I sighed as I stared up at the stars and I heard footsteps behind me. I turned to see Thalia.
"So did Zoe chew you out again?" She asked. She knew about me being a hunter, the only person really to know in our group now besides Percy. Even Blake didn't know about it because I didn't want him knowing that I had given up immortality for my ex-boyfriend. I didn't want him to know anything about this, and hopefully he never would.
"Yeah in front of Percy too, so I'm going to have a lot of explaining to do." I said. I sighed closed my eyes. My pulse quickened and I let out a long breath as my fingers curled into fists.
"She brought up Luke." I said.
"Figured she did by the way you stormed out of there. What she say?" She said. I could imagine how Thalia was standing right now. She probably had this look on her face with her arms crossed against her chest leaning some more weight onto her left foot than her right.
"She brought up how I forswore my oath to Artemis because of Luke, only in the end to have him beat the shit out of me towards the end of our relationship. She said that I should have listened to her." I said. She was silent for a moment. All I could hear were the waves crashing down below the cliff and our steady breathing. Then she asked the question I didn't want to give an answer to.
"Did he really beat you?" She asked as I heard her sit down next to me on the grass. I let out another sigh and dipped my head down holding back the tears that were threatening to run down my face, yet again. No matter how much I tried not to cry I always ended up doing just that. I opened my eyes to star down at the sea that was glistening beneath us.
"Yeah, when Percy, Annabeth, and Tyson were on the quest for the fleece he started to beat me because I was smart mouthing him. I didn't expect him to start hitting me or I would have never said anything." I muttered. She stared at me and then looked out at the ocean.
"If you don't believe me ask Cody from Apollo's cabin when we get back to camp if you don't take my word. He took to the infirmary so they could patch me up." I murmured. She just stared at me. She got up after a few moments of silence as the sun started to come up. I looked back to see that the Hunters had taken down camp and I got up to find Percy and Blake standing together. They were talking in hushed tones.
"What are we doing?" I asked coming up behind them. They both turned to face me.
"We're taking the Hunters back to camp with us and we're going to get a ride by Apollo." He said. I nodded and that's when I felt the heat on the back of my neck. Percy was looking away and then the flash of light was gone. I turned around to see a guy stepping out of a red convertible. My heart lurched when I thought it was Luke, but it wasn't. It was Apollo, god of the sun.
"Wow, Apollo is hot." Thalia muttered. I flinched and looked away from him.
"He's the sun god," Percy said.
"That's not what she meant." I muttered as I wrapped my arms around my waist.
"Are you alright?" Blake asked looking down at me concerned. I nodded digging my nails into my hips. He kept looking down at me and I just stared down at the ground sinking my nails deeper and deeper.
"Little sister!" Apollo called to Artemis. I didn't want to witness the family reunion so I looked away.
"Are you sure you're fine?" He asked. I nodded and he wrapped his arms around me tightly holding me to him. I felt him press his lips to the top of my head lightly. I just wanted to stay wrapped in his arms forever and feel safe, as I did right now.
"I know you're not fine, but if you don't want to talk about it I won't force you to, just know that I'm here if you do." He murmured into my ear. I looked back up at him and smiled weakly. This is one of the reasons why I would never go back to being a hunter. I would miss every second of having someone saying these kinds of things in my ear.
"Thanks," I smiled. Then that's when I saw Apollo staring at me and Blake.
"You two," He said. I stared at him with a neutral look as he studied me and Blake. Percy was staring at us as Apollo narrowed his eyes at me. My eyes narrowed to and I raised an eyebrow at him. I was daring him to say something about me and the hunters. If he did he would not be having a sweet girl on his trip back to New York. To my luck he just dismissed it and then looked over at the other kids.
"Well! We better load up, Ride only goes one way. If you miss it you miss it." Apollo said.
"Cool car." Nico said.
"Thanks kid." Apollo said.
"How are we all going to fit in there though?" I asked. He sighed.
"I hate to change it out of sports-car mode, but..." He said as he clicked the lock button. It chirped twice before it glowed and changed into a bus.
"Everybody in." He said. Zoe started to shout order and I saw Apollo make his way towards Zoe. That was going to be a bad call and I saw Percy follow me onto the bus. I sat in the front next to Blake and I knew Percy wanted me to say something about the Hunters and being one but I couldn't bring myself to say it in front of Blake. After everyone was on I knew Apollo was going to say something, but strangely he didn't. I wasn't going to ask him about it though. It would mean that I wouldn't need to explain anything to Blake.
