Disclaimer: The characters of Naruto and Percy Jackson are NOT mine! I'm just having some fun with them.
"So then what happens if I'm not able to cross this barrier?" Naruto asked.
"I'm afraid that if you are not able to cross the border, you'll have to leave or find a way to survive in the area," Chiron said. "Monsters will always be drawn to this area because of the amount of demi-gods. The chances of you surviving around here for very long aren't very high."
"That's the story of my life," Naruto muttered. "Might as well get this over with." He took a deep breath and took a step forward. There weren't any fireworks, explosions, lighting strikes or blinding lights. "Is that it?"
Chiron blinked and then smiled. "Well that answers that question, it seems that Mr. Uzumaki is in fact a demi-god but who exactly are you Naruto Uzumaki?" he said. Turning to Annabeth, he said, "Come along you two, we need to get Percy and Grover to the infirmary. And after that, you Mr. Uzumaki, you and I need to discuss some things."
"Yes sir," Annabeth said. "But I'll need some help taking these two to the infirmary."
"No problem," Naruto said. "Kage Bunshin no Jutsu!" A second Naruto appeared out of thin air and picked Percy up in a fireman's carry.
"How is that possible? Is that magic?" Annabeth cried.
"No, I already told you," Naruto snapped. "It's just something that people from where I come from can do. Now my clone will follow you to the infirmary."
"Extraordinary," Chiron commented. "Well Annabeth, off you go. Naruto this way I believe our discussion is best made in the Big House."
Light streamed through the closed eyelids of one Percy Jackson. As consciousness flooded his awareness, Percy became aware of his throbbing shoulder, stinging arm and pounding head.
"Ah!" he groaned as Percy opened his eyes. Light stabbed deep into his eyes, causing his aching head to throb even more painfully.
"So you are finally awake?" a vaguely familiar voice snapped from his bedside. Rolling onto his side, Percy saw the blonde haired girl from last night.
"Who are you? Where am I? What happened?" Percy asked. The blonde girl frowned.
"In order: Annabeth, you are in the infirmary at Camp Half-Blood and you are in here recovering from last night," Annabeth said stiffly. Percy's brow furrowed. Flashes of memory floated in front of his eyes.
"Where's Naruto, Grover…my mom?" Percy asked.
"Grover was discharged earlier today," Annabeth said. "Naruto, that weird blonde kid, he's around here somewhere. And your mother…I'm sorry but she was killed."
Percy's face fell as his eyes stung but he refused to cry as he felt white-hot rage build up inside him. A glass of water on the bedside table exploded into dozens of shards as the water inside it boiled away. Both Annabeth and Percy looked at the table in shock.
"What did you do?" Annabeth accused.
"I don't know," Percy said. But he could tell that Annabeth didn't believe him.
"Come on, Chiron told me to give you a tour before meeting him at the Big House," Annabeth said. "Now get up."
Percy narrowed his eyes at the blonde girl but struggled to his feet. His vision spun as Percy got to his feet. Annabeth noticed and ducked under his arm, keeping him upright.
"Thanks," Percy said as he got his feet under him.
"Whatever," Annabeth said, quickly getting out from under Percy's arm. "Follow me," she ordered making her way out of the infirmary. Percy followed slowly behind her. He had to raise an arm to block the sun's rays as he exited the tent. "Come on Jackson, hurry up."
Percy growled under his breath as he struggled after the annoying blonde.
"Percy!" a voice called out. Slowly turning around, Percy saw a familiar face racing toward him faster than he had ever seen him run before. It was Grover.
"Grover!" Percy exclaimed, grinning at seeing a friendly face. "What are you doing here? And what's with you legs?" Percy gaped looking down at the furry appendages sticking out from under Grover's shirt.
Grover blinked. "Oh right you probably don't remember, with the crash and everything last night," Grover said. "I'm a satyr, you know half-goat, half-man."
"Ok then," Percy said sounding very confused. "Where exactly are we?"
"Camp Half-Blood," Annabeth answered. She had walked back over to Percy and Grover when she saw that Percy wasn't following her, and apparently she didn't like it judging from the frown marring her face. "Now come on, I told Chiron that I would give you and that weird blonde kid a tour before we went to the Big House."
"Weird blonde kid…wait you mean Naruto? He's here too," Percy asked. "Where is he?"
