|Reading the Lost Hero
Author: Euterpe'sDaughter13 PM
Overused topic? Yeah. Do I care? No. Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Reyna, Leo, Frank, Hazel, Nico, Rachel, Thalia, Grover, Clarisse, and Octavian go to read the Lost Hero with the Gods before it happens. Occurs 9 years in the past. Percabeth, Frazel, starts as Jeyna and goes to Jasper. Did I mention Leyna? It's not going to be all romance, because I couldn't take that!Rated: Fiction T - English - Romance/Humor - Percy J. & Annabeth C. - Chapters: 19 - Words: 46,648 - Reviews: 446 - Favs: 153 - Follows: 202 - Updated: 12-26-12 - Published: 07-02-12 - id: 8279356
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Hello my lovely readers! I need to tell you about an absolutely charming reviewer named artyfan. Maybe you saw her review. Maybe you didn't. So, here it is, broken down with my thoughts:
~Mean review: Italics~
~My thoughts: bold~
Hold on…did you just call Reyna a power hungry, Jason infatuated idiot?
Why yes. Yes I did.
Did you even read the books?
I wouldn't be here if I didn't.
First of all, how is she power hungry?
She was chosen by the people as the best person to lead them, and she worked endlessly to keep Camp Jupiter running on her own.
And this makes her an amazing beautiful person how…?
Secondly Jason infatuated?
THINK for just ONE moment
THAT is the nail in your coffin.
About the Lost Hero. What was Piper constantly doing?
Charmspeaking them out of the sticky situations and being strong even when it seemed hopeless? Yeah, I know.
Jason this, Jason that, yadayadayada.
She had her moments…but so did Jason.
Now, let's compare that to Reyna, shall we?
OOH. GETTING FANCY. I'M TERRIFIED.
She brought up Jason maybe twice in the whole book.
All conversations about him came up when someone else mentioned him.
And thirdly, idiot? Reyna is the furthest thing from an idiot – she's clearly a brilliant strategist.
I agree, she can strategize. I wasn't talking about book smarts sweetie.
Now, you claim yow want to show imperfections in your characters, correct? Sure, that's valid. But it's no excuse for making a character out of character. You don't make up junk and ruin a perfectly good character to "showcase imperfections".
Reyna is a Roman. Romans are very territorial people. So naturally, she's very territorial with Jason. Where did the Son of Neptune say she was an exception? As far as I see, she's not OOC.
And Piper is most definitely a Mary-Sue. Pretty, but hates being pretty? Rich, but hates being rich? Ends up running her cabin after a week? Charmspeaks?
Totally insecure? Can't fight? Klepto? Almost betrayed Leo and Jason? The way you put it, REYNA is the Mary-Sue here.
Shows up out of nowhere and immediately gets to go on a quest?
Who else did that? Oh yeah, PERCY FREAKING JACKSON. The Lightning Thief. Go read it.
Ok rant over. I'm usually never like that, but seriously, if you're rude to me, I can be worse than Romano from Hetalia. Lesson of the day: NEVER be rude to me. You'll get your ass kicked verbally. But OH MY GODS. That just pissed me off. I have a short fuse as I'm in the middle of a play. Today is Saturday, so I have a few more hours till the last play. IT WENT AMAYZING ON FRIDAY! I got as much applause as the biggest character, Horton! YAY!
Alright, to my nice reviewers:
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Well, here we go!
Me: Can I own it for a little? Pwease?
Me: Pretty Pwease?
Me: PRETTY PRETTY PWEASE! I KNOW WHERE YOU LIVE!
Me: Is no all you say?
When everyone was settled, Percy opened the book.
THE STORM CHURNED INTO A MINIATURE HURRICANE. Funnel clouds snaked toward the skywalk like the tendrils of a monster jellyfish. Kids screamed and ran for the building. The wind snatched away their notebooks, jackets, hats, and backpacks. Jason skidded across the slick floor.
Leo lost his balance and almost toppled over the railing, but Jason grabbed his jacket and pulled him back.
"AH! NOT MY BEAUTIFUL FACE!" Leo screamed. The mini versions laughed, but everyone else was facepalming.
"Thanks man." Future Leo said to Future Jason.
"Thanks, man!" Leo yelled.
