(Near the heart--middle--of the cave.)
Phillip: Guys, I...I think I see a light up ahead!
Jet: (He dramatically reached out in front of him.) Gah, the light, it burns!
Larisa: (She momentarily glared at him.) Jethro Kingston--
Phillip: Come on!
Narrator: The four half-bloods came to a wide "room" within the cave and found a girl chained to a stone table...it was Phyllis.
Phillip: My sister! (He raced to her side.)
Larisa: Well, that's one job off the "to-do" list...
Natsuki: Wait, this isn't our job, Phillip! Sure, it's all good and well that we found your sister, but we're supposed to be looking for the Baddies!
Narrator: Damian and Al appeared out of a different entrance to the left.
Damian: We've found her! (He high-fived Jet.) Mission accomplished!
Al: Larisa, my darling! (He gave her a big teddybear hug.)
Larisa: Woah there, stay focused.
Natsuki: Wait, if we're all in here, then where are the bad guys?
Larisa: I do believe Natsuki is right. We had one job to do, and that did not entail finding your sister, Phillip.
Phillip: Whatever, she's safe now and--
Narrator: Phillip placed his hand on Phyllis' shoulder and her body crumbled into a pile of dust.
Larisa: It was a fake!
Al: You dummy, Phillip; you led us all into a trap! You should have just stuck to the plan.
Narrator: A battle cry sounded from the left wing of the cave. The noise appeared to be getting closer and closer to the mouth of the cave.
Jet: We should go!
(Meanwhile, in the left wing of the cave...)
Narrator: Rina faced off against Flora as Talya faced off against Andrew. The odds did not appear to be in their favour...
Rina: Talya, let's head for the entrance.
Talya: (She spoke to herself.) Oh, right, Megaera and Katia can help us. (She parried an attack from Andrew. Their two different fighting styles--Roman Legionnaire with a Pilum, spear, vs. Japanese Samurai with a Nodachi, sword--were hardly compatible.) Good thinking, Rina! (Andrew shot Flora a concerned look but said nothing; Talya turned her full attention to Andrew.) So, you're the one who kidnapped Phyllis.
Andrew: (He blocked her next attack and pushed her weight backwards.) No sweat; she was only a weak member of the second cohort. Flora, on the other hand, made it into the first cohort!
Talya: (She stabbed at him with her pilum, sicarius, but only managed to graze his shoulder.) Wow, the immaturity of thinking that the first cohort is the best simply because it's called the first. You know that the numbers mean nothing in terms of strength, right? Why, our former praetor--leader of New Rome--Jason, was a member of the fifth cohort! (Talya scoffed. She proceeded to stab at Andrew's leg, this time managing to land a deeper scratch, though he didn't seem fazed by it.) You know we won't let you get away with kidnapping Chiron!
Andrew: Pfft! What's stopping us from kidnapping or defeating whoever we'd like?
Talya: Well, there's US for starters.
Narrator: Andrew laughed. The four of them, still battling one another, backed into the mouth of the cave. Katia was stunned at the sight, as was Megaera, though no one knew why. Megaera dropped her bow and fell to her knees. Andrew immediately took note of their presence, but tried to keep his focus on Talya.
Megaera: It...it can't be!
Rina: Megaera, are you okay? (Flora took the opportunity to slash Rina in the arm and kick her left leg.) Argh! (She fell back, then cursed in Japanese.) That's the leg Nicholas hit during training, how convenient! What am I supposed to do now?
Narrator: Damian, Al, Larisa, Jet, Natsuki, and Phillip all hurried towards the entrance where everyone else was. The instant Flora heard them she reached towards the entrance they would emerge from and trees grew rapidly, blocking the opening.
Jet: What in the world is this?
Phillip: Let us through! (He hacked at the tree trunks.)
Al: (He peered through the trees and noticed Flora.) You have GOT to be kidding me!
Larisa: What is it?
Al: A girl from our camp, Flora. The beautiful social-butterfly Daughter of Ceres. (He said it as though it was a formal title of hers.)
Phillip: Flora's here!? Great, we could use help from a fighter like her.
Al: No, she's not here to help us. She is one of the people we're fighting against!
Jet: So, there is a traitor in our midst?
