I'm sorry that I haven't been uploading. I had writers block. Plus, Valentines Day was a while ago, and mine sucked. SOmething happened two weeks ago that made me kind of queasy. Well, I hope you like this chapter.

Chapter Twenty

Percy's POV

I can't believe it. Besides the quests, I'm pretty queasy. Annabeth and I almost kissed. We almost KISSED! Just thinking about it makes my face burn up. But, Thalia was there to ruin the moment. Yeah, yeah, I-uh...I admit that I wanted to kiss her. I've always liked her. Ever since years ago. I just can't believe that she is defending Luke. I mean, he kidnapped our friends. Who would do something like that?

Right now, I'm in my cabin, getting ready for the quest. First, we plan on going east. Then, we're going to go to San Francisco. But that's all we have planned out.

"Bye, Tyson. I hope that we can see each other again."

"Okay. I hope I see you too with An-an-an" he started to stutter like he accidentally said something. "an-an-an orange. I hope to see you with an orange." He gave me a childish grin. I scratched my head.

"What are you saying, Tyson? Are you alright?" I raised an eyebrow.

"Um, uh...Beautiful weather it is outside. Don't you just want to run outside and- oh look! There's Grover." Tyson pointed behind me and I turned around. Right when my eyes left him, he ran out the door.

"Tyson!" I yelled, but he was already gone. But Grover actually was there.

"Hey Percy. I heard that you're going on a quest." Grover looked the same as yesterday.

"Hi Grover. Um, yeah. That's the reason I was running yesterday. Jason, Nico, and Althea were kidnapped by Luke. That's why I ran away from you."

"Gee, I feel so appreciated." He looked at me skeptically.

"Sorry dude. Anyway, did you see what happened with Tyson? He just ran out when I asked him a question. Do you have anything to do with this quest? Everyone is acting pretty strange. Whatever.

"Um, no. What? I don't know anything." Grover started to sweat.

"You're lying Grover. What are you hiding?" I asked skeptically.

"N-nothing. Or at least, nothing that big." He gave me a sheepish grin, going great with his goat bleats and hair legs.

"Come on Grover. Tell, me. If there's something going on that I don't know about, tell me." He started to sweat even more. His breathing quickened and his voice was an octave higher.

"Nope. Nothing g-going on. Bye!" He quickly ran out of my cabin.

"Grover, wait!" But he was already gone. What is going on? People are acting kind of weird. First Thalia because she didn't seem surprised at all that Luke kidnapped Nico, Jason, and Althea. Then, Chiron. He seemed pretty chilled, like he wanted me and Annabeth to go on this quest. Now, it's Grover and Tyson. They were horrible liars, but good enough to get away with it.

"What the Hades is going on here," I whispered to myself. I continues packing. I brought a blue backpack and put in a weeks worth of clothes, ambrosia, nectar, some food, and other supplies we might need. I had Riptide in my pocket. "I'm ready."

I stepped outside into the morning air of Camp Half-Blood. Everyone was running around. Some of the Ares kids were in the sword arena with the Apollo kids, and the Aphrodite cabin were in the Pegasus stables. I walked up to Half-Blood hill to see Annabeth, Thalia, Chiron, and Argus waiting there for me.

"You're late, Kelp head," Thalia said impatiently.

"Sorry, Pinecone face," I spat back.

"Hi, Percy. Are you guys ready?" Annabeth still looked like she had yesterday. An orange camp; shirt with denim shorts, some Nikes, and a dagger strapped around her leg. The only thing different was that she had her baseball cap in her pocket. From what I've heard, it can make her invisible, which is a great advantage for us.

"As ready as I'll ever be," I whispered to myself.

"Thalia, may I please speak to you?" Chiron gestured Thalia to her pine and started to discuss with her about something. Annabeth was talking to Argus, but I doubt that he was able to speak back. I couldn't help but eavesdrop on them. I wasn't able to make out all there words, but Chiron looked serious.

"Are you sure that you want to do this? I mean, what if they find out in the middle of the quest? And what about the monsters? What happened with them?" Chiron whispered.

"Yeah. You should have seen what happened. It was just so...you know. And they will find out at the end anyways. I'm pretty sure that he has a plan. I Iris messaged him a few days ago and he looked fine. I really doubt that something bad will happen. Unless, the monsters find out." Find out what? What happened? This is killing me! And my ADHD didn't help at all.

"Very well, my child. I wish you good luck." Chiron nodded and rolled back down to camp, but not without a good-bye.

"Good bye! You must do what you think is right." And with that, he disappeared.

"Well, let's get a move on," Thalia cut in.

"Thalia, what happened b-" I stopped. I don't know if I should bring this up right now. What if she won't answer me? Or what if I just make it worse?

"yeah?" She gave me a questioning look.


We all piled into Argus's van and drove towards Tobay beach. During the ride, Thalia was talking to Argus about the directions or whatever. Me and Annabeth were in the back, next to each other. It was very awkward.

"So," I broke the silence, "about what happened this morning..." My shoes looked more interesting now and my face turned bright red.

"Um, lets just...pretend that never happened. Okay?" Annabeth gave me a smile.

"Oh, okay." I was a little disappointed.

When we reached our destination, Argus winked at us with half of his eyes, which was pretty disturbing, but we waved goodbye. The Atlantic Ocean was across from the bay so, we walked that way.

Not a lot of people were here today. A few tourists sprinkled across the waters, like little fish.

