Nico: I have high standards and I have a tYpE.
Nico: I only date with blond, healer guys.
Percy: *being the chaotic, sassy, problematic, nice, charming boy he is*
Nico: I lied. I want him.
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"it's my fault you're here. i dragged you into this mess. i- i-" nico stopped and stared. no tears, nothing. his legs had stopped rocking back and forth, chipping at the side of the rock, and the sudden silence feel upon them like a thud. there was no wind. there was no singing breeze to calm them both, only a suffocating emptiness, matching the dim red ambience around them. will exhaled.
"look- i don't care if those voices turned put not to be true, or if we're stuck here, or, well, anything, really. as lame as it sounds, i'm here with you, neeks." there was an awkward pause. "the fact that you believed that there was a voice shows that there's still some hope inside of you."
will supposed it was to make up for nico's blank slate of an expression, but, in that moment, he broke down. he shouldn't have. it was nico's moment, yet, here he was, stealing it, just because of that expression that trained expression that showed nothing, that will knew so well, yet didn't at all. he'd worn a similiar mask in the past: one of laughter and smiles, one that seemed to always be there. he'd seen his fair share of war. they both had. that moment was the moment he let it all out, and collapsed against nico's shoulder.
the other boy jolted in surprise, but quickly realised, and, a bit unsure, put their arm around will. they sat there for a while longer than they had already. it could have been minutes or hours, but without sunlight, they would never know. at some point, nico had begun singing- just quietly- under their breath. it was in italian, quite old, will thought, maybe even from nico's childhood, and it didn't matter that will didn't understand it. he listened anyway. his legs had started swinging again, at some point, too, in time with the music. that wasn't to say the song was happy- far from it, in fact, but it was definitely better than silence. and it was nico's voice.
at that moment, will came to the conclusion that they were never going to leave. this was it. this was the end of the line for them. the singing faded, and nico nodded off, leaving will to ponder on that fact. he reached up and tangled his fingers in nico's hair, tears still streaming down his cheeks.
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You’re a Sunburst
Summary: Will Solace and Nico di Angelo are in rival bands, and they're set to compete against each other in three weeks. Nico tries to hate Will, but after two of them are paired together to work on an English project, Will manages to break through his shell. As they start to develop feelings for each other, they have to navigate through high school drama, parties, coming out, fights, and blackmail from a mysterious user on the school gossip website.
AKA, the fic you'd get if Lemonade Mouth and Love, Simon had a baby.
Read it on AO3
My fic is halfway finished, just in time for @solangeloweek !
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Will: Why is Cecil crying?
Lou Ellen: He just found out ostriches don't stick their heads in the ground.
Will *tearing up*: They don't?
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Lost Daughter pt. 1
It was dark and cold. The walls were jagged, pebbles fell from the roof. Standing in the darkness was a beast that towered over me. My five-year-old body barely met the tops of its front legs, next to me a ram stands its horns reaching my head. I gripped the broken spear tightly in my bloody arm, my vision fading in and out. The beast lunged; I flung my hands in front of my face. Just as the beast opened it’s large mouth black blobs erupted, scorching the beast from the inside.
“my name’s Phil… I’m a satyr… here to protect you…”
“there’s a camp where children like you go, I’ll lead you there”
“the young eagle seems to take a liking to you… he says he’s going to stay”
“My names Thalia, daughter of Zeus”
“I’m Luke… Son of Hermes”
“Thalia, and this is Kallis”
“Ikaros, where are you going?”
Flapping wings and pained chirps
“thank you, young hero, for your assistance and bravery I want you to have this, use it well” Glimmers of gold reflected off the walls. A gold-plated shield with a lion in the middle
“that was brave of you, I am Artemis. Goddess of the Hunt. And you rescued my prey”
“I’m sorry lady Artemis. Please accept my offering” the Nemean Lion Cape
“go with safety young one, may we meet again… you would make an honorable addition to the hunt”
“KALLIS?! You’re safe!”
