The Heroes of Olympus Gods Read Lightening Thief

rjain posted on Sep 11, 2011 at 12:00PM
chapter 1
Percy's PoV

Finally! Only one day left till I return to camp halfblood! I went over to my calendar and crossed out another day. It had been months since I'd seen all my friends, Annabeth, Grover, Connor, Travis, Chris and Clarisse (Though I would never admit that to her) . I sighed and went to sit down on my bed, only it wasn't there and I was free falling into darkness.

Nico's PoV

Urgh. I hate being grounded! Sitting down here in the Underworld, In my room, on my own with nothing to do! So what if I failed Greek Mythology! Dad just had to over react and ground me for what has seemed like forever! I went over my bed and collapsed, suddenly I was faling into nothingness. "AHHH" I screamed.

Thalia PoV

"Stupid reforming monsters" I mutterd as I cleaned the point of my spear. I stood up to go and eat with the rest of the hunters when the floor vanished and I was falling! "Crap! I hate heights"

On Olympus

It was the winter solstice, and 8 of the campers from Camp Halfblood had just arrived at Olympus to meet their parents.

"Welcome Campers!" Zeus boomed "Before we start introductions, please take a seat." He indicated to 3 empty couches in a V shape across from the thrones.

The campers and Chiron started to walk over to the couches when a bright light appeared and there was a collective gasp from everyone on Olympus.

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over a year ago rjain said…
chapter 2
"AHHH" I screamed.

"PERCY?" a voice said from close by said... Wait, hold up was that Thalia?

"Thalia?" I shouted over the noise of the wind in my ears.

"AWESOME!" said another familiar voice I was about to speak but Thalia beat me to it.

"Nico?" she yelled.

"That's me!" He replied as if we were not falling into darkness.

"What's goi-" I started but then...

THUD!

I landed in a straddle position on the hard floor facing the couch where Thalia and Nico landed. Not that it hurt after bathing in the Styx and stuff but still! Life Sucks!

"You have got to be kidding me!" I said. "You guys get a nice soft landing on the sofa whereas I land about two inches in front of it!"

Chuckling Nico replied "Thal and I are just cool that way! But surely you Perce, of all people, didn't find that excruciatingly painful."

I grunted in response which caused Thalia and Nico to smirk. Thalia smirk turned into a frown as she said " Where the heck are we?" Great question I thought as I looked around the room past the Gods and onto... Wait! The Gods?

"Eeep!" I said as I jumped up. Nico looked as if he was about to comment on my very feminine noise but when he noticed the Gods, and he too made a similar noise. Both Nico and Thalia jumped up off the couch and stood next to me in perfect unison. Together we stood facing a bunch of dumbfounded Gods, Chiron and some campers.

Zeus' PoV

The bright light disappeared and I saw 3 new figures, a boy and a girl, both wearing black had a appeared on the couch and another boy with messy black hair and green eyes was sitting on the foor in front of them. What in Hades name are these people and, more importantly, What do they think they are doing, appearing on Olympus, interrupting my speech that took me 2 hours to reherse!

"You have got to be kidding me!" The green eyed boy said. "You guys get a nice soft landing on the sofa whereas I land about two inches in front of it!"

Fair point I thought, but then I remembered I was furious with them and opened my moth to speak but the dark eyed boy interrupted me by saying

"Thal and I are just cool that way! But surely you Perce, of all people, didn't find that excruciatingly painful."

What the Heck is he talking about! How could that not be sore, that mere mortal should be in pain, unable to speak, with every bone broken in his body! There girl with bright blue eyes ooked ready to also comment on the matter, but at the last minute she appeared to change her mind and said instead

"Where the heck are we?"

I was about to tell them that they were in MY throne room and were to leave immediately unless they wanted certain death! But then I was cut out once again by the idiotic mortals when the green eyed boy finally noticed where he was and a name a noise similar to the ones I hear from Apollo when Artemis is mad at him. After a few seconds they noticed us and jumped up in surprise. Togher they stood facing the all powerful Zeus, the rest of his family, Chiron and a few of the campers.

No ones PoV

"Who are you?" Zeus boomed "I demand you tell me EXACTLY what you think your doing interrupting the Winter Solstice and the introducings of these campers!"

All the demigods cowered in fear and the blue eyed girl was about to reply when a large back packaged dropped out of nowhere and hit the green eyed boy on the head.

Completely forgetting the situation he said

"SERIOUSLY! Why in Hades does everything that is supposed to be painful and completely humiliating happen to me?"

Apollo, Hermes, Ares, Nico, Thalia and the twins from camp, looked like they were about to laugh but with one quick glance at Zeus's face , the quickly changed their minds.

"SILENCE MORTAL!" Once again Zeus boomed "I DEMAND YOU-"

"Perhaps we should have a look at the package first, this might be something important," Athena interrupted.

Zeus looked from the package to cowering Percy, to Athena then back again.

"Hermes!" Zeus ordered "As God of Messengers, go and open this package and report back what's in it!"

Hermes smartly obeyed and went over to the 3 demigods to pick up the package. He opened it up and inside was a note and a book.

"WELL?" Zeus said with a harsh tone still glaring at the mortals for interrupting his speech.

"Th-h-here is a n-n-note and a-a b-book" Hermes stuttered in fear.

"What are you waiting for then Hermes? Read it out!" in the same harsh tone.

"Dear Olympus and Apollo" Hermes began. "I am aware that your are completely shocked and in Zeus's case furious that 3 young people, well bar Nico he isn't that young, have interrupted this year's (well your years) Winter Solstice meeting and if I'm correct the beginning of the tour for some of the campers. Oh where to begin, ah I think I will start...here...no wait...here, yes here. These demigods are from the future and have recently ended the next big war, with hep of yours truly of course, I will let them handle the introductions, though I wish I was there to see your reactions, well technically i will be there but that's beside the point. These books will be of your future but at the same time, the demigods past. I am sure you will find these books truly fascinating and humorous and maybe shape the future to reduce the bloodshed resulting from the war BUT you must not try change the future too much as it may change the outcome completely. After you have read the first book, if you wish to continue, the next book will appear and so on and so forth, if not you shall return to whatever you were doing before and your memories will be modified. Do not, I repeat DO NOT do anything to harm the demigods or their parents after they are introduced or there will be Certain. Death, cue dramatic gasp from listeners. I hope you enjoy the books and get a good laugh, I certainly did!

Yours Awesomely, The one and only, all powerful, all mighty, God of the Sun, APOLLO!

Everyone's mouth was hanging open, including the 3 demigods. Athena was the first to speak

"Well this is truly amazing, we get to read into the future and learn all about what's going to come! I am for reading these books, this will be extremely benefitial! Zeus, you owe these demigods an apology, they didn't come here on their own account, it was infact Apollo who brought them here!"

Percy stared opened mouthed at Athena, this is probably the first, and only time Athena has been nice to me he thought to himself.

"Very well," Zeus muttered "I apologise."

Athena nodded in approval while Hades and Poseidon looked smug towards Zeus.

"Now! Introductions!" Athena said loudly.

The three demigods looked at each other, then together, Thalia and Percy pushed Nico forward.

"Hey!" Nico screeched "I am not going first! You do it Perce!"

"Ha Ha! You wish!" Percy said.
"Wait!" Thalia said before she dragged Nico and Percy into a private huddle. Together they agreed that they would follow the coarse of the book. arriving the conclusion. two elder demigods quickly pushed Nico to deliver the verdict.
"Ummmm....i think you'll know as we read the books."he gulped silently."though we'll tell you our names. I'm Nico di Angelo. the she's Thalia and thats Percy jackson". Poseidon's eyes widened, that couldn't be my son he was only nine now.Out of the corner of his eye he saw Hades eyes widen. But as soon as thalia's name was announced all the hades broke loose.
"But you're a TREE-"

"I THOUGHT YOU WERE DEAD!" Guess who said that.

"Hows this possible."

"Thialia your alive!"a girl cried, then the room fell silent.

I watched as a girl about nine years old with curly blonde hair went up to Thialia and tearfully hugged her.

"Hows this possible." The girl tearfully cried.
"it'll all be explained in the books"
Athena looked at the demigods sharply before speaking,"well since we're already going to read about them, we'll let that pass for now."All the gods murmured their agreement. "well, i think others should introduce them selves."
The campers nodded and Chiron, in wheel chair form, wheeled over to beside the couches.

Two identical twins stepped forward and said in unison "Connor and Travis Stoll, Sons of Hermes" Hermes beamed at them as they went and sat down on one of the free sofas. A buff boy stepped forward next and said

"Charles Beckendorf, Son of Hephaestus" As he sat down next to the twins no one noticed the trio wince. Next a burly girl stepped forward and grunted

"Clarrise La Rue, Daughter of Ares" As she took a seat on the other free couch, Ares smiled and Nico winked at Percy who scowled in return. Again no one noticed the winces the trio gave as the next camper, Silena Beugaud was introduced. She took a seat next to Clarisse and next Chris took a seat on the floor in front of the boys couch. The last of the campers looked around shyly before introducing herself. She had blonde hair and intense grey eyes.

"Im Annabeth Chase, Daughter of Athena" Percy choked and everyone stared at him. Thalia and Nico smirked at their shocked and concerned expression. Nico thumped Percy hard on the back.

"Something wrong there Perce?" He chuckled knowingly.

"N-n-nothing" Percy stammered "Just... Choked, That's all" Annabeth gave Percy an uncertain and scared look before going to sit down beside Silena.

"It's called Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief." Thalia said.
At this Nico and Thalia burst into laughter and Percy had another choking fit. At first everyone looked totally bewildered but then it dawned on them that Percy Jackson was sitting in the room!

"Oh Yes!" Thalia said between laughs "We get to read about Percy's adventures and what he thinks about us!"

"More important what he thinks about-" Nico started

"SHUT UP" Percy shouted and Nico and Thalia continued to laugh.

"EEK!" Aphrodite squeaked "Do you have a girlfriend?" she asked excitedly.

"NO!" Percy said, a little too quickly.

"Yes he does!" Apollo said "Who's that special someone Percy?"

Percy turned scarlet as the campers chuckled.

"SILENCE!" Zeus boomed and immediately everyone shut up "I am sure we will find out during the books so Hestia if you please, start reading"
"I Accidentally Vaporize My Pre – Algebra Teacher"Hestia read.
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over a year ago rjain said…
"Chapter one," Hestia read, "I Accidently Vaporize my Pre-Algebra Teacher."
"Dude I like you already!" Apollo laughed.
All the demi-gods except Thialia and Nico looked at Percy incredulously.
Look I didn't want to be a half blood.
"No one does." Thialia sighed, every other demi-god nodded.
Some gods looked down.
If your reading this because you think you might be one my advice is:
"Oh gods!" Nico screamed, "Percy giving advice! Alert the media."
"This ought to be good." Thialia snorted.
"I hate you guys." Percy said scowling.
Hestia laughed quietly then read on.
Close the book right now. Believe whatever lie you mom or dad told you about your birth, and try to lead a normal life.
"The advice wasn't half bad." Annabeth said thoughtfully.
Thialia smirked while Nico waggled his eye brows at Percy, who blushed a color that should have been impossible.
"What are you guys doing?" Annabeth asked.
"Nothing Annie." Thialia said ruffling Annabeths hair, "Please read on Hestia."
Being a half-blood is dangerous. It's scary. Most of the time it gets you killed in painful, nasty ways.
"To true." All the demi-gods said.
If you're a normal kid and think all this is fiction, great. Read on. I envy you for being able to believe that none of this ever happened. But if you recognize yourself in these pages—if something is stirring inside—stop reading immediately. You might be one of us. And once you know that, it's only a matter of time before they sense it too, and they'll come for you.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
"You didn't warn us!" Travis and Connor Stoll laughed in unison.
Katie and Silena hit them on the head, and they stopped laughing.
"But you seriously didn't warn me." Nico said.
"I didn't have time too. And it was just a tad late to warn you."
"True." Nico said.
"Do I want to know?" Hades and Poseidon asked.
"Probably not." Nico and Percy said.
"My name is Percy Jackson."
"Really!" Nico said, "I thought it was Peter Johnson."
Dionysius nodded in agreement.
I'm twelve years old. Until a few months ago, I was a boarding student at Yancy Academy, a private school for troubled kids in upstate New York.
Am I a troubled kid?
"Yes." Thialia and Nico said.
Percy made a face at them while the other demi-gods laughed.
Yeah. You could say that.
"You even admit it!" Thialia laughed.
"Shut up!" Percy huffed.
I could start at any point in my short miserable life to prove it, but things really started going bad last May, when our sixth-grade class took a field trip to Manhattan— twenty-eight mental-case kids and two teachers on a yellow school bus, heading to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to look at ancient Greek and Roman stuff.
"That sounds like great!" Annabeth said.
Athena nodded in agreement.
I know—it sounds like torture
"Hey!" Annabeth huffed as almost everyone laughed.
Most Yancy field trips were.
But Mr. Brunner, our Latin teacher, was leading this trip, so I had hopes.
Mr. Brunner was this middle-aged guy in a motorized wheelchair.
Everyone looked at Chiron.
He had thinning hair and a scruffy beard and a frayed tweed jacket, which always smelled like coffee. You wouldn't think he'd be cool, but he told stories and jokes and let us play games in class. He also had this awesome collection of Roman armor and weapons, so he was the only teacher whose class didn't put me to sleep.
"I'm glad to be so entertaining to you Percy." Chiron laughed.
"You sleep during class!" Annabeth asked astounded.
Percy blushed while Thialia and Nico snickered.
I hoped the trip would be okay. At least, I hoped that for once I wouldn't get in trouble.
Boy, was I wrong.
"When are you not?" Thialia asked.
"I'm right sometimes!" Percy said.
"No you just take answers from your girlfriend." Nico laughed.
"NICO!" Thialia screamed hitting him on the back of the head.
Aphrodite squealed, "You have a girlfriend."
"No!" Percy yelled, "Read on Hestia!"
Hestia was curious, but decided to keep reading, because of Percy's pleading expression.
See, bad things happen to me on field trips. Like at my fifth-grade school, when we went to the Saratoga battlefield, I had this accident with a Revolutionary War cannon.
I wasn't aiming for the school bus, but of course I got expelled anyway.
Hermes gave Percy a high five, while Apollo laughed.
"How do you accidently fire a war cannon? "Athena asked.
"Who cares man, your freaking awesome!" Travis laughed.
"I have a new prank idea!" Connor exclaimed with an evil glint in his eyes.
Katie, Annabeth, and Silena groaned.
"Wanna help Bekandorf?"
'Sure!"
Charlie!"
"Please read Hestia!" Ares yelled, "I need some action.
And before that, at my fourth-grade school, when we took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Marine World shark pool, I sort of hit the wrong lever on the catwalk and our class took an unplanned swim.
Apollo and Hermes were on the floor laughing with Travis and Connor.
And the time before that... Well, you get the idea.
"No Percy tell us more!" Hermes cried.
"No more!" Apollo yelled, "My stomach can'ttake it.
This trip, I was determined to be good.
"No Percy don't break the record!"
All the way into the city, I put up with Nancy Bobofit, the freckly, redheaded kleptomaniac girl, hitting my best friend Grover
"I'm your best friend!" Grover asked.
"You sure are G-man!"
"Cool!"
in the back of the head with chunks of peanut butter-and-ketchup sandwich.
"Gross!" Silena and Aphrodite said wrinkling there noses.
Grover was an easy target. He was scrawny. He cried when he got frustrated. He must've been held back several grades, because he was the only sixth grader with acne and the start of a wispy beard on his chin. On top of all that, he was crippled.
"Gee Percy that was a very nice description of me. I feel so flattered." Grover pouted.
Percy smile sheepishly while the gods laughed, and demi-gods laughed.
He had a note excusing him from PE for the rest of his life because he had some kind of muscular disease in his legs. He walked funny, like every step hurt him, but don't let that fool you. You should've seen him run when it was enchilada day in the cafeteria.
"Way to blow cover Grover!" Annabeth wheezed.
Grover blushed.
Anyway, Nancy Bobofit was throwing wads of sandwich that stuck in his curly brown hair, and she knew I couldn't do anything back to her because I was already on probation. The headmaster had threatened me with death.
by in-school suspension if anything bad, embarrassing, or even mildly entertaining happened on this trip.
"Ahh." Apollo pouted, "Nobody is going for a swim."
"I'm going to kill her," I mumbled.
Grover tried to calm me down. "It's okay. I like peanut butter."
"Only you would say that Grover!" Travis laughed.
He dodged another piece of Nancy's lunch.
"That's it." I started to get up, but Grover pulled me back to my seat.
"You're already on probation," he reminded me. "You know who'll get blamed if anything happens."
Looking back on it, I wish I'd decked Nancy Bobofit right then and there.
In-school suspension would've been nothing compared to the mess I was about to get myself into.
At this all the gods and demigods straitened.
Mr. Brunner led the museum tour.
He rode up front in his wheelchair, guiding us through the big echoey galleries, past marble statues and glass cases full of really old black-and-orange pottery.
It blew my mind that this stuff had survived for two thousand, three thousand years.
"Longer than that."Annabeth said awed.
"Much longer." Athena added.
He gathered us around a thirteen-foot-tall stone column with a big sphinx on the top, and started telling us how it was a grave marker, a stele, for a girl about our age. He told us about the carvings on the sides. I was trying to listen to what he had to say, because it was kind of interesting, but everybody around me was talking, and every time I told them to shut up, the other teacher chaperone, Mrs. Dodds, would give me the evil eye.
Mrs. Dodds was this little math teacher from Georgia who always wore a black leather jacket, even though she was fifty years old. She looked mean enough to ride a Harley right into your locker.
Travis and Connor laughed at the mental image.
Hades winced.
She had come to Yancy halfway through the year, when our last math teacher had a nervous breakdown.
From her first day, Mrs. Dodds loved Nancy Bobofit and figured I was devil spawn. She would point her crooked finger at me and say, "Now, honey," real sweet, and I knew I was going to get after-school detention for a month.
Athena looked at Hades figuring it out.
One time, after she'd made me erase answers out of old math workbooks until midnight, I told Grover I didn't think Mrs. Dodds was human. He looked at me, real serious, and said, "You're absolutely right."
Poseidon blinked then realization dawned on him.
"YOU SENT A FUR-"
"Why do you look so concerned" Zeus asked suspiciously.
“I…what…umm……I thought….he learned his lesson from last time”
Entire council staredv at Posiedon suspiciously
Poseidon made a our dead sign at Hades then sat down. (Irony anyone?)
Annabeth blinked getting it, Katie and Silena looked at each other in understanding. While Travis, Connor, Grover, and Bekandorf only looked a little confused.
Mr. Brunner kept talking about Greek funeral art.
Finally, Nancy Bobofit snickered something about the naked guy on the stele, and I turned around and said, "Will you shut up?"
It came out louder than I meant it to.
"Nice one Perce!" Nico laughed.
The whole group laughed. Mr. Brunner stopped his story.
"Mr. Jackson," he said, "did you have a comment?"
My face was totally red.
"Like it is now!" Silena said chuckling.
Percy glared half-heartedly at Silena.
I said, "No, sir."
Mr. Brunner pointed to one of the pictures on the stele. "Perhaps you'll tell us what this picture represents?
I looked at the carving, and felt a flush of relief, because I actually recognized it. "That's Kronos eating his kids, right?"
The gods groaned.
"You had to pick that one Chiron?" Hades asked.
"Sorry Lord Zeus.".
"Yes," Mr. Brunner said, obviously not satisfied.
"And he did this because ..."
"Well..." I racked my brain to remember. "Kronos was the king god,
"God!" All the gods said in unison.
"I didn't know back then! I'll probably be corrected." Percy said defending himself. Then squeaked, "Sorry."
and—"
"God?" Mr. Brunner asked.
"See!"
"Nobody argued with you Percy." Annabeth sighed.
Percy blushed.
"Titan," I corrected myself. "And ... he didn't trust his kids, who were the gods. So, um, Kronos ate them, right? But his wife hid baby Zeus, and gave Kronos a rock to eat instead.
And later, when Zeus grew up, he tricked his dad, Kronos, into barfing up his brothers and sisters—"
"Eeew!" said one of the girls behind me.
"You didn't have to live in his stomach." Hera said wrinkling her nose. "It's disgusting.
For once everyone agreed with her.
"—and so there was this big fight between the gods and the Titans," I continued, "and the gods won."
"Good job at simplifying a hundred year war!" Apollo laughed.
Some snickers from the group.
Behind me, Nancy Bobofit mumbled to a friend, "Like we're going to use this in real life. Like it's going to say on our job applications, 'Please explain why Kronos ate his kids.'
"And why, Mr. Jackson," Brunner said, "to paraphrase Miss Bobofit's excellent question, does this matter in real life?"
"Busted!" Grover laughed.
"Busted," Grover muttered.
The demi-gods laughed.
"Creepy." Bekandorf said, surprising some people. He was so quiet they forgot he was there.
"Shut up," Nancy hissed, her face even brighter red than her hair.
At least Nancy got packed, too. Mr. Brunner was the only one who ever caught her saying anything wrong. He had radar ears.
"More like horse ears." Connor muttered to Travis.
"Say something Connor?" Chuiron asked.
Connor bushed, "No sir."
I thought about his question, and shrugged. "I don't know, sir."
"I see." Mr. Brunner looked disappointed. "Well, half credit, Mr. Jackson. Zeus did indeed feed Kronos a mixture of mustard and wine, which made him disgorge his other five children, who, of course, being immortal gods, had been living and growing up completely undigested in the Titan's stomach.
Demether groaned and said, "Not good memories."
The gods defeated their father, sliced him to pieces with his own scythe, and scattered his remains in Tartarus, the darkest part of the Underworld. On that happy note,
Everyone snorted.
it's time for lunch. Mrs. Dodds, would you lead us back outside?"
The class drifted off, the girls holding their stomachs, the guys pushing each other around and acting like doofuses.
"When are boys not doofuses?" Artemis inquired.
"You know you love us!" Apollo said. "Wait I feel a poem coming."
Everyone groaned.
"There once was a goddess from Sparta who."
"Read Hestia please." Dionysius begged.
"It's worse in the future." Percy said, "He does haikus."
Apollo looked thoughtful, "Not a bad idea."
"Read Hestia!" Artemis yelled.
Grover and I were about to follow when Mr. Brunner said, "Mr. Jackson."
I knew that was coming.
I told Grover to keep going. Then I turned toward Mr. Brunner. "Sir?"
Mr. Brunner had this look that wouldn't let you go— intense brown eyes that could've been a thousand years old
"Older than that." Travis snorted.
"I'm not that old," Chiron laughed.
and had seen everything.
"He pretty much has," Katie said.
"You must learn the answer to my question," Mr. Brunner told me.
"About the Titans?"
"About real life. And how your studies apply to it."
Oh."
"What you learn from me," he said, "is vitally important. I expect you to treat it as such. I will accept only the best from you, Percy Jackson."
I wanted to get angry, this guy pushed me so hard.
"Sorry." Chiron said, "I needed to prepare you."
Percy shrugged, "I understand that now."
I mean, sure, it was kind of cool on tournament days, when he dressed up in a suit of Roman armor and shouted: "What ho!'" and challenged us, sword-point against chalk, to run to the board and name every Greek and Roman person who had ever lived, and their mother, and what god they worshipped.
But Mr. Brunner expected me to be as good as everybody else, despite the fact that I have dyslexia and attention deficit disorder and I had never made above a C— in my life. No—he didn't expect me to be as good; he expected me to be better. And I just couldn't learn all those names and facts, much less spell them correctly.
I mumbled something about trying harder, while Mr. Brunner took one long sad look at the stele, like he'd been at this girl's funeral.
"He's been to a lot of girls funerals," Silena said sadly.
All the demi-gods looked down remembering there lost comrades.
He told me to go outside and eat my lunch.
The class gathered on the front steps of the museum, where we could watch the foot traffic along Fifth Avenue.
Overhead, a huge storm was brewing,
Everyone looked at Zeus.
with clouds blacker than I'd ever seen over the city. I figured maybe it was global warming or something, because the weather all across New York State had been weird since Christmas.
We'd had massive snow storms, flooding, wildfires from lightning strikes. I wouldn't have been surprised if this was a hurricane blowing in.
Athena raised and eyebrow at Zeus who shrugged.
Nobody else seemed to notice. Some of the guys were pelting pigeons with Lunchables crackers.
Grovers expression turned angry.
Nancy Bobofit was trying to pickpocket something from a lady's purse,
"That girl needs to be taught a lesson." Artes mumbled.
and, of course, Mrs. Dodds wasn't seeing a thing.
Grover and I sat on the edge of the fountain, away from the others. We thought that maybe if we did that, everybody wouldn't know we were from that school—the school for loser freaks who couldn't make it elsewhere.
"Detention?" Grover asked.
"Nah," I said. "Not from Brunner. I just wish he'd lay off me sometimes. I mean—I'm not a genius."
"Not even close." Thialia scoffed.
"Thanks cuz. I feel the love." Percy said sarcastically.
Annabeth chuckled making Percy blush a bit.
Ahrodite raised an eyebrow, whats going on here.
Grover didn't say anything for a while. Then, when I thought he was going to give me some deep philosophical comment to make me feel better, he said, "Can I have your apple?"
Everyone laughed, even Hera.
Grover blushed, "Sorry."
didn't have much of an appetite, so I let him take it.
"Thanks." Grover said sheepishly.
I watched the stream of cabs going down Fifth Avenue, and thought about my mom's apartment,
Poseidon smiled. He still missed Sally.
only a little ways uptown from where we sat. I hadn't seen her since Christmas. I wanted so bad to jump in a taxi and head home. She'd hug me and be glad to see me, but she'd be disappointed, too. She'd send me right back to Yancy, remind me that I had to try harder, even if this was my sixth school in six years and I was probably going to be kicked out again. I wouldn't be able to stand that sad look she'd give me.
Mr. Brunner parked his wheelchair at the base of the handicapped ramp. He ate celery while he read a paperback novel. A red umbrella stuck up from the back of his chair, making it look like a motorized cafe table.
Thialia snorted, "Apt description Perce."
I was about to unwrap my sandwich when Nancy Bobofit appeared in front of me with her ugly friends—I guess she'd gotten tired of stealing from the tourists—and dumped her half-eaten lunch in Grover's lap.
Grover flinched, while Annabeth looked murderous, no one messes with her friends.
"Oops." She grinned at me with her crooked teeth. Her freckles were orange, as if somebody had spray-painted her face with liquid Cheetos.
"She can't be that ugly." Aphrodite said flinching at the mental image.
"She is that ugly," Percy shuddered.
I tried to stay cool. The school counselor had told me a million times, "Count to ten, get control of your temper." But I was so mad my mind went blank. A wave roared in my ears.
Ares sat up in his throne, finally some action.
I don't remember touching her, but the next thing I knew, Nancy was sitting on her butt in the fountain, screaming, "Percy pushed me!"
Mrs. Dodds materialized next to us.
"She probably was waiting for you to use your powers." Annabeth said.
"What ?" Travis asked confused.
Everyone except Grover, Connor, and Bekandorf face palmed.
"You don't know what she is?" Annabeth asked in disbelief.
"No…"
"Hey we don't knw either Connor said gesturing to Grover, Bekandorf, and him.
"She's a kindly One."
"Ohhhh…"
Some of the kids were whispering: "Did you see—"
"—the water—"
"—like it grabbed her”
"POSEIDON! I can't believe you broke the oath! You will suffer severely!"
Athena's eyes widened. "Percy, you look six-teen. Does that mean you're-" she was cut off
"YES! She didn't call me sea spawn! I'm one step closer to being accepted!"
“YOU DESERVED TO DIE VERMIN “Hades roared.
“DON’T YOU DARE TOUCH MY SON’’ Posiedon thundered and even Zues and Hades backed off quickly.
“Hestia read” posiedon commanded.
I didn't know what they were talking about. All I knew was that I was in trouble again.
As soon as Mrs. Dodds was sure poor little Nancy
Everyone snorted.
was okay, promising to get her a new shirt at the museum gift shop, etc., etc., Mrs. Dodds turned on me. There was a triumphant fire in her eyes, as if I'd done something she'd been waiting for all semester. "Now, honey—"
"She was waiting for it all semester." Thialia sighed. "Believe me I know."
Hades and Zeus looked uncomfortable.
"I know," I grumbled. "A month erasing workbooks."
That wasn't the right thing to say.
"Come with me," Mrs. Dodds said.
"Wait!" Grover yelped. "It was me. I pushed her."
"Thanks for trying man." Percy sighed.
"Grover smiled weakly, "Don't mention it."
I stared at him, stunned. I couldn't believe he was trying to cover for me. Mrs. Dodds scared Grover to death.
"Don't blame you." Annabeth sighed, "She scared me too."
She glared at him so hard his whiskery chin trembled.
"I don't think so, Mr. Underwood," she said.
"But—"
"You—will—stay—here."
Grover looked at me desperately.
"It's okay, man," I told him. "Thanks for trying."
"Honey," Mrs. Dodds barked at me. "Now."
Nancy Bobofit smirked.
"If I ever meet her I'll beat her up for you Perce," Thialia growled.
"Yeah no one messes with our cousin."Nico said.
"Thanks guys." Percy said.
Thialia smirked while Nico smiled mischievously, "That's our job!"
"Hey!"
I gave her my deluxe I'll-kill-you-later stare.
"She was probably trembling with fear!" Apollo said dramatically.
Then I turned to face Mrs. Dodds, but she wasn't there. She was standing at the museum entrance, way at the top of the steps, gesturing impatiently at me to come on.
How'd she get there so fast?
I have moments like that a lot, when my brain falls asleep or something,
"No Percy that's all the time." Nico said.
Percy made a face.
"No offense I mean I just met you and hour ago," Annabeth said, "I have to agree with Nico."
Percy looked horrified while Thialia laughed.
and the next thing I know I've missed something, as if a puzzle piece fell out of the universe and left me staring at the blank place behind it. The school counselor told me this was part of the ADHD, my brain misinterpreting things.
"Don't we know about it." All the demi-gods sighed.
I wasn't so sure.
I went after Mrs. Dodds.
Halfway up the steps, I glanced back at Grover. He was looking pale, cutting his eyes between me and Mr. Brunner, like he wanted Mr. Brunner to notice what was going on, but Mr. Brunner was absorbed in his novel.
"Like he is now." Artemis said raising an eyebrow at Chiron.
"What?" Chiron asked holding a Twilight book. "Mortals can right good inaccurate things."
Artemis chuckled, "Pay attention now Chiron."
I looked back up. Mrs. Dodds had disappeared again. She was now inside the building, at the end of the entrance hall.
Okay, I thought. She's going to make me buy a new shirt for Nancy at the gift shop.
Poseidon started to wish that was it.
But apparently that wasn't the plan.
"Shit!" Poseidon yelled.
"Language brother." Zeus said.
I followed her deeper into the museum. When I finally caught up to her, we were back in the Greek and Roman section.
Except for us, the gallery was empty.
Mrs. Dodds stood with her arms crossed in front of a big marble frieze of the Greek gods. She was making this weird noise in her throat, like growling.
Ares sat up in anticipation, while Poseidon looked like he wanted to faint.
Even without the noise, I would've been nervous. It's weird being alone with a teacher, especially Mrs. Dodds. Something about the way she looked at the frieze, as if she wanted to pulverize it...
"You've been giving us problems, honey," she said.
"She could drop the honey." Travis said trying to lighten up the tension.
I did the safe thing. I said, "Yes, ma'am."
She tugged on the cuffs of her leather jacket. "Did you really think you would get away with it?"
The look in her eyes was beyond mad. It was evil.
Poseidon looked as if his head was about to blow.
She's a teacher, I thought nervously. It's not like she's going to hurt me.
Everyone looked at Percy.
"I didn't know ok!"
I said, "I'll—I'll try harder, ma'am."
Thunder shook the building.
Now everyone was looking at Zues.
"We are not fools, Percy Jackson," Mrs. Dodds said. "It was only a matter of time before we found you out. Confess, and you will suffer less pain."
I didn't know what she was talking about.
All I could think of was that the teachers must've found the illegal stash of candy I'd been selling out of my dorm room.
The girls face palmed, while some of the guys got a dreamy look.
Or maybe they'd realized I got my essay on Tom Sawyer from the Internet without ever reading the book and now they were going to take away my grade. Or worse, they were going to make me read the book.
Annabeth and Athena gave Percy an identical look.
Artemis sighed, "Boys."
"Well?" she demanded.
"Ma'am, I don't..."
"Your time is up," she hissed.
Then the weirdest thing happened. Her eyes began to glow like barbecue coals. Her fingers stretched, turning into talons. Her jacket melted into large, leathery wings. She wasn't human. She was a shriveled hag with bat wings and claws and a mouth full of yellow fangs, and she was about to slice me to ribbons.
Poseidon looked ready to burst.
Percy smiled at him sheepishly.
Then things got even stranger.
Poseidon began to sweat even more.
Mr. Brunner, who'd been out in front of the museum a minute before, wheeled his chair into the doorway of the gallery, holding a pen in his hand.
"What ho, Percy!" he shouted, and tossed the pen through the air.
Mrs. Dodds lunged at me.
With a yelp, I dodged and felt talons slash the air next to my ear. I snatched the ballpoint pen out of the air, but when it hit my hand, it wasn't a pen anymore. It was a sword—Mr. Brunner's bronze sword, which he always used on tournament day.
"thank you Chiron." Poseidon sighed relaxing once again.
Mrs. Dodds spun toward me with a murderous look in her eyes.
My knees were jelly. My hands were shaking so bad I almost dropped the sword.
Poseidon looked panicked again.
"Wimp!" Ares laughed.
He got splashed with salt water.
She snarled, "Die, honey!"
And she flew straight at me.
Absolute terror ran through my body. I did the only thing that came naturally: I swung the sword.
"Thank the gods!" Poseidon said.
"You're welcome Uncle P." Apollo said.
Artemis hit Apollo over the head.
The metal blade hit her shoulder and passed clean through her body as if she were made of water. Hisss!
Mrs. Dodds was a sand castle in a power fan. She exploded into yellow powder, vaporized on the spot, leaving nothing but the smell of sulfur and a dying screech and a chill of evil in the air, as if those two glowing red eyes were still watching me.
Thialia, Grover, and Annabeth shivered.
"She's not so bad." Nico shrugged.'
The gods and demi-gods gave Nico a look of disbelief.
"What!" Nico yelled.
"Nico you are just... just…"Thialia trailed off trying to find the right word.
"Such a boy." Artemis offered smiling at her future lieutenant.
"Exactly." Thialia smiled.
I was alone.
There was a ballpoint pen in my hand.
Mr. Brunner wasn't there. Nobody was there but me.
"You sound so lonely." Aphrodite sniffled with Silena.
My hands were still trembling. My lunch must've been contaminated with magic mushrooms or something
Everyone laughed.
"I'm sure that was it!" Travis laughed.
Had I imagined the whole thing?
I went back outside.
It had started to rain.
Cue looks at Zues.
Grover was sitting by the fountain, a museum map tented over his head. Nancy Bobofit was still standing there, soaked from her swim in the fountain, grumbling to her ugly friends. When she saw me, she said, "I hope Mrs. Kerr whipped your butt."
"Umm… Who?" Nico asked.
I said, "Who?"
Annabeth looked from Nico to Percy, "Creepy…"
"Our teacher. Duh!"
I blinked. We had no teacher named Mrs. Kerr. I asked Nancy what she was talking about.
She just rolled her eyes and turned away.
I asked Grover where Mrs. Dodds was.
He said, "Who?"
But he paused first, and he wouldn't look at me, so I thought he was messing with me.
"Not funny, man," I told him. "This is serious."
Thunder boomed overhead.
I saw Mr. Brunner sitting under his red umbrella, reading his book, as if he'd never moved.
I went over to him.
He looked up, a little distracted. "Ah, that would be my pen. Please bring your own writing utensil in the future, Mr. Jackson."
Everyone chuckled.
I handed Mr. Brunner his pen. I hadn't even realized I was still holding it.
"Sir," I said, "where's Mrs. Dodds?"
He stared at me blankly. "Who?"
"The other chaperone. Mrs. Dodds. The pre-algebra teacher."
He frowned and sat forward, looking mildly concerned. "Percy, there is no Mrs. Dodds on this trip. As far as I know, there has never been a Mrs. Dodds at Yancy Academy. Are you feeling all right?"
"He's never feeling alright." Thialia sighed.
Percy made a face.
Poseidon sighed thank the gods that's over, with my sons luck he'll be fighting the minotaur, but that's impossible. The minotaur is still reforming…
"Who reads next?" Zues asked.
"I will." Aphrodite said.


