Unclaimed

Being an orphan your whole life isn't easy. Especially not when you being chased by monsters every so often.
My life's not a picnic, trust me, but when you suddenly find out that you're a child of the Greek gods, it doesn't get much better.

But here's the thing, I don't have a clue who my godly parent is, and when I'm taken to this 'special' camp and supposed to be claimed my first day there, let's just say that it doesn't go as smoothly as hoped.

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7. CHAPTER SEVEN - A bubble's turn to save my life

I dreamt of the ice girl again.
This time, her hair was messily braided and hung on her left shoulder, her dress wasn't the shimmering white one she had the last time I saw her, instead she was wearing a long, light blue dress with lace sleeves that had some fabric lying on the ground as if the dress was too big for her. Her silver crown sat atop of her head as she stared into what looked like a mirror, although it didn't seemed like a mirror.
At first glance, she seemed to be staring at her own reflection. But the reflection was grinning broadly as she brushed her hair and the girl wasn't. Then the picture in the mirror moved and it showed a man in his early thirties, with sandy blonde hair in a quiff, a stubble, crystal blue eyes and a strong build with a smile that could make a girl fall for him whenever he wanted. The boy came over to the reflection version of the girl and leaned in as if he was giving her a kiss.
I watched the non-reflection girl stare at the moving picture with a sorrowful expression before flicking her wrist at the mirror and the boy and the reflection disappeared like they were never there. I looked at the girl who had what looked like drops of ice falling down her cheeks as she wiped them away and sniffed. Was she crying?
A knock on the door startled the girl and she gasped. She quickly wiped her eyes and fixed herself up in the mirror before making the door open with a flick of her wrist. Standing there was the guy from the last dream - Zethes - who had what looked like a terrified expression on his face. I wonder what was wrong?


"Dear brother," said the girl in a suddenly calm tone. "What news do you bring of the demigod?"


Zethes wiped the sweat off of his brow before rubbing his hands together in nervousness. "Your Highness, th-the scouts have r-returned-"


 "Wonderful," the girl smiled coldly. "And what news do they bring?"


Zethes said nothing as he stared down at his hands, seeming more nervous than ever.


"Zethes," the girl hissed. "What did the scouts say?"


Zethes clamped his eyes shut and took a deep breath before finally speaking. "They said that the demigod has officially made it to the camp."


The room temperature dropped drastically as the girl's expression became aggravated. "WHAT?!" she screamed. "HOW CAN THIS BE?! The manticore should have stopped them!"


Zethes whimpered. "My lady, if I may-"


"NO YOU MAY NOT, BROTHER!" the girl screeched and whipped around to face the terrified man with wings. "In fact you have done enough!"


The girl raised her hand as if to cast some sort of spell, by Zethes interrupted, "I KNOW A WAY WE STILL GET THEM BACK!"


The girl froze mid-cast. "How?" she seethed.


Zethes took a few deep breaths before answering," The lost one," was all he said.


The girl seemed to consider this for a moment before she lowered her hand. "Very well. I've spared you this time, dear brother, but fail me, and I shan't be as merciful the next time."


And then everything faded.


*****


A throbbing pain shot up the back of my head as I awoke. I groaned and rubbed my eyes as the events of last night slowly came back to me. I gritted my teeth and clenched my jaw. There only one person I know in camp who has sea green eyes and knows I was out last night.
I slowly opened my eyes to find myself staring at a mobile of bronze horse/fish hybrids that hung from the ceiling with sunlight bouncing and reflecting off of them around the room. The walls were a rough gray stone that seemed to glow like abalone. It take me long to make the connections and figure out that I was in the Poseidon cabin.
Heaving myself up into a sitting position, I rubbed the back of my and rotated my head in a circular motion as well as rubbing my temple. My head hurt like hell! I glanced around the room, taking in all the decorations and details of the place. I have to admit, Percy isn't so bad at keeping the place clean.
I hopped up onto my feet and found my duffel back and Thalia's backpack up against the wall with Vixen laying on top of them. I picked up my sword and pocketed it, not caring to change my clothes because I just couldn't be bothered. I ran a hand through my knotted hair as I made my way out of Poseidon cabin and out to face the many other demigods who wouldn't be too happy I was still here.
The sun was slightly warm but not as warm as yesterday. Campers were going about their business (only looking about once or twice my way), satyr's were chasing after nymphs and everyone was just doing their own thing. Well, except me of course. I had no idea was I was going to do. It was pointless to try and runaway in broad daylight. Maybe I could ask Chiron if there was anything I could do? I shrugged, might as well.
As I made my way to the Big House, some campers stopped and stared at me as I walked along. What was their problem? Can't they just mind their own business? As I passed the climbing wall, I noticed a familiar black haired boy climbing to the top and getting there just as lava spewed out. He grinned in triumph and looked down where I caught his eye. Percy smiled sheepishly and waved, but I just gave him a rude gesture with my hand and walked off, not happy about what happened last night.
Walking passed the arts and crafts, I noticed Clarisse there with some of the Ares kids making... whatever they were making.


