Part One of this series can be found here.
“Like I said, Annabeth Chase, I’m here because you called me. And it looks like I got here none too soon.” The words rung in Annabeth’s ears. He knew her name. How did he know her name? Where did he come from? Who was he—really? What was going on outside? Was he involved in that? And how could she have called him? She’d never met him!
While Annabeth was still thinking Percy stepped more fully in front of her and uncapped Riptide, revealing the celestial bronze sword. He moved into an offensive position and pointed the tip in the direction of the Doctor. “Tell me I get to pummel him for you now,” he asked her.
“Not yet,” Annabeth decided.
Completely forgetting that he really shouldn’t turn his back on a person he’s holding Riptide to, Percy whipped his head around to look at her in shock. “You’re kidding.”
“I’m really not. And we don’t have time to argue. We need to find out what’s happening outside. And then I’ll tell you if you can pummel him. Stay here. I’ll be right back.” Annabeth held one hand up, palm facing out, to hold Percy back. He nodded slightly and turned back to the Doctor. Annabeth ran outside, dagger already drawn.
It was chaos. Cabin groups running every which way. The Apollo kids forming archer groups, the Hephastus kids gathering various war-related contraptions, Ares spearheading the operation and putting together an army, Aphrodite scrambling around in panic. Everything was so frantic Annabeth couldn’t even make out what all the fuss was about. She needed to find somebody. Chiron if she could find him. At this point though, Annabeth would settle for Clarisse as long as she could find her in all the madness.
She started running.
The threat was coming from the other side of camp, and so Annabeth ran between the various cabins and equipement all while calculating the more efficient route possible through the camp. As she approached the front lines the crowd grew thicker. At long last she could see Chiron in centaur form standing right in the thick of the brewing battle, but he was too far away. Annabeth couldn’t get to him. She scanned the area nearer her. Clarisse! Now her Annabeth could get to.
“Carisse!” Annabeth shouted as she moved through clusters of enthusiastic Ares kids. When Clarisse completely ignored her Annabeth rolled her eyes. “Clarisse!” she shouted again. This time she got Clarisse’s attention.
“Chase, where have you been? And where’s Jackson? We need as many men as we can get our hands on.”
“Percy and I are dealing with another potential threat. What in Hades is happening here?”
“A monster. Big. Nothing we’ve ever seen before. And it passed through the Mist like there was no such thing.” Clarisse looked almost concerned. That was rare. It startled Annabeth a bit to see even Clarisse worrying over a monster. This couldn’t be good.
“What does it look like?” she asked. As an Athena kid, maybe Annabeth knew something Clarisse didn’t.
“Like… And I know this is crazy, but it looks like a T-Rex. And according to the Hephaestus kids’ tech, that’s exactly what it is.”
Annabeth scrunched her eyes a bit in thought and doubt. “That can’t be. The Tyrannosaurus Rex is extinct. Has been for centuries.”
“Yes indeed!” came an all too familiar voice from behind Annabeth. The Doctor.
Annabeth whipped her head around and pulled her dagger out immediately. “What did you do to Percy?”
“Annabeth! Over here!” Percy called to her as he waded through the crowds of armed kids. “It’s fine! He’s fine. He’s unarmed and under my supervision, of course, but we can trust him. I think.”
“And why do you suddenly think that? You wanted to beat him up just a few minutes ago!” Annabeth asked him, keeping her gaze firmly on the Doctor.
“He showed me inside his blue box. Annabeth, you’re going to love it. I’ll explain later. But, Annabeth… He’s a time traveler,” Percy finished.
“And how do you know that?” was Annabeth’s only response.
“Because I saw the moon in 1969 and am back here in time to tell you about it,” Percy said. He didn’t miss a beat. He couldn’t be joking; he wasn’t that good a liar. He was telling the truth.
“Alright,” Annabeth said. “I will trust you, at least for now, and only because Percy does.” She lowered her dagger.
“Well that is a good thing then, because you and your friend here are both absolutely right. It is a T-rex. And T-rexes are extinct. Or, they should be. Apparently there’s more to that bit than we thought.” The Doctor said with a slight grimace.
“If you’re a time traveler I could have called you from any point in my time line. And I haven’t yet. So I must do it in the future.” The Doctor nodded. “If that’s so then apparently in the future I grow to trust you. So then, Doctor, show me how get this thing out of my camp.”
“Most definitely,” the Doctor’s eyes sparkled as he said it. “Looking forward to it.”