“…Demigods lured in search of a fantastic treasure…”
“That’s it Thalia… it’s what Amaltheia is leading you too…”
“we need Greek Fire…. Kallis, you have to do it”
Fear seeped in
“no… can’t… too dangerous.”
“you have too”
“Luke… that’s not fair… Kallis you don’t have to do this”
“Fine” heavy footfalls storm away
“Go… I will end my torment and fulfill my fate”
“I’m Annabeth Chase, Daughter of Athena”
“you’re very brave Annabeth… I promise I won’t fail like your family did”
“I know a place we can get help… let’s go”
“You don’t understand son” “YOU WERE NEVER THERE, THERE’S NOTHING TO UNDERSTAND”
“I’m Grover Underwood…Camp Half-Blood…Safest Place for demigods”
Crunching branches “The hunters of Artemis…”
“We’ve taken a wrong turn!”
“Come out godlings… I can smell you”
Thundering footsteps grew closer.
“Kallis… Kallis where are you?”
“NO!!!!” screams fill the air. Intense heat consumes.
“Keep running… Up the hill”
Hoards of monsters… screaming
Satyrs… Centaur… Campers…. “You’re safe now”
“so, you’re alive… I guess that’s good news for you” Gods?
Awed gasps “Athena, Goddess of Wisdom. Hail Annabeth Chase, Daughter of Athena”
“Hermes, Messenger of the Gods Hail Luke Castellan Son of Hermes”
“Ares, God of War… Hail Alexandra Corvinus Chosen of Ares”
“Welcome to the Cabin Punk… There’s a few things your gonna have to learn if you want to stay here”
“Tradition… hold out your arm”
Burnt flesh, Bruises, failed attempts… “you’re not worthy of the name Ares… Two years and you still haven’t learned”
“how can I learn when you won’t teach me”
“the son of Ares will always rise”
“Ares, God of War… Hail Clarisse La Rue daughter of Ares”
“you’ve got to try harder if you want to beat them…Again…Again…Use your strengths”
“Go Kallis!!!...Focus…You got this” Cheers
“Looks like you finally earned your spot”
Clanging metal, grunts, body landing on the ground “Hail Kallis, the superior fighter!”
Conch horn “Ares Cabin are the winners”
“a quest...Farewell Luke, son of Hermes and good luck on your quest”
“he’s returned???” “Failed” “did you see the scar on his face?”
“No more quest?” “That’s not fair”
“…prophecy… camper… need a quest…”
Cecil: One time I almost drowned in a kiddy pool.
Lou Ellen: Are you kidding?
Cecil: Why would I be kidding, Lou, this was a traumatizing event in my childhood.
Lou Ellen: How old were you?
Percy: We can’t play the game, it’s 18+, we’re only two people
Leo: You’re such a fucking idiot
Leo: Just get some more people!
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going back to the curse of achilles…i think that in son of neptune there could’ve been so much potential, even if percy inadvertently lost the curse. i always thought that percy remembered annabeth not only because she was such an intrinsic part of his life that hera, but also because of what annabeth meant to him in terms of the curse of achilles. annabeth is percy’s mortal tether because she grounds him to his humanity. she is connected to him in more than just memories—hera couldn’t erase that part from him because she couldn’t erase the curse. so. with that said, imagine the heartbreak we’d feel as readers if rick had described percy remembering annabeth only for him to step into the tiber and get rid of the curse, meaning that he’d also forget everything about her in a single moment. that mortal tether would be erased, but we know that he used to remember her, we know that this was a consequence of some sort because of the erasure of his invulnerability. so as readers, we see that this is a huge disadvantage, unlike what happened in son where the loss of the curse was forgotten immediately as if there weren’t consequences. not only would it have been so interesting to explore percy trying to Live without being invulnerable—which should’ve happened without the forgetting annabeth drama—but we’d also have to live with the fact that he’s starting from scratch. it’s also good to note that in son of neptune his character motivation is literally him just wanting to find annabeth after he’s done. he hopes that after succeeding in the quest or whatever, he’d be reconnected with her. but now that piece of him is missing. now he is vulnerable and completely alone and searching for the scraps of his memory that were somehow there before—they were there and now he can’t find them.
