As soon as those words left Percy’s lips, light filled the dark room, temporarily blinding the trio who were inside it.
“Well done, Perseus Jackson.” A silky voice said with regretful acceptance. “You have passed. I give you my blessing.”
“What of me, Lady Athena?” Dylah asked. Percy’s eyes immediately snapped open when he heard Dylah utter the wisdom goddess’ name.
“A test?” He breathed looking around at his surroundings. To his surprise, he was in the throne room of the gods with Dylah, Athena and... Percy’s heart raced. “Where’s Annabeth?” He asked doing a 360o in the throne room looking for his beloved Wise Girl.
“I’m right here, Seaweed Brain.” Her voice sounded from Athena’s throne. Percy looked at the goddess of wisdom’s throne in longing. Then he spotted her.
Annabeth was sitting on Athena’s throne-though, Percy didn’t know how Athena mustered up so much self control to not blast her daughter into tiny Annabeth pieces-her hair was no longer caked in her own (and a little bit of Percy’s, sadly) blood, her orange Camp Half-Blood t-shirt and blue cut off shorts weren’t ing tatters like before making Percy think that she’d been tortured while Percy was unconscious. And her face, her beautiful face held so much love and passion that Percy didn’t know that they could love each other than they already did.
“Wise Girl.” Percy breathed in relief and visibly relaxed. Annabeth smiled and hopped down from her mother’s throne. Percy smiled lovingly back, but then looked behind him to Athena who was looking at the pair with her dark eyebrows raised above her clear eyes.
“Well?” She asked looking sternly. “Go on.” Percy’s smile grew even bigger. As soon as he turned around, he was knocked over by a head full of lemon scented, honey blonde princess curls. His Wise Girl.
“I love you so much, Wise Girl.” Percy whispered in Annabeth’s ear.
Annabeth smiled ad responded, “I love you more, Seaweed Brain.” Her grey eyes sparkled with love and pride for her loyal boyfriend. Percy couldn’t help himself anymore. He crashed his longing lips into Annabeth’s soft strawberry tasting ones.
Annabeth yelped in surprise, but quickly kissed her Seaweed Brain back. Percy moaned in pleasure as he trailed his hands down her back and ending at her hips, pulling her close. Annabeth gladly let him as she wrapped her arms around Percy’s neck and playing with his untamed, black hair that she fell so madly in love with just like every other thing about him. Like the way his face scrunches up when he’s confused or the way his beautiful sea green eyes coax her into doing something completely stupid with him with one puppy dog eyed look. What Annabeth loved most was, the way he blushed when he embarrassed himself with what he was insecure about. Annabeth was actually surprised to find out that he was right a lot of the time even though Percy thought he was completely wrong. It made Annabeth’s heart melt.
“Leave them, lady Athena. They’ve been away from each other for too long.”
“How dare you tell me what to do.” Athena snapped. “You were just a pawn in my plan, Drew.”
Drew smiled and looked back at the couple. “Take my hand, lady Athena. I want to show you something.” Athena warily took Drew’s hand then gasped. Around Percy was a sea green aura that shone brightly. And around her daughter was a grey aura. Then, right next to the couple were two lace ribbons. One grey and one sea green. They were so tightly entwined that Athena couldn’t tell where the ends were. It was like there was no end. Or beginning. They twisted around each other so tightly, they were almost one. And what surprised Athena the most was that the ribbons had this glow and every two seconds or so, they would pulse. Almost like a heartbeat.
“They’re alive.” Athena whispered obviously talking about the ribbons. Drew nodded.
“Yes they are.” She agreed. “You see, Athena, even if you tried, you couldn’t break them apart. Nothing could. No one could. They’re meant to be together.”
Athena sighed in defeat. “I guess so.” She murmured letting go of Drew’s hand. Suddenly she disappeared then came back a minute later with something in her hand and a wistful look on her face. She watched the two just hold each other for a minute or so before clearing her throat. “Perseus.” Percy flinched and let go of Annabeth. Athena sighed. “Percy.” She corrected. “Come here, child.”
