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Apparently I have amnesia. The circumstances are so bizzare, I'll continue wondering if this is all some demented trick, but to my amazement, this whole other-world amnesia story makes the most sense out of any other explanation, so it's probably right. After being away for a while, it's time to return to the hut. The hut that I apparently share with my arch-enemy, a.k.a. roommate, Percy Jackson. When I get there, I knock at the door.

"Percy? It's Luke. I'm better now. I won't go after you, honest. That is, if you trust me at all..."

I'm braced in case the kid goes at me, but I'm guessing he won't. I adjust the ice pack on my head slightly as I wait for him to open the door.

Date: 2012-07-15 09:47 am (UTC)
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I stood up as Luke knocked on the door, then hesitated a moment. Most of me knew that he wouldn't try to kill me again. However angry and obsessed he'd been that morning, I'd seen the reality of the Island shaking sense into him. Thalia had talked to him, Valkyrie had shaken him and, most importantly, Aphrodite had gotten through to him.

Had she ever. Thinking back on that, I wonder if she could have gotten through to him back home.

So, on the conscious level, I trusted him. But I also knew that the past couple of years was missing from his mind. It was like a wound that was fresh, sparking, dangerous. But, after a moment's thought, I came to the door. I trusted him. But I also made sure I had a sword in hand, carried in an 'at ease' position, but still in hand. I suspected he'd respect that more than if I came to the door empty handed.

I opened the door and stepped back. "Hey, Luke. Come in."

Date: 2012-07-16 02:49 am (UTC)
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I nodded. I motioned to the couch and set my sword aside by the door. Now that Luke was ready to listen, I guessed it was time to tell him what he needed to know. I sat down on the arm of the couch. I paused a long moment, thinking about what I should say. Then I launched in.

"I came to this Island just over three years ago," I said. "I walked right out of the sea and wondered where my ability to breathe underwater had gone. Back home, we'd just beaten Kronos' forces back from the opening to the Labyrinth. I tried everything I could to get back home, but it was nothing doing. And so I waited." I shook my head. "It was just like those weeks I spent with Calysto, but this wasn't some paradise or anything. Everybody here was a prisoner, from a whole bunch of different worlds, some of them Earth, but different versions of Earth. For months, I was the only one from Camp Half Blood, and gods, it was lonely."

"Mrs. O'Leary arrived first," I went on. "And then Annabeth, then Thalia. Both of them from the final battle -- in Thalia's case, from just outside the throne room of Mount Olympus. Neither of them knew that I'd gone missing; I was in at the last, they told me. Which didn't make me feel all that better; sure, maybe I hadn't abandoned my friends back home, but I was here a whole year, now, cooling my heels, and for what? My sixteenth birthday passed, and nothing happened. I kind of flipped out and attacked the jukebox because it wouldn't stop playing 'happy birthday'."

I looked over at Luke. "And then you arrived. And we almost came to blows right there. But the Island just played with you the way it played with me, Annabeth and Thalia -- sending us reminders of home, but mostly just forcing us to sit here and wonder what it was all for. And in that relative peace and quiet, we called a truce. It didn't seem to make sense being at war with each other anymore. We weren't friends at that point. You made good friends, but we weren't friends. We were both sure, and for good reason, that when when we disappeared from this Island and returned to our timelines the moment we left them, we'd just resume our war, battle it out in New York City, and see Kronos take Mount Olympus and defeat the gods."

"But then the Island pulled the ultimate mind game," I said. "It gave us a window on the future -- a memoir I was narrating in my own voice, describing the Battle at Olympus. You fought against Kronos' control. Annabeth told me to give you the knife. Said I couldn't kill you -- Kronos would just assert himself and end everything -- but that you could. And so I made the decision that saved the gods. I handed you the knife."

"When the Island told us all this, and it was a pretty public announcement, well, it just blew everything open," I said. "But I knew then the real reason the Island had brought us here -- maybe not the official reason, or any reason the Island itself knows, but still, a good reason. On that day, I knew that when Annabeth, Thalia or I disappeared from this Island, we'd pass through the Battle of New York, and get a normal life. You wouldn't. You'd get a hero's death. Which, while nice, isn't nearly as nice as a normal life. Here, though, the longer you're here, the more of a normal life you'd lead. And I made a promise that I'd help you lead that life. That's when we became friends. We melted Backbiter and Riptide at the forge. We ended the war, here."

Date: 2012-07-16 03:00 am (UTC)
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"Well, we've been through a lot," I said, evenly. "This Island may not be Othrys or Olympus, but it kept us busy."

Date: 2012-07-16 03:09 am (UTC)
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I laughed a little. "Well, that's good," I said. "Because as strange as the world we came from, Luke, this Island can do some crazy, crazy stuff to us. This... was one of the craziest."

Date: 2012-07-16 03:33 am (UTC)
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I tilted my head and shrugged. "Well, it was just ancient history replaying, thanks to the Island. Not your fault."

Though, truth to tell, I was getting an idea on how I could extract some revenge, but that could wait until after Luke got his memories back.

"I will say, thank goodness for Aphrodite."

Date: 2012-07-17 02:56 am (UTC)
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"I think so," I said. "I mean, our first meeting on the Island wasn't much better. The only difference then was that Thalia and I were both there, and armed."

Date: 2012-07-18 04:17 am (UTC)
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"Probably," I said. It was true: I had valued Luke's friendship back before he betrayed me. And our time on the Island had told me that it had been mostly true. "This place challenges you, tries to shake you up, but it also gives you time to think, and it makes you value what's important." I nodded at him. His friendship was, indeed, important.

Date: 2012-07-19 03:04 pm (UTC)
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"I know it's a lot to take in," I said, "But you are among friends here. And hopefully this bout of amnesia will go away soon."

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