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The Sea of Monsters, p.1
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component #2 of Percy Jackson and the Olympians series by stack Riordan


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Page 1 chapter One: My best Friend Shops because that A Wedding dress My nightmare started prefer this. ns was was standing on a deserted street in some small beach town. It to be the middle of the night. A storm to be blowing. Wind and rain ripped in ~ the palm trees follow me the sidewalk. Pink and yellow stucco structures lined the street, their home windows boarded up. A block away, previous a line of hibiscus bushes, the ocean churned. Florida, ns thought. Though ns wasn’t sure how I knew that. I’d never been to Florida. Then ns heard hooves clattering against the pavement. I turned and also saw my girlfriend Grover running for his life. Yeah, I said hooves. Grover is a satyr. From the waist up, the looks prefer a typical gangly teenager through a peach-fuzz goatee and also a poor case of acne. That walks through a strange limp, yet unless you take place to record him there is no his pants on (which i don’t recommend), you will do never recognize there to be anything un-human about him. Baggy jeans and also fake feet hide the truth that he’s gained furry hindquarters and also hooves. Grover had actually been my best friend in sixth grade. He’d unable to do on this adventure v me and also a girl called Annabeth to save the world, but I hadn’t watched him because last July, when he set off alone top top a attention quest—a pursuit no satyr had ever before returned from. Anyway, in mine dream, Grover to be hauling goat tail, holding his person shoes in his hand the method he does when he requirements to move fast. He clopped past the small tourist shops and also surfboard rental places. The wind bending the palm trees practically to the ground. Grover was terrified of other behind him. He must’ve simply come indigenous the beach. Wet sand to be caked in his fur. The escaped native somewhere. He to be trying to gain away from … something. A bone-rattling growl reduced through the storm. Behind Grover, at the far end of the block, a shadowy figure loomed. That swatted next a street lamp, i m sorry burst in a shower of sparks. Grover stumbled, whimpering in fear. That muttered come himself, have to gain away. Need to warn them! i couldn’t check out what to be chasing him, however I can hear that muttering and also cursing. The floor shook together it acquired closer. Grover dashed approximately a street corner and faltered. That run into a dead-end courtyard full of shops. No time to ago up. The nearest door had actually been blown open by the storm. The sign above the darkened display home window read: ST. AUGUSTINE BRIDAL BOUTIQUE. Grover dashed inside. He dove behind a rack of wedding dresses. The monster’s shadow passed in former of the shop. I could smell the thing—a sickening combination of wet lamb wool and also rotten meat and that weird sour body odor just monsters have, like a skunk that’s been living off Mexican food. Grover trembled behind the wedding dresses. The monster’s shadow passed on. Silence other than for the rain. Grover took a deep breath. Probably the thing was gone. then lightning flashed. The entire front of the keep exploded, and a monstrous voice bellowed: “MIIIIINE!” i sat bolt upright, shivering in my bed. There to be no storm. No monster. Morning sunshine filtered with my bedroom window. I believed I witnessed a shadow flicker throughout the glass—a humanlike shape. However then there to be a punch on mine bedroom door—my mommy called: “Percy, you’re going to it is in late”—and the shadow at the window disappeared. the must’ve been my imagination. A fifth-story window with a rickety old fire to escape … there couldn’t have actually been anyone the end there. “Come on, dear,” my mother dubbed again. “Last work of school. You must be excited! You’ve virtually made it. ’” “Coming,” i managed. ns felt under mine pillow. My finger closed reassuringly roughly the ballpoint pen I always slept with. I carried it out, studied the ancient Greek writing engraved on the side: Anaklusmos. Riptide. i thought about uncapping it, but something hosted me back. Ns hadn’t provided Riptide because that so long…. Besides, mine mom had actually made me promise not to use deadly weapons in the apartment ~ I’d swung a javelin the wrong means and taken out her china cabinet. I placed Anaklusmos on mine nightstand and also dragged myself the end of bed. I got dressed as quickly as ns could. Ns tried not to think about my nightmare or monster or the shadow in ~ my window. have to gain away. Have to warn them! What had actually Grover meant? ns made a three-fingered claw end my heart and also pushed outward—an old gesture Grover had actually once teach me for repelling evil. The dream couldn’t have been real. last day the school. My mommy was right, ns should have been excited. Because that the first time in mine life, I’d nearly made it an entire year without getting expelled. No monster accidents. No fights in the classroom. No teachers turning into monsters and also trying to kill me v poisoned cafeteria food or exploding homework. Tomorrow, I’d it is in on my means to my favorite ar in the world—Camp Half-Blood. just one an ext day come go. Surely even I can not mess the up. together usual, ns didn’t have a clue exactly how wrong ns was. My mom made blue waffles and blue eggs for breakfast. She’s funny that way, celebrating distinct occasions with blue food. I think it’s her way of saying anything is possible. Percy deserve to pass seventh grade. Waffles deserve to be blue. Tiny miracles choose that. ns ate in ~ the kitchen table while my mom washed dishes. She to be dressed in her work uniform—a starry blue skirt and a red-and-white strip blouse she wore to market candy in ~ Sweet top top America. Her lengthy brown hair to be pulled earlier in a ponytail. The waffles tasted great, but I guess ns wasn’t digging in choose I typically did. My mother looked over and also frowned. “Percy, space you every right?” “Yeah … fine. ” but she could constantly tell once something to be bothering me. She dried she hands and sat down throughout from me. “School, or …” She didn’t should finish. I knew what she to be asking. “I think Grover’s in trouble,” i said, and also I called her around my dream. She pursed her lips. We didn’t speak much about the other component of mine life. We tried to live as usually as possible, however my mother knew all about Grover. “I i will not ~ be as well worried, dear,” she said. “Grover is a big satyr now. If there to be a problem, I’m sure we would’ve heard from … indigenous camp… . ” her shoulders tensed together she said the word camp. “What is it?” ns asked. “Nothing,” she said. “I’ll tell girlfriend what. This afternoon we’ll celebrate the end of school. I’ll take it you and also Tyson to Rockefeller Center—to that skateboard shop you like. ” Oh, man, that was tempting. We were constantly struggling v money. Between my mom’s night classes and also my private school tuition, we could never afford to do special stuff favor shop for a skateboard. Yet something in her voice bothered me. “Wait a minute,” ns said. “I assumed we to be packing me up for camp tonight. ” She twisted her dishrag. “Ah, dear, around that … I gained a post from Chiron last night. ” My love sank. Chiron to be the activities director in ~ Camp Half-Blood. That wouldn’t contact us unless something severe was walking on. “What did the say?” “He think … it could not be for sure for girlfriend to involved camp just yet. We can have to postpone. ” “Postpone? Mom, how might it no be safe? ns a half-blood! It’s like the only safe place on planet for me!” “Usually, dear. Yet with the troubles they’re having—” ”What problems?” “Percy … ns very, very sorry. I was hoping to talk to you about it this afternoon. I can’t describe it all now. Ns not even sure Chiron can. Everything happened so