After approximately 2,500 comments later, I have finally finished Lily’s story for her making the 11,000th comment! Its two parts! Here is part one. Hope you like it!
Life out of Water
Part One of Blessed by Poseidon
Written by Rebecca King
Lily wasn’t the average daughter of Athena. For starters she was blessed by Athena’s rival Poseidon. It meant she had some powers like her brother, Gary. She couldn’t make huge waves, but she could make ripples or small cyclones in the bathtub. One thing she couldn’t do was breath underwater. She had been blessed by Poseidon to allow her to visit his underwater palace with Gary.
Gary wasn’t exactly her brother, he was her stepbrother. Their parents had met while taking them to Camp Half-Blood and had fallen in love. Poseidon was cool with Lily’s dad, but Athena was furious. Many times Lily secretly wished she was his daughter. The children of Poseidon had so many cool powers. She had received some powers from her mom. Being smart and having good relationships with owls wasn’t exactly cool in comparison.
“I always knew you were an airhead,” Gary teased as he swam behind her. His voice clearly came to her through the water.
Lily tried punching him, but he pushed her away in a currant. He laughed and hurried away. Lily righted herself and chased after him.
Atlantis was amazing! It was bigger than Mount Olympus and was full of merpeople. Poseidon was waiting from them in the market. Instead of selling meat and fish, the underwater residents sold seaweed and shell necklaces.
“Gary, it’s good to see you, son,” Poseidon said with a twinkle in his eyes. He shook hands with his son. He looked at Lily and smiled. “My favorite child of Athena’s.” He winked. “Unfortunately, I wanted to speak to Gary alone.”
“Oh.” Lily suddenly felt like she was intruding. She fidgeted with her bracelet. “I’ll just walk, I mean swim, around until you’re done talking to him.”
“I could get someone to go with you.”
“No, that’s okay.”
“If you want to buy something tell them it’s on me. I’ll pay for anything.”
“Even if I want my own palace?” she joked.
“As long as it’s by the sea, anything is fine with me.”
Lily grinned then swam over to a nearby cart to examine the necklaces. She glanced behind her to see Poseidon and Gary swimming away. The owner of the cart was some type of half-fish, half-manatee creature with big, offset eyes.
“Could I buy two of these?” She wanted one for her stepmom and another for Jojo when she got back from China.
The creature just stared at her.
Lily pointed at the two necklaces she wanted then pointed after Poseidon. She rubbed her fingers together to sign money. In a blank of an eye, the creature gathered up the jewelry and scrambled away.
“Okay…,” Lily said, trailing off.
She went to another table and was given the same response. Deciding to stop shopping, Lily swam towards the edge of the city which was literally an edge. The bottom of the ocean suddenly stopped and plunged downwards into the darkness. It wouldn’t be cool if she fell.
Lily felt the water moving behind her. She turned around and saw a wall of white rushing towards her. It was more water. Violent, churning water. Lily closed her eyes as it hit her. She was pushed away. She was dragged through the sand, being pulled with the turbulent water. Another rush hit her and she tumbled into open water. The currant carried her down into the darkness and out of Atlantis. She tried to fight it, but she wasn’t strong enough. She tried controlling the water, but she didn’t have the power.
With an innocent pop! the bubble giving her air disappeared from around her head. Water shot up her noise and tried to force its way into her mouth. If she wasn’t freaking already, the panic level kicked up to an eleven.
Mom! Poseidon! Gary! Anyone! I’m going to drown! I’m going to die! HELP ME!
A noise, a beautiful noise, stopped Lily’s screaming thoughts. It was a horse’s neigh.
Out of the darkness and torrent of water, a white object appeared. Lily’s eyes were blurry and she couldn’t exactly see what it was, but she wasn’t scared. The object – a creature – scooped her up! She gripped onto long hair around its neck. The creature shot upwards carrying her out of the darkness. It was strong and powerful enough to go against the current.
The light grew and together they escaped the water. Chestnut-colored wings to match its mane spurted from the creature’s side. They began to angle back towards the monstrous waves. For a second Lily thought they were going to crash. The creature spread its wings and they zoomed above the water.
Lily hugged the horse close. No, not a horse. A Pegasus! She was riding a Pegasus!
Together they circled above the stormy ocean that had once been calm. Lily wondered what had happened. She knew this wasn’t caused by Poseidon. He wouldn’t be wreaking havoc on his own palace. At least not on purpose.
Don’t worry. I will take care of you, the Pegasus said. Her voice was comforting.
“What’s your name?” Lily shouted over the whistling sound of the wind and the turbulence below.
Breeze. You created me. I am forever indebted to you.
“But you saved me! You don’t owe me anything!”
Without you I am nothing, Lily. You gave me life!
To be continued in Part Two!