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over a year ago Safree said…
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"Three Old Ladies Knit the Socks of Death" Aphrodite read raising a perfect eyebrow.
"You have some weird titles." Hephaestus said.
Poseidon looked worried, "Are you in danger again?"
Percy grinned sheepishl
I was used to the occasional weird experience,
"Being with Percy IS a weird experience!" Nico laughed.
Percy made a face at Nico while everyone laughed, even Poseidon cracked a smile.
but usually they were over quickly.
This twenty-four/seven hallucination was more than I could handle. For the rest of the school year, the entire campus seemed to be playing some kind of trick on me. The students acted as if they were completely and totally convinced that Mrs. Kerr—a perky blond woman whom I'd never seen in my life until she got on our bus at the end of the field trip—had been our pre-algebra teacher since Christmas.
Every so often I would spring a Mrs. Dodds reference on somebody,
"It won't work." Athena tsked at Percy.
"The Mist is very powerful." Chiron said.
Percy blushed and said, "I know that now.
just to see if I could trip them up, but they would stare at me like I was psycho.
"You are!" Travis laughed.
"Even Travis from the past teases me!" Percy yelled.
It got so I almost believed them—Mrs. Dodds had never existed.
Almost.
But Grover couldn't fool me.
Grover blushed.
While the Stolls snickered.
When I mentioned the name Dodds to him, he would hesitate, and then claim she didn't exist. But I knew he was lying.
"Grover my friend." Connor said in a teachers voice, "you need lying lessons.
"We'll give them to you for five drachmas." Travis smiled.
Grover looked deep in thought then handed Travis five drachmas.
"As soon as this book is over give me lessons."
"No problem."
Something was going on. Something had happened at the museum.
I didn't have much time to think about it during the days, but at night, visions of Mrs. Dodds with talons and leathery wings would wake me up in a cold sweat.
Poseidon glared at Hades who shrugged.
The freak weather continued,
"That would be Zeus's fault." Poseidon said.
which didn't help my mood. One night, a thunderstorm blew out the windows in my dorm room.
More looks at Zues.
A few days later, the biggest tornado ever spotted in the Hudson Valley touched down only fifty miles from Yancy Academy.
Now Poseidon glared at Zues.
One of the current events we studied in social studies class was the unusual number of small planes that had gone down in sudden squalls in the Atlantic that year.
I started feeling cranky and irritable most of the time. My grades slipped from Ds to Fs.
Athena and Annabeth looked horrified.
"F's" Annabeth said looking terrified, "I think you need to be tutored."
Athena turned to Poseidon, "Your son's brain is full of kelp."
"He takes after his dad!" Hades laughed.
"Yeah…" Poseidon said, "Wait! Hey!"
"Please read Aphrodite!" Dionysius said bored.
I got into more fights with Nancy Bobofit and her friends.
"Don't blame you." Thialia said sympathetically, "I would beat them up too."
I was sent out into the hallway in almost every class.
Finally, when our English teacher, Mr. Nicoll, asked me for the millionth time why I was too lazy to study for spelling tests, I snapped. I called him an old sot.
"Nice insult Percy!" Connor laughed.
I wasn't even sure what it meant, but it sounded good.
Everyone laughed at this statement.
"This book!" Apollo gasped, "Is killing me!"
Even Silena, Katie, and Bekandorf were on the floor laughing.
The headmaster sent my mom a letter the following week, making it official: I would not be invited back next year to Yancy Academy.
Fine, I told myself. Just fine.
I was homesick.
"Does Percy want his mommy!" Travis lughed.
Percy stuck out his tongue and said, "My mommy is the best in the world."
"Even I have to agree." Thialia smiled, "Your mom is really nice."
Poseidon beamed at the thought of Sally.
I wanted to be with my mom in our little apartment on the Upper East Side, even if I had to go to public school and put up with my obnoxious stepfather
Poseidon raised a brow.
and his stupid poker parties.
And yet... there were things I'd miss at Yancy. The view of the woods outside my dorm window, the Hudson River in the distance, the smell of pine trees. I'd miss Grover, who'd been a good friend,
Grover smiled, while some goddesses cooed.
even if he was a little strange.
Grover stopped smiling and made a face at Percy.
Everyone laughed good naturally at Grover.
I worried how he'd survive next year without me.
I'd miss Latin class, too—Mr. Brunner's crazy tournament days and his faith that I could do well.
"Thanks for that." Percy said to Chiron.
Chiron smiled back, "It's probably was no trouble, you seem like a nice young man."
Percy beamed.
"Even though you're not the smartest young man." Thialia said, "You're pretty reliable."
"Thanks cousin." Percy said dryly.
"Don't mention it."
As exam week got closer, Latin was the only test I studied for.
"I'm so proud Perce!" Nico exclaimed, "You studied for something!"
Percy stuck out his tongue at Nico.
I hadn't forgotten what Mr. Brunner had told me about this subject being life-and-death for me. I wasn't sure why, but I'd started to believe him.
"It's hard not to believe Chiron." Katie said.
Everyone even the gods agreed.
The evening before my final, I got so frustrated I threw the Cambridge Guide to Greek Mythology across my dorm room.
"How could you throw a textbook!" Athena scolded, "All that useful information."
Percy smiled sheepishly as Athena scolded him. He was used to it.
Annabeth tried to keep a stern face, but she did once throw a text book by "accident", so she couldn't blame Percy. And beside Percy was a nice person, and easy going.
Words had started swimming off the page, circling my head, the letters doing one-eighties as if they were riding skateboards. There was no way I was going to remember the difference between Chiron and Charon,
Chiron looked a bit offended.
or Polydictes and Polydeuces. And conjugating those Latin verbs? Forget it.
"Don't blame you." All the demi-gods minus Annabeth said.
I paced the room, feeling like ants were crawling around inside my shirt.
Travis's eyes lit up another good prank idea!
He turned to his brother who had the same evil look. Everyone scooted away from the Stoll brothers a little bit.
I remembered Mr. Brunner's serious expression, his thousand-year-old eyes. I will accept only the best from you, Percy Jackson.
I took a deep breath. I picked up the mythology book.
Athena nodded in approval.
I'd never asked a teacher for help before. Maybe if I talked to Mr. Brunner, he could give me some pointers. At least I could apologize for the big fat F I was about to score on his exam. I didn't want to leave Yancy Academy with him thinking I hadn't tried.
Annabeth nodded, "That's a good idea. I guess you do sometimes use your brain."
Percy smirked.
Thialia internally smiled for him.
I walked downstairs to the faculty offices. Most of them were dark and empty, but Mr. Brunner's door was ajar, light from his window stretching across the hallway floor.
I was three steps from the door handle when I heard voices inside the office. Mr. Brunner asked a question. A voice that was definitely Grover's said,
"... worried about Percy, sir."
I froze.
"eavesdropper!" Hermes laughed.
I'm not usually an eavesdropper,
"Right." Thialia snorted.
but I dare you to try not listening if you hear your best friend talking about you to an adult.
Thialia looked thoughtful.
"I guess I would too…"
I inched closer.
"... alone this summer," Grover was saying. "I mean, a Kindly One in the school! Now that we know for sure, and they know too—"
"We would only make matters worse by rushing him," Mr. Brunner said. "We need the boy to mature more."
"Much more!" Nico exclaimed.
"Shut up!"
"But he may not have time. The summer solstice dead line— "
"Will have to be resolved without him, Grover. Let him enjoy his ignorance while he still can."
"Percy and ignorance." Thialia said making a joining hand motion, "Chiron he still has a lot of ignorance, AND stupidity."
Percy stuck out his tongue while everyone laughed.
"Sir, he saw her..."
"His imagination," Mr. Brunner insisted. "The Mist over the students and staff will be enough to convince him of that."
"Sir, I ... I can't fail in my duties again." Grover's voice was choked with emotion. "You know what that would mean."
Grover put his head down, while Annabeth patted his back.
"You haven't failed, Grover," Mr. Brunner said kindly. "I should have seen her for what she was. Now let's just worry about keeping Percy alive until next fall—"
The mythology book dropped out of my hand and hit the floor with a thud.
"Again you drop a text book." Athena sighed.
Mr. Brunner went silent.
My heart hammering, I picked up the book
"Thank you." Guess who said that.
and backed down the hall.
A shadow slid across the lighted glass of Brunner's office door, the shadow of something much taller than my wheelchair-bound teacher, holding something that looked suspiciously like an archer's bow.
"Actually…" Annabeth said thoughtfully, "You can be very observant."
Percy blushed a bit, "Thanks."
Annabeth smiled a bit at him, making him blush just a bit more.
Aphrodite raised a brow at Percy and the love pulsating from him.
I'll find out later…
I opened the nearest door and slipped inside.
A few seconds later I heard a slow clop-clop-clop, like muffled wood blocks, then a sound like an animal snuffling right outside my door. A large, dark shape paused in front of the glass, and then moved on.
A bead of sweat trickled down my neck.
Somewhere in the hallway, Mr. Brunner spoke. "Nothing," he murmured. "My nerves haven't been right since the winter solstice."
"Mine neither," Grover said. "But I could have sworn ..."
"Go back to the dorm," Mr. Brunner told him. "You've got a long day of exams tomorrow."
"Don't remind me."
"It gets tiring having to be in the same grade over and over again." Grover sighed.
"I've been in high school for ten thousand years!" Apollo declared.
Everyone sighed.
Oh Apollo what are we going to do with you…
The lights went out in Mr. Brunner's office.
I waited in the dark for what seemed like forever.
Finally, I slipped out into the hallway and made my way back up to the dorm.
Grover was lying on his bed, studying his Latin exam notes like he'd been there all night.
"Hey," he said, bleary-eyed. "You going to be ready for this test?"
I didn't answer.
"You look awful." He frowned. "Is everything okay?"
"Just... tired."
I turned so he couldn't read my expression, and started getting ready for bed.
I didn't understand what I'd heard downstairs. I wanted to believe I'd imagined the whole thing.
But one thing was clear: Grover and Mr. Brunner were talking about me behind my back. They thought I was in some kind of danger.
The next afternoon, as I was leaving the three-hour Latin exam,
Athena sighed, this kelphead was definetli the son of Poseidon.
my eyes swimming with all the Greek and Roman names I'd misspelled, Mr. Brunner called me back inside.
For a moment, I was worried he'd found out about my eavesdropping the night before, but that didn't seem to be the problem.
"Percy," he said. "Don't be discouraged about leaving Yancy. It's ... it's for the best."
His tone was kind, but the words still embarrassed me. Even though he was speaking quietly, the other kids finishing the test could hear. Nancy Bobofit smirked at me and made sarcastic little kissing motions with her lips.
Thiailias eyes became murderous.
"That girl is starting to really piss me off." Hephaestus said.
"You didn't even have to meet her." Percy sighed.
I mumbled, "Okay, sir."
"I mean ..." Mr. Brunner wheeled his chair back and forth, like he wasn't sure what to say. "This isn't the right place for you. It was only a matter of time."
My eyes stung.
"Wimp!" Ares laughed.
Cue more salt water.
Here was my favorite teacher, in front of the class, telling me I couldn't handle it. After saying he believed in me all year, now he was telling me I was destined to get kicked out.
"Right," I said, trembling.
"No, no," Mr. Brunner said. "Oh, confound it all. What I'm trying to say ... you're not normal, Percy. That's nothing to be—"
"Thanks," I blurted. "Thanks a lot, sir, for reminding me."
"Sorry Percy…" Chiron said sincerely.
"It's ok… I understand now…"
"Percy—"
But I was already gone.
On the last day of the term, I shoved my clothes into my suitcase.
The other guys were joking around, talking about their vacation plans. One of them was going on a hiking trip to Switzerland. Another was cruising the Caribbean for a month. They were juvenile delinquents, like me, but they were rich juvenile delinquents. Their daddies were executives, or ambassadors, or celebrities. I was a nobody, from a family of nobodies.
"I wouldn't call your dad a nobody." Hermes said.
"I didn't know." Percy sighed then smiled, "My dad is definitely not a nobody."
Poseidon gave him a smile and a wink.
They asked me what I'd be doing this summer and I told them I was going back to the city.
What I didn't tell them was that I'd have to get a summer job walking dogs or selling magazine subscriptions, and spend my free time worrying about where I'd go to school in the fall.
"Oh," one of the guys said. "That's cool."
They went back to their conversation as if I'd never existed.
The only person I dreaded saying good-bye to was Grover,
Grover smiled at Percy who smiled back.
but as it turned out, I didn't have to. He'd booked a ticket to Manhattan on the same Greyhound as I had,
"I wonder why." Travis said sarcastically.
so there we were, together again, heading into the city.
During the whole bus ride, Grover kept glancing nervously down the aisle, watching the other passengers. It occurred to me that he'd always acted nervous and fidgety when we left Yancy, as if he expected something bad to happen.
Before, I'd always assumed he was worried about getting teased. But there was nobody to tease him on the Greyhound.
Finally I couldn't stand it anymore.
I said, "Looking for Kindly Ones?"
Grover jumped a bit in his seat, "You probably scared my hooves off."
"Sorry."
Grover nearly jumped out of his seat. "Wha—what do you mean?"
I confessed about eavesdropping on him and Mr. Brunner the night before the exam.
Grover's eye twitched. "How much did you hear?"
"Oh ... not much. What's the summer solstice dead-line?"
He winced. "Look, Percy ... I was just worried for you, see? I mean, hallucinating about demon math teachers …"
"Grover—"
"And I was telling Mr. Brunner that maybe you were overstressed or something, because there was no such person as Mrs. Dodds, and ..."
"Grover, you're a really, really bad liar."
"All satyrs are." Dionysius sighed, though there was some love in his voice.
His ears turned pink.
Connor laughed, "Like they are now."
Grover punched him mockily on the shoulder.
From his shirt pocket, he fished out a grubby business card. "Just take this, okay? In case you need me this summer.
The card was in fancy script, which was murder on my dyslexic eyes, but I finally made out something like:
Grover Underwood
Keeper
Half-Blood Hill
Long Island, New York
(800) 009-0009
"What's Half—"
"Don't say it aloud!" he yelped. "That's my, um ... summer address."
My heart sank. Grover had a summer home. I'd never considered that his family might be as rich as the others at Yancy.
"Whats wrong with being rich?" THialia asked, "As I remember before you like rich Percy."
Percy blushed.
Aphrodite stopped reading and tried her hardest to detect who Percy loved.
Percy and Thialia stopped talking when they noticed everyone staring.
"What do you mean by he liked rich?" Annabeth asked curious.
"I never liked her in that way Thialia!" Percy pouted. "No more discussing my freaking love life."
Aphrodite even though she wanted to know more decided she could wait and read on.
"Okay," I said glumly. "So, like, if I want to come visit your mansion."
He nodded. "Or...or if you need me."
"Why would I need you?"
It came out harsher than I meant it to.
"Sorry." Percy said blushing.
Grover blushed right down to his Adam's apple. "Look, Percy, the truth is, I—I kind of have to protect you."
I stared at him.
All year long, I'd gotten in fights, keeping bullies away from him. I'd lost sleep worrying
"Aww!" all the girls cooed while Percy blushed.
Even Athena had to admit Percy was a very loyal young man.
But she did find his one weakness.
that he'd get beaten up next year without me. And here he was acting like he was the one who defended me.
"Grover," I said, "What exactly are you protecting me from?"
There was a huge grinding noise under our feet. Black smoke poured from the dashboard and the whole bus filled with a smell like rotten eggs.
The driver cursed and steered the Greyhound over to the side of the highway.
After a few minutes clanking around in the engine compartment, the driver announced that we'd all have to get off. Grover and I filed outside with everybody else.
We were on a stretch of country road—no place you'd notice if you didn't break down there. On our side of the highway was nothing but maple trees and litter
Grover made an angry Blaa-aa-haa noise.
from passing cars. On the other side, across four lanes of asphalt shimmering with afternoon heat, was an old-fashioned fruit stand.
The stuff on sale looked really good: heaping boxes of blood red cherries and apples, walnuts and apricots, jugs of cider in a claw-foot tub full of ice. There were no customers, just three old ladies sitting in rocking chairs in the shade of a maple tree, knitting the biggest pair of socks I'd ever seen.
Poseidons eyes widened in fright, "Please don't look at him. Please don't look at him." Poseidon begges.
I mean these socks were the size of sweaters, but they were clearly socks. The lady on the right knitted one of them. The lady on the left knitted the other. The lady in the middle held an enormous basket of electric-blue yarn.
All three women looked ancient, with pale faces wrinkled like fruit leather, silver hair tied back in white bandannas, bony arms sticking out of bleached cotton dresses.
The weirdest thing was, they seemed to be looking right at me.
"NOOOO!" Poseidon yelled
I looked over at Grover to say something about this and saw that the blood had drained from his face. His nose was twitching.
"Grover?" I said. "Hey, man—"
"Tell me they're not looking at you. They are, aren't they?"
"They're not looking at him!" Travis and Connor laughed trying to ease the tension.
Again Katie and Silena hit them on the back of the head.
"Yeah. Weird, huh? You think those socks would fit me?"
Cue face palms.
"You're such a seaweed brain!" Annabeth said.
Percy's eyes widened.
"In fact." Annabeth said thoughtfully, "I'll call you that from now on."
Thialia and Nico smiled at Percy who looked a bit shocked that younger Annabeth made the same nickname older Annabeth had.
"Not funny, Percy. Not funny at all."
The old lady in the middle took out a huge pair of scissors—gold and silver, long-bladed, like shears. I heard Grover catch his breath.
"We're getting on the bus," he told me. "Come on."
"What?" I said. "It's a thousand degrees in there."
"Come on!'" He pried open the door and climbed inside, but I stayed back.
Across the road, the old ladies were still watching me. The middle one cut the yarn, and I swear I could hear that snip across four lanes of traffic.
Annabeth eyes widened, she knew who they were.
Even the Stolls eyes filled with understanding.
Her two friends balled up the electric-blue socks, leaving me wondering who they could possibly be for—Sasquatch or Godzilla.
Annabeth hit Percy over the head which was pretty funny to look at considering she was nine and he was sixteen.
'You are such a Seaweed Brain!"
Percy smiled sheepishly at the younger version of his girlfriend.
At the rear of the bus, the driver wrenched a big chunk of smoking metal out of the engine compartment. The bus shuddered, and the engine roared back to life.
The passengers cheered.
"Darn right!" yelled the driver. He slapped the bus with his hat. "Everybody back on board!"
Once we got going, I started feeling feverish, as if I'd caught the flu.
Grover didn't look much better. He was shivering and his teeth were chattering.
"Grover?"
"Yeah?"
"What are you not telling me?"
He dabbed his forehead with his shirt sleeve. "Percy, what did you see back at the fruit stand?"
"You mean the old ladies? What is it about them, man? They're not like ... Mrs. Dodds, are they?"
"In a way." Katie said, "But they can be much worse."
His expression was hard to read, but I got the feeling that the fruit-stand ladies were something much, much worse than Mrs. Dodds. He said, "Just tell me what you saw."
"The middle one took out her scissors, and she cut the yarn."
He closed his eyes and made a gesture with his fingers that might've been crossing himself, but it wasn't. It was something else, something almost—older.
He said, "You saw her snip the cord."
"Yeah. So?" But even as I said it, I knew it was a big deal.
"It's a huge deal!" Bekandorf said worriedly.
He barey met this guy, but he seemed to be a very good and loyal friend.
"This is not happening," Grover mumbled. He started chewing at his thumb. "I don't want this to be like the last time."
Thialia closed her eyes, while Percy put a hand on her shoulder.
"What last time?"
"Always sixth grade. They never get past sixth."
Thialia gripped her arm rest.
"Grover," I said, because he was really starting to scare me. "What are you talking about?"
"Let me walk you home from the bus station. Promise me."
This seemed like a strange request to me, but I promised he could.
"Is this like a superstition or something?" I asked.
No answer.
"Grover—that snipping of the yarn. Does that mean somebody is going to die?"
Percy winced, and so did Thialia…
Luke…
He looked at me mournfully, like he was already picking the kind of flowers I'd like best on my coffin.
"I think you need daisies and roses on your coffin." Travis said thoughtfully.
Percy stuck out his tongue.
"Aright let's take a short break." Zeus ordered.
over a year ago rjain said…
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"Grover Unexpectedly Loses His Pants"Apollo read.

