Me sorry for not updating! D: Seriously, the first week of school, MORE THAN 100 VOCAB WORDS TO STUDY? Getting kicked out of lunch tables for no apparent reason (other than being a freshman) and having to do homework in the middle of the night isn't fun… so sorry. D: I have underestimated school and home work. I am so sorry for not updating for a half year. D:
And for my Drew Fanfiction….that one shall take a while to finish. O.o I barley have time to do that one.
I have been told and I can see that my plot is a bit fast… and I don't want it to be fast!
Anyway, thank you wonderful reviewers for making me a better writer! :D
Disclaimer: I do not own Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
Perhaps I should start from the beginning.
Terse summary of what happened last night: I couldn't get Nico to wake up but Rachel sure did by slapping him and whispering weird things in is ear. Chiron nearly poured the nectar on his face and then shooed us out of the clinic. We attended dinner and campfire normally and went to sleep.
So now it's morning and I opened the door to the clinic, expecting Nico somewhere. Instead, I see Annabeth and Rachel, with furrowed brows and worried eyes, chattered amongst themselves.
"It can't be starting already, can it?" Annabeth was saying in a tone of disbelief. Rachel pressed her lips together and looked at me. Annabeth turned her head with startled eyes in my direction.
"Morning, Percy." Rachel greeted though she seemed a bit distracted.
"Hi, Rachel. Ummm… did I interrupted something?" I asked. Annabeth gave me a "well duh" look before shifting her eyes to Rachel. Rachel only stared at the floor.
"Oh, not much. Don't worry." She answered, which actually made me more worried.
"Well…" Rachel started.
"Nothing. We will talk about it later. It's breakfast time anyway." Annabeth cutted. She brushed passed me, avoiding my eyes. Those gray stormy eyes had an intense look in it, clearly showing that she was worrying about something worse than what is for breakfast. I knew those eyes too well. Rachel smiled meekly, and followed Annabeth out the door. I took a last look around the clinic, just to make sure I didn't miss Nico anywhere, and I left the clinic.
At breakfast, I sat next to Annabeth for two reasons. One, was because of our whole reputation thing which still made me feel guilty. The other was that I had to talk to her anyway.
I searched the cafeteria, noticing Nico wasn't anywhere to be seen.
"Where's Nico?" I asked Annabeth.
"He left." She said shortly.
"What?" I was shocked. "But what about his cut? And where?"
Annabeth observed around the loud cafeteria before answering. I noticed a few campers' head quickly turned away from us, obviously giggling.
"I don't know about his injury, but according to Rachel, he shadow traveled to Florida for some… business." She whispered. "Rachel and I think that something strange is happening, and Nico seems to know what it is, but he's not telling Rachel. I do have an assumption… but no. It can't be." She shook her head violently.
"What can't be?" I asked.
"Well, it may not be, but for the worst case scenario~"
"YOU BROKE MY LUCKY CAT, DIDN'T YOU?" A loud, terrible voice that nearly made me jump out of my skin echoed in the cafeteria. Only the sound of something being thrown in the trash can could be heard.
"What? I did not!" I saw a boy shout.
"Liar! Did too!" The girl was accusing. She threw a pancake that didn't go very far.
"Hey! That was my pancake!" The boy got out of his seat.
"You deserved it! Without my lucky cat, I can never eat pancakes in peace!" The girl was waving something that looked suspiciously like a sausage.
"That was not any pancake! It's organic!" He protested.
"Iris campers…" Annabeth muttered, as Chiron went over to admonish the two campers.
"Soo… what was that again?" I asked Annabeth.
"Never mind." She sighed.
"Just tell me!"
"No. It's absolutely spurious. Forget it. Let's find Nico."
"What?" What the heck was Annabeth doing?
"You wanna find Nico?"
"Then let's find Nico." She got up with her tray and went towards the trash can.
What the heck was that for? Annabeth wouldn't just go all the way… where? To Florida? To Florida just to find Nico? There had to be another reason. And what in the name of Aphrodite is Nico doing in Florida? I wolfed down my pancakes and followed Annabeth.
"Hey! Why are we going all the way to Florida to find Nico? I mean, he's fine, right?"
"Why are you even complaining?"
"It's useless, Annabeth! He's not gay!"
