I don't have a lot of excuses so let's just get to the apology.

I AM SO SORRY! It's been eight months since I have updated and honestly, I don't a reason for not writing my stories. I am so sorry if I disappointed some of you readers and I really hope you forgive me.

Now for some other news: I'm not planning on writing fanfiction anymore. As you can see, my heart just isn't in it, but I swear that I won't leave you readers hanging. I'll finish the three stories that I've started, maybe post one shots every now and then but no more serious fanfics like this one or Goode High School for Insane Youths.

I'm really sorry.

Well, let's get on with it.

Chapter 29

One word that would describe Annabeth's emotions was shocked. She was shocked with what she had just said and shocked with the way that she handled the situation with Mark. She felt terrible for letting down Mark the way that she did, but honestly, she loved Percy. She smiled as she thought. It was something that she hadn't had the chance to say or think for days, maybe even weeks.

She loved Percy. She never wanted to let him go. She never wanted to lose him again. She missed him holding her in his arms, smiling at her and brushing her hair gently behind her ears. She missed her Seaweed Brain.

Honestly, though, Annabeth wasn't sure if Percy missed his Wise Girl.

She looked back at Luke and Thalia. They were both staring at her, incredulously, as if waiting for her to either break down into tears or jump up with glee. However, she didn't do either. Instead, she shrugged and started off toward the next store.

"Come on Thalia," Annabeth said, laughing, "We have outfits to get for tonight."

Thalia and Luke exchanged and glances and then quiet words. Annabeth didn't bother to stick around though since she didn't want to listen to their input. Instead, she waited outside of Urban Outfitters and admired the outfits on the mannequins. When Thalia and Luke finally came to her side, they both looked genuinely concerned, but Annabeth tried to play nonchalant.

She pointed to a pair of high waisted white shorts. "Would that match with the jean jacket I got?"

Thalia ignored her. "Are you okay?"

Annabeth shrugged. "Why wouldn't I be?"

They weren't satisfied with her answer. "Honestly Annie," Luke said, "Do you wanna talk about it?"

Annabeth sighed. She leaned against the window of Urban Outfitters as she responded, "Personally, I don't know how to feel. Yeah, I cared about Mark, I guess...but, you heard me. It wasn't anything compared to how I felt with Percy. Imagine Thalia breaking up with you Luke and then going out with Nico. Yeah, she would care about the guy but what you two shared was special."

"I guess I can understand that," Thalia muttered. "But Annabeth..."

Annabeth sent Thalia a scornful look and Thalia dropped the subject immediately.

Annabeth walked inside of the store and began sifting through the shorts, trying to appear interested and act casual about the whole situation. However, her stomach felt like it was doing a million jumping jacks. Her heart was racing and she could feel her cheeks turning red as she thought more and more about tonight.

She would get to see Percy and his mother again. Maybe they could reconnect. Maybe they would be able to rekindle what they once had.

She only hoped that Percy wanted the same.

When Percy found out, he had to admit that he was pretty excited, but was playing it cool so that he wouldn't seem desperate in front of his friends.

He was at his house, preparing some homemade pizza and blue cookies with his mom, as well as cleaning up the living room for tonight. Then, his door rang three times and fervent knocks followed. Percy, who wasn't expecting anyone to show up for another three or four hours, went to the door expecting it to be a neighbor or a solicitor but as soon as he opened the door Grover, Travis, Connor and Nico burst through the doors, almost plowing straight through Percy.

"You-" Travis said.

"Won't believe-," Grover continued.

"What-," Connor interjected.

"Happened!" Nico finished.

They were breathless as if they had sprinted a block and up the staircase to get to Percy.

"What?" Percy asked. He closed the door behind them, his eyebrows raised. They started shouting over each other and Percy scowled. "One at a time!"

"Annabeth and Mark broke up!" Travis said, before the others could.

Percy stared at them for a second and then glared at them. "Is this some kind of joke because if it is, I will personally kill each of you in different, painful ways."

Travis gulped. "Dude, we're not joking. Thalia just called me and Annabeth broke up with Mark. Or maybe Mark broke up with Annabeth. Either way, they're ancient history, which means that you and her can totally make it work again. It's obvious that she still likes you and everybody in the world knows that you love her."

