okay so this pan stitch was DIFFICULT AF because not only did the camera pan in to the palace, but as you can see, it TILTED, and i had to eyeball the whole thing. first version is what it looks like in the dream/flashback at the beginning of ep 1, second version is with some paint dot net jiggery pokery to make it clearer and cleaner and sharper and whatever. but this is, in fact, where serenity was running to find endymion on earth. in the lower right corner you can see a sort of gazebo shrine thing surrounded by pillars, which also bears some resemblance to the Elysian architecture in Classic in the SuperS arc, corresponding (thankfully, somewhat, at least in that little piece) to some of the architecture in the manga. there are pieces of a lot of things in there. i’ll probably end up making a reference post for all the things that i think are supposed to be either Elysion or the Golden Kingdom at some point.
EDIT: I really like what they did combining Roman countryside architecture, Classical Greek architecture, and low medieval European architecture there.
“Oh my god did you watch the new episode of Ghost King?”
“Yes!! It was so scary! I nearly fainted!”
“Oh please that shit is fake and you know it!”
“He shoots the episodes live Damian! How could it possibly be fake?”
“I wonder where he’ll go explore next? Maybe that old house up on Simpkins Drive?”
This, among other things, was a common topic that floated through the halls, in every classroom, and the lunch hall in Demigod High School. Odd name, I know. At first it was just Half Blood High School, in close proximity with Jupiter High School , but after resolving a small (not small at all) fued the two schools merged together.
Anyways. The YouTuber known as xXxGHOSTKINGxXx was something short of a hot commodity. He had millions of suscribers, close to a billion actually, he would go around his town and sometimes other cities if he could to explore supposedly haunted establishments, kinda like Ghost Adventures, he always wore a large sweater that hid his frame, but it also had a hood that you could zip up to reveal the skull design. Which is how he always wore it, along with matching skeleton hand gloves with the fingers cut off. Besides the white skeleton design on the sweater, he wore all black. And he always had on a voice modifier so no one could actually hear his voice.
The myserty of who he was, was part of his appeal. There was also the fact he claimed to be a medium, a very powerful and sensitive medium. He was like a spirit magnet wherever he went.
So yeah, he was well known.
“Hey, they’re talking about you.” Jason whispered to his friend beside him who had his black worn out boots resting on his cluttered desk, tilted back in his chair with his arms crossed and eyes closed as his chin rested on his chest.
He opened one eye to peak at the boy whispering to him and let out a deep sigh. “I know, I hear them, Jason, I’m not deaf.” He grumbled out before yawning into his hand.
Jason smiled knowing his friend’s tone was not filled with real agitation, he was just tired from a night of ghost hunting.
“At least lunch is after this class.”
The dark haired boy nodded slowly trying to stay awake, but when you’re up till 3 A.M. in an abandoned hospital getting proof of ghosts existence, well it wasn’t easy to say the least.
“Hey Neeks!” A familiar (annoying) voice pulled him from his almost sleep.
Neeks, aka Nico, once again opened his eyes and huffed out in annoyance. “Don’t call me that Jackson.”
Percy Jackson, Captain of the swim team, everyone’s friend, and hot as hell, stood before Nico in all his gorgeous annoying glory. That was a friendship many questioned, so was the friendship between Mr. Golden Boy himself, Jason Grace, but those facts are beside the matter.
“Always a ray of sunshine.”
“Want do you want Percy?”
“Did you watch the new episode of Ghost King last night?”
“Of course I did, why do you think I’m so tired?”
“It was so awesome!”
And there was no stopping Percy from blabbering on and on and on now.
Yes Nico was the Ghost King, but very few people actually knew this. Percy was not one of them. Who did know was his family, Jason and his girlfriend Piper, and Nico’s best friend Reyna. He preferred to keep it a secret, he was never one for wanting attention. He was the one in the back of the classroom hoping to blend in with the shadows which he kinda did with all the black he wore.
But hearing how so many people liked him, liked what he did, well, he would be lying if he said he wasn’t a little bit proud or happy.
“Who’s the Ghost King?” A new voice asked. A voice Nico generally tried to avoid, not because he hated the person the voice belonged to but because he was crushing on the person, had been for the longest time, ever since he transferred to the school last month.
