Annabeth grabbed his wrist and flipped him over her shoulder. He slammed into the stone pavement. Romans cried out. Some surged foward, but Reyna shouted, "Hold! Stand down!"
Annabeth put her knee on Percy's chest. She pushed her forearm against his throat. She didn't care what the Romans thought. A white hot lump of anger expanded in her chest- a tumor of worry and bitterness that she'd been carrying around since last autumn.
"If you ever leave me again" she said, her eyes stinging, "I swear to all the gods-"
Percy had the nerve to laugh. Suddenly the lump of heated emotions melted inside Annabeth
"Consider me warned," Percy said. "I missed you, too"