A/N: Sorry that it's been so long, I've just had a lot on my mind. You know; school, friends, family, etc. but, I'm back, and I think I finally know how to finish this story. It won't end this chapter, but I don't think that there will be that many more. I will also not disclose any information about what will happen; you'll just have to wait and see. We'll see how things turn out; I might get a brilliant idea to prolong the story, or one of the reviewers might give it to me. Anyways, here's chapter 4. I tried to make it super-special-awesome! Enjoy!
Disclaimer: I don't own PJO.
As we shimmered into existence, we all noticed how quiet it was, considering the battle that had just been fought. Thaila recovered from the shock first, saying the question that was on all of our minds:
"Where is everyone?"
A completely just question, seeing how there was no one around us. We split up and searched the surrounding blocks, but we all came to the same result: everyone was gone. Had Annabeth not been there, we would have probably stood there for hours had she not blurted out, "Camp!" I then knew exactly where to go. I snapped my fingers, and willed all of us to be transported to Camp Half-Blood.
We appeared in a sea-green mist right in front of Chiron, who unfortunately was speaking to the entire camp that despite the fact that Kronos was gone, that me, Annabeth, Grover, Thaila, and Nico all died in the fight with Typhon. Needless to say, camp was silent for a few seconds before everyone started cheering. Chiron stamped his hoof and everyone got quiet real fast. "Percy! Annabeth! Grover! Thalia! Nico! You're alive! Other campers saw Typhon attack and then he was surrounded in a mist, or so I'm told. Would you care to explain what really happened?"
"Just so you know, Perseus, I have not told what happened to you to anyone here, not even Chiron. That is your job," said Mr. D. Chiron had a confused look on his face, but that disappeared when Annabeth started telling everyone what happened. She did leave out what happened to me, though. I guess it was like Mr. D (should I just call him Dionysus, after all, I am a god now.), it was my story to tell. After Annabeth finished, Chiron turned to me and said, "Percy, this answers some of my questions, but not all. What exactly happened to you that neither Mr. D nor Annabeth can talk about?"
"Well Chiron, I really don't know how to say this, so I'll just say it: I-"before I could finish my sentence, I was cut off by one of the Aphrodite campers, who squealed out, "Oh my gods! Annabeth must be pregnant with Percy's baby!" Both Annabeth and I turned red at this, but before either one of us could retaliate, Chiron silenced the campers with another hoof pound. "Enough! I know for a fact that this is not true, for if it were, Athena would be raining Hades down on Percy. So, let's find out what actually happened by staying quiet! Go on, Percy."
"Actually, Chiron, it's Perseus now, because I was going to say that I became an Olympian god during the time that we were gone."
Have you ever heard complete and utter silence? It's actually pretty scary. I actually think that people held their breath until someone would speak again. Chiron was the first to recover. "Perseus, how did you become and Olympian? There are only twelve seats. Did they add another?"
"No, Chiron. They didn't add another. We lost one."
"Who, Perseus? Who did we lose?" I've never seen Chiron so desperate for information before.
"We lost my father, Chiron. We lost Poseidon." I could actually see the hurt come to his face, as well as the hurt on all of the camper's faces. There was more of that dead silence for another five minutes, before Chiron finally stood up to face the campers. "Heroes, we have won a great battle, but have also suffered a great loss. Poseidon: Stormbringer, Earthshaker, Father of Horses, and the god of the Sea, has fallen in battle against Typhon. He was one of the Big Three, and if I may say so, perhaps the greatest. But, all is not lost! His only demigod son, Perseus Jackson, was there to take his place! So even though this is a time of great sadness, let us rejoice that we have a new god of the sea!"
That tears it. "No! Chiron, I don't want anyone to celebrate me becoming a god! Do you think that I asked for this to happen? Do you think I wanted this to happen? NO! Now, my life will never be the same; I will never be happy." I glanced quickly at Annabeth, then assumed my true divine form and disappeared.
We all shielded our eyes from Percy as he assumed his godly form and disappeared. When I looked back, everyone, and I mean everyone, was looking at me. "What?" I said. Most people got up and walked back to their cabins, but Chiron, Grover, Thaila, and Nico stayed behind, probably because they were all his closest friends, besides me.
"What?" I repeated. Grover just shook his head, and said, "You honestly don't need to be a satyr to know how Percy felt when he said that. All of us realized it? Why can't you?"
I, for once in my life, was absolutely clueless as to what he was talking about. Everyone else, though even Chiron, were nodding their heads in agreement with what Grover said. Thaila spoke up next. "Annabeth, surely you can see through Kelp Head, he doesn't call you Wise Girl for nothing. You and Grover probably know him better than anyone here; can't you see that he cares for you in a way that is beyond friendship?"
If it is possible for a daughter of Athena to be clueless and speechless at the same time, it happened right here. Percy cared for me in a way that was beyond friendship? I mean, sure, I kissed him last year under Mount St. Helens when I thought that he might die, and then those next two weeks were the worst of my life. And then when he just showed up, two weeks later, without a care in the world…I was actually jealous for a day then. Wait! Didn't he mention something about Calypso to Chiron later in the week? I quickly racked my brain for anything on Calypso. I knew that her father was Atlas, and that she supported him in the first Titan War, for which she was punished by being forced to live on her birthplace, Ogygia, forever. Alone. With no on-Hang on a second! The Fates allow a hero to wash up on her shores every thousand years or so, one always surrounded by prophecy…
"Chiron, last year, when Percy had disappeared for two weeks and we all thought he was dead, was he marooned on Ogygia with Calypso?"
"Yes, child. He was." Now I was mad. Like boiling-jealousy-type-mad. Grover must have noticed, and known, too, about where Percy had been, because he said, "Annabeth, do you know what the heroes that wash up on the shores of Ogygia are offered? They can escape their current lives, living without fear, or prophecy. But Percy came back. See if you can figure out what, or who, would want to make him come back." Oh. My. Gods. "He came back for me, didn't he?"
"It's too bad, though, that he was right." We all turned to Nico, surprised. "You know, with what he said. He said that his life will never be the same, he'll never be happy. I think he loved you more than you realize, Annabeth." "Won't he move on, though?" I asked. "How is it that I, the guy who talks to dead people daily and has known Percy the least, actually knows the most about him? I don't think he can move on, Annabeth. I think that you will always be his one and only love."
"One more thing, Annabeth. When Percy bathed in the River Styx, he had to picture one thing that would stay mortal on his body, but also one reason why he would want to stay mortal, or else he would have dissolved. I'm pretty sure he thought of you." Said Grover solemly.
I fell to the floor, a deep ache in my chest. I would never get to be with my Seaweed Brain, because he was a god. And now, I can't really tell him how I feel about him, because that would only make things harder for him. So this is what I feels like to be heartbroken, I thought. I will never be truly happy either.
A/N: This is the chapter where the Angst comes into play. Both Percy and Annabeth love each other, but now they are truly forbidden. This will have a happy ending, you just have to stick with it. R&R!