Hello my wonderful readers.

So terribly sorry for the delay in updating, and I'll try not to keep you from waiting for too long now that its summer.


Chapter 16

Percy

He couldn't stop smiling.

Percy had been texting Annabeth all day, and he felt like he was on Cloud 9. She was so intelligent, and funny, and just- perfect. He knew he was putting himself in the perfect position to be hurt, and to hurt her, and he hated himself for it. Once Annabeth knew his true identity, there was no doubt she would leave and never speak to him again.

Why am I doing this? He continued to chide himself, angry at how stupid he was being, but it was like he couldn't help it. She was like a drug and he couldn't get enough of it.

Piper and Jason knew about his plan, and they knew about his secret identity, but Percy didn't like lying to the others either. He liked his friends at Goode, including Leo, Frank, Hazel, and Rachel. What would they think if they knew about his true identity?

"Perce?" someone said, knocking on the door.

"Yeah?"

Jason poked his head into his cousin's room, his blonde hair falling in his face.

"I heard that you and Annabeth are official, congrats," Jason said with a grin. Percy felt sick to his stomach, and he just smiled weakly.

"Yeah, thanks."

"What's wrong?" Jason asked, coming further into the room and shutting the door behind him. Percy sighed and sat up on his bed, putting his phone down.

"She thinks she's dating Blake," Percy said, desperate for anyone's advice on what he should do. He had feelings for Annabeth, that was true, and he didn't care about her backgrounds, or if she wasn't rich like the other bachelorettes Percy often associated with. He just wanted her. But how could he know the feeling was mutual? From what he's seen, Annabeth hates Percy Jackson and the other upper class people of New York.

"So?" Jason asked. "You are Blake."

"No, I'm not. I'm Percy who wears a brown wig and brown contacts and poses as Blake," Percy said. Jason frowned and sat down on the edge of the bed.

"Well, you should tell her," he said.

"She hates the real me," Percy said. "She would leave in an instant."

Jason frowned again.

"Listen, Perce, if you really care about Annabeth, and you want to be with her, you should tell her. If she really cares about you, she won't care whether you're Percy or Blake," Jason said. Percy wanted to believe him, but after the way she had acted when he had been with her as Percy…

"Maybe you're right," Percy mumbled, though the idea of telling Annabeth about his true identity made him feel sick to his stomach.

"Of course I'm right," Jason said with a grin. He stood up and headed towards the door. "Just don't wait too long, because the longer you wait the harder it will get."

Percy nodded and looked back down at his lap where his phone laid.

"What are you doing here, anyways?" Percy questioned his cousin. Jason looked over his shoulder with a grin.

"Sally made cookies, duh."

Annabeth

Annabeth was humming happily as she placed book after book on the shelves in the bookstore where she worked. She had been so happy since Blake had asked her out, and as they continued to text all night and all day today, she felt like her heart was weightless.

The bell to the bookstore rang, and Annabeth was so focused on her humming that she didn't notice as the customer approached her.

"What song is that?"

Annabeth jumped and turned, coming face to face with sea-green eyes peering down at her. Percy Jackson stood in front of her, his sunglasses sat on top of his jet-black hair.

"Just a song," Annabeth grumbled, her happy mood instantly ruined by the ego of the bachelor in her store. She pushed past him, and carried a pile of books towards another shelf. Unfortunately for her, she tripped over a chair that wasn't pushed in, and she tumbled down to the floor, the books scattering everywhere.

"Are you okay?" Percy asked as he knelt in front of her. Annabeth blew a strand of hair out of her face and scrambled to pick up as many books as she could and cradled them into her arms. Percy went to grab one, and Annabeth quickly picked it up before he could.

"I'm fine," she said and stood up. Percy watched her worriedly as she hurried over to the next bookshelf to put the books away.

"Can I help you with something?" Annabeth asked, her back to the millionaire. Why did he keep coming into this store? Couldn't she go one place without being bothered?

"Yeah I'm looking for books on music?" the boy asked. Annabeth frowned and turned to him.

"In the right corner, second shelf," she said with a point. She half-expected Percy to retort back to her, but instead he turned silently and walked over to shelf while browsing the music section. Annabeth stared at his back as he reached up to grab a book, and noticed as his muscles flexed in his back and his arm.

Stop, you have a boyfriend Annabeth scolded herself. Besides, Percy Jackson was just another aggravating jerk who had millions of dollars and never had to work for anything in his life.

A small smile made its way onto Annabeth's face, because she had a boyfriend.

"What?" Percy questioned, bringing Annabeth back to reality. She looked at him quizzically.

"What are you smiling at?" he asked again. Annabeth's smile fell and she walked around the counter to the back.

"Nothing," she said as she began organizing the papers on the top of the counters.

"Care to ring me up?" Percy asked as he placed a book containing sheet music for the piano on the counter. Annabeth hesitated and looked up at the bachelor.

"Do you play?"

"A little," Percy mumbled while he fished into his wallet. Something seemed off about him. For the amount of times that Annabeth had met Percy, he had come off as cocky, arrogant, and selfish, but now he seemed kind of…sad.

"That's cool," Annabeth said as she scanned the book. "Twelve ninety-four is your total."

"Do you play any instruments?" he asked.

"Nah, I stick to my books," she responded. Percy smiled and took the bag with the book in it from the blonde girl.

As he made his way towards the door, Annabeth couldn't help but feel sorry for him, and she felt guilty for being so rude to him, but he was already-

Her thoughts were interrupted when she saw a bright flash of light coming from outside of the store, along with shouting.

"What's going on?" she asked as Percy stepped back inside of the bookstore, looking slightly mortified.

"Paparazzi found me," Percy grumbled as he hid behind one of the book shelves.

"Percy!"

"Is that your new girlfriend?!"

"What happened to Brooke?!"

"Why weren't you at your parents' auction?!"

Annabeth glanced at Percy who looked extremely frustrated. She sighed and went over to the door before locking it and pulling down the shades to block out the paparazzi. That only seemed to make them crazier, but at least they couldn't see them anymore.

"Sorry," Percy grumbled as he stepped out from behind the bookshelf.

"It's okay," Annabeth said and offered him a small smile. He returned it, but it was half-hearted.

"Are you okay?" she questioned. Percy looked at her and scowled.

"Why do you care?"

That stung, and Annabeth didn't know why, but she felt her heart sink at his harsh tone.

"Sorry," she spat back, just as frustrated. They stood in silence for a few moments, the flashes of cameras still clicking from outside. Suddenly, Percy sighed and looked at Annabeth.

"Look, I'm sorry," he said gently. "I'm just having a rough day."

"Care to talk about it?" she asked. Percy smiled at her and then looked down.

"Thanks, but I'll be okay."

They stood in silence for a few more minutes until Annabeth realized that the clicking and the shouting from outside had stopped.

"I should get going," Percy said and headed towards the door. He turned and smiled at Annabeth quickly.

"Thanks again."

Before she could even say "Welcome" the door shut with a cling of the bell. She let out a sigh before turning and looking at her phone to see if Blake had texted her.

He hadn't.


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