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Chapter 35: Beach Party

Annabeth's POV

I finished my morning class on ancient Greek. I heard the lunch bell ring, so I made my way to the mess hall. The good thing about being a counselor is that you teach, but you can set your own training schedule. I entered the mess hall and took a seat with the other counselors at the main table with Chiron and Mr. D. Clarisse and Chris were already there, but I didn't see Percy yet.

"It's good to see both of you." I said to Clarisse and Chris. Clarisse just grunted and waved her hand.

"We're all glad that you and Percy made it back safe." Chris said as he elbowed Clarisse.

"Ah, yes glad to have you back, where's Prissy?" Clarisse said sarcastically. I glared at her, but then I saw Percy enter the mess hall he had a bright smile on his face as he approached the table. I guess he had a good morning training the campers how to sword fight.

"Morning seaweed brain" I said with a smile.

"It was a great morning wasn't it?" Percy asked. Everyone just smiled at him and nodded in agreement, everyone except Clarisse.

"What's so great about it?" Clarisse asked incredulously.

Percy looked at her and gave her a snide smirk I was barely able to control my laughter. "Well Clarisse aren't you a morning ray of sunshine?" Percy asked facetiously. Clarisse was about to stand up and do something rash, but Chris placed his hand on her shoulder. "Don't get upset Clarisse, we all know that you're a morning person." I saw Percy smile that crooked smile that I loved it even made Clarisse shake her head in defeat.

We finished our lunch and then Chiron asked, "Percy I hear that you're going to college in September."

"Yes, sir I've been accepted into SUNY Maritime school in the city. I'm really looking forward to it." Percy said happily. I'm so proud of him, I knew he wished he could have started last year, but he would just have to make up for lost time.

"Mr. D how is the plan for the party tonight?" I asked curiously. Mr. D put down his video game I bet he was playing Pac-man again.

"The plans are set and my helpers will be working hard this afternoon to get the beach organized and prepared. We're all going to have a lot of fun." Mr. D said. He winked at Percy when he finished talking. I wonder what that was for. I noticed Nico and Will Solace walk over to our table.

"Hey, guys do you need something?" Percy asked.

"Yes, Percy could you help Nico and I work on a specific sword fighting move? We've been having a hard time mastering it." Will asked hopefully.

"Sure, excuse me everyone, bye wise girl." Percy said as he kissed me on the cheek. Percy, Will and Nico walked out of the mess hall towards the training facility. Everyone else left a few minutes later, but before I could leave Thalia walked over to me.

"Hey Thals, what's up?" I asked.

"Have you seen Nico?" Thalia asked.

"Yea, he left with Percy and Will they were going to the training center." I said. Thalia made an annoyed groan. "What's wrong?"

"I was just at the training center, none of them are there." Thalia said.

"Well, maybe their practicing somewhere else or they finished early." I asserted.

"They haven't been gone that long. Where else would they have gone to train, but the training center?" Thalia countered. She had a point, their up to something, I thought.

"Their up to something, aren't they?" I asked.

"I think so Nico was acting a little unusual when he came back from Percy's cabin yesterday. He's hiding something. I know it." Thalia stated. I could tell she was angry.

"It must be a surprise, I can't believe if something was wrong that he would hide it from you considering all the problems you both had this summer." I said rationally.

Thalia sighed and I could tell she tried not to worry. "You're right, I should trust him, he did promise me no more secrets, maybe he is preparing a surprise for me and he's worried that I'll think that he's breaking his promise." Thalia said.

"That's probably right Nico wouldn't hide anything from you if it wasn't something good, like a surprise." I said reassuringly. Thalia forced a smile and I could tell that she was trying to set aside her anxiety.

"So, how are things with Percy?" Thalia said as she smiled mischievously at me. She can be such a pain sometimes.

"Things are going great, since the incident at the hotel, he's been the same old Percy. He's been so happy and care free, he just makes me feel good." I said. Thalia just smiled and sighed at me. "What?" I was getting annoyed now.

"Nothing, well you're just head over heals for him aren't you?" Thalia said with a smirk on her face.

"Of course I love him completely." I stated simply. Thalia just smiled and then she punched me in the shoulder. "That hurt, what was that for?"

"You're being such a sappy Aphrodite girl now." Thalia said as she started to laugh at me.

"Well at least I'm not being a stuck up and nasty daughter of Ares." I said as I stood up and was getting ready to walk away.

"Annabeth I'm sorry I was just joking with you, don't get mad." Thalia pleaded.

"Some joke Thals, especially after everything that Percy and I did to help get Nico back." I said. Thalia just looked down at her feet.

"I'm sorry Annie, thank you so much for helping us." Thalia said sincerely.

I put away my anger it really wasn't worth all the trouble. "You're forgiven and you're welcome." I said plainly. I hugged Thalia and we separated. "Hey I've got a class to teach I'll meet you at my cabin in two hours so we can go to the beach party, alright?"

