Annabeth gives them another minute to work the adrenaline out of their system before tapping Jason on the shoulder to get his attention. Annabeth pulls the door open for them, letting Piper hurry in but grabbing Jason's arm before the crowd can suck him in. They break the hug and Annabeth slides her arm around Jason's waist.
She watches Piper make her way through the crowd, flashing her ring for everyone to admire. Was Percy going to be the maid of honor then? Annabeth can't help but laugh at the image in Percy in a bridesmaid's dress, standing at the altar and holding Piper's bouquet. I think Percy would look good in a dress, he's got the legs to pull it off. I would have embarrassed the crap out of you with my best man's speech.
They stay there, watching Piper make her rounds and get her hand examined by friends. She throws little love-struck looks Jason's way every once and a while, her lip pulled between her teeth. They herd everyone into the private room reserved for them in the back and start to slide into seats. Annabeth moves quickly and grabs a chair near the head of the table and the happy couple, a spot fitting Jason's best friend.
There's the scrape of chair legs being dragged across the floor next to her, a familiar scent of sand and saltwater washing bringing back a rush of memories. Annabeth turns just far enough to spot him out of the corner of her eye and watches him sit down next to her. Part of her soars at the fact that he chose to sit next to her while the rest is acutely aware that Piper 'I-can-sniff-out-a-relationship-from-a-mile-away' McLean is sitting a few feet away. The last thing Annabeth needs is Piper catching on to the two of them during her engagement party. Annabeth's mouth twitches up for a second and she eyes the couple at the head of the table, sure enough they're staring longingly into each other's eyes.
The realization that Piper is going to catch onto them because Annabeth can't keep her mind from imagining Percy pinned against a wall, settles over her. Her goal shifts from avoidance to damage control, plotting some way to spin this in a more positive light but she struggles. Annabeth glances over at Piper, still beaming with happiness, and regret bubbles up in her chest. Annabeth can practically feel her friendship with Piper slipping away from her, but despite the guilt over sleeping with Percy she can't say she's willing to give him up. That thought adds another layer of worry and panic to the storm brewing inside her.
Dinner goes by easily enough, filled with small-talk and stories about the couple. More than a few of them embarrassing moments from the early months of Piper and Jason's relationship when they were love-struck teenagers annoying everyone within twenty feet of them. There's a handful of times when Percy leans in a little too close to Annabeth or his arm brushes against hers and Annabeth has to try to stifle the heat flaring in her face, spine, stomach.
She's more than thankful that Piper seems happy focusing on her new fiance and not the heat radiating from her skin. She throws little glares at Percy everytime he turns her into a overheated mess but if has any idea he knows what he's doing to her it doesn't show. That doesn't make the situation any better. One by one the rest of the guests start to say their goodbye's and head home, a few stumbling over their own feet and laughing about it.
Eventually the only ones left are herself, Percy, Jason and Piper. A ripple of tension runs through her. Annabeth was too busy missing her best friend, that she forgot about the one thing that always bothered her. Piper was insecure, and Annabeth had no idea why. Piper is beautiful, smart, and funny! Or, if you don't trust him, why not break up with him? Girls practically bow at his feet.
He's in a band and a swimmer. I don't want to tell him that I'm scared he's not being faithful, and then him turn around and take one of the girls that drools over him. Who is this guy, anyways? Annabeth frowned at that. She couldn't begin to imagine how Jason felt. The poor guy had been head over heels in love with Piper for as long as she can remember. And the only person who doesn't seem to notice, is Piper herself. The fact that she's dating his roommate probably tore him apart.
She made a mental note to go see him as soon as she was all unpacked. Maybe I can sense his feelings. Piper sat up, a nervous look on her face. She stared down at her hands, twiddling her fingers, a nervous habit Annabeth noticed back in high school " Actually , Annie, I was hoping.. Annabeth froze, a pile of clothes half out of her suitcase before she dropped them back in "Piper Piper rolled her eyes, dropping her hands to the bed beside her and giving her friend the best puppy dog eyes she could muster "It works like a charm though!
