Piper was pacing going over the details of her conversation with Jason. Only a small select group was here. I honestly hadn't listened to anything she said after she said, "Leo's alive" My body is a live wire of emotion right now. Initially heat had flooded my body. Leo, my Leo! Alive? Then a my heart sunk, If he's alive then why hasn't he tried to contact me. No if he was alive he definitely would have come for me by now. Unless.... unless he no longer loved me. My mind started off on an unreasonable and somewhat dark path. What if he faked his death to get away from me. No he would do that. he loved me... didn't he? he told me he did. He vowed to come back for me. If he didn't want me he would have just left me on that island. he wouldn't have gone through so much trouble and theatrics to fake his death. Besides Luke was the one who basically killed him. He was controlled by a deity.The thought of Leo strolling up to Tartarus just to ask him to pretend to kill him. The thought actually made me chuckle.
All eyes snapped to me. Shoot did I do that out loud? Apparently so. Luke narrowed his eyes at me, "What's so funny?" I shook my head, "Nothing, just caught myself overreacting. Nothing to see here." I nodded at Piper, "Continue on please Piper." She tilted her head at me in confusion . But then shrugged it off and continued off on her rant. A rant that I again was not listening to. If Leo was really alive then that meant he would be back with me. I could fold up in his arms once more. I've been helping babysit the Jackson twins and it makes me think. Would he want that? A family? I know Piper is ready, she told Annabeth and I only a hundred times how much she wants a family. She is Aphrodite's daughter after all, its amazing she's lasted this long in a monogamous relationship without having kids.
They were discussing their theories on how it was possible. Did the boys do it, was that their mission. Did leo do it on his own? Luke seemed pretty animate that is was Nico and something called the 'balance'. He sounds a bit crazy, but Annabeth and Piper listen patiently. The gods don't like it when people cheat death, especially hades. But if anyone could get away with it I guess it would be the son of hades.
They were now grilling Hazel on it was possible. She was visibly uncomfortable being the center of attention. Frank squeezed her hand in silent support while she answered all their questions. Her shoulders only relaxing when the questions ended and now they were talking to someone else. Silence. The question was asked again, and again it was followed by silence. I looked around to see who was the source of this silence. But my eyes only met a wall of eyes looking at me. Oh great its me they were talking to. I cleared my throat, "Uhm, I'm sorry could you repeat the question?"
Luke looked irritated, "Yes for the third time I will repeat the question. What is the gods protocol for heroes escaping elysium?" I'm caught extremely off guard. "How would I know?" Luke rolled his eyes, "You are a goddess... of the sea right?" Annabeth flinched slightly, probably at the mention of the sea. Reminding her of her sea controlling husband.
Now it was my turn to roll my eyes. A nasty habit I've picked up while being here. "That doesn't mean anything. I've spent most of my life on an island... By myself... No contact with the outside world. Sure I used to get a godly visitor or two. But sorry I don't think the topic of resurrecting heroes ever came up." I was well aware that sarcasm was dripping my mouth but that was something I learned from Leo, and something that I was not going to apologize for. I understand Lucas is in a bit of a tough spot right now, what with Thalia's illness only getting worse as the days pass. But he needs to realize that other people have problems as well. I can sympathize with him, but I will not excuse his rude behavior.
I fixed my eyes on him waiting for his reply. But it seemed he didn't have one as he sat there mulling over my response. These silly little demigods seem to always forget that they tend to know more than I do. It's not like each god/goddess is given a handbook saying hey heres all the rules, guidelines, and history lesson of everything thats happened ever. I was on an island, I know just as much as the average mortal.
Luke opened his mouth to respond but was cut off by a loud crack from outside. Smoke pooled into the cabin we were currently in. Everyone froze. We could faintly hear coughing coming from outside the door, followed by a "Holy Hades that stung."
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