A/N: There you have it folks. The final chapter. I have really enjoyed writing this story and I will be writing about more Greek Mythology. Not for Clash of the Titans, 2010 but for the actual thing. Thank you all for sticking with this story and I hope you can read my other stories. Enjoy the chapter.
A year passed and Perseus settled into married life and the role of the God of Battle well. His life was perfect. It became even more perfect the day that Io told him that she was excepting their child. It was a grand day and I saw every moment as it unfolded before me.
It was a grand morning on Olympus. Zeus was in a good mood. Perseus and I walked through the corridors of Olympus having our normal morning conversation when Io comes running down the corridor.
"Perseus!" she cries joyfully almost running into her husband before he gently grabs her by the shoulders to stop her.
"What's got you so happy?" he asked warily.
She looked at me before turning back to Perseus. "I'm pregnant," she said. Perseus gasped before looking at me. I felt my body go shut down and I felt my mouth go dry. I had gone into complete and utter shock.
Io pressed the fabric of her clothing against her skin to reveal a slightly raised stomach.
"How far?" Perseus asked finding his voice.
"Four and a half months," Io said simply.
"Why didn't you tell me sooner?" Perseus asked.
"I didn't find out until this morning," Io said rolling her eyes at Perseus.
"Did you know about this?" Perseus asked me.
"Of course I didn't. I would have told you if I knew. Are you completely stupid?" I growled.
Perseus' eyes went dark before returning to their normal green.
"Oh my god," Perseus said his tone had reversed from shock to instant joy. "I'm going to become a father,"
Io and I looked at each other half smiles on our faces.
"I'm going to be a father!" Perseus yelled.
"Shh!" Io said covering his mouth with her hand with a laugh escaping her mouth. "Are you happy?" she asked. I could see her love shine in her eyes.
"Mmm," The words came out muffled from Perseus' mouth. Io uncovered his mouth.
"How could I not? This is wonderful," he said smiling and stroking Io's cheek.
Io leaned in and kissed him. I smiled but bowed my head so that they couldn't see my smile. I was truly happy for them. Perseus then spun Io around without breaking the kiss.
Perseus broke the kiss and turned his head to face me. "What's got you so happy, Aunt Athena?" he teased me.
"I officially hate you," I teased narrowing my eyes at him.
"What's going on?" asked Hermes suddenly appearing at my side.
"Io's pregnant," I said before Io could say it herself.
"Oh that's great news! Congratulations! Does Zeus know?" Hermes was quick to get to the point.
"No," Perseus said. "She just found out."
"Well he'll find out somehow. I suggest you go and tell him now before someone else does," I suggested.
Without another word, Io grabbed Perseus' hand and together they ran towards the Throne room to give our fellow Olympians the good news.
Four and a half months past and Io's belly became bigger. The Olympians were really starting to get excited by the time Io really did start to show.
"I hope it's a girl," Aphrodite said one morning. Every morning she would say the same thing.
"Patience daughter," Zeus would say. "We will find out soon enough,"
The baby was due any day and the Olympians not including myself, Hera, Zeus and Hermes were guessing what the gender of the child was.
"I bet it's a boy!" Ares yelled from across the Throne room.
"Whatever it is, it will be loved," Perseus said taking Io's hand. To relieve the pressure on her back she was sitting in his Throne.
"I need to go for a walk. I will be back soon," Perseus said. I could see the exhaustion in his face. He had spent the last four and a half months taking care of Io. Not that I could blame him. I watched him leave the Throne room.
"Athena," Zeus said making me look up. He gestured for me to follow Perseus. "Go and keep him company," I had to admit. Even if he did have numerous affairs, Zeus had a good heart.
I nodded and headed towards the doors of the room and slipped out. Wondering the halls, I wondered where my brother could have gone. Then I remembered his favourite thinking spot, the balcony of the Viewing room. Finding the room easily, I slipped through the door with Perseus hearing me. Apollo must have been in a good mood for the sun to be shining so brightly it came down and hit Perseus' wedding ring making it almost glow in the light.
"Hey," I said leaning up against the closest pillar with my arms crossed.
Perseus turned and faced me. "What are you doing here?" he asked. He was always surprised to see me.
"Zeus sent me to keep you company for a while," I explained simply. I wasn't in the mood to explain things logically.
He didn't say or do anything. He simply turned back around to face the view.
Sighing, I went to his side and placed a hand on his shoulder. "I know how difficult this is for you," My words were sincere like always.
"I don't know if I can handle fatherhood, Athena," It sounded like he wanted to cry.
"You've been looking forward to it for this long. Why the sudden change in attitude?" I asked. He was truly confusing me. First he was all excited about becoming a father now he was scared? How could the great Medusa Slayer be scared? A great hero was always brave and fearless. Perseus was somewhat different. He actually had emotions.
"It changes from day to day. When the baby is born I don't know how I'll feel," he admitted. He never admitted these things to anyone else but me. Was he scared that the other Olympians would view him as weak?
"You'll be a fantastic father, Perseus," I said making him turn to face me full on.
"Do you really think so?" he asked me.
I couldn't help but nod. Then the shock came.
Athena! Perseus! Come quick! Io's gone into labour! Hermes' voice echoed in our heads. We looked at each other before bolting back towards the Throne room. We didn't stop until we ran through the doors of the Throne room almost running into Hera as we entered.
"How is she?" I asked.
Io's screams rang out as we got closer.
"Perseus!" she screamed.
Perseus ran ahead of me to be by the side of his wife.
"Athena!" Io yelled.
I quickened my speed and was in the room in a flash.
"Io," I said as I collapsed at her side. I stroked her sweaty forehead. Perseus did the same. It was very rare for us to see Io as weak as she was but the baby was taking a lot out of her.
"Two demigods equals another demigod," Hermes said doing the maths.
"Duh!" Aphrodite hissed. I could see that everyone in the room were all looking helpless. They had all come to love Io and Perseus as much as Hermes and I did.
Io screamed and pushed with all her might.
"I see a head!" called Artemis. She was the best one for this job since she had helped her mother give birth to Apollo.
With a few more screams and pushes, Io delivered the child; a son.
"What is it?" Perseus asked.
"It's a boy," Artemis said wrapping the baby in blankets.
"We have a son," Io said weakly. She was slowly regaining her strength. An immortal woman will regain her strength quite quickly.
"What are going to call him?" Perseus asked holding back tears.
Io thought for a second. "Perses," Perseus looked at his wife and his son in confusion.
"After you," Io quickly explained.
Perseus nodded just as his eyes filled with tears. I watched as my brother and his new family bonded. Years went by and Perseus and Io had six more children. Five more sons and two daughters. I think back on it now and what Perseus had started out as; a rebel who believed that all gods were self-centred to a beloved son, brother, husband and father.