I Have the Worst Vision of All is the forty-fourth chapter of The Gift of a Best Friend. It was first published on April 28, 2017.
I half-opened my eyes and found myself in a bright, white room.
The bottom of my stomach really burned.
I felt something touching my hand. I noticed Luke sitting by my bedside, with his head lying down on the side of it, and he was holding my hand with his. Then I saw the scar on the right side of his face. It ran down from just below his eye to his jaw.
Seeing that made me remember what happened: the quest, the Garden of the Hesperides, the golden apple, and Ladon.
After he bit me, I thought that was it for me. Luckily, it wasn’t. But seeing that scar on Luke’s face didn’t really make me happy. What happened after I became unconscious, and where was I?
Luke was asleep. I moved my hand a little bit, and he woke up.
“Annabeth?” he asked.
I smiled at him, though it hurt a little bit.
He sat up and came closer to me. “Annabeth, I’m so sorry I let this happen to you.”
“It’s ok, Luke,” I said, my voice barely a whisper. “It’s not your fault.”
“Yes, it is. You’re my little girl, and I let you get hurt.”
I reached my hand out to him and touched his face. “I’m ok.”
Luke smiled a little bit and grabbed my hand. But I could tell that he still felt guilty, and I knew that there was nothing I could say to make him feel different. He was only going to blame himself for this, nobody else. And, for some reason, that is one of the many reasons that I . . . that I loved him.
I said it. I love him.
Even though I’ve always known this since I met him, I knew even more now that I could always count on him for anything whenever and wherever, and that he would never let me down. And I would always be there for him whenever he needs me.
Unfortunately, though, not right now, because I could feel my eyes closing and I couldn’t keep them open.
I looked at Luke one last time before I became unconscious again.
The next time I woke up, I felt more awake and the room was dark.
I was lying on something hard. Then I realized that there were arms wrapped around me and, based on how strong they felt, I knew they were Luke’s. I was sleeping on his chest.
“Annabeth?” a voice whispered.
I looked to my right where the voice came from and could barely see Jasmine in the dark. Then I realized that she and Emily were laying on the same bed with me and Luke, so I figured that we were in the hotel room that we rented, though I didn’t remember the walls being white.
“Are you ok?” Jasmine asked me.
I nodded, though I was lying.
She wrapped her arm around me, pulled me close, and gave me a kiss on my forehead.
“It hurts right here,” I said, touching the spot below my stomach.
“Oh,” Jasmine replied. “You have to go to the bathroom.”
“To get the poison out of you.”
She unwrapped Luke’s arms from around me and helped me out of bed.
It felt like it had been so long since the last time I walked that I could barely moved my legs, and the burning didn’t help. But Jasmine did, and she led me into the bathroom and onto the toilet.
“Don’t freak out if it’s green,” she said.
“Why would it be green?” I asked.
“Because it’s poison, and poison is green.”
“How did I get poisoned?”
Jasmine explained to me while I was using the bathroom that Ladon’s bite was poisonous and how Emily helped me in the hospital. So that’s where we were.
“But the book didn’t say that Ladon had a poisonous bite,” I said.
“Maybe because the person that wrote it had never been bitten by him before,” Jasmine said.
I finished using the bathroom and saw that it was, in fact, green. I no longer felt like I was burning.
Jasmine and I left the bathroom and climbed back in bed. Jasmine helped me rewrap Luke’s arms around me, and we went back to sleep.
The next morning, we all got up, checked out of the hotel, put our stuff in the car, had breakfast, then drove home.
I ate some ambrosia to help me heal fully. I held Ladon’s severed claw that Luke cut off in my hands. The quest failed, but at least none of us died this time, which was what usually happened when a quest fails.
I know that none of us would ever be the same again. Even me.
We drove for hours, only stopping to get gas, then continued driving until we got home the next night.
After we told our family what happened and got their sympathy, we went to bed. Then the next day, Luke, Jasmine, and I went to camp and we told Chiron what happened.
“I’m glad you all survived,” he said.
“Barely,” Luke said.
“Yes. Are you alright, Annabeth?”
“I’m fine, Chiron,” I replied. “Thanks to Jasmine, Emily, and Luke.”
“Yes. You have true friends in them.”
“We’re all a family,” Jasmine said, wrapping one of her arms around me and the other around Luke.
