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Expecting the Unexpected

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Expecting the Unexpected

Chapter 1: Finding out.

Many years after the giant war…


"Shit" I said pacing around the bathroom.

"Lyric, calm down." Rachel said sitting on the edge of the bathtub.

"How many minutes has it been?"

"None. It's literally been about 15 seconds." Rachel laughed. "Lyric, calm down. It's not like Leo's going to be mad, if anything he'll be ecstatic."

"Leo?" I tilted my head. "Oh yea, I guess he is beneficial."

"It's going to be his kid, of course he's beneficial."

"Shut up, we don't know yet if anything, I could've just had food poisoning or like the bird flu."

"Lyric, honey, your pregnant." Rachel said in a soft voice.

"We don't know that yet."

"Actually." She pointed to the stick next to her. "We do."

I ran to pick it up and sure enough it had the horizontal line, indicating what I feared.



"Babe?" I heard as the front door opened.

"In the kitchen." I called not looking up from the cookbook I was holding. I felt a pair of arms wrap around me.

"Why're cooking?" he asked me, kissing the side of my forehead.

"What do you mean? I always cook."

"No, always cook." He laughed. "You, only cook when a) something's bothering you or b) your keeping something from me. So spill it, Wise Girl."

"That was actually a smart conclusion, Seaweed Brain."

"Thanks, now what's up?"

"Well, it's a little bit of both." I rubbed my thumb over his fingers. "I'm pregnant."

I've never seen anyone's face turn so many shades than Percy's did just now.


"Do I really need to explain how to you?"

"No, I mean, are you sure?"

"I went to the doctor this morning. Apparently, I'm two weeks in." I said. "Are you—are you mad?"

He tilted his head at me. "No… no, of course not. I'm excited." He grabbed my hand. "I love you. That's all that matters now."

"I'm going to look like a whale." I laughed.

"I like whales." He said poking me in my side.

I rolled my eyes. "You're a nerd." I turned my head when I heard the phone ring. I looked at Percy, who was mildly distracted by a piece of dust. "I guess I'll get it." I walked over to the phone. "Hello?"

"Annabeth?" I heard a voice say, I immediately knew it was Lyric.


"Shit, Annabeth, my life has gone to literal shit."

"Why so?"

"She's Preggers." I heard Rachel say in the background followed by a quick thud and a yelp.

"Is it true, Lyric? Are you pregnant?" Percy's head snapped up when he heard that.

"Annabeth, I don't know what I'm going to do."

"I thought you wanted kids?"

"I do! But Leo and I have only been married for 6 months. I don't want to bring a kid in the world while we're still getting situated. I mean I'm a dancer. I can't dance with a baby bump."

"So what are you going to do?"

"I'm going to keep it, obviously. I want this; I mean I really want this. I want a family, and I mean I can always still be a dancer. Whether it is for a company or for myself." She sighed. "So, how are you?"

"I'm great. I actually found out I was pregnant too."

"Are you serious? Or are you playing with my emotions?"

"Nope, I'm two weeks in."

"Oh my gods, Annie that's great! We're gonna be whales!"

"Shut up." I growled.

"Well, I'm gonna Iris message Leo. I'll talk to you later."

"Alright, bye." I hung up the phone.


"Sup, Fish Face?" I said as the mist took the shape of my wife. (I really liked saying that.)

"I thought we were passed that, Flame Boy."

"We're never going to get passed that." I laughed. "So how was your day?"

She blushed and looked down to her hands. "Well, Rachel and I went to go see Melody inWicked." Melody was Lyric's half-sister, who happened to be in musicals. "It was good, I had a lot of fun. Then we went to this restaurant, I forgot the name but I got really sick afterwards. I thought it was food poisoning but it turns out I'm pregnant. And Jules sprained her ankle in practice—."

"Wait, what did you say?" I said, shocked.

"Jules sprained her ankle."

I gave her a look and she sighed. "I said, I'm Pregnant."

My eyes widened. "Is it—Is it mine?"

She gave me a look. "Are you fucking serious?"

"Naw, I'm kidding." I laughed but she still looked depressed.

"You don't seriously think I'd cheat on you, right?"

"Of course not, honey." I smiled. "Do you want me to come back home?"

"Don't be stupid, Valdez. You only have 3 more months of school. I think I'll last without you."

"Yeah but—"

"Valdez, don't you dare drop out of school because I'm pregnant. You're just going to miss the first 3 months. As long as you're here for the important doctor visits, I'll be fine. I'm just going to stay with my mom or maybe Percy until you come back."

"Ok, fine, but I'll miss you."

"I miss you too."

"And I'm going to be thinking about this baby the whole time."

"Me too, considering it's inside me."

"I love you."

"I love you too."


I don't make stupid decisions.

never make stupid decisions.

But I can honestly say, I royally fucked up.

It all started when I was sitting in the only bar in New Rome. I was slightly buzzed and I didn't plan on stopping for a while. The neither the bartender or the occupants asked why I was here. Why was the Praetor, our fearless leader, was trying to get shitface drunk? They didn't ask because they knew. They all knew that the one guy I had been in love with was did not only fall in love with another girl when Juno sent him away but now they were married and expecting their first child. You could imagine everyone's excitement.

