Chapter 10

A Quest


A disclaimer: I don't own Naruto or Percy Jackson.

"Character Dialogue"

'CharacterThought'

'Telepathic Conversation'

"Jutsu / Angry God"

"Demon / Monsters/Summon"


The campers were in shock. They shocked about Percy being the son of Poseidon, but that trampled on by the shock of Naruto's lineage. He was the son of Hades, Lord of Underworld, and He related to the Amaterasu Shinto Goddess. It means he had both Shinto and Greek Gods blood. Then there was Chaos, The primal deity in Greek, and Naruto related to him. It was most shocking thing to them.

"You are full of surprises, Ninja-boy," Mr. D said with smirked.

"Yes, Hades is your father," Chiron said uncomfortably. "Do you have any clue, how you are related to other two?"

"Well, Amaterasu, she must be my grandmother and Chaos..." Naruto noticed Mr. D and Chiron's nervous faces. "He is my Great-Grandfather."

"How are you so sure?" Chiron asked.

"He is the one, who brought me to this world. He had left me his letter and this..." Naruto said and he pointed to bracelet on his left bicep.

Both Mr. D and Chiron took a closer look of the bracelet and read a Greek phrase on it. 'Balance,' they thought same time.

"What it can do?" Annabeth asked who saw Naruto's bracelet.

Naruto said calmly, "No clue." Other sweat-dropped.

"Well, we need to assign to you two new cabins," Chiron said." Percy, you will be in your father's cabin, so go get your stuff." Percy just nodded while he and Luke quickly got his stuff. "Now Naruto, I am not so sure where to put you."

"What do you mean?" Naruto said.

"We never had any kids from Hades or from him... This is a camp for Greek god's children and your Grandmother is Shinto goddess, so obviously we don't have her cabin."

"We ca—"

Suddenly, all campers heard a rumbling sound. It was coming from the empty space between Poseidon's and Zeus's cabins. The ground began to shake, a fissure opened up and a building as black as night, raised from the ground with the screams of the dead.

The cabin was totally black and its walls had made of solid obsidian. There was a skull hung over the door. There had torches front of the door, which was burning with green fire. It was 13th Cabin, Hades Cabin.

"Well, now we have Hades Cabin," Mr. D said. Then he turned his head toward campers. "Now show is over, so back to your respective cabin." All campers went to their respective cabin. Mr. D also went with them. Only Naruto and Chiron were standing alone there.


"Anything you want, Chiron?" Naruto asked.

Chiron said, "Yes." He pointed toward the red symbol on his back. "Whose symbol is this?" [Juubi's eye's Symbol]

"This is... My symbol," Naruto said and turned around and He started walking toward his cabin. Suddenly he stopped and glanced up at the pine tree. "It is interesting, isn't it? Now camp has all three children of big three," He said to Chiron.

Chiron said, "What?"

"I am talking about Me, Percy and...Thalia."

"H-How do you know about her? Did Grover tell you about this?"

"Yes and No...I did know about it from the first day of camp."

"So, who told you this?"

"Thalia herself tells me this."

"How this possibl—"

"Chiron, I am the son of Hades. It was easy for me to see her spirit from inside the tree."

Chiron said, "Then why..." He saw Naruto wasn't even there.

'I'll ask him about it tomorrow,' He thought.


"Wow!" Thalia said "that was so cool."

"No, that was hot," Naruto corrected her. "I particularly burned that hound."

"Yes, yes, it was hot," Thalia said with a smile. "Anything else?"

"Yes, now, we know who are our parents."

"So, are you going to tell me?"

"Yes, Percy is the Poseidon," Naruto said making Thalia eyes widen. "And me... I am the son of Hades and—"

"What?" Thalia shouted. "Y-you are the son of Hades."I know our father doesn't like each other and my father is responsible for your condition. But—"

"It's not what you're probably thinking, Naruto," Thalia said. "I was just surprised, because you are not acting like Hade's kids." She hugged him. "I don't care, you are Hades' kid. You are perfect, which is pretty good to me," She said, with tiny pink on her cheek.

Naruto surprised but hugged her back. "Thanks," he said.

Thalia put away from the hug. "You wanted to say something before," She said.

"Yes," Naruto said. "I am the son of Hades, but I am also related to the Amaterasu Shinto Goddess and Chaos."

"You have both Shinto and Greek Gods blood, and Chaos, who is primal deity!" Naruto nodded. "How so?"

