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Chapter 12

Walking away from my dad was probably one of the best and worst moments of my life. It the best because, for once in my life, I wasn't letting him push me around. I was standing up for myself and letting him how much he hurt me. It made me feel powerful when I turned my back on and didn't look back. It made me feel like I was doing something right, like my entire life was a complete screw up.

It made me feel true to myself.

But it was still the worst moment of my life because I was turning my back on the person that I thought once cared about me. It made the betrayal and hatred all much more realistic and surreal.

I was still so shocked that my father would do something like that. I was shocked that my dad would keep something like that away from me. Does he think that I don't have emotion, that I just wouldn't care about his story.

My hatred toward Tyler seemed to grow at that exact moment. I wanted to blame Frederick. I wanted to hate him, but I couldn't. I couldn't hate him because I knew that this wasn't entirely his fault. If anybody was to blame, if would Tyler. She was the person that blackmailed my father to put up with her. Because of her, my father could never leave her and take Bobby, Matthew and me with her.

Because of Tyler, my life was ruined.

More tears sprung into my eyes and I started sprint faster than I had before to my room. I didn't want people to see how weak I looked, how emotional and upset I was. Especially someone like Dionysus, who laugh at my pain.

"Annabeth!" I heard him yell. I didn't even need to turn around to know who it was. I would recognize that voice even if he were sick with an awful cold and could hardly talk. I would recognize that voice that I was nearly deaf. "Annabeth!"

Percy caught up with me easily. I was never fast, and I guess all the emotions that I was dealing, didn't help my speed either. He grabbed my hand and looked at me, sighing, as if he understood exactly what had happened during my conversation with my father.

I wanted to stay strong. I wanted to laugh it off and say that Percy was running over here for no reason, but I couldn't, I couldn't lie to him. Percy sighed, and wrapped his arms tightly around me. And then, I let all the emotion that I had been bottling up for the last couple of days out. I cried in pain, begged for my father to be lying and yelled in anger.

All Percy did was hold. He refused to let go.

"It's okay, Annie," Percy whispered in my ear, tucking a strand of my curly blonde hair behind my ear.

I didn't respond, but I tried to focus on his voice as if it was the only thing that would calm me down.

"I've got you," he whispered again and gave me a tighter hug.

He held me for a while, not bothering to ask if I was okay or if I wanted to talk about it. Percy seemed to know by now that I hated being upset and looking weak in front of people, but what I hated even more was having to tell about why I was crying my eyes out. Out of my friends, he seemed to grasp and relate to that concept the most.

When he let go of me, it seemed like a millennium had passed. I couldn't tell you how long we were there, standing in a middle of a hallway while people gawked at us. I was glad, however, that I didn't run into any of my other friends who would just pry.

"I'll take you back to your room," Percy muttered.

"Percy," I started, tentatively.

He looked down at me, his eyes wide with concern. "Yes?"

"I just wanted to say thank you...for being there for me."

Percy shrugged, chuckling. He gave me a tight squeeze, "Come on. Your my Wise Girl. I would do anything for you."

Suddenly, I couldn't help but laugh. "What did you just call me?"

"Wise Girl. 'Cuz your so smart."

I rolled my eyes. "Whatever, Seaweed Brain. 'Cuz you can sometimes be such a dummy!"

"But I'm your favorite dummy, right?"

"You're my only dummy." Percy just rolled his eyes and together we started walking toward my bedroom.


The next day everything seemed to better for me. I tried to block out those painful memories of my family and what he had told me and tried to focus on what mattered: school work. My science class was having a huge marine biology project where we would get to go on a cruise and examine the waves and sea life and I was partnered up with Percy. Most of the time, I would have threw a fit since Percy never did work and was always too busy talking about something stupid.

But this was marine biology! It was Percy's favorite topic! He was just as ecstatic to hit the books and work on research papers as I was.

"Wow. I'm liking the new Percy!" I commented as Percy and I strolled through the library halls.

Percy rolled his eyes. "I'm still the same old Percy. I'm just talking a little bit more interest in school than usual."

