It had been a few weeks since I ran away from home. I met two other half-bloods along the way.
Right now we were in a dark alley between red brick warehouses. A sign above one of the doors read Richmond Ironworks.
The three of us were crouched in the shadows a boy about fourteen, a girl about twelve and me who was eight.
The boy was Luke son of Hermes and the girl was Thalia daughter of Zeus. It was back before we were found by Grover the satyr.
Luke carried a celestial bronze knife. Thalia had her spear and shield of terror, Aegis. I had my bow ready to strike. We were hungry and so used to being attacked we couldn’t relax.
“Are you sure?” Thalia asked
Luke nodded . “Something down here. I sense it.”
“Thals he’s right there is something down there.” I said getting an arrow
A rumble echoed from the alley, like someone banged on a sheet of metal. We all creped forward. Old crates were stacked on a loading dock. We all approached with our weapons ready to strike. A curtain of corrugated tin quivered as if something was behind it.
Me and Thalia glanced at Luke. He counted silently: one, two, three! He ripped away the tin, and a little girl flew at him with a hammer.
“Whoa!” Luke said
The girl had tangled blond hair and wearing flannel pjs. She couldn’t have been no more than seven, and she would’ve brained Luke if he hadn’t been so fast.
He grabbed her wrist, and the hammer skittered across the cement.
The little girl fought and kicked. “No more monsters! Go away!”
“It’s okay!” Luke struggled to hold her “Thalia, Giselle put your weapons up. You’re scaring her.”
Thalia tapped Aegis, and it shrank into a silver bracelet. I tapped a button on my bow and it changed into a necklace.
“Hey it’s alright” Thalia said “We’re not going to hurt you. I’m Thalia, that’s Giselle and this is Luke.”
“No,” Luke promised “But we know all about monsters, we fight them too.”
Slowly, the girl stopped kicking. She studied us with large intelligent gray eyes.
“You’re like me?” she said suspiciously
“Yeah,” Luke said “We’re … well it’s hard to explain, but we’re monsters fighters. Where’s your family?”
“My family hates me,” the girl said “They don’t want me. I ran away.”
We all locked eyes. We all related to what she was saying.
“What’s your name, kiddo?” Thalia asked
Luke smiled. “Nice name. I tell you what, Annabeth- you’re pretty fierce. We could use a fighter like you.”
Annabeth’s eyes widened. “You could?”
“Oh yeah.” Luke turned his knife and offered her the handle. “How’d you like a real monster-slaying weapon? This is celestial bronze. Works a lot better than a hammer,”
Annabeth gripped the hilt.
“Knives are only for the bravest and quickest fighters,” Luke explained “They don’t have the reach or power of a sword, but they’re easy to conceal and they can find spots in your enemy’s armor. It takes a clever warrior to use a knife. I have a feeling you’re pretty clever.”
Annabeth stared at him with adoration. “I am.”
Me and Thalia grinned. “We’d better get going, Annabeth. We have a safe house on the James river. We’ll get you some clothes and food.”
“You’re … you’re not going to take me back to my family.?” She said “Promise?”
Luke put his hand on her shoulder. “You’re part of our family now. And I promise I won’t let anything hurt you. I’m not going to fail you like our families did us. Deal?”
“Deal!” Annabeth said happily
“Now, come on,” Thalia said “We can’’t stay put for long!”
“Monsters will find us!” I said
~End of Flashback #1~
We were fighting against the titan army. Many demigods had died or we’re injured.
We had to protect Olympus Typhon was getting closer. Kronos had already made an appearance. Hades also brought his undead army along with Demeter and Persephone.
Some of us had gone up to Olympus. We were waiting when Kronos struck. We saw the Gods bring down Typhon.
Percy fought with Kronos and so did me, Annabeth, and Grover. Annabeth and Percy were thrown aside and me and Kronos fought. Kronos hurt me and Luke was able to gain control.
After he died the Gods came. What no one knew was that he said in Greek “I love you more than a little sister.” Well more like whispered to me.
I cried for him but I knew he was in a better place. And that’s when I said I would never fall for someone ever again.
~End of Flashback #2~