"Now. Are we going to get to this camp, or what?" She grinned at me. She made it seem fun, like an adventure. Not something I was being totally forced into. She picked up one of her suitcases and had her rucksack on one shoulder, and on another she had her other suitcase. She also carried the biggest and heaviest one of my suitcases. But that still left me with three to carry on my own. It's time to adapt. She saw me struggling with them, and she sighed at me. "Why did you have to pack as many clothes?" She asked, rolling an eye and raising an eyebrow.
"Um, I didn't pack! Ray did. I think he just packed everything we have!" I smiled, grateful nothing was left behind, but I'm probably going to have to go out shopping. I don't think I have 'God-suitable-clothes' in my wardrobe.
"Here." She mumbled, as she sorted me out. I dragged along one in each hand, and had both rucksacks and her small suitcase on my back. She then carried my huge suitcase on her back.
"You know, if we have powers, how come we can't use them to carry our bags to this camp?" I groaned, stumbling through the forest.
"I don't think they're there for that, Aqua. Anyway, I think we're here..." She stopped, and looked at a tree in amazement.
It was an unknown language to me, but as I stared, the words rearranged themselves, into English. Words, I could understand. "Beware, all those who do not have the Olympian blood." I read out loud. Styx frowned and concentrated really hard, and then she was able to read it.
"How could you read it first?" She exclaimed, looking at me.
"Maybe I'm just better than you!" I grinned and carried on walking. Suddenly, all the air went cold, and the little light we were relying on went out like a candle without air. "Hello?" I asked the forest. It seemed... alive somehow.
"Don't do that. It's not like they're going to come out and say, 'hey, do you want a sandwich?' no. they're not. So stop being that silly girl in the horror movie." She snapped at me. She only snaps when she's scared, worried, or tired. I think she's all three.
"Would you like a sandwich?" A boy stepped out of the shadows, making me squeal, and Styx to growl. She has never growled before. "Easy, tiger. Welcome to the camp. Can I help you with your bags?" He asked me cordially. I calmed my racing heartbeat and smiled at the stranger. Styx was harder to calm. "Come." He ordered, walking in the direction we were heading in. I walked a little faster so we were neck and neck, and I took this opportunity to study him. He looked as if he was in his late teens; eighteen or nineteen. His eyes and hair were brown, and he was thin and quite tall. He had a small, smiley face with quite a lot of laughing lines for someone so young. He wore a gray blazer with a plain white t-shirt and black jeans with a large belt. Cute butt too.
"What's your name?" I asked, breaking the silence of the dark forest. He smiled with one corner of his mouth and looked at me in the darkness, probably trying to study me. I wonder what he thought?
"Archer." He finally said, stopping and offering me his hand to shake. I smiled up at him and shook it warmly.
"Aqua, and this is my sister, Styx." I said, gesturing to the sulky girl behind me.
"Ah, yes! You're the pliri theos's!" He cried, smiling at us, but looking rather shocked as well. As soon as he said it in Greek, I heard it in my head a second later in English.
"Full God..." I said quietly. He smiled and nodded at me.
"Yes, well done. You're moving along nicely for someone who's just found out about their parents." He carried on walking and I took a few giant strides to keep up with him.
"So, who's your parent?" I asked, trying to place his accent in the database inside my brain.
"My mother is Artemis." He said softly, looking up at the stars, but then carried on walking. British. That was it, Archer had a very distinct British accent.
"Artemis... Goddess of the hunt right?" I asked, trying to remember the book that Ray gave me for my birthday a few years back. He grinned at me, and his whole face lit up with warmth.
"Yes, that's right. The hunt and the moon." We carried on walking at a brisk pace and I started to get tired.
"I thought Artemis was a virgin goddess?" Styx asked, finally she had something to say. He looked behind him but still walking at a fast pace.
"She was, until I was born. I'm her first child." He said shortly, obviously offended at her question, but I'm not sure why.
"We're here." He said quietly, and suddenly flames lit up on torches all around us. Boys, girls, and creatures I've never seen before stepped out of the shadows, and I had to silence a yelp. They formed a circle around us, and I searched desperately for Archer, but he was gone. The circle broke and a man stepped forwards. Not a man, no., it was a tall man, at least eight feet tall, and made completely out of bronze. The fire flickered and shone against his skin, making him look spectacularly amazing. I stared open mouthed, and he stood in front of Styx and I, everybody was unmoving and unblinking as this was happening. Suddenly, he knelt. He was down on one knee, head down. Everybody else followed the suit. They were all bowing to us.
Shygirl57 - I hope this story coincides with what she's told you. And what happened in your story? This was actually a game me and my sister made up back in 2010. The names and characters have changed, but the gist is the same.
Skyler Grace - Thank you! And I'll try! I didn't realize it was so short!!