Hey, guys! Sorry it's been such a long time, but I've been really busy. Anyway, I hope you like this chapter, it has a weird surprise in it, I just thought I should get the story jumpstarted, you know? Okay, ENJOY! ;P!
Having a broken body sucks.
Hazel was lying on the ground, her head resting on Frank's lap, and Frank was simply stroking her hair.
Hazel closed her eyes and started thinking about everything. Gaea. The Cyclopes that broke her everything. Piper and Reyna. How were they going to fix them?
Frank whispered, "Hazel, Annabeth and Percy are coming."
Hazel opened her eyes and Frank helped her sit up. At least her butt still worked properly.
"Guys," Annabeth said, excitedly. "I think we've deciphered what part of the prophecy means!"
So, Annabeth and Percy took turns sharing their parts their story, which really only took a minute to tell.
Hazel really only listened to half of it. She was too busy worrying about everything that might go wrong. Little tiny "what if" s where filling her head, but she brushed them aside for the moment as Annabeth finished, "We're just not sure if that was it, or if that was it for us, but you guys might have to do go through it, too."
Frank looked down at her. "I hate you."
"I hate you!" Hazel said dramatically.
"But I love you!" Frank said, placing a hand on his chest, and reaching a hand out to Hazel dramatically.
"I love you, too!" Hazel said, being dramatic as well, and then they faked cried together for a minute.
They looked up at Annabeth who was staring at them like they were stupid. Percy was silently cracking up behind her.
"Does that count?" Frank asked sweetly and stupidly.
Annabeth walked passed him, laughing and rolling her eyes, and she playfully shoved him in the head.
Percy, still laughing, jogged after her. "See you, guys!"
"See ya, Purse!" Frank called after him.
Hazel craned her neck to look behind her. Percy and Annabeth were talking about stuff. I wonder what?
Frank touched her ear. "What are you thinking about?"
"What it's like to walk again," Hazel said sarcastically, turning to look at Frank again.
"No, really. What's up?" he asked.
"I don't know," Hazel said. "What can we do save Piper and Reyna?"
"That," Frank said, flicking a piece of hair loose from Hazel's ponytail, just to tuck it behind her ear, "is something I don't know how to answer."
"Do you think we even can?" Hazel asked.
"I hope so," Frank said, not really focusing on anything.
"Frank?" Hazel waved her arms in front of his face. He shook his head and looked back at her. "Yeah, yeah, I'm fine," he whispered.
"UNTIE ME NOW OR I SWEAR I'LL HAVE GAEA KILL YOU ALL!" Reyna bellowed from the distance.
"This, I have to see," Frank said, and Hazel giggled.
Frank carried Hazel over to the screaming Reyna, who was tied in the sitting position to the base of a tree, Piper right beside her. Only, Piper had a gag over her mouth.
Probably to keep her from charm speaking us, Hazel thought as Frank laughed.
"Man," Frank wheezed out. "This is a sight to see!"
Piper arched her eyebrows and stared daggers at Frank, and Hazel squirmed in his arms, nervous for him.
"Laugh now, Frank Zhang," Reyna hissed, "but there will be no place for you in GAEA'S NEW WORLD!"
"Can't we just kick them until they come back?" Leo asked, looking at everyone. "This whole, 'Gaea's new world' stuff is starting to freak me out."
"What good would kicking us do?" Reyna asked boredom dripping off every word.
"Well," Leo said, "if we could kick you in the head long enough," Reyna's eyes widened, and Leo smiled, "maybe we could kick the Gaea influence out of you two!"
"You wouldn't do that," Reyna batted her eyelashes at Leo, and he squirmed. "Would you, Leo?" she smiled.
"What does she mean?" Hazel asked.
Leo started to speak, but Reyna cut in, "Oh, he hasn't told you all, has he? I guess not. Leo likes me, and he doesn't like to hurt me." She flashed a smiled at him, and sent him and air kiss, and Leo shivered.
"Dude," Percy walked over and patted Leo on the back while Leo looked at the ground, "If you're going to like her, then…There's no place in this group for you anymore."
