Black Coffee & Blonde Curls

Author's Note

Hi, lovelies! I was feeling Percabeth the other day so I sat down and wrote this. It's just a quick little coffee shop au that I decided would be fit for my tired self because I wrote this kind of late. My sleep schedule isn't that great. Anyways, on with the story!

Please leave a review! I always do my best to read through all the ones I get! 3

No One's POV

To pay for college as a marine biologist student, Percy Jackson worked part-time in a coffee shop in downtown New York. It was a quaint little place, owned by a sweet, elderly couple who refused to have any staff members. They only hired Percy because Mr. Addams had hurt his hip and Sally Jackson, Percy's mom, who was a regular at the store, had insisted for Percy to help out. The Addams adored Percy like he was their own and kept him around when they found out he was working for college.

It was a good job with good pay. Of course, there were those customers that were very annoying and rude and then the girls that would stop by, hit on him, then huff and stomp away whenever he rejected them. But overall, Percy liked working there.

It was a foggy day in New York when the girl with the blonde curls walked in. She was beautiful, with unique grey eyes and a natural shade of tan. She wore a plaid-grey coat over a black jumpsuit and carried a white tote bag with a yellow A engraved on it. Her hair was blonde and curly and silky.

Percy closed his open mouth when she approached the counter.

"U-uh… Welcome to… coffee shop." Percy stammered. The girl laughed in amusement. Even her laugh was pretty. Was that a thing? Percy wasn't sure, but the girl was making it a thing in his eyes.

"I would hope this was a coffee shop, otherwise I'm in the wrong store. Can I just get a black coffee?"

Percy blinked as he typed out her order on the pad. "Size?"

"Make it large."

"Name?"

The girl tilted her head curiously at him, like she was debating if she should give him a real name or not.

"Annabeth."

"Pretty name." Percy mumbled quietly, but she heard him and smiled brightly.

"Thank you."

"It'll be, uh, $4.55." Percy said and they exchanged the cash. He turned around to start making her order and since the shop was mostly empty, Annabeth stayed at the counter and watched him.

"I haven't seen you before. Are you new?" Percy asked, attempting to make small-talk and failing epicly. Of course he hasn't seen her before! He literally just met her today!

Annabeth laughed again. "Yes, just moved here. I'm from California. My college offered me a spot as an intern for an architectural design company here."

"Cool." Percy said dumbly. "I, uh, study marine biology."

"That's even cooler!" Annabeth assured him as he handed her the cup. She sipped it and smiled when she tasted just a little bit of sweetness. It wasn't all black, but she'd let it slide this time.

"See you around…" Annabeth glanced at his nametag. "Percy."

She waved at him and walked out of the shop, her blonde hair floating behind her.

Percy sighed.

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Annabeth comes back next week. And the week after that. And the week after that one. She always ordered black coffee and Percy always added a tiny, little bit of sugar into it. She always walked out with her curls flying behind her.

Over the course of those few weeks, Percy learned a lot about her. He learned that she was 20 years old, had a sucky relationship with her family, and she loved to read and design buildings. Obviously.

Percy told her about himself, too. She found out that Percy was also 20. He was close with his Mom and her husband and his little sister, Estelle. His favorite colour was blue. He liked Disney films that had ocean scenes, like Finding Nemo. He loved the ocean and it made him feel calm, so that's why he was studying to become a marine biologist. When Annabeth had heard that, she called him a "Seaweed Brain", whatever that was. Percy didn't mind.

This week, Annabeth walked in with a tan girl, whose dark hair was in a braid. She was pretty, but Percy still thought Annabeth was gorgeous.

"Hey, Seaweed Brain." Annabeth said, walking up to the counter.

"Hi, Beth."

The girl's eyes widened and she nudged Annabeth's hip teasingly. "Nicknames?"

Annabeth rolled her eyes. "Percy, this is Piper Mclean, my best friend. Pipes, this is Percy."

"This is your new cr-" Piper paused and grinned as Percy's eyes widened in surprise. Annabeth slapped Piper's arm.

"Seriously, Pipes?" she murmured. Piper laughed and Percy hid a small smile.

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After that incident with Piper, Percy had eventually gotten the nerve to ask Annabeth for her number. Not by mouth, of course. He had scribbled it on the side of her cup. Annabeth texted him a few times during the week whenever she wasn't at the coffee shop.

Percy grew some more nerves after that week and actually asked her out. She accepted with a smile and a "finally".

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Epilogue- 7 Years Later

Annabeth cradled the tiny, swaddled up baby in her arms as Percy pushed the stroller next to her, talking a hundred miles a minute to the little baby.

"And this, darling Zoobi, is the coffee shop where I met your beautiful mama." Percy made a grand gesture towards the shop they had paused in front of.

"Zoobi?" Annabeth questioned teasingly, brushing a stray hair out of her daughter's eyes.

They had named their sweet girl Zoe Bianca. She was the perfect mix of the two, with Percy's curious nature and Annabeth's smartness and fiery personality. Zoe had inherited Percy's mop of black hair and had gotten Annabeth's stormy eyes, with sparks of blue hinted in between.

Annabeth and Percy had dated for five years, then gotten engaged. They'd been married for two years before they had Zoe.

Mr. Addams had unfortunately passed away just a few years before Zoe was born. Mrs. Addams kept the shop going, especially since it was a very popular store.

Percy and Annabeth went inside to be greeted by a cheerful lady.

"Oh, Percy, Annabeth, dears! And you brought the little munchkin!" Mrs. Addams gushed, making a face at Zoe. The baby gurgled happily and Annabeth grinned.

She and Mrs. Addams made small-talk while Zoe cooed and sucked on her fingers. Percy wrapped an arm around Annabeth's waist.

He couldn't believe how much black coffee in this shop and the blonde who ordered it changed his life. But he would never want anything else.

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I chose to name their little girl Zoe Bianca because it flowed really nicely on my tongue. Of course, this is an AU, so there isn't necessarily a character named Zoe or Bianca, but I wanted to give a nod to them. Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed it. 3