Artemis looked around, his mind far away for a second. it was the first time he had really been outside in the last year. he knew his mom was just looking out for him, but he still didn't think he was ready to do this. everyone he knew told him he wasn't the same anymore, his once muscular body now a pale shadow of itself, his hair had faded from blonde to white after a year without sun. he hefted his duffle bag over his shoulder and walked up to the tables to sign in. when he was putting his luggage on the last table, he saw a small bag sticking out of the suitcase where it had come unzipped. he reached in to adjust it and paused, his hand brushing something hard. he pulled it out to look at it, lifting the soapstone necklace by the chain. his eyes started to tear up, so he stuffed the amulet into his pocket and started fixing his luggage.