Bobby I said , what did they bet on?
From what I heard, they had bet on when you two were going to fight. Something about if you guys fought today, Leo had to be Gwen's servant for a whole day, and if you didn't... Hey!
I was crossing the deck and going downstairs, furiously. When Bobby caught up with me, I was knocking violently on Gwen's and Leo's bed, and by knocking violently understand: punching the door hard. I heard some complaining inside the beds, and then they put their heads out to see what was going on. They both got out sleepily murmuring some incomprehensible sentences.
What are you doing? Gwen asked yawing. You were supposed to wake up Percy and Hazel.
A bet? I asked angrily and hurt, ignoring what Gwen had said.
What? Leo asked still kind of sleeping and with his eyes half closed.
I glanced at a bucket full of water, grabbed it and threw that cold water on Leo. He woke up instantly.
What was that for? he yelled.
What's going on? Piper asked coming out of her bed. She looked at Leo. Oh my gods, why are you all wet?
Ask him! Leo pointed at me.
I think I should ask you two some things I said trying to control my temper. Needless to say it wasn't working.
Percy and Hazel had come out of their beds too, but they didn't have a chance to say anything.
Did you and Gwendolyn bet on me and Percy? I asked, looking at them both.
They looked at each other surprised and worried, and backed their gaze to me.
Did you, or did you not? I was increasing my tone.
Wait, what do you mean with they bet on us? Percy asked.
They bet on when we were going to try to kill each other I answered.
They did what? Percy turned to them angrily.
Jason, it's not like that Gwen said. We were just...
I thought we were supposed to be a team! I yelled. You two were actually having fun with our fights, making it an entertainment!
No! she cried. We weren't having fun. We just said...
That it would be fun to watch us? I completed. Geez, can this get more disgusting?
No, we were just trying to... Leo began, but I cut him.
I DON'T CARE about what...
Leo and I began to cut each other's sentences.
Let me finish...
You were doing NOTHING...
Can you STOP interrupti...
Apart from using us as...
As your entertainment in here and...
Thinking you didn't have to...
SHUT UP! Everyone looked at him. You STOP interrupting and LET ME SPEAK.
I closed my expression. I hadn't finished my yelling part, but considering I had thrown water on him, I stopped talking for a while.
Gwen and I were talking he said , and you two were getting stressed at each other. She commented that it wouldn't end up well, and I agreed. Everyone here knew it wouldn't end up well, and it didn't. Gwen said you two were going to fight in the next day, and I doubt it. So we bet, but not because we thought you were our entertainment. It was a proud issue, our proud.
I didn't want you to know because I knew you were gonna get angry Gwen said. I looked at her and realized she was crying. I would have probably felt bad, but I was too mad at them to pity them.
Yeah, you got that one right I said sharply.
I didn't want to hurt you. She turned to Percy. None of you. I'm sorry, but it was so likely you were gonna fight, and Leo disagreed, so I...
I got it I cut her coldly.
She wiped a tear out of her cheek. I think because of everything that was happening, my heart was so hurt and rough that it didn't commove me. Gwen was going to say something, but she couldn't gather the words. I walked pass her toward my bed.
Good night I said angrily and got into my cabinet. I was able to sleep a bit, because I was too tired, but it was just a bit. Definitely not enough.
You know when you want to strangle someone, but you want to do so so bad you can barely control yourself? That's how I was feeling about Jason. Okay, he had a reason to be angry, but not to explode like he did. I know he's explosive, but he didn't have to wake us up in the middle of the night and soak me. He had soaked me. Man, had it been really necessary? Plus: he had made Gwen cry because of his stupidity. After he shut closed his bed's door, Gwen opened the door to the balcony, got out and closed it behind her.
Before I went after her, I looked at Bobby suspiciously. When Gwen and I had talked about the bet before she slept on me, I wasn't so sure if he was really asleep behind us. I was almost sure he had listened and told Jason, but I wasn't going to confront him now; I had to see if Gwen was okay sure, she wasn't, I know; but someone had to talk to her. I went to the balcony. She was seated on the floor on the corner, with her hand on her mouth, sobbing.
Hey I said sitting next to her. Don't cry because of him. He was being stupid.
She shook her head and looked at me.
No, he had a reason to be angry. He...
He did not I interrupted her. He always overreacts. What we did wasn't so wrong, and we didn't want them to know about it, so we're innocent. Stop crying, please.
She faced me holding her cry back and blinked trying to hold her tears. I put one arm around her shoulder, but she took it off. I frowned and blushed as she said:
You're all wet, Leo.
Oh I said looking away. Sorry.
We were in an awkward silence for a moment, until Gwen let out a sob and said:
Oh, who cares about the water She leaned her head on my shoulder, so I put my arm around her again. She took a while to calm down and get up, staring at the dark ocean. I stood beside her.
You okay now? I asked.
I'm fine, thanks. I think we should try to sleep a bit. We have to be up for the next watch.
I just hope we don't get killed. Now she turned to me , you need to get dry, otherwise you're gonna get a cold.
You don't have to wo... Gwen didn't let me finish and dragged me inside. No one was there anymore. She grabbed one of the towels I had put in a cabinet and began to dry my hair. You could say I was enjoying it a lot.
She let out a sigh.
We've been here for two days and can't stop fighting among each other. If we keep this up, it's likely we're not gonna get to Greece alive.
Don't worry I said trying to give her confidence.
Leo, I have to worry She stopped drying my hair and fully faced me. I tried hard not to make a sad face. Someone has to.
It doesn't necessarily mean this someone has to be you.
