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01 May 2010 @ 01:05 am
Sakura Blushes [Percy/Nico, PG-13]  
Title: Sakura Blushes
Author: igrab
Pairing: Percy/Nico
Written For: soxdamnxcute, to the palette face up to it
Wordcount: 473
Rating: PG-13

One of Nico's favorite things about Percy was how he blushed.

The fact that he did blush, at all, which Nico found fascinating, and how often and how easy it was to provoke. Percy blushed when he was embarrassed, when he was turned on, when he was angry, any kind of heightened emotion immediately saw him flushing pink like a japanese cherry blossom.

Okay, not quite like that, because that would've been impressive, and also probably would've clashed.

Nico was too dark to blush. He felt it sometimes - a kind of heat rising to his face, but it didn't even show under the olive tones of his skin. It was damn useful, too. It was easier to play it cool when he could keep himself looking pristine, like nothing was affecting him, even when Percy's lips or his eyes or, fuck, the way he held his pen drove Nico up the metaphorical wall. But he could smile, catlike, and no one would ever know.

Nico knew the first second that Percy looked at him and actually saw him, recognized that he was a viable sexual being. Nico had been barely fourteen and already depraved, so when he saw the pink tinge steal over Percy's cheeks and the slight, slight parting of his lips he knew exactly what it was. But he waited, he bided his time.

He also started wearing tighter shirts.

He loved the feeling of sauntering through Percy's life like his own personal oracle of impending doom. He loved knowing that Percy was thinking about him, that he couldn't stop thinking about him, and he loved how easy it was to prod that desire, enflame it, make Percy stumble over his own words like a grade-schooler with a crush. It was one of his favorite things about him.

It was the night before his sixteenth birthday when he finally decided he'd had enough of being a cocktease, and he leaned over (in the middle of a Smash Bros game, at that), swung a leg over Percy's lap, cupped his cheek with one hand and kissed him until they'd both forgotten how to breathe.

When their lips parted, Percy was flushed red and panting, and Nico looked as if he'd done nothing less ordinary than comment on the weather. He rubbed a thumb over the blush, his stomach thrilling at the thought.

"The fuck, Nico," Percy muttered.

"Should I stop?"

Percy gulped, and it shouldn't've been possible, but the blush got even worse. "Um. No. Definitely not."


His watch beeped an hour later, signaling that he was now sixteen legal and physical years old, but he was much too busy to pay it any attention whatsoever.

CL: Edmundstorylandqueen on May 1st, 2010 07:18 am (UTC)
I'm grinning like a cat now. Oh, fic, why do I love thee? Let me count the reasons.

Nico being depraved and knowing that Percy wants him and deliberately provoking him with his choice of clothing. Manipulative and delightful.

his own personal oracle of impending doom. Honey, that is icon-worthy. Seriously, I love that. How awesome is it to know that Percy wants hiim and is trapped by that want and be able to use it? Cunning, coniving, and utterly delicious.

Also, I love the random making out and the absolute confidence he has that he's wanted. It all happens on Nico's terms in his own time and I love it!

... I think I have a thing for naught, intentionally provacative Nico. Also, I just accused you of killing me with fic. Just thought you should know.
➵ she walks in starlight: pj / perseus jacksonigrab on May 1st, 2010 02:49 pm (UTC)
nico is so in control. he totally could have had percy when he was still underage jailbait. but no, he haaad to drag it out.
CL: Frecklesstorylandqueen on May 2nd, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Of course he could. I could say that Nico resisted because he has morals, but that would be a lie - he's just a dirty little minx.

littlelinorlittlelinor on May 1st, 2010 07:50 am (UTC)
I'd make long comments about how awesome this is, but 1: Dear Queen up there already said a lot, and 2: my mind kinda broke at the pen part.
➵ she walks in starlight: pj / i have found my nicoigrab on May 1st, 2010 02:50 pm (UTC)

nico spends a lot of time staring at percy :D

Edited at 2010-05-01 02:51 pm (UTC)
CL: Glam Kstorylandqueen on May 2nd, 2010 04:45 am (UTC)
Two things.

1: Call me CL *waves*
2: That? What not a lot. Believe me, I can be quite a bit worse.
littlelinorlittlelinor on May 2nd, 2010 04:54 am (UTC)
2) More than me, at any rate.
CL: Look backstorylandqueen on May 2nd, 2010 04:59 am (UTC)
1: oh my gosh. *facepalm*
2: I have made comments that require being posted in multiple parts. That was me being succint, okay?
neon footprint: Luke/Niconeon_footprint on May 1st, 2010 08:55 am (UTC)
I love Nico. I love Nico SO HARD! Everything about this made me love him more. I love the self awareness, and the tight t shirts. NICO!
➵ she walks in starlight: pj / nico; so fucking badassigrab on May 1st, 2010 02:51 pm (UTC)
neon footprint: Luke/Niconeon_footprint on May 1st, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
That's because they don't know him like I do.

stephanie_tan on May 6th, 2010 07:32 am (UTC)
squeal!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gods...Your story just made my week..been having a horrid week but this just made it all better. XD
Naiome Shiraneorouge on June 27th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
I'm grinning like mad right now =D

Nico, such a tease. Blushing Percy is undeniably cute ^^
i aim my arrows highaimmyarrowshigh on January 16th, 2011 08:55 am (UTC)
Nico had been barely fourteen and already depraved.

Pretty much.

So question: is 16 your half-blood legal age or are you British? It's definitely not 16 in New York. But it works for Percy & Nico this way because of their age difference -- for some reason, the idea of Percy not realizing Nico's... Nico-ness... until Percy is over 22 doesn't really make sense.

Aside from wondering that, this was the first P/N fic I read, and I loved how delicate and almost feminine it begins and how completely teenage boy it ends, with the making out while playing Smash Brothers and not actually specifying whether the "too much fun" was too much fun or more video games. It works really well.
➵ she walks in starlight: pj / drink me dry bbigrab on January 16th, 2011 09:15 am (UTC)
oh, lol, i didn't even think to check it - i live in new jersey, and the age of consent is 16 here. not legal-legal, but legal to have sex. there's another set of complicated rules and shit where like, it's okay pre-16 as long as you're within a certain age range of each other...?? i forget, i had a boyfriend once who had it all researched. (HURNGH, that is my opinion on that)