A/N: *Dramatic Music and Lights* Here is the sequel to Ethan St. Cloud & the Divine Locket! Now, this was supposed to come out in six days, but I was so excited and in a happy mood, so I decided to do this nice deed for you, as long as you did me one in return; reviewing! On my last story, I only got 50 something reviews…I've seen stories with five chapters and they had, like, 80 reviews. So please try to review as much as you can! After all, I'm doing this nice thing for you, letting the story out a week early. Besides, I've looked at my traffic. I get more than 500 clicks a day. That means I can get over 500 reviews a day. Well, anyways, I hope you like the first chapter of…Ethan St. Cloud & the Voyage of the Sunset Eclipse:
Perseus contacted me and my friends several days before the Institute of Demigods was suppose to open.
According to him, he found three new demigods─a girl and two boys. Supposedly, they were children of minor gods, because their scent wasn't as powerful as ours.
He did his research, and using a demigod tracker─a device used to, well, track demigods, obviously─he discovered that they were supposed to be rollerblading at the local skating center. He gave me and my friends the demigod tracker so we could find them easier. School for us had ended several days before.
Perseus postponed the opening of the Institute due to the fact that monsters are having demimonster children using the Spectral Eye, which we discovered last summer. We also figured out on the quest we had a year ago that the monsters on Ouranos' army acquired the Divine Locket, which gives the wielder immortality.
You're probably confused by all my words of the Institute of Demigods, Spectral Eye, Divine Locket, demigod tracker, et cetera. So, I'll make this quick; the legendary beings of Greek mythology, like the monsters, heroes, and gods have always existed and still do. You'll discover more about it as you read through this book. Last summer, I discovered this information for the first time, when I was thirteen. Now, I'm fourteen, and I have to save three demigods from most likely being attacked by monsters.
I chuckled as I remembered last year's quest─I had discovered my father was an Olympian god, attended a school with my half-brothers and sisters, as well as the other children of the gods, and was sent on a quest. My friend had died, I went back in time to save her, I made a monster jump off a cliff, discovered a threat in south Colorado and traveled to Olympus in less than a week.
My other demigod friends slowly arrived at my house, before we went to the rollerblading rink. My girlfriend, Rosa VanCleaven, a daughter of Aphrodite…persuaded, our bus driver to drive us to a rollerblading rink. She's a daughter of Aphrodite. She can do stuff like that.
The bus driver dropped us off at the rollerblading place and we paid money for our admission inside.
"Okay," said my friend, Benjamin, a son of Hades. "I guess we're going to be rollerblading for a little bit."
It was kind of difficult to use the demigod tracker to find the three demigods in this place, because of that fact that everyone was skating around. Most of the time, we were sitting at one of the tables where you can sit and order food, or where most parents sat and read a newspaper or something.
"How exactly are we going to persuade them to leave this place once we find them?" Olivia asked.
She's a daughter of Athena. Her black hair and grey eyes make her look a lot like her mother. At least, that's what Athena looked like from the few minutes I had seen her. Dmitri Gardner, a son of Demeter and Olivia's boyfriend, sat next to her, holding her hand under the table, probably.
"I don't know," my twin sister Ellie told her. She has the same physical features as me─black hair, sky blue eyes, and a Mediterranean skin tone. The whole 'sky blue eyes' thing probably gives away who our father is. But just in case you didn't get it, me and Ellie's father is Zeus, the king of the gods, and god of the sky.
"Let's just focus on getting the demigods out first," Rosa said as she sat down next to me. Her brown hair was tied into a ponytail, which she didn't do a lot. Her eyes were changing color as they always did. I looked into her eyes and looked at all the different colors they changed, counting how many different times it changed─blue, brown, green, hazel, grey─they changed at least five times.
Andrea Martin, another one of my demigod friends, walked over to the table from across the room in a matter of seconds. She had a pizza in her hands.
Her father is the Greek god, Hermes, and from him she gets a lot of her features. The elfish ears, the mischievous smile that told you she shouldn't be trusted with sharp objects and money. She had freckles across her nose and under her eyes, with dirty blonde hair. Because of the fact Hermes is her father, she can run incredibly fast, and is often the messenger of the group if two people are in a fight.
"Pizza's here," said Andrea. We quickly opened the box and began to eat. I looked over the half-wall that divides the eating room and the skating area. I saw one of my female enemies from school. She's my ex-girlfriend, and her name is Gwendolyn Shapiro.
"Ew," I said distastefully as I sat back down.
"What is it?" inquired my friend Brianna Rivera. She's the younger sister of my best friend Hunter, and she is the daughter of Poseidon. She's one year younger than me, and is thirteen years old.
"I just saw Gwen," I told them.
