Chapter 19 The Mistress
'I felt my face turn hot as Reyna planted a tiny kiss on my cheek. Then the parachute came undone and we were falling slowly back down to the Earth.
"What was that for?" I asked shocked at what just happened.
"That was for saving me back there Percy thank you..." Reyna replied.
"But Reyna! I kind of..." I started but didn't finish.
I barely remember her. Maybe I should keep it to myself for now. It was just a kiss on the cheek. It doesn't mean anything. I felt my heart hurt a little though. I felt as if I was betraying her. I wish my memory wasn't wiped clean of her. It would make my life a lot easier.
"You kind of what? Percy Jackson tell me!" I heard Reyna yell.
I turn my face towards her to see it a little red from anger.
"Oh it isn't anything Reyna we should hurry though. We are almost about to touch the ground."
I watched we touched the soft grass of a grassy plain just out of the town of Charlotte.
"Wow it is really nice out here." I mumbled as I looked at our surroundings.
Then Reyna turned her head and screamed one word.
I turned and saw an angry farmer with a shoot gun running towards us.
"YOU DARN COW THIEVES AREN'T GETTING AWAY THIS TIME YOU DONE NO GOOD VARMIT!"
I ran towards the street on the other side of a fence with Reyna ahead. She ran up and jumped on a post and over the fence. Wow! I can't even do that! I climbed over quickly as the farmer was about reach where we landed.
I turn and run towards the street with Reyna waiting.
"You could of ran faster Percy."
I kneel down and catch my breath.
"Shut up Reyna! I was tired from the fall."
She rolls her eyes and examine the street.
"We ARE NOT hitch hiking this time. I would rather walk." She said as she gripped her shoulder.
I stood up and saw the town of Charlotte. We needed to get to New York soon. Who knows what Jason could be facing right now. They could be cooking and eating him or maybe he was being hunted by giant dolphins are maybe he was being tortured! I tried to stop thinking about it before my head started to hurt.
I look over at Reyna thinking intently. I sit down near the edges of the forest behind me as an arrow flies past me. Reyna notices and pulls out her spear strapped onto her back.
"Stay still Percy."
Then I hear a voice. "It is just another boy my lady."
I turn around to see a group of girls wielding bows in their hands all with notched arrows pointing at us.
They clear the way for a beautiful mistress dressed like someone about to go hunting. Her hair tied in a ponytail and a hunting jacket on. Her bow was held down as she signaled for them to drop their own as well.
"It can't be..." the beautiful girl said.
"It is you. The boy who was just with my brother. Welcome Percy Jackson."
I was shocked how did she know me? Brother? Then she must of been one person.
"Diana? Goddess of the hunt?" I said with a gasp.
The girl nodded her head and smirked.
"Sorry boy. But I am not Diana. I am Lady Artemis, goddess of the hunt and queen of the moon."
Reyna bowed on one knee and spoke again.
"I'm sorry for not recognizing you at first my lady."
Artemis nodded and gestured for her to stand. She stood back up and poked my side with her elbow. I suddenly realized what she meant. I fell to my knees with a start and tripped a little.
"I'm sorry...my lady."
She smiled and gestured again. I stood and looked at all the eyes of the girls around her. They all seemed to be the ages from 12 to even 18 but none older. They all had a look of disgust at me, like they hated me for even existing.
"It's a boy..." I heard one mumble.
Then Lady Artemis got up and walked towards me. "This is the Percy Jackson I have been hearing about..."
I couldn't help but interrupt.
"How have you heard of me Lady Artemis?" I asked.
"My brother of course." She replied.
I smiled and thought to myself. Apollo
Then she walked back towards the young girls and gave them a little talk.
"My young maidens we will be taking in these two for a little while on the trip to Camp Half-Blood."
They all groaned and moaned.
"Why are we taking in a boy my lady?" A hunter asked.
