Chapter 4: Revelations
I stared at them in horror. Bella was here, but she was killing Percy. I didn't know what was happening; I only knew that Percy's life was being sucked out of him.
I saw a rock hit Bella in the back of the head. Not a good idea, I thought, but it turned out I was wrong. Bella dropped her hand in response and turned around slowly to face the person who threw it: Nico.
"Edward, run! Take Percy and throw him in the ocean or a lake. Now!" Nico yelled at me while he threw another rock.
Bella's face was a mask of confusion that quickly melted to one of fury. She thrust her hand out and the black smoke surrounding her moved to cover Nico. I had no time to panic before she moved the smoke away from him.
Nico stood there unharmed. His face was one of anger and exasperation. I realized that she couldn't hurt Nico that way. They were siblings; their dad was the ruler of the Underworld. Their powers canceled each other.
Bella's face was now full of fear as she came to the same realization. She turned on her heels and ran with Nico right behind her. While he chased her, he yelled at me, "What are you waiting for? Save Percy!"
I hesitated for a second before throwing Percy over my shoulder and ran. Nico would deal with Bella. Right now, saving my brother was what mattered. Bella would be better off with her brother.
After Jacob showed us the way out, I ran to the ocean and tossed Percy into it. What happened was the most fascinating thing I have ever seen.
Percy was healing right before my eyes. His hair was gaining color, and his cheeks were filling out. His tan was even coming back! His sea green eyes were more lively, more powerful, then ever before.
Percy shot out of the water like a cannon. He did a front-flip and landed on his feet. He was being a complete showoff like usual.
He looked at me and smiled slightly. "Thanks," he said while I just nodded. "What was up with Bella? She didn't seem like herself."
Before I could answer, I heard a voice behind me answer darkly, "I can answer that."
I whipped my head around fast and saw Nico right behind us. "Where's Bella?" I blurted out without thinking.
"Gone. She shadow traveled as soon as she reached a wall. By the time I got there to travel and find her, she was already out of the … well let's call it the shadow world, so I couldn't find her. She's fast for the girl who is supposedly the most clumsiest girl on the earth," Nico laughed lightly … nervously.
"What's wrong with Bella?" Percy and I asked at the same time.
Nico rubbed the back of his neck nervously. "She's changed."
"Glad we covered that," Percy said sarcastically. "What we want to know is why and how bad she is."
"Well … it turns out that her being killed for a little while messed with her mind … I don't know how to explain it. All I can really say is that she has turned evil … so evil that she ranks up there with Kronos.