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13 February 2010 @ 01:31 am
Stop Thinking (Percy/Nico, PG)  
Percy/Nico . 1,817 words . PG . Nico's going into high school, and Percy is Annabeth's puppy dog.


Sometimes, it was really hard to believe that they were a whole four years apart.

"I've got it," Nico said, tipping his head back against the black stone of the Hades cabin. They were sprawled on the front steps, grateful for the chill of death when the alternative was drowning in their own sweat.

Not that Percy would, but it wouldn't keep him from overheating.

He looked up, blinking slowly, belatedly realizing that Nico had actually said something. "Hm?"

"You're like a puppy," the son of Hades muttered, a wry smile on his face. "You're lucky you don't have a tail, you'd pass out from wagging it so much."

Trying to comprehend this was like trying to comprehend a rock. It was a rock. What's the point. "What are you talking about," he groaned, because why did they have to be talking at all? It took way too much effort.

"You know, every time Annabeth's around."

Predictably, the second Nico said 'Annabeth', Percy snapped to full awareness. And then, with a sinking feeling, he realized he'd pretty much just confirmed it. He groaned again. "Nico," he whined, and the son of Hades laughed.

"See? She doesn't even have to be here. Now you're a sad puppy. Sit, Percy, sit!"

"I'm not a puppy," he moaned, but he was fighting a losing battle, and Nico shoved his feet at Percy's back until he rolled over, pressing his too-warm chest to the blessedly cool stone. Nico's feet curled, and it was kind of nice, bony toes digging into sore muscles and the heat draining out of his body into the hungry obsidian.

"Do you miss her~," Nico teased, and Percy didn't have to move to know the wicked smile that was surely gracing Nico's face.

"Shut up," Percy muttered, and ground his nose into the step under him. He didn't want to think about it. Annabeth had gotten leave to miss camp for some fancy college orientation in Massachussetts, which wasn't that far, honestly.

He didn't want to think about it. That was obviously why he'd been succeeding, until Nico had brought it up. Obviously.

"I'm worried about starting high school."

And then Percy would remember. That Nico was only fourteen, that it shouldn't be so easy to talk to him, so easy to feel like they were so similar.

And it wasn't because they, out of all the new arrivals in the past two years, were the only sons of the Big Three. That their dads had been the ones to come through, for them, when all the other gods were stubbornly following orders.

And, you know. It definitely wasn't because Annabeth had been maybe born out of Athena's head, or anything. Because that thought was way, way too weird.

"You'll do fine." Percy summoned up the energy to turn his head, and it made a 'thunk' sound as it fell on one side, so he could peer up at Nico's face. "You'll make friends, and have fun, and I'll only ever hear about you from Paul and - "

Nico's worried look broke into a smile, and he shoved a little harder at Percy's back. "Come on, Percy. Like you'll ever get rid of me."

It was a stupid, warm, happy thought.

+

"So, a little bird told me that prom's coming up..."

"Oh no, no no no, don't you start." Nico waved a dishrag at Percy's smirking face. "Hades, I hate you so much sometimes!"

But Percy wouldn't stop laughing, and the dishwater seemed to be laughing with him, making absurd gurgling sounds in the drain. "Oh, come on, Nico, did you really expect I'd let you off that easy?"

"I'm not going," he said stubbornly, turning back to his dish-drying and ignoring how Percy's dishes just continued to wash themselves, even when he stopped and leaned against the counter, arms folded.

"What? What do you mean, you're not going? You have to go. Come on."

"No, I don't, and I won't, and you're not going to convince me, so wipe that look off your face."

Percy made a sound of disbelief. "You're not even looking at me."

Nico looked at him. His eyebrows went up, and his lips pursed. "And I prove myself right again. Stop thinking."

"Can't, sorry, but nice try. Why don't you want to go?"

Of course, Nico thought, a little faintly. You have Annabeth. You wouldn't understand. "There's no one I want to take."

"So go alone." Percy heard someone moving in the living room and quickly went back to the dishes, though his hands didn't quite match what the water was doing. "But really, there's no one? Not a single person, in the whole world, that you, Nico di Handsome-o, would want to go to the prom with?"

Nico felt his stomach turn slowly around, like it always did when Percy called him that. It was supposed to be a joke - obviously - I mean, it couldn't've been anything else - but no one had bothered to inform his body of that. He smiled tightly, sending a quick prayer to his father that Percy wouldn't see through it. Probably not the best person to pray to, all things considered, but he figured Hades was the only one with his best interests at heart. He'd already gotten pounced by Aphrodite and informed, in no uncertain terms, that all of Olympus was watching his little soap opera with great interest.

"Well, one. But they're... taken."

"...Ah," Percy said, and he could've said a lot of things, like 'who is it' and 'tell me more' and 'they?' but he kept his mouth shut, and looked, for lack of a better word, contemplative.

Nico had no idea what to make of that.

