The Horizon

A Family's Reunion

The throne room of the Olympian was enough to make the Grand Central Station looked like a little storage room. Massive columns, much more massive than those Sebastian saw in the Underworld rose up to the ceiling, gilded with passing clouds. In the middle, a giant burning hearth was located with a chair located next to it. Around the hearth were twelve thrones arranged in the same way the cabins and tables did in the camp. Each of the throne seat was the size of a giant, the same the group saw in the Underworld, and they were unique in their designs, like the cabins had different looks, depending on who their patron was. Almost all of the seats were empty except two of them: the main throne, in a shape of an eagle, with lightning folks and storm clouds decoration; and the one to its immediate left, with waves and jumping dolphins and galloping horses. Sebastian started sweating as he approached the two Gods. The tension in the room was high, obviously, the two gods in the room had just finished another round of argument. Zeus, Skylar's father, the Lord of the Gods, wore a shining bronze armour. He appeared to be a guy in his late 40s to early 50s with short dark blonde hair and stubble, just like how Skylar looked. Despite the age, he was still very handsome and for some reason, Sebastian felt he was seeing Sean Bean. His light green eyes were stormy and piercing, like he was staring into Sebastian's soul. An aura of proudness, natural leading and strength radiated from him. A distinctive smell of ozone and sound of air crackling could be felt and got more intense as the group got closer to him.

Next to Zeus, sat a man who looked a bit younger than him but still in his mature stage of life. Like the Lord of the Gods, he was very handsome and instead of dark blonde hair, he had short straight dark brown hair and stubble, and his eyes, those deep blue with some green orbs were abyssal like the Atlantic Ocean in August. He was also wearing a set of shining bronze armour, a trident was located next to the throne. Sebastian gulped down the lump forming in his throat. It was the first time he came face to face to his birth father, after all those hellish years. He now stood in front of the two gods, and he didn't know why he did it, probably due to nervousness, but maybe because deep within he was always a bit rebellious, he bowed to Poseidon first.

"Father." He addressed, facing the ground. The energy and power radiating from the two gods were a bit overwhelming, not to mention they would be more than happy to blast him into dust if he said the wrong thing or spoke at inappropriate time.

"Shouldn't you address the master of this house first, you impudent boy?" Zeus boomed on his left. Sebastian was heavily sweating while his brother and his companions were very worried about him. Skylar was going to say something but Poseidon beat him in.

"Oh, shut it! You drama queen!" The sea god snapped. Sebastian looked to his father, who turned away quickly. His handsome face had some emotions plastered on it, things like shame? "There is nothing wrong for a boy to defer to his father."

Zeus's face turned angrier.

"So you still claim him then?!" The Lord of the sky hissed.

"And why not?!" Poseidon snapped back. "I didn't break the oath intentionally and no matter what you say, he is still my son. A living being, a life! Now, if you'll excuse me, I want to hear him speak, as well as his companions."

Zeus grumbled.

"I should have-"

"Just listen! Drama queen! Keep your mouth shut!"

Zeus grumbled even more and Poseidon ignored his brother and turned his gaze towards the group.

"Now, children, you may start telling us your story. But first, address Lord Zeus first." The sea god spoke gently.

And so they did. Sebastian told the two Gods about what they experienced during the quest. He initially wanted to skip out parts like the narrow escape from the terrorist attack in the bus; the confrontation with the New Double-Standards and the consequent fight with Echidna and Chimera; his dreams of Tartarus and the almost fell when he first arrived the Underworld, but he felt that if he lied, the two Gods would immediately find out and punish him. But he didn't miss the sudden gasps from Julian and the tightened grip on his shoulder whenever he mentioned that he was hurt. Glancing up, Sebastian could also see Poseidon was biting his jaw hard, like he was stopping himself from casting a curse down to the world.

As soon as the younger Smythe finished telling his tale, he took the backpack from Skylar and unzipped it. Immediately, the flickering of light, crackling of electric sparks and the smell of ozone filled the air. It seemed the bolt was eager to go back to the hands of his owner. Carefully, Sebastian took out the bolt and raised it above his head, in his kneeling position.

Zeus opened his palm and the bolt shot into his hand. When he closed his fist, the entire weapon flared into life and enlarged into a 2 metre long lightning folk, with sparks ejecting from both ends. It made the God looked even more formidable and the amount of energy he radiated and his aura increased dramatically it made the hairs on everyone's body stood on their ends.

"I can feel the boy's telling the truth." Zeus grumbled, like he was going to enjoy blasting Sebastian into dust but now the reason to do so was gone. "But that Ares… doing such a thing… even this is very unlike for him."

