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Ajax Valis

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a character in “Camp Athens II”, as played by FeistyDeadlySins

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age: 21 | role: Son of Zeus | species: Demigod 】

Date Of Birth: 10/05/1995

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Stubborn - Protective - Strong - Leader

Behind his guarded tough exterior is a kind and caring man who would rather take the blame than allow someone else to suffer. He can be stubborn, but is sometimes able to be swayed by those he trusts and loves. He doesn't always like showing his softer side, though, as it makes him feel weak which isn't a good trait to hold when the entire camp expects him to be the leader they need.

He is known to be overprotective of his little sister which is obvious as to why. She is the only family member he has left besides Zeus, so he doesn't like to stray too far away, but he knows that he has to because he can't protect her all the time. That's just a part of life. He's just got to convince himself that she's not the little girl he once knew anymore - she's a grown independent adult.

He may be strong physically and mentally, but he has weaknesses just like everyone else.

He will only show emotion to those he trusts.

He doubts himself of being a good leader and is unsure of who he can trust half the time. Despite all that has happened, he still tries his best at being a good leader, a good friend, a good brother, and a good boyfriend. He still manages to fail, though, and struggles to swallow his pride. He doesn't like to say sorry when he's overstepped the boundaries and hurts those he cares most about, so when he does... you know for damn sure he means it.

Once people earn his trust, he is loyal to them until the very end.






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After their grandmother passed away from stage 4 cancer, their mother became seriously ill with so much grief, that Ajax was frightened it would eat at her until there was nothing left.
He placed her into a private hospital where she spent years recovering with highly trained doctors. He even raised Alex the best he could by himself and had to reassure her many nights that their mother was fine. Alex, of course, believed him, and for a second... Ajax felt as though it was a lie. Their mother hadn't returned home for several years, but when she did come back... Alex was no longer the child she once knew... she was becoming a woman.

Susanna burst into tears. She was so proud of Ajax for taking care of her. The three hugged for what seems like forever until Ajax handed a golden envelope over for her to read. It was time for him to go camp Athens, and that Alex would attend soon after.

It felt like he was losing his mom all over again. "I'll come to visit as often as they allow. I promise." and he did, but it wasn't as often as he hoped. Visiting them was putting them in danger, so the visits had to stop until it was safe again, but it never was.

His little sister had to attend the camp sooner than planned which just left their mother feeling lost. Luckily, though, she managed to find her own happiness not long after. She married their step-father in the months of fall which was a beautiful wedding.

But their happiness and love weren't meant to last long, the fates had seen to that.

Their mother drew her last breath, and all Ajax could think about was how much he had failed to protect her. His sister eventually lost herself, became vulnerable to Hades curse, and became the uncontrolled storm within the skin. Ajax tried his best to bring her back, but the darkness within her was rooted too deeply.

He yet again blamed himself, and as the trials of the Gods took his sister as a prisoner, he had to learn that it was her who had killed their own mother under the influence of Hades himself. Ajax hadn't recognized his sister for such a long time, but after that trial, once her name was cleared.... he could see that little girl she once was. Lost, and afraid. He took her by the hand and promised that he would help her because he still loved her.

The war at camp when the Gods had taken to their children's side to force back the titans, and the endless body counts that soaked the marbled steps of camp, was part of the downfall of his own insecurities, and his sister's strength. That fire she had inside of her, that storm that raged yet remained controlled had died out.

He needs to fix everything... starting with himself.




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So begins...

Ajax Valis's Story

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Character Portrait: Ajax Valis Character Portrait: Mason Hughson Character Portrait: Sloane Astor Character Portrait: Sylas Astor Character Portrait: Evelyn Masters Character Portrait: Eve Drakos Character Portrait: Liam O'Connor
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There was nothing disappointing about sex with Mason, not even the cramped couch, but Eve hardly had time to savour it before he was up. “Alright, time for you to leave." He said, scooping up her items of clothing one by one and practically throwing them at her. He had promised that there would be ‘no sleepovers’, so she could hardly complain, even if she found the late night walk back to her cabin unappealing. She’d much rather just fall asleep where she was.

“Wow, I’d always pictured you as a cuddler.” She said, laughing as she tugged all her clothing back into place. She wasn't offended, in fact, the idea of Mason being cuddly actually scared her a little. “I’m happy to be big spoon?” She offered generously.

He didn’t take her up on the offer, all but frogmarching her to the door. “Don’t worry, you were great too.” She said sarcastically, drawing attention to his lack of compliments. She’d probably puke if he tried his hand at poetry, but sometimes a girl wants to hear that she’s a good shag. Instead he just seemed concerned about getting her out as efficiently as possible. As if he was afraid if she stayed too long her presence would stink up the place. Or even worse, she might fall deeply in love with him. “You know where to find me when you’re up for round two.” She said on her way out.

"See you.” He replied and then blew her a kiss. She could hardly believe her eyes, and the image had her laughing all the way back to her cabin.
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Eve had slept deeply before waking grumpily to the sun beaming through her windows and birds chirping so loudly that her sure they had to be in the room with her. God, she hated nature. Her hungry stomach forced her out of bed and into the shower. She pulled on the first thing she found and headed towards wherever the food was. She went without makeup, and didn’t even bother drying her hair, just pulling it into a wet mess.

She’d barely made it 100 metres when she stumbled across the oddest sight. Sloane leaving Liam’s cabin in the early hours of the morning, or at least what felt early to Eve. She wasn’t close enough to hear what was said but didn’t dare move any closer, after all, she didn’t want to interrupt their tender moment. Guess she wasn’t the only one who found someone to make friendship bracelets with last night.

On Eve’s way inside she passed by Mason, by himself, what a surprise. “Hey you,” She smiled his way and gave him a two finger wave as she slowed her pace. “I’m so shocked to see that you’re all alone.” Laughing obnoxiously at her own bad joke, she headed inside. What more was there to say? Couch sex was hardly the prelude to a great love story. And she knew he had far better things to do then fall in love with a girl like her.

Entering the main hall, she zeroed in on Sylas. Now, Eve’s not some great mastermind with complex plans, so instead of saving her tasty bit of gossip for the most opportune moment, she decided to use it immediately. She strolled straight up to Sylas standing next to him with large grin, “Guess who I saw making a cheeky walk of shame this morning?” She was looking at Evelyn but talking loud enough that anyone around who cared could have easily listened in. She reached up and gave Sylas’ shoulder a friendly squeeze. “Your itsy bitsy little sister.”

Eve laughed merrily and leaned towards Evelyn like she was sharing a secret. “From that big brute Liam’s house. Guess you can’t account for some people’s taste?” With one last over the top happy smile, Eve left the two of them to grab some food.

Piling up a plate with bacon, eggs and other greasy breakfast foods and a bowl with yoghurt and fruit she headed to her next target’s table. And Ajax just so happened to be sitting alone, how convenient. She plonked down her haul of food and sat across from him. “Ajax right?” She asked giving him a sweet smile, then she pulled up her left foot and tucked it underneath her.

From her collection of food, a rasher of bacon was her first choice, and she finished in about three seconds. “I’m Eve. You know, just last night Andy was telling me all about you.” She pretended to be preoccupied with digging into a runny egg, while subtly watching him for a reaction. She wanted to know how he’d take the idea of Andy talking about him, especially since their relationship didn’t seem in a good place. Which was a good sign for Mason.

Eve let that sink in for a moment before she looked up at him from under her eyelashes. “She said you were really brave. I just thought she was, you know, saying it because she’s got love goggles on, but after seeing you, I believe it.” She motioned towards him. “You have this whole leader-y vibe going on. I’d totally trust you in battle.” Compliments will get you everywhere, and she knew how Ajax considered himself a bit of a leader around here.

“Though she didn’t mention how good looking you are.” Eve smiled and leaned in, “I suppose she just wants to keep you for herself. Which I totally get.”

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He was enjoying the peace by himself until someone came along and plonked down their haul of food, almost leaving no space for his own as they sat across from him. He glanced around the table, moving his mug of coffee out the way. “Ajax right?” She asked, followed by a sweet smile.

"That's right... and you are?" he asked, with no snide remark or anything. He just genuinely wanted to know since he hadn't seen her face around the camp until now.

At least the girl had a decent appetite. “I’m Eve. You know, just last night Andy was telling me all about you.” He watched her playing with her food as he went over her words in his head. He hadn't noticed her watching him as he frowned. Why would Andy talk to someone new to the camp? it all seemed... off. Andy didn't really gossip with anyone, other than those she considered her friends. Sadly, Mason being one of those friends.

"What exactly did she tell you?" he asked.

“She said you were really brave. I just thought she was, you know, saying it because she’s got love goggles on, but after seeing you, I believe it. You have this whole leader-y vibe going on. I’d totally trust you in battle.” he couldn't tell if she was being genuine, or sarcastic.

"I see..." he didn't have time to say anything else since her lips were moving again. She had done okay up until now. He didn't appreciate women flirting with men when they knew they were taken, and vise Versa. It was just wrong. Ajax remained in his old-fashioned gentleman ways half the time, and that meant staying loyal to one woman at a time. Always. No matter how difficult time shoved their relationship through the cracks, or pushed them onto the sharpened edge of rocks... he still remained loyal to Andy.

Image “Though she didn’t mention how good looking you are.” She smiled and leaned in towards him, “I suppose she just wants to keep you for herself. Which I totally get.”

The little minx's charms way work on other men, but they sure didn't work on him. She could have been the most beautiful girl on camp, and it still wouldn't sway him away from the girl he loved. Even if she didn't love him as much.

He leaned away from her and shook his head with a grin as he pressed his eyes shut for a second. "Look... whatever your game is here, I'm not playing, and I would prefer it if you left me alone." At least she tried. "Please." he added, though that probably didn't make a difference. He didn't want to be an arsehole, and he could have been nicer about it but... he was an honest guy. Ajax was old enough to know what type of women came with those who chose to come onto taken men. She seemed like a trouble maker right away, and he didn't have time for immature mind games. "Personally, I don't see why Andy would come to you when you're new here. She's not stupid to share things with people she doesn't know." Plus, he had always known her to be a much more private person.

He needed to question Andy about her feelings towards Mason, and if she had indeed spilled things out about them to Eve. He trusted her, but he just couldn't be so sure anymore with Mason lingering around, poisoning her thoughts with his own deluded mindset of how 'evil' the Valises were.

He had no clue where she was, but he knew for certain she was on the Camp's grounds. He remained in his seat, hoping that Eve would leave him, but he had a feeling he couldn't get rid of her that easy.



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Character Portrait: Ajax Valis Character Portrait: Mason Hughson Character Portrait: Daniel Vadas Character Portrait: Evelyn Masters Character Portrait: Ethan Knox Character Portrait: Heath Taylor Character Portrait: Iliana Remington-Taylor Character Portrait: Eve Drakos Character Portrait: Pete Drakos Character Portrait: Liv Pfeiffer Character Portrait: Cherise Boyse Character Portrait: Penelope Givens
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Nelly kept her words to herself as Mason introduced himself and began talking about different campers. When he mentioned Liv, Nelly spotted her and remembered her from the trial about finding more evidence. Looks like she was a new camper like herself. Liv didn't appear to be a chatterbox, not like her. For one thing she had deliberately sat alone and was reading. Nelly looked back at Mason when he talked about Ajax. He had also mentioned his girlfriend. Was he jealous? She wondered who this girlfriend was. Whelp, she find out soon enough. One thing was obvious though, Mason hated Ajax and his sister. She remembered his testimony. He comment about Ajax screwing around caused Nelly to raise an eyebrow. Wasn't he one to talk? She had gotten a good whiff of Mason when she sat down and he obvious hadn't had a shower yet because she could smell something on him that totally feminine. He'd been with someone. She wonder if she should tell him that, but with Ajax in the vicinity, combine with her loud voice, and her not knowing who he'd been with, yeah things might not go well for Mason. While Nelly was no stranger to trouble, she did try to avoid causing it if possible. She'll just mention it to him when she got the chance.

All thoughts left her mind when he directed her to follow him to Liv's table. She laughed when he mentioned it was time for Liv to babysit her.

"I am a big girl, daddy, but thank you for your concern."

Liv then proceeded to converse with Mason with a very tart reply. Nelly just let her have her say while watching Mason's reaction. The girl could certainly hold her own. Finally the brunette addressed her.

”Well, on that note - welcome to Camp Athens. I like to call it High School, but with a dash of powers, killer demigods, romance problems on steroids, and whatever else you can imagine, but worse than that."

Nelly giggled before replying, "I've never went to HS so this might be interesting. My mother hired tutors for me because we traveled all the time. Still I only got a GED. Never went to college because by then I was making a living off of my pictures. Oh my name is Penelope, but I prefer Nelly. Roles off the tongue easier. Mason told me you're Liv. Do you prefer to be called that? It sounds like a nickname."

Even though her attention was focused on Liv, she made note of those who also showed up. One in particular caught her eye and that guy looked like he went through the gauntlet. Gees, what happened to him? He'd been silent in the trial, but she remembered he had been sitting with the redhead girl. As she waited for Liv to reply, she also saw a blonde conversing with Ajax, but he didn't look like he was enjoying her company.

"I can see what you mean about romance problems on steroids. I only got in last night, but my dad, Hermes, showed me what happened yesterday through a pensive with his memories. Is there anything else I should be aware of because it looks like I got her at tense time?"

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Iliana watched and ate as other campers arrived. She purpose sat in a place where she could see everything. Nothing really caught her attention though until Cherise showed up with one she only saw briefly before, but knew he was on Ethan and Heath's radar. The two had approached a redhead and Keith. Iliana waved back to Cherise when the girl waved to her as she left. Soon Keith wasn't far behind. It wasn't long before that blonde minx showed up. She first went over to the redhead's table and said something. Iliana wished she was closer to she could hear them. Soon the blonde left to get her own breakfast and made a beeline for Ajax. Iliana frowned and would have joined them, but soon the same guy who told her run yesterday, sat down in front of her. She wasn't expecting this at all.

“What's your name again?”

She started writing that down in her notepad, but then he asked her a question she wasn't too surprised with.

“And why don’t you speak?”

She had a feeling that someone here would ask her that one day. She had prepared herself for that too. She already knew she would be as honest as she was able, but not say everything because she didn't know all the answers herself. She wrote down her answers before showing it to the dark hair guy.

~My name is Iliana. What is yours? And I don't know the exact reason why I can't talk because my memory is all foggy and fractured. All I can tell you is that I was hurt . . . by humans last year and it left me traumatized.~

It was then she saw Heath and Ethan enter the hall. The two guys woke up and saw her note. After taking a shower and getting dressed themselves, they headed straight for the hall. Heath frowned when he saw Pete with his sister. Ethan kept his grin on his face though. The two soon got their own breakfast before going over to Iliana and Pete.

"Good morning Lia. Did we miss something this morning?"

Iliana was quick to write down all she heard and saw that morning and showed it to her friend and brother. She also asked one check on Cherise and the other help Ajax. The two nodded and ate.

"Don't worry, Lia, we'll see to it. You take care of yourself then. And you," Heath said turning to Pete,"Next time you tell my sister to run, I suggest you warn us next time. Excuse us now."

With that, the two guys left the hall.

"Ethan, you go help Ajax since you're more familiar with him. I'll check on Cherise. I want to be able to figure out if Sylas had any influence on her and to see what Eve might have said."

"You be careful then. Are you sure you don't me handling that part since Eve and Sylas are able to manipulate people? Since I can influence others myself, they wouldn't be able to affect me."

"That's exactly why I want you with Ajax. You won't be able to get under her influence."

"Righto then. Good luck. Ethan said before returning to the hall.

He approached Ajax and Eve and immediate sat next to Ajax, not even bothering to address Eve.

"Hey, how are you doing? Heath and I woke up a little late, but I thought I heard an announcement. Do you know what is was?"

Heath soon found Cherise, who was with some other guy. He recognized him for he sat with her during the trial.

"Hi there, sorry if I am interrupting. Iliana wanted to see how you were Cherise. She could tell something was troubling you."

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Character Portrait: Ajax Valis Character Portrait: Alexandria Valis Character Portrait: Mason Hughson Character Portrait: Andromeda Bolton Character Portrait: Trinity Wallace Character Portrait: Wesley Preston Character Portrait: Sloane Astor Character Portrait: Sylas Astor Character Portrait: Daniel Vadas Character Portrait: Evelyn Masters Character Portrait: Eve Drakos Character Portrait: Pete Drakos Character Portrait: Cherise Boyse Character Portrait: Liam O'Connor
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"Slow down. First of all.." Alex took a hold of his arm to get his attention and stop his rambling mouth. "Thank you for the breakfast, and I am so happy to see you this morning, but... I... Pete didn't say anything to you, did he?"

Wes's brows furrowed. "Who the hell is Pete?" he replied, confused.

"You're not a shitty friend, Wes, you just have your own problems going on. I won't lie, though, it did hurt that you and Duke left so quickly after the trial, but it's now obvious that you had your reasons. That's the only reason why I'm not angry with you. Duke... well... he will have to explain his side of things... Definitely a wise choice to bring me coffee and doughnuts." She added with a wink and a smile after she took a sip of her coffee.

"I know my girl," he returned the smile, happy to know she wasn't mad at him. Wes didn't know if he could handle Alex and Trinity mad at him at the same time.

After Wes's proposal, Alex pretended to think hard about it, like she had other options to weigh. She then stuffed one of the doughnuts into his mouth and laughed. "Deal. And that's only four more laughs to go already. What do you have planned?"

Wes laughed as he took a bite from the doughnut before taking hold of the rest of it in his hand. "Well, we could get you so drunk at the party later that you want to kiss me," he teased. Then he shrugged his shoulders. "I figured today is your first official day of freedom. The world is your oyster and I'm just along for the ride. All I ask is you don't make me do something that will piss off Trinity more." He laughed, as he put a dot of doughnut icing on her nose.




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"Sylas... Nice to meet you, and I was done with it anyway. I was actually going to go get breakfast myself, so I wouldn't mind joining you." He nodded his head and motioned for her to take the lead toward the main hall. Sylas followed after her, down the steps and onto the path that lead to the main hall. "So, um - I don't mean to pry, but who did that to you?" There it was. He could tell she was itching to know the truth and it was only a matter of time before she finally piped up and asked. "Not that you are obligated to answer, of course. It's not like I am the Camp avenger or anything. I'm just wondering who to stay away from."

No one who just had the shit kicked out of them, who was a victim worried of a second offense, would just throw the assailant under the bus. Sylas slid his hands into his pants pockets, taking a long moment before he replied. "Let's just say someone close to me wasn't who I thought they were." He had nothing else to add, not yet. If he wasn't playing a part, his entire approach would be different. But he wasn't.

It wasn't long before they reached the mess hall, which already seemed to be full with several campers. Sylas's gaze instantly found it's way toward his favorite red head and surprisingly, his current company lead them in that very direction. He stood there silent, looking between the awkward love birds and their equally as uncomfortable interactions and Evelyn. First Cherise disappeared, suddenly self conscious of her present appearance. Then it seemed at the prospect of sitting with himself, Keith wanted no part of that.

And then there were two...

“Would you like to sit?”

Sylas nodded his head and slowly walked around the table until he was beside her and took a seat. He could see all the questions on Evelyn's face, but she didn't voice any of them. He couldn't help but wonder what she was thinking, how did she imagine the events that gave him his wounds played out. Part of him wanted to ask, but instead he remained silent.

“Let me,” she whispered as she reached out toward him. Sylas nodded his head slightly and remained still as she did whatever she desired, examining his bruises. As she did so, his gaze scanned the hall. There was no sign of his sister nor the giant meat head.

But there was someone else who wanted his attention instead. “Guess who I saw making a cheeky walk of shame this morning?” Sylas tensed when Eve placed her hand on his shoulder, but he didn't turn to look at her or show that he cared about what she had to say. “Your itsy bitsy little sister.” She then turned to Evelyn, whispering to her like a gossiping school girl. “From that big brute Liam’s house. Guess you can’t account for some people’s taste?”

"Last time I checked, I wasn't my sister's keeper," Sylas replied as he peeled Eve's hand from his shoulder. He watched her walk away and head for yet another victim. He couldn't help but roll his eyes. "How many campers is she trying to sleep with?" he asked, looking over at Evelyn.




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“It's more a couch conversation.” Trinity took Andy's hand and lead her over to the couch. She sat down opposite her friend, her one leg was bent with her food on the couch while her other rested on the ground. She rested her arm upon her knee as she waited patiently for Trinity to say whatever she needed to get off her chest.

“Liking a son of Aphrodite is shit,” she laughed. The corner of Andy's mouth tugged into a sympathetic smile, or was it a frown? “He's like a magnet, people are drawn to him, particularly women and I know that. But, um, apparently last night he had a date with that Eve chick.” With the mention of Eve, Andy tensed, sitting more upright. Her mouth tightened while her brows furrowed. She wasn't going to interrupt Trinity, instead keeping the thought on the tip of her tongue as she tapped her index finger.

“I don't think anything ended up happening. He...he dropped the L bomb on me and I couldn't say it back. I'm not like his past model girlfriends! Wes and I are so different. He's a lover, I'm a fighter. And I'm not talking vaguely, I mean literally. I wanted to beat one his groupies to a pulp and kill his beast, and the crazy bastard goes saying ‘I love you’.” Andy laughed weakly, gently brushing Trin's arm. “I'm afraid for him loving me. I don't deserve it.”

