Near the Lethe
Memories flooded Percy. He remembered how he was always a trouble child. How his Mom put up with him and Gabe, a man she had married just to protect him. He remembered how he cut down a Fury, his Mom being kidnapped by his Uncle Hades. How he went on a quest to save her and clear his name. How he was betrayed. Meeting more friends and completing more quests. Luke sacrificing himself to stop Kronos. Spending time in Camp with his friends and how Hera took him away. Finding more friends and a new relationship with Annabeth. Being on quests with them and then the final battle. How those who he now considered more than just friends, he considered family, dying all around him. When he finally put Gaea to rest and how awful he felt. That all he wanted to do was die to see them again, but not doing so because he still had other friends and family still alive. He knew he couldn't leave them and the others wouldn't have wanted him to. So he stayed at both the Camps, helping them both get back on track. Seeing his Mom and Paul, being told that he was going to be an older brother. That being the last time he seen them as he was sentenced for being too strong. Convincing his father not to start a war over him, the other demigods had had enough and if it was his time to die it was his time to die. Poseidon had been sorrowful, but he had understood Percy. Then the hard blow of not being able to die and not being able to see his love and family again. As he was turned immortal and sent to Tartarus.
As the memories had overwhelmed Percy he started to fall. Bia caught him and eased both of them to the ground. She laid his head in her lap, his hood had fallen,and so she started to pet his hair. She let her wings surround them again as she waited for him to come out of his memories. He regained conscious to a feeling of being safe warm, gentle fingers brushing through his hair.
"I'm here Percy." They locked eyes as his started to pool with tears of sliver.
"What did I do?" He felt dread and guilt about what had happened at camp. Many of demigods had died at his command.
"Something that I shouldn't have blamed you about. Something that others take the blame." As she said blame, he remembered who had told him about what was going on in camp.
"Athena is a traitor." Bia's eyes widened.
"Athena came to Tartarus for a deal of some kind, I do not know. I just know I am not allowed to touch her. That she told me the battle tactics that the Camp would use."
"They must know," Bia said as she stopped carding her finger through Percy's hair and went to stand, she tucked her wings in. He softly grabbed her wrist to stop her from rising as he sat up.
"No, not yet." She gave him a puzzled look.
"Why not? She might as well as killed the demigods herself." Percy sighed.
"That could be said of me too." Bia shook her head.
"No Percy, you weren't yourself then. You are now. You can do the right thing now." He gave her a small smile.
"That I can and will. I don't want it known that Athena is a traitor because Tartarus would know I went against him. I'm going to go back to him and get more information. I know that the next attack he plans on crushing the gods and demigods. He is searching for something or he would have already done it."
"You don't have to go back, you have enough information," Bia begged. She didn't want him to return to Tartarus.
"I have to, it is our best chance of winning against Tartarus. Look how many have died already. It will stop the number of demigods dying." Bia sighed knowing she wasn't going to win the argument.
"Then you might want to do something with your eyes." He gave her a confused look.
"My eyes?" She produced a mirror and he looked into them. His eyes had now returned to a sea green, they still had a filmy white over them, but it was barely there.
"Tartarus will notice."
"How am I supposed to fool him? He is a primordial?"
"You are an immortal, just will them to how they were before. Even if it is an illusion Tartarus won't guess. He has such pride in himself he wouldn't even suspect that you have been released from him." It was true, Tartarus thought to highly of himself.
"You are right." She winked.
"A woman is always right." He rolled his eyes.
"So I will come with Tartarus for the final battle and I will kill him while pointing out Athena is a traitor." Percy helped Bia to her feet.
"Just stay safe Percy." He smiled down at her.
"Of course Bia." That's when he leaned down and kissed her. Surprised, but thrilled she kissed him back.
"A charm for good luck," he said as they parted. Bia was blushing.
Unknown to the two of them two sets of eyes were watching them, also both unknown from each other. One was a caring father watching over his daughter while one was far more malevolent. The dark eyes watched Bia as she left, he had found what he had been looking for and was not going to let her get in his way. So as the dark eyes watch Bia, Percy left with a foreboding feeling going through him. He decided to make one more stop before he headed back to Tartarus.