"Grover," Annabeth tsked good naturally, "didn't your mama goat teach you not to run around without pants?"

Grover stuck his tongue out at Annabeth.

Confession time: I ditched Grover as soon as we got to the bus terminal.

Percy hung his head and said, "I really regret it. And sorry Grover."

Grover smiled slightly at Percy.

I know, I know. It was rude. But Grover was freaking me out, looking at me like I was a dead man, muttering "Why does this always happen?" and "Why does it always have to he sixth grade?"

Thialia put her head in her hands and Annabeth scooted over to put comfort her best friend.

Whenever he got upset, Grover's bladder acted up,

Grover blushed while everyone snickered.

so I wasn't surprised when, as soon as we got off the bus, he made me promise to wait for him,

"You really keep your promises Percy." Grover muttered.

Percy smiled sheepishly.

then made a beeline for the restroom.

Instead of waiting, I got my suitcase, slipped outside, and caught the first taxi uptown.

"East One-hundred-and-fourth and First," I told the driver.

A word about my mother, before you meet her.

"Shes the best woman in the world." Poseidon sighed.

Hera and Aphrodite cooed at him.

Her name is Sally Jackson and she's the best person in the world,

The demi-gods laughed and sais in perfect unison, "Creepy!"

which just proves my theory that the best people have the rottenest luck.

Her own parents died in a plane crash when she was five, and she was raised by an uncle who didn't care much about her. She wanted to be a novelist, so she spent high school working to save enough money for a college with a good creative-writing program.

Everyone went wide eyed hearing what Percy's mom had to go through.

Then her uncle got cancer, and she had to quit school her senior year to take care of him. After he died, she was left with no money, no family, and no diploma.

"You chose a good woman Poseidon…" Athena said.

Poseidon looked surprised, but then smiled a bit, "Thanks…"

The only good break she ever got was meeting my dad.

"Awww!" the goddess's cooed while Poseidon blushed happily.

I don't have any memories of him, just this sort of warm glow, maybe the barest trace of his smile.

Poseidon and Percy both smiled at each other.

My mom doesn't like to talk about him because it makes her sad.

Poseidon looked down guiltily.

She has no pictures.

See, they weren't married. She told me he was rich and important, and their relationship was a secret. Then one day, he set sail across the Atlantic on some important journey, and he never came back.

Lost at sea, my mom told me. Not dead. Lost at sea.

"she didn't lie…" Hera said sympathetically.

She worked odd jobs, took night classes to get her high school diploma, and raised me on her own. She never complained or got mad. Not even once. But I knew I wasn't an easy kid.

Finally, she married Gabe Ugliano,

Poseidon frowned at this.

who was nice the first thirty seconds we knew him,

"If he hurt you!" Poseidon threatened gripping his trident so hard his hand to white.

"Dad don't worry he is taken care of!" Percy said smiling.

then showed his true colors as a world-class jerk. When I was young, I nick named him Smelly Gabe. I'm sorry, but it's the truth. The guy reeked like moldy garlic pizza wrapped in gym shorts.

Demeter, Hera, and Aphrodite wrinkled there noises.

Between the two of us, we made my mom's life pretty hard. The way Smelly Gabe treated her, the way he and I got along ... well, when I came home is a good example.

I walked into our little apartment, hoping my mom would be home from work. Instead, Smelly Gabe was in the living room, playing poker with his buddies. The television blared ESPN. Chips and beer cans were strewn all over the carpet.

Poseidon's eyes darkened.

Aphrodite gasped at what a pigsty it sounded like.

Hardly looking up, he said around his cigar, "So, you're home."

"Where's my mom?"

"Working," he said. "You got any cash?"

"He asked you for money!" Poseidon growled lowly.

"If I ever meet him I'll beat him up for you Perce!" Thialia said lowly.

"Me too." Nico said angrily.

"Thanks guys."

Everyone scooted away from the mad sea god and the three most powerful demi-gods in the world.

That was it. No Welcome back. Good to see you. How has your life been the last six months?

Gabe had put on weight. He looked like a tuskless walrus in thrift-store clothes. He had about three hairs on his head, all combed over his bald scalp, as if that made him handsome or something.

Aphrodite made a disgusted face, "Bad image to imagine." She said.

He managed the Electronics Mega-Mart in Queens, but he stayed home most of the time. I don't know why he hadn't been fired long before. He just kept on collecting paychecks, spending the money on cigars that made me nauseous, and on beer, of course. Always beer. Whenever I was home, he expected me to provide his gambling funds. He called that our "guy secret." Meaning, if I told my mom, he would punch my lights out.

"He punched you!" Poseidon yelled making the whole Mount Olympus shake.

It took all the male gods minus Apollo who was reading to hold him down.

Poseidon got up angrily and cussed in Ancient Greek all the way to his thrown. Then sat down angrily.

"I don't have any cash," I told him.

He raised a greasy eyebrow.

Gabe could sniff out money like a bloodhound, which was surprising, since his own smell should've covered up everything else.

"You took a taxi from the bus station," he said. "Probably paid with a twenty. Got six, seven bucks in change. Somebody expects to live under this roof, he ought to carry his own weight. Am I right, Eddie?"

Poseidon looked on the verge of madness.

Eddie, the super of the apartment building, looked at me with a twinge of sympathy. "Come on, Gabe," he said. "The kid just got here."

"Am I right?" Gabe repeated.

Eddie scowled into his bowl of pretzels. The other two guys passed gas in harmony.

The goddesses made disgusted faces and all the demi-gods looked at Percy sympathetically.

"Fine," I said. I dug a wad of dollars out of my pocket and threw the money on the table. "I hope you lose."

"Your report card came, brain boy!" he shouted after me. "I wouldn't act so snooty!"

Poseidon gipped his trident while, Thialia gripped her spear, and Nico his sword.

It was a scary scene…

I slammed the door to my room, which really wasn't my room. During school months, it was Gabe's "study." He didn't study anything in there except old car magazines, but he loved shoving my stuff in the closet, leaving his muddy boots on my windowsill, and doing his best to make the place smell like his nasty cologne and cigars and stale beer.

Everyone wrinkled there nose.

I dropped my suitcase on the bed. Home sweet home.

Gabe's smell was almost worse than the nightmares about Mrs. Dodds, or the sound of that old fruit lady's shears snipping the yarn.

Everyone shivered.

But as soon as I thought that, my legs felt weak. I remembered Grover's look of panic—how he'd made me promise I wouldn't go home without him. A sudden chill rolled through me. I felt like someone—something—was looking for me right now, maybe pounding its way up the stairs, growing long, horrible talons.

Ares sat forward in anticipation of a fight.

Then I heard my mom's voice. "Percy?"

"Aww man no fight!" Ares exclaimed.

She opened the bedroom door, and my fears melted.

"Aww!" Aphrodite squealed.

My mother can make me feel good just by walking into the room.

"She sure does." Poseidon said.

"Aww." Demeter, and Hera cooed.

Her eyes sparkle and change color in the light. Her smile is as warm as a quilt. She's got a few gray streaks mixed in with her long brown hair, but I never think of her as old. When she looks at me, it's like she's seeing all the good things about me, none of the bad.

I've never heard her raise her voice or say an unkind word to anyone, not even me or Gabe.

"Even though she should say a few cuss words to Gabe!" Thailia growled.

"Oh, Percy." She hugged me tight. "I can't believe it. You've grown since Christmas!"

Her red-white-and-blue Sweet on America uniform smelled like the best things in the world: chocolate, licorice, and all the other stuff she sold at the candy shop

Artemis shook her head at the boys drooling faces as they thought of candy.

in Grand Central. She'd brought me a huge bag of "free samples," the way she always did when I came home.

"I want free samples!" Travis exclaimed.

We sat together on the edge of the bed. While I attacked the blueberry sour strings, she ran her hand through my hair and demanded to know everything I hadn't put in my letters. She didn't mention anything about my getting expelled. She didn't seem to care about that. But was I okay? Was her little boy doing all right?

"Aww is Peter a mama's boy?" Dionysius asked teasingly.

"I sure am!" Percy said proudly.

I told her she was smothering me, and to lay off and all that, but secretly, I was really, really glad to see her.

From the other room, Gabe yelled, "Hey, Sally—how about some bean dip, huh?"

Poseidon gritted his teeth.

I gritted my teeth.

My mom is the nicest lady in the world. She should've been married to a millionaire,

"She should be married to a billionaire!" Thialia said.

not to some jerk like Gabe.

"Definitely not Gabe!" Silena said wrinkling her nose.

For her sake, I tried to sound upbeat about my last days at Yancy Academy. I told her I wasn't too down about the expulsion. I'd lasted almost the whole year this time. I'd made some new friends. I'd done pretty well in Latin. And honestly, the fights hadn't been as bad as the headmaster said. I liked Yancy Academy. I really did. I put such a good spin on the year, I almost convinced myself.

"Of course you almost convinced yourself." Travis said rolling his eyes.

Percy half-heartedly glared at him.

I started choking up, thinking about Grover and Mr. Brunner. Even Nancy Bobofit suddenly didn't seem so bad.

"But I still dislike her." Percy said.

Until that trip to the museum ...

"What?" my mom asked. Her eyes tugged at my conscience, trying to pull out the secrets. "Did something scare you?"

"No, Mom."

"Don't lie." Athena warned.

I felt bad lying. I wanted to tell her about Mrs. Dodds and the three old ladies with the yarn, but I thought it would sound stupid.

She pursed her lips. She knew I was holding back, but she didn't push me.

"I have a surprise for you," she said. "We're going to the beach."

My eyes widened. "Montauk?"

Poseidon smiled at the memories.

"Three nights—same cabin."

"When?"

She smiled. "As soon as I get changed."

I couldn't believe it. My mom and I hadn't been to Montauk the last two summers, because Gabe said there wasn't enough money.

"Maybe is he didn't gamble there would be!" Annabeth said angrily.

Gabe appeared in the doorway and growled, "Bean dip, Sally? Didn't you hear me?"

"I'm going to kill him!" Poseidon roared.

It took half an hour to calm him down.

Poseidon sat back down with a huff.

I wanted to punch him,

"Punch him Percy!" Ares growled, "Punch him good I need action!"

He again got soaked.

but I met my mom's eyes and I understood she was offering me a deal: be nice to Gabe for a little while. Just until she was ready to leave for Montauk. Then we would get out of here.

"Please do I don't think uncle could stand it if you stayed there another second." Artemis sighed glancing at fuming Poseidon.

"I was on my way, honey," she told Gabe. "We were just talking about the trip."

Gabe's eyes got small. "The trip? You mean you were serious about that?"

"I knew it," I muttered. "He won't let us go."

"Of course he will," my mom said evenly. "Your step father is just worried about money. That's all. Besides," she added, "Gabriel won't have to settle for bean dip. I'll make him enough seven-layer dip for the whole weekend. Guacamole. Sour cream. The works."

Hermes gulped, "That sounds good."

Gabe softened a bit. "So this money for your trip ... it comes out of your clothes budget, right?"

Aphrodite fumed then started to rant, "You dare make her use money out of her clothes budget when she's busting her butt to make you happy! You deserve to rot in the Fields of Punishment till the end of time. You no good dirty rotten son of a-"

"Ok Aphrodite!" shouted Zeus. "Please watch your language we are in the presence of children."

Aphrodite huffed and sat down looking as mad as Poseidon.

"Yes, honey," my mother said.

"And you won't take my car anywhere but there and back."

"We'll be very careful."

Gabe scratched his double chin. "Maybe if you hurry with that seven-layer dip

Aphrodite fumed.

... And maybe if the kid apologizes for interrupting my poker game." Maybe if I kick you in your soft spot, I thought. And make you sing soprano for a week.

But my mom's eyes warned me not to make him mad.

Why did she put up with this guy?

"That's what we all want to know!" Athena growled.

I wanted to scream. Why did she care what he thought?

"I'm sorry," I muttered. "I'm really sorry I interrupted your incredibly important poker game. Please go back to it right now."

Gabe's eyes narrowed. His tiny brain

Everyone snorted.

"Does he even have a brain?" Hera said angrily.

was probably trying to detect sarcasm in my statement.

"Yeah, whatever," he decided.

He went back to his game.

"Thank you, Percy," my mom said. "Once we get to Montauk, we'll talk more about... whatever you've forgotten to tell me, okay?"

For a moment, I thought I saw anxiety in her eyes—the same fear I'd seen in Grover during the bus ride—as if my mom too felt an odd chill in the air.

But then her smile returned, and I figured I must have been mistaken. She ruffled my hair and went to make Gabe his seven-layer dip.

An hour later we were ready to leave.

Poseidon sighed, "Please get out of there!"

Gabe took a break from his poker game long enough to watch me lug my mom's bags to the car. He kept griping and groaning about losing her cooking—and more important, his '78 Camaro—for the whole weekend.

Poseidon growled lowly.

Even Zeus was outraged that someone could treat a lady this badly.

"Not a scratch on this car, brain boy," he warned me as I loaded the last bag. "Not one little scratch."

"You're not even driving!" Annabeth said incredulously.

Like I'd be the one driving.

Some gods and half-bloods chuckled and Annabeth blushed a bit.

I was twelve. But that didn't matter to Gabe. If a seagull so much as pooped on his paint job, he'd find a way to blame me.

Again Poseidon looked murderous.

Watching him lumber back toward the apartment building, I got so mad I did something I can't explain. As Gabe reached the doorway, I made the hand gesture I'd seen Grover make on the bus, a sort of warding-off-evil gesture, a clawed hand over my heart, then a shoving movement toward Gabe. The screen door slammed shut so hard it whacked him in the butt and sent him flying up the stair case as if he'd been shot from a cannon

Everyone laughed at this.

"Hade?" Poseidon asked darkly.

"Yes?"
"When that man dies caould you send him to the Fields of Punishment?"

"I already put him on the list." Hades said smugly.

Everyone slid away from the plotting brothers.

Maybe it was just the wind, or some freak accident with the hinges, but I didn't stay long enough to find out.

I got in the Camaro and told my mom to step on it.

Our rental cabin was on the south shore, way out at the tip of Long Island. It was a little pastel box with faded curtains, half sunken into the dunes. There was always sand in the sheets and spiders

Annabeth looked ready to pee in her pants, while Athena paled.

Percy put hand on Annabeths shoulder to comfort her as a force of habit.

She looked at it for a while then smiled gratefully a Percy. She really didn't like spiders.

in the cabinets, and most of the time the sea was too cold to swim in.

I loved the place.

Everyone chuckled a bit.

We'd been going there since I was a baby. My mom had been going even longer. She never exactly said, but I knew why the beach was special to her. It was the place where she'd met my dad.

"Aww." The goddesses cooed.

As we got closer to Montauk, she seemed to grow younger, years of worry and work disappearing from her face. Her eyes turned the color of the sea.

We got there at sunset, opened all the cabin's windows, and went through our usual cleaning routine. We walked on the beach, fed blue corn chips to the seagulls, and munched on blue jelly beans, blue saltwater taffy, and all the other free samples my mom had brought from work.

"What's with all the blue food?" Annabeth asked confused.

Athena looked over to Annabeth and saw Percy's hand on her shoulder. She raised an eyebrow at him.

Percy looked at Athena then at his hand and warily took it off Annabeths shoulder.

I guess I should explain the blue food.

"Yes you should." Annabeth said she hated not knowing things.

See, Gabe had once told my mom there was no such thing. They had this fight, which seemed like a really small thing at the time. But ever since, my mom went out of her way to eat blue. She baked blue birthday cakes. She mixed blueberry smoothies. She bought blue-corn tortilla chips and brought home blue candy from the shop. This—along with keeping her maiden name, Jackson, rather than calling herself Mrs. Ugliano—was proof that she wasn't totally suckered by Gabe. She did have a rebellious streak, like me.

"Uncle P likes rebels." Hermes said then waggled his eyebrows at Poseidon, "You have good taste."

When it got dark, we made a fire. We roasted hot dogs and marshmallows. Mom told me stories about when she was a kid, back before her parents died in the plane crash. She told me about the books she wanted to write someday, when she had enough money to quit the candy shop.

Eventually, I got up the nerve to ask about what was always on my mind whenever we came to Montauk—my father. Mom's eyes went all misty. I figured she would tell me the same things she always did, but I never got tired of hearing them.

Poseidon smiled at Percy who smiled back sadly.

"He was kind, Percy," she said. "Tall, handsome, and powerful. But gentle, too. You have his black hair, you know, and his green eyes."

"She still likes you Poseidon," Aphrodite sniffled with Silena.

Mom fished a blue jelly bean out of her candy bag. "I wish he could see you, Percy. He would be so proud."

"I am proud." Poseidon smiled.

I wondered how she could say that. What was so great about me? A dyslexic, hyperactive boy with a D+ report card, kicked out of school for the sixth time in six years.

"How old was I?" I asked. "I mean ... when he left?"

She watched the flames. "He was only with me for one summer, Percy. Right here at this beach. This cabin."

"But... he knew me as a baby."

"No, honey. He knew I was expecting a baby, but he never saw you. He had to leave before you were born."

I tried to square that with the fact that I seemed to remember ... something about my father. A warm glow. A smile.

Poseidon beamed at Percy who smiled back.

I had always assumed he knew me as a baby. My mom had never said it outright, but still, I'd felt it must be true. Now, to be told that he'd never even seen me...

I felt angry at my father.

Poseidon hung his head in shame. "I would visit you, but someone," he glared at Zeus, "Made that stupid law."

"I understand that now." Percy smiled.

Maybe it was stupid, but I resented him for going on that ocean voyage, for not having the guts to marry my mom.

"Percy I would marry your mom if I could." Poseidon said sadly.

"I know…"

He'd left us, and now we were stuck with Smelly Gabe.

Poseidon winced.

"Are you going to send me away again?" I asked her. "To another boarding school?"

She pulled a marshmallow from the fire.

"I don't know, honey." Her voice was heavy. "I think ... I think we'll have to do something."

"Because you don't want me around?"

"Percy!" Aphrodite screamed.

"Sorry, sorry!" Percy said, "I was really confused!"

"You still are!" Connor laughed.

Percy made a face at him.

I regretted the words as soon as they were out.

"See I regretted my words!" Percy said.

My mom's eyes welled with tears. She took my hand, squeezed it tight. "Oh, Percy, no. I—I have to, honey. For your own good. I have to send you away."
"It must hurt to always send your kid away…" Grover said sadly.

Her words reminded me of what Mr. Brunner had said—that it was best for me to leave Yancy.

"Because I'm not normal," I said.

"You say that as if it's a bad thing, Percy. But you don't realize how important you are.

"You still don't realize how important you are." Thialia sighed. "You may have an ego, but you're not proud enough…"

I thought Yancy Academy would be far enough away. I thought you'd finally be safe."

"Safe from what?"

She met my eyes, and a flood of memories came back to me—all the weird, scary things that had ever happened to me, some of which I'd tried to forget.

During third grade, a man in a black trench coat had stalked me on the playground. When the teachers threatened to call the police, he went away growling, but no one believed me when I told them that under his broad-brimmed hat, the man only had one eye, right in the middle of his head.

"A Cyclops!" Travis said surprised.

"No it was a hellhound!" Katie said sarcastically.

"Oh… Hey wait it is a Cyclops!"

Cue face palms.

Percy, Thialia, and Nico watched the exchange chuckling, who would've thought they would get together in the end.

`Before that—a really early memory. I was in preschool, and a teacher accidentally put me down for a nap in a cot that a snake had slithered into. My mom screamed when she came to pick me up and found me playing with a limp, scaly rope I'd somehow managed to strangle to death with my meaty toddler hands.

Annabeth looked at Percy with whole new respect, "Like Hercules!"

"Percy is even greater then Hercules!" Nico chuckled.

Zues opened his mouth to say something but Nico interrupted him by saying, "Even Zues admitted it!"

