ennoshita and yamaguchi bond over their feelings of inadequacy — ennoshita looks at his kouhai and wonders how someone with so much potential and determination feels so weak; yamaguchi sees ennoshita, stronger and more experienced, a great leader and team member, but sees that he still feels as though he is lacking and wonders how its possible for someone so good to feel that way — with little things at first, small words of encouragement, praises when they both improve. eventually, theyre at the point where they stay late to train with each other, both totally at ease in the relative silence of the gym, but both of them spend more time watching the other practice than they practice themselves. eventually, yamaguchi makes five successful jump float serves in a row, ennoshita getting closer and more excited with each serve until hes suddenly cheering, wrapping his arms around yamaguchi, unable to control the emotion that surges though him. “im so proud of you,” he says, a blush creeping onto his cheeks from the proximity — nowhere near as red as yamaguchi — “youre amazing.” yamaguchi stutters something in reply, tilting his head up but not quite close enough to actually kiss him. he cant quite get the courage for it yet, but he has something to say. “you inspired me. thank you”

stereotypedebunker said:

Actually one of the reasons I like Heroes of Olympus better than PJ and the Olympians is because the characters are more diverse. Other than Reyna, you also have Leo, who's Mexican-American, Hazel, who's African-American, Frank, who's Chinese-Canadian, and Piper who's Native America and it's just... Ah, diversity rather than the usual "white white white"! (Also the reveal that Nico is gay was good in that respect too!)

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There were some Hispanic and African American characters in the first series though. But absolutely! Heroes of Olympus expanded, which made the world an even bigger place.

CAN WE TALK ABOUT CANADA? MORE IMPORTANT, CHINESE-CANADIAN. BECAUSE HE EVEN BROUGHT A CHARACTER, WHO ISN’T EVEN AMERICAN, INTO THE BOOK!

If people are still mad about Nico being gay or having gay tendencies, ya’ll better look up the Greek gods a little more. They were hella gay.

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No. No, they do not.

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