Hi! Just a few things that you should know. First off, this takes place after the Battle of the Labyrinth. Also, be aware that Percy Jackson and the Olympian characters don't come in for a few chapters. Anyways, I hope you enjoy!

*Carolyn's Point of View*

"Wait up! Jadeā€¦" I moaned. We were running late breakfast.

"We'll get detention if we're late one more time." Jade said. Jade was "good" student. She was always worried about ruining her perfect record. She always had perfect grades and the professors loved her.

"We'll be fine. Don't worry." I said. Jade turned around and gave me a look. The look was like "are you kidding"? She then turned around and continued running. Eventually we got to the dinning hall without a minute to spare. We sat down just as breakfast magically appeared on the table as usual.

A minute or two later James showed up.

"Hi" He said.

"James Potter!" Professor Longbottom called.

"Busted." Jade said while giving me a stare. I gave James a smile of sympathy, then gave Jade a sour one. James is my boyfriend. We've been friends for years, but we became more in the beginning of the year.

Breakfast was silent for a while. Then it was time for mail. The owls swarmed above our heads looking for their recipients. A small brown and white owl dropped a letter in front of me.

"Thanks." I told it and sent it on its way.

"Who's it from?" Jade asked.

"Mom, I'm sure. It's not like anyone else could have." I said. I have a mom, but not a dad. I don't know all that much about him. Mom says that I have his eyes. She also says that he lives in America. I don't know much else about him though.

I opened the letter. A three-page note was stuffed inside. I couldn't believe what I was reading. My mom had tickets for her, Jade, and I to go to America over the winter break as a birthday present. She already checked with Jade's parents who said that it sounded like a boatload of fun. We were going to America, the land of the free, the home of the brave, and most of all, the home of my dad.