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.


9. Chapter 9


As much as I wanted to stay in there and find out what the huge secret was, I agreed to leave. I figured in time, I could get it out of Delia or Percy may slip up and tell me.

I kicked a rock as I sat down on a bench.

Delia would tell me if I asked her, right? Or will she? I mean, she did say she wouldn't tell anyone.

But I wanted to know what was going on. I'm sure that if I ask nicely enough, she'll tell me. At least I hope she will.

After a few minutes I looked back towards the building. Percy was leaving, his face bright red.

"Perce! Hey, where's Delia?"

"She's inside." He wouldn't meet my eyes.

"Oookay? Are you alright?"

"I, um, yes. I need to go back to Chiron, now."

I frowned. What did he tell her?

Inside, Delia was staring at the wall.

"Are you okay?"

A few moments of silence passed. Eventually, she said, "I don't know what I am right now, Valdez. I should be happy, excited, even. But I just..." She closed her eyes and put her hands over them.

"What did Percy tell you?"

"I'm not supposed to talk about it."

"You can trust me."

I sat next to her.

"He made me swear not to tell anyone."

"How will he know?" I regretted that as soon as the words left my mouth.

She looked at me for a few moments. It felt like she was staring into my soul. Then, she sighed and look at the ground.

"Uh...Percy knows something that could be a big help on the quest."

"That's great! What is it?"

"I'm not supposed to say yet."

"But you can tell me."

"I've already said enough."

"Fine. If you don't want to say, then I won't make you."

I wanted to know like crazy, but I couldn't push it out of her. If I did that, then she may get in trouble or something.

After a few minutes of silence, she says, "I'm sorry."

"Sorry for what?"

"Being so...over emotional. And secretive."

I smiled. "Over emotional?"

Delia nodded.

"And, you aren't being secretive, either. You're just not telling something that Percy told you not to tell."

She put her hands back over her eyes. "I'm a freak. Did you know that? I should be excited about this, we finally know something that may happen. But, I'm over here cr-" She stopped herself. "I'm just a major freak."

I thought for a moment. "It's okay to be a freak sometimes."

"Wow." She sniffed.

"Just some inspirational words from yours truly."

Her eyes were still on that spot on the floor.

"Hey, lighten up." I nudged her shoulder. "Anything in particular that you want to do?"

"Uh, actually, Curly...I think I'm just going to head to the dining pavilion. Dinner's in a few minutes. At least, that's what Percy said."

"I could walk you there, if you want."

"I...sure, why not."


I felt awful. I really didn't understand how Percy thought I could keep something like that a secret. It's such a big deal, and if Nico, Hazel, and Leo don't know, how are we supposed to--

"Watcha thinking about?" Asked Leo.

"Just things." I replied.

"That's cool."

The rest of the walk was silent. I didn't know if Leo felt it, but I do know that I felt so awkward.

I was relieved to be at the dining pavilion with other kids.

"Well, I'm going to go sit at the Hermes table now."

"Mkay. See you tomorrow."

He went off to sit at what I assumed was the Hephaestus table.

My table was empty except for a few campers. I sat on the side where none of the people were, me being my antisocial self. No one bothered talking to me anyway.

Percy looked towards me as he stepped up onto the pavilion. He flashed a small smile, but I quickly looked away. I glanced back in his direction to see him frowning.

I watched him sit alone at his table, looking like he was regretting what he told me. Honestly, I did too. He should've told me when it happened.

"What're you thinking about?" Travis asked, taking a seat across from me.

At least I think it was Travis.

"I think she's thinking about Leo." Connor said.


"They walked over here together, they were training together, and earlier today they were walking to see Chiron together. Are you two dating?"

I choked on my tea.

"No. No way. Just friends."

"I bet you she's thinking about a way to kiss him."

"Ew, what? Okay, no. Leo and I are just friends."

"She's in denial." Connor whispered.

Travis nodded in agreement.

"Guys, I'm not in denial. I just don't like him that way."

They laughed. "Alright, we can tell when someone's uncomfortable."

"Yeah, if you didn't want to talk about your relationship with Leo, you could've just said so."

