Oh, by the way…
Yeah, you bet Romani.’ Percy bared his forearm and showed them the brand he’d got at Camp Jupiter- the SPQR mark, with the trident of Neptune. ‘You mix Greek and Roman, and you know what you get? You get BAM!’
He stomped his foot, and the empousai scrambled back. One fell off the boulder where she’d been perched.
Meg turned and gazed out the rear windshield, probably checking for any shiny blobs pursuing us. “At least we’re not being-
For the first time, Cupid’s gaze seemed sympathetic. “Oh, I wouldn’t say Love always makes you happy.” His voice sounded smaller, much more human. “Sometimes it makes you incredible sad. But at least you’ve faced it now. That’s the only way to conquer me.
A bee zipped overhead. Dozens more followed. They swarmed around a column, then hovered over the opening of the pit.
‘Say hi to Frank, everybody,’ Annabeth said.
Piper waved. The cloud of bees zipped away.
‘How does that even work?’ Percy said. ‘Like … one bee is a finger? Two bees are his eyes?
What? You run? Coward! Stand still and die!
Hermes gazed up at the stars. “My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it. It doesn’t matter if they hate you, or embarrass you, or simply don’t appreciate your genius for inventing the Internet-“
“You invented the Internet?”
It was my idea, Martha said.
Rats are delicious, George said.
“It was my idea!” Hermes said. “I mean the Internet, not the rats.
You’re cute when you’re worried,” she muttered. “Your eyebrows get all scrunched together.”
You are not going to die while I owe you a favor,” I said. “Why did you take that knife?”
You would’ve done the same for me.
I swallowed, hoping my voice still worked. “You’re- you’re even uglier than your son,
brownstone building overlooking the East River. A bunch of BMWs and