Percy hesitated. He knew that Travis was right. He still cared about Annabeth, his Wise Girl. He remembered their first kiss, the start of their friendship, how he saved her from that attacker in the alley and all the other beautiful details that went along with being her boyfriend. He missed her making fun of him playfully when he didn't understand his homework, or how he wrapped his arms around her and kissed her neck while she read college sized text books out loud.

He missed her laugh, her smile, the twinkle her eyes, the beauty of her hair. He missed it all so much that it hurt.

"Would she want to me back after everything I've done?" Percy asked.

Nico laughed. "Hell ya dude!"

"So what should I do?"

Travis and Connor grinned. "We have plan," they said together.

"That was not the plan!" Thalia groaned. Annabeth looked up at her close friend. She was talking on the phone and seemed to look rather annoyed. "Okay, okay. Yes, I'll tell them. Honestly, though, why would you want to do that anyway?"


"Oh okay," Thalia muttered. "I guess that makes sense. Bye. Love you, Luke."

She turned to look to Annabeth. Her other friends, Katie and Silena, showed up on either side of Annabeth. The four girls met up with each other at Silena's house to get ready for that evening.

"The boys want go to the karaoke cafe before dinner," Thalia said.

"Why?" Katie asked.

Thalia shrugged. "Apparently Percy burnt the pizza and he was too lazy to go out and buy food so instead, he thought that we could kick back and enjoy some tunes at the cafe and eat there."

Annabeth felt her stomach twist and knot up. She had so many memories at the cafe, some that she wanted to relive, some that she didn't. The memories of Rachel dissing her, Percy singing when they first met, and their fight there flashed before Annabeth's mind and she cringed. She didn't want her friends, however, to be disappointed and not go to the cafe because she was too emotional.

She's Annabeth Chase after all.

"Sounds good," Annabeth said with confidence.

Thalia raised her eyebrows, "Okay..."

Annabeth could feel that one of her three friends were going to say something to her about Percy so she quickly distracted them with beauty products. "What color eye shadow do you think would match my outfit best?"

Silena giggled and soon enough, her friends were enthralled with the multitude of eye shadow pallets, the lipsticks and the hair products that Silena had laid out on her vanity. Katie, Silena and Thalia huddled in a circle and began discussing what hair tools would look best with Annabeth's outfit, what kind of makeup would make Annabeth's eye pop up the most and what kind of foundation would work with her skin type. When they were finished, they began to attack Annabeth with a variety of sprays, lotions and products. Thalia and Katie were in charge of Annabeth's hair, which they apparently had decided on gentle ringlets, and Silena focused on the makeup.

Annabeth, however, was too preoccupied with her thoughts about Percy that she didn't even bother to object as her friends started tugging at her hair and dabbing a lot more makeup on Annabeth's face than she was used too.

"So," Silena said halfway through Annabeth's makeup, "What are you plans for this summer vacation?"

"Luke and I are planning on going sight-seeing in Colorado. You know: feel up the new college we're going to."

Silena dropped her eye shadow brush. "You two got accepted into University of Colorado?!"

"We got the acceptance letter yesterday. Majoring in ethology." (A/N The study of animals)

"Oh my god, Thalia!" Annabeth cried out, gleefully. She was about to stand up and give her best friend the biggest bear hug that could manage but Silena immediately pushed her back into her seat.

"No smudging my master piece! Gentle hugs," Silena instructed.

Annabeth didn't listen. After nearly suffocating Thalia from such a tight hug, she then returned back to her seat and allowed her friends to finish her makeup.

"What about you Annabeth?" Silena asked. "You're the genius. What school are you going to?"

Annabeth shrugged. "Acceptance letters hasn't come in yet but I've applied to plenty of schools."

"Like?" Katie said.

"Like the usual. Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, University of Pennsylvania, North Western, places like that."

"So Ivy league, smart people schools?" Katie clarified.

Annabeth chuckled, "That's one way to put it."