Naruto said, "Amaterasu is my Grandmother and Chaos is my Great-grandfather," He told his remaining story to her.

"Could you show me your Sharingan?" Thalia asked.

Naruto said, "Sure."

Thalia saw Naruto's eyes turned red with three commas like mark on them. "This is Sharingan," He said. Then his eyes changed again. Now, they had eight pointed star with a strange design in the middle. "And this is Eternal Mangekyō Sharingan. It is an advanced form of the Sharingan." His eyes turned back in his normal dark-blue color.

"They are cool, but I always like your dark-blue eyes. They are beautiful."

Naruto smiled and said, "And you're the prettiest girl I've ever met." Thalia smiled back and blushed slightly. "I promise you; soon I'll find a way to get you out from here."

"Really?" Thalia asked hopefully.

"Yes, after that would you like to go out with me?" Naruto asked.

"Y-you mean a date?" Naruto nodded. "I would like to go out with you," Thalia said, with a new blush on her face.

"Thanks. Anyway, I should get going," Naruto said. "Oh...One more thing, I told Chiron that I can talk to you."

"So how did he take it?"

"I didn't stop there too long, but he was shocked," Naruto said. "Well, anyway I will know his reaction tomorrow."

Thalia nodded. "Ok, good-bye," she said, giving him another hug. She saw he disappeared.


Naruto found himself in a dark void. "Ok, I am supposed to in the camp, not here." He looked around and noticed there was nothing but darkness. "Where am I?" He shouted.

"You are in the void," Unknown voice said from behind him.

Turning back, he saw it was humanoid figure. He was totally black and had white pupil-less eyes.

"Who are you?" Naruto said and activated his Sharingan.

"This is a way to talk to your Great-grandfather."

"Y-you are ...You..."

"Chaos...Yes, I am Chaos, your Great-grandfather," Chaos said and his form shifted.

Naruto saw his Great-grandfather, who had now midnight black hair, pale skin and same pupil less eyes. He looked like his grandfather, Madara.

'Or my grandfather looked like him,' Naruto thought.

"Now I am not being rude, but why are you here?" Naruto asked.

Chaos smiled, "Naruto, I came here to see you," He said.

"Ok, I want to ask you a question...Why? Why I was chosen for destroying the Juubi?"

"It is simple Naruto. The Juubi was progenitor of the Ninja world. It would have brought great destruction, if Tobi would have succeeded to revive it. It was necessary to destroy it."

"Then why me?"

"Because Juubi was the harbinger of death and chaos, and you have death and chaos blood in you. Also you have the blood of both Shinto and Greek's god," Chaos said. "And we believed in you for Juubi power."

"Thanks for believing in me, but not means I like it," Naruto said.

"I know about your early life's pain and suffering," Chaos said. "But it's your chance for a fresh start and I know you are doing it well. You have already got a girlfriend."

"Thalia is not my girlfriend!" Naruto shouted, with blush on his face.

"I didn't say the Thalia's name," Chaos said with a smirk.

"Smart-ass," Naruto muttered. Chaos puts a hand on his head and he glowed for a moment. "What was that?" He asked.

"I strengthened your God's blood," Chaos said. "So, anything you want to ask?"

"Yes," Naruto said. He pointed toward brace late on his left shoulder. "What it does?"

"You will find about it later," Chaos said. "And one more thing you have to know. On your journey you will meet another family member." Naruto nodded "Goodbye, Great-grandson."

"Goodbye," Naruto said. He found himself beside Thalia tree.


The next morning, Percy had a great day. He had his own cabin, which he didn't have to share with anybody. He had plenty of room for all his stuff: the Minotaur's horn, one set of spare clothes, and a toiletry bag and he got to sit at his own dinner table, pick all his own activities, call "lights out" whenever he felt like it, and not listen to anybody else. And he was absolutely miserable.

Just when Percy had started to feel accepted, to feel he had a home in Cabin eleven and he might be a normal kid—or as normal as you can be when you're a half-blood—he had been separated out as if he had some rare disease. Nobody mentioned the Hellhound, but he got the feeling they were all talking about it behind his back.


The attack had scared everybody. It sent three messages:

One, that he was the son of the Sea God.

Second, Naruto was the son of Hades, the god of the underworld, and related Shinto sun goddess Amaterasu and primal deity Chaos.

And three, monsters would stop at nothing to kill them. They could even invade a camp that had always been considered safe.

