Annabeth POV

Taking a deep breath I walk into the lounge room. "Yes mother?" I asked. She was seated in one of the white armchairs with a book in her lap.

"Who was that boy?" she asked sternly.

Here we go I thought. "That was Percy. You know the guy I was telling you about. The one I went on camp with?"

"Where did you go with him tonight?"

"We went to Laser Tag, I told you that." I replied getting annoyed. Whenever I even mention a guy that isn't Luke my mum gives me this whole lecture about what a great guy Luke is and how I shouldn't be 'associating' with other boys.

"Don't use that tone with me." She scolded me.

"Sorry." I apologized, using every ounce of my self-control not to roll my eyes at her. Don't get me wrong I love my mother but its times like these that she gets on my last nerve.

"Did Luke go with you?"

"No he didn't."

"And why not?"

"Because he and Percy aren't friends, they can't stand each other."

"Well then there must be something off about this Percy kid if Luke doesn't like him." I tried my best not to roll my eyes. My mother thinks that Luke is the best thing that has ever happened to me and no other guy will ever compare.

"Mom please, just because Percy and Luke don't get along doesn't mean that Percy's a bad person." I pleaded with her to believe me.

"Don't argue with me Annabeth." She scolded me and I replied with a quick apology. "Now all I'm saying is that maybe this boy isn't who he says he is. He could be using you to annoy Luke. I mean you are still new to the school and you don't know what happened between the two of them."

"So what you're saying is that the only reason a guy would talk to me and be nice to me is so that they can use me to get back at Luke?" I asked knowing full well that that was not what she meant. See these are how most of our conversations went. She would see something that I'm doing or someone I'm hanging out with, something out of the ordinary, so she interrogates me and soon enough something will slip out of her mouth that could easily be taken the wrong way and I use that to turn the conversation around.

"No Annabeth, dear I didn't mean it like that. Look if it makes you feel any better we can invite him over for dinner."

"What? No it's fine I overreacted. It's okay Percy doesn't need to come over." I hastily said. I knew that if we invited Percy over my mother would either find something about him that she will use as a way to get me to 'agree' with her or make Percy want to never talk to me again.

"No, we will invite him over. I want to meet him. Tomorrow night if he can."

"He probably won't want to because I'm going to his place tomorrow then for him to come back here-" she cut me off.

"Then that's all the more reason for him to come. I'm presuming that he will be dropping you back home so instead of just dropping you off he can join us for dinner." My mother finished, daring me to argue with her. I knew that if I complained or refused she would most likely dive over to Percy's house and bring him over.

"Fine. I'll go ask him if he's free." I sighed walking up to my bedroom and taking my phone out of my bag.

-Line Break-

The next day Percy arrived just after 2:00. "Good afternoon Wise Girl." He greeted me when I opened the door.

"Hello Seaweed Brain." I replied, stepping out onto the porch and closing the door behind me. "So are you sure you're alright with coming over for dinner tonight?" I asked him as we got into his car.

"Yeah of course. I wouldn't turn down a free meal." He grinned and winked at me. It took every ounce of my self-control not to blush when he winked.

"So what's the plan for today?" I asked him as we got into his car.

"Well I was thinking maybe we could go to the park, maybe out for lunch, if that's alright with you of course."

"Yeah that sounds nice." I smiled at him while he started up the car and backed out of the driveway.

The car ride to the nearest park was filled with mostly talk about prom. "So do you have a date to prom yet?" I asked him as he turned left into a quiet little street.

"Not yet. Everyone's been asking me that lately. First Piper now you."

"Yep because that's everyone." I teased him.

"Ha ha ha. But seriously, can't a guy not have a date yet."

"Considering that prom is in like 2 weeks, it's a bit worrisome." I replied as Percy pulled into a parking lot of small park with a walking track leading into the trees.

"Well I'll find someone before it's too late, I always do." He smiled at me as he got out of the car, coming around to my side and opening the door for me. "My lady." He bowed as I stepped out of the car.

"Oh well thank you kind sir." I gave him a little curtsey as he shut the door. He laughed and it was the most beautiful sound I had ever heard. He held out his arm for me to take and I took it smiling like crazy at him. He led me over to one of the many park benches and we both sat down.

Then I asked him the question that had been on my mind since yesterday. "Your cousins don't like me much do they?"

"What are you talking about? Jason loves you." Percy replied, trying his best not to make eye contact with me.

"You know which cousins I'm talking about."

He sighed and rubbed his hand over his face. "Thalia is just protective and Nico will do whatever Thalia says."

"Did I do something wrong to like offend her or something?"

"No you did nothing wrong."

"It's just the whole Luke thing isn't it?" I asked. When he didn't reply I knew that I had guessed correctly. "Are you ever going to tell me what happened between the two of you?"

"Look I think that Luke should really tell you himself."

"I've tried asking but he tells me to stay out of it." I replied, frustrated.

Percy smirked at me. "You don't like not knowing things do you Wise Girl?"

"Shut up." I said, punching him lightly on the shoulder.

"Hey Kelp Head!" someone yelled from across the park. I looked at Percy and saw the smile vanish from his face. He dropped his head and closed his eyes in annoyance.

I looked up and saw Thalia standing in front of us, a smirk plastered on her face.

A/N: Hey guys. Wow I am so, so sorry for the late update. I know I am a terrible person but I just didn't like the way that I have written this so far. But I think I might still continue anyway. Thank you so much for all of the continued support, it really means a lot to me.

To Guest. – I am really touched that you think this story is amazing, it really means a lot to me. Yeah I've just been a bit busy with end of year exams and whatever, but its holidays now so I will try and update more, whether it's this story or another one. But thank you for your concern.

Seaweed Brain Herondales.