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Grover's heart was pounding, palms were sweating, and body shaking with nerves. He was the definition of nervous. This was the moment he would find out if it was possible and he couldn't tell if it was a yes or no by Annabeth's expression. He didn't know whether or not that was a good thing, but all he knew was that he was definitely not ready for a no, or an answer at all for that matter because he felt like he was going to pass out whenever Annabeth would open her mouth.
"Yeah?" he bleated, trying to swallow past the lump in his throat. His stomach was in knots and there was those damned butterflies in there, trying to break out, but there was no way out, and gods, he was a wreck right now.
"It'll be a little hard," Annabeth replied, looking at him and here it was: that yes or no moment, "but I think we can turn Juniper immortal."
Grover took a deep breath and then promptly passed out in happiness, shock, and relief. Annabeth winced as his head hit the arm of his throne and Leo snickered while Piper rolled her eyes. "Someone should get him some food," Percy said, grinning at his best friend.
"Someone should get you a brain." Rose smirked at him and Thalia laughed next to her while Percy shot her a glare.
"Thanks. I try."
Sarah rolled her eyes. "You guys are like children."
"You had to admit it was a good one," Thalia chuckled.
Sarah hesitated. "Yeah, it was. No offense, Percy!"
Percy snorted. "Thanks for your support."
"Guys, can we focus here?" Ashley asked, shooting them all a look that said shut-up-or-I'll-kill-you. Being all nice and cheery has its advantages when you want to hide the fact that you're actually really scary. "How are we going to turn Juniper immortal when Grover's passed out?"
"Whack him a few times," Cole offered, sharpening a knife without actually paying attention. "That'll wake him up."
"How are we going to make Connor immortal?" Travis mused, looking out in space with a thoughtful look on his face.
"You could get married to him," Annabeth replied with a snicker and Travis's head snapped to her.
Everyone else laughed loudly at the thought. "Which one's the bride?" Jason wondered through laughs.
"Travis," Katie answered, snickering. "We've got to pick you out a dress and everything!"
"Oh, man, I so want to go to that!" Leo exclaimed, gasping for breath.
"I'll film it all!" Will said.
"I want a rainbow cake," Pollux said and everyone stopped mid-laugh to stare at him in worry and confusion. "What?" he snapped, glaring at them. "If we're throwing a birthday party, I want a rainbow cake."
It took a few seconds before everyone burst into laughter, even Travis who had been fuming and seething at the idea of marrying his sister. "That's not what we're doing," Rachel giggled. "We were talking about a wedding."
"Oh." Pollux shrugged. "I want to be married to Megan Fox with a rainbow cake."
That brought another round of laughter and Ashley shook her head at him. "Not your wedding," she breathed, "Travis's."
"Oh, is he finally marrying Katie? About time."
Katie and Travis stopped laughing while everyone else held their sides to try and stop the pain. They glared at each other. "As if I'd marry someone like you," Katie snapped angrily and Travis scoffed.
"Excuse me, you'd be lucky to marry me."
Katie let out a loud laugh. "Yeah, alright."
He frowned at her. "What's wrong with marrying me?"
"What do you mean? Have you not looked into a mirror?"
His frown deepened and he ruffled his hair. "I'm very good looking, for your information. You've just some eye sight problems."
She snorted. "Yeah, then so does the whole world."
"Well, any guy would be stupid to marry you!"
"And why's that?"
"Because you're bossy and don't know how to have fun!"
"Okay, okay, okay!" Rose cried, seeing Katie's wide eyes flaming with anger. "That's enough!"
"I do too know how to have fun, Stoll!"
"No you don't!" he replied, crossing his arms over his chest. "You take pranks seriously."
"Putting chocolate on my cabin was not funny!"
"It was hilarous!"
"That's enough you two," Jason ordered with his most stern and demanding voice. "Fight on your own time."
They huffed and looked away from each other, Travis glaring at the ground and Katie glaring at the wall. She knew how to have fun, his pranks just weren't funny. Who considers trashing a cabin funny? Really. And she was not bossy. She...just wanted things done right. That wasn't being bossy. Besides, she took a lot of the work herself so it was not bossy. Bossy people order people to do stuff and then don't do anything themselves. She does things herself. And she knows how to have fun. She does. It's just...different than his way of 'having fun', and doesn't involve pissing anyone off. So, he was completely wrong about everything. As usual.
