A/N: This is my very first fanfic so helpful criticism will be gladly accepted. I would like to give a special thanks to athenares for encouraging me to write this. Enjoy!
The war between the god's and the titans had already lasted a full decade. The gods were already weary and could barely fight anymore. They were beginning to lose all hope of winning this war otherwise known as the first Titan war. The Fates had already decreed that the war would end soon but did not say in whose favor it was gonna end.
"We have called a time out with the titans," Zeus sighed. "I'm afraid we won't last much longer."
"But Father, we mustn't lose hope," Artemis said though she herself was losing strength by the second.
"I have made my decision," said a weary Zeus. "Apollo, Artemis, Athena, and Ares; you must rest. You four are my best fighters and I don't want to lose you early."
With that, the four siblings left for their godly chambers in Olympus.
Past midnight, Athena stood on a balcony, tears streaming from her silvery gray eyes. She looked at the horizon as if it was the last time she would ever see it. She heard heavy footsteps approaching her and she made an effort to rid herself of the wretched tears. She wasn't willing to let anyone see her cry.
"Couldn't sleep?" said a deep voice that could only belong to the one and only Ares.
"May I accompany you?" he said.
"Sure," she said and then sighed. "I can't help but think that by tomorrow we might be imprisoned in Tartarus." She was silent for a moment. "I bet you're happy that we've been in war for so long."
By now, Ares was standing next to her. He looked down. "No, I'm not happy; not if the woman I love suffers because of this bloodshed."
Athena gave a hollow laugh. "Aphrodite must be flattered."
He smiled. "I wasn't talking about her."
Athena looked puzzled. "You weren't? Then who-" She was cut off by a sudden kiss on the lips.
His scarlet eyes stared into her gray ones. "You. You are the only woman I've ever loved. Even golden Aphrodite can't compete with your magnificence."
"War must be getting to your head, Ares. You've always been my greatest rival. You can't just say you love me. Surely you must be joking."
Ares turned away. "I understand if you don't feel the same way. After all, I've always made your life near impossible."
"You weren't joking?"
"Why would I joke with something as serious as love?"
She couldn't find an excuse.
"Well, I better get going before I make this any more awkward," Ares said as he turned to leave.
"Wait," Athena said. "Don't leave." She sighed. " I-I love you too," she confessed.
"Don't play with me, Athena. Many heartless women have already done that to me. I don't need that from you."
"I wish I was joking, but I'm not."
"You love me back?"
Gray eyes looked into scarlet ones and they shared a long sweet kiss.
Aphrodite watched from afar as her lover and her friend shared this passionate kiss. A lone tear trailed down her face as she realized that Ares wasn't full of infatuation for Athena. She knew it was true love he felt for the goddess of wisdom. She knew she had lost him forever and nothing she could do would get him back. She smiled knowingly; she would get her way this time and nothing would stop her.
The next day, the war was worse than ever. Time seemed to slow down every time Cronus attacked. Of course, he was the Titan of time. The sky was cackling with lightning. The sea was churning so wildly any ship would be lost. Hades unleashed an army of undead soldiers.
Ares and Athena fought restlessly, their power draining away so quickly it was painful. Monsters came at them nonstop. The other gods were even weaker than they but they continued nonetheless. They all attacked. Swords clashing against swords. The Titan advanced though they too seemed weak. Atlas, the strongest of the titans threw a weakened Hermes against the side of a temple.
After so much fighting Ares, Athena, and Apollo managed to catch Cronus in a net. Zeus smiled with pride at what his children had done. They were truly the best fighters Olympus ever had. He felt especially proud of his little princess, Athena.
Later that day, the gods stood in the Underworld as Zeus was about to disperse his father's remains into Tartarus. His remains flew like dust into the endless abyss of this eternal hell.
"Let us hope Cronus never comes back to perturb the peace of the world. Hades have you confirmed the security of the prisons of the other titans?"
The god of death nodded. "Yes, they're all in their rightful place. Atlas is holding the sky and Prometheus is having his liver pecked out by vultures and so on."
They all returned to a newly restored Olympus and settled into their quarters.
Athena once more stood at the balcony, saddened. No words could describe her pain at the moment. Nothing could heal her nostalgia.
Ares walked in, a spring in his step. "I thought I'd find you here, lovely Athena. Why so sad?"
"It's….nothing," she said though her tone said otherwise.
Ares didn't seem to notice this so he went on. " Athena, may I ask you an important question?"
"Athena, will you marry me?" Ares said as he held out a blood red rose.
She winced at the words and started to sob uncontrollably. "I can't, Ares. I just can't."
"Father would never approve of this."
His face hardened. "So you care more about our father's approval than our love?"
"It's not just that, Ares. I am also a maiden goddess. I can't get married."
"You could always break your vow, you know."
"I love you with all my heart but maybe our love isn't worth it. I'll probably repent of my actions later when it's too late to turn back. Ares, you're known for going around impregnating whatever woman you find. How can I really trust you without doubt consuming my mind? How?"
"Your words pain my heart. I don't even think Eros'silver tipped arrow hurts as much as you words. You know what? Forget about it! I can see you don't care!" He threw the rose to the ground and stepped on it. He left with tears on his scarlet eyes.
Aphrodite stood waiting for him in the corridor. "Oh, Ares, did that horrid Athena play with your mind?" she cooed. "She wasn't worth it anyway. Not when I'm around."
"Don't disturb me, Aphrodite," he replied. "I'm not in the mood."
"She cares more about her father than about you. Zeus knew. He told her to break your heart and she did."
He turned around angrily. "What are you talking about? Athena would never do that."
"Well, she did. Didn't she?"
He couldn't believe what he was hearing. Athena would have never done that. Had all this happened because ofa trick played by Zeus or was Aphrodite playing with his heart. He just didn't know anymore. Did Athena truly love him?
Zeus approached a crying Athena with a smirk. "You made the right choice. He wasn't worth the trouble."
"I broke the heart of the man I love most. Does that make me any better than the heartless Aphrodite? It doesn't."
"I told you to forget about him because he doesn't deserve you."
Athena glared at her father, a look she had never given him. "Tell me? You ordered me!"
"Don't call me that ever again! I can clearly see you do things for your own convinience not for the well being of your family. You repulse me. This time I will follow my heear even if it isn't the wisest decision I ever make." With that she stormed in search of Ares.
She was about to call out his name when she saw the unforgivable. Ares and Aphrodite were kissing against a pillar that bore the symbol of an owl. Athena felt cheated and betrayed. She wiped any tears she might've shed because of him. Her father had been right. Ares didn't deserve her love much less her tears. Without a word she left, blending in with the shadows.
Ares pulled away, seconds too late. "I already told you, Aphrodite. I love Athena. The only thing I felt for you was infatuation. It was never love." He left in the opposite direction of where Athena had gone.
Aphrodite smirked. She knew the pain in their hearts was inrepairable. And they both had caused it with a little help from her. Aphrodite had been the one who told Zeus about Ares' and Athena's true feelings which led to Zeus forcing his daughter to forget about Ares. Aphrodite had waited for Ares in the corridor knowing Athena would search for him. Overall, she was satisfied with her work.
This all happened because of a war. The Titan War. From then on, they looked at each other as eternal enemies though their hearts yearned for one another.
Everything is fair in love and war.
A/N: I didn't know much about the titan war so forgive me . Please Review. Oh, and helpful criticism will be gladly accepted. If you have any suggestions for what I could write next, please leave it in a review or PM me. Thanks for reading!