"Sounds good I'll see you then." Thalia said as I walked out of the mess hall and headed for my class on battle strategy.

Two Hours Later – Athena Cabin

I was standing outside of the Athena cabin, I was dressed in my orange camp t-shirt and I had my stone washed jean shorts on with a pair of leather sandals that Percy gave me. They were made by craftsmen in Atlantis. They were made of brown leather with pink, gray and blue sea shells on them. They were incredibly comfortable. I waited outside for only a few minutes when I heard someone walking toward me, running actually. I looked around to see Thalia wearing a black tank top and black shorts. She had black sandals on that had a gold lightning bolt on the side.

"Hey Annie are you ready?" Thalia asked.

"Sure, let's go and see what Mr. D did to the beach." I said. We both walked side by side through camp and headed for the big house. The camp looked pretty deserted so we assumed everyone was at the beach already. When reached the top of the hill just passed the big house we saw the beach and then the beautiful Atlantic Ocean beyond it. The water was an incredible greenish blue that was almost as beautiful as Percy's eyes. We were frozen by what we saw on the beach. You could plainly sea the large dry dock and the pier that extended out into the ocean. The two large sailing ships that Percy designed were docked at the pier and they gleamed in the late afternoon sunlight. There were three very large piles of wood on the beach that were clearly ready to be set on fire for the evening bonfires. The incredible part was the large picnic tables that were arranged in a horseshoe formation. They could easily sit twenty to fifty people and each one had a design on them that identified their patron god or goddess. I could make out the trident and the owl on two tables that were next to each other. They were the closest tables to the dry dock. All of the tables appeared to be constructed out of black lava stone. It looked like they came straight out of the mid-oceanic ridge itself. At the end of the opening of the horseshoe were the grill and fire pits that would be used to cook dinner for the party. Passed the cooking area was a large stage it faced the tables perfectly and would most likely be used for the evening entertainment. Behind the stage and extending down the beach were beach chairs and folded sets of towels, these were clearly for use by the campers. I guess we did have about four hours of light before it got dark. I didn't see any campers then I heard a noise from behind us. Thalia and I turned to see Percy, Nico and Mr. D standing behind us smiling.

"Surprise we wanted you to be the first to see our new and permanent beach facilities." Percy said. Permanent facilities!

"You mean all of this is a permanent facility?" I asked.

Mr. D smiled and walked forward a few steps. "It was Percy's idea considering we already had the dry dock and pier it only made sense to make the camp have a permanent presence on the beach. As you can see we even have two life guard towers." Mr. D said as he pointed at the two wooden towers that were painted white, I had missed those in my first view of the facilities.

"It's incredible!" Thalia and I said in unison.

"We're all glad you like it. Now everybody have fun!" Nico yelled as hordes of camper ran down the hill toward the beach. Thalia and I were smiling and laughing as we watched all of the 'happy' campers run down the hill to the beach. Nico ran forward and grabbed Thalia's hand and dragged her down the hill they both ran to the beach until they fell into the sand. Thalia landing on top of Nico and I could tell both of them were blushing and laughing excitedly.

Mr. D disappeared in purple mist and appeared near the food preparation area, I saw him directing campers in the preparation of the food, two campers in particular the Stoll brothers, who were still on kitchen duty. None of us had been able to figure out how those two had redecorated the outside of the Demeter and Ares cabins, neither one of them would divulge anything. They didn't look very happy as Mr. D ordered them around.

Percy walked down the hill and wrapped his arms around my waist and then he kissed me on the neck. I felt electricity run down my neck to my shoulders and down my arms.

"Let's go have some fun, shall we?" Percy whispered softly in my ear making goose bumps stand up on my neck and arms. I immediately slid out from under his arms and ran down the hill toward the beach.

"Catch me if you can seaweed brain." I said. I could hear Percy laugh and then I knew he was right on my tail. We reached the sand and as soon as Percy caught up to me I turned and jumped on him sending him tumbling into the sand. I ended up lying on top of him with my hands on his chest. I felt the muscles of his chest and I smiled in delight. Percy sat up and held me in his arms and then he reached up and kissed me. We both melted into the kiss until someone yelled at us to get a room. We both separated to see my brother Malcolm sitting on top of one of the life guard towers. He was dressed in red swim trunks and he had a red jacket that said life guard on the front. Percy and I both stood up and looked at Malcolm.

Percy smiled and said sarcastically, "Yes sir!" Then he gave Malcolm a two fingered salute. Malcolm started to laugh and then he pointed to a surf board sticking out of the ground. Percy looked into my eyes. "Do you mind my love?" I just smiled because he called me his love.

