Hey there PJO fandom :) This is my first story about Percy Jackson and I'm excited. I absolutely love the series! It is amazing. And I wanted to express this idea because... to be honest... I like causing controversy :) anyway please enjoy my totally OC story set some time after the war with Kronos.
From the shadows, a small figure darted between the trees. Erin Samuels flittered through the forest like a gazelle, her feet lightly brushing the ground without a sound. With a fleeting glance behind her, she leapt to the right and scrambled effortlessly up a tall pine tree, perching on a spindly branch. Wisps of soft, auburn hair escaped from her hooded jacket and blew about her face. She brushed them aside impatiently as her pale green eyes peered down below. They narrowed as she caught sight of her prey. The darkness hid the creature well, but her keen eyes could perceive its massive shadow lumbering through the forest, grunting and snorting ferociously. Not taking her eyes off the monster, Erin reached behind her and drew a shimmering silver arrow with a bronze head from the quiver that rested on her back. She nocked the arrow into the shinning silver bow and drew it back. The end of the arrow brushed her lips as she aimed at her target. She let out a slow, controlled breath. It was simple. She had done this many times. Killing these monsters had become second nature to her. She had been followed by these creatures since she was a child. They had constantly pursued her, and only her bow and arrows – a gift from her father before his untimely death when she was three – were the only way to vanquish them.
Holding her frame still, she waited until the monster was in shooting range. Breathing out sharply, she released her arrow and it plunged straight into the monster's left eye. It howled in pain and doubled over, trying desperate to pull the weapon out of its socket. She hissed and released another, into the right eye, and another aimed at the chest. After writhing on the ground for a moment, the monster stilled. Erin scurried down the tree and – bow drawn – aimed another arrow at its chest for good measure. With a satisfied smirk, she pulled out her four arrows and stashed them back into her quiver. The beast shimmered and vanished in a burst of gold. Another one down. Hopefully it was the last.
The sun began to make an appearance between the gaps in the foliage with the approach of the dawn. Erin sped out towards the main road, leaving the forest behind her. Her stomach growled, reminding her that she had not eaten since yesterday. With a cry of frustration, she hurried down the main road until she came to the village. It was empty, except for store keepers opening their shops. She walked past the bakery and paused for a moment, inhaling the sweet smell of freshly baked bread.
"Erin, what are you doing out at this early hour," said Mr Reynolds, the baker, as he hurriedly opened the door. The warmth of the bakery hit Erin in the face and she couldn't help but close her eyes at the scent.
"Oh, sorry, Mr Reynolds," she said as she realised she hadn't answered his question. The smell of the warm bread had made Erin's stomach purr. "I just needed some air," she said vaguely.
Mr Reynolds sighed and stared with pity down at the young girl. "You look like you need a good feeding, too." He folded his arms. "They feeding you alright down there?"
Erin shrugged. "I s'pose. Ms Preston does the best she can, sir."
The baker nodded then bent towards her. "Stay right here." He dashed inside and reappeared moments later with a small breadstick. He handed it to her. "Here," whispered the kind old baker. "Now run along and share that with the other children. And don't tell Ms Preston now."
Erin stared at the bread as though it was a slab of gold; her pale green eyes widened and her stomach made an audible grumble. Unfazed, she grinned up at the baker.
"Of course," she said, a genuine smile breaking out upon her face. "Thank you."
Mr Reynolds nodded and then hurried back inside his bakery. Erin inhaled the sweet, fragrant aroma of the loaf. Her mouth watered and her stomach growled in approval. Biting her lip firmly, Erin stashed the loaf under her jacket and made her way back to the orphanage. She crossed her fingers in hope that Ms Preston was still asleep and hadn't done a morning head count yet. See, it wasn't Erin's fault that she was pursued by strange creatures in the middle of the night. But apparently, she was the only person who could see them and consequently, it was her duty to get rid of them.
As she made her way back to the orphanage, formulating a plan to get in undetected, she ran into something.
"Oh gods, sorry!"
Erin groaned and looked up from the ground. Standing above her was a boy in his teens, with brown curly hair sticking out of his red and a brown fluffy goatee. He was wearing baggy track pants and an orange tee-shirt that read the words Camp Half-Blood. It must have been some strange band that Erin didn't know. The boy gave her an apologetic smile and held out his hand to help her up, which she pushed aside.
"Watch where you're going, curly!" Erin spat as she hauled herself to her feet. The boy didn't seem offended by her actions. Instead, he gazed at her with wide brown eyes, an awed expression upon his face.
Erin scowled. "What are you staring at?"
"Nothing," he said, blinking his eyes rapidly.
"Well then, quit it."
"Miss Samuels!" cried a voice. Erin froze. It was the voice of Ms Preston. "Just what do you think you're doing, young lady!"
"Thanks heaps," muttered Erin darkly, glaring at the boy. "Now you've got me busted!"
Erin turned to see the fat, middle-aged woman waddling towards her with a wooden spoon in her hand. Her round face was red and she looked furious.
"You snuck out again! How many times must I punish you for sneaking out!" screamed Mrs Preston, grasping Erin's arm firmly and hauling her roughly down the path.
"Wait, what's your name?" asked the boy as she disappeared down the street.
"Erin Samuels!" Erin called back before being dragged around the corner and into the gates of the orphanage, out of sight.
So what did you think? Love it? Hate it? Want me to continue? Please review and let me know :) xx