Pain seared through my body. Well, parts of my body. I could feel my body parts being thrown into a pit. 

Tartarus, I thought, curious how I knew.

I had spent ten years fighting the gods, my children. I’m Cronos, Titan of time and king of the Titans. But the time of falling into Tartarus was hard. I couldn’t tell what time of day it was or how long I had been there. Three minutes? Who knows? 

Then, I could feel something solid. I must have hit the floor. Everything was blurry when I started piecing together. My feet attached to my ankles and my head went to my neck. Within a few moments, I was all together again. I looked upwards from where I fell, anger boiling inside me.

“You won’t get rid of me that easily!” I screamed. “I am a Titan!” 

Nothing replied but my own echo. 

I walked through Tartarus, looking at the flames around me. I didn’t deserve this. All I did was eat all of my kids. No big deal. 

Man, it’s getting hot in here, I thought, Maybe it’s because of the fire of the damned. 

All of a sudden, I got light headed. The world began to spin and I landed on the floor with a thump!

When I woke up, I could hear familiar voices. They were my siblings, Oceanus and Iapetus.

“Brother is waking up,” Oceanus said, “He will be mad that we helped him.”

“No I won’t!” I exclaimed, “Honestly! You are so stupid to think that! Worthless!”

Iapetus nodded, “You were right Oceanus. He is mad.”

I shook with anger. I had to stay with these imbeciles for all of eternity? I  stood up and blasted them with a bit of magic. I then sat down, laughing. If I was going to stay here, I might as well have some fun.

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Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart (@melissa-taggart)
3 months ago

I love the names of the characters. This story was well written, and fun to boot! Great work.

Margarida Brei
Margarida Brei (@margarida-brei)
3 months ago

Thank you Leyla for encouraging me to research Cronus and Tartarus; I love mythology. Your protagonist is an extremely colourful character who makes the reader move through so many emotions- pity, loathing, humour.

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
3 months ago

Great story, Leyla! You certainly do know your Greek mythology. I knew Cronos ate all his children – except Zeus of course! But I didn’t know that Cronos was the Titan of Time. What a perfect story to start off the “Time” theme.

Sandra OReilly
Sandra OReilly (@sandra-oreilly)
3 months ago

Hi Leyla – I am just learning about Greek mythology and loving all the characters – it’s great you have made them sound so human – Good story – would love to know what happens next.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
3 months ago

Hello, Leyla. It is a great story. I enjoyed reading it, especially I love your protagonist names. Well done.

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