"Go ahead seaweed brain!" I said happily. Percy kissed me on the cheek and then he grabbed his surf board and ran into the ocean. He appeared a few moments later and everyone was watching him to see what he would do because the waves were very small today. Percy swam out into the ocean at an incredible speed I just watched until I could barely see him on the horizon. Then all of a sudden a twenty foot wave appeared behind him and my eyes grew big in surprise. The wave picked him up Percy surfed up and down the wave until the wave came closer to shore. The wave closed over itself to create tunnel of water, Percy surfed threw the tunnel and then exploded out of the wave. He landed in the water about twenty feet from shore. He ran back onto the beach smiling wildly. I don't ever remember Percy looking this happy in a very long time. He ran up to me and I knew I was smiling madly. He stopped in front of me he was completely dry of course. He gave me a big hug that picked me up off the ground we were face to face only inches from each other. I couldn't take it anymore so I leaned forward and kissed him passionately. After about five minutes we separated and Percy lowered my feet back to the ground. We both walked back to the sand and sat on a beach towel that I had spread out when he was surfing.

"Have fun?" I asked. Percy smiled at me with amusement in his eyes.

"Yea, the kiss was great." Percy said.

"I meant the surfing seaweed brain." I said as my cheeks turned red.

"That was alright I guess." Percy said with a smirk.

We both sat on the beach watching people play volleyball on the beach, swim in the ocean or surf. Everyone was having a lot of fun. Then Percy stiffened a little and then he stood up and turned around. I didn't know what he was doing so I stood up as well. Before I could ask him several bright lights appeared in front of us. When all of the light dissolved standing in front of us was the Olympian Council of twelve. All the gods were smiling at us and then Zeus said, "Now everyone have fun, once Dionysus signals that the food is ready I expect everyone to be at their respective tables." All of the other gods nodded in acknowledgement. Theseus and Athena walked down to where Percy and I were standing. We all hugged each other. This was a great surprise, but I had a feeling that Percy knew all about this.

I looked at my mom and Theseus, they were both smiling at me. "Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that Percy was behind this?" I asked. My mom and Theseus started to laugh.

"Well you're the wise girl for a reason, yea it was my idea." Percy said happily. "Theseus let's go surfing, that's if the ladies don't mind?" Percy asked. Athena and both looked at them and rolled our eyes.

"I don't mind, it gives me an opportunity to talk with Annabeth." Athena said.

"Go ahead I wouldn't want to hold up the brotherly bonding." I said sarcastically. Theseus and Percy both smiled they each grabbed a surf board and ran for the water. My mom and I just laughed at their antics. They were both acting like two young children playing in the water. It was actually great to see both of them having fun.

"Ladies I see that both of you enjoy my two boys acting like kids." Poseidon said as he walked up to both of us.

"Yes, Lord Poseidon." I said formally. Poseidon just looked at me and then he smiled as he gave a knowing wink to my mom.

"Annabeth, you know I want my family to call me dad or Poseidon, none of this lord stuff, alright?" Poseidon said with a smile that reminded me so much of Percy.

"Yes, Poseidon." I said happily. Poseidon gave me a hug and then he kissed my mom on her cheek.

"If you'll excuse me, I'll have to teach these two youngsters how it really is done." Poseidon said as he ran toward the water, a bright green surf board suddenly appearing under his arm. He ran into the water and flew toward Percy and Theseus. They were both smiling as he joined them.

"Well, I guess all three of them are big kids." Athena said as she laughed at her father-in-law. This was really a great day, so far. "So are you and Percy getting along alright?" My mom smiled knowingly at me.

"Of course, but he does seem much happier and care free now. He's the old Percy just grown up, if that makes sense." I said trying to read my mother's expression.

She looked at me and I could tell she was thinking about my comment. "He loves you a great deal you know." Athena said. I could tell she was being very thoughtful and I also knew she was very happy for me.

"I know mom, he makes me so happy. I don't know what I would do without him." I said sincerely. My mom put her arm around my shoulder and pulled me into a hug.

"I'm very proud of you Annabeth, I hope you know that." Athena said.

"I do, I just want to be as happy as you and Theseus." I said. My mom just smiled and kissed me on the cheek.

"I think you and Percy are well on your way there." Athena stated. A clap of thunder extended across the sky and everyone stopped what they were doing and looked toward Zeus.

"Attention gods, immortals and heroes dinner is ready." Zeus said as his voice reverberated across the beach. My mom and I walked to her table and sat down with my brothers and sisters. I saw Percy, Theseus and Poseidon walk to the Poseidon table. When everyone was seated Dionysus walked to the front of the food line.

