Rae had her face pressed into his shirt, trying to suppress her smile and muffle the excited scream she was containing.

“Hey, it’s blue,” Everett muttered. She glanced up to see that he was talking about his mood ring.

She thought about it for a moment, then smiled smugly when she remembered, failing at retaining her snort. “Feeling passionate, Theo?” she asked in her thoughts.

He shook his head, laughing as he said, “I guess so.” Then, rather abruptly he asked, “Are you hungry? You didn’t eat much on our picnic. I could take you to the Mess Hall if you’d like. We can do anything you want after that.”

“Yeah, of course,” Rae said, only a little dejected about leaving their cozy nest. “Only problem is, I can’t walk. And my arms are too tired to use the crutches.”

"Well, I have two fully functioning legs that are more than capable of carrying the weight of both us.“ Everett smiled as he looked at her. "Now the real problem, piggyback or bridal style?”

Having her own ideas, Rae wrapped her legs and arms around him in an upper body hug so they were face to face. Feeling brave, she pecked him on the lips. “Ready to go when you are.”

“Okay,” he said, a big grin on his face as he started walking towards the door.

Rae laid her head to rest against his cheek and shoulder as he walked her to the Mess Hall. Her hands wrapped around his neck and her fingers played with his hair at the nape of his neck that stuck out from under his hat.

She felt Everett’s shoulders seize up. “That tickles,” he said giggling. The sound was like music to her ears.

Feeling playful, Rae turned her face to start pressing soft kisses against his neck. “Does this tickle?” she asked in their minds.

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Everett felt like he was a character in one of those old cartoons. His face gradually turned red, starting from his neck and filling up to his hairline. He glowed a bright tie dye. He didn’t think it would be humanly or demigodly possible to blush deeper. But Everett was one for the impossible, as Rae moved slowly and began nibbling on his earlobe.

“How hungry are you?” she whispered.

Everett gulped. “I dunno, just a little,” he said, his voice getting higher until it was a high pitched chirp. When Rae pressed her face into his neck, he exhaled.

“Oh.”

When they neared the Mess Hall, a thought came to Everett’s mind. “How do you feel about walking in like this?” he asked, genuinely not knowing what she wanted.

“I’d say you aren’t allowed to put me down until we are at a table. I plan on being carried a lot, actually.”

Everett shrugged a little, and not caring about what the other students thought, he walked and set Rae down at a table.

“What do you want?” he asked her so he could go get food for both of them.

“One of everything,” she said, stopping as shame visibly overcame her. “Um, I meant just whatever you’re getting.”

Everett shook his head but got her one of everything anyway. When he came back to the table he sat next to her.

“Thanks, Mood Ring,” she said, sliding closer so their thighs were touching on the bench.

“You’re welcome…” Everett paused, trying to think of an endearing nickname. “I got nothing,” he muttered to himself.

“You can call me Queen,” she said with her mouth full. “Everyone else does. It’s how I got the hat.”

“How about I call you crazy? People also call you that,” he joked, glowing yellow.

She shook her head. “I’m not that crazy. At least, I’m not as crazy as you for liking me.”

“Hey! Can we at least agree that we’re at the same place on the craziness scale?”

“You have no idea just how high that level is, Theo,” she said with a dark chuckle.

Everett laughed as well. “I think I might have some idea. I do hang out with you a lot.”

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Rae was wandering around the grounds. After a few visits to the infirmary and by the extra care of an Apollo child, her ankle was relatively healed. It cracked and popped when she walked, giving out slightly when she put too much weight on it, but it was back to normal. She should have been happy about it, but she was actually a little bummed because it meant there was no excuse to make Everett carry her everywhere now.

It was the end of the day, having just finished her last class in demigod history. She dumped her books off at her dorm before hurrying to find Everett at the Mess Hall. Sure enough, when she arrived she spotted him at their table with his books spread out. Unlike her, Everett was actually a decent student and it was looking like he was going to test out of some of his academic classes. He might even end up in some of her classes. Of course, Rae still had the upper hand in combat. He had plenty of abilities that made him a decent opponent, but Rae was a little grittier when it came to physical combat. In fact, she relished it from time to time.

