Hola personas! Here is my Christmas present to you! And if you don't celebrate Christmas then this is your birthday present! Even if its a few months away. Or it could be any present you want. I really don't care but its my present to you! That's whats important. Anyway I hope you enjoy this chapter and I'm not sure what song would go with this but maybe you have an idea. Let me know if you do!
I am not Rick Riordan! I hope everyone has that in their heads by now. ;)
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Great how are we going to save Apollo and Artemis? This obviously is not going to be easy.
It didn't look like Helios or Selene were anywhere near the place but that doesn't mean anything. They could be right around the corner for all I know. But from the look on Artemis and Apollo's faces it didn't seem like they were near.
I looked over at Annabeth and she put her index finger up to her lips indicating that they should remain quite. I kind of think they got that but hey, whatever floats her boat is fine by me.
Chloe on the other hand looked like she was trying to contain her excitement. I mean this is the first time she's ever actually seen her dad, so I can't really blame her. I just hope she didn't do anything too crazy.
"At last!" a voice said unexpectedly which made everyone jump a few feet in the air. "It took you long enough to get here young demigods."
"We know! Thanks for reminding us!" I yelled back at the voice. Annabeth looked over and glared at me. In return I shrugged at her.
"Don't talk back to me!" the voice boomed. I'm guessing that since the voice is not female that Helios is talking. He doesn't seem as nice as Apollo.
"Just let us keep the gods and we will let you go," a female voice said.
"How can we be sure?" I asked. Annabeth again gave me a glare. If looks could kill I would be dead about 50 times already.
"You can't," Helios said. "Seems like you'll have to trust us."
After he said that I couldn't help it, I busted out laughing. I was laughing so hard I almost had tears in my eyes. Almost.
"You . . . expect us . . . t-to . . . trust . . . you?" I managed to get out of my mouth after catching my breath. "After you captured Apollo and Artemis?" Wow. Seriously what are they thinking?
"Yes I do!"
"Well I'm sorry that just doesn't seem fair." Chloe said.
Thank you, Chloe!
"Life isn't fair. Hasn't anyone told you that?"
"I believe someone has." I said. "Enough small talk, why don't you come out to where we can see you?"
"Fine," Helios and Selene said together.
I didn't think that would actually work.
They appeared out from behind a building. They looked like normal humans only they were kind of faded. If you tried hard enough you could look right through them.
Apollo and Artemis looked like they were trying to tell us something but I couldn't make out what it was. You see I really suck at reading peoples lips. It is just not my thing.
Anyway it looked like Helios and Selene were ready for battle and I'm sure we didn't look it but I felt ready to take them. Just then Helios laughed.
"What's so funny?" I asked curiously.
"You think you can take us?" He said with a chuckle.
"Yup I believe I could." I said confidently. "Why don't we see? If I win then you let Apollo and Artemis free."
"What if I win?" he asked with interest.
"Then you get me." I said slowly. I heard Annabeth gasp behind me and Apollo stared at me with wide eyes.
"Interesting." Helios said. "Ok it's a deal."
"Swear it on the River Styx." I said.
Helios rolled his eyes at me but sweared anyway.
I pulled out Riptide and Helios just stared at me.
"Ready?" he asked. I nodded my head.
He snapped his fingers and he was as tall as the skyscraper next to him. Annabeth and Chloe came up next to me. Annabeth with her dagger in hand and Chloe with her bow and arrows. I took a step closer to Helios and he just looked down at me.
Annabeth put her Yankees cap on and disappeared. Next thing I know, Helios was crying out in pain. Ok no it was more of a yelp but hey I can hope can't I? Annabeth had Helios momentarily distracted so I nodded to Chloe and she stared shooting arrows at him. I on the other hand ran.
Now don't get me wrong, I wasn't running away I was running towards Apollo and Artemis. I slashed their chains off. Why they couldn't do that themselves I don't know exactly. They thanked me and went off to help fight Helios. I wasn't far behind.