"Yeah Naruto," Annabeth said, stumbling slightly over Naruto's name. "He's down at the arena been there since sun-up. This way."
The trio made their way down the gently sloping hill, following the sounds of clanging metal and metal hitting wood. Percy could barely believe his eyes as he saw Naruto, shirtless, standing at one end of an old Roman or Greek looking amphitheater throwing what looked like knives and pointy metal things at various wooden posts that looked like people in armor. Each throw landed either deep into the armor of the dummies or between the gaps of the armor, each sinking deeply into the wooden dummies. Percy looked over at Grover and Annabeth who were flanking him; Grover was slack-jawed at Naruto's display while Annabeth was staring at Naruto, with a slight blush dusting her cheeks.
"Where did you learn how to do that?" Annabeth demanded as she, Percy and Grover reached the arena floor. "And would you put a shirt on?" she added with a growing blush.
"Why does it bother you?" Naruto asked as he retrieved his weaponry from the dummies.
"No! Of course not!" Annabeth cried, though her blush gave her away. "And you didn't answer my question, where did you learn how do throw like that?"
"Training and a lot of it," Naruto said shortly. This answer didn't sit well with Annabeth, Percy could tell.
"Where did you train? You've never been to Camp Half-Blood," Annabeth snapped. "I would know."
"I don't care what you think," Naruto growled. This girl was really getting on his nerves. "I gave you my answer, now deal with it, unless you think you can make me give you another one."
Annabeth growled back at Naruto. "Fine then, let's what you've got Fishcake," she snapped.
Suddenly Naruto's entire countenance changed; it went from relaxed and loose to tight, alert and ready. His weight shifted from being back on his heels to the balls of his feet and Percy could see that he was gearing up for a fight. Annabeth drew her own weapon, a glowing bronze dagger. Naruto drew his own weapon; the two three-pronged glowing knives that Percy had seen Naruto use at the museum.
Annabeth stood roughly twenty feet from Naruto, waiting for the blonde boy to make the first move. And she wasn't disappointed as Naruto rocketed forward at speeds that Annabeth could barely track. On instinct, she raised her dagger in time to block Naruto's strike. She then sidestepped Naruto's other dagger strike and leapt backward to gain space. Naruto kept charging, tossing one of his knives at Annabeth, the girl ducked under the thrown projectile and charged at Naruto thinking that she could overwhelm him with her dagger since he only had one.
Naruto hid a grin as Annabeth bared down on him; he reached into his kunai pouch and pulled out several shuriken and threw them at Annabeth forcing the girl to leap sideways to avoid them. Just as her feet landed, Naruto was upon her. Annabeth didn't have any time to think as he ducked, dodged and dove away from Naruto's strikes.
"How are you doing this?" Annabeth cried as she blocked another strike with the flat of her blade. "You aren't a demi-god, your parents are mortal! You shouldn't be able to do this."
"My parents are DEAD!" Naruto roared. "I'm an orphan you conceited bitch! So what if I'm not a so-called demi-god. You're just mad that I'm beating you, well get it through your thick skull that you aren't the best. There will be always someone better than you."
Annabeth growled as she charged recklessly toward Naruto, crying out in rage. Naruto easily ducked under the strike and grabbed Annabeth's outstretched arm and wrenched it backward. Annabeth cried out in pain as she dropped her knife and Naruto kicked it aside. Annabeth froze as she felt Naruto's blade at her throat.
"Have I shown you that I'm better than you?" Naruto whispered. "You might have been training with that blade for a couple of years now but I've been training nearly all my life. I've had to fight for everyday of my life just to survive."
"If you aren't a demi-god, then how were you able to pass through the barrier around Camp?" Grover asked. "I mean, only demi-gods or some select mortals are able to cross the barrier and you certainly don't smell like a mortal."
"I don't know why you all care who my parents were or what they were," Naruto said. "I was able to come to this Camp, so that should be the end of it. I'm sure you all have secrets or things that you don't want others to know. All I'm going to say is that I'm not from around here and let's leave it at that."
"What's going on here?" a voice barked out. It was Chiron. "Annabeth, I expected better of you. Naruto is entitled to keep his secrets his own, just as anyone else. All you should be concerned about is Naruto is here now and leave it at that."
Annabeth flushed in embarrassment at the dressing down from the centaur. Naruto holstered his weapons and walked over to the arena stands and pulled on his T-shirt.
