Everyone: I decided to post another chapter. Ash, sorry if you posted another chapter before this one goes through. This will not be the best chapter I've written, but it's all I've got. Warning: there are minor HOH spoilers, btw. Okay, here you go.
Chapter 6- The Message
I strode into the makeshift Senate hall at Camp Jupiter's temporary headquarters, my crimson Senator's cloak guaranteeing me access to the meeting.
"Where's Reyna?" I demanded. Octavian smiled smugly.
"Reyna has gone for a visit to see the outlaws in Greece. I doubt she'll be back soon. So I'm in charge for a while. Hand over the treaty." I slapped the scroll into his hand and stood back while he read over it.
"Treaty denied," he said instantly, throwing it in the trash can. I fished it out, scowling.
"If Reyna were here, she'd be on my side. This is the only way to make peace between us and the Greeks."
"Exactly," Octavian nodded. "And that's why your treaty has been denied. Don't bring it up again, or I'll have you thrown from the Chrysler Building." I was so angry that tears sprang into my eyes as I stormed toward the barracks. I had been through a lot of bad things in my life. I'd been separated from my family, had most of my memories wiped, and spent nearly 15 years knowing nothing about my past. But this was a new personal low. I was so physically and mentally exhausted that I collapsed straight into my bunk. My last thought before drifting off to sleep was: I wonder what would have happened if Mercury never took me away.
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Sleep meant dreams. This time, they were particularly bad. I could see Nico di Angelo and Jason Grace fighting an invisible enemy. Nico looked terrified. I tried to call to him, but just then, the dream changed. Now I saw a battle, at where I assumed was Camp Half-Blood. The Greeks and Romans were fighting mercilessly. I had to find Ashley. I had to stop the war. "Stop!" I screamed so loudly that I woke myself up. I was immediately embarrassed. Luckily, no one was around. I sat up and realized that there was a piece of paper folded tightly into my hand. I unfolded it to read:
There is so much to tell you, so much more than I can fit into this note. But first and foremost: you can't tell anyone about your family. It's not safe. Sharing your past would only endanger Ashley and yourself. After the war, maybe you'll have a chance to be with Ashley and your mother again.
I should also tell you: I'm sorry. I could have visited you sooner, but I thought I was protecting you. It was a mistake.
Remember my warning, Gwendolyn. I'd tell you to stay safe, but we both know it's not possible. But do your best.
I leaned back against the wall, staring at the note.
"Well," I said softly. "This changes everything."