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The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Nine

They’d get there right on schedule. Annabeth prayed to the gods Percy would still be alive when she got there.
As the four started to run into the mass of demigods, they slowed. Annabeth cringed as she noted the fallen pines, and groaned when she saw that one of then had even fallen on the Artemis cabin. Luckily that cabin was only used when the Huntresses came visiting, but Artemis would not be pleased. A thunderous roar sounded from the pines, not at all far away, and when Annabeth looked she could see the behemoth and the trail of carnage in its wake.
“This doesn’t look very good,” Seth moaned. Aaron sucked in his breath sharply and nodded in agreement.
“Percy?” Annabeth shouted. “Percy!” No answer.
“I’m sure he’s right at the front, holding it off. He won’t be able to hear you now, but just wait, that’s right where we’re going too!” the Doctor consoled.
Annabeth smiled a bit to show gratitude. “I hope so. And we do need to blast that thing. Now.”
Seth and Aaron whispered to each other next to Annabeth. “What are you two muttering about?” she asked suspiciously.
“We were just thinking,” started Aaron.
“This is a miniturization ray,” said Seth.
“Yes. Good job keeping up,” Annabeth replied with scrunched eyebrows.
“It’s not a disappearing ray. It want be gone, it’ll just be smaller,” Aaron explained.
“How small, and what do we do with the mini version?” finished Seth.
Annabeth’s eyebrows shot up. She hadn’t thought of that. How small WOULD it be? And what WOULD they do with it? But, this had never been her plan. It was the Doctor’s plan. Annabeth looked to him. “Well? What’s the answer?”
“It’ll be about the size of a miniature poodle,” the Doctor informed her.
More roaring. Everyone winced as the sound came crashing on their ears. It was closer. They had moments before they needed to be in action again, and that was pushing it. “Seth, find some way to contain it and meet us there. Aaron, stay with the Doctor and me. We need to move. Now.”
Seth nodded and ran off, and Aaron opened his hands palms facing up to Annabeth. “Tell me what to do.”
“What’s the range on this, Doctor?” Annabeth asked.
“A few meters.”
“Then both of you, push.” Annabeth gripped one hand on the device and started moving as quickly as she could in the direction of the roars. The Doctor and Aaron pushed from the other side. After not too long, they picked up speed, and as they came upon the mass of demigods, Annabeth’s frantic cries of “move!” coupled with the strange device she was obviously pushing through to the front was enough to make everyone move for her.
They were past the defense line. Annabeth could see the whole scene now. A rope was tied around the dinosaur’s legs, tangling it up and forcing it to move more slowly. The ropes looked like they were about to break. Annabeth smiled. It wasn’t much, but Percy had bought them just enough time. “Percy!” she shouted again.
“Annabeth!” Percy shouted back. “You better have that thing ready to go, because this was the last idea I had!”
“Just in time!” Annabeth said, hurredly adjusting her targeting mechanism. “Doctor, you do the honors.”
The Doctor flipped a switch on the small control panel and pressed both of the two buttons. In a flash he had his sonic screwdriver out and added that to the mix. “Got it!” he yelled, right as a bright green beam of light emanated from the targeting mechanism Annabeth had designed and flooded the dinosaur and a loud, high-pitched buzz echoed in their ears.
For a second, nothing happened. Percy found his way to Annabeth and took her hand. Annabeth hardly noticed. She just held her breath, hoping against hope this crazy plan would work. “Is it working?” she asked the Doctor.
“Give it time,” he said. The dinosaur seemed to be stuck in the light, which was already a good thing. And, was it just Annabeth’s eyes, or was it- It was! It was getting smaller! Without thinking, she gripped Percy’s hand more tightly.
“Guys! I got it! I found a leash and collar!” Seth yelled out as he ran up, panting. “Did it wo- It did!”
There was the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex, trapped in green light, the size of a toy poodle, roaring softly with all of the air it could hold inside of it. The ray had worked, thank the gods. Or, more accurately, Annabeth reminded herself, thanks to the Doctor.