"Go, go, go!" said Coach Hedge.
Piper and Dylan were holding the doors open, herding the other kids inside. Piper's snowboarding jacket was flapping wildly, her dark hair all in her face. Jason thought she must've been freezing, but she looked calm and confident—telling the others it would be okay, encouraging them to keep moving.
Future Piper laughed.
Jason turned to Piper.
"You're being awfully brave."
Piper blushed scarlet.
Annabeth turned to her.
"You might be my sister."
Aphrodite burst out laughing.
"Is there a problem, Aphrodite?" Athena asked, mildly annoyed that Aphrodite would be laughing at one of her could-be children.
Aphrodite simply sighed and waved her hand, gesturing to continue.
Jason, Leo, and Coach Hedge ran toward them, but it was like running through quicksand. The wind seemed to fight them, pushing them back.
Dylan and Piper pushed one more kid inside, then lost their grip on the doors. They slammed shut, closing off the skywalk.
Piper tugged at the handles. Inside, the kids pounded on the glass, but the doors seemed to be stuck.
"The mortals might want to stay away." Hephaestus said grimly.
"Dylan, help!" Piper shouted.
Jason glared at the book.
Dylan just stood there with an idiotic grin, his Cowboys jersey rippling in the wind, like he was suddenly enjoying the storm.
"Sorry, Piper," he said. "I'm done helping."
"Well…shit." Leo said.
He flicked his wrist, and Piper flew backward, slamming into the doors and sliding to the skywalk deck.
All three Pipers winced.
"That sounds painful." Piper said.
"Trust me, you'll experience a lot more painful." Future Piper said grimly.
Mini Jason looked at Mini Piper in worry.
"Piper!" Jason tried to charge forward, but the wind was against him, and Coach Hedge pushed him back.
Reyna took a deep breath.
'I've been letting my emotions get the best of me. I haven't even given Piper a chance.'
Piper smiled at Jason.
"No problem!" Mini Jason piped up.
"Coach," Jason said, "let me go!"
"Jason, Leo, stay behind me," the coach ordered. "This is my fight. I should've known that was our monster."
"What?" Leo demanded. A rogue worksheet slapped him in the face, but he swatted it away. "What monster?"
Everyone looked at Leo like: Seriously?
"What? I have no idea what's going on!"
The coach's cap blew off, and sticking up above his curly hair were two bumps—like the knots cartoon characters get when they're bonked on the head.
Coach Hedge lifted his baseball bat—but it wasn't a regular bat anymore. Somehow it had changed into a crudely shaped tree-branch club, with twigs and leaves still attached.
Dylan gave him that psycho happy smile. "Oh, come on, Coach . Let the boy attack me! After all, you're getting too old for this. Isn't that why they retired you to this stupid school? I've been on your team the entire season, and you didn't even know.
"Um... team... season? What's this guy talking about?" Nico said confused.
"I don't know, maybe that football jersey is getting to him," Thalia laughed.
Nico blushed scarlet.
You're losing your nose, grandpa."
"Stupid windbat, leave him alone!" Grover hissed, knowing how bad that comment was for a satyr.
"Grover's getting violent. Maybe there is hope for you after all." Clarisse said.
The coach made an angry sound like an animal bleating. "That's it, cupcake. You're going down."
"Will he drop the whole cupcake thing?" Annabeth sighed.
"But he's not holding a cupcake!" Apollo smirked.
Artemis smacked the back of his head.
"You think you can protect three half-bloods at once, old man?" Dylan laughed. "Good luck."
Dylan pointed at Leo, and a funnel cloud materialized around him. Leo flew off the skywalk like he'd been tossed. Somehow he managed to twist in midair, and slammed sideways into the canyon wall. He skidded, clawing furiously for any handhold. Finally he grabbed a thin ledge about fifty feet below the skywalk and hung there by his fingertips.
Mini Leo and Leo's eyes had gone wide.
"I'M GONNA DIE!" Mini Leo wailed.
"Dude, I'm right here, safe as can be. CHILL." Future Leo laughed.
"Help!" he yelled up at them. "Rope, please? Bungee cord? Something?"
Coach Hedge cursed and tossed Jason his club. "I don't know who you are, kid, but I hope you're good. Keep that thing busy"—he stabbed a thumb at Dylan—"while I get Leo."
