*I'M NOT RICK RIORDAN AND DO NOT OWN PERCY JACKSON*
(I wish I did though)
It's finally here; summer vacation. Gods, do I miss camp. School wasn't that bad this year, seeing as there weren't any monster attacks, but it still was… well… school, but camp is going to be like a billion times better. Sure, I loved spending time with Mom and Paul, but I had all of my friends at camp, Grover, Chiron, Annabeth, Rachel, Blackjack, Conner, Travis, Michael, Katie, Juniper, maybe even Thalia and Tyson. Truthfully, I want to see Annabeth the most. Sure, she lived in New York, but went to a boarding school, so she didn't have that much freedom. Her family still lived in Cali too, so she'd fly out there for breaks, so summer is basically all we have. And trust me; I'm going to make it an amazing summer.
**Two Weeks Later**
"Bye Mom!" I yelled to the car driving away from Halfblood Hill. I looked up and saw it. That tree, Thalia's tree, the tree that started everything for me. Gods, did I pour my life into this place. I saw the fleece, which I, with a lot of help, got in order to save the camp. Passing the tree, and its dragon, I saw the big house, and waved to Chiron and Mr. D. I started to walk down towards them, but Chiron told me to go on, I didn't need to register this summer. I smiled and continued walking. I walked past the volleyball courts, the amphitheater, the climbing wall, across the lake and too the cabins. I walked past Zeus' and Hera's cabins, and faced my own. It was truly, my own cabin too, seeing as there was no other son of Poseidon, well except for Tyson. I opened the door, and smiled. I threw my bags on the floor and walked around the room, taking it all in. Everything in this room just made me feel better; the fountain, the horse fixtures, the note on my bed… the note on my bed? I picked it up. In a very nicely typed written letter, it said:
"Hurry up Seaweed Brain, let's start summer already! I've got a surprise for you! Meet me at the entrance to the Labyrinth.
The entrance to the labyrinth? What the hell did she want to show me, or give me for that matter? Ugh, whatever, it must be good whatever it is. It's my insanely smart, and hot, girlfriend for the gods' sake. Wow, thinking about it, that's a really good combo. Anyway, I shook my head and started to walk towards the door, but then I realized I forgot something. I brought Annabeth a gift too! Weird… we both had surprises for each other. I ransacked my bag and found it. I didn't really have to ransack it; it took up most of the room anyway. On my way from school, I passed F.A.O. Schwartz, and saw it, a HUGE stuffed animal. Okay, F.A.O. Schwartz isn't really on my way home from school, but it was merely a detour, I wanted to check out the new iPhone and the Apple store… not the point. Crap was this thing big. I couldn't really hide it, so I just carried it. I probably looked really stupid carrying around a gigantic stuffed owl, but I don't care, I saved the world, those kids can think whatever they want. As I passed the cabins, I waved to all of my friends. Katie was watering some plants, Michael was showing some of the younger ones how to play the lyre, Conner and Travis, were running from Clarisse, the Ares kids gave me dirty looks, and the Athena kids fake smiled. They didn't have anything against me, per say, but their mom did, so they almost had to hate me. Regardless, everything seemed right. As I approached the woods I heard one of my favorite people in the world, Grover.
"Hey Percy!" he yelled, tackling me with a hug. Thankfully, I had a lot of muscle and didn't topple over, though, I dropped the owl. "What's with the owl?" "Oh never mind" he said laughing his goat like laugh.
"How've you been man?" I asked. He was my second best friend in the world. We had a permanent connection, literally.
"Alright, alright. I'm so happy to see you, have you seen Annabeth yet? She's got a big surprise for you if you haven't" he said excitedly. I swear… he could make a funeral cheery.
"That's where I'm going now actually. How's Juniper?" I asked picking up the owl. It got a little dirty, so I wiped it off.
"Oh she's great! I kinda think I'm in love!" he said all dreamy. I smiled. "When did you realize you we're in love with Annabeth?" he asked. I looked confused. I guess I've never thought of being 'in love', she was always there.
"I don't know… forever I guess" I said playing it safe. I've never said those three magical words though. Well… I guess they're magical in like a story book or something, but to me… hell, they're magical, who am I kidding? I probably should tell her that I love her sooner or later, before some other guy tries too, if they even dare. Grover suddenly cleared his throat.