Percy blushed at the attention. Then blushed even redder at Annabeth's awed look.

In every single school, something creepy had happened, something unsafe, and I was forced to move.

I knew I should tell my mom about the old ladies at the fruit stand, and Mrs. Dodds at the art museum, about my weird hallucination that I had sliced my math teacher into dust with a sword. But I couldn't make myself tell her. I had a strange feeling the news would end our trip to Montauk, and I didn't want that.

"I've tried to keep you as close to me as I could," my mom said. "They told me that was a mistake. But there's only one other option, Percy—the place your father wanted to send you. And I just... I just can't stand to do it."

Some Olympians looked down.

They caused mortals a lot of pain.

"My father wanted me to go to a special school?"

"Not a school," she said softly. "A summer camp."

My head was spinning. Why would my dad—who hadn't even stayed around long enough to see me born— talk to my mom about a summer camp? And if it was so important, why hadn't she ever mentioned it before?

"I'm sorry, Percy," she said, seeing the look in my eyes. "But I can't talk about it. I—I couldn't send you to that place. It might mean saying good-bye to you for good."

"For good? But if it's only a summer camp ..."

She turned toward the fire, and I knew from her expression that if I asked her any more questions she would start to cry.

That night I had a vivid dream.

It was storming on the beach, and two beautiful animals, a white horse and a golden eagle, were trying to kill each other at the edge of the surf.

Everyone looked at Zeus and Poseidon.

They just shrugged.

The eagle swooped down and slashed the horse's muzzle with its huge talons. The horse reared up and kicked at the eagles wings. As they fought, the ground rumbled, and a monstrous voice chuckled somewhere beneath the earth, goading the animals to fight harder.

Everyone looked at Hades who shrugged, "I don't know it's in the future."

I ran toward them, knowing I had to stop them from killing each other, but I was running in slow motion.

I knew I would be too late. I saw the eagle dive down, its beak aimed at the horse's wide eyes,

"I win!" Zeus yelled, "I win! I win!"

"The fights not over yet!" Poseidon said sticking his tongue out.

The demi-gods smiled at the gods childish behavior.

and I screamed, No!

I woke with a start.

Outside, it really was storming, the kind of storm that cracks trees and blows down houses. There was no horse or eagle on the beach, just lightning making false daylight, and twenty-foot waves pounding the dunes like artillery.

With the next thunderclap, my mom woke. She sat up, eyes wide, and said, "Hurricane."

Cue looks at Poseidon.

I knew that was crazy. Long Island never sees hurricanes this early in the summer. But the ocean seemed to have forgotten.

Over the roar of the wind, I heard a distant bellow, an angry, tortured sound that made my hair stand on end.

Then a much closer noise, like mallets in the sand. A desperate voice—someone yelling, pounding on our cabin door.

My mother sprang out of bed in her nightgown and threw open the lock.

Grover stood framed in the doorway against a backdrop of pouring rain. But he wasn't... he wasn't exactly Grover.

"Searching all night," he gasped. "What were you thinking?"

"Percy not thinking… Well that's new." Thialia said sarcastically.

"Your such a Seaweed Brain!" Annabeth laughed.

Percy blushed.

My mother looked at me in terror—not scared of Grover, but of why he'd come.

"Percy," she said, shouting to be heard over the rain. "What happened at school? What didn't you tell me?"

I was frozen, looking at Grover. I couldn't understand what I was seeing.

"O Zeu kai alloi theoi!" he yelled. "It's right behind me! Didn't you tell her?"

I was too shocked to register that he'd just cursed in Ancient Greek, and I'd understood him perfectly. I was too shocked to wonder how Grover had gotten here by himself in the middle of the night. Because Grover didn't have his pants on—

"If he was human not a nice mental image." Hera said.

and where his legs should be ... where his legs should be...

My mom looked at me sternly and talked in a tone she'd never used before: "Percy. Tell me now!"

I stammered something about the old ladies at the fruit stand, and Mrs. Dodds, and my mom stared at me, her face deathly pale in the flashes of lightning.

She grabbed her purse, tossed me my rain jacket, and said, "Get to the car. Both of you. Go!"

"At least someone stays cool in this situation!" Athena said.

Grover ran for the Camaro—but he wasn't running, exactly. He was trotting, shaking his shaggy hindquarters, and suddenly his story about a muscular disorder in his legs made sense to me. I understood how he could run so fast and still limp when he walked.

Because where his feet should be, there were no feet. There were cloven hooves.

"Dun dun dun!" Travis said dramatically.

"Who reads next?"

"I will." Dionysius said.

Everyone looked at him shocked.

"What?"

"You want to participate?" Hera said astonished.

"Just give me the book!"

Apollo gave Dionysius the book.

over a year ago rjain said…
mischievous

my mother teaches Me Bullfighting," Dionysius read.
"Oh goody you go to Spain!" Apollo cheered.

"Sally is a bullfighter?" Athena asked confused.

"No." Poseidon said worried.

We tore through the night along dark country roads. Wind slammed against the Camaro. Rain lashed the wind shield. I didn't know how my mom could see anything, but she kept her foot on the gas.

"Good get out of there!" Poseidon said.

Every time there was a flash of lightning,

"Someone needs a chill pill." Apollo whispered to Hermes.

"AHHHHHHHHH!" Apollo yelled his hair standing straight up. "I was kidding!"

I looked at Grover sitting next to me in the backseat and I wondered if I'd gone insane, or if he was wearing some kind of shag-carpet pants.

But, no, the smell was one I remembered from kindergarten field trips to the petting zoo— lanolin, like from wool. The smell of a wet barnyard animal.

"I'm not a barnyard animal!" Grover pouted.

"Yeah you're just half a barnyard animal." Silena laughed.

All I could think to say was, "So, you and my mom... know each other?"

Graver's eyes flitted to the rearview mirror, though there were no cars behind us. "Not exactly," he said. "I mean, we've never met in person. But she knew I was watching you."

"STALKER!" Exclaimed Travis.

Katie hit his head again.

"Watching me?"

"Keeping tabs on you. Making sure you were okay. But I wasn't faking being your friend," he added hastily. "I am your friend."

"Urm ... what are you, exactly?"

"That doesn't matter right now."

"It doesn't matter? From the waist down, my best friend is a donkey—"

"Blaa-haa-haa! I'm not a donkey!" Grover yelled.

Everyone laughed at Grovers horrified expression.

Grover let out a sharp, throaty "Blaa-ha-ha!"

"You don't change much Grover!" Annabeth laughed.

I'd heard him make that sound before, but I'd always assumed it was a nervous laugh. Now I realized it was more of an irritated bleat.

"Goat!" he cried.

"What?" Nico asked.

"What?"

Nico blushed.

"Hey we are more alike than I thought we were!" Percy laughed.

"I'm a goat from the waist down."

"Didn't you just say it didn't matter?" Annabeth asked Grover.

Grover blushed.

"You just said it didn't matter."

"No Annabeth!" Thialia yelled, "don't go into the dark side."

Annabeth blushed.

Nico sighed, "At least I won't be the only one that thinks like Percy."

"I don't think like a Seaweed Brian!"

"Blaa-ha-ha! There are satyrs who would trample you under hoof for such an insult!"

"Whoa. Wait. Satyrs. You mean like ... Mr. Brunner's myths?"

"Were those old ladies at the fruit stand a myth, Percy? Was Mrs. Dodds a myth?"

"So you admit there was a Mrs. Dodds!"

"Wow…" was all Athena could say.

"Of course."

"Then why—"

"The less you knew, the fewer monsters you'd attract," Grover said, like that should be perfectly obvious. "We put Mist over the humans' eyes. We hoped you'd think the Kindly One was a hallucination. But it was no good. You started to realize who you are."

"Who I—wait a minute, what do you mean?"

"Percy you are the chosen one." Connor said in a deep voice.

Silena hit him over the head.

The weird bellowing noise rose up again somewhere behind us, closer than before. Whatever was chasing us was still on our trail.

"Percy," my mom said, "there's too much to explain and not enough time. We have to get you to safety."

"Safety from what? Who's after me?"

"Oh, nobody much," Grover said, obviously still miffed about the donkey comment.

"I still am miffed!" Grover yelled mad.

"Sorry dude!" Percy said blushing.

"Just the Lord of the Dead and a few of his blood-thirstiest minions."

"Very comforting Grover." Thialia said sarcastically.

"You better have not something like the Minotuar after them Hades!" threatened Poseidon.

Hades not nowing what he sent got in full battle armor.

"Grover!"

"Sorry, Mrs. Jackson. Could you drive faster, please?"

"Yes Please!" Poseidon begged, "I don't have any more Advil."

I tried to wrap my mind around what was happening, but I couldn't do it. I knew this wasn't a dream. I had no imagination. I could never dream up something this weird.

My mom made a hard left. We swerved onto a narrower road, racing past darkened farmhouses and wooded hills and PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES signs on white picket fences.

"Where are we going?" I asked.

"The summer camp I told you about." My mother's voice was tight; she was trying for my sake not to be scared. "The place your father wanted to send you."

"The place you didn't want me to go."

"Please, dear," my mother begged. "This is hard enough. Try to understand. You're in danger."

"Because some old ladies cut yarn."

"Those weren't old ladies," Grover said. "Those were the Fates."

"Those weren't old ladies," Grover said. "Those were the Fates.

"Grover seriously man stop repeating yourself!" Connor laughed.

Do you know what it means—the fact they appeared in front of you? They only do that when you're about to ... when someone's about to die."

"Whoa. You said 'you.'"

"No I didn't. I said 'someone.'"

"You meant 'you.' As in me."

"I meant you, like 'someone.' Not you, you."

"This argument makes no sense!" Annabeth yelled. "Stupid Seaweed Brain."

Percy blushed.

"Boys!" my mom said.

She pulled the wheel hard to the right, and I got a glimpse of a figure she'd swerved to avoid—a dark fluttering shape now lost behind us in the storm.

"What was that?" I asked.

"We're almost there," my mother said, ignoring my question.

"Another mile. Please. Please. Please."

"Yes please!"

I didn't know where there was, but I found myself leaning forward in the car, anticipating, wanting us to arrive.

Outside, nothing but rain and darkness—the kind of empty countryside you get way out on the tip of Long Island. I thought about Mrs. Dodds and the moment when she'd changed into the thing with pointed teeth and leathery wings. My limbs went numb from delayed shock. She really hadn't been human. She'd meant to kill me.

Then I thought about Mr. Brunner ... and the sword he had thrown me. Before I could ask Grover about that, the hair rose on the back of my neck. There was a blinding flash, a jaw-rattling boom, and our car exploded.

Poseidon got out of his thrown and yelled at Hades, "If you hurt a hair on any of there heads I'll-"

"This didn't happen yet!" Hades squeaked scared.

"Sit down Poseidon!" Zeus ordered, "Now read Dionysius.

I remember feeling weightless, like I was being crushed, fried, and hosed down all at the same time.

I peeled my forehead off the back of the driver's seat and said, "Ow."

"Percy!" my mom shouted.

"I'm okay..."

I tried to shake off the daze. I wasn't dead. The car hadn't really exploded. We'd swerved into a ditch. Our driver's-side doors were wedged in the mud. The roof had cracked open like an eggshell and rain was pouring in.

Lightning.

Poseidon glared at Zeus.

That was the only explanation. We'd been blasted right off the road. Next to me in the backseat was a big motionless lump. "Grover!"

Grover took a breath in, "please tell me I'm alive!" he squeaked.

He was slumped over, blood trickling from the side of his mouth. I shook his furry hip, thinking, No! Even if you are half barnyard animal, you're my best friend and I don't want you to die!

Grover smiled weakly at Percy who smiled back.

The goddesses cooed.

Then he groaned "Food," and I knew there was hope.

Grover blushed.

"Percy," my mother said, "we have to ..." Her voice faltered.

I looked back. In a flash of lightning, through the mud-spattered rear windshield, I saw a figure lumbering toward us on the shoulder of the road. The sight of it made my skin crawl. It was a dark silhouette of a huge guy, like a football player. He seemed to be holding a blanket over his head. His top half was bulky and fuzzy. His upraised hands made it look like he had horns.

"I jinxed it you did send the Minotaur Hades!" yelled Poseidon.

"Calm down brother Percy is alive see." Zeus said pointing to Percy.

I swallowed hard. "Who is—"

"Percy," my mother said, deadly serious. "Get out of the car."

My mother threw herself against the driver's-side door. It was jammed shut in the mud. I tried mine. Stuck too. I looked up desperately at the hole in the roof. It might've been an exit, but the edges were sizzling and smoking.

"Climb out the passenger's side!" my mother told me. "Percy—you have to run. Do you see that big tree?"

"What?"

Another flash of lightning, and through the smoking hole in the roof I saw the tree she meant: a huge, White House Christmas tree-sized pine at the crest of the nearest hill.

"That's the property line," my mom said. "Get over that hill and you'll see a big farmhouse down in the valley. Run and don't look back. Yell for help. Don't stop until you reach the door."

"Mom, you're coming too."

Her face was pale, her eyes as sad as when she looked at the ocean.

"No!" I shouted. "You are coming with me.

"You're very loyal." Aphrodite said smiling at Percy.

Help me carry Grover."

"Thanks." Grover said sheepishly.

"Food!" Grover moaned, a little louder.

The man with the blanket on his head kept coming toward us, making his grunting, snorting noises. As he got closer, I realized he couldn't be holding a blanket over his head, because his hands—huge meaty hands—were swinging at his sides. There was no blanket. Meaning the bulky, fuzzy mass that was too big to be his head ... was his head. And the points that looked like horns…

"He doesn't want us," my mother told me. "He wants you. Besides, I can't cross the property line."

"But..."

"We don't have time, Percy. Go. Please."

I got mad, then—mad at my mother,

Ares sat at the edge of the seat sensing action about to come.

at Grover the goat,

"I thought he was a donkey!" Travis said trying again to lighten the tension.

Grover through a tin can at him, while Katie hit him in the head.

at the thing with horns that was lumbering toward us slowly and deliberately like, like a bull.

"He's half bull." Apollo said.

I climbed across Grover and pushed the door open into the rain. "We're going together. Come on, Mom."

"I told you—"

"Mom! I am not leaving you.

"That's so sweet!" Hera cooed with the rest of the goddess.

Help me with Grover."

Grover smiled at Percy.

I didn't wait for her answer. I scrambled outside, dragging Grover from the car. He was surprisingly light, but I couldn't have carried him very far if my mom hadn't come to my aid.

Together, we draped Grover's arms over our shoulders and started stumbling uphill through wet waist-high grass.

Glancing back, I got my first clear look at the monster. He was seven feet tall, easy, his arms and legs like something from the cover of Muscle Man magazine—bulging biceps and triceps and a bunch of other 'ceps, all stuffed like baseballs under vein-webbed skin. He wore no clothes except under wear— I mean, bright white Fruit of the Looms—which would've looked funny, except that the top half of his body was so scary. Coarse brown hair started at about his belly button and got thicker as it reached his shoulders.

His neck was a mass of muscle and fur leading up to his enormous head, which had a snout as long as my arm, snotty nostrils with a gleaming brass ring, cruel black eyes, and horns—enormous black-and-white horns with points you just couldn't get from an electric sharpener.

"You make the worse analogys at the worst times!" Annabeth laughed.

Percy blushed.

Aphrodite sensed a wave of pure love coming from him and going to… shoot he just stopped.

Percy smirked at Aphrodite and she stuck out her tongue back angry she couldn't find who he liked.

I recognized the monster, all right. He had been in one of the first stories Mr. Brunner told us. But he couldn't be real.

I blinked the rain out of my eyes. "That's—"

"Pasiphae's son," my mother said.

"You chose a good and smart woman Poseidon!" Athena said surprised.

Poseidon smirked.

"I wish I'd known how badly they want to kill you."

"But he's the Min—"

"Don't say his name," she warned. "Names have power."

"How does she know so much?" Bekandorf asked.

"she can see through the mist." Poseidon and Percy said in unison.

They looked at each other then smiled.

Everyone was laughing.

The pine tree was still way too far—a hundred yards uphill at least.

I glanced behind me again.

The bull-man hunched over our car, looking in the windows—or not looking, exactly. More like snuffling, nuzzling. I wasn't sure why he bothered, since we were only about fifty feet away.

"Food?" Grover moaned.

Grover blushed.

"Shhh," I told him. "Mom, what's he doing? Doesn't he see us?"

"His sight and hearing are terrible," she said. "He goes by smell. But he'll figure out where we are soon enough."

"She knows a lot." Hephaestus said.

As if on cue, the bull-man bellowed in rage. He picked up Gabe's Camaro by the torn roof, the chassis creaking and groaning. He raised the car over his head and threw it down the road. It slammed into the wet asphalt and skidded in a shower of sparks for about half a mile before coming to a stop. The gas tank exploded.

Not a scratch,

I remembered Gabe saying.

"Opps!" Travis laughed.

Oops.

"No Travis too!" yelled Thialia, "They're taking over."

Everyone chuckled warily.

"Percy," my mom said. "When he sees us, he'll charge. Wait until the last second, then jump out of the way— directly sideways. He can't change directions very well once he's charging. Do you understand?"

"A plan worthy of Athena." Hephaestus said.

"Unfortunately it is." Athena sighed.

"How do you know all this?"

"I've been worried about an attack for a long time. I should have expected this. I was selfish, keeping you near me."

"Keeping me near you? But—"

Another bellow of rage, and the bull-man started tromping uphill.

He'd smelled us.

The pine tree was only a few more yards, but the hill was getting steeper and slicker, and Grover wasn't getting any lighter.

The bull-man closed in. Another few seconds and he'd be on top of us.

Poseidon looked ready to die.

My mother must've been exhausted, but she shouldered Grover. "Go, Percy! Separate! Remember what I said."

I didn't want to split up,

"So loyal." Aphrodite sniffled.

but I had the feeling she was right—it was our only chance. I sprinted to the left, turned, and saw the creature bearing down on me. His black eyes glowed with hate. He reeked like rotten meat.

He lowered his head and charged, those razor-sharp horns aimed straight at my chest.

The fear in my stomach made me want to bolt, but that wouldn't work. I could never outrun this thing.

So I held my ground,

Poseidon closed his eyes and prayed to umm…. Himself that his son wouldn't get hurt.

and at the last moment, I jumped to the side.

Poseidon let out a sigh of relief.

The bull-man stormed past like a freight train, then bellowed with frustration and turned, but not toward me this time, toward my mother, who was setting Grover down in the grass.

We'd reached the crest of the hill. Down the other side I could see a valley, just as my mother had said, and the lights of a farmhouse glowing yellow through the rain. But that was half a mile away. We'd never make it.

The bull-man grunted, pawing the ground. He kept eyeing my mother, who was now retreating slowly downhill, back toward the road, trying to lead the monster away from Grover.

"Run, Percy!" she told me. "I can't go any farther. Run!"

But I just stood there, frozen in fear, as the monster charged her. She tried to sidestep, as she'd told me to do, but the monster had learned his lesson. His hand shot out and grabbed her by the neck as she tried to get away. He lifted her as she struggled, kicking and pummeling the air.

"NO!" Poseidon screamed.

"Mom!"

She caught my eyes, managed to choke out one last word: "Go!"

Then, with an angry roar, the monster closed his fists around my mother's neck, and she dissolved before my eyes, melting into light, a shimmering golden form, as if she were a holographic projection. A blinding flash, and she was simply ... gone.

Poseidon looked absolutely horrified. His face lost all of its color and he let out a sob.

Percy went over to his dad and whispered into his eye.

Poseidon's eyes brightened and he sighed with relief.

"Read on Dionysius," Poseidon said.

"No!"

Anger replaced my fear. Newfound strength burned in my limbs—the same rush of energy I'd gotten when Mrs. Dodds grew talons.

Ares sat up in anticipation.

The bull-man bore down on Grover, who lay helpless in the grass. The monster hunched over, snuffling my best friend, as if he were about to lift Grover up and make him dissolve too.

Grover stiffened.

I couldn't allow that.

Grover shot a smile at Percy.

I stripped off my red rain jacket.

"Hey!" I screamed, waving the jacket, running to one side of the monster. "Hey, stupid! Ground beef!"

"Come up with better insults kid!" Apollo laughed.

"Raaaarrrrr!" The monster turned toward me, shaking his meaty fists.

I had an idea—a stupid idea, but better than no idea at all.

"When do you not have stupid ideas?" Nico asked.

Percy mock punched him.

I put my back to the big pine tree and waved my red jacket in front of the bull-man, thinking I'd jump out of the way at the last moment.

But it didn't happen like that.

The bull-man charged too fast, his arms out to grab me whichever way I tried to dodge.

Time slowed down.

"Dun. Dun. Dun!" surprisenly Bekandorf said this.

Silena hit him over the head.

My legs tensed. I couldn't jump sideways, so I leaped straight up, kicking off from the creature's head, using it as a springboard, turning in midair, and landing on his neck.

How did I do that?

"How should we know?" Connor said.

Silena hit him over the head again.

I didn't have time to figure it out. A millisecond later, the monster's head slammed into the tree and the impact nearly knocked my teeth out.

The bull-man staggered around, trying to shake me. I locked my arms around his horns to keep from being thrown. Thunder and lightning were still going strong. The rain was in my eyes. The smell of rotten meat burned my nostrils.

Aphrodite wrinkled her nose.

The monster shook himself around and bucked like a rodeo bull. He should have just backed up into the tree and smashed me flat, but I was starting to realize that this thing had only one gear: forward.

Meanwhile, Grover started groaning in the grass. I wanted to yell at him to shut up,

Grover blushed.

but the way I was getting tossed around, if I opened my mouth I'd bite my own tongue off.

"Food!" Grover moaned.

"Sorry."

The bull-man wheeled toward him, pawed the ground again, and got ready to charge. I thought about how he had squeezed the life out of my mother, made her disappear in a flash of light, and rage filled me like high-octane fuel. I got both hands around one horn and I pulled backward with all my might. The monster tensed, gave a surprised grunt, then—snap!

The bull-man screamed and flung me through the air. I landed flat on my back in the grass. My head smacked against a rock. When I sat up, my vision was blurry, but I had a horn in my hands, a ragged bone weapon the size of a knife.

The monster charged.

Without thinking, I rolled to one side and came up kneeling. As the monster barreled past, I drove the broken horn straight into his side, right up under his furry rib cage.

The bull-man roared in agony. He flailed, clawing at his chest, then began to disintegrate—not like my mother, in a flash of golden light, but like crumbling sand, blown away in chunks by the wind, the same way Mrs. Dodds had burst apart.

The monster was gone.

"Good job!" Ares said impressed.

"Wow!" Annabeth said her eyes shown admiration.

Percy blushed tomato red.

The rain had stopped. The storm still rumbled, but only in the distance. I smelled like livestock and my knees were shaking. My head felt like it was splitting open. I was weak and scared and trembling with grief. I'd just seen my mother vanish. I wanted to lie down and cry, but there was Grover, needing my help, so I managed to haul him up and stagger down into the valley, toward the lights of the farm house. I was crying, calling for my mother, but I held on to Grover—I wasn't going to let him go.

"Thanks man."

"No problem, your my best friend."

"Next to Annabeth." NIco whispered to Thialia.

Thialia smirked.

The last thing I remember is collapsing on a wooden porch, looking up at a ceiling fan circling above me, moths flying around a yellow light, and the stern faces of a familiar-looking bearded man and a pretty girl, her blond hair curled like a princess's.

Thialia and Nico burst out laughing.

"I wonder who that is!" Nico exclaimed sarcastically.

"She's going to be pissed if I tell her you called her a princess!" Thialia laughed.

Percy blushed all the way to his roots.

"Whoever this is I'm going to have fun making your relationship!" Aphrodite squealed.

Percy became pale. Oh no…

Athena is going to kill me!

They both looked down at me, and the girl said, "He's the one. He must be."

"This is going to be so much fun!" Aphrodite squealed.

"Silence, Annabeth,"

Silence then.

"You called me a freaking princess!" Annabeth fumed.

"No!" Travis laughed, "He called you a PRETTY princess!"

Percy blushed deep red.

"Shut up Travis!"

Athena glared at Percy, while Aphrodite smiled a very sly smile.

"You stay away from her!" Athena warned.

Percy paled.

"Oh I must already be at work!" Aphrodite sighed dreamily. "You two make a good couple."

I don't know who was redder Annabeth or Percy.

"You better not be at work!" Athena threatened Aphrodite, "My favorite daughter is not falling for old Seaweed rat!"

"I don't want your daughter even being in contact with my son!" Poseidon yelled.

"Umm…" Percy said uncertainly, "We are still here."

Athena glared at Percy then turned to Dionysuis, "Continue."

the man said. "He's still conscious. Bring him inside."

"The end!" Dionysius said

"We read more tomorrow." Zues said.

All the gods flashed out.

The demi-gods left till there was only Annabeth, and Percy.

Annabeth shifted a bit uncomfortably on her feet.

"Umm… I need to go to my room… Bye!"