Percy gulped, fearing the worst. “Yes, lady Athena.” He mumbled and shuffled over. He stood in front of the goddess wringing his hands nervously behind her back.
“Look me in the eyes.” Athena said sternly, folding her hands in front of her. The object tucked safely between them. Percy hesitated, but then slowly looked up to meet Athena’s clear eyes with his own green ones. “You have passed.”
Percy’s mind immediately flashed back to three months ago.
He remembered asking Athena and Mr. Chase for their blessing to propose to Annabeth. Mr. Chase was more than willing to say yes, but Athena shot him down. Percy was persistent. He asked a few more times, determined that he could get her blessing. The last time he asked, it didn’t go as planned. He was going to prove it to Athena that he loved Annabeth with all his heart. But when he got to Olympus, Athena was standing in the middle of the throne room with her arms crossed tightly over her chest and a very angry expression on her face.
“You, Perseus Jackson,” She sneered pointing accusingly at the son of Poseidon. “Are a lot of talk for the son of my kelp headed uncle. You don’t care for my daughter.”
“Yes I do!” Percy yelled standing his ground even when Athena’s piercing, clear eyes glared at him fiercely.
“Then prove it.” Athena said dryly. Then she snapped her fingers and everything started getting fuzzy. “If you are true to your word, then I will go to Hephaestus personally and ask for a ring. But if not, you better pray to the fates that you’ll die quickly.”
Percy gulped, but didn’t back down. Soon everything went black. When he woke up, he had no idea where he was. All he knew was that he had to prove to Athena that he was worthy of marrying her daughter, Annabeth. His Wise Girl.
Just as Percy thought, Athena put him through a series of. The next harder than the last. But Percy pushed those memories to the back of his mind and forged ahead. Athena must’ve realized that Percy was serious, but she wanted to hear it in person. So she asked Drew if she could get Percy to say his true feelings for Annabeth and record it on an Iris Message while she visited Hephaestus.
Percy blinked twice before speaking again. “I would never do anything to hurt Annabeth. I love her with everything I have. And I will protect her until my dying breath. I swear it on the river Styx.”
Athena’s eyes widened in surprise and shock when she heard the thunder in the background as the river accepted the oath. Athena’s expression softened.
“Very well.” The goddess nodded. “Open your hands, Percy.” Percy slowly brought his hands out from where they were behind him and held them out in front of Athena and himself. “You may go home, Drew. Your service if fulfilled. You have done well.”
Drew smiled and nodded. Athena snapped her fingers and Drew was gone.
All too soon,-Percy thought-Athena turned back to Percy, his hands still out in nervous waiting. Her sharp eyes making Percy flinch back in fear.
“Calm, Percy. I am not going to hurt you.” Assured Athena. Percy-surprised as he was-slowly relaxed. Athena smiled gently and opened her hand. Percy gasped. In Athena’s hand was a ring. Not just any ring. A rose gold and silver banded ring with a sea green diamond in the middle. On the sides of the diamond were two engraved owls over engraved waves. On the inside of the band it said, ‘Love, your Seaweed Brain.’
“H-how did you know?” Percy asked examining the ring with excitement and longing.
Athea didn’t answer, but her clear eyes sparkled with amusement. She placed the ring in Percy’s hands and snapped her fingers once again.
Percy shook his head and blinked. He was no longer on Olympus. Instead, he was on the beach of Camp Half-Blood.
“Percy,” Annabeth said from him. “What just happened? Why was Athena civil to you? What do you mean, ‘Blessing’?”
“Annabeth,” Percy interrupted turning around with a big smile on his face. His smile grew when he laid eyes on his amazingly beautiful Wise Girl. “I love you so much.” He said. Annabeth smiled.
