The watch didn't end up that bad. Jason hadn't killed us, which was a relief, but I was concerned about what Leo had said, about knowing how it feels like to be ignored by the person you love. He made it sound like he was being ignored by the person he loves, so when he finished the conversation, I didn't make any more questions; just waited for the sun to rise so I could wake everyone up. Of course I waited a while after the sunrise before waking them up because we were heading east, but when I gathered the seven of us in the main deck, I decided it was time to have a serious talk.
I don't know if you have noticed, but this isn't working I said. We're gonna kill ourselves before we get to Greece, so I think we need to... start over. Leave our personal problems aside and work as a team. I mean, we just got in the ship and began to go east, but we didn't even talk or got to know each other. Let's begin with something simple. Like, saying your name and godly parent.
I stared at Percy, right in front of me.
Ah... Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon he said awkwardly.
I looked at Jason, who was next to him. He upped his eyebrows at me.
Everyone here knows me.
Say it anyway.
Okay. Jason Grace, son of Jupiter.
After everyone introduced themselves, I continued.
Good I said. Now...
Hey, isn't McLean that actor that... Hazel began to say, but Piper cut her.
No, he isn't.
Jason and Leo almost looked at Piper, but tried to act normal, and I had the feeling she was lying. It didn't matter, though, if her father was a movie star of not, so I continued.
So I said , some of us have special gifts. It's important we know each other, so... Jason, you begin.
What am I supposed to say? he asked.
He looked at me like Seriously? I stared at him.
Fine he said coldly.
We were actually surprised with each other's powers after everyone spoke. Percy was the last to speak.
Well, I can control ships and water he said. And talk to horses and fishes, if that's even useful.
Hazel chuckled. I elbowed her.
And you have the curse of Achilles, right? Piper asked. I heard Annabeth commenting something like that with Chiron once. You dipped on River Styx, now your skin is untouchable. You're pretty much invisible, unless someone hits you in your weak spot.
Which I'm not gonna tell you where it is he said.
I saw with the corner of my eye Jason dropping his gaze to the small of Percy's back. Piper glanced at there, too, but looked forward right after. I pretended I hadn't seen it.
It's safer I said. Don't tell anyone. Oh well, now we're getting somewhere.
Are you done with this already? Jason asked.
No, I still need to talk about your behavior.
He rolled his eyes and sighed.
See? I said. You have to stop that!
He didn't look at me. He was probably still too hurt because of the bet.
None of us I said will do something like that again. I said I'm sorry, Jason. You were right. We need to be a team, so you have to at least look at me when I'm talking to you.
He turned his head to me reluctantly.
I know you're being asked too much I said. Percy I turned to him , you have to help as well.
I am helping Percy said.
Yeah, but it's not enough. I could feel one of them was going to yell at me. Look, you two are the only ones who can make this ship go faster. The rest of us can't help, even if we want, because there's nothing we can do. So yes, you're being asked too much and we're not being asked to do anything. I know it's not fair, but we need you two to concentrate. Please. Jason, you have to continue what you were doing; make the wind push us forward. And Percy, you can make the ocean obey you and push us forward as well. You have to do more than just controlling the ship.
There was silence for a moment.
Okay Percy said. I turned my head to Jason.
You said I couldn't run out myself he said.
No, you can't, indeed I said. But you've got to help.
He took a deep breath.
And stop making people fly away I added.
And stop yelling.
I got it! he interrupted me. Does anyone else have any complaining about me to do? I know I haven't been leading anything.
Oh yeah, I was getting to that point I said. You and Percy should have had this talk to us. You two need to lead us. I've been doing your job, but I won't anymore. This is your responsibility.
Percy nodded. Jason looked at me like he was going to lash out again and electrocute everyone, but his rough expression began to slowly melt until he had that normal expression of his.
Thank you he murmured.
We still need a plan Percy said. We can't just arrive there, look for the giants and try to kill them.
Can't we? Bobby asked.
Everyone stared at him.
What? That's a good plan for me.
We need to call our parents' attention Percy continued. Make them help us. Otherwise we're gonna get killed and the giants will live.
And potentially destroy the world Jason added.
And potentially destroy the world Percy agreed. So, ah... does anyone have a plan?
Didn't Annabeth say something about that? Piper asked.
