I loved Percy with every fiber of my being, and I knew that he would never do anything to hurt me, but I never figured that someone would try to drive a wedge between us. I thought the Gods were more above this, but apparently I was wrong.
About four months ago, I married the best man in the world; Percy Jackson. We'd vacationed at a nice hotel in Greece where I'd finally seen the Parthenon like I'd always wanted. However, the best part was that Percy and I were able to spend time together. We were happily married, and everything was perfect, but that was before one of the gods decided to rip my heart out of my chest and grind it to pieces all because of the man I loved.
Percy and I were making dinner at home, although, I don't know if you can call ordering pizza "making" dinner, but Percy couldn't really cook and I was tired, which resulted in a half pepperoni and half sausage pizza. The bell rang and Percy jumped up from the couch to answer it.
"I'll get it."
"Thanks." I mumbled, sighing as he paid the guy and walked back, plopping down on the couch. He opened the box and I took a slice of pizza, too tired to say anything. We sat for a few minutes in silence, and in those few minutes, the whole box was gone. I got up to throw the box away, and when I turned back, I saw Percy press the play button on the remote.
Romeo and Juliet was halfway over when I felt my eyes getting heavy. After a few minutes, I couldn't make them stay open anymore. I finally let them close, my head falling on Percy's chest.
In my dream, I saw Percy, smiling and happy. We were sitting on a hill overlooking the ocean, watching the sun slowly set. He looked so handsome, as always. His dark hair was sloppily hanging over his eyes, which were staring at me like I was made of gold or something. I gave him a look and he brushed a strand of hair from my eyes.
"You look lovely, Annabeth." He whispered, kissing my cheek. I laughed and let my head rest against his shoulder. This was too perfect.
Suddenly, the ground began to shake and I felt it crack open beneath my feet. I grabbed Percy's hand to pull him away, but he pushed me away from the crack before I could do anything. I just lay there, staring as Percy fell into the Earth.
"No!" I cried, tears streaming down my face as darkness closed over my eyes.
"Annabeth, come on, wake up." I heard someone beg. "Come on, please." I opened my eyes, seeing Percy looming over me with a horrid look on his face. "Oh, thank the gods." He smiled and helped me to my feet, wrapping his arm around my shoulders.
"Percy, I just fell asleep. Calm down."
"Annabeth, you weren't just sleeping. You were screaming and kicking. You were about to kick me in the head, but then you woke up. I was so worried." I sighed and turned to pick up the blanket, feeling Percy's eyes on my back.
Those stupid marks were always on his mind. His hatred for Luke grew stronger with each passing day, and I honestly didn't blame him. I don't know why I stopped Percy from killing him, but I had. Now I had the marks to remember that day by.
"I won't hurt you any more, Annabeth. We won't talk about it." He kissed my forehead and let me out of the hug, helping me get to my feet and leading me back into the bedroom.
I put my knife and Yankees cap on the table before kicking off my shoes and pulling the covers up to my chin.
"Good night, Percy." I whispered as he climbed in bed next to me, letting his head rest on top of mine.
"Good night, Annabeth." He kissed my cheek before sleep dragged me down in its clutches.
When I woke up, I could smell that something was off. I walked into the kitchen, seeing Percy making pancakes from scratch. My nerves picked up, making me even more worried than I had ever been. Percy could never really cook, and he was lucky I was always here to make sure the house didn't burn down. He looked at the shocked look on my face and he laughed.
"It's fine, Annabeth. Calm down." Percy looked handsome with his hair covering his eyes and that huge, goofy grin on his face. I sat at the table, not even aware that I was staring until his chuckle brought me back to the real world. He put a pancake on my plate and watched me take a bite, smiling through bites. It was actually quite good, despite Percy's inability to cook.
"Wow. Nice job." I smiled and laughed before I raised the glass of milk too my lips.
I changed into a fresh t-shirt, my jeans and my tennis shoes before I walked back into the kitchen to kiss Percy goodbye. He smiled and hugged me, following me toward the door. I laughed and kissed his cheek before I walked down the stairs and out the front door of the apartments.
"Empire State Building, please." I told the cab driver as I settled into the seat.
