I grew furious. I took a step towards Nico but Grace gave me a look that said, later.
"What's your problem?" asked Nico giving a look of disgust.
"You are my problem" I growled taking another step closer. He took a step back.
"S-stop" he said
"I am a Prince too. You do not order me to do anything." I said taking another step closer to the petrified Prince with my hand resting on the hilt of the sword that I put on my belt.
"Stop, Ashton. I need to talk to you. Come with me." Grace said and started to walk away.
"Gra-" Nico started
"Nico. Let met talk to him for a second. Please"
"Fine. but watch your back. I don't want anything happening to you because of him." Grace turned around and rolled her eyes.
"Walk with me." She simply said while walking away as I followed her. We walked in silence until we were out of view from the others. She quickly pulled me into the Athena cabin, which was empty.
"What are we doing here?" I asked.
"You were looking at my bruises on my arm and you're wondering why."
"umm-Yeah how did you know?"
"I'm a daughter of Athena, who is the goddess of wisdom."
"Right" I said.
She sighed and walked over to a bed that I was assuming is her's because it had pictures of her and other people all over the wall. She sat and took a picture down and looked at it.
"you can sit" she said gently. So, I walked over to her bed and sat down next to her. She continued to look at the picture and I noticed she had tears in her eyes that she was not going to let fall. She seemed lost in thought. Then she remembered I was here, and handed me the picture. I took it from her and was very gentle.
"That's my dad." She said moving closer and I have never felt something like this before. Not even with Rachel. When she talked she made my stomach do flips. when I felt her touch it sent sparks through my body leaving me numb and wanting more. I could see why Nico liked this girl.
I looked at her and saw a tear fall. she quickly wiped it away.
"He was amazing and the best dad a girl could ever ask for. He cared for my mom even though he knew she would leave some day because she was a goddess. He treated me like a princess, we cried together, laughed together, and most importantly he loved me so much. On the day he died, I felt like a part of my heart had died too. He was the only family I had. When he passed, Athena led me here and I found Nico. He treated me like a princess also. He'd do anything and everything for me. I thought he would fill the whole in my heart that was missing. After a couple of months of me being his girlfriend, he changed. When I wanted to do something that we always did together like sit on the dock by the ocean, he would always say no its lame or no one cares what you want or think. He always picked his friends over me, like he didn't even care. He had fixed the scar my dad left but opened it back up. I was talking to Lucy, my sister, about breaking up with him. He heard it. He came up behind me and told Lucy he wanted to talk to me alone. Once she left, he turned me around a-and" She stopped to take a breath and let more tears fall as she squeezed her eyes shut like she was remembering some kind of pain. "H-he hit me. And he's done it everyday ever since." She let out a quiet sob and put her head in her hands. "I don't understand what I did wrong."
I was in complete shock. I knew Nico was cruel but I didn't think he was as cruel as to hit an amazing girl who had already gone through so much pain. I pulled her into a hug and she excepted and cried into my shirt for a good 5 minutes.
"I-I'm so sorry" she said looking at my tear soaked shirt.
"Don't you dare be sorry" I told her with my most comforting and gentle voice.
"He had no right to hit you. A beautiful girl like you should never cry. Nico is a monster and if you want to break up with him, you can. I will protect you. He will never hurt you again, no matter what" I said as I put my finger under her chin making her look up at me.
"Thank you Ashton. Really." She moved closer so that our knees were touching and our faces were a couple inches apart.
"I-I need to tell you something" she said.
"what?" I asked.
"I know we just met but when I saw you, I felt something that I never felt before. It felt like someone had stopped the world and everyone and everything was blurry, except you. I think I really like you Ashton."
I brought my hand up to her face and wiped away a fresh tear that had fallen. I looked her in the eyes.
"I really like you too." I whispered.
She started leaning in and so did I. Our lips touched but there were no sparks like I expected there to be. There was freakin fireworks. Our lips moved in sink with eachother like they were meant to be. She put her hands on the back of my neck deepening the kiss.
Then the door to the cabin swung open and there stood a shocked looking Nico...