In the days that followed…
The Found coped.
With extensive help from her family, Resolve found a new way to carry on, as her optimism was not so quick to recover as it had been in the past.
Razorback and Black Sun were mourned; further losses were grieved; and then a great deal more was celebrated. The Swan Maiden threw back-to-back parties, inviting any one and every one of the gods to attend.
Star-Bringer suggested a monument for Black Sun. He’d done so much — been so much. This was met by firm agreement on all sides. Together they created a monument honoring his moments of deepest peace: sitting at home with little Sofia curled up at his side.
After further discussion with the Mother of the Lost, Ruben decided to follow through with marrying Eloisa. The ceremony went smoothly, and the two of them settled in for the hard work of living a married life.
Stormchaser was finally able to leave his fully-grown storm to catch up and attend dinner with the Found, sharing with them the songs he’d made up using the various pieces of news they’d brought him throughout the years atop his lonely cloud.
Star-Bringer sought to simulate Rose Thorn Child’s sacrifice so that he and Resolve could lead a happier life. She questioned Rose Thorn Child about what it was exactly that powered the Teotl; to which Rose Thorn Child said he didn’t know — all he knew is it had to do with blood and the sacrifice thereof. She asked Ken if he’d be willing to try and recreate the hamster wheel he’d made to keep the chaos from leaking out of the rift. Once it was made clear to Star-Bringer that her project would defeat the purpose of Rose Thorn Child’s sacrifice and take the power away utterly from the Teotl, she dropped it.
On his next journey, Ken visited Phobos, Deimos, and Enyo in Tartarus, chatting with them and beginning to develop a way to free them from their imprisonment…
Sun-Bearer continued doing his job with alacrity, working side-by-side with Set, relieved by the fact that his job was much simpler than being the king of the gods. The two of them shared a mutual respect. In an attempt to reconcile herself with Set, Star-Bringer packed them lunches.
Wes finally had a complete family. His first words were “Mama! Fing!” due to Ruben’s frequent reminders around him that Star-Bringer was “doing the thing” again. He played a great deal with the souls of children in the Castle Under the Sea and spent a lot of time listening to their stories and how they died; and later sharing them with his family when he had the words for it. He turned out to be an apt helper and very insistent that things be done in the right order. He inherited daddy’s shine; and he spent much of his time with his mother making the stars twinkle. She started occasionally taking him to her place in the sky, where he listened intently to what the stars had to say.
Due to the diligence and care of the Bogovi Mafia, Wes’s first foreign cuss was in Russian.
Star-Bringer and Sun-Bearer worked together to renegotiate their marriage contract so that, should anything happen to them, custody of their children would fall to the Mother of the Lost. They also took the clause out about Wes’s education by Isis.
A year after Ragnarök ended, Star-Bringer and Sun-Bearer conceived again. Anabelle Lisa Sultan was born nine months later, and Sun-Bearer was there to welcome her into the world.
Jeff and Abel continued to be settled and remained in the babysitter rotation, offsetting Star-Bringer’s protectiveness with an equal amount of chill.
Benji lived his life in blissful obscurity, aging once more, and became more and more open to the idea of the Found coming over to visit.
Resolve and Rose Thorn Child did not attempt to have another child. Not only was the hurt still too fresh, their duties kept them apart for half the year.
The Nice Goddess Club started to meet regularly again.
Ra officially appointed Monthu as an heir, instilling in Hathor no small amount of stress.
Morena and Jarilo bore a child whom they named Jarvora, a fearsome little girl with black eyes and a hunger for carrion. They are very proud parents indeed; and Mokosh and Perun delighted grandparents.
Star-Bringer and Mo’okameakapuakuainahoku worked together in an attempt to understand the stars better. Additionally, Star-Bringer adopted Brigit’s heretofore dormant forge, beginning to explore its mysterious workings.
Ginger settled into her new lifestyle following all the exciting chaos that had occurred. After a few years, it proved too stable for her tastes…