So, I know I really haven't updated in ages. But, honestly, it is kind of a downer when you look at some stories, and they have eleven chapters, and a hundred-some reviews, more Alerts, Favs and such. When some people get 30 reviews a chapter or more, and I get seven.
So, If you are actually reading this, would you please give me a shout out? Just a Story Alert, a Review, that's all I'm asking for. If you would like me to continue this, tell me. I'm not sure that I can do this much longer. I have a bunch of other ideas for FanFics, and if I stop this story, I'll feel less pressure on this and be able to write something else.
Twelfth order of thought: Ella the harpy
Ella is a harpy with dark red feathers. She has been alive since before the fall of Rome. And one other slightly important detail: she memorizes every word she reads. She has read the great book of prophecies, the one that burned in the fire of the great library. And so, she is the only one who knows several prophecies pertaining to the quest and the fight against Gaea.
"Wisdom's daughter walks alone,
The Mark of Athena burns through Rome—burned. That page is burned."
This shows how accurately she remembers things. To one such as Octavian, Pheneus, or Gaea, Ella would be a powerful asset. What will she do, now that the Greeks have arrived at Camp Jupiter? Will she follow? Stay, only to arrive at the most opportune moment? Go with Tyson on some side journey? She must be kept safe, that is a definite. But as Hazel pointed out, they can't just lock her up like a musty old book with powerful information(he he, like the Book of Overcoming Apophis), they need to treat her like a real creature with a soul. Actually, I don't know if harpies have souls, do you?
By personal opinion, I cannot fully back it up, but my opinion is that she and Tyson will shadow travel to Rome to begin searching for Nico. Or rather, they will travel to Rome to look for more information, then Mrs. O'Leary takes them on a search for Nico. I would not think that she would ever go on the Argo II with the Seven(or rather, the Six plus Annabeth). She wouldn't go on the airplane from Frank's grandmother's, so why would she want to go on a boat/plane? I don't think she would follow them by air either. Unless Tyson went with them on the boat and Ella followed, and wiped out in a gale onto the deck and they had to make a pit stop, at which monsters attacked them trying to kidnap Ella. But, probably not. The other, more likely than the last idea, possibility is that she will remain at Camp Jupiter, until Octavian finds out about what she's read, then Reyna will have to sneak her out of camp quietly. But it might cost Reyna the praetorship, Octavian will try to exploit it as her giving away a valuable asset to the Greeks, she might be imprisoned, exiled, or something else. To be honest, that just came into my head as I started typing. What do you think on this matter of Ella, what she will do, and how she will help? Will she die in the process? Will she write out all the prophecies in her head into a new Cyballine book? How will Tylla progress(made up that couple name just now! Aw so cute!)? Review!
Thirteenth order of thought: Who is HoO's Atalanta?
I may be a bit old-fashioned, but I absolutely love Edith Hamilton. She is the one who wrote the book Mythology, that is used to teach high-school Greek history/mythology. The author's notes are amazingly hilarious. "Apollodorus may be long-winded, but he is never absurd". Ha. Anyway, I am reading it cover-to-cover, and when I read the tale of a certain young huntress' life, I noticed immediately that it contained many of the specialized features of the Heroes of Olympus.
Atalanta's life in a nutshell: born a princess of someplace-or-other, her father was disappointed(thoroughly) that she was not male, left her on a mountain, she was found by a she-bear, when older, she was found by some hunters, whom she quickly surpassed in all aspects of the hunt. [birth and childhood] She wandered, hunting and adventuring on the way, until she found the Calydonian boar hunt, she went on the hunt, made the first shot at the large boar(I do believe we have seen this boar in the PJO series), even when the men cowered at the sight, though the man who loved her was credited for the kill because after she shot some swift arrows he slashed its throat, he made sure that she was given the hide of the thing. [the boar hunt] Afterwords, she continued traveling, and nearly went on the Argo with Jason, however, he probably convinced her to stay. Atalanta did compete in the funeral games of Jason's father, bested Achilles' father at wrestling, it was here that she learned of her noble status, and went to join the court of her father. Then came the part she is famous for. Her father wanted desperately, now that he had his daughter back, for her to marry, so she declared that she would marry any man who would beat her in a foot-race, knowing full well that there was no such man alive. However, as always with such women, Aphrodite was intent on her finding love, and so devised to give one prospective man that the goddess favored three golden apples, which no mortal could see and not want. I think we must all know the rest of this story. Guy gets girl, etc.
Why this is relevant:
You see, in the Calydonian boar hunt, the man who loved her was Frank Zhang, or rather, Frank Zhang is him. When he was a babe, the Fates appeared to his mother, and said "We have come to grant thy babe a gift" or something like that, and laid a piece of wood on the hearth, told her that his life would end when that branch was fully consumed. She hid it in a chest. The man who loved Atalanta, after she left the Hunt, did something that angered his brother and somehow, someone ended up dead, then the mother burnt the wooden brand, and he dropped dead, then the mom hung herself out of grief a what she'd done. Meleager was his name(ha. I looked it up). So, he ended up dying without his love ever being fulfilled. And one other very, very interesting thing, that I have not yet found in the rest of the book. I'll have to look it up in the index, but here is something that I think we all want to know:
"The two[Atalanta and her husband who beat her in the foot race] are said to have been turned into lions because of some affront offered either to Zeus or to Aphrodite. But before that Atalanta had borne a son, Parthenopaeus, who was one of the Seven against Thebes."
Okay, I have to do at least one chapter after this, just to report on if I found anything on this Seven against Thebes. So, until then, see ya! or... PM ya... or whatever