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She kept looking at me, like she couldn't figure out what I was trying to do. She slid the envelope flap open and looked at me again. She was all dolled up, and I had to be honest; I loved it. She wore this little dress which made her legs look incredible. I tried to focus, and not on her legs.
She pulled out the paper, folded carefully into thirds, surrounding another lighter paper and two tickets. I smiled.
She opened the first paper, which was the hotel confirmation, and began to scan the text.
"When I bought it, I figured it could be the two of us. But you know, you can take who you want – after…after what happened." I looked out towards the ocean and waited for her reaction.
"Greece? These-These are for me?" Her voice sounded shocked, but I couldn't look at her.
I nodded. "Skiathos, actually. Fully paid. Plane tickets, round trips. Two nights at a five star hotel, before a private yacht will take you out to a little island; my dad owns it and agreed to let me borrow it. Then you'll have the next two weeks alone, full access to a boat so you can go sightseeing all over Greece, and we've arranged for a housekeeper to come once a week to restock food and clean."
She looked at me, a huge smile on her face. I smiled back. "You're flight leaves tomorrow at three. Silena insisted on packing for you, so you're covered. But you'll probably want to let whoever you're going to take with you know-Oomph!"
Annabeth had jumped up and pressed her lips up against mine. Instinctively, I shot to my feet and backed up, but she followed. She clutched the envelope and papers in her left hand, but still wrapped them around my neck. She peppered my face with kisses, standing on the rock I'd abandoned so she was a few inches taller than me.
"I…I…I thought…" She mumbled. She thought what? I put my hands to her cheeks and pulled away.
She blushed, and nuzzled into my neck. I wrapped my arms around her and pulled her closer, breathing in the scent of her hair – I know it sounds creepy, but it's creepier than it is!
"I thought you were going with…with Rachel." She whispered the last part.
"You knew?" I was confused.
"The other day, when you went to get me lunch…I went looking for my missing stuff…I noticed your notes and tickets and stuff."
Oh. So that's what those questions were about. It all made sense now.
"You noticed, or you stumbled upon them digging through my personal belongings?" I accused her, teasingly of course.
"Shut up, Seaweed Brain." She mumbled into my neck.
"Why in Hades' name would I take Rachel? She'd be so boring on a trip, at least with you I'd get out of the hotel." I joked. Rachel had a thing about vacations. Even though she went on tons with her parents, she got extremely air sick. And car sick, boat sick; any kind of sick there was. She usually slept a good forty-eight hours before and after traveling long distances. I cracked a smile.
I didn't know what we were exactly, but it was so much better than avoiding her. I gently lifted her from the rock, without breaking my hold, and set her down on the sand. She was shorter than me again, but she only rested her head against my chest.
"Thank you." She whispered, minutes later.
"You're welcome." I answer, figuring she meant the gift.
"For everything. The gift, the party, for sticking with me through my…antics." She decided on a word.
"So…does this mean we're back together?" I asked.
She nodded into my chest. "If you want to be. I never wanted it to end, but…"
"I didn't either. But I imagine we could get back together… if…"
She looked up at me, eyebrow raised. Annabeth was back. "If?"
"You gotta ask me. Just like I had to ask you." I smiled. After our night in the lake, she still made me officially ask her to be my girlfriend. We were alone, thank the gods, but she'd made me nearly beg.
"No buts! Either you ask or the answer is no." I smiled. She didn't look thrilled to be doing this, but hey, neither had I. She would do it of course, but she should've known that even if she didn't I wouldn't let her go.
She sighed and pulled away. "Exactly?"
I nodded. She sighed and got down onto one knee, almost like she was proposing; exactly like what she'd made me do.
"Percy Jackson," She began. I tried to hold back my laughter and wished I had a video camera. I crossed my arms and smiled. "Will you be my sweet, obnoxious, and very obtuse seaweed brained boyfriend?"
"Hey!" I protested. She just laughed and got up to brush the sand off her knees. "I am not obtuse!"
"Sure you're not." She pressed her lips to my jaw.
"I'm not! And you're just as obtuse as I am!" I muttered.
"Sure I am, Perce," She whispered as I began to kiss her neck.
The party was going great. The sun had gone down, bonfires had been lit, people danced and games went on everywhere. This was definitely going to have to be an annual thing.
Silena had given me a yellow dress with bows on it for tonight. It wasn't really my style, but because she'd gone so far for this party, I figured one night wouldn't kill me. I hadn't worn shoes, but earlier when we were prepping I'd had some red TOMS on. I don't know where they'd gone.
I stood in a group with Bianca, Rachel, Irene and some Hunters. We'd never particularly gotten along, but I hadn't tried to get along with them. I was the daughter of Aphrodite. Irene, however, had taken an instant liking to them. If my instinct was right, she'd probably end up leaving with them tomorrow.
Thalia and Nico came up, asking if we'd seen Annabeth.
"Nope, sorry. I haven't seen Annabeth for a while," I apologized. Or Percy for that matter.
They wandered off looking for the ex-couple and I turned to find Jason. He was standing down by the beach just looking at the water, but he wasn't close enough to get wet.
"Hey, Sparky," I smiled, grabbing his hand.
"Just watching the happy couple," He smiled and nodded towards a boy in a blue shirt and a girl in a white dress dancing a ways down the beach. Unless you stood here and looked for them, you would never find them.
"Glad to know they're working out."
