The next day at school, sitting at the laptop in the tech lab felt stupid. I didn't know what to type now that I was sitting here. I knew that Annabeth was asleep or drugged. It's the only thing that makes sense. So this narrows it down to Gods and monsters that can trap half-bloods. Unfortunately there are a lot of those. But Annabeth's smart she knows where a trap is and how to get herself out of one. So maybe it's not the gods or monsters. Maybe we've been looking at this all wrong. What if it's a normal everyday problem that ordinary people face. We've been looking for Annabeth in places where monsters and gods might keep her. But maybe she was in a hospital. It could be a car crash or a gun that is keeping her from us. She could be in a hospital with no identification. I quickly typed Washington D.C Jane Doe and crossed my fingers. I last saw Annabeth in D.C so maybe she never left. With a pray to the gods I hit search...
GIRL FOUND NEARLY DEAD IN STREET
By Susana Collins
April 14, 2015
Last night a pedestrian came across a girl left in the street for dead. She was barley breathing when he found her but he called an ambulance anyway and they were able to save her. Doctors say she made it to St. Andrews just in time. No identification has been found so she is being marked as a Jane Doe. The girl with blonde hair and grey eyes is 5'10 and currently in a coma. Experts say she could wake up tomorrow or in a decade, there is no way to be sure. According to an EMT, "When we picked up the girl she was barely breathing but she managed to get out the name Percy." If you have any information about this girl please call the authorities.
I stared at the screen for a good ten minutes before I grabbed my books and sprinted for the door. As I ran down the hallway I could hear Mr. Tobber calling, "Mr. Jackson get back in this classroom this instant!" But I didn't care. I knew it was her. Six long, agonizing months thinking she was hurt and alone. Well I was right but at least now I can save her... But what if she can't be saved? The article said she was in a coma, but what if she woke up and couldn't remember anything? After all it was six months, she could be anywhere by now. Not even the gods knew where she was. It didn't matter I would find her anyway. She was my life-line, my love, my everything, and she is worth fighting for forever and always.
As quickly as I could I dumped my books in my locker and took off towards the door. As I ran I could see Cara staring after me with her arms crossed tightly over her chest and a scowl on her face. Jacob was trying to talk to her with no luck.
Washington D.C is a 38 hour drive from here. I can't fly because of the whole son of Poseidon thing, so I left straight from the school parking lot. Driving will take a while but if I leave now I can make it there by Saturday. I can't believe it. It's been so long since I've had hope, so long since I've held her in my arms and told her I love her. And now, now I was going to see her. I miss her so much I can feel my body pulling me towards D.C as I drive.
20 monsters and only the two of us. But I wasn't worried I knew Annabeth had my back as I had hers. We were a pair. We fought together, won together and loved together. No amount of monsters could brake that bond. When they were gone we stared into each other's eyes for eternity, until...
"Duck!" I hit the ground just in him to see a sword sweep by were my head was moments before. Annabeth threw her dagger at the monsters heart and I jumped on its back and finished it off. When it was gone, only a pile of dust remained. I took three large steps and wrapped her in my arms.
"I love you" I whispered into her soft blonde hair.
"I love you too." She murmured into my shoulder.
It was only another 3 hours to D.C and I could barely sit still. I could deal with exhaustion but the hunger and need to pee won me over. I made a quick stop at Monsters Donuts and was back on the road in a matter of minutes. Even if I was giving them false hope, I decided to send out a group text to the others: I found her. I remember Piper and Jason mentioning a back-packing trip in South America. And I think Hazel and Frank are still in New Rome. Leo and Calypso have been staying at Camp Half-Blood with Will and Nico. And last I heard Grover was recruiting a half-blood in Florida. The text was brief. If it isn't my wise girl I don't know if I could go on living like this. This life where I hunt down any and every lead hoping they'll lead to her. She is my life and without a life you can't live. Trying to live a 'normal life' isn't possible for half-bloods. It's a miracle that Pines Academy hasn't had any monster attacks yet. It's going to be hard to explain why I left. That is if I ever go back.
"Do you ever wonder what it would be like if we weren't half-bloods? If we were just ordinary kids that met in the city and fell in love?" She looked at me wide-eyed across the table, her pasta hanging in the air uneaten.
"Sure sometimes, but then I wouldn't be able to kick your ass at sword fighting now would I?" She giggled and I smiled at the sound. "What?" Annabeth looked at me puzzled.
"You're the most beautiful thing to walk the earth."
Annabeth rolled her eyes "And your the cheesiest."
"But you love me anyway." I said as I popped a piece of pasta in my mouth.
"Yes seaweed brain I love you no matter what."
I looked around camp, at the pavilion, the campers, Thalia's tree, the fleece, and Annabeth. This place is home. And Annabeth is my home.
One hour to go and my phone is ringing again. I can't answer it because I know if I do I'll give them hope. I may not be able to survive the possibility that I'm racing towards a stranger but I won't bring my friends down with me. They'll think I've finally found her. But what if I didn't? What if it's a stranger laying in that hospital bed? What if my girl's awake and out in the world starting a new life. Without me. I can't think about this right now. The "what ifs?" don't mean anything until I see the face of the Jane Doe. I need to be home again, I need to know she's safe.
"YOU CANT ALWAYS PROTECT ME PERCY!" Annabeth screamed from across the cabin.
"I know that."
"Then why do you insist on treating me like a child?!" She took a deep breath. "I know you want me safe but not letting me go on quests is absurd! You don't control my life."