"Ok, so first of all," Andy said as she sat upright and pointed at Trinity with her index finger. "You deserve to be loved and happiness... If that's with Wes or someone else." She relaxed back into the couch. "Wes is mad about you. I have never seen him look at anyone the way he looks at you. Hell," she scoffed quietly. "I don't even know if anyone has looked at me that way."

"And this... Eve," Andy said with a sneer. "I don't know what her deal is but I would bet anything that it was a lie. Because what I was told by her and Mason that they are a thing." Her brows raised as she made a motion with her index fingers along with her words. "And I road back from Olympus with Wes. He left immediately and went straight back to his cabin." Andy didn't say anything else. In the end, it was Trinity's decision what to do about all of it. But the way it seemed to her was Eve was playing a dangerous game. She wasn't very happy about the fact that the blonde used her friends as her own toys.

After a small break of silence, Trinity then turned the conversation to Andy. “What about you?” She tapped Andy's knee and smiled slightly. “What's going on with you? Are you okay?”

"Gods," she sighed, running her fingers back through her hair. "I don't know where to start." Andy adjusted how she sat, her fingers twiddled in her lap as she tried to figure out how to unload... well, everything. "The other night at the party... Ajax told me he loved me. I said it back and then I... spent the night with him." She didn't elaborate on that, Trinity was smart and could connect the dots and Andy wasn't sure if she wanted to unpack that just yet.

"Somehow Mason found out. I've never seen him so mad at me in my entire life. It's not that he doesn't approve of me and Ajax... He's disappointed in me. He treats me like I'm an idiot for being with someone who doesn't worship the ground I walk on. I can't even tell if it's because of his hatred for Ajax or he's jealous." Andy clicked her tongue in her mouth before nodding her head and continuing. "And during capture the flag I got in the middle of a fight between Mason, Ajax and Alex, because I don't seem to know how to stay out of it," she laughed at her own stupidity. "I called Alex a murderer and pissed off Ajax."

Andy's mouth scrunched up as she tapped her finger on the back of the couch. She sighed as her other hand pinched the bridge of her nose. "Then the whole Eve and Mason thing unfolded. And I got... jealous." For the first time since she started talking, Andy looked over at Trinity. "I don't know why. Maybe it's because I'm selfish and don't want to share my friend. Or, I wanted to be shitty about his relationship like he is about mine... Or, I don't know." She sighed. "And Ajax heard the end of Mason and I arguing. He heard me say I was jealous and I wished Mason could say how he really felt."

Now that it all was out in the open, Andy rested her head against the back of the couch while her hands fiddled with the sleeves of her shirt. She was scared to look at Trinity. She felt horrible. She knew she didn't deserve Mason or Ajax in her life. It was dumb that Andy thought her friendship and relationship could live side by side without imploding. She didn't want to be forced to choose between the two of them but it seemed as each day carried on the more she fought with either one of them. "I feel selfish," her voice cracked as she whispered. "I don't deserve either one of them."

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Trinity and Andy weren't the type to openly unload everything very often. They both internalized whatever struggles they were going through for too long. It was like a small weight was lifted off Andy's shoulders now that she was able to talk to someone about it. And when the pair seemed to reach their limit for sharing for the time being, they decided to wonder off toward the main hall. It was safe to say neither one of them wanted to deal with others, but food was more important than their pride... temporarily anyway.

Andy froze outside the entrance of the main hall when she saw, through the sea of campers, the back of Ajax's head and Eve sitting across from him. She watched as the blonde smiled coyly and leaned in towards him. "Are you fucking kidding me?" she hissed under her breath. Andy's jaw was clenched as she threw open the door and trudged straight over to the table, paying no mind to anyone else.

She came up behind Ajax, conjuring a danger in her right hand. Before the blonde had a chance to look over at her, Andy slammed the knife down through the center of her plate and into the table. "Hey Eve," she said with a friendly smile but a sharp tone. "No, no, please... stay." She put her hand on Eve's shoulder, forcefully keeping the girl in her seat as she sat down beside her.

She half looked over her shoulder toward Trinity, pointing at Eve as she spoke. "If she uses her powers on me, break her arm." Andy smiled toward her present company as the dagger dislodged itself from the table and flew into her right hand. "What in the hell do you think you're playing at?"

Andy held her gaze as her smile faded. She ran the tip of her tongue along her top teeth while her leg bounced furiously under the table. She put up her left hand to stop Eve before she could speak, not really wanting to hear what the girl had to say. "I really couldn't careless who you spread your legs for," Andy said as she motioned the knife from Eve's face down to her waist. "But when you try to weave your little web around the people I care about... That's where I have a problem."

She then scooted forward in her seat so that she was inches away from Eve. "I don't have a say in what Mason does with his free time, but if you hurt him or use him or Trinity for your twisted little games, I will make your life a living hell," Andy said each word quiet enough that only her present company could hear. Her voice was strong and assertive in a way she's rarely ever been. "And if you ever flirt with my boyfriend again... I'll fucking murder you."

Andy spun around in her seat so she was finally facing Ajax, but she still side eyed Eve while her grip white knuckled on the knife. "Now, leave." she concluded. With a flick of her free hand upward, thick glass walls shot up from the ground around Eve. They separated the blonde from the rest of the people in the main hall with only a narrow passage way toward the exit. This left the girl with two options, stand there awkwardly or leave in the provided direction. The dagger vanished from Andy's hand as she looked toward Eve one final time, flashing her a curt smile and a wave of her hand.




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Sloane heard Liam come out of his cabin and cursed under her breath. Why hadn't she moved yet? She went to turn and just walk in a direction, any direction but was stopped when he stepped out in front of her. She didn't stop him as he reached out and took her bag from her shoulder. “Sloane, let’s talk about this later, okay? I trust that you had good intentions, and after seeing what your brother is capable of, I believe that you made the only choice you thought you could. I would have appreciated a heads-up, but I get it. I'm not the most approachable guy, and I am probably not smart enough to notice."

She was surprised he was so... calm about it all. Sloane frowned slightly when he mentioned he wasn't smart, but before she could even argue that statement, he continued. “Stay. I want you to stay with me, even if I have to sleep on the couch. You're not a burden to me." She wanted to thank Liam and tell him he could have the bed back, it wasn't right for her to commandeer his bed.

Sloane parted her lips to speak but said nothing as he stepped closer to her. She watched him raise his hand and didn't recoil when he ran his thumb over the scab on her lip. His hand then fell to her neck, as his fingers pulled down her collar to study her neck. Sloane looked away slightly, not even she fully knew how bad they looked, choosing to cover them up rather than look in the mirror. "I'm fine," she said quietly.

"I mean, you can stand out here if you want to, but your things will be inside. You also stink, so… the shower will be waiting for you, too." Sloane chuckled slightly and slowly entered the cabin after he had already disappeared into the bathroom. It was a weird sensation... feeling safe. It was strange, someone as strong and terrifying as Liam was really just a big, dumb, teddy bear... that sometimes objectified women.

She made her way over to the couch, taking a seat and waiting while he got clean. Sloane hadn't noticed the dog was next to her until she felt a cold nose poke her leg before clunky puppy paws climbed their way into her lap. She couldn't help but smile down at the cute little thing, raising her hand to rub its ears. Liam wasn't in the shower long, her eyes accidentally wondered as he drifted from the bathroom to the bedroom in just a towel. The dog looked toward her, cocking its head to the side. Sloane's cheeks flushed as she sunk further into the couch. "Shh," she said to the dog.

When Liam sat down next to her, the puppy quickly left her and found its way into his lap. "I guess it's my turn then," she said as she stood up and slipped off her shoes. Just before she headed to the bathroom, Sloane looked over at him once more. "Thanks Liam." She leaned down and kissed his cheek before she made her way to the bathroom, closing the door behind her. Hopefully that wouldn't start a chain reaction of Liam commenting on the shapeliness of her breasts or child bearing hips.

Not having all of her things, she had to shower with whatever products Liam had in his shower, all of which left her smelling a bit like old spice. Not that Sloane minded the smell, but if she expected getting out of this without rumors of her sleeping with Liam, well those chances were shot. She towel dried her hair as best she could, her natural curls coming out from the water. She then put her clean clothes back on and rejoined Liam back in the living room. "I can go make myself scarce... Wonder around camp or get my things so you don't have to babysit me. I don't ruin your chances with the girls at camp." She teased slightly. Her burdens didn't need to be his.

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She hummed as Andy gave her her thoughts on Trinity's situation. Maybe. Which meant she owed Wes a huge apology - she kinda tried it last night by restoring his cabin but that wasn't an actual apology so likely didn't suffice. She did trust Wes, god! Why the fuck was she thrown back to a stage of when they first met.

“Tha- ” she broke off being taken back by an additional slice of information. Mason had a “thing” with Eve? Somehow she thought Mason's taste was a little better than a lying viper that wanted to jump on every man. Did he know Eve was like that? He wasn't dumb but he was a preoccupied man.

“Gods, I don't know where to start.” Andy suddenly turned restless as she confessed her problems. “The other night at the party... Ajax told me he loved me. I said it back and then I... spent the night with him.”

Trinity jolted her head back. Well, wasn't that amazing and supposed to be a good thing? But she was quiet, expecting the whole but to enter the story soon. “Somehow Mason found out. I've never seen him so mad at me in my entire life. It's not that he doesn't approve of me and Ajax... He's disappointed in me. He treats me like I'm an idiot for being with someone who doesn't worship the ground I walk on. I can't even tell if it's because of his hatred for Ajax or he's jealous.” Trinity smiled a little though Andy was hardly being comedic about it. “And during capture the flag I got in the middle of a fight between Mason, Ajax and Alex, because I don't seem to know how to stay out of it,” This time Andy laughed at herself, void of humour. “I called Alex a murderer and pissed off Ajax.”

Trinity nodded. “Yeah, that's still a matter up for debate. He'll have to deal with it.” Andy was allowed an opinion too, just because it was one Ajax couldn't agree to because it was his sister. Didn't mean he had to give people the look of drilling holes through their skulls.

“Then the whole Eve and Mason thing unfolded. And I got... jealous.” Trinity's mouth was stuck in a silent 'oh'. Thus commenced, a major dilemma. Andy looked at Trinity. “I don't know why. Maybe it's because I'm selfish and don't want to share my friend. Or, I wanted to be shitty about his relationship like he is about mine... Or, I don't know. And Ajax heard the end of Mason and I arguing. He heard me say I was jealous and I wished Mason could say how he really felt.”

Trinity sighed out. It was a lot to take in and a lot to feel. But Trinity was 110% there for her, without judgement. She did have one buzzing question. “Andy, what do you think hearing how Mason feels is going to help? I'm not saying never find out, I think we'd all love to hear how he actually feels.” She smiled weakly. The man was a frickin wall. “But won't it make things more complicated? Is there an answer you want to hear?” In that scenario, things would get worse between the boys before they got better.

She rubbed Andy's arm. “I feel selfish, I don't deserve either of them.” If they weren't sitting together in her quiet cabin she might have missed her words.

Trinity frowned. “You are the least selfish person on camp. If you dare say I deserve love, then you definitely do, okay? You just need to figure out how you feel for Mason.” Andy said Ajax and her already exchanged love a few nights ago, verbally and physically so there was something strong between the couple. But Mason was that jigsaw piece. Trinity would say “who do you think you can't survive without, who do you need more?” but she knew Andy would be ripped to shreds without either of them.

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The girls managed to merge out of the cabin despite some certain blues they had experienced. Now, they were in a slightly better headspace and mood.

That didn't last all that long when they approached the hall. “Are you fucking kidding me?” Trinity turned to her friend suddenly. Damn, had she accidentally grazed her and made her see red.

Andy was off and away and Trinity followed on her heels for all that fuss. Once actually situated in the hall, she saw it. The blonde was a leech. Andy slammed a knife down through the plate and table. “Hey Eve. No, no, please... stay.

Trinity smirked slightly and pressed her tongue to her cheek to hide how much satisfaction and pride she got out of Andy giving Eve shit. “If she uses her powers on me, break her arm.”

“Oh, you know I will.” Suddenly, Trinity wanted to dare Eve to use her powers. She watched and waited, eager and starved for a fight, but tame at the same time. For now.

Andy ripped into Eve about a couple of laws, right up to the point Andy entrapped her in glass. With some standings clear, like how protective and jealous she got when Eve was with Ajax, Trinity felt it best to make herself scarce. Andy wasn't as uneasy and upset anymore. Third-wheeling wasn't exactly a hobby of hers, and she thought she glimpsed Mason by his lonesome. Trinity might have to report his girlfriend was a sleaze.

She grabbed herself some breakfast and headed out. Trinity was brisk seeing as Andy gave Eve a tunnel outside where Mason was. She sat with him on the grass crossed legged and smiled. “Howdy. I thought I'd join the lonely hearts club. So you and Eve are thing?” She had hoped for a gradual way to bring it into conversation yet there it laid. Out and about now. “You could probably do a smidge better.”



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With his permission Evelyn carefully proceeded to skim his bruises in a delicate touch. Any make up theory or sfx was gone. They already existed in a 5 percent chance percentile, now they could be ruled out completely. When she splayed out her fingers to the sides of his neck, they looked like choking marks from a much larger hand.

She withdrew her hand, grateful for his trust. Seconds after doing so, Eve interrupted Evelyn's thoughts. “Guess who I saw making a cheeky walk of shame this morning?” There was no need to ask who. Eve always had an angle. Today's angle included an alleged walk of shame. “Your itsy bitsy little sister.”

Interesting. If it were indeed true. Eve leaned towards Evelyn. “From that big brute Liam’s house. Guess you can’t account for some people’s taste?”

Evelyn frowned slightly. Sloane could be with who she wanted, but there was no predicting any sort of development between Liam, if he was who she thought, and Sloane. As for Sylas, he had to know his sister spent the night elsewhere, and this little notification from Eve had to be directed at him. Evelyn held no existing relationship with Sloane other than an acquaintance.

“Last time I checked, I wasn't my sister's keeper,” Sylas replied. Eve nearly skipped off in a state of glee, regardless of his curt response, piling on her food without a care in the world. Then pranced to the next male anatomy. “How many campers is she trying to sleep with?”

She sighed out, scooping up her ruby red apple, feigning more interest than it was worth. “I'd imagine that’s a perk to her schemes.” For her, Eve logic was hard to pick up. “But I don't think that was her flirting with you.” She let an ever slight smile pass indicating her joke. Sylas likely wasn't off the tables for Eve, but if she wanted to seduce him there were better tactics than taunting a man.

Evelyn might have offered him something to eat, however, the rows of food to select were in short-range by any definition, and he was a big boy. Injured and hurt, yet more than capable of getting his own food. She gave him a moment to sort himself out, get comfortable, do what he needed. That meant narrowing his reasons for avoidance. “You don't have to be a mind reader to know what I'm thinking, Sylas.” Mixing subtly with pointedly, she flickered her gaze to his neck then returned to his eyes. “Are you going to tell me what happened or not?”

A moment might have passed then Evelyn hummed quietly as a more forceful approach entered her mind involving the fruit. She held her apple towards Sylas in offering. “Are you resistant to all compulsion or only charm speech?” The red food sat perched lightly in her fingers. How trusting was the devil feeling today? Or rather, how tempted? Now wasn't the moment to show what she could do with curses and blessings so a plain bluff sat there in her fingertips. As usual, it was up to Sylas how or even if he responded.

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"I wouldn't dream of it. I think Trinity would kill me if that happened, and besides," Alex bumped him with her arm. "I don't think you could handle this much of a storm."

"I don't know. Have you seen Trinity's storm?" Wes's eyes went wide as his brows raised. He then laughed as he let himself roll over onto his back, resting his hands on his abdomen, fingers entangled. "I'm in the eye of her hurricane right now. If I make it out alive, I'd call it a success," he mused, trying to make light of his current situation.

"A party is definitely a good idea for all of us, though. I want to get so drunk, but don't let me get too drunk, okay? I don't want to be throwing up on someone's shoes. I just want to have fun."

"There's a difference between so drunk and too drunk?" He asked as he looked over at her with a confused smile.

A party did sound nice, but Wes couldn't help but wonder if he'd be able to have fun. Of course, he'd try. He was like a scolded puppy dog. And sure, he could hide his sadness for awhile. Like being with Alex without Trinity around, it was easy for him to not think about it as much. To let himself laugh and enjoy the presence of his friend. But, once he was there, able to see her having fun without him, would he be able to enjoy himself? Sometimes he wished he wasn't an Aphrodite kid. Then maybe he wouldn't be a blubbering romantic.

Wes sighed, pushing his depressing thoughts to the recesses of his mind, at least for the time being. He then sat up slowly. "Well then, if you're wanting a party... then you should probably get up. Maybe shower?" He grinned playfully as he pretended to fan away the smell from his nose. "Then we can go vote on the bonfire?" He cocked his head to the side slightly. "I mean, I doubt a movie night would be all that thrilling... Definitely sex though." He laughed at his own joke. One thing he did know, given his parentage, is that sexual tension at that damn camp was palpable. Shoving all of them into a dark room with background noise probably wasn't the best idea.

"We might be able to kidnap a Hecate kid to change it up a bit and not do the same beach bonfire party we always do." Then after Wes said it, there were only two options under that category. Keith, Daniel's weird doppelgänger, or Andy, probably the only other person at camp besides Mason to blatantly show her dislike of Alex. "Or maybe just the regular beach party," he corrected, laughing at his own dumb idea.

"And," Wes added holding up his index finger. "If you're wanting to get someone's attention, like... Oh, I don't know Duke's? Or maybe this Pete? Then I suggest you dress to turn some heads tonight." He then put out his hand to stop her before she want a little too crazy. "For the love of the Gods, please, nothing too revealing. That's all I need is your brother trying to kill me because you're dressed like a stripper."




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“I'd imagine that’s a perk to her schemes,” Evelyn said as she picked up her apple. “But I don't think that was her flirting with you.”

"No, I don't think it was," Sylas replied smiling slightly to match her own. He couldn't help but glance over his shoulder in the blondes direction, raising a brow out of curiosity when she sat herself across from Ajax. "So far she seems more interested in breaking the good ones, rather than venturing on the wrong side of the tracks," he added, speaking in metaphor. "If Eve desires a taste of the darker side of things, well, that's what Mason is for." Sylas looked over at Evelyn. "She can control him."

He didn't doubt that Eve was going to continue to make jabs at him until she found something that pissed him off just right. Or if she gave up. But Sylas didn't see that happening. From what he's seen of the girl, she likes being in control and when she has no power over someone, then she has no use for them. And that's where he was. Sure, he could probably get sex out of her if he wanted it. He doubted it be that difficult. But he had more pressing things than scratching an itch or taking someone's sloppy seconds. Plus, he simply didn't want to give her the satisfaction of thinking she had power over him. She didn't.

“You don't have to be a mind reader to know what I'm thinking, Sylas.”

"No, I don't," he acknowledged her comment, watching Evelyn's gaze drift to his neck then back up to his eyes.

“Are you going to tell me what happened or not?”

Sylas wasn't an idiot, nor did he think Evelyn saw him in that light. He knew that lying to her, at this point, would be transparent. So far, he has been honest. He might have lied by omission, but he never said a word that was not true in one way or another. He may be an enigma, but he was at least a partially truthful one in her presence. And while he is play the role of a victim heavily with someone else, with her, it wouldn't work. She already knew too much about him to know when he was being false.

Evelyn hummed, before holding her apple out as an offering toward him. “Are you resistant to all compulsion or only charm speech?”

"So, the snake has entered the garden." Sylas smirked as he extended his hand to take the apple, brushing her fingertips with his own. He brought the fruit to his lips and took a large bite before placing in back into her waiting palm. "I'm not sure, care to find out?" His smile grew. It was like tempting the devil. Intoxicating. Plus, he'd be lying if he said he wasn't curious to see what she was capable of.

A loud slam into a table within the hall temporarily caught his attention. Sylas glanced over his shoulder to see Andromeda Bolton looking more devious than a spawn of hell, with the hot tempered daughter of Ares hot on her heels. No doubt she was threatening Eve. He was surprised it took someone this long. "I don't know much about that Hecate girl," he said as he turned back around. "I fought her in capture the flag though. It would be an foolish to go against her and a daughter of Ares." Then, almost on cue, glass walls shot up from the ground in the hall, encapsulating Eve so she had no where to go but out. "It never ceases to be interesting here."

Then he paused. Sylas was skirting around her question. He knew it, and Evelyn knew it too. He ran his tongue along his lip as he sighed, looking down at the table searching for the right words. He could just say the truth, let the minx beside him see his true nature and see what she does with that knowledge. He couldn't deny that he was curious to see how she'd react. He tapped his fingers on the table before finally speaking up. "I was attacked, in my cabin... By someone who doesn't know who they are dealing with." Sylas slowly looked over at Evelyn, meeting her gaze. "You're a smart woman. Who's missing from this hall?"

He could let Evelyn connect the dots how she saw fit and make her own conclusions. There wasn't many people missing from the main hall. Duke, Alex, Wes, Sloane and Liam. And of those, who would be able to do match or over power him? Liam, perhaps Duke, but he hasn't yet seen him fight. But if you laid those cards on the table along with the words of an obnoxious blonde, the answer was right there. It didn't take detective to piece that together. He gave Evelyn 30 seconds, maybe less.