Percy turned to gape at Will Solace, Sunshine boy extraordinaire.
“You’ve never heard of the Ghost King!?”
“How could I not? He’s talked about almost everywhere. But I mean I’ve never watched his videos. I like to go to bed at reasonable hours.”
“Dork.” Nico mumbled out with a soft chuckle, but immediately stopped when blue eyes locked on him and shot him a playful glare.
“Call me what you will, di Angelo, but a healthy sleep schedule is vital for you. And yes, you especially. You never sleep!”
Percy of course interrupted their banter in favor of whipping out his phone and pulling Will into their small circle of people. Really if the teacher was here, Nico was sure he wouldn’t have been able to get the attention of the class back at all.
“Here this is the first episode. Educate yourself child!” Percy declared as he handed Will one earphone as he slipped the other into his ear and pressed play.
“Percy. Lunch is in 10 minutes. That video is 30 minutes long. You guys won’t finish.” Jason tried to reason as he put his stuff into his backpack, and doing the same for Nico. As if Nico couldn’t do it himself, but Jason had this thing about getting out of the classroom first so he always packed his and Nico’s stuff so they could get out of whatever class they had together efficiently.
Percy paused the video with a small whine from Will, that definitely didn’t make Nico blush. “Fair point Grace! How about you eat lunch with us Will? Then I could show you more videos!”
“Ósnotr maðr þykkist allt vita.” An unwise man thinks he knows all.
I find this quote of advice to be very important, especially for those actively seeking knowledge on a daily basis. Yet, it is important for everyone to understand, because the world is far too complex for a single person to know everything.
Next up is one of the most powerful statements I have read so far in a saga, partly because I feel that the author’s own words are reaching out to the reader through Njáll Þorgeirsson in this moment:
Once Dance had ended, Nico quickly changed out of his dance clothes and into his everyday clothing.
Dance had been exhausting today, but Nico loved it. Especially since him and Hazel were always partners, the perks of being short. ‘One of the only perks.’ Nico thought with a sigh as he finished tying his shoes and slung his backpack over his shoulder. He ran a hand through his sweat soaked hair and cringed slightly when his fingers caught a knot. With one last glance in the mirror on his way out of the boys dressing room and a wave to Mitchell, Nico made his way to the front of the performing arts building and waited for his sister so they could head over to their last class of the day. History.
As he waited he thought about the conversation at lunch. He thought about the pros and cons but ultimately decided to get his families opinions, he was sure Hazel and Persephone would be all for it, while his father and Bianca would be a bit hesitant. But still he wanted to hear what they thought. But soon his thoughts somehow drifted off to a certain blond haired, blue eyed, gorgeous boy.
Gosh, even just thinking about him made his knees feel weak!
Will had that strange power over him, to make his knees feel weak, mouth go dry, blush into oblivion, and his hands sweat.
Nico was no fool, he knew this was more than a simple crush like the one he had had on Percy, but he couldn’t bring himself to do anything about it.
He didn’t want to ruin the friendship he had with the golden haired boy, but sometimes he thought that Will was interested in him too.
Little things like lingering touches and soft smiles.
Yeah….those were great.
Then his thoughts drifted to the many faces of Will Solace. From his overly happy smiles, to the down in the dumps frowns, and to the anger infused teeth bared.
He made a cute face at lunch, Nico remembered. He had been watching the first episode of Ghost King with Percy and when he heard the scream that Nico had his eyes got wide, and he jumped a little.
It was adorable!
Much too soon, Nico was begrudgingly pulled from his thoughts by his sister grabbing his hand and dragging him to their next class.
After the class was over, Nico and Hazel walked out to the parent pick up section of the school and stood around to wait for their father, or Persephone, they didn’t really know which one was coming for them.
“- and it was so nice! He brought me roses and everything!” Hazel explained with bright eyes and a wide smile.
She had been explaining her latest date with her boyfriend Frank as they waited when Nico felt a hand on his shoulder. He turned to see the very boy who plagued his thoughts.
“Hi you two! How was your classes?” Will asked as he took his hand off of Nico’s shoulder and stood beside the smaller teen.
Hazel smiled at Will, “they were good, History was a bit boring though.”
“Isn’t it always?” The blond supplied with a laugh.