"He's single." She replied automatically, since we had this argument for some years.
"But not gay."
"He was fine when he was in your arms." She smirked.
"It was just 'cause he was weak! Otherwise he would have killed me!"
"He so totally liked it!"
"Liar, he probably went to Florida to get away from me."
"Relinquish! You're losing."
"Just joking, it means you better give up or else I'll put you on a plane with him." He smirk was growing and becoming very scary.
"You two would be screaming and holding on to each other like little cute gerbils and-and SQUEEEEEE!" She squealed, cutting the circulation on my arm by grabbing.
"You scare me…" I tried to pull away.
"And both of you would think that you were going to die and then be like "I love you!"and~"
"Annabeth!" I hissed in horror, hoping that no one was listening to us, which was impossible. Looks of part interest and part confusion were making me more nervous. Annabeth dragged me to Chiron.
"Chiron," Annabeth said, loud enough so everyone could hear. "Percy and I want to visit Florida!"
My ears caught the sound of Aphrodite girls giggling in the distance.
Chiron raised his eyebrows. He was also one of the few who knew Annabeth and I weren't really dating, thanks to my mom. And he seemed to know where Annabeth was getting at, because he said "Are you sure you wish to go now? The lucky cat broke today."
"They had it ready for weeks, Chiron! Who cares about the lucky cat?"
Chiron paused considering.
"Then you may go." He answer simply.
"Thanks!" And she dragged me away.
By the way, I had no idea what they were talking about, either.
"What are we doing?"
"We are going to Florida!"
Annabeth rolled her eyes. "Yes!"
"Stop asking! You will see! It's really new but I heard it hurts a lot."
Annabeth opened the door to Cabin 14. The smell of burning incense blasted out. In the middle of the room was a low table with a tea set. Prisms hung by the windows, spreading the light of rainbows everywhere. The walls were light colors of pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and violet smooth, wavy horizontal stripes. There was a gumball machine. Colored paper and pencils in bags hung on the bunks. A girl was sketching something in one bunk. Another girl was holding a huge, swirly rainbow lollipop on the other side of the room. It seemed really peaceful. And colorful.
Until the girl threw the lollipop. She probably aiming at us, but the aim was terrible, the lollipop shattered in colorful pieces as it hit the wall.
"What was that for?" I shouted at the girl, realizing it was the same girl that was accusing a boy about breaking a cat.
"You can't travel today, the lucky cat broke. You might die." I realized she was talking to Annabeth, not me. Her dark hair was in a braid, which she tugged at constantly.
"What travel?" I asked.
"Please?" Annabeth ignored me.
"No." And she ran into another room that seemed to be the bathroom. The door slammed shut, and the whole cabin was silent.
"Ohhh…" Annabeth said after a while of silence, looking defeated.
"Look Annabeth…" I started.
"You fools want to try rainbow traveling?" A voice from the other side of the room called out. I turned around to see another girl.
"Yes, please!" Annabeth didn't even look fazed at being called a fool. Someone must be up. And what was rainbow travel? Are we about to be shot across a rainbow to Florida?
"I'm Vanessa. Please don't mind Lily. That cat was a gift from her grandmother, who passed away recently. Somehow it broke."
"I assume this cat isn't like, a live breathing and living cat?" I had to make sure.
"Oh no, Percy." Vanessa responded. I still wasn't used to having so many people knowing my name without me knowing them. " It's called a Zhao Cai Mao in Chinese which means lucky cat. It is supposed to bring good luck to this cabin and contribute to the feng shui."
"Uhhhh…" was my brilliant response.
"Sorry to interrupt, but can we hurry, please? I don't want to lose track of Nic- uhh, waste anymore time of the day! We planned lots!" Annabeth said.
"It's real simple, really." Vanessa reached deeply in her huge pockets. She took out two, three inch long quartz shaped thing. It was extremely flashy, very reflective. But instead of reflecting images, it reflects colors. It had a sharp tip on it.
"This is titanium quartz." Vanessa said. "It increases the enjoyments in your life and will take away sadness. It opens all 7 chakras!"
"Chakra?" I asked.
"You know, the energy in your body! Like the green one stands for love and…"
"Ok, but how is it made? How does it work?" Annabeth asked.
