Percy was drug forwards again though this time he didn't resist. He felt his body go numb, his emotions becoming too much. Feeling the need to cry without any tears breaking through. Like a bottle of overly fizzy pop with nowhere to go. Waiting to be opened, waiting to explode into a messy spill of wasted potential. The sand became harder to see while the creepy version of his sister became more solid. She looked so real as she smiled at him. His younger counterpart reaching out at him, smiling as each of his teeth fell out and rotted away. His flesh melting away, his bones cracking, and all while keeping that familiar devastating smile. Percy watched as the hallucinations brain turned to a glowly mush and melted into a small ring before vanishing completely.
He looked to the hand being carried off by Gale. It glowed, blinking as they ran. Twice by the hallway they skipped, once on the one they went down. "It's a code! Follow the blinking!" His words broke out through his silence like a turtle breaking out of his shell. Terrified, but required. Shaky and direct. Becoming more clear with each word. "Blink twice for yes, it's a code!"