"…Percy?" Grover asked. Crap, I really should explore my thoughts outside of conversations.
"Sorry man, just thinking, what'd you say?" I asked. He smiled contently.
"I'll let you go, we can always talk later right?" he said.
"Of course! After dinner we'll hang out down by the beach or something. Or maybe tomorrow" I said putting my hand on his shoulder. Gods, I forgot how good of a friend he really is.
"You got it" he said patting my hand. I dropped it, and we walked in separate directions, me towards the rock, him towards his forest.
"See ya man!" I yelled one last time. He waved and I smiled. I started walking a little faster, because frankly, I found the forest to be a little creepy. I got to the rock, and no one was there, so I sat in front of it, maybe she went to the bathroom or something. Suddenly, I felt something pulling on my hair, from the top, but when I looked up, there was nothing. I smiled and pulled the cap off of her head. That damn Yankee hat fooled me almost every time.
"Nice owl Seaweed Brain" she said, sliding off the top of the rock, to sit next to me. I held it up for her.
"I saw it on my way home from school and I thought of you, so here you go" I said giving it to her. She pulled something out of her pocket, and put it around my neck. I looked down, and it was a shell, on a plain leather necklace, but oddly enough, it looked nice.
"What's this?" I asked, feeling the shell. It made me feel a little stronger, I guess because it was from the sea.
"It's a sea shell, I found it on the beach in California, while I was visiting my dad, and it made me think of you. Press it to the ear, I had Tyson change the ocean sound to something else" she said. Annabeth told me once that it's not really the ocean, but the blood running through your head, I guess that made sense, but I still like to think it's the ocean. I pressed it to my ear, and heard Annabeth. "Hey Seaweed Brain, so as you can obviously tell, this isn't the blood rushing through the head, but my voice. If you're ever missing me, put this to your ear. I'm probably missing you too, so I hope to see you soon!" it said in her voice. I dropped it back to my chest and gave her a huge hug, sending her to the ground. We both laughed.
"Thank you" I said kissing her.
"Thank you" she said kissing me. "Oh, and I forgot to mention how happy I am that you're not a God" she said wrapping her hands around my neck. My hands stayed where they landed, under her back.
"I'm happy you didn't join the hunters" I said, meeting green with gray. Gods did she have pretty eyes. We stared at each other in silence for a little while and as I was about to say those little three words, someone cleared their throat. We both turned and saw Thalia. "Hey what's up?" I asked awkwardly.
"Ew, get up" was all she could say. We laughed and I helped her up. Then we both went over to her. "Glad to see you two are getting along" she said smiling. Annabeth hugged her, and I stood there awkwardly, since she was with the hunters, I didn't know if I could or not. It's not like I've ever hugged a hunter before, they don't like boys. I simply nodded and smiled and she saluted me sarcastically.
"What are you doing here?" Annabeth asked putting down the owl.
"Just stopping in for a visit… nice owl" she said looking at it. I'm starting to think I should've gotten a smaller one.
"Yea… it's pretty huge" I said… I smiled "That's what she said" I said laughing. Annabeth blushed and face palmed while Thalia laughed with me.
"Wow dude, really?" was all she asked while we laughed.
"What can I say? I'm a man of many talents. I can save the world and say a few jokes too" I said flexing. Thalia tried to hit me in the stomach, but forgot I was invincible.
"Ow… that's what I get for trying to be slick huh?" she asked shaking her hand. We all laughed. "Yea well, I'm going to get outta here, I came just for a quick visit while I was on a mission. You'd think after you got rid of the titan lord, we'd get a break. I still haven't seen Chiron or Grover" she said adjusting her bows on her back. "Bye" she said hugging both me and Annabeth. I was surprised she hugged me, but then again, we had a lot of memories, so I don't know. We watched her walk away and I yawned.
"Tired already? You just got here!" Annabeth said turning and wrapping her arms around my neck. I put my arms just above her waist and stared into those grey eyes she had.
"I'll stay up forever just to spend time with you" I said cutely. She blushed and I put my forehead on hers (because I'm finally taller). I was about to say those words again when Clarisse strolled on by, along with a few other Ares cabin members. It looked like she was giving a little bit of a tour.