"Wait Annabeth!" Percy said grabbing her nine year old wrist.
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over a year ago percy359 said…
funny hilarus
over a year ago percy359 said…
dam you cliffhannger
































over a year ago PrinceAthem said…
Wow... Amazing.. Post soon..
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over a year ago bornhuntress said…
angry
Gosh!!! Ur soooo mean!!! How am I to make my parents believe I'm asleep if u write such a funny fanfic!!! I'm doing my best not to laugh loudly but ur not helping!!! And now I'll be wondering what Percy tells Annabeth till u post again!!!
Never mind. POST SOON!
over a year ago Safree said…
big smile
that was so funny. wonder what percy is going to say to annabeth.POST SOON PLEASE!!!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!
over a year ago anaklusmus16 said…
smile
Pleaseeeeee post post
over a year ago Percy99Jackson said…
awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Post soon plss
over a year ago Artemis037 said…
mischievous
Hahaha! That was amazing! I would post all my favorite parts, but that would take forever :)

Keep posting!
over a year ago Safree said…
meh
oh just idea, but you can get annabeth to come in (the big one.)
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Pls Post soon
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Yeah the older Annabeth should come too
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Pls post soon
over a year ago gummisnowwoman said…
That was hilarious! Please post!
over a year ago happyfestus said…
wink
Percy is pedo hahahahahahahahahahah....sorry just kidding post soon
over a year ago luvseaweedbrain said…
wow!!!!! post soon!! ahahaha percy! U CREEPER XD lol nooott... ;D great storyyy!!
over a year ago GreekRULES515 said…
laugh
LUV THE Conner
over a year ago bornhuntress said…
laugh
I agree! Older Annabeth should appear! That would be soooooo funny!!!!! (of course its only if u want to)
POST SOON!!!!!
over a year ago luvseaweedbrain said…
cough OLDER ANNABETH cough :) post asayc!!! :D
over a year ago Artemis037 said…
I don't want the older Annabeth to come! It would be way too awkward and weird...

Of course if she did come, I'm sure rjain, the amazing writer, would make it perfect and funny :)
over a year ago percy359 said…
post post post post post post post post post
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Pls don't discontinue this forum pls. It's hilarious and lots of people love it pls don't discontinue.
over a year ago lcrs50 said…
laugh
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
i almost fell out of my chair when I read that.
"Oh, no. Athena was going to kill me."
that's when I almost lost it.
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
laugh
O. My. GODS!! That was hilarious!!!! I read all the chappies today, and I highly doubt my mom believes I'm doing homework with all my squeaking (from trying to hold back laughs (; ) and right out laughing, when it was too strong to keep in myself. I LOVED that!! If you don't mind a little (polite) criticism, I think Percy would blush less and, as I noticed in the first couple chappies, he probably wouldn't say so much 'sheepishly'. That's it though, otherwise PERFECT!
Now, I think the older Annabeth coming would be awesome, and I personally support the idea, it might freak out the 9 year old Annabeth. It might be awkward, but you could make it work. Plus it would piss off Athena, seeing them together... Yea, you should definitely bring her in now! XD
Damn you cliffies!!!!!! What does he say to her?!?!? And it did seem a *bit* creepy... The way he grabbed her wrist... Idk, so now you MUST post so we can know!
Aponimisae
<The One Who Couldn't Stop Laughing While Reading This>
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
I know right totally HILARIOUS:)!
over a year ago percy359 said…
post post post post post post post post post post post
over a year ago rjain said…
wink
Annabeth PoV
I faced Percy a little uncomfortable. I mean this guy was pretty tall. He was probably 5'10. I mean I'm not short, but this guy was seven years older than me.
Percy still held my wrist and looked into my eyes. His eyes were sea-green, they were captivating. I couldn't help, but stare right back.
Percy slowly let go of my wrist, "Look…" he said, "I haven't been completely honest with you…"
"What do you mean?" I asked cocking my head to the side confused.
"Well…" he took a deep breath, "in the future, you and me… We are- I mean. In the future you're my-"
"What are you two doing here?” Athena materialized out of no where.
“n…no…nothing….m..mmm….my l..ll…lady” percy stammered, panicking at my mothers stern expression.
He bowed awkwardly and fled from the room as my mother glared at his retreating form.
I smiled inwardly. Percy sounded like a nice guy.
A bit clueless.
But nice all the same.
No ones POV
"Demi-gods!" Zues said, "You should read now!"
"I'll read." Thalia said grabbing the book.
"I Play Pinochle With A Horse." Thalia read.
"Did you now?" Chiron said raising an eyebrow at Percy.
I had weird dreams full of barnyard animals. Most of them wanted to kill me. The rest wanted food.
"What kind of dream is that!" Silena asked incredulously.
"A weird one." Connor said.
"See everything with Percy is weird!" Thalia said.
Everyone chuckled.
I must've woken up several times, but what I heard and saw made no sense, so I just passed out again. I remember lying in a soft bed, being spoon-fed something that tasted like buttered-popcorn, only it was pudding.
"Ambrosia right?" Travis asked.
"Who cares if it's ambrosia!" Aphrodite exclaimed, "What matters is whoever is feeding him THE ambrosia."
Percy turned pale and really wished Aphrodite would be quiet.
The girl with curly blond hair hovered over me,
Everyone face-palmed.
While Aphrodite squealed.
"You stay away from her Percy Jackson!" Athena threatened.
"Your daughter is the one feeding MY son ambrosia!" Poseidon yelled.
"Stop arguing!" Zues roared.
Poseidon and Athena stopped, but still glared at each other.
Percy and Annabeth shifted uncomfortably.
Thalia took this as a que to read.
smirking as she scraped drips off my chin with the spoon
"Aww so you were enjoying it Annie!" Travis laughed.
Annabeth glared, but blushed a bit.
Athena looked murderous, but one look from Zues told her not to kill the boy.
Percy looked just out right scared.
When she saw my eyes open, she asked, "What will happen at the summer solstice?"
I managed to choke, "What?
She looked around, as if afraid someone would overhear. "What's going on? What was stolen? We've only got a few weeks!"
Zeus eyes widened in understanding, "SOMEBODY STOLE MY MASTER BOLT!" Zeus yelled.
All the gods backed away warily.
"Who stole it?" Zeus growled.
"It's in the future we don't know." Artemis told her father.
"Yes, but the demi-gods do!"
"We are not supposed to tell you anything," Percy said warily.
Zeus glared then sat down grumbling to himself.
"I'm sorry," I mumbled, "I don't . . ."
Somebody knocked on the door, and the girl quickly filled my mouth with pudding.
"Nice way to shut him up!" Nico laughed giving Annabeth a high five.
Percy stuck out his tongue.
The next time I woke up, the girl was gone.
"Aww he misses you!" Aphrodite squealed.
Percy blushed red, while Annabeth only blushed pink.
Athena looked downright murderous.
A husky dude, like a surfer, stood in the corner of the bedroom keeping watch over me. He had blue eyes-at least a dozen
"More than a dozen," Connor said.
of them-on his cheeks, his forehead, the back of his hands.
When I finally came around for good, there was nothing weird about my surrounding, except that they were nicer than I was used to. I was sitting in a deck chair on a huge porch, gazing across a meadow at green hills in the distance. The breeze smelled like strawberries.
There was a blanket over my legs, a pillow behind my neck. All that was great, but my mouth felt like a scorpion had been using it for a nest. My tongue was dry and nasty and every one of my teeth hurt.
"I feel that way when Apollo recited Poetry." Artemis sighed.
"We all do." Hermes chuckled.
"Right… HEY!" Apollo yelled.
On the table next to me was a tall drink. It looked like iced apple juice, with a green straw and a paper parasol stuck through a maraschino cherry.
Connor smiled, ""I love nectar."
My hand was so weak. I almost dropped the glass once I got my fingers around it.
"Careful," a familiar voice said.
Grover was leaning against the porch railing, looking like he hadn't slept in a week.
Under one arm, he cradled a shoe box. He was wearing blue jeans, Converse hi-tops and a bright orange T-shirt that said CAMP HALF-BLOOD. Just plain old Grover. Not the goat boy.
So maybe I'd had a nightmare. Maybe my mom was okay.
Grover winced.
We were still on vacation, and we'd stopped here at this big house for some reason. And . . .
"You saved my life," Grover said. "I . . . well, the least I could do . . . I went back to the hill. I thought you might want this."
Reverently, he placed the shoe box in my lap
Inside was a black-and-white bull's horn, the base jagged from being broken off, the tip splattered with dried blood. It hadn't been a nightmare.
"The Minotaur," I said.
"Idiot!" Athena scolded, "Don't say his name."
"I know that now!" Percy wined.
"Um, Percy, it isn't a good idea-"
"That's what they call him in the Greek myths, isn't it?" I demanded. "The Minotaur,
"You say it again." Artemis sighed, "Boys are slow."
Half man, half bull."
Grover shifted uncomfortably. "You've been out for two days. How much do you remember?"
"My mom. Is she really . . ."
Grover looked down.
He looked down.
I stared across the meadow. There were groves of trees, a winding stream, acres of strawberries spread out under the blue sky. The valley was surrounded by rolling hills, and the tallest one, directly in front of us, was the one with the huge pine tree on top. Even that looked beautiful in the sunlight.
"Whats that supposed to mean?" THalia asked raising an eyebrow.
Percy didn't dare answer her.
My mother was gone. The whole world should be black and cold. Nothing should look beautiful.
Silena and Aphrodite sniffled.
"WIMP!" Ares laughed.
He got hit in the head with all Niagara falls.
"I'm sorry," Grover sniffled. "I'm a failure. I'm-I'm the worst satyr in the world."
He moaned, stomping his foot so hard it came off. I mean, the Converse hi-top came off. The inside was filled with Styrofoam, except for a hoof-shaped hole.
"Oh, Styx!" he mumbled.
Thunder rolled across the clear sky.
Everyone looked at Zues who looked just plain mad.
As he struggled to get his hoof back in the fake foot, I thought, Well, that settles it.
Grover was a satyr.
"Really Einstein!" Thalia laughed.
Even Athena chuckled while Poseidon glared at her.
I was ready to bet that if I shaved his curly brown hair, I'd find tiny horns on his head.
"Blaa-haa!" Grover yelped covering his hair not liking that idea at all.
Everyone laughed at him.
But I was too miserable to care that satyrs existed, or even minotaurs.
All that meant was my mom had been squeezed into nothingness, dissolved into yellow light.
Aphrodite sniffled.
I was alone. An orphan. I would have to live with . . . Smelly Gabe?
"I wouldn't allow it." Poseidon growled.
No. That would never happen. I would live on the streets fist. I would pretend I was seventeen and join the army
"Yeah right!" Ares laughed.
Poseidon again drenched him.
I'd do something.
Grover was still sniffling. The poor kid-poor goat, satyr, whatever
Grover pouted.
"At least I didn't say donkey." Percy said.
Grover huffed.
-looked as if he expected to be hit.
I said, "It wasn't your fault."
"Yes, it was. I was supposed to protect you."
"Did my mother ask you to protect me?"
"No. But that's my job. I'm a keeper. At least . . . I was. Don't strain yourself," Grover said. "Here."
He helped me hold my glass and put the straw to my lips.
I recoiled at the taste,
"WHY?" Travis asked, "Nectar is amazing!"
because I was expecting apple juice.
"Oh." Travis blushed.
It wasn't that at all. It was my chocolate-chip cookies. Liquid cookies.
"That's good?" Annabeth asked incredulously.
Percy beamed. “my mother’s home made. Best in the world.”
And not just any cookies-but my mom's homemade blue chocolate-chip cookies, buttery and hot, with the chips still melting.
"Yummy!" Apollo said sighing imagining cookies.
Drinking it, my whole body felt warm and good, full of energy. My grief didn't go away, but I felt as if my mom had just brushed her hand against my cheek, given me a cookie the way she used to when I was small, and told me everything was going to be okay.
"Ahh!" Aphrodite cooed.
Before I knew it, I'd drained the glass. I stared into it, sure I'd just had a warm drink, but the ice cubes hadn't even melted.
"Was it good?" Grover asked.
I nodded.
"What did it taste like?" He sounded so wistful, I felt guilty.
"Sorry," I said. "I should've let you taste."
Grovers eyes got wide. "No! That's not what I meant. "
" I know that now man." Percy chuckled.
His eyes got wide. "No! That's not what I meant.
"Really stop repeating yourself Grover!" laughed Travis.
Even Clarisse chuckled.
I just . . . wondered."
"Chocolate-chip cookies," I said. "My mom's. Homemade."
He sighed. "And how do you feel?"
"Like I could throw Nancy Bobofit a hundred yards."
"Please do!" Thalia said.
"That's good," He said. "That's good, I don't think you could risk drinking any more of that stuff."
"What do you mean?"
He took the empty glass from me gingerly, as if it were dynamite, and set it back on the table. "Come on. Chiron and Mr. D are waiting."
The porch wrapped all the way around the farmhouse.
My legs felt wobbly, trying to walk that far. Grover offered to carry the Minotaur horn, but I held on to it. I'd paid for that souvenir the hard way. I wasn't going to let it go.
"Good keep some of your dignity." Athena said approvingly.
Percy stared incredulously at his girlfriend’s mother.
As we came around the opposite end of the house, I caught my breath.
We must've been on the north shore of Long Island, because on this side of the house, the valley marched all the way up to the water, which glittered about a mile in the distance. Between here and there, I simply couldn't process everything I was seeing. The landscape was dotted with buildings that looked like ancient Greek architecture
"It is Greek architecture." Athena said.
-an open-air pavilion, and amphitheater, a circular arena- except that they all looked brand new, their white marble columns sparkling in the sun. In a nearby sandpit, a dozen high school-age kids and satyrs played volleyball. Canoes glided across a small lake. Kids in bright orange T-shirts like Grover's were chasing each other around a cluster of cabins nestled in the woods. Some shot targets at an archery range. Others rode horses down a wooded trail, and, unless I was hallucinating, some of their horses had wings.
"No those really are Pegasus." Silena said.
Down at the end of the porch, two men sat across from each other at a card table. The blond-haired girl who'd spoon-fed me popcorn-flavored pudding was leaning on the porch rail next to them.
"What are you doing there Annie?" Travis asked mischievously.
Athena glared at Travis, while Aphrodite squealed.
The man facing me was small, but porky. He had a red nose, big watery eyes, and curly hairs so black it was almost purple. He looked like those paintings of baby angels-what do you call them, hubbubs? No, cherubs. That's it. He looked like a cherub who'd turn middle-aged in a trailer park.
Everyone had to hold in there laughter.
Dionysus looked murderous.
He wore a tiger-pattern Hawaiian shirt, and he would've fit right in one of Gabe's poker party, except I got the feeling this guy could've out-gambled even my step father.
"I can out gamble anyone!"
"Except Chiron." Apollo said.
Chiron smiled.
"That's Mr. D." Grover murmured to me. "He's the camp director. Be polite.
The girl, that's Annabeth Chase. She's just a camper,
"Just a camper!" Annabeth yelled glaring at Grover who looked scared.
"Wait!" Thalia said saving Grover from certain death, "There's more."
but she's been here longer than just about anybody.
"That's better.
And you already know Chiron . . ."
He pointed at the guy whose back was to me.
First, I realized he was sitting in the wheelchair. Then I recognized the tweed jacket, the thinning brown hair, the scraggly beard.
"Mr. Brunner!" I cried.
Athena opened her mouth, but Percy interrupted, "Yes I know. I am extremely slow!"
The Latin teacher turned and smiled at me. His eyes had that mischievous glint they sometimes got in class when he pulled a pop quiz and made all the multiple choice B.
"Can I have you as my Latin teacher!" Travis asked.
"Ah, good, Percy. Now we have four for pinochle."
He offered me a chair to the right of Mr. D, who looked at me with bloodshot eyes and heaved a great sigh.
"Oh, I suppose I must say it. Welcome to Camp Half-Blood. There. Now, don't expect me to be glad to see you."
"Such enthusiasm Dionysus." chuckled Demeter.
"Uh, thanks." I scooted a little farther away from him because, if there was something I had learned from living with Gabe, it as how to tell when an adult had been hitting the happy juice.
If Mr. D was a stranger to alcohol, I was a satyr.
"Silly satyr he knows nothing of achohol!" laughed Apollo.
Percy made a face.
"Annabeth?" Mr. Brunner called to the blond girl.
She came forward and Mr. Brunner introduced us.
"This young lady nursed you back to health, Percy. Annabeth, my dear, why don't you go check on Percy's bunk? We'll be putting him in cabin eleven for now."
"Go Hermes!" Travis and Connor yelled.
Hermes beamed at them.
Annabeth said, "Sure, Chiron."
She was probably my age, maybe a couple of inches taller, and a whole lot more athletic looking.
All the gods looked at Annabeth and nodded.
With her deep tan and her curly blond hair, she was almost exactly what I thought a stereotypical California girl would look like,
"Stereotypical California girl." Annabeth said raising an eyebrow.
"That meant he thought you were hot." Travis said.
"Katie!"
"On it!" she hit Travis hard on the head.
Athena glared a Travis who shrunk ionto his chair looking scared of the wisdom goddess.
except her eyes ruined the image.
"Ruined!" Athena and Annabeth glared at Percy in unison.
Percy trembled.
They were startling gray, like storm clouds; pretty,
"Aww he thinks your eyes are pretty!" Aphrodite cooed.
Annabeth blushed a bit.
"Stop making comments about my daughter Jackson!" Athena yelled, "She is seven years younger than you!"
"But in there time she is the same age!" Aphrodite said smirking.
Athena and Annabeth looked a bit horrified, so did Percy.
Shes already planning how to make my love life more difficult than it already was!
but intimidating, too, as if she were analyzing the best way to take me down in a fight.
"I probably was." Annabeth said.
Athena smiled proudly, but still a little warily thinking of how to bribe Aphrodite.
She glanced at the minotaur horn in my hands, then back at me. I imagined she was going to say, You killed a minotaur! or Wow, you're so awesome! or something like that.
"Gods you have a huge ego!" Annabeth laughed.
Instead she said, "You drool when you sleep."
"Good job deflating his ego!" Thalia said, "He really needed that… In fact he still does!"
"Hey!"
Everyone chuckled.
Then she sprinted off down the lawn, her blond hair flying behind her.
"You have a crruuusshhh!" Aphrodite sang.
Percy determinedly looked everywhere but at the goddess.
"So," I said, anxious to change the subject, "You, uh, work here, Mr. Brunner?"
"Not Mr. Brunner," the ex-Mr. Brunner said.
"It sounds like you broke up with him!" laughed Travis.
Katie again hit him on the head.
"I'm afraid that was a pseudonym. You may call me Chiron."
"Okay." Totally confused, I looked at the director. "And Mr. D . . . does that stand for something?"
Mr. D stopped shuffling the cards. He looked at me like I'd just belched loudly. "Young man, names are powerful things. You don't just go around using them for no reason."
"Please!" Poseidon added.
"Oh. Right, Sorry."
"I must say, Percy," Mr.- Chiron broke in, "I'm glad to see you alive. It's been a long time since I've made a house call to a potential camper. I'd hate to think I've wasted my time."
"House call?"
"My year at Yancy Academy, to instruct you. We have satyrs at most schools, of course, keeping a lookout. But Grover alerted me as soon as he met you. He sensed you were something special, so I decided to come upstate. I convinced the other Latin teacher to . . . ah, take a leave of absence."
I tried to remember the beginning of the school year. It seemed like so long ago, but I did have a fuzzy memory of there being another Latin teacher my first week at Yancy. Then, without explanation, he had disappeared and Mr. Brunner had taken the class.
"What did you do to him Chiron?" Artemis asked.
"I don't know it's in the future!"
"You came to Yancy just to teach me?" I asked.
"Seriously," Nico sighed, "Your ego is huge!"
Chiron nodded. "Honestly, I wasn't sure about you at first. We contacted your mother, let her know we were keeping an eye on you in case you were ready for Camp Half-Blood. But you still had so much to learn. Nevertheless, you made it here alive, and that's always the first test."
"Grover," Mr. D said impatiently, "are you playing or not?"
"Yes, sir!" Grover trembled as he took the fourth chair, though I didn't know why he should be so afraid of a pudgy little man in a tiger-print Hawaiian shirt.
The pudgy little man now was glaring at the son of Poseidon who thanked the gods he had the curse of Achilles.
"You do know how to play pinochle?" Mr. D eyes me suspiciously.
"I'm afraid not," I said.
"I'm afraid not, sir," he said.
"Sir," I repeated. I was liking the camp director less and less.
"Believe me we all do," Apollo said.
Dionysus hit him on the head hard.
"Well," he told me, "it is, along with gladiator fighting and Pac-Man, one of the greatest games ever invented by humans. I would expect all civilized young men to know the rules."
"I'm sure the boy can learn," Chiron said.
"Please," I said, "what is this place? What am I doing here? Mr. Brun-Chiron-why would you go to Yancy Academy just to teach me?"
"Chiron in the future don't tell him that it made his ego even more big than it should have been!" Thalia sighed dramatically.
Percy mock punched her.
Mr. D snorted. "I asked the same question."
The camp director dealt the cards, Grover flinched every time one landed on his pile.
Chiron smiled at me sympathetically, the way he used to in Latin class, as if to let me know that no matter what my average was, I was his star student. He expected me to have the right answer.
"Percy," he said. "Did you mother tell you nothing?"
"She said . . ." I remembered her sad eyes, looking out over the sea. "She told me she was afraid to send me here, even though my father had wanted her to. She said that once I was here, I probably couldn't leave. She wanted to keep me close to her."
"Typical," Mr. D said. "That's how they usually get killed.
"Could you be anymore insensitive?" Aphrodite asked Dionysus who shrugged.
Young man, are you bidding or not?"
"What?" I asked.
He explained, impatiently, how you bid in pinochle, and so I did.
"I'm afraid there's too much to tell," Chiron said. "I'm afraid our usual orientation film won't be sufficient."
"Orientation film?" I asked.
"No," Chiron decided. "Well, Percy. You know your friend Grover is a satyr. You know"-he pointed to the horn in the shoe box-"that you have killed the Minotaur. No small feat, either lad.
What you may not know is that great powers are at work in your life. Gods-the forces you call the Greek gods-are very much alive."
I stared at the others around the table.
I waited for somebody to yell, Not!
Everyone laughed at this.
But all I got was Mr. D yelling, "Oh, a royal marriage. Trick! Trick!" He cackled as he tallied up his points.
"Mr. D," Grover asked timidly, "if you're not going to eat it, can I have your Diet Coke can?"
"Eh? Oh, all right."
Grover bit a huge shard out of the empty aluminum can and chewed it mournfully.
"I tried that once…" Everyone looked at Apollo, "It didn't taste good."
Artemis filled out a slip to send her brother to a mental hospital.
"Wait," I told Chiron. "You're telling me there's such a thing as God."
"Well, now," Chiron said. "God-capital G, God. That's a different matter altogether. We shan't deal with the metaphysical."
"Metaphysical? But you were just talking about-"
"Ah, gods, plural, as in, great beings that control the forces of nature and human endeavors: the immortal gods of Olympus. That's a smaller matter."
"Smaller?"
"Yes, quite. The gods we discussed in Latin class."
"Zeus," I said. "Hera. Apollo. You mean them."
"I'm awesome!"
Whack.
"Hey that hurt!"
And there it was again-distant thunder on a cloudless day.
"Young man," said Mr. D, "I would really be less casual about throwing those names around, if I were you."
"But they're stories," I said. "They're-myths, to explain lightning and the seasons and stuff. They're what people believed before there was science."
All the gods scoffed.
"Science!" Mr. D scoffed. "And tell me, Perseus Jackson"-I flinched when he said my real name, which I never told anybody-
"What will people think of your 'science' two thousand years from now?" Mr. D continued. "Hmm? They will call it primitive mumbo jumbo.
That's what. Oh, I love mortals-they have absolutely no sense of perspective. They think they've come so-o-o far. And have they, Chiron? Look at this boy and tell me."
I wasn't liking Mr. D much, but there was something about the way he called me mortal, as if . . . he wasn't. It was enough to put a lump in my throat, to suggest why Grover was dutifully minding his cards, chewing his soda can, and keeping his mouth shut.
"Percy," Chiron said, "you may choose to believe or not, but the fact is that immortal mean immortal. Can you imagine that for a moment, never dying? Never fading? Existing, just as you are, for all time?"
I was about to answer, off the top of my head, that it sounded like a pretty good deal, but the tone of Chiron's voice made me hesitate.
"You mean, whether people believed in you or not," I said.
"Exactly," Chiron agreed. "If you were a god, how would you like being called a myth, an old story to explain lightning? What if I told you, Perseus Jackson, that someday people would call you a myth,
"He already has a myth!" NIco pouted, "Where's mine."
just created to explain how little boys can get over losing their mothers?"
Chiron looked at Percy guiltily.
Percy just shrugged.
My heart pounded. He was trying to make me angry for some reason, but I wasn't going to let him.
Annabeth nodded in approval.
"I wouldn't like it. But I don't believe in gods."
"Oh, you'd better," Mr. D murmured. "Before one of them incinerates you."
Grover said, "P-please, sir. He's just lost his mother. He's in shock."
"Thanks for sticking up for me man." Percy said.
"That's what friends are for even if they are from the future." Grover smiled.
"A lucky thing, too," Mr. D grumbled, playing a card. "Bad enough I'm confined to this miserable job, working with boys who don't even believe!"
He waved his hand and a goblet appeared on the table, as if the sunlight had bent, momentarily, and woven the air into glass. The goblet filled itself with red wine.
Zeus glared at Dionysus who sunk into his chair.
My jaw dropped, but Chiron hardly looked up.
"Mr. D, he warned, "your restrictions."
Mr. D looked at the wine and feigned surprise.
"Dear me." He looked at the sky and yelled, "Old habits! Sorry!"
"Right." Zeus growled.
More thunder.
Mr. D waved his hand again and the wineglass changed into a fresh can of Diet Coke. He sighed unhappily, popped the top of the soda, and went back to his card game.
Chiron winked at me. "Mr. D offended his father a while back, took a fancy to a wood nymph who had been declared off-limits."
"A wood nymph," I repeated, still staring at the Diet Coke can like it was from outer space.
"Yes," Mr. D confessed. "Father loves to punish me. The first time. Prohibition. Ghastly! Absolutely horrid ten years! The second time-well, she was pretty, and I couldn't stay away-the second time. He sent me here. Half-Blood Hill. Summer camp for brats like you. 'Be a better influence,' he told me. 'Work with youths rather than tearing them down.' Ha! Absolutely unfair."
Mr. D sounded about six years old, like a pouting little kid.
Dionysus glared at Percy who flinched.
"And . . ." I stammered, "your father is . . ."
"Di immortals, Chiron," Mr. D said. "I thought you taught this boy the basics. My father is Zeus, of course."
I ran through D names from Greek mythology. Wine. The skin of a tiger. The satyrs seemed to work here. They way Grover cringed, as if Mr. D were his master.
"You're Dionysus," I said. "The god of wine."
"Finally." Athena sighed.
Mr. D rolled his eyes. "What do they say, these days, Grover? Do the children say, "Well, duh!'?"
"Y-yes, Mr. D."
"Then, well, duh! Percy Jackson. Did you think I was Aphrodite, perhaps?"
"I take offense by that!" Aphrodite said glaring.
"You're a god."
"Yes, child."
"A god. You."
"I know I can't believe it either!" Apollo said.
Everyone even kind Hestia laughed.
He turned to look at me straight on and I saw a kind of purplish fire in his eyes, a hint that this whiny, plump little man was only showing me the tiniest bit of his true nature. I saw visions of grape vines choking unbelievers to death, drunken warriors insane with battle lust, sailors screaming as their hands turned to flippers, their faces elongating into dolphin snouts. I knew that if I pushed him, Mr. D would show me worse things. He would plant a disease in my brain that would leave me wearing a strait jacket in a rubber room for the rest of my life.]
Dionysus smiled evilly.
"You shall not do that to anyone Dionysus!" Zeus said.
"Would you like to test me, child?" he said quietly.
"No. No, sir."
The fire died a little. He turned back to his card game. "I believe I win."
"Yes!"
"Wait for it!" Hermes said.
"Not quite, Mr. D," Chiron said. He set down a straight, tallied the points, and said, "The game goes to me."
I thought Mr. D was going to vaporize Chiron right out of his wheelchair, but he just sighed through his nose, as if he were used to being beaten by the Latin teacher.
"He is." Ares said.
He got up, and Grover rose, too.
"I'm tired," Mr. D said. "I believe I'll take a nap before the sing-along tonight. But first, Grover, we need a talk, again, about your less-than-perfect performance on this assignment."
Grover's face beaded with sweat. "Y-yes sir."
Mr. D turned to me. "Cabin eleven, Percy Jackson. And mind your manners."
He swept into the farmhouse, Grover following miserably.
"Will Grover be okay?" I asked Chiron.
Chiron nodded, though he looked a bit troubled. "Old Dionysus isn't really mad. He just hates his job. He's been . . . ah, grounded, I guess you would say, and he can't stand waiting another century before he's allowed to go back to Olympus."
"Mount Olympus," I said. "You're telling me there really is a place there?"
"Well now, there's Mount Olympus in Greece. And then there's the home of the gods, the convergence point of their powers, which did indeed used to be on Mount Olympus. It's still called Mount Olympus, out of respect to the old ways, but the palace moves, Percy, just as the gods do."
"You mean the Greek gods are here? Like . . . in America?"
"Well, certainly. The gods move with the heart of the west."
"The what?"
"I know I'm slow!"
"Come on, Percy. What you call 'Western civilization.' Do you think it's just an abstract concept? No, it's a living force. A collective consciousness that has burned bright for thousands of years. The gods are part of it. You might even say they are the source of it, or at least, they are tied to tightly to it that they couldn't possibly fade, not unless all of Western civilization were obliterated. The fire started in Greece. Then, as you well know-or as I hope you know, since you passed my course-the heart of the fire moved to Rome, and so did the gods. Oh, different names, perhaps-Jupiter for Zeus, Venus for Aphrodite, and so on-but the same forces, the same gods."
"And then they died."
All the gods looked at Percy dumbfounded about his well… dumbness.
"Died? No. Did the West die? The gods simply moved, to Germany, to France, to Spain, for a while. Wherever the flame was brightest, the gods were there. They spent several centuries in England. All you need to do is look at the architecture. People do not forget the gods. Every place they've ruled, for the last three thousand years, you can see them in painting, in statues, on the most important buildings. And yes, Percy, of course they are now in your United states. Look at your symbol, the eagle of Zeus. Look at the statue of Prometheus and Rockefeller Center, the Greek facades of your government buildings in Washington. I defy you to find any American city where the Olympians are not prominently displayed in multiple places. Like it or not-and believe me, plenty of people weren't very found or Rome, either-America is now the heart of the flame. It is the great power of the West. And so Olympus is here. And we are here."
It was all too much, especially the fact that I seemed to be included in Chiron's we, as if I were part of some club.
"Who are you, Chiron? Who . . . who am I?"
"Easy your Percy Jackson!" Nico said.
Thalia hit him on the head.
Chiron smiled. He shifted his weight as if he were going to get up out of his wheelchair, but I knew that was impossible. He was paralyzed from the waist down.
"Who are you?" he mused. "Well, that's the question we all want answered, isn't it? But for now, we should get you a bunk in cabin eleven. There will be new friends to meet. And plenty of time for lessons tomorrow. Besides, there will be s'mores at the campfire tonight, and I simply adore chocolate."
"Really I do too!" Apollo said.
And he did rise from his wheelchair. But there was something odd about the way he did it. His blanket fell away from his legs, but the legs didn't move. His waist kept getting longer, rising above his belt. At first, I thought he was wearing very long, white velvet underwear, but as he kept rising out of the chair, taller than any man, I realized that the velvet underwear wasn't underwear; it was the front of an animal, muscle and sinew under coarse white fur. And the wheelchair wasn't a chair. It was some kind of container, an enormous box on wheels, and it must've been magic, because there's no way it could've held all of him. A leg came out, long and knobby-kneed, with a huge polished hoof.
Then another front leg, then hindquarters, and then the box was empty, nothing but a metal shell with a couple of fake human legs attached.
I stared at the horse
"I'm not a horse!"
who had just sprung from the wheelchair: a huge white stallion. But where its neck should be was the upper body of my Latin teacher, smoothly grafted to the horse's trunk.
"What a relief," the centaur said. "I'd been cooped up in there so long, my fetlocks had fallen asleep, Now, come, Percy Jackson. Let's meet the other campers."
“Who reads next”



