Half Blood Heroes- Strung Beads

Find out about the lost siblings of the Heroes of Olympus and their grueling quests.

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12. Chapter XII Pete

The van rocked on the rough cobbles. I reached into my left pocket and took out the only picture I had  of Macie. I missed her so much. Her smile in the photo reminded me so painfully of the good times we used to have. I began to shake. I couldn't tear up, guys don't do that. However much I told myself that the tears started to well up in my eyes.  I felt so weak and hid myself in the corner. Jason came over. "I know how you feel," He said. I looked up at him. For some reason I felt so angry at him. "No, you don't" I said, "You don't know, so don't pretend you do!" He looked at me almost apologizing with expressions. I didn't care, why should I?

He left looking guilty. I felt the guilt rising up in me. I had made him feel like this for no reason. I had lost the support of my brother. Would he ever care again. I felt so bad. He already had Piper to worry about, that was enough. The least I could do was lighten the load. He was laughing and talking to Leo. I walked over to them.

"Hey Pete!" Leo was grinning from ear to ear. "Hey mate." I said wearily. Leo slapped my back and offered me a seat. (A cardboard box). I sat down and Leo made the worst joke ever. "You know what we are guys," He said, "We're in transit!" The laughter was, well, fake. Ian came over and said, "Better than my best bro," He joked. " Ah I try," Leo laughed. The Valdez brothers were so relaxed together, but then I suppose that both were relaxed on their own.I kinda felt jealous of their ability to never worry. If only I could do that.

Percy was driving. I didn't quite trust him yet, but I knew I would  have to soon. I don't know why I didn't, there was just something about him. "Hey hey hey, whats that!" He yelled. He pulled over and we leaped out. He ran out to join us. "Where?" I said. He pointed on the horizon where there was a shadow fast approaching. "No man travels that fast!" I agreed. "Monster?" Said Jason. "Lets be prepared!" We drew our swords and crouched as the fast creature came ever nearer.

The creature became clearer and I saw a lion like creature with a spike-ridden tail and a man's face. It was bounding towards us. "Dr Thorn!" Said Percy. "Who?" I asked. Percy took a step back and took on a deja-vu look.  "He's the manticore that lobbed Annabeth down a cliff." We looked at him. This was new for all of us. 

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