and this could be a recurring battle for him throughout hoo, seeing annabeth later in moa and realizing that her face rings a bell, realizing that his memories are slowly coming together but not quite there. i just feel like there would’ve been so much conflict in between the seven if percy was still figuring things out, if the loss of the curse and his memories had taken a bigger toll on him as a leader and just as a member of the quest in general. and do not get me started on the drama that would unfold with him also starting from scratch with annabeth and slowly falling for her all over, or just…anything. imagine annabeth somehow figuring out that percy did actually remember her, but because he stepped into the little tiber, that part of his life was erased. imagine her hating the romans because of this, the shift between the two camps expanding.
i know that rick took the curse away from him so that he wouldn’t overpower the rest of the seven, but. he kind of flopped in that regard, since percy was pretty much the same. he didn’t suffer at all. even when the potential conflict was right under rick’s nose!! but no, i suppose he wasn’t thinking outside the box. as per usual.
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Can I have 21, 23, and 24 from I love you prompts with Percy x Annabeth x reader if you would pls.
21. believing in you even when you couldn’t do it yourself
23. adjusting the pace they walk in so you can catch up
24. turning around to check on you constantly when they are walking in the front
It was your first time being out on a quest, you having been at the camp for two years, but you had never been a part of a quest since it never asked for your specifics, but now you were on a quest with none other than your boyfriend and girlfriend, the whole night before you were freaking out about it, saying you weren't going to do well and you'd only drag them down.
After a lot of convincing, and telling you that they believed in you and they trusted you, even if you didn't at the moment, you guys were walking down the docks outside of New York's city limits, the crowd being rather large due to there being a festival going on there, you walking behind Annabeth and Percy as they talked about the strategy they were going to use.
You were so busy focusing on keeping up with them since they were just enough taller than you that their leisure pace was a fast walk for you, that you didn't notice the idle glances back from Percy or the way that Annabeth would slow her pace every so often which would in turn make Percy slow his until they finally just fell back to your pace, causing you to be in the middle of them when the crowd got to the point they would lose you.
"I say we take a boat" Percy said, leaving Annabeth to give him a look "What?" He exclaimed, you finally focusing on their conversation enough to roll your eyes "That would be too slow, Seaweed Brain" Annabeth said, looking at him "We should find a car" she said, looking at you after she said that "Y/N, be the decider" she said, the three of you stopping as you fidgeted with your fingers "Well, both are good ideas, but both are time consuming... We could summon some Hippokampoi and get there quicker than both? You know, away from this crowd" you said, biting your lip when they just stared at you.
Feeling you had said the wrong thing, you opened your mouth to suggest one of theirs when Percy interrupted you "Why didn't I think of that?" He asked, looking at you and grinning as he threw his arm over your shoulder and kissed your cheek "Because you're a Seaweed Brain" Annabeth said, not being as touchy feely but she took your hand "Now, lets go somewhere less crowded and head out" she said, pulling the two of you along and you felt yourself become more relaxed... Maybe you could do this.
Drabble Requests Closed
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Hi darling! I saw you write for Ethan nakamura. So can I request one where he celebrates his partners birthday and takes them to a date under the stars?
ethan taking his s/o on a birthday date under the stars
a/n: that's so wholesome and lovely 🥺
warnings: kissing, mentions of food
"okay, hey! sit still i have to blindfold you."
"what are you up to, ethan?" you laughed as ethan put a black piece of fabric on your eyes.
"trust me, 'right? you're gonna love it."
of course you would love it, you loved everything he did. either hugging you from behind, tracing his fingers up and down your spine, pecking on your nose and all that stuff.
you felt him tying the fabric before guiding you to the seat beside the driver seat of his car.
"what do you wanna listen to?" ethan asked as he turned on the engine.
"hmm, you choose." you shrugged.
"you're my, my, my, my kind of woman my, oh my, what a girl
you're my, my, my, my kind of woman and i'm down on my hands and knees beggin' you please, baby show me your world."
ethan hummed along with the song as he drove, you chose to remain silent, listening to his angelic voice.
