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"Are you sure?" Poseidon asked.

"Yes, dad." Percy replied with an eye roll. "We've been over this a hundred times."

"Okay, I'm just making sure. There is nothing wrong with that." Percy looks over at me. "But, are you sure that you are sure?"

"Dad!"

"Answer my question, Percy!"

"Yes!"

"If your not, even if it is just a little bit, we can go home. We can reschedule."

"Dad! We are here now." Percy says as he reaches for door handle, but I grad his wrist. Percy sighs.

"Dad..."

"Percy, it's not too late. We can go home. I don't want you to feel pressured to do this."

"Dad, I'm just hanging out with Thalia and Nico for a little bit. I'll be fine!"

"You call me anytime you need me. For anything. Understand?"

"Yes! Can I go now?"

"I'll walk you in." I say and Percy lets out a long sigh.

"Fine." He says. We get out of the car and walk up to the door. Before we make it up the steps, Nico comes running out of Hades' house. He runs up to Percy and hugs him.

"Percy!" Nice yells.

"Hey, Nico." Percy says, and laughs. I look up and see Thalia standing in the doorway with Zeus and Hades.

"Come look at my room!" Nico says excitedly to Percy. Nico grabs Percy's wrists and drags him into the house with Thalia following him.

I'm about to protest, when Hades speaks up, "He'll be fine, Poseidon." I look at him and glare.

"You never know, brother. Anything could happen. I'm just protecting my son."

"More like overprotecting him. Anyway, we have much more important matters to discuss, Poseidon." The tone of Hades' voice at the last part concerned me.

"Like what, brother?"

"Zeus and I were just discussing it. But, don't freak out, okay?"

"You know I can't promise that, Hades." I say and Zeus and Hades sigh at the same time.

"It's Kronos, Poseidon." Zeus said, sadly.

My eyes widen. "What about him?" I ask, trying to not show any emotion, but failing desperately. I can hear the anger and the fear. Not for me, but for my son. If he finds out about Percy, I don't know what can happen."

"He might be getting out of jail."

"Seriously?"

"Yes."

"Crap."

"Indeed." Hades says. "That's not the only thing I'm worried about, though."

"Hades, how could it get any worse?"

"Gaea. I believe she faked her death. I think she is helping Kronos get out of jail. The only problem is I don't know what they are planning."

I look down, the ground suddenly very interesting. What am I going to do? They hate all of us. What if they find out about Percy? They won't hesitate to hurt Percy. Just like he did with... No, I can't finish that thought!

"Poseidon, calm down." Hades says.

"I can't. Hades you and Zeus of all people know what he his capable of first hand." Both their faces drop, but I'm too worried about Percy. "I can't let anything like that happen to Percy." I go to rush into the house to get Percy out of there, but Hades stops me by grabbing my arm.

"Poseidon, stop. Leave Percy be. You can't do anything right now. Plus, you don't need to worry the boy. We all we do some more digging to see what else we can find, okay?"

"Yeah, okay." I say, distracted.

"It'll be okay, Poseidon." Zeus promises. "We're not going to let anything happen to anymore kids."

"Yeah." I say, thinking about Percy. I can't let my father or Gaea get their hands on Percy. I won't let them. Not in a million years. Not with what happened with Jason, Bianca, and Hazel.

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A few hours later...

"I think I should call me dad to come get me. He worries way too much." I say to Thalia and Nico.

"Yeah, I should call my dad too. He's been acting weird today." Thalia said, a concerned look on her face.

We all walk down stairs together, just to see all our dads together.

My dad looked rough, especially. He wasn't his usual happy self. There wasn't a spark in his bright, sea green eyes. Actually, they looked darker. He was paler than normal. His hair was all over the place. His head was in his hands. He looked at least five years older than he should.

"Dad?" I ask.

Poseidon's head snaps up. "Percy! Hey! Ready to go?" Poseidon smiles a big smile, but it was obviously forced, it also didn't reach his eyes.

"Yeah... Dad, have you been here the whole time?"

"Yeah. Let's go, Percy." I start to walk out the door, and Poseidon practically jogged to catch up to me. He places his hand on my upper back and steps in front of me. He opens the door, and as we walk out his hand grips my shirt tighter, as if he is trying to keep me from disappearing. He keeps looking around all over the place, he look distracted, but focused at the same time. Weird.

"Dad, are you okay?"

Poseidon's head snaps towards me again. "What? Oh, yeah, of course." He opens my door for me and slightly pushes me in.

"Dad..."

"Everything is fine, Percy." Poseidon said, but I could tell he was lying straight through his teeth, but I let it drop. At least for now.

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