Chapter 8: Reyna
"So, your friend Leo's back in town?" Hunter asked Wednesday morning.
"Yeah." I said as I handed him a mug of coffee and put his breakfast in front of him. Hunter was in my house because I'd invited him over for breakfast yesterday.
"I don't have to worry, do I?" I giggled, shakeing my head.
"Nope. Leo's just a friend Hunter, nothing more." I sat across from him at the small table. "So calm down boy."
"You know, I never thought you could cook." Hunter mused after a while of silence. I looked at him and raised an eyebrow. "You never struck me as the kind of person who cooks."
"That so?" I said and then looked at his now foodless plate. "It must have been really bad cooking if you forced yourself to eat everything. Remind me to never cook for you again." I said and took his plate and mine to the kitchen dumping what was left of my food in the trash since I hadn't been very hungry.
"I didn't mean it in a bad way!" Hunter walked into the kitchen as I placed the plates and utensils in the sink.
"Who said I took it the wrong way?" I asked as I turned around, leaning back against the sink. "I just wanted to put the things away because I have to leave soon."
"Leave where?" Hunter asked.
"Record Studio. I need to record a song and if I'm lucky, Joan can have it on the radio by Friday afternoon."
"The one for you." Hunter opened his mouth but I beat him to it. "And no, you can't come. I want it to be a surprise."
"But it'll be a surprise when I hear you sing it the first time in the recording studio." Hunter pointed out. "And it won't be a surprise now that I know about it."
I rolled my eyes.
"I want the song to be a surprise. Not the fact that I'm dedicating one to you."
"So the surprse isn't that you'll be dedicating a song to me, it's the song that you'll be dedicating to me?"
"Yes." I said slowly. "Now, you can stay here until I go, because," I looked down at my clothing. "I just realized I'm wearing short shorts and I need to change. So stay here!"
With that, I bolted out of the room and into mine.
I slipped off my shorts, well, more like booty shorts. In place of the shorts, I slipped on a pair of white jeans and light colored tank top. After checking around my closet, I found a dark colored short tie hem cardigan (Since it was starting to feel a bit cold). To finish, I pulled on dark blue flats to match the cardigan and a off-white scarf that I just put on so both ends were going down my front. no wrapping or anything.
I brushed my teeth and hair and took care of a few other things. I grabbed a white bag and put what I needed inside before heading downstairs. I walked into the living room in time to hear Hunter give parting words.
"Alright...Yeah, I get it...Bye." Hunter sighed and hung up, putting his cell phone back in his pocket.
"Everything alright?" I asked as I pulled out my keys. Hunter didn't turn to look at me for a second. Finally, he turned aound and smiled.
"Yeah. Everything's fine." I knew he was lying, but I wasn't going to make him talk if he didn't want to.
"Well, okay. But what are you doing today?"
"I'm gonna go hang out with the boys. You know, do manly things like play basketball, hit eachother, mess around...play basketball." I laughed.
"You said play basketball twice, But I hope you have fun with 'the guys'." I said as we headed out the door. I turned to lock the door and then turned back to Hunter, wrapping my arms around his neck, and pulled him down for a kiss.
"Well, I'll be seeing you later." I said and we each headed for our cars.
I got in mine and dropped my bag in the passenger seat and watched through my rearview mirror as Hunter drove off.
"What was that phone call about?" I wondered as I pulled out of my driveway and headed for Never Ending Music Record Company. Joan was already waiting for me and I knew she'd be pissed if I was late for the upteenth time this month.
I pulled into the parking lot and was stepping out of my car when my phone went off.
"Piper, it's Reyna." Reyna? Why the hell was she calling me?
"How did you get my number?"
"It was on Jason's contacts on his cell phone."
"And you're calling me because...?"
"Because I wanted to talk to you. Maybe we could meet up somewhere so we can talk." Talk with Reyna? Well, the idea wasn't terrible. I wasn't really that mad at her, I was mainly holding feelings against Jason. I don't really hate Reyna for what she's done.
"Um...Sure. Where do you want to meet?" Reyna's end was silent for a few moments and I waited for her to speak.
"How about...that Frozen Yogurt and Ice Cream place?"
"Yeah. That sounds like a plan. I'll see you there later, okay?" I checked my watch. Ten o'clock on the dot. "I'm at the studio and I may be here a while, so I'll meet you there at two o'clock. Okay?"
"Alright. And Piper? Thank you." Thank you? What did I do?
"Thank you? For what?"
"For willing to listening to me instead of just brushing me off and hating me. I have to go. Goodbye."
"Bye." I hung up and put my phone away.
Bag in hand, I walked into Music Never Ends Records and headed for Studio A, knowing Joan and Micheal were waiting for me there.
"You're late." Joan said and I shrugged.
"I got a call I had to take. Sorry." Joan sighed her whatever sigh.
"What song are you going to do today?" I thought it over. The first song was guaranteed to come out on Friday on the radio while any other songs may have to wait till another time.
"The newer one."
