Riku Riku walks to the beach, and sits down in the sand, he then silently cries.
Minka: Stars littering the dark expanse of the sky, Minka involuntarily closed her eyes as she stood by the beach shore against the howling of the merciless wind. They immediately snapped open a moment after. She tended to savor these times, when her eyes weren't useless. The daughter of Hades cocked her head to the side in confusion as she spotted a shadowy figure sitting on the sand.
Riku: He keeps crying, but is making sound this time. He pulls his legs up so they make a ^ and puts his arms around them while crying.
Minka: The unnecessary and dramatic howling of the wind drowned out most noises, but Minka could vaguely make out sobs if she focused. A shadow of a smile crossed her face. It was useful to have better senses than most. She pondered whether to approach the figure or not, seeing as it might be just another brokenhearted camper or something. Going against logic as per usual, she took a step towards the figure hesitantly, her blue-green eyes trained on her target.
Riku: Riku continues crying, and doesn't hear Minka. He speaks to himself quietly, enough that Minka could hear, but just barely. "Why? Why can't I be like the others? Why do I have to be such an abomination and disgrace, father. Why! It's not fair! ITS NOT FAIR!" He shouts angrily.
Minka: "Oh great," Minka couldn't resist thinking as the wailing was easily deciphered. "Another angst-ridden teenage demigod. This is getting old." She shrugged to herself before her strong, lithe legs sprang and lightly landed her just beside the stranger. Slowly coming up from her low crouch, she stood, the wind whipping at her braids. "Okay. Please state your affiliation," She stated dryly, partly because she had nothing to say and partly because BC members were not to be taken lightly.
Riku: He jumps slightly then calms down. "Affilliation? What do you mean?" He asks in confusion.
Minka: Crossing her arms, she looked down at what appeared to be a boy. He was either bluffing or a newbie. "Basically I'm asking if you're from camp or not," She finally replied, forced to raise her voice to be heard above the wind.
Riku: "Yeah, I'm from camp."
Minka: Her body subtly relaxed, tense muscles loosening though she was slightly disappointed. She retreated two arms' length away from the boy out of habit before plopping down gently on the sand. She wasn't the type to start conversations, thus resting her head against her knees, the wind never ceasing.
Riku: "You probably heard me cry, didn't you? You don't mind keeping that a secret, do you? My name is Riku, Riku Nightshade, Son of Eros. You?"
Minka: Minka lifted her head for a moment, twisting slightly to look at the boy. He was roughly around her age, she could bet. "The dead whisper a lot of secrets. I wouldn't mind keeping another one," She remarked, her voice hardly audible as the wind howled with renewed effort. "Minka Collias, daughter of Hades," was the hesitant introduction.
Riku: "Thanks. Wait, Daughter of Hades? Interesting." He frowns and cries extremely hard.
Minka: Minka didn't bother to reply, seeing as he had burst into tears once more, the sound mixing with the incessant wails of the wind. "Any particular reason you're out in this weather, crying like a newborn?" She interposed eventually, the dry tone being mellowed out by the wind.
Riku: Riku considers slapping Minka but goes against it. He then speaks quickly. "I l-like the beach and s-storms. And I'm crying b-because I'm c-c-cursed! Not like y-y-you would kno-ow anything about it!"
Minka: Her eyes flashed with an angry burst of light, and Minka threw her head back and found herself laughing coldly, the sound as sharp as a newly forged sword. "Don't make assumptions. Everyone around here goes through crap like that," She replied darkly. "You really don't want enemies in camp." At her last words, she reached to brush away a stray lock of hair, the amulet lying on her neck momentarily being visible and illuminated.
Riku: "I am talking about a real curse. Ever met a child of Eros who has never felt love and will probably never feel it? That's like a Child of Poseidon never having swam and probably never will. No one will ever love me, want to be my friend, anything! My own mother hated me, she was never around." He pulls his fingers through his hair. "How about we go to some place....more sheltered."
Minka: The daughter of Hades truly burst out laughing this time. Once she calmed down, she turned her cold gaze towards the Eros boy. "Of course it's a real curse, silly boy. We live in a world of gods and monsters. What the Hades did you expect?" Minka scoffed, shaking her head. "You must be new. Other campers have gone through worse. Don't go and feel like you're special to be cursed like that. We're all in the same bandwagon," A bitter smile curled her lips for the briefest of moments. "Fine with me."