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"I'm beginning to think that the women here are too smart to sleep with me. I'm sure that you will make me seem less - repugnant, actually." Liam gave her some squinty eyed look that came off a bit playful. All the while, Sloane pursed her lips as her brows tugged together slightly. Out of every word in the English language, why did he insist on using that particular one to describe himself. Sure, he was rough around the edges, had no idea how to talk to a woman and might have been a walking billboard for fuck boys, but that's just who he was.

Regardless of his negative qualities, Liam stood up for her and protected her. He gave her a place to stay, when he had no reason to. And even forgave her after learning that she played him like a piano with her powers. If anyone was more repulsive, it'd be Sloane. She used him, similarly to how he used other women. She let her brother manipulate, bully and belittle her for years. She never got the chance to make friends, fall in love or live because she always lived in fear. But she wasn't going to argue about it, not now.

"Unless you liked what you saw and you don't want me with other girls?"

Liam's words had snapped her out of whatever head space Sloane had sunken into. She sighed, rolling her eyes as she crossed her arms over her chest. Gods, he really was horrible at talking to girls. "You don't strike me as the commitment type," she commented while holding his gaze. She shook her head as a small smile graced her lips. "And I'm not that type of girl," she added. Regardless if Sloane enjoyed the sight of him in his towel, it wasn't going to make her want to climb into bed with him.

He pushed off his knees, moving to his feet. Gods he was huge, over a foot taller than her. If the circumstances were different, Sloane might have been frightened of him. He could snap her in half without breaking a sweat. But something about his horrible flirting and a puppy seemed to chase any of that away. "Let's go get the rest of your shit from your cabin while your brother's out. Not that I mind that smell on you." He smiled while wiggling his eyebrows at her.

Sloane rolled her eyes, once again, as she walked around him and headed for the door. She had a feeling she was going to get headaches from how much he'd make her do that. But it at least made her smile. She didn't do that enough. She stopped by the door, seeing a leash hanging on the wall. Sloane reached out and took it, then held it out toward Liam. "What?" Her brows raised as she wiggled the leash. "You can't very well leave him cooped up in here all day."

Liam's hands all but swallowed hers as she shoved the leash into his palm. Once he took it, Sloane opened the door and headed outside. It was a strange day. For the first time in years, she wasn't wearing skirts and heels, dressed like she was about to spend a day in court. Her hair wasn't pulled back into some secretary type style, but flowed freely at her shoulders in its natural curled wildness. Not to mention she wasn't wearing an ounce of makeup. It made her feel almost naked, exposed to the world, not pristine or poised, just... human. But deep down, it was a little freeing. Sloane wasn't forcing herself to be perfect and what everyone else expected of her. She was just herself, some quiet, shy girl.

Once Liam joined her, they started heading in the direction of her cabin. For awhile it was silent. Sloane's hands kept fidgeting, tugging at the sleeves of her cardigan or brushing her loose curls behind her ears. But eventually, she broke the silence. "I could help you," she said, looking up at Liam. "With your girl problem."

Sloane remained quiet for a moment, letting Liam think about her offer or maybe argue that he didn't need her help. "You're not repugnant," she clarified before continuing. "I don't know much about dating, or really anything about dating for that matter... But I do know women." The corner of her mouth curved into a slight smile. Her short legs nearly working double time to keep in pace with his large strides. "I don't really approve of seducing women into your bed... But, I'd like to think someday something I told you could help you find your forever person. I'm sure she'd appreciate it."

Sloane actually laughed thinking about it. She could imagine some girl thanking her, a couple years down the line, for showing Liam how to give a decent compliment. Or maybe he'd be so thick, that it'd make his flirting even more cringe worthy. Although that would make her laugh to the point of tears. But either way, Liam helped her. And there wasn't very much that Sloane had in the realm of repayment. The least she could do for him, and the poor girls he tries to talk to, was give him a few... or a lot, of pointers.

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Eve watched out of the corner of her eye as Ajax physically leaned himself away from her. "Look... whatever your game is here, I'm not playing, and I would prefer it if you left me alone." He squinted his eyes shut for a moment and even added on, "Please." God, one slightly flirtatious comment and he’d acted like she’d tried to pounce on him. She’d barely even considered her comment as flirting, she supposed she should have tried more subtlety, but well, she wasn’t her best when she was hungry. And she’s sticking to that story.

With a smirk she put her fork down and raised her hands in the air making herself the picture of innocence. “I get it. I get it. Hands to myself.” She laughed as she turned back to her food, with no intention of actually leaving him alone like he asked.

He spoke again, his voice still weary and skeptical. "Personally, I don't see why Andy would come to you when you're new here. She's not stupid to share things with people she doesn't know." From what Eve had learned of Andy that certainly seemed true.

“Who said she doesn’t know me? We’re practically besties.” Eve grinned wickedly. Before she could say anymore, the devil herself manifested and was practically flying over to their table. “And here she is now.”

"Hey Eve," Andy said with a smile, but no one listening would think her greeting friendly. Eve paused with a fork full of egg halfway to her mouth, she was clearly in trouble, but she couldn’t be sure which act of hers had set Andy off. Luckily she’d find out soon as Andy got her shoulder in a vice grip. "No, no, please... stay."

“As you wish,” She replied, slinking into her seat. As if Eve had any intention of being anywhere but here.

She listened to Andy command Trinity, though she understood the threat was for her. She almost grinned, like she needed her powers to work this situation into a shit storm. "What in the hell do you think you're playing at?" Andy said as a knife, specifically the knife Eve had been using to cut into her food, flew into Andy’s waiting hand, it was a nice trick. Eve was glad that she wasn’t given a chance to respond to that question because she still wasn’t sure what Andy was so pissed about, and she wasn’t about to list everything that she’d been up to. "I really couldn't careless who you spread your legs for. But when you try to weave your little web around the people I care about... That's where I have a problem."

Eve held back a sigh, this wasn’t how the game was played. Publicly calling her out, physical threats, none of this was Eve's style. She felt backed into a corner and Andy wasn’t finished.

"I don't have a say in what Mason does with his free time, but if you hurt him or use him or Trinity for your twisted little games, I will make your life a living hell," Andy’s words were mean and determined, Eve knew she meant them. It seemed Andy knew the rough gist of it, but that didn’t mean the games were over. It was on the tip of her tongue to say that Mason seemed to like her ‘twisted little games’, but she held herself back. Andy was still holding a knife over her and she was feeling a sense of self-preservation.

"And if you ever flirt with my boyfriend again... I'll fucking murder you." Eve frowned at that. Seriously? What she’d said to Ajax could hardly be considered flirting. "Now, leave." Instantly glass walls unfolded themselves from the ground, quite literally showing Eve the door.

Eve kept her face neutral ignoring the growing need to scowl. Honestly, she was a little terrified of Andy in that moment. But she wasn’t the type to be dismissed, and the idea of letting Andy have a victory left a sour taste in her mouth. This need to win was usually what drove her into bad situations and dumb choices, making her lash out even when obvious danger was awaiting her.

So instead she grinned cheerily at the couple through the glass wall. Getting up she walked a few steps until she fell into a faint shadow behind someone walking, and then jumped through it, disappearing then reappearing on the other side of the room. Eve flounced back over to the table with her hands in the air. “Sorry, sorry. I just felt I needed to clear something up.”

She looked to Andy and motioned between her and Ajax with a perfectly innocent facade in place. “You should know you have nothing to worry about. I might have been a little bit flirty, but he was not interested. He went all growly, and was like leave me alone, I’m a one woman kind of guy.” Eve faked a moment of realisation, giving an obviously false surprised look, even covering her mouth with her hand as she looked at Andy. “Now that I think about it though, that must make you feel pretty crappy. Ajax is such perfect, loyal boyfriend to you, and you can’t even fake loyalty. Since we all know you're not a one man kind of gal.” Eve winked at Andy as she passed the brunette, ready to leave like she’d been politely asked to.

She didn’t get very far away though before she spun around to grab her food, her plate in her left hand and a bowl in her right. “Sorry, just grabbing my food.” She gave the couple an awkward smile as she backed up with her food. “Sex always makes me so hungry.” With that, Eve turned and headed outside.

Looking calm and composed as she found a grassy spot to sit, internally she was cringing a little. She actually hadn’t intended to mention the whole Mason thing to anyone, she’d slept with him simply because she wanted to. She hadn’t done it to win a point but it was definitely going to look that way now. With a sigh she stretched down, laying across the grass and picking at her food. She wondered what Andy and Ajax were talking about now.

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“Who said she doesn’t know me? We’re practically besties.” Ajax knew that was a lie. He could sense the sarcasm rolling off her sharp little tongue. And there it was, a wicked grin to go with it. “And here she is now.”

Almost from out of nowhere, Andy came face-to-face with Eve in a matter of seconds. "Some party tonight at the beach." he replied to Ethan, as his eyes remained on both his girlfriend and Eve. He stood up from where he was sat, ready to stop Any of them if needed, even with Trinity's strong grip on Eve's arm, ready to break it as Andy commanded. No doubt Andy's anger stemmed from her boyfriend temporarily not talking to her, and something with Mason. Or so he presumed. The flirting from Eve was just the icing on the cake.

Image Eve was a little too calm for his liking as he watched her sit back down, and that, to him, only meant two things... she was either planning on how to get back at Andy, or she had something else up her sleeve.

Ajax sighed as he tilted his head right back, his eyes looking up at the ceiling for a second or two as if praying to the Gods for strength. He was so tired of the fighting amongst themselves, but Eve really had brought it upon herself.

Andy used her magic, blocking the girl from the rest of the hall with a large structure of glass that forced her through the one only exit close enough to her. "That's enough now," he said calmly in an almost whisper, placing the palm of his hand up against the small of her back. "I need to talk to you." he was about to lead her away from the others in the hall so they could talk since Eve had left... so they thought anyway.

Ajax let out a heavier sigh this time and glared in Eve's direction. “Sorry, sorry. I just felt I needed to clear something up.” Eve looked to Andy and motioned between her and Ajax with a perfectly innocent facade in place. “You should know you have nothing to worry about. I might have been a little bit flirty, but he was not interested. He went all growly and was like leave me alone, I’m a one-woman kind of guy.” Eve faked a moment of realization, giving an obviously false surprised look, even covering her mouth with her hand. That little plan up her sleeve was about to unravel itself. “Now that I think about it though, that must make you feel pretty crappy. Ajax is such a perfect, loyal boyfriend to you, and you can’t even fake loyalty. Since we all know you're not a one man kind of gal.” He clenched his jaw at her words. Truth is... maybe she was right? he already had his suspicions that she had feelings for Mason.

Ajax quickly grabbed hold of Andy's arm at the elbow, stopping her from lunging at the blonde that she no doubt felt like killing at this point. "Don't.. don't let her get under your skin." he quietly spoke to Andy, looking down at her as he pulled her gently into him and glared up at Eve who still hadn't left yet.

“Sorry, just grabbing my food.” She gave the couple an awkward smile as she backed up with her food. “Sex always makes me so hungry.”

"Just, leave" he demanded her this time, and with that, Eve turned and headed outside as Ajax looked back down at his girl, his eyes tearing away from the back of Eve. "So, about that talk?" he asked. He looked to Trinity then. "I just need to borrow her then you can have her back" he promised with a small smile before he leads the way to a much quieter and private area of the hall.

Image "I know I haven't been the greatest boyfriend to you, and for that, I'm sorry. Maybe that's why you fell for him, for Mason. He was able to give you what I wasn't. He was there for you when I wasn't. If.... if you want to be with him, then... who am I to stop you? I can't force you to stay with me, even if I want to." He cups her face gently in his hands, his eyes looking between her with furrowed brows. "I love you, Andy. I have loved you from the first moment I saw you, and I swear that I will do whatever it takes to be a better boyfriend, but if your hearts with him..." he swallowed. "...then I have to let you go." he wasn't going to lie, it would absolutely break him, but he'd have to live with the mistakes that made him lose her. "You deserve to be happy."

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"Oh, it's just Liv. It's not Livianna or whatever else it might be short for. My mother was a cruel, cruel woman. Loved to keep people on their toes."

"Hey that's fine with me, Liv. With my energy I always kept my mom on her toes, but she's adventurous herself so she didn't mind. But anyway it's nice to meet you."

Indeed, she was thrilled to have hit it off with someone so far. Now the problem would be staying in touch consistently. She was always good at making friends, but keeping them was hard for her.

Liv then warned her about the blonde not too far away. She was sitting with a gorgeous guy and as clueless as Nelly could be when it came to 'romance', she could tell that the guy was not interested in her.

"Oh I'll definitely keep an eye on her then. This should be interesting. I do plan on getting to know everyone here. I do remember her from that court scene and even though she wasn't speaking up, I do remember her sitting with another guy. One of my abilities is my photographic memory so that helps."

She continued eating and was almost done when Liv asked if she was a photographer or model. The model part caught her a bit off guard and she laughed in response.

"Definitely a photographer, hun. I am too independent for my own good and do not take direction well. I've met a few models and omg, it's like that have no meat on their bones at all! And oh, I do documentary pictures mostly from landscapes to city scapes."

Suddenly, all hell broke lose when Andy arrived with who Nelly remembered being Ares's daughter, Trinity. The dark hair lady zeroed in on the minx and really laid it on her, even going so far as to physically threatening her and using her powers. Even Nelly was a little scared of her. Her own skills were the 'threatening type' like Andy's so seeing those kind of powers being used now was unnerving. So this was Ajax's girlfriend. Now the pieces were coming together bit by bit. The blonde, Eve, started to leave, but soon had a few words of her own. One part definitely caught Nelly's attention.

“Now that I think about it though, that must make you feel pretty crappy. Ajax is such perfect, loyal boyfriend to you, and you can’t even fake loyalty. Since we all know you're not a one man kind of gal.”

Now that was eye opening. Nelly's gaze looked at Ajax's reaction and saw him clench his jaw. Did Andy have feelings for someone else? She immediately thought of Mason who appeared to have a thing for Andy based on what he told her. Oh lovely, a love triangle and you add Eve into the mix and it was just one big mess. After making a comment about the 'birds and the bees', Eve left and it wasn't long before Trinity as well as Ajax and Andy. Nelly whistled and turned back to Liv.

"Wow! Now that was intense! You know, Mason told that Ajax has been with other girls, yet according to Eve, Ajax is the loyal one and Andy is the one who is having issues. Now I can already tell Mason doesn't like Ajax, so I am wondering in all of this mess, where does the truth lie? My mom is a journalist and that is always her ultimate goal, to find the truth while being as unbiased as possible."

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Iliana watched as the whole confrontation between Andy and Eve commenced. It was so intense that it left Iliana in shock and she couldn't even take in all the emotions from all parties present. She sensed Ethan using his own serenity inducement immediately to try and help the situation, but it seemed to bounce off of Andy. Only Ajax seemed to be the only one to calm down Andy. Her heart went out to the girl. Her powers were terrifying. Now she had an idea on how Heath and Ethan felt when she used her powers when mad. At least Andy had better control of her abilities because she could have easily killed Eve. Both Ajax and Andy ordered Eve to leave and she did, but not before getting the last word in. She had felt the girl's fear, but there was another emotion she couldn't put her finger on. Well, the girl reaped what she sowed. She looked over at the dark hair guy, read his emotions and wrote down down something before showing it to him.

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So there was a beach party tonight? Well that was bound to be something, Ethan thought. However all thoughts about a party exited his mind as Andy stormed in, along with Trinity. Immediately he started using his serenity inducement, but Andy's anger was so big that he had no effect on her. This was surprising to him for it was his best skill. This wasn't a good sign. Maybe he needed to practice more.

The confrontation didn't last long and soon all participating parties left. Great, now what? Ethan looked back at Iliana and saw she was in shock. Well, better to be in shock then an emotional mess. He decided he would keep an eye on her for Heath, but also kept an eye on Sylas and one of the redheads in the room. He noticed a completely new face come into the hall, but she soon left herself. Ethan figured he'd meet her soon enough. He would tell Heath what happened soon enough. Hopefully though he was having better luck on his end.

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"You’re not interrupting at all! Also, I am fine. I think maybe the stress of a new place is kind of getting to me, but I will be just great. We were just weighing our party options - campfire or movie night. I actually thought that a campfire would be nice if the weather is good for it. How about you?"

Heath wondered Cherise was going to be fine. She wasn't lying, but Heath was still a bit pessimistic. Then his thoughts drifted to the mention of a party. He didn't recall hearing about a party. He did sleep in late, so maybe it happened then?

"Was there an announcement this morning about a party? I accidentally slept in this morning so I don't remember hearing one."

He also wasn't sure which party option he would pick. He wasn't the type who went to these kinds of social interactions.

Then the other guy spoke up and Heath finally paid attention to him. Something about the guy seemed 'off'. He was definitely uncomfortable. It wasn't long before he asked Cherise to heal him. Normally Heath was a nonchalant person, but even he couldn't hide the shock from his eyes.

"Wow, it's a miracle you survived. Oh what's your name again? I am Heath by the way. I am new to this camp."

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"Dude, you seriously need to get laid!" Alex chucked a pillow at him and Wes was barely able to grab it before it smacked him in the face. "And NO, I am not offering"

"I wasn't talking about me," he corrected, throwing the pillow back at her. "I don't think having all of us in a dark room together is the smartest idea. You forget, I can tell when someone is lusting after someone else... Or has unspoken feelings." Wes cupped his hands together and batted his eyelashes like a dewy-eyed school girl. "I'd rather not stumble upon campers getting down and dirty."

"And for the record... I'm saving myself." Wes couldn't help but chuckle slightly at his comment. It didn't take a rocket scientist to know that he was not a virgin. "I plan to remain chaste until she wants me... And if she never does?" He shrugged his shoulders. "And so my watch begins," he laughed, quoting Game of Thrones.

After Wes begged Alex to not dress like a stripper, she sat down at the foot of the bed and rested her head on his calf. "You would be too tempted to stare yourself more like..."

Wes shook his head. "I'm sure I could abstain. Stripper isn't really my type. You'll be shocked to know I find modesty attractive." He made a fake shocked expression on his face, even gasping and bringing his hand to his mouth.

"I won't dress like a stripper, though. I promise. Besides, I don't think they'll be interested in me anyway. I'm pretty sure that Pete is only being nice to me because he felt sorry for me, and I.. well, Duke was with some other girl after the trial. Which, is totally fine. I don't know her name... Liv, or something like that?"

"And men and women aren't allowed to be friends?" He asked, quirking a brow. Wes then sighed as he sat up right on the bed, preparing for a moment of serious talk. "Ok, so first of all, any guy would be crazy not to be into you." Even though he was head over heels for another girl, Wes wasn't blind and he knew Alex was a catch. She was just intimidating... Honestly like half of the damn girls at camp. The kind to murder you in their sleep if you broke their heart. Wes was lucky he hasn't woken up to Trinity holding a blade to his throat.

"Well, I don't know this Pete guy... But in a single day his name has been mentioned just as much as Duke's. And no matter how much you want to hide it, I can sense how you feel about Duke. Now I don't know his deal." Wes shrugged, patting his legs to a slight beat before continuing. "He could be into you and just... doesn't know how to show it. Or, he's an idiot and doesn't know he likes you yet. Or he's just an idiot." Wes laughed. "Regardless you're single and free to do whatever you want and that includes making some dumb guys realize that they are blind." He then shrugged with a smile. Sometimes guys needed a little push.

"I'll grab that shower." He gave her a thumbs up as she wondered off toward the bathroom.

Wes must have been a lot more tired than he originally thought. At some point when Alex went to get cleaned, he must have dozed off. He didn't hear her exit the bathroom and was startled awake when he heard her speak. "Ready for a mini fashion show?"

He inhaled deeply as he stretched and groaned. Wes looked over at her with squinty eyes and gave her a thumbs up once again. "Dazzle me."

With a yawn, he propped himself up on his bionic arm, watching as Alex gathered a bunch of outfits and laid them out on the bed before him. "Which one do you think says... sexy but cute, best?"

"Well," he said as he moved to his feet to get a better view. "The parties are always at the beach... and we're at camp. I'd say nix these three," he said as he pointed at the second, fourth and fifth outfits. "I think they might say you're trying a little hard. Plus, they're pretty formal for getting shit faced drunk and you'll be pissed you wore heels in the sand."

Wes's lips pursed slightly as he looked at the remaining outfits. "I like these two," he pointed at the first and last outfits. "They look like something you'd wear to a bonfire. They show some skin, but not too much... So, it leaves somethings up to the imagination. Definitely one of those outfits girls wear when they feel cute and don't realize how hot us guys think it is."

He smiled. "You might want to save it for the party... Element of surprise and all that." Wes wiggled his eyebrows playfully. "Now what should I wear?" He teased, spinning around and posing. "What says 'I'm an idiot but you like me anyway'?' He laughed as he flopped back down on her bed, dropping the act.




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“Perhaps you should preserve a potential ally’s face and ego.” Sylas gave a soft chuckle and a shake of his head. Evelyn was set on the whole concept of Sylas and Eve. Two manipulators joining forces to piss off the entire camp. But see, the blonde had no style and tact was out the window. He could have gotten the same effects she had, but it wouldn't have come back to bite him in the ass. Subtly is your best friend in this particular situation and her sense of self preservation seems to be lacking. If Sylas wanted to get under someone's skin like Andy, he definitely wouldn't blatantly flirt with her boyfriend. Foolish. “Tell me again why Eve won't go to you for a taste of the darker side?”

