Julius le Blanc was a struggling author who lived in Paris, France that suffered from Writer's Block towards the end of his first book. Mnemosyne saw his struggles and pitied him so she visited him, attempting to inspire him, and they soon fell in love. When Mnemosyne left, it crushed Julius and even when two beautiful twins appeared on his doorsteps, he couldn't accept the fact that his muse and love of his life was gone and commited suicide.
The twins, whose names were Antoiné and Rosalie, were sent to a orphanage for younger children but once they turned eight, they were relocated. In the new orphanage, they were bullied mercilessly by the other orphans and even the caretakers. They would sometimes see two boys and a girl talk and laugh happily, free of harrassment, and longed to join them but never plucked up the courage.
One day, when Antoiné was six, he accidentally upset a huge boy, who got his friends to beat the living daylights out of the boy. Suddenly, they were gone and instead, a older-looking boy with shaggy black hair was poking him. He introduced himself as Skylar, helped Antoiné up, and stuck band-aids all over him. Although Skylar didn't do much, Antoiné totally fell heads over heels for him and tried to spend as much time with him. The twins started hanging out with Skylar and his friends before they were adopted by a young couple a year later, seperating Antoiné from his friends.
The couple who adopted the twins were extremely strict, wanting them to be perfect so they might inherit the man's company someday. The woman, however, loathed them because, although she agreed to adopt them, she did not want to at all because she would no longer inherit all of her husband's possessions. When her husband was out, she would drag them out of their rooms and verbally and physically abuse them with fists, pans, sticks... pretty much anything that would hurt them but forced them to perfectly obeying children in front of her husband and cover their wounds.
One day, when they were twelve, the man found her beating a bloody and beat-up Antoine into unconciousness while Rosalie was sobbing in her room. He kicked her out and promised to take better care of them but, unfortuanely, the woman harrassed the twins as they tried to go to school and when the man got a offer in America, he immediately accepted it.
They moved into a nice neighborhood in New Jersey and, although struggling with the language, were pretty happy. There weren't people harrassing them and most of the kids in their school befriended them. One day, when the twins were fourteen, they were driving around in their golf cart when a drunk driver suddenly drove into the side Rosalie was sitting on, immediately killing her and severly injuring Antoiné. Antoiné was in a coma for two weeks before he woke up and demanded to see his sister but everyone kept quiet and Antoiné immediately figured out what happened. He and his foster father, who loved Rosalie much more than anything else, grieved together for days before Antoiné decided to leave his father, not wanting to cause him anymore memories and pain.
Antoiné was fourteen went he left his home and ran away to the shadier parts of where he lived, doing odd jobs. He stayed with his friend (and maybe more) from school, Gloss. They were walking home from another somewhat successful attempt at dating when, suddenly, they suddenly felt a hand clamp their face with a odd-smelling cloth and they fell unconcious.
When they awoke, they were chained to each other in a dark room with other figures. When their eyes adjusted to the darkness, they saw that the other figures were boys around their age hanging limply off the walls wearing tattered clothes and barely breathing. Antoiné and Gloss soon discovered that they'd been taken by the same man on the news that kidnapped boys around their age for unknown reasons. After asking the more sane boys, they found out the man physically and sexually abused the boys before killing them.
And that is how their life was from then on; surviving on extremely limited portions, helplessly watching other boys get tortured and killed, and getting tortured themselves. Gloss didn't last long, he died after a couple months and Antoiné suffered alone.
One day, a harpy caught the Antoiné's scent before bursting into the house. The kidnappers that there tried to keep the "woman" (which is what they saw, a crazed woman) from trying to get into the basement. The harpie killed them with ease and made her way down to where Antoine was kept. Fortunately for Antoine someone had called in a tip that the kidnappers were in the house and the police had the house surrounded for a raid. As the harpie lunged herself at Antoiné the police came barging in, one shot at the harpie but the bullet barley phased it. That's when Detective O'Connor came into the room, and being a demigod child of Themis, he saw the harpie for what it really was and pulled a CB dagger stabbing it from behind. As Detective O'Connor kicked her dissolving body aside and set Antoiné free from being chained to Gloss's corpse, he whispered to Antoine to stay close to him. The detective soon led Antoiné, the only survivor, into the police car and started interrogating him before he realized Antoiné was in no condition for answering any questions and explained the Greek gods to him and their role in the modern world, and that he himself was a child of Themis. He let Antoine hang out in his office station while he finished the paper work on the event, and then once he was off duty he took Antoine to get some supplies and clothes from a local store and then brought him to camp.