Reading Sun's Heir, Death's Guardian
Percy and Annabeth were finally reunited in Camp Jupiter and the Seven Heroes were all aboard the Argo II, ready to set sail for their dangerous quest to the Doors of Death. Before they could, they had all vanished in a flash of light.
Thalia Grace, the Lieutenant of Artemis' Hunters, was setting up camp along with the rest of her 'sisters'. She had spiky black hair and dazzling electric blue eyes. She wore a silver circlet like a princess' tiara, which didn't match her skull earrings, and was wearing a silvery parka as well as some camouflage pants. Just as she was going to call Phoebe for help with one of the tents, she disappeared in a flash of light.
Nico di Angelo was preparing for his venture into Tartarus, but disappeared in a flash of light.
~Just minutes before the teleportation of the Heroes and Hunter~
Apollo sat on his throne, bored out of his damn mind. His posture was sprawled and lazy, his check resting on his left fist while one leg hung over the other arm rest. What in the name of Tartarus is his father thinking? Seriously, closing the doors of Olympus and making no contact with the mortal world was ridiculous, has he finally gone insane?
Apollo and the gods could only send trails of their energies to do their duties as gods, but they wanted to have the experience and labor. They couldn't do that due to their dear king's current decree, which had practically started the other Olympians' arguments.
As the Gods' bickering continued, Hermes blinked when he heard his phone ring. Pulling the device out, he frowned at the blocked number. After another ring, the God of Messengers answered it while ignoring his snakes' George and Martha's eavesdropping. Seated near his younger half-brother, Apollo was also in prime position to eavesdrop, which he did since there wasn't much else to do.
"Hello? This is Hermes Delivery, how can I help you?" Hermes went silent for a few seconds. His blue eyes lit up in excitement as the other end spoke.
"Alright, I'll come and pick it up from you immediately," The Messenger God said, hanging up the phone before he started to glow gold and disappeared. Apollo frowned, having heard none of the conversation save for Hermes' side, which wasn't very exciting. Still a little bored, Apollo decided to do the one thing he always knew was fun; He went to bother his "little" sister.
"Hey Sis!" He called out as he approached his twin. The auburn haired woman rolled her silvery, yellow eyes and faced her twin.
"What do you want, idiot?" Artemis asked with a bit of bite in her voice. The God of the Sun pouted.
"What? Does this mean I can't talk to my most favorite little widdle sister in the whole wide world?" Artemis growled, going red in embarrassment and punched her brother in the arm, making him flinch.
"We're twins! You're not older than me!" the annoyed Goddess hissed to her brother.
Apollo rubbed his arm and grinned, "Technically..."
"Apollo and Artemis behave, both of you!" The bickering in the throne room came to stop at the commanding voice of Zeus. Everyone got comfortable in their seats due to Zeus trying to come up with something fun while they were stuck in Olympus.
"Where is Hermes, Apollo?" Inquired the Sky God while he looked around the room, with his lightning-filled eyes.
"Uh, he sort of disappeared to pick up a delivery. He's usually able to sneak out of Olympus and comeback without being noticed..." Apollo looked thoughtful, "Hermes should only take a couple of minutes to make a delivery. I wonder what's taking so long with this one."
"You let him sneak off when no one is supposed to leave!" Zeus practically yelled at Apollo, who cringed in his seat.
"I guess he decided to go pick it up manually," explained Apollo while cleaning out his ears. When his old man wanted to make a point, he sure didn't leave room for any prisoners...
"Why didn't he just bring the package here?" Athena asked in confusion. The sun god shrugged his shoulders.
"I'm not the messenger god. How would I know?" Apollo replied.
Artemis looked at him and smirked, "The almighty God of Prophecy doesn't know something? I'm shocked."
Some of the gods and goddesses chuckled at the jibe and Apollo stuck out his tongue.
"There's no need to be jealous, Arte. One day you can be just like me," he said leaning back in his chair and putting his hands behind his head, "Pure. Awesome."
The Goddess of the Moon turned red with rage and got up from her silver throne and grabbed by the collar of his armor, cocking her fist back to deliver a good punch to her brother. Apollo yelped and immediately covered his gorgeous face from her sister's threatening fist with his arms while also turning said target away. He was too handsome to take a beating today! Which lead him to chant, "Not the face! Not the face! Not the face! Not the face!"
However, before Artemis could unleash her sisterly fist of rage, there was a flash of light. Hermes appeared along with teenagers that looked right about fifteen through sixteen in the center of the room with a brown package in hand. There was an interested look on his face.
"Hermes! Where have you been?" Poseidon demanded as his grip on his trident lessened when he realized there was no potential threat. The God of Messengers took a seat on his throne and showed everyone a package.
"And why have you brought the Heroes here?" demanded Zeus, who was getting redder and redder by the second. Hera and the rest of the Gods went in front of the children even some of the help was unexpected from Hades and Ares.
