AN: hey you guysss!!! sorry it took so long for me to update. I know I promised some of you I would update sooner but it was impossible for me to (I'll explain in my AN later) Anyway this is a slightly longer chapter than the first one and I hope it was totally worth the wait. You guys probably want to get on with reading so I'm going to stop. :)


Percy's POV

This was it.

I was waiting for the buzzer that signaled me to go. I was ready to give it my all in this competition for it could have been the last one I could ever participate in with war coming up and everything.

Skateboarding was literally my whole life when I was not at camp. Many years ago, I got my first skateboard from that board shop in Rockefeller Center and I have used it ever since. Mom tells me I'm a natural and I must admit I'm quite good. When I first rode on it, I was able to turn and stop easily. Funny enough, it was like surfing...

I went to the skate park often and eventually over time, I got better and some guy recognized that and came over to ask me if I wanted to compete in the New York Annual Skateboarding Competition. The first and second time I participated, I surprisingly got third place. Three years after that, I miraculously won first place each time.

This year's skateboarding competition had totally slipped my mind until one day in the middle of sword training, I received an IM.

-Flashback-

"You know I will beat you," taunted Clarisse.

"In your dreams," I replied.

"Oh you are going down."

"Not if I bring you down first."

Then she charged at me with her spear. I deflected her easily and I was about to knock the spear out of her hands when something popped out in front of me.

"AAAAIIIEEEE! WHAT THE HELL?!"

It was an IM from my mom. I saw her laughing in the mist and I heard Clarisse cracking up behind me.

I turned red in embarrassment. So much for being manly…

"Mom…what was that for?"

"Oh honey, I just wanted to know what you were up to…"

It was obvious she wanted to ask me something but not in front of everyone.

"I'm kind of in the middle of sword fighting class…"

I heard Clarisse trying to tell her cabin mates, "You -gasp- should have seen Percy! He -gasp- screamed like -gasp- a little girl -gasp- and as if Zeus had aimed a lighting bolt at his butt and…and…his expression -gasp- aw man…his expression was priceless -gasp- HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"

I started to get mad. "Can I message you later? I have some unfinished business I must deal with…"

"Of course dear." My mom winked at me knowingly.

I smiled as she waved her hand over the mist.

I turned to Clarisse and raised my sword.

"It's time for you to die."

***

It was dark after dinner and I IM'd my mom back.

We talked casual…about my training and friends…her and Paul. Then she asked, "Are you going to be coming home for the Annual Skateboarding Competition tomorrow?"

My mind went blank. How could I have forgotten about it? Skateboarding was such a big part of my life…one of the reasons why I lived for.

"I want to, but have to train…" I said.

"Do you want me to ask Chiron? I'm sure he'll let you go for just a day."

"Yeah! I'll find a way to get to the city and I'll see you tomorrow bright and early at home, okay?"

My mom smiled. "I must bake a fresh batch of blue chocolate chip cookies for you."

"You know me too well."

"Why wouldn't I? You're my only son."

-End of Flashback-

I smiled at that memory and at the moment the buzzer blasted and woke me from my daze. I almost fell off my skateboard and that would have looked really bad. I was the favourite of this competition and the one everyone wanted to watch.

Talk about pressure.

Ugh.

***

I received many 'ooohs' and 'ahhhs' for all my tricks and stunts and it felt absolutely amazing. For the first time in the longest while, I actually felt normal. Right now at this very moment, it was not all about training and worry about the upcoming war. I did not have the think about how Ancient Greek gods were living in the Western Civilization and that many, if not all of them, wanted me dead.

I could totally be myself.

Grover keeps telling me I behave differently among girls…especially Annabeth.

Annabeth.

I like her but I don't like like her. I think. Why does everyone insist I do?

A few weeks ago, I had a very scary talk with Silena.

-Flashback-

I was eating breakfast.

"Percy, I want to talk to you."

I turned around, mouth full of scrambled eggs and bacon. "Harmph? Wharrgt?"

"Ew. Hasn't your mom ever told you not to talk with you mouth full?" Silena looked at me disapprovingly.

I swallowed. "Well usually when I'm eating, I don't have people visiting me."

"Whatever." Silena rolled her eyes. "Hey listen, drop by my cabin at 2:00 sharp. There is something I want to discuss with you."

I raised an eyebrow. "Does it have anything to do with me?"