"A little more? Percy, I swear if I put a blonde on you, people may mistaken you for me!"

Percy chuckled, "I'm not that much of an overachiever, Wise Girl."

I smirked, remembering our funny nicknames for each other. "I wouldn't be too sure. Just look at the stack of books your holding. It looks like you can't even hold them all!"

Percy blushed, glancing at the four 400 paged books that he was holding. "In my defense, I like marine biology."

"Seaweed Brain, I'm not complaining. It's comforting to know that I won't have to do all the work on this project."

Percy shrugged, "Let's not forget, I'm still not very good at writing essays. That'll be your department."

"Whatever, Perce. Come on! Let's go check out those books before your arms fall off."

"My arms aren't going to fall off!" Percy argued, although I could hear him straining against the weight of the books.

I rolled my eyes and took two of them. "Give them here, before you hurt yourself!"

Percy and I checked out the books before heading back to Percy's room. We spent the rest of the day working on the outline of our essay. For the most part, it was like I was back in my old school hanging out with a fantastic best friend. For once in my life, I seemed to forget about my baggage, my struggles and horrible my family secrets. For once, I felt like I didn't have those problems anymore.

Or at least that I didn't have to worry about them.

I felt like there was someone out there that would make me feel better...

And that person was Percy.

For a second, I caught myself staring at him in disbelief. I still couldn't believe that person who acted like a total jerk to me before was now my best friend, and I still couldn't believe how fortunate I was to even know Percy.

"I'm glad we're partners," I said aloud.

Percy looked up, smirking, "Aw, you think I'm smart enough?"

I laughed, "I never said that! I said that I'm glad we're partners. There's a very big difference."

"I think I should be offended since you totally just said you didn't think I was smart...but I'm going to let it pass."

I rolled my eyes, "You are such a dork."

Percy smirked, "You love me."

"No. No I don't."

"Oh come on, Wise Girl, admit it! You love me. You totally love me."

"I'd love you more if you'd shut up," I offered.

Percy shrugged and went back to his work, still having that same stupid smirk on his face. That stupid smirk that I loved so much.


A week passed since the incident with my father, and I was glad to say that no one, not Percy, not Thalia, none of my friends so much as mentioned him or how I completely broke down like a big girl. I didn't get any stares or hear any whispers from my fellow classmates, and surprisingly, Dionysus seemed to take things easy on me. It was like everything had worked out. I was closer with my friends. My classes were easier, and most of all, I had that fantastic marine biology trip coming up.

I was already packed and ready, my suitcase in hand and my jacket on, waiting outside my door. I heard that faint knock and sprinted toward my door, knowing exactly who was waiting outside of it.

Percy grinned at me. He had a duffle bag hanging off of his shoulder and a small suitcase in hand, grinning like never before. I'm surprised he wasn't jumping up and down, screaming, 'I CAN'T WAIT ANNIE!'

"You ready?" He asked.

I nodded and together we started walking down the nearly deserted hallway. We crossed to the cafeteria where we saw a swarm of a students and Poseidon standing on top of table, looking over several pieces of paper, hardly noticing the large amount of students in front of him.

We met up with Thalia, Luke, Grover and Nico almost immediately.

"About time you two showed up!" Luke shouted, beaming.

Thalia rolled her eyes. "I could saw the same thing to you."

"Hey! It was Grover's fault," Luke protested.

Grover just shrugged. "They were serving enchiladas."

We all laughed.

Finally, after waiting for what seemed to be at least thirty minutes, Poseidon took out a megaphone. "Okay, okay students, settle down! Settle down! I know how excited you all are to get to go do this marine biology trip." Many of the students cheered, including myself. Poseidon smiled, "Yes! Yes! Yes! We're all very excited. Now kids, before we start going, I just want you to remember that there will be other people on board so try not to act like your complete nimrons! Try to behavior yourself!"

I laughed, and glanced at my friends. "Like that's possible," I muttered.