20, maybe 30 minutes later ethan stopped the car and turned off the engine. you heard your door opening a few seconds later, ethan held your hand and helped you to get off the car. he walked you a bit before saying you could sit down.
"i'll be right back, okay?"
you waited for him with the blindfold still on, it was impossible to guess where ethan had brought you since it was completely silent.
you heard ethan closing the car's door and he removed your blindfold when he finally sat beside you.
you blinked your eyes and looked around, ethan had brought you to a little hill full of nothing but green grass away from the city and the only light source was the stars shining on the sky on top of you.
"happy birthday, love." ethan smiled and pressed his lips against yours, his kiss was long like he was trying to tell you how much he loved you, how bad he needed you and that he appreciates every second that was spent with you.
you too, told him similar stuff with your lips. how much you loved him, how lucky you felt because you had him in your life...
ethan's hands caressed your cheeks as he pulled just a few centimeters away, his eyes were locked into yours.
"happy birthday and thank you for being alive." he whispered before kissing you again.
"so you brought me here to stargaze?" you asked with a happy smile placed on your lips.
"mhm, yeah." ethan felt you smiling into the kiss and pecked your nose.
the next hour was spent by eating the food ethan had prepared, when you were finished eating you laid down on your back and looked at the starry sky.
ethan was beside you a few seconds later, you rested your head on his chest as he named the constellations for you.
"see the A shaped one? that's andromeda." ethan pointed out.
you maintained your silence, encouraging him to tell you andromeda's story.
"she was a princess" ethan continued. "and perseus's wife. her mother offended the nereids by boasting that andromeda was more beautiful than them, so in revenge poseidon sent a sea monster to devastate the kingdom. since only andromeda’s sacrifice would appease the gods, she was chained to a rock and left to be devoured by the monster. perseus flew by on the winged horse pegasus, fell in love with andromeda, and asked cepheus for her hand. cepheus agreed, at their marriage feast, however, andromeda’s uncle, to whom she had originally been promised, tried to claim her. perseus turned him to stone with medusa’s head. andromeda bore perseus six sons and a daughter."
"did you read that?"
"no, percy told me about it once."
you buried your head into ethan's chest as he started playing with your fingers.
"would you come to save me if i was chained to a rock by the gods?" you asked with a muffled voice.
"i'd always come for you. always, no matter what." ethan responded, wrapping his arms around you.
"would you turn my aspirants to stone?"
"would you bare me six sons and a daughter?"
you laughed as you traced your fingers on ethan's jawline.
"i'd kick your aspirants' asses though. you're my queen, nobody's taking you away from me."
he kissed you countless times under the stars and andromeda witnessing your love that night, you felt his warm skin on yours, you listened to his soothing voice, you fell in love with him over and over again, he fell in love with you over and over again.
"hey, you're beautiful." ethan said as he watched the stars reflecting on your eyes. "you're the most beautiful thing i've ever seen and i don't ever wanna lose you."
"well i tend to get lost because i wander around way too much, i guess you'll have to hold my hand all time time."
you played with ethan's hair, he kept watching you like he was trying to memorize every inch of you.
"stars look better in your eyes." ethan said after a while spent in silence.
"stars. they're reflecting on your eyes." he continued as you seemed eager to hear him keep talking about it. "there's a whole sky in your eyes and your carrying a whole galaxy in your hair." he ruffled your hair and smiled. "i can see them. it's like you're carrying my world."
"is that why you say i'm your everything?"
ethan chuckled. "maybe."
you guys laid under the stars and cuddled the whole night and decided to head to camp half blood with the first lights of the morning.
"i should thank your mom." ethan yawned as you guys got into the car.
"okay, i'll organise a dinner with her so you can do that."
you both threw yourselves on your bed when you arrived and you fell asleep in ethan's arms.
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"O sorriso escondia um temperamento perigoso."
