and she was really contented with life at the time this was taken

pjo theatre au

have some theatre au headcanons because it is that time of the year again and ya girl nia is in Theatre Hell™

  • Piper basically lives in the theatre ok aside from volunteering at her local animal shelter sometimes she doesn’t have a life outside of this
  • She is the Drama Queen. Head Thespian.
  • imagine every theatre stereotype you’ve ever heard. that is piper.
  • Jason is literally that kid who remembers everything. He’s memorized the script, all the blocking, all the cues. h o w
  • annabeth is SM and she’s never taken a job this seriously in her entire academic career
  • if you miss a rehearsal without informing her at least two days in advance she will make it her mission to hunt you down
  • nico absolutely hates being in the spotlight but he always volunteers to work crew for a show so annabeth promotes him to ASM
  • they’re both really intimidating so you can imagine the productions the department put on are A1
  • percy was that one swimming jock who decided to give theatre a try and ended up being crazy talented
  • he performed Sante Fe for a showcase one time and everyone was moved to tea r s
  • Leo, Rachel, and Hazel are those who like to double as techies and actors
  • honestly there would probably be no set ever if they didn’t have Leo
  • Rachel is basically #1 when it comes to publicity ok she designs all the posters and t-shirts for the productions
  • she once made everyone “I can’t, I have rehearsal.” T-shirts for the hell of it
  • but when she decides to act in a production she leaves that to Hazel because boy does she immerse herself in her characters
  • She takes method acting so seriously like when she was casted as Madea she literally started a protest outside the school over the dress code
  • piper: “i’m a thespian” someone: “did you say lesbian” piper: “that too”
  • Calypso is in charge of costuming and if she doesn’t make the most beautiful intricate well put together costumes every damn time
  • Frank usually just does run crew and honestly they wouldn’t have it any other way because he can lift set pieces that would usually take like 3 ppl
  • he also goes and gets pizza for everyone during tech week thx frank
  • everyone has seen each other half naked at one point it’s not even weird anymore
  • “nico the production is over you don’t have to wear your show blacks anymore” “what are you talking about these are my normal clothes”
  • it’s a tradition to have the entire cast go out to eat after a final performance in stage makeup and all 
  • everyone in the ihop gives them strange looks
  • the employees are used to it
  • they hate them
  • glitter. glitter everywhere.
  • Antigone. Madea. Oedipus. Trojan Women. Heracles. all sold out.
  • Greek plays are just their specialty lol no one’s sure why
  • once piper and percy convinced half the department to stand on the side of road at a busy intersection and bucket fundraise
  • they also ran around a nearby parking lot for a Wal-Mart and put their show flyers in the windshields of parked cars
  • leo almost got hit by a car twice
  • their director made them run laps when they found out but it was fcking worth it
  • a pre-show tradition they always do is to have everyone drink a cup of tea and then do the penguin dance
  • if you don’t know what the penguin dance is i’m referring to this 
  • someone once dared leo to say the M word for 20 bucks and hE DID RIP IN PEACE
  • that day during their dress rehearsal they had a stage light fall, 3 broken props, one costume malfunction, several missed cues, and their director tripped during a blackout and split their forehead open and had to be taken to the hospital for stitches
  • Annabeth wanted to kill him lol it took Nico Percy and Piper to hold her back
A Different Evening

Odessii was many things, lately - a leader, a Noble, an ally of the Guard. Life had changed quite a lot, in the span of just a few months, but Ode had been slowly adjusting. What she didn’t think would change, though, was her preferred ways to spend free time; she liked to stay at home, relaxing with her children. If she wasn’t doing that, she liked to train - she’d put together a training dummy in her back yard, and it was well-worn by now. Life was simple, and though she didn’t have friends she saw often, she was content.

But then, she’d been invited to tea - by a woman she’d met once, in passing, no less. The invitation was flattering, but Odessii was resistant to the idea; it wasn’t her sort of event, and she didn’t know that she’d really know anyone there. But her niece had taken the liberty of answering for her, and Ode was afterwards convinced that the experience would be good for her. She’d rolled her eyes at the time, protested when the night came, even considered staying home and sending a letter that she’d fallen ill. But, she’d gone, and a couple of hours later… She couldn’t stop smiling.

How long had it been, since she’d just had a nice evening, relaxing with good company? Probably since she was a child, sitting with her mother and tending to wildflowers. So, the evening of tea, and snacks, and clothing was all very unnatural to her - so unfamiliar, after years of just… Being, living her life as it came to her. She’d adjusted and reacted to adversities brought her way for years now, but recently, she’d been making so many more proactive choices. She’d chosen to approach Commander Aldenhardt offering aid, she’d chosen to recruit the people now under her banner, she’d chosen to go tonight… She’d chosen to buy a dress.

As Odessii walked through the Dwarven District towards the outskirts, she couldn’t help but open the box for the dress, setting the lid on the bottom so she could admire her purchase as she walked. Three pieces - a simple loop of cloth for her chest, with a short jacket to go over it, and a long skirt that would go to her ankles. It would probably show off her mid-drift,  but as her mind drifted back to her own admiration of herself in the mirror, that didn’t concern her. The coloring caught her attention when the models had walked out among them - a beautiful violet, complimented by gold linings.

She reached in, running her fingers along the cloth, smiling wider at how… Soft it felt. Never in all her years did Odessii think she’d experience such finery, something so… Luxurious. It was nice, plain and simple. A small thing, unimportant in every sense, that made her happy to have in her possession. She shook her head lightly, still smiling but reminding herself not to let this new experience overtake her. Her family was still one of generosity, of others above themselves. Jossetta, Adhelin, Elizebella, Venreena… Everyone had encouraged her to spoil herself, and aye, she could do that from time to time. So long as it didn’t become too much of a habit. Still, it was beautiful, and just… So incredibly soft. Maybe she would wear it of her own volition, instead of needing Rose and Jossetta to force her.

Gods, but she couldn’t stop smiling.

(( @thegildedcage ‘cause she wanted me to tag her! Also, mentions: @jossetta, @adhelin, @elizebella, and @venreenathorne. Thank you all for a great time! And I definitely encourage folks to go to Rose’s next tea afternoon. :3 Edit: OH and a slight mention of @percy-aldenhardt but I like ‘im, so there. ))