Zeus had given me a job building temples for the gods, and Zeus' was taking the longest since there were so many things I wanted to put in it so he would like it and tell me to continue with the rest of them. I had a lot of ideas for all of their temples, and if I got the okay from Zeus, then I could continue. I had my dream job and the most amazing man as my husband. Nothing could make me happier.
Suddenly, the cab driver wrenched the wheel to the right, trying to dodge another car. The cab was slammed in from the side. I felt my stomach lurch as we landed on the roof, my head slamming against the roof as we went down. I felt glass dig into my arms and cheek, drawing blood. I cringed and crawled out of the shattered window, more glass digging into my knees as I pulled the cab driver out. His dark hair had blood in it, and his green eyes were disoriented.
The world seemed to spin around me and I fell to my knees. Black dots danced before my eyes, and I couldn't make myself keep sitting up. People ran up to me with their cell phones, asking if I was okay and telling me that the police were on their way. They asked if there was anyone they could call for me, but I couldn't answer. My head wouldn't form sentences, and my mouth wouldn't work no matter how much I obeyed.
I felt someones arms around me, lifting me up, and I heard voices.
"Sir, do you know this woman?" A voice asked.
"Yes. That's my wife." Percy! I wanted to scream his name, but the darkness around me became worse. "I love you, Annabeth." The darkness closed around my eyes and I couldn't have been more alone.
I didn't remember much, but the next thing I knew, I awakened to an annoying beeping sound. I tried to make myself go back to that darkness where I could get a few minutes of peace, but I heard someone calling my name and I felt someone grab my hand.
"Come back, Annabeth. Please. Come back." Percy's voice sounded so hurt. "Annabeth, please, don't leave me. You're my best friend and the best thing that ever happened to me. You are the love of my life. Please, come back."
I opened my eyes, seeing Percy smile and wipe a tear from his cheek.
"Oh, believe me Percy, I'm not going anywhere." He laughed and hugged me tightly to his chest.
"Don't scare me like that." He snarled playfully.
"Why not? It was fun." I snarled back, feeling like I had when I first met Percy. He just laughed and pulled me tighter into his chest.
"Don't ever forget that I love you, Annabeth Chase, and I will not lose you." He smiled and kissed me gently. I smiled and winced at the pain in my head. I pulled back, seeing shock written all over Percy's face. I just sighed and let myself fall back against the pillows.
"So, when are they letting me out of here?" I asked nervously, trying to hide that my voice was shaking.
"They're going to keep you overnight, but you can leave after that. You should be fine by then." I nodded, feeling my eyes get heavier with each passing second. "Go to sleep, Annabeth. I love you." Percy kissed my forehead and held me as sleep dragged me down.
When I awakened, it was the next morning and Percy was gone. I sighed and leaned back against the pillows, waiting for Percy to come in and make me stay awake. As soon as I thought it, the door opened and there stood Percy with a coffee in his hands. I smiled and took the cup from him, raising it to my lips. The hot coffee coursed down my throat, burning my tongue, but I didn't care. It was full of caffeine, and that would keep me up.
"They said you can go home today. Here." He handed me a square of ambrosia, which I scarfed down quickly as my head started to throb. "I seriously think that the Satyrs could have done a much better job." Percy joked. I rolled my eyes and swung my legs over the bed. Percy helped me out of the room and into his car, buckling my seat belt for me. He didn't speak as he pulled the car onto the road. We didn't speak for a few minutes, but Percy suddenly yanked to a stop.
I looked up, wondering why. When I looked, I saw....my mother? Athena stood there, in the middle of the road, glaring at Percy and I like insects. Her gray eyes were as angry as a storm over a raging sea, kind of the way I thought Percy and I looked when we were mad at each other.
Cars honked at us, trying to get us to move. Since Athena was a normal size, no one was gasping. They were just pissed.
"Cursed mortals!" Athena waved her hand and the honking stopped. When I looked, I could see why. She'd put them all to sleep. I never knew she could do that. We jumped out of the car and knelt at her feet. "Rise." She snarled angrily. We stood.
"Mother." I snarled. She nodded and looked straight at Percy's hand, which was wrapped tightly in mine. "What do you want from us?"
