After just getting her degree in Marine Biology at the age of 24, Samanta Mako got a job at the “Two Oceans” Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. Samanta really loved the job at the aquarium. She quickly got used to it and she did her best in feeding, training and taking care of the sea creatures. In a matter of months she was in charge of the “Big fish and sea mamales” section of the aquarium and she was doing her job with a passion. And even tho she loved all of her sea friends - her favorite part was the shark tank. After doing her daily duties she would stand in front of the big glass and admire the big sharks swim around. There were 2 particular sharks that she loved watching and feeding - Jeromie the hammerhead shark and Kyle the bull shark. They were quite an intresting sight - they fought a lot but no one could separate them. One day it was announced that a competion for the best worker will be held and the winner would win a cruise. Samanta didn’t really put a lot of thought in it so she continued her dayly routine at the aquarium. A week later the director of the aquarium gatherd all his workers - from cleaning ladies to big fish tamers to announce them who won the competition. Sam was really surprised when she heard her name being announced. “You’ve been doing a wonderful job since joing us 1 year ago. We all think you deserve this” the director said as he handed her the ticket to the cruise.
At first Sam thought of selling the ticket and buy something nice with the money. But then she thought that this would be a wonderful oportunity to see many unfamiliar marine species so she packed her things and when the day came - drove towards the docks where the cruis was gonna set sail. As she got on the ship she saw a verry attractive man watching to the horizon from the front of the ship. Samanta felt a tingle in her stomach and it didn’t stop untill the man was out of her sight. The cabin was very luxurious and cozy but Sam’s thoughts were always flying towards the image of that man in her head. She had to meet him. The next few days Samanta tried to get as many glimpses of the mysterious man as possible. She lived alone back at home and she didn’t really pay attention to men...untill now. A few days after the set-sail of the ship she found out that that particular man was the captain of the cruise himslef. Sam couldn’t help but blush everytime he looked at her - which was fairly often. For anyone who was watching from the sidelines it was obvious that there was some sort of chemistry between them even for the short time since the start of the cruise
One day as Sam was getting a smoothie from the cruise’s bar she bumped into someone as she was preparing to leave for her cabin and spilled he drink on him. As she looked up she saw that someone was the captain. “Oh my god! I’m so sorry!” Samanta started to apologise as she saw that she stained the captain’s uniform. “I swear i didn’t mean it!” She continued. “It’s okay really, don’t worry about it” The captain chuckled. “My name is captain Paul and the wonderful place you’re staying in is my ship” he said as he waved his hands around the space in front of him. Then he offered his had to the girl in front of him “And who might you be?”. Samanta blushed visibly. She was emberassed even if the captain didn’t seem to care that much “I-I’m Samanta Mako” she replied to Paul “your ship is wonderful, captain” Sam excalimed. The captain sat next to Sam and ordered 2 smoothies for both of them. They started a conversation and before they knew it a few hours have passed. “I have to go back to my cabin. But maybe we can repeat this tomorrow?” he asked Sam. “Oh yes! I’d love to!” she replied and went to her cabin.
The next few weeks they began to go out more and more often and before they knew they fell inlove. They spent more and more time in the captain’s cabin - admiring the sea maps, feeding the captain’s small, decorative pet sharks or just kissing on the bed. After one of the nights she spent at the captain’s cabin Samanta decided to take a pregnancy test and it turned out that she was now pregnant. Just a day before the cruise ended the captain revealed the truth to his beloved and explained what actions and cautions Sam should take to protect he kids untill they grow up. “Take these and give it to them when you send them to the camp i told you about okay?” the captain gave Samanta 2 small pen-sized polls and a bronze earing. “They might seem like normal objects but they’re powerful weapons.” The next day they said their teary goodbyes and Sam returned back to her home. A few months later after the cruise, Sam gave birth to twin boys who she named Justin and Kevin. When the boys were born, Palaemon sent a sea nymph (called Marina) to watch over Kevin and Justin and step in to fight the monsters until they are ready to do it themselves, disguised as their next door neighbour.
Even though being the younger twin, Kevin had always thought he should stick up for his brother and step in fights Justin got himself into. Kevin became used to the beatings of the many fights untill he started win. At the age of 12, Kevin was about to get punched in the torso when something blocked the punch just milliemetres off his body. The boy that tried to punch him revived a shock which allowed Kevin to get a right cross on the boy. The punch left to boy with a bleeding nose which made Kevin fight even harder then he had ever. Just before Kevin could do any permanent damage, Justin stepped in to try and calm his brother. Kevin never told his mother about that strange moment for a long time. As Kevin and Justin got older, Kevin became more protective over his brother which lead into more of fights that Kevin won.
One day ,when the twins were 13, they were comming back from school. They had forgotten their lunch at home when they were leaving so they were very hungry. Their stomachs were rumbling so they decided to go through one of the back allys as a shortcut to home. The ally was dark and dirty. “Kevin I’m scared” Justin mumbled “I don’t want to go through here” . Kevin saw that Justin was freightened but he couldn’t keep him hungry either. “We’ll be home before you know it” he tried to calm his brother. At some point They took a wrong turn without noticing and got deep within the dark parts of town. “Are we lost brother?” Justin asked. “N-no we’ll be fine. Just stick by me and we’ll be fine” Kevin replied. He suddenly sensed the scent of the ocean which meant that they were really far from home - but Kevin decided to keep this to himslef untill he finds a way out They were just walking through a big garbage can when an abnormally huge dog jumped infront of them. It had red glowing eyes and razor-sharp teeth. Kevin instinctivly got in front of his brother as he wanted to protect him. The big dog didn’t waste any time and threw itself on the boys. It opened its jaws and was about to tear the two fragile bodies aprat if it wasn’t for Marina who showed up just in time. She used the near-by ocean water and controlled it telepathicly by dropping a huge amount of water on the Hellhound. The monster couldn’t bare the preassure and exploaded into gold dust. Marina was aware that the boys shouldn’t have seen this in such a fragile age so she knocked them out and carried them to their home.
