The Mark of Athena

Hey there readers! So this is my very first Fanfic . . . ever. Yupp. So any suggestions and/or constructive criticism is very, very much appreciated. Enjoy! (:

Chapter 1_

Annabeth's P.O.V

The moment had finally come. I was going to see him again. Percy. Percy, the love of my life; Percy, my solid rock; Percy, my best friend; Percy, whom I couldn't live without. But that was just the thing. I had been living without him, for 9 whole months.

So I could not wait to see him again, finally. Our descent from the sky down to Camp Jupiter seemed like the slowest 5 minutes of my life.

Jason seemed anxious, too. I realized that, in a way, he was going through the same thing as me. He was back home at last. But he had been separated from his whole family, not just one person. Wow. I wondered how this reunion would go down.

Leo and Piper were somewhere down below deck. Leo was at the controls. Neither of them were reuniting with anyone, though. They had it easy… Well at least in that aspect.

Jason and I had been standing at the very edge of the Argo II for a while; almost falling overboard. We were leaning over trying to make out a familiar face. Or for Jason, quite a few familiar faces.

As we got closer, I could make out what looked like a city. The architecture was amazing. Closer and closer, inch by inch, I was desperately searching for those bright sea green eyes and messy black hair that I knew all too well. Then I realized everyone was wearing togas. I mean, I knew they were Roman, but togas? Really?

And then I saw him. Perseus Jackson, my boyfriend.

I almost jumped in the air from excitement, and I had to hold back a shriek. I saw that Jason was smiling ear-to-ear also.

Percy was talking to a girl that was wearing a similar toga. She was pretty, and seemed vaguely familiar. Uh-oh, I thought. I wondered who the pretty girl was. Then it hit me. All the thoughts that had been running through my head for the past few months came rushing into my brain. Would he remember me? What if he doesn't know who I am? What in the world would I do if he doesn't know who I am? Oh gods. Has he been seeing another girl?

But then we landed, and he saw me.

He smiled that gorgeous smile of his, with a twinkle in his eyes. Yes! He knew who I was. I let out a breath of relief. Apparently it was obvious because Jason noticed and he smirked at me. I guess that was just slightly too dramatic. I hadn't been trying to be dramatic, though.

The gangplank was only about ¾ of the way to the ground, but I started running and just jumped off the last part, which was now only a few feet off the ground. Not that far, I would live. I had Percy, anyway.

Percy was sort of surprised at my actions, but his expression quickly changed back to that charming smile. He started to run, too.

Then we collided, my arms around his neck and his arms around my waist. He lifted me into the air and spun me around several times before he put me down and pulled away. As happy as he obviously was, he looked tired. I wondered how long he had been back from his quest. But I pushed those thoughts aside. All that mattered was that I was back in Percy's arms.

"I've missed you, Wise Girl," he said.

"I missed you too, Seaweed Brain," I replied.

And then I kissed him, and he kissed me back. There was no doubt in my mind that he remembered.