I feel like everyone imagines that after going to college in New Rome, Percy gets a job as a swim coach, marine biologist, etc. which I totally understand.
But I imagine him joining a 2-year writing program right after high school and getting so sucked in that he decides to focus on that (we all see the great way Rick wrote his narrative in the books and Percy is just such a thorough and hilarious storyteller that I think him taking up a career in writing makes a ton of sense).
After the first year, Ivi comes along and he becomes the stay-at-home-dad that we all headcanon Percy to be.
He juggles taking care of Ivi and the writing program while Annabeth immerses herself in her more traditional college education.
After Annabeth graduates, she starts an architecture business downtown, Ivi begins kindergarten, and Percy starts his blog titled What Not To Do If You’re A Half-Blood. He gains lots of followers and eventually it becomes his full-time job.
After a while, he decides to write his first novel and it takes off.
He then becomes a full-time writer with bestselling books and is well known throughout New Rome and the outside world.
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i think that percy and annabeth kind of found it... hard to transition from being friends to lovers. because they’re both so scared of love.
the only love percy has ever known and will always trust is sally and sally only. the people annabeth have loved always ended up leaving her, so there’s some trauma there (this is shown in the books, in the percabeth reunion in MoA, where annabeth says “if you ever leave me again i swear to all the gods-” with tears in her eyes) and they’ve always had feelings for each other but all they’ve ever known about each other was as friends.
so the scenario in my head kinda goes like this (read under the cut)
“drachma for your thoughts?” annabeth dropped down beside him. her hair was tied into a ponytail, and her face was streaked with dust, but her eyes—gods her eyes—were bright, like they always were. glowing. percy wanted to stare at them forever.
“i dunno,” he answered. he’d never been the best at talking about how he felt, or what he thought. most people didn’t care enough to listen to the whole thing, and those who did never really understood because he couldn’t explain it enough. “it’s silly.”
“it’s clearly bothering you.” her voice was soft. “of course it isn’t silly.”
percy took a deep breath before looking at her. “it’s just... i don’t know how to do this,” he whispers. he looks away from her eyes and stares at the calm waters of the lake. “i don’t know how to go from us being friends who would strangle each other at any given opportunity to lovers. it feels like jumping and not knowing when to land and it terrifies me.”
annabeth’s quiet, he realises. oh gods, he never should have opened his mouth. “sorry, i know it’s silly—”
“no, percy,” she interjects and he snaps his mouth shut immediately. she took his hand in her own. “i feel the same way too. everyone i’ve ever cared about has left me and now that i have you, i felt scared and angry that i was more scared than relieved.”
percy swallowed harshly. this was the most honest annabeth has been to him, and it left him feeling raw. vulnerable. but it felt refreshing too. honesty. he’d never really known the meaning of the word.
he turned to face her. she smiled at him before continuing softly, “and that’s ok. it’s ok to be scared. we’ll make it. i know your flaws, and you know mine, and we may not know each other perfectly yet, but we’ll get there. that’s what dates are for, right?”
fuck, percy was going to cry. he raised their intertwined hands and kissed annabeth’s knuckles. he couldn’t help but notice how perfectly her hand fit in his. “thank you,” he murmured, pressing kisses to her wrists.
she moved a bit closer to him and they sat there for who knows how long. they’ll be okay. they’ll be okay.
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