"My Lord…" Sebastian piped up.

"Yes?" Both Gods looked again.

"Actually… I think Ares was being used…" Sebastian then described how Ares suddenly stopped his movements and how his look suddenly turned blank like someone was whispering inside his head. "I have heard voices like that as well, it came from the Underworld, in-"

"So you're accusing Hades, after all." Zeus cut in.

"No, my Lord. I think it's-" Sebastian got interrupted again.

"But you said it was from the Underworld."

"The Underworld is very huge. I-"

"I know the realm clearer than you, boy." Zeus boomed and Sebastian was getting impatient.

"With all due respect, Lord Zeus, would you kindly stop interrupting and let me finish first?" Sebastian snapped. Zeus froze before narrowing his eyes on the demigod.

"Mind your tone, boy. I can blast you into ashes for such rudeness."

"You have to get through ME first." Poseidon cut in as he stood next to Sebastian and in front of the group. The two gods then started a glaring contest and Sebastian decided it was a good time to start.

"As I have said, the voice actually came from the pit, Tartarus. So I don't think Hades should be the one to be blamed." Sebastian finished and the two Gods broke the stares and turned to look at him. They then had a quick and intense discussion in Ancient Greek. Zeus declared the case closed but Poseidon was having different thoughts. He tried to argue but Zeus started before the sea god could begin speaking.

"End of discussion on this matter!" The Lord of the Sky said angrily. "I must go personally to purify this holy bolt in the waters of Aegean and remove the human taint from it!"

"Is that even necessary?! You can just use the water from the fountain, no need to go across the entire Atlantic just for a little task like this!" Poseidon snapped. Zeus ignored him and rose to his feet. He looked down on the group and his face softened a bit.

"You have done me a service, boy."

"I don't do it alone, my Lord. I had help from Francisco Valdes, Caitlin Frost and-" Sebastian tried to remind the God of the Sky that there were other people in the room who contributed in this quest, but once again, he was interrupted and Sebastian was getting fed up of this.

"I shall let you live as to show you my thanks. Do not push your luck, I shall let you taste this bolt for daring to fly in my domain… pah! And the impudent attitude you have."

"Excuse me, sir! But I seriously believe that you should at least acknowledge the effort of my companions! They also had their parts in the quest, especially Skylar Thawne, he is your son, for Gaea's sake!"

Zeus's eyes morphed into a ball of churning storm clouds with fierce thundering and lightning.

"You dare or you think you have the right to tell me what to do? Mortal?!" He thundered but Sebastian stood up straight, looking as proud as the God of Sky.

"You're right… I don't have the right to tell a God what to do as a mortal." He said calmly. "But as Skylar's friend, I have the right because I care and I dare because no one should be ignored, let alone by their parents."

"You really want to taste this bolt, right? I can-"

"My dear brother, aren't you going to wash your precious cylinder in the water of Aegean like some mysophobia guys? It's getting quite late, you know." Poseidon snapped impatiently.

Zeus glared at Sebastian and Poseidon.

"Do not let me find you here when I return, otherwise I'll make sure you taste this bolt." Zeus grumbled.

"Just go! You drama queen!" Poseidon and Sebastian snapped at the same time. With a huff, Zeus left with a blinding flash of lightning and a deafening thunder.

An uncomfortable silence hung in the room. Caitlin, Cisco and Skylar left the room in silence, thinking Sebastian, Julian and Poseidon would need some alone time together. When being left alone, however, all that remained was an awkward silence. Sebastian looked at the sea god who looked back but would look away quickly.

"Do I make you feel ashamed?" Sebastian whispered, he was really hurt by the fact that his birth father wouldn't even look at him in the eye. Poseidon spun around, his eyes wide.

"What?! No! Why would I feel that?" The sea god asked in shock.

"Because you don't look at me, in some occasions that we made eye contact, you turned away quickly, looking ashamed. I get that I'm a bastard son but-" Sebastian said bitterly but was cut off by a very angry Poseidon.

"DON'T SAY THAT WORD!" The sea god bellowed and the mountain shook. He shrunk into the size of a regular man and stormed towards Sebastian until he was right in front of him, his eyes burning a deep blue colour.

"Don't say that word…" Poseidon whispered. "I don't care who gave birth to you… you're my son, not a bastard… you're too good to be that…"

"But why-" Sebastian was surprised and a bit afraid of the sea god's sudden outburst.

