25. Chariot Race Part 1
The next morning, after the party ponies headed back to Florida, Chiron made a surprise announcement: that we would be having a chariot race. It was going to be One Direction's and our first chariot race here at camp.
We spent the next two days training like crazy. During that time we didn't see Giselle or Luke too much, but we did spend more time with Kelly. This of course was affecting my half-brother. Since our team was each other we agreed to split up the prize between each other.
The night before the race, we all stayed late (minus Kelly) at the stables. Niall was talking to our horses, giving them one final brushing, when we heard two people walk in and then someone behind them said, "Fine animals, horses. Wish I'd thought of them."
We all hid and peeked over to see Luke, Giselle, and a middle-aged guy in a postal carrier outfit was leaning against the stable door with two beautiful Pegasi. He was slim, with curly black hair under his white pith helmet, and he had a mailbag slung over his shoulder.
"Dad?" Luke stammered
"Hello, son. Hello my soon to be daughter in-law." Hermes said with a sly grin
I saw Giselle turn red and turn to the Pegasi. Luke looked at her then at his father.
"Uh..." Luke said
I wasn't sure why he must be here.
"Listen, dad, I'm-..." Luke started to say before Hermes pulled him into a hug cutting him off
"I'm sorry you felt like I abandoned you." Hermes said softly
The rest of us looked at each other before looking back to see Giselle smiling softly at the exchange.
Hermes pulled away readjusted the mailbag on his shoulder. "Son, the hardest part about being a God is that you must often act indirectly, especially when it comes to your own children. If we were to intervene every time our children had a problem...Well, that would only create more problems and more resentment. But believe me son I have been and always will pay attention to you. I have and will answer your prayers."
"You were the one who said families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy." Giselle said brushing the Pegasi
Hermes smiled at her "You both should get to bed. I'm not even suppose to be here. I only came to make this delivery."
"A delivery? From who?" Luke asked
"I am the messenger of the Gods, son." He took an electronic signature pad from his mailbag and handed it to Giselle. "Sign there, please."
She picked up the stylus that was entwined with a pair of tiny green snakes.
"Hey George. Hey Martha." Giselle said to the snakes
The snakes gave their greetings before they wriggled under her fingers, forming a kind of pencil like grip. She signed her name and gave the pad back to Hermes. In exchange, he handed her a small package.
"Good luck tomorrow," Hermes said "Fine team of horses you have there, though you'll excuse me if I root for the Hermes cabin."
Luke smiled cheekily at her in which Harry made a face.
Giselle rolled her eyes "We're on the same team. Or did you forget sneaker. We also have Hades on our side. Oh and Nike too."
"Enough, you too," Hermes said "Goodbye, you two. For now. I do expect to be invited to the wedding though."
Small white wings sprouted from his pith helmet. He began to glow, and we knew enough about the Gods to avert our eyes before he revealed his true divine form. With a brilliant white flash he was gone, and we were all alone with the horses.
When Hermes was gone we stayed hiding to hear more of Luke and Giselle's conversation. We all saw them staring at the package she was given.
"Who's it from?" Luke asked her getting some sugar cubes for the Pegasi feeding them
"It's from Hades." She said opening the package taking out a little skeletal kitten that was purring and moving
Luke groaned at the sight of the kitten while Giselle just laughed at his reaction petting the kitten.
"Bring back memories." She said holding the kitten to him
"Don't start." Luke grumbled who looked away
Giselle just laughed when the kitten began pawing at her hair.
"Let's go before Chiron gets mad at us." Luke said
"Okay, but we have to go back to our cabins this time." She replied
"Aw, but I like staying at Apollo's Sanctuary with you." He whined
She just rolled her eyes "Fine, but if we get in trouble its your fault."
Then they walked out, but not before saying bye to the two Pegasi named Solaria and Solaris.
We all got out of our hiding spots and just looked at each other.
"Apollo's Sanctuary?" Zayn asked
"That was my dad." Nathan said
"I don't like him." Harry mumbled
After leaving with many questions we went to our cabins to get some rest for the race tomorrow.