Everyone's but mine.

"Drinking your problems won't make them go away." I heard next to me. And there was Nico, the utterly creepy Son of Pluto.

"It's sure helps though." I said, swishing around the glass.

"That's how alcohol problems develop."

I laughed. "I wish I did have an alcohol problem. But no, I only drink when I'm upset. And I'm upset."

"I'd imagine this is about Piper and Jason."

"Do you know how it feels to have the one person you care about in this fucked up world ripped away from you."

"Considering my sister who practically raised me joined the hunters and left me. Then died a tragic death, I'd say yes."

"Yes, well at least she's gone. You don't have to see the pain everyday."

"Yes, but I have to live with it." He said. I hummed in agreement.

"Do you want to get out of here?" I said.

Now I won't go into the gory details but you can pretty much guess what happened. I was lonely and he was there. It was supposed to be a one-time thing.

A one-time thing.

That turned into a lifetime thing.

I looked in the mirror at myself. Then down to the sink where the pregnancy test lied. I didn't need it I knew what was happening I was just hoping I was wrong.

I wasn't.

Yea, I never made stupid decisions but when I did I fucked up.


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A.N here's chapter 2! Enjoy and Review!

Chapter 2: Morning sickness


It was a close place. I took it up, and held it in my hand. I was a-trembling, because I'd got to decide, forever, betwixt two things, and I knowed it. I studied a minute, sort of holding my breath, and then says to myself—

I got up. I was feeling sick, no I was sick, and I was going to vomit right now. There was no bathroom near were I was and I was going to be sick right now. I looked over to an empty plant pot we had.

"Did you just puke in our plant pot?" Percy said, standing in the doorway.

"I don't know why they call it morning sickness, if you get it all the time." I groaned letting my head hit the desk.

"It's fine, Annie. We can just get another pot."

"I told you about calling me Annie."

"I'm sorry." He smiled. But he didn't look sorry. "What do you want to eat?"

"Pickles." I mumbled.

"You hate pickles."

"The baby doesn't."

"Alright, do you just want pickles? Or do you want something to got with it?"

"Do we have any cookie dough?"

"Ok, I'm just going to bring you the pickles."


I leaned over the toilet for the tenth time today. "Is it too late for me to join the hunters?" I groaned to Thalia, who was sitting on the edge of the bathtub.

"Honestly, it was too late when you started dating Valdez, because I knew you two wouldn't break up." She laughed.

"I guess so."

"How're you feeling?" She asked.

"I'm leaning over a toilet, how do you think I feel?" I said. "I feel like shit."

"I meant with Leo being away at college."

"Oh." I said as I got up to brush my teeth. "I really don't know. I mean part of me wants him to finish school. And the other part wants him with me while I go through this. I really do miss him though."

"But don't you want him to be here for the first trimester. It's sometimes said to be the hardest."

"I'll be fine. I have my mom, who's helping a lot; I have Percy and Annabeth, you and Rachel. I'll be fine, I always am."

"Alright." Thalia shrugged. "Have you thought of names?"

"The thing is literally the size of a pen top. I haven't thought about even giving it a name."

"But come on, every girl has thought about what they want to name their kids, except me, of course."

"Well, the only names that have bounced around my head are girl names like Brooke or River—"

"Sea names? Really?" Thalia mocked.

"I know, how daughter of Poseidon of me." I laughed. "Though there is one name that always stuck."

"What's that?"



"Further more, senators. I believe that…" Octavian's words just drowned out of my ears until he sounded like a white noise machine (A trick I managed to learn many years ago.) I watched Nico sit across the room in his Black toga, which was pinned by a blood red clasp. What was I going to do? Chances were that Nico did not want a kid; much less by some girl he slept with once. But the only other options besides keeping it were adoption or abortion. And I just didn't know which one I wanted. I—

I got up and ran past Octavian to the bathroom and threw up my entire lunch.

I washed my face off as best as I could, I was still flushed but it was manageable. I grabbed a mint and a water bottle and headed back into the main hall.

"Nice of you to join us again, Praetor Reyna." Octavian smirked. "Perhaps if you are sick, you can take your leave home."

"I'm fine, Octavian. Please continue your meaningless speech." Octavian kept his mouth agape before clearing his throat and talking for the next half hour.

"Reyna! Reyna wait!" I heard someone say as I walked out the meeting hall. I turned and saw Nico running up to me.

"What?" I said, crossing my arms.

"I just wanted to check if you're ok." He shrugged. "Are you ok?"

"Not really."

"What's going on?"

"I'm preg…"

"I'm sorry, what?"

"I said I'm Pre…"

"Reyna, I can't hear you if your going to mumble."

"I'm Pregnant!" I hissed under my breath.

"What?" If Nico could get any paler, he just did.

"Look, don't worry about it. I'm going to get an abortion and we can just forget this ever happened." I said walking away.