She looked at me strangely. "If it didn't have anything to do with you, why am I asking you to come to my cabin?"

I frowned still not getting it. Huh?

"Are you feeling alright? You are acting slightly retarded."

I blinked.

"Ugh. Just come to my cabin at 2 okay? If you don't, I'll hunt you down and you will face the wrath of Aphrodite..."

The wrath of Aphrodite?! I shuddered and nodded like a maniac. "Yes yes yes, I'll be there!"

Silena smirked. "It's settled then."

-Later-

I was standing in front of the Aphrodite cabin. It was 1:55. Usually I would arrive late, but there was absolutely NO WAY I was going to get tortured by Silena.

The door opened and out popped Silena's head. She motioned me to go in. I took a deep breath and calmed myself down. For some reason, I started hyperventilating. Great, I thought. It doesn't take monsters but the Aphrodite cabin to make me scared.

***

"So Percy, now that you are finally in my cabin, I want to talk to you about something important…" Silena tapped her foot.

I slumped over a hot pink fluffy frilly cushion thing at the back of the Aphrodite cabin. It was a quarter pass two and Silena was getting impatient. It took six girls to drag me in here. Why? Because my legs weren't working. It wasn't my fault. I swear I tried but couldn't move them. They just didn't want to walk into the cabin.

I sighed in defeat. "Sure. What is it about?"

"You…and Annabeth."

I raised an eyebrow.

Silena continued. "I have been watching you both at a distance and I have came to a conclusion…"

She waited for me to say something. I didn't dare open my mouth just in case something random came out.

"You two are in love."

I blinked. WHAT?!

I had been forced into this cupid looking household just to be told that Annabeth, the girl who insulted me for drooling in my sleep, and I, the guy of all coolness, were in love?

My brain died. I didn't know how to physically react. I sat there with horror written all over my face and I stared at Silena, who wore a smug look.

"Meeting's over. You may go now."

Instead of standing up and walking to the door, I tipped over and fell on my face.

-End of Flashback-

I sighed at the memory. My life was so confusing.
I took a deep breath and looked around me. Everything seemed normal until I caught a glimpse of Annabeth and Thalia watching. ANNABETH AND THALIA?!

No one was supposed to know I was here! Chiron woke me up at 5am and sneaked me to the border of camp where Argus drove me to my mom's apartment. I was supposed to be training and it would have looked really bad if they knew I, the one and only Percy Jackson who was supposed to save the world, wasn't.

I kept my head down for the rest of the competition. I didn't want to be recognized. I had sneaked a peak at them right after I had finished skateboarding and found them staring at me! I quickly looked away and tried to get as far away as I could from them. But they moved too…like they were trying to FOLLOW ME?!

Uh oh.

I moved quickly through the crowd of people to the other side of the park making sure my back was always facing them.

***

It was the end of the skateboarding competition and Thalia and Annabeth were still here.

"After many contestants and minor injuries…not including the guy that had to be sent to the ER…" The announcer said. "The judges," he waved to them. "have finally decided our winner."

"YEAH!" Someone yelled.

For the first time in my life, I was hoping to not win. If I won, the damn announcer would yell my name into the microphone and it would be heard miles away. I should have signed up using a fake name...like...Bone Basher...or Skull Crusher...or oh who am I kidding.

"And the winner, for the third year in a row…"

Oh no…Oh no….

"from the city hosting this awesome event is…" The announcer continued.

No no no no no!

The announcer turned and gave me a knowing smile. I sighed and walked towards the podium.

"the one and only…"

I nervously moved gripped my skateboard so tightly that my knuckles started turning white.

"PERCY JACKSON!"

I quickly went to get my trophy, hoping I could sneak away before Thalia and Annabeth could come and confront me. But nooooo, it just had to be my luck that they were already making their way towards me with shock written all over their face.

Well then.

Damn.


AN: So? What do you think? I hope it was okay...PLEASE REVIEW! I'll give you cyber cookies...:)

Anyway my reasons for updating so late. I had summer school and 2 music exams. My parents took away my laptop so I had no access to the internet for over 2 WEEKS! It. was. torture.

I got my laptop back...finally...so everything is good :)

And one last thing, thank you to all those who reviewed and favourited this story...to answer any questions, this will no longer be a one shot...I think I'll write a few more chapters and then we'll see what happens next!

Thanks :)