 
 

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The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Eight

“Great! This’ll work out.”
For all of their sakes, Annabeth hoped it would.
Mighty Hephestus, Annabeth prayed a few seconds later with her jaw clenched and her eyes fixed on the tools she was working with, help me build this thing right. She was a child of Athena, darn it, not a child of Hephestus. Her job was to DESIGN these things, not to BUILD them. Technically speaking, of course, Annabeth knew how to screw in a bolt. But practically speaking? It was harder than it looked. Everything was.
“Seth, the wheels in that box, I need them,” Annabeth grunted. Until the wheels were attached, the cylinder that made up the bulk of the product was unwieldy and hard to hold on to. Annabeth found herself sticking a bunch of screws between her lips so that both hands would be free to hold the pieces of metal together.
Seth brought them over. “Don’t suppose you’d want any help with that?”
Her mouth full of screws, Annabeth nodded. “Ackua-y, yea, I nee you to hole iss togetah whi’ I attack des weels to i’.”
“Um, what was that again?” Seth asked, raising one eyebrow and leaning slightly forward in a sarcastic manner.
Annabeth rolled her eyes and spat the screws out of her mouth and onto her lap. “I need you to hold this together while I attach these wheels to it.”
“OH,” Seth acted like she’d just translated from Latin. “Of course.” He shot her a sky smile as he took the hollow cylinder contraption she’d fashioned out of her hands and let her rush to screw on the four wheels.
“Are you almost ready, Annabeth?” shouted the Doctor without turning his head from his work.
“Are you?” Annabeth asked him back.
“Just about! Say the word, and we’ll attach the pieces. It’s coming time now, you know.”
“I really hope your device looks the way I assume it must,” Annabeth told him. “And well, it’s really. At least, it’d better be.”
“Excellent. Bring it over, then.”
Annabeth got up off the floor, dusted herself off, and wheeled her metal transport contraption to the Doctor. “Easy now,” he whispered, fitting the device into the glorified wagon. “Did you manage a way to shoot it?”
Annabeth nodded. “You gave me almost nothing to work off of, but I think this should work.” She glanced at the clock. “We have less than one minute left before we need to be running across Camp Half-Blood. Look at it. Will this thing work?”
Anxiously, Annabeth followed the Doctor with her eyes as he bent at the waist to inspect her work. As he straightened, she found herself trying not to hold her breath. “And?”
“And?” the Doctor looked at her. “Annabeth Chase, you are quite obviously a child of Athena. Now let’s go!” With a smile, Annabeth, the Doctor, Aaron, and Seth all pulled the miniturization ray across the many wide, long fields of Camp Half-Blood, dodging trees as they went. Percy had promised to hold off the dinosaur for 43 minutes. They’d get there right on schedule. Annabeth prayed to the gods Percy would still be alive when she got there.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2015 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Percy Jackson

 

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The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Seven

The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Seven

“Then it looks like you two are coming along for the ride,” Annabeth told the two brothers. “Now let’s build us a miniturization ray.”
“Good,” the Doctor said. “You lead the way.”
Annabeth took the lead and walked in long strides directly away from the massed demigods and partway into the woods. “There’s a special lock on it that they think will keep out the other campers. Apparently they’ve never heard of Tetris.” Annabeth tinkered with the lock for just a few seconds before the door swung open and the four were allowed inside.
“Oh, yes!” the Doctor said, clapping his hands together. “Now this I can work with!”
The interior walls were made from bronze, although from the outside the exterior had been built to blend into the forest better. Every wall was lined with shelves and shelves of various tools and pieces of metal, and evidently the shelves hadn’t been enough as there were tools littering the floor, as well. Blueprints for inventions were scattered on tables and quite a few were in crumpled up balls by each corner of the room.
Seth and Aaron glanced at each other through the corners of their eyes. “Don’t even think about it,” Annabeth warned, squinting slightly at them. Both boys sheepishly grinned in response. “We don’t have much time. Doctor, what do you need?”
“I’ll need those sheets of bronze and that box of screws, that motor over there, a coil of wire, that old-timey telephone-”
“It’s an iPhone 6!” Aaron protested.
“Exactly like I said, old-timey,” the Doctor replied absentmindedly. “While you collected those I can use these things over here to construct a few amateur photon defluxers-”
“Amatuer? Aren’t you supposed to be some kind of professional?” asked Seth.
The Doctor rolled his eyes. “Let’s see you build a couple of photon defluxers out of nothing but a few pieces of 21st century scrap metal.”
Seth rose his hands in mock surrender. “Ok, ok, whatever you say.”
“Good! Now get that stuff together. And Annabeth, this is where you come in, the object itself is going to be about a meter high and a third a meter around, like a kind of cylinder. Figure out a way to transport that and aim it.”
Annabeth grunted. “Shouldn’t be a problem.” Actually she wasn’t sure exactly how she was supposed to devise a means of transportation for a device she didn’t even think existed much less seen, but she wouldn’t say so to any of these people. She’d come through. Annabeth looked all around her, and all set to work.
The clock ticked steadily. Each resounding [tick] pounded harder than the last on Annabeth’s temple. 1381 seconds had passed, exactly. 23 minutes. And they had only been given 43 to stop the dinosaur. They were running out of time.
Annabeth continued to try different styles of transport, hastily glancing to the Doctor now and again to see exactly what she was trying to do. The fragile nature of the ray made normal braces impossible, but without it, the device would fall and break. It was too heavy to simply be lifted and dragging it would scratch it too badly.
Sweat gathered at the nape of Annabeth’s neck and she inattentively tied it back into a ponytail with a blue hair band she kept in her pocket. The bronze walls gave the Toolbox a steampunk feel, but they didn’t help release heat. Four people actively working under pressure inside of it were already causing a light layer of mist to appear. Annabeth shuddered to think of what the Toolbox was like chock-full of Hephestus kids.
10 minutes left until they needed to be using this thing. Subtracting 5 minutes for running across the camp, that left 5 for building. Annabeth was pretty sure she’d come up with a decent form of transport. Now she needed to build it. “Doctor, how are you doing?”
“The photon defluxers are done. Working on the final product now. You?”
“I think I’ve figured out how to do it. I just need to put it together.”
“Great! This’ll work out.”
For all of their sakes, Annabeth hoped it would.

