Percy's POV

Ring, ring.

I picked up my phone. "Hello?" I mumbled into it.

"Percy? Are you up yet?" My best friend, Annabeth said on the other end.

"I'm up now." I grumbled sitting up on my bed.

"Oh come on, Percy. It's already eight am."

"Not everybody wakes up early on weekends, Wise Girl." I said. "So, what's up?"

"What do you mean 'what's up'? Don't you know what day it is today?" I could almost hear her smirk through the phone.

"Why? What's today? Is it my birthday?" I said sarcastically.

"Well, yes, it actually is. It's September 11 already, Seaweed Brain." She retorted.

"Oh, really? It totally slipped my mind. Well greet me then."

"Why do you thing I called?"

"Well go on. Greet me Happy birthday."

"Isn't reminding you it's your birthday enough?"

"Nope" I grinned.

"Fine" she grumbled "Happy birthday, Seaweed Brain."

"Aww, you remembered." I said sarcastically. "Gee, thanks. Why do you call me Seaweed brain anyway?"

"My, aren't you forgetful today. Annabeth said. Captain of the swim team, third time gold medalist and fastest swimmer in school? Remember? That and because your head is filled with kelp."


"You know you love it."

"Sure." I heard my mom call my name in the background. "I got to go."

"Yeah, you better go downstairs." Annabeth replied. "See ya."

I went downstairs not bothering to change the clothes I slept in.

"Happy birthday!" My mom shouted from the kitchen, holding up platter of blue chocolate chip cookies. To my surprise, Annabeth was behind her, holding up a blue cake.

"Surprise!" She said, grinning at me.

"Annabeth!" I grinned back. "You were here the whole time?"

"Yup." She beamed at me. "I was here since six. I helped your mom bake. We all know how much you love blue food."

"Mm hmm." I said, stuffing my face with cookies.

We ate the cake and cookies for breakfast. It was so good.

"So, Percy." Mom said. "You're a teenager!"

"Finally." Annabeth added. Her birthday was on August 18 so that made her a month older than me. And she never let's me forget it.

"My son's a teenager!" Mom said dabbing her eyes pretending there were tears falling. "Soon you'll graduate. Then get a job. And before you know it, he's married moving out. And leaving me!"

"Mom!" I protested.

Annabeth laughed. "Soon enough, Percy will be having white hair, have five grandchildren and walk around with a cane." She imitated an old man

W e all chuckled.

"Well, Percy, I can't get out of work today. I'm really sorry. I really wanted to spend more time with you today but I can't afford to skip work."

I nodded. Ever since my dad left us when I was a baby, my mom has been working nonstop. She always tries to find time for me but our family isn't exactly rich. Especially because Gabe Ugliano, our landlord, is always finding some excuse to raise the call him Mr. Ugly or Smelly Gabe. Seriously, that guy reeks.

"Considering you are not a child anymore," mom continued "would you like to go to the office with me today? You could get anything you want from the vending machine and we could get ice cream from that place next to the world trade canter."

"I'd like that." I smiled. Sure, go ahead call me what ever you want. Dork. Mama's boy. But I'm willing to jump at any chance to spend time with her.

"How about you Annabeth?" Mom asked her. "Want to come?"

"I'd like to Mrs. Jackson but I have a ton of homework to do." She replied. "Which reminds me, I have to go. Thanks for having me over Mrs. Jackson. Bye, Percy!" She left.

We took the subway going to the World Trade Center. We went to my mom's office.

"Mom, can I have money for Cherry Coke? I saw one at the vending machine."

"Try not to take in to much sugar." My mom said handing me a dollar

I got my soda and my mom pulled out a bottle of blue food coloring out of her purse. She put a few drops and we watched the Coke turn a violent shade of cobalt. I grinned. I helped myself to candy from the vendo.

A few hours later, my mom looked up from her paper work.

"Percy, would you mind getting lunch? There's a Mcdonalds a few blocks away. Here" She handed me money. Get me chicken nuggets. You could get whatever you want."

I walked to Mcdonalds. It wasn't that far. I got myself a Big Mac and chicken nuggets for mom. But I only took a few steps when I saw the World Trade Center explode before my eyes.

A/N: I'm not that sure about the details of the 9/11 thing so I just made most of them up. And I know that Percy's birthday is at August but for this story, I needed to change it. Please review!