"Wow," was all I can say. It was a beautiful sight. The seagulls were flying across the sky, seashells were found under our feet, and the water was calm and smelled of salt.

"It's beautiful. It must feel really nice to go here during the summer." Annabeth, Thalia, and I walked towards the water, making sure that our camp shirts are covered up.

"So, what are we supposed to do?" Thalia asked when we reached the shore.

"I have no idea. The prophecy said that we were supposed to go east. This east. It probably has to do something with Percy since it's the ocean." They both looked at me like I had a suggestion.

"Hey, don't look at me. I have nothing." Both of their shoulders slumped.

"Great. We are at our first destination and we don't know what we're supposed to do." Thalia looked pretty annoyed.

"Maybe that person can help over there," Annabeth said, pointing towards someone.

"Sure." We all walked closer to her and I realized why Annabeth said that this person could help. They person was wearing a toga, a white silky one, with gladiator sandals. It was a woman. Her hair was a fair brown with streaks of blonde in it. She was probably in her thirties and was sitting down on the sand, looking out at sea.

"Um, excuse me. Do you, ah, know anything about Greek Mythology?" I asked. Thalia elbowed me in the stomach. The woman gave me a death glare, close to Thalia's.

"What he means is, have you seen anything weird? I mean, something out of the ordinary or something you can't explain?" The woman turned her head back to the ocean.

"And what if I said that I do know of your kind?" Her voice was melancholy, but a hint of anger.

"I don't know. Look, are you a god, or monster, or whatever?" I know my question sounded stupid. I probably shouldn't have said that. She glared back at me.

"What do you want, son of Poseidon?" she spat at me. My face turned pretty annoyed.

"Look lady. Either you help us and we'll leave you or you can keep being mean and I'll chop you up with my sword." Great. I'm probably going to get blasted into pieces.

"Fine." She stood up and held out her arm. "I'm Amphitrite. The wife of Poseidon." Oh my gods. My eyes widened with shock.

"SO that's why you were mean to me. 'Cause I'm the son of Poseidon, but with another woman." Her face turned into anger. I felt a tug on my sleeve and looked down, finding Annabeth and Thalia on their knees, looking at me with their own death glares. Girls can be so scary sometimes.

" I'm not going to kneel down to a goddess that disrespected me. If she wants respect, I expect some back." Amphitrite looked liked she wanted to cut off my head and feed it to Cetus.

"Very well. What brings you here, children of the gods." Annabeth and Thalia got up, but some people were staring.

"We're on a quest and we need to find out our first destination. Please help us," Annabeth said. Amphitrite was reluctant to help, but eventually, talked.

"You are very wise child. I can tell by your eyes. They are just like your mothers. One day, you'll make an intelligent person." Annabeth smiled at the compliment. Then, she turned towards Thalia.

"You daughter of Zeus, have a special personality. It's beyond what you think it is. And your pretty witty, thinking this up." Thalia flashed a nervous grin. Then, she turned to me. Oh great.

"And you, child of the sea. You are not my child, so I do not expect anything big, but since you are a child of my husband's, I will tell you that you are very important indeed. To this quest, to the people that care about you the most, and to the world. You will find your own ways. I don't need to show you children anything else, but this." And right at that moment, her hand opened up, showing three white whistles. "You will need this on your journey. Blow on this, and three hippocampi will come to your rescue. But be warned, you can only use this once. Once, it is activated, it will disappear. Make sure that you are within three hundred feet to the ocean, or the hippocampi will not come. Use it wisely." She gave us each one, and then, she poofed into a thick fog.

I started to cough on the fog. Ew.

"So, what now. We have just gone to our first destination. What did the prophecy say next, Annabeth?" I asked, after coughing my step-mom.

"Well, the prophecy said that we will have to go to a place that we know. And besides camp and Thalia's house, it's at my place."

"Okay, how are we going to go there. It's like, a bajillion miles away. You can't possibly go through air or the sea. Zeus might blast me to pieces and if we go in the water, it'll take way too much time to get there."

"Then, we should probably go by train. It's the fastest way." Thalia suggested. We nodded.

We all arrived at the Amtrak station a few miles away. Right now, it's about five o'clock in the afternoon.

"Three tickets to San Francisco, please." The ticket booth man gave us our tickets and we boarded the train to San Fran.

"Oh my gods, these seats are so comfy!" I layed back on mine and put my hands on the back of my head, sticking my feet on the seat across from me.

"Get off my seat, Seaweedbrain," Annabeth warned with her dagger in her hand. I gulped, surprised that no one noticed the dagger. It probably looked like a piece of wood. I wuickly put my feet down to avoid cuts.

"Well, we need to plan out everything that we're going to do in San Fran. Are we going to stay at your house, Annabeth?" Thalia asked. I looked at her and she had sadness in her eyes.

"Is it okay if we just stay at a hotel? I don't think I'll be able to face my dad. Even if my step-mom had told him that I had already found out, I don't think that I'll be able to take it. It's just too painful." Her face darkened.

"Sure. For you Annabeth, anything." Thalia kicked me in the shin.

"Yeah Annabeth. I understand." I glared at Thalia. I would've said something like that even if she hadn't kicked me. Man, girls are not only scary, but they're strong too. May this be a warning for you boys.

"Thanks guys." We all became silent after that. Eventually, Annabeth drifted of to sleep. I thought that right now would be a good time to bring something up.

"So, what were you and Chiron talking about?"

This is why some of the characters seem a little OOC. Sorry that I hadn't explained that before.