"That's probably a good idea…" Percy said.
"Keep reading!" Zeus thundered.
"What? Everybody else gets to comment but I ca-"
Percy was cut off by the look he got from his father.
"Get him how?" Jason demanded. "You going to fly?"
"Not fly. Climb." Hedge kicked off his shoes, and Jason almost had a coronary. The coach didn't have any feet. He had hooves—goat's hooves.
"I know how you feel man," Percy laughed.
"That was hilarious." Annabeth smirked.
"Why?" Piper asked.
"I'd tell you, but it's perfect blackmail for later." Annabeth smiled sweetly at Percy, who glared at her.
"Oh, you know you love me." Annabeth laughed.
Annabeth pecked him on the cheek.
Which meant those things on his head, Jason realized, weren't bumps. They were horns.
"You're a faun," Jason said.
"Satyr." All the Greeks corrected.
"Satyr!" Hedge snapped. "Fauns are Roman. But we'll talk about that later."
Hedge leaped over the railing. He sailed toward the canyon wall and hit hooves first. He bounded down the cliff with impossible agility, finding footholds no bigger than postage stamps, dodging whirlwinds that tried to attack him as he picked his way toward Leo.
"Isn't that cute!" Dylan turned toward Jason. "Now it's your turn, boy."
Jason threw the club. It seemed useless with the winds so strong, but the club flew right at Dylan, even curving when he tried to dodge, and smacked him on the head so hard he fell to his knees.
Piper wasn't as dazed as she appeared. Her fingers closed around the club when it rolled next to her, but before she could use it, Dylan rose.
"Nice try Piper." Apollo winked.
Piper blushed scarlet as Jason glared at the wall.
Blood— golden blood—trickled from his forehead.
"Ah…that sucks." Mini Leo sighed.
"Nice try, boy." He glared at Jason. "But you'll have to do better."
The skywalk shuddered. Hairline fractures appeared in the glass.
Thalia turned green.
'Poor Thalia' Nico thought. 'I wonder what's wrong.'
Inside the museum, kids stopped banging on the doors. They backed away, watching in terror.
Dylan's body dissolved into smoke, as if his molecules were coming unglued. He had the same face, the same brilliant white smile, but his whole form was suddenly composed of swirling black vapor, his eyes like electrical sparks in a living storm cloud.
"Oh, anemoi thuellai," Annabeth said looking worried.
"Is that bad?" Percy asked and Annabeth nodded. "Great."
He sprouted black smoky wings and rose above the skywalk. If angels could be evil, Jason decided, they would look exactly like this.
"You're a ventus ," Jason said,
"Didn't you just say that he was anemoi thuellai?" Thalia asked.
"Yeah, but the Roman word for them is ventus." Annabeth replied.
though he had no idea how he knew that word. "A storm spirit."
Dylan's laugh sounded like a tornado tearing off a roof. "I'm glad I waited, demigod. Leo and Piper I've known about for weeks. Could've killed them at any time. But my mistress said a third was coming—someone special. She'll reward me greatly for your death!"
Two more funnel clouds touched down on either side of Dylan and turned into venti —ghostly young men with smoky wings and eyes that flickered with lightning.
Piper stayed down, pretending to be dazed, her hand still gripping the club. Her face was pale, but she gave Jason a determined look, and he understood the message:
Keep their attention. I'll brain them from behind.
"I like the way you think." Clarisse smiled.
Artemis studied her.
"I like you. You'd make a good hunter."
"I don't think so honey. It's totally obvi that she likes Jason!" (1)
Piper and Jason blushed again.
Cute, smart, and violent. Jason wished he remembered having her as a girlfriend.
"I don't blame you," all the guys except for Percy and Jason said.
"I can see why he would say that," Percy said, but he was looking at Annabeth with a telling smile. "Smart girls are really hot."
Future Percy nodded in agreement.
He clenched his fists and got ready to charge, but he never got a chance.
Dylan raised his hand, arcs of electricity running between his fingers, and blasted Jason in the chest.
"You'll be ok, right?" Thalia, Reyna and Hazel asked.
"Course I will. I've been hit with worse."
