"Thalia? What are you doing here?" I exclaimed. There was Thalia standing in the doorway. Her choppy black locks hung loosely around her high cheekbones and her teeth formed a dazzling smile.
"Annabeth, how are you? I've missed you so much." She squealed, pulling me into a bear hug.
"I'm okay…missed you too….please let go of me before I keel over." I cried between gasps. She quickly released me, a scarlet blush painting your cheeks.
"What are you doing here?" Percy asked, stepping up behind us.
"Well, Artemis, the Hunters and I were exploring a cave not far from here…"she began, only to be cut off by Percy.
"Hey! I know that place!" he said. Thalia shot him a glare that caused him to flinch, and muttered something about boys before continuing her story.
"When Hermes came in to talk to Artemis. He told us about the incident with your parents then sent me here. I'm supposed to get you two to the camp as soon as possible." She said.
"But we just got here." Percy said, frowning down at me. I shrugged, knowing that if the gods were interfering with our trip than it was most likely extremely important.
"How soon do we need to leave?" I asked.
"For you two: immediately. I can take the car back to the camp. Artemis sent a friend to help you two get there…" she trailed off. Next thing we knew we saw Mrs. Oleary bounding down the beach.
"Ugh, fine." I said. Mrs. Oleary pounced on Percy, licking him and covering his face in a coat of saliva al la dog mouth. Finally, Mrs. Oleary got off of him. He jumped on her back, then extended his hand to help me up.
"Have you ever used shadow travel before?" he asked as I cautiously wrapped my arms around his waist.
"Nope," I replied. A broad grin spread across his face as he said the directions to Mrs. Oleary.
"Well then, hold on tight." He said. Then we were surrounded by darkness.
Within seconds we were back at the camp. Actually we landed right in the middle of the basket ball court, interrupting a two-on-two game with the Stoll brothers vs. Nico and Clarisse. Yeah, I didn't get the whole Nico and Clarisse thing either.
"Hey guys!" Travis exclaimed, running towards us and abandoning the ball on the court.
"What are you two losers doing back?" Clarisse asked.
"Apperantly my mom summoned us. They should be calling for a meeting any second now." I said. Sure enough, right after I finished a horn was blown announcing an impromptu campfire.
"Come on, Annabeth. Let's go." Percy said, grabbing my head and leading me over to the campfire. When we spotted Chiron, we raced towards him.
"Chiron, what's going on?" I gasped.
"I don't know. But once all of the campers are here Athena should be arriving. Poseidon as well, Percy." He said with a worried look on his face. Once the last of the kids were seated, Chiron's voice boomed throughout the crowd. "Everyone, avert your eyes. Athena and Poseidon are coming."
I covered my eyes and buried my face in Percy's shoulder just as a brilliant flash of light filled the arena. (In my mind I pictured the campfire in an arena-like setting.)
"Why is everyone looking away? Oh yeah, I forgot about the whole looking-at-the-light-could-incinerate-you thing." Poseidon said. Percy groaned at his father's ignorance and I silently laughed into him.
"Ugh, Poseidon." Athena said. Her eyes scanned the crowd until she found Percy and me. "Percy, Annabeth…come over to me." She said. We warily walked over, looking at the various faces of demigods. Some had looks of sympathy, others curiousity.
"Are you sure you want to do this?" Poseidon muttered in a voice he thought only Athena could hear, but I actually heard as well.
"Positive. It's the only way." She said. He rolled his eyes but stepped back.
"Demigods of Camp Half Blood, as you all know, Percy and Annabeth are in a relationship. As a concerned mother and a woman who hates Percy's father, I do not at any time want Percy and Annabeth engaging in sexual activity." She said, causing giggles to erupt from every corner of the arena.
"Percy…what's going on?" I whispered, looking at the scarlet blush on his cheeks that I'm sure was mirrored on mine as well. He didn't say anything, but gluped nervously.
"Since I have never engaged in sexual activity myself, I don't know what it feels like. Plus it seems to me the only reason you mortals engage in sexual activity is to procreate. Since the idea of them engaging in sexual activity makes me want to throw up, I'm simply taking that part of procreation out of the equation." She said, looking over at me and beaming with delight. "I am bestowing Annabeth with the gift of having children in the same way I do. She has thought about having a baby with Percy, so now that thought is being put into action. That's right, Annabeth Chase. You're officially with child!" she squealed. She was acting like she'd just given me the greatest gift in the world.
"You did what?" I shrieked.
Hahaha…I'm slightly evil, huh. So after writing and re-writing this in my head I finally came up with the perfect plan to write this story.
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