"Calm yourself, brother. Let us hear what Hermes has to say," Poseidon said with authority, even though Zeus was his king.
"You will have the fight of your life if you don't keep your temper in check," Hades added warningly.
Zeus growled a little bit too viciously and the sky reflected his behavior, thunder booming and lighting striking the city of Manhattan as if were some lightshow. Storm clouds darkened as the rain poured like machine guns and the winds were forming into hurricanes. As long powerful lightning bolt shot down from the center of the dark storm cloud, the King of Olympus growled out, "Be quick with your words, Hermes."
Hermes kept a steely gaze and swallowed some of his spit, doing a good job in not squirming under his father's gaze. He let out sigh and spoke, "The Fates sent us a package and they gave me specific instructions to pick up the young heroes."
"How would people put it these days? Duh." Dionysus threw out, trying to act young. Hermes rolled his eyes.
Zeus' raging expression quickly turned into confusion until it went grave and ordered, "Open it."
The demigods were very confused at this point, they just suddenly vanished from their current location and transported into Olympus. They wanted to ask question but standing in front of many gods, they didn't want to come as rude and be the pinnacle release of a god's anger and so on led them to be mute for the moment.
Hermes opened the package and three ghostly spirits exploded out of the box, everyone couldn't react because they were put on their thrones and the demigods were put into comfy black sofa which had popcorn and many accessories that require you to watch a movie, which the demigods found very weird.
The three ghost lady's looked exactly like the Fates which led Percy be a little uncomfortable due to dodging the bullet when he thought it was his life that was cut on the string except it was Luke's life and Percy felt very glad it wasn't him. Annabeth grabbed his hand making Percy to ease up a little. Leo looked at his dad feeling a weirded out about the situation but it didn't stop him from waving at him whom Hephaestus gave him a grateful smile. Nico looked at his father, who gave a curt not to him, making the boy smile a little. Jason looked at his father Jupiter or Zeus due to being in his Greek form Jason wanted to mimic the same thing as Leo did and what Percy was doing with their fathers but Jason didn't want to be awkward or disrespectful to his father's image, but was grabbed by the shoulder giving a comforting squeeze, it wasn't it his girlfriend Piper but it was his sister Thalia.
"I'm sorry I didn't come to the camp but something urgent came up. Forgive me," Thalia apologized.
"It's okay, you're here and right now that's what matter right now," Jason said engulfing her sister with a hug.
Zeus looked at his demigod children with a sad smile but he had duties as a king and he needed to live up to his position or disorder will ensue in Olympus. So he had no choice but to stay silent and endure it and see what the fates had to say.
"Guests of Olympus," The Fates began,"What you are about to discover a great story about a young demigod and his tale as a hero in one of the alternate dimensions."
"Wow, there are alternate dimensions?" Percy asked. He may have read some DC comics about that, but man, he could just think the routes and 'what-ifs' already happening in his head.
"Yep, there a lot 'what-ifs' out there and different worlds altogether," Apollo chirped.
Leo took a bag of popcorn and started thinking about the 'what-ifs' himself in his head along with his fellow demigods.
"Man, that's some serious stuff," the son of Hephaestus said, while munching on his popcorn getting the other heroes to agree with him.
"Well can you please continue," said Zeus letting the young heroes think. Zeus knew about to alternate plane he and his brother went together to see it for themselves but the first thing they saw wasn't something they enjoyed pretty well, they wanted to change it there but they couldn't do not being there world, it just gave him nightmares just thinking that his father actually won the first titan war.
"So what's the title?" Apollo asked curiously.
"Hm, Sun's Heir, Death's Guardian," Hermes answered, making Apollo grin at the first portion of it while Hades' brow furrowed.
"Sweet! Finally, there's a story about one of my kids. Whoo!" the sun god cheered with pumped fists.
Artemis rolled her eyes and mentally groaned, 'Wonderful.'
"It's also a graphic novel." Hermes added
"That's cool. Eisner started that you know, good guy he was." Apollo stated, as being the god of the arts, he would know about such things.
"Well, since it is a 'Novel', who will read?" Athena asked, somewhat interested in this story from another dimension.
"The son of Poseidon will." Zeus announced in a boom.
Percy groaned as his girlfriend gave him a rub on the shoulder, "Come on Percy, you'll do fine." She said with a small smile.
Percy looked at her and returned it with one of his own, "Okay." He said as he sat a bit more forward and the pictures started to appear.
Leo, who was drinking a smoothie shushed and pointed at the, "It's starting."
Konohagakure no Sato, the Village Hidden in the Leaves, was a beautiful village. Buildings of intricate designs stood tall and proud earlier that day. That is, until they attacked.
"Ooh," Ares said as he leaned forward a bit along with some of the demigods. He loved a good story about battle.
The user of the Rinnegan, the self-proclaimed God,
The gods scoffed at that, arrogant mortals.
the leader of the Akatsuki and the enemy of Konohagakure no Sato had destroyed the village with a single attack.