"Hey, Clarisse!" I called, putting on a small smile.


The Ares girl stopped what she was doing and looked up at me, sending me daggers.


"Whataya you want?" she spat, her attitude horrible.


My smile faded and I looked at her, confused. "I just came to say hello. Did I do something wrong?"


Clarisse scoffed. "Kinda. But it's more what you're dad did."


I raised an eyebrow. "My dad? How would you know anything about my dad? You've never met him, have you?" I asked, growing more and more puzzled


"No," she said. "But I have met his idiotic and stupid son, Jackson."


"Jackson? What cabin is h-" I paused, figuring out what she meant. "Oh, you mean, Percy?"


Clarisse rolled her eyes. "Seems that you're dumber than he is," she said. "I guess it comes with being a child of Poseidon."


"Funny," I chuckled, finally understanding what she meant. "The sea god isn't my dad, Clarisse."


She raised an eyebrow at me. "Oh really?" I nodded. "Alright then, go jump in the lake and stay down there for a couple of hours and then we'll see if you are sea spawn or not."


"No," I retorted, sounding offended. "I'm not jumping in the lake to prove something that isn't true."


"Then explain why you slept in the Poseidon cabin last night."


I opened my mouth to explain what happened last night but decided against it. If I told Clarisse, she'd probably think I was just too chicken to stay at camp and that running away was how I solved my problems. Plus we had a bit of an audience with some of the other Ares kids so it was probably best not to mention it.


"Just as I thought," Clarisse sneered. "BOYS!"


Suddenly, something bind itself to my ankles and caused me to topple over from my sudden loss of balance. I crashed onto the floor where a stampede of footsteps ran over to me and bind my hands behind my back.


"Hey!" I chided. "What are you doing?!"


"Can it, fish girl," came the voice of Connor with a slight bit of humour in his voice. "It's just a bit of fun."


I was then rolled over and lifted up from underneath my arms and legs by Connor and his brother (who I found out was called Travis by eavesdropping last night before everyone went to sleep) and carried towards the canoe lake. Oh no. This can't be happening.


"Put me DOWN!" I shouted, earning stares from other campers as they watch me try and struggle out of the brothers grasp. Not lifting a finger to help.


"Sure we'll put you down," Travis  smirked. "Into the lake that is."


I felt my face drain of colour. This seriously cannot be happening!
I wriggled and struggled to get out of the Hermes' kids hold on me but only received laughs from the brothers and bystanders who just watched as I failed at escaping. I felt tears brimming my eyelids. Toughen up, Anna, you're stronger than this.
Summoning up the strength I had, I wriggled and fought against Connor and Travis, succeeding at kicking Travis in the 'area' with my feet and head-butting Connor in the gut once Travis let go of me I dropped to the floor, mere metres away from the boardwalk that led out into the lake. I withered my arms and body so that I was close enough to be able to reach back and grab Vixen out of my back pocket, twisting the handle and cutting the ropes loose the tied my hands together.


I sat up in a seating position and pointed my sword at Connor and Travis. "STAY BACK!" I warned. "Otherwise I won't miss this time."


My threat was cut short by my sword getting kicked out of my hand and going flying across the ground. I looked up to see Irene standing there with her fist raised before I came down and collided with my jaw. Blood spat out of my mouth as I toppled to the side. I coughed a few times before looking up at the daughter of Hermes with disgust. From being such a nice person when I met her, she turned out to be a total hag.


