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“You stood up to the dragon so Beckendorf would have his chance to jump–now that was brave.”

“Or pretty stupid.”

“Percy, you’re a brave guy,” she said. “Just take the compliment. I swear, is it so hard?”

We locked eyes. Our faces were, like, two inches apart. My chest felt a little funny, like my heart was trying to do jumping jacks.

“So…” I said. “I guess SIlena and Charlie are going to the fireworks together.”

“I guess so,” Annabeth agreed.

“Yeah,” I said. “Um, about that–”

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