I write Nicazel
With Frank’s help, Hazel had pulled an extra bed into her small room on the Argo II. No one questioned her decision, not even the trigger-happy satyr, Hedge. It was the first night they would spend without Percy and Annabeth. The first night Nico would be in a real bed, not being held captive. Hazel was worried to let him just sleep in Percy’s room. Her brother wasn’t okay. She knew it even before she awoke to his soft sobbing, nightmares torturing his unconscious mind. “Nico,” she gently shook her brother. Their beds were pushed together, after all, so she didn’t have far to reach. He woke up, eyes shooting open. “H-Hazel?” he rasped out. Hazel moved closer to Nico, wrapping her arms around him. “You’re okay. We’re together. You’re safe.”
It took an hour or so, but the children of Hades finally found themselves asleep, finding the only comfort in each other.
Usually Leo would wake everyone up at a certain time in the morning. Despite the events, he thought keeping to routine would be good for everyone. Frank and Jason were up (Those two had become close since the brownies and peach deal) and Piper was getting ready like any daughter of Aphrodite would be. But when the son of Hephaestus reached Hazel’s room and peered inside, his heart tore in two at the sight. Hazel and Nico - clinging to each other. They both looked smaller in sleep. Younger, definitely. And while they looked completely different, no one could doubt these two were siblings. Siblings who needed each other.
Leo would give them another hour to rest.
The room fell silent when Nico and Hazel walked in.
Their hands were connected, and Piper figured it gave them both strength. Throughout the whole mission it was clear how much Hazel cared for her brother. Piper hoped Nico would be okay. Then Hazel did something very unexpected. She let go of Nico’s hand and came over to the table, grabbing a bagel and returning to her brother. Then she placed the breakfast food atop his head. Hazel smiled.
“Hazel, I’m not a toaster, if that’s what you’re going for.” Nico said, smiling.
The look on Hazel’s face was priceless. She looked absolutely ecstatic to see her brother smile. “My bad.”