A Percy Jackson fanfic
The Thorns of a Rose 1
- When ‘Angry Birds’ becomes the real deal -
The bell rang and with a relieved sigh I slung my backpack over my shoulder and skilfully kicked my skateboard up only to catch it in mid-air. Today had been the last day of my fourth year of high school and it had been a drag!
It was your standard ‘last day of school’ I guess. Receiving your report card which, surprisingly, was quite good if you take in account that you’re suffering from dyslexia and ADHD. Well, that’s what normal humans call it. I call it: ‘being a demigod’. Yep… Daughter of Demeter, right here…
After that, there was some assembly at the gym where the cheerleading squad did some last time pep rally thingy and where the school band played their last tunes of the school year before the yearbooks were handed out. The rest of the day was filled with ‘fun’ games thought up by the teachers and of course the most annoying chatter about the upcoming school dance which officially marked the end of school and the start of summer.
Yes, you heard me: annoying. I’m not one of those… Barbies I prefer to call them. I could care less about my make-up and clothes, I loathe shopping and on an equal level despise dances and proms. ‘Who am I then?’ you ask? Well…
You know that one girl that always hangs out with the boys, climbing in trees, skateboarding everywhere they go, wearing ripped jeans, band shirts and worn-out sneakers? That’s me. Around here I’m known as the tree hugging, skateboarding rock chick because… Well, because I am.
The group of friends I hang out with consist out of four guys with who I not only skateboard in my free time, but also form a band with. I play the guitar and sing a bit here and there. Next to that I’m, of course, a very active environmentalist for obvious reasons.
Anyway, so the last bell of the year had sounded and I was about to flee the scene if it wasn’t for Brian Lead to block my way. Being that he was part of the football team, there wasn’t really an easy way to dodge him. Not on a normal, human way that is…
“Lockwood.”he spoke with a grin as he leaned onto the desk I had been occupying. “You heard about that school dance?”. “The one of the hundreds of posters in the hallways and where every airhead has been jabbering about for the last month?”I questioned sarcastically. “No! You’re the first one to tell me about it.”.
“Funny.”he said with a roll of his eyes. “What do I have to do to get you so far to be my date?”. I looked at him unimpressed before I snorted. “You know the moon?”I asked him on which he dumbly nodded. “The day they send a pig into space, land him on the moon and make sure Angry Birds becomes real, that will be the day I’ll be your date for a school dance.”.
Using his dumbfound state to my advantage, I pushed him out of my way and made my way towards my locker since I still had to clear it out.
The hallway was filled with summer dazed students who were in the middle of signing each other’s yearbooks combined with talking about their plans for the next few weeks. I dodged them as I went, planning to leave school as soon as I could.
The moment I reached my locker I quickly used my code to open it only to reveal the organised mess known as my locker. “Two more years Thea.”I muttered to myself. “Two more years and then you’ll be out of this hell hole.”.
I started to shove my textbooks, WWF posters, pictures and other random stuff I found in the small cabinet as neatly as I could in my backpack. When I was almost done, I noticed how someone was leaning against the lockers next to mine. I could see dark grey sneakers, a pair of dark blue jeans, the edge of a dark red sweater but the rest of the person, including his face, was hidden behind the still open door of my locker.
I sighed annoyed. “Damn it Brain!”I hissed. “Just leave me alone already or I swear I’ll hit you in the face with my skateboard!”. I slammed the door of my locker shut and suddenly came eye to eye with a pair of sea green eyes that gleamed with amusement.
“Jeez Althea.”the boy spoke. “I was expecting a ‘welcome back’ before you would start threatening me.”. “Percy?”I asked shocked before I tackled my best friend in a hug. “What are you doing here?”I wanted to know and then quickly pulled back out of the hug when a thought struck me. “Is something wrong at Camp?”.
“No, everything is fine.”he assured me. “I just… Wanted to see you again. I missed you, you know.”. “I missed you too.”I admitted and playfully punched his shoulder. “School is even more boring without a fellow ADHD-er to get in trouble with.”. “Since when do you get in trouble Miss Lockwood?”Percy wanted to know as he raised an eyebrow clearly amused.
I shrugged my shoulders. “Guess you rubbed off on me, Mister Jackson.”I countered. “Six times detention in the last trimester.”. “Good to know I’m still holding the record.”he replied with a smile as he picked my backpack up from the ground indicating he was going to carry it.
“So, you want to stay over for dinner?”I questioned as we made our way out of the school building. “Gives us the time to catch up on things.”. “Sounds good.”he admitted. “What are we having?”. The smile on my face grew wider because of his questioned. “Fish sticks.”I informed him making the son of Poseidon laugh as well.