Al: Yep, and she's winning. Her powers seem stronger for some reason, normally she can't create tree trunks this thick or tough. She just kicked Megaera and Katia away. I think she just knocked down Rina and now she's...now she's double-teaming Talya with that guy! No way am I about to let that happen; if anyone's about to beat Talya, it had better be me!
Larisa: (She sighed as Al and Phillip hopelessly hacked away at the trees. Jet and Damian fired arrows and celestial bronze bullets through the few openings they could find, yet their attempts seemed futile. Then, she rapidly straightened her posture.) Wait, I have an idea!
Al: (He and Phillip stopped.) We're listening.
Larisa: Fire; it can get rid of these trees. Surely, between you and Natsuki, you can get rid of these trees.
Al: The last time I tried to save us by using fire it got us trapped.
Larisa: But then I can put out the flames. Hello, daughter of Poseidon, King of the sea, storm bringer and earth shaker! Plus, if anyone gets hurt, we have three sons of Phoebus-Apollo.
Jet and Damian: Great!
Natsuki: Let's do this!
Narrator: Natsuki transformed into his dragon form. He and Al quickly incinerated the trees. They could hear Flora let our a cry in pain. Now the only thing blocking the way was a small wall of fire, but they could easily see over the flames. Natsuki and Phillip outraged when they saw Andrew.
Natsuki: Andrew Takahashi, Son of Hōtei!? (He kind of panicked in his mind.) And the third-strongest camper at Camp Kami-Sama...
Phillip: (He could see Andrew fighting Talya; it appeared that he had the upper hand.) Talya!
Narrator: Barely time to think, Natsuki--still in his dragon form--picked up Phillip and leapt over the wall of flames. Phillip slightly burnt his left ankle, but he didn't care. As the two of them raced off, Larisa raised her fork which transformed into her trident, Tidal Wave, and attracted some water from the snow surrounding the area, then doused the flames.
Larisa: Let's go!
Narrator: The four of them raced at Andrew and Flora; Phillip and Natsuki we practically there already. Natsuki had reverted back into his humanoid form. Suddenly, Larisa, Al, Jet, and Damian were stopped by two familiar faces.
Jeff: (To Larisa.) Hello, Beautiful.
Larisa: Jeff! (Her eyes went red.)
Ty: (He was in front of Al.) My, your girlfriend sure is a feisty one.
Al: Leave her alone and don't you dare hit on my girlfriend! (Al pulled out a dagger and whispered its name, praesidis--"guardian." It extended into a long gladius.)
Larisa: (To Jet and Damian.) You go help Talya, Megaera, Katia, and Rina. We can take care of these guys.
Narrator: Meanwhile, Phillip finally came face-to-face with Andrew. He noticed that Talya was tiring, he sensed that she might not be able to parry his next attack.
Andrew: Just die, pathetic demigoddess! (SKRIIIIIIIING!!)
Phillip: (He interrupted Andrew's attack with his gladius.) Not today. (He kicked Andrew back.) Don't you dare hurt her!
Natsuki: You had better stop this at once, Andrew, or I'll--
Andrew: You'll do what? Fight me?
Natsuki: Surely you remember what happened the last time we duelled, how I kicked your butt?
Andrew: Pfft. Go ahead, attack me! I've gotten stronger since then, and my Master has given Flora and I a gift of enhanced strength. I could take you with one hand tied behind my back!
Narrator: Jet and Damian aimed their weapons at Andrew and Flora. Natsuki called out the name of his weapon, "okami," and two sai appeared from bands on his wrists. Then, he and Phillip charged at Andrew.
Megaera: STOP! (She called out from behind them. Phillip and Natsuki unintentionally obeyed, much to their demise.) Do not touch Drew!
Natsuki: Why not? Also, why did you call him "Drew" like it was some kind of pet name?
Phillip: Why should I listen to you? That creep kidnapped my sister! (He resumed advancing towards Andrew.)
Natsuki: Good point. (He continued advancing towards Andrew as well.)
Narrator: Megaera swiftly leapt in front of the two boys--Hunters of Artemis can do things like that thanks to Lady Artemis' gift of enhanced speed and agility.