"There is no relationship." I protested.

"Can I just say one thing before we dismiss this conversation?" Asked Travis.


"If you guys aren't dating then how come you have nicknames for each other."

"You guys have nicknames for each other?" Asked Connor.


"Yep. Leo calls her Chickadee and she calls him Curly."


I reached over the table and slapped both of them. "No. Bad."

A plate of food was placed in front of us. We went to the brazier where Percy was throwing some food in. I stopped walking.

"What's up?" Connor asked.

"Um, nothing." I started walking again.

Percy looked up.

"Hi." He whispered.


I cut off a piece of meat.

"How are you?" He asked.

"I'm fine thanks."

I threw it into the fire. The flames came up separating the two of us.

Nico came up to us and threw in some of his food.

"Why so tense?" Nico mumbled.

"I'm not tense." I stated. "If you'll excuse me, I'm pretty hungry, so...yeah."

"Yeah. I'm hungry too." Percy said.

I gave Nico a smile before going back to sit with the Stolls.

It felt very awkward, like yesterday's dinner. I'd much rather sit with Nico.

When I sat down, I looked towards Nico's table. Hazel wasn't there, so I thought she may have went back to her camp.

"Just outta curiosity," I casually poked my strawberry with a fork. "If you aren't claimed, can you sit at any table you want?"

"You're supposed to sit at the Hermes table. Why?"

"Just wondering."

I glanced back at Nico, who was staring at me. He waved me over.

"So, if someone was to go over to a different table, would they get in trouble?"

"I don't know."

"Well, let's hope not."

I picked up my plate and went to sit with Nico. Connor and Travis mumbled something that was probably wait, but it really sounded more like 'wehst' because of the food in their mouth.

"Hey." I said, taking a seat.

"Hi. What's wrong?"

"What makes you think any things wrong?"

"Delia, you know what I'm talking about. With Percy."

"Oh, that. Don't worry about it."

"If you say so."

"Where's Hazel?"

"She went back to Camp Jupiter."

"Ah. So you have a whole cabin for yourself? That's pretty cool."

"Yeah, it gets a little lonely though."

"Hey, it can't be too bad. I mean, the only thing you need a cubic for is sleeping, so then you can do stuff with your friends."

"Yeah." He dropped his voice to a low whisper. "How's training going?"


"And about the quest?"

"Still freaked out."

"Don't worry. You can bring friends to make it less scary."

"Are you saying you want to go with me?"

"If you want me to go, I will. But, it's not exactly something I would volunteer to do."

"Right. Did you find out anything about the monsters?"

"Rachel had another vision where Hera contacted her and told her about the monsters." He whispered. "She said that we need to beware of all animals in general because she wasn't sure which ones were monsters and which ones aren't. She also said that she wouldn't be much help because something's happening with communication from Olympus to the mortal world and vice versa. So, we need to get as much help from the gods as soon as possible."

I nodded. "So, should you ask your dad if he knows anything? He's in control of the underworld, right? Doesn't that mean he gets the monsters?"

"Not necessarily. But, he may know something."

"Delia?" I turned to see Chiron.


He bent down a little bit. "I need to speak with you and Percy after dinner tonight. And please watch your volume when you talk about the quest."

I nodded. "Sorry."

I let out a sigh if relief when he didn't make me go back to the Hermes table. But, now I had to go back to the Big House to have a meeting with Percy. I already knew it was going to be weird.

Nico snapped his fingers.


"I asked what happened between Percy and you."

"Oh. Like I said earlier, don't worry about it."

"You'll tell me eventually, right?"

"Yeah. I just need to make sure it's okay to talk about it first."

"Can you tell me a general idea of it?"

"Hmm, no."

I ate a strawberry, then decided that I really wasn't that hungry. Percy wasn't at his table when I looked back to check.

"I'm gonna go a head and go to the Big House."

Nico nodded. "Good luck."

Before I could leave, someone grabbed my wrist.

"Where are you going?"

I turned around expecting to see Leo, because I heard his voice, but no one was there. The grip on my wrist slowly loosened.

I frowned as I started to the Big House.

What the heck was that?

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