"Come along Percy, Naruto, I have someone I want you to meet," Chiron said. "Grover, Annabeth you should attend as well."
The quartet followed Chiron up from the arena to a large farmhouse painted a light blue; a covered porch ran along the entire front and rear of the house. At the top of the four-story farmhouse, there was a weather vane in the shape of a lighting bolt. The highest window of the farmhouse, a green curtain fluttered and Naruto thought he saw a shadow cross the window. Chiron led the four 'children' up the front steps of the farmhouse and inside. In the front room, a slightly overweight man wearing a bright purple leopard-spotted T-shirt and blood shot eyes.
"Hello Mr. D, I have brought our two new campers," Chiron said as he settled down next to the table where Naruto saw a shogi board. Looking up at the man, Naruto raised an eyebrow.
"Ah yes," Mr. D grumbled looking up from the board. "So you two are the new brats that I have to look over, are you?"
Naruto growled in the back of his throat. Percy narrowed his eyes at the man who somewhat reminded him of his stepfather.
"So what is this place?" Naruto asked. "Grover and Annabeth-ama said it was called Camp Half-Blood, what does that mean?"
Mr. D looked at Chiron before the centaur launched into a long winded discussion about how the mythological Greek Gods were in fact alive and watching over the world. Mr. D was reveled to be the god Dionysus and that each of the campers were the children of one of the Olympian Gods.
"What about me?" Naruto asked. "My parents weren't any God, my jiji's name is Hermes, does that mean he's the Hermes, the god of messengers, thieves and tricksters?"
Mr. D gave Naruto a piercing look; the blond could see a purple fire alit behind the bloodshot eyes of the camp director. "It seems so," Mr. D said. "You are the grandson of Hermes." Percy, Annabeth and Grover gaped at Naruto. "However, what exactly are we supposed to do with you Mr. Uzumaki, our resident world hopper?"
"WHAT!" Percy, Grover and Annabeth shouted. Naruto glared at Mr. D.
"I told you that I wasn't from around here," Naruto said not looking at the others, instead just glaring at Mr. D. "Hermes-jiji brought me from my world to this one just before I was about to be killed by the temes of my former home."
"Why were you about to be killed?" Annabeth asked. Naruto leveled her with a hard glare that sent shivers up and down her spine.
"That is something I don't care to answer," Naruto said.
"Now then, the question still stands," Mr. D said. "You aren't a demi-god in the normal sense. You have more godly blood than just the grandson of one of the Olympians. No, there is more to you Uzumaki Naruto, then meets the eye."
"What about me?" Percy asked. "My dad is dead, isn't he?"
"No Percy," Chiron said. "Your father is definitely not dead."
"Then where has he been all my life," Percy demanded. "Did he just abandon me and my mom?" he asked, his eyes filling with tears that refused to fall.
"Percy, I think what they're getting at is that your dad is one of the Gods," Naruto said. "Am I right?"
Chiron nodded. "Yes Naruto, you are right," he said. "Percy, your father is one of the Olympian Gods and because of the ancient laws, you were to be raised by your mortal parent."
"So who is my father?" Percy asked.
"We don't know," Chiron said, though Naruto could tell that he suspected something. "You will have to wait until he claims you."
"What does that mean?" Naruto asked.
"You will receive a sign from your father that will tell us who your father is," Chiron said. Percy turned to Mr. D.
"You're not my father, right?" he asked. Mr. D gave Percy a glare.
"No I am not," the director said.
"Now Annabeth, why don't you and Grover take Percy and Naruto down to Cabin 11 for now?" Chiron said.
"Yes Chiron," Annabeth said. "Come on you two," she ordered. Naruto and Percy glared at the blonde girl but after a pleading look from Grover they followed.
"You know you're not that likable of a person," Naruto told Annabeth as the group walked out of the farmhouse. "Maybe if you got the giant stick out of your ass, you wouldn't be so stuck up."
"WHAT!" Annabeth shouted. "How dare…"
"How dare what?" Naruto challenged. "You've been on our case ever since we got here. In case you didn't realize, Percy's mom was killed by a giant monster and we all nearly died, so excuse us for not being very talkative!" Annabeth's mouth flapped wildly, no one had spoken to her like that before. "I understand that you've probably had a rough life being the daughter of some God or what not but that doesn't give you a reason to demand answers from us."