The other campers steered clear of them as much as possible. Percy also noticed, some campers were looking toward Naruto with fear and some with great admiration; and some girls were looking toward him with a blush.


Cabin eleven was too nervous to have sword class with Percy after what he had done for the Ares folks in the woods, so his lessons with Luke became one-on-one. He pushed him harder than ever, and wasn't afraid to bruise him up in the process.

"You're going to need all the training you can get," Luke promised, as they were working with swords and flaming torches. "Now let's try that viper-beheading strike again. Fifty more repetitions."

Annabeth still taught Percy Greek in the mornings, but she seemed distracted. Every time he said something, she scowled at him, as if he had just poked her between the eyes. After lessons, she would walk away muttering to herself: "Quest ... Poseidon? ... Dirty rotten ... Got to make a plan ..."

Even Clarisse kept her distance; though her venomous looks made it clear she wanted to kill Percy for breaking her magic spear.

One night Percy came into his cabin and found a mortal newspaper dropped inside the doorway, a copy of the New York Daily News, opened to the Metro page. The article took him almost an hour to read, because the angrier he got, the more the words floated around on the page.


BOY AND MOTHER STILL MISSING AFTER

FREAK CAR ACCIDENT

BY EILEEN SMYTHE

Sally Jackson and son Percy are still missing one week after their mysterious disappearance. The family's badly burned '78 Camaro was discovered last Saturday on a north Long Island road with the roof ripped off and the front axle broken. The car had flipped and skidded for several hundred feet before exploding.

Mother and son had gone for a weekend vacation to Montauk, but left hastily, under mysterious circumstances.

Small traces of blood were found in the car and near the scene of the wreck, but there were no other signs of the missing Jacksons. Residents in the rural area reported seeing nothing unusual around the time of the accident.

Ms. Jackson's husband, Gabe Ugliano, claims that his stepson, Percy Jackson, is a troubled child who has been kicked out of numerous boarding schools and has expressed violent tendencies in the past.

Police would not say whether son Percy is a suspect in his mother's disappearance, but they have not ruled out foul play. Below are recent pictures of Sally Jackson and Percy. Police urge anyone with information to call the following toll-free crime-stoppers hotline.


The phone number circled in black marker. Percy wadded up the paper and threw it away, then flopped down on his bunk bed in the middle of his empty cabin.

"Lights out, Percy," Naruto voice said, from behind him.

"What the hell...Naruto...Don't do that." Percy said. Naruto just smirked. "And where have you been all these days?"

"Busy with training and some problem," Naruto said.

'I was busy to give whole explanation about Thalia to Chiron, Mr. Chiron, Annabeth, Grover and Luke,' Naruto said. 'Well, Mr. D didn't care anything about that. Chiron was happy about it. Grover was bouncing off the trees, much to my annoyance and Annabeth was very happy...And Luke, he is...'

"Naruto...Naruto," Percy shouted.

"What?"

"What is it with you? Why are you so spaced out?"

"Nothing," Naruto said. "See you soon." He disappeared with a flock of crows.

"Weird," Percy said to himself.


Later that night, Both Naruto and Percy had the same dream. The dream where Poseidon and Zeus were fighting in Greek armor and Hades was cheering them from the sidelines with his ghost cheerleaders. Then suddenly, a voice, which seemed to be from the underground, woke them up.

"Come down, little heroes," the voice crooned. "Come down!"

The sand split beneath both of them, opening up a crevice straight down to the center of the earth. Percy's feet slipped, and darkness swallowed him. He disappeared.

'So Percy wakes up,' Naruto thought, he was standing midair. He looked at the darkness under his feet and saw that two evil eyes were looking at him.

"Who are you?" Naruto asked with a cold tone.

"What is this, no fear?"

Naruto said, "I have no fear from coward like you. " He felt killing intent coming from it.

"An insolent Child, I will have to teach you some manners."

"No thanks," Naruto said. He activated his Sharingan and sent his own killing intent. "This is my mind and you are not welcome here." With that image of black-dragon materialized behind him, who roared loudly and sent Shockwave everywhere.

Dream world disappeared and Naruto woke up.


Naruto heard a Grover voice from his cabin. "Naruto! Open the door, I got Percy, we have to get to the big house!" He opened the door and saw Grover was scared to his cabin.

"Why?" Naruto asked.

"Just hurry."

