A Tale of Griffins and Half-Bloods

Being a monster is hard enough. Being a monster who needs demigods to help you is even worse. Being a monster who needs help from demigods against other monsters is living hell.
And you thought being human was hard.

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22. Tactics. Lots of tactics. - Alyx

With our positions discussed, we all spread out to take our places. I was the right flank, the closest to the right edge of the forest. It was an important job. We had to curve in a circle, making sure all our enemy were trapped in our... net. I would have to be swift, moving faster than the person beside me. They, in turn, would move faster than the one beside them, and so on. We mirrored the effect on the other side. It wouldn't be long now.
Just a few more moments.

The sound of a hunting horn rung clear through the trees, and we all began to move. The forest was silent, and our enemy was nowhere in sight. We had, as usual, placed our flag on Zeus's fist. Where the enemy flag rested, was a mystery. It was probably the best place for it. Everyone in the camp thought it to be cursed, and so they all thought who, in their right mind, would put their flag there? Which was exactly why we put it there.
I moved silently, much more quiet than my comrades. I might not be the best tactician, but I was certainly the fastest, quietest member of the Athena cabin. That was my speciality. Each of us had one. Something only we could do, and only we could do in that certain way. Something no one else could match.

All was going well. In the distance, closer to the heart of the forest, the clash of swords on armour could be heard. I could see a slight break in the trees ahead, the beginning of the creek as it snaked off away from the forest. We were closest to camp boundary here. It shimmered in a haze further through the trees, with only a few of the longest branches breaking through.
To be honest, all was going well until we heard a screech from above.

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