في الفصل "أنا غارق في موتي" ، بينما يحارب بيرسي إيكيدنا وكيميرا ، يسقط سيفه من يده إلى الماء ولا يعود إلى جيبه.
My whole leg was on fire. I tried to jab Riptide into the Chimera's mouth, but the serpent tail wrapped around my ankles and pulled me off balance, and my blade flew out of my hand, spinning out of the hole in the Arch and down toward the Mississippi River.
I managed to get to my feet, but I knew I had lost. I was weaponless. I could feel deadly poison racing up to my chest. I remembered Chiron saying that Anaklusmos would always return to me, but there was no pen in my pocket. Maybe it had fallen too far away. Maybe it only returned when it was in pen form. I didn't know, and I wasn't going to live long enough to figure it out.
ثم في الفصل التالي "I Become Hown Fown" ، كان عليه أن يلتقط صراحة riptide من قاع المحيط.
I waded toward Riptide and grabbed it by the hilt. The Chimera might still be up there with its snaky, fat mother, waiting to finish me off. At the very least, the mortal police would be arriving, trying to figure out who had blown a hole in the Arch. If they found me, they'd have some questions.
I capped my sword, stuck the ballpoint pen in my pocket.
هل توضح الكتب السبب الحقيقي الذي حدث؟ لا أستطيع أن أصدّق أنه كان أحد الأسباب التي دفعت بيرسي إلى التفكير فيها. لأنه في وقت لاحق في المسلسل في "The Titan's Curse" الفصل المعنون "أضع على بضعة مائة جنيه إضافي" تم ذكر ما يلي:
Atlas was taking his time coming toward me. My sword was gone. It had skittered away over the edge of the cliff. It might reappear in my pocket—maybe in a few seconds—but it didn't matter. I'd be dead by then. Luke and Thalia were fighting like demons, lightning crackling around them. Annabeth was on the ground, desperately struggling to free her hands.
"Die, little hero," Atlas said. He raised his javelin to impale me. "No!" Zoe yelled, and a volley of silver arrows sprouted from the armpit chink in Atlas's armor. "ARGH!" He bellowed and turned toward his daughter.
I reached down and felt Riptide back in my pocket.
منذ ذلك الحين ، عاد إلى جيبه بعد سقوطه من الهاوية ، أفترض أن نظرياته السابقة لا تقف صادقة.