Wow. Last chapter. HUGE thank you to every one who has reviewed, alerted, favorited (I MADE UP A WORD!) , or even read! I love you guys so much! It's been over a year, can anyone believe it? AHHHH!
Alright, I'm good now.
Since no one had any specific ends they wanted to be tied up, I felt it was okay to start. I hope everyone enjoys the final chapter of Book 6: The ELEMENT of Surprise. Also, if you like Harry Potter, I'm going to try to post a new fic focusing on the Marauders and redo my old ones. If you've read them, please don't judge! I agree, they're pretty bad.
And just warning, this isn't a very long chapter. It's just a few pages explaining everything.
Disclaimer- (last time! Sob!) I don't own PJO or HP. Just borrowing, and now returning. Sniff.
About The End and The Epilogue:
The Day After The Battle:
"I hate the Hospital Wing." groaned Harry, bandages covering his whole body, and is skin unnaturally pale. "Yet I feel like I'm in here more than my classes."
Ron and Hermione both nodded from their chairs. They had decided that they weren't going to let Harry out of their sight until he got better. Glass seriously hurts!
"So, are you guys going to leave after everyone is healed?" Hermione asked Percy, the only one not passed out on Madam Pomfrey's drugs. Percy nodded, almost regretfully.
"Yeah, we've been gone for way too long already. It was really nice meeting you guys though."
Ron nodded. "Maybe we'll send an owl down your way some time. And you can send us one of those, er, text things."
Percy started to smile, until he remembered how badly injured his friends were. He wasn't even sure where Rachel had disappeared to.
"They'll be fine." Harry reassured, reading his expression. "Madam Pomfrey's the best Healer they could have. Plus you gave them some of that nectar stuff. That's good, right? Why don't you give them more of that?"
"We're not Gods, so if we overeat it we can burn up. Not a good idea. I already stretched the limit."
"Exploding would not be good." agreed Ron, causing Percy to appreciate the three. He really would miss this place...
"Wh-Where am I?" a soft voice from behind them whispered. The four whipped around and saw Grover, looking extremely confused. Percy's face broke into a wide grin.
"You're awake!" He said brightly. Grover still looked befuddled.
"Where am I exactly?"
"The Hospital Wing Mr. Underwood." Madame Pomfrey had heard Percy and came toddling in with a tray of dinner.
"You were hurt pretty bad." Percy further explained. "But the other three are worse. Thanks for fighting, by the way."
"No problem." groaned Grover, sinking back into the plush, white bed. "How much did you sleep?"
"You know me so well," laughed Percy. "I crashed yesterday and woke up about an hour ago. To quote Nico, 'With great power. . .comes great need to take a nap.' So, I took a nap."
"Did someone say my name?"
"Nico!" exclaimed Hermione. "You're awake!"
"Are you sure?" asked the young boy sleepily, his eyes half shut. "Because this doesn't feel like the Slytherin Common Room. Or The Underworld. Or Camp Half Blood."
"You're in the Hospital Wing." said Madam Pomfrey, yet again, bringing over a few bottles of brightly colored medicine.
"And the injury on your back is quite severe. That means no moving at all until it heals, is that understood?"
"Yes ma'am." said Nico weakly, under the witch's stern glare.
The white room was quiet for a few minutes, with Harry, Grover, and Nico eating a food and potion medley. Both Ron and Hermione seemed content with twiddling their thumbs, but both were thinking about what had gone on in the past day. The castle cleanup effort was strong, and most of the broken furniture and glass had been placed back where it belonged.
They had captured three Death Eaters and two Monsters, and all five were being interrogated by Veritaserum at that moment. It was still amazing to them that these six had masqueraded as wizards for almost an entire year, without anyone finding out their secret.
Then it was revealed that both Dumbledore and McGonagall had sworn not to reveal their identities a few months prior! In retrospect, Hermione slapped herself in not realizing who they truly were sooner. In fact, this revelation wasn't the biggest news out there. Andrew Huckle! A Death Eater AND half Greek God!
Needless to say, everyone was in an uproar.
The Ministry had wanted to give him the Dementor's Kiss, but Dumbledore refused adamantly. He was only fifteen, after all, but had done worse things than some of the adults in Azkaban. Under the truth serum, he had admitted to poisoning Hermione and several other people, along with helping kidnap Percy and Harry.
"What happened to that Andrew kid?" Harry seemed to read his friends' minds.
Hermione shrugged. "No one really knows. He was interrogated obviously, and I think the Ministry carted him off somewhere. Probably prison, even though he's underage. I just can't believe it..."
She trailed off, still seeing him as the blubbering, idiotic Slytherin they had grown used to.
"Don't be too harsh on yourself." said Nico suddenly, his voice clearer than before. "I was in his dorm. He talked to me all the time! I feel so stupid, even though reading people isn't my thing. Maybe if you or Annabeth had been there, you could have figured it out."
Percy sighed. "We'll never know. It doesn't really matter now, does it? We stopped the bad guys from taking over Hogwarts and killing us. I think we've done a pretty good job."
"Definitely," agreed Grover. "But I still feel like we're missing a few things. Rachel told me yesterday that she had the strangest feeling that we weren't supposed to come here, like we screwed up some invisible, all mighty time line."
