“And then, after all that time Anson and I put into nursing that dog back to health, we had to give him back to his owners. It was pretty traumatizing for nine-year olds.” I invited Ricky over to the house, Artemis was out and I felt comfortable here. We sat on a bench in the backyard and got to know each other.
“Oh my gosh, that does sound traumatizing.” I responded sympathetically.
“It’s alright, after our parents saw how devastated we both were, they each got us our own dog. So in the end it worked itself out.” He chuckled.
“That’s good.” I smiled at him.
“So, what do you like to do for fun?” He asked.
“Uh, I’m an avid reader. I also like to play video games with my uncle.” I responded.
“Yea, I also like to practice my witchcraft, my grandma just started teaching me my first spells.”
“Oh, that’s cool. I’ve been learning since I was little, but that’s because I come from a large family so I was constantly surrounded by magic.”
“Do you like your family?” I asked.
“I love them, they’re awesome. I take it you don’t?” He raised an eyebrow.
“My grandma and my uncle, of course. I never knew my parents, and my sister is so awful to me so I don’t really feel like I can love her.” I admitted.
“That makes sense. I’m sorry you never got to meet your parents. That must be tough.”
“Eh, not really. I never knew them so I didn’t lose anything. I hear a lot about them from my Grandma and Winter.” I explained.
Ricky yawned and just as I turned to face him, his arm collided with my face.
“Oh gosh, Athena I’m so sorry. I was trying to be smooth, but I guess I failed.” He apologized.
“It’s alright, nothing’s broken.” I giggled as I held my nose.
“I’m still really sorry, I hope it doesn’t hurt too bad.”
“Not really, just a dull pain. It’ll be gone in a few minutes.
“How about I push you on the swing to make up for it? I promise I won’t hurt you.” He joked, while gesturing to the set right next to us.
I sat down on the seat and he started to push me. My mind wandered as I continued to swing. He seemed like such a nice guy, why did people doubt him? There was no way Zeus was right about him. Artemis could never convince a guy this nice to pretend to be interested in me.
I couldn’t wait for homecoming, and I couldn’t wait to prove everyone wrong.
“Okay Grandma, be honest, how do I look?” I asked her the night of homecoming. It was my first time showing anyone the dress I bought.
“Oh darling, you look like a princess.” She gasped.
“You think?” I felt giddy with excitement. “I feel like one.”
“Oh honey, you’re gonna have so much fun. When is this boy coming?”
“Um, in about ten minutes. We should go downstairs and wait for him.” I checked my phone and realized it was almost seven.
“Athena, I want to make sure you’re prepared okay?” Winter said to me as she sat down on the couch.
“Um, what do you mean?”
“It’s just, if this boy doesn’t show up, don’t take it personally, okay?” She spoke hesitantly.
“He’s gonna show up. He’s a good guy.” I defended.
“Alright. But I’m here for you if you need me.” She offered.
“Thanks I guess. I just don’t see why everyone doubts him. Am I so terrible that everyone thinks a boy wouldn’t genuinely be interested in me?”
“No of course not sweetie, it just came out of nowhere, that’s all. If he’s sincere then that’s great, but I don’t know if he is.”
“He just never had the chance to talk to me before. That’s all.”
“Okay, well I’ll wait here with you. I want to meet this boy.”
“That’s fine, I don’t think he’ll mind. He’s sweet.” I smiled at the thought of him. I couldn’t wait to see Ricky is his suit, the two of us would look like a royal couple.
*An hour later*
“He’s just running late.” I said aloud, more to myself than to anyone else. Ricky still hadn’t arrived, and I was starting to fear that everyone was right about him.
“Honey do you want me to drop you off at the dance? He can meet you there later.” My grandma offered sympathetically from across the room.
“No, it’s okay. I don’t want to show up without him. I’ll look like a loser.” I sighed.
“Oh honey, I’m so sorry.” Winter apologized.
“It’s fine. I’m gonna go wait on the porch.” I told them. I was too embarrassed to stay inside anymore.
“We’ll be in here if you need us.” My grandma said.
My heart felt like it was shattered. I trusted him, I defended him, and now I look like a fool. I couldn’t believe how stupid I’d been.
It was eleven. The dance was over and Ricky never showed up. I was devastated. Zeus was right, and I was so terrible to him about it. Artemis and her friends probably spent the whole night making fun of me and laughing. I bet Ricky was with them.
“Athena?” Zeus’s voice startled me, I hadn’t even noticed he made it home.
“Just go inside. I don’t want to hear it.” I grumbled.
“‘I told you so.’ You were right, it was all just an elaborate prank.” I started to cry again.
“Hey, I wouldn’t say that. I didn’t want to be right.” Zeus kneeled in front of me. “I just wanted you to be careful. I’m so sorry this happened to you.” He wiped my tears away with his thumbs.
“Do you mean that?” My voiced cracked.
“Of course. I really care about you, Athena. You don’t deserve the shit Artemis gives you.” He scowled. “I promise she’ll pay for this.”
“Thank you.” I whispered as I threw myself into his arms.
“I’m gonna make her regret this.” He pulled me closer.
I don’t know if it was just my broken heart, the stars, or how protective of me he was acting, but I could help but kiss him. Luckily, he didn’t resist. He kissed me back with so much passion I felt like I was going to collapse. In that moment, I needed him. I needed him more than I needed oxygen. I needed him more than a fish needs water.
“My mom’s novel deadline is coming up, I’ll bet you she’s pulling an all-nighter. Her room is empty.” He whispered against my lips. Apparently, he needed me too.
“Are you sure?” I asked.
“Yea, she won’t be there. Do you want to?” He asked. I nodded enthusiastically
.”Athena are you sure you want to do this?” He asked as I sat on his mom’s bed.
“Yes, and I’m not going to change my mind. Now c’mon.” I beckoned him over. He grabbed my face and kissed me delicately.
“Is this your first time?”
“Yes.” I admitted, with a slight blush.
“It’s okay, I’ll be gentle.” He promised with a slight smirk, before climbing onto the bed with me.
Despite it’s terrible start, this night was the best night of my life so far.
A/N: I’m so sorry for the long wait for this chapter. I’ve got half of the next chapter ready so I promise it won’t take as long this time.
Also, I wanted to apologize for the lack of scars on Elsa’s face. She became an elder and the scars weren’t available for her anymore. Oh well. Thanks for reading 🙂