Percy flashed me a crooked grin. "Car buddies?" He asked.

I grinned, "Of course."

After Poseidon finished his lecture and roll call, he released us outside the door. It was a mad hurry to get out front. Students were pushing each other, shouting names and getting in groups. The staff of Goode High School had been generous enough to rent enough cars so that students could drive themselves to the dock for the cruise. My friends and I found a black SUV and we hurried into it. Luke, who was the oldest, got into the drivers seat, Thalia sitting next to him. Behind them was Percy and I and finally Nico and Grover crammed into the back.

"Man, this is so stupid!" Grover complained. "Do we really need this many cars?! Imagine the pollution"

"Grover," Nico muttered.

"Yes?"

"Shut up! Don't ruin this trip with environmental stuff!"

Grover rolled his eyes, obviously irritated. "Do I have to sit by Death Breath?"

"Do I have to sit by Goat Boy?!"

"Don't call me that!" Grover shouted.

Percy laughed and leaned in toward me, "A year ago, some stupid zoo exhibit decided to show up here to entertain some troubled teens. Grover stole a goat."

I raised my eyebrows. "Interesting..."

Percy smirked, "We have plenty of stories like that!"

"We have a very long drive," I said back.

Percy grinned, and for the rest of the car ride he told me ALL of his Goode High School stories.

Honestly, I wished the car ride was longer, but of course, it just had to end and we relucntantly got out of the warm bus and into the chilly, overpopulated New York town. Like the rest of the teenagers there, we all felt a little out of place. We hadn't been out in public for a while and I felt slightly uncomfortable. I haven't been around so many and I felt self-conscious. Do you think the people that I was walking by recognized me? Do you think they knew who these teenagers were?

Do they even realize that I'm standing there? The person that tried to kill their completely innocent stepmother?

Luckily though, I didn't have to find out myself because we had arrived about fifteen minutes before the cruise ship pulled up and we boarded very quickly. I said my goodbyes to my friends and parted my own way as I walked to my bedroom.

I had to admit that as soon I was walked into my bedroom, I had fallen in love with it. The beds were much bigger, the bathroom and overall it was just a more welcoming place than the room that I stayed in at Goode High School for Insane Youths. I set my suitcase beside my bed and sprawled across it, sighing. It hasn't felt this nice to lay in a bed. All the ones at Goode High School for Insane Youths were hardly padded and every time I woke up my back ached.

I felt the door open again and I leaned up, figuring that it must be my roommate. Standing before me was average height girl with insanely bright red hair that cradled her face, which was splattered with freckles. The girl wore a pair of tattered jeans and a paint-smeared shirt. She rolled her suitcase in, grinning. "Hi. Your Annabeth Chase, right? I'm Rachel Elizabeth Dare."

I stood up and smiled. "Hey. It's nice to meet you."

"Nice to meet you too. I've heard a lot about you."

"You have?"

Rachel shrugged, sitting down on my bed. "I hope that didn't sound weird or anything, but word does spread around like wildfire when Dionysus decides to single someone out the way that he did to you."

I winced as I remembered the words that Dionysus said.

"I'm sorry about that," Rachel said, "I know what it's like to be singled out. It took like five months for the people at Goode to get used to me."

I raised my eyebrows. "What do you mean by that?"

Rachel shrugged. "Look, I mean, I hardly know you but I guess my story isn't much of a secret to anyone so, don't get freaked out or anything, but I can see the future." I tried to stifle laughter. Rachel smirked, "I know it sounds funny, but somehow I just get this really bad feeling about someone and somehow it becomes real. It's weird, I know! But it's pretty serious if you think about it."

"Has it happened recently?"

"Not for a couple of months, which is record and when it does most of the time it's just small things like losing the keys to your room or failing a test. Nothing serious has happened since I first came."

"That's good."

Rachel smiled, "Yeah it is."