The Gods murmured that they could do that too, while the demigods eyes widened at the damage done.
Their best warriors quickly fell in battle against the Six Paths. All hope was lost.
And then he returned.
"Ah, the hero of the story," Apollo said whilst rubbing his chin in curiosity.
Naruto Uzumaki, the Child of Prophecy, Konoha's Number One Knuckleheaded Ninja,
"Clearly, that is one of Apollo's children," Artemis said with a smirk, getting snickers from everyone but said sun god, who pouted like a kid.
and the Jinchuriki of the Kyuubi no Kitsune, returned from his training with the Toads of Mount Myouboku. He fought bravely against the one that attacked his home, destroying the revived bodies used in place of Pein's true form, and nearly unleashing the wrath of one Kyuubi no Kitsune.
"Jinchuriki?" Percy asked out loud, repeating the word in confusion, as the others knitted their brows trying to figure out the word's meaning.
"It means 'the power of a human sacrifice,'" Apollo translated with a small frown, not liking that one bit.
Unknown to the villagers, the last part was stopped when an apparition of his father appeared in his mindscape. His confidence in himself restored, Naruto fought valiantly against the last remaining path, Deva. Once the sixth body had been defeated, Naruto went to the source of it all and he convinced his distant relative, the crippled Uzumaki Nagato, that peace wouldn't be found through pain. Naruto was rewarded for his actions by the revival of all who had fallen in battle against Pein.
"Wow," Nico said as he looked at his father who raised an eyebrow to this. A mortal did that?
And now we come to the return of Konoha's Hero, who had just collapsed under his own injuries, both internal and external.
"Get the Hell out of my way!" Tsunade barked as she shoved through the crowd of happy villagers. The crowd quickly gave their village leader a clear path and she dashed to Naruto's side. Kneeling at his side, Tsunade put a hand on his face as tears welled up in her eyes.
"Whoa," all the males in the room said at the sight of the woman's breasts. They were then slapped upside the head by the appropriate spouse/girlfriend/sister for their leers.
"Ow!" rang out the room as they men rubbed the back of their heads. Though the demigoddesses wondered how the woman even got a figure like that with a twinge of jealousy.
Bright blue pain-filled eyes cracked open and Naruto gave his grandmother a cheeky grin before whispering out, "Hey Baachan...I did it."
Tsunade smiled and brushed some of the teen's hair out of his face, "That you did, Gaki. That you did. Rest Naruto."
"Mm, okay..." sighed out the blonde as he closed his eyes once again. His breathing slowed and his heartbeat was becoming faint. The fifth Hokage looked to her apprentice and her gaze hardened.
"Get a stretcher, Shizune! He needs medical attention, now!" she ordered, receiving a nod, before looking back to the blonde, "Don't you dare quit on me now, gaki!"
Before Shizune could move to do as her master ordered, the sunlight suddenly focused on the downed orange-clad teen. The villagers backed away as a large amount of chakra filled the air, and several shinobi leapt forward to protect their leader. A figure started to manifest over the downed hero, human in shape. As the light died down, villagers gasped and shinobi fell to their knees as the figure's features cleared up. Tsunade stared in wide-eyed shock.
The figure, a male by his build, was one of the handsomest men she had ever seen in her life. Tanned (almost golden) skin, lithe muscles visible due his lack of shirt, and wild blonde hair that highlighted his ocean blue eyes. His clothes were odd, or rather; his choice to wear what appeared to be only a white skirt with golden edging along with an expensive looking belt. The golden sandals he wore on his feet reminded Tsunade of the original sandals her granduncle wore because of her great-grandfather's choice in clothing.
"And so I make my dazzling entrance. Ten out of ten," the Sun God said with his arms crossed and looked around, his shoulders slacked as all the gods were holding up rating signs ranging from two through four…Artemis gave him a one...wait?! There was a decimal in front of it!
"Lousy no good..." He grumbled as the demigods snickered a bit.
The man ignored everyone, though he did briefly glance at some women and their assets, before looking down at the orange clad blonde. He sighed and scratched the back of his head before he spoke in a foreign language, "(Damn, kid, you're just like your Mom...reckless, stubborn, and freakin' suicidal. First things first, I'm getting you out of here.)"
He knelt down to put his arms underneath the blonde's legs and back, picking him up like a child and feeling a swell of pride suddenly fill him. The man smiled softly as the teen relaxed and he looked to the sky, thinking, Is this how you felt, Dad? When you helped Mom raise sis and I?
"H-Hey! Wait! Where are you going?" Tsunade demanded, snapping out of her stupor. The man didn't acknowledge her words and walked towards a bright light. The villagers and shinobi had to shield their eyes, while a few unfortunate Hyuuga screamed due to blindness, as he vanished into the sunlight. Tsunade slumped in her place, falling to her hands to keep her steady.
