There is something dangerous about a teenage goddess. These abnormal, peculiar youths. One possesses a skilled tongue, silky and delicious, yet so dangerous, curled in a pool of poison. Another only wakes at the howling of her huntresses and another could make the world quake, her wit as her only weapon. One is beautiful and indispensable, she feeds the world with lies and burning ashes. Another tie souls to each other, leaving them to rot and decay together until only one survives and another became so sad and overpriced that she became something no one could receive, no one deserved. These girls were queens, rulers amongst men and feral beings that slowly learned, by the centuries, how to tame their darkness.
« the sun and the moon. dearest brother and sister, opposites and incomplete. their love for each other is brutal, yet hidden under a veil of stars. they rarely agree on anything, really. one shining bright in the sky, the other guiding lost souls in the dark. but you know what they say about twins; they are two sides of the same coin. a golden coin. »
so i was thinking about another modern au where the greek gods have had to adapt to modern society and so they’ve picked up mortal jobs and hobbies and interests and i got really into it.
hermes is a late night comedian, since that’s the way that most information is transmitted nowadays, and he still gets to poke fun at his siblings.
poseidon is a high powered eco lawyer. he works on high profile cases along the lines of the bp oil spill. he has beach-side houses all over the world and enjoys thrill-seeking outdoor activities like cliff jumping and cave diving.
hades teaches high school english, along the lines of the dead poets society. he lives near his school and brings his dog to school every day. he loves teaching british literature like shakespeare and john donne. his wife comes to visit him and they eat lunch together every day in his office, which always has flowers in it.
apollo works as a librarian at a university, and he moonlights as a slam poet. he teaches archery at the local YMCA and stays in on weekends with a mug of tea and a good book or movie.
vesta makes ceramics professionally. she feels most at home among the wheels and glazes and kilns of her workshop. there are always candles lit in her apartment that don’t seem to go out. she loves hosting dinner parties for her friends, who are her true family.
dionysus works as a bartender. he owns a vineyard on the side but lets other people handle the corporate side of things. his favorite part of acting mortal is getting to know the people who come to his bar and connecting with them. he never forgets a face and he has a wall of pictures of his favorite customers behind the bar.
athena teaches middle school social studies/history because she’s discovered that she really enjoys working with children. at this age she can impart wisdom upon them and teach them logic and reason before they are too swayed by the opinions of the world.
zeus is a con artist and art thief. he never stays in a city for more than a week, but he has someone new in his bed every night. he frequents casinos and clubs and owns a villa out in California which is filled with more famous works of art than he ought to have.
hera is a very bitter and sarcastic wedding planer, like james marsden in 27 dresses minus the journalism bit. she is most famous among celebrity circles for having just the right “touch” when it comes to decor and menu planning and floral arrangements. she charges a ton but can work magic, from short-term planning to getting the bride’s wishes just right. she doesn’t believe in the sanctity of marriage but it has bought her summer homes in hawaii and costa rica so she’ll sell the idealized vision.
aphrodite runs several dating sites like eharmony and okcupid, but also some like ashley madison that facilitate affairs because she rules more over the sexual side of things than the love side, despite her image to the former. she loves rap and hip hop and takes kick-boxing classes and always looks like she has makeup on. she anonymously supports planned parenthood because she wants to support safe sex and allow people to find the information and resources they need.
artemis owns a climbing gym and leads outdoor climbing adventures for her clients and also her buddies. she has tons of tattoos and piercings and a secret love for pop punk music like fob and p!atd. on the weekends, she runs lgbtqia+ support groups for children and teens in her neighborhood, and always lets them climb for free in her gym.
hephaestus owns a tattoo parlor and has a reputation for the most lifelike tattoos that always seem to be exactly what someone had in mind, as if he magically could see their thoughts. he’s a total teddybear and has a penchant for classical music and teaches at-risk children in his city how to repair bikes and cars on the weekends.
“ king and queen; crown and sword; ruler and beloved. there were things looming in the underworld. souls amongst corpses and flowers amongst ruins. a somber kingdom built in cold bone and black ashes. it was often called « the kingdom where nothing was born », where light never dared to set a foot. well, that is, until persephone. because the day persephone set foot on this burnt bewitched ground, the day she held the ruler’s heart in her palm, almost burning at the warmth of her sun-kissed skin, a flower bloomed under her feet.”
