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Hey guys! I know that it took a very long time to update, but I was very busy. I read the complete Hunger Games series, and if you would like for me to make it up to you by writing a story about Peeta and Katniss, leave it in your review. I hope that you all aren't terribly mad at me. Enough about this. On with the story! Enjoy!
Chapter 8: A Few Surprise Guests
We arrived at Red Lobster about thirty minutes after we left the house. When we walked through the door, which Percy held open for me, we were met by Victoria and Olivia. We weren't exactly met by them. Their backs were turned, and they were at the back of a really long line. I tapped Victoria on the shoulder. She quickly turned around.
"Hey guys!" she said with a smile.
"Hi Victoria! It is really packed tonight!" I practically yelled over all of the people in the restaurant.
"Well, what did you expect? It's Friday night." Olivia said in a somewhat sarcastic tone.
I gave her a puzzled look, and she said, "Sorry Annabeth. I'm not in the best mood tonight because Victoria had to pick this god-forsaken place."
I gave her another puzzled look. "I don't like seafood," she explained.
"Oh," I said in understanding. "Then why did Victoria ask us to come here?"
"Because she knows that you like it. She also knows that seafood is Percy's favorite."
"Yeah, he does love it." I said with a smirk.
"What in the world are you smirking about? I would guess, but I feel too lazy to guess," she said with a dazed look on her face.
I laughed. "It's nothing, Olivia." I lied. I was just thinking about the fact that the reason Percy loves seafood so much, is because he is the son of Poseidon, the sea god… I wonder what her reaction would be if I said that to her. She would have probably looked at me and would have said something really intelligent like, Get away from me you crazy lady! Anyway, I was not about to blow our "cover."
Victoria and Percy came back from the podium at the front, where a waitress was getting everybody's names and the number of people in their group.
"Well," Victoria said, "we are number twenty four in line. Yippee!" she said sarcastically.
I laughed, along with Olivia and Percy.
"Shut up," Victoria said in a playful voice. We all laughed.
"Yeah, but seriously guys. It is about an hour and a half wait." Victoria said.
"Oh, well. I have been wanting to come here. It will be worth the wait." I said with a smile on my face.
"That's true. It always is!" Percy said dreamily.
"Oh, I almost forgot! Guys, follow me!" Percy said. He grabbed my hand and started leading me through the crowd of people. Olivia and Victoria followed quickly behind. We came to a stop right before we reached the main dining room.
As soon as I walked in, I saw a few familiar faces. Well, not faces exactly, but some hairdos and other things popped out at me. I saw spiky black hair with a silver type of tiara around it. The girl was dressed in silver glowing clothes. She wore a jacket, although it felt like it was seventy-five degrees inside, and sweat pants. Of course, I knew right away that it was Thalia.
Next, I saw two boys who looked exactly the same. They both had a mop of brown hair that hung in their eyes. They had upturned eyebrows and a sarcastic smile. I knew immediately that the two boys were Travis and Connor Stoll.
I then noticed a big, buff girl with stringy dirty blonde hair. She had a fierce look in her eyes. It was Clarisse, sitting next to her boyfriend, Chris Rodriguez.
I quickly turned around to face Percy. He was smiling at me.
"I have a plan. Percy, do you have a piece of paper and something to write with?"
"You're in luck," he said. He pulled a pen and folded paper out of his pocket and handed it to me.
I never understood why boys kept writing utensils and paper in their pocket. Why didn't they just put the utensils in a pencil pouch or something, or put the paper neatly in a notebook? Oh, well. I guess I will never understand boys and their untidiness. Percy's untidiness at the moment, was perfect.
My cousin told me a story one time about how he always put his tie in his backpack after school. He attended a private school, so they were required to wear a tie to school everyday. He said that his house was being remodeled, so they went to live at their grandma's house. To make a long story short, he brought his proper uniform, but his sister didn't because of her tidiness. She got a dress code violation every day because she left her tie at home. In the end, his untidiness did win out. Oh, man. Sorry, that was my ADHD getting in the way. Back to reality.
I wrote, more like scribbled, a note on the piece of paper. I didn't want Thalia to recognize my penmanship. The note said, I know you are a Hunter of Artemis, Thalia. You cannot hide.
