Annabeth, Nico, and Percy were soon gathered outside Rachel's cave. Annabeth and Percy were caring packs, while Nico only had what he already had with him. Annabeth forced him to carry a small bag with extra supplies. Rachel's cave was in the midst of being set up. Basic furniture was there, so Rachel would be comfortable, but ever the artist, Rachel had already started decorating. Rachel looked up when the others approached and smiled in greeting, pausing what she was doing.
"Hi guys," she said, waving in greeting. "Lovely night isn't it! What can I do for you?"
"Hi Rachel," Percy greeted, waving back. "We have a quest and we need a prophecy before we can go."
"Ooh, already," Rachel said with both surprise and excitement. "Does it have anything to do with that Danny kid?"
"Yeah... How did you know?" Percy asked in shock.
"I could practically feel the tugs of fate pulling on him," Rachel explained. "Whoever he is, he's got a big destiny and it's already moving forward. I hope he can handle it because he seems like a really nice guy. Anyway, let's see what I've got for you but I still can't…"
Rachel cut off as her eyes began glowing poisonous green and a green mist appeared around her. She began to sway and Percy hurried over to support her. Her mouth opened and she began to speak in a voice that was not her own.
Forces converge on the one who walks the line,
Hero, Savior, Protected by Time.
Allies, old and new, and foes turned friend,
Their home and king to defend.
One who seeks the prince for his own,
Leads the battle for the throne.
Danger lies till the crown is filled,
Then fighting shall, at last, be stilled.
Rachel blinked and staggered slightly once she finished the prophecy, the green mist fading quickly.
"That is still going to take some getting used to," Rachel muttered before her usual smile appeared again and she straightened up. "I hope that helps. Anything else I can do for you?"
"No, but thank you," Percy replied, adjusting his bag. "We'll take it from here."
"No problem," Rachel said, dusting herself off. "Have fun with your quest."
Rachel went back to decorating her cave while the three demigods turned away.
"So how are we going to get to Amity Park?" Percy asked as they walked. He had a guess, but he hoped he was wrong.
"The most logical option would be to take the chariots again," Annabeth replied and Percy sighed in disappointment.
"Not quick enough," Nico disagreed, drawing the other's attention. "We need to make sure we get there before Danny does otherwise we might not be able to get near him."
"Then what do you suggest then?" Annabeth asked.
"Shadow travel," Nico replied. The other two paled at the idea, but they had to admit it would be the fastest way. With resigned sighs, Percy and Annabeth allowed Nico to pulled them through the shadows. They appeared in a deserted alley, all three of them pale and breathing hard. After a few minutes to recover, the three walked out of the alley.
"So where are we going to stay?" Percy asked, looking around. "Do we find a hotel or something?"
"We'll need something a little more permanent than a hotel," Annabeth replied, biting her lip in thought. "We don't know how long it'll take and we don't have enough money to stay at a hotel for an extended period of time."
"We'll want to find someplace close to Danny's home," Nico added. "It'd be hard to protect him if we're far away."
"Then I suggest we find the Fenton's residence," Annabeth concluded. "Once we meet them and know where their home is, it'll be easier to decide what to do after that."
"Alright let's go," Percy said, walking up to the nearest person. "Excuse me, can you tell me how to get to the Fenton's?"
"Sure kid," the man said carefully, a little suspicious of why these kids were looking for the Fenton's this late. "It's right down that way. You won't be able to miss it. Be careful, they're a little strange though they aren't as crazy as we thought."
"Thank you, sir," Percy replied politely, curious about the man's statement. "We'll be careful."
The man just grunted and continued on his way. Percy just shrugged and turned back to his friends. They began walking in the direction the man had indicated. After a few blocks, they noticed a bright glow. Curious, many a little wary, the three made their way toward it. Rounding a corner they say a giant neon sign saying Fenton works.
"I think we found it," Percy said in shock as he stared at the strange metal thing on the top of the house.
"You really can't miss it," Annabeth commented. The three made their way to the front door. Percy stepped forward and gave a tentative knock.
"GHOST!" came a male shout and the door burst open. It was only because of the three's battle reflexes that they were able to miss the shot from the large gun. Where the shot met the road a green goop splattered. Percy had pulled out his sword in automatic defense and turned to face the threat. The large gun was held by an equally large man dressed in a bright orange jumpsuit. He looked around suspiciously before his gaze landed on Percy and the others. The man's expression became sheepish as he put the gun away.
"Sorry about that," he apologized. "I thought that..."
"Jack!" A female shout came from inside. "You didn't shoot the neighbors again did you?"