"You are persistent." He tapped his index finger against the table. "Eve is someone who likes to be in control... The dominant type." Sylas slowly looked over at Evelyn, speaking softly. "Well, so am I." A small smirk curved upon his face. "Two dominants don't make good bedfellows. And her blatant disregard for self preservation or tact would ruin my style."

"Eve will either see me as a challenge... or give me a wide birth. Only time will tell which path she chooses. But the princess doesn't seem to take it lightly when someone gets the upper hand on her." He motioned his head toward the commotion that still continued behind him. Sylas couldn't help but laugh slightly when he heard Andy scream at Eve. He snuck a glance over his shoulder, seeing the dutiful boyfriend holding her back while the blonde all but skipped away. "I'd pay to see that cat fight unfold." Was he a sadist? Perhaps. But it was a new day and the Gods intervened before Trinity's fight in Olympus could get anywhere exciting.

Sylas watched Evelyn as she quickly connected the dots of what had happened to him... to some extent anyway. She raised her chin slightly, as if she pieced it together. “I see. And you did nothing to provoke this attack of course?”

No, he wasn't going to answer honestly. And Sylas isn't the type to admit he deserved it even if he did. "Would that change your opinion of me?" he asked, more rhetorically.

“As long as you're in one piece. I don't think I'd much like your neck broken before I can figure you out.” Sylas smiled slightly at the comment, nodding his head toward her in understanding. He never expected someone to warm up to him when he wasn't playing the part of someone other than himself. But, he also wasn't dumb and knew a lot of it stemmed from her own interest in who he was and what his intentions were. If he wasn't vague or mysterious, she might have already moved on.

“Now get something to eat or drink before your master performance begins.”

Sylas quirked a brow in almost a sinister expression as he stood up. "Yes ma'am."As he walked away, he let the tips of his fingers brush along Evelyn's shoulder.

It didn't take him long to scrounge up something, opting for a bowl of cereal and an apple, having a craving for one after Evelyn tempted him. He sent the red head a quick wink before he beelined for another table. Well, she did ask for a performance and he wasn't going to get anything done if he spent all his time with Evelyn. No matter how much he'd enjoy that. So, he made his way to a table with the brunette he saw Trinity fight with the day before and some unknown redhead.

"Wow! Now that was intense! You know, Mason told that Ajax has been with other girls, yet according to Eve, Ajax is the loyal one and Andy is the one who is having issues. Now I can already tell Mason doesn't like Ajax, so I am wondering in all of this mess, where does the truth lie? My mom is a journalist and that is always her ultimate goal, to find the truth while being as unbiased as possible."

He caught the tail end of a conversation as he approached, flashing them both a charming and a bit bashful smile. "Sorry, didn't mean to interrupt. I was just wondering if this seat was taken." He pointed to an available seat beside Liv. "I don't think we've been properly introduced," he said, addressing both women. "I'm Sylas."




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"That's enough now," Ajax said toward her, quietly as his hand gently rested on the small of her back. Andy sighed softly, slowly calming down. She had almost forgotten how soothing Ajax's presence was to her. It had only been a day, maybe two that they were at odds and not speaking, but it felt longer. She hadn't realized how much she missed him until she was there beside him, with his hand upon her. "I need to talk to you."

Andy inhaled sharply. Why was it whenever your significant other needed to talk that it felt like the world was ending. But she didn't have time to respond or even react before a voice came from behind her. “Sorry, sorry. I just felt I needed to clear something up.” Andy slowly turned to face the blonde who was seriously testing her patience. Eve's presence even caused Ajax to sigh. The blonde motioned between the two of them before speaking. “You should know you have nothing to worry about. I might have been a little bit flirty, but he was not interested. He went all growly, and was like leave me alone, I’m a one woman kind of guy.”

Yeah, and I'm the Pope, Andy thought to herself. But she didn't say anything. She just waited. Eve was too happy... too calm to feel the need to back pedal, there was something she wanted to add. Her own knife to sink in. She was a caged animal, and it was only natural for her to retaliate to try and regain some semblance of honor. “Now that I think about it though, that must make you feel pretty crappy. Ajax is such perfect, loyal boyfriend to you, and you can’t even fake loyalty. Since we all know you're not a one man kind of gal.”

"Bitch!" Andy shouted at Eve, no doubt getting the attention of nearly everyone in the hall... Maybe even more. She went to lunge for the blonde. Andy had every intention to hurdle the table and beat Eve within an inch of her life. But Ajax was faster than she was. He took ahold of her before she could act and held her back.

"Don't.. don't let her get under your skin." He spoke calmly to her, as he gently pulled her toward him. Andy took a deep breath, turning away from Eve and staring at the wall over Ajax's shoulder.

“Sorry, just grabbing my food. Sex always makes me so hungry.”

"Choke on it," Andy said, not even sparing the girl a glance.

"Just leave," Ajax demanded and Andy could only assume Eve left, because she didn't hear another word from her. She finally looked up at Ajax when she felt him shift to glance down at her. "So, about that talk?"

Andy swallowed as she nodded her head. As he began to lead her out of the cafeteria, she couldn't help but over hear part of a conversation from some girl she never met sitting across from Liv. "You know, Mason told that Ajax has been with other girls, yet according to Eve, Ajax is the loyal one and Andy is the one who is having issues. Now I can already tell Mason doesn't like Ajax, so I am wondering in all of this mess, where does the truth lie?"

She had half a mind to tell the girl to mind her own damn business. But instead Andy just glared at the girl as Ajax lead her out of the room and took her to a private part of the hall she hadn't been to before. She was thankful of that. That's all they needed was more gossip and rumors about their private life spreading through the camp like wildfire.

Andy found herself holding her breath until Ajax spoke. There was a lump in her throat while her hands began to tremble. Was this it? Had he finally had enough of her bullshit? Her friendship with Mason?... all of it. But she stood there silent, her fingers tugging at the sleeves of her shirt as she waited.

"I know I haven't been the greatest boyfriend to you, and for that, I'm sorry. Maybe that's why you fell for him, for Mason. He was able to give you what I wasn't. He was there for you when I wasn't. If.... if you want to be with him, then... who am I to stop you? I can't force you to stay with me, even if I want to." Andy finally breathed, but it wasn't out of relief. It was almost like gasping for air when there wasn't any.

Ajax gently took her face in his hands. The expression on his face killed her. Part of her just wanted to pull him closer and kiss him, kiss away his pain and worry. But this wasn't something they could kiss away and sweep under the rug. He deserved the truth... after the hell she's put him through. "I love you, Andy. I have loved you from the first moment I saw you, and I swear that I will do whatever it takes to be a better boyfriend, but if your hearts with him... then I have to let you go." She felt a tear run down her cheek as she held his gaze. "You deserve to be happy."

She took in a shakey breath. It was so hard to hold his gaze as he looked at her like that. What in the hell was she feeling? "I don't know what I want." It hurt her to say the words. Andy had been so focused on trying to keep everyone else happy over the past year that she had forgotten about herself. "I can't remember the last time I was happy," she sighed softly. She can barely remember her night with Ajax to know if she was truly happy then. She hopes she was. But she remembers the next morning and her panic also. Andy has been torn in two directions for so long, that she was losing herself in the middle of it all. Out of anyone, Ajax deserved that truth. She's been lying to herself and others by putting on a brave face and a forced smile.

"I'm not the girl I was a year ago," she added, shaking her head slightly. "I don't know if I'm capable of being happy anymore... or what would even make me happy." Andy sighed, trying to swallow the lump in her throat and stop the churning in her stomach. "You deserve happiness, more than I do," she concluded as her hand raised to wipe away a tear from her cheek.

Andy had hidden for so long from the truth, her burdens, confusion and sadness. It was no surprise that eventually others noticed. It killed her to stand before Ajax and say these things. But it was the truth. She was so lost that she was surprised she lasted as long as she did. He deserved someone who could treat him better than she could, who would support him.




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Sloane had continued walking for several steps until she realized she didn't hear him trailing behind her. She slowed down and turned to face Liam finding him frozen where he stood. It seemed the second she looked at him, he turned his head away... like he was bashful or embarrassed. She regretted saying anything. Did she strike a nerve or offend him? Sloane took a step toward him and parted her lips to say something but froze once he decided to speak.

"I think the universe would owe you a great debt, Sloane," he responded even giving her a goofy grin.

She smiled slightly, but the concern still showed in her eyes and the way her brows tugged together. Sloane slowly walked up the stairs into her cabin. She stopped at the top and turned to face Liam, actually being at eye level or a little bit higher. "I don't have to." She said it plainly, so he didn't feel obligated to accept her help. If he didn't want it then she wouldn't impose. "I just wanted to offer something in return for what you did." That wasn't sex. But she didn't say it. Although Liam seemed to think with what was between his legs a fair bit, she had faith, at least, in somewhat serious conversations she wouldn't have to state that.

Sloane's gaze moved from Liam when she saw Rocco run inside the cabin, dragging his leash behind him. Without knowing what else to say, her fingers tugged at the sleeves of her cardigan as she spun around and headed inside. For a moment she hesitated in the doorway to her room. Everything, for the most part, still looked the same with only minor signs of a struggle. But that doesn't keep the images at bay. She sighed softly and finally entered.

Luckily, she hadn't unpacked that much. So, all she really had was a small suitcase and one other duffel bag. Sloane opened them and laid them out on her bed. Sloane couldn't help but notice how since they arrived, Liam barely stayed a few feet from her. Like he was worried any minute Sylas could come back. She tried not to think about it as she went over to her closet and took things from hangers, folded the clothes and placed them in the suitcase. All the while, Liam just dumped drawers of clothes into her other bag, surprisingly avoiding her underwear drawer.

"Why didn’t you tell anyone?"

Sloane's pace slowed as she placed the piece of clothing in her hands into the suitcase. By that point Rocco wondered his way into her room and was sniffing some of her things that managed to fall to the floor. She smiled slightly, picking him up and untangling his leash from the foot of her bed. She gave him a couple rubs on the ears before setting him on top of her pillows. Sloane wasn't avoiding the question, but part of her, even now, was worried that speaking ill of her brother would summon the devil himself. She took a blue ribbon from her bag and loosely tied it around Rocco's collar, sighing once she finished.

"I'm scared of him," she admitted as she started folding the clothes Liam haphazardly tossed into her bag. "Sylas... threatened to kill me if I ever spoke ill against him." Sloane didn't look over at Liam, although she could guess what his expression looked like. "He keeps his word." Although she never spoke out about her brother or told a soul, that wouldn't be how he saw it. Liam knew too much and in Sylas's mind, that was her fault. He'd find a moment when she was alone, that she didn't doubt. But instead of dwelling on future that awaited her, she tried to smile a little more and enjoy the freedom while she had it.

When Sloane finished folding the clothes Liam grabbed, she scooped up the duffle bag on her arm and carried it over to her dresser. She started taking the contents out of the drawer he didn't touch and toss them into the bag. "So... Why did you get involved?" She gave him an answer, so maybe she would get one in return. "You could have ignored it. Would have been safer for you."

She finished emptying the final drawer and zipped up her bag. On her dresser there sat a small little stuffed teddy that she couldn't even recall where she got it. Sloane scooped it up and tossed it onto the bed next to the puppy, who proceeded to sniff it curiously. Then he bit into it and shook his head all around. Funny how cute little animals always seemed to make things better. And as long as she was staying with Liam, there was a good chance that Rocco would be spoiled. After all, Sloane never had a pet, so she found herself already in love with the little guy.

Sloane gave a once over of her room. Nothing else there was of importance. She had what she needed. She put the strap from the duffle over her head, then lifted her suitcase from the bed. Thankfully it was on wheels so she could roll it. "That's everything." She couldn't help but wonder what other rumors would spread if someone saw her moving into Liam's cabin. She tried not to worry about that as she headed toward the door. "He can keep it," she said as she nodded her head and smiled toward Rocco who came trotting after them with the stuffed animal in his mouth. With one last glance over her shoulder at the cabin, she sighed and exited the cabin, for good.

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Image He waited with bated breath for her response, and even though it wasn't exactly what he wanted to hear from her, he appreciated and respected the fact that she was honest with him. "I don't know what I want." No doubt it hurt her as much as it was hurting him, but it was his own fault. He realized that he hadn't exactly been the boyfriend of the year, and he always placed Alex and Duke before anyone else. The family has always been important, and Andy should be part of that too. "I can't remember the last time I was happy," she sighed softly. "I'm not the girl I was a year ago," That was true, but he wasn't exactly the same either. People tend to change over time, which was fine, but he wished with every inch of his heart that it wouldn't change how they are together. It was honestly hard to have a decent relationship in this place anyway since there was always drama lurking around the corner like bad karma. "I don't know if I'm capable of being happy anymore... or what would even make me happy." Andy sighed "You deserve happiness, more than I do,"

Ajax furrowed his brows painfully as he watched the tears drip down her cheeks before she wiped them away. "It's definitely harder for us at this camp, and.. I can't force you to stay with me if that's not what you want. I think..." he sucked in his lips, placing his hands into the front pockets of his jeans as he looked down for a second, biting down on his lip in thought. He was going to regret his choice/decision, but he was doing it for her. "Andy... maybe we should have a break? that way, you can then decide on what you want, and who makes you happier. I'm not going to compare myself from Mason to make myself look like the better choice. You need to decide that on your own, baby." he smiled a little. "Come here," he signaled with his hand for her to come closer to him, but he closed the gap between them before she got the chance to move, and wrapped both his arms around her, holding her to his warm torso as he closed his eyes and kissed her head. "I just want to say... thank you for putting up with me for this long at least." he absolutely hated Mason, couldn't stand his presence an inch from Andy... but he loved her more than his hatred for the son of Hades. He kept his arms around her, and his eyes shut. He hoped and prayed that it was just a bad dream. "Everything will be okay. I promise." he felt her heart against his chest as his own raced at the thought of losing her, but all of this needed to be done. For her.




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Image "And for the record... I'm saving myself." he chuckled slightly. "I plan to remain chaste until she wants me... And if she never does?" He shrugged. "And so my watch begins," Alex laughed too at the Game of Thrones reference. He was such a geek. In a good way.

"And men and women aren't allowed to be friends?" He asked, quirking a brow. They were, but there was so many who looked down on those type of platonic relationships. They always jumped to conclusions in thinking there was something going on other than, just, friendship. Wes then sighed as he sat upright on the bed. She could feel the time was coming for him to give her a serious talk. That sigh of his always signaled that he had something on his mind, or on his chest that he needed to get out. "Ok, so first of all, any guy would be crazy not to be into you. Well, I don't know this Pete guy... But in a single day, his name has been mentioned just as much as Duke's. And no matter how much you want to hide it, I can sense how you feel about Duke. Now I don't know his deal." Wes shrugged, patting his legs to a slight beat before continuing. "He could be into you and just... doesn't know how to show it. Or, he's an idiot and doesn't know he likes you yet. Or he's just an idiot." Wes laughed, and Alex smiled. "Regardless you're single and free to do whatever you want and that includes making some dumb guys realize that they are blind." He then shrugged with a smile.

He was right, but how? It had been such a long time since her and Daniel had a little moment together, and she hadn't had a boyfriend since, well... Sophomore. Alex, of course, had to do the dumping since she had to go to Camp Athens a little early. She told him that her mom wanted her to move to Greece where they had family, and where her mom could get the job she wanted as a headteacher. Of course, the job wasn't true, but moving to Greece was.

"I'm... out of practice.." she felt so stupid. Flirting wasn't that difficult, she had a tiny moment with Pete on their way back from the trial, so it wasn't like she wasn't able to play the flirting game. Confidence radiated off of her, so she couldn't put it down to being shy/timid. "I honestly didn't think I mentioned Pete that much." She felt like she had only mentioned him once or twice in passing.

Besides, Pete was the guy that could definitely be the one to have fun with, but nothing like jumping into bed, no... Alex was saving herself for that too. Seeing Duke grow into the man he was today... it made her like him even more. "I don't know what he thinks, or feels, but... to be fair... I'm not exactly sure how I feel either at the moment." At least she hadn't friend-zoned him. "Lets... let's forget about relationships for now, yeah? we got a party to get ready for. Maybe you can go grab your stuff and get ready here? that way we can arrive there together. If you want?" She turned on some music by the Spotify app on her phone, grabbed the last outfit from off of her bed and headed toward the bathroom. "Won't be long." she smiled before she started to sing and dance her way in there to get ready.

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"I'm... out of practice.."

Wes chuckled slightly. "Well, it's not hard. Most guys are just dumb." He scratched his head trying to think of the flirty things he liked. But then again, he was in love with a girl who'd rather threaten his life rather than bat her eye lashes at him. "Laugh at his jokes, find a reason to touch his arm... Just give him a reason to not look at anyone else. That can't be too hard." To be honest, Wes didn't know. He didn't have to try until he met Trinity, and everything with her was backwards. So his knowledge was useless at this point.

"I honestly didn't think I mentioned Pete that much."

"You didn't," Wes said. "But you did mention him, that's the difference. The only male names I ever hear you mention are mine, Duke's, your brother's and Mason's. It's not too hard to connect the dots at least a little." It wasn't his place to judge. Alex was free to like whomever she wanted. As long as they made her happy. Or whatever else she wanted.

"I don't know what he thinks, or feels, but... to be fair... I'm not exactly sure how I feel either at the moment." His brows raised slightly as he nodded his head in understanding. "Lets... let's forget about relationships for now, yeah? We got a party to get ready for."

Wes nodded his head and held up his hands in surrender. "Yes ma'am."

"Maybe you can go grab your stuff and get ready here? that way we can arrive there together. If you want?" He slowly stood up from the bed as she chose an outfit and started towards the bathroom. "Won't be long."

He gave a wave of his hand before heading out of her room and exited the Valis cabin. Wes didn't hurry to his cabin, knowing full well how long it took girls to get ready. He'd be lucky if Alex was even a tenth of the way done by the time he returned. Part of him hoped he'd run into Trinity on his way, but it didn't seem like luck was on his side. He made his way inside and decided to give Alex a little thrill and let her pick his outfit as well. Who knows, maybe she'd pick something that would make Trin look twice at him. He grabbed a couple pieces and tossed them into a bag, along with some shoes and his cologne before heading out again.

When Wes returned to Alex's cabin, she was still in her bathroom doing lord knows what women do when they get ready. He took his time laying out what he brought it what he thought were decent outfits, although it wouldn't surprise him if Alex mixed up everything he thought worked. Wes didn't have much in the realm of options but still, a woman's advice might be helpful. He laid down perpendicular on the bed on top of the pillows with his feet sticking out off the side. He let himself doze off as he waited on her to finish getting ready.

Whenever Alex emerged, he finally stirred and groaned where he laid. He squinted as he opened an eye to look over at her. He gave Alex a thumbs up and a smile. "Good choice." He then motioned his mechanical hand at the presented clothing. "Your turn to choose."

Once Alex decided upon his clothes for the day, Wes scooped up the outfit and disappeared into the bathroom. Luckily, it didn't take him nearly as long to get ready as she did. He already shaved in the morning, and his hair was too short to do much of anything with it. So he ran his hands through it with a little bit of water, before he came back out. Wes's hands slid into the front pockets of his jeans as he approached her with a shrug. "So?" He spun around playfully. "It's weird, having two arms again." He laughed. "I just managed to figure out tying my shoes one handed... kind of."

He moved over to the door, nodding toward the exit. "Are you ready to go?" Wes opened the door for her, giving Alex a smile before motioning in the general direction of the party.




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"It's definitely harder for us at this camp, and.. I can't force you to stay with me if that's not what you want. I think..." Andy looked up at him as he paused mid sentence. She watched him shove his hands into his pockets. He couldn't look at her. Her chin quivered. She closed her eyes taking a deep breath, preparing for whatever he was going to say.

"Andy... maybe we should have a break? That way, you can then decide on what you want, and who makes you happier. I'm not going to compare myself from Mason to make myself look like the better choice. You need to decide that on your own, baby."

Andy took a step back, shaking her head slightly as she tried to fight the tears. He wasn't wrong. She felt it coming, but it didn't hurt any less. She raised her hand to cover her mouth as she looked up at him, while her leg bounced anxiously. And somehow, no matter it all, Ajax smiled. But she couldn't match it.

"Come here," Ajax said as she motioned for her to come closer. But Andy couldn't make her feet move, she was cemented where she stood. But he didn't wait and closed the distance to her. He wrapped his arounds around her and kissed her forehead. Once in his arms, Andy let out a shaky breath. A soft whimper escaped her lips as her arms wrapped around him, her hands grasping at his shirt. "I just want to say... thank you for putting up with me for this long at least."

She let out a weak laugh that was muffed as she buried her face into the crook of his neck. Andy managed to hold him tighter. Why did this feel like the end? It terrified her and she couldn't help but feel like it was all her fault. "I do love you, Ajax," she whispered into his shoulder. She had to say it. No matter what happened, he had to know.

"Everything will be okay. I promise." How could he be so calm? Andy felt like everything she knew was crumbling around her, yet he could be so strong. He was doing this for her, yet she knew it was killing him and it killed her too. But how could she ever be the person he wanted or needed? Not when she was a mess like she was. Part of her wanted him to wait for her, that it was a phase she'd get past. But that was selfish. He just needed to be happy... Even if that meant moving on without her.

But for as long as Ajax would let her, she'd stay there in his arms.

