Thanks all for such the wonderful band names! Now I just have to pick one! XD
Hope you enjoy this chapter!
Oh, and Leo, Nico, Annabeth and her friends go to Goode, Percy and Jason and their friends go to Yancy (?)
I knocked on Jason's front door, guitar case in hand.
His mom answered the door. "Hey Percy. They're in the garage."
Beryl Grace was a nice lady, but she was a bit... distant. She and Jason lived alone, ever since his dad left with his big sister. Jason couldn't remember his sister, and Beryl never mentioned her or his dad.
I made my way to the garage, which Jason had turned into our bandroom, since Beryl kept the cars in the driveway anyway. The guys were already down there, preparing their equipment.
Nico, our bassist was tuning his base. Nico was a gloomy kid, with his dark hair, dark eyes, olive skin and dark clothes.
Jason was playing his drums. His blonde hair was gelled up in a quiff. He and Leo, our sound guy, were juniors.
The three were cousins on our dads' side, though known of us really knew our dad except for Nico.
Leo was a scrawny Latino kid, and he was the kind of person you normally wouldn't let anywhere near electrical devices, but he was cool.
And Luke was our rhythm guitarist. He also acted as our manager of sorts, getting us gigs and trying to get us a record deal. He was the oldest out of all of us, lucky bugger was out of school.
"Yo Perce!" Leo called. "What took you so long?"
"Mom was at work. I had to help the babysitter."
Jason stopped playing his drums. "You have a babysitter? Dude, that's the saddest thing I've ever heard in my entire life."
The other boys snickered, and I rolled my eyes, plugging my black guitar into the amp. "I don't have one, the kids do."
"Whatever guys, we need to get some practice in." Luke said. Always the hard-worker.
Leo ran to his sound station, and Nico picked his base and joined us on 'stage'.
"What song?" Jason asked, twirling his drum sticks.
Luke thought for a second. "Battle Cry."
"But we're not even performing that song," I frowned.
Luke looked at me like, That's why we should practice it, dumb ass.
Shaking my head, I started strumming the chords, and then Luke and Nico joined in, Jason playing a quiet beat.
Just one more time before I goI'll let you knowThat all this time I've been afraidWouldn't let it showNobody can save me now, noNobody can save me now
Stars are only visible in darknessFear is ever-changing and evolving
Jason started rocking the drums.
And I, I can poison insideBut I, I feel so alive
Nobody can save you nowThe king is crownedIt's do or dieNobody can save me nowThe only soundIs the battle cryIs the battle cryIs the battle cryNobody can save me nowIt's do or die...
Nobody can save you nowThe king is crownedIt's do or die
Nobody can save me nowThe only soundIs the battle cryIs the battle cryIs the battle cryNobody can save me nowIt's do or die...
Just one more time before I goI'll let you knowThat all this time I've been afraidWouldn't let it showNobody can save me now, noNobody can save me now A/N: This song is actually really awesome! If anyone has seen Transformers 4, its the theme song. Seriously, listen to it and try to imagine them playing :D
As the song came to a close, Leo whooped.
"That was AWESOME!" He beamed, giving me a high five.
Luke and Jason grinned, and though Nico didn't exactly look impressed, we knew he was.
We practised the songs we were going to perform at our next gig for a few hours, but we all had to get home at 8.
"Jason," I said, "We good to play on Friday night?"
He shook his head. "Nah, I have a date." A small smile formed on his face.
Nico scoffed. "When do you not, Grace?"
It was true. Jason dated a lot, which was to be expected considering his looks.
"This time its different."
"What's her name?" I asked.
Jason blushed. "Piper."
Leo almost choked. "Dude, as in Piper McLean? I know her!"
"Yeah," He shrugged. "She's friends with Hazel Levesque and Annabeth Chase, they're in, like, all my classes."
Now it was my turn to choke. "Annabeth's my- I mean, the kids' babysitter."
Luke laughed, still not over the I-have-a-babysitter thing. "Small world."
The next day, Dad drove me to the Upper East Side to the Jackson's house.
Despite the fact that I was sick. I had insisted on coming, and Dad knew there was no changing my mind.
"See ya later, Dad," I said, getting out of the car.
He frowned at me, giving me that look, like, you're an idiot, why are you so stubborn.
I walked into the apartment lobby and took the elevator to the top floor.
When Ms Jackson saw me, she was horrified. "Oh my, Annabeth what are you doing here! I never would've asked you to come if I knew you were sick. Why didn't you tell me?"
I brushed away her concerns. "I'm fine, Sally, really. Its just a bit of a cold."
She ushered me to the couch in the living room. "Lay down, honey, while I get a blanket."
It would probably be rude not to do it, so I sat down length way's on the couch, my feet hanging a little bit over the edge.
Sally covered me with a warm quilt and called Percy down from his room. "Annabeth's sick, can you look after her?"
After asking if I was all right one last time, she hurried off to work.
