alcyoneus

Hazel Levesque Appreciation Post

(okay so I accidentally deleted this so reposting it whoops)

because this sweet angel needs more appreciation

  • she raised Alcyoneus with her powers at like the age of 12 or 13????
  • and then she proceeds to stop raising him, so she caUSES AN ERUPTION THAT BLOWS UP AN EFFING ISLAND??
  • an  I S L A N D
  • then might i remind you that she knew that she’d be risking her own life + she’d get an angry primordial after her
  • Hazel saves the world b4 Percy Jackson (pass the dam message)
  • she gives up Elysium, ETERNAL PEACE AND HAPPINESS to save her mother – who basically used her as a money making machine – from ETERNAL DAMNATION (which she should deserve)
  • she survives the hellish roman wolf training thing with a bunch of wolves which might I add is fucking TERRIFYING because you are being trained by WOLVES who will E A T you if they decide that you’d be a lousy soldier
  • and then she somehow travels all the way to Camp Jupiter from Wolf House. This itself should be some major accomplishment
    • and she is a big 3 kid aware of her powers and stuff how many monsters do you think she had to fight to get there????
  • Hazel tames ARION who is said to be tamed by the STRONGEST FEMALE WARRIOR
    • and friendly reminder that the Amazons are savage female warriors that worship Ares ( the god of war ), Bellona ( goddess of war ) and Athena ( goddess of war strategy)
      • DO YOU SEE THE PATTERN??
  • In Alaska, Hazel defeats the giant that she almost raised a few decades back ( with the help of the amazing panda bear Zhang ) 
  • Now this is a theory which is totally possible bec i have hard evidence with me, So remember that time she picked up a bunch of battle gear from the water in SoN?? And that time she stole Narcissus’ shield from him with her powers in MoA?? 
    • Now imagine her doing that but to people actually fighting her like she can pull out swords from the enemies hands 
    • IMAGINE
  • SHE STANDS UP TO A LITERAL GODDESS BY SAYING THAT SHE’LL MAKE HER OWN PATH
  • She uses Scirion’s own trick against him with the help of the mist, and it was the FIRST TIME SHE EVER USED THE MIST 
  • She beats Pasiphaë WITH THE MIST, and might i remind you that Pasiphaë is supposed to be AMA-ZHANG at using the mist??
    • bitch you thought

okay there that’s it, I probably missed something but that’s okay because it’s sort of 2 in the morning and i have homework bye

Hazel Levesque

Friendly reminder that Hazel Levesque is a black roman demigod girl. That she’s a daughter of Pluto. That born in New Orleans on 1928. That by a wish of her ambitious mother, she had a curse that she attract precious cursed jewels. That she had no friends on her childhood except by Sammy Valdez, that she never saw again after her birthday. That she was forced by her mom to move to Alaska. That her mother was seen as a witch by the whole community. That her mother was influenced by Gaea. That Hazel was forced by Gaea to raise her oldest Gigantes son, Alcyoneus, what she almost did. That her mother offered herself as a sacrifice to save Hazel. That Hazel by herself destroyed an island and delay the Giants rise. That Hazel and Marie Levesque died. That Hazel gave up of her chance of go to Elysium to her mother would not have to go to the Fields of Punishment. That Hazel Levesque was just 13 when she died. That Hazel Levesque is amazing and need more appreciation!

Heroes

I’ve seen a lot of posts about how Percy and the rest of the Seven would suffer from PTSD after everything they’ve been through. Fighting monsters and Titans. Giants and even Gaia herself. 


That the battles and the wars for the fate of humanity would have put such stress on them that they would react violently to sudden noises and go days without sleep. And that makes sense. Except for one thing.

They are heroes.

I don’t mean a technical classification based on parentage; synonymous with demigod. I mean they are true heroes.

•As a baby, Percy choked a snake that had snuck into his crib.

•At two years old, Jason was trained and tested by Lupa, and found worthy.

•At the age of seven, Annabeth walked alone into a cyclops den to save her friends.

