This is a story that I will write. It takes place after BOO. But you know, Apollo doesn't get punished, and there are still quests going on. Enjoy, and leave comments on idea on what will happen next!
Chapter 1: I Stalk Some Half Gods Do mermaids exist? If they do, are they cannibals? Do they only eat seaweed? Are the vegetarians holding protests against-"Oh shut it will ya?" I muttered. It's incredibly annoying,all these random questions." I'm a crazy person, chatting with the voices in my head, huh. Flipping through the newspaper, I skimmed over the jokes. (What does a cat say to it's lover? Hello, PURRincess!) I snickered and facepalmed at the same time. Finally I reached the horoscope sections. I don't take it seriously, I just like to read it. Being a Virgo Libra cusp didn't really help either, being unable to find any sort of magical prediction for it anyways. Unsatisfied with my predictions for today -Virgo, you'll make friends!, Libra, you might feel out of place, but don't worry- I mean, come on. Standing up from the table, I stretch and felt satisfied as my bones popped into place. Humming a tune, I changed into a baggy sweatshirt with a random black pants. I checked myself in the mirror, then halfheartedly combed my hair. Running and skidding around the corner, I grabbed my sling bag and stuffed my phone and water bottle in. Feeling pleased with that skid -executed perfectly, mind you- I headed out and down the street. It was a cloudy day, and the wind rustled through my hair, blowing it into my face. I instantly regretted not tying it up into a neat ponytail. A messy one would have done too. Desperately trying not to get blinded by my own hair, I dug around in my bad for a hair band. I heard a snicker from a kid somewhere around me. I tried to give them a death glare, but alas, little can be done when one's face is covered by hair. Upon finding one, I internally high fived one of the voices in my head. Whoop whoop! I continued my stroll down the pavement, this time less disorientated. Smiling at the random person i walked past, I glanced around the street. Cars buzzed by, pedestrians carried on with their daily lives, shop owners busying themselves with customers, same old, same old. Looking down at my phone, ah, I have new messages! Texting while walking is always a bad idea, but what did I care? I mean, I was walking on the inside of the pavement. What could possibly- I stopped myself before I jinxed up the day. Turning the corner, I smiled softly as I watched the whole bunch of messages coming in, everyone actually chatting, about life. It was good. Turning the corner, I went into the small cafe, sandwiched between the hardware store and the bookstore. It had a cozy cottage look to it, and the smell- wow! I was greeted cheerfully as usual, being a regular. As I settled down into a table for two, with plush seats and backed-up chairs. a waitress came up to me. She had fiery-red hair tied up into a neat bun, and a smile as bright as the sun.
"May I take your order, Miss...?"
My full name's Sapphire Lin, my first name like that dude from Steven Universe. I like the gem as in the jewel, even though I don't actually watch the show. I order a refreshing cup of lemon tea, and toast. I dig around in my bag, searching for that book I was reading. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught a glint of something. Ooooh, shiny! The ADHD part of me yelled. I looked over, half expecting nothing to be there. And that's what I thought at first. There was a latino kid around my height with dark curly hair and a mischievous smile that yelled I'M A PRANKSTA and a toolbelt around his waist. Perhaps he had just bought it from the hardware store? He had a orange shirt that said CHB in fancy font and had a bead necklace around his neck. Seemed normal enough. Next to him was a pretty native American girl, who was presumably his friend, with her fringe cut haphazardly, like she cut it herself. She probably did. Her brown hair was braided with a brilliant red feather in it. She had mesmerizing eyes, which seemed to shimmer and change colors. A pretty girl. She had a similar shirt and necklace to the boy. They were talking like a bunch of normal teenagers. Yet there was no mistaking the cold metal that hung from the girl's belt. I narrowed my eyes. They walked into the hardware store. I downed my tea (which was a pretty bad idea, but I'm pretty used to getting burned) and ate my toast in record time. I paid for my breakfast, and left. I entered the hardware store and stared at the security TV. I spotted the girl and the boy looking at some tools in a random aisle. I felt pretty silly for spying on random teenagers. I mean they couldn't have been more than 2 years older than me. But I had a strong instinct in my gut that told me to do it. Normally my instincts led me into trouble, but this time I wasn't trying to rewire the gate. That was a fail. Standing at the entrance, it was pretty awkward. About 5 minutes later, the boy and girl finally came to the cashier. I was leaning against the door, reading my book, but I heard a loud voice.
"Excuse you Beauty Queen, but I am the Supersized Mcshizzle!"
"Don't call me that."