Disguised as their neighbour she rang on Sam’s door. “Hey Sam - i found your 2 boys in the allies. They must have got lost. They fell asleep on the way here - you better give them some rest!”. With that she went away and left Samanta take care of her sons. When they woke up, Justin and Kevin didn’t remmeber much. But they remembered enaugh - a dog, some weird lady, the back ally. “Naaah it was probbably just a dream” they thought and moved along with their lives, forgetting about what happened. This same sort of situation kept happening for the next two years. By then, Sam had guessed Marina was sent by Palaemon to look after the boys untill they grow up and go to camp.
After being diagnosed with a massive breast cancers, Sam spent as much time as she could with her boys until her last week when she stayed in hospital full time. On her serposed second last day of living, a famillar looking doctor came which happened to be Palaemon coming to see Sam one last time in person. They talked for hours until Palaemon heard Justin and Kevin coming into the hospital. As the twins reached the elevator, a man came out smiling at them with shark teeth. “Please don't tell me I'm going crazy” Kevin said to his brother. “If you are I'm giong with you ‘cause I just see a guy with shark teeth” Justin said as he pushed the button for his mother’s floor. When the twins reached their mother’s room they saw how sad and sickly she was looking. It hurt them to see her like that but nothing could be done. They entered her room and spoke to her. For hours. “Boys...It’s my last days now. There’s something i need to tell you before i pass away.” The twins sat there with tears in their eyes and surprize and pain on their faces. Demigods? Them? No way this could be true! Was their mother telling the truth about Palaemon being their father? Truth or not - it made sense alright. So they had to belive it. Their mother wouldn’t lie to them. “I want you to go to Camp Half-Blood” Samanta said and gave the boys the camp’s cooridantes. “You better go there by boat. Your father can’t interfere with your lifes but…” She paused. She looked like it hurt her “...but he’s the protector of all sailors. So i believe you’ll be safe.” Sam exhaled heavily. It wasn’t as much from the physical pain than from the pain of saying goodbye to her beloved children. “Before you leave you are going need to protect yourselves” Sam said “There is a box under my bed labeled ‘Kevin and Justin’. You decide who takes what” .Later that night , Sam died.
When the boys arrived home they looked for the box and found two small poles and an earing. Kevin took the two poles while Justin took the earing. They tested out what the things could do and found out the poles could grow large and conect together while the earing turned into a massive war hammer. Justin and Kevin stayed for the funeral because that is what their mother would have wanted. Two days after the funeral, Justin and Kevin started their adventure to New York on a cargo ship that they sneaked into. It was a hard few weeks, trying to make sure no one on the ship saw them and to not eat all their food at once. They were going fine with not running into of the crew memebers for a while until they ran out of food. With all their food gone, Kevin and Justin had to steal from the ship’s gally while the cook’s back was turned. The first try at stealing food was what runined thier trip to New York. On a real stormy night, Kevin was stealing some food for a late dinner when he heard someone coming into the gally so he hid underneath a table. When a young looking women walked in, Kevin tried to keep as quiet as he could under the table until she started to face his direction and walk towards him. Kevin bolted for it out the door with the women a fair amount behind him. “Justin I've been spotted, how are we going to get out of this” Kevin said as he reached his brother. “So young demigods how are you going to stop me” said the women from the gally when she reached the twins surprising them by how fast she could chase Kevin. “What are you” Justin said. “I'm your kind’s worst nightmare” the woman said as her skin changed really pale white. Kevin and Justin both pulled out their weapons getting ready to fight this monster but before they could attack the empousi, it grabbed Kevin and had its claws at his neck. “Put down your weapon or I’m going to tear him a new mouth” the monster said as she tightend her grip on Kevin’s neck. Instead of looking like he was in pain, Kevin just stood there as if nothing was happening. When Justin put down his weapon, Kevin was winking at him making his hands do biting motions where only Justin could see. Kevin grew shark teeth and bit down onto the monster’s which lead to him being through off the side of the ship. Filled with rage, Justin picked up his brother’s and his weapons, ran towards the monster and hit the monster with his hammer so hard it did a backflip over the edge of the boat. Being real rockey and watching his brother be thrown over board, made it easier for Justin to fight the empousia's tricks.
A few minutes after when the empousia hit the water, a 4m great white shark breaches the water under the the empousia and ate it whole. When Kevin saw this had an idea and dived under the water following the great white. As Kevin came in reach of the shark’s dorsal fin, he started to control it and grabbed it’s fin on the shark’s way up to to the surface. “Justin jump over-board and grabbed on” Kevin yelled to Justin as he made the shark go around in circles to keep it alive. Justin jumped over board and grabbed onto the shark. Kevin controlled the shark for another 2 hours then he asked Justin to keep controling the shark for another two hours and make sure Kevin didn’t fall off in his sleep. They kept doing this until they reached a beach near Western Spain. When they collapsed on the beach, they saw their old neighbour Marina walking towards them. She had been following them all the way to there. “How did you get here” Justin asked. “The same way you did, I used my powers” she said. Marina then pulled both boys into the ocean and water-travelled to the beach at camp. When she restored her energy, Marina went back into the ocean to tell Palaemon that his kids were safe and at camp. A camper found the boys lying on the beach alone, he ran right back to camp to get a son of Apollo to see if they were alright. Justin and Kevin had to stay in the Infermary for a day considering they had used up a lot of energy getting to America. Now 2 weeks later they're still recovering from the stress but are determined to stay at camp and help as much as they could.