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Bad For Me

Chapter 11: Avoid


PERCY

"Trust me when I say this. Percy, Annabeth's using you for a bet."

What? I blinked rapidly. Did I hear that right? "What?" I whispered disbelievingly.

Thalia bit her lip. "I didn't want to tell you. I knew I'd get this kind of reaction. But somebody—" she threw a glare at Nico, "—made me tell you today."

"Hey!" Nico said. "It's the right thing to do. We can't keep Percy in the dark forever."

Here were my two favorite cousins, telling me that Annabeth wasn't actually trying to be friends with me.

"Oh, Percy," Thalia sighed, "don't think that way." Jason was standing slightly awkwardly in the corner, but he came forward and clapped a hand on my shoulder.

"Yeah, buddy, quit being so pessimistic."

I still couldn't believe it. "Why would she...?" I trailed off, not wanting to finish.

"I don't even know. Maybe she thinks this will be a popularity boost or something," answered Nico bitterly.

Thalia glared at him. "Annabeth's not like that!"

"Oh yeah? Then why is she even doing this in the first place, huh?" Nico shot her his death glare.

She grit her teeth. "I don't know, okay? I don't know what's going through her head lately." Thalia whispered the last part with a dejected voice. "She tells me everything and asks for my opinion on everything too."

I wrapped an arm around her shoulder as she continued ranting. "Like today, she was hanging around Luke and his gang. I don't want her to become one of those kids. I don't want her to become one of those desperate, clingy popular girls. No way. That's why I thought if I let her hang around Percy, it wouldn't happen."

"Why me, Thals?" I asked softly. She leaned her head onto my shoulder.

Nico just snorted. Distinctly, I heard him mutter, "He's asking why," to Jason.

"Because you're you. You're sweet, kind, and nice, and she can be herself around you since you never make anyone feel uncomfortable." I flushed at the compliment. "I just don't want her to turn into a monster."

Thalia turned and looked me straight in the eyes. "Percy, promise me you'll stay away from Annabeth."

"Thalia—"

She gripped my shoulder. "Promise me."

"I promise."

The promise strangely reminded me of what I promised Silena.

.~.

I really did try to stay away from Annabeth. I really did. But she kept on following me everywhere and calling me out whenever she saw me. It was kind of bothersome, to tell you the truth.

I kind of believed what Thalia and Nico told me, since we had a cousin pact. But the other half of me wondered that maybe they're just saying that to get me away from Annabeth. I felt hurt that they would lie to me, not that they actually did— I still have no idea. But to avoid the topic, I just went ahead and promised Thalia. But it's not like I'm going to tell them that I don't completely believe them. I'll just be extra careful.

"Percy!"

I cursed. There she goes again. I shuffled awkwardly around the hallway and looked for an escape route. There was one by the door near Nico's locker, but it's right behind Annabeth. I thought quickly and dove into an empty classroom that I found unlocked.

No one was inside, and for that I sighed in relief. I sat down next the the door hinges and ran my fingers through my hair. Hiding from Annabeth was harder than I thought it'd be. She's almost caught me a few times today. Maybe I'm not being sneaky enough.

"Don't go anywhere near her."

"Stay away from her."

"It's for your own good."

My cousins' words repeated constantly in my mind. I just couldn't get them out of my head. It was like a broken record; over and over and over again. And I really was holding up to my promise to Thalia. I have been trying to stay away from Annabeth; and it's been hard. That girl knows where all my hiding spots are for some reason.

The door swung open, and I nearly had a heart attack. "Percy?" It wasn't the soprano voice that I was expecting, but a low baritone voice. I took my chances and slid out from behind the door.

"Hey, Percy."

"Nico?" There was my favorite male cousin Nico. "C'mon, Perce, class starts in a few minutes."

I blinked, "How'd you know I was in here?"

"Idiot," Nico chuckled, "I saw you duck in here to get away from Chase. My locker's right across the hall."

"Oh. Oh yeah."

He pulled me up and walked with me to our next class. "Nice thinking, diving into a classroom. She almost didn't see you."

This quirked my interest. "What do you mean by 'almost'?"