+

Percy was no longer taken.

He was surprisingly okay with this. Because Annabeth was still his best friend, except for Grover - but that was different - and she was still his anchor but it was so much better when they weren't in love with each other. It was honestly like a weight off of his chest, and the emotions were still there, but he wasn't drowning in them.

It was a week and a half into his ninth summer at Camp Half-Blood when it sort of hit him. Because, intellectually, he knew all of that. Really he did.

But he was also maybe sort of lonely.

Percy threw his covers off and jumped out of bed, feeling restless. He thought of going to find Grover, but - well - Grover was his best friend, and he always would be, but best friends who are not only satyrs but expectant fathers do not make the best confidants for half-human relationship foibles.

He found himself outside the Hades cabin before he could think twice about it, and found himself inside the Hades cabin before he could even think once.

There was only one bed. It was a big, stupid, ostentatious bed and Percy had seen it before, but never with Nico actually asleep in it. He was pretty sure this wasn't allowed. Especially since he was twenty-one and Nico was seventeen and why was he thinking about this? Also, speaking of weird thoughts, Nico had head fuzz.

"Get in, loser," he said with a huge yawn, and Percy started - he hadn't even realized that Nico was awake.

"I didn't know you were - "

"I'm not. Talk morning. Sleep now." And, without ceremony, Nico rolled over to one side of the bed, leaving a nice, big, warm empty space beside him.

Percy moved slowly, and it must be like this when other people move through water - but the only thing he could compare it to was Kronos, slowing time down, or maybe swimming in glue. But the covers were velvet, the sheets were silk, and it was so comfortable that Percy wondered how Nico could ever leave.

There was a heaved sigh that he could feel, in the shift of the fabric, then Nico was turning over, to fix Percy with a very sleepy but still rather shrewd look. "Stop thinking."

"I can't," Percy murmured in return, feeling somewhat at a loss, here. On one hand, he could quite possibly sleep forever here. On the other, Nico was, oh, a foot away, and he couldn't remember the last time he'd shared a bed with someone.

One year ago, in Olympus, when Annabeth had elbowed him in the side and stolen the covers and he'd still thought it was cute...

"I told you to stop thinking." It really had no bite behind it, not when Nico was clearly still half-asleep.

Percy opened his mouth to say something, possibly 'You're really cute at two in the morning', but he felt a finger against his barely-parted lips.

Nico shifted closer. "No. Thinking."

Then he smiled, and leaned his head into the touch, let his eyes fall shut and did exactly that.

+

Nico was always a slow starter in the morning, and for the longest time, he was sure he was just dreaming as he felt a warm pressure on his lips, odd, but not alarming. Then, he slowly came to the realization that it wasn't a dream, and he was, in fact, being kissed. He wasn't quite awake enough to process any more than that, though, so he melted slowly into it and kissed back was much as he could, which is to say, not much at all, being that he'd been transformed from a sleeping log to a limp jellyfish (though not literally, this time).

Then it occurred to him that he should probably find out who he was kissing, and why. The who turned out to be -

"Mmm- Percy?"

Percy's response was to bite gently at Nico's lower lip, which was not helping his jellyfish condition.

"Where did... but... why..."

He had a vague, vague recollection of making a 'Mean Girls' reference in the middle of the night, and that was disturbing enough to block out the rest of the memory, though he had a nagging feeling it was important.

Percy laughed quietly against his lips, and that, that right there did him in, a little. A little more, that is.

"Nico?"

"Mmm?"

"Stop thinking."

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Maxwell Arcturus: stock;; mmmpopsiclecitiesfalling on February 13th, 2010 07:02 am (UTC)
So, reading the books and even afterward, I liked Percy/Nico more on principal than anything else, I saw potential and I was waiting to find a good fic to get the ball rolling.

Ball officially rolling. You have totally sold me on it. I love it. To pieces. So much adorable.
EWDARD CULLINS: natejones6 on February 13th, 2010 07:49 am (UTC)
THERE ARE BOOKS IN THIS SERIES? Shit, man, I didn't even know that.

TO THE LIBRARY!
venacavaa on February 13th, 2010 08:03 pm (UTC)
NOOO.
I haven't gotten to that book yet (even though I already know who Nico is...darn spoilers).
So, basically, this is me saying that I'll be back to read this once I finish the series. I'm only on book three right now, but I really want to read this and it's slightly upsetting that I can't read it yet. :(
Greg: Percy with headphonesjkaizer on February 15th, 2010 05:46 am (UTC)
That was such an adorable ending. ♥

Added to my Percy/Nico list - hope you don't mind :)
expo: percy jackson • percy badasspoptartmuse on March 14th, 2010 01:06 pm (UTC)
HA love the "get in, loser" bit, so adorable ♥
Joyfuljoyful on March 25th, 2010 12:51 am (UTC)
Not a pairing I'd ever thought of before stumbling upon you LJ by accident. Officially in love with this pairing now, and possibly in love with you. Write more. ;-)
Zaiden Malloryunluckycharisma on March 28th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
I would like to inform you that you have killed me. I spent pretty much every second reading this grinning like a moron. Favorite bits include Nico likening Percy to a puppy and the "Nico di Handsome-o." And:

Percy was no longer taken.

