All The Right Notes

Chapter 14

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The first thing I noticed when I woke up was that everything smelled strange, and yet familiar.

When I found out where I was, I realised that everything smelled like Percy.

The bed sheets and the clothes I was wearing all had the same sea breeze smell that belonged to him. I curled up deeper into the heavy sheets, suddenly knowing why Percy never wanted to get out of bed.

Breathing in the scent of the ocean, I closed my eyes against the sunlight. I didn't want to go home, Mom would be furious, Dad at least would have a billion questions to ask, and the twins would pester and annoy me as usual.

All I wanted to do right now was lay in bed.

I could already hear Sienna and Tyler running around in their bedroom next door, but it didn't seem like anyone else was awake yet. I looked over at Percy's alarm clock and saw that it was only just past seven o'clock.

With a groan, I rolled onto my back and rubbed the sleep out of my eyes. No way would I be able to get back to sleep now.

I threw the covers off my legs and made my way to the living room.

Percy was laying on the couch on his stomach, his head tilted to the side on a pillow.

The apartment had started to feel almost like second home after spending so much time here, and Sally always told me I could help myself, so I poured myself a small glass of orange juice.

I downed it in almost one go, then rinsed out the glass.

What am I going to do with myself? I wondered.

Sitting in one of the beanbags on the floor, I let out a breath. Should I try to wake Percy up? That was pretty much a lost cause.

"Morning Annabeth," A groggy voice said behind me, and I turned to see Percy shielding his tired eyes from the sun. So much for being a lost cause.

"You're up early." I stated, and Percy groaned and sat up, moving over so I could sit with him on the couch.

"Yeah, don't get used to it."

I smiled.

Percy's hair was all over the place, and I stifled a laugh. It was sticking up in every possible direction. Seeing my expression, Percy rolled his eyes at me and tried to pat it down. "Ha ha."

Somewhat satisfied with his hair, he picked up the remote and turned the TV on, turning down the volume so he wouldn't wake Sally and Paul.

"So," He turned back towards me, resting his arm on the head of the couch. "What are we doing today?"

"What do you mean?"

"Well, you won't want to be going back to your place too soon, you know, your parents are sure to be mad at you."

I frowned in confusion. "Then wouldn't I want to go back as soon as possible?"

Percy smiled. "Yeah, or you go back so late they don't have as much time to be mad."

Starting to see his point, however unclear, I nodded slightly. If I went back after dinner, I would be going to bed soon after that, whereas if I went back now, Mom would have all day to yell at me.

"This 'breaking-the-rules' thing is quite new to you, isn't it?" Percy smirked mischievously.

"Shut up, Jackson." I gave him a light push.

"Ok then, what are we going to do?"

I felt myself start to smile back him. "Do you wanna go to the park?"

"To the park it is," He flashed a lop-sided grin. "After Mom makes breakfast."

I laughed. "Of course, can't miss out on breakfast."

We watched MTV for almost an hour before Sally and Paul woke up. "Morning," They greeted.

Percy and I replied in unison, moving to sit with Paul at the table while Sally put on the kettle.

"Do you have coffee, Annabeth?"

"Um, yes please."

Sally smiled, getting four mugs out. After making the coffee, she sat down with us, handing each of us a mug.

"Thanks Mom," Percy grinned.

Paul sipped his drink. "So, what are you doing today, Annabeth?"

"Um, Percy and I were going to go to the park."

"I see, you aren't going home?"

I felt my cheeks flush. "I'd rather not at the moment."

Paul nodded, getting the hint and dropping the subject. Sally made breakfast when Tyler and Sienna came out of their room.

We helped do the dishes, then I went and got changed back into my clothes. I didn't really want to change, Percy's clothes were comfy and warm, but I couldn't go out in them because they were way too big.

Percy came in when I told him I was ready. He saw me still holding his clothes, wondering what to do with them.

"You can keep that shirt if you want, its too small for me."

I raised an eyebrow. How was it too small, it was huge on me. "Thanks."

Thalia had always begged me to get a Green Day shirt.

Folding the sweatpants and putting them on the bed, I noticed Percy taking off his singlet as he turned to his closet.

Blushing at the sight of his muscled back, I hurried out of the room, heading to the bathroom to fix my hair.

When I went back into the living room, Percy was waiting and we said goodbye to his mom and Paul, then headed out the front door.

We took the same route as the day when we'd gone with Ty and Sienna, but now it was just the two of us, and Percy wasn't going to get the chance to embarrass me on his skateboard again.

"So," I said as we started walking down the hill. "Did you pass that test?"

Percy rubbed his neck. "Yeah... I didn't exactly get a great mark, but I passed. Thanks to you."

I smiled up at him. "Good job, I'm proud of you."

"Isn't much to be proud of, but at least I didn't fail. It probably isn't a good idea to fail math."

"I wouldn't think so," I laughed.

It didn't take long to reach the park, and we went to the swings. Thankfully, they weren't the baby seats. I swung gently, kicking my feet.

Percy and I sat and talked, then he grinned. "Race to see who can get the highest."

