Daughter of Aphrodite
Coming into the Aphrodite cabin (Name) was surprised by the site of red and pink balloons, glitter and hearts everywhere. It was then that she realised what was coming up, Valentine’s Day, a day that celebrated love and was easily the most popular holiday for her siblings. Avoiding as many people as she could to make it back to her bed where Piper was waiting for her.
“You do know that you do have your own bed Pipes” the (hair colour) teen sighed seeing her half-sister and best friend.
“So? How’s Leo?” the head counsellor asked with a grin on her face. Piper had picked up on her sibling’s feelings for the son of Hephaestus faster than anyone else at camp and made it her mission to get them together.
“As oblivious as ever”
“I spent the better part of an hour flirting with him and nothing” Flopping back onto her bed next to her half – sister. “it doesn’t help he keeps giving me mixed freaking signals”
“You mean how he is always calling you Princessa?”
“Or touching me when he gets the chance.”
“You know the only he is going to get it through his skull is either if you tell him directly or be less subtle.”
“Why is this so complicated Pipes?”
“Probably doesn’t help that your time with Leo has been cut short due to the Valentine’s Party that we are throwing”
“Why are we doing that again?”
“Children of Aphrodite. Goddess of Love. The day of Love. A bunch of teenagers who like parties. It’s our cabin’s thing” Piper explained, she had had several of the same thoughts her sister was having before. “You have any ideas with your Leo trouble?”
“I thought of one already”
“Want to tell me?”
“Not just yet. Tomorrow’s all set up for the party isn’t it?”
“Yep. Is that your plan?”
“Sort of, just need to talk to him. As much as I like our talks sis, can I go to bed now?” rolling her eyes at the younger girl, Piper gave her sister one last hug goodnight before getting up.
“Don’t forget you are decorating tomorrow”
Decorating for a Valentine’s Day party was not as much fun as one would think, (Name) was putting up heart cut outs and streamers up. It didn’t help her mood that Conner and Travis had ended up knocking a bucket of glitter on top of her.
“Wow, you look … sparkly” Leo’s voice interrupted her work as the female looked down from the ladder.
“Stolls” she explained climbing down before going over to her crush “Think I can make the look work though?”
“You could make a garbage bag work Princessa”
“So what are you doing here? I thought your cabin were in charge of the fireworks display”
“All finished. Piper said you wanted to talk to me. She planning something?”
“Just giving me a push” (Name) sighed as she realised what her sister was planning, trying to shove the “So were you planning on going to the party tonight?”
“To help set up the fireworks, why?”
“I was wondering if you, if you’d, if you want to, go with me?”
“Yeah, I’ll go with you” Leo agreed as a grin spread across his face, (Name) asked him out, (Name) the daughter of Aphrodite asked him, Leo Valdez, the repair boy, dirty son of Hephaestus. “I’ll pick you up at your cabin at 7?”
“I’ll see you then” quickly going back to her work the (hair colour) teen couldn’t keep the smile off of her face, even while she was covered in glitter.
When Leo got back to Cabin Nine he could barely believe what had happened, (Name) had asked him to the party and he had agreed. Once he got inside he came face to face with a grinning Piper and Jason waiting for him, with Nyssa and Jake next to them with identical expressions on their face.
“What are you doing here?” he asked, though he had a pretty good idea of why they were all here.
“How’d your talk with (Name) go?” Jason questioned his friend, knowing full well that the Argo II’s repair boy had a major crush on the daughter of Aphrodite ever since he had shown her around camp on her first day.
“She asked me to the dance tonight. I’m assuming you knew that Beauty Queen?”
“I had a hunch” Piper smirked before pulling out a suit bag and handing it to her friend. “This is for you to wear tonight, put it on before you are going to leave so you don’t end up covered in grease”
“Good on you man” Jake grinned as he clapped his brother on the back, while Nyssa gave him a thumbs up, both knowing that about the crush their brother had.
“Well I’m going to go help (Name) get ready for tonight” Piper stated as she stood up, giving Jason a quick kiss on the cheek “I’ll see you later, good luck tonight Leo”
When Piper came back to the Aphrodite cabin it was worse than normal, clothes were everywhere and makeup and cologne/perfume being tossed between siblings. Weaving through the hallways and almost tripping over a pair of heels that had been left in the corridor. Muttering curses under her breath, she went over to sister’s room, growing increasingly worried when she heard French curses being thrown around from her room.