I ran towards Helios and slashed at his leg. Unfortunately it didn't do a thing to him. I winced but that's about it. I guess that's an advantage of practically being a ghost. It didn't seem like Chloe was getting anywhere either. Everyone of her arrows went right through Helios.
I went over to Chloe. "Hey, remember how the only light we had was because of you?" I asked her and she nodded. "Well I think if you tried to summon all the light we had along the way maybe one of your arrows will actually hit him."
She thought about that for a second. "I guess that seems logical." Wow she's starting to sound like Annabeth.
"Try it," I said. "I'll keep him busy." Chloe nodded again.
She had a look of deep concentration on her face when I ran over to try and distract Helios. Weird that Selene just disappeared. Maybe that's where Artemis was too since she's obviously not here. Apollo was trying to figure out a way to hit Helios. He kept summoning fireballs but they weren't doing much.
Annabeth appeared next to me. "I heard your plan with Chloe." She said. "When were you going to tell me that you actually grew some brain cells, Seaweed Brain?"
I smiled but I knew it was not the time. "How do we distract him?" I asked her.
She shrugged. "Keep stabbing him in the legs I guess. You take the right leg, I'll take the left." I nodded and we split.
I kept slashing through Helios leg. He just stared down at me like I was crazy but hey? Who doesn't think that? Anyway, Annabeth wasn't doing much better but at least he wasn't paying any attention to Chloe who still wore the mask of concentration on her face. If it's anything like summoning the sea to yourself then I know what she's feeling.
I'm sure I was stabbing his leg for about an hour. Or maybe it was a few minutes . . . either way it felt like forever. Suddenly there was a blinding light that flew straight for Helios's chest. The look on his face was priceless and I wish I had a camera to capture it. It was crossed with shock, pain, and pure anger on it. So his face ended up looking like he was drowning and that I was on the sidelines laughing in his face.
Helios turned into a glowing man. He shrunk back down to normal human size and the glowing intensified. He looked like he was about to blow up but instead the light went out and Helios lay on the ground unconscious. Apollo walked over to him and said he would be fine. He then found the chains that Helios used on him and tied him up. Can't blame him. Gods are unpredictable.
Apollo then walked over to Annabeth, Chloe, and I. Apollo smiled at us and then he stared at his daughter in bewilderment.
It was silent a few minutes and then Apollo nodded his head and smiled, "You really are my daughter." Chloe smiled.
"This calls for a haiku!" Apollo said excitedly. He thought about it for a minute.
Tied up in some chains
Waiting for our rescuers
At long last they arrive
Apollo smiled to himself. "That one was pretty good."
I just smiled and nodded to him. If I've learned anything it is to not mess with a god in their shining moment.
Just then Artemis showed up with Selene next to her.
"I see you caught Helios," Artemis said.
"Yes, we did." Apollo said. "Well more like Chloe caught him." He turned to her and smiled.
"Really?" Artemis asked.
"Well, Percy told me to summon all the light we had with us along the trail because while Apollo was "missing" the sun wasn't as bright so there was only a circle of light around us three." Chloe started to explain. "Anyway I summoned all the light we had during our quest and put all the light in an arrow. I then shot the arrow at Helios and collapsed."
Artemis had a thoughtful look on her face. "My hunters need a girl like you, Chloe." She said at last. "Would you like to become a huntress?"
So that's what Kyra meant! She knew that Chloe would get offered this that's why she said it. I looked over at Chloe and I don't think that crossed her mind. She had a look of shock on her face. It seemed like she was trying to think over the offer.
"What exactly happens if I accept your offer?" Chloe asked curiously.
"You will become immortal but only if you give up men forever." Artemis explained. "If however you find a man you will no longer be immortal."
Chloe thought it over. She looked back at me with a hurt look and the over at Apollo who gave her a warm smile. Chloe looked back at Artemis and nodded. "I accept your offer."
"Then repeat after me." Artemis said. "I pledge myself to the goddess Artemis."
"I pledge myself to the goddess Artemis."
