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1 I ACCIDENTALLY VAPORIZE, MY PRE ALGEBRA TEACHER, Look I didn t want to be a half blood. If you re reading this because you think you might be one my advice is close this book right now. Believe what ever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth and try to lead a normal life. Being a half blood is dangerous It s scary Most of the time it gets you killed in painful nasty ways. If you re a normal kid reading this because you think it s fiction great Read on I envy you for being. able to believe that none of this ever happened, But if you recognize yourself in these pages if you feel something stirring inside stop reading. immediately You might be one of us And once you know that it s only a mat ter of time before they. sense it too and they ll come for you, Don t say I didn t warn you. My name is Percy Jackson, I m twelve years old Until a few months ago I was a boarding student at Yancy Academy a private. school for troubled kids in upstate New York, Am I a troubled kid.
Yeah You could say that, I could start at any point in my short miserable life to prove it but things really started going bad last. May when our sixth grade class took a field trip to Manhattan twenty eight mental case kids and two. teachers on a yellow school bus heading to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to look at ancient Greek. and Roman stuff, I know it sounds like torture Most Yancy field trips were. But Mr Brunner our Latin teacher was leading this trip so I had hopes. Mr Brunner was this middle aged guy in a motorized wheelchair He had thinning hair and a scruffy. beard and a frayed tweed jacket which always smelled like coffee You wouldn t think he d be cool but. he told stories and jokes and let us play games in class He also had this awesome collection of Roman. armor and weapons so he was the only teacher whose class didn t put me to sleep. I hoped the trip would be okay At least I hoped that for once I wouldn t get in trouble. Boy was I wrong, See bad things happen to me on field trips Like at my fifth grade school when we went to the Saratoga. battlefield I had this accident with a Revolutionary War cannon I wasn t aiming for the school bus but. of course I got expelled anyway And before that at my fourth grade school when we took a behind. the scenes tour of the Marine World shark pool I sort of hit the wrong lever on the catwalk and our. class took an unplanned swim And the time before that Well you get the idea. This trip I was determined to be good, All the way into the city I put up with Nancy Bobofit the freckly redheaded kleptomaniac girl hitting. my best friend Grover in the back of the head with chunks of peanut butter and ketchup sandwich. Grover was an easy target He was scrawny He cried when he got frustrated He must ve been held back. several grades because he was the only sixth grader with acne and the start of a wispy beard on his. chin On top of all that he was crippled He had a note excusing him from PE for the rest of his life. because he had some kind of muscular disease in his legs He walked funny like every step hurt him but. don t let that fool you You should ve seen him run when it was enchilada day in the cafeteria. Anyway Nancy Bobofit was throwing wads of sandwich that stuck in his curly brown hair and she knew. I couldn t do anything back to her because I was already on probation The headmaster had threatened. me with death by in school suspension if anything bad embarrassing or even mildly entertaining. happened on this trip, I m going to kill her I mumbled.
Grover tried to calm me down It s okay I like peanut butter. He dodged another piece of Nancy s lunch, That s it I started to get up but Grover pulled me back to my seat. You re already on probation he reminded me You know who ll get blamed if anything happens. Looking back on it I wish I d decked Nancy Bobofit right then and there In school suspension would ve. been nothing compared to the mess I was about to get myself into. Mr Brunner led the museum tour, He rode up front in his wheelchair guiding us through the big echoey galleries past marble statues and. glass cases full of really old black and orange pottery. It blew my mind that this stuff had survived for two thousand three thousand years. He gathered us around a thirteen foot tall stone col umn with a big sphinx on the top and started. telling us how it was a grave marker a stele for a girl about our age He told us about the carvings on. the sides I was trying to listen to what he had to say because it was kind of inter esting but everybody. around me was talking and every time I told them to shut up the other teacher chaperone Mrs Dodds. would give me the evil eye, Mrs Dodds was this little math teacher from Georgia who always wore a black leather jacket even. though she was fifty years old She looked mean enough to ride a Harley right into your locker She had. come to Yancy halfway through the year when our last math teacher had a nervous breakdown. From her first day Mrs Dodds loved Nancy Bobofit and figured I was devil spawn She would point her. crooked finger at me and say Now honey real sweet and I knew I was going to get after school. detention for a month, One time after she d made me erase answers out of old math workbooks until midnight I told Grover I. didn t think Mrs Dodds was human He looked at me real seri ous and said You re absolutely right. Mr Brunner kept talking about Greek funeral art, Finally Nancy Bobofit snickered something about the naked guy on the stele and I turned around and.