Sam Wilson's speech from TFATWS
Senator: Sincerely. You did your part in dealing with those terrorists. Now we’ll do ours.
Sam: Are you still going forward with resetting the borders?
Senator 2: Our peacekeeping troops will begin relocating people soon. The terrorists only set us back a bit.
Sam: You have to stop calling them terrorists.
Senator: What else would we call them?
Sam: Your Peace Keeping troops, carrying weapons, are forcing millions of people into settlements around the world, right? What do you think those people are going to call you? These labels, terrorists, refugees, thug. They’re often used to get around the question ‘why.’
Senator 2: Those settlements that happened five years ago. Do you think it is fair for governments to have to support that?
Senator: And the people who reappeared only to find someone else living in their family home, they just end up homeless? I get it. But you have no idea how complicated this situation is.
Sam: You know what, you’re right, and that’s a good thing. We finally have a common struggle now. Think about that. For once, all the people who’ve been begging and, I mean, literally begging for you to feel how hard any given day is, now, you know. How did it feel to be helpless? If you can remember what it was like to be helpless and face a force so powerful, it could erase half the planet. You wouldn’t know that you were about to have the exact same impact. This isn’t about easy decisions. Senator.
Senator: You just don’t understand.
Sam: I’m a black man, carrying the stars and strips. What don’t I understand? Every time I pick this thing up, I know there are millions of people out there who are going To hate me for it. Even now, here. I feel it. The stares, the judgment, and there’s nothing I can do to change it. And I’m still here. No super serum. No blonde hair or blue eyes. The only power I have is that I believe we can do better.
We can’t demand that people step up if we don’t meet them halfway. You control the banks. Shit, You can move borders. You can knock down a forest with an email. You could feed a million people With a phone call. But the question is, who was in the room with you when you’re making those decisions? Is it the people you’re going to impact? Or is it just more people like you?
I mean, this girl died trying to stop you. And no one has stopped for one second to ask why. You’ve got to do better. Senator, you’ve got to step up because if you don’t, the next Karli will, and you don’t want to see 2.0. People believed in her cause so much that they helped her defy the strongest governments in the world. Why do you think that is? A few people have just as much power as an insane God or misguided teenager. The question you have to ask yourself is how are you going to use it?
Bucky: Sorry. I was, uh, I was texting. And so all I heard was a black guy in stars and stripes. Nice job, Cap.
Ok, here we go. Dark!Bianca idea. Shortly after the events in the desert, a severely injured Bianca is found by agents of the Titans who were shadowing the quest party off-page. She is brought back to Titan HQ and is convinced to join their crusade against the gods while her friends and family think she's dead. Jump ahead to BotL, instead of Kelli the Empousa, it is a mysterious masked assassin who attacks Percy and Rachel at Goode. The events mostly play out unchanged until Geryon's (1/8)
ranch, where instead of Bianca, it is the ghost of Maria di Angelo who is revealed to be sending Iris messages to Percy about Nico, while also strongly hinting that Bianca's still alive. Jump ahead to Mt St. Helens, Percy fights the assassin again, and during his stint on Ogygia, Percy begins to put two and two together after the assassin demonstrated skills similar to the Hunters. At Antaeus' Arena, the assassin is finally unmasked to reveal a still-alive but scarred Bianca, replacing (2/8)
Ethan Nakamura as the demigod enforcer. Percy is convinced that Bianca is being mind-controlled and goes to Mt Tam to rescue her as well as stop Kronos. However, when he confronts her, Bianca reveals that she's operating of her own free will, feeling vengeful against the gods for robbing her of her life and having pledged her loyalty to her new Titan master. Kronos intends to make Bianca the prophesy kid, promising her the free will she craves so badly as well as promising not to hurt (3/8)
Nico. Going into the Last Olympian, Percy and Nico are both determined to convince Bianca that she's making a mistake, and this time Nico's duplicity is not to simply learn about his mother but to try and summon her spirit to get through to Bianca. At the same time, Kronos gradually starts treating Bianca as less of an ally and more of a tool, and the Titans' actions cause her to have doubts even though she dosen't know what else to do. It all comes to a head in the final battle.(4/8)
