Date: July 5thLocation: Camp Half-Blood
It had nearly been a month since Camp Jupiter had fallen to the army of monsters, the surviving members of the Legion had regrouped and were allowed to have a place to stay at Camp Half-Blood by Chiron. The Legion set up an encampment just outside where the Camp Half-Blood cabins were, Madalyne had been more or less focused on finishing setting things up for her fellow legionnaires.
She totally had forgotten about the werewolf bite that she had gotten moments before the battle had taken place. She sat in a chair in the largest tent that they would act as their temporary Senate Building, Madalyne was looking over the chains that some children of Vulcan had requested to make that way she wouldn't hurt anyone when she would turn.
Nancy hadn't taken the events of the fall of New Rome lightly. She spent all of her time working for the Legion, and when there wasn't anything else to do there, she trained at the archery range. She rose with the sun each day, gripped with guilt over how spectacularly she had failed Camp Jupiter. She hadn't taken the vow to join the Hunt yet, as she couldn't just turn her back on the Legion, not when they were at their weakest point they had been in years.
Nancy came into the tent, carrying three sack lunches. She tossed one of the bags to Mads - the other she was saving for Niah. "Do you want to talk about it or is it more a brooding mood?"
she asked Mads.
Niah hadn't taken the fall quite as badly. But she hadn't been the one in charge. It hurt though. New Rome had been her home for years. It had been the only home other than her Father's. She wished they could have done more and sometimes she stayed up late thinking of how they could have done things differently. However, today was not about Camp Jupiter or New Rome. Today was about one of her best friends. They hadn't been able to help her. Tonight she would turn and all Niah could do was watch.
She made her way to the tent that was Mads. Entering and smiling upon seeing that Nancy had beat her there. The smile carried a lot in it. There was a lot of pain and worry. She took a seat. Deciding to not say anything. For now her presence was there and that was what she could offer.
Madalyne jumped slightly when the bag of lunch was tossed in front of her, she was more focused on what was going to happen tonight that she hadnt heard Nancy or Niah came in. "I'm not brooding, just thinking really.."
She said softly as Madalyne thought for a moment, she wanted to get outside for a bit. "Could find somewhere private and eat there and we could talk about things?"
She asked, the whole Legion knew at this point after it was pointed out loud to everyone when they debriefed the Senate on what had happened back at Mount Othrys.
Nancy tossed Niah her bag of food next. She didn't try to return the smile. She really wished that there was a way to fix things, to restore New Rome and Camp Jupiter and remove Madalyne's curse. It wasn't fair that she would have to live her life as a monster. It was cruel and unjust. Madalyne had done so much for so many people and when she died, her soul would go to the Pit... "Sounds radical. I'd suggest the forest, or if you want seating, no one seems to go into the Diana and Juno temples - erm, cabins.""Whichever works for me."
Niah said catching the lunch. She wasn't surprised by Nancy's lack of a return of a smile. Though a part of her didn't mind the forest since there was a river there. It gave her a good feeling to be near rivers. She was for whichever Mads wanted. "I dont think Juno or Diana would appreciate us eating in their cabins honestly."
Madalyne said with a slight laugh as she set the chains down on the table grabbing the bag of lunch. "Somewhere in he forest would be nice though."
Madalyne said, and figured she would have to get used to the woods soon every night during the full moon. "What did you make anyway?"
She asked getting up and headed out of the large tent."Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches,"
Nancy said, following Madalyne out of the tent. "There's also a box of raisins and a small bag of peanuts, and a water bottle,"
she added. She did like the idea of eating in the forest. She wanted to explore it more. If she didn't need to sleep, that would be what she'd spend her nights doing - learning every tree, every bird, every rock and creek. "Forest sounds good then."
Niah said stepping out of the tent. "Thank you for lunch."
Peanut butter was still weird to her, but she liked it. There were a lot of people bustling around Camp Half-blood. So many people misplaced. It hurt to know why. "PP&J is always the best."
Madalyne said smiling as she watched a mix of Legionnaires and Greeks both geting along by he looks of it, she made her way into the forest and eventually found a small creek nearby as well and shaded. "This looks like a good spot."
She said as she sat down next to a tree, hearing the birds singing in the background and the moving water was actually pretty soothing."Don't worry about it,"
Nancy told Niah, forcing herself to smile. She relaxed slightly as they left the campgrounds and went into the forest. She always felt calmer amongst the trees. She could step away from the role of praetor here and just be Nancy Parker, rather than the demigod child of Apollo who failed to save New Rome. When Mads found a spot she liked, Nancy couldn't help but agree. It was so peaceful and calm here. It was hard to imagine that titans and giants were awake and moving in the world here. She took a seat on the ground, and in a moment of being spontaneous, Nancy took off her shoes and socks, letting herself feel the dirt and twigs and grass beneath her feet.