“(Nickname)? You alright?” she asked opening the door slowly, surprised to see the normally calm teen riffling through her belongings as she tried to find something.
“I asked Leo to the party”
“I heard. Aren’t you happy?”
“I would be if I could find something to wear” (Name) stood up straight as she ran her fingers through her hair. “I wasn’t even going to go tonight. You’d think in this cabin there would at least be something or other to wear”
“Pipes, I need to get ready”
“Come here” as she grabbed the slightly hysterical teen and manoeuvred her so that she was standing to the side of the bed. “Never took you for the freak out type (Name)”
“Neither did I, but … it’s Leo”
“Point taken, you’ve been crushing on him for months”
“I don’t want to screw this up”
“You won’t. Now you need to calm down and we’ll sort this out” Going through the clothing pile – Piper didn’t even realise that (Name) had this much clothing – and quickly sorting an outfit out for her sister. Tossing a pretty (favourite colour) dress and matching pair of shoes to the (hair colour) girl, who easily caught them. “That’ll look good on you”
“Thanks Pipes. I’m really nervous about this”
“You and Leo are perfect for each other, this will go completely fine”
“I really hope so”
Leo stood outside the door of the Aphrodite Cabin, ignoring the giggles from the girls inside as he tried to adjust his suit and keeping his hair semi tame. Mitchell had gone inside to find (Name) for him, and he was doing everything in his power to calm his nerves.
"You clean up good repair boy” a teasing female voice caught his attention, looking at the source he saw his date standing there and it was easy for him too believe she was the daughter of the Goddess of Beauty.
“So do you” he shot back before he held his hand out to her “Shall we depart milady?”
“We shall good sir” placing her hand on his Leo led her out to the dance keeping a tight hold on her date.
The dance ended up being more fun than people expected, most expected some cheesy themed prom knock off. Currently Leo and (Name) were swaying to a slow song, ignoring the looks given them by their friends.
“They are being weird” Leo commented as he saw what their friends were doing,
“What else is new?” she responded, a teasing smile on her face before her partner tried to spin her. That ended up … disastrously. Their arms became tangled and she nearly ended up tripping over her own feet, but when they detangled both were laughing.
“Why did you ask me to go with you?”
“Because I have had a thing for you for ages and Piper gave me the push to act on my feelings -” she didn’t have a chance say anything else as Leo pulled her forward and kissed her. For the first time the daughter of Aphrodite understood what people meant when they said they felt fireworks when someone kissed them.
“Our parents are going to hate this aren’t they?” the curly haired teen stated as he pulled away.
“I don’t care what they say. This is about us, not them.”
“Gods, I love you (Full Name)”
“I love you too Leo Valdez”
Chapter Three: Red Haired Shanks
The next morning (Name) felt something was wrong, when she opened her eyes and saw that she was no longer in her home, panic began to set in.
“Ace, Sabo, Luffy” she called sitting up and looking around for her children who were all asleep around the room, seeing that they were still asleep the woman let out a sigh of relief. Carefully making her way to where the door was, placing a shaky (skin tone) hand on the door knob and slowly twisting the handle to open the door. Praying that she would be able to get out with her sons and make it back home safe and sound. As the door swung open and (Name) took a step outside she noticed that they were miles away from the city, nothing surrounded the worn down cabin apart from countryside and a small bridge. Looking around there was no way for her to get a call out, or figure out the correct way back to the city.
I like a cheech-a-cheech-chee-roni
Like they make at home
Or a healthy fish with the big backbone
I'm Abraham DeLacy
O'Malley, the alley cat!
In her dazed state (Name) didn’t notice the man who was balancing on the ledge of the bridge with a broad grin on his face. Humming to himself as he kept his balance while walking across the barrier. As he kept going on his way, his eyes fell onto a pretty (hair colour) woman standing in the clearing looking around her surroundings tentatively. Before he could open his mouth to say anything a gust of wind sent his straw hat off his head and down to the woman, who when she picked up the hat and looked around for its owner met her eyes. Making his way to the tree by the edge of the bridge and climbing onto the flowered branch, pausing for a second he repeatedly tapped the end of the branch so petals fell over the female on the ground. Once he was convinced that there was enough petals and flowers covering her, he slid down the trunk of the tree until he landed on the ground.
I've got that wanderlust
Gotta walk the scene
Gotta kick up highway dust
Feel the grass that's green
Gotta strut them city streets
Showin' off my eclat, yeah
Tellin' my friends of the social elite
Or some cute cat I happen to meet
That I'm Abraham DeLacy
O'Malley, the alley cat!