Megaera: No, really, cut it out! Let me, I dunno, try to talk some sense into him.
Jet: Wait, what's going on?
Andrew: I always wondered what happened to you that day you disappeared. (He paused and took a good look at Megaera. His voice was soft and kind, unlike before.) You...you haven't changed a bit, Meg.
Narrator: Megaera raced to him and he gave her a big bear-hug. Andrew was almost a head taller than her.
Megaera: I wish I could say the same for you. You're much taller than I remember. You've got to be, what, three years older than me now?
Flora: So, you must be Megaera. (Andrew let go of her quickly. Flora turned to him.) Is this her, love?
Narrator: By now, everyone had completely stopped fighting, aside from Al and Larisa who were still outside with Jeff and Ty. The demigods in the cave were frozen in confusion.
Jet: Okay, so, let me get this straight; Andrew and Megaera used to know each other?
Damian: And apparently they used to be B.F.F.s, so what?
Flora: Oh, she didn't tell you?
Katia: (She knew Megaera didn't want everyone else to know her secret--it was bad enough that Flora had figured it out.) That's enough! (She fired an arrow at Flora, who merely leaned aside to avoid it.)
Flora: (To Megaera) You didn't tell them about your old friend Drew who you loved? The one who really liked a different girl, a.k.a. Me, instead of you, his best friend.
Flora: Bet you didn't know he gave away that stupid gift of yours, that bracelet that turns into a bow, the one you left on his doorstep.
Rina: (She looked down at her bracelet, "Shika," and tossed it at Andrew who caught it after it hit him in the face.) You jerk!
Megaera: (To Andrew.) But you always told me that she was beautiful, kind, and sweet.
Flora: Oh please, hon, that's all a facade!
Andrew: (He turned to Megaera, dumbfounded.) You...loved me? For how long?
Katia: Wow, you really are an idiot!
Flora: It was so obvious, the way you described her behaviour. "Megaera was so funny whenever she laughed at all my bad jokes. Then her face would go red whenever I winked at her and stuff." (She imitated Andrew.)
Katia: Megaera, back away! (She raised her bow and aimed straight for Andrew.)
Phillip: Is this soap opera over yet? We still have a war to finish!
Flora: War? Finish? Hah, you fool! Hon, this is merely one battle of many to come. The war has only just begun!
Narrator: Flora snapped her fingers, still holding onto the prophecy. Phillip and Natsuki resumed charging at Andrew and Flora but were blown back by a sudden gust of wind Andrew had created. Above, a cage floated down through a hole in the roof of the cave and remained suspended two meters above the ground. The cage contained a mysterious blue figure, the same one Al had seen in Alcatraz prison. He was elderly, cloaked in what appeared to be a robe of the night sky, with closed eyes that seemed to emit light like stars. Coincidentally, a bunch of dirt rose from the floor; the vibrations caused grains of dirt to fall to the sides,revealing Phyllis. She appeared to be chained to a block of stone. About a dozen tengu flew in from outside.
Phillip: It's the stone table from our dream!
Damian: Who is the old dude in the cage?
Flora: (Disgusted) WHAT!? You don't know?
Natsuki: He's no deity I've seen before.
Talya: Wait a second, what if its...
Rina: (gasp) No way, it couldn't be!
Jet: I'm sorry, who is it?
Andrew: How dare you not bow down to Master Ouranos. Elder god, Lord of the sky, Father of Kronos.
Talya: Jet, Damian, Rina, I want you to take care of the tengu. Natsuki and I will fight off Andrew and Flora; Katia will join us after she retrieves Megaera. Phillip...(</i>She looked at him coyly)...go save your sister then see about stopping Ouranos.
Narrator: The eight half-bloods raced forwards. Phillip immediately began healing Phyllis, but it did little other than disturb Ouranos in his sleep. If anything, he seemed to be waking more rapidly.
Megaera: Andrew, please stop this!
Andrew: (He ignored her.) Flora, stay behind me. (She obeyed as he pointed his Nodachi--japanese sword--at Katia and Natsuki.)
Flora: Waaaaaaah! (She cried out in pain.)
Narrator: Andrew turned around to find an imperial gold knife piercing through her ribcage from behind.