"… And over there, as you'll see, are the worst kids in the camp. Percy Jackson, and Annabeth Chase. We don't associate with them" she said to the little ones. Who responded all at once.
"Why" "Yea why?" "Percy Jackson?" "Annabeth Chase?" "Their names were in the introductory video!" "Is Percy famous?" "Annabeth is pretty" "Why? Clarisse?" they said. Annabeth blushed deeper when the little twelve year old called her pretty and I was really confused. I've never even seen the introductory video, and it now said my name in it, and Annabeth's! My self-importance did increase a little bit; I'm not going to lie.
"We don't associate with them because we're the sons and daughters of Ares! Both of them pissed him off, so we don't talk to them. It's not like we talked to them before that… but it's a good enough explanation" she said herding them elsewhere.
"He's right you know" I said to Annabeth after they all left. She looked at me funny. "That you're pretty" I said smiling. She smiled and I hugged her. "Were our names in the video before Wise Girl? Or is it a new edition?"
"It's new. I hope they didn't change it, it was a good video, oh crap! I forgot I'm supposed to go do what Clarisse is doing for the Athena kids. Is it one yet?" she asked letting go of me and picking up the owl.
"No, but close to it, come on! I'll help you; I want to see the video anyway. Especially if my names in it!" I said grabbing her hand.
If Poseidon wanted to hook up with a mortal again, it would be another 12 years until I found out I had a little sibling, so I knew I wouldn't have to worry about what Annabeth was doing. We sprinted down to the Athena cabin and I waited outside until Annabeth put on her camp shirt (even though I wasn't wearing mine) and while she put the owl inside. We raced down to the big house (she won, because as I already said, I was tired) and met all the Athena kids. Seeing as I asked the gods to claim all of their kids, they legitimately did. All of them. There were a lot more recruits than last year, and this was great after all the losses that we had. I personally missed Charlie the most, and I always thought of him whenever I saw Paul's Prius. There were six new Athena kids, four boys, and two girls. I didn't catch all of their names, but it seemed like immediately, they didn't fancy me too much.
"Is he our brother, he doesn't really look like us" one of the little girls said as we were piling into the Big house to watch that video. Annabeth responded, but I was too excited, my name was in the video! I really didn't want to watch the whole thing, but I did. They went through the whole process of how you're the offspring of a god and etc, They apparently took out the whole thing about the Big 3 not being allowed to reproduce, because they listed Poseidon, Zeus, and Hades. At the very end they zoomed out on the city, right after the big battle. Gods it was wrecked, but the Empire State Building was lit blue and I smiled at that. It was my little sign to my mom. Chiron started to speak:
"Kronos, the titan lord, and father to the Big 3 and their siblings, almost prevailed last summer. He had help from several minor gods who, are now on our side. Kronos was defeated by demi-gods, and gods alike, including Rachel Dare, who is now the new oracle, Clarisse La Rue, daughter of Ares, Michael Yew, son of Apollo…" Chiron continued to list every other camp members, satyr, and hunter that went to camp or hunted last year, except me, Grover, and Annabeth. He even said something about the kids and hunters who died. Even Luke, which I thought was very honorable. "However, a very special thanks is awarded to Percy Jackson, the son of Posieden, who without, we would've perished, several times. His loyalty and ability to trust are truly great. He was the hero of the last great prophesy, and the Greek world hopes that the next hero of the next great prophesy will live up to his legacy. Grover Underwood, also receives a special thanks, for without him, we wouldn't have had the help of the nature spirits, or the truth about the god Pan. Finally the last special thanks goes to a daughter of Athena, Annabeth Chase, who without her quick wits, and battle strategy, we would've had a very hard time with the war. Also, for saving our new oracles life, and Percy Jackson's life once or twice" Chiron said. There was more, but I didn't pay attention. I looked over at Annabeth and she was smiling. It was the truth, if it wasn't for Annabeth I would've died when I was like 12. I intertwined my hand with hers and she rested her head on my shoulder. I yawned again. Gods, was I tired.
The video finished and the Athena kids were all rowdy because Annabeth and I were giving them the tour. I was stumbling over myself and Annabeth caught me after I almost fell for like the 5th time.