“I do believe you have my hat Miss” he said once he was standing in front of her, cautiously handing him the straw hat that she caught earlier. Once he placed his hand back onto his head, he reached out and lifted her hand so he could press his lips onto the back. “Thank you. Can I get your name miss?”
“I’m (Name), and you sir?”
“Shanks, has anyone told you (Name) that your eyes are like (gemstones) shining so bright. They make the morning radiant and so light”
“That’s very poetic, but it’s not quite Shakespeare”
“Course not, that’s pure Shanks, baby. Right off the cuff. I got a million of them.” The (Last Name) heiress may have been sheltered but even she knew when someone was flirting with her, and Shanks was not the most subtle about it.
“Oh no more, please. I am really in a great deal of trouble.”
“Trouble? Helping beautiful dames … damsels in distress is my speciality. Now what’s the hang up your ladyship?”
“It is most important that I return to (City), if you be so kind and tell me the way.”
“Tell you the way? Perish the thought. We shall fly on a magic carpet with the stars as our guide, just the two.”
“That would be awesome” Luffy popped up between the two, causing Shanks to look down in shock at the young boy.
“Three?” In comes Sabo trying to reign in his brother “Four?” Cue Ace running up to the other two and grabbing them by the cuff of their collars “Five?”
“Oh yes, these are my children”
“How sweet?” Though the red heads statement came out more like a question.
“Are we really going to ride on a magic carpet ride?” Luffy looked so pumped that it would be hard to
“You said we were going to ride on a magic carpet.” Ace smirked, challenging the adult in front of him.
“Well you see … what I uh, meant was … uh” Shanks couldn’t think out the correct words to say, not to three young kids and the pretty dame.
“No poetry to cover the situation Mr. Shanks?” though her tone was teasing (Name) knew that he wasn’t going to help her when he realised she had children, especially if he realised that she was still feeling the effects of her illness.
“What I had in mind was a kind of sports model baby. You know, one of those …”
“Perhaps a magic carpet? Built for two? I understand perfectly Mr. Shanks. Come along darlings.” Pushing her children along (Name) knew that they needed to find a way back home and fast, if she had another one of her episodes while alone with the boys … she couldn’t leave them lost and alone, she needed to get them home as fast as possible.
I'm king of the highway
Prince of the boulevard
Duke of the avant garde
The world is my backyard
So if you're goin' my way
That's the road you wanna seek
Calcutta to Rome or
Home-sweet-home in Paris
Magnifique, you all
“Now, that’s quite a family.” Shanks spoke to himself as he watched the family wander down the road. “Come to think of it Shanks, you’re a rat. Hey hold up there.”
“Yes?” (Name) turned around so that she was facing the man, who knelt in front of her sons.
“Now kids, if I said magic carpet ride, then magic carpet it’s gonna be.” Standing up he drew a cross on the dirt road “And its gonna stop for passengers right here. “
“Oh were gonna fly after all” the three cheered as they looked at the red haired like he hung the moon.
“Another part of the fantasy Mr. Shanks?” the heiress asked, not sure what angle he was playing.
“No, no, no, baby. You just hide over there and leave everything to me. One magic carpet coming up.”
“Come on mum” Grabbing her arm and tugging her into the shrubbery as an old van came down the road. They watched in fascination as Shanks jumped out in front of the car, causing it to come to a screeching halt, and running back into the bushes, the driver jumping out of the van shouting words that (Name) hoped that her sons would not pick up in this lifetime. While the man shouted, Shanks appeared behind the truck and helped the four into the back of it,
“All right, step lively. All aboard” he smirked, as he assisted the (hair coloured) woman into the back.
“You could have lost your life” (Name) whispered quietly so that her sons didn’t hear her.
“Hasn’t killed me yet”
“How can we ever thank you?”
“My pleasure entirely.” As he waved goodbye to them once the van started to move again, Luffy stood close the edge and when the engine spluttered and the van hit a bump in the road he feel right out of the back.
I only got myself
And this big old world
But I sip that cup of life
With my fingers curled
I don't worry what road to take
I don't have to think of that
Whatever I take is the road I make
It's the road of life make no mistake, for me
“Luffy!” (Name) shouted, as she was about to follow her son Shanks grabbed him and ran to catch up with the van, which fortunately was still gathering speed. Jumping into the back of the van the two males were crumpled into a heap. “Luffy are you alright?”
