I sighed happily as Annabeth brought our daughter, Misty, into the room. She laughed when she saw me and I stood and went over to them. Misty was only a year old, but she could already walk (because Annabeth had taught her) and swim (daddy's girl).
I kissed Annabeth briefly before she handed me our girl. I held her out in front of me and spun around a few times. Misty smiled and laughed, her arms flailing like she was trying to fly. She'd seen Jason fly, and I didn't want that to cause her to decide to jump off a building and try.
"Careful, Percy." Annabeth warned. I sighed and pulled Misty back in to my chest. I was pretty sure she was just as dizzy as me after that. I couldn't see straight but Annabeth glare was perfectly fixed on me. She was so uptight these days. I just wanted to go back to before we got married. I know that sounds really wrong, and I'm happy with my decision, but she seemed to always be so worried about everything, more so than before. Well, I can't really talk about her stress problems. I was twenty-seven and already had some grey hair. I blame holding up the sky.
"I'm being careful." I rolled my eyes at her, "I've only dropped her once!" It was an accident I swear.
"Exactly my concern."
"Not everything needs to be your 'concern'." She shook the matter off and busied herself cleaning off our coffee table while Misty chewed on my finger. Annabeth wouldn't get her any teething toys no matter how many times I assured her that they weren't a choking hazard.
"I'm going to make lunch." She announced as she headed off to our tiny kitchen. Annabeth seemed disappointed in our house, but I was proud that we could even afford it in the first place. We didn't even have to ask Piper to come over and help us get it with her charmspeak.
Thinking of Piper, I hadn't seen any of our old friends for years. I wondered how they were fairing.
"Are we in contact with anyone? Demigods, I mean." A called out to Annabeth as Misty tried to scale my neck.
"Not really, no. Why?" I heard the microwave start as Annabeth's head appeared in the doorway.
"Just curious about how everyone else's lives have turned out so far." I said in a daze. I was snapped out of it when a tiny tongue found its way up my nose. "Gross! She licked the inside of my nose!" I blew out and shook my head, scrunching my nose up to try to get the spit out. Annabeth and Misty both laughed.
"Did it taste good, Misty?" Annabeth smiled. Misty wriggled around in my arms as response. I put her on the sofa and walked over to the make-shift paper storage area type thing we had attached to the dining room. I dug through for a while until I managed to find at least one item of contact information on Jason, Piper, Frank, Hazel, Nico, and Reyna. No Leo...
I tried no to think about that. He was gone. It still hurt like Tartarus, though.
I wondered how we had gotten all of this information, probably through IM's. I looked at the address for Hazel. It was actually pretty close to us.
"Hey," I called, standing with the paper in my hand, "Annabeth, look at this." I found her and showed her.
"That's only about twenty minutes from here." She smiled, "Want to see if we can reach her?" I nodded happily and fished a drachma out of my pocket. Annabeth was always going on about how I kept my life in my pockets. I told her she was getting me mixed up with Frank and his burning life stick.
Annabeth turned on the faucet and I made mist with my powers as she opened the window for light. Soon, we had an image of Hazel.
"Hi, Hazel." Annabeth said. The image of Hazel stood quickly, smiling.
"Annabeth! Percy! I haven't seen you in forever!" She looked like she wanted to hug us right through the IM.
Annabeth and I took turns telling Hazel about what we'd found and alternating making sure Misty didn't try to fly. Jason, of all people, was the only one who knew we had a kid and had come to see us.
"Really?" Hazel smiled.
"You can come over. Now." I blurted. To my surprise, Annabeth nodded and gave our address.
"Already on my way." Hazel said and ran her hand through the image to wipe it away.