“How was yours?” Nico asked as he adjusted the strap on his backpack and groaned at the weight of it.
“I got in trouble….but other than that it was good.”
“You? You Mr. Goody Two-Shoes, got in trouble? What for?” Nico laughed out.
Will huffed and mumbled something under his breath. Hazel smirked softly and sing-songed, “what was that? We couldn’t hear yoooouuuuuu.”
Another huff and a sheepish grin came from the blond as he blushed and shrugged. “I was watching the second episode of Ghost King and my teacher caught me. I couldn’t help it though! His videos are so creepy and suspenseful and awesome!” Will lamented.
Hazel and Nico shared a knowing glance and laughed.
“Yeah. They’re pretty awesome. We watch them all the time.” Hazel commented just as her phone dinged, signalling a text.
“You know. He kinda reminds me of you Nico.”
“The Ghost King. He reminds me of you.”
Nico felt his heart skip a beat, on the outside he held his face a nonchalance and amusement but on the inside he was freaking the fuck out.
“Oh? How so?”
There was something in Will’s eyes that he simply couldn’t put his finger on, those breath taking blue eyes raked over Nico in a way that made him have to hold down a shiver.
Will opened his mouth to reply when Hazel interrupted after replying to the text. “Nico, Jules-Albert is picking us up, and he’s here.”
“Oh, okay. Um bye, Will…see you tomorrow.” Nico hastily said as he and Hazel started walking to their families black BMW as Will called back, “See you tomorrow di Angelo!”
Once in the safety of their car, Nico let out a sigh of relief.
“What was that all about?”
“Nothing. Oh, I have something to discuss with the family when everyone is home for dinner.”
“What is it?”
“Is it bad?”
“Well is it?”
“Nico!” Hazel whined as Nico laughed as he swatted her hand that was going to poke him away. “You know I hate when you do that!”
“Tell me you’re going to tell me something later but don’t tell me!”
“I’m going to tell you. Just not until later.”
“Uuuggggghhhhhhhh.” Hazel dramatically groaned as she leaned on Nico. He chuckled at her antics and kissed the top of her head.
“I promise you’ll know soon.”
“Fine.” She grumbled but made no move to get off him, and he was perfectly okay with that.
The rest of Nico’s week had to be hell. He was sure of it. He must have died and gone to hell, and this was his eternal punishment. Wondering if someone he knew would win the contest, find him out, and boom life as he knew it was over. The teasing would begin again and he would have to move….again. That’s why he liked the anonymity of being Ghost King. People didn’t view him as a freak, they viewed him as cool and edgy and mysterious. They looked up to him because of his abilities, they weren’t scared by them. That’s why his heart nearly jumped out of his chest when Will, Percy, Annabeth, Grover, Reyna, Austin, Kayla, Lou Ellen, and Cecil all announced that they joined the contest. Because with Nico’s luck, one of them would win, yes he was on the Judges Panel but the videos were being sent in via email, he didn’t know anyone’s email except for his dad’s.
To say he was stressed would be the hugest understatement of the year.
Thankfully Bianca and Hazel joined, so there was a possibility that they could win as well, Jason also joined, but that boy could barely handle showing Nico a video on YouTube without messing up somehow. The Italian wasn’t confident that his self proclaimed best friend was even going to place. ‘Bianca might though,’ he thought as he stared down as his textbook, his brain and body feeling numb. His eyes were seeing the words, but his brain wasn’t processing them at all so he had to re-read the same page about five times before he could turn the page.
The producers decided to have places for the contest. First place would, of course get to go on his lock down of sorts with him and get a customary Ghost King sweater and get a self with the man himself, Second place got the sweater and an autographed picture of him, along with a poster, and third got the autographed picture, a poster and bracelets. They said it was only fair since so many people were sending in videos, they felt the need to add other prizes. And all those who sent in a video got a bracelet.
Nico vaguely could feel himself turn to the next page.