Percy sat down on the coffee table in front of me. "You do look a bit feverish." He admitted.
My head felt like it was on fire, but the rest of me was shivering.
"I'm okay," I lied.
He raised his eyebrow, seeing right through me. "Sienna!"
The little girl came bolting from the hallway. "Yes?"
"You know how you want to be a nurse?" Sienna nodded eagerly. "Well, Annabeth's not feeling very well, and I need to get her a blanket while I make some soup. Can you do that?"
His little sister beamed and ran to get more blankets.
"Percy, I really do-" I tried to protest, but Percy was already in the kitchen, putting the kettle on.
A guy had never made me soup before, and I wasn't sure what to think. Sienna came back with a fluffy blanket and laid it over me, tucking it into the sides of the couch.
"I think you're going to make a great nurse, Sienna," I said hoarsely, and she smiled from ear to ear.
Sienna went back to her room as Percy came over with a steaming cup of chicken noodle soup. I sat up a little bit and accepted the mug.
Percy just shrugged nonchalantly.
I took a sip of the drink and smirked. "You make good soup."
"Please," He scoffed with a laugh. "Its one of the instant cup things."
I started to laugh, but it turning into coughing and Percy's smile disappeared. He reached out as I doubled over, patting me on the back.
"Annabeth you okay?"
I nodded. Percy helped me sit up more, adjusting the blankets while I drank the delicious fake chicken soup, which helped me recover from my little episode.
Percy sat back down on the coffee table, his elbows resting on his knees and his hands clasped. His black hair was hanging in his eyes a little bit, which made their bright colour stand out even more. I studied his face as discreetly as I could, but he was staring off into space, completely oblivious to the world. A bit like what Thalia does.
I noticed a lot about him from just sitting there. He was laid-back and easy-going, wearing simple dark jeans, t-shirt and black zip-up hoodie.
Suddenly, his eyes cleared and he turned to look at me. "I'll be right back," Percy said.
A minute later, he appeared with an acoustic guitar in his hands.
"What are you doing?"
He smiled shyly. "The kids love it when I play for them when they're sick, so I'm gonna sing for you."
I tried not to blush. He was just trying to cheer me up.
Percy started playing a beautiful song I recognised as Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin, one of the only songs my dad listened to that I didn't mind. His fingers glided over the strings effortlessly.
There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is goldAnd she's buying a stairway to heaven.When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closedWith a word she can get what she came for.Ooh, ooh, and she's buying a stairway to heaven.
There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,Ooh, it makes me wonder.
There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,And my spirit is crying for leaving.In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,And the voices of those who stand looking.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,Ooh, it really makes me wonder.
And it's whispered that soon, if we all call the tune,Then the piper will lead us to reason.And a new day will dawn for those who stand long,And the forests will echo with laughter.
If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,It's just a spring clean for the May queen.Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long runThere's still time to change the road you're on.And it makes me wonder.
Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,The piper's calling you to join him,Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you knowYour stairway lies on the whispering wind?
He didn't play the solo like I was expecting, and he continued to sing in a soft, sweet voice.
And as we wind on down the roadOur shadows taller than our soul.There walks a lady we all knowWho shines white light and wants to showHow everything still turns to gold.And if you listen very hardThe tune will come to you at last.When all are one and one is allTo be a rock and not to roll.
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
I let out a breath. "Wow."
I could've sworn Percy was blushing. "Do you feel better?"
In truth, I really did. The soup and blankets had helped clear my head, and Percy's singing was just so beautiful. I nodded. "How long have you been playing?"
"For as long as I can remember," He shrugged. "My dad was really into music, he was a producer, and this guitar was the one thing he gave me before he...left."
Percy shook his head. "It's fine. I didn't really know him that well."
I didn't know what to say next. Sally obviously wasn't with Percy's dad any more, but I thought maybe they'd just divorced or something. I never would've imaged that he would've walked out on a woman as lovely as Sally, especially when they had a son.
Percy put his guitar to the side. "Are you friend's with Piper McLean?"
How could he possibly know that? "Yeah, why?"
He smiled. "Well, ironically, she's going on a date with my cousin."
I raised an eyebrow. "Now way!"
"So, he'll be at your gig?" I asked, remembering that Piper had said he played drums. Percy confirmed.
"You have a musical family," I noted when he told me the bassist was his other cousin.
He laughed. "You have no idea. Tyler can already play piano like a beast and he's never had a single lesson in his entire life."
Suddenly I felt extremely tired. I yawned, and Percy gently took the empty cup out of my hands. He pulled the blanket up to my chin, and before I knew, I was fast asleep.
Their relationship is moving a lot faster than I would normally write it, but I need the romance!
We shall see some other pairings in the chapters to come, and we will have Percy's gig, which leads me to ask; if you guys have any more band names, I would greatly appreciate it if you would review and let me know.
Two people have suggested Final Evolution, which might be a coincidence, do you guys think that's a good name?
Please R&R! XD