Looking at the elementary schoolers in their colorful T-shirts from various day camps, Percy felt a twinge of sadness. He should be at Camp Half-Blood right now, settling into his cabin for the summer, teaching sword-fighting lessons in the arena, playing pranks on the other counselors. These kids had no idea just how crazy a summer camp could be.
Save yourselves! Percy warned. It is too late for us!Then he gasped and pointed to the spot where Frank was hiding. Oh, no! Frank is turning into a crazy dolphin!Nothing happened. I , Percy repeated, Frank is turning into a crazy dolphin!Frank stumbled out of nowhere, making a big show of grabbing his throat. Oh, no, he said, like he was reading from a teleprompter. I am turning into a crazy dolphin.He began to change, his nose elongating into a snout, his skin becoming sleek and gray. He fell to the deck as a dolphin, his tail thumping against the boards. The pirate crew disbanded in terror.
Annabeth:My fatal flaw. That's what the Sirens showed me. My fatal flaw is hubris. Percy: the brown stuff they spread on veggie sandwiches?Annabeth:No, Seaweed Brain. That's HUMMUS. hubris is worse.Percy: what could be worse than hummus? Annabeth: Hubris means deadly pride, Percy. Thinking you can do things better than anyone else... Even the gods.
Annabeth: Don't you ever feel like, what if the world really IS messed up? What uf we COULD Do it all over again from scratch? No more war. Nobody homeless. No more summer reading homework.Percy: I'm listening. Annabeth: I mean, the West represents a lot of the best things mankind ever did--that's why the fire is still burning. That's why OlympusIs still around. But sometimes you just see the bad stuff, you know? And you start thinking the way Luke does: 'If I could tear this all down, i would do it better.'. Don't you ever feel that way? Like YOU could do a better job I'd you ran the world?Percy:Um...no. Me running the world would be kind of a nightmare. Annabeth: then you're lucky. Hubris isn't your fatal flaw.Percy: what is?Annabeth: I don't know, Percy, but every hero has one. If you don't find it and learn to control it...well, they don't call it 'fatal' for nothing. Percy(thinking to himself): I thought about that. It didn't exactly cheer me up.
Aphros nodded, a glint of pride in his eyes. We have trained all the famous mer-heroes! Name a famous mer-hero, and we have trained him or her!Oh, sure, Leo said. Likeum, the Little Mermaid?Aphros frowned. Who? No! Like Triton, Glaucus, Weissmuller, and Bill!Oh. Leo had no idea who any of those people were. You trained Bill? Impressive.