"Nobody threatens by family and gets away with it," Irene hissed, shaking her hand from punching me in the jaw.


I glared at her and wasn't paying attention as Connor and Travis came up behind me and lifted me up again. I tried and tried to get out of their grasp by being slightly dazed by the hit to the face, I couldn't put up much a fight with getting dizzy.
By the time my dizziness faded, I was hovering over the water with several feet of clear water below me. I started freaking out and trying to stop them.


"No, no please! Please, you can't do this!" I exclaimed, trying to break free.


"Oh, but we are," Connor smirked mischievously. "On three, Trav?"


"My favourite number," his brother grinned.


"One..." they both said simultaneously rocking me backwards.


"No wait, please!" I begged.


"Two..."


"I'm sorry, I'm so sorry. Please don't do this!"


"THREE!" the boys threw me forward into the air.


"I CAN'T SWI-" but I was cut off by the submerging water and had to hold my breath.


This is not going to end well.


PERCY'S P.O.V
I ran towards the sound of the commotion. The Stoll brothers had tied up Anna and were about to throw her into the lake. I couldn't let that happen.
I pushed through the crowd of demigods who did nothing but watch as Travis and Connor tossed Anna into the lake. Crap, I was too late!


I heard Anna's last plea's as she soared through the air. "I CAN'T SWI-"


She can't swim?! Oh no. This is bad, very, very bad! I pushed my way through the last wall of demigods before bursting out onto the boardwalk where the Stoll Brother were high-fiving and congratulating each other on their so-called 'success'.


"Hey, Percy," Travis beamed, acting all smug. "You're sister's just gone for a -"


I didn't hear the rest of it as I pushed passed him (causing him to fall into the lake) and dove in after Anna. I had to hurry!
The water naiads waved at me as I swam passed but I paid no attention as I swam after the floating air bubbles that were supposedly coming from Anna. I swan down further and further until I had finally reached the bottom of the lake where I could see a figure of a girl laying unconscious on the sand. Anna! I propelled myself forwards (with the help of the water) and formed and air bubble on the bottom of the lake around Anna, where she immediately dried up.
I entered the bubble (not popping it, thank the gods) and checked Anna's pulse. It was there but barely. I rolled Anna over onto her back and pushed my hands on her chest, hoping to try and get some air into her lungs (a little trick the Apollo kids taught me, just in case I swimming at a beach and there's a lazy lifeguard on duty). After a few pumps, there was no response.


"Come one, Anna," I pleaded, gritting my teeth. "Don't give up now..."


Suddenly, the girl gasped and her eyes shot open. I caught a glimpse of icy blue but blinked and saw that they were brown. Must've been the waters reflection. She spluttered and coughed up water and I rubbed her back, trying to help.


"Hey,  you okay?" I asked, my voice filled with concern.


Despite her condition, Anna shot me an amazing death glare Ares would have been proud of. "Do I look okay to you?!" she snapped. "I almost drowned for Hades sake!"


I replied with the best choice of words ever. "But you didn't, so that's a bonus."


Again, Anna shot me a death glare but heaved herself up onto her forearms -since her legs were still bound together. "Where are we, anyways?"


"The bottom of the canoe lake," I shrugged like it was nothing.


"Wha-" and then she looked around and her eyes widened and she swore in Greek. "But, how are we dry?"


I smirked. "Just one of the many perks of being a son of Poseidon."


Anna nodded and leaned forward so that she was attempting to get the binds off of her ankles.


"A little help?" she looked up at me in the corner of her eye and I nodded, taking out my trusty pen. "A pen?" she looked at me confused and puzzled. "How is a pen gon-"


Then I uncapped it and a metre long, celestial bronze sword appeared. Anna dodged back, narrowly missing the tip of the weapon and I winced.


"Sorry," I said and began to cut the ropes that tied her ankles together. "Didn't mean to do that."


Anna shrugged and watched and waited as I was careful to not cut her as I cut the ropes. After about a minute, the ropes snapped and Anna rolled her ankles to get the blood flowing.


"Thanks," she murmured, pulling her knees up to her chest and curling up into an ball as she looking out of the bubble wistfully.


"No problem," I replied, although I could tell something was bothering her. "Hey, what's wrong?"


