(12:00 pm, October 20th, Camp Kami-Sama)
Nicholas: Mai, where do you think you're going? (He ran his fingers through his
Narrator: Mai zipped out of the café like a bolt of lightning, completely ignoring
Nicholas behind her. She was headed towards a girl across the street with chin-
length light brown hair and multicoloured eyes. It was the same girl she's seen
at the mall with Rina three weeks earlier.
Mai: Her. What was her name again? And where are the two men who were with
Narrator: The girl looked straight ahead, not at anything in particular. She didn't
move, only stared into space. Her eyes seemed somewhat cloudy, as if there
were a translucent film over them. Mai got to her.
Mai: Hey. Who are you? (The girl didn't respond) Hello? I'm talking to you.
(Thought to herself) What was her name again? Amber? Ally? Angie? ...
Amy! (Turns to the girl) Amy! That's your name.
Amy: My name is Amy. (She sounded almost robotic, absent. Her voice was slow
Mai: What happened? What's wrong with you?
Narrator: Nicholas raced out of the café after her, leaving Yuuki to look after the
customers. (Probably not the brightest move considering that left Yuuki---the
introverted guy who didn't like social situations---as the only remaining waiter
in the café.) He grabbed Mai's shoulder so she'd face him.
Nicholas: What are you doing?
Mai: Don't touch me! (Turns back to Amy). Where are those guys who were after
Amphion: I thought you'd show up sooner or later.
Zethus: Foolish girl.
Nicholas: (he drew his katana) Who are you?
Amphion: (glared at Mai) You didn't even have the decency to tell your friend
about us? Well, that's not very nice.
Mai: He's not my friend...not really.
Amphion: Whatever. We are the twin sons of the almighty god of lightning, Zeus.
Nicholas: The god of lightning is Raijin.
Mai: (whispered to Nicholas) Don't worry about it. (Turned to Amphion, Zethus,
and Amy) Rina said you two were banished to the deepest part of the Underworld
as criminals for upsetting the gods.
Amphion: Come on, really?
Zethus: I didn't even do anything, it was all my wife's fault! She tried to steal
Amphion's kids and was punished by my father---the sentence was death. I
merely followed her to the Underworld.
Amphion: Yeah, and all I did was brag that my daughters were more beautiful
than Artemis and my sons were more handsome than Apollo...and Dad banished
me to the Underworld for it! I was unnecessary. Of course, you probably have
no clue who I'm talking about, Japanese demigods.
Mai: I know who Apollo and Artemis are. After Rina told me about the Greek
Gods and stuff, I figured I should probably look it up. So, I actually did a google
search for the twelve olympians. (Gosh, I NEVER look stuff up! Except for
celebrity gossip, that stuff's cool!)
Nicholas: Enough talk, what do you want with the girl? (And be quick about it,
we have a restaurant to run!)
Amphion: Really, you haven't sensed it yet. This girl is a legacy of Iris, goddess
of rainbows, and she has been blessed by the goddess of magic, Hecate. Our
master requires her for his resurrection.
Mai: Who is your master?
Zethus: Why should we tell you?
Amphion: Are you going to continue to stand in our way or are you going to move?
Nicholas: In the way of "what" exactly?
Zethus: The scroll! Our master demands that we bring it to him!
Mai: The prophecy? You're not getting it, we won't let you!
Amphion: Well then, you'll have to die. (He charged at Nicholas with his sword)
Nicholas: (blocks the attack with his katana) Mai, go back to the café and evac-
uate the customers. Get help from camp and notify the Empress!
Mai: Alright! (She raced into the café; poor Yuuki was being shouted at by various
customers whose meals were late.) Everyone out, there has been a gas leak rep-
orted in the building and everyone must leave immediately! It has the potential
to cause a gas explosion! (Screaming customers panicked and raced past her out
the door.) That worked surprisingly well! Yuuki, I need you to go and notify
Empress Ryuuna, I'll hold off the bad guys until you get back.
Narrator: Yuuki blushed and ran off. Mai stood in front of the back door, deter-
mined not to let them through. Just then, Nicholas flew into the café, smashing
through the front window.
