|That was Then, This is Now
Author: DemonicxAngel PM
Percy is a bored college student with no motivation, no direction, and now... no girlfriend. When his stepdad sends him to his Uncle's farm for the summer, Percy knows it will be the worst summer ever. Then he meets Annabeth Chase. PERCABETH later on? :Rated: Fiction T - English - Humor/Romance - Percy J. & Annabeth C. - Chapters: 6 - Words: 7,549 - Reviews: 70 - Favs: 47 - Follows: 53 - Updated: 11-22-10 - Published: 11-02-10 - id: 6446128
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Hey guys! This is an AU fanfic, but anyway... I tried doing something a little different this time. REVIEW! ;)
I dash down the flight of stairs and out the door, skidding to a halt next to my girlfriend, Jill.
"I'm free! The last final of the year is officially over." I raise my arms in a wide grin, celebrating my newfound liberty.
Jill raises an eyebrow at my outburst before sighing and walking down the cement path that cuts a line through our campus.
"And what if you didn't pass?" she eyes me, worriedly.
"Aww, come on! Don't ruin my fun with all your 'what ifs'!"
"Face it, Percy. Your grades aren't exactly spectacular."
"Hey, give me a break! All this physics stuff goes right over my head." I jog a few steps to catch up with her before falling into a slower rhythm by her side.
"You know, if you showed up to class once in a while, maybe it wouldn't be so difficult." Jill rolls her eyes.
"Hey, that's what I've got you for, isn't it? Your notes are better than some boring old lecture anyway!"
"You can't keep copying off of my notes forever, Percy."
"Eh, we'll burn that bridge when we come to it." I laugh out loud at my own joke, but she doesn't seem impressed.
"This isn't a joke, Percy. You have so much potential, but it's like you're just throwing it away!"
"Potential, huh? I think pops would disagree with you on that one." My stepfather appears in my mind. I never really met my real father, and my beloved mother passed away just a few months ago. I am constantly faced with the reality that I am stuck with this bozo for the rest of my days as a student. I am brought back to earth with Jill's sighing. She's been doing that a lot lately.
"Your father wants what's best for you."
"Are you kidding? He has no idea what's best for me! All he's interested in doing is looking good, and making sure his son doesn't embarrass him." I clench my fists in anger.
"Why do you always think the worst of people?" Jill crosses her arms, averting her gaze from mine.
"Why do you always think that I think the worst of people?" I throw up my hands in frustration.
"I've been spending my whole life trying to please that man, and no matter what I do, I'm never good enough!"
"No matter what you do? It seems like you haven't been trying at all!" Jill angrily stomps her feet.
"What makes you think I'm not trying?"
She rolls her eyes. "Oh, I don't know. Maybe the fact that you NEVER show up to class, and you NEVER turn in homework!"
"Fine. Just screw it! I don't want to talk about it anymore!" We walk together for a few moments in sullen silence. It's only a couple seconds, but it feels like an eternity. She finally lets out a long sigh before speaking.
"I guess I'll be the mature one. I'm sorry."
I bite back a snide comment. "I'm sorry too." She holds my hand and we aimlessly walk in silence. Jill stops walking for a moment and looks around with a smile.
"What's up?" I raise an eyebrow at her sudden positivity.
"Doesn't this place bring back memories?" she laughs.
Our walk through campus has taken us away from the cold cityscape to a small park tucked away from the high buildings. It's hard to believe that a place like this exists in the city. It's also the place we first met.
"Yeah, I remember. I was running late for class and you were here, trying to find a quiet place to study."
She smiles wistfully, looking at the tall trees and brilliantly colored leaves of nearing autumn.
"When I tripped over you, I thought I had been captured by an angel." I squeeze her hand gently.
"I thought I had been attacked by a ruffian," she giggles.
I laugh a bit and give her a peck on the cheek.
"This place here, under the shade of the oak tree." I smiled, recollecting my memories of meeting Jill.
"Even now, it feels so romantic."
"Doesn't it?" I wrap my arms around Jill, holding her close in an embrace. As I do, I notice two of my classmates, Chelsea and Vanessa in the distance. The two of them are jogging together through the park. In the summer heat, they've chosen to wear some delightfully fitting clothing.
Chelsea is a little more endowed than Vanessa in the chest department, but Vanessa's legs are absolutely incredible. I'm so glad they're wearing shorts and sports bras.
"Hehe..." I smile. Jill pushes me away and looks me in the eye.
"What are you looking at?"
"Huh, what? N-nothing..."
"Really?" Jill crosses her arms, furiously.
"Yeah..." I try to smile at her while looking over her shoulder at the girls. They've decided to take another lap around the park. Damn my ADHD.
This time, they're a little bit slower... It looks like they're really sweating...
"PERCY!" I'm brought back to reality by a stinging slap on the face.
"I know you're looking at those girls!"
"Well, so what if I am?"
"What happened to me being your angel and all that?"
"Listen. You ARE my angel!" I grab Jill by the shoulders, but she pulls away. "I just... you know, I'm a guy. I can't help it." I attempted to hide my shameful secret of ADHD.
"Can't? Or won't?" Jill looked hurt.
"I'm sorry. Really, I am!" Chelsea and Vanessa are jogging back in the direction of campus now. I glance over, furtively trying to catch a view of them from behind. Jill doesn't miss a thing.
"What is WRONG with you?"
"What are you talking about?"
"You can't even apologize to me properly without oogling over other girls?"
"I wasn't oogling!"
"Then what do you call that pathetic look in your eyes?"
"I'm a guy, okay? I have needs."
"Yeah!" I angrily state.
"Well you know what? If that's the sort of trash you need, then you'll have to get it without me."
"What are you talking about?"
"It's over, Percy." She shakily wipes tears from her eyes.
"I'm tired. I'm tired of how lazy you are. How you don't even have any motivation to succeed. I'm tired of how you look at other girls like I'm not enough. I'm tired of how you don't even support me and my ambitions. And I'm tired of always arguing with you," Jill sniffles. "You say you have needs. Did you ever stop to think that I have needs too? You're never going to shape up. You don't even want to. So... I think it's just best if we go our separate ways."
"Wait! Give me a second chance!" She turns away from me and walks the path back to campus.
"I did give you a second chance. And a third. And a fourth... I'm sorry, Percy. You're out of chances."
I look around the park desperately, not even sure what I'm looking for. The bright colors of the trees suddenly seem a lot duller. I punch a tree in anger, the tree where we first met. The tree doesn't even budge, but the rough bark scrapes against my knuckles.
"WHAT THE HELL!" My knuckles are bleeding, but I don't even care anymore. I really don't care about anything right now...
I make it back to my place, but I don't actually remember any of the walk home.
My mind feels a little bit numb... I mean, I know that we argue once in a while, but what couple doesn't?
I needed time to think.
Poor Percy! But who will he meet to replace his girlfriend Jill? REVIEW!