Nico stood there before yelling. "What? No!" He ran over to me and turned me around.

I backed out of his grasp. "What do you mean no?" I sneered. "It's in my body, I can do what I want."

"This is just as much my child as it is yours." He said. "I know I'm old fashioned, but I don't think that's the right answer. Now if you just want to have the baby and hand over to me, that's fine. But I will not sit back and let you harm my child."

"Our child."

"Exactly! And it should be just as much my choice as it is yours. And I want to keep the baby."

"Nico, I'm already pushing it with being a female praetor." I said. "Do you know what they could do if they found out that I was not only pregnant but unwed?" I choked back the sobs but it didn't stop the tears from falling from my eyes. Nico looked at me for a second before pulling me into a hug. I let myself cry into his shoulder.

"I'm scared, Nico. For the first time in forever, I'm scared." I mumbled into his shirt.

"Hey, it's ok. I'll protect you. I always protect my family and now you and this baby are a part of it." He said to me. And for some reason I felt better. "And if it helps you could always stay in the underworld."

I laughed. "And become Proserpina? No thank you."

"I'm sure she would love to here you say that." He grabbed my hand. "Come on, I'll walk you home."

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3 Months later…

2 nd  trimester.


When I came home, I found Annabeth asleep on the base of the stairs. She literally could not make it halfway up the stairs. I chuckled as I scooped her up and carried her the rest of the way to our room. I would never say it to her but she was beginning to show and was therefore getting heavier. It didn't matter much to me, I loved her too much for it to matter.

"Mmm…" I heard her groan. "Did I fall asleep?"

"On the stairs, yes."

"I'm sorry." She said.

"It's fine."

"I'm hungry."

"Do you want something specific?"

"A milkshake."

"Alright. I can do that."

"From Shake Away."

My eyes bugged out. "You do realize the nearest one is halfway across New York?"

"You better leave now. Looks like rain."

"Alright." I shrugged heading out the door.


"DADDY!" I watched as a toddler, no more than 6 swing down from a very high platform. She remained hanging upside down so she could see her father eye level. It took me a while to realize that was Percy, the little girl was talking to.

Percy jumped. "Athena, what did your mom say about climbing things in the house?"

Athena. The name replayed in my head. I wouldn't have thought I'd name my first child after my mother but the name did suit the child. She had soft raven locks, which were pulled into pigtails and my gray eyes. Then I realized it wasn't 'the child' it was my child.

"She said not to, but I was wondering why she would say that?" Athena was smart, I could already tell. Percy pulled her from the high entryway and sat her on the counter of the kitchen.

"Well she doesn't want you to hurt yourself from falling."

"But Counselor Clarisse says 'Only failures fall.' I'm not a failure, DADDY!" She shouted.

"I know, Athens." I smiled a little at the fact that she was nicknamed after one of my favorite cities. "And Clarisse is wrong. What do I always say?"

"Even the greatest heroes fall." She smiled.

"And I know your going to be a great hero someday. But you're going to fall, eventually. And it takes the greatest hero of them all to get back up." He smiled and picked her up.

"I love you, daddy."

"I love you too." He laughed. "Now, don't climb the walls again, understood?"

"I promise."

I gasped when I woke up. What the hell just happened? I asked myself. I made the mental note to talk to Chiron about that later. I heard the door open downstairs and I ran for the front door. Running right into Percy and pulling him into the biggest hug ever. He seemed startled but hugged me back.

"Wow, all this because I got you a milkshake?"

"No." I shook my head and before I knew it the tears were falling. "You're going to be a great dad, Percy."

"Umm thanks?" He said. "Why are you crying, babe?"

"I'm just so sure of it." I laughed.


I watched as a little girl sat in the middle of the living room muttering and petting what looked like thin air.

"What is she doing?" I heard someone say. I turned and saw a slightly older version of myself.

"What do you mean?" I saw Nico appear next to me. He rolled his eyes. "Chase, I told you to stop raising cats."

She looked up startled at her father. "Sorry." She said in a small voice.

She looked like Nico, uncannily. She had long hair that curled around her face and the deep brown, almost black eyes her father had.

The scene shifted and showed Nico walking around the underworld with Chase. I knew it was a nickname I just didn't know what it stood for. I watched as they entered Hades throne room.

I, for one, was shocked by Hades actions toward the child.

"Hello beautiful." He said, walking across the room to them.

"Uh, hey dad?" Nico said.

"Not you." He held his arms out as the Chase stretched to reach him. "How are you, Chastity?"

Chastity? Why would I let him name my daughter that? It practically means to refrain from sex! We're practically setting her up to be a Huntress or an Amazon!

"GRANDPA HADES!" I heard her shout while hugging him. "Look what I can do!" And for a moment she took on a demonic expression and her gigantic eyes turned almost blood red.

Hades laughed. "She's a little terror, isn't she?" The little girl smiled up at him, showing off her fangs.

I bolted up right when I heard a knock at the door.

"Hey, Rey." Nico said, walking in. "How're are you feeling?"

"We're going to have a demon child." I blurted out.

"Excuse me?"