I listened as Apollo was telling Thalia that she was turning 16 next week and wanted her to drive the car. Oh my god. She was going to drive the freaking sun. I looked at Percy and he was staring at me with weary eyes. Oh god, we were all going to die. She took off slowly before she slammed us back into the seats.
"Slower!" Apollo said.
"Sorry! I got it." Thalia said. I shook my head and curled up into Blake's lap. I pressed my face against his shoulder as his arms wrapped around my waist tightly.
"We're going to die aren't we?" I asked.
"The force is strong with this one." Blake murmured in my ear. I laughed and smiled up at him. I hid my face in his chest and sighed. After a moment or two Blake and I were thrown against the side of the bus. We groaned and I looked up at Thalia. Come on Apollo have a little common sense here and don't let Zeus's daughter drive when she hasn't even driven a car yet!
"Thalia!" I whined. Then we were thrown backwards and I screamed as I hit my head.
"You alright?" Blake asked. I nodded as he rubbed the back of my head lightly. I ran my fingers through my hair waiting to find the bump I knew was forming. I winced as I ran my fingers over it and sighed. I would get an ice-pack on it back when we got to camp. Then after another moment or two we slammed into the lake in the center of Camp half-blood.
"Let me off this thing!" I screamed. Apollo was saying something but I ran off the bus I smiled and glanced back at everyone once I was safely on the sand. I glanced around camp and noticed that they had let the snow fall this year and people had decorated! I smiled and stuck my hands into my back pockets leaning back on my heels as I whistled.
"I love camp in the winter time!" I smiled. I felt hands on my waist and glanced back to see Blake smiling down at me. He kissed the side of my head lightly. I watched as Nico stuck with Percy and how the hunters followed Zoe. Thalia came over to me and I saw the anger in her eyes. I guess Zoe had said something to her already.
"Can I knock her head off yet?" She asked. I smiled and shrugged.
"I'm all for it." I muttered.
"Cassi, Percy! Watch out for the prophecies! I'll see you all soon." Apollo said. I looked at him confused and swallowed nervously. I didn't like the sound of that at all. It made me quiver slightly at the thought.
"What do you mean?" Percy and I asked. I glanced over at Percy who had looked up at Apollo.
"Later Thalia and be good!" He said before he closed the door to the bus and left. I shook my head and I thought I felt my eye twitch in anger. He was the god of fucking prophecies and he couldn't give us a tiny measly hint? God, what a twit.
"Cassi, I'm going to take Nico to meet Chiron so I'll see you later at dinner, alright?" Percy asked. I nodded.
"Later Percy." I smiled. Then I looked down at Nico. I noticed that his green eyes reminded me of Blake's and I had a feeling. No freaking way. It couldn't be. Nico was staring at me with wide eyes. I gave him a easy comforting smile trying to make it seem alright.
"Don't worry Nico! We'll take care of you here!" I smiled. He nodded and gave me a weak smile and then headed to find Chiron with Percy. I walked with Blake back to my cabin and then I smiled once we got there.
"Do you still have the decorations?" Blake asked. I nodded and pulled out a big bag from underneath my bed. I opened them up to see the Christmas lights and other sorts of things I usually hung up around my bed in the Aphrodite cabin around this time.
"Of course, want to help me?" I asked. He nodded. We headed outside and started to string lights up on the rafters of the cabin. I smiled and once we got them all up I plugged them in. I smiled once they lit up and put my hands on my hips. Blake and I had done a hella good job.
"Good job." I said. He chuckled and wrapped his arms around my waist again. He rested his head against my shoulder and kissed my neck lightly.
"So um I have a um...thought." I said as I glanced over at him. He looked over at me.
"What?" He asked as he straightened up. He looked down at me as I bit my lip. He chuckled and pulled my lip out from between my teeth lightly.
"You and Nico have similar eyes." I said. He shrugged.
"I'm not following." He said as his arms dropped so that his fingers were wrapped up in my belt loops tugging them back towards him.
"What if you know Nico is your brother?" I turned to look him at him. He shook his head and made a face. I didn't exactly know what the face was for.
"Then how would I have not known till now?" He asked. I shrugged. I didn't know that Percy existed for the first 14 years of my life. Then he shows up and Luke screws with us and the next thing I know is that I have a little brother by 2 years.
"I don't know Blake. I'm just saying that it's a little weird. Plus, I didn't know Percy for the first 14 years of my life and then he shows up and shit starts getting bad." I said.