Sure he was excited about all the new equipment he would get to keep and use, but he also feared for his fan. Because it’s one thing to watch his videos, it was another to actually be in them. Yes some people thought he was a fake but actually some locations could be dangerous. And the one they wanted him to film in was an abandoned hospital in the next town over. Hospitals were like ghost magnets. And there was always malevolent spirits who got pleasure from harming people. One time he got scratched in a mental ward by a spirit who had suffered from the delusion that they were the reincarnation of Lycaon. Luckily his friend Reyna had followed him that night and hastily stitched up his arm before trying to get him out of there and to a hospital. They said he was attacked by a dog. So now he has nasty scars to prove that spirits exist, yet he never shows this evidence to anyone or proudly proclaims how he got them. He had bled a lot that night, and only added to the many blood stains that painted the floors and walls of that mental ward, he made an oath to never go back to that location, and he never posted that part of the video.
So yeah. He was also worried about something going wrong.
Could you blame him?
The judging began and Nico could feel himself sweating nervously as he and the other judged viewed the videos, one by one.
It felt like a millennium had passed before they finally picked the winners. Third place went to this kid in New Haven where they would be filming, Second went to this kid he had dance with, he forgot her name, and First went to…….. Lou Ellen.
At first Nico had freaked out, he had to excuse himself to the bathroom so he could panic in private, well until his dad went to calm him down, but then he was grateful that it wasn’t Will.
Yes he liked Will, like a lot, but if he had won, Nico was sure he would have found out who he was somehow. But Lou Ellen was also his friend, so he also worried about her finding out. She wasn’t the type to gossip, but she was the type to push his to tell his friends, or blackmail him. She still has a really embarrassing picture of him that she uses to get him to do favors for her, imagine if she found this out!
So all he could do was breath in, and breathe out, and just hope filming went okay.
And so he anxiously awaited weekend.
He thought he could catch a break at school but the news that Lou Ellen had won was now the hot new topic, and so he had to sit there and pretend he wasn’t having a mental breakdown and pretend he was so excited for her. Will was pleasantly jealous and made that fact known almost every thirty minutes. He also complained that he should have won, in all honesty, he placed fifth. So he had been so close. Too close.
Filming day arrived, and it was hectic. Lou was signing her waver at the station and was going to be dropped off at the hospital at 10 o’ clock pm.
The filming crew was signing their wavers at the location and setting up some equipment with Nico outside, and some inside but not a lot, and Nico was just trying to calm down. He was excited and nervous all at once, it was an odd sensation to say the least.
He made sure to eat before coming to the location but did pack some snacks in his backpack. He remembered to wear the sweater that had the where the eyes on the skull were supposed to be were cut out so he could actually see, but he did paint around his eyes with black so Lou would only get to see his eyes if she was lucky. He also double checked to make sure he had extra batteries for everything, especially his voice modifier.
As he once again double checked everything, Lou Ellen arrived. She excitedly ran up to him and shook his hand.
“Oh my god it’s you! In the flesh!!! Well sorta! Haha….sorry that was lame, I’m just so excited and nervous to be here with you….and I’m babbling aren’t i? Sorry. Um, well, I’m Lou Ellen and I look forward to being your partner for this evening.”
Lou exclaimed in one breath. Nico held down a laugh at her enthusiasm and settled for a modest chuckle as he shook her hand, hoping she couldn’t feel his pulse rushing underneath his glove. He could do this. He could do this. He was the fucking Ghost King for heaven’s sake, he could do this.
“Nice to meet you, Lou? Was it? I’m, as you know, Ghost King. Are you ready to see some ghosts?”
Next week Kriegs will make her debut on Orlando’s beautiful grass
In just 1 month Ella Masar-McLeod will be prego
And by next year Canada will be ranked number one in the world, will have a world cup and Olympic gold medals (with EMcLeod in net I might add), little Fleming will be an architect, Preath will be married, the A Team will married, Alanna&Kyah will be married, Narny&Caity will be married, Jill will have disappeared and taken Hinkle with her, Ashlyn will be the USWNT’s starting gk repping the number 1, Kealia Ohai will have 100 caps, Mal will still be a sweet sweet child, CP23 will win the Ballon d’Or successive to her wife Tobs who won’t wear shoes to the event, AND there will be like 25 NWSL teams All supported by an MLS team including one in Vancouver owned by smol DMath and Captain Canada w/ Sabs in net & Erin as her gk coach, co-captained by
Sarah Stratigakis and Jordyn Huitema
and not a single women’s professional soccer player will have to work a second job TO LIVE.