"It's not because of you…" Poseidon rubbed his face. "It's true that I am ashamed, but I'm ashamed of me… Looking at you just reminded me how much I have failed as a father… I know the ancient law doesn't allow me to direct interfere your life… but at least I should send more Naiads, Nereids and Cyclops to help you and your brother… I should at least let you have an innocent and happy childhood…"

Poseidon looked away and took a deep breath. Undoubtedly, Sebastian was shell-shocked. His father really cared about him, from a distance… Julian, Oceanus, Tethys, Otilah and Olivia were right about this… Yet in a strange way, Sebastian was also glad that the sea god kept his distance. If the God just swept him into a hug, whispering apologies or just told him that he loved him verbally, it would be fake like those human parents who made lame excuses or trying to compensate the child with money and materials for not being around. Sebastian swallowed the lump in his throat down and changed the topic.

"Father, is that thing down in Tartarus trying to do what I've been thinking?" Sebastian asked and all of a sudden, the room got a bit darker and the fire in the hearth seemed to extinguish a little and became less warm.

"What do you believe?" Poseidon asked back.

"I think he is stirring and planned to come back." Sebastian whispered. "I can feel that… both in the dreams and the close encounter… K… Kronos was silently rising in the depths of Tartarus… He's so obsessed with his desire of revenge… the hunger of power… He… he talked to me… told me I will suffer if I follow you… like Ki-"

Sebastian stopped himself from blurting out the name as he remembered it was a wound that would linger to eternity for Poseidon. Unfortunately, the sea god put the two and two together and stiffened immediately. Sebastian could feel a sudden change in the god's aura, the pain, anguish, sadness, fear, shame and worry were pouring out of the sea god.

"Yeah… Killian…"

"I'm sorry for rubbing salt into your wounds." Sebastian whispered in shame.

"It's okay." Poseidon whispered as he tried to control his emotions at bay.

"But I don't believe him!" Sebastian suddenly spoke. "I know the King of Titan was lying, but I won't fall for it!"

"Sebastian!" Poseidon cried as he grabbed onto his son's face and looked at him in the eyes. "Relax, I have faith in you. It's just… Killian reminded me of something I should tell you. But first, Julian."

The older Smythe looked at the sea god in confusion.

"Hera wishes to see you. Go find her at the door."

Julian bowed and left but not before he gripped Sebastian's shoulder to get him relaxed.

"You're getting really close to Thawne, right?" Poseidon whispered.

"Not very close, but we're friends. Why?" Sebastian was very confused.

"Maybe you should stay away from him…" Poseidon whispered and Sebastian's jaw dropped.

"Why?! Why shouldn't I socialize with my friend?!" Sebastian cried.

"Just… just don't get too close with him, okay? I… I can't… I just can't…" Poseidon turned as he let out his bottled emotions about Killian. Sebastian wanted to demand answers of why his dad forbid him from seeing his friend. But seeing him like this, he thought it was not a good time. Sighing in defeat and frustration, he whispered.

"I shall take my leave now, father."

Sebastian bowed and left the throne room, but he was stopped a beautiful woman who intercepted him at the door.

"What's the matter? The father-and-son talk didn't go well?" She asked.

"Sorry, do I know you?" Sebastian asked and the woman gasped in mocked horror.

"Oh, I'm deeply hurt." She put her hand onto her chest. "How can you forget me so soon?!"

"I'm really sorry, Ms. Podestá, but I can't really remember that we have met before." Sebastian apologized. Of course he knew the woman standing in front of him was not Rossana Podestá, the famous Italian actress who was best known for her role as Helen in 'Helen of Troy' in 1956, but she looked so much like the beautiful actress in her most glorious day so he decided to call her Ms. Podestá anyway.

"Oh right. I forget that I'm not in this form when I first met you." The woman said before changing her form to a familiar teenage girl. Now, Sebastian recognized her and his face fell.

"Oh, it's you." He said flatly.

"Of course it's me. You have something of mine, in case you forgot." Aphrodite replied. Sebastian really wanted to be angry, for how she and Ares tricked him and his companions to Hephaestus's trap and resulted in the embarrassing ride, but for some reason, he just couldn't do that.

"You know it's a trap." Sebastian accused.

"Yes, and you have the answer all the time but you guys are too careless." Aphrodite giggled as she remembered the event. Sighing in defeat, Sebastian took out the scarf from his pocket and handed it to the Goddess of love.

"Thank you." Aphrodite said gracefully. "I see that you brother has returned to you safely."

"Yeah, but I'm not sure if I'm going to freak out if… Cooper was left in the same room with him. No offense, by the way."

"None taken. As for the path of your brother and my son… I can see that it's a rugged road." Aphrodite said sadly. "But they would also be able to taste the sweetness of true love. It's ironic. I don't like making people's love lives hard, but the hardships were the best method of separating true love from relationships based on deception, political interests and money."