I stood up and straighten my arms out. "Well this boy has a name! I am Percy Jackson, the son of Neptune."
They all looked at me with an angry glare. One of them though had a look of wonder in her eyes. It was a girl with dark black eyes and black silky hair. She looked like she was glowing in silver like all the girls. Although she didn't look at me like I was some bug or trash. She was different.
I stared at her for a second before Lady Artemis broke their stares with a snap.
"Come we must go. We will be reaching Camp Half-Blood very soon. I can feel it."
The girls all broke rank and started lining up behind Lady Artemis. She started forward and walked further into the back woods. Me and Reyna give each other a glance as we follow them towards what they call Camp Half-Blood. We could be walking into a trap or we could be walking towards our goal.
I walk with Percy following the girls and Lady Artemis. I eyed some of them cautiously. We never ever meet Lady Artemis and her hunters before. We have heard the legends and story about them though at Camp Jupiter. How Artemis travels around the world hunting down foreign beast and monsters with a group of hunters. They become immortal and have to swear off men. They serve Artemis for all eternity always following the hunt.
I don't know if I could ever join them. To live eternity serving a god. I think back about what Mars said one day. It was years back he visited Camp for his child Frank. Before he left he left a few words that I will always remember.
Life is only precious because it ends.
I don't know how they could make this decision. We finally stop at a secret location. I wasn't even paying attention I didn't realize that we were at a clearing. There was a camp set up with wolves circling the area. They looked at us for a second and make a path. We walked through them. I walked beside Percy as we passed the wolves.
"Do you think we should really trust them?" I whispered.
He nodded his head as one of them finally approached us. She seemed to be an important member because she was wearing a tiara although it did not match at all with her clothes. She was wearing a Three Days Grace shirt. I had no idea what it was but it must of been a band. She also wore ripped black jeans. She had black spiky hair and electric lightning blue eyes. She was more of a punk rocker than a hunter.
"Hello. I'm sorry about my fellow hunters. We don't really enjoy boys. We try not to associate them with us. I'm Thalia Grace. The lieutenant of the Hunters of Artemis."
Percy nodded and gave her a smile.
"I'm Percy Jackson, the Son of Neptune and this is Re-" He said as I cut him off.
"I am Reyna, Praetor of the Twelve Legion Fulminta."
Thalia looked at us with wonder.
"The Legion? Twelve Fulminta? Wait wasn't that a roman term. It means...armed with lighting. You two must be demigods although you are speaking of terms that a Greek would never say."
I started to fill with rage. Did you just associate me with a graecus?!
"How dare you." I yelled.
"We are the Roman Demigods of Bellona and Neptune! We are not some Greek scum! How dare you insult me like that!"
Thailia looked at us and returned her rage.
"WHAT? How dare you call Greeks scum! We are the complete opposite! I never even heard of Roman demigods! Bellona? Neptune? They are...the Goddess of war and the sea."
I smirked a little.
"You would be correct. Greek? You are a Greek? How dare you. Percy we are leaving."
I grabbed his arm and started for the circle of wolves.
I hear the zip of an arrow pass by my ear. I turn around to see Thalia armed with a bow.
"If it is a fight you are asking for then you will have one."
I grabbed my spear on my back and ready it.
"You. Cannot. Leave. Until. Lady. Artemis. Says. So." Thalia said.
I was about to respond until I heard an order.
I turn and see Lady Artemis walking towards us with an expression on her face.
"You girl. Come with me. Thalia come also."
I hesitated for a second and listened. I could not defy a god. I let go of Percy arm and put my spear back on my back. I followed Artemis into a tent. I let Thalia enter first. I walked into the tent next.
I watched as Thalia and Reyna entered the tent.
"Oh gods that can't be good." I said as I tried to follow her but within a second a hunter appeared in front of me.
"Are you Percy Jackson?" the girl asked. She was the exact same one that didn't look at me with disgust. The one with the silver glow and black silky hair and piercing black eyes. She didn't seem dark or evil at all. She seemed nice and kind.