He laughed and looked at me. "Yup, it seems like things are finally working out. Percy and Annabeth are back together, Malcolm and Bianca finally realized the other liked them,"
"Your sister and Nico are being decent for once!"
"Yeah, and I guess you and me are still going strong, right?"
"You got that right." He kissed my cheek. "Now all that's left if Leo."
He began to lead me back up to the party and smiled. "Yeah, that's his problem,"
"Travis Stoll!" I screamed. I was currently drenched in bright pink paint. Said Stoll and his brother took off through the crowd, with their remaining paint filled balloons, in search for their next victim.
I sighed and tried to ignore the laughter of my friends who'd been in hearing distance. Percy's laughter was the loudest and I figured he deserved a hug.
I wrapped my arms around him tightly and he jumped. "Annabeth! Now I'm pink!"
"I know. Next time, don't laugh," I smiled, gripping him tighter because he was trying to pull away from me.
"You're a mean girlfriend."
"But you love me," I spoke, giving him my puppy dog eyes. Ooh, maybe he'll get me a dog for Christmas…I'd have to start dropping hints.
"Unfortunately, I do. But you could be a nice girlfriend, then I'd love you even more,"
"Hmm….that's an interesting thought," I mumbled against his lips. Maybe everybody was right: we were extremely affectionate in public. Maybe Silena had snuck a love potion into my drink earlier; I wouldn't put it past her.
"Mom! Annabeth's kissing a boy!" Interrupted the two of us. I glared at my two younger brothers who were covered in paint and food; they were a mess.
Valerie chuckled next to my father. Behind them were Percy's parents. They were all smiling, laughing, and getting along.
"Aren't you glad you stuck around today, Annabeth?" My father asked.
I groaned and buried my head into Percy's chest. I was hardly ever wrong, and when I was, they never let it go. I'd hear about this for the rest of my life.
"Of course she is, Fredrick dear." Valerie chided. "I suppose it was a good thing you were having second thoughts about leaving,"
"Oh I wasn't having second thoughts, I was stalling," He laughed again, but this time Percy joined him.
"Stalling? You knew about this?!" I demanded.
"Of course he did, Beth. He was planning on killing me for hurting you – I had to tell him what was going on behind your back, though I'm surprised you didn't figure it out until just now."
"How long have you kids been planning this?" Paul asked, taking a drink of his soda.
"We came up with the idea about three months ago, but planning didn't start until a couple of weeks ago."
Our parents began talking about having dinner together next week, but I didn't pay attention. I dragged Percy away to a group of our friends, who were all talking. Irene was nowhere to be found and Percy's step brothers were off with some of the Apollo kids by the music booth.
Silena had a huge smile on her face, and when we joined them, she begged, "So are you two together again?"
I nodded and she jumped up and down, clapping. Thalia made a face, though I knew she was happy for me. Piper and Jason smiled, but they seemed to be in their own little world. Bianca and Malcolm were debating something as they decided to go for a swim.
"Anybody want to join us?" Malcolm asked.
Nico declined, and surprisingly, so did Percy. "But I'm sure Annabeth would love to!"
"Oh no! I'm not going swimming," I protested. I backed up but hit Jason's chest. "Yes, you are!"
He grabbed my arms and held them behind my back. Percy meanwhile, grabbed my waist and hoisted me up into his arms. "Don't struggle or I may drop you." He warned.
Jason had Piper and was dragging her to the water, using the winds to push her. Silena and Beckendorf ran ahead and were splashing in the water. Bianca whipped her video camera out and was filming the events.
"Percy Jackson, put me down!"
He stopped moving and smiled. "Okay,"
That was unexpected; I thought for sure he would make me get wet. "Really?"
He let go and I landed flat on the ground, in the water. I screamed, because it was really cold. "Not your best choice of words, Miss Chase." He smiled, holding his hand out to help me up.
I knew it was cheesy, but I pulled him into the water with me. He didn't have to get wet, but for my sake he did. We stood up and he hugged me, keeping me warm.
Jason and Piper stood with only their feet in, Bianca and Malcolm sat on the beach, Rachel was talking to Irene and some Hunters, and Thalia and Nico were off arguing about something. I couldn't help but smile. I had a great group of friends, a no-longer-secret relationship, and a loving boyfriend who'd be taking me to Greece tomorrow. I didn't know how long the peace would last, but for the time being everything was great.
Sorry it took so long, but I've run out of stuff to put into this story. This is why it took so long to update, it's not that good, and it's so short. This is the last chapter. Yup, I just decided to end it. Percabeth is back together, everybody is happy…I really don't know what else to add.
On the 30th, I release the epilogue. It'll wrap everything up and prep it for the sequel, which I should be releasing in a few months. I'll post the PROLOGUE for it on here, with an announcement for y'all that want to read it. Meanwhile, I'm working on the final Part of A Cinderella Story and rewriting Warriors of Chaos.
Then, later today, I'm releasing a new story – which is pretty much my go-to story when I'm out of inspiration for the others. It's based off of Kiera Cass's The Selection, but with Percy as the main character. It's pretty much the same idea, but with different events happening.
This story should be fun, because you readers can go vote for the final pairing on the poll on my profile. It's a closed poll, so you don't know how the story will end, but I'm excited. The beginning is a bit slow, but it gets better. So it'd mean a lot if you go check it out!
Hugs & Kisses, SexyPurpleBeast