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over a year ago bornhuntress said…
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OMG!!!! Sooooooooo funny!!!!! Poor Percy this must be really embarrassing for him!!!! Please, please, please, POST SOON!!!!!!!!! This is AWESOME!!!!!
over a year ago happyfestus said…
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Hahahahahaha really funny post soon!
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Hahahaha thx for posting. Poor Percy tho.
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over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
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poor percy, post soon!
over a year ago rjain said…
guys check out my other fanfic. its better than this one i promise.
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over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Post post post post post post post post post Plss
over a year ago percy359 said…
this one is better
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Yeah this one is better. When will you post again?
over a year ago exmo33 said…
Awesow! Post soon, really soon plzzzzzzzz!
over a year ago GreekRULES515 said…
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Awesome like really funny!!!!!!!!!!!!! but it'd be easier to read if you boded the book text or somehow separated the text from the book and your comments Otherwise its AWESOME
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
post soon! and are you going to transfer this onto the next books fanpop.
over a year ago Artemis037 said…
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Really funny! The only thing I can complain about is that it is hard to seperate the book from the comments. Other than that, it is amazing!
Keep posting!
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over a year ago percy359 said…
this is so funny
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
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This is awesome! I like this one better, personally. It makes me laugh, instead of feel all sad inside. I agree with the holding thing, it would be helpful. And are you going to bring in 16 year old Annabeth? I still say that would be awesome!
Aponimisae
<Amused by the Awkwardness That Would Come if Older Annabeth Came> (hint hint!)
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
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i think it would be better with 9 year old percy.
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
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That would be funny too, except that Percy didn't know about all this until he was 12, but maybe 12 year old Percy could work...
Aponimisae
<Thinking About Who Else Could Join>
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
mischievous
yeah, but they could show him, what im imagining: a bright light suddenly filled the room, and then a kid with black hair, black clothes, and sea green eyes, though he had a black eye, and looked 9 years old. "who are you? he asked. then looked around, and his eyes widened, then he passed out.
over a year ago luvseaweedbrain said…
hey i have a question.. if this was in the past, then luke would have been there too right? since he was a year rounder? *shudder* that would b really strange though... that was NOT a suggestion ;)
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
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Darkrai: True... That COULD work. I kinda like that...
Luvseaweedbrain: Oh I know! That crossed my mind too... And how awkward/ horrible that would be for the three of them.. *shudders* Probably why he's 'conveniently' not there... Ughh! I would be worried if he came. For all the demigods sanity. (In Percy, Thalia, & Nico's case: They would go insane seeing the guy that they had killed just about 4 months previously, and possibly Percy wanting to kill him before any of it happens. In the others cases: Seeing the 3 from the future hating him for no reason. Apparent to them at least. And for Luke: For having 2 guys he doesn't know & Thalia, the girl he thought was a tree now glaring at him and/ or tearing up. So yah, there might be problems if he came. And I know I WAAAAYY over explained that, but I felt like it. And if you're still reading this comment [which I doubt but cool if you are] then don't worry, it's ending now XD)
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over a year ago thunderwolf233 said…
sweat,awesome,epic,hilarious-New York Times
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Pls post soon
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
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I agree with the above ^ ^^ two comments! It seems that he posts about every 4 or so days. I think, so in a couple days maybe? (She says hopefully! :))
Aponimisae
<Hopeful... For Once...>
over a year ago anaklusmus16 said…
but he said the only people that are percy's friend are rachel and the ares cabin
and we all know rachel came to camp after luke's death
so luke cant be there
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
yeah... post soon
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
oh and why did you say sweat thunderwolf? it is spelled sweet.
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
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Ummmm... anaklusmus16, are you thinking of rjain's OTHER story? Cause, HERE, Percy has more friends than just Rachel and (like this would ever happen ->) the Ares cabin! Waaaayy more!
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over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
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HEY GUYS!!! THE SON OF NEPTUNE COMES OUT IN ONE WEEK!! ONE WEEK! YYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!­­!!­!­!­!!­­!!
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
^^^ I know I can't wait pls post soon.
over a year ago rjain said…
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whos gonna read ne-
a bright light suddenly filled the room.
The bright light subsided leaving four people in a dog pile.

"Ow!" a boy with elfish featured yelled, because well he was on the bottom.

"Where are we?" a girl with choppy brown hair asked.

"We are on Mount Olymp- Percy!" A girl with frizzy red hair said.

"Where is Mount Olymp Percy?" the boy with elfish features asked.

"Idiot Leo!" the girl with choppy brown hair said.

The other girl went over to Percy and hugged him.

Aphrodite squealed.

"Oh My Gosh Percy do you know how worried everyone at Camp is?" Rachel exclaimed.

Then looked over his shoulders and saw a small Annabeth.

Her jaw dropped, "Annabeth you shrunk!"

The boy with blonde hair spoke for the first time, "You really shrunk! You went to 5'9 to like 4'10!"

"I'm 5'9 in the future?" Annabeth asked.

"Wait what?"

"Well,"Thalia said, "You sort of traveled to the past."

"Awesome!" Leo yelled.

"No not awesome!" the girl with brown hair exclaimed, "We need to go to our time period!"


"demi-gods introduce yourselves." Zeus ordered.

"Umm. I'm Leo Valdez." The boy with elfish features said, "Son of Hephaestus."

The gods were a little surprised he didn't look like a son of Hephaestus.

Hephaestus smiled at Leo who smiled back.

"I'm Piper Mclean," the girl with choppy brown hair said, "Daughter of Aphrodite."

Again everyone was surprised she didn't wear make-up weird for a daughter of Ahrodite. Even so Aphrodite beamed at Piper.

"I'm Jason Grace…" the boy with blonde hair said. Thalia's eyes widened, "Son of Jupiter…"

Almost all the gods jaws dropped to the floor they shifted forms then back again.

"What is a Roman doing with the greeks!"

"What's going on!"

"Hows this possible!"

"Jason!" Thalia yelled then hugged him crying.

Percy blinked surprised Thalia never cried.

"You're alive!" Thalia cried.

"Yeah," Jason gasped, "Hey sis could you lighten up the hug you're squashing me!"

Thalia loosened up a bit still crying slightly.

"And I'm Rachel." The girl said, "The-"

"Are you and Percy dating?" Aphrodite asked.

"What! NO!" Rachel said.

Leo laughed, "What are you talking about. Percy is dating An-"

"An amazing other girl." Piper interjected looking at Percy's pleading, panicked expression.

Aphrodite pouted her own daughter is not telling her who Percy is dating.

"Any way," Rachel said, "I'm Rachel Dare the Oracle of Delphi."

Apollo looked excited while Hermes winced, May…

"Alright I suppose we should read now." Athena said.

Percy took the book from Thalia, "I'll read."

Thalia said in mock surprise, "Percy can read!"

"Shut up!"

"I Become Supreme Lord of the Bathroom" Percy said and grimaced remembering his head in the toilet.

"All hail The Supreme Lord of the Bathroom!" Nico said mock bowing.

Everyone laughed.

Once I got over the fact that my Latin teacher was a horse,

"I'm not a horse!" Chiron muttered.

we had a nice tour, though I was careful not to walk behind him. I'd done pooper-scooper patrol in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade a few times, and, I'm sorry, but I did not trust Chiron's back end the way I trusted his front.

"Sorry!" Percy said.

Everyone tried to stifle a chuckle.

We passed the volleyball pit. Several of the campers nudged each other. One pointed to the minotaur horn I was carrying. Another said, "That's him."

"The chosen one." Travis laughed.

"Idiot!" Katie said smacking his head.

Jason watched the scene amused.

Most of the campers were older than me. Their satyr friends were bigger than Grover, all of them trotting around in orange CAMP HALF-BLOOD T-shirts, with nothing else to cover their bare shaggy hindquarters. I wasn't normally shy, but the way they stared at me made me uncomfortable. I felt like they were expecting me to do a flip or something.

"Oh yes please do a flip Percy!" Travis laughed.

I looked back at the farmhouse. It was a lot bigger than I'd realized—four stories tall, sky blue with white trim, like an upscale seaside resort. I was checking out the brass eagle weather vane on top when something caught my eye, a shadow in the uppermost window of the attic gable. Something had moved the curtain, just for a second, and I got the distinct impression I was being watched.

"What's up there?" I asked Chiron.

He looked where I was pointing, and his smile faded. "Just the attic."

"Somebody lives there?"

"No," he said with finality. "Not a single living thing."

"He didn't lie." All the demi-gods shuttered except Jason, Piper, and Leo.

Rachel looked offended.

Hermes looked down pained.

I got the feeling he was being truthful. But I was also sure something had moved that curtain.

"Come along, Percy," Chiron said, his lighthearted tone now a little forced. "Lots to see."

We walked through the strawberry fields,

"Which Travis always looks at." Piper whispered to Nico who chuckled.

"There must be a perfect strawberry he's looking at."

They snickered.

The gods looked at them like they went mad, but they just waved there hand in dismissal.

where campers were picking bushels of berries while a satyr played a tune on a reed pipe.

Chiron told me the camp grew a nice crop for export to New York restaurants and Mount Olympus. "It pays our expenses," he explained. "And the strawberries take almost no effort."

He said Mr. D had this effect on fruit-bearing plants: they just went crazy when he was around. It worked best with wine grapes, but Mr. D was restricted from growing those,

Dionysus pouted.

so they grew strawberries instead.

I watched the satyr playing his pipe. His music was causing lines of bugs to leave the strawberry patch in every direction, like refugees fleeing a fire. I wondered if Grover could work that kind of magic with music.

I wondered if he was still inside the farmhouse, getting chewed out by Mr. D.

"Grover won't get in too much trouble, will he?" I asked Chiron. "I mean ... he was a good protector. Really."

Grover smiled a bit at Percy.

"You are a good protector Grover." Nico said.

Hades looked at him, "He protected you too?"

"Yep!"

Chiron sighed. He shed his tweed jacket and draped it over his horses back like a saddle. "Grover has big dreams, Percy. Perhaps bigger than are reasonable. To reach his goal, he must first demonstrate great courage by succeeding as a keeper, finding a new camper and bringing him safely to Half-Blood Hill."

"But he did that!"

Grover smiled thankfully at Percy.

"I might agree with you," Chiron said. "But it is not my place to judge. Dionysus and the Council of Cloven Elders must decide. I'm afraid they might not see this assignment as a success. After all, Grover lost you in New York. Then there's the unfortunate ... ah ... fate of your mother. And the fact that Grover was unconscious when you dragged him over the property line. The council might question whether this shows any courage on Grover's part."

I wanted to protest. None of what happened was Grover's fault. I also felt really, really guilty. If I hadn't given Grover the slip at the bus station, he might not have gotten in trouble.

"That's true." Annabeth said.

Percy blushed, while all the demi-gods from the future chuckled.

"He'll get a second chance, won't he?"

"that was my second chance." Grover sighed.

Chiron winced. "I'm afraid that was Grover's second chance, Percy. The council was not anxious to give him another, either, after what happened the first time, five years ago.

Thalia looked down and Jason put a hand on her shoulder.

Olympus knows, I advised him to wait longer before trying again. He's still so small for his age..."

"How old is he?"

"Oh, twenty-eight."

"What!" Nico yelled, "He's twenty eight!"

"What! And he's in sixth grade?"

"Satyrs mature half as fast as humans, Percy. Grover has been the equivalent of a middle school student for the past six years."

"That's horrible."

"tell me about it!" Grover sighed.

"Quite," Chiron agreed. "At any rate, Grover is a late bloomer, even by satyr standards, and not yet very accomplished at woodland magic. Alas, he was anxious to pursue his dream. Perhaps now he will find some other career..."

"That's not fair," I said. "What happened the first time? Was it really so bad?"

Chiron looked away quickly. "Let's move along, shall we?"

"Chiron." Hermes sighed, "learn how to change the subject a bit better please.

Chiron blushed.

But I wasn't quite ready to let the subject drop. Something had occurred to me when Chiron talked about my mother's fate, as if he were intentionally avoiding the word death. The beginnings of an idea—a tiny, hopeful fire—started forming in my mind.

"Chiron," I said. "If the gods and Olympus and all that are real ..."

"Yes, child?"

"Does that mean the Underworld is real, too?"

Jason looked at Percy impressed. So that was his plan…

Chiron's expression darkened.

"Yes, child." He paused, as if choosing his words carefully. "There is a place where spirits go after death. But for now ... until we know more ... I would urge you to put that out of your mind."

"What do you mean, 'until we know more'?"

"Come, Percy. Let's see the woods."

"again Chiron learn how to change the subject better." Apollo laughed.

As we got closer, I realized how huge the forest was. It took up at least a quarter of the valley, with trees so tall and thick, you could imagine nobody had been in there since the Native Americans.

Chiron said, "The woods are stocked, if you care to try your luck, but go armed."

"Stocked with what?" I asked. "Armed with what?"

"YES I know I'm slow!" Percy yelled.

The demi-gods chuckled.

"You'll see. Capture the flag is Friday night. Do you have your own sword and shield?"

"My own—?"

"I'm slow." Percy sighed, "I know."

"He truly is." Thalia snickered, "Things, would've started sooner if he got the hints." She glanced quickly at Annabeth.

Percy blushed.

The future demi-gods laughed, while the past demi-gods and gods looked confused.

"No," Chiron said. "I don't suppose you do. I think a size five will do. I'll visit the armory later."

I wanted to ask what kind of summer camp had an armory, but there was too much else to think about, so the tour continued. We saw the archery range, the canoeing lake, the stables (which Chiron didn't seem to like very much),

the javelin range, the sing-along amphitheater, and the arena where Chiron said they held sword and spear fights.

"Sword and spear fights?" I asked.

"Cabin challenges and all that," he explained. "Not lethal. Usually.

"Usually." Leo chuckled.

Clarisse smiled evilly.

Oh, yes, and there's the mess hall."

Chiron pointed to an outdoor pavilion framed in white Grecian columns on a hill overlooking the sea. There were a dozen stone picnic tables. No roof. No walls.

"What do you do when it rains?" I asked.

"I asked the same question." Nico said.

Chiron looked at me as if I'd gone a little weird.

"And I got the samr answer." Nico chuckled.

The demi-gods laughed.

"We still have to eat, don't we?" I decided to drop the subject.

"good thinking Seaweed Brain." Annabeth said.

Percy blushed, causing the future demi-gods to again snicker.

Finally, he showed me the cabins. There were twelve of them,

"Wait what!" Piper said, "I thought-"

"we'll explain later." Thalia said.

nestled in the woods by the lake. They were arranged in a U, with two at the base and five in a row on either side. And they were without doubt the most bizarre collection of buildings I'd ever seen.

Except for the fact that each had a large brass number above the door (odds on the left side, evens on the right), they looked absolutely nothing alike. Number nine had smokestacks, like a tiny factory.

Hephaestus and Leo smirked.

Number four had tomato vines on the walls and a roof made out of real grass.

Katie and Demeter smiled.

Seven seemed to be made of solid gold, which gleamed so much in the sunlight it was almost impossible to look at.

Apollo smiled brightly literally.

They all faced a commons area about the size of a soccer field, dotted with Greek statues, fountains, flower beds, and a couple of basketball hoops (which were more my speed).

"Mine too!" Jason laughed.

Percy smiled he liked this Jason character.

In the center of the field was a huge stone-lined fire pit. Even though it was a warm afternoon, the hearth smoldered. A girl about nine years old was tending the flames, poking the coals with a stick.

"You saw me!" Hestia smiled.

Percy smiled back.

The other gods smiled happily for Hestia.

The pair of cabins at the head of the field, numbers one and two, looked like his-and-hers mausoleums, big white marble boxes with heavy columns in front. Cabin one was the biggest and bulkiest of the twelve. Its polished bronze doors shimmered like a hologram, so that from different angles lightning bolts seemed to streak across them.

Zeus smirked.

Cabin two was more graceful somehow, with slimmer columns garlanded with pomegranates and flowers. The walls were carved with images of peacocks.

Jason, Piper, Leo, Thalia, and Percy grimaced a bit.

While Hera smiled.

"Zeus and Hera?" I guessed.

"Correct," Chiron said.

"Their cabins look empty."

"Several of the cabins are. That's true. No one ever stays in one or two."

Okay. So each cabin had a different god, like a mascot.

"I suppose you can say that…" Apollo said thoughtfully. "Wait I'm not a mascot!"

Artemis was now filling out a form for him to visit a physiatrist.

So each Twelve cabins for the twelve Olympians. But why would some be empty?

I stopped in front of the first cabin on the left, cabin three.

Poseidon and Percy smiled at each other.

It wasn't high and mighty like cabin one, but long and low and solid. The outer walls were of rough gray stone studded with pieces of seashell and coral, as if the slabs had been hewn straight from the bottom of the ocean floor.

"That sounds nice." Piper smiled.

Percy smirked, "It's the best."

I peeked inside the open doorway and Chiron said, "Oh, I wouldn't do that!"

Before he could pull me back, I caught the salty scent of the interior, like the wind on the shore at Montauk. The interior walls glowed like abalone. There were six empty bunk beds with silk sheets turned down.

But there was no sign anyone had ever slept there. The place felt so sad and lonely, I was glad when Chiron put his hand on my shoulder and said, "Come along, Percy."

Most of the other cabins were crowded with campers.

Hermes glared at the other gods.

Number five was bright red—a real nasty paint job, as if the color had been splashed on with buckets and fists.

"That's because it was." Ares smirked.

Clarisse smiled.

The roof was lined with barbed wire. A stuffed wild boar's head hung over the doorway, and its eyes seemed to follow me. Inside I could see a bunch of mean-looking kids, both girls and boys, arm wrestling and arguing with each other while rock music blared. The loudest was a girl maybe thirteen or fourteen. She wore a size XXXL CAMP HALF-BLOOD T-shirt under a camouflage jacket. She zeroed in on me and gave me an evil sneer. She reminded me of Nancy Bobofit, though the camper girl was much bigger and tougher looking, and her hair was long and stringy, and brown instead of red.

Clarisse smirked.

I kept walking, trying to stay clear of Chiron's hooves. "We haven't seen any other centaurs," I observed.

"No," said Chiron sadly. "My kinsmen are a wild and barbaric folk,

"Go Party Ponies!" Nico laughed.

Everyone who met them snickered.

I'm afraid. You might encounter them in the wilderness, or at major sporting events. But you won't see any here."

"You said your name was Chiron. Are you really ..."

"I'm really slow." Percy sighed.

"You're just figuring this out now?" thailia asked laughing.

She mock punched.

He smiled down at me. "The Chiron from the stories? Trainer of Hercules and all that? Yes, Percy, I am."

"But, shouldn't you be dead?"

"So polite." Annabeth laughed making Percy blush.

The future demi-gods smirked.

Chiron paused, as if the question intrigued him. "I honestly don't know about should be. The truth is, I can't be dead. You see, eons ago the gods granted my wish. I could continue the work I loved. I could be a teacher of heroes as long as humanity needed me. I gained much from that wish ... and I gave up much. But I'm still here, so I can only assume I'm still needed."

I thought about being a teacher for three thousand years. It wouldn't have made my Top Ten Things to Wish For list.

