The Titan's Curse

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    "it's okay, Ms. Jackson." Annabeth smiled reassuringly. Her blond hair was tucked into a ski cap and her gray eyes were the same color as the ocean. "We'll keep him out of trouble."
    Mom seemed to relax a little. She thinks Annabeth is the most levelheaded demigod ever to hit eighth grade. She's sure Annabeth often keeps me from getting killed. she's right, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

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   I looked nervously at Annabeth, then at the groups of girls who were roaming the gym.
    "Well?" Annabeth said.
    "Um, who should I ask?"
    She punched me in the gut. "Me, Seaweed Brain."
    "Oh. Oh, right."

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    He went on asking questions. did I fight a lot with Thalia, since she was a daughter of Zeus? (I didn't answer that one.) If Annabeth's mother was Athena, the goddess of wisdom, then why didn't Annabeth know better than to fall off a cliff? (I tried not to strangle Nico for asking that one.) Was Annabeth my girlfriend? (At this point, I was ready to stick the kid in a meat-flavored sack and throw him to the wolves.)

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    I took Annabeth's baseball cap out of my backpack and set it on my nightstand. I'd give it to her when I found her. And I would find her.

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    He gave me the brochure. It was about the Hunters of Artemis. The font read, A WISE CHOICE FOR YOUR FUTURE! Inside were pictures of young maidens doing hunter stuff, chasing monsters, shooting bows. There were captions like: HEALTH BENEFITS: IMMORTALITY AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU! and A BOY-FREE TOMORROW!
    "I found that in Annabeth's backpack,"  Grover said.
    I stared at him. "I don't understand."
    "Well, it seems to me...maybe Annabeth was thinking about joining."
    I'd like to say I took the news well.
    The truth was, I wanted to strangle the Hunters of Artemis one eternal maiden at a time. The rest of the day I tried to keep busy, but I was worried sick about Annabeth.

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    Then I noticed a pink silk scarf with a label attached to it.  I picked up the tag and tried to read it:

    I stared at the scarf. I'd totally forgotten about it. Two years ago, Annabeth had ripped this scarf out of my hands and said something like, Oh, no. no love magic for you!
I'd just assumed she'd thrown it away. and yet here it was. She'd kept it all this time? And why had she stashed it in the attic?

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    But Thalia held out her spear. "You want some, Seaweed Brain?"
    Somehow it was okay when Annabeth called me that-at least, I'd gotten used to it-but hearing it from Thalia was not cool.

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    "I don't have much time," my mom said. "Percy, whatever you decide, I love you. And I know you'll do what's best for Annabeth."
    "How can you be sure?"
    "Because she'd do the same for you."

