Epic Beginning (random title)
Kitty: She was absorbed in her work, her eyebrows furrowed with concentration as her pencil skimmed lightly over the page to draw the outline of another compass rose. The shout from behind her made her jump and scream in fright, her entire body whipping around to face whoever it was, her arm reflexively lashing out in defence. Kitty felt the side of her hand collide with someone's jawline. "Ohmigod!" Her hands flew to her mouth as she saw who she had hit. She had never seen him before in her life but that didn't stop the overwhelming wave of concern that flooded her. "I'm so, so sorry! I didn't mean it! Are you alright?!" Her sudden movements and lifted her buried feet from the depths of the sands and sent her boots, sketchbook and pencils flying until they were sprawled and half-buried in the grains around her. She kneeled beside the dark-haired stranger, crossing arms over her leather bolero jacket and pink t-shirt.
Jude: "ACK!" The impact of the slap was so great that his head whipped sideways, losing his balance and eventually falling down his back. Good thing it was sand and it didn't hurt that much. The girl's hit was even harder than marble. When he was already lain down, the sunlight almost blinded him and so he squinted his eyes and reached his hand out in an attempt to block the light. He groaned in pain rubbing his jaw. "Ow..." As soon as he heard a girl's voice that seemed to be in panic, he tried to slightly open his eyes and all he could see was a blur. He started to wonder who the girl actually was until he rubbed his eyes and got a clearer look at her. His eyebrows furrowed in confusion. "Oh, gods, who are you?!" he asked, unbeknownst to him that she was the girl he planned to surprise.
Kitty: "Who am I? Who are you?!" The question baffled her. "I was drawing and you startled me!" Kitty placed her hand on her heart which is indubitably still palpitating from the shock. Her eyes scanned her surroundings and she scrambled to sit on the sand, taking her boots from where they landed and shoving them on. She gathered her pencils and shook the sand from them before stuffing them in her boots. "But are you alright?" she asked as she picked her notebook up before the tide rolled in and soaked it. "I'm really sorry about hitting you."
Jude: He sat up shaking his head, ruffling his hair to brush off any particles of sand. He raised an eyebrow still not getting what just happened. He looked around once again as if finding someone but when his eyes stopped at Kitty, he recognized her back and in shock, he covered his mouth, not really able to answer her questions because of a sudden realization. "Gods! I'm so sorry! I thought you were--" He pointed elsewhere as if pertaining to somebody in particular who wasn't even there. "I thought--" He slapped his forehead and stood up. "I'm so so sorry, lady." He walked to her and knelt down to try and help her pick her stuff up. "I thought you were someone I know." He didn't directly look at her but instead down the sand acting like he was actually looking for something. He was too ashamed of himself.
Kitty: "Ahh .." She nodded her head in comprehension. Kitty watched him as he fumbled, slapping his head in shame and tried to help her hunt down anymore pencils that may have been pushed deep into the sands. "Hey, hey, hey." she tried to get his attention. "Don't worry about it." She smiled at him, kneeling to unzip her other boot and hid her notebook there. She got back to her feet and tilted her head, trying to move into his field of vision when she saw him avert his eyes from her, embarrassed. "Seriously, it was a misunderstanding." She paused, outstretching her hand towards him. "I'm Katherine Winters. Or ... well, Kitty. You can choose." She chuckled. "Now I am someone you know."
Jude: When his eyes met hers, he quickly looked away and cleared his throat. "Ha! Me? Worry? No, no, no," he said in defense. Out of the corner of his eye, he saw her move and so he fully turned his face to finally look at her and see that she extended her hand. He was reluctant to shake it, still feeling a bit embarrassed, but he did anyway. "I-I'm Jude Walker. Here." He handed something over to her thinking it was her pen or anything she owned. A moment later, he noticed it move. His eyes bulged. "A-A CRAB!" He was too out of focus that wasn't able to realize that he randomly picked up anything that he touched. "Get it out!" Out of instinct, he created fire for a few seconds which burned the creature. It just got toasted. "Whoops..."
Kitty: She smiled as he shook his hand and raised an eyebrow as she placed a tiny crab on her palm. "Erm, this isn-t m-" Kitty was cut off by Jude's subsequent freak-out. Did he not realize what he handed to her? As soon as he started yelling, she dropped it and her eyes bulged as she set it ablaze. There was a pause of silence between them. "Poor thing ..." she said eventually and turned her head to look at him. Kitty said nothing for the briefest of moments and only started laughing, a bright clear sound as she closed her eyes and shook her head. When she calmed and looked back at him, it was clear from her expression that her joy wasn't at his expense but was just because of the whole situation altogether. "Oh ..." she took a breath and grinned. "You're an interesting fellow, Mr. Walker. My hitting you and the crab flambé aside, I'm glad we ran into each other." Her smile dropped and was concerned again. "Speaking of the hitting you thing, does it hurt? Do you want some ice from the infirmary or something?"
Jude: Their eyes met once again and as soon as Kitty started laughing, he couldn't help but chuckle thinking that was probably one of the ridiculous thing he's ever done that day. He thought her laugh actually sounded harmonious, as genuine as a child's chortle. Little by little stopping from laughing, he answered acting all macho, "You're being too formal, Katie. And who wouldn't be glad to have met me? I am the Jude Walker after all." He let out a small chuckle not actually realizing he said her name incorrectly. Because of the continuous movement of his mouth and jaws, he later felt a sudden sting coming from the slapped area earlier. "Ow, ow, ow." He touched and gently rubbed his jaws. He thought they were already doing fine but he was wrong. "Y-Yeah..." he replied still getting a feel of his jaws. He nodded. "Ice sounds good." He then added jokingly trying to lighten up the mood, "Is that thing of yours really a hand or a metal?"