Everyone looked at Percy, shocked, and Leo snapped his head up and looked at him. Hazel gasped, "WHAT?"
Percy broke his serious face with a huge grin, and started to laugh. "Guys, guys, I'm kidding! Seriously! I'm just trying to break the tension a little bit!"
"Reyna didn't seem to like it, though," Hazel pointed at Reyna's scowling face.
"Oh well, what do we care? Let's try Leo's idea," Percy smiled, and Annabeth walked up next to him. "Agreed."
Piper's eyes widened as Annabeth stood in front of her. She started shaking her head fiercely, and Hazel could help but feel bad.
Percy positioned himself in front of Reyna, but Hazel couldn't tear her eyes away from Piper's scared face.
Annabeth raised her foot, and stretched it out, and Hazel yelped and shoved her face into Frank's chest before she had to watch.
"It's okay, you can look back now," Frank whispered next to her ear, and she nodded and moved her head away.
"I'm not gonna kick you, Reyna, but just because I don't think it'll work," Percy snarled. Reyna laughed.
Annabeth backed up, and Piper shook her head and looked around. She tried to speak, so Annabeth leaned over and yanked the gag off her face.
Piper croaked, "Annabeth, Percy? Hazel, Frank? Where are we? Where's Leo?"
"Is she playing with out heads?" Leo asked, and stepped out form behind the tree where Piper could see him.
"No, no I'm not…" Piper shook her head. She looked around suddenly. "Where's Jason?"
"Right here," Jason stepped out from behind Frank and Hazel, and Hazel recovered from a small heart-attack. How long was Jason standing there?
Piper sighed with relief. "I'm sorry about everything I did! Hazel, I'm sorry! I didn't want to hurt you, I just wanted Gaea to believe that-"
"Wait," Jason held up a hand and silenced her. "How do you remember that you hurt Hazel?"
So, Piper launched into the long story about how she had pretended to be controlled, and soon, she just decided to give in to Gaea because of what Jason said.
Jason looked so apologetic when Piper said that last bit, Hazel was surprised he wasn't apologizing yet.
"And, that's the last thing I remember," Piper finished. "Until now, that is."
"How can we trust her?" Frank asked, which surprised Hazel.
"How can't we?" Hazel asked.
"Yeah, I agree with Frank!" Leo walked over and bent real low into Piper's face. "How can we trust you, Piper? Maybe, you're charm speaking us right now, and you've gotten so good at it, we can't even tell!"
"Don't be ridiculous, Leo!" Annabeth shoved him aside.
A small argument broke out among the group, until Jason muttered, "I believe her."
Piper flashed him a small smile, and he nodded. "I'm sorry, Piper."
"And why do you so suddenly believe her, huh?" Leo asked in a funny way, to try to keep us all from stressing out.
"Because, I saw her go full Gaea minion!" Jason snapped, and Leo backed away a couple steps.
Jason shook his head and whispered, "Sorry, Leo." He raised his voice again. "She was sitting on the ground, at first then she seemed to be talking to herself, but I realized she was talking to Gaea, and then she started levitating, and a tornado of lights swirled all around her, and that's when I realized she was totally there, and I felt like I had just lost you forever." He looked over at Piper apologetic look on his face, "and now that I know there was something I could have done to stop, I feel awful. I'm really sorry, Piper." He finished his story without ever taking his eyes off her.
She smiled at him. "Thank you, Jason."
He smiled back at her. "I'm sorry."
Hazel felt so touched by this moment, that she placed her hand on the back of Frank's head, tilted it down, and kissed him.
Piper awed, and that was all she could hear, but she really liked knowing that people weren't going to laugh at them.
They broke apart, and Hazel flashed a nervous smile up at him. She really liked Frank, and she never wanted to leave him.
Reyna started struggling against the ropes, and Piper snapped her head around, and shrieked. "WHEN DID SHE GET HERE?"
"She's been here as long as you have, technically longer," Leo sighed.
Jason looked really sad, and really sorry, and Hazel couldn't help but feel bad for him. I wonder what he's thinking about?