"I know but no offense but that's a pretty fucking weird thing to say." He said. I glared at him and pushed his arms off from around me. I crossed my arms over my chest, taking a defensive stance. I saw him swallow and he should. I was getting pissed.
"Well, you two do look alike now that I think about. You have the same shade of hair, the same eyes, you even have an attitude." I snapped. He just rolled his eyes and shook his head as he slipped his hands into his pockets.
"I would know if we're related or not Cassi." He said. I scoffed and rolled my eyes before looking at him.
"And how would you? I didn't know until those two tridents appeared above my head." I asked. He shrugged. My anger was spiking ever fucking second that I stood here talking to Blake. He wasn't even thinking about it at all, I could tell.
"I would feel it! Didn't you think something was off with Percy when you first met him?" He asked. I nodded admitting that I did feel like there was something up between us two but I didn't want to admit to it. But when I did feel something between us I didn't think it was that though.
"Yeah because of the similarities between Percy and I and I just named you a few things that you and Nico had!" I said. He rolled his eyes.
"Whatever," He said. I rolled my eyes and turned my back away from him. I looked at the lights and that's when I heard footsteps. I saw Percy come up and he glanced between me and Blake. The tension between us was palpable.
"Trouble in paradise?" He asked. I glared at him and he took a physical step backwards.
"No!" We both snapped at him. We both looked at each other and then I went inside. Percy stayed outside to talk to Blake about something and then he came in and sat on his bunk. I sighed and put my hands on my face and then rubbed my eyes.
"Does Blake know?" He asked. I dropped my hands away from my eyes and shook my head.
"About what?" I asked as he set Annabeth's hat down on his night stand. He looked at it and sighed as his shoulders hunched forwards.
"About the Hunters..." He whispered. I glanced back to see Blake walking to his cabin. I shook my head and sighed.
"No one knows except for the people that need to know. I came to camp and a year later or something I joined the hunters. I came back when my age was supposedly 13 because of Luke....the time between then no one really knows about what happened besides Luke and Annabeth because those were my only friends at the camp at the time. I wasn't the social butterfly I am now Percy. I stayed inside the Aphrodite cabin most of my time and stayed out of the way. When I came back to the Hunters I made sure everyone knew who I was and that I had friends." I said. He nodded as he put on shield that was dented on the hook next to a horn. That's when Percy turned and looked to the back of the cabin. I looked back there and saw that there was a new fountain.
"Hmm wonder who did that." I muttered as Percy walked over. He looked into the water.
"Thanks dad." He said. I nodded in thought saying it probably was Poseidon making up for stuff. I sighed. Well, I guess it was better late than never.
"You should tell Blake." He said. I glanced up at him and he looked back at me with a smile. I rolled my eyes and made a sound that sounded like I exasperated, strangle groan.
"Really Cassi you should." He said. I nodded and thought about what I would say to him while watching Percy take a coin from fountain.
"Iris, O Goddess of the Rainbow, accept my offering." Percy said as I got up and headed to the door. I might as well go now and tell him before I had to witness Percy's conversation to whomever.
"Show me Tyson, at the forges of the Cyclopes." Percy said. The mist in front of him shimmered and I smiled. I should've known he would try to get to Tyson.
"Tell him I say hi!" I said walking over to the door. Percy nodded and I walked out of the cabin and looked in to the Hermes cabin and I saw Blake inside sitting at his bed. He had something in his hands and I saw a girl walk up to him. It wasn't anyone in Hermes I know that. The girl and he were laughing about something and then she sat down beside him and put her hand on his shoulder. I watched for a moment more and then the girl locked eyes with me and Blake turned and looked at me. A confused look crossed his face and I felt as if the room was closing in on me. Blake got up and I turned around and ran. I ran to the beach and I fell to the sand gasping for breath. I didn't know what was happening. I felt like I couldn't breathe and I was shaky all over.
"What-?" I choked out. I couldn't breathe and everything was going black along the edges of my vision. No I didn't want to pass out. Cassi breath! I screamed at myself.
"Cassi?" Blake called out. I was starting to black out when someone grabbed my shoulders from behind. I didn't see their face because everything was gone and I was out. I didn't know what made me black out but I did. My eyes fluttered open but I wasn't at camp. I was somewhere else with a tree and golden apples. The grass was lush underneath my fingers and I stood up on wobbly legs. I blinked a few times and then pinched myself. Okay so that didn't wake me up so I wasn't dreaming...but I knew I had passed out so what the hell was this?
"Where the hell am I?" I snapped putting my hands on my hips.
"Cassi you made it!" He said. I turned around and saw Luke coming towards me. I backed up quickly, slamming into the tree.