I just want to see how he would react to the hot new girl making a move on him. It's not like he knows your my best friend! Will he act like a committed boyfriend, or a douche bag?
There had been times back in high school when Piper would start dating a crush. It would be some guy she has " liked for forever ", and when he finally starts liking her back or asks her out, she panics. Her trust issues kicked in and she would need some reassurance that the guy was the real thing and not just playing her. It had started by just asking Annabeth to flirt with one guy to see how the reacted.
When Annabeth would make the move, leaning in to kiss them, they'd either kiss her back and be history, or push her away. Piper found it was the easiest route to making sure her boyfriends were faithful, and eventually ended up asking Annabeth to do it for every single one of them. Annabeth didn't like thinking about those times. They were young and dumb.
Piper's too focused on grumbling about how far they have to walk and having to wait until the end of the night to get her ice cream to notice that Annabeth has stopped walking. Piper walks directly into Annabeth, letting out a soft curse and stepping back. Annabeth shakes her head in response, she takes a step to the side and turns so Piper can see past her. As soon as Piper spots Jason her mouth drops open and she lets out a startled gasp. Annabeth's response is to grin and give Piper a shove toward Jason, he takes his cue and steps forward.
There's barely any space between the two of them as Jason folds her hands into his, he takes a deep breath and smiles at her. I've gotten to make you smile and laugh, I've gotten to wake up with you in my arms, and I've gotten to fall asleep listening to the beat of your heart.
These past few years have been so amazing and I-" There's a hitch in Jason's voice and he pauses, his eyes dropping to their hands.
Annabeth isn't much better, her teeth are clamped down hard on her lip and her fingernails are digging into her palms. She can feel the tears pooling in her eyes, ready to spill over any second. This moment has been a long time coming and Annabeth had thought she was prepared for it, evidently she wasn't.
The practice speeches Jason had sent to her look over had always caused her heart to race, making her break out in a smile that hurt her face but seeing it happen is different.
Her best friend is confessing his love to the person he wants to spend the rest of his life with, asking her to be with him forever. Annabeth isn't the staunchest defender of marriage and traditional relationships, but right now, watching the two of them, she understands the draw of building something permanent. There's the roar of applause from the crowd that's gathered to watch what's happening and Jason slips the ring onto her finger.
As soon as it's all the way on her hand Piper launches herself at him, nearly toppling them both over as he stands up. Annabeth wipes at her eyes discreetly and takes a step forward, waiting patiently for her friends to untangle themselves. Piper lets go of Jason suddenly and spins to face her, there's an intensity in Piper's eyes that worries Annabeth for a second.
She doesn't have a chance to react before Piper hurls herself at Annabeth, wrapping her in a rib crushing hug.
It takes a long time before Annabeth can pry her friend off of her and hand her back over to her new fiance, both of them then dissolve into a fit of giggles and hand holding. Annabeth gives them another minute to work the adrenaline out of their system before tapping Jason on the shoulder to get his attention. Annabeth pulls the door open for them, letting Piper hurry in but grabbing Jason's arm before the crowd can suck him in.
They break the hug and Annabeth slides her arm around Jason's waist. She watches Piper make her way through the crowd, flashing her ring for everyone to admire. Was Percy going to be the maid of honor then?
The Cute, Fake Couple Chapter 1, a percy jackson and the olympians fanfic | FanFiction
Annabeth can't help but laugh at the image in Percy in a bridesmaid's dress, standing at the altar and holding Piper's bouquet. I think Percy would look good in a dress, he's got the legs to pull it off. I would have embarrassed the crap out of you with my best man's speech. They stay there, watching Piper make her rounds and get her hand examined by friends.
She throws little love-struck looks Jason's way every once and a while, her lip pulled between her teeth. They herd everyone into the private room reserved for them in the back and start to slide into seats.