So Apollo is boooored of his dad’s sexy antics like DAD PLS STOP YOU HAVE BEEN EMBARRASSING ME FOR LITERALLY THOUSANDS OF YEARS JEEZ
And so he goes to Earth and does an art degree because obviously he’s fucking amazing at art but once he’s done that he’s like um what now — so he does every arts degree he can find (accelerated courses, obvs) which keeps him busy for a few years
But then he’s bored again and he doesn’t know how to do what he loves without being the best, which is actually pretty depressing because he literally cannot get any better
Then he stumbles across a street artist who specialises in anti-government graffiti and he TOTALLY DOESN’T GET IT so he’s like explain this to me mortal how is this art
And eventually he falls in love with this street artist but he doesn’t want to be a dick like his dad so he’s all nah I’m gonna woo them so hard, earth-stylee
So he’s like Erato help a bro out here because obvs he is bezzers with the Muses (he directed their choir but I bet they just messed about and got drunk and inspired really random people by accident which actually goes a long way towards explaining Britain’s Got Talent)
And Erato’s like OKAY WRITE THEM SOME FILTHY POETRY - WORKS EVERY TIME IT’LL BE SO GOOD and he’s like erm what
But it totally works (but only because he’s terrible at poetry and the street artist finds it adorable)
ALSO ALSO ALSO: They have no idea who Apollo is which makes him super annoyed because he has like 20 degrees by this stage - at least - and this artist is like lol you’re on the streets now what’s your tag?
So love is born and all the other Muses are so pissed that he didn’t ask their opinion when wooing this dude/lady/other that they curse him to dance for a whole week nonstop, and his new love nearly cracks a rib from laughing
Poseidon, the god of the Sea, whose smile is worn, but friendly.
Poseidon, who teaches classes at local pools, teaching children to swim, and amusing them with the old laws of the sea, the lore, the superstitions. He is all patience for the children who struggle to stay afloat, all kindness to those afraid of the deep end of the pool.
Poseidon, who tells the tales of great heroes long ago, of noble ships and noble crews. Of the many adventures that were had to uncharted lands, to distant, far-off islands. The children listen, eager and sad. They know there are no such uncharted lands, not anymore. No distant island yet uncovered.
But he would make new lands, he thinks, as he, from the deep end, watches a small boy struggle with his fear. He would dredge up islands from the depths of the sea, unlock the vaults of the deep and let up the monsters from them. He would do all this, if some crew of heroes were to strike out across his waters again. He would do all this, and more.
The little boy swims towards him, and he smiles and holds out an arm.
don’t worry, i’ve seen it. you want to tear things apart, watch them bleed and put them back together again.
twenty percent of you craves that pain, that sharpness that only you and your blade can bring. you’ve pushed it down. i know it’s hard. it’s okay. breathe for me.
twenty five percent of you is courage. you don’t think you’re strong? i’ve seen you take in that one more breath when you’re sure it would be easier just to stop. you can do this. i trust you.
fifteen percent is love, and you’ve told me you love me, but i need to hear it a few dozen times before it starts to sink in. i love you, honey, i’ve watched you struggle and i’ve watched you grow and i know you could drown me, devour me with that love.
thirty percent is holy. you claim you can’t see your divinity, can’t feel it, but god, i feel it every time i touch you. you were made to be worshiped, darling, and i’m happy to take up that task.” (x)
Modern AU where Grantaire is a artist with an obsession with Greek mythology (gee sounds familiar) and does a series of paintings where he paints his friends as different Greek gods/goddesses for different reasons (bear with me this gets long)
Enjolras - Apollo (obviously) so passionate that he burns like the sun, and he is relentless like it too, day after day, never ending, has a definite affinity for red and his blonde hair shines like gold (in Grantaire’s not so biased opinion)
Combeferre - Athena wicked smart, has probably read that book that you’re talking about, has definitely read that book you’ve never heard of, random trivia KING, total nerd, but in a really badass kinda way, dresses like a dork and looks really chill but will not hesitate to take you down in the most efficient way available (for sure intimidates Grantaire but in a good way???)
Courfeyrac - Hermes jack-of-all-trades, bit of a trickster (as in he is the one behind almost every prank pulled on the Amis), darts between all his friends constantly (works with combeferre and enjolras, drinks with joly and grantaire, pranks with bahorel, etc, etc), is an actual gossip column, knows everything that’s going on with his friends
Joly - Demeter bringer of new life, but in a medical way, super overprotective of his friends (especially bossuet and grantaire because neither can take care of themselves for shit), a super calm person but threaten his friends and that goes out the window, he’s tiny but he’ll throw down (he’ll beat you over the head with that cane)
fear clings to her like static. it crackles around her like a spark. a
spark. that’s all it takes to light up the dark. you are that pin-pick of
light to her, you drew her like moth to flame. now she clings to you
like static, like fear, hoping on hope that someone can save her. before
she’s lost to the darkness forever.