Chiron hadn't been the one who told me I was going on a quest. It was my grandfather. I'd never seen Poseidon before, but that night at the bonfire totally blew my mind. I was imagining a totally gigantic figure with robes and a trident, nope. He was an average guy that looked like he spent way too much time at the beach. He wore a blue button up shirt and bermuda shorts with pineapples on them. He looked the the older and wiser version on my dad, same eyes, same hair, except he was more serious and controlled, much unlike his outfit.
He appeared in the bonfire and literally stepped out of the fire. He walked towards me, silencing the campers with each step he took. He held out a hand to me, but I didn't know if he was real or not. I turned to Marci who nodded and I took my grandfather's hand. He was warm and his hands were really soft. Chiron escorted us to the Big House and I had my first conversation with my grandfather. I sat across from him as he seated himself. Chiron sat in the back of the room allowing us to talk, but keeping a watchful eye.
"You look so much like Percy," Poseidon said to me.
"I get that a lot." I mumbled. I know I was supposed to respect the gods, but this man didn't know anything about me, grandfather or not he was not on my good side.
"Penelope I am sorry you never learned your heritage. I had requested that your parents not tell you while danger lurked. However, danger is inevitable for a demi-god. I fear my help is more hurt that what was needed."
"Well thanks for that but as you can see, I'm managing pretty well without your help." I said
Poseidon chuckled, "Penelope being a demi-god is no easy task. I watched Percy struggle for years and look how he turned out. In the end its all worth it."
"It's not the same!" I shouted. "I know you weren't there, I know you watched on the side lines. Dad promised he'd never be that father, and now he has. I'm in a place I never knew about, I'm a threat to society and I can't see my family! You think this is worth it? Why are you here?"
"Penelope." Chiron warned.
"No Chiron." Poseidon said. " She is right, I came tonight Penelope to give you your guest. It is time you fulfill your destiny. and complete the prophecy."
I waited and he transformed into his more godly dressed self and I turned away. (Konnor had told me mortals couldn't see god in their "true form" or they'd burst into flames or something.) When I looked back Poseidon was dressed in sea green robes and had a trident by his side.
"Penelope Calypso Jackson, the time has come for you to claim your quest and restore your father's honor. You must travel to the camp of the Roman demi-gods to join forces and defeat the greater evil. The Unknowns. For years now, their creator has been unknown, no pun intended, and now they plan to attack.. Though there are not many, possibly one for every demi-god-"
"One for every demi-god?!" I blurted out.
"And they are powerful. The gods on Mount Olympus believe Percy has caused this trouble and he is now being hunted. " Poseidon said as if none of this seemed alarming.
"Why would they think Dad is the cause?" I asked.
"It appears that some one let the thought enter their minds. If you take this quest know that it is difficult and many obstacles face you. The gods believe their children have not and will not change. The Romans and Greeks will keep fighting to the end of time."
What do you think?" I asked.
"I like to think there is a good fish in even the roughest seas." Poseidon said.
"Corny, but possibly true."
"Yes, it is corny. But you Penelope must be that fish and bring an end to this evil."
"Brilliant. How am I going to do this?"
"Chiron will explain, I must be off now."
" Wait, what? Your leaving?" I said my eyes wide. "Are you crazy? You just said-"
"I know what I said," he interrupted, "But I'm afraid so I will try to help you Penelope but it will be a difficult task."
"Then why bother?"
"You are my granddaughter, you are family." he said smiling. "By the way you have until the first leaf of summer turns red. The camps must be united before the war with the unknown creator can commence. It will take all of us, believe me I've had the visions."
With a puff of smoke and the smell of the ocean, he was gone.
I turned to Chiron, who said nothing.
"Well how does this work?" I asked.
"The quest is given, you can take two other members of the camp with you as tradition, and you have a until September to complete it. If not disaster. The title is completely on you."
"Great, nothing could possibly get worse."
Suddenly a loud crash was heard followed by screams.
"I just jinxed it didn't I?" I said looking at him.
He only nodded then galloped out of the room. I looked up towards the ceiling and yelled.
"I'm not doing this for you! Or dad! This is for me! I accept your quest Poseidon!"
"Penelope?" said Brynna who was standing in the door. "What are you doing?"
"Oh yelling like a maniac, c'mon we need to get the others, I have a quest to fill out."
"Oh yeah." I said sarcastically.