Andy lost track of how long her and Ajax just stood there in silence. It took all the strength left in her to finally walk away. The rest of the day felt like a haze, where she couldn't remember half of the things she did. She went through the actions with an empty gaze and her mind was somewhere else. She somehow found her way to her cabin. Part of her wanted to be with someone... But who would she go to? Mason was half of the reason she was in this predicament and they weren't talking. Trinity? Andy vaguely remembers walking past her as she exited the hall. She was with Mason and they weren't stupid. It was only a matter of time before Trinity found her and asked what happened, or Mason came to gloat.

She wished Daniel was there. But he wasn't. So, she opted for solitude. Andy let herself sink into a hot bath, putting in earbuds so she couldn't be bothered. It seemed as though every song, one after the other only made it worse until eventually she threw her phone across the room. She groaned at the sound of her screen cracking before slipping beneath the steaming water. When Andy came back up for air, she brought her knees to her chest and wrapped her arms around her shins. Silent tears rolled down her cheeks as she sat there until the water long turned cold.

Pruney was an understatement when it came to her fingers and toes by the time Andy got out of the bath. She wrapped herself in a towel and managed to make it out to her bedroom where she then sat down on her bed. Why did it always seem to be the camp's answer for everything to throw a party. Just the thought of alcohol made her nauseous. Maybe she could stay inside and not go? Who would expect her there now? Not Ajax. "Stop feeling sorry for yourself," she scolded herself.

Andy managed to get herself ready, but it took nearly an hour just to get up and put the few pieces of clothing on. It took even more coaxing to manage making her hair look nice. Then it took three tries to put make up on, the first two times she started crying at the thought of seeing Ajax there but not being with him. She actually had to yell at her own reflection to get the hell over it and not mess it up a third time. She was determined to not look like she just went through a temporary split up with her boyfriend, even if it killed her on the inside.

Once she was presentable and ready, Andy walked out of her cabin. She slowly stepped out onto her porch and closed the door behind her. Then froze. She stood there with her back to the world, facing the door with the handle in her hand. Let go and go to the party. Just let go.




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Sloane walked along the dirt path, slowly trailing behind Liam. He hadn't answered her question, which made her wonder if he was searching for a reason as to why. Or maybe because it was a simple reason, that she already shut down. She tried not to overthink it, instead of looking toward the puppy as he trotted along with his new prize. Occasionally, the leash caught on a twig or rock, stopping Rocco's moment. Sloane smiled a little, using her toe to untangle it each time and would toss the teddy ahead for him.

After one throw, Liam turned and moved toward her. Her eyes widened when he stopped well within what was considered personal space. His chest was pressed to hers, with her gaze hidden someone in his upper torso. She felt his hand move to the middle of her back, causing her to inhale sharply as she tensed under his warm touch. Sloane tried to spare a subtle glance up at him only to be met by the underside of his jaw, instead focusing her gaze on the fabric of his shirt.

Liam's head began to lower, which caused Sloane's heart to about break through her ribcage. No doubt he could feel it against his chest. She tried to keep herself calm, but she had no idea what he was doing. His breath was hot on the side of her neck and she could have swore his lips nearly grazed her ear. Then his hand took hold of the strap to her duffle bag and pulled it over her head. Sloane finally let out a deep breath. She hadn't noticed she was holding it in until that moment. "Thanks," she said quietly as she still tried to steady her breathing. No doubt her cheeks were flushed and she did her best to avoid eye contact. The spot on his shirt was doing well at holding her attention.

But when Sloane thought the interaction was done, Liam remained... close. He didn't withdraw or take a step back. His chest was still against hers. She could feel it caving and rising with each breath as he began to speak. If someone stumbled upon them it might have looked odd, the way this giant was so close to her and had to look down at her like he was staring at his shoes. All the while Sloane's hand craned backwards so that she might catch a glimpse of his face. Why was he so close?

"Because you needed me, and I was there. You can't honestly tell me that you were standing there, taking his wrath, and not hoping that I would still be there to see it. I was, and I did something because you needed help. You were scared, and I could see it. You shouldn't have to be scared of anyone. If you leave it at that, Sloane, then it's simple. I did what any man should do."

Liam finally broke the close contact and headed for his cabin. Sloane stood there in stunned silence, watching him walk away for a good couple of seconds before she let herself relax and followed after him. "Do you regret me stepping in?"

"No," she replied simply. Her thumbs tapped against the handle of her suitcase as she walked. Sloane chewed on her bottom lip slightly trying to think of more of an explanation or an answer than a single word. "You woke the bear," she added with a slight smile. But it wasn't happy, more sympathetic, maybe even worried. "I think... I accepted his wrath because I thought, if I carried the weight of it, then everyone else would be safe from him."

"I don’t give a fuck about what I woke, Sloane. He isn’t a bear - he’s a snake. If I were you, I’d be more worried that he woke a bear." He turned and gestured to his chest with two thumbs, comically and with a grin. Sloane chuckled slightly while shaking her head. "That would be me. I’m the bear, and if he isn't careful, I will crush his little head under my big foot." He mumbled something under his breath that was likely an expletive directed at Sylas - some derogatory name or some such. He turned back around and continued walking.

They finally reached his cabin and Sloane's pace slowed. She pushed down the handle of her suitcase, then grabbed the one on the side so she could lift it up the stairs. She made it to the porch and set down her bag. After a moment, Sloane looked back at him. "He'll be coming after us both now. I'm not sure how long we'll be able to keep each other safe." She raised her hand to rub the back of her neck. "Just don't do something stupid to protect me, ok?... Promise?"

He waited for her to go inside, and when she made her request as he turned to close the door, he sighed. "Doing stupid things for pretty girls is in my nature. I can’t promise you that.' At least he was honest and not making promises that he can’t keep.

Sloane sighed softly and nodded her head slightly. She hated that she was his burden now, regardless if he saw it that way or not. But no matter what she said it wouldn't keep him from doing what he set his mind to. She set her stuff down beside the couch, then made her way over to Liam to take her duffel back from him. She shifted to her tip toes to grab the strap and slip the bag from his shoulder. Liam helped her with it, of course. "I'll stay on the couch. I can't impose in your home and take your bed... Plus I'm short," she added with a slight smile.

He didn’t know what it was about what she proposed that made him feel uneasy. Was it that she would sleep on the couch, and he, a man, would be on a bed? Or was it that she would be closer to the door, and he hoped he’d be a buffer in case Sylas came storming in? Maybe it was both, but he looked at her and realized that she was probably going to insist and be stubborn. Why are women so stubborn? He grumbled his discontent, again, under his breath and flailed his arms in retreat of offering any form of protest. The woman is always right, and life was easier for a man that way.

"Okay, okay. But just so you know - I am keeping my door open. Rocco is just a pup, so don’t expect him to notice when something’s going on that isn’t normal. By the end of the day, if you really feel like you want the couch - then okay. But I’m going to insist again - just one more time, before bed," he forewarned her. Sure, he was an ass most of the time, but he wasn’t in the business of telling lies. She’d know the truth always, however irritating or unwanted they are.

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Sloane didn't dare unpack any of her things. She still felt like she was a burden and imposing. She figured it was only a matter of time before he got tired of her and kicked her out, then she'd have to find her own way. So, instead she kept her bags neat in a corner, out of the way. She spent the rest of the day playing with Rocco and trying to be out of the way as much as possible. At some point or another she dozed off, curled up in the corner of the couch.

Liam had taken to getting some strength training in with the adjustable dumbbell set he brought with him. While he tried to get through his workout, he realized that he was running on nothing. The pair forgot to go get breakfast, so he’d have to scrounge through the scant food collection he had. Which, if he were honest with himself, was tasteless and solely for maintaining his figure. He didn’t think Sloane would take to it. He’d have to steal things that she might eat from the cafeteria later.

He couldn’t keep going running on empty, so he just fell onto his bed and fell asleep. The cabin was quiet for most of the day, and Rocco was happy to cuddle up with Sloane. He woke up long before the announcement, however, to make some food.

She had no idea how long she managed to stay asleep. She might have remained there until the next morning if it weren't for some obnoxious announcement confirming a beach bonfire party that would start in an hour at sunset. Sloane rubbed her eyes with the sleeve of her cardigan, groaning softly as she stretched. She smiled as she woke to Rocco curled up in her lap in the little pocket her body made between her chest and thighs. She sniffed, catching scent of cooking food and stretched her neck to look over the back of the couch toward the smell.

Liam was in the kitchen wearing his best “Kiss the Chef” apron and in his lipstick print boxers. He’s a guy - what should she expect? He couldn’t change his life completely. He wasn’t going to ease her into an adjustment period. She’d know how he liked to roam, and was lucky that he thought to put on boxers at all. He was bopping around, cooking some oats on the stove and stirring in some brown sugar for taste. Not for him - he could eat them barely boiled and plain, but for the sake of not murdering Sloane’s taste buds while she stayed with him. There was fruit and bread, yogurt and some other things that it looked like he must have retrieved from the cafeteria sometime while she was sleeping. Thankfully, he took really good care of his body, which made him a great cook. She’d not be displeased with his food, and if she was, then he’d have to rethink his future in the restaurant business.

"Are you going to go?" She slowly sat up, crossed her arms against the back of the couch. Her chin rested on her hands as she made another comment. "I don't think I'll go, if you don't."

He turned to look over his shoulder. He was going to answer, but then she does that thing where she cuts him off before he can reply. Again. He stared at her expectantly, wondering when Sloane would allow him to speak before she goes on the defense.

Sloane stood up awkwardly, quickly trying to back track what she said. "I just mean I wouldn't feel safe. I don't expect you to be like next to me the whole time or anything." Her face scrunched up slightly as she turned her back to him and made her way to her things in the corner.

As she knelt down and began to sift through her bags, looking for something to wear that would still hide her bruises, Liam quickly interjects before she scampered off, "Yeah, I think we should go. It sounds like fun, and you need to start living your life. If you don’t like the crowd, we can steal a couple of beers and take a walk on the beach. If you’re into that sort of thing. Whatever you want, we can do it. I am not looking to get laid tonight anyway. I don’t think the girls here are going to be into an Ares child. You lot are too smart for that."

Sloane grabbed the first thing she found that would do the job. She looked back toward Liam briefly, nodding her head as she brushed her hair behind her ears in acknowledgement. Whatever she wanted? No one ever cared what she wanted. Sloane tried not to let her overthinking appear on her face as she made her way to the bathroom before she could stumble over her tongue more.

He watched her walk away because it was a good sight. Even better when she’s flustered. Can one blame him? He has been good about not doing it for a while. He smirked to himself and kept on cooking so that she had something to eat when she came out. A small gal like her needed food or she was going to take a sip of beer and fall over herself.

She didn't spend too terribly long getting ready. After all, who was she trying to impress? If anything, Sloane hoped she could go back to being fairly invisible and get through the night without issue. She did take a little bit of time doing her make up, doing her best to mask her split lip with red lipstick. But she didn't bother trying to do her hair, instead leaving it down and wavy like it had been for the remainder of the day.

Once she was finished, she emerged from the bathroom with her dirty clothes in her arms, held to her chest. Sloane lingered in the doorway to the living room, leaning against the door frame. "Do you think you could teach me self defense? I don't think I'll ever be a fighter..." She glanced down at her bare feet, before she pushed off the wall and headed over to her things. "But, it could be useful." Sloane folded the dirty clothes and placed them aside in their own neat pile so that she could clean them later.

Liam sat on one of two barstools at the counter to eat, and gestured over the pot of oats and various fruits he had spread out. She’d have to go into the fridge for milk or orange juice, or whatever she drank. He wasn’t sure so he had grabbed a bunch of crap. He was drinking water. He didn’t answer her right away, partly because he was chewing but mostly because he wanted to take a second to drink her figure in. Gods, she was beautiful, but he couldn’t bring himself to admit it out loud. He looked back down at his bowl to shovel a few more bites into his mouth before he’d reply. "I thought about that already, and I was going to ask a bit later. A woman should be able to defend herself, and I will be glad to help train you as much as I can. Maybe I can have Trinity help you out, too. I’m not in the woman hitting business." Not that training against any Ares child was fair at all. He’d have to scope out the other demigods and see who he could recruit to help out.

He was finished eating, so he stood up and pulled off his apron to hang it up someplace. "Eat good because I don’t want to have to carry you back to the cabin after one beer." With that, he left to get into the shower. He threw on a casual outfit - a pair of loose sweats and a black t-shirt. It was hard for him to fit into suits and long sleeves unless he was made of money, which he was not.

Sloane made her way to the kitchen and made a plate of whatever Liam made. At this point she didn't care what it was. They had completely neglected to eat all day and the smell made her famished. She got herself a glass of water and yogurt, placing what she gathered on the counter before one of the stools. With the help of the little step on the stool she took a seat and wasted no time before digging in. Mid-bite, she shifted in her seat glance over her shoulder toward Liam when he exited his room. He wasn't particularly dressed for a party but neither was she to be honest. And someone of his stature probably has the worst luck shopping. Before he noticed, Sloane turned back to her meal, crossing her left leg over her right.

He looked down at Rocco, of whom came running up to him as soon as he stepped out of his room. He bent down and plucked the pup off the floor and rubbed his face against its face, and it probably looked ridiculous. Ridiculously cute. "You gotta stay here, buddy. I’ll put the TV on for you." He totally did - YouTube videos of barking dogs. That would keep Rocco entertained for hours. After checking its food and water, he was ready to head out. "Let’s get going, Sloane," he insisted while he walked toward the door.

She nodded her head as she took one last bite. Sloane then slid off the stool. Instead of heading straight to the door, she beelined for Rocco. She leaned down over the back of the couch to rub his ears and accepted a lick or two. She couldn't deny that seeing the way Liam was around the dog was heart warming. Not to mention she was already obsessed with the little guy. It made her envy anyone who got to grow up with a pet. She caught Liam watching her and instantly got awkward as she tended to do. "What? Can't I say bye too?"

Before they were about to exit, Sloane moved in front of Liam to stop him stepped out of the cabin. He peered down at her curiously. Did she change her mind? "Wait," she said as she held up her hands slightly. "I uh... My powers should have worn off by now. Which means you're susceptible to Sylas's... or Eve's influence." She sighed, her brows furrowing slightly as she tried to find the words. "I said I wouldn't use my abilities on you without your permission. And I won't."

This peering became, as it had so many times before, long and quiet. It seemed that something about this woman caused internal conflict that left him not knowing what to say or do. Was she implying that he might be dangerous? Was her brother that powerful? It didn’t matter because he didn’t know anything about any of this. There was no crash course about being a Demigod and all that it entailed. There was just being thrown into it, and just like she had to trust that he’d protect her, he had to trust that she would keep him from being the one that could be used against her in any way. He had to confess internally that even he would be at risk here, and even worse, a risk for others if he was going to be some weapon used in a vengeance scheme.

She glanced down slightly as she extended her right hand toward him, with her palm up. It was a silent offering. There wasn't much she was able to do to keep him safe, nothing remotely close to what he was doing for her. And Sloane knew what she was offering was a big pill to swallow. Liam didn't have to accept her offer. Maybe she was still strong enough to negate her brother's powers if he tried, but she couldn't be sure. But as she looked back up at him, she knew what she was asking. It was more than asking Liam to let her help him, but it was also a question of trust.

He didn’t think that she’d do anything to harm him, even with her unfamiliar power. So, he reached his own hand out and gently, for a big strong man, grasped her small fingers even softer. It was almost like he was hesitant to touch her, but not for the reasons that might go through her head. He could already feel himself taking to her, and that was a very dangerous game to play. He didn’t want to worsen it, but he did at the same time. Oh, the conflict. Given that he hadn’t felt it the last time, much less noticed at all, he braced himself against the simple skin-to-skin contact. Women always had such cool soft hands, and his was a stark contrast; a touch more than warm and roughly calloused. It was oddly pleasing to take the time to actually notice it.

Sloane's gaze fell to their hands as his palm fell into hers. The heat of his skin against hers was almost like sticking her hand in a hot bath, at first alarming then made her skin tingle. She took a slight step toward him and began to raise her other hand, but froze momentarily in a silent question as if to make sure it was ok. He could stop her. Contact through his hand should be enough, but it always seemed the more contact she had along with actually speaking the words out loud made the hold stronger. With his permission, she shifted to her tip toes as her other palm rested on his forehead.

Sloane swallowed as she held his gaze, before finally speaking. "Your mind is your own. No one can influence you. Your thoughts, actions and feelings are yours and yours alone." Each word she said she infused with her abilities. There could be no grey area, or loose ends that someone could manage to snake around. It came out forceful and powerful, such a stark comparison to her usually shy nature. But she made sure each word held, no matter what. Sloane was more powerful than Sylas but only when she put everything into what she did. This had to hold. The thought of what Sylas could do with an untethered Liam would frighten anyone. But the thought of seeing someone who helped her be molded like putty terrified her more.

She held her hands in place for a few moments longer before she let herself breath. Sloane stumbled backwards slightly when she lowered her hand and shifted back to flat feet. She grasped Liam's hand to keep herself steady, while her other hand held her head for a moment. Sloane didn't use her powers often if at all, but when she did everything went into it, which usually left her temporarily weak. "I'm ok," she said softly. "It just takes a lot. Fresh air will help." Her gaze fell to their hands and she quickly released her hold and took a deep breath. "That should keep you safe for the evening. But if someone like Eve or Sylas is around you and you feel like a weird... Tickling or scratchy feeling in the back of your neck, just let me know." Gods she hoped it would be enough. Luckily there was strength in numbers, right?

Liam felt that familiar sensation he did back then - like his mind was trying to tell him something without actually saying it. It was a strange sensation -to have this wall, and intuitive knowledge that stemmed from power. Honestly, it was hard to describe. There were hardly enough words to paint a picture of it. Regardless, he just nodded, stepped to her side and placed his palm at the small of her back - for leading, not to be all up in her personal space (but he did enjoy it). He’d lead them both out, shut the door, and the pair was off to the beach.

They’d arrive there in one piece, too.




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It seemed as though the moment Sylas arrived, the one girl he intended to sit next to stood up. "Oh, sure - I must be saving a whole table for my horde of friends. I am Liv, Miss Popularity, after all."

Sylas held up his hands in surrender. "Easy tiger. I was just wanting a place to sit and thought here would be better than sitting alone."

"If you don't mind, I have things to do, clothing to choose - and all that other fun stuff." Liv didn't wait for either them to say anything else before she headed for the door. Sylas took a step back out of the way to allow her to pass. Well she was just a big bag of anger and who knows what else. He made a mental note to tackle a conversation with her again in the future. It was always the emotional or temperamental ones that were the easiest to manipulate. But he couldn't very well tail after her with a bowl of cereal and fake apologies for interrupting.

"Hi there Sylas, my name is Penelope, but most call my Nelly. And as you can see it's just me here now and I wasn't waiting for anyone. I actually got in last night from another trip. Now I hope I am not being a bother here, but are you okay?"

The girl pointed his bruises after he spoke, causing Sylas to quirk a brow. He wasn't expecting her to be so direct. Although maybe he should have when he heard her excitement at the drama unfolding at camp. Maybe she was the type to thrive off of it. He had already committed to this table and he'd only appear rude if he decided to leave at that point. So, Sylas faked a smile and took up Liv's abandoned seat. He proceeded to eat some of his food before finally speaking up. "Oh, I'm peachy."

He grinned, the type of smile and sarcasm someone used when they were hiding something without a doubt. "You've come to camp at an interesting time," he added as he pointed at her with his spoon. "I'd say choose your friends wisely. And it's usually a safe bet to avoid familiarity with Ares kids... I'd hate to see that pretty face of yours at their mercy."

Sylas finished the last little bit of his food and moved to his feet. "Thanks for the company Nelly. You've been a delight. I do hope I'll see you at the party." He grabbed his dishes and flashed his present company a wink before he walked away. He made quick work of putting what remained from his breakfast in a bin or whatever was required. Sylas even risked a glance toward Evelyn with a sly smirk before he disappeared out the exit.

He caught a glimpse of Mason in the company of Trinity outside the hall. Sylas hadn't the faintest idea that they were friends, but they seemed as such at that moment. Some of the friendships at this camp were peculiar to say the least. He also saw blur of blonde hair in the distance which he could only assume was Eve, but he had no intention of approaching her. Part of him wished to know about the conversation taking place between Ajax and Andy, but they were well hidden away from everyone else. There was no chance of him getting anything done when they were so secluded. With a sigh, he decided to head back to his cabin and reserve his energy for the party later that day.

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He couldn't handle the state the cabin was in any longer. So, for the remaining part of the day Sylas cleaned up the mess the lumbering oaf made of the door and the living area. At one point he considered going into Sloane's room to see if anything needed to be picked up in there... and that's when he noticed it. Her room was picked bare. There was nothing left behind save for a few objects that he had given her at one point or another.

Whatever composure he might have left, vanished. And in the blink of an eye he was unhinged. At some point he blacked out... Sylas was unsure how much time passed. Eventually he came to, sitting in the middle of a destroyed bedroom that used to be Sloane's. For years, their relationship had been what it was. She feared him, resented him... but listened. Obeyed. Then this fucking Liam, big fucking idiot, waddles his way into camp and everything flipped on its head.