"Shapiro?" Rosa asked in a disgusting tone. I nodded.
Rosa and Gwendolyn used to be great friends. They were still friends while Gwen and I were dating, but when I began to like Rosa and we started dating, Gwen became…different. Rosa and I were still friends with her for a bit, but then she called Rosa a slutty whore, and we instantly hated her. Rosa went to the Guidance Counselor on her, and now they're not even allowed within ten feet of each other.
"If anything," Rosa said, "I hope she's not the female demigod we're looking for."
"If she were the female demigod, I'd say she's the daughter of the worst minor god ever." Rosa smiled and rested her head on my shoulder.
My friend, Melanie Green, a daughter of Apollo, picked up the demigod tracker and skated out of her seat.
"I'm gonna try finding these demigods," she said. She skated out of the eating area, her black hair flowing behind her.
"I think we should go with her," Hunter, Brianna's older brother, suggested. All of us looked at each other.
"Okay," I agreed.
We all sat up, and rollerblading out of the dining area.
When we decided to stop rollerblading, we sat down at an eating table again. We decided to just wait until the demigod tracker would beep loudest, since that's what it does. As Perseus said, the demigod tracker seemed to beep loudest when a girl passed by, but also when two separate boys passed. We became suspicious about one of the boys, and without making it too obvious, we followed him around. Luckily he didn't seem to notice.
At one point, the boy joined Gwen and some other boy at a table. We sat distantly from them, but not too far away. We were trying not to look like stalkers, though we technically were stalking him. I turned the volume of the demigod tracker down a bit. It was beeping a lot ever since he sat down with Gwen and the other boy.
I wondered…could Gwen could be a demigod? It was a possibility but…I didn't want one of my worst enemies to be a demigod. I flashed back to last year, when I figured out our three worst enemies from school, Heather Thompson, Jack Robinson and Trevor Young turned out to be demigods. We weren't exactly happy about it. Heather is a demigod daughter of Dionysus, while Jack and Trevor are the demigod sons of Hephaestus and Ares.
"Guys," Dmitri said, "I think those three are the demigods…including Gwen." Rosa glared at him, but she looked like she could agree.
"Well…if they are the demigods, how are we getting them out of here?" I asked.
"Let's wait until this place closes," Olivia advised. "Then, we'll take 'em."
I listened intently to the conversation the three supposed-demigods were having.
"─upset that this is almost over," said one of the boys. This one had color changing eyes like Rosa's, but his didn't change as much. He had dark hair, which wasn't black, but wasn't exactly brown either. He appeared to be younger than Gwen and the other boy, but not by much. He might've been Brianna's age.
"We've been here for three hours, Spencer," laughed Gwen, the only one of the three I recognized. The guy who I took to be Spencer looked over his shoulders, towards the area where people enter. He made a face of disgust.
"Ms. Silva is here," he scowled.
"What is she doing here?" asked the other boy. This one was black hair and dark eyes, so he looked sort of like Benjamin. However, this guy had more color in his face, as opposed to Ben, who was naturally pale.
"I don't know," said Spencer. "Maybe she's picking up a child she brought here?" He suggested. Gwen and the boy exchanged glances and lifted their shoulders as if to say, I dunno.
When the rollerblading place began to close, we followed Gwen and the two boys out of the entrance. I wondered how she knew them. Maybe over the internet, or they were her cousins. If they really were demigods, I'd find it interesting that they grouped together, too.
When I say, too, I mean that, there were apparently lots of demigods attending my school in Halifax, Maplewood Middle School. First, it started with my three enemies, Heather, Jack and Trevor. Then, all of my friends and I turned out to be demigods. It would be interesting if they too would be demigods.
As Gwen, Spencer, and the other boy whose name I didn't know walked around the corner, Hunter, Dmitri, Benjamin and I pulled them back. They started kicking and screaming.
"What are you doi─Ethan?" Gwen looked at me with murderous eyes.
"We'll explain later," Rosa told them, looking at Gwen like a week-old cheeseburger. "But now, you guys have to come with us."
"Why would anyone," tested Gwen, "want to go anywhere, with a bitch like you?" I could tell Rosa was about to punch her. Rosa stepped forward, and almost threw her arm, but I got in between them and separated them.
"Calm down," I told them. "Gwen, that was unnecessary."
We heard the sound of the ringing bells above the doors of the entrance to the rollerblading rink. The Ms. Silva woman that Spencer was talking about walked out. I casually glanced at her as she walked by.
"Fine," said Gwendolyn. "But I'm still not going anywhere with Rosa, let alone Ethan."
I gave her one of my famous glares. Then, I noticed that Ms. Silva still hadn't left us. She was standing not even ten feet away.
