aphrodite shot up from her throne and cried, "But it cannot be Percy Hera! A perfect male like him should not be condemned to a loveless marriage! This is a mockery of my domain."

"It has to be Percy OR I WILL KILL THE OTHER IDIOT MYSELF!" Artemis explode in bitterness, in her opinion Triton was no better than the rest of the male pigs meandering around on Earth, the few times she had come across the immortal heir of Poseidon, she had always left thoroughly disgusted by his boastful and materialistic nature, those were some of the traits that were missing in Perseus, the famed demigod was the exact opposite of his half brother, he was loyal, humble, kind and pretty much everything that Triton was not.

"You Dare—" Poseidon snarled in anger but abruptly shut up when Hestia got up from her throne beside him and smacked him on the face.

The sea god gaped at his elder sister in horror as his eyes moistened from the blow.

The rest of the council inhaled in terror while Zeus sniggered at the unshed tears in his enemy's eyes, the mighty Poseidon... one who had shrugged off direct hits from the master bolt was brought to tears on being whacked by his big sister.

Hestia glared at the sea god and said, "Just Listen. To. The. Maiden."

Poseidon backed away from his sister and fell back on his throne, "Hermes... go bring Percy." he whispered in a hollow tone.

-End of Chapter-


A/N: I am aware of the capitalization and formatting issues, let's just say some mishaps happened while transferring my chapters to doc manager, I would address all of them later but until then you're just going to have to deal with them... Sorry!

So that was the first chapter, I hope you are liking it so far, as I had said before, I would try to avoid all clichés to the best of my ability.