“A family that could’ve been torn apart forever,” Chiron said. “Which is why I’m allowing this to be the last quest.”
I stared at him. “What? You’re not going to have any more quests?”
“No, Annabeth. You barely survived yours, and I can’t risk that happening again. I’m sorry.”
I couldn’t believe it. No more quests. I didn’t like that. And I wasn’t the only one.
Eventually, everybody at camp heard what happened to us. They gave me their sympathy, and Luke too. But not as much. Everyone also heard that Chiron wasn’t allowing anymore quests because of our failed one, and everybody blames Luke for it, even he does himself.
Jasmine and I tried comforting him and telling him that it wasn’t his fault, but it was no use. He just kept saying that it was his fault. It really hurt to see him like that and not being able to help him.
I’ve been feeling different toward Luke ever since I was in the hospital and saw him sitting next to my bedside. Whenever I saw him now, and any mood he’s in, I’m in too. Of course, I’ve always done that for years, but now it felt different. More . . . I don’t know.
Jasmine and I were alone in our room at home, cleaning and reading. I felt like I needed to tell her, because she was my best friend.
I went over to her and climbed on to her bed next to her.
“I think I like Luke,” I said.
Jasmine put her book down and stared at me. “What?”
“I think I like Luke.”
“Like . . . like-like?”
“Maybe,” I admitted.
“Why, Annabeth?” Jasmine asked.
“Because he really cares about me a lot and hates seeing me get hurt. Don’t you like him?”
“Not like that. And I really care about you and hate seeing you get hurt too.”
“Yeah, but in a different way.”
“He and Emily are dating.”
“I know. That’s why I’m only telling you. Will you promise to keep it a secret?”
“We’re best friends, Annabeth. Best friends keep each other’s secrets.”
I smiled. “Thank you, Jasmine.”
“You’re welcome, Annabeth.
We bumped our bracelets together.
“But can we tell Mom and Grandma?” Jasmine asked.
“Why?” I asked.
“Maybe they can help you with it, because I don’t think Luke will ever love you like he loves Emily.”
I looked down. “I guess so.”
I didn’t like to hear that, but I guess I expected it.
We told Mommy and Grandma and they didn’t like it either, but for a different reason. They so promised to keep it a secret.
After a few days, everything kind of went back to normal.
But not for Luke. He was still upset and mad. He was trying to hide it, but he couldn’t to us. We knew him too well.
“It’s going to be ok, Luke,” I said.
“Yeah,” Jasmine agreed. “You’re going to get past this someday.”
“I don’t think I ever will,” he replied. “I have something constantly reminding me of it.”
He touched the scar on the side of his face. It reminded him of that day just like my scar reminded me of my fifth birthday, though my scar was more of a bit of a happy memory than a sad one.
We didn’t know what to say to him, but Jasmine gave him a hug for comfort, which he gladly took. I gave him a hug too.
I hated seeing him like this. I knew I had to help him get over this failed quest. How? The only way I could think of.
“I’m going to get a quest,” I said.
“What?” Luke asked.
“A quest. I’m going to make it succeed, and you’re going to help me with it so you won’t be sad anymore.”
“That’s nice of you, Annabeth, but you don’t need to do that. Besides, Chiron isn’t going to allow anymore quests after that last one.”
“I’ll make him give me one.”
I stood up and ran to find Chiron.
“Good luck!” Luke called.
I’m definitely going to need it, because he was right.
I asked Chiron for a quest and he said no, that it would be too dangerous. But that didn’t stop me from continuing to ask him for one. I bothered him for a long time, but he still said no.
That is, until, Jasmine came to help me. Chiron quickly conceded, probably because he remembered how she kept bothering him when we first came to camp and didn’t stop until he let her stay in Athena’s cabin with me.
He took us to the Big House.
“I already know your fate, Annabeth,” Chiron said.
That surprised me. “You do?”
He nodded. “Yes.”
“What is it?” Jasmine asked.
“I have a prophecy from the Oracle,” Chiron replied. “I received it after World War II. As you know, that war was caused by demigods, mainly children of the Big Three: Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades. Many of them died. After that war, the Oracle of Delphi gave a Great Prophecy about the next child of the Big Three, when he or she reaches the age of sixteen, will have the power to destroy the gods. As a result of that, Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades took an oath not to have anymore children.”