I...I just let him walk away...Tsunade thought with wide eyes before squeezing them shut as tears formed, N-Naruto...I'm so sorry.
"Tsunade-sama?" a voice made her look up to the weakly moving Kakashi Hatake, "What do we do?"
Despite her tears, her gaze hardened as she got back to her feet. She cracked her knuckles and let a bit of killing intent slip out.
"First, we recover from Pein's attack," she muttered before her head lifted and she had a fierce look on her face, "And then we find that fucker...and save Naruto."
"Hell have no fury like a woman scorned, Apollo. It seems, once again, you've made the list of another woman…typical," Artemis jeered with a twinkle in her eyes.
"And not the good kind of list either," Hermes added with mirth. Apollo just slouched into his throne with a pout and turned the other way childishly.
The drive back to New York City from the Hidden Lands was long, but Apollo didn't care. His chariot had taken the form of a 2001 Mustang Convertible and he currently had the top down. Apollo kept glancing to the first child he had actually felt some sort of parental love for in over four hundred years. The boy had his mother's facial build and a bit of her attitude if their meeting in his mindscape meant anything (that punch freakin hurt!), but everything else labeled him as the Sun God's son. A cocky smirk went over Apollo's face.
"You're gonna be as much as a lady-killer as I am," the god mused to his unconscious son,
"Damn straight," Apollo said with a smirk. Artemis and Thalia scowled at that while Aphrodite hoped so. Another drama was always good in her books.
still recovering from whatever happened to him in the Hidden Continent. Suddenly Apollo heard his phone ring and grabbed the white cellphone, flipping it open and groaning when he saw who it was.
Pressing the accept button, the Sun God hesitantly said, "Hello...?"
"WHERE IN HADES' NAME ARE YOU?" The sky suddenly darkened around him and Apollo swallowed at the flash of lightning he saw. Forcing the worry back, Apollo said, "Uh...Wazzup Dad?"
"DON'T TRY TO SKIMP AROUND THIS ONE, BOY! WHY DID A GLACIER MELT IN ANTARCTICA?"
"You WHAT?!" Zeus shouted as he looked at his son, eyes crackling.
"Other me! Other me!" Apollo pointed out with a cry of fear. Getting shocked was not on his to-do list today.
"Hmph," Zeus rumbled as he returned the screen, sending one more look to his son.
Apollo sighed, "Dad, can this wait until I get back. Talking and driving while fun isn't my thing."
Apollo nodded sagely, "Yep, safety first."
"Since when are you the voice of safety?" Artemis questioned with a raised eyebrow.
"Lil' sis, I am, and forever will be, the voice of safe driving," Her brother answered in noble tone.
"Sure," Hephaestus and Ares drawled out unanimously, before they glared at each other for doing so.
Apollo swallowed and made a rash (i.e. stupid) decision: He hung up the phone.
Silence ensued in the room.
The half-bloods looked at the sun god in disbelief. Ares, Hephaestus, and Dionysus starting asking if they could have his things. His two uncles were smiling at him, silently saying 'good job' while Zeus turned an interesting shade of purple. Artemis clasped a hand over her eyes at her brother's impulsiveness and the god in question paled.
A lightning bolt suddenly shot out of the sky and nearly hit the right side of the chariot, where Apollo had plopped the teen warrior. The God gave a cry of surprise and worry for both his chariot and his son. More so the latter than the former.
Grabbing his phone, Apollo quickly called his father back, "Alright, alright! I went to the Hidden Lands! Happy?"
"Better," Zeus said with a smug nod and the Olympians rolled their eyes.
"...And WHY did you do that?" His father's ire was obvious through the phone and already the Sun God wondered how he would get out of this one. Apollo sighed and started to park his chariot somewhere south of New York City.
Once the chariot came to a complete stop, Apollo ran a hand through his hair, "Because my son contacted me."
"Son? What son?" Apollo groaned as he pinched his nose. There was a reason he never told anyone, save his uncle (and that was under protest), about Naruto.
"Do you remember why you sent me to the Hidden Lands, Dad?" the god asked quietly. Zeus snorted on the other end of the phone.
"I tried to go the way that God in those scriptures you enjoy did to teach you responsibility," The King of Gods replied, "Which didn't do much good. You came back much more cocky."
Apollo smirked, "Still jealous I figured out time/space transportation before you, Old Man?"
"And I thought I couldn't get anymore awesome!" Apollo announced with a grin, causing his teeth to light up the throne room. A cloud of darkness suddenly covered his face and the sun god cried out, "Hey!"
"Too bright," Hades muttered in annoyance.
"Grr...Get to the point, Apollo!" Zeus snapped. Apollo looked at his still sleeping son and smiled.
"Well, I did find something..." he said softly, whimsically, "A woman...and Man...was she a woman. She was as beautiful as Aphrodite, but as hot-headed as Ares...reminded me of Mom."
Aphrodite sniffed indignantly at that claim. Artemis blinked and looked at her brother in surprise, he normally never found a woman like that, now she was interested to see her.