She got her tray and joined him at the table, planting a sloppy kiss on his cheek. He had been so engrossed by his studies that it made him jump.

It had been three weeks since they started dating, but something about their relationship felt timeless to her.

“It’s unhealthy to eat and study at the same time,” she told him.

“Is that what you tell yourself to justify not studying? I mean, you are always eating, so I can see how it would be a legitimate excuse for you.” He continued looking at his textbook as he play fought with her.

She grabbed his glasses. It was what she always did to get him to stop what he was doing and pay attention to her.

“Hey, give those back,” he complained, turning to face her.

While he was left blind, she planted a kiss on his lips. He gave in rather easily to her.

When they broke apart, Everett sighed. “Are you going to give me my glasses back now? I want to be able to see and appreciate your beautiful face.”

“Fine,” she said, obviously flattered by his compliment as she replaced them on his head.

He returned to his studies, but it was noticeable that he wasn’t entirely focused anymore.

Rae glanced down. “Is that advanced Greek?” she asked.

“Yeah. I just got moved into that class. I start tomorrow actually.”

“Get out! I’m in that class too!” Rae was practically squealing with excitement. Instantly her thoughts turned to how much easier of a class it was going to be. She wouldn’t have to study and Everett could just give her all the answers in his head. That is, so long as he kept focused in class. Advanced Greek tended to be the class she let her mind wander the most in, usually daydreaming about Everett.

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The next day at breakfast Everett felt somewhat nervous for Advanced Greek which was next on his schedule. Lost in his thoughts as he always was, he jumped again when Rae sat down next to him, a tower of pancakes on her tray.

“What’s got you so jumpy?” Rae asked as she started eating.

“Advanced Greek,” he admitted, sighing. Rae elbowed him in the side.

“You’ll be fine Mood Ring, you’re incredibly smart, and I’ll be there,” she said jokingly. Everett smiled a little. When Rae was done eating, they walked to class hand in hand. They walked in, Rae gave him a kiss on the cheek, and then she went to sit in her assigned seat, leaving Everett standing there ready to talk to the teacher, Professor Tobias. Everett slowly walked up to Professor Tobias’s desk. He inhaled and opened his mouth to speak but was cut off.

“Yes, Mister Pitch, they informed me that you were coming,” Professor Tobias began, not yet looking up from the paper he was studying. “They told me you are very intelligent and very focused on your academics, but I like to make my own judgments. There’s an empty seat in the back. It’s now yours.” Professor Tobias waved him off with a hand, and Everett awkwardly made his way to the back. As he was passing Rae, she looked up at him and mouthed the word, sorry.

“Class,” the Professor said with a booming voice, “you have a test on Friday. No retakes, no bonus points, no exceptions,” he seemed to direct the last two words at Everett.

“It’s okay you’ll be fine,” he heard Rae say in his mind. “His tests aren’t that hard. I always manage to get at least a sixty five percent on his tests.” As hard as Rae was trying to cheer him up, it didn’t work. Everett had seen her test scores and sixty five was bad, even for her. Everett sighed and tried to pay attention in class. However, that got a little difficult with Rae babbling in his mind like she was.

“I mean I’m not the best at Greek. The only reason I’m in this class is because I passed the last one, but I mean look at you, you’ve only been here for like four weeks, and you’re finishing courses already.” She babbled like this for a while, Everett trying to block her out. After all his failed attempts, he couldn’t take it.

“Hey,” he said through his mind, “I know you’re trying to help, but it isn’t really… well, helping.”

“Oh,” he heard Rae say from her seat.

“Quiet please, Miss Bennet,” said Professor Tobias.

“Sorry,” Rae said rolling her eyes discreetly. Everett had to smother his laughter after hearing what Rae thought after that.