He was surprisingly okay with this. Because Annabeth was still his best friend, except for Grover - but that was different - and she was still his anchor but it was so much better when they weren't in love with each other. It was honestly like a weight off of his chest, and the emotions were still there, but he wasn't drowning in them.

Because that is pretty much exactly how /I/ want things to go (I love you Annabeth, but... Wargh), and exactly how I think it would be if things DID go that way. Thank you.

And just thanks in general for a lovely fic~
Lira-chanlira_chan on March 28th, 2010 12:30 pm (UTC)
PS: I somehow commented with my RP journal and now actually feel like a moron. ._.
➵ she walks in starlight: digimon / straddling!igrab on March 28th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
lol idc it's fine. XD

and just, thank you in general for your lovely comments! i'll be around slowly to answer each of them, but thank you for such thoughtful and specific commentary! i seriously really love it.

but, yes. you know, annabeth is cool beans, i don't want them to have a nasty breakup or anything, they just - i really don't think they'd work out as a couple and percy and nico need to be together forever. they are just the perfect everything.

also this didn't become my otp of doom until i actually wrote this fic, like, i sat down and said 'well what if?' and writing it transformed my view of everything. it was kind of awesome.
Lira-chanlira_chan on March 28th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
OH MY GOD DIGIMON ICON.

I'm sorry, that's the one fandom I was enough of a retard to write fic for and POST IT WHERE PEOPLE CAN SEE IT. The rest of the time I have the good sense to like, RP or something and keep it to myself.

But yeah, every time I somehow post somewhere weird with Zaiden's journal I headdesk a little. Partially because I'm internally LOL'ing to death over him liking the fic I was reading.

But since he has sex with men he just might. O:

SO ANYWAY. You are so welcome. Good fic deserves good comments. Since I WRITE fic, I totally believe an ACTUAL COMMENT is more meaningful than someone just going "This was good." (Although even that helps. ;o; )

Annabeth is cool beans and I am totally with you. xD Also that is beautiful or something. I actually ship it mostly because I was on the first book and like "Dude this is awesome I need pairings I want gay Percy!" and a friend told me "Uh stop you haven't gotten to the best character for him yet." SHE WAS RIGHT. I got to Nico before she SAID she meant Nico. And my reaction was "Oh you little nerd I want to EAT YOU." ...which with me is a good reaction, honest.
➵ she walks in starlight: okami / SQUEEEEEEZEigrab on March 28th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
ashdjkgjsfg i love digimon sfm. i have a digimon fic somewhere around here but only half is up, i need to finish it hurrrrrrr.

i shipped percy/grover for the longest time but they sort of... grew apart in the last two books, and then nico became AN AWESOME LITTLE HOTASS so i was all over it. also, like. i have this head canon where nico lives with percy's family during the year because he has to go to school and stuff and doesn't have anyone else to stay with.

okay, no, seriously, TO YOUR OTHER COMMENTS.
Lira-chanlira_chan on March 28th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
I'd be like "Dude check out my Digimon fic~ *pimps self out*" except it's all waaaaaay old and I shouldn't be encouraging people to still look at that.

Most of it is one-shots/single chaptered things because chaptered fanfic apparently = bad idea with me.

That's hilarious, because the reason I got talking ships with my friend was me seeing if she would ship Percy/Grover because she, MAYBE wouldn't have too big a problem with the "He has goat bits!" part. BUT YES NICO PLZ.

My headcanon is shaky because I've resisted writing anything myself. But your headcanon makes me happy. <3

Uh. Enjoy? xD
i aim my arrows highaimmyarrowshigh on January 16th, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
"I'm worried about starting high school."

This broke me.

There was only one bed. It was a big, stupid, ostentatious bed.

Of course it would be. It's Nico. Of COURSE it would be.

I googled "Ostentatious Bed" --



I feel like that is not nearly ostentatious and stupid enough for Nico's bed[room habits].
➵ she walks in starlightigrab on January 16th, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
Omg omg lol what. Ilu. Okay i swear when i get home i'll respond to, like, all of these comments, i really should be working etc YEAH. BBL. But just know that reading them all has made me SO happy omg.
i aim my arrows highaimmyarrowshigh on January 16th, 2011 09:43 pm (UTC)
:DDD Well, reading your fics makes ME so happy!

ALSO I JUST NOTICED THAT THIS BED AS A SEASHELL ON IT. IT CAN BE PERCY'S STUPID OSTENTATIOUS-BUT-LESS-THAN-NICO'S-FUCKING-MONSTROSITY-OF-A-BED BED.