Piper sighed and frowned at the ground. How in Hades- er, Nico- was she supposed to get those two together. She knew they didn't hate each other, but Katie disliked him very much. Travis, they all know, liked Katie. A lot. That's the reason why the Demeter cabin had so many pranks directed at it; Travis wanted Katie to notice him. And if it was a bad enough prank, he always ended up apologizing, but Katie just couldn't see past it to actually know Travis. And it's not like either of them were in the marrying list, so Piper couldn't push them together using that. It would take a whole lot to get them together and Piper didn't know where to start. Travis's end was easy, but Katie...oh, gods, this was going to take a lot of work and time.
"How do we turn Juniper into an immortal?" Leo asked, raising an eyebrow.
"No, you can't turn anyone else immortal," Annabeth said immediately and Leo frowned.
"I wasn't planning that. I was just wondering for Grover over there."
"I'm telling you, if you had him smell some food, he'll wake up," Percy told them, leaning back in his throne and looked up at the ceiling, losing interest in the meeting.
"And I'm telling you, if someone got you a brain, maybe you wouldn't be so stupid," Rose said and Thalia laughed next to her, Annabeth giving a small smile.
Percy glared at her. "I'm not so stupid."
"I am," Pollux slurred, waving a bottle of wine and everyone rolled their eyes at him.
"Just ignore her, Perce," Nico ordered, tapping his foot along with some random song playing in his head. "Won't do you any good to listen to her."
"Thanks, di Angleo," Rose snapped, shooting him a glare before turning to tend to the hearth.
"Any time, Frieten."
Thalia rolled her eyes. "Are we almost done here because I've got to get back to my Hunters."
"Well, I guess," Annabeth sighed, looking over at Grover. "We can't really say anything until he wakes up."
"What about Connor?" Travis asked, looking up at her.
"It's a long process," Annabeth frowned. "It's got to be on a full moon, at a precise time, and he's got to be drunk."
"A drunk Stoll," Piper mused, giggling.
"Oh, man, I'm totally filming that," Will laughed heartily, grinning.
"It'll be a diaster," Katie grumbled.
"Do we get to hurt him in any way?" Cole wondered, his eyes bright with the idea.
"No," Annabeth replied, shooting him a look that had him frowning. "We've just got to have him drink some nectar and when he's on the verge of burning, give him our blessing."
Nico raised an eyebrow. "If we do it wrong?"
Annabeth frowned deeply. "Well, it wouldn't turn out very good."
Travis paled considerably. "That's the only way?"
She nodded. "Unless you want to marry him. That's the easiest way."
"I think you should marry him," Ashley said cheerfully.
"Yeah, everyone would be much happier that way," Rachel joked.
He glared at them. "That's not happening."
Sarah shrugged. "Then don't cry when he dies."
He shot her a glare, but he was pale. "Thanks, you're a big help."
"Congrats to the happy couple!" Pollux giggled, raising his almost empty wine bottle.
"Why do we bring him to meetings?" Jason asked seriously.
"Every god has to be present," Thalia replied with a sigh.
"But it's funnier with him around," Leo pointed out and everyone had to nod in agreement.
"I'm surprised he still comes," Cole said, shrugging.
"So, can we go now?" Will wondered slowly, looking at his watch. "The sun's rising a little late in a lot of places."
Jason looked over to Annabeth. "Do we have anything else to discuss?"
"No," she replied. "We just have to have another meeting next week at the full moon. Thursday. Okay?"
"Thursday, right," Percy said as everyone got up and flashed out. "I'll let Grover know."
"I'll get you that brain," Rose joked and they shared a smile before leaving.
"Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday to meeeeeee, happy birthday to blue!" Pollux sang, rocking in his throne and pointing at the still passed out Grover who woke up with a groan.
"Oh, man what happened?" he asked, looking around as he clutched his head.
"Spongebob got married to Squarepants," Pollux replied, bursting into laughter. "Now it's Squarepants Squarepants!"
Grover looked at him weirdly before nodding slowly. "Right, um, I'm going to go now, okay?"
Before he flashed out, Pollux yelled, "Happy birthday blue!"
Juniper was waiting anxiously near her tree, weaving daisy flowers into a necklace to pass the time, but her attention kept drifting whenever she looked up and around to see if Grover was back yet. He told her he'd be back after the meeting to tell her if it was a yes or a no and she was nervous. She loved Grover with everything she had. He was a cute, funny, brave satyr and he was an amazing boyfriend, too. When he asked her to marry him, she couldn't believe it. She had been wondering and worrying what they'd do now that he was a god and she was just a tree, but in that moment, all her worries and problems just seemed to vanish. It was one of the best moments of her life.