"I had a dream about her. She was petting ghost cats. And she had red eyes and fangs. We're having the devil's spawn!"

"Well, technically I'm the devil's spawn…" I gave him a look. "Reyna calm down, it's probably not as bad as it seems. What did you see?"

I explained my dream to him and he laughed. "That's it?" He said trying to contain his laughter.

"What do you mean that's it?" I snapped. "That's enough!"

"Look, I was far worse when I was a child and I turned out fine." He said. "I have a feeling that this has nothing to do with the dream."

"What if I'm a bad mother?" I blurted. "What if she grows up and hates me?"

"I'm sure that won't happen."

"But sometimes I'm so wrapped up in running New Rome that I forget to even eat or bathe. How am I going to raise a child on top of that?"

"You're forgetting that you're not alone anymore." He smirked. "And I'll do everything I can to help you with anything you need."


"Absolutely." He smiled.


"Lyric, Hey!" Annabeth said as she greeted me with a hug. "Come in! How are you?"

"My feet have grown 2 sizes, my back hurts, and my boobs are so sore, I think they're going to fall off." I plopped down on their couch next to Perseus and motioned to him. "Rub my feet, Percy."

"I'm not rubbing your—"

I shot him a glare and he immediately got to work.

"So, are you excited?" Annabeth said sitting in her desk chair.

"Excited about what?" I said.

"Valdez is coming back today!" She said.

"Oh yea, I suppose that's important."

"So what are you guys going to do?"

"I'm probably going to take a nap when I get home and then I'm going to watch Bridezillas." I said.

"You don't have anything special planned? You haven't seen him in 3 months."

"Do I look like the type of person that plans for anything?" I snorted. "Come on, Annabeth you know me."

"I don't know why, but I feel like you're the worst wife ever." Percy said.

"Oh, I'm sorry I don't make him sandwiches and I don't make him iced tea while he sits on the porch in his rocking chair." I said sarcastically. "It's the 21st century, Percy." I gestured at him. "Rub harder."

"Why am I even rubbing your feet?"

"Because I'm your little sister and you love me?"

"When are you going to go get him from the airport?" Annabeth asked.

"Umm, I think he said six?"

"Don't you want to confirm?"

"Naw, it's cool."

"You've gotten lazier since you got pregnant." Percy commented.

"And you've gotten fatter since you've gotten married." I said. "Skipped a few gym visits haven't you?"

"You've also gotten meaner." He said.

"I'm sorry." I said. "It's just that I'm so bored. I can't dance while I'm pregnant so I need to find work or do something." I sighed. "Is the aquarium hiring, Percy?"

"Yea, Lucinda transferred so we need someone to take her place. I'll put in a good word for you."

"Much appreciated." I smiled until I heard a knock at the door. "Expecting company?" I said.

"Not that I know of." Percy said. "You'll get it."

"Really? I'm pregnant!"

"You're also lazy." The knock came again. Percy just nodded his head at the door.

I got up. "Annabeth, you married an asshole." I said before getting up.

I walked to the door and when I opened it my jaw dropped.

"Valdez!" I shouted, before slamming the door in his face. I exhaled and re-opened the door.

He raised an eyebrow. "Gonna slam the door again?" He asked.

"I just can't believe you're here." I smiled, hugging him. "You said you weren't coming until 6."

"I said 12."

"No you didn't."

"Yes I did, but its ok I didn't expect you to remember anyway."

"I haven't seen you in 3 months and you want to be an asshole?"

"I'm sorry." He laughed and kissed the top of my head. We pulled apart and he looked at me. Or mainly the round bump that replaced my otherwise flat stomach. "How are you feeling?"

"I'm fine, no complications. Doctor says I'm healthy."

"Mmm…" He nodded placing a hand on my stomach. He seemed distracted.

"You ok, Valdez?" I asked, raising one eyebrow.

"Hmm?" He said. He quickly snapped out of his thoughts. "Yea, I'm fine. I'm just… I'm just happy."

I tilted my head at him but quickly shook it off. I grabbed his hand.

"Come on, let's go home."

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Chapter 4: Vivid dreams and Cravings. 


"Phoenix! Phoenix!" I saw a woman running around our house, screaming. I knew it was an older version of me automatically because she ran like half-dead walrus. 

"Phoenix Esmeralda, you tell me where you are right now!" I said. God, I've turned into my mother. I thought to myself. 

"Here" I heard a small voice. I turned to it and my dream self and I could help but laugh. 

The little girl was standing in front of us in armor way too big for her and a war helmet that she was trying to keep on her head without falling over. "Oh, sweetie." I heard the woman say running over to the child. "What're you doing?" 

"I just want to be a fighter like you." The girl said in a tiny voice. 

"Ah, honey." She took the helmet off the child. "You're not a Fighter." The girl began to frown. "You're so much more than that. You're a Warrior, at least you will be. And I know you'll be the best there is." I watched as "Older me" took the weapons out her hair and clipped them in her daughters hair. "These are my knives. Don't bother trying to use them now they won't work unless you really need them." 

"But what about you?" She asked. 