I nod my head yes and smile at her. I watch as her eyes light up.
"Your the Percy Jackson that my brother was talking about! I'm Bianca di Angelo, nice to meet you."
She said as she held her hand out for a shake.
I shook her hand. "di Angelo...I know I heard that somewhere..Wait! are you Nic o di Angelos little sister!" I asked.
"What no! I'm older than he is. Well I'm his older sibling but hey is probably older than me now...you see I joined the Hunters of Artemis. I stay the same age forever as long as I follow her codes."
I nod and ask her a question. "What are the codes that the girls live by?"
She gladly answers as she sits down. I sit down next to her and listen.
"Us hunters swear our loyalty to Lady Artemis. We promise to always serve next to her in battle and to swear off men forever with this price we stay immortal forever with her forever following the maiden."
I listen for a second. This was a huge deal. You may gain immortality but you have to give up the life you chose to live. You live on and on following Artemis.
"That's why they all looked at me like it was trash. They are trying to not get close to any boy. They are trying to be loyal to Lady Artemis." I said chuckling a little.
"Loyalty like that hmm...I wonder do I have loyalty like that to my friends..." I said as I started to wonder. Was what I was doing here was what everything I'm doing is...wrong? I didn't know anymore. I shook my head and remembered Bianca was there.
"Oh sorry. I just got side tracked haha. So why do you want to know I'm Percy Jackson? Well beside your brother?" I asked.
She looked as if she was thinking for a moment but then she answered.
"Because my brother has told me a lot about you. He may seem serious and calm but at heart he is still a little kid. He kind of sort of looks up to you. Don't ever told him I told you this now." She said as she made me pinky promise. No matter how much she denied it she still was a child at heart to.
Then she asked me another question.
"Will you come with me when we go visit Camp Half-Blood? He would of loved it if you came although you may not know it by his face but you'll see." She exclaimed.
I smiled and was about to agree until a giant screech bellowed the camp.
"AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGG HHHHH! CYLCOPS!"
I heard someone yell before a giant flaming rock crashed into the camp borders. I watched as 4 giant Cyclops started for the camp borders.
They were humongous! They all stood at 10 feet tall and they all had terrible bruised faces with thick arms and legs.
"SOUTHERN CYCLOPS!" I heard another hunter yell. They all started to get into position as they were about to reach the camp borders. The wolves started to regroup and try to defend the camp. They were no use as the Cyclops smashed the ground right next to a wolf. They were useless. They retreated as the hunters made a line protecting the camp. They fired a volley of arrows piercing a Cyclops in their arms. That just made them angrier. I watched in horror as a rock was thrown not towards the group of girls but towards Bianca. I didn't have time to think. I just had to act. I broke my golden pencil and ran in front of Bianca knowing that my sword wouldn't deflect the boulder. It smashed into me as I felt three of my ribs cracking. I looked back at the shocked Bianca. I did one good thing at least.
I leaped out of the tent where I was speaking with Lady Artemis. I looked in horror as I saw a group of 4 giant Cyclops invaded the camp lines. The all had giant flaming boulders. I grabbed the spear that I set outside the tent and ran to help the female hunters. I looked behind me and saw Lady Artemis and Thalia grab their bows and notched an arrow. Thalia shot with perfect aim and precision. She pierce a Cyclops right in the middle of its forehead. Although it didn't pierce the beast. He simply plucked it out and crushed it.
"HAHA! YOU FOOLISH HUNTERS! WE WILL HAVE OUR REVENGE FOR WHAT YOU DID TO OUR BROTHER." It screamed.