“I love you too, Seaweed Brain.” She said walking towards Percy. She ran her hands through his raven black hair making him close his eyes in pleasure.
“I want to ask you something, Wise Girl.” Percy stated slowly opening his eyes. Annabeth drew her hands back in confusion.
“Yeah, Seaweed Brain?” She asked. Percy’s heart sped up. He slowly got down on one knee. His eyes never left Annabeth’s ever-widening, beautiful grey ones. “Percy, what-”
“Annabeth,” Percy Interrupted. “There is no way to express my love for you. I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” A tear ran down Annabeth’s rosy cheeks. “Without you, Wise Girl, I’m a sword without the shield. An equation without the answer,” Annabeth laughed at that one. Percy smiled looking at her beautiful face. “A heart without a soul. I am nothing without you.”
“P-Percy.” Annabeth stammered through a lump of excitement that had made a home in her throat.
“I love you so much,” Percy continued. “Annabeth Chase, will you marry me? Be mine?”
Annabeth couldn’t speak, but she nodded so fast, she almost lost her head. “Yes, Percy. Yes!” She exclaimed finding her voice and tackling Percy to the ground. Percy let out a breath that he had no idea that he was holding in.
The now engaged couple looked up in surprise. The rest of the 7-Jason, Piper, Leo, Hazel and Frank-were making their way towards them.
“We saw the whole thing.” Piper interrupted Annabeth. “Percy, I am fangirling right now. You are so sweet! EEP! Quick, the ring!”
Percy and Annabeth both blushed and stood up, brushing the sand off their clothes. Percy cleared his throat making Annabeth’s gaze meet his. With his heart almost exploding with love for his Wise Girl, he slipped the ring on Annabeth’s slim finger. It was a perfect fit.
Annabeth gasped. “It’s beautiful.” She breathed staring into the glistening diamond and the shining band.
Percy smiled. “Nothing compared to you.” He said taking Annabeth’s small hand in his large ones. Annabeth’s cheeks turned into a scarlett red color.
“You’re so cheesy, Seaweed Brain.” She whispered looking into his beautiful, shining, sea green eyes that she’d secretly loved since they were 12. Now it was Percy’s turn to blush. Annabeth giggled and placed her hands on Percy’s chest. “Idiot. Just kiss me.”
Percy gladly obliged.
A few months later, Percy and Annabeth were getting ready for the biggest day of their lives. Their wedding day.
Percy and Annabeth decided on a small wedding where only their closest friends and family were invited. The ceremony was going to be held at the beach where Percy proposed, at midday. Zeus and Poseidon both agreed to keep their domains under control for the wedding. After a little ‘negotiating’ with Athena, Zeus finally gave in.
Percy was in Cabin 3-Poseidon-with Leo, Jason, Frank, Nico, and Will-Nico asked Percy if he could bring Will and he gladly agreed-getting ready for the happiest moment of his life. The moment that his Wise Girl will be his forever. And he’ll finally be Annabeth’s Seaweed Brain. If Annabeth still wanted to marry him, that is.
“Hey!” Percy whined ruffling his gelled hair. “I think that’s enough gel.”
“Just a little-”
“Leave the boy alone, Valdez.” Jason laughed fastening Percy’s bowtie. Then he clapped his friend on the back “You’re good, man. Just remember, when you say your vow try not to stutter or-”
“Dude,” Frank interrupted from the window. “You need to hurry up. Everyone is waiting and Hazel is trying to stall them.”
Percy nodded and took a deep breath. “I’m good. I defeated Kronos. I’m the son of the sea god. I escaped Tartarus.” He turned to his friends. His face filled with worry. “And I’m nervous.”
“There’s nothing to be worried about, fish boy.” Leo said rolling his eyes. “Just pray to
the gods that you don’t get judo-flipped again.”
The boys-except a still very nervous Percy-laughed at this.
