Thanks To A Cheater

Chapter 10: Long Live

Piper's POV

"So, where do you want to go first?" I asked Reyna as we walked into the mall. I glanced at her stomach and got an idea. "Do you know what gender the baby is?"

"No, not yet." Reyna said and I shrugged.

"Doesn't mean you can't look for clothes that you like yet." I lead Reyna to a store that only sold baby stuff and we started to look around.

"Oh, I hope it's a girl." Reyna murmured as she noticed all the baby girl clothes.

"I may be a daughter of Aphrodite, but with the way you're looking at all those clothes and the thought of how much money you make, I feel bad for that baby if they're a girl."

"Oh shut up! I have the right to dress her up if I want." I shurgged and my phone went off. Instantly, I whipped it out, hoping it was Hunter.

I'd called him yesterday three times, but all I'd gotten was his voicemail and left messages for him to call me back.

But I saw who was calling, and it wasn't Hunter.

"Hey Joan."

"Hello Piper. It's been comfirmed. The songs will start playing sometime between noon and twelve fifteen."

"Really? That's great! I'll be listening for it. But everything's in order, right?"

"Yes, nothing to worry about."

"Great. I got to go. Adieu." I said and hung up.

"What's great?" Reyna asked as she looked through a hanger holding purple dresses for a variety of ages.

"Joan managed to get some songs to air for the first time ever on the radio. It will be the first time anyone in the world hears them."

"Cool. What do you think?" Reyna held up a simple purple dress with a little flower design on the left bottom of the skirt.

"I like it. But don't buy it. You don't know if the baby's a girl."

"Right." Reyna put the dress back on the hanger and now her phone went off.

"We seem to be popular today." I said and Reyna smiled while answering her phone.

"Hello?...Oh, hi honey...What?..Oh, I'm at the mall with," Reyna glanced at me and I knew who it was. I shook my head. "I'm with a friend...You're going where?" Reyna frowned and layed a hand on her stomach before speaking. "Okay, whatever. Bye."

"You don't sound very happy."

"Jason was just calling to say he probably wasn't going to be home later. He's going out and then he's going to a bar later." Reyna sighed. "Honestly, he's not the same."

"Oh. I'm sorry to hear. Hope things work out." I was pretty much over Jason and I'm grateful he hasn't tried to contact me.

"I do too..." Reyna sighed and looked around. "I think we should leave this store and focus on buying things for ourselves."

"Alright." Reyna and I headed out of the store and walked around, buying things we wanted.

We were in some store, walking around. We stopped to look at some shirts when I felt a hand on my shoulder and was turned around.

I came face to face with some guy's chest, which let me say, they did themselves a favor by picking the shirt they have on. I looked up and found Leo's face.

"Hi Leo." I said as I lowered my head so he wouldn't see my pink tinted cheeks.

"Hey. I saw you from the window and decided to come say hi."

"Hello Leo." Reyna said and Leo turned to her, gaze hardening.

"Reyna."

"Leo, relax. Reyna's and I are on friendish terms and she's pregnant. You're not suppose to be mean to a mommy to be!"

"You talk like I'm already fat as a hippo!" Reyna scoffed and I smiled.

"Just wait till you hit mood swings and cravings. Jason's gonna go through hell." I smirked and Leo grinned.

"Wait...How do you know so much about being pregnant?" Leo asked and glanced at my stomach, which is flat thank you very much!

"My dad remarried and my stepmom had a baby, who is now four. I was there when she was pregnant."

"Oh." Leo said.

"What, do I look fat to you? Did you think I was so fat I looked pregnant?" I hissed and Leo paled.

"O-of course not! I was just-"

"Shush!" I held up a finger and cocked my head to the side, listening.

"And this is a new song from Piper McLean. It's called 'Tough'."

I headed to the check out counter where a teenage girl was listening to the radio and when she saw me, she gasped.

"Y-you're Piper!" She said and I smiled at her.

"Can you turn it up?" No one would mind since we were the only ones in the store. The girl nodded and turned up the volume just as my voice on the radio started to sing.

I wanted lace, I wanted pearls, to be a princess like
The other girls.

But life came hard, to my front door.
And I grew up trying
To even out the score.

Tough, I ain't never been nothing but tough, all my edges have
Always been rough.

But Jesus loves me anyway.