"Ok, give me two-minute." Naruto walked back in and a few minutes later, he was in his usual attire. "Let's go." He put a hand on Grover's shoulder and both disappeared.

They appeared beside Percy.

"I felt dizzy," Grover said.

Naruto ignored him and looked toward Percy, who was in deep thought. "A Penny for Your Thoughts," He said.

"Huh… Naruto!" Percy said. He saw a Naruto clam face. "I don't understand how you can be so calm. I mean, we are a couple of kids that should not exist!"

"Simple ... I don't care."

'I should have known,' Percy thought.


They saw over Long Island Sound, a hazy curtain of rain was coming in their direction.

Percy asked, "We need an umbrella."

"No," Grover said. "It never rains here unless we want it to"

Naruto doesn't say anything.

At the volleyball pit, they saw the kids from Apollo's cabin were playing a morning game against the satyrs. Dionysus's twins were walking around in the strawberry fields, making the plants grow. Everybody was going about their normal business, but they looked tense. They kept their eyes on the storm.

Percy, Grover and Naruto walked up to the front porch of the Big House. Dionysus sat at the pinochle table in his tiger-striped Hawaiian shirt with his Diet Coke and Chiron sat across the table in his fake wheelchair. They were playing against invisible opponents-two sets of cards hovering in the air.

"Well, well," Mr. D said without looking up. "Our little celebrities."

"Thanks for welcome," Naruto said.

"Come closer," Mr. D said. "And don't expect me to kowtow to you, mortal, just because old Barnacle-Beard is your father." Then he looked toward Naruto. "Same to you."

A net of lightning flashed across the clouds. Thunder shook the windows of the house.

"Blah, blah, blah," Dionysus said.

Chiron feigned interest in his pinochle cards. Grover cowered by the railing, his hooves clopping back and forth.

"If I had my way," Dionysus said, "I would cause your molecules to erupt in flames. We'd sweep up the ashes and be done with a lot of trouble. But Chiron seems to feel this would be against my mission of this cursed camp: to keep your little brats safe from harm."

"Well, I don't need protection," Naruto said "You know what I want. I want to get out of here, and want to battle with monsters. It's so boring here."

Mr. D smirked at his answer.

"Spontaneous combustion is a form of harm, Mr. D," Chiron said.

"Nonsense," Dionysus said. He looked toward Percy. "Boy wouldn't feel a thing. Nevertheless, I've agreed to restrain myself I'm thinking of turning you into a dolphin instead, sending you back to your father."

"Mr. D—" Chiron warned.

"Oh, all right," Dionysus relented. "There's one more option. But its deadly foolishness." Dionysus rose, and the invisible players' cards dropped to the table. "I'm off to Olympus for the emergency meeting. If the boy Percy is still here when I get back, I'll turn him into an Atlantic bottlenose. Do you understand? And Perseus Jackson, if you're at all smart, you'll see that's a much more sensible choice than what Chiron feels you must do."

Dionysus picked up a playing card, twisted it, and it became a plastic rectangle. A security pass.

He snapped his fingers. The air seemed to fold and bend around him. He became a hologram, then a wind, and then he was gone, leaving only the smell of fresh-pressed grapes lingering behind.

'That was good, but mine is better,' Naruto thought.


Chiron smiled at both of them, but he looked tired and strained. "Sit, Percy and Naruto, please. And Grover." They did. Chiron laid his cards on the table. "Tell me, Boys," he said. "What did you make of the Hellhound?"

"It scared me," Percy said. "Only thanks to Naruto I am not dead yet."

Naruto said, "It was weak, just like that bull." Others sweat dropped.

"Ok, you'll face strong opponent, Naruto," Chiron said. "And you Percy, you'll meet worse. Far worse, before you're done."

"Done ... With what?" Percy asked.

Chiron said, "Your quest, of course. Will you accept it?"

Naruto nodded and Percy glanced at Grover, who was crossing his fingers.

"Um, sir," Percy said, "you haven't told me what it is yet."

Chiron grimaced. "Well, that's the hard part, the details."

Thunder rumbled across the valley. The storm clouds had now reached the edge of the beach. As far as they could see, the sky and the sea were boiling together.

"Hades, Poseidon and Zeus," Percy said. "They're fighting over something valuable ... Something that was stolen, aren't they."

Chiron and Grover exchanged looks. Chiron sat forward in his wheelchair. "How did you know that?"