•Leo fought Gaia alone to save his mother when he was eight.

•Hazel was thirteen when she pulled the cavern down on her and her mother, all to stop Gaia and Alcyoneus.

Piper and Frank had relatively normal childhoods but that doesn’t mean they didn’t give everything they had and more to defeat the Giants.

They all had courage and honour beyond limitation. They were self-sacrificing, brave, and always did the right thing. Of course they would’ve preferred a nice, quiet, monster free life.

But if they were given a choice, between doing nothing and having someone else fight, or risking their own lives on the front line…all seven would have volunteered without a moments hesitation.

They were born for this. They live for this. Of course they would have nightmares. And it would take time for them all to move on from the war. But they would heal. They would become stronger.

And if, whilst in the College of New Rome, the alarm went up and there was a squadron of monsters attacking the border. Percy would smirk and pull out his pen. Annabeth would shake her head and reach for her sword. They’d position themselves next to Frank and Hazel. Because that’s where they belong. Standing side by side, between evil and the rest of the world.

Demigod Michael AU

Masterlist!



To say Michael had a major crush on you was an understatement. He couldn’t get over how your eyes turned golden in the sunlight, your frame over the guitar as you sat on the steps of your cabin, yet how you could still kick-ass and shoot an arrow through any guy’s balls who disrespect you. And your voice. He thanked his lucky stars every morning his cabin was just across from your own, waking up to that sweet melody escaping from your mouth.

But to say Michael was treated differently at camp was an understatement. Being the Son of Hades, once he had been claimed, it was like he now had a warning sign flashing above his head. No one would go near him out of plain fear of his father, his coloured hair as a sign of rebellion, the dark clothes and rock bands that were on his t-shirts. As well as the close relationship he had with his brother Nico and Mrs O'Leary, Camp Half-Bloods very own Hellhound. And there’s the whole rising of the dead thing and the fact that his sword has grains from Alcyoneus(his fathers opposing Titan) which means a single slice and you’ll be embedded with poison. That just made Mike’s popularity go through the roof.

Then again, to say you two were best friends was a complete understatement. If you told someone the daughter of the sun god and son of the ruler of the underworld, basically the children of light and dark were best friends, you’d think them crazy. But surprisingly, although you were accepted more that Michael within the community, everyone knew that you were marked for disaster, being the only daughter of Apollo to come to camp in the last 15 years. Yet once he was claimed and straight away outcast, you attempted to befriend him. Everyone though you were crazy the day you went to sit at his table but the moment you began talking about music, video games and opinions you and him soon relaxed. You were also in his cabin most of the time, much to the dismay of your brothers.

“So what is it you want?”
“Just like, a few spots of blue.”
“Right. Okay. One exploded blue paintball on hair coming up.” You told him, grabbing his hair and beginning to put the blue dye on it.
“You really should get someone in Aphrodite to do this. It’s not exactly my forte.”
“Well you could’ve told me that before you began to put the hair dye in.“
“Sorry.” You told him as he smiled.
“Remind me why you dye your hair again?” Nico said from his bed, looking up from the book he was reading.
“Cause he’s punk rock.” You mock Mike at Nico.
“I am so punk rock.”
“Oh yeah? Is your hair falling off from bleaching it so much punk rock?”
“We agreed not to tell anyone about that.”
“Other than Sarah. That’s how we got that cream.”
“No wonder Aphrodite’s always have a perfect stubble.”
“Imagine if one of them accidentally put too much on one night and woke up with a Gandalf beard.” You said, imagining the horror on their face when they look in the mirror.

“Ah-ha!” The door burst open to see the 3 of your brothers standing there.
“Ah-ha what?” You asked them in your stained white shirt as you carried on putting the dye in Michaels hair. They all sighed, slumping as they went out the door.
“Nothing.” One of the triplets called back as I laughed at them.
“Why do they keep trying to catch you out?” Nico asks, a little amused.
“Because they think that something’s going on with me and Michael so they always run over to check what we’re doing.” You told Nico.
“It’s just big brothers mode kicking in.” You explained.
“But why would they think anything else? You two have been best friends since you came to camp when you were like 10.”
“Yeah, but they get a bit worried that something else is happening or will happen and we’ll end up canoodling in here.” You heard Michael chuckle.
“Why don’t you just say having sex instead of canoodling?” He chuckled when all of a sudden a body swung down, hanging from the porch roof.

