Title: Wise Girl Wins

Pen name: Evelyn

Cohort/team: Cohort 1

Prompt: "You know that Friends Thanksgiving challenge?" "What?" "Name all fifty states, or you don't get Thanksgiving dinner." "You're so on."

Words: 1044

A/N: My late prompt writing for Thanksgiving. A little rushed, but this was late enough already. I know not everyone celebrates it, but I personally celebrate this holiday and decided to do a one-shot about it for the forum. This is not part of the every-day challenge, hence the reason the chapter title doesn't have a "day _" marking. Sorry for the terrible ending! That's it really.


Thanksgiving was one of Percy's favorite holidays, though he never knew exactly why. Maybe it was the fact he got to see his friends and give thanks. Maybe it was the fact he got to see Sally, after much convincing from Chiron. Or it was just the fact he had an excuse to pig out, eating dinner, that could be it to. Regardless, we draw the conclusion that Percy Hackson loves the holiday Thanksgiving.

As mentioned before, this year, he managed to convince Chiron to let him go home for the holiday. Thouh the centaur was hesitant to let him go, he agreed. He knew Percy would be able to take care of himself, as long as he didn't get distracted. (Though that was a bit too much of a frequent occurrence for a totally reassurance. Percy pouted at that.) Annabeth also came along, no one was exactly surprised at that though.

After a nice drive to get to Sally's house, they were all sitting around the table. The people coming consisted Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Leo, Calypso, Hazel and last but not least, Frank. Others had either stayed at camp-half blood or camp Jupiter, depending on where they resided.

Percy was just reaching for a piece of steak when Sally playfully smacked his head with the wooden spoon. "You know that Friends Thanksgiving challenge?" She asked.

"What?" Pervy's face scrunched up in confusion.

"Name all fifty states, or you don't get Thanksgiving dinner." Sally said, smiling as she wiped her hands on her apron.

"You're so on." Percy cracked his knuckles.

"Are you sure you can do it Percy?" Annabegh teased, "You're not exactly famous for being smart, I call you seaweed brain for a reason."

Percy huffed, "I happen to be very smart, thank you very much."

"Just name the fifty states already!" Jason said. "C'mon bro, I want to eat!"

"Michigan," Percy said.

"Two percent there!" Sally teased, "Keep going."

"Illions, Wisoconson, South Dakota, North Dakota, West Dakota and East Dakota." Percy said. He cocked his head when he heard people start to laugh. "What?" He asked, "Did I get one wrong?"

"Percy, there's only a north and South Dakota!" Annabegh said, "Not an easy or west!"

"Says who!" Percy accused.

"Says the whole word," Annabeth said.

"Mom, is she telling the truth?" Percy asked, his face scrunched up.

"Yes sweetie," Sally kissed his forehead.

"Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho." Annabeth started.

"Is that in alphabetical order?" Jason whispered to Piper, who nodded.

"Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming." She finished, with a hearty smirk on her face.

"You're good," Frank said in respect.

"I call her wise girl for a reason," Percy said. "But I still think there is an east and west Dakota."

Annabeth shrugged innocently, "Perks of being a child of Athena."

"Can you do that for anything?" Hazel asked curiously.

"It depends," Annabeth said, "What do you have in mind?"

"Do the alphabet backwards," Piper tried.

"Z, y, x, w, v, u, t, s, r, q, p, o, n, m, l, k, j, i, h, g, f, e, d, c, b, a." Annabeth said, only the faintest trace of hesitation between the letters, but overall, an impressive display.

"I can barely say the alphabet forward," Leo said, "And I'm Leo, bad boy supreme!" Everyone laughed at Leo's expression, but it was one of those things you cannot put into words, but are the most amusing things in the world.

"Password accepted," Sally said, as she passed everyone a plate of food. Piper passed on the turkey, due to her being a vegetarian, but Sally happily filled up her plate with some of the other meat-free alternatives. Piper thanked her gratefully when she found out she had made a special side just for her. Turns out, Sally had been a vegetarian for a few years in high school, something that surprised everyone. Of course, she wasn't one now, but it was still interesting.

"How have things been at the camps?" She asked.

"It's been good," Frank said. "At least at Camp Jupiter."

"Same for us," Annabeth agreed. "No big prophecies or anything." The last part was a little too serious for comfort, but the tension left the room easily.

"Well, not to sound too cliche, but what are you all grateful for?" Sally asked.

"Blue mashed potatoes!" Percy said, with a mouth full of said food.

Sally sighed, "Thanks Percy."

"I'm grateful for a break," Jason said honestly.

"You've been overworking yourself, have you?" Sally asked.

"Lots of shrines to make," Jason said. "Not the easiest job. The other day, I planted the wrong flowers on this one goddesses shrine, and next thing I know, a brick is falling on my head."

"Dude, again!" Percy said. "I feel like that brick is always coming back to you!"

Jason rolled his eyes, "Haha."

"I have to agree with Jason," Annabeth said. "I may not be building shrines, but that doesn't mean I don't do anything."

"I'm grateful that everything's good at camp," Frank said. "And that we've managed to find all of Octavian's followers and switch them over to the right side."

"There's still a few stubborn ones," Hazel added. "But we're getting through it."

"I'm grateful that I'm alive!" Leo said. "Well, technically I died! Hey, that rhymes!"

"I'm grateful I got off the island," Calypso said, joining the conversation for the first time. Percy looked guilty, but Calypso spoke up once more. "Percy, I mean I'm grateful for Leo saving me, not you not saving me, I don't mean to shame you. I'm sorry it came off in that way, I'm grateful for you as well."

Percy nodded and Piper took that moment to speak up. "I'm grateful that my fathers alright," she said.

"How is he doing?" Sally asked.

"Amazing," Piper said. "Mellie's been a lifesaver for him."

"I'm glad," Sally said genuinely.

"Thanks," Piper smiled.

And the rest of the night was spent just like this.