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So here's a little lowdown. If you have not read my other story (insert title here) then you need to know the four children –
Alexander Perseus Jackson – Age 16 – looks mostly like his father (dark hair, sea gray eyes) and inherited his father's water bending abilities
Sarah Thalia Jackson – Age 15 – looks mostly like her mother (long, curly blonde hair, blue eyes) and inherited her mother's wisdom and brains
Justin di Angelo Jackson – Age 10 – looks mostly like his mother (straight, wispy blonde hair, blue eyes) and inherited his mother's wisdom and brains, but also some of his father's water bending abilities
Elizabeth Levesque Jackson – Age 5 – looks mostly like her father (long, wavy black hair, sea gray eyes) and inherited her father's water bending abilities
"Alex!" I groaned. I rolled over to check the time on my clock. 6:00 a.m. Why Dad. Why? I forced myself out of bed and didn't even bother putting on clothes. It was Saturday! I slunk down the stairs and into the kitchen where my father was putting some sodas in a cooler.
"Yeah, Dad?" He glanced at me and chuckled.
"I'm sorry, did I wake you?"
"It's six o'clock in the morning, Dad. Of course you woke me." I muttered.
"I just wanted to tell you that your mother and I are leaving in a couple minutes for camp." Now, obviously, I knew he didn't mean he and Mom were going to camp. They were heading to Camp Half-Blood to help Chiron get everything ready for the upcoming summer. My siblings and I had gone every year since we were born. My parents said that they were wary of telling us at all, since we smell much stronger when we know what we are, but when I knocked over a bunch of people in the street with a wave from the kiddy pool when I was four, they decided it was better we knew. It wasn't like when they were younger and they didn't get their "powers" until they were of age. We were legacies, not demi-gods.
"Ok. You had to get me out of bed for that?" My father gave me a glare.
"You do know that you'll be taking care of things around here while we're gone, right? I don't want any funny business. No parties, no friends if we don't know about it, no water stuff," he looked pointingly at me at that one, "and Sarah is not allowed to have any boys over, understood?"
I rolled my eyes. Like Sarah had any boys to invite over.
"Right. Got it. Where's Mom?"
"Percy! The car is ready, we gotta go!" My Mom shuffled through the front door and smiled when she saw me. She walked over and gave me a large hug.
"Your father gave you the low down about this week?" She asked after she released me.
"Yeah." I yawned.
"If anything happens, you can always call us or send an Iris-message. Jason's number is also on the fridge along with Leo's, Thalia's, Frank's, Nico's, Hazel's, Piper's, Grover's – "
"Honey, I think he gets it," my Dad laughed. My Mom sighed and wrung her hands.
"I know, it's just...we've never left them alone for this long before..."
"We'll be fine, Mom. Nothing will happen, I promise." Now of course, I had no idea if I was telling the truth or not, but hey, whatever makes her feel better. It must have helped because she gave me a smile.
"Well, I'm going to say goodbye to the others and be right back down." Then my Mom disappeared up the staircase.
"Alex," I turned to find my Dad smiling sadly at me. He walked over to me and put his hands on my shoulders.
"Your mother's right. If anything happens, or you need anything, just call. Don't try to take anything alone." My father squeezed my shoulders and spoke slowly to emphasize his point. He had told me enough stories about his battles...and all the people he's lost.
"I won't, Dad. I promise." He sighed and gave me a breathtaking hug. Since he was the son of Poseidon, he was really REALLY strong. My Mom came back downstairs and my father took her place, taking the steps two at a time. I helped my Mom load everything into the car and then she gave me one last hug as my Dad walked down the driveway. My siblings were now standing in the doorway, waving goodbye. Mom and Dad waved back as they pulled out of the driveway. Before they left though, Dad rolled down the window and yelled,
"Stay out of trouble!" And with that, they were gone.
"Well, now that I won't be able to get back to sleep. I'm going to go read." Justin trudge back into the house, grabbing a water bottle on the way to the living room. Elizabeth glanced at the clock on the microwave and gasped.
"Dora!" She ran past Justin to the living room and turned on the T.V. Great. Now I'll have that theme song stuck in my head for the entire day.
"Might as well make this a family thing." Sarah grabbed her backpack followed our two younger siblings. I followed and made myself comfortable on the couch, opening Angry Birds on my phone.
It was quiet for a while, except for the T.V. But of course, nothing stays quiet for long when you're with the Jackson family.
It started as just a low humming noise. But then it got louder and louder, till a burst of white light illuminated the room. It went as quickly as it came and left four shaking Jackson's in its wake.
"What...was...that?" Sarah gasped, coming out from behind the couch.
"It's...it's a book." Justin slid off the chair and crawled toward the book that was laying in the middle of the floor.
"Dropped off by...light?" Elizabeth asked. Justin picked up the book and stared at the cover.
"Is it just me...or...does that look like Dad?" He showed us the book cover and I had to admit, the black hair did remind me of our father.
"It is Dad." Sarah said.
"How do we know for sure?" I asked. She pointed at the side of the book.
"Percy Jackson and the Olympians? Book one?"
"So...should we read it?" Justin wondered. We all were silent for a moment before Sarah stood up.
"We should call Mom and Dad."
"And tell them what? Oh, just five minutes after you left a large, blinding light filled the living room and dropped off a book with Dad's name on it?" I asked.
"Not happening. I'm going to prove that I'm responsible enough to handle things. And I'm not going to go running to mommy and daddy when we're faced...with a book." Sarah glared at me, but she knew I had a point. She sat back down on the couch. Elizabeth shut off the T.V. then sat next to Sarah and curled up with a pillow. Justin took his place on the chair and I simply sat on the floor, midst all of Sarah's now crumpled homework. I flipped the book open to the first page.
"Anyone want to read first?" They all just stared at me. "Alright, guess I'll go first." I cleared my throat and cracked my fingers, a habit of mine.
Then I started to read.
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