Kitty: She raised an eyebrow when he called her 'Katie' but paid it no heed. It was a different derivative of her name and she took it. "Oh, the Jude Walker. I should be honoured then, I take it." Kitty laughed once more. She dropped her smile again when he started exclaiming in pain. "Ah! Are you okay?!" She asked before he spoke again. Kitty shared a smile with him when Jude agreed to go to the infirmary. Jeez, talking to this guy likened an emotional rollercoaster. Kitty chuckled at his quip and motioned for him to walk with her. "Both ..?" She grinned, running a hand through her long hair. "When not training, I spend my time drawing and climbing so my upper body strength game is fierce."
Jude: When Kitty gestured him to come along, he stood up and walked beside her. As much as possible avoided to move his jaws so whenever he spoke, he tried to keep his mouth from opening widely. With her answer, he knitted his eyebrows. "Drawing actually gives you hand muscles?" He laughed at himself forgetting about the pain in his jaw so he accidentally opened his mouth wider than he intended to and there went the pain again. "Ow, ow..." He placed his hands under his jaws as if clipping them so they won't go out of control. "I think I'm about to grow some abs right here in the jaws," he added jokingly but his tone sounded rather serious leaving all the laughing to Kitty if she ever found that hilarious.
Kitty: "Well, my fine motor control's certainly better than most." When she heard him laugh, Kitty felt herself grin. It was nice to listen to. "Alright, alright, how about we not talk until we get some ice on your jaw?" She suggested, smiling still. "Also, jaw abs aren't a thing." Kitty added, letting herself chuckle as she entered through the infirmary door. "Hello!" She greeted the Healers, campers mostly from the Apollo cabin but she knew anyone that knew how to fix someone up could help out. "I .. um .. punched him." She placed her hand Jude's shoulder as a way of introducing." Accidentally. I'm just gonna grab some ice, don't mind me. I'll be but a moment." She added to Jude and chuckled nervously before making her way deeper into the building. She came out, moments later, with a bundle of cloth that she was wrapping a clump of ice in. "Why don't you sit down?" Kitty smiled at Jude, pulling up a seat for herself. "It doesn't look bad. And I don't think I'm strong enough to make you bruise terribly so ..." she pressed down on the cloth until the cold of the ice had seeped through but it wasn't unbearable to hold. "Here. Hold this in place." She leaned forward, gingerly pressing the ice pack to his chin, being as delicate as her steady hands allowed.
Jude: He just nodded keeping himself from moving any muscle on his face. When they reached the infirmary, all he could do was wave as he got introduced and manage a small smile and nod in everything that Kitty said in acknowledgment.
Apollo Kid 1: He stopped at what he was doing when he saw someone new come in. "Oh hey!" he greeted. He gasped in shock as soon as he heard what happened to the poor guy.
Apollo Kid 2: "Tsk tsk tsk!" He butted in. "Are you guys actually having a lovers' quarre-- OOF!"
Apollo Kid 1: He interrupted the other with a nudge. He cleared his throat and looked back at the visitors showing a bright smile like no violence happened. "Sure, ma'am! Go ahead!" he welcomed Kitty and gestured for her to proceed.
Jude: Meanwhile, he just stood by the entrance and watched as Kitty did all the talking. A few minutes later, she returned with a cloth in her hand. He assumed it was ice under it. What else would she get? He pulled a chair towards him and sat down just in front of Kitty. He leaned in a bit so the cloth already touched his chin but it was surprisingly cold. "Ah!" he exclaimed backing away after he felt a burn. "C-Careful, please," he said wincing. "Did you actually get that from the Arctic?" He took the ice pack from her and very gently placed it under his chin. "Ah... that's much better." He added, "Thanks, Katie."
Kitty: "Oh, yeah, definitely. That was why I took so long. I took a travel rose to the Arctic just to get you some ice." She lowered her hand when he took the ice pack from her, laughing. "It's no problem."
Persephone Kid 1: A passing half-sibling of Kitty's, who seemed to be helping out in the Infirmary today, raised an eyebrow after Jude spoke. In a not-so-subtle way, she nudged Kitty's arm and asked, "Katie? Was he talking to you? You said your name was Kitty!"
Kitty: She internally winced as one of the girl's from her cabin pulled that topic up. "Well, my full name's Katherine Rose so does the nickname I get addressed by truly matter?" Kitty retorted, shrugging the whole matter off before turning to Jude as her half-sister walked away. "Honestly, it doesn't matter."
Jude: He relaxed leaning his back against the chair. He would occasionally move the ice pack around his jaw so it won't give him the burning feeling again. He was about to close his eyes to let them rest for a bit when he suddenly heard a new voice and startled him so he looked back up at Kitty. Their conversation wasn't, in any form, private and so he was able to hear what they were walking about out loud. He also learned that he had been calling Kitty by an incorrect nickname. He furrowed his eyebrows at that and when he was about to speak in defense, Kitty immediately replied to the girl and did the defending for him. He nodded, silently agreeing with Kitty thinking, Katie sounds way better anyway. He felt at ease afterwards and leaned back once more pressing the ice pack against his chin but he made it too hard than he intended to making him wince. "Ow!"
Kitty: She smiled as he nodded, watching him as he leaned back to rest. She unzipped her boot and pulled out her sketchbook once more, a pencil also resting between her fingers. She had opened it and pressed the tip of the graphite to the paper when Jude winced once more. Kitty jumped, the pencil skidding across the page. "Are you okay? Did I really hit you that hard?" she asked, moving towards him and gently pushing his hand aside so that she could see. It was red and slightly swollen and she winced too. "I feel terrible, Jude." She dropped her hands. "I'll make it up to you somehow."
Jude: He just nodded with a pained expression on his face like how a child would answer to his parent whenever they ask if they're hurt. "Oohh," he said with another wince as Kitty pushed his hand aside to look at the part she accidentally hit. "Careful." Right after she checked, he brought the ice pack back to his jaw and continued applying it. Hearing the words Kitty just said, he assumed she was feeling great guilt and he didn't want others to feel that way especially a girl so he immediately rebutted, "Hey, Katie! It's fine!" He flashed her a wide smile and surprisingly the pain decreased because he could finally smile that big. "Oh cool beans. See? I can smile now! No worries, I won't die this easily," he reassured. "But..." he added in reply to her last statement, "I could really use a hand, you know?" A sideways smile formed on his face.
