Talk about strange days. Today was one of my rare free days were no one gets sent to the infirmary, and with lava rock wall climbing & real sword practice, I rarely get free days, so I had decided to head into the city. Nico was training, so I went on my own. [O, By the way, on the contrary to what everyone thinks, me and Nico aren't together 24/7]
Anyway, I was wondering round some shops and spending the last of my money on sorely needed medical supplies for the infirmary when I heard this scraping sound. It sounded like metal being scraped against a file. Seeing as the mortals couldn't seem to hear it I figured it was going to be something that was trying to kill me. I put all the supplies in to my bottomless backpack. [Jason hadn't wanted the golden won so he had given it to me] I heard some on yell something that sounded like "Hi-Five". I sprinted down the street and turned the corner, and found a Manticore attacking a girl about my age or so.
"Shit". I pulled my invisible bow of my shoulder and pulled an arrow out of my quiver. Aimed. Fired. And hit it right in the eye. I glanced at the girl to check she was alright, and that was my mistake.
The Manticore used it's scorpion like tail and hit me square in the chest and sent me flying into a wall. The Manticore shot spikes from out of its tail. My vision was fussy, but I'm pretty shore there was a glowing circle around the girl and none of the spikes got past it.
"Tas" The girl yelled. Some rind of rope or ribbon started winding its way towards the manticore. My vision was slowly getting worse. The next thing I knew, the girl was running towards me and there was a gift-wrapped manticore on someone's doorstep. I stared at her as she came over. I looked back and forth between the girl and the manticore. She has to be a powerful demigod to be able to trap a manticore in present wrapping ribbon.
"Hi," the girl said. "Are you OK. You took a huge beating?"
I almost laughed. This was nothing compared to the Battle of Manhattan. I thought for a moment. What do I to a girl I've never met and just gift-wrapped a monster say?
"I'm fine, I've had worse. Who are you?"
She gave me a quizzical look but didn't ask.
"I'm Jaz," she said, still looking through her bag. "And you?"
"Will," I answered. I shifted so I was in a sitting position. "What did you do to the Manticore?"
"He is stuck in the seven ribbons of Hathor" Jaz replied. "There strong enough to hold gods so it should be able to keep the monster trapped." She finally found whatever she was looking for and pulled it out of the bag. "Here drink this it will make you feel better."
It was green like a vile of poison. And I'm pretty sure poison is not good for your health. "And this isn't going to poison me if I do right?"
She laughed. "No, it won't. It's a healing potion. I made it myself yesterday."
Ok so she can make Nectar. That's an Apollo trait. Then again she could be Hermes, with the Alchemy. Never the less I was still sceptical. "Right" I replied. I took a swig and to my surprise it tasted like apple juice, and I was already feeling better. Out of the corner of my eye I saw the giant present moving which reminded me we had to get rid of out horrible present. "We need to send it back to Tartarus. That way it won't bother us for a while."
"What's Tartarus?" She asked, confusion clearly on her face.
"It's where monsters are sent once we kill them eventually they come back but it takes a while."
''You mean the Duat?'' she asked. I stared at her for a minute. Why am I geting the same feeling I did when I first met a roman?
"I give up. You must be some kind of demigod to have beat the creature. And making nectar is mainly the Apollo cabin. So, you have to be a daughter of Apollo."
She was dumbfounded. "Sorry? I'm a magician for the House of Life in the 21st Nome. My patron god is Sekhmet. I'm a healer magician." I was so confused. "Who is your patron god or goddess?"
Now I'm pretty sure I looked dumbfounded. "I don't have a patron god. I'm a son of Apollo who is the god of Archery, Medicinal art and the Sun."
We were BOTH dumbfounded.
After a while, She helped me stand up, so we could deal with the monster. She tightened the bonds on the monster crushing it while I got ready to aim for the creature's heart. Once we dealt with it Jaz helped me to the park. On our way there we talked about each other's side of things. I learnt that there were also Egyptian gods. She wasn't to surprised to learn there was another set of gods. Frankly, neither was I. When you're a Demigod and you save the world from a Lady of the Mud, you have a god that's a called Nike, and monsters weirder looking then the Manticore. Not much can surprise you. We had been at the park talking for a while. When she surprised me out of the bluje with this question.
"Want to go get something to eat?" Jaz asked. I brightened up at the idea, then remembered I had spent my money on the medicinal supplies.
"I would love to, but I don't have any mortal money." I replied a little embarrassed.
"No sweet." She said. "I will pay. So, what are we going to get?"
"Thanks." I replied.
We decided to go to Subway. Both being healers we were into eating healthy. We continued talking about our world as we ate our subs, and drank our soft drinks. Eventually we finished, and we were just discussing what to do with this new information about the god's.
"For now." I said. "We should keep our world separate." I wasn't ready for another war just yet. "But how do we contact each other if there's an emergency?"
She considered that. "Can I wright something on your hand?"
I frowned. "Like your phone number?"
"Uh... well, not exactly." She took out a stylus and a vial of ink. I held out my palm. Jaz drew a hieroglyph there - the Blade of Sekhmet. As soon as the symbol was complete it flared gold, then vanished. "Just say my name" She told me, "and I'll hear you. I'll know where you are, and I'll come meet you. But it will only work once, so make it count."
I considered my empty palm. "So I'm trusting you that this isn't some type of magical tracking device."
"Yeah," I said. "And I'm trusting that when you call me, you won't be luring me into some sort of ambush." I stared at her. Those bright …. eyes really were kind of Intimidating.
"Fair enough," I answered. "See you when I see you, J-"
"Don't say my name!"
"Just teasing." I pointed at her and winked. "Stay strange my friend." Then I left.
An hour later, I returned to Camp Half-Blood. As soon as I stepped into the Infirmary all the other Apollo kids needed my help with healing the other camper's. I sighed. Looks like I had a long afternoon ahead of me.
As I was getting ready for bed, I looked out the window. I thought about what happened today, about another set of gods, and about the new friend I just made.
I wonder what Jaz is up to right now…
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