Crash of Olympus

Delia Nelson is new to Camp Half-Blood. She doesn't understand why no one ever told her "Hey, you're a demigod." if so many people knew about her. And the whole Greek Mythology thing never really intrigued her. But now, she has to adjust to a new life full of it. Especially because her parent is a god or goddess. On top of all that, everyone at camp is freaking out because some "Great Prophecy" seems to be happening right before their eyes. Only the prophecy isn't really that great, and it could involve a lot of deaths. And of course, Delia has something to do with it.

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21. Chapter 21

**Delia**

"Oh wow, it's freezing out here." Leo said stepping outside.

"Yeah, I didn't think it was gonna be this cold." I pulled my jacket tighter around my body.

"Want to go back in?"

"No. You can if you want."

"I'm not leaving you out here."

"If you insist."

I found a large rock near the cave. It was big enough to seat two people.

"Here, Valdez. Give me a boost."

He put his hands together and I stepped up. Once I got on top, I looked down at him.

"You want up?"

"I got it. I am Leo Valdez, after all."

"Uh huh?"

I watched him struggle to pull himself up. He could barely even reach the top of the rock to begin with. Once he placed his hands on the rock, I grabbed it and tried to pull him up.

It helped a little, and Leo managed to get himself on the rock with me. I slipped slightly and fell back.

Leo grabbed my hand. "Are you sure this is big enough for both of us?"

My grip on his hand tightened. "Yeah. It's slippery, that's all."

After I made sure my feet were firmly planted, I looked up. Leo was watching me.

"Um...hi." I whispered.

"Hi."

"Your hands are...hot."

"Sorry."

I didn't know what to do. It was awkward; a good kind if awkward.

Slowly, I took my hand out of his and sat down. He sat, too, but he didn't say anything.

Yawning, I said "My friend Kasey and I would lay down and look at the stars before we went to sleep. It was a way to collect ourselves after a day of escaping death. Ever since then, it's been a habit to look at them to fall asleep. I don't need the stars to sleep, but it makes it easier when they're there."

"Aren't they always?"

"Huh?"

"The stars. They're always there. Day or night. They're there."

"Visible to me."

"Ah."

I sighed. You could see my breath. "How cold do you think it is?"

"Maybe low thirties, high twenties."

"Gods." I leaned against his shoulder. "It's freezing."

"Er...yeah. It is." He put his arm around me.

"S-sorry. I don't want--"

"It's all right."

Immediately I was a lot warmer.

"Why's it so cold?"

"Maybe because it's almost winter."

"Maybe." I grinned.

"We can still go back."

I didn't want to go back. This was nice, honestly. It was a little weird, but it was also sweet. Plus, we were getting to know each other a little better.

"No, it's fine. Unless you want to."

"No."

I tried not to giggle. It wouldn't be appropriate. But there was something inside me that just felt excited. I wasn't sure what, but I liked it. And hated it. I didn't want feelings for Leo.

**Leo**

Percy was sleeping. We were out here, it was cold, we were close. We would go back sometime soon, I knew that for sure. I didn't want her to stay out here too long because I didn't want her getting sick. Then again, I didn't want this moment to end.

"Delia?"

"Hmm?"

"We should get back soon. Before Percy gets up."

"Relax. We are right outside the cave. We can see everything. Plus if he wakes up and we're not there, it wouldn't be too difficult to find us out here."

"But, you could get sick."

"So could you."

That was true.

I wondered how far away from camp we were. Maybe Percy knew.

Percy would kill me if he knew what Delia and I were doing. I couldn't imagine what he would do to me if he ever did know.

I shivered.

"Keep talking." She whispered. "I like hearing you talk."

What?

"You're tired, aren't you?" I asked,

"No." She yawned.

"Then why are you yawning?"

"I'm not."

"Go to sleep, Chickadee."

It took her a moment to respond. "I don't want to."

"Why?"

"I'm not tired."

"You're scared?"

"I'm not afraid of sleeping."

"You were earlier."

She glared at me. "I'm afraid of the dreams, stupid. We've been over this."

If looks could kill, I'd be dead.

"And the truth is out."

"I hate you." She said, settling back into my shoulder.

"No you don't."

"I know."

A few minutes of silence passed until Delia spoke up. "I have a question."

"Shoot."

"What's up between you and Percy?"

"Oh that."

"Yeah, that."

"He just--"

"Don't try to lie."

"Alright, fine. He doesn't want me to hurt you."

"You, hurt me?"

I nod.

"How?"

"Cause I like you."

"You like me?"

"Yeah."

"Piper said you did, but, I never thought you would actually like me."

"What's not to like?"

"Leo, I-I'm not sure you should..."

"Right. Sorry."

The only thing that could be heard were the crickets.

"I think I'm gonna go check on Percy." Delia slid down the rock. "Maybe try to get some sleep before we head out."

"Okay. Uh, goodnight."

"Night."

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