“You too, Mister Pitch.” Everett shut up immediately, refocusing on the lesson.

After class Rae came up to him. “So what do you have for the rest of the day?”

“Now I have history, then lunch obviously, then I have my private swordsmanship lesson with Koa, then I’m free,” Everett said without having to consult his schedule, having it already memorized.

Rae smirked at him. “Well, all your free time automatically means time with me. I’ll see you after your class with Koa.” She stood on her tiptoes and gave him a quick kiss on the cheek and then ran to her next class.

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“Hold your sword a bit higher,” Koa reminded, using his own sword to push Everett’s up, a little later in the afternoon.

“Sorry,” Everett swallowed, his thoughts elsewhere. He was still incredibly nervous about the test on Friday.

Koa stuck the tip of his sword in the dirt. “You okay, Theo?” he asked, adopting the nickname Rae often used.

Everett looked up. “I’m fine, I just got moved up to Advanced Greek, and Professor Tobias is freaking me out a bit,” Everett admitted.

Koa nodded. “Yeah, I remember when I had him. I wasn’t as focused on my academics as you are, but it was pretty tough. But you know what the best cure for nervousness is?”

Everett sensed where this was going. “More sword practice?”

Koa smiled at him. “Correct.”

About a half hour later, Koa paused and smiled at something behind Everett. “I think we’re done for today,” he said.

Everett tilted his head to the side, panting. “Why?” he said between breaths.

“Because I think Rae’s gonna kill me if I don’t let you leave right now,” Koa said gesturing behind Everett.

He turned around and saw Rae standing there, hands on her hips.

“See ya, Theo.”

“See ya,” Everett waved, sheathing his sword as he ran over to Rae. Still breathing heavily, he managed to gasp out, “Wanna… go back… to…. the cabin?”

Rae pinched her nose. “Not when you smell like that. Go take a shower, then we’ll see about going to the cabin.”

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Rae met him outside his dormitory where she sat on the short stone wall, her legs swinging just a few inches above the ground. Every time the door opened she would glance back to see if it was him. It was taking him an awfully long time.

When he at last came out, Rae gave a relieved smile. “Well it’s about time,” she teased. “I’m starving now so we have to go to the Mess Hall.”

“Yeah, sorry about that,” he said. “I just got talking to Austin about one of the classes we are in together.”

“No excuses,” she said. “You can make it up to me by carrying me back to my dorm this evening.”

“I do that every night, Rae,” he reminded her. She ignored him.

On their way to dinner, Rae started to regret not just taking him to the cabin. She hadn’t had any alone time with him in a few days. Not to mention, she’d been feeling a little uncertain about their relationship. It was obvious that they were dating, but what were they? How did they define it? It was never said outright that they were a couple, boyfriend and girlfriend. Rae didn’t want to push it, just incase he wasn’t ready to define the relationship.

Still, she was at least allowed to kiss him, so she would use that privilege wherever she could. Just before he could walk up the steps to the Mess Hall without her, she grabbed him by the front of his shirt, dragging him around to the side of the building where she pulled him to her. He seemed surprised at first by her assassin kiss in the shadows, his glow shifting from periwinkle to tie dye. But then he relaxed a bit, wrapping his arms around her waist, holding her close to him.

“Ahem,” a stern voice sounded. They broke apart instantly, Everett looking a bit more embarrassed whereas Rae kept her hand on his chest and her eyes narrowed in annoyance.

“Miss Bennet,” Mr. Lysander, her combat instructor said. “If you could spare a moment of your time, the headmaster asked to see you in his office.”

Rae continued to direct an irritated glare at the man. Since when did the headmaster care about public display of affection? Within reason, of course.

Noticing her miffed response, he added, “Your father has tried to contact you and your sister.”

At those words, all the blood drained from her face.

“Rae?” Everett asked hesitantly, laying a hand on her arm.

“I’ve gotta go,” she said abruptly, leaving him standing there alone without any more of an explanation.