"I know." I felt bad for asking her not to go on the quest, but I don't regret it. My heart aches when she leaves and I have responsibilities at camp that I can't ignore. She'll understand someday but now I need to give her room or I might loose her.
"I can't deal with this right now. I'm going on a walk, I'll see you later." She stormed out of the cabin and off into the night. I felt the urge to chase after her but knew it wasn't wise.
Later that night I woke with a start. My alarm clock said 2a.m but I didn't know what woke me until I felt her climb into bed behind me. I rolled over and without a word wrapped her in my arms. We fell asleep like that, and the following morning we didn't move until noon.
I parked the car as close to the hospital as I could and ran inside. Visitor hours didn't start till eight and it was currently one. I should be tired, but I'm not. I suppose it's the adrenaline and the hope that it's my girl sleeping in that room, that's keeping me going. When my phone rang once again in my pocket I answered it without thinking. "Hello?"
"Oh my gods Percy! We're so worried about you. What do you mean you found her? Where's Anna? Is she safe? Are you sure it's her?" Piper's voice rang loud and clear through the phone. I could hear Jason whispering to her to slow down and let me talk. "Sorry I'll give you a sec. But are you all right?"
"I'm fine Pipes. I'm in D.C at St. Andrews Hospital, I came when I heard news of a girl found in the street left for dead. The girl is still in a coma. The story was from a while ago. But if it's her..."
"I know Percy, we all miss her but don't get your hopes up."
"I'm not." I snapped. Apparently I needed more sleep than I thought. "Sorry it's just well if it is her... Piper I miss her so much."
"I know, we're flying back tonight. I'll be at the hospital with Jason before you can say Half-Blood. Call the others please. We were so worried about you." I flinched at her words. I knew that it might not be Annabeth but sitting here in the waiting room staring at the clock, willing it to go faster I felt more confident than ever.
"What are you staring at?" The sun was hitting her golden hair and her eyes glowed with warmth.
"You" I smiled down at Annabeth and she rolled her eyes in return.
"Sometimes I wonder what you would do without me."
"Well that's simple, there wouldn't be a me without you."
Annabeth got really serious then. "Yes there would be. And you would kill monsters and be a hero. You'd be known as the Great Percy Jackson. You'd live a great life and have a happy family."
"And I'd have you by my side." I looked into her grey eyes with worry.
"Percy I'm serious, if I die-"
"No, I will always protect you." Before she could argue I silenced her lips with a kiss. "Forever and always."
"PERCY!!!" I looked up to see Leo running towards me with Calypso, Will and Nico trailing behind. He wrapped me in a bear hug, knocking the wind out of me. Over his shoulder I could see Will talking to the nurse and Nico tightly gripping his hand. Calypso was glaring at the floor. Leo loosened his grip and stared at me for a long while before punching me in the arm. "Dude what the hell. You had us all freaked! Why did you do that moron?"
"Text us all you found her and then shut down!"
"Sorry." I mumbled, I really wasn't in the mood to talk. Every time I had a memory of Annabeth my chest hurt. It hurts not to see her when I know she's so close after all this time. So I sat back down in the little waiting room chair and willed the clock to strike eight.
"No! Percy! Stop it I have to pee!!!" Annabeth's laugh rang out across the fields as I tickled her mercilessly. When she escaped my arms, she jumped up and began to run. But I was faster. I ran after my wise girl and wrapped her in my arms before she could even leave the shade of our tree.
"Gotcha!" I whispered into her ear. Annabeth turned in my arms and wrapped her arms around my neck.
"You are too playful for your own good!"
"But if I'm not here to tickle you than who will?"
"I don't know but whoever they are they won't be nearly as good as you." She pulled me down and kissed me. And we stayed like that for what felt like hours.
I woke with a start. Piper, Jason, Frank and Hazel were here now. Piper and Hazel were hugging and talking in hushed voices. Frank and Jason seemed to be catching up. Leo was building a mini machine and Calypso watched as she rested her head on his shoulder. I'm glad Calypso escaped her prison. She deserves a long happy life with someone who can truly care about her. As though she could hear my thoughts, Calypso looked up and smiled kindly at me.
"Percy!" Piper jumped up and came to sit next to me. "You're up! I didn't want to wake you but we only have another twenty minutes until you can go see Annabeth!" Twenty minutes. I've been looking for Annabeth for six months and now 20 minutes seems like an eternity. My hands start to shake but Piper places her small hands around mine before anyone can see. "It's going to be all right." Her assurance calmed me but I was still nervous. What if- no I couldn't go there now. Not when I was about to see her.
"Mr. Jackson you're welcome to go identify the Jane Doe now." I nodded solemnly to the nurse but in reality I was freaking out. I slowly stood up, my legs felt like jelly.
"Can't we go in too?" Hazel asked looking anxious.
"I'm sorry ma'am it's only family right now."
"But Percy's-" Hazel cut off mid sentence when she saw the warning on Piper's face. "I mean... Percy shouldn't have to go in alone."
"I'm sorry ma'am but I'm afraid that's the way it has to be right now." The nurse looked curious but thankfully said nothing.
I slowly walked to the doors that would lead to Annabeth. But my feet felt like led. If it's not her I'll go home and most likely never have hope again. But if it is her than I will finally have my wise girl in my arms. Screw it. I picked up my feet and walked briskly through the doors that held my fate.