"You hate literally all my nicknames for you."
"C'mon, let's get back to the others. I wanna see how this contraption of your works."
"At least someone appreciates my genius! Infact, I'll build in on the way back."
I felt pretty dumb. These people were just hanging out. But as they left, I followed them anyways. That was a bad idea, but how could I have known? I casually walked out of the store, and followed the two unsuspecting teens.
Piper could sense someone is following them. She was on her toes, it could have been some monster that wanted to kill her and Leo.
I mean, you'd think that I could just have a peaceful day, right? Piper thought Nope! Of course not.
Piper turned around for the fifth time and saw more pedestrians. She sighed.
"Leo, I think we should probably head into some alleys for now."
"But why? Percy and Jason aren't too far away. Besides, I wanna get back for ice cream."
"I think something's following us."
Leo shrugs. She understood that he wouldn't have really cared that much, after all they did fight monsters everyday. But she dragged him into a small street anyways. Leo groaned something about paranoid girls, but she ignored him and carried on. She walked for a moment and distracted herself with Leo's jokes. On a sudden impulse, she grabbed Katoptris and used it as mirror to try to catch a glimpse of their stalker.
"Hey, uh, Beauty Queen, now isn't really the best time to check out your reflection you know." Leo taunted.
"Shut up a moment!" She hissed back at him.
There was someone following them. It was a she, and sure wasn't a monster. It was just some mortal. She had dark brown hair tied up into a loose ponytail, and black glasses. She was perhaps slightly taller than Piper. She had a blue sling on bag over her shoulder, and seemed to be engrossed in a book. Piper felt more relaxed now, at least it wasn't some big ass beast.
"Hey, Leo, how about we split, eh?"
"Well, I would hate to disapoint my admirer, but it seems like a good plan."
"I get Percy and Jason to come here."
Leo and Piper dashed off in different directions, leaving the poor mortal in their dust.
Jason was getting somewhat anxious. They'd said they'd be here. Where were they? He straightened his glasses. Percy rolled his eyes.
"Dude, They're only 2 minutes late. Cut them some slack."
"They could be dead right now for all I know! Also, don't call me Sparky, Aquaman."
Percy seemed amused by Jason's concern. He did admit that he was acting somewhat like a mother. Suddenly, he was rammed into from the back, and he was almost lifted off his feet by a scrawny latino boy.
"Leo Valdez striiiikes again!!" Leo yelled.
Jason glared at him, but Leo only laughed. Piper was behind him, winded from the run, and looking around suspiciously.
Piper seemed startled out of her trance, and looked over and smiled at Jason.
"I'm fine," she started, "Just a little run down, if you get what I mean."
Percy and Leo high-fived and Jason groaned.
"Alright, let's just get back to the pegasi, alright?"
"Alright, but I need to get something."
Jason looked at her quizzically. Something seemed off. Piper must have sensed his concern, because she gave him a dazzling smile.
"I'll be quick. You guys should just go ahead first."
Jason wanted to object, but her words convinced him that they should just go ahead. Piper could take care of herself after all. The other boys seemed to agree too. He kissed Piper, then they all headed out of the alley and down the street.
I heard the guys leave, and footsteps coming closer. I cursed internally. My crack in the wall wasn't exactly the best hiding place, but you'd think life could cut me some slack. I felt someone stop right outside my hiding spot. It was Pipes. It had to be.
"Whoever you are, come out. I know you're there." She called.
I reluctantly squeezed out of the crack and faced her. I blanked my face, and looked her in the eye. Pipes was eyeing me warily, and I was actually pretty intimidated. After studying me for a while, she seemed to relax a bit. I tried to find something to say as the silence stretched.
"So...uh...nice pun there."
Piper raised one of her eyebrows at me.
"Why did you follow us? Answer truthfully."
"Why do you have a dagger hanging from your belt?" I shot back, though it strangely took a lot of willpower to say that.
Pipes looked surprised, and I saw her hand creep to her belt.
"That's not a dagger." She snapped her fingers, and I felt a gust of cold air kind of come out from it. "You must be mistaken."
"It sure as hell looks like a blade to me."
Piper winced internally. She was pretty sure she had mastered this trick of the Mist. Hazel had taught her, and she was pretty sure that she did it right. Also, the fact that she had resisted Piper's charmspeak was surprising too. It took alot of willpower to do that.
"Who are you?" Piper asked warily.
"Why should I tell you? Who are you, Pipes? Walking around with a blade, what are you doing in my neighbourhood?"
