I rolled over in bed and rubbed my eyes. I glanced at the clock that read noon. I didn't really want to get up because it was one of the last days before I had to go to Camp and get back into the swing of things. Percy had orientation at the new school we were both attending because he was a freshman. I yawned and sat up in bed. I glanced around room smiling as I shook my hair out of my pony-tail from it's holder. I swung my feet out to the side of the bed and pulled myself up so I was standing before walking over to my mirror on the wall. I fluffed up my hair, curly as hell from my shower the night before. I heard the phone ringing and I figured that Percy's mom would get it but when I heard it go to voicemail it made me stick my head out the door.
"Mrs. Jackson?" I called out. No answer. I guess she wasn't home yet. I went out to hear Percy on the answering machine and I listened as he left the voicemail saying he was fine but he was attack at school by some cheerleaders that were monsters and there was more explaining and I sighed.
"I guess I'm going back to camp earlier than expected." I muttered scratching the back of my head. I went to my room and started to pack what I had brought from camp into my book-bag as I picked an outfit out to go with my camp half-blood t-shirt. I ran daily make-up routine onto my face before pulling on my shorts and t-shirt.
"Let's get this show on the road." I muttered. It wasn't that I wasn't thrilled to go back to camp, it was the impending threat of world doom that I had evaded while I was here in New York. I kind of just forgot about the whole situation and thing like that dealing with Kronos. I locked the door on my way out of the apartment and went down to get a taxi. I just stuck my hand into my pocket pulling out a drachma knowing that I was going to be taking my life into my hands by getting the Gray Sisters' to take me to camp but hey it was the fastest way.
"Stêthi 'Ô hárma diabolês." I said as I threw the drachma into the road. The next thing I knew was that a taxi pulled up in front of me. I climbed into the back and paid them after telling them to take me to camp. They did and I timed them on my watch I had gotten this Christmas from Mrs. Jackson. It only took me about 5 minutes to get from our apartment to the entrance of camp.
"Thanks." I said. They nodded and as soon as I had closed the door the taxi was gone again. I shivered and headed past the boarder and headed towards the cabins. When I dropped my stuff onto my bed and headed outside I was tackled by hugs. Bethany was screaming in my ear and Sydney sat back watching it all unfold.
"How was your school year?" I teased pushing Bethany away from me. We started walking down the beach talking as we did.
"Dreadful! After you switched out after that little misunderstanding I was so alone in classes!" She whined. I laughed and scratched the back of my neck. Well, I had been correct since there had been so many demi-gods in one place a monster had attacked the school and me being who I was, was the one to put it down. Well, in the attempt to do that I managed to knock a wall down and set a room in fire so I was expelled. Like it wasn't the first time happening. Oh, well. Now I was at the same school Percy had been for orientation.
"I told everyone it would happen sooner or later." I muttered. Sydney laughed.
"This is why I am now no longer going to schools with other demi-gods." She laughed.
"Good idea." I laughed. She smiled at me.
"So you've survived 16 do you think you're going to survive 17?" Sydney teased.
"Sydney!" Bethany said.
"I'll be fine." I muttered rolling my eyes as arms slipped around my waist, as a kiss was planted on the back of my head.
"Hey," I smiled looking back at Blake.
"Hey beautiful." He murmured.
"Bethany why don't we give them some time with each other. They haven't been able to hang out like we have with her." Sydney said. Bethany muttered something unhappily before walking away with Sydney. I smiled at her before turning around to face Blake fully. He bent down and I met him halfway to kiss him. I savored the kiss and he chuckled at me as he pulled away.
"Enjoying that kiss a little too much aren't you?" He teased.
"I could never enjoy them too much." I murmured bringing him down for another. He didn't disagree and came in for another. We stood there on the sand making out for the whole camp to see before pulling away. I glanced at the cabin and sighed.
"Are they doing inspections today?" I asked. He nodded.
