After the near-death tumble off the Arch, Jacquelyn said, “I suggest that we stay on the ground.”
The others agreed and after leaving the Arch, they made their was back to the tram and went to Union Station, where Grover set about finding a train that would take them to Colorado. Percy said, “We need to find a city that goes on for a mile.”
“And better solve the riddle quickly, because I see a monster about to attack us,” said Ron.
The kids turned around and they saw a huge monster leering at them over the crowd. “Who’s got the POV gun?” Annabeth hissed, knowing that certain doom was at hand.
Jacquelyn fished the gun out her pocket and said, “We better be careful of how we handle the gun. It could misfire and hurt any of us. I don’t want to end up getting hurt.”
“What if the monster doesn’t want to capture us?” said Ron.
“Well, there is that,” said Percy.
The monster roared as he lunged towards the demigods and spellcaster. Tyson took the gun and shot the monster, shouting, “Bad monster! Bad monster! Leave us alone!”
“Are you here to kill us?” said Percy.
“He wants me to capture you guys,” said the monster.
“Who?” Jacquelyn snapped. “Name the person who wants us captured or else I’ll run my sword across your neck!” She pulled out her sword and aimed it at the monster.
“Oh dear, do you really want to harm him?” a soft melodious voice rang out. The kids turned around and gasped in horror as a hermaphrodite walked into the room.
“Oh my God, it’s the hermaphrodite!” Ron cried out. “Take Jacquel and run!”
The kids all fled from the train station and took the next tram to the airport. Grover said, “Guys, this is a bad idea. You know that the skies are Zeus‘s domain?”
“Well, YOU come up with an idea to escape from the hermaphrodite!” Annabeth snapped at him.
“And you better make it quick, because he’s coming to get us!” cried Percy.
“He doesn’t want us, just Jacquel,” said Ron.
“And if that happens, then it’s bye-bye world,” said Jacquelyn. “I can’t live in a world that is destroyed.”
“Oh sweetheart,” the hermaphrodite called as he walked up to them. “Come with me and I’ll let your friends go!”
“Never!” Jacquelyn snapped.
“Then you leave me no choice but to kidnap you,” said the hermaphrodite. “You’re mine now, sweetie!”
“My name’s Jacquelyn!” Jacquelyn yelled as she shot an apple at him.
“You have just incurred my wrath, child!” the hermaphrodite snapped in anger. “And for that, I’m going to capture you!”
“Not if we escape first!” Ron snapped as the kids ran into the airport.
When the kids were safely inside, Ron looked out the window and saw that a thunderstorm was brewing outside. “I think we must have pissed off the big guy,” he whimpered.
“Not yet,” said Annabeth.
“But how can we survive the flight?” said Ron. “Is there some magical charm that can keep us safe?”
Just then, some old woman handed the kids charms, saying, “St. Christopher will keep you safe.”
“St. Who???” Ron cried out, but the old woman was gone. Jacquelyn noticed him and said, “I think the old woman wants us to wear the charms tonight. We’ll be needing them soon.”
Ron nodded, then the kids put the charms around the necks and glanced at the storm that was brewing ahead…