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component #4 that Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by stack Riordan
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Page 1 ONE I fight THE CHEERLEADING squad The last point I wanted to perform on mine summer rest was blow up another school. However there ns was Monday morning, the very first week the June, sit in my mom’s auto in front of Goode High college on eastern 81st . Goode was this large brownstone structure overlooking the east River. A bunch that BMWs and also Lincoln town Cars were parked out front. Staring up in ~ the fancy stone archway, ns wondered how long it would certainly take me to obtain kicked the end of this place. “Just relax. ” My mommy didn’t sound relaxed. “It’s only an orientation tour. And also remember, dear, this is Paul’s school. So try not to…you know. ” “Destroy it?” “Yes. ” Paul Blofis, mine mom’s boyfriend, to be standing the end front, greeting future ninth graders as they came up the steps. V his salt-and-pepper hair, denim clothes, and also leather jacket, the reminded me the a TV actor, yet he was just an English teacher. He’d regulated to to convince Goode High college to expropriate me for ninth grade, in spite of the reality that I’d obtained kicked out of every school I’d ever before attended. I’d tried to warn the it no a great idea, but he i will not ~ listen. i looked in ~ my mom. “You can not use told him the truth about me, have you? She tapped her fingers nervously top top the wheel. She to be dressed up because that a task interview—her best blue dress and also high-heeled shoes. “I assumed we must wait,” she admitted. “So us don’t fear him away. ” “I’m certain orientation will certainly be fine, Percy, It’s just one morning. ” “Great,” i mumbled. “I can gain expelled before I start the college year. ” “Think positive. Morning you’re turn off to camp! ~ orientation, you’ve obtained your date—” “It’s not a date!” ns protested. “It’s simply Annabeth, Mom. Jeez!” “She’s coming all the way from camp to meet you. ” “Well, yeah. ” “You’re going come the movies. ” “Yeah. ” “Just the 2 of you. ” “Mom!” She hosted up she hands in surrender, but I might tell she was trying tough not come smile. “You’d much better get inside, dear. I’ll check out you tonight. ” i was about to gain out that the auto when i looked end the actions of the school. Paul Blofis to be greeting a girl v frizzy red hair. She wore a maroon T-shirt and also ratty jeans decorated through marker drawings. Once she turned, I caught a glimpse of she face, and the hair on my arms stood straight up. “Percy?” my mommy asked. “What’s wrong?” “N-nothing,” i stammered. “Does the school have a next entrance?” “Down the block on the right. Why?” “I’ll watch you later. ” My mother started come say something, yet I acquired out of the car and ran, hoping the redheaded girl wouldn’t view me. What to be she act here? Not even my luck can be this bad. Yeah, right. I was around to discover out mine luck might get a lot of worse. *** Sneaking into orientation didn’t work out too well. 2 cheerleaders in purple-and-white uniforms to be standing in ~ the next entrance, wait to ambush freshmen. “Hi!” lock smiled, which i figured to be the very first and last time any kind of cheerleaders would be that friendly come me. One to be blond with icy blue eyes. The other was african American through dark curly hair like Medusa’s (and believe me, I know what I’m talk about). Both girls had actually their surname stitched in cursive on their uniforms, but with mine dyslexia, the indigenous looked favor meaningless spaghetti. “Welcome to Goode,” the blond hair girl said. “You space so going to love it. ” yet as she looked me up and down, her expression claimed something more like, Eww, that is this loser? The other girl stepped uncomfortably close come me. I studied the stitching on she uniform and also made the end Kelli. She smelled choose roses and something rather I recognized from speak lessons at camp—the odor of freshly washed horses. It to be a weird smell for a cheerleader. Perhaps she own a horse or something. Anyway, she stood for this reason close I gained the feeling she was going to shot to press me down the steps. “What’s her name, fish?” “Fish?” “Freshman. ” “Uh, Percy. ” The girls exchanged looks. “Oh, Percy Jackson,” the blond hair one said. “We’ve been waiting for you. ” That sent a major Uh-oh chill under my back. They were blocking the entrance, smiling in a not-very-friendly way. My hand crept instinctively towards my pocket, wherein I maintained my lethal ballpoint pen, Riptide. Then one more voice come from within the building. “Percy?” It was Paul Blofis, somewhere under the hallway. I’d never been so happy to hear his voice. The cheerleaders backed off. I was for this reason anxious to acquire past them ns accidentally kneed Kelli in the thigh. Clang. her leg make a hollow, metallic sound, choose I’d simply hit a flagpole. “Ow,” she muttered. “Watch it, fish. ” ns glanced down, however her leg looked like a continual old leg. Ns was too freaked out to questioning questions. I dashed right into the hall, the cheerleaders laughing behind me. “There girlfriend are!” Paul called me. “Welcome to Goode!” “Hey, Paul—uh, Mr. Blofis. ” i glanced back, but the monster cheerleaders had disappeared. “Percy, girlfriend look choose you’ve viewed a ghost. ” “Yeah, uh—” Paul clapped me ~ above the back. “Listen, I recognize you’re nervous, however don’t worry. We gain a