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17 June 2010 @ 05:07 am
4:42 am (Percy/Nico, PG)  
Percy/Nico . 601 words . PG . I wish I could crawl inside your skin.

4:42 am.

Nico saw the glow of the clock from all the way across the room and sighed. He'd really meant to be home so much earlier - midnight at the latest, but one thing had led to another, and - yeah.

Percy was already asleep, of course. He would have probably been asleep by midnight anyway, but there was always a chance that he wouldn't be, and it was sometimes that chance that made the long summer hours worth it. That, and mornings.

Nico stripped out of his sweat-soaked shirt, sighing and rolling his shoulders as they were exposed to the gentle movement of air from the ceiling fan, on its lowest setting and still creaking now and then, in an uneven rhythm. He unbuckled his belt, let his pants pool right there on the floor. It wasn't important, he could deal with it later.

Their comforter was a deep, midnight blue - less because of the color and more because it was the softest thing this side of Olympus. Nico slid underneath and tried not to disturb it; he knew Percy slept like a log but the night itself seemed blanketed in peace and serenity and he didn't want to ruin the moment.

He found Percy's shoulder in the dark and shifted closer. Like this, with Percy on his side with his back wide open and exposed, Nico could fit himself seamlessly to his lumbar curve, and fold his legs into the vee of Percy's own. Here, he was both protector and protected, and everything was perfect.

"...Nico?" Percy's voice was thick and fuzzy, and Nico was surprised, but not unpleasantly so. Also, it was difficult to feel anything but warm when Percy sounded so completely befuddled.

"Yeah," he murmured, moist breath at the base of his neck. If it wasn't very-almost-five-in-the-morning, he would have made some sort of snide remark: Who else were you expecting? but it was too late, or too early, for their usual banter.

"Oh good," Percy said, a little less confused and more awake-sounding. "Thought it might have been an assassin. But it's you." He yawned, and tilted his head back until Nico could nuzzle his forehead against it, should he choose to. "Boring."

"Sorry to disappoint," Nico responded, but Percy's yawn set him off, and then there was nothing for it but to curl his arm around his lover's chest and try and get even closer. "...I wish I could crawl inside your skin."

Percy curled one of his own arms - much manlier and stronger than Nico's sticks - around Nico's, and wound their hands together, even as he fought another yawn. "Yeah?"

"Yeah. Just... curl up inside your ribcage and never leave."

Outside, the birds were starting to wake up, and the clock beside the bed ticked over to 5:00am. "What about my heart?"

It was Percy, and thus Nico knew what it meant - and lungs and things, probably, but Nico certainly wasn't in any mood to be literal. "Oh, I'd keep it safe." Safe, and warm, and mine.

Percy went quiet and still, and for a long minute, Nico thought he might've fallen asleep again.

"I'd like that," he whispered.

Nico clenched his hands a little tighter, buried his face in the hair at the back of Percy's neck. I love you, he thought, and it went without saying. I love you, I love you, I love you.

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➵ she walks in starlight: hamel / pandora's boxigrab on June 17th, 2010 05:25 pm (UTC)
These are the things I think about when I can't sleep. n_n
You're so gangsta, I'm so thug_jubs_ on June 17th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
So cute!

Fuck. I think I'm starting to ship them.
➵ she walks in starlight: pj / hay bbigrab on June 17th, 2010 05:24 pm (UTC)
come to the dark side. we have candy. >:)
venacavaa on June 17th, 2010 06:50 pm (UTC)
It's not that I've ever actively not shipped them, it's just that Luke and Percy take up a lot of my time instead since I think Luke lives in my mind. Except, when you write Nico/Percy and when you write them this goddamn well - which is all the damn time, jsyk - I just want to curl up in the adorable and sweet and perfect Nico/Percy like Nico wants to be inside Percy's skin. Ugh. I love it to pieces.

Tell me you're writing some Nico/Percy for your bingo card...
➵ she walks in starlightigrab on June 17th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)

though, there's a lot of kid!fic and i wouldn't mind writing about them adopting little kidlets, but there are some het pairings i want to pay attention to, so.
angelmapleangelmaple on June 18th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
I sighed in that stupid cheesy way that you do when you reach the end of a romance. (well okay I do anyway) This is just... too sweet and lovely for words.
brisus. ϟ: pjo » lightning thiefmidnigthaze on June 18th, 2010 06:42 am (UTC)
lovelovelove. ♥ i gave one of those girly lovey dovey sighs and smiles and everything.
CL: Sunlightstorylandqueen on June 20th, 2010 05:13 am (UTC)
I'm not eloquent enough to give this the review it deserves. All i can say is that Nico's desire to curl up inside Percy are perfect and relatable, and make me think of love that beyond compare. His thoughts about percy's heart, keeping is safe, warm and his, are so gentle and loving and carry this tone of hope that resounds in his litany of 'i love you's'. This, my dear, is whatI think it means for Nico to be in love.
chizwiffle: Percy - Sea green.chizwiffle on June 21st, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
I'm not sure how I missed this one. I was never a huge Percy/Nico fan, though I'm a huge Percy fan, and a huge Nico fan. But the way you wrote them here was truly just...seamless. Wonderfully seamless, to the point that if Nico did find a way to crawl inside Percy's skin, he wouldn't even leave a scar.

Another short and wonderfully sweet little golden nugget from you, my love. Thank you so much for this. :) Thank you so much for the imagery as well, for painting such a lovely picture of a sleeping Percy in my head that I could very well go to bed tonight with a smile on my face. :) Thank you.

Can't wait for more.
stephanie_tan on June 24th, 2010 10:18 am (UTC)
I'm smiling like an idiot at the laptop screen and just gave out a dreamy girly sigh. Sigh..... And I'm in public. Lol, the waiter probably thinks I'm crazy but your story is just so damn sweet!!!!!!!
♥♥♥ this so much. XD
stephanie_tan on June 24th, 2010 10:22 am (UTC)
Oh sigh!!!!! I just read it again and the entire 601 words, my heart was squeezing at the sweetness of it all. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. It's just so damn adorable. They're adorable! Heck you are too for being able to come up with such adorableness!:p More please! =)
Naiome Shiraneorouge on June 27th, 2010 04:37 am (UTC)
Aww~ that was so sweet ^^ You gave me butterflies

I love your Percy/Nico works, just thought i should let you know =D
(Anonymous) on December 19th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
this was amzing
o m g!!!
i love nico! hes just so awesome!
i aim my arrows highaimmyarrowshigh on January 9th, 2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I love this.
i aim my arrows highaimmyarrowshigh on January 16th, 2011 08:42 am (UTC)
Here, he was both protector and protected, and everything was perfect.

Well, if that isn't the entire crux of Percy/Nico in one well-crafted sentence, I don't know what is.
Morgan.vamphime on February 18th, 2012 04:15 pm (UTC)
This is so- I don't know the word for it. It makes me want to fall in love
Danielledmitchell1985 on September 18th, 2012 05:30 am (UTC)
I'm so glad to read some new Percy/Nico fic from you. :)