“I heard the word sex.” Your brother said and you couldn’t help but laugh at him, his sandy locks draping downwards and glasses falling off the bridge of his nose.
“Ash, it’s nothing.” You giggled at expression, reminding you of something like a monkey hanging off a tree branch by its tail.
“But…but I… But your my baby sister.” He made the excuse.
“I’m only a few years younger than you.” You told him, pushing back his glasses. He went back up to the roof and jumped down.
“But you know the deal…”
“No sex until I’m 30,” you both said.
“Yeah, yeah.” You ruffled his hair, walking back into the cabin.
“Because when we live in a world full of monsters and infinite Titans, teenage pregnancy is the thing to worry about.” You told him as he stood by the door. He just rolled his eyes at you.

“Are you not actually gonna come inside?” Youasked. He just shook his head.
“This place gives me the creeps.”
“This place is our cabin, thank you very much.” Nico told him.
“So, I don’t mean to be rude but why are you here?” You asked him, putting the final bits of dye on Michaels white hair.
“I need you to take the archery shift while I sort some things out. It’s with Demeter’s.” He said.
“Okay, I’ll do it.” You confirmed, wiping your hands.
“What things do you need to sort out?” I asked.
“I dunno. Some Aphrodite thing, one of the girls is wearing a paper bag over her head and that’s all I know.” He sighed.
“Nice. Have fun with that.” You told him sarcastically. He rolled his eyes again at you before he walked off.

“There you go baldie.” You told him, taking off the oversized men’s dress shirt to reveal your camp shirt on underneath.
“I’ve gotta go but I’ll see you guys at lunch, yeah?” You began walking out.
“THANK YOU Y/N! I LOVE YOU!” You heard a childish voice boom when you were out the cabin.
“LOVE YOU TOO YA DORK!” You replied, smirking as you bounced up to the archery pitch.


“Set! Aim! Fire!” You yelled, watching as the Demeter Cabin caused arrows to fly in every direction.
“Paul, Danielle, James, Lily, Wendy and Jake, carry on. Everyone else, I’m gonna come give you a little bit of help!” You told the group. After helping a few seven year olds, you were greeted by a cheerful:
“Hey Y/N!” You smiled.
“Hey David, how are ya?” You asked.
“I’m doin’ okay, how ‘bout you?” I asked.
“It might come as a bit of a shock, I’m better with a sword than I am with an arrow.” He admitted. You gasped.
“I don’t believe it.” You said sarcastically.
“Well, let’s see if we can change that.” You told him.
“Show me your stance.” You ordered as he placed himself in a dodgy position.

“No. First of all, front arm out straight, clutching the bow.” You moved his arm out.
“Secondly, straight back and feet apart.” You corrected him.
“Thirdly, face the side.” You grabbed his waist, turning his body around.
“Now follow my instructions.” You informed him.
“Take an arrow and notch it in the bow. Good. Now turn your head to face your target.” When he looked back down at you for the next instruction you pushed his cheek, making him face the target again with a small smile on his lips.
“Good. Now pulled it all the way back.” You said, as he took the string back.
“Aim.” You told him, going around to the other side to watching him.
“If you have two eyes open it’ll be more accurate. Ya know. Double vision and that.” You lean up to whisper in his ear as he opens his other eye.
“And when you’re ready, fire.” You told him. It went flying into the 3rd inner circle.

“Good job! Just practise your aim now Dan.” You patted him on the back, walking over to the next person.
“Thank you Y/N!”
“You’re welcome!” You said back with a smile on your face. To you, it was just friendly, there was nothing weird about it, you have known Daniel for almost your whole time at camp.