Kitty: She wasn't buying it when he nodded and looked disheartened. Kitty trained religiously, day and for most of the night, so it was some small consolation that she was getting stronger. But gods, she didn't realize she was strong enough to dent a man's jaw! She watched him as he smiled widely and grinned too. Well, it was getting better at least. But at the sound of his vague request, she raised an eyebrow, leaning forward to return her book and her pencil to the inside of her leather boots. "Oh, alright. What with?" she asked. Her wish to compensate for the surprising - albeit unintentional - punch was genuine but something about that smile sent the gears in her head turning.
Jude: "Hm?" He said, "Oh, not now." He chuckled. "Someday perhaps when I needed it." In truth, he didn't know what kind of help he needed but he wouldn't make such an offer pass and so he made his own reservations. "So yeah, if I ever need your help, I'll just come and ask you," he added and flashed a smile at her. His usual naughty self was slowly returning as he sat back and crossed his legs. Almost as if it was automatic, his right eyebrow just flicked up and his lips curled into yet another smirk. But in reality, there was really nothing in his mind. That was just how he looked sometimes, it just came out naturally. "So Katie," he finally spoke. He honestly found Kitty interesting and would like her to stay for a bit more so he brought up a random topic. "Who's your godly parent?"
Kitty: She watched him with careful eyes at his even stranger response. "So long as your request is within reason," she shrugged, pushing her hair over her right shoulder. "I'm sure I won't have a problem with it. That's really what I mean when I respond to a request with 'Oh, sure, anytime!' or 'Yeah, ask me anything.' Translation: Anything and anytime within reason." She chuckled a little and leaned back on her seat as he crossed his legs. Kitty replied to his smirk with a half-smile on her own face, both her eyebrows shooting for a split second and her head tilting slightly to the left. She didn't quite know what to make of him yet. The other half of her red lips brightened into a full smile at his question. "Persephone. And basing my judgement completely on our little crustacean friend's fate, you're either some sort of Fire Nymph or a son of Hephaestus. Am I wrong?"
Jude: He chuckled along with her, completely amused at how she answers to him. "I'll make sure I remember that," he said, "noted." He continued pressing the ice pack on his jaw. Seeing her smile as she replied to his question, he thought she was proud of her godly parent. He nodded as he listened to what she had to say. At the very mention of the crustacean friend, he laughed but stopped midway remembering about his jaw. "That was close," he muttered. "Anyway," he added looking back at Kitty, "dead wrong." He shook his head with another smirk. He did the no gesture with his index finger. "I'm a mere mortal blessed by the divine lord of blacksmith to have a bit of his abilities." He was playing around and if Kitty was smart enough, she'd know. Jude had no intentions to lie anyway. It was all pure play but if Kitty ever takes it, he'll be tempted to continue. "It's a long story, darling. Believe me."
Kitty: A curved eyebrow shot up when he deemed her answer to be incorrect and after hearing his explanation. "Oh, is that so?" she asked, her answer breathy and broken up with her chuckles. Kitty may have only started to read up on Greek Mythology a few months ago but read up, she did. Deity names and their history synopses were fresh in her mind and so were the stories that she believed could only be legend. She may have flunked school but she wasn't gullible nor easily fooled. But it was a notion that made her grin widely. "Well, you're not going anywhere until that jaw's completely fixed up and I have designated myself to be your honourary ice-fetcher when that melts in your hands or shares the same fiery demise as our soft-shelled amigo. I don't think we'll be going anywhere for a while, darling, " she smirked playfully. "So I'd be happy to hear it. Go on." Kitty shifted her seat closer to him, leaning her elbows on her knees and her chin on her palms, as an emphasis on her wanting to listen.
Jude: This looks fun, he said in his mind and then a small smile curled up his lips showing his amusement for the girl's curiosity like how old people find it adorable when kids ask for stories. He nodded as he saw her point. "You're right. I don't think we'll be going anywhere so I have you all for myself... for now," he said with a bit of chuckle, "be sure to entertain this..." He pointed at himself and tried to think of the correct term, "Uhh... one of a kind man." He added, "You should feel honored that you are in the presence of someone like me. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity," he declared but, of course again, he was kidding. He then later realized that what he said just rhymed. "Oh, nice. That rhymed... like me... opportunity. Anyway!" He leaned forward and paused for a moment like how adults would begin exciting bedtime stories. "Actually," he started, "I'm not even from this century." He stopped right there and kept the suspense, hoping to get Kitty's curiosity kicking.
Kitty: "My, oh, my. You've quite an ego in that head of yours, don't you?" she asked, chuckling once more. Her father always said that Kitty was born smiling and she hadn't stopped smiling since but gods, her face hurt she was giggling and grinning so much. "A gifted mortal and a poet. By the Rivers of the Underworld, I feel like I should be curtsying right now." She laughed again. "Oh? So a poet, a gifted mortal and a man out of time. No, actually, I feel we should both have drinks or something. Mm!" Kitty stood, tugging at her rosy t-shirt and heading towards a counter in the Infirmary, picking up goblets that she had left behind when she was last here. They were cleaned, thank the gods, and they weren't returned to the Dining Pavilion. She sat back down and handed him one of the silver goblets, commanding her own to contain lemonade with lime cordial. An odd concoction that came across when she was younger but it grew to be her favourite. "Okay, okay. Continue, s'il vous plait."
Jude: He just gestured with his hand like how a king would say in the humblest way, 'please please it's nothing really'. Upon hearing her suggest a drink, his expression changed. "A drink?" He stretched his neck and lifted himself a bit from his seat like he was actually checking if there really were drinks there. He was rather surprised to see Kitty return with goblets in her hand and give the other to him. He held the goblet like it was some wine glass. He nodded in contentment. "Mm, not bad, fair maiden. Not bad." He looked inside and, of course, it was empty. Since he's been in camp for about a month now, he knew what to do commanding it to have iced tea. What a very great drink for a king. He took a sip of it and he was completely satisfied. "Nice, alright, so," he continued, "not sure what you said in the latter but it surely wasn't English." He let out a short laugh. "Anyway, like what I've said, I'm not from this century. I came from the time of the dragons, King Arthur, witch hunts... name it." He took another sip before continuing. "I was a loyal peasant for the king back then and guess what I served him?"