lot of youngsters here v ADHD and also dyslexia. The teacher know how to help. ” I virtually wanted to laugh. If only ADHD and also dyslexia were my best worries. Ns mean, i knew Paul to be trying to help, but if i told that the truth around me, he’d either think ns was stunner or he’d run away screaming. Those cheerleaders, for instance. I had a bad feeling around them…. Then i looked under the hall, and also I remembered ns had an additional problem. The redheaded girl I’d viewed on the front steps was simply coming in the main entrance. Don’t an alert me, i prayed. She i found it me. Her eyes widened. “Where’s the orientation?” ns asked Paul. “The gym. The way. But—” “Bye. ” “Percy?” he called, yet I was currently running. *** I thought I’d shed her. A bunch of children were heading because that the gym, and also soon i was simply one of 3 hundred fourteen-year-olds every crammed into the bleachers. A marching tape played an out-of-tune fight song that sounded favor somebody hitting a bag that cats v a steel baseball bat. Enlarge kids, more than likely student council members, stood up front modeling the Goode college uniform and looking all, Hey, we’re cool. Teachers milled around, smiling and also shaking hands v students. The wall surfaces of the gym to be plastered with huge purpleand-white banner that claimed WELCOME FUTURE FRESHMEN, GOODE IS GOOD, WE’RE all FAMILY, and a bunch of various other happy slogans the pretty lot made me want to litter up. no one of the various other freshmen looked thrilled to be here, either. Ns mean, comes to orientation in June, once school doesn’t also start till September, is not cool. Yet at Goode, “We prepare to excel early!” At least that’s what the catalog said. The marching band stopped playing. A man in a pinstripe suit concerned the microphone and also started talking, yet the sound echoed about the gym therefore I had actually no idea what he to be saying. That might’ve to be gargling. Someone got hold of my shoulder,” What are you doing here?” It was her: my redheaded nightmare. “Rachel Elizabeth Dare,” ns said.   her jaw dropped choose she couldn’t think I had the nerve to remember she name. “And you’re Percy somebody. I didn’t get your full name critical December when you make the efforts to kill me. ” “Look, i wasn’t—I didn’t—What are you law here?” “Same as you, i guess. Orientation. ” “You live in brand-new York?” “What, you believed I lived at the Hoover Dam?” It had never emerged to me. Whenever ns thought about her (and I’m not saying ns thought about her; she similar to crossed mine mind from time to time, okay?), I always figured she lived in the Hoover Dam area, since that’s whereby I’d met her. Wednesday spent probably ten minute together, during which time I’d accidentally swung a sword at her, she’d conserved my life, and I’d operation away chased through a tape of mythological killing machines. You know, your common chance meeting. Some man behind united state whispered, “Hey, close up door up. The cheerleaders are talking!” “Hi, guys!” a girl bubbled into the microphone. It to be the blonde I’d checked out at the entrance. “My name is Tammi, and this is like, Kelli. ” Kelli did a cartwheel. alongside me, Rachel yelped choose someone had actually stuck her with a pin. A couple of kids looked over and snickered, but Rachel simply stared at the cheerleaders in horror. Tammi no seem to notice the outburst. She started talking about all the an excellent ways we might get affiliated during our student in the first year year. “Run,” Rachel said me. “Now. ” “Why?” Rachel no explain. She driven her means to the leaf of the bleachers, skipping the frowning teachers and grumbling children she was stepping on. i hesitated. Tammi was explaining just how we were about to break into little groups and tour the school. Kelli recorded my eye and also gave me an enjoy it smile, prefer she was wait to check out what I’d do. It would certainly look poor if i left best now. Paul Blofis was under there through the rest of the teachers. The wonder what was wrong. Then ns thought around Rachel Elizabeth Dare, and the special capability she’d presented last winter at Hoover Dam. She’d been able to see a group of security guards that weren’t guards in ~ all, that weren’t even human. My love pounding, I gained up and followed her the end of the gym. *** I discovered Rachel in the tape room. She to be hiding behind a bass drum in the percussion section. “Get end here!” she said. “Keep your head down!” i felt pretty silly hiding behind a bunch that bongos, but I crouched down alongside her. “Did they follow you?” Rachel asked. “You mean the cheerleaders?” She nodded nervously. “I don’t think so,” i said. “What are they? What did friend see?” Her environment-friendly eyes to be bright with fear. She had a sprinkle the freckles ~ above her confront that reminded me the constellations. Her maroon T-shirt check out HARVARD art DEPT. “You…you wouldn’t believe me. ” “Oh, yeah, i would,” i promised. “I understand you have the right to see through the Mist. ” “The what?” “The Mist. It’s…well, it’s prefer this veil the hides the method things really are. Some mortals space born with the ability to see through it. Prefer you. ” She learned me carefully. “You did the at Hoover Dam. You referred to as me a mortal. Prefer you’re not. ” ns felt like punching a bongo. What was i thinking? I can never explain. I shouldn’t also try. “Tell me,” she begged. “You know what it means. Every these dreadful things ns see?”