Outlaw: Running From Love

Chapter 25: Epilogue

A.N.: It's the end! I can't believe it! Really, I can't! It honestly feels like I began this story last week, not a few months ago! Thank you for the continuous support and amazing reviews, there wasn't a single flame!

To everyone who reviewed regularly, thanks a million! You know who you are, and I can't thank you enough!

Ambassador of Hades asked if the psychologist was going to make another appearance, and I said yes. But, unfortunately, him coming back didn't fit with the way I wanted to end the story. I would have loved to have him in the story again, but it just didn't work.

So, here it is. The final chapter-slash-epilogue:

ANNABETH POV:

Two yeas later…

I carefully packed a pile of books into the cardboard box that sat next to my bed. I had arranged all the titles alphabetically so that I would easily be able to keep track of where they all were. I had tried to explain this to Percy (my boyfriend of almost three years now), but, being the Seaweed Brain that he is, he didn't understand the concept and instead threw a pile of books into a random box before collapsing onto my bed.

"Why can't you just go to NYU with me?" he asked/complained for the hundredth time. "Because really, why do you want to go to the other side of the country?"

I sighed and rolled my eyes. Of course he already knew the answer, but I think that he was secretly hoping that I would change my mind. I had been accepted to a few schools, but I had chosen the University of Southern California for their architecture course, while Percy was studying marine biology at NYU.

It had been a hard decision, choosing to be on the other side of the country to my boyfriend, friends and family, but once I had my degree I would move back to New York. Anyway, I would be home for breaks and Percy would be able to visit me sometimes.

"Because USC has a better architecture program," I said (for the hundredth time). "It's not like I want to leave."

"But I'm going to miss you, Wise Girl!" Percy moaned as he wrapped his arms around my waist and pulled me down on top of him

I laughed and hugged him tightly while burying my face in his neck.

"I'll miss you too, Seaweed Brain," I mumbled. "But we can Skype every day, and text and phone. And I won't be gone long."

"It will feel long to me," Percy said stubbornly before kissing the top of my head. "And Skype isn't the same as having you here with me. I can't kiss you over Skype for one thing." I could hear that he was grinning by the tone of his voice.

"I know. But it's not permanent," I reassured him. "I'll move back here when I've graduated."

He leaned down to gently kiss my lips, and I kissed him back. Slowly, the originally gentle kiss became more and more heated. Our tongues danced together, and our mouths moved in harmony. Soon I was sitting in his lap, facing him.

Percy carefully pushed my down so that I lay on my back with my head at the foot of the bed. He cautiously moved up my body to keep from breaking the kiss. I let my hands creep up his shirt and roam his muscular chest, while his lifted my shirt slightly to rest in my waist.

"I love you," he whispered against my lips.

"I love you, too," I whispered back.

I pulled Percy's shirt over his head and flung it across the room. He moved to pull my shirt off as well, when we were interrupted by a knock on the door that I hadn't completely closed.

"Annabeth?" called Cheryl. She pushed the door open expecting to find Percy and I packing my stuff in boxes. Instead, my stepmother found my boyfriend, shirtless, and laying on top of me on my bed. Her eyes widened and she breathed in sharply. I instantly felt my face heat up.

"Hi, Cheryl," said Percy with a slight tremor in his voice. "How've you been?"

This wasn't how I had planned on Percy and my family seeing each other for the first time since the start of the last college semester.

He carefully climbed off me and went to retrieve his shirt while I sat up, not meeting the widened eyes of my stepmother who was staring me down. She looked away to answer Percy's question.

"Good, thank you. How's college?" she asked cautiously.

"It's been stressful," he answered while pulling his shirt over his head. "Other than that, great."

"Great…" Cheryl trailed off.

I still sat on my bed, listening to their exchange and wishing that the ground would swallow me up. I may have been almost nineteen and Percy twenty, but I knew that there was still a chance that my parents would give the two of us the 'talk'.

An awkward silence filled the room. None of us moved a muscle. After what felt like ages, Cheryl broke it.

