Hey guys! So, as promised, the full summary is just below this little intro thingy right here. I just want to clear one thing up before I begin so that there is no confusion and/or false accusations. In all of my time reading PJO fan fics, I have never seen a story with the same plot as the one that is currently filling up my noggin. If you have written a similar story to this one and feel that I have copied you, I swear to Jesus that I had no intention of doing such a thing (if you are a non-Christian religion or are an atheist, I pinky promise :D ). Anywhoo, I hope you guys will like my story. Here is the summary:
Lady Annabeth has never acted like a proper Lady should. She doesn't like to follow rules, and she certainly doesn't enjoy being forced to play dress-up every day. Annabeth dreams of escaping from the palace life that confines her. She wants to be more like her late mother, who traveled across the realm without anything holding her back. Annabeth hopes to become like the famous architects that designed the palaces and temples in Olympus, the capital of the realm. However, her dreams are shattered when her parents try to set her up in an arranged marriage. Sure, he's handsome enough and certainly very strong. But there's more to Luke Castellan than meets the eye.
Percy Jackson is the notorious leader of the largest gang in Hades, the Demigods. He has a reputation for being a charming yet deadly criminal, but this is only what he appears to be. On the inside, Percy only wants to keep his mother and brother from starving. But when you have nothing, it's hard to keep your family alive without taking to the streets.
When Annabeth and Percy are forced together through an unlikely set of events, they become enemies immediately. As time goes on, they begin to develop an uneasy friendship. Somewhere along the way, they might even fall in love. But when Percy gets into some serious trouble, will Annabeth be willing to sacrifice everything and everyone for the boy she loves?
That is the summary! Now, without further ado, I present to you Chapter 1 of Street Rat!
Chapter 1- Annabeth
I was arguing with my stepmother. Again. This time, it was about makeup.
"Oh, Annabeth, put on a little more blush. It will make everything look so much better."
"My face is already covered in makeup. I don't need anymore."
"Why do you have to be so resistant all the time? Must you always prove yourself right? You know, I don't think that there are many lords and dukes out there who want an argumentative wife."
Of course, she had brought it back to the subject of marriage. "You mean they don't want a wife who has a backbone?" I spat at her. A small frown crossed her face. I rolled my eyes before turning towards the door of my powder room.
"Where are you going, young lady?"
"I'm going to see Rachel. I haven't heard from her in a few days."
Heidi gasped. "You can't just see the Princess of Olympus whenever you please! You have to make an appointment or send a messenger ahead at the very least."
"Maybe you do, but I don't have to. Rachel isn't going to turn away her best friend." I tried to leave before Heidi could say anything else, and, thankfully, I was successful. I walked down a small corridor connecting my powder room to the rest of my rooms and turned into the sitting room. From there, I opened the door connecting my rooms to the rest of my father's estate and began walking down to the main floor.
It wasn't that I didn't like Heidi. We just didn't have a lot in common. She was very into makeup, and balls, and dresses, and gossip. I was into traveling, and architecture, and learning, none of which were suitable for a Lady in my position.
I got down to the entrance hall. A butler whose name I couldn't remember bowed his head and said, "Good morning, Lady Annabeth."
"Good morning," I replied politely as he opened the door. The sunlight hit me immediately, and I squinted against the glare, bringing a hand to my forehead in order to shade my eyes. I walked a short distance before I found some servants playing cards behind the house.
I coughed loudly in order to get their attention, and immediately they all looked up, startled. I asked, "Could one of you please prepare a carriage? I'm going to visit the Princess Rachel." One man stood, bowed and turned towards the stables to go prepare a carriage. The others looked at the ground, embarrassed that I had caught them playing cards when they were supposed to be working.
I moved a little closer to them so that they could all hear me when I whispered, "If you want, my father won't be home for at least another hour. You should have time for a few more rounds." They smiled at me and some of them laughed. They knew that I wouldn't tell my father what they'd been doing.