"I know, but I just don't want my brother to suffer…" Sebastian cried.

"Me either… Your brother's experience with Cooper was not what I have planned. I'm really appalled that Isaac would do such a thing to his own son. Such behaviour will not go unpunished and I will be the one who executed it. They shall all be punished, except Cooper." Aphrodite stated. "And you can be free from your revenge. It was starting to twist your kind and pure soul. Don't ever let that happen."

Sebastian was dumb-struck. Aphrodite had just promised him that the Andersons, except Cooper, would pay for their actions. He could finally be free from being a jerk and be the real self of Sebastian Smythe, the kind, loving person that everyone loved. But there's still one thing that troubled him.

"Is there something else bothering you?" The love goddess asked.

"Yeah, back in the throne room…" Sebastian began. "Poseidon told me to stay away from Skylar Thawne as much as possible… I just don't understand why he will do that… and what does it have to do with Killian? He didn't bring that up until I mentioned him."

Aphrodite was silent after that before she started again.

"Do you know the story of Killian?" She gently asked. Sebastian nodded and told the goddess what he knew about the tale.

"Hmm… You had 80% of the full story." Aphrodite nodded. "You knew that Killian was betrayed by the prince who had the closest relationship with him, right?"

"Yes. Cisco told me that."

"That prince who betrayed your half-brother, was Prince James David Nolan." Aphrodite calmly announced and Sebastian widened his eyes.

"Prince Nolan?! But isn't he-"

"And he is the son of Zeus." Aphrodite added, ignoring Sebastian's gasp. "And about how close their relationship is, they were lovers."

Sebastian was speechless after the reveal.

"Prince Nolan was tricked into believe that Killian was the culprit of a robbery and murder. He also revealed that Killian was a pirate. When he realized the terrible mistake he made, he tried to make it up. Gradually, the group forgave him and started to trust him and love him again. He was the first one to sacrifice himself after learning Killian died protecting them, but Poseidon had never moved on from his backstabbing. That's why he didn't want you to get so close with Skylar. He feared that what happened on Killian, will happen again, on you. He really cared about you, he didn't want to lose you or see you hurt." The love goddess quietly explained.

"But… but Prince Nolan tried to do right after learning his wrongdoings! And… and Skylar is different …" Sebastian tried to defend his friend.

"You may think like that, but your father may have other thoughts." Aphrodite calmly told the restless demigod. "If you want to change his mind, you have to talk to him, nicely, and tried to see from his point of view."

Sebastian looked down, his mind was getting overwhelmed by another influx of information he didn't notice that Aphrodite had left. He was only brought out of his train of thought when someone patted on his shoulder. He looked around and saw his father, looking more decent from the emotional breakdown back at the throne room.

"Come on, I need to get you and your companions back to camp before they started thinking you're dead." Poseidon patted on his son's shoulder and urged him to move forward. When they arrived the base of the stairs, Sebastian saw a beautiful woman with this maternal aura radiating standing next to his brother. The rest of his companions had this confused look on their face. The confusion increased when Poseidon and the woman walked into the elevator with them. What in Gaea's name was happening?

True to Poseidon's speculation, rumours of the group failing the quest and being dead started running wild in the camp by the time they got back. They were even going to make shrouds for them so when they saw the group returned safely, they were greeted by awe and cheers. And Sloane's expression was priceless and Sebastian regretted that he didn't take a picture of that when he had the time. Another interlude happened just the moment Sebastian stepped crossed the camp boundary. A cold wash of sticky liquid down his face, sliding down his shirt. He knew what was happening and possibly the one behind it. Wiping two huge globs of stickiness off his eyes to clear his vision, he saw the entire camp went silent. People, nymphs, satyrs, even Chiron froze in what they were doing. Sebastian also didn't miss the flare of anger from the person behind him. Once his vision was clear, he saw a group people standing in front of him: the Montgomery-Chang brothers Wes, Mike and Chris, Thad, David, Nick, Jeff, Lauren, Jake and Brittany, with Santana standing in front of him, an empty cup in her hands as she looked at him smugly.

"Hi, twink."

Sebastian raised his hand to stop his companions, his brother and father from doing or saying something rash.

"Don't. I deserve that. After all, I'm a jerk in the past."

"Yeah, you do and you are." David said as they came closer.

"But it was in the past!" Caitlin protested but was ignored.

"So are you ready to pack your things and left before you contaminated this place?" Santana pressed and Poseidon decided that it was enough. His son might not be a nice guy in the past but he had paid for what he had done. They were even, but these brats just didn't know when to stop.

