Around 1:30 a.m. Stella landed at Camp Half-Blood. It was late, long past curfew, but curfew seemed to be less and less of a problem nowadays. Bobby and I dismounted and let Stella return to the stables.
"Have fun?" Bobby yawned.
"Oodles," I answered.
Bobby had begun to walk me back towards my cabin, "I noticed you seemed to be a little freaked out after I mentioned my siren song..."
I looked up at him and tried to force a smile, I didn't want to seem freaked out or anything to hurt him.
"I just wanted you to know that I care about you, Annabeth, we could have a future. I get it- it is a little soon to start talking about getting married and stuff like that, but I just thought it would be something we could think about..." Bobby sighed. We had reached the Athena Cabin and stood outside the door. "I need you to think about that though, Annabeth, like you said, I'm leaving soon, and actually, I wanted to know if you'd like to come with me."
Although I'd like to say I saw this coming, hearing it from Bobby made it real, not just some wild hypothesis. I bit my lip. Part of me wanted to shout 'yes' and squeal happily, but mostly I had a vile feeling in the pit of my stomach that wanted to scream out, 'what about Percy?' I never stopped caring about Percy. I knew I'd had a choice, I had said I would forget all about Bobby when he left for the Roman Legion Camp. Even if I tried anymore, I doubt I would actually fully forget about him... This wasn't fair, not for me, nor Bobby, nor Percy.
Bobby was still waiting for an answer. "I-I'm not so sure, Bobby..." I tried to remain composed but it was pretty clear I didn't want to say this.
"Annabeth, you don't have to know right now, I just want you to think about it, Lupa had said her offer for you to join the Legion still stands, you'd be able to come back as a high ranking official at camp. I don't know that everything will be perfect, but it'll be better than going home without you..." Bobby left those words with me. He kissed me on the forehead before turning away.
Suddenly, we heard someone call, "Annabeth!" I looked out into the dark campgrounds to find Bobby and I weren't alone. Hazel, Luke, and Percy stood together, flashlights in hand, staring out at me and Bobby.
"It's nearly 2 a.m.! Where the Hades were you?" Hazel growled.
Bobby answered before I could, quickly saying, "I took Annabeth into the city to go sightseeing, I didn't expect us to be out this late, it's my fault."
"You should have told someone!" Luke scolded.
"Annabeth, I kept calling your cell-phone, why didn't you pick up?" Percy interrupted.
"Oh, Percy!" I pleaded, "I couldn't have, it's been on the bottom of the Delaware River since December..." Thanks a lot, Aurora...
"And now I find out you were with Bobby?" Percy muttered, never raising his voice. He stared at me wide-eyed and hurt. I heard Bobby say, "It wasn't like that-" but it was exactly like that...
I couldn't keep doing this, I didn't want to start anything like this in the first place, it kind of just happened, it spiraled and spun until I no longer had any control over what was happening. I could only stand there, caught in the middle of all of this. I wanted to run to Percy, hold onto him until things were better, I couldn't... Not now, not when I was the problem.
"What is it then? Why are you doing this?" Percy muttered, breathing heavily.
A tear dripped down my chin. I shook my head, I didn't even know why I was doing this anymore. Seeing Percy like this was too painful, I couldn't bear to think I was the one who had made him like this. My tears kept coming. Bobby looked at me sympathetically but made no move, he didn't want to do anymore damage, not when it looked like this.
Figured this would happen at some point- now faithful readers, please tell me where I should be going with this, I'll try to write more chapters quickly. Gratias Ago. I have a few plans in mind, but nothing set in stone.