Yes, she said we should visit Athens Acropolis, but it would only call Athena's attention, and we don't actually need her. There was a thunder above us. Just saying! he said to the sky. I know how to call my father's attention, I think.
And my father will definitely appear Bobby said.
Right Jason said. Now we just have to figure out how to call all the other gods' attention.
But we don't have time to try to call them separately I said. We need something that would convince them all to come down and fight.
No one could think of something. When I was about to say we shouldn't waste time trying to think and doing nothing else, a girl's figure appeared on a rainbow behind Percy and Jason. I think she was Jason's sister, Thalia. He never really talked about her, but he had mentioned her once or twice, and I think Lupa had mentioned her as well, but as it was a forbidden subject. I don't quite know how I recognized her from the little I had heard about her, but her eyes were exactly the same as Jason's, with that powerful expression that was naturally transmitted. She snapped her fingers.
You two! she said to Percy and Jason.
Everyone turned to her. She focused her gaze on Percy.
You really are dead when I find you, Seaweed Brain. Do you know how worried Annabeth was?
It's great to see you again, too, Thals Percy said smiling.
I frowned. It was definitely Jason's sister, but it was extremely strange the fact that Percy knew her. It was way too big a coincidence. Thalia rolled her eyes and turned her gaze to Jason.
And hello, little brother.
Jason opened a little smile. Thalia's lips compressed a bit, maybe noticing Jason wasn't in his bests moods, but she dropped it and turned to all of us. I sensed Leo tensing next to me. I looked at him with the corner of my eye and saw something in his eyes I had never seen which is not much, since I had been with him for three days only. Was it the same thing that had taken over his expression when he said he knew how it felt to be ignored by the person you love? No, definitely not. It was a bit... different. Still, the thought of that made me feel something burning inside of me. My eyes widened when I realized how I was reacting. No, Gwendolyn, stop that; you just can't get distracted.
Hey guys, you have a problem Thalia said to everyone. Annabeth was making some calculations and stuff...
They're important! I heard Annabeth's voice coming from somewhere in the other side of the connection. Thalia made a face like Whatever.
She was calculating some things and realized you have way less time than we thought you had.
What? Jason said.
She'd love to explain, but she and Grover are trying to make a bunch of monsters stay away from us while I'm talking to you.
Wait, aren't you with the Hunters? Jason asked.
And I thought Annabeth was at camp Percy said.
Grover needed some help with some monsters attacking the Amazon Forest, so Chiron sent Annabeth and me to help him. I brought three Hunters with me.
Wait, you're in Brazil? Piper asked.
Yes. Monsters are attacking all over the world. I sent some Hunters to France, Russia, Caribbean, Australia... Chiron is also trying to help, but it's really hard to send demigods on a trip to the other side of the world. Demigods from everywhere have been warned to keep an eye on everything, but, as always, it's not enough.
Ei, o que vocês estão fazendo? I heard someone yelling on the other side. Everyone frowned. Jason turned his head to Leo.
Do you know what they're saying?
Man, I speak a bit of Spanish Leo said. But Portuguese? He chuckled. Definitely not.
It's the second time today Thalia said. I have no idea of what they're saying either, but they're probably angry because they think we're killing animals. It's probably a researcher. Grover abhors them for some reason. She turned her back to us and yelled to someone. WE'RE TRYING TO HELP YOU, YOU IDIOT! STOP TRYING TO SHOOT US!
Can we get back to the point where we have less time left? Percy asked.
Oh, yeah, it's something like that Thalia tried to explain. You guys are heading east, which means the days are shorter.
Damn it I murmured. She brought her gaze to me.
You got it, right? I nodded. Good. Explain to them. I have to save the stupid researcher from that empousa. She frowned as someone was yelling something to her. Oh Percy, Grover and Annabeth said hi.
Percy opened his mouth to say something, but Thalia dissolved the rainbow's mist and disappeared. Slowly, everyone began to turn to me, expecting me to explain Annabeth's calculations. I took a deep, shaky breath before talking.
Did you guys understand the part where we're heading east, which makes the days shorter? I asked, and they nodded. The days are shorter. Fewer hours in a day. Same amount of days, but shorter ones. Piper's eyes lightened up. Shorter days! Less time to sail. Less time to get to Greece.