The Trial of the Rivers

All is going well for Lea as she finishes her time as a god, but when Nico goes mysteriously missing things take a turn for the worse. No longer welcome at camp, and with new power on the rise, Lea is doubting her decisions to stay mortal. Then when news from the gods comes, saying that Lord Hades has been overthrown, Lea and some other experienced demi-gods must travel west to take back the underworld.

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22. 22- I Get Locked out of Camp


“You’ve got to be kidding me,”  I wheezed. 
Zeus didn’t look like he was kidding. 
“I can’t stop The Great Stirring!” I protested. 
“You must,” said Zeus, “But the time is not yet here. You will be summoned to Olympus when you are ready.”
“Why me?” I asked. 
No one responded, they just looked at each other expectantly. 
“Continue you life as usual,” dictated Zeus, “And when the time has come we will call you for the final quest.”
“Life as usual,” I muttered bitterly, I didn’t have a ‘usual’ life. 
“The Titans are waking one by one, but the rate has been growing faster as you might have noticed,” continued Zeus, “Before long their forces will be too much for us to handle. Lea, you will prevent this from happening. The titans have already began to create armies, adopting one of our techniques.”
Athena stood, “We apologize for inconveniencing you, but you are the only one.” 
“Why?” I pleaded. 
“You will find out soon,” she said ominously. 
I was fuming, I couldn’t stand this! They can’t just say, I’m the only one and then not tell me why! This was so unfair!
I unstrapped my shoes as threw them at the gods, then turned and ran out of the room. 
I practically tackled Nico on my way out, I grabbed his hand and sprinted dragging him behind me. 
When we had fully exited the building, Nico hugged me again and I cried one last time, “It’s not over,” I sobbed. 
“I know. I know,” he said soothingly to me, “I heard. We’ll be okay.”
“Yeah, I guess we will,” I sniffed.
“Hold on tight,” he whispered to me and we fell into the shadows. 
This time shadow traveling wasn’t so bad, I’d gotten used to the feeling and to be honest I kind of missed it. Shadow Traveling meant that Nico was there, holding me. 
The wind swirled around us, messing my hair up, like it should be. 
We dropped onto grass, and both took a minute to let out eyes adjust to the light. 
Both of us, sitting there on the top of Half Blood hill, tangled together reminded me of when I had first come to camp. I looked over the hill, there were a few scorch marks but other than that camp was back to normal, no more hellhounds attacking. 
I stood up, breathing in the warm summer air. 
I took the golden band which had returned to it’s place on my wrist. I tied up my hair, pulling my bangs back with it, taking away my old mask of hair I used to hide behind. 
Demigods began to point at me standing victoriously on the hill, Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Thalia, Piper and Leo all grinned up at me. 
I waved at them happily. 
Nico came and stood next to me. 
Campers cheered, chanting my name. 
I turned to Nico, blushing.
“Hero,” he said, in a mock teasing way. 
“Shut up. You smell like death,” I replied. 
We laughed. 
I saw Percy open his arms, inviting me in for a hug. 
I was about to run down the hill to him but I only got a few feet. 
I slammed into something, but when I looked, there was nothing there. I had run into an invisible wall. 
My nose was bleeding. I think I might have broken it. Not exactly the most heroic injury. 
I reached forward, and touched the border. My finger could not pass a certain point. They hit something, like glass; a window into camp. 
Percy walked up looking confused, then realization passed over his face and he said:
“I, Percy Jackson, give Lea Reclin, permission to enter Camp Half-Blood.”
The wall disappeared and I stood up, and flung myself onto Percy, blood dripping from my nose onto his shirt. He didn’t seem to notice or care. 
He looked at me, “Lea, you look so grown up, and your eyes,” he trailed off, “Lea, you’re mortal.”
“Yep,” I replied sadly. 
He let go of me, “I am so proud of you.”
“You should be,” I joked, punching him in the chest, “I went through so much crap without you.” 
“I’m sure,” he replied. 
Then Annabeth hug-tackled me, wiping the blood off my face. 
Everyone took turns greeting me and welcoming me home. 
Leo hung back and just gave me a shy wave, but I wouldn’t let him get away that easily and pulled him into an embrace. He smelled like a campfire, burnt marshmallows and all. 
Maria, Ava and Cloe were waiting for me just beyond the others, and then practically crushed me in a group hug. Cloe insisted I tell her everything, but Ava told her to give me sometime. There was also a familiar looking boy there, he introduced himself as Will Solace, Cloe’s new boyfriend. I had to smirk pointedly at her, remembering her raving about how wonderful he was but how he didn’t know she existed.
I managed to worm out of the group and into fresh air, in the mixed crowd of other demigods I saw a face I didn’t expect. 
“Gavin?” I sputtered. 
Standing partially hidden in the crowd, was Gavin Formassi, my best friend from Elementary School. 
“Lea?” he asked, equally confused, “ You’re The Lea, but you’re my Lea.”
He stepped forward out of the crowd, followed my a few other guys, all of them, I recognized from my third grade class. They were all members of a silly little garage band whose name I can’t remember. The guys I’d play soccer with everyday at lunch.
“No way,” I breathed, “Austin? Jeremy? Ryan? What in Hades are you guys doing here?”
“We’re demigods,” explained Gavin, pushing his white blond hair out of his eyes, “Sort of.” 
“Sort of?” I asked. 
“We are the sons of the Muses,”  he explained, “Cleo’s my mom.” 
“No way,” I said, “but I didn’t think there were other types of demigods.”
“There are,” he replied, “Demi-titans too. Lots.”
Zeus’ words flashed through my head, something about the titans adopting the gods army expanding techniques. 
The titans had begun to create an army. 
An army of children. 
End Book 2

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