"Gods, I'm exhausted, can I please go take a nap?" I asked. This damn curse of Achilles made me so tired. I was leaning on her shoulder to prevent me from falling asleep right then and there.
"Sure Seaweed Brain" she said. I kissed her good bye. All the little kids said ew, and we both laughed.
"Thanks Wise Girl" I said letting go of her. I stumbled my way to the cabin and into my bed. I fell asleep right away.
My nap only lasted about two or three hours, so after that I went for dinner and hung around with Annabeth for the rest of the night. I told Grover that I'd hang out with him later, I had to tell her something, and he understood immediately what I was talking about. Hanging with Annabeth was nice, seeing as it was first day of camp, we really didn't do much. As the night came to a close, we were sitting on the beach, staring at the sunset. It was orange, red, yellow, and purple all at once. It looked pretty sick to me. There wasn't even a cloud in the sky, just the sun setting into the sea. My arm was around her waist and her head was on my shoulders. It was nice, just sitting there.
"You know… this is pretty nice" I said kissing the top of her head. I leaned my head on hers and she moved in a little bit.
"It really is. I'd like to sleep out here if the harpies didn't patrol at night" she said. I felt every word she said, like the sound from inside her. I started thinking about everything these past few years. All those times she saved me, the few times I saved her… the time I spent without her. That was probably the worst. I was the only one, I think, that thought she was alive. I would not believe that she died. I lifted my head off her shoulder.
"Hey Annabeth?" I said. She looked up at me and I swallowed hard, her eyes were so nice. She raised an eyebrow. "There's been something I wanted to say to you all day, but every time I tried, something interrupted us"
"Well… what is it?" she asked. As if she didn't know. She's Wise Girl for gods' sake!
"Well Wise Girl, I, your Seaweed Brain, am completely in-" I was saying. I looked around to see if anyone was there and no one was to be found. I looked back into those concrete eyes; "like I was saying… I'm completely in love with yo-" I was saying. I got cut off again, but it was by her lips. This type of cutting off, I didn't mind.
"Gods, I love you too Percy, and you have said it before, but it was in your sleep" she said giggling. I probably turned redder out of embarrassment than she was from laughing.
"What?" I asked. "I never thought of saying it, because… because you always knew I loved you. Grover gave me the idea today" I said. I can't believe I've said it in my sleep. "Really?" I said. I probably sounded disappointed.
"Yea, last summer, one of the times when you fell asleep next to me on the beach. It was really cute, you rolled over in your sleep and said 'I love you Wise Girl'. I just looked at you shocked and said it back to you, but then you started snoring" she explained. I was blushing and she was laughing. This never happened before, her laughing at me blushing I mean.
"Why didn't you tell me?" I asked. I didn't notice it before now, but we were both facing each other now, like in Indian style.
"I don't know. I was going to wait until you did this and make you laugh, but I think it made you a little more embarrassed than I was expecting. Sorry" she said looking down. I lifted her face up and she looked at me.
"I never want to stop looking into your eyes even if you make me embarrassed some of the times. Besides, you'll never embarrass me! It would be me that'd be embarrassing you. You're smart, beautiful, funny, fun to be around, but most of all, my Wise Girl, who I love with all my heart" I said hugging her. I could've stayed like that forever, but the sun was set, and the harpies were bound to come around. "I'll walk you to your cabin" I said getting up.
"I love you too Seaweed Brain" she said taking my hand. We walked in that comfortable silence until we got to her cabin. We didn't have to talk to each other anymore to make ourselves happy. Just the presence of the other person did that.
"Good night, Wise Girl" I said as I walked her up to the door. She put her hands around my neck and mine went around her waist and we kissed good night. I could stay like that forever, and we were out there for a good 20 minutes, but an Athena kid opened the door to go outside and interrupted us.
"We'll continue this tomorrow" I said letting the kid get passed. "I love you Wise Girl" I said hugging her.
"Seaweed Brain, I honestly don't know what I'd do without you, those two weeks without you almost killed me. I'm so happy that we're together, I love you too" she said hugging me. I let go and she pecked me on the lips and went inside.
I smiled and walked to the cabin whistling, and then, when my tune died down, I put that shell to my ear and heard Annabeth's voice. Gods, this summer is going to be amazing.