The flight to Colorado took off without a hitch. For a good while, nothing significant happened, just the kids settling down in their seats and the in-flight movie playing. “They could have made a better selection,” said Grover as they stared at the screen.
“I know,” said Jacquelyn. “Tangled? You’ve got to be kidding! As if little boys actually WANT to watch this pile of crap.”
“Why can’t we watch Transformers instead?” said Percy.
“Indeed,” said Annabeth.
Just then, a sound of thunder broke through the air, followed by a flash of lightning. “Zeus is really pissed now,” said Grover. “We’re dead.”
“Not unless we’re wearing the charms,” said Jacquelyn.
The pilot announced that the thunderstorm was upon them. Scores of people began to panic. Ron wondered if him being a demigod had anything to do with the storm. If anything, he was sure that it was true. After all, he had been attacked by several monsters, nearly fell off the Arch, and had to save Jacquelyn from a Hermaphrodite. None of that would have been possible if he was still a wizard.
This is the worst summer of my life, he thought to himself as the plane continued flying. What was I thinking to believing that I was a demigod? I’m not a demigod; I’m a wizard. And even then, he was doubtful that he was a wizard.
Percy said, “This is really bad. Zeus is trying to stop our flight.”
“But he can’t, not if we’re wearing the charms,” said Annabeth. “The old lady was right to give us the charms.”
Tyson did not like storms. He began to shake and panic. “Oh man,” said Percy. “We’re in even more trouble.”
“What do you mean?”said Jacquelyn.
“TORNADO!!” a man cried out in fear.
The kids stared out of the window and saw a huge tornado forming. “If that tornado hits the plane, we’re finished,” said Jacquelyn.
“Well, can’t you put a shield around the plane?” said Grover.
“I don’t know,” said Jacquelyn. “I don’t think that it can be done. Not unless you want to deprive me of most of my energy.”
“Yeah, you’re right,” said Grover. “We still have to find the third object and quickly.”
The storm soon enveloped the plane and the kids gasped in horror as the winds and rain whipped at the plane. “Somehow, I don’t think that this is Zeus’s doing,” said Jacquelyn. “Not unless…”
Then it hit her.
“Guys,” she said. “We’ve got a problem.”
“What?” said the others.
“I think that there is a wizard after us,” Jacquelyn cried out.
Ron gasped as he wondered who could be following them. It couldn’t be Dumbledore or Snape. They couldn’t reach out here without straining themselves.
He then wondered if Molly somehow knew where he was and was trying to stop him. It seemed to make sense, seeing as the Cyclops had told him that he would be betrayed by someone who he thought was a friend.
But that too didn’t make any sense.
The plane continued to fly despite the storm. Scores of people began to pray for the pilots. Ron began to realize that no matter what happened, he was NOT going to be returning to the Weasley family, nor was he going back to Hogwarts. He would have to take up his true role as a demigod.
Even then, the prospect of being a demigod left him feeling unsettled.