Kitty: She sipped her drink, the sweet and sour mix of delight making her purse her lips as the fizz tickled her throat. "It's French for 'please', dork." She laughed with him and stopped to listen. She had been fascinated with medieval settings since she was a little girl, her works a tribute to the era, with the numerous castles and dragons and different landscapes in her sketchbook. So listening to him come from Arthurian times was certainly something that intrigued her. Kitty knew that it was a whole load of malarkey though but humour him, she did. "Say 'crab' or 'lobster' and I swear, I will die laughing." She grinned playfully. The entire conversation filled her with mirth, that for a moment, she forgot why they were even in that building in the first place
Jude: "Alright, alright," he said as he raised both of his hands in surrender to what she just said as if not wanting to argue any further about what the French phrase meant. Anyway, he didn't know the language so he wouldn't bother to say anything more. He laughed a bit. "So," he continued, "I was about to say--" He was interrupted by Kitty when she mentioned the crab once more and it apparently made him laugh carefully as well. "No, no, no," he said. "But that's a very nice guess." He smiled at her. "What I was about to say is..." He lifted his cup in emphasis. "Wine." He added, "I served him with the most delicious wine in all the kingdom made out of the freshest grapes harvested by our hard-working farmers." He smirked once before drinking from his cup.
Kitty: He was a decent storyteller, she'd give him that. Theatrics and hyperboles were rife in his words. It wasn't the truth, but the intrigue, that got her pressing him on. "Oh, alright! A royal cupbearer. So ... how did you come to receive Hephaestus's favour?" she asked him. It was what caught her interest the most out of his elaborate tale. "And how did you gain immortality? Did you poison the rival king's wine or something?" Kitty chuckled, pulling her leather jacket closer in on herself before taking a sip of her lemonade.
Jude: Jude found her questions rather entertaining. "Ho-ho-ho! My dear, patience," he said with an amused smile. "We're getting there." But in his mind, Yikes! Heph! Not Dionysus, Jude, you silly! He tried to keep his composure despite the internal panic he was having. He cleared his throat and then spoke, "Easy." He took a sip again and said, "I was serving the king and unbeknownst to me, the king was actually Hephaestus. I don't know how the gods did it but he sure did fool me." He leaned forward once more as if the story was just getting more serious. "Afterwards, he just revealed himself to be Heph and told me that he was very much pleased with the wine I served him. Then BOOM!" He imitated the sound of an explosion as he did the gesture. "I get, not immortality, but I get saved from the upcoming war that time. I don't know what happened next." He drank the last of his iced tea and added, "I remember I was just sleeping then the next thing that happened was I woke up in this..." He motioned to their surroundings. "Place. I know it sounds weird but..." He shrugged. "Eh, you know how Greek Myth is. Well, not really myths but you know what I mean."
Kitty: "Hmm ..." she nodded, sipping her drink once more. "You know, I'm not buy-" Kitty was cut off by an exasperated sigh from behind her, making her turn around to face whoever she was annoying at the time. It was that Healer, the one that got nudged by his friend earlier, glowering down at them.
Apollo Kid 2: "Yo, he's clearly all better now. How about you give us some peace and quiet? Y'know ... to help the people that are actually injured." He waved his hand to the occupied beds in the building, and the Healers tending to them.
Kitty: "Noted. Sorry." She stood up, turning to Jude. "I don't think someone with a completely bruised and swollen jaw could have talked as much as you have so if you're up for it, we can continue this discussion elsewhere." Kitty turned around and the Healer had already left to tend to a patient. "Wanna go to the park in town? I've never been and I'm up for a change of scenery."
Jude: He wasn't actually able to realize that he's feeling fine already. He stood up as well still pressing the ice pack on his jaw just to let it continually heal. Those Apollo kids seem really nosy but at the same time, he was relieved to be interrupted since he didn't know what to say anymore and so he had the chance, even for a little, to think of what else to put. Anyway he just ended his story. "The park, huh?" He said jokingly with a chuckle, "You're moving rather fast to ask me on a date when we just met. Well, okay, considering the fact that you're pretty, I think I'll say yes but not right now, darling." He began to head to the door of the infirmary and before he left entirely, he just said, "Tomorrow 10 A.M. Meet me where we first saw our crustacean friend, got it?" He didn't wait for her reply anymore and just sent a flying kiss to her out of randomness then he let out one last smile and he was gone.
Kitty: She raised an eyebrow, surprised at his accusation of sorts. "I'd ask you not to flatter yourself, Mr. Walker, but that's all you've been doing with your little story." She smirked, crossing her arms as she turned to completely face him. Kitty listened as he made his request for her to meet him on the beach and laughed at his ridiculous, albeit endearing, gesture. He disappeared down the hill and she stared at the doorway for a few moments, eyebrows furrowed and her arms still tightly crossed over her chest. She turned around and saw her half-sister from earlier, scrutinizing her with her gaze.
Persephone Kid: "Nice pull you got there, sis." she said sardonically. "Didn't know you had that kind of skill."
Kitty: Kitty laughed at the absurdity. "Puh-lease." She waved her hand dismissively. "I was only humouring him and his little game." Kitty scoffed and turned towards the doorway once more "I can't quite place him .." she muttered. "And that makes him, at the very least, interesting."
The Fateful Reunion (also random title)
Jude: Buzz! Buzz! Buzz! Bu-- Jude groggily reached for the alarm and turned it off. Time check 9:49 A.M. "Ugh..." he groaned. "Five more minutes..." He jolted up with his eyes all wide as he remembered. "SHOOT!" He immediately removed the blankets and jumped out of bed wearing only an undershirt paired with pajamas. He looked in the mirror and he looked terribly awful with his hair all ruffled and he really needed to wash. He rushed to the restroom and did a quick shower. After about ten minutes, he was ready to go out wearing a red polo shirt with a thick black line design on the chest area. He paired it with his dark blue jeans and black sneakers. He checked the time again and right when his eyes landed on the digital clock, it changed to exactly 10 A.M. "WOAH SHOOT I'M LATE!" He then ran out of the cabin and headed to the beach where he was supposed to meet Kitty.
