Dad went to answer the door as my mom brought out the plates and soda. A mysterious dude in a wheel chair came in with a woman with really huge cat green eyes. This woman looked like had seen some crazy stuff. Anyways, dad mom and these guests came in and talked in the "formal living area" as my mom calls it, I call it the blue room.
My mom designed this house up in the green areas of New York (amazing there's actually grass here huh?) Mom brought in all her ideas in one and made her dream home. (Okay quick detour here, our house is a basic two story Victorian house you know nice kitchen, dining room, "formal dining room" living room, "formal living room" and spacious bathrooms, then mom decided to add indoor pools, for me and dad, including a jacuzzi! Massive library, indoor gym, a sort of weaponry arena(which I'm not allowed in until I'm thirteen) our personal gallery with pictures of my family and others I have no clue who they are. And five bedrooms and a massive garage. We also have horses. Dad loves them, and he has a garden that grows this really pretty flower called moonlace, when I ask him where he got it, he tells me its a story for when I'm older. It's my favorite flower because it blooms with moonlight not sun. It's different like me.)
Okay back to what I was saying. My dad called for my mom and she looked up to see him nodding his head. She stopped what she was doing and followed him into the library with the other adults. Jo and I continued to munch on pizza when I heard the front door to open and Fred wandered into the kitchen. He stopped short when he saw me and mouthed, "Mom?"
I pointed to the closed doors and nodded. He came over towards us and grabbed a slice of pizza.
"Your home early." I said.
"Got pretty rowdy figured it'd be wise to leave." he said casually.
Jo giggled then checked her watch.
"Hey Penelope I gotta run, my mom will freak if I'm late, talk to you tomorrow."
"I thought you were staying the night?"
"Can't mom said I could only stay for dinner, gotta help her with the twins."
Jo's mom had just had twin baby boys.
"Okay, see you later."
I walked her to the door and watched Jo leave across the street to her house. I walked back to the kitchen and reached for a slice of pizza and I noticed it was suddenly very quiet. I turned to Fred whose eye's were suddenly full of fear.
"Sp-sp-spider!" he shrieked and pointed to a little spider on the wall.
I turned back to him and gave him a look.
I stood up and grabbed a napkin and walked over to the spider.
"C'mon buddy, your scarin Fred." I said to it.
I picked it up and shook it from the napkin outside the kitchen window. I came back and Fred looked at me his eyes still wide.
"How do you do that? Not freak out with spiders?"
"They're more afraid of you than you are of them Frederick."
He rolled his eyes and muttered, suddenly mom came in and looked at us.
"Fred tell Athena to pack we have to go now! Penelope come with me hurry!"
I looked to Fred who nodded and was already running out of the kitchen and up the stairs. Mom took my hand and led me to the library.
"Am I in trouble?" I asked
"Not the kind I would hope for." my mom sighed.
I didn't understand what she meant then. We entered the library and she closed the door.
"Penelope, this is Chiron and Rachel, they work at the camp dad and I go to in the summers. They're here to help you." my mom said introducing the strangers.
"Help me with what?"
"Penelope Calypso Jackson," the man, Chiron addressed me.
"You are the child born of two demi-gods making you and more of your kind a more powerful species."
Chiron looked at my parents with intense eyes.
"She knows nothing of her heritage?"
"No." my mom said her teeth clenched.
"What were you thinking?" the man said suddenly very angry.
"We were keeping her safe."
"Camp is where she is to be safe, where she is to learn to protect herself."
"How will camp help me? What's going on?" I asked looking at Chiron.
The woman Rachel, looked at me and her eyes glowed white then green.
I screamed not knowing any better. (My dad explained that Rachel was an oracle and told prophecies.)
"Rachel no!" my dad shouted.
"No," Chiron said. "Let her hear."
Rachel the oracle began to speak.
"Penelope Calypso Jackson daughter of Percy Jackson son of Poseidon. Before the last Autumn leaf turns gold and falls on your fifteenth birthday, you are to travel to the home of the gods to present your piece to restore your father's reputation. If you succeed you shall be proven the true one. If you are to fail, severe war will come forth between gods and their children. Blood will be shed and bonds will be broken resulting in complete genocide."
Rachel snapped out of her trance and looked at me.
"Hi I'm Rachel you must be Penelope?" she said extending her hand.
I stared at this women who just a second ago told me I would be the person that had to save and entire generation of demi-gods whatever those are.
"What are you talking about!?" I shouted.
"Pen please you have to trust me." dad said as he held my shoulders.
I looked into his green eyes. He looked frightened, which was something I was not used to. But this was my dad and he would never let anything bad happen to me I nodded my understanding and he wrapped his arms around me.
He turned to Rachel, "A little warning please, for next time."
"You know I can't control it. It just happens." she said shrugging her shoulders
"Enough." Chiron said. " Percy it is time for Penelope to go to camp. Do you and Annabeth understand your task?"
My mom nodded tears streaming down her face."Unfortunately." she said.
"Let's begin. Percy, I will send Mrs. O'Leary for her."
My dad nodded, and my mom grabbed my hand and took me from the room.
"We need to pack."
I raced up the stairs and ran to my bedroom. My mom was right behind me as I threw open my teal suitcase, she threw clothes into it by the armful. I looked I grabbed anything my hands could touched and threw it in a little black backpack. When I was done my mom left to check on my siblings I dragged everything down stairs and saw my dad coming back inside.
"Where are we going? What's happening?" I asked.
"You'll learn soon enough." he said kissing my forehead.
"That's not helpful."
I rolled my eyes and saw Fred and Athena dressed in travel clothes. Athena wore her pink leather jacket (the only color she wore) while Fred wore all black. My mom came down with a teal jacket and black riding pants for me. She told me to dress and I ran to the nearest bathroom. When I came back everyone was outside, I ran out only to run back in keeping my scream inside. Outside was a giant like massive black dog! Dad came in to check on me.
"Dad there is a giant dog outside!!"
"I know, she's mine."
"All in a moment Pen, please trust me!"
I was going to argue when he gave me a look. I nodded and went outside. I turned to my mom who had tear stains on her face. I'd never seen my mom cry, not ever.
"Pen" my dad said to me.
I turned as he stood beside his pet, Rachel was climbing on to the giant dog. I didn't see Chiron any where.
"Your going with Rachel to the camp, and will stay there. Mom, Athena, and Fred and I are going to San Fransisco to help another camp. You must do exactly what your told and learn everything you can. This is very important."
I'll let you say good-bye." Rachel called.
I turned to my family who had tears in their eyes. My mom hugged me tightly whispering comfort words in my ear and kissed my forehead. Athena hugged me and then passed me over to Fred who tussled my hair and hugged me. I turned to my dad, I felt a tear run down my cheek.
"I'm so sorry," he whispered.
"I will make you proud." I said realizing this may be the last time I'd see my dad.
"I know. We love you and will always be here for you." he pressed a finger to my heart then hugged me. He hoisted me onto the back of the giant dog and I wrapped my arms around Rachel's waist.
"We're going to shadow travel, try not to breathe the air and keep your head clear or you'll get dizzy."
I nodded and looked to my family one last time. I blew a kiss and before I knew it the world was spiraling I screamed forgetting Rachel's tip and then it was dark.