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    When she smiled at me, just for a moment she looked a little like Annabeth. Then like this television actress I used to have a crush on in fifth grade. Then...well, you get the idea.
    "Ah, there you are, Percy," the goddess said. "I am Aphrodite."
    I slipped into the seat across from her and said something like, "Um uh gah."
    She smiled. "Aren't you sweet. Hold this, please."
    She handed me a polished mirror the size of a dinner plate and had me hold it up for her. she leaned forward and dabbed at her lipstick, though I couldn't see anything wrong with it.
    "Do you know why you're here?" she asked.
    I wanted to respond. why couldn't I form a complete sentence. She was only a lady. A seriously beautiful lady. With eyes like pools of spring water...Whoa.
    I pinched my own arm, hard.
    "I...I don't know," I managed.
    "Oh, dear," Aphrodite said. "Still in denial?"
    Outside the car, I could hear Ares chuckling. I had a feeling he could hear every word we said. The idea of him being out there made me angry, and that helped clear my mind.
    "I don't know what you're talking about," I said.
    "Well then, why are you on this quest?"
    "Artemis has been captured!"
    Aphrodite rolled her eyes. "Oh, Artemis. Please. Talk about a hopeless case. I mean, if they were going to kidnap a goddess, she should be breathtakingly beautiful, don't you think? I pity the poor dears who have to imprison Artemis. Bo-ring!"
    "But she was chasing a monster," I protested. "A really, really bad monster. We have to find it!"
    Aphrodite made me hold the mirror a little higher. She seemed to have found a microscopic problem at the corner of her eye and dabbed at her mascara. "Always some monster. But my dear Percy, that is why the others are on this quest. I'm more interested in you."
    My heart pounded. I didn't want to answer, but her eyes drew an answer right out of my mouth. "Annabeth is in trouble."
    Aphrodite beamed. "Exactly!
    "I have to help her," I said. "I've been having these dreams."
    "Ah, you even dream about her! That's so cute!"
    "No! I mean...that's not what I meant."
    She made a tsk-tsk sound. "Percy, I'm on your side. I'm the reason you're here, after all."
    I stared at her. "What?"
    "The poisoned T-shirt the Stoll brothers gave Pheobe," she said. "Did you think that was an accident? Sending Blackjack to find you? Helping you sneak out of camp?"
    "You did that?"
    "Of course! Because really, how boring these Hunters are! A quest for some monster, blah blah blah. Saving Artemis. Let her stay lost, I say. But a quest for true love-"
    "Wait a second, I never said-"
    "Oh, my dear. You didn't need to say it. You do know Annabeth was close to joining the Hunters, don't you?"
    I blushed. "I wasn't sure-"
    "She was about to throw her life away! And you my dear, you can save her from that. It's so romantic!"
    "Oh, put the mirror down," Aphrodite ordered. "I look fine."
    I hadn't realized I was still holding it, but as soon as I put it down, I noticed my arms were sore.
    "Now listen up, Percy," Aphrodite said. "The hunters are your enemies. Forget them and Artemis and the monster. That's not important. You just concentrate on finding and saving Annabeth."
    "Do you know where she is?"
    Aphrodite waved her hand irritably. "No, no. I leave the details to you. But it's been ages since we've had a good tragic love story."
    "Whoa, first of all, I never said anything about love. and second, what's up with tragic?"
    "Love conquers all, " Aphrodite promised.. "Look at Helen and Paris. Did they let anything come between them?"
    "Didn't they start the Trojan War and get thousands of people killed?"
    "Pfft. That's not the point. follow your heart."
    "But...I don't know where it's going." My heart, I mean."

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    I half expected Mrs. Chase to turn into a raving lunatic at the mention of her stepdaughter, but she just pursed her lips and looked concerned. "All right. Do on up to the study and i'll bring you some food." She smile at me. "Nice meeting you, Percy. I've heard a lot about you."

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    "I don't know," she admitted. "But thank you for rescuing me."
    "Hey, no big deal. We're friends."
    "You didn't believe I was dead?"

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    A feeling of panic seized me. "Annabeth," I said under my breath. "Don't."
    She frowned at me. "What?"
    "Look, I need to tell you something," I continued. The words came stumbling out of me. "I couldn't stand it if...I don't want you to-"
    "Percy?" she said. "You look like you're going to be sick."
    And that's how I felt. I wanted to say more, but my tongue betrayed me. It wouldn't move because of the fear in my stomach. And then Artemis turned.
    "I shall have a new lieutenant," she announced. "If she will accept it."
    "No," I murmured.

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    "Was she giving you a hard time?" Annabeth asked.
    "No," I said. It's...fine"
    She studied me with concern. She touched the new streak of gray in my hair that matched hers exactly-our painful souvenir from holding Atlas's burden. There was a lot I'd wanted to say to Annabeth, but Athena had taken the confidence out of me. I felt like I'd been punched in the gut.
    I do not approve of your friendship with my daughter.
    "So," Annabeth said. "What did you want to tell me earlier?"
    The music was playing. People were dancing in the streets. I said "I, uh, was thinking we got interrupted at Westover Hall. And...I think I owe you a dance."
    She smiled slowly. "All right, Seaweed Brain."
    So I took her hand, and I don't know what everybody else heard, but but to me it sounded like a slow dance: a little sad, but maybe a little hopeful, too.

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    "I'll fill you in later," Chiron said with forced cheerfulness. "The important thing is you have prevailed. and you save Annabeth!"
    Annabeth smiled at me gratefully, which made me look away.