The next morning as I went through my training, Marcus stopped in for a little visit. And surprisingly, he just wanted to talk to me.
We walked away from Aiden as to keep a safe distance from his range of hearing. I was grateful for this since he said in the book that he remembers everything Alex says, so hence everything I say.
"Alexandria, Seth and Lucian just arrived today." Wow, ahead of schedule, I thought. "Lucian is waiting for later today to speak with you." Probably after the assembly. That's the only thing I can call it.
"Anything else Dean Andros?" I ask without emotion. He looks over my shoulder at Aiden.
"Yes, be careful around Seth, as an Apollyon, his emotions can get the better of him. Try not to anger him too much, I know how you are." Marcus said.
Aiden gave me just a whisper of a smile. I smiled widely at his little show of this emotion.
"Well, I'm just an irritating person, I guess." I said and walked back over to my training. He caught my arm.
"Don't... I repeat, don't tell Aiden any of this." Marcus said very seriously. I nodded. He let go of me and let me go back.
Aiden eyed me curiously as I walked back. I made sure no emotion slipped onto my face. With years of practice doing that, I was able to get Alex to do the same.
"What did he want?" Aiden asked. I smiled.
"You know just wanted to know how my training was going. Didn't want to bother you, so he asked me." Which was TOTALLY A LIE AND A HALF. He narrowed his stormy eyes at me. I shrugged.
"Whatever, now... " He launched into an explanation of the different things I did, if they were wrong or if they were right. I knew that Alex would hold onto every word of training so I made a mental checklist.
After training was over, I was sore again. I haven't felt like this since I went to Dauntless.
I took a long hot shower, got dressed and went to the rec-room. Caleb greeted me. I smiled. We hung out for what seemed like hours, which it probably was. To my surprise, Lea wasn't there today.
"Hey, Caleb?" I asked.
"Hm?" It was clear that he was staring at Olivia.
"If something happened, like if I died, what would you do?" He seemed surprised at my question.
"Please tell me that that's a hypothetical question." He narrowed his eyes at me.
"It is, don't worry." I smiled. He raised an eyebrow at me. He sighed.
"Well, I would be sad, of course, you're my best friend. I think that I would somehow find a way to move on. I didn't know if you were dead or alive in the mortal world, remember. None of us did." He had a point. I sighed, suddenly feeling really bad about being Alex.
"Hey don't worry, you're way too fast to be killed by some daimon." He smiled.
Later that day was the assembly, signifying the return of Lucian.
That's where I saw him for the first time. Seth.
He looked nothing like how I pictured him. He looked like he was a statue, yes, but looked more like Alex Pettyfer. I was surprised actually. He was good looking.
His eyes fell on me instantly. My heart started racing. Not like how it did with Aiden, but it was fear that he could see that I wasn't just Alex, Apollyon in training, but Mackenzie Demigod extraordinaire. I resisted the urge to leave.
His amber eyes shone like jewels. I instantly saw the runes. They traveled over his skin elegantly in their mesmerizing glory. I had to physically tear my eyes away from him.
Apparently Caleb and the other's were talking, but I wasn't listening. But I didn't really need to.
Leon/Apollo snuck up on me.
"Alexandria, please follow me," He said. I nodded, not trusting my voice. I waved to my friends and followed him.
Once we were out of earshot of everyone I spoke. "I know who you truly are, Fred." I smiled, using another incognito name that he used in the past. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw him smile.
"I figured you would. But what I don't understand is why you are here. Your mother never gave you this world to view, did she?" He asked. I shook my head.
"I got the first four books for Christmas from my adopted family. I didn't think I could travel here because I was reading the fourth one when I got here." I explained. He cursed. He stopped walking.
"This is not good. You need to go back to your dimension." He told me. I folded my arms.
"I can't leave until I figure out why I came here in the first place. You know that I can't just walk out on a world that needs my help." He did. He did since he met me.
"MacKenzie this isn't about this world. This is about you, and your safety." He tried to persuade me. Stubbornness kicked in. I gave him a dirty look. He always told me I had looks that could kill.
He sighed. "MacKenzie, I love you too much to see you go through with this.
"Until they find out that I'm here, call me Alex," I told him. We started walking again, in silence. I kept glancing up at him. I couldn't help it. A year ago we were dating. We dated for two whole years. We nearly got married. Looking at him became second nature to me.
He took me to Marcus' office. I had only been here once, but Alex has been here countlessly.
Lucian walked towards me. He put his arms around me. It felt so fake.
"I am so glad that you are safe once again Alexandria." Wow, acting much, I thought to myself. His long black hair fell into my face.
Hasn't he ever heard of a ponytail?
"As soon as Marcus informed me that they found you I prayed to the Gods a thanks that you made it home." He said. I wanted to laugh at how ridiculous he sounded.
He pulled away from me. "Oh, you must come home with me," He stated. I knew what was coming.