But to Michael, who was watching near by, it looked like a lot more than just that. And if there’s anything that set Michael’s temper off, it was jealousy.


You walked over to the Hades table around by Michael. As you sat down by him you ruffled his hair.
“Looks good. You should trust me more often.” You told him sitting across from Nico. Mike was still shoving food in his mouth.
“Weren’t you the one who told him not to trust you?” Nico asked confused.

Michael stayed silent.

“What’s wrong?” You asked. Again, no response.
“C'mon, what’s got you lookin’ like a sour puss?”
“No reason. Have fun with your boyfriend?” He growled. It was at that time you wished that the Apollo table wasn’t behind you.

“Boyfriend? Boyfriend?! Boyfriend!” Was repeated by your brothers, reminding you of the seagulls in Finding Nemo.
“What?” You scoffed.
“David.” He mentioned bitterly.

“You!” Your brother yelled at the boy who had just walked in. He dropped his bowl in shock at the sudden shout and was quickly grabbed by his ear and dragged in front of us.
“Is this the one your on about Michael?”
“Yes.”
“Oh Gods.” You breathed, head in hands.

“Now listen here flower baby–”
“Guys, he’s not my boyfriend.” You said through gritted teeth, embarrassed that everyone in the room(the whole of camp) was now staring at you.
“Let the guy be! You’re all being ridiculous.” You told them.

“And you!” You turned to Michael, now angry and frustrated.
“Where the hell did you get that idea from?!” You almost yelled at him, Michael taken aback by your tone.

“Di immortales! You help one person in an archery lesson and suddenly it’s like your married with 5 kids.” You stood up with your plate and stormed out, leaving Michael with a regretted face and wondering why he was so jealous of David.

It was his crush. That was the only explanation. You had known David as long as you’ve know Mike, so that probably would of added to it. But Michael thought it was something else. Then something dawned on him.

I mean, he knows he likes you but could it be possible… he loves you?

How Wikipedia describes The Heroes of Olympus characters:

Greeks

Perseus “Percy” Jackson: The powerful 17-year-old son of Poseidon (Roman form: Neptune), he is one of the Roman praetors. He is one of the most powerful living demigods, being the son of a “Big Three” god, along with Hazel, Nico, Thalia, and Jason. He is described as very handsome, with sea green eyes and black, messy hair. Percy was born on August 18. He has the power to control water and has perfect bearings at sea. He can breathe underwater and communicate with sea creatures and horses, including pegasi. He carries a sword called “Riptide” (Ancient Greek:[Anakulusmos] Ανακλυσμός). He fought the Titan Hyperion with the help of Grover and the Titan Kronos. He is the star of Camp Half Blood and was swapped with Jason Grace of Camp Jupiter by Hera (Roman form: Juno). He was the star of Camp Half Blood, and when he was swapped to Camp Jupiter, he was made the Praetor after his adventure of destroying the immortal giant Alcyoneus and bringing back Thanatos. He is a major part of the Second Great Prophecy. He is dating Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena.(Even though Athena doesn’t really approve) Annabeth Chase: A 17-year-old daughter of Athena (Roman form: Minerva), she is highly intelligent, wise, and always ready with a plan, a back-up plan and the back-up of the back-up plan. She was born on July 12. After the war against Kronos, the Olympians crowned her “Head Architect of Olympus,” as Percy destroyed Olympus in the process of saving it. Annabeth is known to be part of the Second Great Prophecy and, to this effect, leads the Argo II to Camp Jupiter. She is the girlfriend of Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon. Annabeth wants to bring peace by following the Mark of Athena and finding the stolen statue (Athena Parthenos), dedicated to her mother. She doesn’t completely trust Jason Grace at first, but eventually comes to common terms with him, as she is best friends with his sister Thalia. She is one of the smartest demigods, and is able to outwit Arachne in order to save the Athena Parthenos. When Annabeth was seven years old, she ran away from her home, only to face monsters and eventually meet Thalia and Luke, two demigods traveling to camp half-blood. The three bonded strongly, and Luke’s passing, along with Thalia being temporarily changed into an pine tree evergreen, affected her greatly. She had a crush on Luke Castellan for some time but now is with Percy.