In the-much to Annabeth’s distaste-Aphrodite cabin, Piper, Hazel, Reyna and Rachel were helping Annabeth get ready for the best day/night ever.
Annabeth looked at her friends nervously. “What if I mess up?”
“Annabeth, you won’t mess up.” Rachel assured the scared daughter of Athena.
“What if I forget my wedding vow and I end up judo-flipping him like last time?” Annabeth continued.
Hazel laughed and held up a bag of ice. “That’s what this is for.” She said.
“Hold still. Your hair’s coming undone.” Piper complained fumbling with the clips, and fastening Annabeth’s hair into place. “There.”
“One more thing.” Annabeth said looking at her reflection in the mirror. Hazel raised an eyebrow.
“What?” She asked.
“Is the isle spider-free?”
Finally it was time.
Percy stood nervously in front of the pews which were filled with Percy and Annabeth’s closest friends and family. He looked around at the faces and saw his mom and Paul sitting in the front of his side, smiling proudly up at him. He smiled back and tried to push away his nervousness then continued to scan the crowd.
All the Camp Half-Blood campers and Camp Jupiter’s 1st cohort were sitting behind the first and second rows of pews, which were reserved for immediate family and the gods who cared to show up. To Percy’s surprise, a lot of gods showed up. Percy scanned the faces of the gods and saw, Hestia, Hades, Athena, Aphrodite,-Percy noticed that she could not stop internally, not-so-internally, squealing-Hermes, Hephaestus, Artemis, Apollo, Demeter, Ares, Dionysus, Iris, Eros, Nike, and a bunch of others. Percy was surprised to see that Zeus and Hera showed up. What-or more who-he didn’t see was his father. Poseidon. Percy’s heart sank.
“He will be here, Percy.” Chiron assured him. Percy looked at the centaur in hope.
“You think so?” He asked. Chiron smiled from the alter.
“I know so, child.” He responded. Percy inhaled deeply and nodded.
“Okay.” He breathed shaking his hands. Then, out of nowhere music started-actually, Percy looked over at Apollo to see that he was playing his lyre. Percy quickly snapped his attention to the other end of the aisle. Percy couldn’t see Annabeth, but he did see Nico and Will holding hands and walking down the aisle followed by Reyna and Thalia,-they fell in love after the Second Giant War and asked lady Artemis if it was okay if they started dating, and Artemis agreed-next, Jason and Piper, then Frank and Hazel. Then finally, the person who he’d been waiting to see for 2 days. Annabeth-soon to be Jackson-Chase. Man did he love her.
“All rise.” Chiron said. Everyone quickly stood and turned to watch the beautiful Annabeth make her way down the aisle with her father.
To Percy, it seemed like forever before Annabeth and her father made it to the front. But the son of Poseidon waited patiently and let Annabeth and her dad have their most important father-daughter moment.
They both smiled brightly at each other before Frederick folded Annabeth’s veil up and said, “I am so proud of you, Annabeth.” Their faces shone with love. “I love you so much. Now. Go get him.” Frederick chuckled as Annabeth laughed and nodded, then turned to her beloved Seaweed Brain.
Percy held his breath for a moment before letting it out slowly while taking in the image of his-he could never say it enough-beautiful Wise Girl.
Annabeth smiled nervously at Percy as he took her hands in his. As they gazed in each other’s eyes, they couldn’t help but smile.
“Wow.” Percy breathed not being able to say anything else. Annabeth blushed.
“Seaweed Brain.” She said smiling, also at a loss for words. Laughter flowed lightheartedly from the pews.
“Today, we are here because of two very special people on a very special day.” Chiron started from the alter. “Today, we are taking two separate souls and making them one.”
Percy and Annabeth continued to beam at each other while Chiron continued to speak.
They said their vows and exchanged the rings, suddenly, a shower of sea water rained over the wedding party, and Percy knew his father was here. Then finally, Chiron said with a huge smile, “Percy, you may now kiss the bride.”