It's been about two weeks since I broke my ankle and now I'm on crutches, but Leo still hangs around me. We've gotten to know each a lot. It was Winter with Spring close ahead. It was the 15th today. Leo and I walked down to mess hall and I ditched the crutches half way there so I started limping but Leo gave me a piggy-back ride. We had a great meal. Leo, Piper, Percy, Annabeth, and I all sat together for meals. After we ate we went to campfire when something odd happened.
We were all chatting when Chiron trotted over and ordered me to the Big House and said Leo could come too if I wanted him to. I was scared but I tried to look strong but it was hard with my broken ankle. I walked into the living room of the Big House and saw a lady sitting there with another lady. One was breath-takingly beautiful with silky darker hair that was in flawless curls and she wore a light blue tee and denim jeans with slip-ons. The second lady was also beautiful just not as beautiful with brown curly hair pulled back in a ponytail with a black tee and denim jeans and tennis shoes.
Leo's jaw dropped when he saw them. "Aphrodite? Athena? What are you doing here?" He asked. Then my jaw dropped when I realized it was the goddesses. "We're here because this is what Zeus told us to do." Athena replied. "And that is..." I asked. "Well... Send you on a quest." Aphrodite answered my question. I frowned knowing that she was talking to me and not Leo. "What do I have to do? I thought Gaea and Kronos couldn't rise for a long time." "Oh, yes. But they weren't our only worry. No, there are many enemies rising such as that dragon a few weeks back that made you break your ankle, the enemy sent it to attack the camp so you would be weak and not suspect anything." Athena spoke up. I felt a bead of sweat but wiped it away when nobody was looking. They explained that I and two friends must go to Knoxville, Tennessee to find the goddess of Hope and she will help us from there.
After our little "Talk" with the goddesses Chiron led us to the campfire and interupted one of their songs and announced some big news. "Aphrodite and Athena have visited us declaring a quest and the quest leader has been chosen. Paris Miller, please step forward." I sheepishly limped forward and stood beside Chiron. "This will be our quest leader and she shall pick her two companions who will be...." Then he looked at me. "I choose.... Marci daughter of Zeus... and Leo son of Heaphestus." I said as proud as I could. They were both good friends of mine so that's what I went with. They both smiled at me but I could see the fear in Leo's eyes from the talk with the goddesses.
The next morning, I went to my bunk to pack. Chiron gave me first aid supplies, Ambrosia, and Nectar to help. I also packed my extra daggers, duct tape, rope, and normal mortal food with an extra outfit.I got dressed in this.
I went to Marci's cabin and she was done so we went to pick up Leo but Marci forgot something so I just went ahead but right before I walked in, I heard Leo talking to himself. "I shouldn't freak out... I may like her but the only reason she picked me is she doesn't know a lot of people. Quit getting over excited." I felt heat in my cheeks. I then walked in and spoke up, "Hiya! Almost done?" "Yeah... Yeah almost. Will you help me make sure I get everything?" "Sure." I then helped him pack some when Marci walked in and helped us finish up.
Once we finished up, Chiron let us out of camp with a pouch of gold drachmas. Then we marched off into the woods only to reach our first problem.