"Everyone thank you for coming to our first party of the summer. I would like to thank all those that helped put this party together. As camp recreation coordinator I want to wish that everyone have fun this evening. Cabins will be allowed to come up in cabin number order. After dinner we will have some special entertainment plus we have three bonfires setup as well, thank you." Mr. D stated. Thalia and her father started the food line followed by Hera and so on. Percy smiled at me as we passed each other in line. I watched as he walked back to his table. He was talking to Theseus intently they were planning something I thought. By the time everyone finished dinner it was dark out. I saw Chiron and Mr. D lighting the bonfires with assistance from the Apollo cabin. After dinner my mom and I searched for Theseus and Percy to no avail.

"Where are they?" I asked.

"Not sure." Athena said. I could tell that she didn't know, but I also knew that she expected they were up to something. Then we saw lights turn on above the stage. The stage curtain was closed and Chiron walked up onto the stage. He had a microphone in his hand.

"Gods, goddesses, immortals and heroes I have a special announcement. We have special entertainment setup tonight. We have a DJ with music, but more importantly the Olympians will be performing tonight. So with no further to do, here are the Olympians." Chiron stated. The curtain opened and standing on the stage were Theseus with his guitar, Percy with his guitar, Apollo at the synthesizer, Will Solace at the another guitar, Hermes behind he drums, and Nico at the keyboard. So that was the other part fo the surprise, Nico and Will had joined the Olympians. I heard footsteps behind my mom and I. We turned around to see a smiling, but completely surprised Thalia.

"I didn't know he played the keyboard." Thalia said with surprise in her voice and an expression on her face that made me laugh. I noticed that everyone had a microphone, so everyone would sing at least backup.

"Thank you everyone, we're so glad to be here. As you can see we have added two new band members, Nico Di Angelo son of Lord Hades on keyboard and Will Solace son of Lord Apollo on guitar. Our first song is a new one that we have not played before, therefore we are letting one of our new band mates sing it." Theseus announced. The music started and I knew instantly that it was "The Reason" by Hoobastank and I knew exactly who was going to sing. Nico started to sing and his voice was different than what I remembered at the casino. He had a soft and melodic voice. He sang the lyrics very well.

I'm not a perfect person

There's many things I wish I didn't do

But I continue learning

I never meant to do those things to you

And so I have to say before I go

That I just want you to know

I've found out a reason for me

To change who I used to be

A reason to start over new

and the reason is you

I'm sorry that I hurt you

It's something I must live with everyday

And all the pain I put you through

I wish that I could take it all away

And be the one who catches all your tears

Thats why i need you to hear

I've found out a reason for me

To change who I used to be

A reason to start over new

and the reason is You

and the reason is You

I'm not a perfect person

I never meant to do those things to you

And so I have to say before I go

That I just want you to know

I've found out a reason for me

To change who I used to be

A reason to start over new

and the reason is you

I've found a reason to show

A side of me you didn't know

A reason for all that I do

And the reason is you

When they finished playing I saw the tears in Thalia's eyes. My mom and I both wrapped and arm around her. I knew she loved Nico and I saw Zeus look at her and smile. Thalia smiled back at him, we all knew now that Zeus was ok with her and Nico. Lord Hades also looked happy for once and very proud of his son. The Olympians played four more songs that they played before and they were better than ever with the new additions. "Alright we have one more song for you tonight and it is a new one. My little brother will be singing this one and I just want to let everyone know how proud I am of him." Theseus said as he turned and smiled at Percy. The music started and I knew the song, it was "Chances" by Five for Fighting.

Chances are when said and done

Who'll be the lucky ones

Who make it all the way?

Though you say I could be your answer

Nothing lasts forever

No matter how it feels today

Chances are we´ll find a new equation

Chances roll away from me

Chances are all they hope to be

Don't get me wrong I'd never say never

Cause though love can change the weather

No act of God can pull me away from you

I´m just a realistic man

A bottle filled with shells and sand

Afraid to love beyond what I can lose when it comes to you

And though I see us through yeah

Chances are we´ll find two destinations

Chances roll away from me

Still chances are more than expectations

The possibilities

Over me

Eight to five, two to one

Lay your money on the sun

until you crash what have you done?

Is there a better bet than love?

What you are is what you breathe

You gotta cry before you sing

Chances chances

Chances lost are hopes torn up pages

Maybe this time

Chances are we´ll be the combination

Chances come and carry me

Chances are waiting to be taken

And I can see

Chances are the fascination

Chances won't escape from me

Chances are only what we make them

And all I need

Percy sang the song beautifully and his voice was better than ever before. It was a perfect song. I know the song summed up how Percy didn't need anything, but a chance to be with me, a chance for us to make it through life together. I loved him more than anything; I knew this summer, this next year and throughout our lives as long as we had the chance to be together we would. All we need is love and we had an endless supply of that.

AN: I hope you enjoyed this chapter and this story. Thanks to all the readers and reviewers. This story had more reviews than any of my previous stories. There will be another story in this series. Thank you to everyone who asked for me to continue this series. I feel good that many people liked this series of stories. I do have an idea for the next story so I hope everyone enjoys it, thanks again.