A/N: Got an awesome idea from a reviewer of my story "In Fear and Love" named Noell-spyandDemeter'sdaughter who told me it'd be cool if Tratie went on a double date with Percabeth. I thought it was a great idea so wanted to make a story out of it. This is the beginning, and the next couple chapters will be stages of the date, what they did and stuff… Major fluffiness with both couples!
"Hey, do you still keep in touch with Percy?"
Travis looked up at her. "Well, I guess. He goes here, Katie." Katie Gardner was kneeling in the dirt, planting yet another flower in front of her cabin. It was their first summer since the war. For once, it seemed like they could relax. And that was when Travis had asked Katie out. So now he was staring at his…were they boyfriend and girlfriend now? One date later?
She rolled her eyes. "Well, yeah, but you guys aren't like he is with Nico and Grover, so…just asking."
She gnawed on her lip. "Annabeth asked me if we were dating. You and me."
"What does that have to do with Percy?"
"Well, her dad wants her to prove Percy's a gentleman and all that, and she's even a little nervous about the whole thing, so she asked me if we would go on a double date with them. Grover can't exactly take Juniper, ya know."
Travis smiled. "That's adorable."
"The way your nose scrunched up there." Katie blushed a bit. Travis, realizing what he had said, did as well, and moved on. "Um, yeah, so, double date?"
"Yeah. She said Chiron would give us permission to leave camp for a day since we're in a group so she and I were thinking we'd do normal stuff. Mall, movies, dinner, maybe a museum or garden."
"Sounds like chick stuff," Travis said honestly. Katie rolled her eyes. "Alright, if we go to a museum, Percy and I get to pick the movie."
Again, Katie rolled her eyes.
"If you do that again, your eyes will get stuck like that."
She giggled. "So, we're going?"
"Yeah, I guess."
She stood and brushed dirt off her knees. Almost automatically, she leaned forward, kissing his cheek. When she pulled away, she was blushing. "Um, I'll go tell Annabeth, then."
Travis smiled, pink still decorating his cheeks. He reached over, grabbing her wrist, and stood, looking down at her. "Can I have a real kiss, first?"
"Maybe tomorrow night," she whispered, winking.
As she walked away, Travis swallowed tightly. Damn, but he liked her. A lot. And yeah, they'd both kissed other people before. It wasn't the big first kiss that Travis was nervous about. It was the fact that he would be kissing her. He planned to ask Percy how he did it: got the guts to kiss the girl he cared so much for without feeling nervous. Travis mustered up some testosterone and laughed at himself. It was just a kiss. He smiled. A kiss with Katie Gardner. Hades.
Annabeth hissed as the sword sliced into her leg. Percy stopped fighting immediately, stepping farther forward, to ask her if she was okay, and Annabeth raised her knife, pressing it against his throat.
"Surrender, Seaweed Brain," she said, smiling.
He frowned. "That was mean. I thought you were hurt."
She shrugged. "I'll patch it up later."
"Yeah, well, you forgot something."
Still grinning cockily, she raised her eyebrows. "Oh?"
"Yeah." He raised his sword, pointing it at her face. "I'm invulnerable there, sweetheart."
She sighed. "I guess you won again."
"Give me your knife."
She tossed it to him. He caught it, staring confusedly. "Wow, I didn't think you actually would. You okay?"
"You win every time. Besides, I wanna do this instead," she muttered, pushing the sword away with a finger and stepping closer. She wrapped her arms around his middle and stared up at him. The feeling was so fantastic that Percy didn't even notice that she had slipped the knife from his hand. On her tiptoes, she kissed him slowly. When she pulled back, she gently pushed her knife against the small of his back. "Gotcha."
He swore under his breath. "Okay." He tossed his sword to the ground. "Now can we go back to that?" he asked, wrapping his arms around her waist. "It was fun."
Laughing, she danced away from him, picked up his sword and recapped it. He watched as she removed her armor and started down the hill. Wearing no armor himself, he followed after her. She was walking to the Big House. He caught up with her easily.
"Sorry, by the way," he muttered.
She smirked. "It's okay, Percy. It's battle."
"Hold on." She stopped walking and Percy ran over to the nearest cabin—Hephaestus—and asked to borrow a water bottle. A boy tossed him two. "Thanks," he muttered.
He walked the few steps back, tossed her one bottle. "Drink. And stand still." With the other bottle, he kneeled and poured some on Annabeth's leg, using the power to heal her. She sighed. "Better?"
"I have a bruise on my—" Annabeth was about to flirtatiously say the bruise was on her hip, of course cueing Percy to blush, but didn't get the chance.
"Hey, Annabeth," Katie Gardner called, running up to them. Her cheek was smudged with dirt and hair was tied up. She was wearing old clothes, obviously because she had been working. "Travis said he's in."
The blonde smiled widely. "Excellent. I'll go talk to Chiron."
Percy stood, smiling. "Hey, Katie."
"Hi, Percy. You're looking…sweaty."
"We were sparring."
She nodded and glanced down to Annabeth's new scar. "Nice one. I got a nasty one from a rose bush that felt she wasn't getting enough water." She shrugged. "Roses are always the temperamental ones. Need to be pampered. Um, so how are we doing this?"
Percy looked to Annabeth. "I thought I'd let you girls organize the day. If Travis is okay with that."
"He just said you and him get to the pick the movie."
Percy smirked. "Excellent. We are the ones paying." He glanced at Annabeth. "You okay now?"
She nodded. "Absolutely. I'll see you later?"
"Duh, Seaweed Brain."
He kissed her on the cheek without thinking about it and started to walk back towards his cabin. He turned back to her with a smirk. "Oh, by the way, the pen."
Annabeth laughed quietly as she took the pen from her back pocket and tossed it at him. "Later."
Katie looked in shock at Annabeth. "How are you two so comfortable with each other?"
She shrugged. "It was awkward in the beginning, but it gets easier, going from friends to dating."
"Or despising each other to dating," Katie said, smirking. "Can you believe it? Travis Stoll?"
"I always kind of thought he had a thing for you. He was pranking you all the time."
"He pranked everyone."
Annabeth shrugged. "Wanna come with me to ask Chiron?"
"Sure. We can talk about the date."
As they began walking, Annabeth asked her, "So where are we gonna go?"
Katie stuck her hands in her pockets. "I don't think Travis has ever left the camp. He needs some degree of normalcy. Maybe the mall. Museum. Garden. To a movie. Or paintballing," she offered, smirking. "That could be fun."
Annabeth got that glint in her eyes, like she was preparing for battle. "Oh, yeah."
The girls laughed, glad to be normal with each other. They had never been close, but the war had forced everyone together, and they had stayed that way. Besides, Katie thought, Annabeth's a cool girl. Competitive, maybe, but who at this camp isn't for one reason or another?
"I say we go to the mall, just to prove we're slightly normal," Katie said. "At least for crappy food court food and a movie."
"Absolutely. And then…the Met?"
"And then dinner."
"A walk in Central Park."
"And Ice Cream from the vendors."
"Annabeth, I think we just planned the perfect date."
"Now we just have to hope Chiron says yes."
A/N: Yay! That was FUN! Next chapter should be up soon, maybe tonight if I'm feeling particularly motivated. I hope you liked it and review!
E. M. Zeray