"Did you kidnap me again?" I demanded. He shook his head and smiled. He looked happy and like the Luke I used to know. I swallowed nervously as I studied him.
"I brought you here in my dream. I wanted to talk to you." He said. I stared at him hard as my eyes narrowed at him. I was chanting to myself not to trust him after everything he had put me through. Never ever trust Luke Castellan.
"You did?" I asked. He nodded and smiled at me.
"Yeah, I miss you Cassi." He murmured. I sighed and he came over to me, pulling me away from the tree. He hugged me tightly and then ran his fingers down my face. He smiled at me and I just stared at him.
"What did you want to talk to me about?" I asked. He took my hand and laced his fingers with my own and started to walk with me, okay well more than anything it was him pulling me along. As we walked over the green grass I glanced up at him thoroughly confused on what was going on.
"Well?" I asked impatiently. He chuckled and clicked his tongue, shaking his head.
"I don't know really. How is life going?" He asked.
"It's fine." I muttered thinking about what had happened right before I was brought to this little world.
"I heard Thalia is back." He said. I nodded and bit the inside of my cheek.
"Of course you would know." I said. He nodded with a smile as he looked down at me smiling. I felt my cheeks burn and I looked down at the ground.
"You can't keep anything from me." He said. I rolled my eyes and glanced down at our joined hands before pulling mine out of his. He looked hurt but understood. I crossed my arms over my chest and tucked my hands in my armpits to keep them from going back to my sides where he could take it in his again.
"You know the prophecy, right?" He asked. I nodded. Of course I knew some of the great prophecy that hadn't involved me until Luke had fucked with me and let everyone know that I was a big three child which I didn't want to know, nor did I really care.
"I know the just of it." I said nodding looking up at him.
"It could not mean you; it could mean Blake, Percy, or Thalia. It only has 25% on you." He said. I nodded, taking in what he said. He was true. I didn't have to be the one in the prophecy and then I realized he had added a name in there he shouldn't have even know about. Blake. How the hell did he know about Blake being a son of Hades?! My eyes burned as I snapped my head up and glared over at him.
"Wait how did you know about Blake?!" I demanded coming to a stop.
"Kronos knows everything." He chuckled. I rolled my eyes. I was vowing to myself now that if he tried anything with Blake he wouldn't continue to breathe.
"And I've see the signs, just how I saw with you Cas." He murmured. He pulled me to face him and looked down at me. I wanted to back away from him so that we had a good five feet between us but I couldn't move because he was staring straight into my eyes. I saw him biting his lip slightly.
"I never stopped loving you." He murmured. Oh fuck, what the hell did he just say!? Why, now of all times did he have to say that? It threw me off completely.
"But you hit me. You bruised me, you made me bleed!" I yelled backing away from him a step trying to put distance between us.
"I'm not saying that I have done is forgivable and I was being a very poor judgment but I was trying to keep you safe." He said. I scoffed and rolled my eyes. God.
"By hurting me?" I asked sarcastically.
"I'm under pressure here. A lot of it." He said. I knew a lot of other people who were under pressure too but you didn't see them hitting people or nearly killing them either.
"Luke, I don't care, you don't hurt the people you love." I said. He looked away from me ashamed and I knew instantly that he felt terrible about what he did to me and that's when my stomach tightened up and my heart gave a loud thump in my ears. No, this couldn't be happening again!
"I know this now." He murmured. He pulled me closer and then kissed me on the lips lightly. I pulled back slightly and stared up at him. I shook my head as my bottom lip trembled slightly.
"Luke send me back please." I said. He nodded sadly as he raised his hand up and cupped my cheek. After a moment or so the place starts to blur and it goes black. I can't feel Luke anymore but then I jerk awake in my bed in my cabin. Blake is there and so is Percy. They're both staring at me carefully, and I'm fully aware of the tears rolling down my cheeks and the blush still on my cheeks. I let out a breath.
"Are you alright?" Blake asked. I nodded and raise my hand and press them against my lips lightly.
"What happened?" He asked confused. I swallowed and shook my head rubbing my cheeks free of the tears that had been there.
"Nothing, I had a panic attack and blacked out." I said thinking about what had been happening before I blacked out. I sighed and brought my knees up to my chest and curled into a ball resting my chin against my knee caps.
"Why did you have a panic attack?" Percy asked. I saw Blake blush slightly and I turned red. I looked out the window and I saw Percy tilt his head to the side as Blake and I looked at each other.
