I got to the party a little late, but I came prepared. I had just finished the sword I had been working on. It took me about a year, it was just the right length and weight. Naturally it had a few modifications, such as the button on the hilt that heats the blade up to temperature hot enough to melt metal. I named it saber... you know kind of like a light saber. Dorky I know but honestly it was just a distraction. The GPS was still trying to locate Calypso's island. It was so close, only days away by now.
Jason and the gang were completely surrounded by hell hounds, but that wasn't the odd part of the picture. They weren't doing anything about it. They were all just standing there, looking defeated. I figured this would be the perfect time to show off my new sword, and if we're already showing off, I might as well show them my new fighting skills. I had grown a lot in the past couple months, as well as filling out. I'm no where close to the rest of the guys, but I no longer look like a lost little boy next to them.
I drew saber and ran towards the nearest hell hound, I could feel Jason whirl around to look at me, "Leo STOP! NO!" Next thing I know I'm being tackled, so much for my new combat skills. I stood up and brushed the dirt off my pants, "Yo Jason, not cool man." He picked up my sword and handed it to me, "Sorry man, but you weren't here, Tartarus gave us an ultimatum." We walked over to the rest of the group while the pack of hounds eyed us, quietly growling. "He said if we fought tonight someone would die, but if we just went back to our cabins we would all survive the night. The only thing is, if we don't fight through these hell hounds he's going to kill Annabeth.
I let out a sigh, this was not a good predicament to be in, either way one of us dies. No one was really talking, it was like no one wanted to voice their opinion. I didn't blame them, whatever choice they made they were still condemning someone to death. I was mid thought when Nico spoke up, "Guys you may hate me for this, but I think we need to fight. What better way to die than to die fighting to save someone you love. There is no way I'm going back to my cabin tonight knowing that I had the chance to save my friends; I will not crawl under the covers and hide."
We all just nodded. Jason walked over to Piper and swept her up in a kiss. The other followed in suit giving silent promises that they wont be the one to die. I threw out a prayer to Calypso, letting, "Just another minor set back, but I made you a promise, and I will keep my promise."
Jason drew his sword and turned to face the line of hell hounds.
We all charged slicing and stabbing. At first the progress was slow, but the more momentum we built the faster the hounds fell in clouds of dust. One of them was about to pounce on Frank when I pushed the button of my hilt and jumped on top of it. I threw the sharp blade down through the skull and drug it back all the way to the tail. I landed in a mess of blood and dust in front of a very surprised Frank. He threw out a fist, and I bumped it, "No need for thanks now Frank, just focus on not dying." He laughed , "I could say the same to you hobbit." He threw a spear at a hound that was moments away from biting my leg off. I ran off to find something else to kill. But in the back of my mind I was just thinking, did Frank really just call me a hobbit? I must be wearing off on him.
I looked around and we were definitely winning. It looked like Hazel and Piper were taking down a hell hound together while Frank and Jason each had one of their own. They all quickly finished off what was left of Tartarus defensive line.
I had no idea how long Nico had been standing next to me, but he made me jump, "I don't like this, Tartarus isn't the kind of person to make an empty threat. He said someone was going to die, and other than a few scratches we're all fine."
Once the last hell hound was dead we didn't waste much time running off into the woods in what I'm assuming was the direction Tartarus went in. I fell in kind of behind everyone, Jason and Frank were in front followed by Piper and Hazel, then Nico, then me. I preferred to think of it as a compliment, like we trust you to protect our back Leo, rather than back of the line Leo.
We arrived a creepy little, what was a good word... hovel? Yeah that seemed to fit perfectly. We walked up to the door, right up to the door of an evil deity who wanted to kill us all. Without Annabeth it was kind of hard to come up with any clever plans. Jason kicked down the door and we all piled in, covering each others back.
We could hear him laughing as we say him step out from the shadows. "So you chose to fight, how brave. But my warning still holds true." We could see Percy chained to the wall in a cell, While Annabeth was tied up in the corner in the room just outside the cell. "You see your friend Perseus here is slowly dying, due to the fact that I am draining every once of life force. This mortal body is not enough for me. He is only minutes away from death. His death along with the death of Ms. Chase here is inevitable, but yours is optional. Leave. Now."
I was so sick of everyone telling me what to do! Because I was in the back it was easy for me to skirt around the flank. I sliced through his cafe, bringing him down to one knee. Then I brought it down to rest on the back of his neck. He giggled. that made me furious, so I clicked the button and the blade slowly started to warm up. His giggles stopped. "Oh Leo, young boy, remove the sword now or I kill Percy." I didn't budge an inch, "No, how about I move the blade, when you release him AND Annabeth." His skin started to turn red and blister under the heat, "It would be so much easier to just kill them, Percy screamed, eyes contorted in pain. I slowly pulled the blade away. "That's a good boy."
Percy was breathing heavy, dark circles under his eyes, drenched in sweat, blood, and grime. He tried to talk but his voice was horse, "Leave.....Leave them.... Alone." It was hard to take him seriously when he was shaking and could barley keep his eyes open." Annabeth wiggled in the corner trying her hardest to remove the gag from her mouth. She made one last struggle and her lips broke free, " Guys! I translated it wrong it didn't say bone of a fallen hero it said blade!" Tatarus walked over to her and backhanded her knocking her unconscious. "AAHHH!" Percy yelled in frustration, when I lookd over his eyes looked like they were swirling like the sea during a storm. His breaths came in heaves as his anger built and built. He screamed again, then cracks started to spread all over the walls and floor. "I said, Leave. Them. ALONE!" An earthquake overtook the hovel, the foundation shook and the walls began to crumble. Percy pulled free of his chains and waited until the walls crumbled around him taking his prison bars with him. "Tartarus honestly looked shocked, "But. What. How?"
The swirling in his eyes got deeper and more intense. "I am Percy, son of Poseidon. God of the sea and conveniently enough... earthquakes. I told you to leave my loved ones alone! You say you are draining my life force? You can not drain the Ocean, you can not contain nor control it. I AM the open sea and you have not headed my warning. It's a known fact that I can control water, and do you know what has lots of water? The human body, much like the one you are inhabiting. On average sixty percent of the human body is made up of water." Tartarus froze. "Do you feel that Tartarus, the gravity that is pulling you down. Perhaps I should drain you of that water, then your vessel will die and you will be stuck inside it. Forever."
Man Percy was really starting to scare the hell out of me. He walked over and gently brushed a lock out of Annabeths face. Tartarus took this to his advantage he made a huge sword appear out of no where he brought it up and then started to bring it down. There was no time to warn Percy, everyone was shouting but the more they tried to warn him the more jumbled it all sounded.
I did the only thing I could. I stepped in front.
I took the blow, for Percy Jackson.