"I gotta clean then. Percy left that place a wreck the last time we left." I said as we walked back down the beach. Bethany, Sydney and I had made quite the distance from our cabin since I had dropped my stuff off. He nodded and took my hand, threading his fingers through mine. It was a nice silent walk. Blake and I hadn't really been able to see each other much after I managed to get kicked out of school. When we finally made it back to the cabin we walked inside to find Tyson sweeping the floor. Where the Hades had he come from?
"Tyson?" I asked.
"Cassi!" He smiled. I chuckled and I heard running. I turned to see Percy run through the door and he spotted Tyson and then me.
"Percy!" Tyson yelled smiling as he ran over to Percy hugging him tightly. Thank god he was squeezing the shit out of Percy and not me.
"I got your message as I got up and made my way to camp." I said. Percy nodded.
"Hey big guy! Ow, watch the ribs!" Percy said as he was hugged. I laughed and moved out of the way smiling. When Tyson set him down he flex slightly and I chuckled. I glanced around realizing he had been cleaning. I glanced at my watch to see I had been gone almost 45 minutes with the girls and Blake. Maybe he had been in the other room while I had dropped my stuff off. Well, I glanced at him to see he had a broom and was sweeping. I glanced around taking in the cabin to see he had cleaned this place nice and good. Good enough to get us first shower hour this week. My flowers in the flower box by the window were even in bloom and looked like they had just been watered.
"You two okay? Not eaten by monsters?" Tyson asked looking at both of us. Blake squeezed my hand and went to go sit on the couch where our gaming systems were and stuff.
"Not even a little bit." Percy said.
"I'm too sweet for them." I chuckled smiling.
"Yay! Now we can eat peanut butter sandwiches and ride fish ponies! We can fight monsters and see Annabeth and make things go BOOM!" He said smiling as he clapped. I liked the last part with making things explode but I had always been that way. I glanced over at another window to see Tyson had set up plants that were from under the water. He even had glowing plants from the deep sea. Oh my gods this was so cool.
"Tyson, the cabin looks....amazing!" Percy said.
"See the fish ponies? I put them on the ceiling!" He said. We both glanced up to see miniature bronze hippocampi hung on wires to make them look like they were swimming in the air. That's when Percy said something about how Tyson fixed his sword that had managed to get broken during the fight this past winter at Westover Hall. Percy was looking at everything when Silena walked in.
"Hey girly." She said to me.
"Hey," I smiled. Silena was my old cabin head before I got switched to the Poseidon cabin.
"Oh my. Well I had my doubts but you clean up nicely, Percy. I'll remember that." Silena said as she did her look over everything before winking at Percy and leaving the cabin. I looked at Percy with wide eyes and Blake was trying not to laugh but as soon as she was out of ear distance he cracked up laughing.
"That was cute." I laughed.
"Shut up." Percy said glaring at me. I just smiled at him. Then he and Tyson decided that they were going to go out to do some stuff together and catch up together. I sat down next to Blake smiling at him.
"So what do you wanna do?" I asked. He shrugged and then pulled my face towards his. I glanced up at him smiling and he placed a quick kiss on my lips. I pulled back and smiled at him as he cupped my face with his hand smiling.
"Gods have I missed you." He muttered. I chuckled quietly.
"I've missed you too Blake." I muttered smiling. He chuckled and smiled before kissing me lightly again. I then settled back into the couch smiling, as I snuggled up beside him.
"We should do something instead of being lazy." I smiled at him. He chuckled but shrugged as he thought about it. I looked up at him and gave him the puppy dog look and he shook his head as he ruffled my hair and I stood up tugging at his hand. He groaned and stared at me from the couch.
"Why? I was comfy!" He asked. I shrugged at him and smiled.
"Cause we can't be lazy." I muttered. He groaned as I dragged him out of the cabin and down towards the shore line. He eyed the water before glancing over at me.