Nico returns from the Underworld by himself early, giving Hades an ultimatum to come and fight or hide. Just before the final attack, Kronos sends Bianca to infiltrate Olympus to disable the magic defenses, but Nico arrives to intercept her and make one last bid to save her. They fight, with both begging the other to stand down even as they slug it out. Finally, just as Percy arrives to chase Kronos, the battered siblings' duel ends when Nico gives another ultimatum. He throws down his (5/8)
sword and gives Bianca, now reduced to fear and frustration-induced tears, the choice between perusing her grudge and allowing herself to continue being Kronos’s slave or doing the right thing. Finally able to make a legitimate choice of her own, Bianca chooses to turn her back on the Titans. She still ends up wounded, but unlike Ethan in canon, Nico manages to save his sister while Percy and Kronos have their final battle. After everything ends, Percy petitions for Bianca’s pardon along (6/8)
with the rest of his list, though Bianca turns it down, realizing the harm she almost caused to the person she loved more than anybody else. She is given a reduced sentence in service to her father, and though she does not properly forgive any of the gods that hurt her, she does recognize that the spite and anger she felt would only lead to more death. Nico gets to visit her occasionally, and she starts a road to redemption that Luke never got the chance to take. In HoO, Bianca is (7/8)
more of a background character, but it is she that finds Hazel in Asphodel and alerts Nico to her. Overall, dark!Bianca is an anti-villain who’s affiliation with Kronos is clearly drawn from her pain and grief over the gods’ interference in her life, but her saving grace is her brother. Nico manages to pull her out of the darkness and save her from becoming the same monster Luke became. What do you think? (bear in mind, this is my rough draft) (8/8)
Okay, WOW. Anon, I am actually going to start a petition to make you the new Percy Jackson author because that was such an interesting plot to read.
First of all, I love that you replaced Bianca with Ethan. As interesting as he was in the series, and as much as I loved his character, after reading through your rough draft, I feel like Bianca would have been a much better character to use throughout PJO. Her arc could have been expanded upon and completed thoroughly, and it could have made a lot of sense. Ethan felt more like a representation of "demigods turned to the other side," which I get is the point, but I loved the way you used Bianca because with your plot, her character could have been used so well to properly show how easily the Titan army manipulated kids.
Furthermore, I feel like your plot with Bianca could have been a much better way to use her character throughout the series. From my interpretation, in canon she seemed more like a stand-in tool just to enhance Nico's own character arc and his motives, but your plot for her would have actually given her some kind of foundation and an actual arc for her to go through. You've given her such an interesting character and I think it really provides more justice to what she could have been.
I also love the way that not only did you give her a better arc, but you also enhanced Nico's own arc and the plot, too. Her death in the books seemed more symbolic to him and a turning point in his character, but with her character in your AU, it's both important to Nico and Bianca. You've given her an actual character, and you've set up such an interesting conflict between Nico and Bianca.
Additionally, I love the divide you've created between them. I think that - based on what we know about her in the books - as much as she loves her brother, Bianca also feels very limited with him because of how she's been forced to grow up and be his savior. She understands that he's only a child, though, which I think could also play into her own hatred for the gods - they've not only destroyed her family, but now they're forcing her to take the role of an adult when she's a mere child, too? She was never angry at Nico - she was only ever mad with the gods.
Maybe that's something that Nico also feels bad about, and maybe he tells her about it when they're standing each other down. Maybe she lets him know that she never hated him or felt that he was bringing her down.
Also, I want to add that I adore the way you put them on opposite sides. It sets up such an interesting dynamic to their relationship because here you have two people who love each other so much, but they're on two different sides of a large war. They're both too stubborn to go onto each other's sides, and Nico knows Bianca's only going to get herself into more danger. I just love the potential that has for both of their characters.
I know Percy had a large fear about Nico being another kid to join Kronos' army, so I bet Bianca being on his team would have left Percy incredibly terrified for Nico, too, because he knew how much Nico loved Bianca. Would he have been nervous for Nico's ability to change his mind? Nico knows he'd never join Kronos, but would Percy have known?