Leo Valdez: A 15-year-old Greek demigod, he is the son of Hephaestus. He possesses the power over fire, a unique ability among the children of Hephaestus. He created the Argo II, using his skills with fire and machinery. He is part of the Second Great Prophecy and is a descendant of Sammy Valdez, Hazel’s old boyfriend. He has a crush on Calypso. He swore on the River Styx that he will come back to her. Leo has a special connection to Gaia, who appeared to him as a child, and caused his mother’s death. Many of the foes they face refer to him as “The Seventh Wheel” due to the fact he doesn’t seem to fit in with the others - a topic he is aware of. He appears carefree and wisecracking, but, is shown to be quite insecure about his place among the others.

Piper McLean: A 15-year-old Greek demigod, she is a daughter of Aphrodite. She can charmspeak (convince or persuade most people to do what she says). She carries a knife called Katropris, which used to belong to Helen of Troy, and shows her visions of the future. Although she is a tomboy, she is very beautiful and a knockout to boys, even though she tries to playdown her beauty. She is part of the Second Great Prophecy. She is dating Jason Grace, son of Jupiter, though she fears he may be taken from her by Reyna, his close Roman friend.

Nico di Angelo: A Greek demigod, he is the only known son of Hades and the younger brother of the late Bianca di Angelo. Although he was born in Venice, Italy, in 1927, he is physically and developmentally 14. He and his sister were brought to the United States as young children by their mother, the daughter of an Italian diplomat. He still speaks Italian fluently. His mother was killed by Zeus, who was attempting to kill Bianca and Nico before they turned 16 because of the Great Prophecy (later fulfilled by Percy and Luke Castellan). Bianca and Nico spent the next 70 years in the Lotus Hotel before Hades had Alecto took them out and put them in a military school in Bar Harbor, Maine, hoping to have them fulfill the Great Prophecy. Nico’s Roman half-sister is Hazel Levesque, a daughter of Hades’ Roman counterpart Pluto, and is from Camp Jupiter. He has the power of necromancy and is one of the most powerful demigods currently living. In The Titan’s Curse, he develops a grudge against Percy, thinking he purposely killed Bianca. Nico believes Percy was trying to kill him with some skeletons that followed him. In The Battle of the Labyrinth he learns to trust and not to hold grudges (the fatal flaw of most children of Hades) against people. He is the only demigod prior to the Heroes of Olympus series to have attended both Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter, and was the first Greek to know about Camp Jupiter in The Son of Neptune. Nico briefly visits Camp Jupiter in The Son of Neptune, but pretends to not know Percy. After his visit, he attempts to locate and close the Doors of Death. In the process, he is pulled into Tartarus and nearly dies, which allows Gaia’s forces to overwhelm him. He is briefly imprisoned in Epirus, before being transported to Rome by Ephialtes and Otis, who attempt to use him as bait for the other campers. They rescue him, and he later promises Percy to lead the others to Epirus in Greece, while Annabeth and Percy locate the entrance to the Doors of Death in Tartarus. In The House of Hades, he reveals that he, at one time, liked Percy Jackson.

Thalia Grace: Chronologically 24, but physically and psychologically 15, Thalia is Jason’s biological sister, but a daughter of Zeus rather than Jupiter. She was born on December 22. Thalia was almost killed when she was 12 after being revealed to be a child of one of the “Big Three” gods (Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades), and made a final stand against a group of hell hounds and the Three Furies on Half-Blood Hill to protect her companions, Annabeth Chase and Luke Castellan (who turned against the Gods in The Lightning Thief). Zeus takes pity upon his daughter and transforms her into a pine tree. After Luke poisons the tree in The Sea of Monsters, Annabeth, Percy, and Clarisse La Rue find and use the Golden Fleece to save the dying pine. The magic works too well, and Thalia is separated from the tree as a human, albeit slightly younger physically than her age would have been if she had aged normally. She later joins the Hunters of Artemis just before her birthday, becoming immortal while developmentally still 15, thereby making sure to escape the Great Prophecy.