All throughout lunch, Will and Percy watched the first episode of Ghost King, the blond was so intrigued by him, and quickly decided he was going to watch more episodes once he got home. Percy whole heartedly encouraged him and told him to text him so they could talk about them together.
“You know….the episodes are pretty long.” Will commented as he munched away on his salad like the health nerd he was.
“Yup, the newer ones are about an hour each.” Piper chimed in before she went back to talking to Annabeth and Juniper about some new movie her dad was going to be in.
Grover nodded as he ran a hand through him unruly hair, but two strands, without fail, always stood up. Percy joked that they looked like antlers or something. “They’re about the length of a TV show already.” He commented off handedly as he stole a fry off Percy’s tray and smirked when his best friend glared at him.
“He should have his own TV show.” Will piped up as he nudged Nico who was sitting beside him. “Don'tcha think?”
“That would be kinda cool.” He agreed as he did his best to not blush, he had a rep to protect.
Okay not really but he was known in the school as the mysterious but cool emo. So he was popular as a relative term. People knew him even without him being friends with two of the most popular jocks.
“That would actually be really cool!” Jason suddenly remarked with a mischievous glint in his eye. “It would probably be a lot easier on his fans and him if he had a set time to broadcast his show, people wouldn’t have to be awake that late because he could prerecord.”
“But people would question the authenticity of it. More so then they already do.” Reyna added with a knowing glance passed between her and Nico and Jason.
“Reyna’s right. The whole point of him doing live recordings is to show that it’s not fake. That whatever he records is happening in real time.” The Italian stated as he he happily took a chip that Will was offering him. Completely ignoring how his heart fluttered when their fingers brushed against each other.
Nico had to admit, having a TV show did sound pretty cool, and Jason was right about the reasonable hours and such. But he really didn’t want people to thing everything was fake, he was never one to care about what people thought of him, but this was one he did.
Because he actually saw ghosts, and some did look normal but others were seen in the condition that they had died in and that was honestly horrifying, he could hear them, whispering, yelling, screaming, and he could talk to them. Some were happy to communicate without having to use much of their energy, others could not care less that he spoke. And he could sense their presences. And could tell how dangerous they were.
Contrary to his fans beliefs, he could not summon them whenever he felt like it. That seemed to be a common fan theory.
Another fan theory was that he was actually female. Which he did not entirely dislike, it helped pull suspicion off of him more so than usual, plus it was a pretty neat theory.
“Pipes? You okay honey?” Jason’s voice snapped him out of his thoughts as the bespectacled blond was staring at his girlfriend whom was thinking rather hard it would seem.
“You know….a TV show is actually possible. I bet the fans would love it, honestly I’ve heard some say they wanted it. But I mean, I could talk to my dad. I’m sure he would love to help out Ghost King, he’s a big fan of the show. ” the beautiful girl mumbled out with consideration.
Before anyone could agree or disagree the bell for the end of lunch rang out obnoxiously loud.
They all cleaned up and said bye to one another as they headed off to their respective classes.
Nico headed off to Dance 1 with Piper as Percy, Jason, Reyna, and Annabeth went to gym, Grover was off to English II, Juniper was going to botany, and Will was going to Anatomy.
Yes Nico was in Dance. It was a better option than gym, plus he did fencing outside of school. And another good thing was that he had the class with Piper. He liked when he had classes with his friends it made eveything a whole lot easier. He especially liked dance because his half sister had that class as well.
Once him and Piper stepped into the dance room to drop off their backpacks so they could go change, Nico recognized the dark unruly curled mass of no return right away.
“Hazel!” He called. Said girl turned to look at him, her gold eyes fixated on him as she smiled.
“Nico!” She quickly ran over for a hug. He happily embraced her thankfully smaller frame, he was known for being so short, and gave her a quick kiss on the forehead.
The dark haired italian was so excited to tell her and their older sister about the conversation they missed at lunch and to get their opinion on the TV show idea.
Ringo Renmei (林檎連盟) released the Hatsune Miku (初音ミク)
Summer Memory (サマーメモリー) 1/8 GK from the game “Hatsune Miku -Project
DIVA- f” (初音ミク -Project DIVA- f) published by SEGA. Was released in
Wonder Festival 2013 [Summer] on July 28, 2013. 7,000 yen ($57.20) (taxed in). Kit is NOT pre-painted nor completed.
