shout out to khatoptris for reminding me to post about what I think is the smallest yet most important percabeth moment of all time.
There are so many great Percy and Annabeth moments throughout the entire series but for me, I think the scene in Mark of Athena in Charleston Harbor is the very definition of why they are my OTP.
“Very slowly using two fingers, Annabeth drew her dagger. Instead of dropping it, she tossed it as far as she could into the water.
Octavian made a squeaking sound. “What was that for? I didn’t say toss it! That could’ve been evidence. Or spoils of war!”
Annabeth tried for a dumb-blonde smile, like: Oh, silly me. Nobody who knew her would have been fooled. But Octavian seemed to buy it. He huffed in exasperation.
“You other two…” He pointed his blade a Hazel and Piper. “Put your weapons on the dock. No funny bus–”
All around the Romans, Charleston Harbor erupted like a Las Vegas fountain putting on a show. When the wall of seawater subsided, the three Romans were in the bay, spluttering and frantically trying to stay afloat in their armor. Percy stood on the dock, holding Annabeth’s dagger.
“You dropped this,” he said, totally poker-faced.”
Percy could have been anywhere in that harbor when Annabeth threw her dagger into it but Percy was so impossibly in tune with every part of Annabeth, even down to her weapon, that he could sense it in the water and knew that it meant she needed his help. This is how tethered to each other they really are.
A step by step breakdown is basically this: 1. Annabeth instinctively knew that wherever Percy was in the water, he would know when she dropped her dagger into the water and that it meant she needed him to show up 2. Percy sensed it from wherever he was and instinctively knew what it meant 3. Annabeth stalled just enough to give him some extra time to show up because, like I said, he could have been anywhere in the harbor 4. their wordless communication completely flipped the script of what could have been a truly dire scenario
This entire scene can unfold the way it does because even after being separated for so long they still know each other in a way no one else does; because no matter what, they are always best friends first. They have been fighting side by side since they were 12, and it shows. Their interactions have a seamless quality to them that leave their peers in awe. Moments like this are why they are still alive; they’re why Percy still remembered Annabeth even when he had forgotten everything else; moments like this are exactly why Percy and Annabeth are the only demigods who could have made it through Tartarus and to the Doors of Death.
Annabeth will always be Percy’s anchor, and the things they’ve done together are the iron chain that connect them.
This moment is what OTPs are made of, y’all. And that is why for me it is the greatest percabeth moment of all time.