With a sudden flare, the typhoon of most certainly fatal water subsided.
Disorientated, the group of the surviving demigods and mortal stumbled out, Conner and Travis both collapsing on the dark stones underneath, groaning from nausea.
As they all finally became acquainted with lucidity, Annabeth gasped.
She recognized where they were, from the single trip she had taken here when she was 12.
Along a similar beach that they were only just on, but that beach was in Tartarus. Not much of a difference to the demigods back home, but she personally much rather be in the Land of the Dead than the Land of the Monsters.
But while most of the other campers had never been to the Underworld and held expressions of awe and surprise at the appearance of their afterlife, completely blown away by how bland it was.
But while they stared out at the expanse of the Underworld, Jason was facing the opposite direction, frozen in shock.
There still was the island from within Tartarus, that same paradise he had witnessed before, yet it appeared more like a mirage, a ghostly image that did not capture its real beauty as they had seen earlier.
But that's not what had caught his complete and utter attention.
Lying peacefully on the ground, cleaned and in much better clothing was Piper Mclean, slowly shifting as she began to wake.
All thoughts on the identity of Raze were wiped from his mind as he stared upon the one girl who had captured his heart.
Her iridescent eyes fluttered open, "Jason?"
With a sudden heart wrenching cry, Jason stumbled forward, falling to his knees at the side of fallen girlfriend, pulling her into his arms and prayed she wasn't a dream, a false hope sent by the gods or a cruel trick sent by the monsters.
"I'm here Jason, I'm here," she murmured into his chest as he fought back the sobs that threatened to overtake him.
"He sent me back, he said to forgive me-" Her words were cut off as Jason caught her lips with his, silencing her as he poured all of his emotions into that single kiss.
"Don't ever leave me again," He pleaded with her.
Piper kissed him again and whispered into his ear, only for him to hear,
"I swear on the Styx,"
Somewhere, a man watched the two lovers embrace, a small smile adorning his face.
And somewhere, a delicate ring began to repair itself, its shattered facets and cracks beginning to slowly heal.
After a short but very emotional reunion, the heroes began to realize they had no way across the serene lake that erupted in sprays of fiery water as if it were a minefield.
And Jason and Piper held on to each the entire time, as if scared they would lose the other again.
As did Travis and Katie, albeit with Connor trying to hold on to his brother.
Clarisse and Will were tiredly trying to figure a way across while Annabeth and Rachel fruitlessly tried to figure out where they were in the Underworld.
Between the daughter of wisdom and the Oracle herself, they could not find where they were located.
With a sudden temperature drop and blur of shadows, Nico Di Angelo stumbled out, confusing clearly covering his face.
"Father! Why did you send me-" He cut himself off as he stared straight at the missing demigods he had been tasked with finding.
Well he certainly found them.
At least they were not dead as several hunters and campers had predicted and secretly hoped for.
He would be lying if he did not admit to wishing death upon certain members of their party.
Nico opened his mouth, and Clarisse realizing that she really did not want to hear a word come from the son of Hades, she placed her spear at his throat.
"Take us to camp NOW"
So he did, without an argument.
"Do you think they can help us win?" Bianca asked quietly, unsure of what to believe since her death and of the stories told to her from Raze's view.
Runa smiled, her hood down and silky black hair cascading down her shoulders.
"They will be fundamental to our success, but we cannot look at it as our success Bianca," She spoke quietly, relaxing in the freedom of not having to conceal her identity.
"You have not told them of the stakes we face, of what we all face," Bianca's words were concise and to the point.
Runa sighed, massaging her temple slightly, "They are not ready nor are we, besides they would not understand the magnitude of the prophecy."
"They you can explain it! Or even Percy can explain it!"
Zoe Nightshade looked up at the daughter of Hades, smiling sadly.
"Risen has the Legends that cannot die,"
"How can you explain that this will be the war to end all wars? That every single life on this world will have to fight, not just for their lives or family, but for the sake of creation itself?"
She paused, her voice dropping to a low murmur that Bianca almost missed.
"Risen has the Legends that cannot die," She repeated.
"How do you explain that the Protogenoi are awakening from their eternal slumber?"
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I promised you a chapter for the amazing responses and reviews I got from the last chapter.
While I still have your attention, I would like to dedicate this chapter to purplebooks11
Amazing review, it had its own narrative and was heartwarming.
Okay some new, next weekend I cannot update for a very important issue.
I am participating in Relay for Life, a cancer fund raiser that last a full 24 hours.
Cancer doesn't sleeps, so neither do we.
I have been doing since I started High School, about two years ago.
It means a lot to me, and how my life and family has been affected by cancer and I want to show my support for that.
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Which is our empathy for each other and reaching out to each other to help one another.
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