The carriage was ready, so I got in and made myself comfortable. It wasn't that long of a ride, only about 10 minutes. My father's position in the Court of Olympus got us a house in close proximity to the palace where Rachel lived.
Rachel had been my best friend since we were children. Being the only two girls in the Court who were close to the same age, we spent a lot of time together. It helped that we had so much in common. Neither one of us cared for the restraints and rules that came with being a Lady or a Princess. Other girls we knew, like our friends Lady Silena or the Duchess Katie, were much more into ladylike things, such as makeup or gardens. In fact, Katie's flower garden was envied by everyone across the realm who had laid eyes on it. All sorts of rare flowers bloomed there, and it was one of my favorite places to visit when I spent time with her.
When I arrived at the palace, Rachel was waiting for me. I never had to tell her when I was coming to visit because she always seemed to know. As soon as I had stepped out of the carriage, she rushed forward and hugged me.
"I swear," I said, hugging her back. "It's like you can see the future! How did you know I was coming?"
Rachel shrugged. "I guess you're just really predictable. Come on, let's go up to my rooms." She leaned closer and lowered her voice. "I got a new book for you."
I tried to keep the smile off of my face as we rushed passed the guards towards Rachel's end of the palace. We ran through the halls, which was very difficult due to the full-skirted dresses we were both wearing, and received a lot of disapproving looks from certain servants and visiting nobles. Finally, we reached Rachel's rooms and she pulled the door closed behind her.
"Sit," she ordered, pointing towards her bed. I kicked off my shoes and sat down, crossing my legs under my dress. "Close your eyes," Rachel said as she rummaged through her things. I did, and the next moment I could feel the weight of the book in my hands. "Now open them," Rachel ordered.
I opened my eyes and read the front cover. It was a book on famous architects and the buildings they had designed. I jumped up and down excitedly and pulled Rachel into a huge hug.
"Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I've been trying to find this book for so long!"
"I know. I hope you like it. It sure was a pain to find." She flopped down beside me on the bed in a very un-princesslike way. "Do you have any idea how hard it is to find trustworthy servants who won't go blabbing to my mother about what I'm trying to find?" She propped herself up on one elbow and looked at me. "She would be furious if she found out I got you a book."
Olympus had some strange rules. For one, women were expected to be on their best behavior at all times. We were never to be rude, or show any type of extreme emotion. Everything was decided for us. Some girls received an education, but that depended on who your parents were. Rachel and I could have had any kind of education, but for some reason our parents didn't want us to learn anything. Instead, Rachel and I secretly got books from the blackmarket in the slums outside of Olympus, known as Hades.
"I'm sorry, Rach. You didn't have to go through all that trouble. I could have found it another way."
Rachel waved her hand in dismissal. "Don't worry about it. Just consider it an early birthday present."
I scowled. I'd almost forgotten that my sixteenth birthday would be coming up in just two weeks. It was the day that I would be officially recognized as a Lady in the Court of Olympus. It was the day that I would finally stop being treated like a child.
It was also the day that my parents could start deciding who they were going to marry me off to.
I fell backwards on the bed, my face towards the ceiling. I groaned. "I don't wanna turn sixteen."
"Sure you do," Rachel said matter-of-factly. "You just don't want to get married."
"Is there a difference?"
Rachel thought for a second. "Nope."
I glared at her. "You are no help."
She smiled jokingly and tossed her mane of red hair over one shoulder. "But you love me anyway."
I picked up a pillow and threw it at her. She ducked, grabbed it off the floor, and threw it back. Soon, we were laughing and throwing pillows back and forth, running around her room and making a huge mess that we or some poor maid would have to clean up later. It was fun, and it felt nice not having Heidi breathing down my neck about the proper ways that a Lady should act. It was moments like these that I would miss when I finally had to get married.
Stop thinking about it, I thought to myself. Don't let it ruin your day.
I listened to my brain and pushed those thoughts away. They could wait until later.
I know it's starting off a little slow, but I promise, if you give it a chance I think it will be worth your while. The next chapter introduces Percy and the Demigods. Reviews are always appreciated! Love you guys! ~Belle