"I went to Blake and he was talking to a girl and I let everything get the better of me and I started to have a panic attack." I said. Percy glanced at him and then at me. His eyebrows came together as he stared at me. I knew what he was thinking, that I had never had panic attacks before so, why now? I didn't even know but I had a feeling that Luke was responsible for it.
"Do you guys want me to leave so you have time to talk?" He asked. Blake glanced over at me while I kept my eyes firmly on the window and the world outside.
"No," I said looking back over at Percy.
"Yes," Blake said. We glanced at each other and I felt like everything was closing in on me again. My heart started to race and Blake took my hand and gave my hand a squeeze. My hand was shaking in his slightly and he realized it with a wide eyed look.
"Hey, hey, hey you're fine." He said. I took a deep breath and tried to keep my heart beat in a normal pace. I closed my eyes and started to count to fifty. Once I had done it I opened my eyes and glanced up at Percy. He was looking at me concerned and I swallowed.
"I'm going to go ahead and leave and Cassi tell him about what happened with the Hunters." Percy said before walking out. Blake took my face in his hands and stared at me confused. He ran his thumbs over my cheek bones lightly and stared into my eyes.
"Wait, what about the Hunters?" He asked. I bit my lip and glared at Percy's retreating figure.
"Damn it Percy!" I said. I heard him laugh outside. I took a deep breath and moved over in my bed. Blake sat down beside me and wrapped his arm around my waist. I sighed and bit my lip. I glanced down at my hands that were moving and twitching on their own accord.
"Okay, when was the first time you saw me at camp?" I murmured. I wasn't even looking at him; I couldn't.
"Around when I was 14. You were 13...which still doesn't make sense. You've been here since you were like what 6 or something and I never noticed you. I thought I would've noticed a pretty girl like you over in Aphrodite. I noticed all their girls or they got me to notice them." He said. I flushed pink and stared up at him with an eyebrow raised. He flushed pink and he chuckled. I shook my head slightly and sighed. Maybe if I had stayed at camp and met up with Blake earlier I would've avoided the whole thing with Luke. Maybe I wouldn't be broken beyond repair.
"Trust me Aphrodite kids are very....well remember I dated Silena." He said. I nodded and frowned.
"Anyway, yeah but you were never around till I was 14." He said. I swallowed but nodded in agreement with him.
"There's a good reason for that." I said. He leaned his head against mine and stared at me confused. I bit my lip and he chuckled at me.
"Well when I was 8 the Hunters came to camp. I didn't have any friends beside Luke, Annabeth, and Thalia of course but she was gone by then...." I said. He nodded and I felt his fingers rubbing against me.
"Yeah I remember when they came. They burned things that year, and then I heard rumors that some kids had gone with them." He said. I nodded and let out a breath.
"They were true, some kids went with them....and I was one of them." I said. He looked at me slightly shocked. I nodded.
"Yeah while everyone was growing up I was a Hunter with Artemis running around with them." I said.
"How come no one knew?" He asked. I shrugged.
"I didn't tell anyone. Annabeth didn't like it that I had left and was mad at me. She, I think, still holds a grudge to this day about it." I said. He nodded and glanced over at me. I sighed.
"I was with them until I was technically 12. I-I ran into Luke on a mission and he told me he missed me and I should come back to camp. So I did cause my crush on him didn't disappear. Artemis let me go and I asked her if she could set me at my correct age which she did. I was twelve in physical form when I came back to camp and within the year I had made sure that everyone knew who I was." I said looking away from him.
"And you didn't want me to know this? Why?" He chuckled. I shrugged.
"I just don't like going back in the past." I said.
"I think it was cause of the Luke bit." He murmured. I shrugged and gave him a knowing smile.
"More than likely yeah." I said. He chuckled and wrapped an arm around my shoulders. I smiled and leaned against him.
"The girl that you saw me talking to was a girl I had grown up with in New York with. She was asking me what had happened on the mission." He murmured. I nodded and rubbed my eyes.
"I don't know why I freaked out so much. It was weird." I murmured. He just kissed me on the top of my head.
"I like weird." He said. I glanced up at him laughing.
"Well if you didn't then you probably wouldn't even be at camp." I laughed. He smiled at me and then kissed me lightly on the lips. I leaned into him and sighed. He slid his arm from around my shoulders to my waist and pulled me in closer.
"No matter what I'll love you." He whispered.
"I'll always love you too Blake." I murmured as I tucked my face into the crook of his neck.
Okay guys! The long wait is over! Here it is!!!
Thanks its_dam_annabeth for kicking my butt to get this out!!