"Would either of you like something to eat?" she asked.

"Yes, please," I replied at the same time Percy did, although I still couldn't look her in the eye.

"OK. I'll call you when it's ready," she said and made to leave.

When she reached the door, Cheryl pushed it all the way open and raised an eyebrow at me.

"Leave the door open," she instructed. "And if you ever do anything, use protection."

Then she turned and left, Percy burst out laughing and my face grew even redder.

"I'm serious!" Cheryl called from the hallway.

"Oh, my gosh!" I exclaimed. "That was so embarrassing!"

"It wasn't that bad," Percy said as he sat down besides me and put his arm around my shoulders. "She's just looking out for you."

"I know," I said. "But she didn't need to tell us that."

Percy smiled mischievously at me before asking, "Now, where were we?"

"Percy the door is wide open," I reminded him, but his lips had already found my neck and began trailing up my jaw.

"Doesn't matter," he mumbled in my ear.

I chuckled as I lifted my head to catch his lips in mine. Soon, we were lying down, facing one another. Percy had an arm draped over my hip and the other under my neck. Both my hands were twisted into his raven hair and I had hitched one leg over his hip.

I pulled away and whispered, "I love you, Percy."

He smiled. "I love you too, Annabeth. And I'm going to miss you so much."

He pulled me closer and wrapped both arms around me, burying his face in my hair.

"I'll miss you too, Seaweed Brain." I replied. "But we still have two weeks before I leave, and I'll be back before you know it."

"I know," he sighed. "But its going to be so strange not seeing you everyday."

I held onto him tighter and pushed my face into his chest. "I know. We'll make it through, you know we will."

"I know."

Then my stepmother interrupted our intimate conversation by calling us for lunch.

"I'm not hungry anymore," Percy said in attempt to stay in my bedroom.

I laughed. "You're always hungry! And I'm hungry now, so lets go eat."

He sluggishly got up from my bed then pulled me up too. We walked hand in hand to where the rest of my family was waiting for us.

Despite everything that had happened, my family were quick to welcome Percy back into their lives. Bobby and Matthew were only too happy to have their video game buddy back again, and Cheryl was happy that I was happy. Although at first, Dad had been reluctant to allow me to see Percy, but we eventually managed to convince him otherwise (with some help from my step mom), and now he was perfectly fine about everything. He would never admit it, but I knew that he liked Percy much more than he let on. And now it was like nothing had ever happened.

Percy and I never talked about it, and neither did any of our friends. They knew that we didn't want to think about it, so they didn't bring it up. And that was how we wanted it.

Now when I think back to that time, I see how stupid I was in letting my pride get in the way. I should have listened to Percy and not been so determined to be right all the time.

But I realise that Percy and I know now that we can always trust each other. We don't keep secrets or tell lies. Sure we fight occasionally, but we always work it out. I lost him once, and I never plan on losing him again. I was so lost without him, and I know I would be if he ever left me, and vice versa.

In Percy's senior year yearbook, we were labelled as the couple most likely to be together forever. I had laughed, and blushed, and brushed off the romantics gushing over how cute we were. But I did admit to Thalia, that I thought whoever had decided to give us that title was right.

Even though I was going to the other side of the country for college, I would still come back to see my family and my Seaweed Brain, because I knew that I belonged with him, and him with me.

The End

A.N.: I actually have (happy) tears in my eyes. Not because of the ending, but because I actually finished a story.

So what did you think? Not bad for a first story, huh? Ha ha!

So I'll be starting the next story some time this week. I finally got a clear winner on the poll and it is…

Forbidden Love

So thank you for all the votes!

I might change the title at some point, but it's not likely. Look out for it, because I will start it soon!

I have got my advanced maths course to complete over this week (I still have four lessons to work through before completing a tutorial for Friday at 09:00), but I promise to start the next story ASAP.

Again, thank you for all the support and reviews! I went through a rough patch about halfway through this story, but I have to say that you guys and your encouraging reviews kept me going and helped a lot.

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