“I’m ok” he muttered weakly, before his mothers attention when to the man who would now be joining them on their journey.
“Have we met before?” the red haired male questioned slightly deliriously as he stared into (eye colour) eyes, reaching out to cup her cheek in his hand.
“And I’m so very glad that we did” (Name) answered with a smile as she placed her hand over his.
Yeah, Abraham DeLacy
O'Malley, the alley cat!
And I'm very proud of that
Daughter of Athena
Coming back into the cabin (Name) tried to ignore the blush that was on her cheeks from how close Leo had been to her.
“How was Leo?” Annabeth asked when she saw her half-sister slink into the cabin before flopping onto her bed. “You haven’t told him yet?”
“And say what? Want to screw up our friendship on a chance this relationship could work?”
“You know that …”
“You and Piper say that he likes me back, but he hasn’t shown an inkling of liking me like that” (Name) buried her face in her pillow.
“He totally does, Piper and I have a plan to get him to admit it” Annabeth smirked before leaving her half-sisters room, dodging the pillow that was tossed at her head.
“Please don’t, I get scared when you two plot together”
“It will be fine, Hazel’s helping”
“That just makes me even more nervous”
The next day (Name) ended up hanging out with Leo again, this time she was reading one of the books Annabeth had lent her while Leo was fiddling with one of his projects. This was a normal occurrence for the pair, they would spend time together doing their own things, occasionally explaining to the other what they were doing.
“Are you going to the beach party Percy’s throwing?” Leo broke the silence as he put his tools down and turned to face the grey eyed girl as she looked over the top of her book.
“Annabeth’s dragging me” (Name) answered as she marked her page before shutting the book. “I think everyone’s going”
“I know that Piper and Jason are coming as well as Nico and Will”
“I think Hazel and Frank are coming as well, before they head back to Camp Jupiter”
“That’ll make it interesting. Oh, Grover and Jupiter are also coming”
“It’ll be a party then. What are you making?”
“Secret” Leo smirked as he looked at the daughter of Athena who just shook her head.
“You do realise that you are going to have to change before you go down to the beach right? You are covered in oil”
“I think I pull this look off don’t you think?” the son of Hephaestus joked while he done his best supermodel impression causing the (hair coloured) teen to crack up into giggles at his antics.
“You’re an idiot Valdez” (Name) playfully quipped once he stopped posing and her laughter died down. Feeling something brush over her hand (eye colour) eyes looked down to see a spider right by her hand. Jumping to her feet, an action that startled Leo, and climbing on top of one of the crates scattered around the room.
“(Name)? What’s wrong?” Leo asked, rushing to her side, he had never seen her look so flustered or freaked out before.
“S-spider” she answered, pointing to where she was previously sat. For a second Leo couldn’t believe that a girl who could kill a hellhound without blinking an eye would freak out at a tiny spider, before he remembered the story of Arachne and all children of Athena were terrified of spiders. Going over to the spot where she had been and killing the cause of her freak out.
“Thank you. Sorry I freaked out”
“Its fine. You coming down from there princessa?” Leo questioned as he realised that the demigod had not moved off of the crate. Walking over to the crate he placed his hands on her waist, not noticing the blush that spread on her face at the contact, and lifting her off of the crate. As she was lifted (Name’s) hands were moved so that they were resting on his shoulders. Once her feet were on the ground, neither moved from their position for a while before she quickly removed herself from him and grabbing her book.
“I need to go get ready for later. I’ll see you on the beach?”
“Oh. Sure. See you there”
Rushing back to her cabin (Name) could feel still feel the heat that radiated from where Leo had touched her and saw that her orange t-shirt has oil and dirt over it which reminded her of the ‘Repair Boy’. When he held her the daughter of Athena had felt a spark, something that she didn’t feel with anyone other than Leo and hoped that he felt it too, because if he did then she had a chance.
(Name) regretted letting Annabeth, Hazel and Piper get her ready, she knew the three were plotting something and their offer to get her ready should have raised a red flag. Looking around Cabin Three, she noticed that all the boys were giving them a wide berth and letting the three use her as a dress up doll, that made her worried that they were also involved in whatever plot that was cooking.
“You look so cute” Hazel smiled while she adjusted the (hair colour) braids, pretending not to notice the dark look that was shot her way.