Riku: He shrugs. "Whatever." He mutters quietly about hoping he can find someone to love him or something. He then stands up. "Any suggestions on where to go?"
Minka: "The campfire, if it isn't out with this wind," Minka offered idly, not really meaning it. That fire couldn't really go out. She sprang to her feet nimbly, brushing the sand off her clothes. Without checking to see if Riku followed, she turned and made her way to the mentioned place.
Riku: "Okay then." Riku follows. He thinks 'Huh, first day and I've already made a 'friend'.
Minka: The way to the campfire was familiar to Minka. Most campers tended to frequent the place during drafty days, and it was a bit popular. She was one of the people who sat farthest from the campfire, not really needing heat but just needing some entertainment of some sort, which was easily gained by listening in to conversations. "Here," Minka stated as she dropped easily onto a log, already settling comfortably.
'Riku:' "Okay. Minka, so, can you describe and help me with Camp?"
Minka: Stiffening at the use of her name, Minka sighed exasperatedly. "First of all, don't throw my name out there at random," Minka winced. "Secondly, I can't really help you. I've been here for barely a month myself. Describing though...I say wander around and don't get killed." She leaned forward, absentmindedly picking up a fallen branch and tossing it into the fire deftly. "Lastly, people are all over the place, so you'll be sure to find directions if you get lost. Worst case scenario is you stumble upon a Broken Covenant member alone." A grim smile flickered across her features. "In that case, run like Tartarus was chasing you."
Riku: "Sorry. And okay. But what is a Broken Covenant member? And do you know where the Eros Cabin is? I can't find it."
Minka: Idly toying with her fingers, Minka glanced up at the Eros kid. "Seriously? No one's showed you your cabin? That has to be against camp protocol or something," She blew a piece of hair away from her face. "Or Alexander really doesn't just give a crap anymore." She paused to stretch, her back muscles cracking from the sudden pressure. "Broken Covenant. They're rebel demigods who want to overthrow the gods and such. Consists of five factions, each having similar but different goals. Some of them are okay. The majority though..." Her expression darkened considerably. "They tend to clash with camp because well, the camp supports the gods. Not everyone comes out of those little skirmishes alive." A loose guttural laugh quickly rose and dissipated from her throat. "Breen could probably explain better," She finished.
Riku: Riku shrugs. "I guess. Those Covenant people, they sound...interesting for lack of a better word. So, do you know where my cabin is? And who's Breen, and Alexander?"
Minka: Minka didn't bother feeling surprised. Tracing the ground with her foot, she answered his questions. "Interesting my ass. I nearly got killed the other day," She snorted imperceptibly. "Your cabin is likely over there," She jerked her finger over her shoulder, gesturing towards the clustered cabins. "I've passed it a few times. Could probably get you there if you want. Alexander's the head of the camp. Most campers meet him at one point. He's especially grumpy, if you ask me. Breen's a Hecate camper. An acquaintance of mine." She paused, realizing that she may have said too much. "She knows a lot," She ended reclusively.
Riku: He simply shrugs, again. "Okay, I suppose. I guess I'll go over to my cabin. Might as well get aquatinced with them, right? Ah. Okay then, I might just ask her then." He says, standing up, then walking towards the Eros' Cabin.
Minka: Faster than the eye could follow, Minka was already off the log, heading for her own cabin. "Piece of advice," She called out to the Eros boy. "Follow the smell of chocolate. Also, good luck on finding Breen." With a turn of heel, she was already moving.
Riku: "Thanks!" He then goes into his Cabin.
Raeyn: Skilled fingers moved across the paper smoothly, creasing and recreasing, folding and refolding. In less that two minutes, a graceful crane had sprung from the previously lifeless but very colorful paper. Raeyn eyed it critically before nodding in assent. "Good enough, I guess," She mumbled as she set it aside, hands already picking at a new piece as she walked aimlessly around camp.
Riku: Riku finds Raeyn and snorts in derision.
Raeyn: At the sound, the daughter of Athena's head lifted upwards, dark eyes already narrowing at the boy. "What's so funny?" She inquired dryly, tucking the piece of origami paper into her jean pocket. She was attired casually as usual, though she had taken up advice on carrying extra weapons everywhere.
Riku: "You wasting your time doing...origami. And here I thought Children of Athena where supposed to be intelligent." He remarks snidely.