Once dinner rolled around Nico felt a bit nervous to bring up the conversation at lunch, but he knew that if he didn’t bring it up he would have to face the wrath of Hazel……never again.
Last time that happened she nearly broke his nose, all because he accidentally ripped the arm of her doll off when they were younger, it was about a month after she had moved in with them. But that was a long time ago.
“Nico? Are you okay honey?” Persephone asked as she passed him the garlic bread, he gratefully took one and gave his step mom a small smile.
“M'good. I actually wanted to talk to you all about something.”
That got everyone’s attention. Hazel looked at him expectantly with an eager smile, she had been waiting for a whole what? 3 hours?, Bianca set down her fork and looked at with with a curious smile, as did Persephone, his father raised an eyebrow at him and gave him a look that said, ‘go on.’
Nico cleared his throat before he began, “Well at lunch today my friend Will-”
“That blond one?” Persephone interrupted.
“Isn’t he Apollo’s boy?” His father this time.
“Yeah, but anyways-”
“He’s nice dad. Nothing like his dad.” Bianca reassured after noticing the look of distaste on her father’s face.
“Anyways!” Nico said louder with a slight pout. Thankfully that got their attention yet again. “Anyways….during lunch Will was watching the first episode of Ghost King, and he made a comment about how Ghost King should have a TV show. Well everyone really liked the idea, then Piper said her father would probably be more than happy to help set it up if, you know, Ghost King would ever want to….and I wanted to know what you guys think. So?”
It was quiet for all of two seconds before the table became a frenzy of talking over one another. Nico couldn’t make out what anyone was saying, but could see smiles.
Hades helped regain control as he cleared his throat and looked at his son. “It’s a big step from that You Tub son.”
“It’s YouTube dad! And that sounds like so much fun Nico!” Hazel exclaimed excitedly as she leaned over the table and grabbed his hands.
“That’s a big responsibility Nico.” Bianca reasoned as she sat sideways in her chair to look at her younger brother.
“But it would be a better option than him staying up so late to shoot his videos. Those bags are getting worse!” Persephone voiced in as she too leaned over the table and grasped Nico’s cheeks to get a closer look at him.
Nico felt himself blush, his family was always like this….well not always…..but he liked how it was now, even if his family loved to embarrass him, and they were a bit handsy, especially Persephone, but he honestly loved it. He loved that he got along with her now, he loved the fact that Bianca came back from that camp she went to even though it seemed she wouldn’t come back after the death of their mother, he loved that his dad was around more, and he loved that he gained another sister. It was wonderful.
He could see his dad holding back his laughter.
“Sephy, Darling, let him go.”
Persephone pouted but let his poor cheeks go. “I’m just saying.”
Hades smiled fondly at his wife before looking at his son once again. “Bianca and Persephone are both right. It would be a lot easier on you, what with an actual set programming time, you are losing a lot of sleep, and it also will be a bigger responsibility. But it’s your choice Nico.”
Nico smiled but the smile slipped off his face when he began to think about it in detail. “It would be great…..but wouldn’t making it a show make people even more skeptical, I go to great lengths to show just how real everything I experience is….I just don’t want people to doubt it.”
“People are always going to be skeptical Nico.” Bianca spoke up as she placed a comforting hand on his shoulder and gave it a soft squeeze. “You can’t please everyone.”
“Your sister is right, whatever you choose to do, just know we’re behind you every step of the way.” His father said with a slight smile.
“I think….I think I’ll do it. Or at least discuss it with Mr. McLean. I’ll just have to keep the voice modifier on when I talk to him.” Nico mused out loud.
Dinner carried on after that with the usual, ‘how’s school?’, or ‘how’s work?’ Just stuff like that. It was nice, and dinner had been great, probably because Bianca cooked….no offense to Persephone, but that woman could not cook for her life.
Back in his room, Nico took in a deep breath and called Piper.
“Pipes? Hey. I’ve got a question to ask.”
(( I imagine Hades always calling Modern Apps or technology by the wrong names, he tries to be the cool hip dad but he’s just clueless.))