Sylas took a deep breath before he got up and exited his room. And rather than deal with his demons or the destruction of what he had come accustomed to as his life, he locked the door to Sloane's room and erased it from his mind. With a sigh, he got himself into the shower, relying on the hot water to help wash away whatever feelings he was having. It didn't take him long to finish getting ready and make his way to the beach. He contemplated diverting to Evelyn's cabin, or maybe even someone else's. But he didn't care about arriving with a date or not, he had enough fun plans to keep the entertainment thriving.

He was one of the first people there, not that he minded. Sylas was always the punctual type. He made his way over to the refreshments and grabbed himself a beer. For what he had in mind, he needed a bottle. So, bottoms up. He was about halfway into his drink when a particular redhead arrived at the party. Sylas couldn't help but smirk as he made his way over to her, tipping his bottle in her direction. "Looking lovely as ever." He leaned down and gave her a flirty kiss upon her cheek. After all, why not.

"I have a favor to ask of you, my dear," he said as he pointed his index finger at her. Sylas raised his beer to his lips and downed the remaining contents. He then held out the newly emptied bottle toward her. "Would you be able to charm this?" He asked as he wiggled the fingers of his free hand near the object. "I was thinking a game would be far more interesting if it landed on the person you really wanted it to... Unless, that's tiptoeing too close to the dark side for you." Sylas raised a brow in a silent challenge.

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Image "So?" He spun around playfully, causing Alex to smile as she watched him. "It's weird, having two arms again." He laughed. "I just managed to figure out tying my shoes one-handed... kind of."

She chuckled. "You've never allowed one arm to get you down, though, which is pretty damn awesome if you ask me."

He moved over to the door, nodding toward the exit. "Are you ready to go?" he asked, and opened the door for her, giving Alex a smile before motioning in the general direction of the party. Her stomach was doing cartwheels. She smiled and softly tucked a few strands of her hair behind her left ear. "I'm ready" she told him with a smile still plastered on her little face. She couldn't wait to get there. Finally, she could be herself again. She hooked her arm around Wes's, grinning as she clung to his arm excitedly as they made their way toward the beach. The path which leads down to it was lit up beautifully with lanterns. It was magical. The staff had done a good job, and no doubt one or both of the Hecate kids would kick it up a few notches if they needed to.

With her hold still on her friend, Alex stood marveling at the sight with a sigh of happiness. "Let's make this a night to remember" she grinned, sinking into his side as if going to tickle him before she leads the way towards the refreshments.

She decided to go for the tropical-flavored drinks that sat in the ice to remain nice and chilled. The staff was on hand at the bbq, cooking up some burgers and hotdogs if anyone wanted any during the night. Even pizza got ordered. She glanced around for Pete, Duke, and her brother who sat by himself. She would have gone over to him, but she could tell that he wanted to be by himself for a bit since he took to distancing himself from everyone else. "If there's any dancing... you going to ask Trinity?" she asked Wes.




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He could tell that Andy didn't want any of this, but she wasn't to blame even if she believed herself to be a monster. He didn't think she was. Not even for a second could he label her as such since she was beautiful. "I do love you, Ajax," she whispered into his shoulder as she remained close to him. He closed his eyes as he slowly ran his fingertips up and down the center of her back. Hopefully what he was doing was right, or he'd have to come to terms with losing her for good.

"I know you do." he whispered back and sighed gently before he lay one more kiss on her forehead, but this time it lingered as if he was saying goodbye to her. "I'll see you at the party, maybe?" he gently parted from her, looking between her eyes as he cupped her face in silence. He brushed the pad of his thumb against the corner of her lips before he cropped his hand and headed passed her.

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With the shower now running, Ajax removed his clothes before he stepped in under the running water. He tilted back his head with his eyes shut as he tried to clear his thoughts of her. He poured shampoo into his hand and rubbed the stuff through his dark hair. He could almost feel her smooth dainty fingers running over his wet muscular frame, all the way down to his hips. He braced his hands against the shower wall and hung his head down with heavy breaths. You're an idiot. Fancy letting her go. What if she does choose Mason over you? you're not exactly a competition. All the girls seem to prefer the bad boys, and you're far from it. You're boring her no doubt. Ajax clenched his jaw and ran his hand angrily down his face to snap himself out of it, and to wipe away the soapy water that began to run down from his hair.

Image He didn't even feel like going to the party anymore. His entire room reminded him of her, and he felt terrible for what had happened, but it had to be done for her. He managed to throw on a casual outfit that hung up in his closet, and In minutes he was freshened up for the evening, and out of the door without another thought.

He never regretted that night they shared together, but he wished it was much more romantic for both of them. Somewhere much more special than just a drunken tumble in his bedroom, but it wasn't just sex to him. It was being close to her that he had wanted. A moment to have her all to himself.

He grabbed two beers once there with the others and began to chug one of them down in hopes that it would lighten his mood because right now, feeling like this wasn't the mood to be in at a damn party. Great timing Ajax. he thought to himself, wiping his mouth with the back of his wrist as he looked around the beach.

He watched briefly as His sister stood to talk to Wes and laughing. It was good to see her being herself again after being almost damned to an eternity of wandering the underworld, trying to atone for something that hadn't happened without influence and manipulation. She could finally be happy again.

Ajax placed his other bottle on the sand beside his feet and got the fire going before taking a seat on one of the wooden logs laying by the warm flames. He sat there in silence for a moment or two, just enjoying the quiet serenity of the evening. It wouldn't be long before music flowed, along with some party games for them to all join in on. He glanced around the beach one more time, looking for Duke.

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Image He had a sleep in which meant he wasted half the day away. From there he was zealous to be productive throughout the remainder and that meant busying himself by creating a weapon or two and spending the day in his workshop. Duke didn't visit the hall once as he had a mini-fridge with premade meals for these sort of days. He almost missed the announcement for the party entirely and it did slip from his mind once or twice. It was only when he sat down on his wooden bench, sleek with sweat and sipping water to rehydrate himself he realized the time. Most the chores were done. He supposed he could go to the fire.

Duke went into the shower that was probably well overdue and got changed. He was in no hurry to get there as the parties usually lasted for a couple of hours then the numbers started to gradually dwindle away and he was one of the earlier dwindlers. Except for the last fire where he actually got taken away by making a sand castle.

Both the Valises were there which was a good sign. It meant Alex was ready to have fun and be a free spirit again but Ajax...it's like they traded places. What was weighing on his mind so heavily. Duke grabbed himself a beer and approached the son of Zeus sitting next to him on the log. "Hey, did I miss much at breakfast?" Obviously Duke missed something because Alex was deemed innocent and Hades guilty, that should have been a dream for the siblings.

Duke pat Ajax's shoulder. Hard as it was, it was important to let some things go and try to adapt to the environment. And tonight was a party.

"You know I noticed Alex has all these personalized items, her sword and necklace. What if we made you something. Something fit for the future ruler?" He was well aware Ajax didn't need gifts or toys to feel better, nor could it fill any void he was feeling but didn't rulers stand out for their qualities and special possessions? Duke sipped on his beer certain Ajax and him were in for a long night if the alcohol didn't improve their moods. "It might not be from Zeus himself but we can try."

Duke wrinkled his nose a little. The smell of the beach was one he couldn't decipher how he felt about. The barbeque however...that was pure pleasure. "I might see if I can speed the process of food up. Want to see a master chef?" Duke grinned. If Ajax sat around all night gazing into the fire, that'd be nothing but an invitation to drown in his thoughts.

He hovered over the barbeque. "Do you mind if I..." The cookers moved aside and Duke touched the BBQ turning up the heat. "Here." Duke threw a raw burger underarm at Ajax very maturely. "Fry that with some voltage." He chuckled and used the spatula to flip the cooking food around.

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Image "Hey, did I miss much at breakfast?" Duke's voice broke his concentration from the flames of the fire. Thank the Gods it was Duke that found him because he wasn't sure if he'd be able to tolerate anyone else at this point, especially not those who thrived from the very sight of drama. Where could he begin with that question?

As good as a mate Duke was, Ajax didn't want to keep piling his problems onto him all the time, even if he said he didn't mind. He kept it brief. "We're on a break for now." he knew he didn't have to say much else as Duke would understand exactly who he meant. "Oh and... one of the new campers riled Andy up to the point of Andy almost killing her."

Duke patted his shoulder. The situation couldn't exactly be reversed anyway, and it wasn't like it was a nightmare that he could eventually wake up from, so there was no point in wallowing in self-pity about what he could have done to prevent it from happening. Even though for a while he had a hunch, part of him still hoped that he was just being paranoid. Anyway, at least his friend was here. Ajax could also count on him to help cheer him up which was better for both of them. Funky moods were no place for anywhere that requested fun. "You know I noticed Alex has all these personalized items, her sword, and necklace. What if we made you something. Something fit for the future ruler? It might not be from Zeus himself but we can try."

Ajax laughed. "Please don't start addressing me as 'your majesty.' and I don't know... you know I'm not much for gifts, but I am curious as to what you may have in mind.."

"I might see if I can speed the process of food up. Want to see a master chef?" Duke grinned, and Ajax laughed.

"Good, because I'm starving. Go for it." He stood up from where he was sat as Duke hovered over the barbeque.

"Do you mind if I..." The cookers moved aside and Duke touched the BBQ turning up the heat. "Here." Duke threw a raw burger underarm at Ajax, who could it, even if he did almost drop it. "Fry that with some voltage." He chuckled and used the spatula to flip the cooking food around.

"Oh, so it's a cook-off now, huh?" he chuckled too and began to roast the raw meat in his hands. It began to smoke, and in no time it had turned out as a deep brown color which he slapped it on between two baps, covering it in his favorite condiment... Tomato sauce! he made an absolute masterpiece out of it, towering it a little with bits of salad and those little soft square cheeses. "Now look at that." He held it up, admiring it. "I call it...." he rummaged through his brain looking for the correct name/title to give it. "Well... I don't know what to call it, but I know I want to eat it." he chuckled, taking a bite out of it and moaning. It tasted so damn good too, but probably not as good as what Duke was cooking up. He would be ready for seconds.

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Andy was about turn the handle and go back inside when she heard music just about blare behind her. Her face scrunched up slightly at the sheer volume of the party. She never remembered it being that loud. Who in the hell was in control of the volume? Maybe it was her subconscious telling her to just go inside or was it telling her to go to the party?

"It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life. For me. And I'm feeling good."

Andy's heart skipped a beat when she heard Daniel's—Keith's voice. What in the hell was he doing? She slowly spun around on her heels, glancing over her shoulder in the direction of the music. "Keith?"

He did some showy moves, flipping the microphone and kicking in beat with the song. "Oh freedom is mine, and I know how I feel." Andy's brows furrowed in confusion. Maybe it was everything that's been going on but nothing was sinking in. Was this some cruel prank that Keith thought would be funny? Was this Daniel? Had she officially lost her mind and was hallucinating?

"Andy, if you don't go to the party, who's gonna control your brother?" Daniel then extended his arms toward her expectantly.

"Daniel?!" her voice cracked. Andy ran toward him, jumping over the steps down from her porch. She practically leaped into his arms, nearly knocking him over when she collided into him. She held him so tight, that he'd probably complain about not being able to breathe but she didn't care.

"Hi, sis," he said quietly as he held her.

"How are you here? You died!" Tears fell from her eyes, ruining her makeup... again. But she couldn't care less. Gods did she miss him. "I can't believe you're here. I've missed you so much," she whispered.

"Now come on, things to do, people to see. 50 dollars says I can get 90% of camp's population to dance."

Daniel tried to pull her away and hold her at an arm's length. But Andy quickly wrapped her arms back around him, shaking her head. "Just one more minute, please?" She practically begged. Andy had no idea how time passed for him or what it was like. But for her, it was an eternity. Over a year without her brother. He could spare another moment or two before they went to the party. Gods knew she needed it.

Andy sighed as she finally let him free from her grasp, almost scared that if she let go of him, he'd vanish. Like it all was an illusion in her head. "Did you need to complete that outfit with a big long fluffy coat?"

She managed to actually laugh as she ran her fingers under her eyes, trying her best to fix her makeup. "It's not like I'm wearing a sequin jumpsuit," she quipped in response. Gods how long had it been since she had a normal lighthearted conversation? It felt nice. As Andy and Daniel walked side by side to the party, it almost felt like some of the weight had been lifted from her shoulders. For a brief moment she could breathe. But unfortunately, that didn't last long.

Andy's paced slowed when they reached the party as her brother quickly made his way toward Mason. On any other day she would have been right beside him but they still weren't talking. And if she smelled Eve's perfume on him it'd make her nauseous. She stood there awkwardly at the edge of the tree line scanning the people who had arrived. But before she saw anyone of worth a red head popped up right in front of her with a smile. She remembered the girl from earlier, gossiping about Andy's personal life like it was some trash TV. Suffice it to say, she did not return the smile.

"Hey. My name is Penelope, but you can call me Nelly." Andy didn't care. Maybe under different circumstances she would have been her old bubbly self. But not now. It was hard enough for Andy to bite her tongue the first time. "Um . . I am sorry if what I said earlier this morning hurt your feelings. I am known to say what I am thinking and it's gotten me into plenty of trouble. Just know that whatever my actions are in the future, I would never intentionally hurt anyone. So yeah sorry."

"Just leave my personal life out of it," Andy said before she felt an arm drape across her shoulder. Some of her tension faded away when she saw it was Trinity, even managing a soft smile.

"Look who decided to show." Andy rolled her eyes playfully at the comment. Like Trinity would have let her stay locked up in her cabin. "Hey Nelly, I'm Trinity." She gave Nelly a firm handshake, which Andy could only imagine was far more aggressive than it looked. She had to resist the urge to laugh. Trin wasn't the subtle type, one of the many reasons they were friends.

Trinity turned her attention to Andy. "Did you want to get a drink, Ando?" She was doing what any good best friend would do, getting her out of an awkward encounter. In time she'd forget Nelly's comments, but it was still fresh and she was in no mood to fake friendly. Trin's head then leaned toward hers as she spoke lowly, "You good?"

Andy held her friend's gaze and gave such a minor shake of her head, anyone else might have missed it. But it didn't seem Trinity was good either. The arrival of Wes caused the blonde to instantly tense. "I know that look," Andy said quietly.

But before she was able to tug Trinity away toward the drinks table, or just far enough away from a private conversation, Nelly had more to say. "Hello, Trinity. Nice evening huh? I got in last night so that's why I am late. I am still learning the ropes here so if you have any recommendations, I'll gladly take them. Is this ya'll's first year here or have both of you been here before?"

Andy's arm wrapped around the middle of Trinity's back, her hand gently grasping her friend's side. "Sorry, not to be rude." Although she kind of did. "But we need a moment in private."

Without anything else to add to the present conversation, she led Trin away, slowly walking them toward the drinks. Which, coincidentally, was where Wes was. "Do you think maybe you're being a little hard on him?" Andy asked, nodding her head toward Wes who's back was toward them. "He never questions you about your male friends." She saw the look Trinity made when she saw him with Alex. She understood her jealously, it was natural. But Wes had better tastes than Alex. "I doubt he has a dishonest bone in his body. He's arguably one of the nicest guys at camp. He's crazy about you... And he makes you happy." With her final words, Andy slowed them both to a stop, turning to face Trinity.

"Don't be dumb like me and ruin a good thing." She gave Trin's arm a reassuring squeeze with a smile. "I'm going to go take a shot... or like five," Andy joked. "But you should go talk to him. 5 bucks says, he's already forgiven you." Not that Trinity was in the wrong, she was entitled to her own feelings. But if she tried to apologize, Wes was already over it. He was too infatuated with her to stay mad.

Andy retreated, walking backwards towards the refreshments. She motioned her thumb toward Wes's back and gave Trinity a wink. She then spun around and went to the far end of the drinks table, giving Wes and, in particular, Alex, a wide birth. Have a good time. Don't think about it and don't get too drunk. Easy. Then it seemed the second that all went through her head, it went out the window. Andy took two shots of whatever was out, then grabbed a bear. No more.

She started toward the bonfire and almost froze when she saw the back of Ajax. Andy took a deep breath, not wanting to divert her path. She felt like that would be obvious and someone would notice, someone like Mason. But he wasn't dumb and probably could tell without anything being said. Andy slowly approached and took a seat on a different log than the one he and Duke sat on that was a couple feet away. After taking a couple sips of her beer, she sparred a glance toward Ajax as he stood up to follow after his friend. When she caught his gaze, Andy gave him a slight wave of her fingers and a brief smile before he left. It was weird. They were so close but felt miles apart. Any other party she'd be right there beside him, maybe even sitting in his lap if he had his way. But, now they were like strangers.




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Evelyn did not seem pleased about Sylas asking her for a favor. And here he thought she'd love the opportunity to have the upper hand, a moment to revel in the fact that he came to her for help. Regardless of how minor his ask was. After a moment she took the bottle. "I would but you didn't even say please." Her smug expression made Sylas chuckle. "In fact, you should be begging me for this small little favor of yours. Or at least make your case of why I should help you," she added as she hid the bottle behind her back.

Sylas took the bait stepping forward to close a little bit of the distance between them. "Please, Evelyn, would you satisfy the demon in me by charming that little bottle?" His brow raised while the rest of his face remained fairly serious. He leaned his head in so that his lips were near her ear as he spoke softly. "I'll make a fair trade for your services." Sylas pulled his head back just enough so he could hold her gaze. "I'll give you one question," he said as he held up his index finger. "Any question and I'll answer it, honestly. No lies, omissions or ambiguity."

After a moment or so, Evelyn withdrew the bottle from behind her back and held it out to him. "Our little secret."

"My lips are sealed," he grinned as he took the bottle from her delicate fingers.

"Don't get too excited. Really wanting somebody varies on intention." Sylas nodded his head and gave her a silent salute with the top of the bottle to his forehead. "I look forward to seeing who you're after. Good luck."

Sylas might have added a comment about how he didn't need luck, or something else around those lines. Instead he gave her a wink and headed toward the bonfire where he planned to announce his fun activity. But then he saw the big idiot arrive with none other than his sister, which temporarily diverted his attention.

The fresh air from their walk to the beach cleared Sloane's head. Being lightheaded and dizzy was not an ideal condition while drinking. Not that she was the drinking type. She stopped just outside the tree line, taking everything in. Nothing too crazy was going on yet, some dancing and drinking, but fairly calm. Maybe she'd be lucky enough to wonder about for an hour then disappear back to Liam's cabin, away from everyone. She was about to take a step forward in the general direction of the bonfire when she caught sight of her brother beelining straight for them. "He's coming this way," Sloane said under her breath toward Liam, but didn't divert her eyes from her brother's fiery and direct gaze.

Before Sloane could even try to grab Liam's arm and divert them in a different direction, Sylas was there. "Sloane. Liam." He gave his best fake smile as he grabbed Liam's shoulder. "How's the new roomie situation going?" he asked with a grin and a tight squeeze of the brute's deltoid. While they were still in physical contact, Sylas let his powers flow into Liam. Kick her out. You don't want Sloane. She's a burden. Pathetic. After a moment when nothing happened, he moved his hand from Liam to point at his sister. "You used your powers on him... didn't you?"

Sloane shifted where she stood, her fingers twiddling and tugging at the sleeves of her shirt. She didn't say anything, just sideways glanced up at Liam before looking back to her brother. Sylas shook his finger as he laughed smugly. "She's a smart one isn't she?... Makes me wonder what she sees in a big idiot like you?"

Sloane quickly spun on her heels, moving between the two. She turned her back to Sylas as she pressed her hands to Liam's abdomen, trying to stop him from lashing out. "Don't. He's just trying to get under your skin. If you to hit him first, you'll look like the bad guy," She said quietly as she looked up at him. Sloane wouldn't be able to stop Liam if he was set on murdering Sylas in front of everyone. But she hoped he'd listen to her rather than her brother.

"Yes, tame your beast. It's only a matter of time before your control over him fades. And then what, dear sister?"

"I don't control him," Sloane replied coldly, before looking over her shoulder toward her brother. "I'm not you."

"How adorable. You asked his permission didn't you?" Sylas shook his head, laughing softly as he tossed the bottle in his hand. "She's obviously taking advantage of you big boy. You fought her battles, give up your home... even let her worm her way into your mind willingly. Is she that good in bed?"

Sloane's jaw clenched as her gaze moved to the ground and her hands fell from Liam's chest. Her cheeks began to flush, getting so red it nearly outshined her lipstick. "Who are we kidding? Sloane here is a prude." Sylas raised his hand to stroke his sister's cheek with his index finger. "I doubt she's ever been kissed." He chuckles before wrapping his arm around Sloane's shoulders. "Let's change that, shall we?"

Her eyes went wide as Sylas tugged her away from Liam. Although his face was friendly and he appeared to be walking with her amiably, his grip on her arm was strong, almost challenging her to struggle against him. She was barely able to keep up with his long strides, frequently glancing over her shoulder toward Liam. She didn't want him to start a fight, not here in front of everyone. That'd give her brother what he wanted. He was going to continue to push Liam and herself until one of them caved.

Sylas came to a halt near the bonfire, but didn't release his hold on Sloane, instead leading them both to step up on a log. He raised his free hand to his lips letting out a loud whistle. Once he had everyone's attention, he gave a charming smile before speaking. "I don't know about all of you, but my sister and I think that what this party really needs... Is a game!" He holds up the bottle, wiggling it slightly.

He jumps down from the log, leaving Sloane to slowly step down on her own while he walks around the fire. "I'm sure you've all heard of 7 minutes in heaven." Sylas smirked. "I was content with a simple game of spin the bottle, but Sloane's itching for something a little more exciting." He slowed his pace until he was standing before Andy. "Andy, would you mind conjuring up something a little more... private?"

