Hazel"Don't look at me!" She screeched from behind the wall, "Go away!" She sounded older, but that was to be expected after a few months of her being gone.
"We don't want to hurt you." I said putting a bit of charmspeak to my voice, "just come out." She did slowly, hiding behind the hood of her jacket so I could be see her face. She finally looked up. Tears lined her eyes and her lip quivered. She blinked back a sob and swallowed. Now for the description: She was white. No, not trying to be racist or anything (I'm half Cherokee after all) but I mean WHITE. Like paper or a vampire (no, more pale than a vampire). I gasped and she hid her face again and started crying into her arms. Frank and I were instantly on either side of her to comfort her.
Hazel was obviously not having a good time.
"...how...?" I pushed after a minute.
"I have no idea." She sobbed. I felt a presence behind me, and I turned around to see my mom just standing there watching us. I released Hazel and stalked up to the beauty goddess. If anyone was known for changing people's looks, it was her.
"If you had anything to do with this I swear..." She cut me off. Rude.
"No no no dear. I just came because I felt a large amount of love coming from here." She gave Hazel a piggy smile and cocked her head at her, "poor dear. She was so pretty."
Hazel heard that, "was?" She said angrily. Frank caressed her head and whispered something about how she would always be the most beautiful girl in the world. Aphrodite bent close enough to me to whisper in my ear, "Just let her get some sun and hopefully she can out tan Nico." Ok, now I felt really bad for her. I couldn't imagine that happening to me, or Leo or Frank. The Cherokee, the Latino and the Chinese-Canadian. Hmm..what a weird bunch.
Leo was waiting for us above ground in the ArgoII. We carefully helped Hazel onto the boat, careful to avoid Leo. That is, until he came below deck to check on us. He saw her and his eyes almost popped out of his head. I saw him steal aglance at his own arm to make sure the trend wasn't catching. Typical Leo.
He blinked a few times and Hazel blushed and looked away.
"Shut up." She said.
"I didn't even say anything hurtful yet." He protested.
"Not. In. The. Mood." She stated clearly so even an idiot such as Leo could understand her. He left, rubbing his arm and making sure the color wasn't coming off. Idiot.