"I never really cared for you two being together. You two are meant to be enemies, as Poseidon and I are." She looked like she was about to say something else, but I cut her off with a glare.
"Mother, you can't do anything about this. What you and Poseidon fight about is your business. Percy and I are two completely different people and we love each other. You can't do anything about it." That was the first time I'd stood up to my mother, and I didn't feel very triumphant. I felt guilty.
"I believe there is something I can do." Athena waved her hand over Percy's head, who stared at her cold eyes in confusion. Suddenly, his knees buckled and he tumbled to the ground, pain coursing through his veins. I knelt next to him, which seemed to only make the pain worse. Athena laughed and the gray clouds around us disappeared.
"What have you done?" I snarled evilly.
"If you ever get near him, he will experience an intense electric shock. I'd move away if I were you." Athena cackled and disappeared into a cloud of dust. I stared at Percy, who looked like he was about to pass out from the pain. I yanked my hand away from his and watched him stand, though it took all his strength not to fall again.
"We will have to go to Zeus. He'll know what to do." Before I could stop myself, I took off running. We burst through the front door of the Empire State Building and jumped off the elevator as soon as it stopped.
We made our way to the throne room, where Zeus sat, obviously thinking. When we ran in, Zeus looked confused and he had a very worried look on his face. I turned toward Percy and hugged him, letting Zeus see what happened when we got close. The pain coursed through his body and he yelped, jumping back. I mouthed, "Sorry." and looked up at Zeus.
"How could this have happened?" He boomed. I covered my ears. "Sorry." He let his body shrink before he kept talking. "Who could have done this?" I shook my head, sighing.
"Athena." I whispered. Zeus sighed, then paused for a second.
"She doesn't have the power to..." Zeus trailed off and started running down the hall, toward Aphrodite's room. I saw the goddess lounging on a couch with so many pillows, I didn't know if there was a couch there at all. Zeus stared down at Aphrodite in disappointment. "Aphrodite, did you give Athena the power to rip apart these two?" He sounded the way my father used to sound when he thought I did something wrong when I was a child. Aphrodite was too focused on doing her nails to answer. "Aphrodite!" Zeus bellowed with rage.
Aphrodite put down the bottle of bright pink nail polish and looked up at her father. "Yes, I did. You should have heard her going on and on about it! I had to if I wanted any time to myself." I stared at her in wonder.
"How did you do that?" I snarled angrily, moving further away from Percy.
"Zeus is my father and the god of the skies, which includes lightning and pain. I have my ways." She giggled and blew on her nails.
My heart crumbled and I turned, running toward the door. When I finally reached it, I saw Athena, laying on her bed and reading a book. She glanced up at me with a confused look on her face.
"Daughter. To what do I owe the-"
"Mother, you have torn my life to shreds and the man I love along with it. I never thought you could be this cruel, but I will do anything you ask if you take the curse away. Please." I realized that begging was beneath me, but I didn't care. I hated seeing Percy so hurt.
"I will take the curse away, but only if you leave Percy. If you stay with him, his pain will increase. He may have jumped in the River Styx, but that doesn't last forever. Plus, a shock that great every day will hurt him more each day. If you do not stop this, then he will wind up dying." I bit my lip, and I knew that I was beginning to tremble.
I didn't want to agree. I wanted to scream that I would never leave the man I loved, and that he meant more to me than anything she did to drive us apart, but I hated seeing him in pain. I loved him, and you know how the old saying goes, "If you love someone, set them free."
I looked up at Athena and nodded, seeing triumph fill her eyes. I walked back to Aphrodite's room where Zeus and Aphrodite were standing in their full size. Percy stared at me, hope filling his eyes. I stood across from him, not touching him.
"Percy, I love you more than anything, but I don't want to see you hurt anymore. I...I have to leave you." I started sobbing, but I didn't care. It hurt too much to try and hide it. "Goodbye forever, Percy." I yanked him in for one last kiss and ran out the door, tears streaming down my face.
No, it's not over yet! They can't stay apart! If they did, there would be no story! How do they find each other? What happens next? I'll need some comments to find out! Thanks for reading!