“I hate you all” (Name) muttered as she caught the (favourite colour/pattern) bikini that Piper threw at her. “I’m not wearing this”
“You can either do it willingly or I will make you” Piper smirked and it was clear to all of them that the daughter of Aphrodite would charmspeak her into the bikini in order for this ‘plan’ to go ahead.
“I just want to reiterate that I hate you all”
“We heard you. Now wear this over it” Annabeth a white sundress over to the younger female to put over the bikini until they were actually on the beach. Grumbling to herself and knowing that there was no way for her to get out of this predicament (Name) decided that the best way to deal with it would be to go along with it and pray to the Gods that nothing too embarrassing happened.
“YOU GIRLS COMING OUTSIDE YET?!” Percy shouted, annoyed that his girlfriend had kicked him out of his own cabin.
“GIVE US A MINUTE SEAWEED BRAIN!” the blonde shouted back, annoyed at his lack of patience for their plan.
“Everything’s going to be fine” Hazel went over to (Name) after she changed, tugging on the material of her dress and looking uncomfortable in it. The way the daughter of Pluto spoke to her caused the (hair coloured) teen to calm down and feel less worried about what they were planning. “Nothing is going to get out of hand, we are just giving Leo a little push to confess to you”
“Or” Piper spoke up, a devious smirk on her lips “you could confess to him yourself and end this all before it begins”
The thought of confessing to Leo played on repeat through her mind, maybe if he turned her down then she could move on from this crush or there was a chance that he just might reciprocate her feelings. Her mind also went to trying to figure out what her friends were planning, and none of those made her feel comfortable.
“Princessa, good to see you” Leo greeted before he realised what she was wearing instead of her normal camp t-shirt and jeans. “You lo – look nice”
“Thanks, you lo-” (Name) started before she was cut off by Percy wrapping and arm around her waist and lifting her up. “JACKSON! PUT ME DOWN!”
“Hey Leo glad you came. Didn’t think the son of Hephaestus was going to be by the water” Percy spoke around the squirming girl in his arm.
“Want to put her down?” the bad boy supreme asked trying to control his temper in case he accidentally combusted.
“In a minute. I need her for something”
“You could have just asked and I would have helped you” (Name) sighed as she tried to loosen the arm around her waist.
“This seemed more fun. I’ll give her back you to later Valdez”
Something like this happened every time Leo and (Name) tried to have a conversation, once she got away from Percy and made her way back to her crush they had two minutes’ peace before Jason grabbed her and made her his partner for a volleyball came against Annabeth and Percy, claiming that Piper wasn’t interested in the ball game. After that Will needed her help prepare the food for lunch, during lunch she was kept between Piper and Annabeth. Nico would keep her distracted with Hazel. The final time it happened was surprisingly Frank (who was carrying out Jason and Percy’s main idea and looking incredibly apologetic and nervous), coming up behind her (Name) he picked her up similar to the son of Poseidon and walked over to the ocean before dropping her in it. The fact that she was still wearing her bikini under the dress did nothing to help her situation, she was soaking wet and as she stood up the now see through material clung to her form like a second skin. Looking up at the group on the beach she saw them either laughing or smirking at what happened, though the Latino elf was not on the shore. Taking steps towards the shore, (Name) wrapped her arms around her body to have a semblance of cover which didn’t work until a white shirt was placed over her shoulders, looking up to who done that she met Leo’s eyes which looked angrier than normal.
“Thank you Leo” she whispered quietly as he led her out of the water and back up onto the beach. Before he started to lead her towards the cabins, giving a quick explanation that (Name) needed to change before she got sick.
“Leo what’s up man? Oh hey (Name), what happened to you?” Jake asked when he saw the pair walk into cabin nine.
“Fell in the ocean”
“Sounds fun. Piper dropped off something for you earlier, probably figured you see Leo before you saw her. I see her point though; I feel like you spend more time here than at your cabin”
“I guess so”
“Come on Princessa” Leo interrupted, his tone tenser than normal, as he kept leading her down to his bunk, seeing the bag that Piper had dumped in his cabin. “She knew she was going to see you today, why did she bring it here?”
Opening the bag (Name) realised how well the two of them had been pawns in the matchmaking scheme. Inside the bag was a spare pair of clothes for the daughter of Athena, “Dammit Piper”
“What is it?”
“Why do look so angry?” before Leo was able to see what was in the bag, the female needed answers and she wasn’t going to back down. “You’ve looked annoyed all day and when we were in the ocean you looked angry.”