For a second, I continued to stare at Rachel and study her. I tried to imagine what it must be like to be Rachel, to have those strange visions. I remember Thalia telling me about her and how her story was particularly gruesome and how she's been having constant meetings with Dionysus. She, like myself, struggle with those stares from other people. I had a feeling deep down that the girl who can see the future and the girl who tried to kill her step mother are going to be great friends.

At that moment there was a gentle knock on the door and my heart seemed to soar, knowing exactly who it was. I jumped onto my feet and rushed to the door, thrusting it wide open. Percy stood behind there, grinning like a total dork. His eyes with glowing with ecstasy and his hair was wild, exactly the way that I liked it.

"'Bout time you showed up!" I said, grinning.

Percy shrugged, giving me a large smirk. "Well, sorry! Nico was holding me back! You wanna go down to the cafeteria and get some food?"

I nodded, and then awkwardly glanced back at Rachel who was observing a painting on the wall. "Um, Rachel, do you wanna join us?"

Rachel smiled, "Oh no. Thanks for the offer, though. I think I'm just going to take a nap. Traveling always makes me tired."

I sighed, "Okay. See you." I gave her one last smile before closing the door behind the two of us, finally getting some alone.

"She seems nice," I said, smiling at Percy.

Percy shrugged. "I didn't know her too well. Rachel kind of keeps to herself."

I sighed. "It's because she sees things, isn't it?"

"Not exactly. I've had classes with her before and a lot of people likes her, but I guess she just likes to keep to herself."

"Does she make you nervous?"

Percy shrugged. "Kind of. I've heard about her before and how she predicts things...but I've never seen it happen before."

Just by Percy's tone of voice, I could tell that he didn't feel like talking about this so I dropped the subject. We continued to walk to the cafeteria, making small talk about our rooms and our project, which we would have to worry about tomorrow. When we rounded the corner into the cafeteria room, I immediately our friends gathered around a table with two empty reserved for Percy and I.

We went to the line, which seemed ridiculouslylong.

"By the time we get to the front, it'll be morning," Percy muttered.

I rolled my eyes. "We're moving along just fine," I reassured him.

He mumbled something under his breath, but dropped the subject. Sure enough, we did make it through the line before the morning. Our plates were full and we quickly made our way to our table. Percy pulled out my chair like a gentleman and kindly waited for me to talk my seat.

"Wow," I said, grinning, "What's up with your?"

"He lost a bet," Luke pointed out. "He didn't think Nico could hold his breath for a minute underwater."

"Could he?" I asked.

"Yeah, with the help of Luke and Grover holding me under," Nico mumbled.

Grover shrugged, "Percy never said the rules. He has to act like a total and complete gentleman for the rest of the week."

"Don't get used to it," Percy muttered.

I laughed. "Trust me, I wouldn't like it. Percy? A gentleman? It's out of this world."

"Shut up, Wise Girl."

"Whatever, Seaweed Brain."

Thalia rolled her eyes. "You guys are so weird."

Luke chuckled, "Not as weird as those two kids over there. They look they're trying not to make eye contact with anyone. One of them just walked into a table."

Thalia sighed, "People these days. Those two kids act like we're murderers."

"Speak for yourself," I pointed out.

"Like seriously," Percy added, chuckling.

"You get what I mean!" Thalia protested. "Just look at them. It's like they're a boat where everyone hear are prisoners! I mean, for the most, we're just normal teenagers living a semi-normal life. Someone should teach those kids a listen!"

"Luke, you thinking what I'm thinking?" Percy said, grinning.

I hit him in the arm, "Percy, don't pick on those kids. I guarentee they're probably-."

I stopped dead and froze. For a second, I stopped breathing. Heck, I wouldn't be surprised if my heart stopped beating for second. I could feel my friends stare at me with concern. They said something to me, but I couldn't hear anything. I was momentarily deaf, and glued to my chair.

My heart shattered as realized who my friends were talking about.

Bobby and Matthew.

Dude. Cliffie. Like whoa.

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I just REALLY needed to post something, and I'm so sorry for taking so long. I don't know what's wrong with me.

And awwwwww...ain't that some nice Percabeth we got going on?!

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