"...Oh...OH...Huh...thought that Shakespeare lad would be the last..." Zeus muttered on the other end.
"So did I," Apollo murmured as the blonde started to stir, "Dad, I gotta go. He's waking up."
"Fine. But return as soon as you're finished. I want to know exactly what you did in the Hidden Lands!"
"Yeah, yeah, yeah..." Apollo muttered as he hung up once again before starting up his chariot. He scanned over the city as he passed through the sky before spotting the perfect place his son should live in. He grinned.
Who wouldn't want to live in a penthouse? The god asked himself.
~Later That Day~
The sun shined down through the large windows that were to his immediate right, and Naruto groaned. He rolled to his left side and reached for another pillow to shield his face.
Goddamn Sun...the fifteen year old mused with a growl as the sun's intensity seemed to increase despite his action. He scowled and sat up, glaring out the windows at the giant orb of gas. Raising a fist, Naruto grumbled, "One day...I'm gonna find a way to put you out for good."
"Ha! You wish brat!" Apollo challenged with a grin.
'Please do,' the other gods thought.
If anything, the sunlight shined brighter for a fraction of a second. The action made Naruto scowl before he started to look around the hospital room, but then it hit him. The hospital room he normally was admitted to didn't have windows that big!
The whiskered blonde swiveled his head around to find out where he was when his jaw popped open. He was in what seemed to be a really expensive looking room, rich blue carpeting covering the floor and a pleasant light tan pain adorning the walls. At least nine small spherical lights were in the ceiling, and the ceiling itself seemed to be made of fine material. Satin blue sheets kept his lower body decent while silk curtains hung waiting at the end of the wall of windows. The bed he was in felt like a large feather and it was at least thrice as large as his previous bed, if not five times.
He saw a large black screen resting on a dresser and leaning against the screen was a thin plastic rectangle with several small buttons adorning it.
"Nice digs," Leo said while munching on popcorn. Now that was a crib he wouldn't mind staying in. The other demigods nodded in agreement.
Standing up to examine the small rectangle, something white and moving caught the blonde's cerulean blue eyes. There was a note written in a foreign language, but Naruto still could make sense of the strange symbols, that read, "Press the blue button."
Finding said button, Naruto did as instructed and jumped back in a fighting position when the screen suddenly flickered on. Though he relaxed when a familiar face appeared on the screen, that of his father, the Yondaime Hokage, Minato Namikaze. The man's smiling face made Naruto smile in remembrance at their initial meeting within his mindscape. His thoughts stopped when the image spoke.
"Hey Naruto! You may be wondering where you are, and what I'm doing here, but I'll explain that later. See, the truth is, Minato Namikaze is an alias, a false identity. I'm not native to the Hidden Lands, or the Elemental Nations as you call them. I can't tell you who I really am, not yet anyway, but I can tell you that you're not in Konoha anymore."
Naruto gaped, but before he could lash out at the TV, his father's visage continued with raised hands.
"Now, I know you're mad, Hell, your mother would be, too. The thing is, I need you here in these lands to watch over your half-brothers and half-sisters. I would, but I'm, er, busy with my job...yeah."
"But you always slack off," Artemis innocently pointed out getting grumbles from her twin as the other gods laughed at him.
Grumbling, Apollo only said two coherent words: "No respect."
"And my name is Sasuke Uchiha," Naruto grumbled with a twitching eye, severely irritated at his father before beaming, "Though the brothers and sisters thing sounds good..."
"Aww," sighed out the Goddesses in the room, although Artemis just barely refrained from doing so, preferring to nod in approval.
~45 Minutes Later~
"-Need you to read the books that are next to your bed. If there was another way, I'd tell you, but you've got one advantage most others don't." At this, Minato looked left and right before saying cheekily, "Shadow Clones are very useful. Keep that in mind. Oh! And I highly suggest looking in the closet. Sorry I can't stick around, but uh, I've got things to do. See ya around, Naruto! Daddy's so proud of his little fishcake~!"
The demigods snickered at the name along with a few of the other Gods, while the ones that didn't merely quirked a smile or remained neutral.
"Oh man, I hope other me keeps calling him that," Apollo chuckled out.
Naruto felt his eye twitch before he started to grumble, "That son of a-Grr...He knows it doesn't mean Fishcake! Bastard..."
With a sigh, Naruto turned the screen, which he learned from his father's lengthy speech was a television, off and went to the closet. Throwing the door open, the blonde felt his jaw plummet once more before grinning foxily. Several shirts, all shades of sunlight, hung in front of him, most of them were variations of orange. A white jacket with red flames decorating the edging caught his attention and Naruto pulled it from the hanger.
There was a sticky note that read, "The jacket keeps you warm and it's stupid fly! -Dad."