"You're on," I accepted, and we both swung with all our might.

Percy won, he was heavier and went faster. "Haha! Champion!"

"Whatever," I scoffed. "I still kicked your ass at basketball."

Percy pouted. "You did not."

"Is that a challenge, Seaweed Brain?" I raised an eyebrow, teasing.

Percy face screwed up in a cute way. "You're not still calling me that, are you, Wise Girl?"

"Again Percy, that's not an insult."

In a way that reminded me of his little brother, he stuck his tongue out at me, continuing to swing so high he was almost about to loop over the bar.

Some little child was walking by, and his jaw dropped when he saw how high Percy was going. "Woah..."

Lessening his swing, Percy jumped, landing away from the swing set and letting the little kid have a turn. Grinning, I copied his actions, flying further than he had. "Ha, I win."

Percy elbowed me lightly. "You're so competitive, Wise Girl."

"Whatever, you love it." I shoved him back.

We started walking again, going past the playground, which we hadn't done with the kids.

Admittedly, it was nice to just hang out with him. Usually, we were with the rest of our friends or his brother and sister, and I liked that it was just the two of us. Looking up at Percy, I felt this weird twinge in the pit of my stomach.

His hair was ruffled slightly by the gentle breeze, leaving his beautiful eyes in full view. I'd always known that Percy was attractive, but... I hadn't realized exactly how good-looking he really was.

Quickly looking away so he wouldn't notice me staring, I put my hands in my pockets.

"Hey, lets go up here," Percy said suddenly, starting up a hill.

On top, there was a big tree with drooping branches, perfect for climbing on.

"I used to play on this all the time when I was little," He continued, grabbing one of the branches above his head and pulling himself up.

I quickly followed his lead, though I couldn't reach the branch he'd used so it took my a bit longer. When we neared the top, the spot Percy was nestled in was too high for me, and he reached down and I grabbed his hand so he could pull me up.

We could see the path from where we sat, but were still shielded from the sight of any rangers than might walk past.

"Nice spot," I said, looking at the golden sunlight streaming in through the green branches. Now that winter was over, and spring was here, the tree was almost in full bloom.

Percy grinned. "Yeah, I remember when Nico fell out of this tree."

"What?" I choked back a laugh at the thought.

"Yeah, Jason and I were laughing for ages, though his mom wasn't very impressed. But that was ages ago, he would've only been Tyler's age."

He smiled that gorgeous lop-sided smile, and I felt my cheeks grow hot.

Dammit, I thought. Was I falling for Percy?

I was unaware that I was staring at him again until his green eyes flicked upwards to meet with mine. His sparkled, darker than the colour of the leaves around us. His lips turned up slightly, and I grinned back.

I realized how close we were, only inches apart on the branch, his bigger hand resting next to mine.

Staring into his eyes, I found myself leaning in as he did the same, and then our foreheads were practically touching.

"Percy..." I whispered, not even sure if he had heard me, but his gaze never left mine as he finally closed the distance.

His lips pressed lightly against mine, sending a shiver down my spine. The kiss was short, but still left me feeling like I was floating.

Percy's forehead rested against mine, and I closed my eyes for a moment, savoring the feeling of his lips. He had tasted like the sea. Opening my eyes again, I glanced through his hair, and saw he was smiling like a madman.

"You have no idea I've wanted to do that..." He trailed off, unsure of how to continue but his expression didn't fade.

I swallowed. "You have no idea I've wanted you to." I replied, sitting forward to kiss him again.

When I finally went home it was nine in the evening, and though Mom and Dad were waiting for me, Mom didn't give me as much of a whooping as I thought she would.

Though, to be honest, even her scolding couldn't have dampened my mood.

Thankfully, she also didn't notice my new Green Day shirt I was holding.

I bounded up the stairs to my bedroom, and then grabbed my phone and dialed Piper's number.

She would be ecstatic.

"Piper!" I exclaimed, trying to stop from squealing. "You wouldn't believe what happened!"

I heard her gasp in excitement on the other end of the line. "What?!"

"Percy kissed me!"

Piper and I gushed together, and suddenly I couldn't contain my happiness.

"Oh my gosh Annabeth!" Piper said. "Congratulations! I totally knew you guys would be a cute couple!"

"It was amazing! We were at the park and he took me to this place he used to play as a kid and then we climbed a tree and he kissed me, and he's just...perfect." I realized how much I sounded like Piper had when she told me about Jason asked her out.

"So, are you guys going out or what?"

I blushed. "Not yet."

"Oh Annabeth, that's so sweet! I'm so sorry, but Mom needs my help with this new design she's doing. I'll talk to tomorrow."

"Bye Pipes."

When she ended the call, I lay on my bed, putting Percy's shirt on. Somehow, his scent seemed to be woven into the fabric.

Letting out a sigh that was definitely girlish in a way that I never was, I closed my eyes and thought about Percy.

I'd been kissed before, but never had it left me feeling like that.

I couldn't wait until the next time Sally asked me to babysit.

Percabeth kiss!


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