Niah sat down with her best friends. She thought about the time she first really interacted with the pair of them. The tension and sadness were palpable. She could only be there for them. Niah took a sip of her water. "I have an idea."
Niah stood up and went to the side of the river and started searching for something that could be transformed into three beads to add to their bracelets.
Madalyne watched as Niah got up and headed over towards the creek wondering what she was looking for there, as she unwrapped the sandwich and looked down at it. It was relaxing to just step away from being a Praetor, as she leaned back resting the back of her head against the tree letting out a slight sigh. She started to rub her arm slightly it was healed but there was still the scar from the bite as well, she didnt really want to talk about it but she knew that Nancy probably did.
Nancy glanced up, seeing that Niah had gone over to the creek. She would have thought it was a little random, but Niah's mom was a river goddess, so she figured it checked out. The thought caused Nancy to turn her gaze upwards, looking at the sky and wondering if her father was watching her. A small part of her hoped that he was looking out for her, but she doubted it. He hadn't noticed when she had been trapped in the Lotus Hotel, there was no reason for him to notice now.
Niah found what she was looking for. Three shiny smooth pebbles. Just the right size. "I was looking for this."
She held out her hand with her prize. "You guys are my rocks. Without you, as my friends, I don't know where I'd be. I'm going to add these to our bracelets."
She moved away from the river and sat back down near Nancy and Mads. She put the rocks her pocket. She'd add them later with some string. Maybe the Hephestus kids had something she could use to make the pebbles into beads. That seemed likely.
Madalyne watched as Niah managed to find something in the stream and leaned forward to get a better look at them seeing three pebbles that looked really pretty actually and smiled. She played with the bracelet that they made together for a moment when they were on the quest together as well. "I really like that, and I'll always be there for the both of you."
Madalyne said giving Niah and Nancy a slight smile. It was a bit ironic now that she had the curse now and their bracelets had some werewolf teeth added to them. "How are you two doing?"
She decided to ask.
Nancy's eyes actually teared up slightly as Niah held up the rocks, and she turned her head away so that way Mads and Niah couldn't see. She blinked her eyes aggressively until it stopped. "Aww, that's too sweet of you, I swear you're going to give us cavities at this rate,"
Nancy said, looking at them both. "I'm fine. Not entirely in love with Bacchus being so near, but that's life, isn't it? A bunch of things we aren't comfortable with."
Niah laughed at Nancy's joke about her giving them cavities. It made her feel a bit better. She was able to give her friends a bit of the love that she felt for them. "I'm doing alright."
She had a lot of feelings about being around the Greeks, but she wasn't going to go into it. She really didn't like how disorganized they were. Niah was used to being in a military unit and the Greeks were more a free for all.
Madalyne smiled slightly as she played around with her bracelet on her wrist for a moment, she felt like she could be more herself when she is around Niah and Nancy. Though she was a bit scared of changing and hurting either one of them turning to look at the two of them for a moment, and sighed slightly. "I'm a bit nervous and scared that I might hurt someone tonight though honestly.."
She said as she shook slightly a lot of things could go wrong, the chains could break, or a greek or legionaire could get hurt if they stumbled into her changing."Well, if it was a Greek that got hurt, you might be doing the world a service - teach them all to toughen up a bit,"
Nancy joked, trying to get Mads to smile. These two people were the ones she was the most comfortable with in the entire world, the only ones she could loosen up and just exist with. "But you don't really need to worry about any of that - Niah and I won't let any of that happen. You're going to be fine. And in the morning, when you're back to yourself again, we'll see about borrowing the van and we can go get Dairy Queen or something."
Niah snorted a bit at Nancy's comment about the Greeks. They were frustratingly disorganized and had poor tactical training. It felt like their fights were free-for-all with little coordination. "We'll stay up all night watching over you."
Niah said. She liked the idea of getting DQ the next day. Hopefully, they had coffee if that's what they did. Niah reached over and touched Mads gently on the shoulder. She wasn't much of a toucher, usually letting them initiate contact if they wanted it, but she wanted Mads to know how much she meant to her.
Madadlyne laughed slightly at Nancy's joke which made her smile a bit towards her and nodded, though she was grateful that they allowed the Legion to stay here for as long as they needed. But the Greeks she had to agree that they werent trained well enough she didnt even see a single camper who was an adult either. She leaned slightly against Niah as she gently touched her shoulder feeling comfortable that her friends would be able to watch over her. "DQ sounds actually really good."
Madalyne said, she always ended up getting their chicken tenders, fries and toast combo that was always really good in her opinion. "Though if you guys can just keep the whole wolf thing a secret from the Greeks, i'm not sure how they would react."