Then time passed, as time always does, escaping everyone around, days turning into nights, nights into days back again, and humans alone swallowing their pain. However, one day a force came strong, and Aphrodite was stunned, she didn't recognize who this human was, she hadn't seen him before. Something about him stood out--as he did from a crowd. Aphrodite carried on, but somehow, this human kept popping up, and she recognized how other humans responded to his presence. She didn't pay much attention, until one day, this human disappeared. No one knew why or when it happened, just that he had left the kingdom.
Until one day, he was told to go far, he would need more training, to embrace a new art. Leaving the humans behind, he embarked on this journey, wishing it would be over soon. And soon it was, as when he had completed the tasks, this tests he was forced to do, he returned to the kingdom, where unbeknownst to him, someone else had also been in hiding. Someone who had already noticed him, even though he didn't notice her.
Aphrodite then, one day, running amok the humans, was startled, as she noticed the strange human directed his voice towards her. Stopping her in her tracks, as she was always a busy and hardworking goddess, Aphrodite looked at the strange human and listened.
"I enjoy your appearance today--" the god said, then thought to himself, say, what is her name?
The god was confused, for he had never noticed her before, he had been too busy with his new tasks among the humans, and all he cared about was carrying his little plan.
"Hey, thanks," the goddess said smiling, as she continued about her day, but thinking in the back of her mind, maybe now I need to know more.
One day, Ares confronted Aphrodite, the secret was out, and she had been discovered.
"What took you so long?" she teased the god, only known as human to her.
"A part of me didn't want to believe it was you who would dare meddle with my belongings. You really shouldn't do that." The god told the goddess, only known as human to him.
Ares emanated his raw energy out into the world around them, his rage and fury covered the air like a musk that suffocated any human that came in touch with it--but not to the goddess Aphrodite, no-- she instead, embraced it. Let it wash over her, like the spring flowers scent and the beautiful air after a day's of rain.
"I believe given the circumstances, those elixirs belong to me now. Said so the rules."
"Ha Ha, only because you left your mark on them?"
"Exactly because I left my mark on them."
Ares looked upon Aphrodite, still not knowing she, too, was a god. And she looked upon Ares, the same way.
Soon, Ares would be tested--given a labor. A labor of love, in which Ares would see Aphrodite in all her might and glory, as she gave herself completely to him for the first time, igniting what only the stars and the constellations would be witness to. A spark that would light aflame inside Ares' extinguished heart. It would be at this time that each other would come to a realization, that they were never gods hiding as humans, but humans, born to be gods.
You see, Ares and Aphrodite fell in love, a love unlike any other-- a love that is timeless. That is, until Time came knocking. Stealing Ares from Aphrodite, over and over again, testing their love every day and night.
But true love always burns bright.
You see, Ares and Aphrodite, they are gods unlike any others. They are gods out of this time.
Prisoners to no one but themselves. Time, on the other hand, Time is a sneaky, trickster god, and it always tests the gods out of time. Why, you might ask?
Well, that is another story altogether...