Nico hadn’t slept right since the night they disappeared. His sister Hayley had tried to reassure him that the twins of Poseidon would be found soon enough, but he knew she was on edge just as he was. Felicity was her close friend, and with her gone, Hayley seemed more alert and anxious than Nico had ever seen her.
Felicity didn’t want to waste her time failing at archery again. Luckily for her, she caught a certain son of Hades quietly nearing the edge of the forest, and she decided she’d found her distraction.
….(aka the beginning of this that isnt in this book. its in some journal in wonderland probably)
"But didn’t Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades make a pact or something not to have anymore demigod children?" I asked.
Jason didn’t worry much when Nico left the bar that night. Nico could take care of himself, anyway, and he seemed to be enjoying himself anyway. He assured Percy and Annabeth that Nico would be fine before they continued with their night.
for prompt dean/lisa + cuddles
Nico hadn’t wanted a vacation, and he certainly hadn’t wanted one with Percy, Jason, and Annabeth. He knew that he was only invited because Piper couldn’t go with Jason, and he understood why Jason wouldn’t want to be alone with Percy and Annabeth anyway- who would?
Nico had gotten the best sleep he’d had in a while. Now he was laying awake with Felicity in his arms, and peace still lingered in the air. The sheets covered her for the most part, but his eyes couldn’t help but look over her exposed body. She was laying half on her side, and her dark wavy hair was spilled and sprawled out behind her. Her smooth, lightly tanned skin was near flawless. her chest rose and fell slowly as she breathed in her sleep, and her collarbones were visible thanks to the position she was in. He could spot a few scars across her shoulder and beneath her collarbones. His eyes moved up her neck to her smooth jawline, then to her face. Her features were relaxed, and he thought about how he hardly ever saw her looking so calm or peaceful. Being a demigod almost always meant that peace in life was never permanent, but she also had school and training classes at camp to deal with. Not to mention, she had to deal with him all day, although she never seemed to mind that last bit very much.
She inhaled deeply and made a sleepy noise as she shifted her position. She moved closer to him, and he tightened his hold on her gently. He thought about how it felt with her legs tangled with his and her chest against his and her skin touching his. He never thought he’d enjoy any physical intimacy because of how much he disliked physical contact in general, but that was yet another thing that Felicity had proved him wrong about. There was even times, such as the night before, that he remembered thinking how he couldn’t get enough of the physical contact with her. He’d never say it aloud (although he figured she probably already knew), but the thing he loved most was her fingertips and nails trailing gently down his skin and her breaths ghosting over his chest. Her gentle touches were what he craved most, and it was so surreal to him sometimes because he’d seen her at her worst and at her weakest and at her strongest. He found it so bizarre that she could just so easily be vulnerable to him and close her eyes and turn her back at him and trust and know that he’d protect her.
He leaned his head slightly forward and touched his lips to her forehead. He knew he would be forever in her debt for all the ways she’d saved him over the years, and he knew that he’d fallen into her arms forever. He knew she’d stay with him through anything, though, and he knew it only ever took three simple words to prove that their bond together was sealed as tight as their fate.
His lips parted, and his voice came out as a quiet whisper. “I love you.”
Felicity was on a roll. So far, she had managed to win a canoe race against Percy, hit the edge of her target in archery practice, and climb the lava climbing wall all the way to the top before much lava began spilling down. The rest of her activities had gone pretty normally, but her mood was staying high nonetheless. And another plus was that Nico would be home later. He’d spent the past two days in the Underworld helping Hades, and he would be back home with her by night.
Felicity sat on the beach in Montauk. She’d used the last of her money to take a cab here, and now that she was here, the realization that she had virtually no way of leaving was beginning to sink in.
Nico was in Tartarus, again.