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The praetor had kept him alive, but the flying horse was in no shape yet to take anyone anywhere. Percy had nearly had a heart attack when he'd found out his horse had been stabbed-he loved Blackjack. The other Pegasi were either recovering themselves or still too shaken up to be of much use as rides.

So here we were. Still looking at him, I placed a hand on his leg, just above his knee. The contact seemed to break him out of his thoughts. He looked at me and I raised my eyebrows, questioning. Percy nodded and uncrossed his arms to place his hand over mine.

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I turned my own palm up to hold his better and he intertwined our fingers. He'd been more reserved since the quest, quieter. If I hadn't been so good at knowing his thoughts without him speaking them, it probably would have been driving me crazy. Then again, I probably wasn't quite the same either. The nightmares that kept me awake at night were evidence enough of that.


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We'd been through literal hell on that quest. And it would take some time to heal. The subway slowed for another stop and the doors opened, allowing a handful of people to funnel out and emitting just as many new ones before they closed and the train accelerated again. The next stop was ours. It was about 10am by the time we emerged from the subway station onto the crowded sidewalks, already growing hot as noon approached.

Percy and I both wore shorts and camp T-shirts, but they did little to help with the August humidity. He didn't seem to notice though. He'd paused at the top of the steps and took in our surroundings for a second, my favorite smile slowly appearing on his face. When he looked at me, his green eyes were alight with newfound excitement, like the fact that he was actually going home hadn't quite hit him until now. Percy's apartment building was only a few blocks away from the subway and it wasn't very long before we were right in front of it.

The streets had grown slightly less crowded now that we were on a residential block and parked cars bordered the sidewalk on either side of the road. Percy walked right in, towing me behind him. When Hera had taken him and swapped him out for Jason, she had done so in the middle of the night, so everything, including the keys to his apartment building, had been left behind in the Poseidon cabin. Percy, either because the elevator took too long or because the Doors of Death had, in fact, been an elevator I wasn't sure I would ever voluntarily use one again , opted to use the stairs, which his key allowed him access to and, within minutes, the two of us stood in front of the familiar green door of his parents' apartment.

He paused before knocking-it was a better idea then just letting himself in after having been missing for the better part of a year. Turning to look at me, he asked, "I'm not too banged up, right? I don't want my mom to freak out. The last few days and occasional doses of Nectar and Ambrosia had allowed all but the worst of our injuries to heal completely.

Percy, whose face and nose had been swollen and still slightly bloody when we'd first gotten back to camp, looked about as good as possible: Aside from a handful of still-healing cuts and bruises, the only real evidence of the little trip we'd taken through Tartarus and the war we'd just fought was his hair, which was uneven and slightly burnt at the edges-probably from the Phlegathon, but, overall, not horribly alarming.

That first bit wasn't true, but I would take the compliment anyway. He looked back toward the door and nodded, squeezing my hand once before letting it go and lifting it to knock on it. He took a deep breath and said; "Here goes nothing. Again, please leave your thoughts; I'd love to hear them, as well as any ideas you have for future chapters.

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A year of love, family, and the not-so-small challenge of finding healing after Tartarus and picking up the rest of the pieces that the war left behind. Annabeth Percy's foot tapped impatiently against the floor of the subway car as the train carried us, along with hundreds of other New Yorkers, across the city's underground. But I had Percy back.

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