"You guys realize that everyone here lives right? I'm right here." Future Jason laughed.
Bang! Jason found himself flat on his back. His mouth tasted like burning aluminum foil.
He lifted his head and saw that his clothes were smoking.
The lightning bolt had gone straight though his body and blasted off his left shoe. His toes were black with soot.
The storm spirits were laughing. The winds raged. Piper was screaming defiantly, but it all sounded tinny and far away.
Out of the corner of his eye, Jason saw Coach Hedge climbing the cliff with Leo on his back. Piper was on her feet, desperately swinging the club to fend off the two extra storm spirits, but they were just toying with her. The club went right through their bodies like they weren't there.
"That sucks," Clarisse grumbled. "How do you kill them if you can't hit them?"
And Dylan, a dark and winged tornado with eyes, loomed over Jason.
"Stop," Jason croaked. He rose unsteadily to his feet, and he wasn't sure who was more surprised: him, or the storm spirits.
"The storm spirits." The room chorused.
"How are you alive?" Dylan's form flickered. "That was enough lightning to kill twenty men!"
"My turn," Jason said.
He reached in his pocket and pulled out the gold coin. He let his instincts take over, flipping the coin in the air like he'd done it a thousand times.
"I have." All 3 Jasons said.
"I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing." Thalia sighed.
He caught it in his palm, and suddenly he was holding a sword—a wickedly sharp double-edged weapon. The ridged grip fit his fingers perfectly, and the whole thing was gold—hilt, handle, and blade.
"DUDE! I WANT ONE!" Leo shrieked.
"Um…no offense Leo but it seems like a bad idea to give you a sharp object." Piper smirked.
The room erupted in laughter and Leo merely pouted.
"Hey, she's right. I gave him a sword once. Didn't end well at all!" Future Percy laughed.
Dylan snarled and backed up. He looked at his two comrades and yelled, "Well? Kill him!"
The other storm spirits didn't look happy with that order, but they flew at Jason, their fingers crackling with electricity.
"You're going to kick their butts!" Hazel smiled at him.
"You know I will." Jason laughed.
Jason swung at the first spirit. His blade passed through it, and the creature's smoky form disintegrated. The second spirit let loose a bolt of lightning, but Jason's blade absorbed the charge. Jason stepped in—one quick thrust, and the second storm spirit dissolved into gold powder.
"Good job Jason." Future Hazel smiled.
Dylan wailed in outrage. He looked down as if expecting his comrades to re-form, but their gold dust remains dispersed in the wind. "Impossible! Who are you, half-blood?"
Piper was so stunned she dropped her club. "Jason, how … ?"
Then Coach Hedge leaped back onto the skywalk and dumped Leo like a sack of flour.
"Spirits, fear me!" Hedge bellowed, flexing his short arms. Then he looked around and realized there was only Dylan.
"Curse it, boy!" he snapped at Jason. "Didn't you leave some for me? I like a challenge!"
Leo got to his feet, breathing hard. He looked completely humiliated, his hands bleeding from clawing at the rocks. "Yo, Coach Supergoat, whatever you are—I just fell down the freaking Grand Canyon! Stop asking for challenges!"
"I like you. You're sarcastic in bad situations." Percy choked out.
"I aim to please." Mini Leo piped up.
Dylan hissed at them, but Jason could see fear in his eyes. "You have no idea how many enemies you've awakened, half-bloods. My mistress will destroy all demigods. This war you cannot win."
"I've heard that one before," Percy said.
"Yeah... but it's not something that I really wanted to hear again," Annabeth added frowning.
Above them, the storm exploded into a full-force gale. Cracks expanded in the skywalk.
Sheets of rain poured down, and Jason had to crouch to keep his balance.
A hole opened in the clouds—a swirling vortex of black and silver.
"The mistress calls me back!" Dylan shouted with glee. "And you, demigod, will come with me!"
He lunged at Jason, but Piper tackled the monster from behind. Even though he was made of smoke, Piper somehow managed to connect. Both of them went sprawling.
Leo, Jason, and the coach surged forward to help, but the spirit screamed with rage. He let loose a torrent that knocked them all backward. Jason and Coach Hedge landed on their butts. Jason's sword skidded across the glass. Leo hit the back of his head and curled on his side, dazed and groaning. Piper got the worst of it. She was thrown off Dylan's back and hit the railing, tumbling over the side until she was hanging by one hand over the abyss.