"Mine either." Nico said looking horrified.

"Doesn't it ever get boring?"

"No, no," he said. "Horribly depressing, at times, but never boring."

"Why depressing?"

Chiron seemed to turn hard of hearing again.

"Oh, look," he said. "Annabeth is waiting for us."

Athena and Poseidon groaned.

The demi-gods from the future stifled laughs.

The blonde girl

"Seriously blonde?" Annabeth sighed, again Percy blushed.

"But Annie you are blonde!" Travis laughed.

Guess who got punched.

I'd met at the Big House was reading a book in front of the last cabin on the left, number eleven.

"Go Hermes!" Travis and Connor yelled.

When we reached her, she looked me over critically, like she was still thinking about how much I drooled.

The demi-gods snickered making Percy and Annabeth blush a bit.

I tried to see what she was reading, but I couldn't make out the title. I thought my dyslexia was acting up. Then I realized the title wasn't even English. The letters looked Greek to me. I mean, literally Greek.

"Horrible pun Perce!" Thalia laughed.

There were pictures of temples and statues and different kinds of columns, like those in an architecture book.

"It probably was." Piper said.

"Annabeth," Chiron said, "I have masters' archery class at noon. Would you take Percy from here?"

"Yes, sir."

"Cabin eleven," Chiron told me, gesturing toward the doorway. "Make yourself at home."

Out of all the cabins, eleven looked the most like a regular old summer camp cabin, with the emphasis on old.

Hermes pouted.

The threshold was worn down, the brown paint peeling. Over the doorway was one of those doctor's symbols, a winged pole with two snakes wrapped around it. What did they call it...?

"A caduceus." Annabeth said.

A caduceus.

Demi-gods from both the future and past snickered.

Annabeth blushed.

Inside, it was packed with people, both boys and girls, way more than the number of bunk beds. Sleeping bags were spread all over on the floor. It looked like a gym where the Red Cross had set up an evacuation center.

Hermes glared at the other gods, who looked everywhere else, but at him and the demi-gods.

Chiron didn't go in. The door was too low for him. But when the campers saw him they all stood and bowed respectfully.

"Well, then," Chiron said. "Good luck, Percy. I'll see you at dinner."

He galloped away toward the archery range.

I stood in the doorway, looking at the kids. They weren't bowing anymore.

"Of course we weren't!" Travis laughed.

"Your ego is huge!" Annabeth exclaimed.

They were staring at me, sizing me up. I knew this routine. I'd gone through it at enough schools.

"Well?" Annabeth prompted. "Go on."

So naturally I tripped coming in the door and made a total fool of myself.

Everyone laughed.

Percy turned bright red.

"Smooth Perce!" Rachel laughed.

There were some snickers from the campers, but none of them said anything.

Annabeth announced, "Percy Jackson, meet cabin eleven."

"Regular or undetermined?" somebody asked.

I didn't know what to say, but Annabeth said, "Undetermined."

All the gods except Hera and Artemis looked down ashamed.

Everybody groaned.

A guy who was a little older than the rest came forward.

"Now, now, campers. That's what we're here for. Welcome, Percy. You can have that spot on the floor, right over there."

The guy was about nineteen, and he looked pretty cool. He was tall and muscular, with short-cropped sandy hair and a friendly smile. He wore an orange tank top, cutoffs, sandals, and a leather necklace with five different-colored clay beads. The only thing unsettling about his appearance was a thick white scar that ran from just beneath his right eye to his jaw, like an old knife slash.

"This is Luke," Annabeth said, and her voice sounded different somehow. I glanced over and could've sworn she was blushing.

Annabeth blushed.

Percy said the last words with some jealousy only the future demi-gods and Rachel could detect.

They snickered at him.

He glared back.

The gods and pastdemi-gods watched the scene.

"Did I miss something?" Hermes asked.

"Nope!" Nico laughed, "Read on Percy."

She saw me looking, and her expression hardened again.

Again Percy tried not to look jealous and failed again.

The future demi-gods laughed, and again everyone looked at them like they were insane, except Aphrodite.

She might have just figured out Percy's girlfriend!

"He's your counselor, for now."

"For now?" I asked.

"You're undetermined," Luke explained patiently. "They don't know what cabin to put you in, so you're here. Cabin eleven takes all newcomers, all visitors. Naturally, we would. Hermes, our patron, is the god of travelers."

I looked at the tiny section of floor they'd given me. I had nothing to put there to mark it as my own, no luggage, no clothes, no sleeping bag. Just the Minotaur's horn. I thought about setting that down,

Hermes eyes brightened with Travis and Connors.

but then I remembered that Hermes was also the god of thieves.

"Shoot!" Hermes yelled in perfect unison with Travis and Connor.

I looked around at the campers' faces, some sullen and suspicious, some grinning stupidly, some eyeing me as if they were waiting for a chance to pick my pockets.

"Those are the son of Hermes." Leo said.

"How long will I be here?" I asked.

"Good question," Luke said. "Until you're determined."

"How long will that take?"

The campers all laughed.

Some gods *coughApolloAphroditeAres* looked down.

"Come on," Annabeth told me. "I'll show you the volleyball court."

"I've already seen it."

"You can't take a hint!" Thalia laughed.

"Come on." She grabbed my wrist and dragged me outside. I could hear the kids of cabin eleven laughing behind me.

When we were a few feet away, Annabeth said, "Jackson, you have to do better than that."

"What?"

She rolled her eyes and mumbled under her breath, "I can't believe I thought you were the one."

"What do you mean by that Annabeth?" Aphrodite asked smiling.

Annabeth looked uncomfortable, "I don't know it's in the future."

Thalia and the future demi-gods smiled knowingly.

"What's your problem?" I was getting angry now. "All I know is, I killed some bull guy—"

"Don't talk like that!" Annabeth told me. "You know how many kids at this camp wish they'd had your chance?"

"I never want that chance again." Percy sighed.

"I had enough chances." Leo sighed.

The gods looked down.

"To get killed?"

"To fight the Minotaur! What do you think we train for?"

I shook my head. "Look, if the thing I fought really was the Minotaur, the same one in the stories ..."

"Yes."

"Then there's only one."

"Yes."

"And he died, like, a gajillion years ago, right?

"Is gajillion a word?" Thalia asked.

"I don't think so." Rachel laughed.

Percy stuck his tongue out.

Theseus killed him in the labyrinth. So ..."

"Monsters don't die, Percy. They can be killed. But they don't die."

"Oh, thanks. That clears it up."

"How else am I supposed to explain it Seaweed Brain?" Annabeth asked.

Percy blushed.

Aphrodite smirked; she will get the answer right from Percy's mouth later.

"They don't have souls, like you and me. You can dispel them for a while, maybe even for a whole lifetime if you're lucky. But they are primal forces. Chiron calls them arche types. Eventually, they re-form."

I thought about Mrs. Dodds. "You mean if I killed one, accidentally, with a sword—"

"The Fur ... I mean, your math teacher. That's right. She's still out there. You just made her very, very mad."

"How did you know about Mrs. Dodds?"

"You talk in your sleep."

"Put that down on Percy's list on why he can't get a girl." Travis laughed.

Percy made a face.

"You almost called her something. A Fury? They're Hades' torturers, right?"

Annabeth glanced nervously at the ground, as if she expected it to open up and swallow her.

"Would it?" Nico asked.

Everyone shrugged.

"You shouldn't call them by name, even here. We call them the Kindly Ones, if we have to speak of them at all."

"Look, is there anything we can say without it thundering?" I sounded whiny,

"When don't you?" Thalia Thalia asked teasenly.

even to myself, but right then I didn't care. "Why do I have to stay in cabin eleven, anyway? Why is everybody so crowded together? There are plenty of empty bunks right over there."

I pointed to the first few cabins, and Annabeth turned pale. "You don't just choose a cabin, Percy. It depends on who your parents are. Or... your parent."

She stared at me, waiting for me to get it.

"That will take a while!" Nico laughed.

Percy stuck out his tongue and then smiled when Annabeth laughed. His eyes softening.

Aphrodite smiled, her evidence was building.

"My mom is Sally Jackson," I said. "She works at the candy store in Grand Central Station. At least, she used to."

"I'm sorry about your mom, Percy. But that's not what I mean. I'm talking about your other parent. Your dad."

"He's dead. I never knew him."

Poseidon looked uncomfortable.

Annabeth sighed. Clearly, she'd had this conversation before with other kids.

"Your father's not dead, Percy."

"How can you say that? You know him?"

"No, of course not."

"Then how can you say—"

"Because I know you. You wouldn't be here if you weren't one of us."

"You don't know anything about me."

"I beg to differ," Rachel whispered to Thalia who snickered.

"No?" She raised an eyebrow. "I bet you moved around from school to school. I bet you were kicked out of a lot of them."

"How—"

"Diagnosed with dyslexia. Probably ADHD, too."

"Stalker!" Travis yelled.

Katie hit him on the head.

I tried to swallow my embarrassment. "What does that have to do with anything?"

"Taken together, it's almost a sure sign. The letters float off the page when you read, right?

That's because your mind is hardwired for ancient Greek. And the ADHD—you're impulsive, can't sit still in the classroom. That's your battle field reflexes. In a real fight, they'd keep you alive. As for the attention problems, that's because you see too much, Percy, not too little. Your senses are better than a regular mortal's. Of course the teachers want you medicated. Most of them are monsters. They don't want you seeing them for what they are."

"You sound like ... you went through the same thing?"

"I did." Annabeth said.

"Most of the kids here did. If you weren't like us, you couldn't have survived the Minotaur, much less the ambrosia and nectar."

"Ambrosia and nectar?"

"The food and drink we were giving you to make you better. That stuff would've killed a normal kid. It would've turned your blood to fire and your bones to sand and you'd be dead. Face it. You're a half-blood."

A half-blood.

I was reeling with so many questions I didn't know where to start.

"Don't blame you." Leo sighed.

Then a husky voice yelled, "Well! A newbie!"

I looked over. The big girl from the ugly red cabin

Ares frowned.

was sauntering toward us. She had three other girls behind her, all big and ugly and mean looking like her, all wearing camo jackets.

"Clarisse," Annabeth sighed. "Why don't you go polish your spear or something?"

"Sure, Miss Princess," the big girl said. "So I can run you through with it Friday night."

''Erre es korakas!" Annabeth said, which I somehow under stood was Greek for 'Go to the crows!' though I had a feeling it was a worse curse than it sounded.

"Language Annie!" Travis scolded chuckling.

Katie hit him hard.

"It is."

"You don't stand a chance."

"We'll pulverize you," Clarisse said, but her eye twitched. Perhaps she wasn't sure she could follow through on the threat.

Clarisse pouted.

She turned toward me. "Who's this little runt?"

"Percy Jackson," Annabeth said, "meet Clarisse, Daughter of Ares."

I blinked. "Like ... the war god?"

Clarisse sneered. "You got a problem with that?"

"No," I said, recovering my wits. "It explains the bad smell."

Clarisse and Ares glared at Percy.

Clarisse growled. "We got an initiation ceremony for newbies, Prissy."

"Percy."

"Whatever. Come on, I'll show you."

"Clarisse—" Annabeth tried to say.

"Stay out of it, wise girl."

"That's how-"

"I get it."

"You took it from Clarrise."

"It's no big deal." Percy sighed.

"It sure is!" Thalia said.

"What is?" Annabeth asked.

"That's your nickname in the future." Rachel said.

"Oh…"

Annabeth looked pained, but she did stay out of it, and I didn't really want her help. I was the new kid. I had to earn my own rep.

I handed Annabeth my minotaur horn and got ready to fight, but before I knew it, Clarisse had me by the neck and was dragging me toward a cinder-block building that I knew immediately was the bathroom.

I was kicking and punching. I'd been in plenty of fights before, but this big girl Clarisse had hands like iron.

She dragged me into the girls' bathroom. There was a line of toilets on one side and a line of shower stalls down the other. It smelled just like any public bathroom, and I was thinking—as much as I could think with Clarisse ripping my hair out—that if this place belonged to the gods, they should've been able to afford classier johns.

Everyone laughed.

"Classier Johns?" Annabeth asked laughing.

Percy blushed.

Clarisse's friends were all laughing, and I was trying to find the strength I'd used to fight the Minotaur, but it just wasn't there.

"Like he's 'Big Three' material," Clarisse said as she pushed me toward one of the toilets. "Yeah, right. Minotaur probably fell over laughing, he was so stupid looking."

Her friends snickered.

Annabeth stood in the corner, watching through her fingers.

Annabeth pouted.

Clarisse bent me over on my knees and started pushing my head toward the toilet bowl. It reeked like rusted pipes and, well, like what goes into toilets.

I strained to keep my head up. I was looking at the scummy water, thinking, I will not go into that. I won't.

Then something happened. I felt a tug in the pit of my stomach.

I heard the plumbing rumble, the pipes shudder. Clarisse's grip on my hair loosened. Water shot out of the toilet,

Percy smirked remembering Clarisse's face.

making an arc straight over my head, and the next thing I knew, I was sprawled on the bathroom tiles with Clarisse screaming behind me.

I turned just as water blasted out of the toilet again, hitting Clarisse straight in the face so hard it pushed her down onto her butt.

Clarisse winced.

The water stayed on her like the spray from a fire hose, pushing her backward into a shower stall.

She struggled, gasping, and her friends started coming toward her.

But then the other toilets exploded, too, and six more streams of toilet water blasted them back. The showers acted up, too, and together all the fixtures sprayed the camouflage girls right out of the bathroom, spinning them around like pieces of garbage being washed away.

As soon as they were out the door, I felt the tug in my gut lessen, and the water shut off as quickly as it had started.

The entire bathroom was flooded. Annabeth hadn't been spared.

Annabeth mock glared at Percy who was whistling.

She was dripping wet, but she hadn't been pushed out the door. She was standing in exactly the same place, staring at me in shock.

I looked down and realized I was sitting in the only dry spot in the whole room. There was a circle of dry floor around me. I didn't have one drop of water on my clothes. Nothing.

I stood up, my legs shaky.

Annabeth said, "How did you ..."

"I don't know."

"Of course you don't." Thalia laughed.

We walked to the door. Outside, Clarisse and her friends were sprawled in the mud, and a bunch of other campers had gathered around to gawk. Clarisse's hair was flattened across her face. Her camouflage jacket was sopping and she smelled like sewage.

She gave me a look of absolute hatred. "You are dead, new boy. You are totally dead."

I probably should have let it go, but I said, "You want to gargle with toilet water again, Clarisse? Close your mouth."

Clarisse glared.

Her friends had to hold her back. They dragged her toward cabin five, while the other campers made way to avoid her flailing feet.

Annabeth stared at me. I couldn't tell whether she was just grossed out or angry at me for dousing her.

"What?" I demanded. "What are you thinking?"

"I'm thinking," She said, "That I want you on my team for capture the flag."

"Aww you want him to be on your team." Aphrodite cooed.

Annabeth was able to keep a straight face.

"Alright let's eat lunch," Zeus said.

Everyone nodded heading to the dining area.

Percy POV

I offered a bid piece of brisket to Poseidon who smiled at me. Then dug in. the new demi-gods Jason, Piper, and Leo were really cool.

I jumped when I felt a tap on my shoulder. I turned to see Aphrodite, "Oh hi, Lady Aphrodite."

She smiled at me then turned to the other demi-gods, "I need to borrow him."

"Go right ahead," Nico smiled, "Actually you can keep him."

I stuck my tongue out at Nico then followed Aphrodite.

Once we were out of everyones ear shot she let out a squeal, "I think I know who your girlfriend is!"

I looked at her a bit panicked.

"So I need you to confirm it." Aphrodite said. "Or I might "accidently" let it slip in front of the other gods."

I looked at her horrified.

"I know you really love her too!" Aphrodite smiled dreamily.

"But her parent doesn't like me much." I sighed, "in fact she sort of hates-"

I covered my mouth. I just gave Aphrodite more information. I'm an idiot.

Aphrodite smiled "So her parent is a she so it's either me, Demeter, or Athena… And I don't hate you, and Demeter has no grudges against Poseidon, so…" she smiled evilly it's Athena.

I glanced at Annabeth as a force of habit.

"I knew it!" Aphrodite squealed.

"Please don't tell!"

"I won't." She smiled then skipped off happily.

I stared after her, "Oh gods she's planning how to make my love life even worse."
over a year ago greektrickster said…
Hahahahaha that was so funny and awesome,post soon man,seriously post soon like ASAP.
over a year ago saffroney said…
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oh wow that was soo funny great work can't wait till u post again
over a year ago lcrs50 said…
Athena is going to kill him. I just know it.
*grins evily* i wonder who will tell her that their daiting...