“It doesn’t matter”
“It matters to me Leo, why?”
“I wanted to spend time with you today” Leo sighed as he flopped back on his bed as he stared blankly at the ceiling, “figured with all the couples doing their own thing I could get some time with you. Then every time I tried to talk to you someone would come and take you away, every freaking time. And Frank. He dropped you in the ocean, what if you got hurt or drowned, and your clothes”
(Name) sat down next to the Hispanic teen before lying next to him “Clothes are easy to fix and I’m fine. Why did you want to spend time with me?”
“Because your amazing (Name), gods you are so amazing. You’re so smart, I mean you’re a child of Athena, and funny. The way you make faces when you read your books is adorable or the way you twirl your hair when you’re bored. I know I need to stop falling for girls out of my league but you are the I can’t help but fall in love with.”
When the still soaked teen didn’t say anything Leo assumed that he had completely screwed up their friendship, that he had blown his chance with her. He knew that what he had felt on the beach was jealousy, jealous that everyone was taking all of (Name’s) attention. As he felt the weight next to him shift he thought that she was going to leave him and cut all ties to him. He was surprised when he felt a pair of lips pressed onto his, his eyes widened to the size of dinner plates before the shut and he kissed the gorgeous girl back, wrapping his arm around her waist and pulling her closer to him before the need for air became too great.
“I fell for you too Leo”
“AWW!” the two lovebirds spun around to see all their friends standing by the door.
“Will you guys stop stalking us?” (Name) sighed as she and Leo sat up, a blush on both of their cheeks when they realised that they had been spied on. “Your plan worked, now go away”
“What plan?” a confused Valdez asked as he looked between all the guests he had,
“They wanted to make you jealous so that you would confess. They planned everything that was going to happen today”
“And it worked” Piper and Annabeth both had massive grins, they were over the moon that their plan had worked and that (Name) would no longer be pouting anymore.
“Fine, come on guys lets go back to the beach. Don’t forget the spare pair of clothes for you that I left here earlier”
“I still hate you”
“I know” as the daughter of Aphrodite led everyone out the (eye coloured) teen rested her head on Leo’s shoulder.
“We have weird friends”
“They gave us the push we needed, so it isn’t too bad.” Running his fingers through (hair length and colour) hair, before he moved his fingers to curl under her chin and tilted her face so he could kiss her. “Te amo Princessa”
“Te amo Leo”
Chapter Two: Leo
The fact that she needed to find a husband at the ball that was being held in less than a week, caused (Name) to go into a sense of panic. Two days, in two days she was to find a husband because her Uncle was annoyed with unwillingness to marry. Her family had attempted to try and comfort her, offering to completely derail the ball for her. While tempted to accept the offer made the princess knew that she had to at least try and enjoy the ball being celebrated for her, try and meet a nice guy.
“Hey guys, I need some space” (Name) spoke up as she looked at her family that was talking around her about what needed to happen.
“Sorry (Nickname)” Hazel soothed as she placed her hand on her half-sister’s shoulder “you want us to go?”
“No, I’m going to go into –”
“NO!” a collective answer came from the group, knowing exactly what the youngest female was going to say. It was something she done regularly to clear her mind when a suitor came or when she was stressed.
“I don’t want to pull the I’m about to be married off to a complete stranger card but ….”
“If you don’t want to play that card then don’t. The answer is still no” Jason spoke, his voice having the same commanding tone that Zeus’ did. “And don’t pull the puppy dog eyes”
“Please?” even though Jason and everyone else had seen the puppy dog eyes in action on a regular basis when they were growing up, none of them could deny her what she wanted, a trait she shared with Hazel and Percy (though Annabeth was the most immune to his).
“One hour” Nico caved, knowing that his baby sister would just sneak out when their backs were turned. At least this way they knew where she would be for the next hour and they could plan ways to ‘assist’ her suitor meetings at the ball. “That’s all”
“I love you big brother” (Name) flung her arms around Nico and hugged him as a grin spread across her face. “One hour. I promise I’ll be back in one hour. Thank you”
Balancing the bags and boxes he had gotten for his Aunt, Leo made his way through the crowd and back towards his house. As he went to cross the road a carriage cut him off and startled him causing all of the boxes and bags to fall to the ground as he landed on his butt.
“Ah, dammit” he muttered as he sat up and noticed that some of the boxes where dented and the items in the bags had rolled onto the road.