"Really?" He teased as he poked me in the waist. I nodded smiling at him. I ran into the water looking back at him before I dived headfirst into the swell of the Sound. I smiled as I swam through the water as I heard Blake call my name. I chuckled and shook my head. I saw him step his feet into the water after taking his shoes off. I popped up right in front of him grabbing his hands as I did. He jumped up slightly and I smiled up at him.
"Afraid?" I teased. He shook his head.
"I don't get it. You never get wet. It must be nice." He teased me. I just laughed at him and smiled at him.
"It is trust me." I giggled. He just shook his head and we carefully walked into the tide. After a moment or two I smiled and pulled him under the water’s surface. We swam for a bit just around in the water before returning to the beach. I laughed as I walked up onto the sand and then glanced over at him.
"Happy you didn't just sit in the cabin?" I asked. He nodded and then that's when I heard the bell sounding that dinner was ready. I glanced at Blake and he smiled at me. We headed to get dinner and we sadly we had to go our separate ways for dinner. I watched him walk over to the Hermes table while I sat down with Percy and Tyson.
"So what did you and Tyson do with your time?" I asked.
"Went to fight, walked around. Things like that." He said. I nodded.
"Sounds fun." I chuckled as I bit into my chicken sandwich. I shook my head as he just threw a French fry at me. I smiled at him and stuck my tongue out at him.
"You are so not sixteen." He said. I just shrugged and then took a sip of water from my glass before glancing around the dining hall. I saw Annabeth watching Percy and I.
"So did you hear we have a new trainer in the arena?" He asked. I raised an eyebrow at him.
"We do?" I asked. He nodded.
"Yeah, his name is Quintus. He's really good and has a hell-hound for a pet." He said casually as my eyes bugged out of my head. He had a WHAT as a pet?
"A what?" I choked out.
"A hell hound. She's nice." Percy said. I shook my head and pointed a chip at him.
"You my dear brother are insane." I said. He just smiled at me.
"I get it from the best." He said and then I threw him a chip and he caught it in his mouth somehow and I glared at him.
"Brat." I muttered as I tore another bite out of my sandwich which was now dripping BBQ sauce all over my plate. I dabbed my chip into the little on the plate and stuck it into my mouth smiling and I heard Percy groan quietly at my idea. He didn't understand why I loved BBQ sauce so much. I glanced around and then something caught my eye. I glanced down to see a big crack in the ground that had been sealed back up leaving a scar on the marble floor. I glanced over at Percy.
"Do I want to know?" I asked him. He shook his head.
"Nico." He said. I nodded and sighed. I finished up my dinner and then headed up to the cabin.
I was completely asleep when I heard Percy start fumbling around for something on his side of the room and I blinked my eyes open as I saw the fountain blink out. What was the fountain doing lit this late at night. I sat up rubbing my eyes and looked over at Percy.
"What are you doing?" I whispered. He looked over to me.
"I just got an Iris-message." He muttered coming over to me. He sat down on the side of my bed making it dip down some from his weight. I pulled my legs up to my chest looking at him.
"Okay, of what?" I asked.
"Of Nico talking to someone as he camped out by the River Styx." He said.
"Was he the one to do the message?" I asked. He shook his head and I glanced at him confused.
"How the hell did you get the message then? And what was he talking about with whoever?" I asked.
"I don't know and they were talking about bringing someone back from the dead, which probably is Bianca, with the tradeoff of another soul." He said. I nodded and looked Percy in the eyes. I knew his thinking when it came to stuff like that especially when you had pissed someone off like Nico.
"You think he was talking about you, don't you?" I asked. He shrugged and got back up and headed back over to his bed.
"This talk isn't finished." I whispered yelled at him. He waved me away and I huffed, crossing my arms over my chest before laying back down and cuddling with my pooh-bear in bed. I wandered if Percy was right that Nico was going to come after him for his soul or was he simply talking about someone else?