“Son of a bitch!” Jacquelyn cried out as she stared at Ron’s note. She and the others had seen a picture of a group of men being turned into animals and they had concluded that Ron and Percy had been attacked.
“I say that we should find out who did this and destroy them!” said Clarisse. “No one messes with a demigod and lives!”
“Wait!” said Annabeth. Everyone stared at her. “Before we do that, let’s retrace our steps. Where were we before we got to this point?”
They all knew the answer: “The front desk!”
While Annabeth, Clarisse, Grover, and Tyson rushed to the front desk, Jacquelyn snuck around to the back room, hoping to find the boys. But when she opened the door, she was shocked at what she saw…frogs.
“Oh, this is lovely,” she muttered to herself as she stared at the cages where the frogs were being kept. “I should have known that they were turned into frogs. This must be a bad pun.” She never liked the story The Princess & the Frog for obvious reasons, the main reason being that the girl in question was a princess, and judging from her reaction in the last chapter, Jacquelyn hated princesses.
“Now this is a bad pun,” she muttered to herself. “I have to kiss all these frogs just to find them.” She looked around and said to herself, “Better get started.”
At the same time, Annabeth, Clarisse, Grover, and Tyson were seen arguing with the secretary over the two boys who had come with them. “For the last time, I did not see any boys with you,” the woman cried out as Annabeth drew her sword.
“I’m not going to ask you again,” Annabeth snapped as she aimed her sword at the woman’s neck. “Where are Ron and Percy?”
“Where is the girl who came with you?” Another woman asked them as she came into the room.
“That’s not your concern,” Annabeth snapped at her. “Now answer the question: where are Ron Weasley and Percy Jackson?”
Jacquelyn hesitated, then picked up a frog and kissed it. Instead of seeing Ron or Percy, she instead saw a young boy in place of the frog. “Hey, thanks a lot,” said the boy. Jacquelyn ignored him and kissed another frog. But another boy came out. “This is great!” Jacquelyn frowned as she stared at the group of boys, which was getting bigger by the minute. The frogs continued their ribbiting as Jacquelyn continued kissing more of them. The boys were all speaking to each other, all of them confused as to what had happened to them. “The witch turned you all into frogs,” Jacquelyn said as another boy rushed towards them.
“What witch?” said a boy.
“Don’t you know the story?” said another boy. “The witch Circe turned all the men who showed up at her island into animals. That’s what happened to us.”
“The gods must be crazy,” said another boy.
“No, it’s the witch who is the crazy one,” said a third boy.
“Big deal,” said the first boy. “Strange things have happened to us before. Anyone remember the incident last year when Zeus‘ lightning bolt was stolen and a war nearly happened?”
Jacquelyn kissed another frog and gasped as she saw her friend Magnus Kroger come out. “How on earth did you get here?” she cried out as she saw him.
“Well, my idiotic twin brothers thought that it was a good idea for us to get a facial, and look at what happened to us,” he cried out. Two frogs turned into boys and stood next to him.
“Yup,” said Hansel.
“The witch is evil,” said Francis. “As long as she has her wand, she’ll keep turning more boys into frogs.”
“I think I know how to stop her,” Jacquelyn said as several more frogs turned into boys.
Annabeth snapped as she continued to threaten the women. “if you don’t hand us our friends, we’ll burn this place to the ground!” she snapped.
“And not only that, we’ll put poisonous snakes into your robes,” said Clarisse, “and it’ll be very bad and not very good.”
“Oh, why must we fight,” said the hermaphrodite as he approached them. “Fighting is bad and fighting is wrong. Now, you have five seconds to hand me my sweetheart or else you will see just how scary I can be!”
At this point, nearly 100 boys had filled the room where frogs once were. Jacquelyn was beginning to feel the effects of her deed. Her hair was a mess and her face was turning green. But it wasn’t over yet, not by a long shot. She said, “Is this it? Is everyone accounted for?”
“Looking for these frogs?” a sharp voice cut through the air. Everyone turned around and saw Circe standing in front of them with two frogs. Jacquelyn knew who they were. “Give me back my friends or else!” she snapped.
“And what will happen if I say no?” said Circe.
“I’ll burn this place to the ground,” Jacquelyn snapped.
“Why so much violence?” the soft voice of the hermaphrodite rang through the air as he approached them. “How can such a beautiful girl be filled with so much hate?”
“You again?” Jacquelyn snapped as she saw him. “Don’t you know when to quit?”
“I will, as soon as I have my sweetheart,” said the hermaphrodite. “Now, hand yourself over…”
“Are you nicked in the head?” Magnus cried out. “You can’t have her!”
“Oh she will hand herself over to the hermaphrodite, or no one will see them again!” Circe shouted as she held the frogs high. Annabeth, Clarisse, Grover, and Tyson gasped as they saw Percy and Ron about to go off to their deaths. They all realized that the next few minutes would undoubtedly decide the fate of the world…
To be continued…