Kitty: Kitty was not on the sands of the beach. She was there on the dot but he wasn't. That confirmed suspicions she had about him that she didn't even know she had. Instead, she decided to continue what she was on the beach to do yesterday, before being sidetracked by Jude. She was up one of the trees on the margins of the shore, continuing the compass roses she was drawing yesterday. She wore her skinny jeans with her usual leather boots, a white tank top underneath a purple woolen cardigan. A necklace hung from her neck a silver treble clef pendant dangling from the long chain. She heard rushing footsteps approach and Kitty lifted her emerald eyes from the paper. "Well, well, well." She muttered under her breath with a smirk. "Y'know .." she yelled down to Jude as he reached the beach. "I can't help but wonder. Did King Arthur and Queen Guinevere ever threaten to draw and quarter you for being late?" She raised an eyebrow. "I imagine they must have done something along those lines, especially if you were the one that set the time." She jumped down from the tree, her knees bending to absorb the impact of her smooth landing, her sketchbook and pencil secured in her hands before moving to step in front of Jude. She smiled. "You're lucky it's just me."
Jude: Once he reached the beach, he slowly stopped until his run turned to trot then he fully stopped, pressing his hands on his knees as he panted but not a moment later, he got startled by a voice just just suddenly spoke making him exclaim in surprise and turn to where it seemed to come from. "Oh my gods!" He put his hand on his chest as he felt the fast beat of his heart become even faster. Then he finally saw it was just Kitty. "Katie!" he called and put a smile on his face as he managed a shaky chuckle, trying to appear friendly in the midst of panting, in the hopes of her actually not taking his fault into account. As he heard her start her sermon right up there in one of the trees, he remained silent for some reason and just took in whatever she said. Maybe it was because he's too tired to argue. When she jumped down and then finally showed him a smile, he somehow felt better thinking that she wasn't angry at all. "Very lucky, indeed," he said. He rubbed his nape and sheepishly apologized, avoiding eye contact, "Look uh... sorry, my alarm didn't work." It was a lame excuse to blame something human-made. "I'll get it fixed soon..." He didn't think it was good enough to even amend his mistake and so he looked back at Kitty with a more determined expression. "I'll make it up to you, I swear!" he promised to Kitty. "Um... I know! Let me be your servant for the day," he said with a bright smile and bowed. He raised his head just to say, "That's pretty much what I'm good at anyway... I think." He put his head back down afterwards.
Kitty: "Hey, hey hey, it's cool." She laughed. "I did punch you yesterday. You showing up late doesn't quite make us even." The request that followed after made her eyes widen. It was reminiscent of her life before she moved to Camp Half-Blood. With a family such as hers, she had her experience with a maid or a butler or two. And each one that her father hired, she subsequently asked him to fire for the same reason she was refusing Jude's service. "No, no, no, no, no." Her index finger was raised and shaking to emphasise her point. "I am a strong advocate of the whole 'working hard to earn what you get' thing. I like doing things for myself but thanks very much." She chuckled, shaking her head. She transferred her sketchbook in her other hand, pausing for a second before smirking "But I get to choose where in the park we go. Shall we?"
Jude: He looked up when he heard her refuse his offer and saw that she looked serious about it so he stood back up but raised an eyebrow in confusion. "Um...?" Usually, people would take the advantage whenever Jude would offer something like that since he's a really hard-headed individual and preferred to do most things his way, finding it hard to submit to just anybody. Strangely, Kitty acted differently. When she chuckled, it seemed contagious and so he laughed along. He just shrugged and let out a smile thinking that Kitty must be really something. "Sure," he replied, "if you say so. But hey--" He pointed his two hands at her and said, "Lunch's on you, miss." It was pretty hard to tell whether he was joking or not since he rarely attached the word kidding or joking after delivering his lines. He believed that when you say punchlines, you don't directly say it's a joke. You just let the person think it's actually a joke. If they take it seriously, then that's where the magic words, joke and kidding comes in.
Kitty: His next request made both of her eyebrows shoot up in surprise, making her laugh brightly. "Oh, good sir, your gentlemanliness is stupefying." Kitty said sarcastically, getting that strange sensation once more of not being able to stop smiling. She was so sure that she'd have to massage her cheeks for hours when the day was done. "But, y'know what? Deal. But after today, we're even for that right hook." She winked, her boots skimming over the top of the sand as she ran to get to solid ground. Kitty turned around for a moment. "Come on, slowpoke." She called out with a grin, kneeling down on the grass to secure her sketchbook in her left boot before standing up. She took a deep breath of the sea air, filling her lungs with the freshness of the morning breeze. Kitty waited until Jude was in step with her before walking towards the camp entrance with him.
Jude: He just managed a smirk and when he saw Kitty already going, he called out, "Hey wait up!"
to Remember in the Park
Jude: Jude couldn't think of any place that was as serene as a park. Probably a million places would be considered so tranquil and yet the friendliness the park showed would probably be one of its assets. He kept one hand in the pocket of his jeans and then breathed in the freshness of the air. Afterwards, he looked at Kitty with a well-what-do-you-think look. The park was covered in green grass that was neatly trimmed. At one side, there was a playground where children ran after each other and even some of their parents tagged along. There were some areas wherein couples and families had picnics while some preferred to be alone reading books under a tree or probably sketching the beautiful scenery. When he saw the person who seemed to be drawing on his sketchpad, he remembered Kitty and a question formed in his mind. "Oh yeah," he said. "I just noticed that you always kept that small notebook of yours. I was just wondering why of all places, you keep them in your boots?" He managed a small smile as if almost chuckling at the thought but stopped himself.
