I worked at the stables for a couple hours, occasionally exchanging comments with Blizzard the Pegasus and the rest of the Pegasi. It wasn't too hard, but the job took an extremely long time. Their feathers were sensitive, so I had to be extra careful unless I wanted to be smacked in the face with their large wings. Which, by the way, were surprisingly firm.
Most of the Pegasi were very nice, although there were a few stuck up ones like Blizzard. It was both freaky and amazing that I could communicate with them. Talking with them was very calming and fun, and it all felt so....natural. This was the only time that I ever really felt like I fit in at Camp Half-Blood. Everyone was so unique and cool and I was, well, not.
I finished up with the last stall and exited the now clean stables. The sun was beginning to set, painting the sky a beautiful swirl of pink and gold. Dinner was about to begin, so I started walking back towards the Dining Pavilion. As I arrived, the smell of food filled my nose and made my mouth water. Working all day had made me extremely hungry, to the point where the pain was almost unbearable. My stomach growled as if on cue, and I went to take a seat next to Annabeth, who had already begun eating. Before I could sit, though, she grabbed my arm.
"I'm sorry Bethany," she said, looking into my eyes with sympathy, "but now that you have been claimed you have to sit at the table for the children of Poseidon. It's a part of the camp's rules."
I stood there for a second, still staring at her before I reacted. "Oh," I said, "okay. Sorry." I turned away and walked over to my assigned table. I sat down, feeling very self-conscious as the other cabins stared at me. Ignoring their stares, I filled my plate with a hamburger and fries. After offering my fries to Poseidon, I ate my food quickly with my head down. I felt so embarrassed and it was lonely eating my diner in silence.
At home, we talked about how our day went and we could always find something to talk about to fill the silence. Eating alone like this was so awkward and unnatural that I felt a pang of homesickness deep inside my chest. I was very uncomfortable, and I was absolutely sure that the others were talking about me. They would mutter to each other in low voices and glanced at me occasionally. Every time they made eye contact, they quickly averted their eyes.
Suddenly, I wasn't so hungry anymore, so I set down what was left of my burger and headed towards the cabins. There was supposed to be a bonfire later, but I decided to skip it. I'd had enough contact with others for one day. Once inside my cabin, I flopped onto my bed and dragged my hands down my face tiredly. I glanced around the room.
The walls were made of beautiful shards of abalone, coral, and seashells pieced together. The windows captured the beauty of the sun disappearing beneath the depths of the sparkling sea. A cool breeze swept through the room, and the smell of sea salt brought a smile to my lips. The sea always helped calm me down. Whenever I was feeling upset, I would sit along the shoreline and listen to the soothing sound of waves.
I wasn't very good at making friends, but I was completely fine with that. As long as I had the ocean, I never felt lonely. But this was different. I never truly realized how much I relied on my mother's presence to keep me company until that moment as I sat there breathing in the familiar sea breeze. And knowing that I might always be an outcast--that made me truly sad.
Hello everyone! I know I have not been updating very often (and I am very sorry about that), and I am happy to let you know that I am going to try to update more often from now on. I am going to try to update at least every Friday, and maybe more if I get the time! It overjoys me when someone leaves me a positive comment on the story or asks me to update it. It makes me even more happy when I see how many people have read, liked, and favorited my story, so I just want to thank all of you who have taken time out of their day to read this book and give me all their love and support! :)
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