Nicholas: You guys are gonna pay for that! (Seriously, do you realize how much
it's gonna cost to replace a window THAT size?) Just die already!
Zethus: (begins to climb through the window). Haha, you puny demigod! You
think you can defeat---
Narrator: FWIKK!! Nicholas' katana struck Zethus in the torso; he disappeared
in a cloud of golden dust. Amphion entered through the front door with Amy;
she was still under his "spell". He heaved a sigh of disappointment but was
not exactly saddened by his brother's death.
Amphion: The reckless fool. I, on the other had, well not be so easily defeated.
Mai: You won't get the scroll. We won't let you! (Not like you could read it any-
Amphion: We'll see.
Narrator: Amphion snapped his fingers and Amy stepped forward. She put her
hands out in front of her and faced Nicholas. Tables and chairs flew in his direc-
tion; Nicholas swatted at the objects, advancing towards Amy at every step.
Mai: Don't hurt her!
Nicholas: What, why not?
Mai: She's innocent. You buffoon! Can't you see she's under a spell?
Nicholas: What an I supposed to do then, let her kill me?
Mai: You take care of Amphion, I'll take care of her. (Mai made her way towards
Amy, Nicholas swung his katana at Amphion.) Amy, can you hear me? Please,
you're under a spell, you've got to fight it!
Mai: No, don't listen to the voice in your head. Listen to me, I'm one of the good
guys, I'm just trying to help.
Amy: Bad guys...
Mai: Please, Amy! Don't do this, think about what your sister would say!
Amy: (blinked hard) Larisa?
Narrator: Just then, Amy grabbed her head and ducked in pain. Her mind seemed
to be at war with itself. She let out a scream and objects flew around the room
uncontrollably. She even sent the refrigerator at Mai; Mai froze.
Nicholas: Mai, look out!
Yuuki: Mai! (He pushed her out of the way and allowed himself to be hit by the
Mai: (she got up slowly; she didn't appear to be in much pain.) Yuuki, you saved
Amphion: Pay attention! (He smacked Nicholas aside, it was a hard hit to the
head, and ran through the door.) Bye, half-bloods!
Mai: No you don't---
Amy: Waaaaaaah! (She collapsed)
Mai: Amy! Yuuki! Nicholas!
Narrator: Mai was faced with a horrible decision; she was the only healer in a
room full of injured people, but she couldn't just let Amphion go after the scroll...
Mai: Empress Ryuuna will stop him, there's plenty of half-bloods at camp who can
Narrator: She managed to convince herself it was true...mostly. Firstly, she went
over to Yuuki, figuring he was in the worst condition. Fortunately, the refrig-
erator hadn't landed on him, but he still got hit pretty badly. Mai fed him some
ambrosia and put his broken right arm in a triangle bandage sling. She went
to Nicholas next; he'd only hit his head, nothing serious. (Although, she did put
a bandage on the cut on his left arm.) But then she went over to Amy who lay
motionless on the ground...Mai didn't know what to do.
Mai: We have to get back to camp. Nicholas? Hey Nick, are you okay?
Nicholas: Yeah...no...I'll be fine. What is it?
Mai: Can you carry Yuuki back to camp? I'll take care of Amy.
Nicholas: Yeah, sure.
Narrator: Nicholas tried to pick up Yuuki, supporting him from beneath his left
shoulder, while Mai gave Amy a "piggy-back" ride to camp. They returned to
camp to find that all was normal. Mai left Amy in the sick bay with Nicholas,
Yuuki, and the medics, then ran off to find Empress Ryuuna. She searched all
of the cabanas, the training hut, EVERYWHERE, but couldn't find the Empress.
Suddenly, it dawned on her.
Mai: The temple, of course!
Narrator: She raced inside to find the Empress knocked unconscious on the floor
at the mercy if Amphion. He had the prophecy scroll in his left hand and his
sword over Ryuuna's neck with his other hand.
Amphion: You cannot beat me. You learned that lesson during our last encounter.
Give me what I want or your precious Empress shall be executed like proper
Mai: You already have the scroll, there's nothing more for you here. Just leave
Amphion: Tsk, tsk! You're forgetting one thing: Amy. Bring her to me immediately.