"Are you ready to keep your mouth shut before you draw some serious trouble?" Poseidon asked with gritting teeth.

"Stay out of this, stranger. You can't stop us." Thad snapped and the group stopped their breath.

"Even with Poseidon watching over this?" The sea god gave out his last warning, too bad the group was so blind to see that.

"What does it have to do with Poseidon? This asshole is the son of no one." Santana spat as a huge blast of wet, salty wind knocked the group on their butts. Where the so call stranger once stood, towered a giant version of him, glaring down at the shocked camp.

"You want to know why?! I will tell you why!" Poseidon boomed as he extended his hand and summoned his trident which started glimmering like the sea reflecting the sunlight at noon.

"I am Poseidon, the God of the seas, bringer of storms, creator of horses and earthquakes." The sea god roared as the sea off the camp started churning. "And this young man you are talking to, Sebastian T. P. Smythe, is my son! The Retriever of Lord Zeus's lightning bolt and Lord Hades' helm of darkness and Defeater of Ares!"

As if on cue, a mini-trident appeared above Sebastian's head. Around him, demigods started kneeling, some like Caitlin, Cisco, Alice and Cisco were happy; some like the rest of the campers were shocked and awe; some like Santana and her group were more reluctant. Skylar, being the son of Zeus, didn't kneel. Instead, he bowed to him in respect.

"So this is what Hunter told me, claiming…" Sebastian thought as the demigods started to get up from their kneeling position. Santana, David and Thad, however, found themselves being turned into three tiny fish, trapped inside a small fish bowl.

"Uhm… dad? What did you do to them?" Sebastian winced at the sight as Poseidon shrunk back to the size of a regular man.

"I'm just teaching them a lesson." The sea god explained. Sebastian opened his mouth but his father raised his hand.

"I know what you're thinking. But I'm punishing them for being impolite, not because of the slushie. Plus, they will return to their original state after 24 hours."

"Gentlemen." The woman who stood by Julian spoke. "Thank you for the show but we need to move on."

Sebastian was going to ask who she was when the woman started changing. The long black coat she wore was gone, revealing the sleeveless white gown beneath, and those pair of white arms that had a huge pair of golden bracelets around the wrist. Her long brown hair was coiled up nicely with a crown made of gold, silver and other gems resting on it. Her face was beautiful, elegant and stern. People gasped and started kneeling again, this time, even Skylar knelt as well. Realizing that this woman was much more important, Sebastian knelt just as Chiron bowed and announced loudly.

"Hail Hera, Queen of the Olympians; goddess of women, childbirth, marriage and family." The centaur bowed again and the campers got up from their kneeling position.

"Milady, may I ask why are you here?" Skylar humbly asked.

"I'm here," Hera announced as she straightened herself and spoke loudly so the entire camp could hear her, "to present you Julian Smythe, brother of Sebastian T. P. Smythe, champion of mine."

Sebastian stared as his brother who shrugged, his eyes told him that he knew about this just now.

"As my champion, I shall give him my blessing in familial and matrimony power." The Queen of the Gods announced and Julian's body seemed to glow a holy yet soft white light. The scene was incredibly beautiful and harmonic. "He shall also be able to reside in my cabin. However, he can stay with his brother in cabin three, if Poseidon and the said brother are okay with it."

Sebastian was thrilled, no, he was more than thrilled. His brother could stay with him in the camp! It was like his dream coming true! He turned to look at his father with a huge set of puppy eyes, silently begging his father to allow Julian stay in cabin three. Sighing, Poseidon offered his permission and Sebastian squealed before hugging the sea god, his brother and Hera tight, muttering thank you all the time. The demigods Warblers and New Directions were looking at this new Sebastian with gaping mouths. Was this really Sebastian? The asshole who is insulting and everything connected to a jerk. Their thought on him was cut short when Chiron announced a feast was happening that night, as a welcoming gift to the God and Goddess and a celebration for the group and the new champion of Hera.

By the time the sun was setting, Sebastian had moved all his things to cabin three from his room in cabin eleven. His friends in the cabin were both happy and sad about his claiming, but Sebastian reassured that they would keep in touch and their friendship would never be forgotten. But there was one person that he was a bit awkward to see, William. It was expected since he, after all, defeated his father. And even though the son of Ares had no malice or hatred in his eyes, they both decided that it would be better for them to avoid each other for the time being, and Teddy was willing to relay the words between the two demigods.

