Nico looked at his stupid black polo shirt and stupid skinny jeans. He had no idea how he got sucked into a double date with Annabeth and Percy. Well, he knew how, his significant annoyance set up the whole thing without asking him.
“Well you look sharp.” Will smiled as he finished tucking in his baby blue button down shirt into his jeans.
“Why are we going on this double date again? And why do I have to go?” Nico asked.
“Because they’re our friends.” Will replied as he looked at Nico. “And they’re some of the only people that you can stand.”
Nico sighed, knowing Will was right. “So where are we going again?”
“To dinner and mini golf.”
“Wait, I got all dressed up for mini golf?” Nico asked.
“You really think wearing a polo is getting dressed up?” Will replied. “Come on, we’re going to be late.”
Nico sighed and walked with him out the door. He got into the passenger seat to let Will drive. He closed his eyes, trying to get a clear mind before this date started.
He did enjoy spending time with Will and going on dates always brought out his nerves. He just wanted everything to be right. Of course he was the perfectionist when he came to dates.
“Look, Annabeth and Percy are here.” Will said as he parked the car.
Nico opened his eyes and looked at his two friends through the window. They were smiling and chatting with each other as they waited for Will and Nico.
Will got out of the car and Nico followed. His hands shoved deep into his pockets as him and Will approached their friends.
“Hey.” Annabeth greeted, spotting the two of them from the corner of her eye. “You two look great.”
“Thanks. You two look good too.” Will smiled. “Did you get a table already?”
“We have a reservation.” Percy told them as they headed inside. His fingers were intertwined with Annabeth’s.
Will looked over at Nico who still had his hands shoved in his pockets. He sighed, slightly wishing that they could hold hands.
They got seated almost immediately. Annabeth and Percy sat on one side of the table and Will and Nico sat on the other side. Will was across from Percy and Nico was across from Annabeth.
“What is the best thing on the menu?” Will asked as he looked through the menu.
“The shrimp and chicken alfredo.” Annabeth replied almost immediately. “The sauce is light and it’s so flavorful.”
“Uh, no. Their steak is amazing.” Percy argued. “Melts like butter in your mouth.”
Will chuckled at their banter. His eyes flickered to Nico who was still staring at the menu. He knew Nico was trying to figure out the cheapest thing he would eat even though Will told him that he had the money for tonight.
“Get whatever you want.” Will whispered to him. “I promise that it’s fine. I saved up money for this date.”
Nico squirmed a bit, knowing he still was going to get something pretty cheap. It’s why he never like going out for dates. They usually do something inexpensive and cuddle up watching movies. That was the perfect date night.
Will placed a hand on Nico’s knee, trying to calm him down. His hand didn’t leave his knee until after they ordered.
Will was the one who was keeping a conversation going with Percy and Annabeth. He was smiling and laughing as the conversation kept going. Nico didn’t put in a word. He just listened to the three of them talk.
“So who is the best golfer between you and Nico?” Annabeth asked.
“Um, we don’t know. We haven’t been mini golfing before.” Will replied. “So this will be interesting.”
“I’ll give you a hint at who the best mini golfer is between us. Not me.” Percy slightly smiled.
“You’re pretty good.” Annabeth replied.
“Pretty bad compared to you.” Percy rolled his eyes. “That’s why I wanted to go with other people.”
Annabeth chuckled and looked at Nico. “Are you a good mini golfer?”
Nico shrugged. “Don’t know, I never tried before.”
“Wait, you never mini golfed before? Why didn’t you tell me that?” Will asked. “We could have trained before this date.”
Nico shrugged again before getting up to use the bathroom.
Will sighed and sank a bit in his chair. “Nico hates going on dates unless it’s a special occasion. I shouldn’t have told him this was date.”
“Why does he hate dates?” Percy asked.
“Both of us are tight on money. Usually we just watch movies at home or look up at the stars. Real dates take a lot of planning and money which we both don’t normally have.” Will replied.
“I see. So maybe we shouldn’t go mini golfing. We could do something else.” Annabeth told him. “Whatever Nico wants to do.”
“Yeah. But it most likely will be a horror or thriller movie.” Will said.
“You like horror and thriller movies?” Percy asked. “I never saw you as a guy who would.”
Will smiled. “There’s a lot you don’t know about me Jackson.”
Nico walked back over to them. He sat down next to Will and took his hand. His hair was slightly wet from the water he splashed onto his face. Nico felt a lot better after calming himself down from being so anxious. He was going to enjoy the date that Will and his friends planned.
He looked at his friends that had a concerned look on their face.
“I’m fine.” Nico replied. “So, how do you play mini golf? Is it like regular golf?”
“No, it’s slightly different than that.” Will replied, squeezing Nico’s hand. He slightly smiled at his boyfriend before explaining mini golf to him.
Does anyone else in the Riordanverse fandoms ever get random overwhelming emotions because damn the Riordanverse has grown so much and we’ve been through so much and….Rick Riordan’s writing is so amazing and his messages are inspiring…honestly he’s helped so many of us feel special and I jUST CAN’T GUYS
Do you ever just think about how it all started? Percy Jackson made me see a whole new world of possibilites and I can’t ever thank Rick enough for his work…
Reverse roles: Nico act protective of Jason and Jason show your more vulnerable side since you're afraid to show your emotions
Will and Percy had gone to a concert together, so Nico and Jason had the apartment to themselves. Jason had spent most of the day in his room, which was unusual for him.
Once the other two boys were gone, Nico peeked his head in the doorway. Jason was curled up in bed, watching videos on his laptop screen.
“Hey,” Nico said softly. “Can I come in?”
Jason didn’t say anything. He just nodded. Nico slipped inside and sat next to the blond on his bed.
“You’ve spent the whole day in here. Did you even eat?”
Jason shook his head. Nico wrapped his arms around his shoulders. “Why don’t you tell me what’s going on?”
“It’s nothing.” Jason’s voice sounded like a sick frog.
“It’s something,” Nico insisted, closing the laptop. “You can’t bottle up your feelings all the time. It’s not healthy and you know it.“
Jason sighed and laid back on the bed. "I really don’t want to talk about it."
Nico rolled his eyes and curled up next to him, peppering his neck and cheek with kisses. "You never talk about anything,” he cooed. “And I do believe it was you who taught me that keeping all your emotions inside is bad for your health."
Jason brought a hand up to rub his eyes. "I guess I’m just tired of being strong,” he mumbled. “It’s hard trying to please everyone."
Nico hummed thoughtfully, continuing to mouth at his neck. "You don’t have to be strong all the time. It’s okay to come to us when you’re upset."
Jason shivered. Nico was only teasing his neck, but it made him just fall apart. "I don’t want you to see me differently."
Nico ran a hand up the other man’s chest, letting his shirt ride up along with it. "Don’t be ridiculous. It’s okay to have feelings sometimes, doofus. Now let me kiss you.”