What Came After The End

What happened after The Blood of Olympus?
The seven strongest of our age,
must settle the debt of a maid en-caged.
They'll travel far and make a trade,
but fail to stop the dagger's blade.

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6. Trapped in Protection

Calypso couldn't sleep. She'd dreamed of her Father holding up the sky, and of the gods, angry with her new freedom. Zeus was especially angry with Leo. How could she worry him when they had just arrived and everything felt so perfect? Still, she wanted to find him. Climbing out of bed, she quickly dressed and put her hair up. Most of the Aphrodite cabin was still asleep, but Calypso found Piper's bed empty. She decided to go to the  Hephaestus cabin on her own. 

Inside, everyone was awake and working away on different projects. Calypso asked if any of them had seen Leo, but none of them had. He must already be awake. Calypso thought. She was starting to feel anxious. The gods wouldn't take out their anger on Leo would they? She searched around for a long time but Leo was nowhere to be found. 

"Hey Calypso!" Piper called, as she ran over to her.

"I've been looking all over for you, do you want to come get breakfast with me?" Calypso shook her head.

"No thank you Piper. That's very kind of you but I'm looking for Leo." 

"Oh he's probably off fixing something." Piper waved her hand at Calypso's concern. But Calypso shook her head again.

"No Piper, I really need to see him." She started walking towards the woods, the only place she hadn't searched yet, but Piper grabbed her hand. She had talked with Leo this morning and heard about his concern for Calypso. He had been so desperate. Piper agreed to look after her until Leo was finished creating some kind of protection. The less she knew the better. But it was clear Calypso wasn't going to come to breakfast without strong persuasion and she couldn't see Leo in such a frantic state of panic with no way to help. 

Piper knew how that felt. She decided she would keep Calypso's mind at rest just for today, and keep her promise to Leo. 

"Just forget about Leo for right now and let's go get some breakfast." Piper said while gently weaving in some charm speak. Calypso's expression became confused, she blinked a few times before her shoulders relaxed. Taking her hand, Piper began to lead Calypso away from the forest. 

"Let's get some breakfast." Piper said again adding as little charm speak as possible. She already felt guilty using it on Calypso at all. 

"Breakfast," Calypso muttered dreamily allowing Piper to guide her further and further from the forest. She smiled as they reached the Aphrodite Table which was mostly empty, and just as Piper requested, Calypso forgot Leo for awhile and enjoyed breakfast. 

The rest of the day Leo didn't leave Bunker 9 and Piper kept Calypso busy with activities around camp. If ever she started to get anxious or started asking for Leo, Piper would add a bit more charm speak to help her forget. By dinner Piper was exhausted and hardly able to keep her head up. Using charm speak all day was draining her energy faster than usual. 

"Calypso, let's go to bed." Piper muttered, standing up and leaving dinner early. 

"But it's almost time for singing and s'mores." Calypso complained, bright eyed and fully awake. She had been working less than normal, letting Piper guide her thoughts. Piper strained to use charm speak one last time. 

"No, we're too tired to stay up anymore." Before she had finished the sentence Calypso's eyes were closing. She yawned and stood up. Following Piper back to their cabin. 

"I suppose you're right," Calypso said, her voice trailing off into another yawn. They entered the cabin and fell onto their beds without changing. As soon as their heads hit the pillow they were asleep. 

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