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Me: Yeah….. I wish *pouty face* I don't own the PJO or HOO series.
I woke up with Percy's arm around me. He was stroking my hair. I looked up at him. "Did you go to sleep at all last night?"
"Um, not really," he replied.
I leaned toward him and kissed him. "You are so sweet. I don't know why Athena doesn't see how much I need you."
Annabeth and I walked toward the pavilion hand in hand. Once she got there, her mother was glaring at us, but she sat at my table anyway.
We began reading while everyone was eating.
Chiron clopped his hooves to get everyone's attention. He held out the book. "Who would like to read next?"
Annabeth sighed and walked to the front for the book. "I will," she said, and then sat back down.
" 'Put your cap back on,' I said. 'Get out!'
" 'What?' Annabeth shrieked. 'No! I'm not leaving you.'
" 'I've got a plan. I'll distract them. You can use the metal spider-maybe it'll lead you back to Hephaestus. You have to tell him what's going on.' "
Annabeth paused form her reading. She and Percy looked at each other.
"Crap," Percy said. "Not this one!"
"What?" Thalia asked. No one knew what was going on, except for Aphrodite who was practically bouncing out of her seat.
Annabeth continued reading slowly, which just fueled Aphrodite's spaz-attack.
" 'But you'll be killed!'
" 'I'll be fine. Besides, we've got no choice.'
Percy looked around, hoping for an escape.
"Annabeth glared at me like she was going to punch me."
"You know, I've really got to go to the bathroom. Be right back!" Percy said and ran off.
Aphrodite disappeared for a few moments, and then returned to a stunned looking group of demigods and immortals holding Percy by the ear.
"You'd better sit right here for this one. I want you to see Athena's reaction."
Athena glared at them. "What?" She asked.
"Nothing," Percy quickly said, heading back to his seat with Annabeth glaring at him. "Absolutely nothing," and he smiled weakly at Annabeth. "At least my dad won't try to kill you," he said to her.
Annabeth couldn't argue with that rare spurt of logic.
"And then she did something that really surprised me.
Percy ducked behind Annabeth.
"She kissed me."
"WHAT? WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY? DID YOU JUST SAY WHAT I THOUGHT YOU SAID?"
"That's my boy."
"Wow Annabeth. Way to finally be the one to make the first move."
"Did he seriously STILL not get the hint after that?"
Was chorused throughout the pavilion. Annbaeth's and Percy's faces turned bright red at these comments.
"Oops." They both said.
Annabeth then continued to keep from having to answer questions.
" 'Be careful Seaweed Brain.' She put on her hat on and vanished.
"I probably would've sat there for the rest of the day, staring at the lava and trying to remember what my name was, but the sea demons jarred me back to reality."
"Glad to know I have that effect on you." Annabeth said, her face turning back to its natural color.
"Yeah ,yeah, whatever. Can we move on please?"
"Sure!" Aphrodite said excitedly. "But if you thought that was bad, then just wait for the next few I have written."
Annabeth and Percy groaned,
"I will read next," Nico offered.
"Every one loves a good love triangle. Since I didn't introduce Rachel yet, I think I will here. Enjoy.
The gorgeous Aphrodite"
"I looked at Rachel helplessly. 'Would you tell my mom-'
" 'I'll tell her. I'm sure she's used to it. And I'll explain to Paul about the hood.'
Percy glared at Aphrodite. Curse that dumb goddess of love, he thought.
Annabeth looked at Percy. "Love triangle?"
Percy shrugged helplessly.
"I nodded my thanks. I figured it was the last time Paul would loan me his car.
Percy shrunk lower in his seat, and casually scooted away from Annabeth. He did not want to be in her way when she got mad. Especially at him.
" 'Good luck.' Rachel kissed me-"
Annabeth backhanded Percy in the face. "EXCUSE ME? EXCUSE ME? EXACTLY WHAT DID YOU THINK YOU WERE DOING?"
"Hey. It said 'Rachel kissed me'. Not the other way around." Percy told her weakly, while rubbing his face.
Nico quickly continued reading. He'd seen Annabeth mad before, and it was never a pretty sight. Poor Percy, he thought.
"-before I could even react."
"Well that was short!" Nico said, his voice dripping with sarcastic cheeriness.
Thalia stifled a smile. "I'll read."
"Imagine jumping into a pit of boiling acid. Now multiply that pain times fifty. You still won't be close to understanding what it felt like swimming in the Styx."
"I planned to walk in slow and courageous, like a real hero. As soon as the water touched my legs, my muscled turned to jelly and I fell face first into the current."
"Understandable," Athena said wisely. I was one of the nicest things she has said to Percy since he and Annabeth had started dating. Maybe it was just since Annabeth was mad at him.
"I submerged completely. For the first time in my life, I couldn't breath underwater. I finally understood the panic of drowning. Every nerve in my body burned. I was dissolving in the water. I saw faces-Rachel, Grover, Tyson, my mother-but they faded as soon as they appeared."
"Where was Annabeth?" The Stoll brothers asked, wiggling their eyebrows.
Annabeth and Percy looked at each other, and Annabeth gave him a faint smile. He really is a Seaweed Brain, she thought, but he can be sweet when he wants to.
" 'Percy,' my mom said. 'I give you my blessing.'
" 'Be safe brother!' Tyson pleaded.
" 'Enchiladas! Grover said. I wasn't sure where that came from, but it didn't seem to help much."
Everyone in the pavilion laughed. Grover blushed furiously.
"I was losing the fight. The pain was too much. My hands and feet were melting into the water, my soul was being ripped from my body. I couldn't remember who I was. The pain of Kronos's scythe had been nothing compared to this.
"The cord, a familiar voice said. Remember your lifeline, dummy!
"Suddenly there was a tug in my lower back. The current pulled at me, but it wasn't carrying me away anymore. I imagined the string in my back keeping me tied to the shore.
" 'Hold on, Seaweed Brain.' It was Annabeth's voice, much clearer now."
"Oh my gods! That is so cute. She was your mortal point!" Some of the female campers said. Even Piper had to agree.
Annbaeth gave Percy a huge smile. It was nice to know that you saved your boyfriend from all of this pain.
" 'You're not getting away from me that easily.'
"The cord strengthened.
"I could see Annabeth now-standing barefoot on the canoe lake pier. I'd fallen out of my canoe. That was it. She was holding out a hand to haul me up, and she was tryong not to laugh. She wore her orange camp T-shirt and jeans. Her hair was tucked up in her Yankees cap, which was weird because that should've made her invisible.
" 'You are such an idiot sometimes.' She smiled. 'Come on. Take my hand.' "
"An idiot sometimes?" Thalia said, pausing from reading. "Try all the time."
There was a lot of nodding of the heads.
"Memories came flooding back to me-sharper and more colorful. I stopped dissolving. My name is Percy Jackson. I reached up and took Annabeth's hand."
"That's it of this moment," Nico informed everyone. "Who wants to read next?"
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