One night, he was walking home when he stumbled across a group of Alexander's cronies beating on a poor defenseless girl. Reminding himself of his vow, he stepped in, and with little trouble protected the girl. Carrying her to the nearest hospital, he helped her to the hospital bed, and went home. The next day, the girl, thankful for what he had done, invited him over to hang with her and her friends. Though at first they didn't trust them, and he didn't trust them, they soon warmed up to each other. Soon, Xurxo began befriending more and more people, and his life became bearable again.
Meanwhile, Alexander had begun leading actual groups of the gang he was in, the Iberian Dragons, a splinter group of the Latin Kings that helped its patron gang grow. With this newfound leadership, he began terrorizing the neighborhood. He broke into homes, assaulted countless people, and due to his father gained immunity from the police. Xurxo, horrified by what his brother was doing, tried to convince his brother to stop. But Alexander refused, and in retaliation sent some of his lackeys to kill Xurxo. Caught by surprise, Xurxo was tied up and they planned to drag him away to a chemical plant, where they would kill him. Fortunantly, before they were able to do so, some of Xurxo's friends found him and were able to save him.
Realizing how truly dangerous Alexander and his gang were becoming, Xurxo and his friends decided to fight fire with fire, and formed their own group, the Crimson Wings, to combat the Iberian Dragons and take them down. Xurxo and the others secretly moved themselves to the Crimson Wings' headquarters, where they could fight without their families being a target.
For a month Chicago became a battleground between the Iberian Dragons and the Crimson Wings. Pitched fights occurred almost regularly, and everybody and everyone, much to the Crimson Wings' dismay, was becoming battered and bruised. Eventually, even Xurxo's mother, who he took great strides to protect, was attacked by the Iberian Dragons. Enraged by this, Xurxo focused on stoping the conflict, seeing how much damage both sides were doing.
It was then that one of the Crimson Wings' members was finally able to locate the Iberian Dragon's hideout, an abandoned factory at the edge of town. Launching a surprise attack, the Crimson Wings were able to infiltrate the base, and soon both gangs fought fiercely, for the battle would certainly dictate who would prove victorious, the Crimson Wings or the Iberian Dragons.
It was there that Xurxo finally faced Alexander. Though Alexander tried to goad Xurxo into joining the Iberian Dragons, he wouldn't have any of it, and after Xurxo angrily told Alexander off, they battled. Unlike the last time, the battle was even. Both Alexander and Xurxo battered themselves to near exhaustion, and yet they fought on. Both wanted this rivalry to end, though the method how to was different between the two of them. However; neither could gain the upper hand against the other, and soon, both trying to end the fight, ferociously attacked each other for a final time, their powers of fear emanating from them. The combined attack and use of their powers left both almost incapacitated, barely able to move an inch.
It was then that Fernandez arrived. Proclaiming that Alexander had been proven useless, Fernandez shot Alexander in the head and killed him. Xurxo, horrified, questioned why Fernandez would kill Alexander. Fernandez then revealed what he had been planning: Wanting a powerful son to become a powerful gang boss, he would use his son as a means to become a truly powerful gang boss himself, and from there further even more goals, though what they were he would not elaborate. When he thought that Alexander was too weak, he instead gave away Alexander and tried to use Xurxo. When Alexander came back, Fernandez gladly molded him into a gang boss. But now with Alexander dead, Fernandez could take over. All he needed to do was get Xurxo out of the way. Aiming the gun at Xurxo, Fernandez prepared to kill Xurxo.
While Xurxo and Fernandez spoke, Xurxo's mother Amanda, having finally healed her wounds and realizing that Fernandez was planning to kill Alexander and Xurxo, she rushed to the factory. Unable to get in, she did the only alternative to stop Fernandez. Being a daughter of Zeus, she called down a lightning bolt, which caused an explosion in the factory. She died in the explosion sadly, when debris crushed her.
After the explosion, Xurxo was able to climb out of the remains of the factory. As he climbed out, he found his step-father pinned under some debris. Having Fernandez's gun, Xurxo was tempted to kill Fernandez. Fernandez even try to goad Xurxo to kill him, as he rather be dead than embarrassed and shamed like this. However; Xurxo refused to let his anger and fear control him again, and instead shot the gun upwards, to help the police choppers locate their location.
After Fernandez's arrest and subsequent placement in prison for life, Xurxo had a funeral for his poor mother and step-brother. After the funeral, Xurxo lingered at his mother and step-brother's graves alone, and promised them he would not let people like Fernandez ever hurt people again. It was then that his father appeared. Deimos congratulated his son on his mastery over his fears. However; Xurxo wasn't so happy to see him, blaming him and his fear for ruining his life and family. Though he didn't hate his father, he made it quite clear he never wanted to see Deimos again. Deimos, saddened by his son's anger, left.
A week later, while he and the Crimson Wings were helping rebuild Chicago, that night he received a message from his father to go to Camp Half Blood in order to master his powers and be protected from the monsters that lurked. Though at first he refused to go, his friends convinced him they could hold down Chicago while he went to camp to train. Promising to return soon, he found a satyr that would take him to Camp Half Blood. A week later, he arrived.