Kitty: Kitty followed Jude to the park, having never been, and when they were there, the sweet aroma of plants and flowers hit her like a wall of joy. She had gotten used to the grasses and trees of the Camp and the new scenery almost reminded her of her old home. She saw Jude shoot her a questioning look and she grinned. "I love it. It's so pretty here. Even in the cold, it doesn't look dull or lifeless." Kitty made a conscious effort to turn off her aura, the one that would cause flowers to bloom and grow faster in her presence. They walked in silence for a moment; it was a comfortable silence, one that just let her soak the place in without thinking that she was ignoring Jude. He asked her a question soon after and she joined in with his laughter. "It's a sketchbook. One of many that I have. And actually, I wear these boots for the sole reason of keeping the sketchbook in them. It's the only pair I brought long enough to hide it in. I'd bring a bag but training, running and climbing trees and buildings are so much easier without one on. I find inspiration everywhere. My dad always said that it was because I saw something in people and in the banalities of life that not many people could appreciate. But really, when I find something worth remembering, I simply don't wanna having nothing to help me frame it." she smiled.
Jude: "Remind me to give you a camera for Christmas," he said chuckling. He continued walking around, taking his time with every step as he watched the people especially the complete families. All of a sudden, he felt something heavy in his chest. He was envious. Even when he saw a mother and a child without the father, he still felt that they were much fortunate than him. It reminded him a lot of his family, who he left to stay at camp. Seeing little young girls made him think of his half-sister back home. He left him at such a very young age that every night, it worried him if she could make it without him. The thought overflowed in his mind that he was not able to realize he was being silent for almost five minutes. He broke his own quietness by letting out a sigh. Then he felt his senses get heightened especially his hearing when the sound of a crying child interrupted the laughter and chatter from the other people. He turned and saw a little girl crying in the middle of the playing field. A look of worry was written all over his face as he ran to the girl. "Hey, are you okay, kid?" he asked with much concern as he knelt down beside her and gently slid his hand down her back repeatedly to comfort her.
Kitty: She laughed. "Cameras are so static. While you can create really great works of art with them, it's nothing compared to doing something with your own hands. Capturing an image whilst throwing a bit of yourself into the mix. It's so much more personal and meaningful." Kitty smiled and watched him as his face fell, his eyes distant and sad. Kitty bit her lip, her heart sinking for him. She looped her arm around his, her hand resting on the crook of his elbow as some gesture of comfort as they walked in silence. Kitty looked up and gave him a small smile, in the small hope that it would help. She dropped her hand when she heard the small sobs of a little girl. Jude ran towards her and Kitty was quick to follow, dropping to her knees as well. The cold bit through her jeans and chilled her knees but she tilted her head and tried to look at the girl's face. "Hey, hey. Don't you worry." her tone was soft and soothing, her smile even more so. "We'll try to help you. Are your parents around here somewhere?"
Jude: The little girl shook her head in response as she continued to cry. Jude felt utterly broken for this girl. Right at that moment, he was determined to take care of her. "Hey, come," he said when he stood up and reached his hand to the kid. "Let's find your parents." The girl stopped sobbing for a moment and looked at Jude's hand then to his face. When he finally saw her face, it was as if all the sadness in the world was gathered and put together right there in that girl. She stood up and she was really tiny making Jude think she as probably three to four years old or even younger. She extended both of her hands to Jude and pouted, pleading for her to be carried. "Uh?" At first he didn't quite understand. Then the girl all of a sudden began crying again. "P-Papa!" She sniffed and tears fell down her cheeks once more. "O-Okay, okay!" he said in a panic that the girl would feel bad again. Thankfully, he got what she meant. He grabbed her by the arms and carried her. Then the girl miraculously stopped crying. She later looked at Kitty and reached her hand to her too. "Mama." At the very mention of the word, Jude's eyes bulged. "Um... she's--" He stopped himself and thought explaining to a kid as young as her wouldn't be so effective.
Kitty: She took a step back and watched as the girl cried to be picked up by Jude. Kitty smiled a little at how she reached out to him, despite how dreadfully morose the girl looked. When Mr. Clueless eventually took the hint and picked her up, the girl was silent and content. "She likes you, Papa." Kitty chuckled and looked at the little girl. Their eyes met and Kitty took a step forward with a smile but was then disarmed when she reached for her too, calling her 'Mama'. Jude began to protest and Kitty herself was startled but eventually, she just smiled and took her little hand in her own warm one. "Ah, it doesn't matter." she whispered to Jude, shrugging it off, before gently brushing the girl's hair away from her face. "What's your name, sweetie?" she asked her.
Jude: The little girl stared at Kitty for a few seconds, familiarizing herself with the new face. "Dai-sy," she replied with a bit difficulty. It seemed like she's just starting to learn to talk, getting used to saying her name. "Well, hello, Daisy," Jude said to her with a warm smile. "Daddy Jude and Mommy Kitty will take care of you for now until we find your parents, okay?" He wiped Daisy's cheeks with his thumb and tucked her hair behind her ears. He then turned to Kitty and whispered, "Sorry, I didn't know things would escalate this quickly." Daisy hugged him by the neck and it showed such a heart-warming picture, picture-taking worthy, perhaps. "Oh," Jude reacted in slight surprise but he still sounded calm. A genuine smile formed on Jude's face. It just looked so innocent like a child feeling secure in the arms of her father. He looked at Kitty again and asked, "You think it's a good idea to report this to the police?"
Kitty: "You're apologizing for helping out a sweet little girl?" Kitty whispered and dropped Daisy's hand, grinning as she watched her wrap her arms around his neck in the gentlest of hugs. Kitty had never had a younger sibling, or a younger relative of any sort, and couldn't help but wish she had someone to care for the way Jude was looking after her. She turned her eyes away from Daisy and looked up at Jude as he asked her something. "Yeah," she whispered. "Maybe we can find the park owners or whoever works here first, ask if the parents are still here. If nada, I'll call the police." Kitty sighed once more and stepped closer to both of them, her shoulder brushing Jude's. "Why would they leave her alone?" she asked under her breath. "Is there a café or something here? I'm sure getting little Daisy something to eat and drink would help." she smiled at the little girl. "How does that sound, Daisy? Would you like to come with us to get a snack?"