Piper's eyes were the size of quarters.
'Please don't let her fall. I can't lose my daughter.'
Aphrodite thought frantically.
Jason started toward her, but Dylan screamed, "I'll settle for this one!"
He grabbed Leo's arm and began to rise, towing a half-conscious Leo below him. The storm spun faster, pulling them upward like a vacuum cleaner.
"Help!" Piper yelled. "Somebody!"
Then she slipped, screaming as she fell.
"NO!" Most of the room cried.
Mini Jason was hugging the life out of Mini Piper.
"You can't die! Piper, you aren't allowed to die!" He cried.
Mini Piper would've replied, but her face was turning blue.
Piper's face had gone an ashen white, hoping against all hope that she would live.
Jason looked like he wanted to go to the Grand Canyon and fill it with dirt, to make sure that this could never happen.
Reyna was even a little worried. Just because she didn't like Piper didn't mean she wanted her to die.
"Jason, go!" Hedge yelled. "Save her!"
"What?" Thalia said outraged. "How the hell is he supposed the save her?"
Jason had forgotten he could fly until that moment.
The coach launched himself at the spirit with some serious goat fu—lashing out with his hooves, knocking Leo free from the spirit's grasp. Leo dropped safely to the floor, but Dylan grappled the coach's arms instead. Hedge tried to head-butt him, then kicked him and called him a cupcake. They rose into the air, gaining speed.
Coach Hedge shouted down once more, "Save her! I got this!" Then the satyr and the storm spirit spiraled into the clouds and disappeared.
Grover frowned at this, hating that Hedge was taken but knowing that it was something the satyr should be proud of... he had protected the others.
Save her? Jason thought. She's gone!
Piper closed her eyes and took a shaky breath.
But again his instincts won. He ran to the railing, thinking, I'm a lunatic, and jumped over the side.
"You are a freaking lunatic! What are you doing?" Thalia yelled at the book.
"Saving Piper," Percy answer and she glared at him.
"Look, I know that saving someone is important... but he just jumped off a cliff!" Thalia said. "How is that going to save anyone?"
"I don't know," Percy said. "But sometimes you just have to have faith that it will work out in the end."
"You do realize I'm right here right?" Jason said. "I think I can save her."
Jason wasn't scared of heights. He was scared of being smashed against the canyon floor five hundred feet below.
He figured he hadn't accomplished anything except for dying along with Piper, but he tucked in his arms and plummeted headfirst. The sides of the canyon raced past like a film on fast-forward. His face felt like it was peeling off.
In a heartbeat, he caught up with Piper, who was flailing wildly. He tackled her waist and closed his eyes, waiting for death. Piper screamed. The wind whistled in Jason's ears.
He wondered what dying would feel like.
Percy frowned at that, he had thought about that several times himself.
He was thinking, probably not so good. He wished somehow they could never hit bottom.
Suddenly the wind died. Piper's scream turned into a strangled gasp. Jason thought they must be dead, but he hadn't felt any impact.
"J-J-Jason," Piper managed.
He opened his eyes. They weren't falling. They were floating in midair, a hundred feet above the river.
"WHAT!" The Greeks, along with Leo and Frank yelled.
"You-You can fly?" Thalia asked.
"Yeah. Can't you?" Jason asked.
"I've never tried…" Thalia blushed.
He hugged Piper tight, and she repositioned herself so she was hugging him too. They were nose to nose. Her heart beat so hard, Jason could feel it through her clothes.
Her breath smelled like cinnamon.
Piper hugged Jason.
"Thanks." She smiled.
"N-No problem." He blushed.
She said, "How did you—"
"I didn't," he said. "I think I would know if I could fly…"
But then he thought: I don't even know who I am.
He imagined going up. Piper yelped as they shot a few feet higher. They weren't exactly floating, Jason decided. He could feel pressure under his feet like they were balancing at the top of a geyser.
"The air is supporting us," he said.
"Well, tell it to support us more! Get us out of here!"