"My fighting days are over." She laughed. "You are the world's next greatest hero." She knelt down in front of Phoenix. "Now she me your warrior face." The little girl bared her teeth and tilted her head back. "We'll work on it." The mother laughed. 

The scene changed and showed a girl who looked uncannily like me only she had brown eyes. She was ducking under something with a boy who was staring upward. She looked around 15 and her jaw was locked as she knelt. She looked up and she was baring her teeth like the little girl only slightly. I realized that she was my daughter in her teenaged age. 

"Ezzy, what are we going to do?" The boy said. 

"I told you not to call me that outside the house." She said. 

"Sorry 'Phone'" He said, sarcastically but she just smiled. "Now what are we going to do?" 

"You're going to get the peacock, and I'll fight the Cyclops." 

"You can't fight him alone!" 

The girl took out the clips as they turned into knives. "I've done it before, Cece." She patted his cheek before running out until she was in front of the Cyclops. 

The Cyclops bellowed. "Well, if it isn't the little legacy. Not quite human, not quite God. Still trying to fight like her mother." 

"If my mom killed you, I can certainly do the same." She yelled up at it. 

It laughed. "You are not a Demigod hero, legacy. You are just a glorified mutt!" 

"You're right! I'm not a demigod. But I didn't let that stop me from defeating the Minotaur, Medusa, or the Nemean Lion. No, I may not be a Demigod but I am the world's greatest hero. And you…" She paused. "Your as good as dead." 

With that my dream went up in flames. 

I gasped when I woke up. I turned over to see Leo still sleeping. I shook him. "Leo?"

He grumbled and turned over. "Leo?" I said, shaking him again.

"Leo!" I screamed and he fell out the bed with a thud.

"What?! Are you ok?!" He said, worried.

"Yea, I'm fine." I said. "Our daughter is badass!"

"What?" He said, confused.

"Our daughter! She's badass!" I said, excitedly. "I had a dream! And she was fighting Cyclopes and she has fire ability and—"

"Lyric, calm down, it's like 4am!"

"Guess what her name is?"


"Really Valdez, that's such a generic name. Guess harder."

"What is it, Lyric?"

"It's Phoenix, like the bird of flame!"

"Uh-huh." Valdez was getting less and less interested in this conversation.

"And guess what her middle name is?" I said, helping him back onto the bed.

"What is it?"

"Esmeralda." I smiled.

That got his attention. He looked at me and returned my smile. "You said she had fire abilities."


"Phoenix Esmeralda…" he whispered. "I like that." He said, to me.

"I like it too."



I jumped out of bed as I heard something downstairs. I looked at the clock. 4am? Something had to be happening. I grabbed Riptide and headed downstairs. I didn't know what to expect. Monsters? A burglar?

But what I saw was far from that list.

I saw Annabeth siting in the open fridge, taking a bite out of a wheel of cheese.

My first question was She's 3 months pregnant, how did she fit in the fridge? And my second question was Why is she eating a block of cheese? She looked up at me and swallowed. We looked at each other for a second, completely silent.

Annabeth started crying.

"I'm so ashamed!" she said, in between sobs.

"Annie, don't cry!" I said sitting next to her on the floor. "Why are you even down here?" I said.

She took a few breaths, calming down. "I got hot."

"So, you decided to sit in the fridge?"

"Seemed logical." She shrugged.

"How did you even fit?"

"I went in stomach first." She said. "And then I wanted cheese, so I got cheese." She looked up at me. "I'm sorry."

"You don't need to apologize, just get out the fridge." I said, extending a hand. "And you can't take the cheese to bed."


"What do you want to eat?" I asked Reyna through the phone as I entered the grocery store.

"Anything smothered in marinara sauce." 

"Anything?" I laughed.

"No, just get me a bottle of it so I can put it in a bowl." 

"That's disgusting."

"It's what the baby wants." 

"Alright then." I laughed as I hung up.

I turned into the next aisle and saw Jason standing there. I tried to turn before he saw me but it wasn't long before I heard…


Is it too late to shadow travel away? I turned and saw Jason waving at me. Yup, too late. 

"Hey, Jason." I said.

"Hey Nico." He said, smiling. "How are you?"

"I'm fine, thanks." Maybe if I act uninterested we wont have to have this talk…

"So, how's Reyna?"

"She's fine."

"That's good." He said. "So, you and her are like… what?"

"We're… I don't know what we are." I said truthfully.

"You should ask her." Jason said. "If you don't say anything, Reyna never will."

"How would you know?" I snapped. "You hurt her. And she wouldn't be in this predicament if you hadn't."

"I know." Jason looked hurt and I immediately regretted stooping that low. "And I wish I hadn't, but I couldn't just fake feelings I didn't have, you know?"

"Yea, I understand." I said. I turned to head to the cash register.

"Hey Nico!" I heard him call after me. I turned around and he sighed. "Will you tell her I'm sorry?"

I contemplated it before sighing.

"You should tell her yourself."

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Chapter 5: Cabin Fever and Complications


"Rain?" I heard as the door to my apartment opened. I hated the nickname and he knew it and he called it anyway.