Andy slowly sat up right, tapping her fingers against her beer. She didn't want to be a part of this game, but Sylas didn't look like he was going to let anyone get away with sitting out. She sighed, before extending her left hand with her palm up. As her hand raised, a closet rose up from the ground on a farther edge of the beach, a hundred or so feet away.

Sylas smiled as he turned back around to face the rest of the campers. "I'm sure you all are familiar with the rules." He tapped the brim of the bottle to his bottom lip as he scanned everyone. "Now who should go first?" At one point he slowed down before Sloane. "It'd be unfair to give it to you first. After all, this was your idea... You'll just have to wait your turn." He grinned looking between her and Liam.

But then he spun around and walked directly up to a particular blonde, that he was very interested to learn more about. Eve. Sylas flipped the bottle in his hand, before holding it out to her. "The honor is yours."

Sloane crossed her arms over her chest. She hated when he did stuff like this, spun things around on her. He made it seem like this was her master plan, so if she left... Well, she couldn't. With a sigh, she took a seat on a log as far from her brother as possible. This was going to be a long night.




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"You've never allowed one arm to get you down, though, which is pretty damn awesome if you ask me."

Wes chuckled softly. "Well, thank you. I couldn't very well bitch about something that was my own fault, now could I?"

Alex hooked her arm in his as they headed through the woods toward the party. She seemed happy at the little decorations of lights leading to the beach and the prospect of a party. It did always seem to lighten moods for most of the campers. Wes just hoped that it might be an opportunity for him and Trinity to... move forward maybe. If that was still an option. He hated it that she was mad at him for something he didn't do. Or maybe he did and he was just too much of an idiot to realize it. Wes just hoped, whatever it was, he could fix it.

"Let's make this a night to remember."

He smiled toward her, then quickly ducked away when she tried to tickle him. "Woah, none of that." He laughed, holding his index finger up in contradiction.

Wes slowly trailed after Alex toward the concession table, where there was an ample amount of food and a variety of drinks available. He hadn't quite realized how completely famished he was until he smelled the food. He wasted no time fixing up a burger and snagging a beer to drink along with it. He barely ate all day with his stomach in constant knots. Now with food in front of him, he had to fight to urge to shove it down in a single bite.

"If there's any dancing... you going to ask Trinity?"

He froze with the burger held to his lips. "I want to... I just... I don't know if she'd agree."

Wes took a large bite out of his food as he turned around to observe the party. He froze, mouth full, when he saw Trinity standing a few feet in front of him. He stood there... awkwardly as he tried to quickly chew and swallow the the food. "Trinity... You look gorgeous." Wes looked awkwardly between his burger, beer and then Trinity. He quickly set what he held onto the table and dusted his hands off on his pants. "Can I get you a drink?"

Shortly after he asked, Sylas made a loud show beckoning everyone to join in on a game. Wes didn't know how he felt about partaking. He didn't need another reason for her to be mad at him. He slowly took a step toward Trinity, motioning toward the bonfire. "Did you want to join? I wouldn't kiss anyone... just stand there awkwardly for 7 minutes." He quickly continued adding another comment. "I mean, you can kiss whoever you want though... Or we could just walk around. Or I could leave you alone. I just want you to enjoy yourself... to be happy."

Gods was he putting his foot in his mouth. Wes awkwardly chewed on his bottom lip. He didn't know how to fill the silence, so instead he grabbed another beer. He popped it open, then held it out toward her, almost like a silent peace offering. He was content to wait until she decided his fate for the evening.




7 minutes in heaven


1. The person who receives the bottle, spins it and it will land on whomever they want. Doesn't have to be for romantic reasons, just whomever they desire.

2. They are locked in the closet for 7 minutes.

3. Afterwards the person who the bottle landed on (not who spun it) picks who goes next.

disclaimer: I suggest writing a collab between the two characters going into the closet, so that it isn't a bunch of back and forth posts and so it doesn't take forever for one round. It could be easy enough to include the spinning of the bottle, time in the closet and choosing the next person in a single collab.

Any questions, let me know :)

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Character Portrait: Ajax Valis Character Portrait: Alexandria Valis Character Portrait: Mason Hughson Character Portrait: Sylas Astor Character Portrait: Duke Loycen Character Portrait: Daniel Vadas Character Portrait: Evelyn Masters Character Portrait: Heath Taylor Character Portrait: Iliana Remington-Taylor Character Portrait: Eve Drakos Character Portrait: Cherise Boyse Character Portrait: Rae Meadows
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Image They'd talk later about the details. He mentally promised. For now the priority was for Andy and him to have fun and own the party.

Peer pressure mixed with a dash of guilt trip worked every time. But he couldn't revel in the moment because some different faces approached him. "Good evening, um, Keith? Did something happen to you? You look different," Heath observed.

Mason outright laughed and left with the quiet girl which seemed to distract Heath entirely.

"Sorry, not use to seeing my sister dance," Heath explained. Daniel looked between the dancing pair and the brother. Daniel nodded, seeing it already. "I don't know if you know this, but Iliana and I aren't blood related. My father adopted her after her own biological father was killed. Anyway, back to that question?"

Well that was just a casual bomb to drop on his head. Daniel blinked stunned Heath was able to say it all without emotion. "I guess I'm sorry to hear if you are?" Daniel said uncertainly. But as Heath seemed eager to press on, Daniel adopted a less sympathetic and uncertain attitude with a clap of his hand. "Back to that question though, I'm glad you've noticed my new look. A lot has happened. I caught the love bug, lost my virginity, tried make up, Ethan's serenity inducement is having max effect." The things he listed off probably served as a slap to the son of Athena's pride and intelligence. But he didn't lie to be harmful, he lied to be bluntly evasive. "It's a long story and the party's not the place for it. But you can call me Daniel if you like."

"Hey, Cherise's boy toy - grab us some beers and get some good music going!" A girl called out. Daniel frowned at her charm but obeyed one request, the music was something he was happy to provide. Something upbeat to get some head bopping or toe-tapping from the reluctant movers and dancers to fully indulge.

Daniel was about to head over and grab four beers when another girl approached Heath and him. “I get to see Mason dancing? Is it my birthday?” Was a blonde's way of entering the conversation. “You know, I’m super impressed with you. I thought you’d be over there all growly and ripping the two of them apart.” Was the guy really like that? He seemed to have a bit more composure than that but when it came to sisters he supposed anything could happen.

Daniel watched his mini dare take place with very tame actions and moves. He also saw Cherise and another girl with Ethan, dancing like clowns, bringing a warm smile to his lips. She was absolutely beautiful and carefree. “And you, I would have bet serious money on that guy having no friends.” Daniel glanced to the blonde. Normally that was a pretty safe bet. “Between you and me, I think he fancies himself as some kind of big scary wolf.” Daniel grinned as she did. Also, half accurate.

"I always thought a lone biker,” he jested back.

“I’m Eve.”

"Daniel," he said in turn, offering the girl a smile. "So you know Mason? Well...relatively?" he asked, wobbling his hand. The son of Hades managed to prove unpredictable time and time again.

He didn't get quality greeting time with the girl before a loud whistle pierced the party. Daniel turned towards it waiting for the big announcement from Evelyn's intimidating boyfriend. "I don't know about all of you, but my sister and I think that what this party really needs... Is a game!" A part of him wanted to whistle and applaud but that might show too much enthusiasm. "I'm sure you've all heard of 7 minutes in heaven. I was content with a simple game of spin the bottle, but Sloane's itching for something a little more exciting." Ah a modern day Janet. There was no denying 7 had the potential to be a lot more exciting. For the people locked in heaven. Or a small space for to feel claustrophobic. It was all in perception.

The dude crept around and bestowed the bottle upon Eve. "The honor is yours."

"Let the games begin," he muttered to himself, rocking back and forth on his heels with boy like excitement. However, seeing as Eve would soon be busy cozying up to whoever, Daniel looked around for some new company. The company he sought was like being doused in a cold shower. There were a few redheads on camp but fewer with the aura of Evelyn.

Daniel gravitated towards the girl who may not be locked in a closet until her turn and wasn't busy busting moves. He hooked his arm through hers and gestured off for a little walk. They could talk wherever she pleased, she wasn't the kind you could drag away. But he'd rather lead her a couple paces off, remaining in party vicinity of course.

He unwound his arm from hers and stood in front of her. There was something nerve-racking about standing before her as someone new in a sense with the whole crossover identity issues. He grinned bashfully and held out his arms. "Problem solved. Hi, I'm Daniel." He reached out for a shake. "I'm the son of Hecate, most my injuries are self-inflicted. I have a debatably bad habit of playing with illusions and conjurations." He pulled down his collar, exposing his neck and shoulder, "Wendigo conjuration," he rolled up a sleeve and pointed to the bite on his arm, "zombie," then he pulled up his top showing his abdomen, "crossbow," he smirked to Evelyn. They both knew the latter well.

He tapped to his last big scar. "And spear. This is the one that killed me," he explained softly. That part wasn't so humorous. Hecate had brought him back but Daniel was deceased for a long time. "Thank you for your help, Evelyn," he added sincerely. Without her, he'd still be the awkward geek that had no concept of his powers that lived inside a shell. That was the worst thing about Keith, otherwise, he wasn't a bad persona - but Daniel being Daniel again, he was beyond grateful and appreciative for that. How could words express it? He kissed her cheek. "You look beautiful by the way."

Daniel gestured to the refreshments. "Can I get the lady a drink? Theeen maybe steal a dance?" he suggested, quirking his brow up for her assessment. Slender Man liked to move about so he probably wouldn't pay attention to his redhead for a while.



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Image Somewhere inside Mason was hoping for a rejection then he could report to Daniel he tried and failed. Iliana's consent was equally as pleasing and surprising though. He kept his moves small to avoid startling the girl, that and he wasn't big on dancing. At one stage he placed a hand on her waist and grabbed her hand to sway them about but beyond that, not much of a graze came of their dance. Mason gave Iliana a twirl or two. "Not so bad is it?" he asked her. Mason caught his booty call with Heath and Daniel. He smirked at her raising his brows and tilting his chin up.

Their dance wasn't long lasting which was for the best. Sylas whistled, managing to reach beyond the speakers. Mason shuffled closer to hear him speak. He proposed a game of 7 minutes in heaven - him or Sloane whoever, it made no difference. Mason hung onto the words waiting for the catch but it was a regular game of 7 minutes in heaven. He rolled it over in his head if it was worth joining then ultimately decided why the hell not. There was no better way to get to know your camp buddies than being locked in a closet with them. Mason poured himself a shot of vodka, downed it then picked up a beer along the way. He felt in his jacket pocket to grab a cigarette. He patted over another pocket then sighed, muttering out a curse. Mason forgot them. But he didn't really want to double back to his cabin until he saw who the poor soul that would be trapped in a closet with Eve was. At least her powers would make them feel lucky.

He didn't know if the willing participants were merging together or what as there wasn't that much movement, but he managed to bump into Alex. Hard. Rather than give her a look or words that said how badly he wanted her to drop dead, he remained stone-faced. "Open your eyes much? You gonna decapitate me too now?" He looked her over. "Got an object you can blame another curse on?"

Mason kept walking not caring for her reply and sat on one of the vacant logs. People could say what they wanted but there was a lack of accountability on the Gods and Alex's side so yeah, Mason was still pissed and if the bottle managed to land on her, he'd happily strangle her.



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Image "Please don't start addressing me as 'your majesty.' and I don't know... you know I'm not much for gifts, but I am curious as to what you may have in mind.."

"Whatever your majesty prefers," Duke joked. Honestly, he couldn't see himself addressing Ajax in that formal of a manner even when he became superior in Olympian standards. They'd have to find a more comfortable title when the time came. And for now, Duke let the gift comment slide.

As the cook off began and Duke piled the cooked ones to the side, Ajax got his attention. "Now look at that." Duke looked up to his masterpiece of a burger and grinned. "I call it...." Duke waited in suspense for the perfect name for such a burger. "Well... I don't know what to call it, but I know I want to eat it."


Duke chuckled and nodded. "Probably the best choice."

Ajax bit into it and made noises like the cameras were rolling and he was advertising his burger, making Duke give him another amused glance. Duke even looked around, to the left and right and over his shoulders pointedly. "You done? I mean you've had a burger before right? Watch..." Everybody did it differently but Duke placed a burger on a bun, put the chilly sauce on the meat, showed Ajax a whole sliced piece of cheese then popped it on the burger, then sliced letters, tomato and some onion bits."Annnd" Duke popped one more hamburger on it, topped it with sauce then stepped back, compressing the burger. He was not a fussy eater but he was a man that worked up an appetite and loved his meat.

Duke left the cooking station, covering his mouth as bits of lettuce fell from his mouth. "I got a bit ambitious," he admitted. "But revisiting this gift...Do you want a shield? Warhammer?" Sure the boys knew each other but he didn't want to waste resources on something Ajax didn't use or admire at least. "That's why I'm kinda hoping you tell me the design details and we work from there. When you're ready."

Duke had another mouthful of food when an announcement of 7 minutes in heaven happened. He shook his head automatically. If people wanted to be intimate there were actual roomie cabins for that and better, it could be with a person you actually liked. The games and minds of his peers were unfathomable. Logic and the straight road sat right in front of them and they wanted to go over the river rapids. "You going to join? I mean technically you don't even have to do anything..." He didn't know why he was trying to nudge Ajax towards the game. Probably because he hadn't played a group game with campers in ages and it'd be a nice change. It'd distract him from his thoughts.

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Character Portrait: Ajax Valis Character Portrait: Alexandria Valis Character Portrait: Mason Hughson Character Portrait: Sloane Astor Character Portrait: Sylas Astor Character Portrait: Duke Loycen Character Portrait: Daniel Vadas Character Portrait: Ethan Knox Character Portrait: Heath Taylor Character Portrait: Iliana Remington-Taylor Character Portrait: Eve Drakos Character Portrait: Pete Drakos Character Portrait: Cherise Boyse Character Portrait: Penelope Givens Character Portrait: Rae Meadows
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No one was more surprised then Ethan when Cherise and Rae pulled him in for a dance. For one thing, I never learned to dance. His teen years hadn't been spent around others his age. Well, he had gone to a few of Heath's families' 'get togethers' where his aunts tried to teach him a few moves. But sadly he had two left feet in that sense. However, Ethan did try his best to keep up with both girls. He looked for some assistance though, particularly from Heath. He caught sight of him with Keith still.

"Hey! Heath! I could use a hand here!"

Heath had been waiting for Keith's explanation when he heard his friend. He couldn't help but chuckle at the sight. However, he was smart enough to know that to get involved would be trouble.

"Sorry Ethan. Man up okay? You'll manage."

Ethan groaned and turned back to the ladies.

"Sorry if I am not good at this. Ya'll are great though. Try not to tire me out too much okay?"

Heath in the mean time turned back to Keith, who's real name was Daniel it seemed. It look like the explanation was too complicated for him tell him. He raised his eyebrows though at some of the things he said though. This Daniel was vastly different then Keith. However all thoughts exited his mind when Eve showed up. He pretty much ignored her. That was his mistake though when the girl touched him. He also had been looking back at Mason and Iliana and the sudden urge to separate them nearly overwhelmed him. He looked away though. His stubborn nature kicked in and he refuse to listen to his brotherly instincts. He saw Daniel greet Eve before leaving. Not wanting to be alone with Eve, he walked off and ended up near the food and watched Ajax and Duke make burgers. It was very impressive.

It wasn't long when the dancing stopped though. Iliana had been watching Ethan with Cherise and the new redhead herself. She was extremely concern for him for she could tell he was overwhelmed. She had also seen Eve around her brother and the urge to go over there and get between them was strong. A frown appeared on her face and her amber eyes flared up. Her thoughts were interrupted when Mason addressed her.

"Not so bad is it?" he asked.

Looking back at him she shook her head. He was a good dancer, but it was hard to enjoy the dance when so many thoughts filtered through her head. Luckily the dance ended and Mason soon left her side. It was at that moment that Sylas announced a game to play. She never heard of that before. Did Sylas's sister really come up with the idea? She didn't look too thrilled. Iliana was so focused on the two that she almost missed the interaction with Mason and Alex. That was the one thing she had been trying to prevent. While they were too far away for her to hear what they said, Iliana moved closer and caught Alex's annoyance. However the demigoddess soon left and approached Pete and another girl. Iliana looked around and saw Trinity and Wes. She decided to stay out of that. She then remembered Heath still had her tablet. She found him near Ajax and Duke. Heath smiled when he saw his sister.

"Did you enjoy yourself?"

Relief was evident in his voice. Iliana shook her hand a bit, which meant 'okay'. She then grabbed her tablet from him before asking if he was okay and she saw Eve with him.

"I doing better now. Did Sylas make some sort of announcement?"

~Yes, he said his sister Sloane wanted to play 7 Minutes in Heaven. I don't think it was her idea though. She didn't look too thrilled. I don't know what this game is, but it involves a bottle and a closet. Andy conjured one up it seems. Eve got the bottle.~

Heath groaned. He knew what the game was. Never played it. He immediately thought of Ethan though. The guy was not a fan of tight spaces.

"Concept of the game is simple. Eve will spin the bottle and whoever it lands on, the two of them will spend 7 minutes doing anything inside of a closet. After that, the person whom the bottle land on will pick the next person to spin the bottle."

What was Sylas trying to accomplish here? Trouble of some kind it seemed. And picking Eve seemed to only confirm it. Iliana was concerned too, only for Alex though. If Mason got picked, there was a chance he could end up with Alex. What would he do then? He would dare hurt in front of the other campers right? Heath saw concern on his sisters features.

"What is wrong Lia?"

~I am afraid for Alex. I don't think she's safe here, not from Mason at least.~

Heath nodded and whispered, "I think so too, but Mason isn't dumb. He wouldn't try something now with all the campers around."

Iliana nodded and walked off. Heath sighed and decided to check on Ethan.

Ethan was relieved when the dance ended and Sylas made the announcement. He quickly left Cherise and Rae though. He knew about the game but was not interested in playing it at all. He decided to move a ways from the others and closer to the beach. He sat on a bench and this was where Heath found him.

"Not interested in going to Heaven huh?"

"Definitely not. Where is Iliana?"

"Doing her own thing. She's got a lot on her mind."

Ethan nodded and the two sat in silence.

Iliana decided to play the game. She wanted to warn Alex, but saw that the young lady kissing Pete. She ended up sitting alone watching others.

Nelly was by herself too. The words of Andy and Trinity was still ringing in her ears. She figured the best course of action now was to watch and observe and do her best to keep her thoughts to herself. She definitely wanted to play 7 Minutes in Heaven. She did have to google an explanation of it on her cell phone though. She was curious to see who Eve would pick. She had no idea who she would pick though if she got a turn.

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The distraction with Duke was good, and he hadn't even noticed Andy at first, but all he could give her was a small smile at the time before he chose to walk away to rejoin his friend. No doubt the girl felt just as bad in this with him, but he needed her to think of what she wanted. He had always wanted the best for her, even when he hadn't given her the time of day that she deserved. In conclusion, as far as he was concerned... he sucked at being boyfriend material.

But what the hell did she see in Mason? he was just like the snake of Eden, whispering words of temptation into the ears of those who chose to listen.

There was just nothing more Ajax could say to her at this point. He wished he could comfort her and say what she needed and wanted to hear, but there was nothing, and he couldn't exactly get angry with her since he knew he hadn't done right by her on so many occasions. He hated himself. Ajax had said everything he needed to. Besides, she'd be fine. A strong beautiful girl like that would always survive no matter what life threw at her.

Image With evidence right in front of them, it was clear that Duke was the better cook with that masterpiece of a burger. "Show off." Ajax told him, grabbing a drink from the cooler as some game was announced.

"You going to join? I mean technically you don't even have to do anything..."

"No, I'm good. You can go and join in, though. If you want." He couldn't bear the thought of being locked in some damn room/closet with someone he didn't like. AKA; Mason. He didn't know anyone else well enough to make a judgment, though he could probably guess about a few. It wasn't like they hid their actions anyway, it just seemed like they were proud of being a complete arsehole with their heads so far up their own ass that they were blinded by their own bullshit.

He waited until Duke was gone before he placed himself back on the log by the fire with a second burger for the night, all while thinking about everything that had gone on these past two years while being here.

With the other campers a distance behind him playing the game they chose to play this year, Ajax jumped when he felt a hand touching his shoulder. He turned his head, his eyes resting on Zeus. "....It's good to see you, but... why are you here?" he was hoping that he hadn't come to warn them about something because there was never one single day in this damn place where they could just be normal for once.

"I want to take you and Alex to mount Olympus with me where you can stay for as long as you wish. This camp has grown to be toxic, and I don't want my children to be part of it right now. You will not miss your training as Ares will personally see to that. As will I." he promised.

"And if I don't want to come?"

"Then that is your choice. I just also want to be the father that I should have been years ago. I want to help, and I need your help with Hades."

Alex looked down and nodded. He couldn't bring himself to mention that he had lost his powers, so there was no chance in hell he could help there. "why help with Hades anyway? he is prisoned in Tartarus, isn't he?"

"Yes, for now. He'll end up finding a way to escape eventually, and probably release all of Tartarus with him."

In that place, it was only for the evilest souls of all.

When was this bullshit going to end between the Gods? It was a never-ending warzone, just like earth, but ten times worse.