Percy looked embarrassed at that for some reason. "The weather since Christmas has been weird, like the sea and the sky are fighting. Then I talked to Annabeth, and she'd overheard something about a theft. And ... I've also been having these dreams."

"I knew it," Grover said.

"Hush, satyr," Chiron ordered.

"But it is his quest!" Grover's eyes were bright with excitement. "It must be!"

"Only the Oracle can determine." Chiron stroked his bristly beard. "Nevertheless, Percy, you are correct. Your father and Zeus are having their worst quarrel in centuries. They are fighting over something valuable that was stolen. To be precise: a lightning bolt. Of course Hades is merely egging them on for his own amusement."

Percy laughed nervously. "A what?"

"Do not take this lightly," Chiron warned. "I'm not talking about some tinfoil-covered zigzag you'd see in a second-grade play. I'm talking about a two-foot-long cylinder of high-grade celestial bronze, capped on both ends with the God-level explosives."

"Oh."

"Zeus's master bolt," Chiron said, getting worked up now. "The symbol of his power, from which all other lightning bolts are patterned. The first weapon made by the Cyclopes for the war against the Titans, the bolt that sheered the top of Mount Etna and hurled Kronos from his throne; the master bolt, which packs enough power to make mortal hydrogen bombs look like firecrackers."

"And it's missing?"

"Stolen," Chiron said.

"By who?"

"By whom," Chiron corrected. Once a teacher, always a teacher. "By you two."

Percy mouth fell open, while Naruto raised his ear bow.

"At least"—Chiron held up a hand—"that's what Zeus thinks. During the winter solstice, at the last council of the gods, Zeus and Poseidon had an argument. The usual nonsense: 'Mother Rhea always liked you best,' Air disasters are more spectacular than sea disasters,' et cetera.

"Afterward, Zeus realized his master bolt was missing, taken from the throne room under his very nose. He immediately blamed Poseidon. Now, a god cannot usurp another god's symbol of power directly—that is forbidden by the most ancient of divine laws. But Zeus believes your father convinced a human hero to take it."

"But we didn't—"

"Patience and listen, child," Chiron said. "Zeus has good reason to be suspicious. The forges of the Cyclopes are under the ocean, which gives Poseidon some influence over the makers of his brother's lightning. Zeus believes Poseidon has taken the master bolt, and is now secretly having the Cyclopes build an arsenal of illegal copies, which might be used to topple Zeus from his throne.

"The only thing Zeus wasn't sure about was which hero Poseidon used to steal the bolt. Now Poseidon has openly claimed you as his son. You were in New York over the winter holidays. You could easily have snuck into Olympus. Zeus believes he has found his thief."

"Then why me?" Naruto asked.

"You are the son of Hades. He and Zeus don't like to each other. Zeus thinks that Hades is conspiring with Poseidon to get a copy or the real thing as he wants to take Zeus's rule away," Chiron said.

"Whatever, I don't care," Naruto said calmly.

Percy said, "But I've never even been to Olympus! Zeus is crazy!"

Chiron and Grover glanced nervously at the sky. The clouds didn't seem to be parting around them, as Grover had promised. They were rolling straight over our valley, sealing them in like a coffin lid. "Err, Percy ...?" Grover said. "We don't use the c- word to describe the Lord of the Sky."

"Perhaps paranoid," Chiron suggested. "Then again, Poseidon has tried to unseat Zeus before, same with Hades. I believe that was question thirty-eight on your final exam..." He looked at Percy as if he actually expected him to remember question thirty-eight.

'How could anyone accuse me of stealing a god's weapon? I couldn't even steal a slice of pizza from Gabe's poker party without getting busted,' Percy thought. He saw Chiron was waiting for an answer.

"Something about a golden net?" He guessed. "Poseidon and Hera and a few other Gods ... They, like, trapped Zeus and wouldn't let him out until he promised to be a better ruler, right?"

"Correct," Chiron said. "And Zeus has never trusted Poseidon and Hades. Poseidon denies stealing the master bolt. He took great offense at the accusation. The two have been arguing back and forth for months, threatening war. Hades just said he didn't, not feeling like starting a war for he already has too much work. And now, you two have come along—the proverbial last straw."

"Percy," Grover cut in, "if you were Zeus, and you already thought your brothers was plotting to overthrow you, then your brothers suddenly admitted that they had broken the sacred oath he took after World War II, that they have fathered a couple of new mortal heroes who might be used as a weapon against you... Wouldn't that put a twist in your toga?"