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2015 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Percy Jackson

 

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The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Six

The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Six

Part Five of this series can be found here.

“Because!” answered the Doctor before Annabeth had a chance to open her mouth. “I’m from the planet Gallifrey, I am a thousand years old, I am the last of the Timelords, and I was called here by Annabeth Chase herself. You trust me because I am the Doctor, I am going to get that dinosaur back home, and I am going to do it before it destroys your Camp Half-Blood.”
Aaron laughed. “Annabeth, you’re buying this? Like, seriously? This guy is obviously nuts, if not from Tartarus.”
“I’ve told you all I know,” Annabeth said, and the conversation ended.
“Annabeth!” Percy shouted from a few yards away from her. He came over as quickly as he could. “What did you find? Did you stop it? Can he stop it? Can we trust him? Were there any casualties? Should we try Iris-messaging the Hunters?”
With a slight giggle despite the seriousness of the situation, Annabeth held a finger to Percy’s lips. “Slow down!”
“Right. Sorry. But, well?” Percy asked, darting his eyes from her to the Doctor to the battlefront and back again.
“We didn’t stop it, I don’t know whether he can or not, I’m still not quite sure about trusting him, there haven’t been any casualties yet, at least, and I don’t think it’s time to try the Hunters. We can still do this on our own.”
Percy nodded. “Ok. What’s your plan?”
Annabeth tilted her head back to the Doctor, who was just behind her and slightly to the right. “He says he can stop it. Personally I want to see him try.”
“How long do you need?” Percy asked.
“Forty-four, no, forty-three minutes should do the trick,” the Doctor said from behind them.
Percy nodded and looked back at Annabeth. “Is there anything else about this that I need to know before you go?”
“The celestial bronze won’t work on it.”
“WHAT?” Percy shouted. “What do you mean the celestial bronze won’t work? Of course the celestial bronze will work! It has to work! How could it possibly not work?”
“It’s mortal, Percy, it’s not a monster. It’s a dinosaur. From the past.” Percy squinted his eyes at her and didn’t say anything, so Annabeth continued. “You’re going to have to trust me. I know what I saw.”
“I still don’t know if I believe this whole time travel thing, but my sword definitely wasn’t having an effect,” added Seth. Aaron nodded and pointed to Seth in agreement.
Percy turned back to Annabeth. “Of course I believe you. But this changes everything. If our weapons don’t work, we can’t win. I don’t even know how we’re going to hold it off for forty-three minutes.”
“I wish I knew what to tell you, Percy, but I don’t. I’m sorry. You’ll have to think of something.”
“Yeah. Then I need to go. So do you,” Percy took a step away. “Be careful, Wise Girl.”
Annabeth smirked. “Try not to get yourself killed, Seaweed Brain.” Smirking back at her for a second before turning away, Percy disappeared in the crowd. Annabeth turned to face the Doctor, Seth, and Aaron. “Doctor, if you really do have a plan, now is the time to prove it.”
“And so it is. Ok,” the Doctor said. “Here’s the plan. I’m going to make a miniaturization ray, and miniaturize the dinosaur.”
Seth and Aaron looked at each other out of the corners of their eyes. They were willing to believe Annabeth, but obviously they were still pretty unsure. So was Annabeth herself, in fact. “A miniaturization ray. Ok. And if this works, then what?”
“Then the dinosaur will be small enough to fit through the front doors of my TARDIS and we can get it home. Once there I’ll be able to reverse the miniaturization, and we’re on our way!”
Annabeth pursed her lips slightly and fixed her eyes on the Doctor. That plan sounded, well, ridiculous. There was no way. It was impossible. But, then… If she was ready to believe in time traveling dinosaurs and 1950 police boxes, maybe she could give bow ties and miniturization rays their fair chance. “Fine, we’ll try it. What do you need?”
“A few things. A Hephestian working space. An Athenian brain. And my sonic screwdriver!” The Doctor held up his screwdriver.
“Then come with me. I’ll show you to the Toolbox the Hephestus kids like to call their work station. And I can supply the brain,” Annabeth stated dryly.
“What do we do?” asked Seth.
“We’ll need some people to carry the device to the dinosaur once it’s done,” the Doctor said.
“Then it looks like you two are coming along for the ride,” Annabeth told the two brothers. “Now let’s build us a miniturization ray.”