Jason bent over and untied Piper, while Leo held Reyna to the tree by her shoulders.
As soon as Jason helped Piper stand up, he retied the knot, and Leo let Reyna go and stepped back. He ran away, next to Hazel and Frank, and Hazel giggled.
Jason walked over and placed his arms around Piper's waist. She smiled at him, and only looked sadly at her and he just kept whispering, "I'm sorry, I'm sorry…"
Piper smiled at him, and held his chin with one of her hands. He wouldn't meet her gaze, so she stooped under him and kissed him, eyes closed.
Hazel gasped and smiled. Percy pulled Annabeth closer to him, and Piper just wouldn't let Jason get away.
She wrapped her arms around his neck, and they just wouldn't break apart.
Percy wrapped Annabeth in his arms and kissed her, too, but they broke apart soon after and started to laugh.
Frank bent down and kissed Hazel again, and they laughed afterwards, too, but their laugh was a soft laugh. A nervous one. It was laugh that Hazel would remember forever. One she would never have to forget.
Leo coughed, put they just wouldn't separate.
Then, Reyna started screaming and crying.
Hazel looked over to check on Leo, and he was smiling, but his eyes said he was heartbroken. The girl he liked was crying because a guy was kissing another girl.
Hazel's heart broke.
"Leo," she whispered apologetically, "I'm sorry."
"For what?" he looked over at her, smiling. He was near tears, though. Hazel could see them welling in his eyes.
"Stop smiling, Leo, you're freaking me out. Just, go with a straight face. The tears streaming down your face and the huge smile makes you seem like a psychopath," Hazel cringed.
Leo's smile shrunk, but he laughed a real laugh, though it was a small one, and looked at the ground to wipe his tears away. Hazel felt awful.
"It's just hard when someone you like doesn't like you back. You don't have to worry about it, though," he gestured to Frank. "You're all good."
Before Hazel could answer, Frank jumped in, "If it means anything to you, I thought Hazel didn't like me when I met her. There's always a chance, no matter how slim." And Leo smiled.
Leo walked over and put his hand on Reyna's shoulder, then he sat down right next to her.
She turned her head and started crying into his shoulder.
"They grow up so fast," Frank sighed dramatically, but Hazel didn't feel like this was real.
"Frank," she whispered, "she's playing him. Leo's gonna get his heart broken, I know it. We can't let her get away with this."
"I know, but let's let him be a lady's man for now, okay? We'll stop it before it gets too bad, I promise," Frank winked at her, and she smiled, but she was still worried about Leo.
YAY! They have Piper back!
Me: What are you so mad about?
Leo: WHY CAN'T I FIND TRUE LOVE? And why does everyone have to end up locking lips around me!
Me: Gee, I'm sorry, Leo, it's just-
Leo: No! You know what I think? I think that you're just so mad at your brother that you need to need someone to take it out on!
Me: She cried on your shoulder, didn't she?
Leo: Yeah, but Haze thinks I might get my heart broken!
Hazel: It's true, I do.
Me: Not. Helping!
Hazel: Well! (Walks off)
(Yeah, she can walk in the disclaimers)
Leo: See! SEE!
Me: Alright, alright, fine, so maybe you might, but-
Leo: SEE! You HATE me!
Rick Riordan: Alright, alright, what's going on here?
Me: *Gasp* Rick. RIORDAN?
Me: *Gasp, shriek, faint*
Leo: (Put's hand on Rick's shoulder) Thanks, Rick. (Holds up body bag) Now help me fit her in here and we can sink her in the ocean!
Leo: (Places Me in body bag) Well?
Rick: (Shrugs) I got nothing else better to do.
Rick and Leo: (Throw the zipped up body bag into the ocean)
(Didn't I meantion we were on a beach?)
Leo: Aw, yeah, high-five!
Leo and Rick: (High-five)
Rick: Hey, hey, whoa, whoa, my name always comes first!
Rick and Leo: (High-five)
Rick: Much better!
(So, I die in the ocean, while Rick and Leo high-five. Okay then?)