"What do we have here?" a gruff voice barked out as Naruto and the others made their way past the arena. The speaker was a very muscular brown haired girl; well from what hair Naruto could see was brown. The girl had a tight military style haircut, and was surrounded by similar looking kids. They all had the same military style haircuts, large muscles and were carrying swords on their belts. The ringleader had a spear strapped to her back.
"What do you want Clarisse?" Annabeth growled. Naruto instantly noted that the other kids had taken up flanking positions around Clarisse.
"Nothing you worry about wise girl," Clarisse said with a wicked grin. "Just wanting to meet the new meat, heard that these two killed the Minotaur, though they don't look like much."
"What does that mean?" Percy snapped.
Clarisse looked Percy over, and from her scoff afterwards, Naruto could tell that Percy came up lacking in her opinion. "There's no way a wuss like you could beat the Minotaur, but since you are new to Camp, my friends and I are going to show you around."
"Clarisse don't," Annabeth said. "Chiron told me that I was to take them to Cabin 11."
"Oh so these two are headed for the Hermes cabin, typical," Clarisse scoffed. "And rumors were flying around here that they were a child of the Big Three, please."
"Big Three?" Percy asked.
"The three major gods, Zeus, Poseidon and Hades," Grover answered. "They are typically the most powerful of the demi-gods. However, they took a vow not to have anymore children after their kids started World War II."
"Seriously!" Percy exclaimed.
"Yes," Grover said. "But a couple years ago, Zeus fell off the wagon and had a kid with a mortal."
"That's enough Grover," Annabeth snapped. Naruto knew from her tone that she knew more than she was letting on.
"So you and the goon squad are here to try and intimidate us," Naruto asked looking over the kids.
"What are you doing?" Grover yelped. "They're all from Cabin 5, the Ares cabin."
"So they're kids of the war god?" Naruto asked. When he got nods from Annabeth and Grover, he grinned. "Good, then hopefully they'll be more of a workout than Annabeth there."
Annabeth growled; her defeat at Naruto's hands still rankled her.
"You think you can take on children of Ares?" Clarisse asked in shock.
"I don't think I can, I know I can," Naruto growled. "You don't look like you could last a week where I come from. An fresh Academy graduate could probably take anyone here."
Clarisse growled. "Why you! That's it, get the runt!" she ordered. But before anyone could move, Naruto was behind Clarisse with a blade to her throat.
"You were saying?" Naruto growled. "Don't even think about it," he added, glancing over his shoulder at the other Ares cabin members. A Kage Bunshin had appeared behind each of the kids and had kunai at their throats.
"How the hell did you…?" Clarisse exclaimed. "And how did you make copies of yourself?"
"It's a special talent that people possess where I come from," Naruto said. "Now leave us alone unless you want to see what else I can do?"
Clarisse growled but nodded, as much as she could with Naruto's kunai at her throat. Her cabin mates took their hands off their swords and raised them. Naruto sent and mental command to his clones and had them dispelled. He withdrew his kunai from the girl's throat and stepped around her. "Now why don't you kiddies run along and play before I get serious," Naruto growled without looking back. "And if you even think about going for that spear on your back, you'll have a new mouth a few inches lower than the one you have now."
Clarisse's arm froze as it inched toward her spear. She threw Naruto a hard glare, though there was a tinge of respect in it.
"That wasn't a very smart move, getting on Clarisse's bad side," Annabeth said as the group left the arena. "Ares is the god of War for a reason, and his children are very strong warriors for a reason."
"Don't worry about it," Naruto said. "They don't scare me, I've faced much worse than a bunch of kids who think they're something because of who their parents are."
"Um we're here," Grover said meekly as the group reached a weather-beaten cabin with another group of kids spilling out of its red door.
Annabeth spun away from Naruto and walked up to the door of the cabin, the kids milling around the door stepped aside to allow Annabeth inside. "Luke!" she cried out.
A moment later Annabeth stepped back out of the cabin followed by a tall blonde haired boy who looked a few years older than anyone else. The boy had a scar from his hairline down the left side of his face all the way to his chin.
"So these are the new kids?" the boy asked. Naruto inwardly frowned, getting a weird feeling from the teenager, a feeling similar to the one he got when he first met Kabuto.
"Yes Luke, meet Naruto Uzumaki and Percy Jackson," Annabeth said.
"So are they unclaimed or what?" Luke asked, looking over Naruto.
"Well Percy is," Annabeth said. "Naruto is a bit of a special case."
