Kratos watched as he saw Athena's shadow creep over him and stalk his every movement. He saw her hand go into the air, and he took his chance. He turned and forced his sword into her stomach. "Nice try Athena, but I am more intelligent than you give me credit for." Kratos said, and forced the blade deeper into her gut. Black liquid seeped over the blade and onto the floor. Athena clutched her teeth together tightly, trying to breathe though the unbearable pain.
"How did you know?" She asked.
Kratos lowered his gaze to hers, "A god of war knows better than to leave his guard down." Kratos said. Athena fell to her knee's, and gripped on to the sword in her stomach. Her blood dripped to the floor until there was a small puddle. Salty tears stung her eyes and dripped down her face.
"How did you ever defeat me, I more powerful than a god! You are but a mere lost, mortal soul. How?" Athena asked, as she silently sobbed under her breath.
"Not all of that power left Athena; I still have it deep inside." Kratos said, and then kneeled in front of her. Athena looked so weak and pathetic on her knees. It was odd seeing her like that. "And I feel so sorry for you. You will never know all of the things that matter in this world. All of the things worth fighting for, not the fact that where you're going is worse than any hell Hades had ready for you." Kratos said.
"No, please! There has to be a way!" Athena begged, growing weaker by the second.
Kratos shook his head, and rose to his ghostly feet. "It is over Athena. This battle, this war, is over." Kratos said. He gripped the handle of the blade, and as Athena closed her eyes tight and prayed for the end, Kratos pulled the sword out of her with as much force as he could muster.
Athena was left just as Kratos was; with a large gaping hole in the middle of her body, breathing in the last breaths of this life, and preparing to enter into the next. But instead of leaving with Athena with words of disappointment and shame, Kratos gave her something different.
"Best of luck in the in next world," he said, "This one you lie in now, will forgive."
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Kratos sheathed his sword, and stared at the doorway. On the other side he knew he would have to face something far greater than any god. He would have to face his wife.
With nervous hands he turned the knob and pushed the door open. Inside he saw Poseidon leaning against the wall patiently, and Hephaestus holding Pandora's hand through cage bars. Lysandra was watched Calliope and Adrastos talk with each other and make up special handshakes between the two of them. Kratos cleared his throat, and attention was turned to him.
"Athena's no more," he said. Nothing was said for a few awkward moments, there was only silence. Finally, Pandora broke the ice.
"I knew you could do it Kratos!" She said, jumping up and clapping her hands together. Calliope took a close look at Kratos, and gasped.
"Father, your eye!" She exclaimed. Kratos put his hand over his left eye, and felt the scar.
"It is fine my child, but a battle scar." He said. He walked over to the cage, and opened it, gripping one of the bars with his right hand. Pandora, Calliope, Adrastos, and Lysandra walked out.
"So we're the winners?" Adrastos asked.
Kratos nodded, "Yes boy, we are victorious." He said. Calliope ran to Kratos and hugged him. She didn't say anything, but only gripped to his leg. He smiled and rested his hand gently on her head. Kratos looked up at Lysandra. Her eyes were quiet and calm, her hair crusted with dirt and blood. She looked down as she fiddled with her hands.
"Lysandra," Kratos said. Lysandra stopped and looked up at him. Her face still was soft and beautiful, even with the scars. "I am so, very sorry. I never wanted to- I never meant to-"
"I know," Lysandra interrupted. "And I forgive you. Only time will tell if you earn back my trust." She said, and her eyes began to flood with tears.
"I understand, but for now," Kratos said, lifting his hand off Calliopes head. "Will you let me hold you for a moment?" Kratos asked. Lysandra nodded, and buried her face into his neck. Kratos felt her hot tears against his skin. Kratos kissed her head, and looked at Pandora and Adrastos.
"You two as well, come here." He said, Adrastos and Pandora did not argue. They joined in, and Kratos put his other arm around them.
"Hey, I hate to interrupt," Poseidon said, "But Kratos look at the bar on the cage!"
All seven people looked over, and saw that Kratos bended the bar where his fingers were. "I guess Athena was not lying when she made her promise." Hephaestus said, staring in awe.
"Perhaps just low quality metal?" Kratos guessed looking at the mark.
Hephaestus shook his head, "No, that is a very fine steel." He said.
Silence fell among them once more, and once more Pandora was the first to speak. "I suppose you're a god?" Pandora said.
Kratos nodded, "I suppose so, child." He said, and reached out and twisted the metal again with ease.
"Well what now?" Adrastos asked. Kratos smiled.
"Well now, we have to fix this world." Kratos said, "We can do it, all of us." He said.
Everyone exchanged looks between each other. "I'll help you," Calliope said.
"So will I," Adrastos agreed.
"And me!" Pandora said.
"We will too!" Hephaestus said, putting an arm around Poseidon.
Kratos looked down at Lysandra, and she sighed. "I'll help too," She said, and gave a small smile. Kratos smiled back and kissed her cheek.
"Well let's get started than." Kratos said, and they all joined together to plan their new hope-filled world.
A.N. My first fan fiction finished! Thank you all so much for your commenting, and following, and sharing, and all those other very wonderful things you all do! Don't stop please for the love of the gods keep it going! From the bottom of my heart I want to thank you. I know it may not seem like a big deal to you, but for me you reading my story is just a dream come true. I have never finished a story and published it before, but now I have! I thank you, and Kratos thanks you too. Without you guys he would have never been with his family again. Thank you all again very very much! I love all of your beautiful faces, and I hope to see you on the website soon. (:
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