said Will you shut up, It came out louder than I meant it to. The whole group laughed Mr Brunner stopped his story. Mr Jackson he said did you have a comment, My face was totally red I said No sir. Mr Brunner pointed to one of the pictures on the stele Perhaps you ll tell us what this picture. represents, I looked at the carving and felt a flush of relief because I actually recognized it That s Kronos eating. his kids right, Yes Mr Brunner said obviously not satisfied And he did this because. Well I racked my brain to remember Kronos was the king god and. God Mr Brunner asked, Titan I corrected myself And he didn t trust his kids who were the gods So um Kronos ate them.
right But his wife hid baby Zeus and gave Kronos a rock to eat instead And later when Zeus grew up. he tricked his dad Kronos into barfing up his brothers and sisters. Eeew said one of the girls behind me, and so there was this big fight between the gods and the Titans I continued and the gods won. Some snickers from the group, Behind me Nancy Bobofit mumbled to a friend Like we re going to use this in real life Like it s going to. say on our job applications Please explain why Kronos ate his kids. And why Mr Jackson Brunner said to paraphrase Miss Bobofit s excellent question does this. matter in real life, Busted Grover muttered, Shut up Nancy hissed her face even brighter red than her hair. At least Nancy got packed too Mr Brunner was the only one who ever caught her saying anything. wrong He had radar ears, I thought about his question and shrugged I don t know sir. I see Mr Brunner looked disappointed Well half credit Mr Jackson Zeus did indeed feed Kronos a. mixture of mustard and wine which made him disgorge his other five children who of course being. immortal gods had been living and growing up completely undigested in the Titan s stomach The gods. defeated their father sliced him to pieces with his own scythe and scattered his remains in Tartarus. the darkest part of the Underworld On that happy note it s time for lunch Mrs Dodds would you lead. us back outside, The class drifted off the girls holding their stomachs the guys pushing each other around and acting like.
Grover and I were about to follow when Mr Brunner said Mr Jackson. I knew that was coming, I told Grover to keep going Then I turned toward Mr Brunner Sir. Mr Brunner had this look that wouldn t let you go intense brown eyes that could ve been a thousand. years old and had seen everything, You must learn the answer to my question Mr Brunner told me. About the Titans, About real life And how your studies apply to it. What you learn from me he said is vitally impor tant I expect you to treat it as such I will accept. only the best from you Percy Jackson, I wanted to get angry this guy pushed me so hard. I mean sure it was kind of cool on tournament days when he dressed up in a suit of Roman armor and. shouted What ho and challenged us sword point against chalk to run to the board and name every. Greek and Roman per son who had ever lived and their mother and what god they worshipped But. Mr Brunner expected me to be as good as everybody else despite the fact that I have dyslexia and. attention deficit disorder and I had never made above a C in my life No he didn t expect me to be as. good he expected me to be better And I just couldn t learn all those names and facts much less spell. them correctly, I mumbled something about trying harder while Mr Brunner took one long sad look at the stele like.