"Luke came around the corner and yelled her name. Jason bumped into him and shoved him into a locker. Annabeth came running and helped Luke to the infirmary," Nico laughed quietly. "Jason gave him a bloody nose and a bruised lip just from shoving him."

That cheered me up instantly. Luke's in the nurse's office, Annabeth's not in my way at the moment, and I owe Jason one. "Remind me to thank Jason or something."

"You got it, bro." We both walked into the Mr. Blowfis's English class—me immediately taking a seat in the front and Nico slouching in one towards the back of the class.

The man at the front of the class, Mr. Blowfis, clapped his hands to get our attention. "Welcome to your first English class of the year. Now, students, I'm going to assign your seats—" There were many groans coming from the others at this. "—Now, now, don't give me that. This is for your own benefits. For you to mix and mingle among yourselves."

I smiled. Honestly, I didn't care as long as he kept me toward the front of the class. Usually my teachers like to keep me near the front since I couldn't see that well, and because they just liked me. Well, at least according to what Thalia's told me.

"Let's start with the first row, in the front left seat I want Nico di Angelo." Nico looked up and groaned before trudging to his newly appointed seat. I chuckled quietly and grinned.

"To his left in the middle, I want Percy Jackson." I was already in the seat so I just looked up. "Oh, you're already here. Great! To Percy's right, Annabeth Chase can sit right here."

I froze. Annabeth? I heard a soft sigh and a few shuffles coming from the back of the classroom as she plopped down in the seat beside me. She huffed, crossed her arms, and gave me the cold shoulder.

"Good," Mr. Blowfis said. "Behind Miss Chase will be Leo Valdez, to Leo's left and behind Percy will be Miss Juniper Jones." Leo slid into the seat behind Annabeth and shot me a quick, almost unnoticeable peace sign along with his quirky, mischievous grin. Juniper tapped on my shoulder as she passed by and smiled warmly.

"Thalia Grace to the left of Juniper, please." Thalia glared at Mr. Blowfis; she hates her last name. She told me because it sounded nothing like what her last name should be. She wanted something cooler and not so girly. Thalia pursed her lips and sat down behind Nico, and she started to flick his ear and kicking my desk leg.

Mr. Blowfis continued to call out names and arrange them into wherever he wanted. The good part is that my friends were nearby and close to me. The bad part was that Annabeth is right beside me. Luke's somewhere in the back, thank gods, along with his gang of misfits.

.~.

Class ended too quickly for my liking. As I was gathering my things from my desk, someone shoved me, causing me to drop everything that was in my arms.

"Oh sorry," that person sneered. "Didn't see you there, Percy."


Author's Note: Ahaha, I'm evil! Who do you think that was? The answer's pretty obvious.

To Fluffy Bunnies Are So Cute: I actually forgot to reply to your review from chapter 9. I don't play violin, but I do play piano. And my real name's not Alice. Ha ha. Sorry. "Korean babies" lol. That made my day :D I like the title, but it's not exactly what I was thinking of.

To krasni: Uh... Sorry, I don't speak Spanish. I had to translate that whole review, but thank you! Percy hasn't met Zoe yet, but yes Calypso will be Zoe's sister. Thalia is slowly becoming better and is trying to protect Percy now. Thanks for the huge review!

To MinnieMouse (Guest): Percy's the nerd in this one because usually it's Annabeth being the nerd, and I just wanted to take a different turn. Percy will toughen up and become tough and brave like he is in the books. He asked his cousins to pretend not to know him because he knows how much the bullies at school look down upon him and he doesn't want to drag his cousins into that.

To Suneater: Thanks for the constructive ideas! I really liked how you worded the possibilities, and I thank you.

To Hoshimura Hinata: Ha ha, actually Annabeth's my second favorite female lead. I just wanted to be different and pick on Annabeth instead of Percy.

To blueconverse333: I just now noticed that we have the same avatar picture! :)

To allen r: I write these types of stories because I'm absolutely terrible at fluffs and action. I'm more of a dramatic type of writer.

Contest: So in my reviews, I only had four titles. They were Metamorphosis, Traitor, Because Rain Drops Always Fall, and Betrayed. I appreciate that you guys entered the titles, but I was actually hoping for some more original. Preferably, I like song titles. But thanks anyway!

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