"But I didn't do anything. Poseidon—my dad—he didn't really have this master bolt stolen, did he?"

Chiron sighed. "Most thinking observers would agree that thievery is not Poseidon's or Hades' style. But the Sea God is too proud to try convincing Zeus of that and Hades has just become too lazy. Zeus has demanded that they return the bolt by the summer solstice. That's June twenty-first, ten days from now.

"Poseidon wants an apology for being called a thief by the same date and Hades doesn't care either way, just that this matter be solved before he is overloaded. I hoped that diplomacy might prevail, that Hera or Demeter or Hestia would make the three brothers see sense. But your arrival has inflamed Zeus's temper. Now neither god will back down. Unless someone intervenes, unless the master bolt is found and returned to Zeus before the solstice, there will be war. And do you know what a full-fledged war would look like, Percy?"

"Bad?" Percy guessed.

"Imagine the world in chaos. Nature at war with itself. Olympians forced to choose sides between Zeus, Poseidon and Hades. Destruction. Carnage. Millions dead. Western civilization turned into a battleground so big it will make the Trojan War look like a water-balloon fight."

"Bad," Percy repeated.

"And you two, Percy Jackson and Naruto Uchiha would be the first two to feel the Zeus's wrath."

It started to rain. Volleyball players stopped their game and stared in stunned silence at the sky.

Percy had a dumbstruck look on his face and Naruto showed no emotion.

'I am waiting for it.' Naruto thought.

"So I have to find the stupid bolt," Percy said. "And return it to Zeus."

"What better peace-offering," Chiron said, "than to have the son of Poseidon and the son of Hades return Zeus's property?"

"If Poseidon doesn't have it, where is the thing?" Percy asked

"I believe I know." Chiron's expression was grim. "Part of a prophecy I had years ago ... Well, some of the lines make sense to me, now. But before I can say more, you must officially take up the quest. You must seek the counsel of the Oracle."

"Why can't you tell me where the bolt is beforehand?"

"Because if I did, then you would be too afraid to accept the challenge."

Percy swallowed. "Good reason."

"You two agree then?" Chiron said

Percy looked at Grover, who nodded encouragingly.

'Easy for him. Zeus doesn't want to kill,' Percy thought.

"All right," He said. "It's better than being turned into a dolphin."

All of them looked toward Naruto.

"I had already said yes," Naruto said.

"Then it's time you two consulted the Oracle," Chiron said. "Go upstairs to the attic. When you come back down, assuming you two is still sane, we will talk more."


Naruto and Percy went up four floors that ended under a green trapdoor. Percy pulled the cord. The door swung down, and a wooden ladder clattered into place. The warm air from above smelled like mildew and rotten wood and something else ... A smell they remembered from biology class. Reptiles, The smell of snakes. Both of them held their breath and climbed.

The attic was filled with Greek hero junk: armor stands covered in cobwebs; once-bright shields pitted with rust; old leather steamer trunks plastered with stickers saying ITHAKA, CIRCE'S ISLE, and LAND OF THE AMAZONS. One long table was stacked with glass jars filled with pickled things —severed hairy claws, huge yellow eyes, and various other parts of monsters. A dusty mounted trophy on the wall looked like a giant snake's head, but with horns and a full set of shark's teeth. The plaque reads, HYDRA HEAD #1, WOODSTOCK, N.Y., 1969.

By the window, sitting on a wooden tripod stool, was the most gruesome memento of all: a mummy. Not the wrapped-in-cloth kind, but a human female body shriveled to a husk. She wore a tie-dyed sundress, lots of beaded necklaces, and a headband over long black hair. The skin of her face was thin and leathery over her skull, and her eyes were glassy white slits, as if the real eyes had been replaced by marbles; she'd been dead a long, long time.

She sat up on her stool and opened her mouth. A green mist poured from the mummy's mouth, coiling over the floor in thick tendrils, hissing like twenty thousand snakes.

Percy stumbled over himself trying to get to the trapdoor, but it slammed shut. Then they heard a voice in their heads:

I am the spirit of Delphi, speaker of the prophecies of Phoebus Apollo, slayer of the mighty Python. Approach, seeker, and ask. I wanted to say, No thanks, wrong door, just looking for the bathroom.

Naruto saw this was freaking out Percy. "Calm down, Percy. Take a breath. We will say same time," He said. Percy nodded.

"What is my destiny?" They asked at the same time.

