Chapter 9

Wait! Before you kill me let me explain. I have been at summer camp and then camping with my family and neighbors since summer started. I would have posted this last night but my mother has taken to turning off the internet at night so we don't stay up too late, but she doesn't know that there are other things I can do without the internet. So I still stay up until three in the morning. But I have sprained my ankle so I can't do anything but sit around which gives me plenty of time to write. ATTENTION: I am going to start doing a question of the day (question of the update). The first one will be at the bottom.

Disclaimer: I don't own PJO

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Annabeth's POV

"Can't we just go back to Camp Half-Blood? I need to catch back up with the hunters." Thalia whined.

"No, we have to save Percy and Leo." I said, giving Thalia a pointed look.

"They can get out by themselves. I don't want to go back there."

"Okay, I'll make a deal with you. We spend the rest of the day doing what we want; then we go back and save the guys."

Thalia thought about it; then reluctantly agreed.

We decided to get ice cream and hang out in Central Park. We ended up sitting on a bench, licking our ice cream and watching people walk by. "We need a plan to get the boys out." I told Thalia.

"I don't know, you're the smart one."

I rolled my eyes and thought about the problem. There had to be a simple solution. "Okay, I've got it. Here's what we're going to do."

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Percy's POV

Annabeth and Thalia were gone. I had heard them leave with Dr. Smith's daughter. The creepy girl named Jamie. Even if Jamie freaked me out and I didn't want to go anywhere with her, I wish they had taken me with them. Anything would be better than sitting here all day. Leo was still asleep in the cell across from me. I shouted his name a couple of times, but he didn't so much as roll over. "Leo, your hair's on fire again and you're burning your pillow!" I yelled.

Leo shot up, trying to pat out the non-existent fire atop his head. "What! Not again!" When he realized that his hair wasn't actually a flaming bonfire, he turned to glare at me. "Very funny, Percy. Why'd you do that? I was having a perfectly wonderful dream about pink squirrels in tutus dancing around a lake of liquid rainbows while butterflies circle around their heads."

"Umm, Leo, are you sure you don't belong here? I'm starting to think you really do need a therapist."

"You're just now realizing this? I went off the deep end a long time ago."

"The first step to a cure is admitting you have a problem." I shrugged.

"Whoa now, hold up. I never said I had a problem. I just said I was slighting off my rocker. There's no such thing as a problem when it comes to me. It says it right there in my name!" He said, spreading his arms out.

"Since when did 'Leo Valdez' translate to 'no such thing as a problem'?" I asked.

"Since that name was given to me." Leo smirked.

"Whatever helps you sleep at night."

"I was sleeping, until you woke me up. Why did you scream that my hair was on fire again?"

I shrugged. "I was bored."

"Oh yes, because being bored gives you the right to intrude on my beauty sleep."

"Beauty sleep?"

"Yes! A man needs his beauty sleep if he is to grow tall and strong! And if I don't get my beauty sleep, it does horrible things to my skin." Leo put his hands to his cheeks, showing off his dirt streaked face.

"Keep dreaming man. I don't think even beauty sleep will help you with that big and strong thing."

Leo gasped and put his hand to his chest. "I am deeply wounded. You put a stake through my heart!" He staggered back and dramatically fell back onto the bed. "I can feel my life force draining away! Don't mourn for me when I pass into the next life. I just have one dying wish; I want everyone to name their first born son Leo Jr. to honor my life, and my heroic death."

I rolled my eyes. "There is no way I would ever name my child Leo Jr."

Leo's head popped up from where he was laying, with his tongue hanging out. "What about Flame Boy?"

"That's even worse."

Leo pouted. "Talk to Annabeth, you might be able to convince her."

"No way man, that girl is scary. She's downright terrifying." The terror in Leo's face was so genuine that I had to laugh.

"Yeah, she is. You should have seen her after I crashed my funeral."

Leo gave me a strange look. "You- never mind, I don't want to know."

"Yeah, you probably don't."

Jamie chose that moment to come down the hall, her hips swaying too much to be natural. "Hey Percy." She said in a strange voice. "I was wondering if you wanted to go somewhere today, just me and you."

"Can the others come?" I asked. If going somewhere with Jamie meant getting out of here, then I would go, but only if my friends could come. There was no way I would go anywhere alone with the creep.

"I was thinking about just us two going. We could get to know each other a bit more."

"I think I'll pass." I said.

Jamie pouted, or I assumed she was pouting. Her face was all scrunched up and her lips were sticking out like they had been stung by a bee and were swollen. "Come on Percy. It'll be fun!"

I looked over at Leo and gave him a look that I hoped conveyed 'Help me!' He just looked back at me and mouthed 'Sorry, you're on your own.'

I glared at him and turned back to Jamie. "Sorry Jamie, but I can't. I have a girlfriend."

"Who, that Annabeth girl? I talked to her earlier while we were at the mall. I'm so much better than her. She's rude and snotty."

I got angry. No one talked about Annabeth like that. "Annabeth is not rude and snotty. You're describing yourself."

"That's not nice. She was mean to me for no reason. And her friend punched me!" She looked at me as if expecting sympathy and comfort from me.

"That's Thalia for you." Is all I said.

I turned when I heard footsteps down the hall. Dr. Smith was approaching us. "Is something wrong Jamie?"

"No, mom. I was just thinking that I could take Percy out."

"I think that's a great idea, but sweetie, where are Annabeth and Thalia?"

"Umm, they are in the bathroom." It was obviously a lie, but Dr. Smith seemed to buy it. Where were the girls? A crazy idea formed in my mind. If they somehow they got gotten out, could they break us out too?

"Okay, but it's getting late. You and Percy can go out tomorrow. We have to get home."

"Okay, see you tomorrow Percy!" Jamie called as she and her mom walked back down the hallway and disappeared around the corner.

I groaned. "Man, sucks to be you." Leo said.

"Shut up, you were no help."

"Hey, I pick and choose my battles. That was not one of them."

"I hate you."

"No you don't, everybody loves Leo!"

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That is the chapter! I have decided I am going to drag this on until I can't anymore, so bear with me! Question of the day time!

QotD: Who is your least favorite ship and why?

I don't know, all of rick riordan's characters are amazing. I have to say Jasper because I just don't like them very much. Frazel is cute, but weird because he is fifteen and she is thirteen, but I also can't see them with anyone else but each other. As for ships that aren't actually in existence but had the potential to be at one point, Perachel and Percy/Calypso. I never liked them. Percy belongs with Annabeth and only Annabeth.