The blonde chuckled and shook his head at his father's apparent antics as he hung the jacket back up. Naruto grimaced as he looked at the several books that were stacked near the bed. With a sigh, he approached them before remembering what his father had said on the DVD he just watched. Naruto grinned and held his hands up in his favorite hand seal.
"Kage Bunshin no Jutsu!" Naruto said with a wide smile as seven clones popped into existence,
Silence ensued the room once more.
"Okay, that's so unfair. Do you know how much I could get done doing things like that?" Leo asked and the guys nodded; something like that would be great to do their chores for them.
"Well…that is, ahem, a useful skill. His girlfriend must be lucky," murmured the Goddess of Love and causing the young demigoddesses to blush at what she was insinuating.
Artemis crinkled her nose, "Really? Must you say things like that?"
Her only answer was a loose grin.
all clad in white boxers like the original. Already aware of what he wanted, the clones saluted and went to work while the original grabbed some clothes and went to the bathroom to freshen up.
He was at first confused by the single knob and several small patches of holes, but he eventually figured out the functioning of a shower...after a few minutes of trial and error.
After his shower, Naruto walked out decked in carpenter jeans that gave him enough movement to use his frog taijutsu and a loose orange shirt. He couldn't find his kunai or shuriken pouches, which greatly unnerved him, but he did find a belt apparently made from his headband, if the metal buckle was anything to go by. To finish his look, Naruto went to the closet and pulled out the jacket his father left him. Slipping it on, Naruto felt a brief chakra surge around him.
"Yo, Oyabun, turn the heat down!" a clone reading something about the history of the rest of the world outside of the Hidden Lands as he visibly started to sweat. Naruto blinked in confusion before slowly sliding his jacket off. The clones all sighed in relief, making the original eye his new jacket in confusion. The flames seemed to be glistening as a somewhat actual heat came off of them.
"Heated jacket, sound useful." Percy said along with a few of the others. Thalia looked at her patron goddess.
"He should open his own line," She said with a teasing smile that Artemis gave a light laugh to.
She turned with mirth filled eyes, "Yes, you seem to think you have such great fashion sense, Apollo. Why don't you?"
Apollo just pouted at her and turned back to the screen, he had great fashion sense! Though maybe he would make a jacket like that, it sounded badass.
Huh...That's weird. Oh well, maybe I'll just wait a bit until it's actually cold, Naruto mused before looking at his clones and saying, "Ok, dispel guys. Thirty seconds apa-GAH YOU BASTARDS!"
The blonde collapsed to his knees and clutched his head, "Frickin' jerks..."
Naruto pushed himself back onto his feet and walked over to one of the books his clones finished with an intrigued look on his face. Normally, he thought books were evil because he couldn't make heads or tails of the kanji within them. Signs were a bit easier because they weren't as jumbled together. For some reason though, he could read this book.
"Japanese kanji with a mind hardwired for Greek…Scary," Annabeth shivered, and he was 16 too. It must have been terrible!
Now, why is it I can read Ancient Greek? Naruto thought before something fell out from between the hardcover and the paper around it. The blonde shinobi blinked before reaching down to the small square and picking it up. He flipped it over and felt his heart jump to his throat.
The picture was of his father holding a very pregnant redheaded woman, both smiling at the camera. Written on the image in Greek, because it came out clear rather than jumbled gibberish, was: "We're always with you, Maelstrom. No matter what. Never forget that. ~Dad."
"Whoa…" Apollo said stricken with silence for once.
Aphrodite frowned a bit. Yes, the woman was, begrudgingly she admitted, beautiful, very much so…but not more so then her.
"Wow," said the demigods as even some of the guys had blushes growing on their cheeks while the girls looked envious at the beautiful redhead smiling serenely.
Naruto smiled despite the tears falling down his cheeks. Brushing the liquid away, the blonde managed to get out, "That bastard ...Thanks Dad."
Naruto carefully folded the picture and stuck it in his pocket before picking the book back up. He read the cover aloud, "An Idiot's Guide to Greek Mythology...Well, now I have the urge to smack Dad around some more...freakin' dick..."
The Gods laughed at bit at the title along with the half-bloods.
"It seems we have someone who knows less about mythology then you now, Sea for Brains," Annabeth teased. Percy's cheeks turned pink at his girlfriend's words.
"Shut it Wise Girl," He mumbled, but he just got laughed at a bit more for it. Huffing, he turned back to the story and read.
After creating more clones to get more reading in, Naruto decided to explore the penthouse his father apparently left him. The living room was much larger than his old one, enough to fit two of his old apartments in actually, and the kitchen was more than an icebox with a stove! Opening the cupboard made the blonde frown though. All that was in there was yet another note.
"...He wants me to go shopping?" Naruto asked with a growl before crushing the note and holding his head when a clone dispersed, "Dammit! ...Well, at least I know the area now. Sort of."
Naruto started to go to the door when he realized something. Palming his face, the blonde said, "I don't know what currency these people use!"