“Do you need a hand?” a feminine voice asked as the grease covered boy looked up to see a (skin colour) hand being held out to him, looking higher he could see a pair of (eye colour) eyes staring worriedly down at him. “Are you alright?”
“Uh, ah. I-I ..” not being able to form a sentence Leo carefully took the hand offered to him and stood up. “Gracias”
“It’s alright” the girl looked off to where the carriage had driven off to as she absentmindedly picked up all of the items he had dropped “It’s just like the royal family isn’t it? Not caring if they are in anyone’s way”
“Probably going somewhere important. It is the royal family”
“Thanks for your help” Leo stated once he had all of the boxes in his arms again, before (Name) noticed a cut on his arm. Following her gaze, he saw a gash along his forearm that was slowly bleeding. “Didn’t notice that before”
“Come with me”
Not sure why he agreed to follow the stranger he tentatively followed her to the fountain in the middle of the town. Placing the parcels on the ground by their feet Leo sat next to her as she pulled a handkerchief out of her pocket and dipped it into the fountain before she took his arm and slightly twisted it so she could get a better look at the wound. Carefully wiping the blood of his wound (Name) saw that it wasn’t too bad.
“You look like you’ve done this before” Leo commented as he saw the serious look on her face before a small smile formed at him words.
“My brother-in-law is currently studying medicine and he is rather good at it.” She answered as she wrapped the handkerchief around the wound and tied it off as a makeshift bandage. “My cousins have been getting into fights each other for as long as I can remember, so me and my sister normally had to bandage them up”
“Sounds like a chaotic family”
“I suppose that is one way to look at it, I prefer the term entertaining”
“Thanks for the first aid then doctor. I don’t know your name I’m afraid”
“Pretty name. Well then thank you Doctor (Name)”
“Your welcome. Now isn’t it common courtesy to also introduce yourself as well”
“Is there any reason why you are covered in … whatever that is?” (Name) gestured to the black substance over his face and shirt.
“Grease. I was fixing up a few things, guess I didn’t realise how dirty I got” looking sheepish he looked down before a hand reached up to wipe one of the smudges on his cheek. His gaze fell back onto the female who didn’t seem all that bothered by the dirt, he realised that her reason for asking wasn’t to point out how dirty and disgusting he looked but merely curiousity. “I fix things or build them. My mum was a mechanic and my dad was a blacksmith so it’s kind of in my blood, guess I do that to feel close to them and make them proud. Once I fixed up an automaton dragon my dad built when he was younger.”
“That sounds incredible I wish I had skills like that”
“It’s kind of dirty work”
“Maybe dirt does not bother me” she teased, feeling at ease with someone who wasn’t her family wasn’t something that she was accustomed with however Leo’s passion about his work and his smile made her relax. Looking over her form it was pretty easy to see that (Name) wasn’t the type to get dirty for no apparent reason, her nails were neatly manicured, her hair was styled in a simple yet elegant hairstyle and her clothes, while casual, were stylish. Leo couldn’t help but think that she looked like she just stepped out of a fashion magazine. Deciding not to go into detail, the two ended up in casual conversation about themselves, both being purposely vague in some areas of the conversation. “You are awfully charming Leo”
Her response to that statement was a spluttering Latino elf, before he froze when a voice called out for him. Following the sound both turned over to where a woman was standing in a floral dress looking annoyed.
“I have to go, maybe I’ll see you around (Name)”
“There’s a ball at the castle in a couple of days, pretty much the entire kingdom will be invited. If you want, I could see you then?” looking shyly away as she fiddled with her fingers as a blush formed on her cheeks, Leo was the first person she had met that actually talked to her like an actual human being and not a princess, a prize or a trophy.
“How’d you know this?”
“I ran into the Royal Messenger on my way into town. It might be interesting?”
“I’ll see you there” Leo waved goodbye before he picked up the packages and went over to the woman who called him, as (eye colour) eyes followed him (Name) couldn’t help but notice how he shrunk in the presence of the older woman. As he walked off and she lost sight of him, her attention fell to the clock in the centre of town, her hour was up.
Standing up and walking to where the designated meeting spot was the princess saw Piper and Annabeth waiting for her, while they had married into the Royal Family and were considered royalty they garnered less attention than their spouses so were often on pickup duty.
“Have fun?” Piper asked as she threw her arm around the young woman’s shoulder, she noticed the grease stain on her hand and the slightly dazed look in her eyes.
“Yeah I did”