"I turn my back on the company of men, accept eternal maidenhood, and join the Hunt."
"I turn my back on the company of men, accept eternal maidenhood, and join the Hunt." Chloe repeated.
"I accept your offering," Artemis said. "Don't forget your pledge."
Chloe nodded, "I won't."
Apollo sighed. "Now you've taken my own daughter. What next?"
Chloe turned around and gave Apollo an apologetic smile. "I'm sorry, father. I just felt like I needed to do this."
Apollo nodded. Then he looked at Selene that was still standing next to Artemis. "Why exactly have we not tied her up too?"
"Because she was never really into the plan," Artemis explained. "She was a tag along it was all Helios idea."
"So we're just going to let her go?"
"She swore on the River Styx that she was going to leave us alone."
Apollo had a thoughtful look on his face. He finally said, "Ok, if you say so sis."
You could tell by the look on Artemis's face that she didn't like being called "sis" by Apollo. But I figured that I should keep my mouth shut because you can never be to careful around gods.
It was quiet for awhile so I decided to break the silence. "Can we go back to camp now?" I asked Annabeth.
She rolled her eyes at me and nodded.
We stayed another day in Seattle then Apollo took us back home in the sun chariot. Of course he had to take it out of sports-car mode so that Annabeth and I could actually fit in the car. Chloe had left with Artemis to go back to the Hunt. I hope she has a good time with the huntresses. It was a quiet ride back but he let me drive since I'm almost 16 anyway. Luckily I didn't burn any major cities. Not saying I didn't catch a few on fire but hey, it was my first time driving and it wasn't technically a car.
When we made it back to camp we immediately reported to Chiron. We told him everything that happened and why Chloe wasn't with us. He nodded his head through most of the story.
"So that's what the prophecy meant." Annabeth said suddenly.
I gave her a quizzical look and she rolled her eyes at me. She does that way to much.
"The prophecy said that we would travel around the famous west which we did. Then it said that we would find the gods that left. That was Helios and Selene. The two missing shall prevail that was Artemis and Apollo and then the trail was the trail of sunlight that followed us!" She exclaimed the last part. "Remember? You told Chloe to summon the light and that's why the "missing" prevailed!"
I nodded my head. It did make sense and there is a reason I call her Wise Girl. But why didn't she come up with that sooner?
Chiron nodded his head. "Good job, Annabeth. Now why don't you two go get unpacked and settled again?" We both nodded our heads and walked out of the Big House.
We started heading off towards the cabins. I just wanted to drop my bag off. I was going to go sit at the beach. Annabeth followed me to my cabin and then I followed her to her cabin. I wasn't actually sure if she was going to come back out but she did.
"Where are we going anyway?" she asked me.
"I was going to the beach and it seems like you're following me." She blushed and nodded. She took my hand in hers and we walked silently to the beach. Her hand was so soft and smooth it was like she hadn't been fighting monsters for the last few weeks.
When we got to the beach we just sat down on the sand. The sun was starting to go down so the light bounced off the water. I thanked Apollo for this perfect moment. Annabeth laid her head on my shoulder and I rested mine on top of her head. Her hair smelled like vanilla and it was silky smooth with her perfect blonde curls framing her face. She was staring at the water with a joyful look on her face.
"I love you, Wise Girl." I said softly in her hair.
She looked up at me and met my sea green eyes with her stormy gray ones. She had pure joy on her face and she smiled warmly at me. "I love you too, Seaweed Brain."
I leaned in to kiss her and she did too. When our lips met we told each other what we couldn't say with words. It was a kiss full of passion and love. It was like we were the only two in the whole world and she is the only one that matters to me. She'll always be my Annabeth.
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So how do you like the ending? I think it was a good way to end my story and if you don't like it I'm sorry.
Thank you to all my wonderful reviewers. You guys kept me writing this story. It was hard work sometimes when you nag me to write when I have homework that just piles up but since its winter break I thought I would make you a little happy this holiday season. Anyway thanks so much for sticking with me. I love you guys!