Jude: When Daisy heard Kitty asked her, she let go of Jude's neck and just blinked as if she didn't understand a thing that Kitty said. For a few seconds of silence, Jude chuckled finding the little girl's reaction very adorable. He turned to Kitty and said, "I'll take that as a yes." He looked back at Daisy and held her hand, gently shaking it. "Daisy, mommy Kitty will treat us to lunch. How does that sound? Cool, right?" Again, the kid just blinked and looked at Jude's hand that held hers. Jude told Kitty, "Yeah, I think it's a good idea to to ask the workers first if there are any." Then he asked, "You have any idea where to find them?"
Kitty: "So will I." She chuckled along with Jude and grinned at Daisy. "Alright, let's go. And I imagine there will be some employees in the café." Kitty began walking down the path with them, glancing around for any sign of an employee of the park. They got to a small café not far off and Kitty jogged to the door, holding it open for them. "Mmm, that smells good. I love the smell of coffee and cake. Go on in and choose whatever you want."
Jude: Daisy struggled, kicking her feet asking to be put down. "Oh, okay, okay," Jude said as he carefully put her down and let her stand on her own but she still held Jude's hand. The smell of brewed coffee filled the air and it was very homey making him remember those times when he'd make his mom a cup of coffee. "Ah, yeah, that's good," he said with a contented smile. Daisy seemed to have already chosen what she wanted as she pulled Jude inside headed to the glass container where cakes and other pastries were displayed. "O-Okay, okay, coming," Jude said as he got dragged along. Daisy then pointed at a particular slice of cake with pinkish icing and bits of what looked like crushed strawberries. In front of the plate wrote... wait... he couldn't read. The letters scrambled themselves and refused to be read. Jude was dyslexic, a common condition among demigods like him. He rubbed his eyes to make sure they were still alright. He just assumed that the cake that Daisy wanted was a strawberry cake. "You want this?" he asked Daisy pointing at the same cake and Daisy nodded in response.
Kitty: She closed the door, walking into the café after Jude and Daisy and followed them to the counter. She watched them as Daisy eagerly asked for a slice of cake from the other side of the glass. Kitty chuckled and took out her purse from her jacket pocket, taking out a 20 dollar note. "Jude, here." She handed him the bill. "Can you get me a latte and a chicken sandwich? Buy yourself some lunch and Daisy can have her strawberry cake. As well as whatever drink she wants to go with it. I'll go talk to the manager. Just let me know if the money's not enough." She smiled at Jude and ruffled Daisy's hair before walking away, pocketing her purse in the process. Kitty headed towards the kitchen, asking for the manager. A tall man had exited the kitchen and she spoke him in hushed tones, telling him of how they found Daisy alone in the field and that Jude and her were looking for the girl's parents.
Jude: With that big of a bill that Kitty handed over to him, his eyes widened and wondered where she got the money but then that didn't really matter as of that moment. They needed to fill their stomachs. He went to the cashier and ordered what Kitty told him and what Daisy wanted. The woman gave him something circular and flat, which she said would buzz if their orders are ready to be claimed. Afterwards, Jude looked for a table and found one by the window with four seats. He took Daisy there and let her sit while they waited. He watched the people down the streets and their lives looked normal, like nothing much was happening... walking, chatting, smoking, laughing... he started to wonder if he'll ever have a life like that. Simple.
Kitty: She thanked the manager with a friendly smile who disappeared into an office to make a phone call. She returned to Jude and Daisy who were now at a table by the window. Kitty sat down opposite Jude and smiled. "And now we play the waiting game. I spoke to the manager and he said he'll call the front desk at the park reception to see if they can find them. No one has dropped by here asking if anyone's seen their kid." She leaned back against her seat, silent for a moment as she too looked out of the window. Kitty missed her father. She spent afternoons out in parks and museums with him and made too many memories to not be nostalgic when in places like the one she was in now. Casting the longing from her mind for a second, she tucked a loose strand of hair behind her ear and glanced at Jude. "You got yourself something to eat too, right?"
Jude: His daydreaming got disrupted when Kitty finally came. "Oh, you're here," Jude said with a small smile. He listened to what she had to say and nodded. "I see... well, at least, you got the manager to contact someone. That's good." He saw her look out the window the same thing he did earlier and somewhat noticed the wistful look in her eyes. He let out a sigh and then when she asked him, he just snapped his head and looked back at her. "Hm? Oh I--" Their conversation was interrupted by Daisy's continuous slamming of the buzzer thing on the table. With a shocked expression, Jude gentle held her hands to stop her. "No, no, Daisy, that's where food comes out," he just said knowing that he did sound weird but then not a second later, the thing buzzed. "Well," he said to Kitty and Daisy, "Be right back. You guys have a... girl talk moment for now." He stood up from his seat and took the thing with him as he went to the counter to claim their orders, leaving the two behind.
Kitty: The metal plate buzzed and Jude stood to get their food. "Thanks, Jude." Kitty smiled and turned to Daisy who was still fiddling with the plate. "So … Daisy," she began, just hoping to keep the little girl engaged and happy. "What's your favourite place in the entire park?" She asked with a big grin. Daisy looked up and tilted her head to the side. Kitty held back a chuckle, recognising that she herself did that when in thought. "The place with the swings." The little girl eventually replied. Kitty let out an excited gasp. "That's my favourite place, too! The swings make you feel like you're flying right? Like a bird, or a superhero or-" She was cut off by another suggestion "Or a fairy?" Daisy asked. "Or a fairy." Kitty repeated in agreement, sharing an excited grin with the sweet child. "We'll stop by the swings after we eat, how does that sound?" Daisy excitedly nodded and craned her neck, undoubtedly looking for Jude to come back with her cake.
