On the night of April 3, 1995, Jessica Auryon was enjoying a quiet night at her condo’s pool. The pool was lit under her as she drifted peacefully on the surface of the water. She was twenty-five when she met the man of her dreams. He didn’t say his name at first when he splashed into the water so childishly, spraying her face with water from his cannonball. Of course, she was angry at him at first, but she soon warmed up to him. After getting to know this man some, she found out that he worked at the same aquarium she did and he knew her favorite restaurant after hearing her talk about the food countless times in the breakroom. So he offered to take her there. Of course, this was a date. Jessica had asked for his name, but Poseidon merely smiled and said he his name was too well recognized and he didn’t want her to know. With blind faith, she trusted him and let him take her on this date… And many dates after that. They fell in love after their fifth date when he teased her about wanting to have the same affection she gave to the animals she took care of at the aquarium.
Poseidon son told Jessica of his identity after she told him of the baby she was expecting. It came as a shock to her, but she had known there was something fishy about the man she loved. She didn't ask him to stay, but asked him to leave as soon as he could because she couldn't bear the thought of staying with him when there were more important things than a mortal lover. So he left. Then I was born.
I had a happy life. I went to a gifted school because of my dyslexia and my ADHD, but it’s not like I was unhappy or anything. I had my friends and I liked my teachers; they were patient with me when others weren’t and I thanked them for that. Especially my best friend Eloise. She was my protector, but I didn’t know it.
When I was eleven, I went to beach hotel resort with my mother and Eloise. One night, Eloise and I were alone on the beach just near the hotel. We were just playing beach volleyball when we heard a howl come from the water. We were just about ankle-deep in water until something began to appear in the distance. My hand went immediately to the bronze, seashell necklace that was clasped around my neck.
I had been told by my mother to open it in times of imminent death or great danger. I never understood why. "Your necklace is Celestial Bronze. Open it and use it on the telekhine," Eloise whispered, stiff as a statue. So the giant dog, seal monster was called a telekhine.
None of us moved until I grabbed Eloise and dove into the water, fearing that the telekhine would fire its harpoon at us. The monster had flippers, so I knew it could swim. I held Eloise’s hand as I swam away from the telekhine as fast as I could. Surprisingly, Eloise could barely keep up with me, but when I turned around the telekhine wasn’t far behind at all.
All I could think was “protect her protect her protect her.” Then I heard the trigger being pulled and braced myself for the worst, but it didn’t come. I opened my eyes, but something was blurring my vision. I realized I could breathe, and Eloise was safe and sound next to me, looking at me like I was some mystical creature. I could see the blurry outline of the telekhine so far away, then I looked around myself for the first time. A bubble. An airtight bubble.
I could feel the air get thinner and the telekhine was already making its way towards us. “Away away away away away,” I thought, my eyes closed tight. When I opened them, Eloise was in her own little bubble that was drifting away from me and back to the shore. I sighed in relief and turned back to the direction of the telekhine.
I waited and waited. I saw the telekhine raise its harpoon. Then I stopped waiting. I broke out my bubble, swimming full speed at the telekhine. Luckily, it froze in its tracks and I opened my shell just in time for it to turn into a sword and plunge it into the telekhine. I pulled my sword out of its body and whooped.
Oh I can breathe underwater.
I soon found Eloise safe on the shore, safe and sound. She had gotten my mother. I was, of course, very confused so I asked for an explanation. Eloise was a satyr, my protector, and my mom had fallen in love with Poseidon. I asked her the only thing that came to my mind when she was done telling me who I was and what had just happened: “Are there others like me?” I knew the answer, but I just had to confirm it before I went crazy. “Yes.”
She explained that there was a camp where kids like me could take refuge to. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go just yet. I spent the next four years of my life training with as a swordsman. When I felt like I had enough, I asked my mother to let me fly to camp. We lived in a nice little house in Los Angeles. With my mother’s help, I purchased my plane tickets and I was flying in no time.