"Oyabun!" a clone called before chucking out a small black rectangular object, smaller than the remote that is. Much to Naruto's relief, it wasn't plastic, but a loose leather, so catching it wasn't as painful as he thought it would be. The blonde opened the object, finding another note, and blanched.
"He could write all these notes but he couldn't stay and talk...?" Naruto mused aloud. The same clone shrugged.
"Maybe he was afraid we'd hit him again," the duplicate suggested. Naruto pursed his lips before nodding in agreement.
"I so am not! I just couldn't stay…what with that law and all," Apollo argued weakly.
"Wuss," Ares jeered, getting a glare from his brother.
"Yeah, he sure wasn't expecting that punch...might have to give him another to keep him on his toes," the original said with a mischievous grin that was quickly mimicked by his clone.
"Please don't," Apollo pleaded to no one in particular.
"Please do," every other god in the room deadpanned, getting a look of betrayal from the God of the Sun.
He dropped the look to examine the new wallet (as it had several green paper slips with old, strange looking men on it which he assumed was the country's currency thus making it being a wallet obvious), and frowned in confusion when he saw an ID similar to his ninja one in a sleeve. Pulling the card out, he focused on the words, struggling to make a clear phrase, before he succeeded.
"Student Driver's License...State of...New York..." Naruto blinked and flipped the card over, "The hell is a Driver's License?"
Everyone raised an eyebrow; they didn't have cars where he was from? What kind of barbarians are they?
"I dunno," the clone replied before their stomachs grumbled in irritation. Naruto groaned and held his before looking at the clone, "Everyone dispel, in thirty second intervals, I'm gonna go find some ramen."
"You got it, Oyabun!" the clones replied before the one standing across from Naruto dispersed first. Brushing the thoughts aside, Naruto started walking out his door intent on getting some food.
~Seven Years Later~
Perseus Jackson stared in shock as several arrows struck at the disguised Manticore named Dr. Thorn. Inwardly, he thanked all the Gods for the interference. Honestly, he had just wanted to get to Camp Half-Blood and have a nice, peaceful time just once. But noo, Grover Underwood, his best friend, just had to run into trouble. Not that it was the satyr's fault, but come on! Was it too much to ask for a break from monsters?
"Yes," everyone sighed out since they knew it was slightly impossible.
The hidden monster gave a hiss of pain as he pulled the arrows out. He looked at his friend Annabeth Chase when she sighed in relief, "The Hunters!"
To his right, wielding a spear and dressed like a punk, with spikey shoulder-length black hair and electric blue eyes, Thalia Grace groaned, "Oh...wonderful."
Thalia gave a small sigh at her old mentality, she would get it soon enough.
The Son of Poseidon looked to where the arrows had come from and after taking note of their cloaks and drawn bows, he was shocked when he saw that each of the attackers were girls near his age, some a year or two younger! One in the front, with long black hair and a silver circlet around her head, draws her bow back further, before she spoke, "Shall I end it, Milady?"
"Y-You cannot do this!" Dr. Thorn snarled, glaring at the gathered Hunters with hatred, outrage, and fear in his eyes, "It's forbidden by the ancient law!"
"Yes I can," Artemis said in a smug tone that Thalia nodded to with a smirk on her face.
"On the contrary," a young girl around the age of twelve or thirteen said from the back, "My quarry are all wild animals, Manticore. And last I checked, your species could be considered such. Zoe, you may take-"
"Yo, Auntie Art, sorry but I'm gonna have ta cut ya off, right here," a voice cut in, making the gathered group turn to look at a hooded and cloaked figure perched on a large boulder near the cliff's edge. He had his own bow drawn and it caused several of the Hunters to gasp, and Percy wondered if it was a gasp of admiration or something else, because if it were the former, he'd agree. The bow was beautifully crafted and gold like the morning sun, its gleam shining in the moonlight and reflecting onto the hidden male's clothes, and straining its string were four equally golden tipped arrows.
"Imperial gold?" Jason wondered aloud with a raised eyebrow.
"Maybe," Hazel said as she looked at the image a bit with curious eyes, "Too soon to tell."
"Hm." Artemis hummed, before she turned to her brother and with slight praise said, "You've given him quite the impressive bow."
Apollo folded his arms behind his head and bragged, "Well, of course I would. If he's my kid, he has to be awesome."
The hooded boy's teeth shined from the darkness of his hood from his bow's reflection, and a brief flash of gold appeared where his eyes would have been, before he let his arrows fly he said, "Allow me, Auntie. Fall, beast, for the Glory of the Sport!"
"All hail the Sport." Apollo chimed with a face splitting grin.
Artemis rolled her eyes before arguing, "The Hunt."
"Ahem, Children," Hermes interrupted with a cough into his hand. Gaining the Twin Archers' attention, he pointed to their current source of entertainment and said, "The story."
Apollo just shrugged him off and Artemis flushed lightly for doing such a childish action.