Anna sighed. "I just belong, Percy, that's the only reason they threw me down here."


"Surely they can't know about you being unclaimed?"


Anna shook her head. "No," then she smiled, but only briefly. "But they did think I was your sister."


Well, that explains it then. "That's a good thing, right? Because I know you've only known me for not very long but I'm not that irritable, am I?"


Anna chuckled and looked at me. "No, Percy, you're not."


"Even when I knocked you out and carried you back to my cabin to prevent you from leaving?"


She laughed. "Well apart from that off course."


We both laughed. It echoed through the lakes waters and I sighed after it died down. Anna was nice - once you got past all that rejection and I'm-a-one-woman-show kinda layer she had going for her, she was actually pretty cool.
Just then, a shadow loomed overhead of us and I looked up to recognise the shape as a canoe. It stopped for a moment before the water rippled and something dropped down below and into the bubble, the canoe paddling away. I smiled as I realised what it was.


"What is that?" Anna questioned, pointing to the sealed bag that had a rock and note inside of it.


"Just a little something from, Annabeth," I explained. "Since she can't really breathe underwater and the water pressure would be a tad too high for her, she paddles out into the canoe lake and sends me down a note in a bag, asking if I'm okay. She's does this when I'm upset and come down here to calm my nerves."


"Annabeth's sounds like a really good girlfriend," I blushed at Anna's statement.


"Is that what you got from seeing us together just once?"


"Well if you guys were just friends, you wouldn't be kissing each other and cuddling by the campfire, now would you?" Anna smirked, knowing I was busted.


She was good, I'll give her that. I grinned and didn't say anything as I opened the bag and read the note.


"What does it say?" Anna asked, her eyes filled with curiosity and nervousness.


I began to read it out loud. "It says, 'When you're ready, bring Anna up. Chiron wants to speak with her'."


Anna face filled with dread and she covered her face up in her knees. "I can't go back up there," her voice was muffled but I still understood her. "They'll hate me and kick me out of camp."


I placed a reassuring hand on her back an rubbing comforting circles on her. "Hey, it's gonna be okay. Besides, weren't you trying to get out of camp anyways?"


Anna looked at me, sending me daggers. Okay... not the best time to bring that up. As much as she wanted to leave last night, I would've thought she was going to be a bit more eager to leave, but I guess the whole kicked-out-of-camp scenario wouldn't go down too well.


"C'mon, you'll have to face them sooner or later," I said softly and began to stand up.


Anna let out a deep breath and lifted her head. "Okay, let's go see what that old centaur wants."

 

ANNA'S P.O.V
To say I was met with warm smiles when I got back up to the surface was and understatement.
Actually, there were not warm smiles to even be seen. Only a few concerned looks from some terrified campers and worried looks from Piper, Annabeth and Leo, who looked genuinely sympathetic for me. But learning from experience, you should never judge a book by its cover, because you never know if that book could actually be planning to stab you in the back the moment it got the chance.
Almost everyone in camp was standing there at the edge of the lake when Percy pulled me up to the surface. We were completely dry (thanks to fish boy) and earned some smug looks from certain campers but they quickly diminished once I shot them my best I'm-going-to-kill-you-dead kinda stare and they found sudden interest in something else. Chiron was standing in the middle of the crowd with the three familiar Hermes' kids by his side, looking a bit smug but avoided eye contact with Chiron.


Once we came into view, Chiron trotted over to me. "Anna, are you alright?"


I shrugged. "Nothing some rest can fix from suddenly being chucked into a lake," I said, eyeing the one's responsible for the 'incident'.


"Well, I'm sure it was nothing for a daughter of Poseidon," Chiron smiled warmly and I just groaned.


"Don't tell me you believe that bunch of bull as well, Chiron?" I exclaimed. "I thought you were wiser than that?"


Chiron looked slightly offended as he shifted on his hooves slightly. "Excuse me?"


"You heard me," I said, folding my arms. "I'm not a daughter of Poseidon. I literally almost drowned a few moments ago if it weren't for, Percy."


Chiron looked just as confused as everyone else. "But how do you explain-"


"-her not getting wet?" Percy cut in and shrugged. "Just a little ability of mine I can do."


Murmurs buzzed through the crowd of puzzled campers, wondering all the same thing which Chiron spoke aloud.