Soon, the horn blew, signalling the camp that the feast was about to begin. When Sebastian learnt that there would be music and people singing, an idea struck him. He would be too shy to do so if it was a few weeks earlier, but he was doing this for his friends. He intercepted Michael, Andy's boyfriend and the person in charge of the music performance that night and offered a suggestion. The son of Apollo was not so sure about that but the younger Smythe told him that he was a part of the choir club in school and had corresponding experience. After weighing the pros and cons, Michael decided to give it a go and promised Sebastian to keep it a secret until the right time.

The feast was more than any party Sebastian had been in his past, the four demigods, who were being called heroes and heroine in Caitlin's case, had wreaths of laurel on their heads as they sat in the central table, a privilege that heroes could have. Poseidon and Hera occupied the central seats, on Poseidon's left sat Sebastian, Cisco and Skylar and Chiron respectively while Julian, Caitlin and Dionysus sat on Hera's right respectively. The food and drinks being offered was much finer in quality than normal meals. People were coming up to talk with the heroes, bragging about their brilliant experience. And Caitlin must have said something because sometime in the feast, Sebastian noticed that most of the girls, but mainly Caitlin's gang, that was Alice, Felicity, Linda, Shawna and Lisa were eyeing between him and a certain son of Zeus and giggling madly. The younger Smythe's cheeks coloured as he tried not to think of what might be in the ladies' minds. Suddenly, he thought that the fish were probably hungry too. After the punishment, Sebastian volunteered to look after them for the 24 hours, despite the protest from Poseidon and his companions. According to the demigod, forgiveness is the ultimate end of rivalries. Taking out the fish bowl, he placed it on his lap and looked into the three fish, which were originally Santana, David and Thad.

"You must be hungry." Sebastian whispered. "I sincerely hope that you're not allergic to the food that I'm going to give you."

Cutting out a part of the steak, Sebastian grind the meat to minced form with the base of his fork. He then picked up a bit of the grounded meat with his finger, slightly smaller than the fish's mouth and put it into the water. The three fish were hesitant at first, but in the end, they gave in and started eating the food provided by Sebastian. The feeding continued for several more minutes, with different kinds of food, both meat and vegetables, until the fish were full and Sebastian noticed the Mess Hall was abnormally quiet. Looking up, he saw everyone was staring at him.

"What? They are still living beings! They will feel hungry!" Sebastian defended as his cheek started to colour again.

The resulting expressions he got were different. Most of them, including Cisco and Skylar were surprised; Dionysus looked bored, why was that not surprising; Julian, Hera and Chiron looked proud for him and had a smile on their faces; Poseidon was torn in between being proud and unhappy, like he was proud that his son had such a kind heart but at the same time he was unhappy that the three mortals who were disrespectful to him and his son could enjoy being fed. Everybody was fed and content, now it was time for singing. Everybody cheered as they walked down to the amphitheatre. And under the star light, as well as around the hearth, the people sang and danced, letting out their youthfulness and joy, all the fights and suspicions were gone like ash in the wind, thanks to Michael, the son of Apollo was really talented in incorporating music into the event to maximize the mood of the crowd.

"And now! Time for the crowd's favourite, the group singing from led by Apollo's cabin and talented singers and musicians from other cabins!" Michael shouted into the microphone and everybody cheered again. The stage turned dark and no one uttered a voice. Then suddenly, the sound of the orchestra, with the back-up of a pipe organ, blared as light shone down onto the choir and orchestra on the stage. The crowd cheered as they started to sing. (Male, Female, Both)

Morning in Paris, the city awakes
To the bells of Notre Dame
The fisherman fishes, the baker-man bakes
To the bells of Notre Dame

To the big bells as loud as the thunder
To the little bells soft as a psalm
And some say the soul of the city's
The toll of the bells
The bells of Notre Dame

Dark was the night when our tale was begun
On the docks near Notre Dame
Four frightened gypsies slid silently under
The docks near Notre Dame

But a trap had been laid for the gypsies
And they gazed up in fear and alarm
At a figure whose clutches
Were iron as much as the bells
The bells of Notre Dame

Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy)

Judge Claude Frollo longed
To purge the world
Of vice and sin

Kyrie Eleison (Lord have mercy)

And he saw corruption
Except within

Dies irae, Dies irae, dies illa, dies illa (Day of wrath, Day of wrath, that day, that day)
Solvet saeclum in favilla (Shall consume the world in ashes)
Teste David cum sibylla (As prophesied by David and the sibyl)
Quantus tremor est futurus (What trembling is to be)
Quando Judex est venturus (When the Judge is come)

Quantus tremor est futurus (What trembling is to be)
Quando Judex est venturus (When the Judge is come)

Dies irae, dies illa (Day of wrath, that day)

Solvet saeclum in favilla (Shall consume the world in ashes)
Dies irae, dies illa (Day of wrath, that day)

Now here is a riddle to guess if you can
Sing the bells of Notre Dame
Who is the monster and who is the man?