"Um... " Was my only response.
"Oh yes, you will come home. You will no longer need to train." That's when I lost it, well, Alex lost it.
"What, no! I need to train, how else will I become a Sentinel?" It was her words, not mine. She broke through. That's never happened before.
"Alexandria, he is giving you an opportunity that comes once in a lifetime," Marcus told me. I finally pushed Alex back under, which came with a wave of guilt. I ran my fingers through my hair.
"You don't understand, I need to become a Sentinel," I said. I looked around the room, looking for some help. My eyes landed on Aiden. "Aiden, tell them how my training is going," I begged.
"Her training is going much better than I expected. Must faster than what I originally thought." He said to Lucian. Even without looking, I knew that Seth was staring at me. Watching my every move.
"It's not her training that we are worried about. Marcus?" Lucian looked to him. He sighed.
"We wanted to wait until Seth was here, but... "He paused as if contemplating saying it or not. "Alexandria is the, um, Second." Was his response. Seth gave him a confused look but didn't say anything.
"What are you saying?" Aiden said. Clearly he was confused too. I didn't want to say. "Alex?" He asked me. I sighed.
"Look I barely understand it myself, Aiden. I don't know how it's even possible," That's when Seth got it.
"Are you suggesting that Alexandria is a second Apollyon?" His accent sounded musical. I knew it was because he was born in the Andros Island in Greece. I have been there once when I was in the Percy Jackson world, but not for very long.
"I am not suggesting anything, it is the truth." Lucian said. I heard a crash of thunder outside. I jumped. I knew that it was Seth getting angry. He looked at me. As did Aiden. Aiden looked hurt that I didn't tell him, Seth, on the other hand, was fuming. I saw his markings crawl over his skin.
I couldn't help but stare.
"That's not possible." Seth said through clenched teeth. I squirmed in my seat.
"It is. But I wanted Alexandria in my home for another reason. Alexandria, it's about your mother." The blood fell from my face. I knew what was coming. I clenched the arms of the chair I sat in.
I leaned forward, preparing to reign Alex in if necessary.
"She was found, but sadly she is a Daimon." I nearly lost control over Alex. It looked like I was having a hard time coming to grips with this news, but it was me fighting Alex.
"What... ?" I hated how breathless I sounded.
"She seems to be following you. We didn't want you to run into her if we didn't deal with her before you graduated." Marcus stated. I struggled against Alex, but she was very strong willed. She broke through again.
"Aiden, did... did you know about this?" She asked, not even looking at him. He didn't answer right away.
"Yes. But I didn't tell you because I knew how you would react. You would react with violence," He explained.
"Yeah you're right, I would. But not telling me is worse than telling me when you found out," She didn't yell it, but she wanted to. I felt her anger and guilt run through me in hot, burning waves.
"I think Alexandria needs to come to terms with this." Marcus said as if he was sparing Alex in any way. I knew what she would do after the Lake Lure massacre. After Kane came back as a Half-blood daimon.
I didn't know if I could stop her. If she was breaking free now, I didn't even want to think about that.
I got up and left without being excused. I needed to talk to Apollo. I passed him on my way out. I knew that he saw my pained expression, but he didn't follow, because someone else did.
I picked up my pace. He kept up easily. Finally, I couldn't stand him following me.
"What do you want?" I asked. He smirked.
"I wanted to know if you were okay. You got out of there like you saw a bat out of Tartarus." I wanted to laugh. He had no idea what Tartarus was really like. I wasn't just there once like Percy, Annabeth, and Nico. I was there twice.
Once with Nico and once with Percy and Annabeth.
"I am nowhere near okay. I just found out that my mother is a daimon. And before that I found out that I will be another Apollyon. I heard what happened to Solaris," I said to him.
He nodded. "I know what you mean. I know what happened. Well, what she wanted to pass on," He told me. I was surprised he actually told me that. "What I can't figure out is why,"
"Well, I don't have an answer for you." But I did. Rochelle loved Alexander, Alex's half-blood father. His markings returned. I looked at them. He noticed.
"You see them, don't you?" I nodded. He cursed. "That's just great," He said. We stood there in silence outside of Marcus's office. "I think you should head back inside," He said.
"Why?" I asked.
He smiled. "I may not trust Lucian, but I think he can help us understand this a little bit better," I laughed.
"I don't trust him as far as I could throw him," He laughed.
"Come on." I rolled my eyes. I followed him back inside and sat back down. Aiden gave me a curious look. I gave him a reassuring smile. I turned to face Marcus and Lucian again.
They both told me what was going on. I listened as I could. Being a Demigod made it hard to sit still for too long being that I had ADHD. I didn't have dyslexia because I needed to read English, but I could still read Greek.
Once I was free to go, Aiden followed me out, along with Seth.
"Now what do we do?" I asked.
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