authors note:in this story percy and annabeth dont know eachother and yaya i know piper isnt that girley but i needed her to fit the bill so read on. Oh ya please review!


Annabeth's P.O.V

Ch.1 Dress Shopping

"C'mon we got to get to the store before it closes. There is no way I'm getting my dress the day of the ball!" Piper yelled at me from down the hall. I really didn't want to go to the stupid dress shop, to get stupid dresses, for the stupid black and white ball. But Piper was making me go, so reluctantly I grabbed my bag and walked out of the door of our dorm. Once we got out of the building Piper and Tara (my other dorm mate) started to talk about girly things like painting each other's nails black for the ball, and doing each other's hair, and other stupid things that made me want to gag. Believe me, Piper and Tara are nice girls but sometimes I wonder if they got sprayed with fairy dust or whatever.

As they skipped happily along the path I dragged behind them wishing I could disappear and sneak back to the dorm at the OA but sadly I left my invisibility cap IN THE DORM. We rounded the corner and a few yards away was a small little building with a sign light in pink lights that said Olympian Beauty. Oh gods, I thought Piper had to pick the most girlish shop on the street didn't she. The fact that we were here at eight p.m. was even more stupid. Why couldn't we go at a normal time like normal people? The minute I walked in the store all I saw was gaudy dresses and stinky perfumes. I personally had no clue where I was going but Piper (who has been here a thousand times) led us straight to the back, where the less horrible dresses where. I was faced with racks and racks of black or white dresses.

I heard that at mortal schools girls wear white dresses to a black and white ball. But not here, at the OA girls wear black dresses and the boys wear white suits. Pretty weird but hey, if it was up to me there would be no ball. The head master of the OA Chiron thinks that since were already so different our parties and balls needed to be different to. Sorry I keep using the term OA but you don't even know what that means. The OA is the Olympus Academy. All half-bloods come here during school years or at least while there not at camp. Chiron decided that attacks were happening to often and they almost always killed the half-blood that was attacked. So yes Piper, Tara, and I are all half-bloods. Piper is a daughter of Aphrodite, Tara is a daughter of Hecate (goddess of magic), and I am the daughter of Athena.

Piper pulled three dresses and Tara pulled two they both went into the changing rooms and Piper came out first. Immediately I said "no" then she turned right back around and into the dressing room. I said no to almost all of her dresses. Mostly because I didn't like any of them, but also because if I said I liked one she would continue to try on the other ones and ask for my opinion even if she already knew which dress she would end up getting. Then she came out in a princess ball gown and before I could say anything she told me, "You better like this one because it's my last pick."

"You look like a Goth Cinderella" I told her a small smile creped onto my face at her confusion.

"That's a good thing right?" Piper asked twirling and admiring herself in the mirror.

"Ya," I said, "you should get that one." So she went back into the dressing room to change back into her normal clothes. I was only alone for a couple seconds when Tara came out in a really fluffy ball gown.

"So what do you think?" she asked me. I knew she wasn't digging the dress and neither was I, so I said.

"What does your other one look like?"

"Exactly like this one only shorter, to my fingertips." She said looking at me waiting for an answer.

"Go put the other one on I have a feeling that one will be better." I told her and just as I said that Piper walked out and said

"Definitely not that one." When Tara came back out in the other dress it was indeed shorter. The top half looked like the fabric rapped over one shoulder and around her body to the waist. Then it dropped in a puffy skirt to the fingertips. I guess the other one was the same except the bottom fell down to the floor.

"Get that one its perfect for you!" Piper told her and I didn't bother to say anything. Tara quickly changed and came back out with her dress.

"Annabeth you haven't tried on a dress yet." Tara said in a disapproving way.

"I don't look good in black unlike you and your cherry red hair." I told Tara, she blushed. Everyone thought that she died her hair but it was naturally that way. Don't ask me why because I don't know.

"We'll put you in a white dress then." Piper said.

"Oh, you'll stick out like a rose in the fields of asphodel! Trust me that's a good thing."

That's not exactly what I was going for; I knew I would end up putting on the most girlish dresses of the century. I know it, I just know it.

When I got on the dressing room I wanted to scream. Of course Piper and Tara picked out the most outrageous dresses they could find. The one Tara gave me was so short I'm pretty sure it would be illegal down on earth. So I took it off as fast as I could. Pipers was no better, she gave me a ball gown so big that it barley fit through the dressing room doors. So I didn't even put it on. Quickly put on my pick because I just wanted to get back to the dorm and go to sleep. But I at least have to know it fits so I examined myself in the mirror. The bottom of the dress was a little puffy but not as much as the one Piper picked. The top had spaghetti straps and sparkles which were fitted to me perfectly. So I guess it was a waste of time putting it on anyway.

I quickly changed into my normal clothes, and walked out of the dressing room. I didn't even bother to show them the dress I was getting because I was mad at them for making me go to the stupid ball. Plus if no one is going to know what my dress looks like then neither should they, and I told them exactly that, at first they looked at me as if they were going to ask me a question but finally agreed to wait for tomorrow to see it. So we paid and made our way back to our dorm in the OA.

You probably have already figured it out but I am not excited for the black and white ball because I've said it a lot but I'm going to say it again; I'm not excited for the black and white ball. The only reason I'm going is because Piper and Tara want me to. Even though they both have boyfriends and wouldn't even be hanging out with me. So I think I'll show up with about five books so I don't get bored. While Piper and Tara talk about doing each other's hair I lay on my bunk writing this thinking about how much I wish I could skip tomorrow.

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