Tyson: Tyson is a half-brother of Percy by virtue of their father being Poseidon. In The Son of Neptune, Tyson, along with Percy’s hell hound Mrs. O’ Leary, is revealed to be searching for Percy. It appears that Tyson is the most successful at tracking Percy down and is nearly at Camp Jupiter before Percy leaves for his quest. He continues to track Percy and his friends north, but is always too late to reach them. Shortly after the attack on the Zhang mansion, Percy contacts him via a dream, telling him to locate the harpy Ella and escort her back to Camp Jupiter. Tyson, Ella and Mrs. O’ Leary meet Percy just outside the camp, and it is implied that Tyson and Ella are in love with each other. Ella later chooses to follow Tyson rather than fly to safety, and Tyson aids the Romans in defeating the giant Polybotes’ forces.

Rachel Elizabeth Dare: Camp Half-Blood’s oracle. She can predict the future, but it is recommended not to touch her when she is having an episode. She has frizzy red hair and always has a blue plastic hairbrush in her front pocket. Jason dreams about her and Grover having a “talk” with Reyna and Octavian. Before she became the oracle, she had a relationship with Percy, but she couldn’t be married or have a boyfriend while being the oracle.
Grover Underwood: Percy’s best friend, who is a satyr. He and Percy have an empathy link, and they need to be careful or if one of them dies, both of them die. He has some skills in woodland magic and carries around a pair of pipes, just in case. He has curly brown hair and brown eye, and a furry hindquarters. His girlfriend is Juniper, who is a dryad, and cares for him very much.

Romans

Jason Grace: A 16-year-old Roman son of Jupiter, he was born on July 1 (the Kalends of July, a day sacred to Juno). He can fly, control winds and lightning, and create storms. He is a natural leader and was praetor before Hera took his memory and sent him to Camp Half-Blood. He carries a sword as a weapon (given to him by Juno) as his first weapon, Ilvis, was destroyed. He is part of the Prophecy of Seven. His sister is Thalia Grace, daughter of Zeus. He is dating Piper McLean and has confirmed in the series that he has no feelings for Reyna, although Piper is still dubious of it. He is portrayed as very handsome, with combed blond hair and electric-blue eyes, just like Thalia. He is a major character in the great prophecy.

Hazel Levesque: A Roman demigod, she is a daughter of Pluto and a voodoo priestess named Marie Levesque. Hazel has the ability to control precious metals and gems, has perfect bearings underground and can open new passages and tunnels underground. Lumps of precious metal and gemstones pop out of the ground around her, but bear a curse to whoever picks them up, and she tries to prevent people from doing so. She is African-American and was born on December 17, 1928. She is originally from New Orleans but, on her 13th birthday in 1941, she moved to Alaska, where she died with her mother a few months later in 1942 while standing up to the earth goddess Gaia. Nico di Angelo, her half brother, finds her in the Underworld 70 years later while looking for his dead sister, Bianca. Nico, feeling that Hazel needs a second chance, brings her back to life. She was 13 when she died and, when she returns, she is still 13 physically. Hazel is a part of the Prophecy of Seven. She is dating Frank Zhang, though Leo Valdez looks eerily like a boy named Sammy Valdez (Leo’s great-grandfather) whom she used to date in New Orleans during her first life. If she had not died, she would have married him.

Fai “Frank” Zhang: A 16-year-old Roman demigod with magical blood, he is a son of Mars and a descendant of Poseidon on his mother’s side. He is descended from Periclymenus, son of Poseidon and Prince of Pylos. He is a Canadian from Vancouver, but has a vast ancestry coming from China, Rome, and Greece. His family’s hometown is Li-Jien, or Legion. His last name, Zhang, means “master of bows.” He possesses the power to shapeshift, an ability inherited from his ancestor Periclymenus. He is a part of the Prophecy of Seven. He is dating Hazel Levesque, daughter of Pluto. He is jealous of Leo because he believes Leo likes her, and Hazel has feelings for him because he’s similar to Sammy. Frank’s last hope for life relies on a piece of firewood (the Fire of Life, as it is called by Thanatos in The Son of Neptune) that holds him between life and death which he gives to Hazel Levesque to keep safe for him. This piece of wood is similar to Meleager’s log.

