18. Cyclops Island Part 1
The island had a rope bridge chasm, green fields and tropical fruit trees and white beaches. The ship sailed to shore, and the demigods breathed in the sweet air.
"Magic." Ceci said
"How can we be sure?" Jay asked
"Giselle, children of Demeter and Hecate, and Satyrs use it at camp sometimes." She told them
"Ceci do you know why Giselle carries a diamond ring in her pocket?" Harry asked suddenly
Everyone looked at Harry questioningly.
"She charmed it to hide the celestial bronze-steel sword she has. The one we all saw her use when she fought Ben at Niagara Falls. Why?" She asked
"Because that's actually her engagement ring that Luke gave her." Harry said quietly
"What?!" Everyone yelled
Then Harry began to tell them what he saw in his dream when they were at C.C.'s Resort. When Harry was done everyone was quiet.
"We need to focus on the quest." Zayn said
Everyone nodded and begun to plan their approach. They could feel the power of the Book. The Book contained spells and other magic that the Goddess Hecate used.
"If we take the Book, will the island die?" Siva asked
"It'll fade. And probably go back to whatever it looked like before the magic." Liam said
In a meadow at the base of the ravine, several dozen sheep were milling around. They appeared peaceful enough, but they were the sizes of hippos. Past them was a path that led up into the hills. At the top of the path, near the edge of the canyon, was a massive oak tree. If you looked closely enough you could see something radiate power in between the branches.
"This is too easy," Louis said "We could just hike up there and take it?"
Max's eyes narrowed. "Chiron said there's supposed to be a guardian. A dragon or..."
That's when a bunny emerged from the bushes. It hopped into the meadow, probably looking for something to eat, when all the sheep bleated at once and rushed to the bunny. It all happened so fast that the bunny began hopping away but was lost in a sea of wool and trampling hooves. The only things seen were grass and tuffs of fur that flew into the air. A second later all the sheep moved away, back to their peaceful wanderings. Where the bunny once stood was a pile of clean white bones.
Everyone exchanged looks.
"They're like piranhas." Niall said
"Piranhas with wool." Max said
"How will we get past them?" Nathan asked
They all decided there was no way they would all get past the man eating sheep. So they decided they would go in a small group to get the book.
Niall moored the pirate ship on the back side of the island where the cliffs rose straight up two hundred feet. Niall figured the ship was less likely to be seen there. The cliffs looked climbable, barely- about as difficult as the lava wall back at camp. And it was free from sheep.
The group rowed a life boat to the edge of the rocks and mad their way up, very slowly. Ceci (first), Jay, Max, Nathan, Louis, and Zayn (lastly) they climbed up the cliffs. Once they hauled themselves over the top of the cliff they all collapsed from exhaustion.
"Garrr!" They heard a voice bellow
They all clamped a hand over each others mouth and pointed. The ledge they were sitting on was narrower than they'd realized. It dropped off on the opposite side, and that's where the voice was coming from-right below them.
The monster roared in laughter.
They crept over to the edge, and they saw were they right above the entrance of the Cyclops's cave. Below then stood Polyphemus in front of a pot of boiling water. He had a mortal (unconscious) hanging by a rope over the pot.
The cyclops was even horrible up close. Partly because of his rancid smell was up close and personal. And he was also dressed in a tattered crude kilt and shoulder-wrap, stitched together from baby-blue tuxedos. He also had a baleful milky eye.
The cyclops cut the rope and the mortal fell into the pot. "Have to graze sheep now." Polyphemus mumbled to himself before he whistled, and a mixed flock of goats and sheep-smaller than the man eaters-flooded out of the cave and past their master. As they went to the pasture, Polyphemus patted some on the back and called them names.
When the last sheep had waddled out, Polyphemus rolled, a boulder in the front of the doorway. He strolled off down the mountain in his baby-blue groom's outfit, leaving them alone with a pot of boiling water with a boiling mortal and a six-ton boulder.