He needed to ask about Hades. That was the main purpose of
seeking Nico out again. He needed to ask about the mask in the painting. Every
time he got close to bringing it up, he ended up rambling about everything else
on his mind and it seemed too abrupt a segue. Truth be told, he didn’t want
Nico to tense up and stop talking to him.
He’d been surprised to
actually find Nico here. It was still a few days before classes started back
up, and he’d ended up flying from The Principia to the Columbia campus the day
after the meeting with Bianca Di Angelo to try to think through this without the
influence of his teammates and friends.