Michael Kent was a big-shot casino owner in Las Vegas. He caught the eye of Apate, always one for con men, and she came down disguised as a casino visitor. After she 'accidentally' bumped into him while he was walking to get his attention, they fell in love. After one night, she left him abruptly. 5 months later, a basket showed up on his marble doorstep. It was a baby, wrapped in ornate blankets. Attached to the blankets was a note, explaining everything. Apate even told him about her being a god. He just laughed it off, thinking that she was crazy, but took in the baby. He named her Hadley. He promptly forgot about Apate, brushing her off and beginning to date other women. He never settled down, and never had another child.
Hadley's early childhood was quite hectic. Her father barely paid any attention to her. Whenever she asked about her mother, Michael just said that she was a crazy woman who dropped her off and left, which was partly the truth. Hadley realized that she would never get the answer she wanted, so she dropped the subject. She found herself lying, which she was very good at from a young age, to make people listen and pay attention to her. This caught the attention of her father. When she was 10, after school, she would come home and 'work' for her father. The work consisted in tricking people out of their money. She would lie to her father's clients while he watched, telling them that their money was safe with them. By her innocent looks, considering that she was 10, and her lying ability, she successfully tricked them. By the time she was 13, she started to get bored. She began to daydream all day. This caught the attention of Morpheus.
One day, when she was 13, she was walking home from school when a harpy came swooping out of nowhere. Morpheus noticed. He had taken a liking to her, and wanted to get her to camp safely. He sent a dream nymph, and he told the nymph to explain everything to her. One detail he changed though: he told the nymph to say that Apate sent her. He though that this would make Hadley happy, thinking that her mom was watching her. The dream nymph rushed down to the alley, killed the harpy, and explained everything to Hadley, Hadley agreed to go with her to camp. She rushed home, left a note explaining everything to her father, though he just laughed it off and forgot about her, and snuck out with the nymp. Morpheus teleported the two to the camp entrance, where they got inside safely.
For 5 years, Hadley was content at camp. She made lots of friends and honed her powers. She got two short swords as weapons, which she trained with. She stayed at camp year-round, because she loved it so much. When she was 17, she went on a quest with a child of Hephaestus. As a thank you, the Hephaestus kid made each of the questers monster wards. After the quest, she decided that as much as she loved camp, she would go to college. After she turned 18 and the summer passed, she packed up her stuff, put her monster ward on a necklace, and set off.
At college, she met a boy named Chase. He was cute, funny, and seemingly caring. She instantly fell in love with him. They dated happily for 3 years. During the summers, she would go to Europe with him, protected by the monster ward. When she turned 21, he watched her lie to a teacher and get away with it. He then realized that she could lie for him so his grades would improve. Blinded by love, she did so. Soon, he became bored with her eagerness and began to cheat on her. One day, while she was talking with some of her friends, she stumbled upon him kissing another girl. Angry and heartbroken, her world came crashing down and she realized his true motives. She broke up with him and ran off. At the time, Artemis happened to be visiting the college, for a lot of demigod girls happened to go there. She ran into Hadley and asked her what was wrong. When Hadley told her, she revealed herself as Artemis and told her about the hunt. Hadley gratefully accepted.
For a year, Hadley was content with the hunt. Morpheus, though, had begun to take great interest in her. He started to appear in her dreams. She began to fall in love with him, but was loyal to Artemis. In their dreams, to avoid breaking the rules of the hunt, the two would sit and talk. One day, he appeared to her in a dream and showed her what could be. He had her construct the perfect daughter. He made her appear in the dream She made her 16, and named her Aria. When she woke up though, Aria was standing next to her, grinning. Morpheus had attached a note to her hand. It said:
I hope that Aria has gotten to you safely. I loved our idea, so I created her as a dream nymph. She will always be 16. I hope that you remember me when you are with her. I made a cover story so that she could join the hunt with you. It goes like this:
Aria was a child of Morpheus. She was wandering in the forest with her boyfriend, who brought her there so he could break up with her. She was attacked by a hellhound. The boyfriend, who was a mortal who could see through the mist, stood there and did nothing. He walked away, shouting 'I was going to break up with you, but if you die right now I don't need to. He left her there. She did not have a weapon, and was a poor fighter, who had been protected by a satyr who was resting at home. The satyr was too lazy to bring her to camp when she was attacked at 13. He just wanted to stay in her town, because it was pretty. She died, and Morpheus, turned her into a dream nymph. I stumbled upon her while she was getting her bearings, and told her about the hunt. As a thank you, she adopted my last name, Kent. She accepted my offer, and would like to take the pledge.
I love you, and hope that you love me as much as you can. ~Morpheus
She took Aria to Artemis and told the cover story. Artemis took pity on Aria and accepted her into the hunt. For the next 4 years, Morpheus and Hadley stayed connected through messages that Morpheus sent to Aria, who relayed these messages to Hadley through dreams. Once in a while, he would give a love letter to Aria to give to Hadley, so that they could stay even tighter. One day, Artemis grew suspicious of Hadley's sometimes strange and abrupt behavior, like randomly staring up at the clouds and mumbling, daydreaming all day, and rushing to get to bed so she could hear from Morpheus. She decided to check on her and saw one of the letters, read it, and decided to banish Hadley and Aria from the hunt. Yet she still felt mercy for the two when they told her the full story. She agreed to teleport them safely to camp right away, where the two could live in peace.