"The sparks one? Where you say the guy has green eyes?" Micheal asked.
"Yeah, that's the one."
"Does Hunter even have green eyes?" I rolled my eyes.
"Why would I write a song for my boyfriend and say he had different colored eyes than what he does in reaity?"
"Because...because said colored eyes sound better in the song than his real eye color?"
"Piper, just get your butt in the recording room right now if you want those songs on the radio by Friday."
I did as told and pulled on the headphones, standing in front of the microphone.
"Alright, get ready...set...and 3...2...1...go." The music filled my ears and I waited for my cue.
"I can't believe I'm doing this..." I muttered as I walked into IC&FY, the ice cream and frozen yogurt place.
I didn't go to the counter, instead I looked for a table. The place wasn't even half full, so I took a seat at a table facing the door that was to the left of the door. I was ten minutes early, so I sat and waited for Reyna.
Ten minutes later, at exactly two o'clock, Reyna walked in the door.
She had her hair loose, wearing a simple purple sweater dress, blach tights, and flat dark boots. I noticed evidence of a baby bump belly, but if I hadn't known she was pregnant, I probably wouldn't have noticed.
"Reyna!" I called and waved at her. She turned and saw me. She hesitated before walking over to me.
Reyna sat across from me and I moved my bag closer to me to give her more room than she really needed.
"Listen Piper. Jason had told me you two had broken up. I didn't have any way of contacting you to make sure, so I took Jason's word for it. I never would've done anything with Jason if I'd known you two were still together."
"It's okay Reyna. I don't hold anything against you. It's useless to hold what you did against you if you didn't know Jason was cheating on me by being with you." I meant that. If Jason had told her we weren't together and I wasn't here confirm or deny that, how was she to know?
"I'm still really sorry, Piper."
"It's alright." I stood up. "We should get something to eat. My treat."
"That's alright. I can pay for what I want myself." Reyna said as she stood up.
"No, I'll pay. What kind of person would I be if I made the mommy to be pay?" Reyna froze at my words and then met my gaze.
"You know about the baby?"
"Jason told Thalia not to long ago and that same day, Thalia told me. I'm okay with it, really. Congrats on becoming a mother."
"It must have been a shock to you having just broken up with him and to find out I'm over three months pregnant."
"It was. But come on, let's get something to eat."
Reyna ended up getting strawberry frozen yogurt while I got vanilla ice cream. The only reason I paid was because I beat Reyna to pulling out the money and made sure to pay everything.
"This frozen yogurt is great. I'll make sure to bring my baby here as soon as they're old enough." Reyna mused as she ate some of her yogurt.
"I recommend it. I've loved this place for as long as I can remember, but there are just some flavors that I refuse to even consider eating." Reyna laughed.
"Like the gummy bears flavor?" I nodded. "Why is it you don't like gummy bears?"
"I would tell you, but I'm afraid I may scar you for life and you'll never want to eat a gummy bear or even jello again."
"You know, you're not half bad for a graecus."
"And you're not bad for a ρωμαϊκή." I said and Reyna smiled.
"I'll take that as a compliment."
"I'll take yours as a compliment as well."
"Good. But that's for this." Reyna gestured to her bowl of strawberry frozen yogurt.
"Oh, before I forget. I'm sorry for making you look really bad in my song Better Than Revenge." Reyna waved it off.
"It's alright. You were angry and hurt, I can't say I wouldn't have done the same if I was in your place."
"But you're not a singer." I pointed out.
"And you're not the CEO of a company."
"But you're not a self made famous fashion designer."
"And you're not a..." Reyna pursed her lips, stumped for a second. I laughed and she scowled. "You were never a...the leader of an entire camp."
"Sure, use something from the past. Cheater." I sniffed in pretend anger and Reyna laughed.
"I'm actually surprised right now." Reyna said and I turned to look at her.
"Because of how well we're getting along." Reyna ate a spoonfull of yogurt before continuing. "In mose situations, you're suppose to hate me. But we're getting along just fine."
"That, my fellow demigod, is because we're half-bloods who fought for our lives together. It takes a bunch to ruin friendships...or just a really good fight." I mused.
"I couldn't agree more." Reyna's phone went off and she pulled it out, checking the message. After reading it she texted a quick reply and put the cell away. "Bothersome." Reyna muttered and turned to me. "So, I heard you had a new boyfriend. I hope he's a good match."
"He is. I'm willing to say he's better that Jason was. He's sweet and everything else I could want."
"That's good to hear."
And so, somehow Reyna and I ended up staying there for two hours. We were on mutual terms with eachother, which is better than being at eachother's throat, right?
"Well, I gotta go, Piper. I'll see you around." Reyna said as she stood up.
"Make sure you take care of the baby. Bye." Reyna left and soon after, I did too.
On my way home I was singing along to the radio when my phone rang.
"Hello?" I said as I held it to my ear.
"Piper, it's Hunter." Hunter said on his end.
"Oh, hey Hunter. What's up?"
"Piper," Hunter paused for a long second before continuing. "Piper, we need to talk."