The mist swirled more thickly, collecting right in front of me and around the table with the pickled monster-part jars. Suddenly there were four men sitting around the table, playing cards. Their faces became clearer. It was Smelly Gabe and his buddies, along with Kakashi.

'This is just an illusion,' Naruto thought.

Gabe turned to Percy and spoke in the rasping voice of the Oracle: You shall go west, and face the god who has turned.

Kakashi said in the same voice: Great-grandson of chaos will show his true face.

Gabe's buddy on the right looked up and said in the same voice: You shall find what was stolen, and see it safely returned.

The guy on the left threw in two poker chips, then said: You shall he betrayed by one who calls you a friend.

Finally, Eddie delivered the worst line of all: And you shall fail to save what matters most, in the end.

Percy was too stunned to say anything, but as the mist retreated, coiling into a huge green serpent and slithering back into the mouth of the mummy, He cried, "Wait! What do you mean? What friend? What will I fail to save?"

The tail of the mist snake disappeared into the mummy's mouth. She reclined back against the wall. Her mouth closed tight, as if it hadn't been open in a hundred years. The attic was silent again, abandoned, nothing but a room full of mementos.

"Let's get out of here" Naruto said.


"Well?" Chiron asked.

They slumped into a chair at the pinochle table. "She said I would retrieve what was stolen," Percy said.

Grover sat forward, chewing excitedly on the remains of a Diet Coke can. "That's great!"

"What did the Oracle say exactly?" Chiron pressed. "This is important."

Percy said, "She… she said I would go west and face a god who had turned. I would retrieve what was stolen and see it safely returned."

"I knew it," Grover said.

Chiron didn't look satisfied. "Anything else?"

Percy didn't want to tell him. "No," he said. "That's about it."

Chiron turned toward Naruto and asked, "And you Naruto?"

"Great-grandson of the Chaos will show his true face," Naruto said.

Chiron said, "Hm...Very well, Percy and Naruto. But know this: the Oracle's words often have double meanings. Don't dwell on them too much. The truth is not always clear until events come to pass."

Percy got the feeling Chiron knew he was holding back something bad, and he was trying to make him feel better. "Okay," he said, anxious to change topics. "So where do I go? Who's this god in the west?"

"Ah, think Percy," Chiron said. "If Zeus and Poseidon weaken each other in a war, who stands to gain?"

"Somebody else who wants to take over?" Percy guessed.

"Yes, quite. Someone who grudge, who has been unhappy with his lot since the world was divided eons ago, whose kingdom would grow powerful with the deaths of millions, Someone who hates his brothers for forcing him into an oath to have no more children, an oath that both of them have now broken."

"My father, Hades," Naruto answered his question.

Chiron nodded. "The Lord of the Dead is the only possibility."

A scrap of aluminum dribbled out of Grover's mouth. "Whoa, wait. Wh-what?"

Percy also surprised. "Why you don't want to defend your father?" He asked to Naruto.

"Percy, a few days ago, I don't even know his name. So why should I defend him, who was unknown to me, in my whole life," Naruto said. Other surprised at his answer.

"Do you hate your father, Naruto?" Chiron asked.

"No," Naruto said. "Just I want to know about him more."

Chiron nodded. "A Fury came after Percy," Chiron said. "She watched the young man until she was sure of his identity, then tried to kill him. Furies obey only one Lord: Hades."

"Yes, but—but Hades hates all heroes," Grover protested. "Especially if he has found out Percy is a son of Poseidon... He doesn't have a problem with Naruto, because he is his son."

"A Hellhound got into the forest," Chiron continued. "Those can only be summoned from the Fields of Punishment, and it had to be summoned by someone within the camp. Hades must have a sp—"

"Chiron," Naruto said. "You have forgotten one major point."

"What do you mean?"

Naruto said, "Zeus also blames Hades for stealing his bolt. So, if war happens, It is also possible that, Hades will join in Zeus and Poseidon fight."

Chiron nodded and asked, "If it's not Hades, then who he is?"

"You already know my answer. The person, who is more evil and darker than my father."

Chiron shocked. "Y-you mean 'Him'," He asked.

"Yes."

"What you're talking about?" Percy asked.

"It's better for you don't know anything about this," Chiron said. "For now, you and Naruto must go to the Underworld, find the master bolt, and reveal the truth."

'This was suicide,' Percy thought.

"Look, if we know its Hades," He told Chiron, "why can't we just tell the other gods? Zeus or Poseidon could go down to the Underworld and bust some heads."

