In the scheme of things, they were all really the same thing. She was Greek Hera and Roman Juno, and Thalia and Jason were both her stepchildren, both her husband's bastards, born from the exact same whore. But, really, they were different. Hera cared nothing for Juno, and vice versa, for what business had a Greek in Roman affairs? And Thalia, oh, how Hera hated Thalia. She resented her existance, this living proof of her not-so-perfect marriage. But Hera could do absolutely nothing to her, for she was Artemis' favorite now, the Lieutenant of her Hunt (and Juno didn't care).
But, but, but Juno loved Jason. He was her hero, he was her link to the world - not Jupiter's, not Zeus'. Hers. Juno's. Hera's. She had looked after him since his mother abandoned him at the Wolf House at the age of two. She had marveled at his strength, comparing him to heroes of old. She boasted to Proserpina* and Salacia* of his prowess, had given him her blessing, given him his name, called for her beloved one back in the ancient days of myth.
It was hard to believe, that she could care for children of the same mother, same father, so differently. But it was through Zeus' and Jupiter's folly that she realized the truth - the camps, the children, could not be seperated. Not now. They must work together. The gods should not seal themselves away and hope the threat would go away.
Why couldn't anyone else see that?
(except for Aphrodite and Hephaestus and Artemis)
The gods, Greek and Roman, needed their heroes, their children, Roman and Greek. The past must be remembered, but the present must take precedence before anything else. The new threat was on the rise (Gaia) and she would destroy everything in her path (Terra).
Juno was Jason's patron, as Hera had been for the other Jason so long ago. The Queen of the gods did not care for mortal affairs, and she had only helped heroes twice before, back in ancient Greece and modern America (for Hera had loved Jason Grecius*, because he was Greek and mortal and a hero despite his human origins, and Juno loved Jason Grace because he was Roman and dedicated to her and the only demigod who praised her above all). She did not love Thalia, she could never love Thalia, but like her brother the demigoddess had two protectors, was the link to the modern, mortal world for two gods (Zeus and Artemis), and Jason was the link for (Jupiter and Juno). Juno did appreciate Thalia's love for their Jason, took relish in the girl's angry dismissal of Ms. Grace, understood her anxiety over the gods' forced silence.
Hera would do nothing, for the Greeks viewed her as only vengeful, speaking up only to argue with Zeus or cast curses on his children, but the Romans loved her, honored her, cried to her for help and so for their sake Juno could not stay silent. In either form, she was the patron of children and family, and so she must help her family's children. Her husband's children.
A.N-And so ends my three-shot on the Big Three Wives. This was really fun to write, putting my own spin on what these goddesses think. I had to improvise the most with Amphritite, since you see the least of her and can't get anything out of her. I think I portrayed her well enough though, in what I think of her and Triton and her thoughts on Percy.
Persephone was probably the easiest to write, since out of the three you see the most interaction between her and her stepson. Her chapter seemed longest, somehow, probably because their was actual talking in that one. At first I thought of putting Jason in this chapter, since there is some interaction between him and his stepmother, but then again, Jason is busy helping with the Argo II and regaining his memory. Since Hera/Juno talks about both Thalia and Jason in this chapter, I though maybe I should have put Hazel in with Nico, but I don't think Persephone/Proserpina knows about her living stepdaughter. Just a feeling I have.
I hope you guys have enjoyed this. I really tried to make the chapters, the goddesses, speak. I wanted the writing to be flowing but still sporatic; I wanted you guys to really see inside their heads as I have. I hope I succeeded.
Proserpina-Persephone's Roman counterpart, wife of Pluto and Hazel's stepmother. I figured I should say 'Proserpina' instead of 'Persephone' since it is Juno who's doing the boasting, not Hera.
Salacia-Amprhitite's Roman counterpart, wife of Neptune.
Grecius-'the Greek', which could mean literally a Greek person, a stranger, or an enemy. I used this because Hera's Jason has no last name, and technically it means 'Jason the Greek.' Also, I thought the play on sounds between 'grecius' and 'Grace' were interesting.