The moment Niall touched Harry, a shock went through his body, and he saw the Sirens the way Harry must’ve been seeing them. People were in a luxurious house and Niall recognized them. It was Anne, Gemma, Robin, Aphrodite, and Giselle. The whole scene glowed in a warm, buttery light. All of them were talking and laughing, and when Harry their faces lit up with delight. His parents opened their arms invitingly his sister was smiling then gestured to Giselle. Giselle smiled at him and she gestured him to kiss her.
Niall blinked hard. When he opened his eyes, all he saw were the Sirens ragged vultures with human faces, ready to feed on another victim. Niall pulled Harry back into the surf and Harry screamed and kicked but Niall held on. Niall willed the currents to carry them out into the bay. Harry kicked and pummeled Niall, making it hard for him to concentrate. Harry thrashed around so much that the two almost collided with a floating mine. Niall didn’t know what to do they would never make it back to the ship alive if Harry kept thrashing around.
Niall went under and Harry stopped struggling. His expression became confused. Then they broke the surface and Harry started to fight again.
‘The water!’ Niall thought ‘Sound doesn’t travel well underwater. If I could submerge him long enough, then the spell of the music would break.’
Niall grabbed Harry around the waist and ordered the waves to push them down. They both shot into the depths-ten feet, twenty feet. Niall knew he had to be careful since he could withstand more pressure than Harry. Harry fought and struggled fir breath as bubbles rose around them.
Niall was desperate and had to keep Harry alive. Niall imagined all the bubbles in the sea coming together and being pulled towards him. The sea obeyed and a huge bubble of air surrounded them, and only their legs stuck out into the water. Harry gasped and coughed, his whole body shudder, and when he looked at Niall , Niall knew the spell was broken. Harry started to sob-I mean the horrible, heartbroken sobing. Niall comforted one of his bestfriends.
"I'll get us back to the ship," Niall told him "It's okay, Just hang on."
Harry nodded and Niall began to make the current steer the bubble through rocks and barbed wire and back toward the hull of the pirate ship. Which was maintaining a slow and steady course away from the island. They stayed underwater, following the ship, until Niall judged they had moved out of the earshot of the Sirens. Then they both surfaced and the air bubble popped. Louis dropped a rope ladder over the side and they climbed aboard. Everyone kept their earplugs, just to be sure. They sailed until the island was completely out of sight. Harry sat huddled in a blanket on the forward deck with everyone else. Finally he looked up, dazed and sad, and mouthed, safe. They took out the earplugs, no singing. The afternoon was quiet except for the sound of the waves against the hull. The fog has burned away to a blue sky, as if the Island of Sirens had never existed.
"I didn't realize," He murmured
"What?" Jay asked
His eyes were the same color as the mist over the Sirens' island. "How powerful temptation would be."
"Harry I saw what the Sirens showed you." Niall said
Harry blushed and pulled his blanket around him. "My fatal flaws. That's what the Sirens showed me. My fatal flaws are vanity and loyalty."
"What do you mean?" Max asked
"Children of Aphrodite have excessive pride and its hard for us to stay loyal." He said
"So was it worth it?" Liam asked Harry "Do you feel...wiser?"
He gazed out into the distance "I'm not sure. But we have to save camp. If we don't stop Ben..."
He didn't need to finish. They knew Ben's way of thinking since he killed his real brother and he was sacrificing his half-sister.
Suddenly Ceci's eyes widened. "Guys."
They all turned.
Up ahead was another blotch of land-a saddle-shaped island rock.
Niall's nautical senses confirmed it. 30 degrees, 31 minutes north, 75 degrees, 12 minutes west.
They had reached the home of the cyclops.