School’s out. People are heading to the beach. Summer is almost officially upon us and if you’re a demigod, camp is right around the corner. Hope you’ve savored your last few days of normalcy, because here’s what you need to know about the day everything changes.
That Time of Year for the Gods
The gods boast about their outrageous powers from time to time, but on June 21st, it’s best to give them plenty of space. You can be sure Zeus will be showing off his master bolt, and Artemis will go on a hunting spree. Hermes might run around the Earth a few dozen times just to prove that he can. This is basically the Olympian version of “flexing on the haters.”
Percy’s First Quest
Speaking of said master bolt, the summer solstice might bring back memories of Percy Jackson’s initial foray into the world of gods and monsters. At the ripe young age of 12, he took Annabeth Chase and Grover Underwood on a cross-country road trip to retrieve Zeus’s signature weapon. We’re nostalgic thinking about all the near-death experiences those pre-teens had. Summer truly is the best time to be a kid.
Window of Opportunity
The summer solstice is a special day for making things happen. For example, the Heroes of Olympus had to launch the Argo II by that date. This allowed for smooth sailing on their Thanatos rescue mission. A demigod might want to take advantage of this special day in other ways. Child of Aphrodite? Time to ask out your crush. Child of Demeter? Expand your garden. Hades? Actually, we’re not sure. But to be safe, better stay away from the cemetery.
The Feast of Fortuna
Held on the summer solstice, the Feast of Fortuna is one time of year when the serious, hard-working Romans of Camp Jupiter get to throw a massive party. Although Percy Hazel, Frank, and other campers were beyond fashionably late that one time they had to fight off an army of giants. And, in case you were wondering: yes, the food went cold.
Whatever summer holds in store for you this year, be grateful for it. At this point, most of us would rather battle Ares than sit through another three months of school.