20- Pan

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Percy's PoV:

Just as we entered the passageway, torches on the walls started to light one by one and the door closed behind our back. My eyes explored the passageway and then a word came into my mind. Labyrinth. I looked at Rachel.

"You're a mortal right?" I scrunched up my eyebrows as it came to me. How could a mortal see monsters and my sword...

"You could say that. You're going to ask me how I saw the true form of those monsters and your sword? I can just see. Unlike other people... Most of the time, they think I'm crazy."

"So you can see through the Mist..." Then an idea came to me. "What can you say about this passageway?" I pointed to the end. A story about Theseus and Ariadne's string began to resurface from the back of my mind.

"It's just a corridor. It's better to go forward than just stay in place." I got out Riptide.

"Okay. So let's go." We began moving and soon, the passageway split into three. I couldn't decide which one to choose so I looked at Rachel. "Any idea?"

"That one." She pointed at the right passageway. We started moving that way and saw that the walls were made out of bricks.

"Just out of curiosity, what were in the other two passageways?" I asked Rachel.

"The left one smelled toxic while the middle one seemed to be inhabited."

"Oh... So what's here?" I examined the walls.

"Just a powerful but kind of safe aura." She threw it out there casually. I stopped.

"Kind of?!" She raised her eyebrow.

"Are you scared?" She smirked. I straightened my posture.

"Of course not. Let's go." The passageway again split, into two this time. But this time I already knew which one to take. "The left." I said before Rachel could speak. I didn't know what was in the right but my instincts told me that I should take the left one. We entered the left passageway to smell an overwhelming forest scent. It made me feel very energized after feeling a little claustrophobic in those tunnels.

The passageway ended up in a wild cave with plants and a mini waterfall. There was a dodo bird, something that looked like a cross between a wolf and a tiger, a huge rodent like the mother of all guinea pigs and a woolly mammoth.

"Woah... I thought these animals were extinct." Rachel blurted out.

"You're right, Rachel Dare. These with me are the only ones alive." Two satyrs appeared out of nowhere and approached us. I tightened my grip on Riptide. The older looking satyr with a goat face instead of a human face spoke, "No need to get so tense, Perseus. I'm Pan, the god of the wild." My eyes widened.

"Nice to see you again, Percy." I looked at the younger looking satyr who smiled. I narrowed my eyes at him and remembered that he was the guy from my class who always stalked me.

"Grover Underwood?!" He nodded at me. "What are you doing here?"

"I'm Lord Pan's lieutenant." I raised my eyebrow.

"Then why did you stalk me all that time?" Grover laughed.

"Thats was before I became Lord Pan's lieutenant, Percy. At that time, I was still in charge of rescuing demigods and bringing them to Camp. But I was instructed to observe you instead because you did not have the aura of a demigod. Then Lady Artemis found you and I was free to pursue my dream. I tried to find Lord Pan and when I did hear him one time, I reported to the Council of Cloven Elders. But I got cast out and I finally found Lord Pan. And now I'm here."

"That was a long story." Rachel said out of nowhere. Grover just smiled.

"So you were from Camp Half Blood?!" He nodded. Pan cleared his throat. I had forgotten that he was even there. Grover apologized to him and stepped back.

"So Perseus," Pan started speaking. "Are you ready for what you're going to face?"

"What do you mean?" I lowered Riptide.

"A major war is coming, Perseus. This is not as simple as saving Artemis." There was concern on Pan's face. I knitted my eyebrows.

"So, what should I do?" I asked him.

"You'll need the wild's help. I think the reason you were led here was because you are a god of nature and I'm dying. You have to take on my legacy, with the help of Grover here." My eyes widened and Grover faced Pan.

"What do you mean? You can't die right now, Lord Pan! The outside world needs you!" Grover started panicking. Pan just smiled sadly at him.

"I believe that I don't have much time left." Pan faced Rachel. "You Rachel, will play a great role in this war. My only advice to you is to not be afraid and follow your heart." Rachel glowed in gold. "Some of my essence just flowed into you." Then he looked at me. "You Perseus, will become the one and only god of nature after my death. I'll give you some of my essence too." I started to glow gold. Then, he finally turned to Grover and put his hand on his shoulder. Grover looked like he was going to cry. "Grover, I will make you the Lord of the Wild. I want you to gather all the nature spirits and try to re-create the wild in your own corner of the world. I also want you to help Perseus since this war is very important." Grover glowed in gold too but it seemed that a little more of Pan's essence went into him. Then Pan lost his balance and started to get transparent.

"Lord Pan!" Grover shouted.

"I think my time has come. Grover, please spread the word that I'm dead and tell them to stop searching for me. And thank you for staying with me all this time." He looked at all of us one last time. "Goodbye everyone." He smiled one last time and faded away into gold dust. Grover dropped to his knees.

The cave started shaking and the animals started disappearing. The plants started withering and the water stopped flowing through the waterfall.

"Grover let's get out of here!" He looked at me and then looked around the cave.

"Now that he's gone, the last wild place on Earth is disappearing too..." I ran over to him and got him up on his feet. Then Rachel helped me drag him out of the cave. After we got out, the entrance to the cave disappeared.

"How can I live now without Lord Pan." He leaned against the wall. Rachel pushed me aside and slapped Grover across the face.

"Wake up Grover! Lord Pan wouldn't want you to be like this! Instead go and save the wild!" Rachel shouted at him. Grover blinked and rubbed his face.

"You're right, I shouldn't be like this." He stood up straight. Right then, a door opened on the wall opposite of Grover. Outside there were many plants. "Wait... That place looks familiar!" Grover pointed outside the door. "I think it's the woods near Camp Half Blood!" I looked more closely.

"Yeah! I think so too. I think this door is for you to take, Grover." I patted his shoulder.

"But, what about you guys?" Grover looked at us.

"We have another path to take. I got to save Artemis while you got to save the wild. I'm sure that we will meet each other again soon." I smiled. He nodded and smiled back at me.

"Thank you Percy," He looked at Rachel. "and Rachel." Rachel just smiled back. "I'll go now then." I nodded at him and with one last wave, he went out the door. The door closed behind him, leaving us in the dark once more.

"So what do you say? Let's continue on our journey?" I faced Rachel. She nodded back at me and we went further into the darkness.

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Word Count: 1342 (excluding A/N)
Date Published: March 16, 2017
A/N: Here is another long chapter for March, guys! Hope you'll like it. And thank you so much for the 7K reads!!! Thank you also so much for voting and commenting! I really love you guys! I'll try to update again soon, but no promises hahaha. So see you in the next chapter bye!

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