And, knowing that Bianca's now on the Kronos side, how would Percy react? Because he felt pretty guilty about her death in TTC, right? Would he feel guilty that she's on the other side now, too? Would he try to reason with her, only to push her further away? I'd love to see how Percy would deal with knowing that Bianca - an important child of the Big Three - would react to her being there. He was already nervous about Nico joining sides, but having Bianca there would have really scared him.
And the part about Bianca finding Hazel instead of Nico? That was mind-blowing. I love everything about that situation because now that introduces Hazel into the narrative of Nico and Bianca's story. My question for you would be how does Hazel's character change now? How does she fit in with Nico and Bianca? Because in Heroes of Olympus she's clearly very insecure about her relationship with Nico and how he views her, but if she actually knew Bianca, how would she feel? Would she feel more left out (knowing that Bianca and Nico have known each other much longer and have a stronger connection with each other)? Would she be distrustful? And how would the three of them adapt to this additional family member? I have high hopes that by the end they would all love each other very much, but I'm just really curious into how Hazel's addition would influence the dynamic of all three.
And, essentially, it all ends into a somewhat win-win situation. Bianca's still living; Nico's got two new sisters; Hazel now has a new family.
I think this is such an interesting concept, and I'd love to read it. If you ever post it anywhere, please do share the link! This was such an intriguing plot to go through and, again, I think this could have been a much better use of Bianca's character.
Thank you so much for sharing it with me.
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Chapter 2: A Simple Vision
At what point in my life did I start to fear everything around me?
At what point did I begin to ignore and long for the normal? or rather what appeared to be
I was wondering this while the beautiful boy was sitting on the ground in front of me, he seemed not to be aware of my current state of deconcentration and astonishment, not to say that I was believing the story that he had totally lost his mind.
As he spoke with utter euphoria I was just paying attention to the flapping of his feet, he had two small wings on either side of his worn black John foos.
He has wings, his tennis shoes have wings, this is incredible, I have completely lost my mind
-They never stop,he began to say with a sympathetic smile, making my attention turn to him.
-What year are we in? my schedule is a little behind, only for a few millennia
-1995-I managed to say even in a daze
-Hey- his hand touched mine with a look of concern on his face -I know this is new for you
-Oh really? -I said sarcastically -How would you react if from one day to the next you start having hallucinations and seeing monsters taken from an Egyptian mythology book?
-Anyway- I answered, still upset- I can't live knowing that out of nowhere a goblin or a woman with snakes on her head will appear
-May, goblins don't exist -he laughed -and secondly, can you stop walking around me? You are making me dizzy
I obeyed his request, managing to sit next to him already exhausted from worrying about things that would not even happen again.
-And you, how do you know my name? And how is it that you are a god and not a madman who has just escaped from the madhouse?
His gaze intensified upon hearing my question, I can swear his green eyes sparked and lit up. The next thing he did was to gently take my hands again and give them a little kiss, which caused a slight pink tint on my cheeks so I quickly looked away
-You caught my attention, I couldn't help but ignore such a beautiful flower and with an incredible gift of prophecy
The next thing he did was lift my chin gently, our eyes met, my heart began to accelerate when I saw his lips approach mine to which I closed my eyes
So it was true, I called the attention of a god, a Greek god! And from Hermes!
Oh god I'm going to pass out, this is too much for me
-May! -I heard a familiar voice approaching -May! open your eyes
And like a mirage, she faded
-It's gone-she whispered still trying to understand what had just happened
-Of whom you speak? -Asked Dafne with total Confucianism in her eyes
-From no one
-Are you stupid? Why did you run away? I had to invent something to the teacher about why you left like this ... you had me worried
Dafne kept complaining about my voluntary disappearance and I, well, I was in my own world trying to convince myself on the one hand that this was all real, but on the other that it had just been a simple vision.
"Coloque seus óculos de segurança e suas capas de chuva. Vai ter sangue."