I quickly crumpled up the piece of paper and threw it at Thalia's head. It hit her exactly where I wanted it to, square in the middle. I then pulled Percy, Olivia, and Victoria against the wall so that Thalia wouldn't see us.
She quickly turned around in her chair. She had an infuriated look on her face, and a scowl was playing on her lips. She saw the paper and picked it up. The others hadn't noticed what was simultaneously going on besides their talking and having a great time. They finally noticed that something was wrong when Thalia started to pale.
Clarisse was the first one to speak up. "What is it, Thalia?"
She hesitantly handed the note to Clarisse, and her hand was shaking a little bit.
While Clarisse was reading it, I sneaked up behind Thalia. The Stolls were the first ones who saw me, followed by Chris. I put a finger to my mouth gesturing for them to be quiet. They got quiet and acted like they hadn't even seen me. It's a good thing that the Stoll brothers are good at pranking people and that Chris was good at not making things obvious.
I then quickly slipped my hands over Thalia's eyes. She froze.
"Who is it?" she demanded.
"Oh, nobody. It's only your best friend in the whole world." I said in a sing-song voice.
"ANNABETH!" Thalia screamed and jumped up immediately wrapping her arms around me. "It's so good to see you! How have you been?"
I hadn't seen Thalia in months because of the hunt. This time, it was some special monster which I guess they obliterated already, because Thalia was here.
"I'm doing well! How are you? I have missed you so much!" I said, squeezing her tightly.
"I am doing well, too. I just got back from the hunt this afternoon. We killed that monster, alright. These guys promised me that they would treat me to dinner after my hunt ended in success," she said motioning with her hand to all four of the other demigods.
"Well, a couple of my friends from school brought me here as a welcome to Goode High. I will be right back. Let me go get them," with that, I took off toward the wall at which Percy, Victoria, and Olivia were hiding at.
"Percy, do you want to say hi to Thalia, Travis, Connor, Clarisse, and Chris?" I asked with a big smile on my face.
"Who are they?" Olivia and Victoria asked in unison.
"They are our friends from this summer camp that Percy and I go to every summer."
"Cool!" Victoria said. "I want to meet your friends."
"Let's go then," I said.
We walked over to them, and I tapped Thalia on the shoulder. She turned around and smiled.
"Hey, Kelp Head," she said as she smirked.
"How are you, Pinecone Face?" he asked with a playful smile.
She just scowled and turned to me.
"Thalia, I would like you to meet my friends, Victoria and Olivia," I said pointing to the person, corresponding with their name.
"I like your outfit," Victoria said, "it is pretty cool."
"Annabeth, you know why me and you are good friends?" Thalia asked me.
"Why?" I inquired.
"We like the same things and people. I can tell that I am going to become great friends with them," Thalia said, nodding her head in their direction.
I knew that Thalia was just trying to make it feel less awkward for the two, but I knew that they would become good friends.
Thanks, I mouthed to her.
She smiled. Don't mention it, she mouthed back.
"Hi, I'm Clarisse," obviously Clarisse said.
This shocked all of us because Clarisse wasn't that engaging in anything with people she didn't know, except for the time she tried to stick Percy's head in the toilet when we were twelve.
We all looked at her with wide eyes, and I felt my jaw drop. I saw all of the other demigods' do the same. Clarisse looked around at all of us and said, "What?"
We all shook our heads as if exiting a trance.
"Nothing," all of us demigods said at the same time.
"I'm Connor, and this is my brother, Travis."
"Nice to meet you all!" Olivia said with a smile.
"I suggest we get a table together. I will be right back to ask the waitress," Thalia said and left.
She came back a few minutes later with two waiters behind her carrying two chairs each. She wasn't carrying a single thing, typical Thalia.
The waiters set the chairs down in an orderly fashion and returned to their work.
We all had a seat and looked at the menus. What an interesting day this has turned out to be, I thought. Little did I know, that it was going to get a whole lot more interesting.
Author's note: Yay! Finally finished with this chapter! I sincerely apologize for the couple of months you guys had to wait for this chapter! I was so busy, that it was unbelievable! Please review! I am so sorry if this chapter isn't that good. It is one in the morning! See, I even stay up this late for you guys! I hope that shows you all how much I truly appreciate all of you! Have a great night!