Mai: She's hurt, she needs medical attention otherwise she may die.
Amphion: My master won't allow her to die, not yet at least. He still needs her
alive. Now hurry, you don't want the Empress's blood spilt on your account,
now do you?
Narrator: Mai had no choice but to obey. She couldn't think of a plan that ended
with both her and the Empress alive. She went and retrieved Amy, still uncon-
scious, and returned to Amphion at the temple. She looked down at Amy's
motionless body in her arms.
Mai: I'm sorry, I am so sorry, Amy. I've failed you.
Narrator: She didn't even know the girl, but Mai knew that she was important to
Rina and her friend. She also knew that it was her duty as a demigod to defend
the defenceless, to protect those who needed protection, and she had failed her
duty. At least this way, though, Mai was able to keep both of them alive long
enough for them to formulate a plan to keep everyone alive and defeat the bad
guys. Amphion took Amy and Vanished in a cloud of smoke; Empress Ryuuna
got up again.
Ryuuna: What happened?
Mai: Your Majesty, two men broke in here and stole the scroll. I am so sorry, I
tried to stop them, but---
Ryuuna: Don't worry about it. I saved a spare copy--the partially translated copy,
the original copy--in my cabana. That was merely a decoy.
Mai: (feeling somewhat relieved) Okay...Milady, may I request permission to use
your scrying dish?
Ryuuna: (her eyes narrowed) What do you wish to speak with my son about? And
don't you dare think of trying to "flirt" with him, you know very well that as
Prince he has a duty and cannot become too close with...mortals.
Mai: Oh, of course. I just wanted to tell him how things are doing at camp and,
ya know, see how he's doing. (She lied, but well enough that Ryuuna actually
bought what she said.)
Ryuuna: Very well then...
Narrator: Mai ran to the Royal Cabana, quickly poured some water into the
scrying dish, and uttered one word...
Mai: Natsuki. (Moments later, Natsuki's face--in his dragon form--appeared.)
Natsuki! Oh my goodness, how are you?
Natsuki: Uh...fine. Why, what do you need? Now's really not the best time.
We're kinda, shall I say, on the fly.
Mai: I have VERY BAD NEWS!
Mai: Two men, they called themselves Amphion and Zethus, broke into camp and
stole a copy of the Great Prophecy (thankfully it was the decoy). They also
severely injured our third-best fighter, Yuuki, and minorly injured our second-
best fighter, Nicholas.
Natsuki: (as much as he hated Nicholas, he knew that the camp needed him.)
Wow...this is awful. Anything else?
Mai: Yes, could you please pass the mirror to Larisa? I need to talk to her, now.
Narrator: Natsuki passed the mirror up to Damian (on his back), who then threw
it left to Jet on Horus' back, who then threw it left to Katia on Tsuki, who handed
it to Larisa.
Larisa: Hello, Mai. (She felt kind of awkward, considering this was only her
second time speaking to Mai.) What is it?
Mai: It's about your sister, Amy. She was here at camp.
Narrator: Larisa froze, terrified of what may have happened to her sister, as Mai
continued. She told Lari about how the two men chasing her, Amphion and
Zethus (as Rina had already mentioned), and "their master" needed Amy for
his "awakening"--GODS those men must've had quite the grudge if they were
willing to sacrifice an innocent girl to wake up some old guy and destroy the
gods and their children! She tried to explain how Amphion had threatened to
kill the empress if she didn't hand over Amy. Mai cried.
Mai: At least he said they still needed her alive. I'm so sorry, it was the only thing
I could do to keep them both alive. I couldn't save her. I---
Larisa: It's fine. (Everyone could tell she was barely keeping it together.) We'll
find her, you can help us save her, after this quest is over...
Narrator: Larisa handed the mirror back down the chain of demigods until it
reached Natsuki once again. Mai could hear her bawling in the background as
Rina, Megaera, and Katia tried to console her.
Natsuki: So, the scroll got stolen, two campers are injured, and Larisa's sister was
kidnapped. Any more bad news.
Mai: Well, there is ONE more thing...
Natsuki: I'm listening.
Mai: We're gonna need to do some renovations on the café.