(art by John Rocco)
The time has come…it’s the last twenty days. My countdown will be working a little differently from here on out- the next 10 days will each be dedicated to one of the ten main characters. After that, one per book.
Our first main character…Coach Gleeson Hedge!
After a brief cameo in The Last Olympian, he stormed full on into the story in The Lost Hero. A middle-aged satyr with a love for martial arts, baseball bats, and vegetarianism, I never expected to grow to love him as much as I do.
Through the series, his ridiculous protectiveness has both made me laugh and warms my heart. Whether he was grounding Annabeth, or forcing Piper to train extra hard at gym (even before she knew she was a demigod) he’s held his demigods’ safety at the highest priority. Coach Hedge is undeniably a source of comic relief, but he is so much more than that.
As of The House of Hades, he received news his wife Mellie was expecting. And despite his crazy antics, we all know he would be the perfect father. Let’s hope he survives to see that happen…
Here’s to you, Hedge. Thanks for making us laugh, protecting our heroes, and being the most violent satyr in existence. It’s been an awesome journey so far, and we can’t wait to see you help those cupcakes Nico and Reyna in The Blood of Olympus.
Bye, Hedge. It’s been a blast.