The following was written by Becca Gurba, a student at South High School, for one of her classes.
The Monster of District 155
The birth of Hera’s son, Ares, was just the beginning of Zeus’s troubles.
Never had he paid mind to his son, God of war. Until one day, Ares became sick and disgusted with the ruler of the Gods.
“Why should he be the ruler?” He thought outloud while walking the paths of Mount Olympus with his loving mother, Hera.
“I have just as much power as he does, just as much strength. I should rise above him and his rules.”
Hera listened intently to her son’s rambles about her husband and ruler of the greek gods, Zeus.
The more she heard the more interested she got with Ares’s feelings towards his father.
Then she spoke up, “Why do you not do something about it then? Create something, something that will show Zeus just how powerful you are.”
His mother’s words swam inside the god’s head and soon the words formed into an idea.
The young god smiled to himself and, quickly thanking his mother, ran down to the mortal world.
A horrid plan was forming, growing inside of Ares’s mind.
He soon came across a city named after a small lake, Crystal Lake, the name caught his attention and he decided then that he would put his master plan into action.
Finding an old football field, there Ares let his plan unfold.
He began to construct, to create something so vile that Zeus would be repulsed by the mere thought of it.
Ares gathered the metal that had forged itself from his sense of pride, the nails that manifested from the anger that the god felt towards his superior.
And finally, a hammer he was given as a farewell gift from his mother.
He began to bang the hammer violently against the nails and metal, awakening a sleeping goddess nearby.
Athena, aroused from her slumber to find Ares, her brother, creating a monstrous figure that now loomed over her previously sleeping form.
As the metal object grew larger, she could feel and see less of the sun’s warmth.
She looked around and saw mortals shouting at the god of war to stop this disaster.
But Ares paid no mind to them, he was determined to show Zeus that he was above him and could go about his own free will.
But, the fair goddess of wisdom, came forth and spoke to her brother.
“Ares, what are you doing? This is against our father’s authority! He will not approve of you doing such a thing. Can’t you see how upset the humans are? You are taking their sun away and leaving them in the shadow of your… your…Monster.”
But Ares, again, seemed to be ignoring his sister’s words and wisdom.
This angered Athena, and she did the only thing she knew she could do, she fled back to Mount Olympus, in search of Zeus, god of the gods.
There, Athena kneeled before her father, telling him of the giant contraption that Ares had created in order to anger him.
Zeus listened to his daughter as she described how monstrous the creation grew with each passing minute.
His daughter then began to tell him of how it was effecting the mortals, how they began to argue among themselves.
How they had split into
- those who followed the god of war’s actions
- those who opposed it and tried to fight,
- those who simply did not care that a god was taking advantage of how little power they really held.
As Zeus thought about the situation, he started to see the wrong that was being committed by Ares, against him.
Hera spoke up then, angering Zeus further, “Ares is only doing what he believes is best for the mortals. He is bringing them something to enjoy, they should be grateful for his kindness.”
Zeus stood before his wife, “He disobeyed me. Went against my authority as his ruler. Thinking he is above my power and strength.”
Before anyone knew it, he went down to the mortal world to see this creation for himself.
But by then, Ares had finished building it, and he now sat smugly on top, observing what his master piece had done to the humans who tried, unsuccessfully, to get him to stop.
“Ares! You must take this beast down.” Zeus ordered his son.
When Ares looked down at his father, he smirked.
He knew Zeus couldn’t just order him to demolish his creation.
So many humans have already praised him for it, and still were.
“I’m sorry Father, but I can not,” Pointing towards his followers, he proudly said,
“The mortals love it! It gives them much joy as they play their games.”
“But, what about the mortals affected by this thing? Those who can no longer see the sun, those who are suffering greatly from this?”
“That is their own fault for living next to such a glorious creation of mine!” Ares barked down from his seat atop his brand new ‘throne’.
It was already clear to Zeus that his wife had sided with their son and Athena with himself.
“If you want this to be destroyed, then you must fight me. The god who is victor shall decided if it shall be destroyed, or if it stays.”
Zeus agreed to these terms, but this would lead to an on going battle between the two powerful gods.
A battle that still, to this day, goes on.