"Suspecting and knowing are not the same," Chiron said. "Besides, even if the other gods suspect Hades—and I imagine Poseidon does—they couldn't retrieve the bolt themselves. Gods cannot cross each other's territory except by invitation. That is another ancient rule. Heroes, on the other hand, have certain privileges. They can go anywhere; challenge anyone, as long as they're bold enough and strong enough to do it. No god can be held responsible for a hero's actions. Why do you think the gods always operate through humans?"

"You're saying I'm being used."

"I'm saying it's no accident Poseidon has claimed you now. It's a very risky gamble, but he's in a desperate situation. He needs you."

'My dad needs me,' Percy thought.

He didn't know whether to feel resentful or grateful or happy or angry. Poseidon had ignored him for twelve years. Now suddenly he needed him.

"You've known I was Poseidon's son all along, haven't you?" Percy asked. "And for Naruto as well, being the son of Hades and all."

"I had my suspicions. As I said ... I've spoken to the Oracle, too."

"So let me get this straight," Percy said. "I'm supposed go to the Underworld and confront the Lord of the Dead."

"Check," Chiron said.

"Find the most powerful weapon in the universe."

"Check."

"And get it back to Olympus before the summer solstice, in ten days."

"That's about right."


Percy looked at Grover, who gulped down the ace of hearts.

"Did I mention that Maine is very nice this time of year?" Grover asked weakly.

"You don't have to go," Percy told him. "I can't ask that of you."

"Oh ..." Grover shifted his hooves. "No ... It's just that satyrs and underground places ... Well..." He took a deep breath, and then stood, brushing the shredded cards and aluminum bits off his T-shirt. "You and Naruto saved my life. If ... If you two are serious about wanting me along, I won't let you two down."

Percy felt so relieved he wanted to cry, though, 'That is very heroic.'

"All the way, G-man." Percy turned to Chiron. "So where do we go? The Oracle just said to go west."

"The entrance to the Underworld is always in the west. It moves from age to age, just like Olympus. Right now, of course, it's in America."

"Where?"

Chiron looked surprised. "I thought that would be obvious enough. The entrance to the Underworld is in Los Angeles."

"Oh," Percy said. "Naturally, so we just get on a plane—"

"No!" Grover shrieked. "Percy, what are you thinking? Have you ever been on a plane in your life?" Percy shook his head in the negative.

"Percy, think," Chiron said. "You are the son of the Sea God. Your father's bitterest rival is Zeus, Lord of the Sky. Your mother knew better than to trust you on an airplane. You would be in Zeus's domain. You would never come down again alive."

"Then what about me?" Naruto asked.

"To be honest, I am not sure," Chiron said thoughtfully.

Overhead, lightning crackled. Thunder boomed.

"Okay," Percy said, determined not to look at the storm. "So, I'll travel overland."

"That's right," Chiron said. "Two companions may accompany you two. Grover is one. The other has already volunteered, if you will accept her help."

"Gee," Percy said, feigning surprise. "Who else would be stupid enough to volunteer for a quest like this?"

"Last champion is Annabeth," Naruto said. "Am I right, Chiron?" He looked behind Chiron.

The air shimmered behind Chiron. Annabeth became visible, stuffing her Yankees cap into her back pocket.

"I've waited a long time for a quest, seaweed brain," she said. "Athena is no fan of Poseidon, but if you're going to save the world, I'm the best person to keep you from messing up. Besides, we have Naruto here to protect us." She then turned to Naruto and said, "Can you see me even if I am invisible?"

"Yes," Naruto said. "There is nothing you can hide from my eyes. I can see you clearly."

"If you do say so yourself," Percy said to Annabeth. "I suppose you have a plan, wise girl?"

Annabeth cheeks colored. "Do you want my help or not?"

'The truth was I did. I needed all the help I could get,' Percy thought.

"That'll work," He said.

"Excellent," Chiron said. "This afternoon, we can take you as far as the bus terminal in Manhattan. After that, you are on your own."

Lightning flashed. Rain poured down on the meadows that were never supposed to have violent weather.

"No time to waste," Chiron said. "I think you should all get packing."

"See you soon there," Naruto said, His eyes turned red and he slowly sank into the ground.

All other looked at the place where Naruto had disappeared. They all were still in shocked.

"What was that?" Annabeth asked.

"I don't know," Percy answered her.


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