Sing the bells, bells, bells, bells
Bells, bells, bells, bells
Bells of Notre Dame!

The mood changed suddenly as the orchestra started playing another song.

Come one, come all!
Leave your loops and milking stools
Coop the hens and pen the mules
Come one, come all!

Close the churches and the schools
It's the day for breaking rules
Come and join the feast of...

Once a year we throw a party here in town
Once a year we turn all Paris upside down
Ev'ry man's a king and ev'ry king's a clown
Once again it's Topsy Turvy Day

It's the day the devil in us gets released
It's the day we mock the prig and shock the priest
Ev'rything is topsy turvy at the Feast of Fools!


Once a year we throw a party here in town (Hail to the king!)
Once a year we turn all Paris upside down (Oh, what a king!)
Once a year, the ugliest will wear a crown (Girls, give a kiss)
Once a year on Topsy Turvy Day (We've never had a king like this)

And it's the day we do the things that we deplore
On the other three hundred and sixty-four
Once a year we love to drop in
Where the beer is never stoppin'
For the chance to pop some popinjay
And pick a king who'll put the "top" in
Topsy Turvy Day!

A quiet melody played and a very handsome young man came to the front. The audience started wolf-calling while Caitlin blushed. That lad on the stage, was her boyfriend, Ronnie Barnes. Looking straight at his girlfriend, the son of Hephaestus softly sang.

So many times out here
I've watched a happy pair
Of lovers walking in the night
They had a kind of glow around them
It almost looked like heaven's light

I knew I'd never know
That warm and loving glow
Though I might wish with all my might
No face as hideous as my face
Was ever meant for heaven's light

"Liar!" Someone in the audience shouted and the crowd started laughing.

But suddenly an angel has smiled at me
And kissed my cheek without a trace of fright
I dare to dream that she
Might even care for me
And as I ring these bells tonight
My cold dark tower seems so bright

I swear it must be heaven's light!

Ronnie blew a kiss to Caitlin before returning to the group, with the audience clapping.

Paris, the city of lovers
Is glowing this evening
True, that's because it's on fire
But still, there's "l'amour"
Somewhere out there in the night
Her Heart is also alight

And I know the guy she just might
Be burning for
A guy like you
She's never known, kid

A guy like you
A girl does not meet ev'ry day
You've got a look

That's all your own, kid
Could there be two?
Like you?
No way!

Those other guys
That she could dangle
All look the same
From ev'ry boring point of view

You're a surprise
From ev'ry angle
Mon Dieu above
She's gotta love
A guy like you

A guy like you
Gets extra credit
Because it's true
You've got a certain something more

You see that face
You don't forget it
Want something new?
That's you for sure!

We all have gaped
At some Adonis
But then we crave a meal
More nourishing to chew

And since you've shaped
Like a croissant is
No question of
She's gotta love
A guy like you!

The mood turned softer as Alice came forward, looking even more beautiful than Sebastian first met her, and her voice was incredibly angelic as well. (Alice, Chorus, All)

God help the outcasts
Hungry from birth
Show them the mercy
They don't find on earth

The lost and forgotten
They look to you still
God help the outcasts
Or nobody will

I ask for wealth, I ask for fame
I ask for glory to shine on my name
I ask for love I can possess
I ask for God and His angels to bless me…

I ask for nothing
I can get by
But I know so many
Less lucky than I

God help the outcasts
The poor and downtrod
I thought we all were all were
The children of god

God help the outcasts,
Children of God...

Alice bowed, the crowded cheered and the African-American lady elegantly returned to the group.

Maybe you've heard of a terrible place
Where the scoundrels of Paris
Collect in a lair
Maybe you've heard of that mythical place
Called the Court of Miracles

Hello, you're there!

Where the lame can walk
And the blind can see
But the dead don't talk
So you won't be around
To reveal what you've found

We have a method for spies and intruders
Rather like hornets protecting their hive
Here in the Court of Miracles
Where it's a miracle if you get out alive!

A hit from the drum and the final score of the medley began, Michael came forward. Sebastian stood up secretly and disappeared into the backstage, like what the son of Apollo had told him. (Michael, Chorus, Both)

Safe behind these windows and these parapets of stone
Gazing at the people down below me
All my life I watch them as I hide up here alone
Hungry for the histories they show me

All my life I memorize their faces
Knowing them as they will never know me
All my life I wonder how it feels to pass a day
Not above them…
But part of them…

The rest of the choir joined in, sewing a complicated yet beautiful picture with lots of texture.