The arrows were released and met their marks. The Manticore roared when they pierced his body, before stumbling backwards. He rested against the wall and the hooded archer stood from his perch, standing at an impressive six feet, before he flipped his bow to face him and then flicked his wrist, causing the weapon to collapse upon itself. The archer placed the bow behind him before approaching the panting Dr. Thorn.
"W-What...What did you do...To me?" the monster demanded, glaring at the hooded male with absolute hatred. The archer stopped about five feet away from the creature before whipping around and pulling his bow back out, aiming at the Hunters with a strange arrow ready.
"Is he nuts?!" Percy asked aloud before reading once more.
"DOWN!" he shouted as another golden flash appeared under the hood, causing them to do so reluctantly, before he let the arrow fly. No sooner had he done so, a black military helicopter pierced through the Mist surrounding them. The arrow continued and shattered the glass that made the cockpit of the machine, sticking firmly in the pilot's chest.
"Nice one," Ares complimented with a nod to the brutal shot.
"See Percy, unlike some who can't shoot for shit, we have someone who knows what he's doing," Thalia said in a condescending tone that made Percy growl at her. Annabeth just shook her head at the two, they were always at odds ends.
The archer lowered his bow and his right hand, the one that he drew with, clenched. Percy felt himself shielding his face when the helicopter suddenly exploded. He looked over the edge to see the craft's remains fall to his father's domain before looking back at the archer.
"Damn..." the hooded male cursed as the Manticore faded in a golden sparkle, "My poison must have worn off."
"Reveal thyself, man!"
The Greek demigods rolled their eyes, "Typical Zoë."
The Huntress that spoke before demanded as she and the others, save for the younger one that spoke, drew their bows. The archer waved them off.
"Maa, maa, Zoë-chan," he said, making the girl stiffen, "You knew who I was the second I drew my bow."
Percy, in either a brief act of courage or stupidity,
"The latter for sure." Said the group of demigods, minus Annabeth.
"Hey!" Percy cried out indignantly.
Annabeth was quick to come to her boyfriend's defense, "It's okay Percy. It makes you…unique?"
"Thanks," The son of Poseidon said dryly at her statement before he resumed where he was cut off.
stepped forward with his blade Riptide in his hand, "Who are you?"
The hooded archer tilted his head and faced the son of Poseidon. He put his bow away in the same manner that he did before as he started to approach the teen. When he was but an arm's length away, his fingerless-gloved hands parted through his cloak and went up to his hood.
While others including his friends Annabeth, Thalia, and Grover gasped, Percy blinked in confusion when the hood was pulled down, revealing a teen near the age of seventeen. Spikey golden locks covered his head in a wild manner, like a rock-star's, and two ocean blue orbs with an inner lining of pure gold around the pupils stared down at him. The tanned whisker-marked cheeks suddenly pulled back as a foxlike smile was given to the Son of Poseidon.
"My, he is rather handsome." Aphrodite said with a hand on her cheek and a smile spreading across her lips. This was the first time they showed the young demigod's face, and she approved of what she saw.
Ares scowled at that and crossed his arms, not liking the kid already. Apollo grinned like a loon, pleased to see he had spawned a sexy beast like himself.
If Thalia were like her old self and she would say something like 'wow, he's hot' but she learned not to judge a book by its cover so he had to see what type a guy he was. Annabeth admitted that he was quite handsome but in her honest this person seemed too much rebel for her taste. Hazel flushed, almost thinking that he had the looks to be the god of the sun Apollo, even though she was sitting near him. Piper thought the same like Annabeth about him being a rebel, not her type of guy, but she admitted he was really good looking and those whisker marks added quite the exotic look.
The boyfriends of the group noticed this and sent some dirty looks to the 'rocker wannabe'. The last thing they needed was competition from some non-existent guy.
"I am Naruto Uzumaki Namikaze," the teen started as he offered a hand, "Son of Apollo and Guardian of Hades' Children. It's a pleasure to finally meet you, Perseus Jackson."
"Guardian?" Hades inquired with a look of surprise on his face. Nico looked shocked as well, wondering what that meant.
"Well, chapter one is done," Percy said as he leaned back and grabbed a drink of water. All that talking made him thirsty. Taking a sip of his drink, he looked at the image as it shimmered and asked, "Who's next?"
~Meanwhile at the Argo II~
Frank walked in with the rest of the supplies they were going to need for the Quest. He placed the crate on his shoulder down, "Okay guys, that was the last one...we...needed. Guys?" he asked around, only to see an empty ship, "Guys!"
Done & done.
Yes, for the first time since ever, I am doing a Reading. Hope you like it. Me and Bonesboy15 are semi-tight, so I thought I would pick this up from my good buddy TenshinG. I love the Sun's Heir, Death's Guardian series, yes, series! It's going to be a trilogy~ Hazah!
My Conan fic is being worked on, hit a bit of a snag sadly and working around it as I put this up, hopefully this...writer's block...crumbles soon.
R&R, no flames, peace out!