Ajax took a deep breath and sighed. He was never too good with goodbyes.

"I'll speak to Al and then we'll let you know."

"Thank you." and with that, Zeus vanished, leaving a sparkle of Gold magic where he once stood. So he wasn't here in the flesh. He had used Hecates magic so he didn't need to leave entirely.

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Of course the bottle would end on Mason. Iliana had to resist the urge to roll her eyes at their antics too. During their seven minutes, she glanced around at the other campers. Her eyes landed on Cherise and the redhead who had been dancing with Ethan. Cherise seemed to have issues though. She looked to see whom the brunette was looking at and it just happened to be Keith and another redhead. Iliana tried to recall the times she had seen the redhead. Wait, didn't she see her around Sylas a few times, once this morning and then later this evening? It was hard to remember everyone. She really needed to meet everyone at this point and at least get their names down. Looking back at Cherise, Iliana wondered what about Keith and the redhead was bothering Cherise. Before she could do anything about that, someone sat next to her. She looked in surprise to see yet another redhead female.

"Hi there. Sorry but I was getting bored sitting alone and I saw you were by yourself, so I hope you don't mind if I joined you. My name is Penelope, but you can call me Nelly."

Yeah Nelly had tried to keep herself entertained by watching others, but she was a social creature and hated being alone. She had seen the blonde a few times and the girl seemed meek enough not to be bothered by her presence. Iliana quickly typed out her own introduction and showed Nelly her ipad.

~"Hello, my name is Iliana. I don't speak so I use other means to talk with others.~

This definitely caught Nelly off guard. She was a mute? She met a lot of people, but couldn't ever recall meeting someone who couldn't talk. If it had been her, she might have gone nuts. Her eyes soon shifted to Eve and Mason, who had come out of the closet. Looked like they had a good time. Her eyebrows lifted up in amusement as Mason gave the bottle to Liv. Seeing how blunt Liv was to Mason this morning. Still her curious nature was peaked. She would have asked him why, but that meant leaving Iliana alone and she didn't want to be rude. So she would tuck that question away later.

Things got even more interesting when the bottle Liv spun landed on Sylas. Now that was completely out of nowhere. And the time the bottle spun it struck as odd at times. When Liv and Sylas went into the closet, Nelly turned to Iliana.

"Are you one of the new campers here. I got in late last night so I am new."

Iliana had been looking towards the closet when Nelly asked her that question.

~Yes, I am new. My adopted brother, his friend, and myself got in late too yesterday morning. Um, Nelly, I am going to check on someone. I hope you don't mind.~

Iliana looked very nervous but she did want to check on Cherise. Nelly smiled reassuringly.

"No worries girlfriend, we have all summer to get to know each other."

Nodding, Iliana got up and soon approached Cherise and the redhead next to her and sat down on Cherise's other side. She quickly typed down her question for her.

~Hello, Cherise. Is everything okay? Anything I can do to help?~

Seeing the redhead look at her, she quickly introduced herself.

~"Hello, I am Iliana. I met Cherise yesterday. I can't talk so I use different means to communicate. I just wanted to see how Cherise does because she looked troubled about something.~

She soon became distracted though by Sylas after he and Liv exited the closet. He went straight for Ethan and Heath and presented the bottle to the two of them. Now what was he up to? If she had to guess, it would be Heath who did the bottle because both of them knew about Ethan's claustrophobia.

After Iliana left her, Nelly tried to figure out what she would do next. She looked at the group around Trinity and Wesley. One of them was a big brute of a man and he did not look happy about something. Soon he left the group to sit next to Sloane. Now that was curious, but it wasn't enough for her to delve into further. She almost decided to join Mason, but then saw Ajax by himself. Figured she should finally introduce herself, she got up and walked toward him.

"Hello, my name is Penelope, but you can call me Nelly. I just got in last night and am still trying to meet everyone at camp."

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He was about to head back to the party to find Alex. Luckily, she wasn't that far away with her lips locked with someone else. He clenched his jaw and began to take a couple of steps toward them, but someone had managed to stop him in his tracks. Pete had ended up wandering off towards some other chick, leaving a happy looking Alex by herself. "Hello, my name is Penelope, but you can call me Nelly. I just got in last night and am still trying to meet everyone at camp." She didn't have to introduce herself to everyone in one day, but if it made her happy, then why not? there were no camp rules stating otherwise and the staff really didn't give a damn.

"Ajax.." he told her, and held his hand out for her to shake. He sucked with conversations half the time, but he was at least inclined to try his best for the girl. He didn't want to give her a bad impression of himself on her first day, especially not while Mason twisted his little charms around everyone to make sure they hated everything that stood for Zeus and his offsprings. "Can I offer you some advice, Nelly? - pick your friends carefully, okay? and trust no one. Especially those who just prefer to spend their time playing stupid games." he didn't name names because it wasn't hard to figure out who they were. "If you'll excuse me, I just have to talk to my sister. Come find me later if you want? I'll... probably be lurking around somewhere." he half laughed before he touched her shoulder gently, and made his way to Alex. He didn't have control over who she spent her time with, but the fact that she had chosen one of Hera's kids.. and for what reason? Alex didn't play games. She knew better.

Image He took a hold of her by the elbow, pulling her off to the side. "What you doing?" he asked lowly with a frown on his face, she went to answer him, but she ended up looking past him. Ajax glanced over his shoulder to see what grabbed her attention.

Some girl was with Duke. It was unclear what she was saying to him as she touched him. "Listen..." he gently tugged on her arm, grabbing his sister's attention, then let her go. "Dad wants us to go to Mount Olympus for a little while.. he can explain everything to you himself when we get there so I don't have to repeat everything." he smiled. "Do you want to go? Duke can come too... if he wants. But, I have a feeling he'll want to stay here. Anyway, we leave tomorrow, so we'll have to pack up tonight at some point." he didn't blame him if he did stay behind because it wasn't like it would be a vacation there.




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Image So they could finally get out of this place... thank the gods. Alex definitely wanted to go, especially if it meant spending time with her dad. Even if it meant leaving Wes and Duke behind for a little while, she still wanted to go. "Okay, and Yes, I'll go. Of course, I want to go. I've wanted to spend time with dad for so long.. it'll be good for us. I'll... I'll ask Duke now." without another word to her brother, Alex headed straight towards Duke. It was the perfect reason to be there without showing the jealousy she felt stirring the moment that redhead touched his arm. Who did the women think they were in this place? Gods gift to men? same for the men too half the time. She definitely couldn't wait to get out of this place.

"Duke!" she called out to him in excitement. "I really need to talk to you for a moment... it's urgent." she totally ignored Rae being there. "Dad wants me and Aj to go home with him. I'm not sure what for entirely, but part of it is to spend time with us. Do you want to come? you can.. if you want to that is?"

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Now, let's remind ourselves that Rae has the verbal tact and empathy of a toddler. They are little sociopaths if one thinks about it. Parents would know this as fact. She said what she wanted to and whenever she wanted to regardless of who is around. She also didn't invite clarification unless one inquired. The fact that she had actually meant to bump into either Duke or Ajax was left unspoken because he hadn't really asked for an explanation. They were both good-looking gentlemen by any gal's standards - that is, if they had standards to begin with. If they did, Duke and Ajax were prime pickings, and she didn't see any girls with them at the party. That made them free for the taking in her mind. She couldn't even peg the fact that he was clearly confused, as she offerd the tilt of her head and her own perplexed expression as he spoke.

"Burgers are on the grill, feel free to take as much as you want. Umm...if your friend gets too intoxicated, somebody else can take her back?" Her eyes moved to look up at something, and then side-to-side as if he had missed her point entirely. Was this not good flirting? She crossed her arms over her chest and pinned her gaze on him, blinking in multiple quick successions as she waited on him to draw the correct conclusion as she thought anyone would.

He finally did, "You're very attractive. I'm sure you'll be able to drag someone to your cabin after the game. Like anything if you will it and work hard for it, it will become a reality." She didn't laugh. She didn't smile. Everything that dripped from her lips, however rude and arrogant as it came out, was straight-forward. She wouldn't want to keep a man guessing when she had perfectly clear intentions.

"Oh, I don't like to work that hard for a boy. I prefer just telling them what I want." Alex was on the approach. "Duke! I really need to talk to you for a moment... it's urgent." Alex called out.

However, Rae was not done speaking yet and she'd not be interrupted so easily. She held up her index finger toward Alex and expected her to wait her turn like a good little girl. The Artemis child didn't know that this was the spawn of Zeus, and even if she had, she wouldn't have cared one bit. They didn't look like a couple, and let's face it - she was much better looking. She hadn't realized yet that he sounded a bit irritated with the brunette that had just bulldozed her way into a very important conversation. "You said I was attractive, and I bumped into you with the intent of seeing if you thought so. I'm not a very good flirt, and I don't like cat and mouse games. You're cute, and I am very much open for after-party fun at either of our places."

When Duke addressed Alex, she let the two have their conversation but intruded when necessary. She'd not be ignored, either. Rae was not a welcome mat that one just walked all over.

Dad wants me and Aj to go home with him. I'm not sure what for entirely, but part of it is to spend time with us. Do you want to come? you can.. if you want to that is?"

"That's great news Alex." He gestured his head to Rae and she tossed the girl her best and quickest sarcastic smile. "We were in the middle of our own urgent discussion." The feisty ginger interjects her own comment, not that either of them asked. "Yes, the drying out of my lady-parts is really depending on this conversation right here and right now. I am going to get a little fussy if I don't have a man or two to keep me satisfied while I am stuck here. I find this one rather cute, but I can come back later."

That was a good sense of urgency as any. Her tone was so flat that it didn't sound like she was being vindictive or anything. There wasn't any annoyed undertone, either. She was just trying to get to the point for Duke to think about a little later after he's done speaking with Alex. Rae didn't stick around after that, so she didn't hear the latter half of his conversation.

She moseyed her way over to the grill. Now Ajax was in her sights. Poor guy... She didn't notice at first, but Penelope was there. Oops - always interrupting some girl with some guy, but she wasn't rude like some entitled Zeus chick. She flashed her the obligatory greeting smile and waved. She decided right then and there that it would be otherwise bad form to hit on Ajax. "Don't mind me. Just going to grab a couple of burgers. A girl's gotta eat," she states absently as she collects the plates, buns, and eventually the patties themselves. Ajax was leaving to chase after who she thought was maybe his girlfriend, of whom was now speaking with Duke. This place was so confusing. She ended up eventually juggling three plates and a couple of beers hugged to her chest. She looked like a carnivorous freak with a pension for alcoholism. It looked like she needed some help...

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The redhead introduced herself as Rae and from the looks of it, she knew who Cherise was. Iliana wondered who's child she was. She mentioned Keith and the redhead he was with. Did that mean Cherise was jealous? The other day Iliana did wonder if she liked the guy when she met them before the trial. Iliana had never been in her situation before so she didn't know how she could help unfortunately. Cherise then realized she was there and spoke up.

"Oh, hey, Iliana. I'm fine, really. You shouldn't really walk around worrying so much about people. Don't you think that you're going to stress yourself out a bit like that?"

Too late for that, Iliana thought. She was an empath after all, she couldn't help but worry.

~I can't help it sometimes Cherise. It's not like I can turn off my empathy like a switch.~ she typed out in response.

She saw Rae stand up before saying, "I'm going to grab myself some food. Do you want anything? A burger? You know, what? You want a burger, I know you do. It looks like you haven't eaten in ages. You're getting a little too thin."

It took Iliana a minute to figure out that Rae was talking to Cherise. Regardless, she did nod her head. She forgot they were serving burgers. After Rae left, Cherise turned back to her.

"Have you ever thought about controlling your empathy a bit more, Iliana? It's sweet that you're so concerned, but I don't want you to get hurt for being a genuinely good person. It's a problem because not everyone here is so understanding, I think. It would also be a shame to see you caught up in someone's mess."

Iliana knew all too well there were bad people. And she had already experience a lot of negativity here as well. It was why Athena was going to get that amulet made for her. She was about to tell Cherise then when Mason suddenly popped up.

He must have heard a part of Cherise's statement because he said, "Most of us are understanding though and would never take advantage of you or hurt you because you are so good. Yes, it would be a shame if you were involved in someone's mess, but don't you trust anyone to pull you out of the deep end? Even then, who's mess would you involve yourself in?"

What was he trying to say here? Iliana couldn't help give him a puzzling look. Finally, she typed something down for him.

~I know I can count on my brother, Ethan, and now Cherise to help me. And I can't help but be concerned when someone is hurting. But I do know now I have to look after myself too.~

She wasn't bound to tell him that Alex was one of the people she was concerned for. Finally the guy left them and Iliana turned back to Cherise.

~Ethan told me that Athena is going to have Hecate and Hephaestus help her make an amulet to help me with my issues. Hopefully it'll be done within a few days. Oh can you not let anyone know about my empathy. Well, if you trust Rae you can mention it, but I don't want others here to know because they could take advantage of that or block me from their emotions. Like Sylas, something about him as well as Mason worries me. They are both good at hiding their emotions.~





"Ajax. Can I offer you some advice, Nelly? - pick your friends carefully, okay? and trust no one. Especially those who just prefer to spend their time playing stupid games. If you'll excuse me, I just have to talk to my sister. Come find me later if you want? I'll... probably be lurking around somewhere."

Well wasn't this interesting? Mason had almost told her the exact same thing about 'choosing your friends wisely'. Nelly couldn't promise much but she could promise to watch her back. She valued her life too much to be reckless. She waved at him as he went to fetch his sister. For now Nelly would play the middle ground though fore she knew she was no match for the children of Zeus and Hades's son. You add in Trinity and Andy, and that was definitely a mess. And why did she even have to 'choose'? She prefer to get along with everyone, but Nelly wasn't that naive. She already proved that by angering a few campers here.

Walking around she soon spot someone having issues with balancing some food and drinks. Seeing it was a redhead like her, she came up and addressed her.

"Need a hand?" she offered before taking a few of those things she carried.

"Hi my name is Penelope, but you can call me Nelly. Where to?" she asked with a smile.

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ImageA look around the beach made him spy with his little eye the prince of Athens on his lonesome.

He poked up a finger to Cherise, unsure if she'd see it or not while he headed to Ajax. So moody, so serious, so unfestive. Daniel cleared his throat from behind Ajax and put on his best villain voice. "The ruler to be all alone, vulnerable, right for the overthrow or is it abduction I might benefit more from." Daniel put his chin in his hand stroking his imaginary moustache. Yeah, he wasn't sure what evil people wanted these days. Money, sex, power, were basically the big categories then they could all have little sub-branches.

Daniel smiled at Ajax and sat across from him in the sand. "Hey boss, how you doing?" He held out his hand for a sandy shake. "You know I've been thinking, literally just then, I think I want kids, but not full time. More like hang out for a bit then can get rid of them in a few hours - an uncle! When am I going to be an uncle?" he gestured in Andy's direction. Half uncles didn't sound like a thing. Probably because they just went by Uncle and no one knew the difference. "If he has more witchy powers - and I really think it's going to be a boy, I could definitely help out. I mean even if we want to crack the whip a little in this camp, I could conjure a monster. I've really wanted to try a kraken," he confessed, tapping on his knees. But then that would be an exercise heavily relied upon by Liv and the drowning of camp fellows would be on him.

Then finally he realized he didn't give Ajax the chance to speak. He bowed his head and waved to the grandmaster for him to speak.

Looking to move past awkwardness, silence and scoldings, he perked up again. "So how do you get bottle immunity anyway? Every other person is playing." He threw his thumb back to the circle. "Even Alex's- " he did a double-take. Wasn't that the guy Alex was snogging leaving with a redhead? "boyfriend went in the closet with another girl...What is with the people on camp these days!?" he demanded. People snuck into the closet and got all messy so far, but even the people with partners helped themselves. Or Slenderman and Dark Dude were never an item with their counterparts, just looked at them like they wanted to nail them most. "The mouth just isn't a sacred thing anymore." Daniel concluded shaking his head.

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Image Alex kept her eyes on Pete as he was about to spin the bottle, and with his eyes locked on hers, that thing soon began to spin. It wasn't long before it stopped, and when Alex looked down to see who it had landed on.. her heart sank. It had landed on Rae. Alex looked up at her with a glare as she found the redhead sprawled across Theo's lap. Was there any guy on camp that she hadn't tried it with yet?

As Rae entered the closet with Pete, Alex watched with dread as the door closed behind them before she looked away and saw Daniel with her brother. She managed a smile and made her way towards them.


"The ruler to be all alone, vulnerable, right for the overthrow or is it abduction I might benefit more from."

Ajax smiled, even chuckled. He didn't have to turn around to see who it was, and oddly, he was grateful that Daniel had shown up with his energetic personality. "You can try, though I won't go easily." he grinned.


Image With his elbows resting down against his knees, Daniel sat across from him with a smile of his own.

"Hey boss, how you doing?" Ajax took hold of Daniel's hand with his own, shaking it.

"Honestly? I could be better, but I'll be fine." Daniel could probably tell he didn't want to talk about it as he managed to change the subject.

"You know I've been thinking, literally just then, I think I want kids, but not full time. More like hang out for a bit then can get rid of them in a few hours - an uncle! When am I going to be an uncle?" Ajax froze at that question. Before Daniel could even gesture to Andy, he knew exactly who they meant. Ajax's eyes traveled over to where Andy was, causing to exhale slowly from his nostrils as he looked down, clasping his hands together as Daniel carried on to talk. "If he has more witchy powers - and I really think it's going to be a boy, I could definitely help out. I mean even if we want to crack the whip a little in this camp, I could conjure a monster. I've really wanted to try a kraken," he confessed, tapping on his knees.

As nice as the thought was, there was no chance of him having children with Andy. Especially not now. She was conflicted between two men, and there was no chance of him competing. Not because Mason was better than him, or anything.. it was just as simple as wanting Andy to choose for herself. So be it if she chose Mason. He would just have to accept that his love for her wasn't strong enough to keep her by his side. "So she didn't tell you then?" Ajax would have said, but Daniel changed the subject again.

"So how do you get bottle immunity anyway? Every other person is playing." Ajax looked in the direction he threw his thumb back to the circle. That game was toxic, and Ajax definitely wanted nothing to do with hormonal teens. "Even Alex's- " he did a double-take, causing Ajax to lean a little to one side, his line of sight just past Daniel. "boyfriend went in the closet with another girl...What is with the people on camp these days!? The mouth just isn't a sacred thing anymore."

Ajax snorted a laugh and shook his head with a slight roll of his eyes. "Tell me about it. I'm leaving tomorrow with Alex. We're going to mount Olympus to spend time with dad, and... well... Alex has asked Duke to come. Come with too if you want. It'll be better than this place at the moment. And umm...." thinking back on what Daniel said about Andy, and the question he wanted to ask earlier. "Didn't Andy say anything to you, about..." he started to say "Well, we br--"


Image Before Daniel could question him, or before Ajax could even finish to explain, Alex came rushing over and wrapped her arms around Daniel. She squeezed him slightly, then kissed his cheek and settled down beside him. "Finally get a moment with you. How are you? and what you boys talkin' about exactly, huh?" she smiled. "Gossiping about girls?" she grinned as she looked between the both of them. If they were, she'd want to know. It meant the world to her to see both men she cared about to be happy. Daniel especially with everything that had gone on for him last year. It was nice to see him back, and nice to see him being himself again. Hopefully, he'd be happy with someone soon too.

Image "And did you just see Pete wander off with Rae? - She's the camp's biggest slut here, and it's disgusting. She has not long tried to get Duke to go with her, then was flirting with Theo. I honestly thought that Pete had better taste and standards than that."

Was his little sister maybe a little jealous and annoyed that the bottle didn't land on her?

"Al... I really couldn't care less about their teen dramas. Just stay out of it, okay?"

She didn't protest and just nodded in agreement.

"If they wanna be like that, then that's their problem. Not ours."

He was right, she knew it. Which is why she didn't argue with him. She remained silent for a moment as her eyes wandered off into the direction of where Pete had followed Rae for the night. Her fingers played with the fabric of her shorts as she tore her eyes away, eliminating any thought of them together. This time, her eyes landed on Duke. She was curious as to what he was thinking at this point, especially about the redhead he had not long been talking to before Pete got his claws into her.

Alex folded her arms this time as her brother went back to talking with Daniel, but the second she heard him mention that him and Andy had broken up and gone on some break, Alex felt her fists screwing up in her lap. Ajax had been nothing but loyal to her, and now she was throwing it in his damn face, and for what? Mason? for a long time, it seemed as though those two had something there between them, but she didn't think Andy would try and act on it. Even though there was clearly a dislike for her, Alex still had hope that the girl's feelings were genuine for her big brother.

"I don't want to cause a scene anytime soon, so... I just want people to leave her alone." he looked to Alex when he said that, knowing that she might want to address the issue with Andy personally. "Besides, it's probably my fault because of... I never gave her much attention. Honestly, she's better off without me." Ajax shrugged. He had no clue how Daniel was going to react, but he did know that he couldn't force her to stay with him or to even keep her away from Mason.

Alex shot up out of her seat. "Don't do that for her! don't make excuses for her!" she shouted.

Ajax looked around at the others, hoping they were too busy to notice her outburst. He didn't want anyone bugging him with questions. "Sit down.." he warned her lowly, and she did after seconds hesitation. "Just leave it."


Alex glared off in Andy's direction.