Reyna Avila Ramirez-Arellano: A 16-year-old Roman demigod and daughter of the Roman goddess of war, Bellona. She is one of the Roman praetors of Camp Jupiter. Percy Jackson says that she is a fighter. Her older sister is Hylla, Queen of the Amazons. Both Hylla and Reyna meet Percy Jackson in The Sea of Monsters. At first, they hate him for their encounter at Circe’s island, but soon come to make amends. It is hinted that she dated Jason Grace, her first partner in praetorship, and has a crush on Percy Jackson, her previous partner in praetorship. She despises the camp’s augur, Octavian. She has two metal dogs, Argentum and Aurum (Silver and Gold), both of which can tell when a person is lying. She is Puerto Rican, from San Juan, and hates to use her full name or have it be used by others, as she considers it a reminder of a painful childhood she has left behind.

Octavian: Camp Jupiter’s auger. He is very snooty and was doing anything possible to be the next praetor before Percy came to the camp. Instead of actual animals, he slices up stuffed animals, and snatches Percy’s stuffed Panda bear, which Percy wasn’t happy about. He is described as pale and skinny, with stringy blonde hair. Reyna (along with anyone who meets him) absolutely hate him because of how rude and stuck-up he is.

With terrible certainty, Hazel knew what would happen next. The only thing Gaea needed was a willing sacrifice—a soul to be consumed for Alcyoneus to awaken. Her mother would step into the fissure and touch that horrible spire—and she would be absorbed.

“Hazel, go.” Her mother rose unsteadily. “She’ll let you live, but you must hurry.”

Hazel believed it. That was the most horrible thing. Gaea would honor the bargain and let Hazel live. Hazel would survive to see the end of the world, knowing that she’d caused it.

“No.” Hazel made her decision. “I won’t live. Not for that.”

She reached deep into her soul. She called on her father, the Lord of the Underworld, and summoned all the riches that lay in his vast realm. The cavern shook.
Around the spire of Alcyoneus, oil bubbled, then churned and erupted like a boiling cauldron.
Don’t be foolish, Gaea said, but Hazel detected concern in her tone, maybe even fear. You will destroy yourself for nothing! Your mother will still die!

Hazel almost wavered. She remembered her father’s promise: someday her curse would be washed away; a descendant of Neptune would bring her peace. He’d even said she might find a horse of her own. Maybe that strange stallion in the hills was meant for her. But none of that would happen if she died now. She’d never see Sammy again, or return to New Orleans. Her life would be thirteen short, bitter years with an unhappy ending.

She met her mother’s eyes. For once, her mother didn’t look sad or angry. Her eyes shone with pride.

“You were my gift, Hazel,” she said. “My most precious gift. I was foolish to think I needed anything else.”

She kissed Hazel’s forehead and held her close. Her warmth gave Hazel the courage to continue.

They would die, but not as sacrifices to Gaea. Instinctively Hazel knew that their final act would reject Gaea’s power. Their souls would go to the Underworld, and Alcyoneus would not rise—at least not yet.

Hazel summoned the last of her willpower. The air turned searing hot. The spire began to sink. Jewels and chunks of gold shot from the fissure with such force, they cracked the cavern walls and sent shrapnel flying, stinging Hazel’s skin through her jacket.

Stop this! Gaea demanded. You cannot prevent his rise. At best, you will delay him—a few decades. Half a century. Would you trade your lives for that?

Hazel gave her an answer.

The last night, the raven had said.

The fissure exploded. The roof crumbled. Hazel sank into her mother’s arms, into the darkness, as oil filled her lungs and the island collapsed into the bay.

Art: viria

Excerpt from, “The Son of Neptune”