"In here." I called from my room.

It only took a couple of seconds for my door to bust open.

"You shouldn’t burst into rooms like that." I said. "I could've been naked, for all you know."

"But you're not." He shrugged. "Besides, nothing I haven't seen before. besides I'm not even into to that."


"Are you saying your not attracted to me anymore? Because that’s a dick thing to say.”


“What?! No, no that’s not what I meant.”


“Then what did you mean?”


“I’m saying that I’m not attracted to girls… in particular.”



“So your…”




“Then how did we…”


“Well, I just wanted to see if I still could… and we were drunk and well…”


“Now we’re having a child.” I sighed. “Because of one huge fuck up, followed by a variety of fuck ups. Oh my god, our kid’s going to be a fuck up.”


“Rain, I think you are over exaggerating.”


“Nico, What made us think that we could raise a kid?” I snapped. “This kid is going to have no stability. How are we going to explain this to her? You know, she’s going to ask one day.”


“And when she does, we’ll explain it to her but what you need to do right now is calm down.” Nico said, sitting down next to me. “You getting all worked up is not helping anyone right now.”


“You’re right, sorry.”


“It’s ok.”


“And for the record, I don’t have a problem with you being…”




“Yup, It just frustrates me that you didn’t tell me earlier.”


“I’m sorry, its just not many people know.”


“Who does know?”


“Jason, Percy and Annabeth.”


“Great, Jason knew and not me?” I exclaimed. “Me?! The person who’s been carrying your child for 4 months.”


“I was going to work around to it, Geez.”


“Ugh, I can’t believe you Nico, I really hope this child gets brains from me.”

“Yea, I hope so too.” Nico laughed, it sounded a lot lighter, like a weight was off his shoulders. “Hungry?”


“Always.” I smiled.




“Annie, your pregnant. Don’t you think you should take a break from working?” Percy asked


“I told you about calling me Annie and I did take a break from work.” I said confused. I turned to the 2 Hermes kids carrying a stack of wood. “Thanks guys, just set that near the stone pile.” I turned to walk around the half finished cabin.


“I mean taking a break from all work, Annabeth.” Percy said, Defiantly. “The doctor said not to do any heavy stuff—“


“And I’m not.”


“And to rest. You should be resting.” He repeated.


“I’m just helping out with a couple of rebuilds, Percy. I’m barely doing anything.”


“Yea but—“


“Perce, I’m starting to get cabin fever sitting in the house all day. I’ve gotta do something.” I sighed. “Since when in our relationship, do you worry about me?”


“Since there was more than you in there.” Percy said looking down.


“Cute.” I patted his cheek. “But I’m fine, and she’s fine. Stop worrying.”


“Alright, alright. But no heavy lifting.”




“I’m serious, Annie.”


“I know, Percy, Now go bother your sister.” I smirked. “And stop calling me Annie.” I said, as I watched him jog away from me up half-blood hill.



“Hey nerd, what’s up with you?” Percy said, jogging up to me in the strawberry fields.


“Feet, legs and back. All sore.” I said, sighing. “Plus, right now I’m currently hiding from Valdez.”


“Why?” Percy asked.


“I guess, we’re arguing?” I shrugged. “Or rather he has some strong opinions that I’m going to ignore.”


“Lyric!” We both turn to the voice, and saw Valdez marching toward me.


“Oops, guess he found me.”


“I’ll catch up with you later.” Percy said, clapping me on the back.


“No! If you’re here he can’t yell at me.” I said, grabbing his arm.


“Sorry, you gotta deal with your own relationship problems.” He waved at me before jogging away.


“So much for Brotherhood!” I shouted after him, before turning to face my fate.


Leo stood in front of me and just stared at me with his arms crossed.


I sighed. “I don’t want to talk about this, Leo.”


“Well, we have to talk about it, Lyric.” Leo exclaimed. “Tour, are you serious?”


“I haven’t even given them a decision yet—“


“But you want to go, I know you do!”


“Of course I do, Valdez. Dancing is what I do!” I yelled. “And I got asked to tour with the Rockettes! That’s my dream! And it’s not until next year so why are we fighting now?”


“Because you’re supposed to be here to raise the kid!”


“Oh, so you’re the only one who can go work? Because I’m the woman, I’m meant to stay home?”


“That’s not what I meant and you know it.”


“It’s just a 3 month tour, why is this a big deal?”


“Because it’ll be 3 months away from your child!”


“Well, 3 months didn’t seem as much when you were graduating? And she was just as real then as she’ll be outside of me. Why does this matter?”


“Because this kid is our lives now we can’t be selfish anymore.”


My head started to spin. “Shut up, Valdez.”


“Lyric, you can’t just tell me to shut up—“


“Seriously shut up, I don’t feel—“


The scent of warm strawberries was the last thing I smelt before I blacked out.




I sat in the infirmary, silent, holding my wife’s hand while her eyes flickered open.


“What happened? Where am I?” She said, trying to sit up immediately.