Women dressed in blue jumpsuit appeared in the doorway next to the man. She was smaller than him and looked very fit. Percy didn't want to mess with her.
"No Mads," the man, Jack, replied. "These kids jumped out of the way in time, though I'm not sure why this one is holding his pen out."
Percy blinked at the statement, realizing that these two were mortals. Quickly he put his sword away and stood up straight.
"Hi, my name's Percy," he introduced himself with a smile. "Does Danny live here?"
"Are you friends of his? That's wonderful!" the lady said. "I'm his mother, Maddie Fenton, and this is my husband Jack. I'm sorry you came all this way, but Danny isn't here right now. He's at... You know I'm not exactly sure where he is right now. He hasn't answered his phone in a while and his friends haven't been very clear..."
"That's because he was with us," Percy jumped in quickly, but then regretted it as he wasn't sure what to say. "He was..."
"At a summer camp and that's where we met him," Annabeth finished smoothly. "It was only a week long, but we became great friends. He said we could visit and our parents gave us permission to come. I guess we caught an earlier flight then he did if we beat him here, but I'm sure he'll be back soon."
Percy was impressed by Annabeth's quick thinking and she hadn't even lied that much. Glancing at the Fenton's, Percy watched to see if they bought the story.
"Funny, I don't remember signing Danny up for a camp..." Maddie began, making the three worry briefly before she smiled. "But I'm glad he had a great time and made some new friends. Come on in, you can stay here for as long as you're visiting."
The three let out a relieved sigh and mumbled thanks as they entered inside. Because of the late hour, Maddie insisted to show them to their rooms and they could talk more in the morning. Annabeth was to stay in the daughter's room, who was currently at college for an early start but would be there the next day to visit for the weekend. Nico and Percy would be staying in the guest room.
Nico and Percy waited until the Fenton's had gone to their room and had gone to sleep for Annabeth to join them so they to do us what to do from here.
"So finding a place to stay was a success," Percy began, lounging on the bed.
"Yes," Nico said with a roll of his eyes, leaning against the wall. "We should be thankful that they seem to be so oblivious."
"At least those willing to let us stay," Annabeth replied, sitting in a chair. "And Danny won't be able to easily avoid or get rid of us with his parents letting us stay here."
"That is nice because I have a feeling Danny's going to be difficult," Percy said with a grimace. "Not that I can blame him. So what do you think the prophecy means?"
"The first part is obviously about Danny and the situation he's now in," Annabeth began, thinking it over. "Describing some of the titles he has, though I'm not exactly sure what protected by time means. Kronos is the only god I know that has to do with time."
"But I just defeated him," Percy objected immediately. "And I doubt he would protect someone like Danny unless he was trying to use him. You don't think we'll have to deal with him again do you?"
"No, no one can come back that quickly," Annabeth replied with a shake of her head. "I think it's more metaphorical. Like Danny will be fine until it's his 16th birthday."
"While that may be true, I have a feeling it's more than that," Nico spoke up, deep in thought.
"What do you mean?" Percy asked.
"Just some rumors I heard when I was learning about Danny," Nico replied mysteriously. "But nothing concrete. I want to get some more information before I voice my speculations."
"If you're sure," Annabeth said before she continued. "The next part refers to us as we help Danny and whoever he's already friends with."
"It also talks about how many of the ghosts Danny fights will now side with him," Nico added. "The ghosts know they need a king. And while they may hate Danny for ruining their fun in the human world, they know he will still fight for their safety. He's done it before and he will definitely do it again."
"Right," Annabeth agreed. "The last few parts means there will be opponents trying to prevent Danny from getting and possibly a full-scale battle. It hints at who the leader will be, but I have no idea who it could be though Danny might."
"And the fighting will only end when Danny takes the throne," Percy concluded. "Danny will not be happy about this when he hears that."
"So we just don't tell him." Nico supplied.
"But he has a right to know," Percy rebuked, glaring slightly at Nico for suggesting that. "And he could probably clarify certain points of the prophecy."
"As much as I hate to say it, that's probably best we don't tell Danny about the prophecy," Annabeth admitted. "At least not until we have a good relationship with him. I can tell that the more we try and force him to take the throne and show him he has no choice, the more he's likely to fight back."
"Fine," Percy sighed, shoulders drooping in defeat. "I don't like it, but we'll keep it quiet for now."
"It'll only be temporary," Annabeth assured before she let out a yawn. "Let's get some sleep. We're going to be very busy for the next few days."
The boys agreed and after exchanging good nights, they all went to bed.