Raeyn: She cocked her head to the side, sending him a look of incredulity before doubling over in laughter. "Oh my gods!" She chortled. "That is just- Dude, I have met monkeys who know better insults. If you used half the brain you have, you'd realize that every art can be used in the real world." Every word punctuated her foreign accent quite clearly, but she didn't really mind as she ceased laughing and straightened up. "If you knew any better, you should know not to judge someone by their godly parent," She scoffed finally. "We demigods are still our own person, regardless of heritage."
Riku: His eyes glimmer violently and he whispers in her ear "Shut up. You don't know anything, and you never will. Child of Athena? More like Child of Hesita, as in, nonexistant." He retorts in an oddly snake like voice.
Raeyn: A moment passed, and Raeyn didn't even think. She just acted on impulse, as usual. She had been having a pleasant time and the weird creep decided to try and ruin it all. Her hand had already swung up, palm open for an effective power-slap right up the guy's chin. "First of all," Raeyn stated coolly, her voice as harsh as hellfire. "Do not insult Hestia. She's still a goddess who can curse the living fuck out of you. Secondly, I don't know anything? You don't know who the hell you're dealing with," A dark expression flickered across her face. "Lastly, I'm not the one running around failing to ruin people's days." A subtle flick of a wrist and one of her knives glinted in her hand, and she stared at him boredly. She'd dealt with worse.
Riku: He frowns. "Insult, Hesstia? Never. I wass ssimply remarking how you have no sskills, and how Hestia has no children, and thus they could not possess ssskills as they do not exist, like you." His face darkens. "The Logic is hard to follow.And I don't know who i'm dealing with? Oh, a knife. Yay! Could you do me a kind favor and cut my veiens. Ruin? No, I am simply stating the truth." He smiles madly.
Raeyn: The daughter of Athena blinked, a neutral expression now masking her face. "Oh, great," She found herself speaking, her words practically dripping with sarcasm. "A self-pitying smartass who feels that he's too good for the world and wants to see if the Underworld is any good," Her tone abruptly gained a harsher edge. "Well, newsflash sweetheart. Logic isn't my thing, and as for skills," A mad glint was reignited in her eyes. "I could probably kick your ass anyday."
Riku: He frowns slightly. "Feel I'm too good? You misunderstand. I am a mistake, I was never meant to be. If anything, you'd be doing the world a favor, and, you'd be ridding me of this curse! Please, end me. Please, I'm begging you. What is your name? So I can properly thank you if you do so."
Raeyn:' "There," Raeyn started slowly. "Is something very wrong with you," She finished, staring oddly at the boy. He couldn't have been older than fifteen. She slid the knife back into her sleeve easily, backing away from the emo kid. Not that she could talk. But she didn't go around pleading for someone to kill her.
Riku: He starts laughing hystically for a few minutes, he then grabs Raeyn's wrist. "Can't take a joke, can you?" He says. And as if reading her thoughts "I'm 13 by the way."
Raeyn: Raeyn jerked her wrist backwards and out of the boy's grasp, involuntarily summoning an apple that hurtled towards his face. "Things like that aren't things to be joked about," She responded curtly, her fist loosening just enough to show the owl tattoo on her palm.
Riku: "My brother sure acted like it. Clearly you haven't met me. I'm Riku Nightshade, Son of Eros, Son of Miranda Nightshade. And you are?" He says with a mock bow.
Raeyn: Her lip curled almost imperceptibly in distaste. "I have good taste in company, I believe," Raeyn's tone was surprisingly even, but the insult lay beneath it quite deceptively. "Raeyn, daughter of Athena, as you know. Unless you've been stalking me successfully, you shouldn't even know that," Her eyes narrowed as she leaned back on the balls of her feet.
Riku: "I haven't been stalking you. But I can recognize a Child of Athena, Ares, Aphrodite and Eros when I see one. And it's rude to insult company."
Raeyn: "Oh, really," Raeyn stated skeptically. "It's also rude to point out that others are being rude. Thus resulting in you being a hypocrite and your argument becoming unfortunately invalid," she added blatantly, no longer caring at this point. A glance at her watch showed that it was nearing noon. It was then that she realized she hadn't eaten breakfast. Toying with the idea of summoning breakfast, she flexed her fingers instinctively.
Riku: He groans. "You think I care? Bye Raeyn." He walks off to the Strawberry Fields.
Raeyn: She watched the Eros boy walk off with a disapproving shake of her head. "Let's just see how egotistical he'll be when he meets one of the BC," the daughter of Athena mused darkly as she went on her own way to the dining pavilion.