But it'd all be in vain if there wasn't a way she could be turned into an immortal and be with him forever. She don't know what she would do if the answer was a no. She probably would cry, a whole lot, but after that, the future just lies blank. She couldn't imagine just being a tree for the rest of her life and then being reincarninated as a flower. It just didn't strike her. Not when she has Grover and she's so close to keeping him. She wonders if he would be as sad as she would. Or what he would do if it was a no. Would he mourn over her for a long time or just move on and get a new girlfriend? No, Grover wouldn't do that. He wasn't that heartless to forget about her. She didn't want him to move on, but he's a god and if it's a no and she dies, she knows he's going to. It's really the only option.
Her head snapped up as she about finished her necklace and a twig snapped in front of her. Grover never was the quietest in the forest. Or any place for that matter. She jumped up and crushed her daisy necklace in her hands as she watched him emerge from the darkness and come up to her. He smiled at her and she felt her heart beating in fear and nerves. This was the yes or no moment deciding on whether or not she'd be with the love of her life for all of time. Surely, Piper noticed and tried to help out...?
He kissed her cheek and sat down, patting the spot next to him. She carefully sat down, not taking her eyes off him. His smile grew at her. "What kind of wedding do you want, Juniper?" he asked and she squealed and threw her arms around him, knocking them both down to the ground in joy and relief.
"Any kind," she replied, beaming at him. "Just as long as it's with you."
He kissed her and there was no more problems in the world at that moment.
"Man!" Travis cried, appearing right in front of Connor making the other Stoll jump.
"What?" Connor mimicked, raising an eyebrow.
Connor's eyes widened. "What?"
"You're in, man, you're in!"
"Yes!" He fist pumped and they both laughed and hugged each other before awkwardly pulling away. Connor coughed. "Right. Well, um, when?"
"On a full moon. Next Thursday." Travis patted his shoulder. "I hope you're ready to get drunk."
Connor blinked. "What?"
"You've got to be drunk." Travis shrugged. "I don't know. It's got to be on a full moon, you've got to be drunk, and we've got to feed you nectar until you're about to burn before we give you our blessings."
Connor paled to Nico's skin tone. "What?"
"Don't worry, man, we won't screw up...I think."
"You think?" His voice raised an octave. "What do you mean we think?"
"Annabeth's on it, man, so there's nothing to worry about," he assured, patting his shoulder.
Connor waved his hands through the air. "That doesn't make me feel any better!"
"Why not? It should."
"I could die, bro!"
"But you won't." Travis raised an eyebrow. "It's either that or we have to get married."
Connor paled even more, if that was possible. "Married? Oh, gods."
"Yeah, that's what I said. So you can take your chances and almost die or you can marry me, and I really don't want to do that."
"Well, neither do I, but I don't want to die."
"You won't. We'll get it right."
"Coming from the guy who almost blew off his finger!"
"Frieten, wait up!" Nico yelled, walking out after Rose, knowing he didn't really have another chance.
"What do you want, di Angelo?" Rose asked, turning around to watch him, frowning.
"I was thinking..." He joined her at her side and walked with her to the elevator. "About something that I needed your help with."
Rose snorted. "What could you possibly need my help with?"
"Well, I've got a little time to get married, and I was wondering if you'd help me."
She blinked in confusion. "I don't get it."
He rolled his eyes at her. "Seriously, Frieten? Will you marry me?"
She stopped dead in her tracks and looked at him with wide eyes. "What?"
He raised an eyebrow at her. "Do I need to repeat it?"
"Did you really just ask me to marry you?"
He nodded. "It's not like you've got a husband already?"
She blinked a couple more times. "Are you serious right now?"
He chuckled. "Yes, Frieten. I'm asking you right now to marry me."
She frowned. "Marry you?"
He nodded again, slowly to help her understand. "Yep."
She studied him for a few minutes before she shook her head feverently. "I can't believe you," she choked. "I can't believe you'd actually ask me that."
His eyebrows furrowed together. "Is that a no?"
She gave him a good punch before vanishing to the only place she thought of. How could he do that? They weren't even friends! How could he just ask her to marry him like that? With no warning? No first date? Nothing between them! It was insane! Did he really think she was going to say yes? Gods, she felt like crying.
So that's why, she appeared in front of Percy Jackson.
I know it was a little mean for Nico, but I could see him doing that at the circumstances. And if some guy you didn't like very much just asked you to marry him, don't you think you'd get a little hurt too?
Anyway, sorry for not updating fast enough, but there's a lot of shit going on at my house and it's been preventing me to write, so I'm sorry. But I'm going to try and update as much as I can this week before the weekend because I'm going camping and tubing. Sounds fun, right? Have you ever been camping or tubing?
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