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2015 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Percy Jackson

 

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The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Four

The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Four

Part Three of this series can be found here.

“So you’re saying a Tyrannosaurus Rex just popped over from the past and decided it would be fun to attack my camp?” Annabeth asked, her right foot tapping away on the dirt and trodden-on grass.
“Well,” the Doctor replied slowly, bobbing his head every which way in hesitation. “Kind of. Well… Sort of. Well. A little bit. Somewhat not. It’s all very wibbly wobbly, timey wimey, much too difficult for demigods such as yourself to understand.”
To that Annabeth felt her face flush and her foot’s tapping stopped with one final thud. “I am a child of Athena, goddess of wisdom! It is I who has been trusted with rebuilding Mount Olympus, and I who aided Percy Jackson in fulfilling the Great Prophecy! I have little doubt that I will be able to wrap my head around whatever it is you have to explain to me, and I strongly advise against slighting my intellectual capacity again.”
The Doctor rose his hands in mock surrender. “Alright, alright. Not too difficult then.” A moment of silence passed.
“I’m waiting,” Annabeth pressed.
“Oh, right, yes, of course! I don’t know.” The Doctor clapped his hands together and smiled broadly.
“You don’t know?” Annabeth asked incredulously. “That’s not hard to understand. What’s hard to understand is how I ever found you useful enough to call you here in the future if ‘I don’t know’ all the help you can give me.”
“Oh, no no, perish the thought! I don’t know now, but that doesn’t mean I won’t know later. That’s part of the fun! Not knowing and then knowing later on. I’d think a child of Athena would know better,” the Doctor chided softly.
Annabeth nodded. “I get it. It is fun. No one understands that quite like an Athena child.” A thought struck her. “Are you a demigod?” she asked.
“A demigod? Me?” asked the Doctor.
“Yeah. Well, are you? A child of Athena, for wisdom, or maybe Hermes, for travel. Zeus maybe, for the sky. Possibly Hephaestus, for the gadgets and technology. Which is it?”
“I’m not a demigod,” the Doctor said.
“You’re not a mortal,” Annabeth retorted.
“No, you’re right, I’m not. I’m not a demigod, I’m not from Tartarus, and I’m not a mortal. There’s a fourth option.” The Doctor coaxed her to figure it out.
Annabeth rose one eyebrow. “Not a demigod, not a monster, and not a mortal. Fourth option. Something else. You… You’re an alien, aren’t you?” Annabeth phrased if as a question, when really she already knew the answer.
The Doctor nodded. “Yep. Timelord of the planet Gallifrey, eons and eons from here. I’m the last of them.”
“And you’re here to help the Grecian demigods of earth?” Annabeth asked.
“It’s what I came for,” the Doctor responded with a nod and a smile.
Annabeth’s eyes left the Doctor and focused instead on the dinosaur that was coming their way despite the demigod warriors who swatted at its toes like mosquitoes at sunset. Annoying enough that the dinosaur was defibitelg agitated, but not enough to do any real damage. “Then help me kill this thing,” she demanded.
“Woah, woah, woah! Not so fast there!” the Doctor said. “You American types, always jumping right to the fighting part. We don’t want to kill it, what did it do wrong? We want to take it back home.”
“What it did wrong is attack my camp,” Annabeth retorted. “And how do you expect to take it back to the past? With your ship? It’s not nearly large enough, even assuming I believe you when you say it travels in time.”
“You’ll be surprised what fits in there,” the Doctor chuckled to himself.
“It doesn’t matter how space effecient you are if it can’t get through the doors,” Annabeth reasoned.
“True. Which is why we need to move to Plan B.”
“What’s Plan B? Annabeth asked, a little more respectfully this time. She left a goodly amount of incredulousness in her voice, however. Didn’t want the Doctor getting too cocky.
“No idea,” the Doctor replied.

 
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Posted by on November 13, 2014 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Percy Jackson

 

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The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Two

The Demigods and the Blue Box Part Two

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.”

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2014 in *Le Fanfic, *Le Percy Jackson

 

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