And out there
Living in the sun
Give me one day out there
All I ask is one
To hold forever

Out there
Where they all live unaware
What I'd give
What I'd dare
Just to live one day out there

Out there among the millers and the weavers and their wives
Through the roofs and gables I can see them
Ev'ry day they shout and scold and go about their lives
Heedless of the gift it is to be them

If I was in their skin
I'd treasure ev'ry instant

Out there
Strolling by the Seine
Taste a morning out there
Like ordinary men
Who freely walk about there

Just one day and then
I swear I'll be content

The mood, melody and the singing voices started piling up, paving the way to the climax.

With my share
Won't resent
Won't despair
Old and bent

I won't care
I'll have spent
One day
Out there!

The voices of the choir and orchestra hung in the air as the light dimmed down. The crowd started screaming on top of their lungs.

"Where's Sebastian?" Cisco called to his two friends over the cheering audience.

"No idea!" Caitlin shouted back while Skylar shrugged.

"Thank you everyone!" Michael cried into the microphone as the cheer calmed down. "Wow, guys! It's a very brilliant performance and I'm sure that everyone was having fun but alas, it's getting late and the feast will have to end soon. Oh no!"

The son of Apollo fake-sobbed, earning several laughs from the audience, but he then straightened himself.

"But before we end this wonderful night, there's one more person who would like to perform one last song. His exact words, as I quoted, are 'It was for everybody of the camp, but particularly one person, my friend Francisco Valdes.' Now, ladies and gentlemen, enjoy this surprise encore piece."

Stares were directed towards the very shocked son of Hephaestus as the said person was looking at Caitlin and Skylar with confusion and shock. As the introduction of the song began, people started whispering and the trio looked at the stage in disbelief. Sebastian wouldn't be up there singing?

I have often dreamed
Of a far off place
Where a hero's welcome
Would be waiting for me

"It's the voice I heard several weeks ago!" They heard Lucas told his siblings and friends as more whispering could be heard, speculating who the singer with this beautiful and powerful voice was.

Where the crowds will cheer
When they see my face
And a voice keeps saying
This is where I'm meant to be

The lights came up and revealed a short brown-haired green-eyed demigod, wearing a long-sleeve blue shirt with brownish-red squares pattern, skin-tight dark blue jeans and a pair of black sneakers, standing in the front of the stage and sang beautiful. Gasps ran through the audience, some boys were whispering 'Holy shit!' as Sebastian continued to sing with all the passion he had.

I'll be there someday
I can go the distance
I will find my way
If I can be strong

I know ev'ry mile
Will be worth my while
When I go the distance
I'll be right where I belong

The music picked up force, so did Sebastian's voice. It blended into the score so perfectly it strummed the strings in the audience's heart.

Down an unknown road
To embrace my fate
Though the road may wander
It will lead me to you

And a thousand years
Would be worth the wait
It may take a lifetime
But somehow I'll see it through

And I won't look back
I can go the distance
And I'll stay on track
No I won't accept defeat

It's an uphill slope
But I won't lose hope
Till I go the distance
And my journey is complete

"How perfect can this hottie get?" A boy from Aphrodite's cabin swooned.

"His voice is freaking awesome! I have never cried from hearing a song before! But here… I'm feeling the water flowing down my cheeks!" A girl from Hephaestus's cabin cried to her friends who nodded back at her. They too were crying.

"I have never, in my wildest imagination, thought that a voice like that would come from a son of Poseidon. If he still hadn't been claimed, I would have bet that he's a son of Apollo."

But to look beyond the glory is the hardest part
For a hero's strength is measured by his heart

Like a shooting star
I can go the distance
I will search the world
I will face its harms

The crowd stopped their breath as the high notes approached, would the son of Poseidon be able to nail them?

I don't care how far
I'll go the distance
Till I find my hero's welcome
Waiting in your arms…

And he nailed it! To the point of perfection! The crowd had never thought a person's singing could create so much emotion in their hearts.

I will search the world
I will face its harms
Till I find my hero's welcome
Waiting in your arms…

The song finished with Sebastian's voice softly echoing in the cool night air. Silence followed, then suddenly, cheers and applause roared out from the audience as they got on their feet to give the son of Poseidon a standing ovation. He gracefully bowed and left the stage. The night was perfect, he thought with a smile as he walked in the darkness of the backstage.

Maybe a bit too perfect, Sebastian's face fell when he saw someone got in his way who revealed to be Sloane.

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