"You know," said Percy with a frown. "I've had a few dreams that haven't happened, or can never happen. Like me being cut, this purple t shirt, and some guy with one shoe."
"Kind of. Only with a blond crewcut and coin. Pretty weird dream, actually..."
Hermione interrupted him. "Maybe you weren't supposed to come, and our year wasn't supposed to be like this. Sort of like using a time turner, but different."
"Wait," said Nico. "Does that mean, when we leave, that time will be rewritten? Like we'll have to live the year over again, and we won't remember anything?"
Hermione's eyes bulged out of their sockets. "Nico! That could be it! I've had the same feeling, like something's been missing. Ever since when I first heard Rachel's name back in September!"
The six teens slowly stared at each other, wondering if their suspicions were correct. If so, how much of this would change?
About 1 Week Later:
"Well, I guess this is goodbye." said Harry sadly, as Percy and the others stood at the front door. He had learned so much about their fascinating world that it was hard to let go. All six seemed saddened by this fact. Well, actually...
"Yeah," said Thalia, without much expression on her face. "It sucks, but we don't belong here."
Annabeth shot her a look, then winced at how much it hurt to move her head. Apparently, her injuries were the worst, even though it didn't seem like that at the time.
"We'll miss you guys. It was totally awesome meeting you! Maybe you can come visit or something."
She and Hermione hugged, along with a few other Ravenclaw girls. Rachel was already hugging Neville and some of her new Hufflepuff friends. Nico and the Slytherins stood awkwardly around each other.
"So...see you." Nico finally said, before turning around and exhaling relief. He got it over with without cursing them to Hades. Mission accomplished.
A few teachers bid their farewells, until finally it was time to leave.
"Have a safe trip back to New York." said Dumbledore with a wave, showing off his blackened hand.
The six nodded in thanks and turned to Mrs O Leary, who was wagging her tail happily.
"You ready girl?" asked Nico, in a much happier voice than usual. The Hellhound let out a huge bark and bent down so Annabeth, Grover, Rachel, and Thalia could climb on. Percy grabbed Nico's shoulders and the thirteen year old closed his eyes.
"Now for the more important question. Are you ready guys?"
"Go for it."
"Ready when you are."
"Just go already! I miss the Hunters!"
Nico smirked and began to focus his energy on the dimensions. Just like before, Percy felt his muscles tense up and heard Mrs. O Leary gallop towards a tree. The screams of the Hogwarts students echoed in his ears as the darkness surrounded them.
They were on their way.
And then all he saw was dirt. Grover was groaning into Percy's ear and the distinct thumps of feet vibrated the ground.
"Percy? Annabeth? What happened? Why the hell on you on the ground?
It was Clarisse!
"CLARISSE! OH MY GOD!" yelled Thalia, bouncing up and hugging the big girl. Clarisse's expression was to die for and a few other campers around us began to giggle at the display.
"What. The. He-"
"CLARISSE!" Grover, Annabeth, Rachel and Percy joined in the hug. Nico hung back, apparently passed out on the earth.
"Good job Nico!" said Rachel happily, taking a deep breath in. "Wow, it's been a long time!"
"Wait! Wait, wait, wait!" Annabeth said, silencing everyone, She turned to Clarisse, who looked more confused than usual.
"What's today's date?"
Clarisse looked at Annabeth like she had sprouted another head. "Uh...September 23?"
"YOU WERE RIGHT NICO!"
"All of you are crazy, you know that, right?" Clarisse finally said, before walking back to her cabin with an odd expression. In fact, most of the campers watching this display mirrored her face exactly. Then it clicked. There was no other explanation...they had lost their minds!
"Crazy..." muttered a few people, shaking their heads and going back to what they were doing before.
"They're all insane."
But Percy, Rachel, Thalia, Grover, Nico, and Annabeth didn't care. They were home at last.
A few months later:
Wow, it's been so long since I talked to you last. This time travel thing is pretty weird, right? Actually, I'm not even sure if you remember me. Well, I'll assume you don't remember me, because the spells probably worked.
Hi. My name is Rachel Elizabeth Dare. I kind of used to be your girlfriend. See, me and my friends went to your school during your sixth year. Impossible! I'll bet you're thinking. You're in sixth year now, right? Well in a different timeline this happened.
I had so much fun with you and everyone else at Hogwarts. It was a lot more relaxing than Camp right now. In case you do remember that missing year, you'll probably remember Percy. Anyway, he's missing, which totally stinks.
I just wanted to tell you how much I miss you, and how I hope you let your brave side show more. The side that you showed me more than anyone else. You are an amazing person and I hope another girl sees that too. I guess you could say I'm breaking up with you, even though you don't remember me. Sorry.
PS. Watch out for fire. And hats. And snakes. But be on the look out for swords.
PPS. You used to love it when I gave prophecies.
PPPS. The element of surprise is on your side. Use it well.
Told you it would be a short ending.
Wow, I ended up finishing this before school tomorrow. I'm pretty proud. I hope everyone enjoyed this story as much as I did. There are so many people to thank and so many things to say that I'm probably forgetting something important.
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