Jason looked down. The easiest thing would be to sink gently to the canyon floor. Then he looked up. The rain had stopped. The storm clouds didn't seem as bad, but they were still rumbling and flashing. There was no guarantee the spirits were gone for good.
He had no idea what had happened to Coach Hedge. And he'd left Leo up there, barely conscious.
"We have to help them," Piper said, as if reading his thoughts. "Can you—"
"Let's see." Jason thought Up, and instantly they shot skyward.
"Cool!" Nico said. "That really is a useful trick."
The fact he was riding the winds might've been cool under different circumstances, but he was too much in shock. As soon as they landed on the skywalk, they ran to Leo.
Piper turned Leo over, and he groaned. His army coat was soaked from the rain. His curly hair glittered gold from rolling around in monster dust. But at least he wasn't dead.
"Stupid … ugly … goat," he muttered.
"Where did he go?" Piper asked.
Leo pointed straight up. "Never came down. Please tell me he didn't actually save my life."
"What's so wrong with him saving your life?" Grover huffed. "You should be grateful that he did."
"Twice," Jason said.
Leo groaned even louder. "What happened? The tornado guy, the gold sword … I hit my head. That's it, right? I'm hallucinating?"
Jason had forgotten about the sword. He walked over to where it was lying and picked it up. The blade was well balanced. On a hunch he flipped it. Midspin, the sword shrank back into a coin and landed in his palm.
"Cooler than your pen Prissy." Clarisse commented.
"I prefer my pen." Future Percy and Percy retorted.
"Yep," Leo said. "Definitely hallucinating."
"I wish." Most of the demigods sighed.
Piper shivered in her rain-soaked clothes. "Jason, those things—"
"Venti," he said. "Storm spirits."
"Okay. You acted like … like you'd seen them before. Who are you?"
He shook his head. "That's what I've been trying to tell you. I don't know."
The storm dissipated. The other kids from the Wilderness School were staring out the glass doors in horror. Security guards were working on the locks now, but they didn't seem to be having any luck.
"Coach Hedge said he had to protect three people," Jason remembered. "I think he meant us."
"And that thing Dylan turned into …" Piper shuddered. "God, I can't believe it was hitting on me. He called us... what, demigods?"
Leo lay on his back, staring at the sky. He didn't seem anxious to get up. "Don't know what demi means," he said. "But I'm not feeling too godly. You guys feeling godly?"
"Unfortunately you don't get to feel godly too often," Percy frowned.
There was a brittle sound like dry twigs snapping, and the cracks in the skywalk began to widen.
"We need to get off this thing," Jason said. "Maybe if we—"
"Ohhh-kay," Leo interrupted. "Look up there and tell me if those are flying horses."
"Do you think it's someone from camp?" Rachel asked hopeful.
At first Jason thought Leo had hit his head too hard. Then he saw a dark shape descending from the east—too slow for a plane, too large for a bird. As it got closer he could see a pair of winged animals—gray, four-legged, exactly like horses—except each one had a twenty-foot wingspan. And they were pulling a brightly painted box with two wheels: a chariot.
"Reinforcements," he said. "Hedge told me an extraction squad was coming for us."
"Extraction squad?" Leo struggled to his feet. "That sounds painful."
"And where are they extracting us to ?" Piper asked.
Jason watched as the chariot landed on the far end of the skywalk. The flying horses tucked in their wings and cantered nervously across the glass, as if they sensed it was near breaking. Two teenagers stood in the chariot—a tall blond girl maybe a little older than Jason,
Percy couldn't help but look at his girlfriend at this, wondering if it was her.
and a bulky dude with a shaved head and a face like a pile of bricks.
And now he was scowling, both wondering who this guy was, and why, if the girl was Annabeth, he wasn't there with her.
They both wore jeans and orange T-shirts, with shields tossed over their backs. The girl leaped off before the chariot had even finished moving. She pulled a knife and ran toward Jason's group while the bulky dude was reining in the horses.
"Well I guess that answer my question," Percy said.
"Annabeth! What are you doing?" Thalia questioned her friend, it seemed no one had any doubts that this blonde girl was Annabeth now.
"Um... I don't know," Annabeth said.
"Where is he?" the girl demanded. Her gray eyes were fierce and a little startling.
"Where's who?" Jason asked.