he d been at this girl s funeral, He told me to go outside and eat my lunch. The class gathered on the front steps of the museum where we could watch the foot traffic along Fifth. Overhead a huge storm was brewing with clouds blacker than I d ever seen over the city I figured. maybe it was global warming or something because the weather all across New York state had been. weird since Christmas We d had massive snow storms flooding wildfires from lightning strikes I. wouldn t have been surprised if this was a hurri cane blowing in. Nobody else seemed to notice Some of the guys were pelting pigeons with Lunchables crackers Nancy. Bobofit was trying to pickpocket something from a lady s purse and of course Mrs Dodds wasn t. seeing a thing, Grover and I sat on the edge of the fountain away from the others We thought that maybe if we did. that everybody wouldn t know we were from that school the school for loser freaks who couldn t make. it elsewhere, Detention Grover asked, Nah I said Not from Brunner I just wish he d lay off me sometimes I mean I m not a genius. Grover didn t say anything for a while Then when I thought he was going to give me some deep. philosophical comment to make me feel better he said Can I have your apple. I didn t have much of an appetite so I let him take it. I watched the stream of cabs going down Fifth Avenue and thought about my mom s apartment only a. little ways uptown from where we sat I hadn t seen her since Christmas I wanted so bad to jump in a. taxi and head home She d hug me and be glad to see me but she d be disappointed too She d send me. right back to Yancy remind me that I had to try harder even if this was my sixth school in six years and I. was probably going to be kicked out again I wouldn t be able to stand that sad look she d give me. Mr Brunner parked his wheelchair at the base of the handicapped ramp He ate celery while he read a. paperback novel A red umbrella stuck up from the back of his chair making it look like a motorized cafe. I was about to unwrap my sandwich when Nancy Bobofit appeared in front of me with her ugly friends I. guess she d gotten tired of stealing from the tourists and dumped her half eaten lunch in Grover s lap. Oops She grinned at me with her crooked teeth Her freckles were orange as if somebody had spray. painted her face with liquid Cheetos, I tried to stay cool The school counselor had told me a million times Count to ten get control of your. temper But I was so mad my mind went blank A wave roared in my ears. I don t remember touching her but the next thing I knew Nancy was sitting on her butt in the fountain. screaming Percy pushed me, Mrs Dodds materialized next to us.
Some of the kids were whispering Did you see, like it grabbed her. 10 P a g e, I didn t know what they were talking about All I knew was that I was in trouble again. As soon as Mrs Dodds was sure poor little Nancy was okay promising to get her a new shirt at the. museum gift shop etc etc Mrs Dodds turned on me There was a tri umphant fire in her eyes as if I d. done something she d been waiting for all semester Now honey. I know I grumbled A month erasing workbooks, That wasn t the right thing to say. Come with me Mrs Dodds said, Wait Grover yelped It was me I pushed her. I stared at him stunned I couldn t believe he was trying to cover for me Mrs Dodds scared Grover to. She glared at him so hard his whiskery chin trembled. I don t think so Mr Underwood she said, You will stay here.
Grover looked at me desperately, 11 P a g e, It s okay man I told him Thanks for trying. Honey Mrs Dodds barked at me Now, Nancy Bobofit smirked. I gave her my deluxe I ll kill you later stare Then I turned to face Mrs Dodds but she wasn t there She. was standing at the museum entrance way at the top of the steps gesturing impatiently at me to come. How d she get there so fast, I have moments like that a lot when my brain falls asleep or something and the next thing I know I ve. missed something as if a puzzle piece fell out of the universe and left me staring at the blank place. behind it The school counselor told me this was part of the ADHD my brain misinterpreting things. I wasn t so sure, I went after Mrs Dodds, Halfway up the steps I glanced back at Grover He was looking pale cutting his eyes between me and. Mr Brunner like he wanted Mr Brunner to notice what was going on but Mr Brunner was absorbed in. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 1 Rick Riordan 2 Page 1 I ACCIDENTALLY VAPORIZE MY PRE ALGEBRA TEACHER Look I didn t want to be a half blood If you re reading this because you think you might be one my advice is close this book right now Believe what ever lie your mom or dad told you about your birth and try to lead a normal life Being a half blood is dangerous It s

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