“Morning.” I quietly walked into Zeus’s room the next morning.
“Morning Thena. How’re you feeling?” He yawned and stretched as he got out of bed.
“Good.” He responded, things were only slightly awkward between us.
“So, if you want, we can pretend last night never happened. If you want to just go back to normal I’ll completely understand.” I said quickly. We both got caught up in our emotions, and I knew Artemis would not be happy.
“Are you kidding? Last night was amazing, I never want to forget it.” He gave me a cheesy grin.
“Yea, and I was hoping this could actually be a serious thing, if that’s what you want.”
“You mean like, boyfriend and girlfriend?” I asked, stunned.
“Yea.” He answered.
“I’d love that.” I answered honestly. He leaned forward and gave me a quick kiss.
“But, on one condition.” He said when he pulled back.
“Please try to get better. Try to stop throwing up. I’ll help you, if you need it. I just want to make sure you’re healthy.” He told me. I was hesitant, I still wasn’t at my weight-loss goal but I also really wanted to be with him.
“That’s all I ask.” He grabbed my hand. “But we can’t keep the relationship a secret. I’m not down to sneak around behind my mom and your grandma’s backs.”
“I’m okay with that. They might not be happy about it but they’ll deal.”
“Artemis won’t be too happy either.” He bit his lip nervously.
“No, she won’t.”
“Will you come with me to tell her?” He asked.
“When? Right now?”
“In a little bit, when she’s awake.”
“Sure, but it’s not going to be pretty.”
“Hey Artemis.” Zeus said nervously a little later that day.
“What’s up?” She responded, eyeing me suspiciously.
“Well, since you decided to play an awful prank on Athena here, I comforted her and long story short, we’re dating now.” He explained.
“You have got to be kidding me! I thought you were better than this, Zeus! She’s disgusting, how could you betray me like this?” Artemis started screaming.
“She’s not disgusting, Artemis! How could you say such terrible things about such an amazing person? What the hell is wrong with you?” Zeus yelled back.
“She’s not amazing, what the hell are you on? I thought you were cool, now you’re just a loser like her.”
“You’re the loser here, Artemis. You’re constantly talking shit about your sister and its awful. She’s a good person and she doesn’t deserve it.” He glared at her. “You’re probably just jealous of her.”
“I would never! I can’t believe you would say such a terrible thing to me!” She screamed, her voice getting more and more shrill with every word. “This is all your fault, what have you done to my best friend?” Artemis turned to me.
“I haven’t done anything to anyone!” I snapped. “What you did to me was awful, you’ve caused my entire life to be hell and I deserve to be happy for once.”
“I didn’t expect you to be dumb enough to fall for it! A guy like Ricky would never go for you, I can’t believe you thought you were in his league!” She laughed.
“I don’t care about that anymore, I care about Zeus. We’re dating whether you like it or not!”
“What the hell is going on down here?” My grandma’s voice asked angrily from behind me. Our screaming must’ve woken her up.
“Zeus and Athena are dating!” Artemis exclaimed with frustration.
“Is this true?” My grandma raised an eyebrow at me, and I nodded.
She sighed. “I knew something like this would happen. Artemis, go to your room. We’ll talk later. Athena, Zeus, sit down on the couch. I’m gonna go wake Winter and we’re all gonna have a chat.”
“Elsa is it necessary that we do this right now? I just fell asleep.” Winter groaned like a teenager being woken up early.
“Yes dear, our children are dating. They live in the same house, we need to put down some ground rules.” My grandma responded curtly.
“Alright, alright.” She sighed defeatedly. “So obviously no staying in each other’s rooms. Keep the doors open when you hang out. One at a time in the bathroom.” Winter started.
“This is all pretty standard stuff, Mom.” Zeus rolled his eyes.
“I know dear, but we have to remind you so you don’t try to tell us we didn’t.”
“Take things slow. And keep in mind that if you break up, you still live together. That won’t be easy.” My grandma told us.
“I understand. I’m pretty sure we’re mature enough to handle that.” I answered. At least, I knew I was. I hoped he was too.
“Now that that’s settled, I’m so happy for you guys!” Winter smiled. “Natalia and I always wanted this.” She smiled sadly at the mention of my mom. Grandma placed a hand gently on her shoulder.
“I know, she would’ve loved this. She was a sucker for romance.” Grandma added. They chuckled to themselves and smiled at us.
“Alright, now you guys go about your business. I’m going back to sleep.” Winter said with a laugh.
“I’m gonna go talk to Artemis.” Grandma sighed and headed up the stairs behind Winter.
Having a boyfriend was awesome. He included me in the things he did, and I finally had someone my age who listened to me. I knew he was sincere, since Artemis trashed his room and he still didn’t break up with me.
Artemis was not happy that we were dating, but she also didn’t want to lose Zeus as a friend so she reluctantly let me tag along with the things they did. I bet she was feeling pretty dumb, her awful prank backfired in the best possible way.
“Ew, do you guys really have to do that? It’s bad enough that I have to see your face, I don’t want to see it all over my best friend.” Artemis whined from the lawn chairs.
“Shut up Artemis, you and Anson practically hump each other all the time.” Zeus yelled back with a laugh.
“He’s right.” Anson replied, his accent still sending a slight chill down my spine. I just couldn’t place it, and it creeped me out.
“Shut up.” She smacked him on the shoulder, making the rest of us giggle.
“They’re not that bad Artemis, why do you care so much?” Katherine asked from her beach towel.
“Yea, it almost seems like you’re jealous.” Brooke giggled.
“I am not, shut up! I just don’t like hanging out with Athena.” She admitted.
“Artemis, you act like she’s literally the devil. Athena’s pretty cool, I don’t see why you dislike her so much.” Hillary chimed in from a raft.
“Jesus, Hil, who’s friend are you?”
“That’s not really the issue here. I can be friends with multiple people. I think you’re just being unreasonable and mean for nothing.” I think everyone was slightly shocked, I didn’t know her very well but she was still standing up for me.
“Whatever.” Artemis rolled her eyes and pouted. I shrugged at Zeus and jumped in the water. I splashed him until he joined me in the pool. Then it turned into a full on splash war.
“Hey guys, mind if I get in on this?” Hillary jumped off her raft and swam over to us. I didn’t respond, I just splashed her straight in the face. That move started an all out war between the three of us. I couldn’t remember the last time I had this much fun.
I could feel Artemis glaring daggers into the back of my head, but I ignored her. I was too happy to care.