“But Thalia was a daughter of Zeus,” I said.
“Yes. I had thought that she would be the child of that prophecy. But after her unfortunate death, and Zeus taking pity on her and turning her into a tree to preserve her life, I thought that time had not come yet. But I sense that it will in your life time, Annabeth, and you will be a part of it.”
“Yes. I don’t know what your part will be in it, but I do know that it will be very important.”
I didn’t expect to hear that. I looked at Jasmine, and I could tell that she didn’t either.
“You said it’s a prophesy,” I said to Chiron. “Can I hear it?”
“Yes. Go up to the attic, find the Oracle. There is a leather pouch around her neck. Retrieve it and bring it back down here.”
Jasmine joined me to the attic.
I’ve never really been in the attic before, but like most attics you see on TV, it was creepy.
We walked cautiously over to the window, where the Oracle sat on a three-legged stool. She was even more creepy-looking.
Jasmine and I found the leather pouch wrapped around her neck like a necklace, slowly took it off, and went back downstairs. We gave the leather pouch to Chiron. He took and opened it up, pulling out a roll of parchment paper no bigger than his pinky.
He handed it to me. “Read it, Annabeth.”
I took it gingerly, unraveled it, and read it out loud.
“‘A half-blood of the eldest gods, shall reach sixteen against all odds,’” I began. “‘And see the world in endless sleep, The hero’s soul, cursed blade shall reap. A single choice shall . . . shall end his days. Olympus to preserve or raze.’”
I handed the paper back to Chiron.
He took it and put it back in the leather pouch. “Now, you two need to keep that prophecy between yourselves and tell no one else about it. But, Annabeth, do you understand now why I cannot give you a quest? Not yet. Not until that someone special comes to camp.”
“Someone special?” Jasmine asked.
Chiron nodded. “Yes.”
Jasmine looked at me in an odd way. I could tell that she was thinking of that “someone special” differently than I was. What was she thinking about, I didn’t know, and I don’t think I wanted to know.
I was about to leave the Big House when a sharp pain came from my head. I clutched it and started seeing images of my future.
I was about sixteen. Jasmine was with me and so was that boy with the sea-green eyes that’s been in every single other vision I’ve had.
We were standing together, fighting monsters side-by-side along with a lot of other demigods, most of them I didn’t recognize.
A lot of images went by, but then I saw the worst one of them all: Luke. He was an adult, but his appearance looked different. His eyes were gold instead of blue. He spoke in a voice that didn’t sound at all like his, more chilling, and he was holding a sword that had a long, curved blade.
It looked terrifying. All of it did.
The vision finally ended and the last thing I remembered was seeing the boy with the sea-green eyes holding me as I clutched my arm that was bleeding.
I collapsed and Jasmine caught me.
“Annabeth,” she said. “Are you ok?”
No, I wasn’t, but I nodded anyway.
“What did you see?”
I looked at her, then at Chiron. I didn’t want to tell them. I didn’t want to tell anyone. But Jasmine could tell that, so she took me out of the Big House and to our cabin.
She made sure the cabin was empty and closed the door behind her and faced me. “What did you see, Annabeth?”
I didn’t want to tell her, but I decided that it was better her than anyone else.
So I told her.
“That can’t be real,” Jasmine said after I was done.
I nodded in agreement. “I know. Luke looked possessed.”
“Maybe he was. Or will be.”
“Maybe. But you can’t tell anyone. Not even Luke.
“I won’t. I promise. But what are you going to do?”
I went over to my bunk and grabbed out my notepad. I wrote a list of every vision I had in this. This was the first vision I’ve had since I was eight, and I was going to add it to the list.
I was about to write it down when I remembered what caused me to have it. “I think I know who the one of that Great Prophecy will be.”
“Who?” Jasmine asked.
“The boy I see in my visions. The one with the sea-green eyes.”
So Annabeth said she first read the first Great Prophecy when she was ten. Another thing I had to add details to and this being the only thing I could come up with. Oh, and about her passing the poison . . . I don't know anything about poison, especially not if you can pass it by peeing. Let's face it, in another world, she would've died from it. Just thought I'd make it a little humorous.
Also, The Dark Prophecy's coming out Tuesday! Let me know if you all read and what you think! I'll let you know mine in my next update!
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