“Hey, Hey calm down.” I said, all but pushing her back down. “You’re in the infirmary, you blacked out.”


“Blacked out?” Lyric groaned. “Why?”


“Hey, there she is!” Kayla said, walking toward us, clipboard in hand. “It’s because you’re blood sugar was extremely low, we had to give you a glucose drip. When was the last time you’ve eaten?”


Lyric looked up. “Uhhhhh…”


Kayla tsked. “See you can’t do that anymore, Lyric. You’re pregnant. And you, Mister,” She said, pointing at me. “You’ve got to hold her accountable! She’s eating for three now.”


“Three?” “Come again?” Lyric and I said at the same time.


“Yea, well, you know.” Kayla smiled. “Her and the twins.”


“Twins?!” Lyric and I said, yet again at the same time.


Kayla’s demeanor changed. “I’m sorry, I thought you knew.” She pulled up an image of a sonogram on the computer screen. “See, twins.” She said, pointing to the apparently 2 blobs on the screen.


“But, the doctor at the clinic didn’t say—“ Lyric cut off immediately just staring at the screen.


“Yea, sometimes mortal doctors don’t get it right for Demigods, you really should’ve come here or New Rome instead.” Kayla pointed out.


“But, my dreams, I’ve only had dreams about the one girl?”


Kayla scrunched her nose, thinking “Are you sure? There wasn’t anyone else? Maybe constantly with her?”


Lyric made a sudden face of realization. “There was a guy! I thought it was just maybe a best friend but she was always talking to a guy!”


“Yea, you wouldn’t get any friends in the visions. You’d only see the child and maybe the father.”


Lyric sighed and put the crook of her arms over her eyes. “Twins… shit.


Kayla tried to smile encouragingly. “Well, I feel I just dropped a bomb in here, so I’ll let you guys talk. Just—ah, page me if you need me.” She said, walking out.


Lyric and I just looked at each other for a long time.

“Twins…” She said after a long while.


“Twins…” I repeated.


Shit!” she hissed, mostly to herself, putting her arm back over her eyes. “What are we going to do?”


I leaned forward and moved the arm from in front of her eyes. I reached and intertwined her hand with mine. “Whatever we have to, ok?” I whispered. “We’re a team. We got this.”


Lyric squeezed my hand tighter and nodded but I could tell she was still unsure.

Chapter Text

Chapter 6: Doctor’s visits and seeing double


I sat reading a magazine while the nurse checked my vitals

Nico restlessly tapped his fingers on his knee

I smiled as she cooed and asked have we thought of baby names, when the baby was due, etc.

Nico kept tapping his knees.

I continued to read as she told us the doctor would be in shortly.

Nico continued to tap his knee.

I’m going to lose my mind I thought.

As if my body had a mind of its own, I threw the magazine at Nico. He sputtered and flailed trying to block his face.

“Hey!” he yelped.

“Quit it.” I said, in a rushed whisper.

“I’m sorry, hospitals make me nervous.” He shrugged and started scratching his knee instead. “And itchy…”

I reached over to hit his hands. He started flailing, which resulted in a less than mature slap fight.

“Stop it!” I exclaimed.

“I’m sorry.” Nico exasperated. “But you know hospitals give me the creeps.”

“Then stop complaining about me never bringing you to doctor’s appointments.” I sighed, flipping a page in my magazine. “Besides this is technically an infirmary in New Rome, hardly a real hospital.”

“Certainly feels and looks like one.” Nico grumbled.

“Well, you can always leave.” I gently remind him

“Just as much my child as yours.” He gently reminds me back.

I sigh and return to my magazine. Not soon after I hear the doctor’s voice.

“Hey, how are you doing today? I’m Dr. Solace. I’ll be taking care of you.”

Nico and I looked up in shock.

“Where’s Dr. Chiri?” I asked.

“Dr. Chiri’s mom has fallen ill. She’s moved to Texas full time to take care of her. I’ll be taking care of you from now on, unless you are uncomfortable. We can always find you another doctor.”

“I suppose it’s fine.” I sighed. I had liked Dr. Chiri. Will turned from me to wash his hand and put on gloves. I heard Nico gulped.

“Will?” He asked.

Dr. Solace immediately turned, and I could see the color drain from his face before he shook his head to compose himself.

“Hey Nico.” Will smiled. “How have you been?

“I-I’m fine.” He sputtered.

“I haven’t seen you since—“

“Since I left Camp Half-Blood.”

“Yea.” Will said, smiling sadly. “Since you left.”

I cleared my throat. They broke the glances they spared each other. “Hey, pregnant lady over here. Kinda wanna get this over with.”

“Of course, sorry.” Will apologized and immediately started checking on her. “So, how long have you guys been married?”

Nico and I shared a look before bursting out laughing.

“We’re not—“ I said.

“Yea, not my wife, just my baby.” Nico added.

“Oh, just dating?”

“No, we’re…” Nico trailed off.

“Parents?” I provided.

“Co-Parents.” Nico said, both of us nodding having found the right word.

“That’s very forward of you guys.” Will said.

