Glauox dashed downward; when his claws almost reached the ring, he sensed a threatening shockwave coming at him——It was from an Earth elemental sphere Athena launched at him. Glauox, too late to dodge, was blasted away. Glauox: Argh——! Summoner: Glauox! Athena: That’s your punishment for sneaking behind my back! It’s your turn now, Summoner. Glauox: No... I ain’t done yet...Summoner...The ring…
Looking at Glauox, Summoner glimpsed a tiny silver sparkle in the air. Turned out Glauox had retrieved the ring and thrown it to Summoner before he had taken the hit. Summoner raised his hand to catch the ring.
Feeling the coolness of metal, Summoner heard a voice talking in his head—— ???: “The ring conceals the love of the goddess…”
The ring transformed into a silver arrow in Summoner’s palm miraculously, radiating a soothing aurora. ???: “Let the lost love return to the goddess’s heart and cleanse the corrupting hatred.” Summoner: “I get it. Although I don’t know who you are, thank you anyway.”
Reveal yourself, heroic spirit. Shoot the bullseye for me!
Called out by Summoner, a heroic spirit appeared in a blinding light. Loading the silver arrow on her giant golden bow, she aimed at Athena’s chest with a confident smile.
Whoosh! The silver arrow hit the target precisely, but it didn’t hurt Athena. Instead, it was being absorbed and fused into her body. At this moment, she flashed back to the good old days. Athena: “This was the moment when I met Atlantis...We used to be so good together...And something else is coming in...That’s father...He was blessing the spear——” Zeus: I now order in the name of god, the evergreen straw. Please bless my daughter. She is a part of me. She is my mind. I will be in eternal torment if I lose her. Athena: “This is the memory of the memory of my spear. It’s telling me that my father truly loves me…”
The vines wrapping Athena up wither in a blink of an eye, vanishing in the form of dust.
Athena, freed from the mad hatred, collapsed on the floor powerlessly. The moment she was weeping in agony, she was no longer the untouchable goddess but merely a girl suffering for love. Athena: ...Why did everything go wrong? Summoner: Athena, you—— Glauox: Summoner! Something’s strange about Atlantis! Summoner: What? He’s glowing in green! Athena: “Green...I might be able to save him!”
Athena lifted Atlantis up; an emerald light glowed from his chest. The light source was actually an amulet made by olive tree branch from Athena. Athena: “Once I fuse my godly power into the amulet, he’ll come back to life!”
Athena started illuminating in green as she circulated her power. When the light reached a certain brightness, she put her finger onto the amulet. The green light was transfused into Atlantis through the amulet——
Atlantis finally woke up after transfusing the godly power to him for a while When his eyes opened slowly, Athena retrieved her hand. At this moment, she was too happy to speak anything. Atlantis: Mmm...What happened? I feel an energy flowing inside me… Athena: Atlantis, I’m so happy to see you awake! Atlantis: Atna...No, you’re Athena the goddess of war we worship...What do you want from me?
【After Battles】 Athena: I...I’m in love with you—— Atlantis: Save it! What did your smile mean when I spent all my effort to design the machine that can crack rocks? You could do the same thing with a flick of your finger...Am I a joke to you? Athena: No, I never meant that way. I truly admire you! And you’ve become the same like me. Atlantis: What...What do you mean? I revived you by transfusing the godly power to you, which changed the essence of you and made you became a god. Atlantis: I became a god...Don’t be ridiculous! I never wanted to become a god! I just wanna be a normal human! I can’t stay here anymore...I need to leave! Athena: This place is highly secured. You’ll get hurt if you leave alone! Atlantis: None of your business! Athena: No! I can’t let you go!
Athena reached over trying to grab Atlantis, who slapped at her hand. Meanwhile, his godly power was triggered by the anger, launching a billow at Athena.
As the billow happened all of a sudden, Athena was almost cut by it. A figure suddenly descended from above and blocked the billow single-handed with an elemental shield.
Not only conjuring a shield, but Zeus unleashed a lightning strike at Atlantis, blasting him away.
Summoner went over to lift him up immediately, while looking at Zeus in alert. Meanwhile, Zeus ignored Summoner’s hostility and sighed at Athena. Zeus: Athena, my head and mind, do you understand why I must stop you now?
Instead of answering anything, Athena picked up the amulet Atlantis had dropped on the ground and gripped it tightly. Athena: Father...I finally realized the difference between humans and gods. Even after turning him into a god, the essence of him never changed. Zeus: Humans and gods can never be together. Humans are shallow-minded, for they only live shortly; but us the gods have a greater purpose. Athena: ...We must defeat the demons and recover the prosperity of Heaven. Father, I get it now. Athena: “My fantasy was shattered at the moment when Atlantis attacked me. I realized how invulnerable love is, and only the glory of gods is eternal.”
【After Battles】 Zeus: What’s your decision about him? Athena: ...Let him go. Athena: “Atlantis is the love of my life. I abandoned my status and responsibility just for him, but not asking for any return. Even though I’m wide awake now, my heart still beats for him. I can’t watch him die…” Summoner: Are you sure about leaving him? Your love to him is true—— Athena: I’m the daughter of god Zeus, also the goddess of war. Love isn’t something I can have. Mortal, return to where you belong with him. Summoner: Wait——Whoa!
Much as Summoner would like to continue, Zeus sent him, Altantis and Glauox back to the mortal realm. His sight was blinded by white light for a second; next second, he found himself inside Atlantis’s house. Glauox: Summoner, we’re back! Summoner: Why do I feel sad even when history was back on the right track? Summoner: “Two lovers break up because of the difference in humans and gods...Maybe this is the meaning of unchangeable fate…”
After settling Atlantis on his bed, Summoner and Glauox left his house woefully and headed to the next destination…