the world is not a wish granting factory

     “What was I thinking?” Chiron cried. “I can’t let you get away without this.”
     He pulled a pen from his coat pocket. It was an ordinary disposable ballpoint, black ink, removable cap. Probably thirty cents.
     Gee,” I said. “Thanks.”
     ”Percy, that’s a gift from your father. I’ve kept it for years, not knowing you were who I was waiting for. But the prophecy is clear to me now. You are the one.”
     I remembered the field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, when I’d vaporized Mrs. Dodds. Chiron had thrown me a pen that turned into a sword. Could this be…?
     I took off the cap, and the pen grew longer and heavier in my hand. In half a second, I held a shimmering bronze sword with a double-edged blade, a leather-wrapped grip, and a flat hilt riveted with gold studs. It was the first weapon that actually felt balanced in my hands.
     ”The sword has a long and tragic history that we need not go into,” Chiron told me. “It’s name is Anaklusmos.”
     ”Riptide,” I translated, surprised the Ancient Greek came so easily.

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