“Well, not really by choice but wouldn’t have it any other way.” Nico said.

Will hummed.

There was a bout of silence before Nico cleared his throat. “So, uh… when did you start working in New Rome? Last I heard you had a residency in Texas?”

“Keeping tabs on me, Nico?”

Nico turned bright red. “More like force-fed information.”

“Yea, I was working in Texas for a while, was engaged too, but my Fiancé cheated on me. So I thought I’d come back here, needed a fresh start, you know?”


“Yea, I get that.” Nico says. “Sorry about your Fiancé.”


“It’s fine, things happen for a reason.”


I clear my throat again. “So that means you are…? Single?”


“Reyna!” Nico flushes.


“What? You weren’t going to ask.” I shrug.


Will chuckles. “I am.”


“Cool.” I smile. “So is Nico.”


“Reyna!” Nico exclaims again, slapping my arm.


“Ow!” I said, pointedly.


Will chuckled. “Well, she seems to be doing fine in there. Vitals are normal, she’s perfectly healthy. Try not to exert yourself too much, I know you have Praetor responsibilities, but make sure you are resting enough.” He got up and threw his gloves in the trash. “I’m going to call Cindy in for a blood test and after that you’re good to go. It was nice to see you again, Nico.”


Nico and I watched him exit the room. Once the door was closed, Nico slapped my arms again, starting a less than mature slap fight.


“STOP!” I said, slapping him two more times for good measure. “Geez, I shouldn’t have to say don’t hit the mother of your future child.”  


“Maybe, if the mother of my future child wasn’t a meddler, she wouldn’t get hit.”


“Please, are you going to sit here and tell me you aren’t still into him?”


“Well, I don’t--I didn’t” Nico sighed, frustratedly. “Look, maybe when things ended I was always curious ‘what if’, but not enough to do anything about it now!”


“Well, now you can, thanks to me by the way. Now come on, I’ll let you order me pizza as repayment.”



“I feel like I’m becoming a broken record now.” Dr. Samson said, checking his clipboard again. “But, you have to stop working and rest.”


“I’ve been trying to tell her doc.” Percy crosses his arms, looking smug.


“I’ve stopped working.” I sighed.


“Not at the camp.”


“I was only helping with some minor repairs!” I exclaimed. “No heavy-lifting I swear.”


“That’s well and good, but you’re still putting a tremendous amount of stress on the baby.” Doctor says, sighing. “I’m sorry but you have to go on bed rest.”


“I’m sorry what?” I sprung up, or well as fast a 7 month pregnant woman can spring. “I think that’s completely unnecessary, I’m fine.”


“I’m serious, Annabeth you are putting you and the baby in danger. So when you get home. Straight to bed.” The doctor turned out the door. Percy and I sat in silence for a beat.


Percy stretches. “I hate to say I told you so but--”


“Don’t start.”




“Have you eaten this morning?” I asked, finishing a bolt on a device I was tinkering with.


“Yea.” Lyric said, looking up from her laptop.

“What did you eat?”


“I had a banana.”


“Babe, Go eat an actual meal.” I sighed.


“I’m not hungry. I’ve got to finish this before work monday.”


“I’m going to go make you something. And then you’re going to eat it. All of it.” I said, rubbing her shoulder before passing through to the Kitchen.


I was flipping a pancake when I noticed Lyric leaning against the doorframe.


“I’m pregnant.” she started.


“I know..?” I said, in confusion.


“Then, can we stop fighting? I’m literally carrying your child.”


“Children.” I corrected.


“Oh yea, I keep forgetting.”


“And we’re not fighting.”


“I’ve been in a relationship with you since I was 16. I think I’d know if something was upsetting you.”


I sighed. “I just don’t want you to go.”


“I haven’t given them a decision yet.”


“Yea, but you want to.” I said. “I know you too, remember.”


“Of course, I want to. It’s my dream to dance. But, I love you and I don’t want to sacrifice my relationship for it.”


“And I don’t want you to resent me down the line for keeping you from your dream.” I push the pancakes towards her.


Lyric hops up on the counter and starts eating. “So we’re at an impasse”


“Seems that way.” I leaned against counter she was on. “Tell me what you want. Please.”


“I want us to be good.” Lyric Sighed.


“We’ll be good no matter what.” I grabbed her hand. “Nothing’s going to mess us up ok. Nothing you choose is going to change my opinion on you. I know who I married.”


She began to tear up. “You were right.”


“I’m sorry what?” I said. “Can you repeat that? It’s just so rare, I want to take a mental picture.”


“You’re also an idiot.” She laughed. “But you were right. I don’t know what I was thinking. Thinking I’d be able to go on tour and leave you and our children behind.” She grabs my hand. “This is what I signed up for, you are the person I decided to start a family with why would I leave as soon I get that chance.”


“I love you.”


“I love you too. Plus the Rockettes dance at the white house and I don’t dance for the man.


I laughed and helped her off the counter. “Movie night tonight?”


“Can we not watch the notebook again?”


“Why you have something against the greatest love story ever? I’ll never know.” I smiled before following her into the living room