Oh backbone, there ain't nothing wrong with a woman that
Got a little backbone.

You just wait 'til you taste her
kind of love.

You want a shy little thing, a pretty little high heel thing,
Gonna cry if I don't polish up.
Tough.

The way I see it, the hand of fate, did me a favor, with
The cards he dealt my way.

Found out real fast, life is a game.
You're out real quick if you don't know how to play, tough.

I ain't never been nothing but tough,
all my edges have always been rough.

But Jesus loves me anyway.

Oh backbone, there ain't nothing wrong with a woman that
Got a little backbone.

You just wait 'til you taste her
kind of love.

You want a shy little thing, a pretty little high heel thing,
Gonna cry if I don't polish up.

Are you serious? You ain't fooled me much.
You justa hanging round
So you can try your luck.

Well tough, I ain't never been nothing but tough,
all my edges has always been rough.

You want a shy little thing, a pretty little high heel thing,
gonna cry if I don't polish up.

You know what I got to say about that is tough

The song ended and the girl looked at me.

"That was an awesome song!"

"Thank you. There should be another on next."

"And now I have yet another sing my Piper. This one is called...'Long Live'." Randy said over the radio.

"Oh, can you please sing this one?" The girl asked and I felt Leo bump my shoulder.

"Yeah Beauty Queen, a private mall concert. Or are you too scared?" Leo smirked and I scowled at him.

"I'm not scared. I'll do it, watch me." I got ready and stepped away from everyone.

I said remember this moment
In the back of my mind
The time we stood with our shaking hands
The crowds in stands went wild

We were the kings and the queens
And they read off our names
The night you danced like you knew our lives
Would never be the same

You held your head like a hero
On a history book page
It was the end of a decade
But the start of an age

As I sang, I started to wonder what inspired this song. I'd suddenly come up with the song and I hand't been able to pin point it's inspiration. Most of my songs were inspired by something in my life, or in the life of someone I know, or what I've seen.

Long Live the walls we crashed through
All the kingdom lights shined just for me and you
I was screaming, long live all the magic we made
And bring on all the pretenders, one day we will be remembered

I said remember this feeling
I passed the pictures around
Of all the years that we stood there on the sidelines
Wishing for right now

We are the kings and the queens
You traded your baseball cap for a crown
When they gave us out trophies
And we held them up for our town

And the cynics were outraged
Screaming, this is absurd
'Cause for a moment a band of thieves
In ripped up jeans got to rule the world

Long live the walls we crashed through
All the kingdom lights shined for me and you
I was screaming, long live all the magic me made
And bring on all the pretenders, I'm not afraid

Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you
I was screaming, long live the look on your face
And bring on all the pretenders, one day we will be remembered

I couldn't help but smiled as I sang. The lyrics reminded me of when I was younger when we fought Gaea. The song reminded me of those times...and slowly,I started to realize who it reminded me of.

Hold on to spinning around
Confetti falls to the ground
May these memories beak our fall

And take a moment
Promise me this
That you'll stand by me forever
But if god forbid fate should step in

And force us into a goodbye
If you have children some day
When they point to the pictures
Please tell them my name

Tell them how the crowds went wild
Tell them how I hope they shine

Long live the walls we crashed through
I had the time of my life with you

Long, long live the walls we crashed through
All the kingom lights shined just for me and you
And I was screaming, long live all the magic we made
Bring on all the pretenders, I'm not afraid

Singing, long live all the moutains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you
And long, long live the look on your face
And bring out all the pretenders, one day we will be remembered

Then it hit me as the small crowd that had now formed clapped. I knew who the song was meant for, who it was suppose to be dedicated to.

I looked at my small audience, searching the faces.

I saw Reyna smiling and the teenage girl clapping along with the rest, grinning like she'd just won a million dollars. I couldn't find his face and for a second I wondered if he'd left.

Then I found him, leaning against the wall at the back of the crowd. He noticed me loooking and gave me a double thumbs up. I smiled back, but I looked back at the radio.

The song was meant for him and I hadn't realized that until right now.

We'd crashed through walls and moved moutains, we'd fought our own dragons. We'd danced at the party on Olympus held when we beat Gaea. The crowds had gone wild because of our victory and we each got our own trophy in it's own way.

Long Live was meant for only one person, and that was Leo.

And if I was right, it meant I liked Leo.

Crap.


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