"What does that mean?" Luke asked.
"My jiji is Hermes, my parents were killed the day I was born," Naruto said.
"So wait, you aren't a demi-god," Luke exclaimed.
"Jiji means grandfather," Annabeth explained. "Naruto's grandfather is Hermes."
"So wait does that mean he's our uncle or something?" one of the Hermes cabin members asked. Several of the others chuckled.
"I don't think so," Naruto said. "But I'm guessing that you are the cabin jokester/prankster, am I right?" The boy blinked and nodded slowly. "Well, I should forewarn you then that trying to prank me would be a bad idea, where I came from I was considered quite a prankster myself."
The boy's face grew a grin that Naruto recognized quite easily. It was one that he had word whenever he was planning a prank of his own.
"Name's Connor Stoll," the boy said, holding out his hand.
Naruto looked right into Connor's eyes as he took the offered hand. "Naruto Uzumaki, I think we'll get along just fine," he said.
"All right Connor, why don't you round up the rest of the cabin, dinner should be starting any minute," Luke said eyeing Naruto with a guarded expression. Just then a loud horn sounded across the camp. "That's the horn for dinner. Cabin 11, fall in!"
Roughly twenty kids, age ranging from 11 to 16 came jogging out of the cabin and fell into line behind Luke.
"Come on Naruto, Percy, follow us," Luke said. Naruto and Percy went to the end of the line since they were the newest members of the cabin. Annabeth walked next to Luke, sneaking looks at the older boy like a puppy. Luke led them to a wide-open amphitheater with roughly a dozen long tables surrounding an open fire pit. Beautiful looking women, dryads and nymphs Luke said, brought about platters of food, nearly anything that anyone could ask for was provided. After sacrificing some of their meal to the Gods by throwing it into the open fire, the Camp settled down to eat.
Luke caught Naruto looking at his plate with an odd expression. "What's wrong?" he asked.
"These plates are magic right?" Luke nodded. "So that means I can ask for anything to eat, even if its not from around here?"
"As long as its food, it should appear," Luke said.
A broad grin came to Naruto's face. "Ichiraku's miso ramen!" he said clearly. A minute later, a steaming bowl of ramen appeared in front of Naruto. "Yatta!" he cried. In the blink of an eye, Naruto was slurping up the ramen like it was his last meal. Within five minutes, eight more bowls had appeared and been emptied. Luke could barely believe his eyes at the spectacle next to him. After dinner was finished, Naruto had demolished almost thirty bowls of ramen; Chiron rose from the head table alongside Mr. D and Grover and several other satyrs.
"Now then, before we go to our campfire I have some announcements to make," Chiron said. "As you all might be aware of, we have two new faces joining us tonight. Naruto Uzumaki and Percy Jackson have found their way here to Camp; please extend to them a most gracious welcome. Also remember we shall be having Capture the Flag Friday night; I believe Ares cabin has the laurels as of right now. Now then off you go."
The campfire was very boisterous as many songs were sung and smores were passed around. When the fire finally died away, Luke led Naruto and Percy back to Cabin 11, however Naruto saw that there was no space inside the cabin so he walked back outside and pulled a scroll from his kunai pouch.
"What are you doing?" Luke asked as he followed Naruto outside.
"There isn't enough room in there," Naruto said. "So I'm setting up camp out here."
"Are you sure?"
Naruto nodded. He unsealed the scroll and channeled some chakra into it. With a puff of smoke a tent and an orange sleeping bag appeared.
"How did you do that?" Luke shouted.
"Something I learned how to do from where I came from," Naruto replied. "As you can see, I'm all squared away so you can go back to the others."
"All right," Luke said, though Naruto thought he could detect an undercurrent of anger at being dismissed so easily in the counselor's voice. "If you need anything, don't hesitate to come and get me."
"Will do," Naruto said before watching Luke go back into the cabin and then he settled into his sleeping bag.
A/N: Well there you go, the latest chapter of Lighting Trickster, we finally reached Camp Half-Blood and met some of the other campers. In regards to my description of Annabeth and Luke, well this is where I'm going to be changing things. Annabeth, in Lighting Thief, reminded me of Sakura and Hermione a bit, someone who thought they always knew best as well as having a crush on the darker character. So there you go, enjoy. Please review, give me some ideas on who to pair Naruto with, still haven't figured it out if I'm going to pair him with anyone.