"Well than how do you explain coming out of the Poseidon cabin this morning?"


All eyes were on me as everyone waited for answer. I hugged myself more tightly as I stared at the ground and kicked it with my foot. Maybe if I just don't answer, they'll go away.
But people at this camp were different then people out in the mortal world.


"Anna," Chiron said sternly. "Why were you in the Poseidon cabin last night?"


I looked around at the crowd of demigods, all of them eagerly waiting an answer. I scanned the crowd until my gaze landed on Leo, who flashed me a reassuring grin that said, 'it's okay, it's gonna be alright'. The I saw Annabeth, who looked worried at me for being in her boyfriend's cabin last night. Did she think... oh my gods, no! I hope she didn't think Percy cheated on her with the newbie, did she? Then I looked over at Percy, who was staring at me, wondering what I was going to say. Like he said back down in the lake, I'd have to face them sooner or later.


I sighed and looked at the ground. "I tried to run away," I mumbled in my quietest voice.


The campers all looked at each other thinking, what she say? I could feel Chiron looking at me, wondering the same thing as the demigods.


"Pardon?" he said.


I huffed and glanced up. "I tried to run away, but, Percy - being the annoying fish boy he is - stopped me and brought me back to his cabin where I stayed the night."


Chiron had this look of his eyes that was mixed with confusion, sadness and sympathy. "And why would you want to run away? Camp Half-Blood is the safest place for demigods. Surely-"


"It's because I wasn't claimed," I interrupted. "Are you happy now?"


Silence. That's all that rang through the crowd. The only noise was the birds chirping and the waves lapping against the shore of the lake. I guess everyone was just that stunned that they didn't know what to say.


It was Annabeth who broke the silence. "B-but she can't be unclaimed. The gods swore-"


"We'll I guess they broke their word, didn't they?" I spat and then grimaced. "Sorry, Annabeth."


She shrugged. "It's okay."


"But it just doesn't make sense!" I heard, Clarisse exclaim from somewhere in the crowd. I'm gonna have to teach her a lesson later. "The gods swore on the River Styx, and when you make a deal like that,  you can't ever go back."


A murmur of agreements came from the crowd and Chiron held up a hand for everyone to be silent. "I shall ask, Dionysus, what he thinks. He's a god who also swore on the River Styx. Perhaps he can tell us the answer to out little dilemma."


"But where will she stay?" Irene asked.


"Why, if she is unclaimed, then we go back to tradition. She stays in the Hermes cabin," Chiron stated.


An uproar of arguments fired at Chiron from all the Hermes kids. Yeah... I don't think they were too keen on having me back in their cabin after how I threatened them and nearly pierced Connor's skull with a butter knife.


"Silence!" Chiron shouted and the bickering diminished. "I'm afraid there is no other choice. She must stay in the Hermes' cabin for the time being."


"But what if we don't want her in there?!" Travis exclaimed, making the statement clear that I was definitely not wanted back into their cabin.


Chiron opened his mouth to say something by someone beat him to it. "Then we'll take her."


The crowd parted behind Chiron and standing there with a silver circlet in her spikey black hair and a silver bow slung across her back, was, Thalia, followed by the other Hunters of Artemis. A few gasps came from the crowd but I just stood there and beamed.


"Thalia!" I cried and ran to hug her. "You're okay!"


Thalia stumbled a little but she just chuckled and hugged me back. "And so are you, thank the gods."


I pulled away from the lieutenant and looked back at the crowd where heaps of demigod eyes were staring at me. Seriously? What is their problem with the staring?


"Thalia, it is good to see you again," Chiron bowed his head slightly before looking back up with a small smile on his face.


"The same to you, Chiron," Thalia replied, smiling a bit herself.


"What brings you here?"


Thalia looked back at the other Hunters before addressing the crowd. "Lady Artemis sent us here, although not all of us wanted to come. She didn't give us an exact reason why but only that-"


Someone screamed, but it wasn't anyone one of the demigods in the crowd. It was coming from outside the border where smoke was rising up above the trees.


"Someone's in trouble," Percy stated and uncapped his sword that almost poked me in the eye back in the lake. "We have to help!"


And just like that, everyone ran to the source of the scream, whatever it was coming from.

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