She finished, and zipped my bag up. “Honey, it’s about your real parents. Your mother was normal, but your father wasn’t. And now you’re in danger. You haveto go to this camp, it’s the only place you’ll be safe.” I heard a door slam then aloud yell, “Mom!” It was Christian. And he just saw Mrs. O’Leary. “Honey. Calmdown and come in here.” Christian slid past Mrs. O’Leary, with her still licking hishead. “Mom! What is that thing?” When he said ‘thing’ Mrs. O’Leary barked athim.“Chris, that’s, an, um, hellhound. She’s here to take Leah somewhere.”“Where? She’s going away?”“Yes, smarty. I’m leaving. Aren’t you happy? I’m going to camp.”“But mom, it’s the middle of the school year. She can’t go.”“Honey, she’s different. And we’ll all be in danger if she doesn’t leave. Now tellher bye, she has to leave,
” Christian hugged me, and so did Hazel. I put my backpack on and got on Mrs. O’Leary. “Take me to Camp Half- Blood.”Mrs. O’Leary started running, and before she ran into the wall, we disappeared.She kept running in the darkness. Then we were running through a forest.Mrs. O’Leary stopped, and I got off before she fell asleep. Then I hear a crunch,and there was a boy in front of me. I staggered back, surprised, and tripped over aroot. The boy laughed and leaned over me. He had striking green eyes, black hair that was in his face (which wasn’t that bad either), and was dressed in all black clothes. His shirt said ‘
I HANG OUT WITH DEAD PEOPLE
’. He put his hand outhelped me up. “I’m Nico di Angelo. Son of Hades.” Did he just say Hades? I think he did. But my social problem stopped me from asking him. “And you’re Opal,right?” I nodded, then shook my head. “No,” I said, barely above a whisper. “Imean yes, but call me Leah.” He chuckled to himself. “Aw, you’re the quite type.”That statement offended me, but it was true, in public.We were walking out of the forest, then Nico said, “Are you freaked out, or areyou always this quite?” I messed with my necklace that my real mother gave me. Iwas nervous, even more so with Nico walking beside me. “In public I’m quite.And I am freaked out.” Nico looked at me sideways, and smiled.