There is nothing we love more from our Rick Riordan stories than a few great Percabeth moments.
In anticipation of some truly epic ones that are bound to come up in House of Hades, remembering our favorites will give us something to smile about as Percy and Annabeth fight a grueling battle through Tartarus.
Our favorite Percabeth moments come from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians & the Heroes of Olympus series.
From ‘The Lightning Thief’
It all started with Percy passing out and waking to a pretty, blonde-haired girl who says, “He’s the one. He must be.” From the first moment, Percy appreciated Annabeth’s subtle beauty and frankness, and as the years roll by, we have all watched that grow into the kind of relationship that makes you jump into Tartarus together rather than be separated.
Who could forget the first time Annabeth called him his signature nickname? When she says, “I’ve been waiting a long time for a quest, seaweed brain. Athena is no fan of Poseidon, but if you’re going to save the world, I’m the best person to keep you from messing up,” we all knew that this was just the beginning of a beautiful ship.
Then there’s this magnificent little moment, which may have been the actual launch of the good ship Percabeth,
“Are you kidding?” she looked at me as if I’d just dropped from the moon. Her cheeks were bright red.
“What’s the problem now?” I demanded.
“Me, go with you to the…the ‘Thrill Ride of Love’? how embarrassing is that? What if somebody saw me?”
“Who’s going to see you?” But my face was burning now, too. Leave it to a girl to make everything complicated. “Fine,” I told her. “I’ll do it myself.” But when I started down the side of the pool, she followed me, muttering about how boys always messed things up.
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From ‘Sea of Monsters’
Ok, sometimes we just love hearing what Percy has to say about Annabeth. Especially when he is thinking about her as he eagerly awaits another summer at Camp Half Blood: “She’d emailed me the picture after spring break, and every once in a while I’d look at it just to remind myself she was real and Camp Half-Blood hadn’t just been my imagination. I wished Annabeth were here. She’d know what to make of my dream. I’d never admit it to her, but she was smarter than me, even if she was annoying sometimes.” Awww. School boy crushes are so fun to read.
Or better yet, isn’t it adorable when Percy starts feeling a little jealous when Annabeth regales him with the adventures of her youth with Luke and Thalia? A word of caution, there’s cute jealous, and then there’s scary jealous. Thank goodness Percy never gets to the scary kind of jealousy.
“A half-blood hideout.” I looked at Annabeth in awe. ‘You made this place?’
“Thalia and I,” she said quietly. “And Luke.”
That shouldn’t have bothered me. I mean, I knew Thalia and Luke had taken care of Annabeth when she was little. I knew the three of them had been runaways together, hiding from monsters, surviving on their own before Grover found them and tried to get them to Half-Blood Hill. But whenever Annabeth talked about the time she’d spent with them, I kind of felt…I don’t know. Uncomfortable?
No. That’s not the word.
The word was jealous.
And when you’re young, there’s nothing better than that first little peck on the cheek from the person you like, and when Annabeth planted one on Percy at the end of Sea of Monsters, we were all reminded of the time we felt that same thrill, whether it was a month ago or 10 years ago.
From ‘The Titan’s Curse’
School dances and cotillions are always good opportunities for a little teenage drama, and while there weren’t any storm outs, who could forget this little moment between Percy and Annabeth… before it was rudely interrupted:
I looked nervously at Annabeth, then at the groups of girls who were roaming the gym.
“Well?” Annabeth said.
“Um, who should I ask?”
She punched me in the gut. “Me, Seaweed Brain.”
“Oh. Oh, right.”
The Titan’s Curse had a severe lack of Percabeth moments, what with Percy running around trying to find Annabeth for a large portion of the book, but the bits we did get were even sweeter because of it. Especially this one, after Percy nearly goes apoplectic trying to tell Annabeth not to join Artemis’ loyal band of maiden hunters,
“She studied me with concern. She touched the new streak of gray in my hair that matched hers exactly – our painful souvenir from holding Atlas’s burden. There was a lot I’d wanted to say to Annabeth, but Athena had taken the confidence out of me. I felt like I’d been punched in the gut.
I do not approve of your friendship with my daughter.
“So,” Annabeth said. “What did you want to tell me earlier?”
The music was playing. People were dancing in the streets. I said “I, uh, was thinking we got interrupted at Westover Hall. And…I think I owe you a dance.”
She smiled slowly. “All right, Seaweed Brain.”