If Rick's gonna give us a solangelo book, I have a list of demands when it comes to handling the mental health of the characters.
- first and foremost: Will does NOT exist to heal Nico's trauma. They can be mutually traumatized and find comfort in each other, because they honestly have a lot in common having lost siblings at a young age, but that CAN'T be the basis of thier relationship. Its unhealthy, full stop. He has a bad habit of undoing character development in order to continue arcs, and thats exactly what he did to Percabeth in HoO.
- friendship first. This is a major pitfall in most of RR's relationships after PJO - theres no development to thier characters as friends first, at least not that we see, which makes the relationship feel flat. Have them bond over mythomagic or star wars before they discuss thier major trauma or get into a relationship.
- Will can continue calling Nico out on his self-isolating tendencies, because honestly sometimes depressed people do need a bullshit filter, but it has to be done in a way that doesn't just, dismiss the reasoning behind the way the character is acting. Nico is depressed, and will have bad days. Will is traumatized as well, a literal child war medic, and will have bad days as well. If they go through tartarus together, thier trauma will be doubled, especially Will's, as he's not been through it before. Nico should not be the only one recieving comfort.
- BOTH of them (and really every single character in riordanverse, tbh) probably have severe PTSD from different points in thier life. Just because Will doesn't show it as clearly doesn't mean its not there.
- that said, thier whole relationship should not be based on that trauma. Have them actually do couple things, but also keep them clearly defined characters in thier own right. Thier every thought should not be about one another - other people and situations exist. Will, especially, needs to be made three-dimensional.
- there is a way to turn trauma into jokes, especially the way jokes work among younger people, but there is a very specific way to do it. It should come from the character themself and not others. (i.e. Nico can joke about being gay and homophobic, or having a dead sibling, but some random straight character/other camper could not make that joke at his expense. Then its no longer funny.)
(Also, i really want to see Nico and Will trading trauma jokes, it could be a nice way to show Nico's moving on a little bit, idk that Rick could pull it off tho. maybe Nico and the Apollo cabin call themselves the dead siblings club idk, but if say, someone who hasnt lost a sibling were to say that they'd beat them up.)
- There's also a time for humor and a time where things are not humorous. Rick doesnt seem to be able to find a balance with that, because he either brushes off tragedy with jokes when its not funny, or drops a tragedy and then brings it up at the most inopportune moments.
- perhaps the most important point of this whole thing is that LOVE ALONE WILL NOT FIX MENTAL ILLNESS, and Nico and Will's relationship needs to reflect than in order to be worthwhile. Rick sort of touched on this in ToN, with Nico's conversations with dionysus and a brief mention of his PTSD, but Will still reads as a character sent to "fix" him and I do not like that in what is portrayed as a healthy relationship. Will has his own problems that need to be acknowledged.
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Main Character Playlist:
R u ok by Tate McRae
Midnight City by M83
3 nights by Dominic Fike
No Going Back by Yuno
SUPERBLOOM by MisterWives
Wildfire by SYML
Deja Vu by Olivia Rodrigo
Baby by Cannons
Open season by High Highs
Alright by Supergrass
Rue by Girl in red
Feels right by Biig Piig
Bigmouth strikes again by the smiths
Tabula Rasa by Purrple Cat
Can I call you tonight by DayGlow
Everything and nothing by the boom circuits
Norgaard by The Vaccines
Bright lights by Cannons
Young Blood by the naked and famous
Sweater weather by the neighbourhood
Rollercoaster by Bleachers
Space girl by Frances Forever
Make you mine by PUBLIC
Someone to you by BANNERS
Like Gravity by Blossoms
Spotlight by Mutemath
The Hype by Twenty One Pilots
Space cadet by Beabadoobee
Lies by MARINA
Northern Lights by DeathCabforCutie
Requests for playlists are always open xx
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A question on pjo/Greek mythology?
Why would Gaia who's known to hate the gods for overthrowing her children and creating various giants?
Actually give Zeus and Hera a wedding present? Not just any general but one that became the most precious gift of Hera?
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