I gave Thalia a look before I charged for a group of hunters in formation firing their bows piercing the Cyclopes to no avail. Soon there was a flash and I saw Lady Artemis in front of her hunters. She aimed her majestic shining moon bow. I don't know if it was because she was a goddess or because she was the leader of the hunt but her posture and aim was perfect. I was breath taken as she fired her arrow at the center Cyclops. Time seemed to slow as the arrow flew forward piercing a Cyclops. It flew straight through the Cyclops. Instead of falling over disappearing into dust it glowed moonlight bright. It slowly burst into moon dust. It was a magnificent sight. I hear Artemis speak again after the moon dust was gone.
"That was too good of a death for you beast. Prepared to be finished you monstrosity." she bellowed as she step away from her hunters firing another volley of arrows. They seemed to be filled with enthusiasms from watching their mistress finish off a Cyclops. Although the remaining monsters were filled with rage. They were filled with a new burning rage.
"YOU KILL MY OTHER BROTHER?! YOU HUNTERS WILL ALL PAY I SWEAR THIS." I heard as I charge forward. This was a battle. I was a praetor. I cannot stand by and let these hunters gain the glory of the fight. I raise my spear and attack one of the monsters on the far right side. I raise my spear and parry a strike from its massive arm. With a quick movement I come from above raising my spear from under its arm and moving in for the kill. The spear pierces the Cyclops straight in its chest. I smile as I fell the dust falls on me. That left only two more but these two were nothing like the others. They were not in rage and anger. They seemed calm and collective. They were smarter than the others.
"Fools. They never had the brains to fight these hunters they were just a distraction...now try to fight these you foolish hunters!"
I looked around and saw that we were surrounded by weaker monsters than the Cyclops but there sheer numbers was what was there greatest threat. The Cyclops must of scared them to fight with them. They all charged as hunters shot monsters destroying one with every arrow. I charge to a side being overrun by monsters. I ran and pushed a whole row back holding my spear horizontally. I smiled and smashed them all back. I was beginning to tire out. Pain started to explode on my back as something tackles me to the ground. I was done for. I see that I was beginning to be surrounded. I smirk as I elbow the monster and squirm off. I look over and see a dog like creature mixed with a fish. It had flippers for hands and the head of a dog. I knew this monster. It was a telekhines. It growled and charged for me again. I smirked and hit it with my spear. I looked over and saw that I was surrounded. I was out of luck. I knew that if something didn't change then I wouldn't be able to make it out alive. If I was going to go down I would go down fighting.
I smiled and raised my spear and stabbed three monsters with it. They all evaporated into dust. There was so much you could of built a sand castle. I look around and see that there were more replacing the ones I kill. This was the end for me...then an arrow come through piercing every monster in a foot radius. They all burst into moonlight. I look over and see Lady Artemis.
"GO! TAKE PERCY JACKSON AND GO TO CAMP HALF-BLOOD! FARM ROAD 3.141!" She yelled.
I look over and see a single hunter guarding a injured boy on the ground. It was Percy. I ran as the monsters tried to regain their composure. I grabbed the girls hand and got Percy on my shoulder.
"HELP ME! WE HAVE TO GO NOW!" I yelled as she got his other arm over my shoulder. When I raised my head I saw that we were surrounded yet again.
"Crap!" I yelled. Then there was a lightning strike or what seemed like a lightning strike. Something or someone slammed into the ground sending a shock wave destroying monsters in a 15 foot radius. It was Thalia Grace.
"You must be a daughter of Jupiter!" I said as she tried to get back up wobbling a little.
"I am the daughter of Zeus now take Jackson and go! Bianca you go with her. I'll meet you back at Camp. NOW RUN!" Thalia bellowed
I swallowed my pride and ran away from the fighting. I knew the girl who must of been Bianca wanted to stay and help her campers but I needed her if I were to get away.
With one last glance I see another Cyclops fall and turn into moon dust. I smile and quickly pick up the pace.
Hey guys its been a while! I have been caught up with all the festivs lately. Valentines Day, Chinese New Year, ect. So I hope you enjoy this chapter! I tried for you guys! Please favorite, follow, and leave a review! Until next time!-FF15