"Good question Jason, I think we'd all like to know that," Connor said.
She frowned like his answer was unacceptable. Then she turned to Leo and Piper.
"What about Gleeson? Where is your protector, Gleeson Hedge?"
The coach's first name was Gleeson? Jason might've laughed if the morning hadn't been quite so weird and scary. Gleeson Hedge: football coach, goat man, protector of demigods. Sure. Why not?
Leo cleared his throat. "He got taken by some … tornado things."
"Venti," Jason said. "Storm spirits."
The blond girl arched an eyebrow. "You mean anemoi thuellai ? That's the Greek term. Who are you, and what happened?"
"You could be a little nicer to them you know," Thalia said.
"Yeah, it's really confusing when you first learn about monster and stuff like that," Nico added.
"Something's wrong…I'm not usually like this…" Annabeth murmured.
Jason did his best to explain, though it was hard to meet those intense gray eyes. About halfway through the story, the other guy from the chariot came over. He stood there glaring at them, his arms crossed. He had a tattoo of a rainbow on his biceps, which seemed a little unusual.
Annabeth was no longer listening. She was trying to come up with a good explanation on why she was acting that way. She didn't like the answer.
Future Annabeth took a shaky breath. This wasn't going to be easy.
When Jason had finished his story, the blond girl didn't look satisfied. "No, no, no! She told me he would be here. She told me if I came here, I'd find the answer."
Annabeth shivered at that.
"What is it?" Percy asked wrapping his arms around her.
Annabeth shook her head, she couldn't be right... she just couldn't.
"Annabeth," the bald guy grunted. "Check it out." He pointed at Jason's feet. Jason hadn't thought much about it, but he was still missing his left shoe, which had been blown off by the lightning. His bare foot felt okay, but it looked like a lump of charcoal.
"The guy with one shoe," said the bald dude. "He's the answer."
"No, Butch," the girl insisted. "He can't be. I was tricked." She glared at the sky as though it had done something wrong. "What do you want from me?" she screamed.
"You've officially gone crazy. Sorry Perce." Thalia smiled.
Annabeth ignored her.
Athena and the rest of the Greek demigods began to get worried.
"What have you done with him?"
The skywalk shuddered, and the horses whinnied urgently.
"Annabeth," said the bald dude, Butch, "we gotta leave. Let's get these three to camp and figure it out there. Those storm spirits might come back."
She fumed for a moment. "Fine." She fixed Jason with a resentful look. "We'll settle this later."
"You really shouldn't take your angry out on him," Thalia said to her friend in a sharp tone.
"I don't think I have much control over that right now," Annabeth said softly.
She turned on her heel and marched toward the chariot.
Piper shook her head. "What's her problem? What's going on?"
"Seriously," Leo agreed.
"We have to get you out of here," Butch said. "I'll explain on the way."
"I'm not going anywhere with her." Jason gestured toward the blonde. "She looks like she wants to kill me."
Annabeth was able to frown at that, not really liking that she gave him that impression but she was too worried to care much about that right now.
Butch hesitated. "Annabeth's okay. You gotta cut her some slack. She had a vision telling her to come here, to find a guy with one shoe. That was supposed to be the answer to her problem."
"What problem?" Piper asked.
"She's been looking for one of our campers, who's been missing three days," Butch said. "She's going out of her mind with worry. She hoped he'd be here."
The tension in the group mounted at these words, everyone seemed to be holding their breath.
"Who?" Jason asked.
Nico gulped, before reading in a grave voice...
"Her boyfriend," Butch said. "A guy named Percy Jackson."
Annabeth stifled a sob.
Percy pulled her close, his mind blank.
"WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MY SON?" Roared Poseidon.
"If we continue, we'll find out." Hestia calmly said.
"Who wants to read next?" Percy sighed.
"I will." Piper said.
Obvi means Obviously. This stupid chick at my church says it all the time.
So anyway, R&R for a cookie.
NEW IDEA: QUIZ QUESTION AT THE END OF THE CHAPTER. FIRST PERSON TO ANSWER CORRECTLY HAS THE NEXT CHAPTER DEDICATED TO THEM!
Q: What are the aftereffects of holding the sky, even for 5 minutes?
COOKIES TO EVERY REVIEWER!