Heyy, I just wanted to thank all of my awesome readers for following me this far. You've all been very kind, (some potty-mouthish) but very kind. It's been a pleasure writing for you all, and you'll have to tell me whether or no you want me to make this a series thing. Once again thank you so much. I hope you enjoy the final chapter.
When I woke up, I found myself in a pleasant, sunny room. I had been changed out of my old clothes and was wearing some flannel pajamas. I tried to sit up, but felt a sharp pain in my right arm. It was in a sling. What happened? I wondered.
Suddenly a girl in her mid-teens walked in. She had shoulder length shiny blonde hair with multi-colored highlights. Her eyes seemed to change colors in the light. One minute they were pink, the next they seemed a peachy orange color, and so on. She smiled when she saw that I was awake.
"Ah, Perseus Jackson, good to see you are awake. You took quite a fall." She said kindly.
"Who are you?" I asked, I didn't mean to be rude, but I was kind of confused as to what had happened at Garden of the Gods.
The girl laughed, "I'm sorry, I forgot to introduce myself; I'm Iris, goddess of rainbows and messengers." She said.
I nodded, "Oh, and where am I?" I asked.
I noticed that Iris's eyes flickered with unease for a minute but it passed, "You're in Olympus. You've been unconscious for about three days." She said.
"What? What day is it?" I asked, beginning to panic.
"December 21st." She informed me.
I began to panic. We had failed. We hadn't found the Master Bolt; the gods would start a war, right when Kronos was preparing an attack.
Iris noticed my anxiety, "Don't worry Perseus. You found the Master Bolt. It is safe now." She said.
"But how?" I asked.
"Well, when you fell, Lady Artemis said that she found the Master Bolt in your hands. It power was so strong, and your grip was so tight on it, that you broke most of your arm and hand." Iris explained, "Apollo healed you as best as he could, but your arm was harder to fix."
"What about Artemis?" I asked, "What happened to her?"
Iris smiled, "Apollo fixed her up as well."
"What about the actual lightning thief, did you ever catch him or her?" I asked.
Iris shook her head, "We didn't find anyone. The gods are debating that problem now." Suddenly her eyes widened, "Oh no, I forgot, I was supposed to bring you to the Council meeting. You were supposed to be there five minutes ago!" she said.
Careful as to not injure my broken arm any further, she pulled me out of the comfy bed and began herding me towards the Council of the Gods meeting.
"Can't I change first?" I asked as some minor gods laughed at me as we passed.
"No time for that now." Iris said, quickening her pace.
We walked into the council room, where the gods were all seated in their large thrones.
Zeus looked slightly annoyed, as did some of the other gods like Ares, Demeter, Hera, and Hades. Others looked pretty happy to see me; Hermes saw me and gave me a quick wink, Apollo looked past me and was staring at Iris, he was smiling at her, and she was blushing slightly. My dad was watching me; his smile told me that he had been worried. Aphrodite smiled and waved at me, causing me to blush. I couldn't that seeing her still made me blush. Artemis was watching me; her face was emotionless.
"Iris, why is he late?" Zeus asked impatiently.
Iris gave a hasty bow, "Sorry your lordship. I was trying to fill him in on what had happened after he passed out." She said.
"Is that why he is still wearing pajamas?" Artemis asked with mild amusement. I felt my face burn, for the second time that day.
Iris nodded, "Yea, sorry about that." She said.
Zeus sighed, "Thank you Iris. You can go now." He said. Iris gave another hasty bow and left. He turned his attention back to me, "Now, what to do with you?" he mused.
"We get to kill him right?" Ares asked, "Ya know, since he was the lightning thief and all."
"We will not kill my son for returning your weapon Zeus." My father said to Zeus.
"Technically, he didn't return it, Lady Artemis did, but for once I agree that he should be spared this time." Athena spoke up.
Zeus nodded, "You're right I suppose. Of course he did disobey me when I told him that he could only fly once." Zeus mused.
"That was my fault father. I told him that it would be fine if we flied once more." Artemis spoke up.
"I suppose that's true." Zeus nodded in agreement.
Aphrodite coughed something that sounded kind of like "Daddy's girl", but Zeus ignored it.
"What if he really did steal the Master Bolt though?" Ares asked obviously mad that he wasn't going to get to pummel me, "We'd be letting him off just like that!" he argued.
"When could he have stolen it?" Apollo asked now paying attention now that Iris was gone.
"Maybe he didn't." Hera said, "How do we know that it wasn't our dear little Artemis that stole it?" she asked, shooting a glare at Artemis.
Artemis glared at Hera, "Lady Hera, you know as well as I do that it is against the Ancient Laws to steal another god's symbol of power." She said threateningly.
Hera waved her had dismissing the fact, "Laws can be broken dear." She said.
"Lady Hera, Artemis was at Camp when the Master Bolt was stolen." Athena pointed out.
"She could've stolen it for revenge." Hera said, "Wd don't know what she's capable of, after all she did attack Aphrodite." She said.
I noticed Aphrodite's face turn pale, a frown forming on her face, "I never said it was her. I said that it looked the same size as her. It could've been someone else." She said.
Artemis seemed to realize something, "What was the person wearing? The person that attacked you."
"It was wearing all black. I couldn't see a face." Aphrodite said.
Artemis glanced at me; obviously we were both thinking the same thing.
"When we were in Chicago, we were almost attacked by a similar creature." Artemis said slowly.
Hermes seemed to freeze for a moment, "I was attacked by the same thing." He said.
The gods began looking around at each other, muttering nervously to each other.
That's when I remembered something that Kronos told me before I passed out, "When I passed out, Kronos told me something about a secret weapon. That it was complete, and that he would be able to use it against the gods." I said.
Zeus thought for a moment, "He was manipulating you Perseus." He said.
"But father," Artemis gasped, "this isn't something that should be taken lightly. We need to prepare for battle. Ready ourselves! If not, then we could end up being attacked without warning!" Artemis argued.
Zeus looked at her sternly, "We will save that for another day. For now, our meeting is closed." He said.
Suddenly I found myself at Camp Half-Blood. I couldn't believe that Zeus had dismissed the fact that they could be under attack at any moment. Gods he was so stubborn.
I decided to take a walk to clear my head. I would tell Chiron that I was back later. I walked into the woods, not really sure as to where I was going. Without realizing it, I had run into Katrina.
She smiled at me, "Percy! You're back!" she said, her usually naturally cheery voice sounded fake. I also noticed that she seemed to be glowing.
"Kat, are you okay?" I asked her.
She smiled, "I'm fine, unfortunately though I have to leave Camp Half-Blood." She said, her eyes slightly sad, but excited at the same time.
I felt confused, "Why?" I asked.
She smiled at me, "I can't believe it Perseus Jackson. You still haven't figured it out yet. I gave you so many clues and you still haven't figured it out. I can't believe I actually thought you were smart." She said.
I felt offended and confused at the same time. What was she talking about? "What do you mean?" I asked her slowly.
She smiled at me, "Well you see Percy Jackson. I'm Kronos's 'secret weapon'." She said.
I felt as if I had been slapped in the face, "What are you talking about?" I asked.
She sighed, "Wow, you really are a dumbbell. I'm Kronos's secret weapon. I'm the one who sent you on the quest! I was the one who attacked all of the gods!" she laughed, "Percy Jackson,… I'm the lightning thief."
So yup... that's it. So what do you think, should I make this a series or should i just make this one of those stories that ends at a cliff-hanger? Well either way I hope you've enjoyed. It's been an honor and a pleasure.