Jude: "Here you go!" he said when he finally got back. "Oh, wow, you actually got her to talk," he told Kitty with a smile. "Cake for little Daisy." He placed the plate of strawberry cake in front of Daisy and a wide smile appeared on her face, excitement written all over it. Then Jude put the knife and fork beside it. "And..." He sat back down first and then looked at Kitty with the what-are-you-looking-at stare, holding a cup and a sandwich. Not a moment later, he laughed and handed over the latte and sandwich to her. "Latte and chicken sandwich for mommy Kitty," he said, unaware that he'd been calling her Kitty since earlier instead of Katie. Out of the corner of Jude's eye, he saw Daisy struggle to actually get a slice of the cake, icing already all over the sides of her mouth. He let out a soft chuckle and grabbed the tissue in front of him then wiped Daisy's face. "Let me help you, little one." He grabbed the fork and sliced a small piece then said, "Say, aaahh." Daisy then opened her mouth and Jude began feeding her. "Yummy!" Jude commented then Daisy laughed. "Oh, she liked that," he said. He then remembered to give Kitty something else. "Oh! By the way..." He reached into his pockets and took out a few bills and coins including a receipt then put them all on the table. "Your change," he said, "you never really asked. Good thing I remembered."
Kitty: When Jude placed her coffee and her sandwich, she grinned and grabbed her cup. "Oooh, thank you." Kitty sipped her coffee and sighed contentedly. "Ah, that's so nice." She grinned and glanced over at Daisy who was smothered in icing. Before she could react, Jude was already wiping her mouth and proceeded to feed her himself. "Oh, you're so sweet with kids." She found herself saying after he made Daisy laugh. Aware that may have seemed forward and sudden, she immediately added on, "It's just ... nice to see a guy that caring, y'know? I hardly ever see people like that anymore." She put her coffee down and took a bite out of her sandwich. Mid-chewing, Jude remembered her change and Kitty gave a muffled sound of recognition. She put a hand below the hollow of her throat and swallowed before taking the change from the table. "Ah, thank you. I'd completely forgotten." Kitty took out her wallet from her pocket and was about to put the coins in before she paused. "You still haven't gotten something to eat for yourself." She stood up, putting her coins in but keeping the wallet ajar. "I'll get it for you this time and you can keep looking after Daisy. Just tell me what you'd like. The sandwich you got me is pretty great by the way, in case you want that. Or whatever else. But you've gotta eat and drink something. I don't think you've had anything all day."
Jude: He smiled at her compliment. "Thanks..." he replied. The reason behind all that care was because he had a younger half-sister, who he loved so much and he was the one who used to take care of her whenever their parents were not around but he never really mentioned that to anyone. He just thought it wasn't something that would interest anyone. Seeing her stand up, so did he. With a surprised expression, he stopped her and said, "Ah, no, no, that's completely fine." He smiled. "Not much of a fan of..." he looked at the food in front of him before continuing. "Fancy food. I pretty muh prefer those stuff outside," he said as he pointed his thumb to one of the stalls out in the park. There were actually a number of food stalls lined by the side of the place--waffles, hotdogs, ice cream and a lot more. "I'm good with waffles." He chuckled. Later, he felt a tug on his shirt so he looked down and saw Daisy pointing at something. "Hm? What is it?" Jude followed with his eyes to where she pointed and saw a carriage that lets tourists ride for a small price and then take them to various places nearby.
Kitty: She nodded, smiling. "Alright, as soon as we leave this place, we're getting you some waffles." She chuckled too and her attention turned to Daisy just as Jude's did. Her eyes lifted to where Daisy was pointing and Kitty grinned. "Oh, nice idea, Daisy! And we'll get to the swings much quicker with that. Are you finished with your cake?" Kitty sat back down, finishing what was left of her sandwich as Daisy proceeded to eating hers too, however messy the result. Kitty chuckled. "Oh, sweetheart ..." she took the napkin and wiped Daisy's face. "Want a bit more?" Kitty asked, pointing to the cake before Daisy shook her head. "Alright. I'm done too. I'll take my coffee with me." She took out her coins before turning to Jude, hovering a fistful of coins in front of him whilst her other hand carried her latte. "Looks like we're taking the carriage. If you wanna take some of the change and buy yourself a waffle, I'll pay for our ride."
Jude: "Woah," he said with eyes all wide and hands raised, surprised that it was that easy for her to just say 'I'll pay this, I'll pay that'. "We don't even know how a ride on that thing costs," he told Kitty. Then he put his hands back down, chuckling. "You, rich kid," he commented. Later, Daisy reached her hands to him and had a yet another pleading face telling Jude to carry her. "Okay, okay," Jude said with a smile as he bent down to carry the child. He then turned to Kitty and held her hand saying, "Come on, mommy Kitty." He just grinned at her and then led the way out of the cafe, headed to, of course, first to get waffles. Honestly, Jude had been craving for that in a while. After that, then they go to the carriage and go wherever that thing's route is.
Kitty: Kitty handed the driver a bill to pay for the ride, pocketing the change. Jude branched off from Daisy and her to grab waffles and Kitty grinned down at the little girl. "Alright, honey, I'm gonna carry you up to the carriage. One ... two .." Kitty bent her knees and Daisy wrapped her little arms around her neck as Kitty lifted her up by the waist. She carefully lowered Daisy's feet to rest on the carriage and chuckled as the girl hesitated to let her go. "Go on, I'll be in right after you." She was a woman of her word. As soon as Daisy was safely in the carriage, Kitty stepped inside, sitting on the cushioned chairs as Daisy plopped down next to her. She watched as Daisy craned her neck in search of Jude and Kitty smiled as he approached and shifted over so that Daisy, because she would end up in the middle, wouldn't feel squished. Her mind rewinded time for a moment, thinking back to the small, nonchalant comment that Jude made about her. "Hey, I'd ... appreciate it if you didn't tell anyone that I have, well, I'm rich. I guess. My dad is but I know that everyone thinks that's something only rich kids say. It's always been hard to find people who like me for only me and not for my money so I try not to make a big deal out of it. Or even mention it."