"Um, hello…?" I greeted. She bent herself backwards as if doing a bridge─at least I think that's what it was called─like in gymnastics. Strangely, I had never seen an adult do it besides gymnastic teachers. All of a sudden, arms broke through the sides of her shirt─no, not arms─they were fuzzy and long. They were…like a spider's legs.
Her head spun around upwards, and her shirt and pants melted into her now fuzzy skin.
Rosa and Olivia screamed. Rosa; she was scared of spiders for as long as I could remember, I just didn't know why. Olivia; since her mother is Athena, who cursed Arachne to turn into a spider. All of the spiders descend from Arachne, and they are after anyone who is related to Athena. I wondered if this was Arachne.
As if reading my mind, the spider woman said, "I am the daughter of Arachne, demigods. And because of the fact that you are the smelly creature you are, I must─" Before she could finish, Gwendolyn ran off screaming. I would've laughed if I weren't in the situation I was.
I pulled out my sword that I keep with me whenever I feel I'll need it. Luckily, it can transform into any small object I wish, such as a pencil or a glue stick, so I'm not carrying around a heavy sword.
I charged Arachne and slashed at her with my sword. One of her spider legs fell off, but a new and stronger one took its place. I ran on her left side with Ellie on her right as we were both slashing off her legs, thinking it would help and her body would just fall to the ground and wither. However, as it happened before, more legs just replaced her chopped off legs. I noticed she was growing into an enormous spider.
Meanwhile, Rosa and Olivia cowered on the other side of the building. I rolled my eyes at their silliness.
Benjamin opened a crevice on the pavement of the parking lot cement which burned hellfire. Before Arachne could fall in, she spread out her spider's legs and broke her fall. He tried widening the crevice, but it didn't work very much.
I looked around to see what everyone else was doing. The ground was beginning to shake, so I knew Hunter and Brianna were trying to make earthquakes. I tried summoning lightning bolts at will.
Suddenly, I felt something fuzzy against my feet. For a second, I thought it was Arachne's spider legs, but when I looked, it wasn't. A vine was moving across my feet─not just any type of vine─a grape vine. It swayed and slithered across the pavement. I noticed suddenly that the vines were wrapping around Arachne. They began choking her. When she was about to die, they loosened a little bit. Then, the vines caught on fire, and Arachne perished.
When the brightness of the fire died, the vines were black and withered and, well, burnt. I looked at from where the vines were coming from and gasped.
My demigod enemies, Trevor Young, Jack Robinson and Heather Thompson stood there. Vines were growing around the daughter of Dionysus and towards the now dead body of the giant spider queen. Fire danced along Jack's nimble fingers. Trevor sat nearby on a beautiful brown horse with giant wings─a Pegasus.
"You're welcome," sneered Trevor after a silence. She pulled a small flask out of her pocket and began to drink the alcoholic beverage─typical Heather. As a daughter of Dionysus, she made bad choices in school because her father is the god of wine and ecstasy. I guess it made sense that she was able to control grapevines because of the fact she inherits control over the domain of her divine parent, which is Dionysus, as I said.
Jack's father, Hephaestus, is the god of fire, so it made sense that he was the one who lit Heather's vines on fire. I wondered if she was mad about that and was going to try making wine out of it.
"We were handling it fine," Olivia grumbled.
"Obviously not," explained Heather. "I summoned freakin' vines and they killed that spider in seconds."
"With the help of my fire," said Jack. Heather rolled her eyes.
"Whatever," she retorted. She looked at the Pegasus. She and Trevor nodded at each other. She and Heather whistled, and in less than five seconds, five other pegasi of different shapes, sizes and colors flew over the nearby forest and landed next to the brown one.
"Pick one and hop on," said Heather, climbing onto the Pegasus in which Trevor sat, wrapping her arms around him. If they were dating or not, I wasn't sure, but they seemed romantically involved with each other at the moment. "I'm hungry, tired, and you're lucky I convinced Trevor and Jack to save you anyways."
I did as she told. I ended up sitting on a black Pegasus named Black Beauty with Rosa. I recognized it as a Pegasus I had met while training how to ride them that belonged to one of Rosa's half-sisters. Rosa wrapped her arms around me in the same style as Heather did with Trevor.
"Gia to Institoúto!" Trevor chanted in Greek, which translated to: To the Institute!
Instantly, all of the pegasi began flapping their wings and kicking their feet, and soared over the forest and into the night sky.
A/N: I hoped you like the first chapter, because there's more to come! I hope you like the sequel just as much as the first installment!
ANSWER THESE CHAPTER ONE QUESTIONS:
One: Why do you think the book is titled what it is?
Two: Do you have high expectations for the book? Yes or no?
Three: Can you guess the immortal parentage of the three demigods?
Four: Are you excited for more?