"God, I can't believe we're looking at colleges all over the country right now," Thalia mumbled. "This summer and senior year are going to go by so fast. It'll feel like a month instead of a year. Then, we'll all be separated." Thalia looked genuinely upset, which was a weird emotion for her.

Katie put her arm on Thalia's shoulder. "So we'll be separated but every vacation we'll all come back to New York, go to this cafe and reunite with each other."

"Friendship doesn't go away," Annabeth added resting her hand on Katie's.

Silena did the same. "Ever."

After the fours girl had finished getting ready, they were in a mad dash to get to the cafe.

Annabeth, Katie, Silena and Thalia were one of the last ones to show up and they quickly walked over to her friends, who were perched in their regular seats. Annabeth greeted Luke and her friends with a hug before settling into a seat next to Katie and Grover. She looked up and found herself to be disappointed.

"Where's Percy?" Annabeth asked Grover.

He shrugged. "I'm not sure. I thought he was here."

Annabeth tried not to appear disappointed but she had allowed her friends to torture her with makeup and hair products for an hour just for Percy. They had curled her hair to perfection, applied light powder, blush and bronzer before finishing off her eyes with gold eye shadow and mascara. It was more makeup than Annabeth thought she would ever wear but it looked natural enough and she's been getting compliments from all of her friends.

"I'm sure he's coming," Grover promised.

Annabeth sighed. "What's Percy been up to since the Rachel thing?"

Grover shrugged. "Not much. He seems happier, more light-hearted, not as cautious with his words. He seems like the good ol' Percy that we all know and love."

Annabeth smiled. "That's good."

"You're hair looks nice," Grover added.

"That's because I did," Katie interjected.

Grover chuckled uncomfortably and turned his attention back to Juniper, who appeared to be studying some kind of manual for the environment, even though it was summer and we were all hanging out.

"I think she's trying to get some environment certification thing," Katie clarified when she noticed that Annabeth was looking at Juniper.

"Oh...," Annabeth muttered.

She and her friends soon started tossing around random ideas for what they wanted to do for the rest of the summer like going to beach and traveling to Pennsylvania for a week. Annabeth, however, was distracted. Where was Percy? Where was Travis and Connor?

Of course, Annabeth got her answer pretty soon.

When her friends were in the middle of discussing who would get more freaked out tonight: Nico or Grover, something odd happened. The lights on the stage, which was empty, began to flicker. Her friends fell silent.

"Ohhhh, I think a ghost is coming to get you Grover," Clarisse said, laughing.

"Shut up, Clarisse," Grover mumbled.

The lights then completely went off. There was a moment of whispers until it lit up again. This time, though, it wasn't empty. Percy was standing in the middle with a microphone in his hand. He looked embarrassed but smiled at his friends anyway. Annabeth's stomach did a 360. He looked really good. She had to admit that.

"Hey guys," Percy muttered. "Sorry for the change of plans." He sounded a little sheepish, but his voice sounded just as heavenly as Annabeth remembered it as. He then fumbled to get a solid grip on the microphone. Annabeth stifled a laughter. It was the same old dorky Seaweed Brain that she fell in the love with.

"Get on with it Perce," Nico joked.

Percy scowled, "Anyway, the only time that I actually sang was because I was joking around with my friends but honesty, I think I have an apology to make to this one special girl that I treated terribly." He was looking at Annabeth now, his beautiful green orbs locked with her stormy eyes. "Wise Girl, it might not mean anything but I wish I could go back in time and change every stupid mistake that I did. I wish things wouldn't have to be so difficult between us. That other girl didn't mean anything. I don't even remember her middle name. But I just wanted to say that I remembered everything about you. I remember how the more emotional you got, the stormier your eyes looked. I remember how you applied for thirty seven colleges."

Music faintly started to play in the background. Annabeth tried to keep herself from crying. She was ecstatic and embarrassed all at the same time.

"I remember how you would clasp and unclasp your fingers when you were nervous. I remember the sound of your voice. I remember your eyebrows wuold crease whenever you laughed your beautiful laugh. I remember how you hated to cry."

The music started to get louder and Percy pressed his lips to the microphone as he started to sing.