_Crap. This must be a demigod or a mortal who can see through the mist. I should have realized earlier._ Piper knew she was pretty much screwed. The girl was eyeing her cautiously.
"Ok, look. I know this is a random question, but do you have a single parent?"
"Answer my questions first, Pipes."
Piper took a deep breath. Welp, here we go.
"I'm a daughter of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, half mortal half god. I carry around a weapon to protect myself from monsters that like to pop up and try to kill me. Now, answer my questions."
The girl looked skeptical, but she answered.
She scowled. "I'm an orphan whose parents died a long time ago. I live here, on my own. Now Beauty Queen, explain."
"First off, don't call me that."
"Secondly, I believe you're like me, a daughter of one of the Greek god or goddesses. I'm guessing you have ADHD and you're a problem kid, right?"
"I call bullshit on the gods thing, but carry on."
"Being able to see my dagger means you can see through the Mist, this magical veil that makes sure mortals don't see all the crazy ass shit that we can see."
"I'm pretty sure that I would have noticed monsters walking around though."
"The mist can fool demigods too. Are you sure you've never seen anything...weird?"
"You'd think the blank stare and confused looks would answer that question, but nope."
"Do I sense mockery?"
Stalker girl put a hand to her forehead and started talking in a falsetto voice. "Oh,no, I would never- I would never ever- OH SHIT A MONSTER!!"
Piper turned around, alarmed, dagger drawn, and smacked the annoying girl doubled over in laughter.
"Haha. Very funny."
"You hit way harder than you should be able to."
Piper sighed. "Now, follow me. We're going to Camp."
"Oh alright. I know exactly what you're talking about."
"I swear if I have to put up you and Leo's bullshit the whole time back I'm throwing you two off."
"Pulled by flying horses, no less?"
Piper feigned shock. "Oh my, you read my mind."
"I think we'll get along well, Pipes."
"Sparky called you Pipes."
"He's my boyfriend."
Stalker girl smirked. Piper had to stop calling her that. It was rude and made her feel slightly guilty.
"Also, what do I call you?"
"What does that stand for?"
Saph smiled mysteriously. "Not saying."
"Alright. Let's head off to find the guys, alright?"
"Let's go look for Aquaman."
"Percy. And Jason."
"Riiight. So which one is Glasses Blonde?"
Piper sighed. Saph needed a fill up on the stuff that had happened. Piper didn't trust people that easily, but she sensed that this girl could be trusted.
Saph patted Piper's head. "Come on. Let's get outta here. I'll lead the way."
Piper opened her mouth to protest, but Saph put a finger to her mouth and tutted. "This is where I live, man. I know my way better."
"...I don't actually have a choice, do I?"
Saph shook her head cheerfully. "Nope! But you do have to tell me some stories. Also, do you want gum?"
"So, right, they decided it would be great idea to tie each other to a chair using their belts. I mean, it could be worse, but in truth noting really happened. Except, you know, they rubbed hand sanitizer on the victim's -sorry I meant good friend that was tied to the chair's- face."
Piper shook her head. This girl could talk. They were walking through a quiet street, all the restaurants were empty, most people "fasting", which meant they couldn't eat from morning to night. Percy would have preferred to jump into Tartarus. Actually, scrap that reference. Not funny. She chewed thoughtfully on her gum as Saph recounted all the idiotic stuff her friends had done. Soon, they came to a dilapidated park. It was pretty dirty, and there were puddles on the ground in some places. There was graffiti on slide, and the swing looked sad and rusty. Piper was about to sit, but Saph pushed her off. Piper was annoyed, until she saw the rusty chain that looked ready to snap.
"No problem man. Anyways, where's our ride?"
Piper frowned. "They should be here."
Saph tilted her head. "I could go look around."
Piper wanted to protest, but it probably wouldn't do much good against this girl. Saph was looking at her with puppy dog eyes.
"Let's go. No buts, I'm coming along."
"Right. Let's go!!"
Piper linked arms with her.
Saph leaned in close, right next to Piper's ears. "Just like a young lesbian couple~"
Piper shot back, eyes wide, a howling Saph laughing like she had just witnessed the best joke she ever made. In which she probably did.
"Oh my God, dude, your face was hilarious!! Man, if I had taken out my phone...jeez, I'm sorry, and even if I did snap a pic, I literally don't have social media besides Whatsapp."
Piper didn't respond, her eyes fixed intently behind Saph.
Saph begun to get a bad feeling, and she spun around, a feeling of dread settling over her.
She was face-to-chest with a gigantic dragon with no wings.