*whistles, trying not to show anyone what i did with those posters.*
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over a year ago exmo33 said…
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Awesome! So funny. Post really soon plz!
over a year ago GreekRULES515 said…
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Oh travis what will we do with you*shakes head*
over a year ago bornhuntress said…
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Sooooo funny!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, I wonder what will happen to Percy!!!! Will Aphrodite do or slip something??? Can't wait till u post next!!!!!!!!!
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
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Ahhhh!!!!! Aphrodite knows!!!!! And Rachel, Leo, Jason & Piper(who seemed quiet to me) joined! Nice twist! My mind was so set on Annabeth joining I was completely shocked when it was them.
Well chapter 7: My Dinner Goes Up In Smoke is kinda short, so (hopefully) it won't take too long for an update!
Aponimisae
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over a year ago rjain said…
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Percy tried to act normal as he went back to the table, but Thalia saw his horrified expression.
"She knows?"
Percy's only answer was a gulp.
Thalia and Nico chuckled.
"She knows what?" Annabeth asked.
"His girlfriend." Thalia replied.
"Oh…"
"Who reads next?" Percy asked.
"I will," Hermes said grabbing the book.
"My Dinner Goes up in Smoke," Hermes read.
"I hate burnt food!" Apollo exclaimed.
Word of the bathroom incident spread immediately.
"Of course it would, it's a camp for Zeus's sake." Thalia laughed.
Wherever I went, campers pointed at me and murmured something about toilet water. Or maybe they were just staring at Annabeth, who was still pretty much dripping wet.
Annabeth half-heartedly glared at whistling Percy.
She showed me a few more places: the metal shop (where kids were forging their own swords), the arts-and-crafts room (where satyrs were sandblasting a giant marble statue of a goat-man),
"Be more respectful!" Grover exclaimed, "That's the great nature god Pan!"
"I know that now G-man." Percy chuckled.
and the climbing wall, which actually consisted of two facing walls that shook violently, dropped boulders, sprayed lava, and clashed together if you didn't get to the top fast enough.
Leo smiled he was good at the climbing wall since he was fire resistant.
Travis however grimaced.
Finally we returned to the canoeing lake, where the trail led back to the cabins.
"I've got training to do," Annabeth said flatly. "Dinner's at seven-thirty. Just follow your cabin to the mess hall."
"Ohhh," Travis said, "Annie is mad!"
"Annabeth, I'm sorry about the toilets."
"Whatever."
"It wasn't my fault."
Annabeth looked at Percy skeptically.
Percy just smiled back sheepishly.
Aphrodite was smiling at the two of them, they're the cutest couple yet!
She looked at me skeptically, and I realized it was my fault. I'd made water shoot out of the bathroom fixtures. I didn't understand how. But the toilets had responded to me. I had become one with the plumbing.
"I want to become one with the plumbing!" Connor yelled.
"Me too." Travis said.
"I'll be known as Waterboy!"
"And I'll be Sewerboy!"
Everyone looked at them skeptically.
"You need to talk to the Oracle," Annabeth said.
"Who?"
"Not who. What. The Oracle. I'll ask Chiron."
I stared into the lake, wishing somebody would give me a straight answer for once.
"In your dreams." Nico teased.
"I wonder what Percy dreams about." Rachel said teasenly
The future demi-gods cracked up. Aphrodite smiled, while everyone looked at blushing Percy questionably.
I wasn't expecting anybody to be looking back at me from the bottom, so my heart skipped a beat when I noticed two teenage girls sitting cross-legged at the base of the pier, about twenty feet below. They wore blue jeans and shimmering green T-shirts, and their brown hair floated loose around their shoulders as minnows darted in and out. They smiled and waved as if I were a long-lost friend.
"You sort of are." Artemis said.
I didn't know what else to do. I waved back.
"Don't encourage them," Annabeth warned. "Naiads are terrible flirts."
"Is Annie jealous?" Travis asked.
Katie hit him on the head with Silena.
Bekandorf laughed quietly at the scene.
"Naiads," I repeated, feeling completely overwhelmed. "That's it. I want to go home now."
Annabeth frowned. "Don't you get it, Percy? You are home. This is the only safe place on earth for kids like us."
"You mean, mentally disturbed kids?"
"Did you just call me mentally disturbed?" Annabeth asked playfully.
Percy blushed at the younger Annabeth. Aphrodite smiled at the waves of adoration coming from him.
"I though." Katie said, "Can think of two mentally disturbed kids."
She was looking at Travis and Connor who looked everywhere else, but at her.
"I mean not human. Not totally human, anyway. Half-human."
"Half-human and half-what?"
Insert face-palms.
"I think you know."
I didn't want to admit it, but I was afraid I did. I felt a tingling in my limbs, a sensation I sometimes felt when my mom talked about my dad.
Poseidon beamed, some goddess's cooed.
"God," I said. "Half-god."
Annabeth nodded. "Your father isn't dead, Percy. He's one of the Olympians."
"That's ... crazy."
"Nope, that's Hades." Zeus said laughing.
Hades stuck out his tongue.
The demi-gods chuckled at this rare sight.
"Is it? What's the most common thing gods did in the old stories? They ran around falling in love with humans
"Pshhh," Artemis said, "those boys don't fall in love with them."
"They just feel lust." Aphrodite scoffed.
"Hey not true!" Hermes said, "We fall in love with them."
"Sometimes!" Apollo added.
"Rightttt…" Demeter said.
and having kids with them. Do you think they've changed their habits in the last few millennia?"
"nope." All the demi-gods said.
"But those are just-" I almost said myths again. Then I remembered Chiron's warning that in two thousand years, I might be considered a myth.
"But if all the kids here are half-gods-"
"Demigods," Annabeth said. "That's the official term."
"Demigods," Annabeth said. "That's the official term.
Everyone laughed.
"You don't change much Annabeth." Connor said.
Or half-bloods."
"Then who's your dad?"
Her hands tightened around the pier railing. I got the feeling I'd just trespassed on a sensitive subject.
Annabeth looked down sharply. Percy hesitantly put a hand on her shoulder.
She looked at it blankly.
"I'm sorry." Percy mouthed.
"My dad is a professor at West Point," she said. "I haven't seen him since I was very small. He teaches American history."
"He's human."
"Very." Annabeth said coldly.
"What? You assume it has to be a male god who finds a human female attractive? How sexist is that?"
"You tell him Annabeth!" Demeter said.
"Who's your mom, then?"
"Cabin six."
"Meaning?"
Annabeth straightened. "Athena. Goddess of wisdom and battle."
Athena smiled at Annabeth.
Okay, I thought. Why not?
Annabeth raised an eyebrow at Percy who still had a hand on her shoulder.
"And my dad?"
"Undetermined," Annabeth said, "like I told you before. Nobody knows."
"Except my mother. She knew."
"Maybe not, Percy. Gods don't always reveal their identities."
"My dad would have. He loved her."
"Aww." Aphrodite cooed.
Annabeth gave me a cautious look. She didn't want to burst my bubble.
"Maybe you're right. Maybe he'll send a sign. That's the only way to know for sure: your father has to send you a sign claiming you as his son. Sometimes it happens."
"You mean sometimes it doesn't?"
The gods looked uncomfortable.
Annabeth ran her palm along the rail. "The gods are busy. They have a lot of kids and they don't always ... Well, sometimes they don't care about us, Percy. They ignore us."
The demi-gods looked everywhere besides there parents.
I thought about some of the kids I'd seen in the Hermes cabin, teenagers who looked sullen and depressed, as if they were waiting for a call that would never come. I'd known kids like that at Yancy Academy, shuffled off to boarding school by rich parents who didn't have the time to deal with them. But gods should behave better.
"So I'm stuck here," I said. "That's it? For the rest of my life?"
"It depends," Annabeth said. "Some campers only stay the summer. If you're a child of Aphrodite or Demeter, you're probably not a real powerful force.
Demeter and Aphrodite huffed.
"Sorry." Annabeth said.
The monsters might ignore you, so you can get by with a few months of summer training and live in the mortal world the rest of the year. But for some of us, it's too dangerous to leave. We're year-rounders. In the mortal world, we attract monsters. They sense us. They come to challenge us. Most of the time, they'll ignore us until we're old enough to cause trouble about ten or eleven years old, but after that, most demigods either make their way here, or they get killed off. A few manage to survive in the outside world and become famous. Believe me, if I told you the names, you'd know them. Some don't even realize they're demigods. But very, very few are like that."
"So monsters can't get in here?"
Annabeth shook her head. "Not unless they're intentionally stocked in the woods or specially summoned by somebody on the inside."
"Why would anybody want to summon a monster?"
"Practice fights. Practical jokes."
All the demi-gods looked at the Stolls who smiled.
"Practical jokes?"
"The point is, the borders are sealed to keep mortals and monsters out. From the outside, mortals look into the valley and see nothing unusual, just a strawberry farm."
"So ... you're a year-rounder?"
Annabeth nodded. From under the collar of her T-shirt she pulled a leather necklace with five clay beads of different colors. It was just like Luke's, except Annabeth's also had a big gold ring strung on it, like a college ring.
Athena's eyes widened.
"I've been here since I was seven," she said. "Every August, on the last day of summer session, you get a bead for surviving another year. I've been here longer than most of the counselors, and they're all in college."
"Why did you come so young?"
Annabeth didn't look at any of the gods.
Hades looked very uncomfortable.
She twisted the ring on her necklace. "None of your business."
"Oh." I stood there for a minute in uncomfortable silence. "So ... I could just walk out of here right now if I wanted to?"
"Do you want to be mauled apart!" Apollo asked.
"Please do I need action!" Ares yelled.
"Yes and one less brat to look after." Dionysus yawned.
Guess which two gods almost drowned that day.
"It would be suicide, but you could, with Mr. D's or Chiron's permission. But they wouldn't give permission until the end of the summer session unless ..."
"Unless?"
"You were granted a quest. But that hardly ever happens. The last time..."
Her voice trailed off. I could tell from her tone that the last time hadn't gone well.
Everyone from the future winced it hadn't gone well at all.
"Back in the sick room," I said, "when you were feeding me that stuff-"
"Ambrosia."
"Yeah. You asked me something about the summer solstice."
Annabeth's shoulders tensed. "So you do know something?"
"Percy doesn't know anything." Thalia sighed in fake exasperation.
Percy mock punched her.
"Well... no. Back at my old school, I overheard Grover and Chiron talking about it. Grover mentioned the summer solstice. He said something like we didn't have much time, because of the deadline. What did that mean?"
She clenched her fists.
"I wish I knew. Chiron and the satyrs, they know, but they won't tell me. Something is wrong in Olympus, something pretty major.
"Very major!" Zeus said.
Last time I was there, everything seemed so normal."
"You've been to Olympus?"
"Some of us year-rounders Luke and Clarisse and I and a few others we took a field trip during winter solstice. That's when the gods have their big annual council."
"But... how did you get there?"
"The Long Island Railroad, of course. You get off at Penn Station. Empire State Building, special elevator to the six hundredth floor." She looked at me like she was sure I must know this already.
"I'll make a note not to do that in the future," Annabeth said.
"You are a New Yorker, right?"
"Oh, sure." As far as I knew, there were only a hundred and two floors in the Empire State Building, but I decided not to point that out.
Annabeth stuck her tongue out at Percy who was smiling.
"Right after we visited," Annabeth continued, "the weather got weird, as if the gods had started fighting. A couple of times since, I've overheard satyrs talking. The best I can figure out is that something important was stolen.
"VERY IMPORTANT!" Zeus exclaimes.
Everyone stifled laughter at Zeus' horrified expression.
And if it isn't returned by summer solstice, there's going to be trouble. When you came, I was hoping ... I mean Athena can get along with just about anybody, except for Ares. And of course she's got the rivalry with Poseidon.
All the demi-gods from the future were coughing.
But, I mean, aside from that, I thought we could work together.
Insert coughing.
Percy tried not to blush, but was failing miserably at it .
I thought you might know something."
I shook my head. I wished I could help her, but I felt too hungry and tired and mentally overloaded to ask any more questions.
"I've got to get a quest," Annabeth muttered to her self. "I'm not too young. If they would just tell me the problem-"
I could smell barbecue smoke coming from somewhere nearby. Annabeth must've heard my stomach growl.
Artemis sighed, "Boys and their stomachs."
She told me to go on, she'd catch me later.
I left her on the pier, tracing her finger across the rail as if drawing a battle plan.
All the demi-gods chuckled at the possibility, while Athena looked at Annabeth with approval.
Back at cabin eleven, everybody was talking and horsing around, waiting for dinner. For the first time, I noticed that a lot of the campers had similar features: sharp noses, upturned eyebrows, mischievous smiles.
"Enter the Hermes kids!" Apollo said.
They were the kind of kids that teachers would peg as troublemakers.
Connor and Travis smirked.
Thankfully, nobody paid much attention to me as I walked over to my spot on the floor and plopped down with my minotaur horn.
The counselor, Luke, came over. He had the Hermes family resemblance, too. It was marred by that scar on his right cheek, but his smile was intact.
Annabeth blushed a bit.
Percy tried not to look to jealous.
"Found you a sleeping bag," he said. "And here, I stole you some toiletries from the camp store."
I couldn't tell if he was kidding about the stealing part.
"Nope!" Travis smiled.
I said, "Thanks."
"No prob." Luke sat next to me, pushed his back against the wall. "Tough first day?"
"I don't belong here," I said. "I don't even believe in gods."
"Yeah," he said. "That's how we all started. Once you start believing in them? It doesn't get any easier."
The bitterness in his voice surprised me, because Luke seemed like a pretty easygoing guy. He looked like he could handle just about anything.
Thalia, Rachel, Nico, and Percy winced.
"So your dad is Hermes?" I asked.
He pulled a switchblade out of his back pocket, and for a second I thought he was going to gut me, but he just scraped the mud off the sole of his sandal. "Yeah. Hermes."
"The wing-footed messenger guy."
"Nice description of me kid." Hermes pouted.
"At least you didn't get a cherub in a trailer park." Dionysus sniffed.
"Yeah or a donkey." Grover said glaring at Percy.
"I thought we let it drop!" Percy said.
"That's him. Messengers. Medicine. Travelers, merchants, thieves. Anybody who uses the roads. That's why you're here, enjoying cabin eleven's hospitality. Hermes isn't picky about who he sponsors."
"I would although like to "sponsor" my own children." Hermes said laring at the other gods who looked down.
I figured Luke didn't mean to call me a nobody.
Thalia frowned sadly, she was sure he meant it.
He just had a lot on his mind.
"You ever meet your dad?" I asked.
"Once."
Hermes looked down, while Annabeth and Thalia winced in remembrance.
I waited, thinking that if he wanted to tell me, he'd tell me. Apparently, he didn't. I wondered if the story had anything to do with how he got his scar.
Again Hermes looked down guilty.
Luke looked up and managed a smile. "Don't worry about it, Percy. The campers here, they're mostly good people. After all, we're extended family, right? We take care of each other."
"Sounds better when you say it Perce." Nico said bitterly.
"A lot better." Thalia sighed.
Everyone looked at them.
What happened in the future?
Hermes although winced knowing what they could mean.
My poor son…
He seemed to understand how lost I felt, and I was grateful for that, because an older guy like him even if he was a counselor should've steered clear of an uncool middle-schooler like me. But Luke had welcomed me into the cabin. He'd even stolen me some toiletries, which was the nicest thing anybody had done for me all day.
I decided to ask him my last big question, the one that had been bothering me all afternoon. "Clarisse, from Ares, was joking about me being 'Big Three' material. Then Annabeth ... twice, she said I might be 'the one.'
Insert coughing and chuckling with some confused stares.
She said I should talk to the Oracle. What was that all about?"
Luke folded his knife. "I hate prophecies."
"Don't we all." Piper laughed bitterly.
All the gods looked at them alarmed and ashamed.
"What do you mean?"
His face twitched around the scar. "Let's just say I messed things up for everybody else. The last two years, ever since my trip to the Garden of the Hesperidia's went sour,
Hermes looked down.
Chiron hasn't allowed any more quests. Annabeth's been dying to get out into the world. She pestered Chiron so much he finally told her he already knew her fate. He'd had a prophecy from the Oracle. He wouldn't tell her the whole thing, but he said Annabeth wasn't destined to go on a quest yet. She had to wait until...somebody special came to the camp."
"She sure found somebody special." Nico muttered into Thalia's ear.
She chuckled.
"Somebody special?"
"Don't worry about it, kid," Luke said. "Annabeth wants to think every new camper who comes through here is the omen she's been waiting for.
Annabeth huffed.
Now, come on, it's dinnertime."
The moment he said it, a horn blew in the distance. Somehow, I knew it was a conch shell, even though I'd never heard one before.
Luke yelled, "Eleven, fall in!"
The whole cabin, about twenty of us, filed into the commons yard. We lined up in order of seniority, so of course I was dead last. Campers came from the other cabins, too, except for the three empty cabins at the end, and cabin eight, which had looked normal in the daytime, but was now starting to glow silver as the sun went down.
Artemis and Thalia smiled.
We marched up the hill to the mess hall pavilion. Satyrs joined us from the meadow. Naiads
Some gods smiled dreamily.
The goddess' glared slightly at them.
emerged from the canoeing lake. A few other girls came out of the woods and when I say out of the woods, I mean straight out of the woods. I saw one girl, about nine or ten years old, melt from the side of a maple tree and come skipping up the hill.
In all, there were maybe a hundred campers, a few dozen satyrs, and a dozen assorted wood nymphs and naiads.
Apollo wolf-whistled.
Artemis hit him on the head with her bow.
At the pavilion, torches blazed around the marble columns. A central fire burned in a bronze brazier the size of a bathtub. Each cabin had its own table, covered in white cloth trimmed in purple. Four of the tables were empty, but cabin eleven's was way overcrowded. I had to squeeze on to the edge of a bench with half my butt hanging off.
Hermes glared at all the gods.
I saw Grover sitting at table twelve with Mr. D, a few satyrs, and a couple of plump blond boys who looked just like Mr. D.
Dionysus smiled fondly.
Chiron stood to one side, the picnic table being way too small for a centaur.
The gods chuckled.
Annabeth sat at table six with a bunch of serious-looking athletic kids, all with her gray eyes and honey-blond hair.
Clarisse sat behind me at Ares's table. She'd apparently gotten over being hosed down,
"I probably didn't." Clarisse growled.
because she was laughing and belching right alongside her friends.
Finally, Chiron pounded his hoof against the marble floor of the pavilion, and everybody fell silent. He raised a glass. "To the gods!"
Everybody else raised their glasses. "To the gods!"
The gods smiled.
Wood nymphs came forward with platters of food: grapes, apples, strawberries, cheese, fresh bread, and yes, barbecue! My glass was empty, but Luke said, "Speak to it. Whatever you want nonalcoholic, of course."
I said, "Cherry Coke."
The glass filled with sparkling caramel liquid.
Then I had an idea. "Blue Cherry Coke."
"That's so you Percy." Thalia laughed.
"Blue cherry coke taste better than normal cherry coke."
The soda turned a violent shade of cobalt.
I took a cautious sip. Perfect.
I drank a toast to my mother.
Everyone even Clarisse and Ares smiled sadly.
She's not gone, I told myself. Not permanently, anyway. She's in the Underworld. And if that's a real place, then someday...
Athena narrowed her eyes that's not a good way for a hero to think.
"Here you go, Percy," Luke said, handing me a platter of smoked brisket.
Nico and Percy started to drool.
I loaded my plate and was about to take a big bite when I noticed everybody getting up, carrying their plates toward the fire in the center of the pavilion.
I wondered if they were going for dessert or something.
"I wish." Percy sighed.
Artemis rolled her eyes, boys and their stomachs.
"Come on," Luke told me.
As I got closer, I saw that everyone was taking a portion of their meal and dropping it into the fire, the ripest straw berry, the juiciest slice of beef, the warmest, most buttery roll.
Apollo and Hermes began to
Luke murmured in my ear, "Burnt offerings for the gods. They like the smell."
"You're kidding."
"Nope." It actually smells pretty good." Apollo said.
Dionysus sighed, "My kids offer me grapes, and that's as close to whine I can get."
Zeus nodded.
His look warned me not to take this lightly, but I couldn't help wondering why an immortal, all-powerful being would like the smell of burning food.
Luke approached the fire, bowed his head, and tossed in a cluster of fat red grapes. "Hermes."
Hermes smiled sadly.
I was next.
I wished I knew what god's name to say.
Finally, I made a silent plea. Whoever you are, tell me. Please.
Poseidon smiled sadly at Percy.
I scraped a big slice of brisket into the flames.
When I caught a whiff of the smoke, I didn't gag.
It smelled nothing like burning food. It smelled of hot chocolate and fresh-baked brownies, hamburgers on the grill and wildflowers, and a hundred other good things that shouldn't have gone well together, but did. I could almost believe the gods could live off that smoke.
"Apollo tried once…" Hermes said then laughed, "He only lasted thirty minutes."
Apollo pouted.
When everybody had returned to their seats and finished eating their meals, Chiron pounded his hoof again for our attention.
Mr. D got up with a huge sigh.
"Yes, I suppose I'd better say hello to all you brats. Well, hello. Our activities director, Chiron, says the next capture the flag is Friday. Cabin five presently holds the laurels."
Ares cheered.
A bunch of ugly cheering rose from the Ares table.
"Personally," Mr. D continued, "I couldn't care less, but congratulations. Also, I should tell you that we have a new camper today. Peter Johnson."
"Do you insist on getting the name wrong every time?" Demeter asked.
Dionysus yawned, "I guess."
"You need cereal!" Demeter declared making a box of fruit loops appear.
Dionysus looked at Demeter horrified while the other gods smiled with relief.
"Actually everyone should eat cereal."
Everyone groaned.
Two bowls of cereal later.
"Read Hermes." Percy said wiping milk off his chin wincing.
Chiron murmured something.
"Err, Percy Jackson," Mr. D corrected. "That's right. Hurrah, and all that. Now run along to your silly campfire. Go on."
Everybody cheered. We all headed down toward the amphitheater, where Apollo's cabin led a sing-along.
"When don't they?" Nico asked.
"When Ares' cabin curses theres." Percy said.
Ares and Clarisse smiled, while Apollo looked enraged.
We sang camp songs about the gods and ate s'mores and joked around, and the funny thing was, I didn't feel that anyone was staring at me anymore. I felt that I was home.
All the demi-gods smiled sadly.
Later in the evening, when the sparks from the campfire were curling into a starry sky, the conch horn blew again, and we all filed back to our cabins. I didn't realize how exhausted I was until I collapsed on my borrowed sleeping bag.
My fingers curled around the Minotaur's horn. I thought about my mom, but I had good thoughts: her smile, the bedtime stories she would read me when I was a kid, the way she would tell me not to let the bedbugs bite.
Aphrodite sniffled.
When I closed my eyes, I fell asleep instantly.
That was my first day at Camp Half-Blood.
I wish I'd known how briefly I would get to enjoy my new home.
"Dun. Dun. Dun!" Apollo said.
Demeter sighed, "So dramatic."
"Takes after his father." Athena said.
Poseidon stuck out his tongue. Then three screams filled Olympus.
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
laugh
Oo yay another post! Awesome!! An excellent job in my opinion! And just like the chapter, you ended dramatically, with three screams! Who screamed?!!??!?!? I gotta know! NOW! Lol jk.
Thank you for the post!
Aponimisae
<Moar Posts Please!>
over a year ago saffroney said…
cool
oooooooooooooh can't wait :)
over a year ago Percy2 said…
amazing but why are you makeing Percy seem like a wimp
over a year ago lcrs50 said…
smile
hey, when are you gonna post?
this is gettin good, but it lost a little bit of funnyness.

add one of the goddesses hitting Apollo or one of the gods with their highheeled shoe. it's funny.
over a year ago GreekRULES515 said…
big smile
AAAAAAAH why cliffhanger?? It was good but make Jason, Piper, and Leo talk more you didn't make themk come for no reason did you?
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
post soon, only five days now.
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
I agree, Percy keeps blushing! I don't know why, but it irritates ms, I guess it's a bit OOC for him to blush THAT much; every now and again is okay though. And yes, Piper, Leo & Jason seemed rather quiet to me too... I thought it was kinda funny, but I didn't see many more LOL moments to work in there than what he put, so I'm alright with that chapter, *cough* minus te cliffie *cough* Teehee! In rjain's defense, that chapter didn't give many opportunities (that I saw at least) to make people really LOL.
Aponimisae
<Feeling Down In Yellow>
over a year ago bornhuntress said…
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Ohhh, funny!!! But yes please make Piper, Leo and Jason speak more, please? Can't wait to know what happens now!!! Pooooooost!!!!!!
over a year ago swiftwater said…
Ho screams
over a year ago luvseaweedbrain said…
Ahhhhh!!! so good! Post soon:D
over a year ago percysmiles said…
this is on fanfiction your plagerisin they have copy rights too soo stop posting someones elses story
over a year ago happyfestus said…
angry
HEY PERCYSMILE! MAYBE HE IS WRITING THE SAME FICTION ON BOTH FORUMS DON'T YA THINK KIDDO?? AND IF YOU WANT HIM/HER TO STOP,SAY IT TO HIM/HER DIRECTLY,NOT HIDIG BEHIND A KEYBOARD!
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Don't stop please. I'm beggin don't stop.
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
angry
orrrrr it could be the other guy plagurising! dont jump to conclusions!!!
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
^^^^ I agree.
over a year ago lcrs50 said…
please post soon.
i'm begging you.

please post.
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
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over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Please post.
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
big smile
HEY GUYS!!!! THE SON OF NEPTUNE COMES OUT TOMORROW!!!!!!!
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
smile
Umm, I hate to burst your bubble, but... SoN comes out on TUESDAY the 4, not Monday the 3, and since today is Sunday... Yea... Please update soon!
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
angry
WHAT!!!
over a year ago Reyna_Praetor12 said…
laugh
This is great
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
Sorry to break it to you, but yes. Trust me I wish it came out sooner too!
Reyna_Praetor12, I have to agree!
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Dude when are you posting?
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
i guess he changed it, but yeah, at least its tomorrow but i checked now
over a year ago percy359 said…
post
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
big smile
today is the day!!!!!!
over a year ago Percy2 said…
post
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
big smile
GUYS I HAVE MY COPY!!!! i havnt read a word, but it was an hounor reading this. see you next title!!!
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
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guys i have just read the book and will NOT give spoilers except this...
do not read this if you dont want to...




























































the next book is called THE MARK OF ATHENA
over a year ago lcrs50 said…
dude, are you gonna post on this?

i know you've been active on your account. please, post soon. PLEASE!
over a year ago thunderwolf233 said…
post, come on, please post
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
angry
come on!!!!
over a year ago exmo33 said…
angry
Plz post soon!
over a year ago bornhuntress said…
crying
Post soon please!!!
over a year ago Thepegasusrider said…
crying
Yeah post soon!!! please!!!!
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
pls dont discontinue this its truly amazing pls post soon
over a year ago LAALAApercabeth said…
please pst soon! this is amazing!!
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over a year ago Aponimisae said…
angelic
I love your writing SOO much! I wouldhate to see this forum die! I hope you can post soon! I'm sorry if you're going through something and that's why you can't post, because then I would feel all selfish... I kinda do now... Post when you can please! With all these 'POST!' comments I'm hoping you understand that we love your story, ideas & writing! Hopefully that is some inspiration to post!
over a year ago kelzun1325 said…
angelic
Post!post!Post! P.S. Your story is awesome
over a year ago rjain said…
crying
sorry but son of neptune sort of ruined my story line. i'll restart this with a few slight changes as soon as i finish my other story. i'm truly sory
over a year ago LAALAApercabeth said…
How it ruined your story line?
(just curious :D )
PS. so are you still gonna post again?
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
big smile
I haven't read SoN yet, so I don't know how it ruined your plot line, but how long will it take for you to finish your other story? I want to know what changes you make! Let us know soon please! Thanks!
Aponimisae
<Owl>
over a year ago 1hades1 said…
smile
how can it ruin your plot line i mean cant you just say that this will be diferent or ignor SON
over a year ago Percy2 said…
post
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
^^^i agree post soon
over a year ago happyfestus said…
wink
I think he wrote on the wrong forum you know,it happens
over a year ago 1hades1 said…
just plz post soon ignor SON
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Pls just post soon this is a really good fanfic pls just post
over a year ago bornhuntress said…
Please, post soon!!!
How did SoN ruined ur story line? Just curious.
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
mischievous
and i have decided to hold a writing contest. anyone who wishes to nominate themselves or others will report to The giant war my version in the SoN club. it is writen by me, but please nominate!
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Sorry for pressuring you or anything but you seriously need to post and soon or at least tell us that you discontinued it don't keep our hopes up for nothing. Post or say the fanfic is discontinued do whatever you want just don't leave us hanging.
over a year ago v_lav said…
yeah i agree luvpercabeth
over a year ago Aponimisae said…
smile
He said he was going to restart it, although I don't see why, personally. I say just ignore SoN if that's the problem! You started this before it came out nayways! Just keep going instead please! Oo! If not, can you at least tell me- *cough* I mean us who screamed??? It's killing me not knowing! Please and thank you!
Aponimisae
<Feels Like Eating Toquitoes and Knowing Who Screamed>
over a year ago goatlypowers said…
Plese post
over a year ago 1hades1 said…
cake
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soon


here i will give you a cake if you post
over a year ago lcrs50 said…
angry
if you don't post soon, Joe Bob's gonna sit on you.
over a year ago luvpercabeth said…
Post
over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
hi im new! i love ur story!! since im the only one in my class with an id im rooting for all my classmates and all those who are following this story without ids! i know abt them cause i was one of them uptil recently (aka today) ive been following since last month!!
anyway intros over
post pretty pls

*puppydog eyes*
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
post
over a year ago parras said…
post
over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
post!!
over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
sooo bored vac. are not all they r meant to be..... not counting the fact that im visiting agra (taj mahal) in less than 1 week (without my laptop).... yeah no posting pressure.... after all its only for 2 weeks.... i wont miss reading this and other forums that much!

*laughs sarcastically*
over a year ago kristalovepercy said…
post soon!
over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
post!


(know im being a dork but i like reading faster than u can write)
over a year ago kristalovepercy said…
big smile
post!!
over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
sad
no ones posting!
over a year ago goatlypowers said…
Don't abandon us
over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
hello?



*echo*




yep, pretty much abandoned!
over a year ago kristalovepercy said…
hmmm
what time is it where u guys are? im in hawaii and is only 4 but no one is here
over a year ago goatlypowers said…
California its10:55At night
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over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
in india its 7;26 pm
over a year ago kristalovepercy said…
surprise
wow
over a year ago kristalovepercy said…
big smile
post!
over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
i agree, post!
over a year ago lcrs50 said…
sad
Ohio, it's about 12:26 in the day.

so board. this guy needs to post before people start holding a wrighting contest to get this forum.
just saying.

i'm a fan of rjain, but that's what happens when you don't post after so long.
over a year ago helenoftroy001 said…
im in Serbia and its 22:15 here... Why wont you post?
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over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
good morning! its 9;14 am here
over a year ago darkrai6543 said…
mischievous
its 8:46 in spokane washington, go cougs!
over a year ago kristalovepercy said…
hmmm
hey darkrai what story (related to percy jackson) have u not read? cause ur all over the place
over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
wait, is nobody here based in india? i feel so alone :( post/take over, anybody!
over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
okay, the day has come... im leaving for agra and will not be back fr 1 whole week (sniffle) without my laptop (starts bawling) ill miss u guys and keep posting so that when i get back i have a whole page of comments to read and (hopefully) some chps.
over a year ago 1hades1 said…
hmmm
ok so restart it if you want or dont but tell us if you have abanded it or not cuz im tird of waiting
over a year ago pugluv98 said…
smile
i agree with 1hades1
over a year ago helenoftroy001 said…
The Mark of Athena by helenoftroy001 I am posting a story there so if you have time check it out.
over a year ago swimmergirl7 said…
big smile
Please post soon! I luv your story! Its SO funny!
over a year ago swimmergirl7 said…
laugh
POST SOON!!!






















PLEASE!!!!!!!
over a year ago chocolate10 said…
post soon.
over a year ago swimmergirl7 said…
Can you post today?? I really like this story. Like I LOVE THIS STORY!!!!!!!
over a year ago Kronos429 said…
postttttttttt
over a year ago pugluv98 said…
hmmm
is this ana bandon forum? cuz the author hasn't posted in a while.....................................­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...­...
over a year ago GirlyGrossness said…
U've gotta rite some more!!! SOON!!!!!!!!!!!
over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
someone! anyone! post!
over a year ago Kronos429 said…
somehow its always these kinds of forums that everyone abandons even though there soooo funny (you know like _ and _ reAd _)
over a year ago swimmergirl7 said…
Plz post soon! I love this! Keep posting!
over a year ago cApsLock1 said…
i agree kronos679! there are like sooo many!
over a year ago barogr said…
wink
Woaw, nice! I just read all of it and you changed the whole tone of The Lightning Theif without taking away the awsomeness... There are just two minor things that kind of bothers me but you don't have to worry much about those; 1. You write Zues but that should be Zeus, 2. The sticking out tongue thing is real funny but, people stick out thier tongues like at least 5 times a chapter, which is wierd after a while...
Still, you're awsome...
Hope you post soon.
over a year ago Kronos429 said…
-_____________- cApsLock1! its Kronos429! NOT Kronos679
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over a year ago barogr said…
Is it just me or has it been a month sice the last post of rjain?
I mean of course s/he doesn't have to continue if s/he doesn't want to, but really please rjain, tell us so we don't keep checking for no reason if you quit. Also if you will continue, just may be say sth like "I wont post for at least ______ more". Not that you have to, but that would be nice. And if you already have and I missed that comment of yours, then sorry for what I wrote here...
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over a year ago 1hades1 said…
hmmm
immmmmmmmmmmmm bbbbbooooorrrdddd plz post this is awesome dont let it die or tell us some thing are you abanding it or just takeing a brake ?????????????????????????????
over a year ago Gracyia_23 said…
hmmm
Pooooooooooooooooooooooooooossssssssssssss­sss­sss­sst­ttt­ttt­ttt­. I bored. (Yes, yes I know what I did there.) I am AMAZING! Post soon plz.
over a year ago swimmergirl7 said…
crying
Rjain didn't post.
over a year ago 1hades1 said…
crying
you arnt posting wwwwwwhhhhhhhyyyyyyy
over a year ago rickjackson said…
check out his other story the demigod predator at link