But who else would it be? She sighed and began to dry my hair again. I'm gonna talk to everyone in the morning, try to make this work.
I didn't argue. I was too sleepy to do so and I didn't want to make her stop drying my hair. But she eventually stopped, when it was completely dry, and told me to change those wet clothes and go to sleep. I had slept for one hour and a half when Hazel knocked on my door to wake me up.
Percy's up there she said. He wants to talk to you and Gwen. Wake her and Jason up and go upstairs.
And that was it. She said with no emotion; she wasn't even facing me. Okay, it wasn't like we actually knew each other, but she didn't have to be so cold.
I didn't want to knock on Gwen's door and wake her up. We had barely slept after we were brutally woken up, and Jason had yelled at us more than the necessary. She was emotionally affected and needed some sleep. I decided I was going to let her there.
I stopped in front of Jason's bed.
I wanted to tell Percy to wake him up, but it would be just as tense as if I woke Jason up. I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and knocked on the door. As soon as it was opened and he saw me, I walked upstairs. Percy was on the deck looking at the stars.
Um, you wanted to talk to me? I asked, and he downed his gaze to me.
Oh, yeah, about... He frowned. Where's Gwen?
L-long story I lied.
He looked at me suspiciously for a while, but dropped the subject.
I wanted to talk about that bet.
Don't worry he said. I'm not gonna wet you like Mr. Hot-Headed. Believe me, you wouldn't want me to.
I do believe I said.
He walked along the deck for a while.
You know, I didn't enjoy much being part of your bet, but I'm not angry.
I held back a sigh of relief.
But it can't happen again he said stopping. We can't have Jason angry again. He has a serious problem and he's gonna kill someone next time.
I know I said trying to sound confident, but Percy's mood was kind of intimidating me. It won't happen again.
It better not.
His tone made it sound like an intimidation, but I didn't really know if that was what he meant. From the little I knew about him, it wasn't of his style to intimidate people. He walked past me and went downstairs. Curiously, Jason came up right after, walking pass me as well as if I wasn't there and heading to the back of the deck.
Where's Gwen? he asked without turning to me.
Down there, sleeping I answered.
Didn't anyone wake her up?
Hazel told me to, but I wouldn't.
He turned his head to me.
And why not? He was sounding like a principal of a school having a serious talk with a student (me) who had done something really wrong. I didn't like that. It made him sound a lot more superior than the usual, which helped feeding his ego. But I didn't let myself be intimidated this time.
Because I won't make her face you after the way you talked to her.
I shouldn't be obligated to stay here and bear you for three hours.
You wetted me!
You were sleeping, and I wanted to talk to you!
Well, of course I was sleeping. You woke us up in the middle of the night!
You used me for your entertainment!
It wasn't entertainment! Damn it, Jason, you don't listen to what we say. Is that because you're all mighty that you won't lower your level to talk to us?
A gust of wind threw me backwards and I hit my back on the guardrails. I got up and tried not to yell.
Can't you build up a conversation without trying to kill someone?
He looked away and said nothing.
You know I said , now I can understand why Piper doesn't forgive you.
He looked at me, and in his eyes I saw something telling me not to come up with this subject, but I ignored it.
You're only nice toward her I said. Now more than ever because you want her forgiveness. But you're fighting with everyone else. How long will it take until you yell at Hazel and Bobby?
Stop he said in a dangerous tone.
At first I didn't want to take sides, but now I'm beginning to think I will. I didn't want to come between you guys, but it seems like I'll have to. She's my friend, and I don't want her to get hurt.
What do you mean? his voice was shaking. This is none of your business.
Maybe she's better off without you. Have you ever considered that? Her happiness instead of yours? For once in your life?
You don't know my story. You have no idea of how much I sacrificed for my friends. You have no idea of how much I would sacrifice for Piper. You have no idea of how much I lov... he cut himself. Don't you dare to say I only think about myself.
Why didn't you wake me up?! I heard Gwen's voice behind me and felt her slapping my shoulder.
Ouch! I complained. Sorry if I wanted to let you sleep a bit more.
Jason was still staring at me. When we looked at him, he rolled his eyes and sat down on the back of the deck. Gwen grabbed my arm, making me turn to her.
What were you guys arguing about? she whispered.
About how stupid he is I whispered back.
She took a while to say another thing.
Leo, he wasn't kidding when he said you have no idea of how much he would sacrifice for Piper. He's a very determined and loyal person.
Yeah, I saw his loyalty.
That was Reyna's fault. He's been acting different, and you know that's not him. He's altered, because Piper's ignoring him. Sometimes, ignorance is the worst way of torture there is She paused. Do you know what he was going to say when he cut himself?
He was beginning to say "love".
I looked at Gwen's expression.
Wait, what? I asked. Seriously?
Her expression didn't change.
He wouldn't be this altered if he didn't love her she said.
He's been with her for six months, he can't be totally in love with her. He may like her, but not love.
I know him better than you do.
I didn't have any arguments left. Actually, I didn't even know why I was arguing about that. It wasn't like I was jealous, because I didn't like Piper like more than a friend... yeah, I was pretty sure I didn't like Piper. I think I would just get pissed at everything Jason did, because I was angry at him.
Do you know what it feels like to be ignored by the person you love? Gwen asked me.
I looked away.
Love is too strong and disappointing. I think everyone knows what it feels like.
I don't she said innocently.
I backed my gaze to her.
Then you're really lucky. Try not to experience that feeling.
I walked pass her and sat down on a bench, mentally cursing the Grace family (and wishing I could do that out loud without getting killed).