I don't think that passenger seat
Has ever looked this good to me
She tells me about her night
And I count the colors in her eyes

She'll never fall in love she swears
As she runs her fingers through her hair
I'm laughing 'cause I hope she's wrong

In the background, a projector behind Percy started to flash through the photos that they had taken. The first couple were during some of Percy's swim meets. Then, it faded to pictures of Annabeth and Percy building a house out of Popsicle sticks.

And I don't think it ever crossed her mind
She tells a joke I fake a smile
That I know all her favorite songs and

The pictures shifted to when they were dating. They were holding hands and hugging.

I could tell you her favorite colors green
She loves architecture, born on the twelfth

Her brother's a genius, she has her mother's eyes
And if you ask me if I love her, I'd lie

The pictures faded from the screen. The spotlight returned to Percy.

Annabeth felt overwhelmed and tearful as she looked into Percy's eyes, while remembering the beautiful moments that they've shared together.

She missed those memories. She missed every single one of them.

She looks around the room
Innocently overlooks the truth
Shouldn't a light go on?
Doesn't she know I've had her memorized for so long?

She sees nothing black and white
Never let nobody see him cry
I don't let nobody see me wishing she was mine

More pictures appeared. One of them was a group photo with all of her friends. The next was the two of them on the beach, holding hands. Annabeth was leaning into Percy's neck.

I could tell you her favorite colors green
She loves architecture, born on the twelfth

Her brother's a genius, she has her mother's eyes
And if you ask me if I love her, I'd lie

Suddenly, the lights flickered. The music started to become more upbeat and suddenly Connor and Travis burst onto the stage with microphone. Annabeth and her friends couldn't help but laugh.

Yo, yo, yo
Annie watcha doing over there
When you know, you know PJ wants you right here

You're a Wise Girl
And he has seaweed for a brain
Do you really think he can live without you
Because you know he won't be able to

So Annie, why you wasting all your time
When you know Percy needs you right now

So watcha, watcha waiting for?

Go give Percy a really long, hard...

Dude, can we say that in public?!

Annabeth's face went bright red. She could hear Thalia, Katie and the rest of the girls groan while the boys laughed at Connor and Travis.

Percy blushed a brick red, but continued on with the song.

The music slowed again.

She stands there then walks away
My God, if I could only say
I'm holding every breath for you

The pictures appeared again and they were pictures of Annabeth and Percy on dates.

She'd never tell you but she loves to laugh
I think she can see through everything but my heart
First thought when I wake up is, "My god, she's beautiful"
So I put on my swim cap and pray for a miracle

Yes, I could tell you her favorite colors green
She loves architecture oh and it kills me
His brother's a genius, she has her mother's eyes
And if you asked me if I love her
If you ask me if I love her, I'd lie

The last picture was of the two of them kissing.

"I know I've made mistakes Annabeth, some that I wouldn't even forgive myself for but I'm asking you to remember all the amazing moments that we've had together and I'm asking you to give me on more chance," Percy whispered.

Annabeth blushed, at a loss for words. She stared into Percy's eyes, the same, beautiful, familiar green that she loved. He looked even more handsome standing up there with the tight fitting shirt that he had on and his hair wild and untamed, just the way that she liked it. Percy looked like a god that she didn't deserve.

She stood up and they two stepped closer to each other, as if they were drawn by a magnetic force.

Annabeth cupped Percy's face. "I've missed you."

Percy smiled and for a second, Annabeth thought there was a tear in his eyes. "I've missed you so much it hurts."

"I love you, Seaweed Brain."

"I love you WG."

The two stared into each other's eyes for what seemed like five minutes. Annabeth felt the eyes of her friends and the onlookers in the cafe, but she didn't care. The only thing that matter was that she was with him.

And with that, she kissed him.

A genuine kiss.

One that she had longed for.

One that she dreamed for.

Yes. Happy ending!


Anyway, there's about two more chapters left in this story and I promise you won't have to wait another six months to figure out the rest (hopefully...)

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PS: The song was 'I'd Lie' by Taylor Swift but I changed it up a little bit and added the rap that Travis and Connor sang.