EDIT: UPDATE - 3/27/2013. I'm sorry this story is on hold until early May (when I finish school). Thanks for all the reviews I love reading them and I always feel bad when I can't update. But I promise this story will be complete.
Stay My Little Baby
He heard Annabeth, Bobby and Matthew's laughter echoing from the living room as they played a game of Twister. Much to Frederic's surprise Annabeth decided to give living with him permanently another chance. He suspected she'd done so after speaking with her new friend Percy Jackson, Fred had been worried about Annabeth and boys happening already. His instinctive father feelings made him want to sit that Percy Jackson boy done for a talk about the rules with dating his daughter, but Annabeth was quite insistent and embarrassed when he'd suggested they had anything more than friendship.
"He's just a friend, and barely that. Sometimes I can't stand that Seaweed Brain," she'd told him a while ago - though a little too defensively.
Besides, Percy Jackson couldn't be so bad. He'd somehow got Annabeth back home, and Fred would do his best to keep her there.
"Wow dad look! The campus is so beautiful, I love how they designed everything - although I would have put that building over there instead - but it's wonderful," She smiled brightly at the scenery, "I wish I could go here."
"As bright as you are, Stanford will be begging for you. I can see it now, the head of the Architecture Department frantically recruiting a young Annabeth Chase into the school, begging on their knees for brightest architect of the generation to attend."
Annabeth placed her hands on her hips and raised an eyebrow before laughing.
"Annabeth pick up your things," Lynn instructed to Annabeth who was sitting on the couch watching television. "And what did I say about leaving your weapons laying around. Put it in your room now, it's dangerous to have them around your brothers."
Fred froze in his seat, pausing as he was grading his student's papers. He knew Annabeth was not used to their parental authority and they'd already had a few tense moments since her arrival. But Annabeth kept a cool head, getting up from the couch and picking up her gear before heading to her room.
He exchanged a smile with Lynn who seemed surprised and pleased at what just happened. "This can work," she stated before continuing into the kitchen.
As a way to keep Annabeth safe from monsters him, Lynn and Annabeth had came up with a plan.
Fred would drive Annabeth to 7th grade, and then drop Matthew and Bobby off at Kindergarten. Annabeth would stay on the school premise at all times, unless she was threatened. Then after school Lynn would pick her up as soon as class was over and drive her home. Once at home Annabeth was not to go outside unless permitted by Lynn or himself. Then at night Fred would take her outside to continue her combat training. It wasn't how he'd preferred raising his child, and would've liked to give her more freedom, but it was keeping her safe.
It worked perfectly until it fell apart after Lynn instructed Annabeth to walk home after school by herself one afternoon, and monsters attacked in droves as if they had been waiting. Fred was called home from the middle of a lecture to come home to a bruised and bloody child.
"I'm sorry baby bird," he said again that night when she'd fallen asleep in her bed, kissing her forehead.
Lynn had taken Bobby and Matthew to her mother's house for the weekend. Annabeth didn't feel comfortable visiting, so it was just him and his daughter the whole weekend.
He'd thought it would be hard with just the two of them. But conversation flowed naturally, he talked about historic battles while she listened intently. And she'd tell him about architecture, while he smiled at her enthusiasm.
On Sunday night, a few hours before the boys and Lynn were set to return they decided to wait for them by watching one of his old favorite black and white movies starring his favorite actors. As expected Annabeth kind of tuned out, but she didn't seem to want to leave, being comfortably snuggled on the couch beside him.
He smiled at the sudden thought of the first time he held her in his arms all those years ago when Athena had her delivered to his doorstep. She'd been so tiny and he'd been so scared. He still was, he was just better at hiding it.
"It wasn't my fault," Annabeth explained, her eyebrows were furrowed, "I didn't set the fire."
"The other students saw you Ms. Chase," the school principal explained. Frederic sat beside Lynn opposite the Principal's desk. They'd been called to the school during the day due to Annabeth committing arson.
"By all respect Mrs. Glover, this is very unlike Annabeth. I'm having a hard time believing she did this," Fred tried to reason.
Annabeth turned her steely gaze to him, "That's because I didn't," she said. She gave him a look that meant there was more to the story that couldn't be revealed in front of Mrs. Glover, aka a monster attacked.
"I'm sorry Mr. and Mrs. Chase, but I was considering a 20 day suspension, but if she is going to blatantly lie and not admit to her crime when I have 17 students who will testify that they saw her light the fire, I'm going to have to request she be expelled."
Lynn shifted beside him and cleared her throat, "Annabeth, I think Mrs. Glover is right. I think it'd be best if you just admitted what you did and apologize. It wouldn't look good on your record if you were expelled." Fred knew she was just trying to do what was best for Annabeth in the long run, but from the shocked and upset look Annabeth was giving his wife, he knew Annabeth would not see it that way.
"I didn't do anything wrong," Annabeth said stubbornly.
And thus, Annabeth was expelled. And their lives became 100 times harder.
"I told her not to leave the house Frederic and she outright disobeyed me!" Lynn exclaimed angrily. "And you're saying we shouldn't punish her?" Lynn looked angrily at him for a response.
Annabeth, from the other side of the room, also was waiting for a response. Waiting to see which side her father was on. And frankly, Fred was ready to call it a night.
"Lynn, calm down," he started saying, "She's sorry. I don't think it was that big of a deal. She didn't go very far. And she's home all day now by herself. I'd be surprised if I didn't see some rule breaking."
Lynn's eyebrows furrowed further and began yelling again, "Frederic, all these rules were put in place because of you. I followed everything you said, and took time out of my day that you know I could be putting to better use to keep her safe. And she repays me by endangering herself, and now you're saying it's not that big of a deal? After all we've been through!"
Fred saw a look of hurt briefly cross Annabeth's face before returning defensively expressionless. He was losing her again. "Lynn, calm down."
"Stop telling me to calm down Fred!"
"Lynn stop! You're going to scare Annabeth," he couldn't control his own outburst. Annabeth apparently had enough, leaving the room.
The next morning Lynn handed him a letter from Annabeth, explaining why she'd left. It was the same reasons she'd left before.
AN: Well there was the year (was it a year? or almost a year?) that Annabeth spent with her family after Lightning Thief. I think next chapter will be the final one, going up to Mark of Athena. And featuring an appearance from everyone's favorite goddess (lol) Athena!.
Also, I actually wrote a Fred/Athena get together story, which was my take on them meeting and their relationship. It's apart of my story, "How We Met" which is a series of oneshots about how the gods and parents of the demigods we know met. So check it out if you haven't.