"Uhhh, I don't know. You will have to ask someone in the Hecate or Hephaestus cabin. They helped us. And how does this work? Well, say where you want to go."
"Florida." Annabeth and I both responded.
Then Vanessa grabbed Annabeth's hand and stabbed it with the quartz.
"Hey!" I screamed, and my arm automatically rose and smacked Vanessa in the face. Though it didn't do much but had me offer my hand for her to stab with the other quartz. In my peripheral vison, I saw Annabeth reaching grabing the quartz at the same time I stabbed. All this happened so fast in confusion, I my nerves ignored the pain in my hand. A blinding flash of florescent colors came from Annabeth's hands, probably from the quartz as I later realized. More rainbow light blinded me. Then it turned golden, and I felt I was roasting myself. My skin felt sticky, and I squinted, trying to adjust to the light. I saw Annabeth in front of me. A very wet Annabeth. Before I could say anything, a spray of water flew at me.
"Hey! This is a new shirt!" I complained, and tried to minimize the damage of my new, once-clean collared shirt. I had put this on instead of my usual Camp Half-Blood T-shirt. It was black, and I try to wear something nice when, uhhh… I think a certain person would be around.
Annabeth was laughing her butt off. It was then I realized I was outside, not inside a cabin. The sun was blazing, and I was sitting on grass with some sprinkler around us. This must be someone's yard. Annabeth's laugh was getting more obnoxious as she pointed at my face.
"What?!" I demanded.
He face was now in the grass, making herself look like a cow.
"What is it?!" I shook my head and rolled my eyes, and I checked my shirt for damages. That's when I realized.
I was the Son of Poseidon.
"Ok, Annabeth. You can stop laughing." I said, sheepishly.
"What's so important about that shirt that made you think you weren't the Son of Poseidon?" She smirked
"It's new!" I hissed.
"And why would you wear such a fancy, new shirt of the very day we're out to search for… oh I don't know. Nico?" She raised her eyebrows.
"What? No, I didn't know we were going to search for him before I put this on!"
"But you still thought you were going to see him today."
"That doesn't affect anything!"
"So why this apparel, Percy?"
"I-I felt like it!"
The sprinklers was coming back for us, and I was glad to have this distraction. We got up and dashed away.
"Ok, umm where are we?" I asked
"Very helpful. Where in Florida?"
I rolled my eyes. The Florida heat was already getting us. I remembered the time I was in Miami. But this was no Miami. There wasn't any palm trees. Just a little dirt road with a few low ceiling houses with a ton of yard space.
"What do we do now?" I asked.
"Follow the road." Annabeth was just as confused. But walked on the road until we stopped at a new road perpendicular to the one we were on. I concentrated on the street sign name.
"Sadeh road?" I read it over and over again. What a strange name.
"Ya…" Annabeth squinted. Then he face lighted up. "Perfect!"
"Percy, if you were Nico, where would you be?"
"Uhhh if I was Nico…" I thought for a while
"I would… be… Nico?"
Annabeth sighed in despair.
"I mean, he would not be in Florida, he would like…"
"There is graveyard over there to your left."
Oh. I totally saw that.
"Is that an orange tree in the graveyard?" I asked Annabeth.
Under the tree were two figures that seemed to be having an intense conversation. One I could identify as Nico, the other I had no clue.
"Nico!" I ran towards him.
"Percy! Wait! Wow, of all graveyards in Florida, he was right here…" Annabeth probably said more, but I couldn't hear.
Then I saw Nico's face. He looked shocked and horrified, making me nervous.
"No! Go away!" He yelled.
Then I noticed the guy next to him.
"What a lovely surprise." He said.
The bright Floridian rays of skin cancer seemed to have suddenly disappeared.
Ya, so I'm really sorry for not updating! And I really got into another fandom, also. Please review if you're not going to kill me, and I'm sorry we didn't get to see Nico much in this chapter! Thank you reviewers! And thank you Beta even though you have now retired. D': You have been awesome! So sorry, this chapter will probably have a lot of spelling mistakes and such!
And I need a new Beta for this story! If you would like to be my Beta, please review or give me a message! :3
And lastly, when I started writing this, the Mark of Athena wasn't out yet. So ya, I'm not sure if I should keep going. :/ But I will see what I can get!