I felt the biggest weakness Enterprise had was it didn’t love it’s characters enough. We got so many episodes about Archer and Trip… what about everyone else? Give me more Travis. Give me more Hoshi. Give me more Malcolm. Let me be invested in the characters so they can carry the plot.
Archer: texts like a dad. He always ALWAYS signs his texts. He’s a slow texter too. Uses basic abbreviations like “lol” but doesn’t know many others. Uses the =] smiley.
T'Pol: either sends sparse texts without enough information or texts that are way too detailed. You can ask her a simple question and get a flood of 20+ texts in explicit scientific detail. Uses no smileys or emojis but uses excessive scientific abbreviations that no one but Trip can understand.
Trip: an unintelligible mess of ALL CAPS and emojis 😏 and (=ﾟωﾟ)ﾉ all kinds of cute things. Uses so many abbreviations that tbh no1 gets it smh and also uses outdated abbreviations like rofl and roflmao. Sometimes sends rage texts (ALL CAPS!!), but always apologizes later.
Hoshi: perfect grammar and spelling and lots of emojis 💕she usually texts back promptly. Tries to explain some text lingo to Archer but with no success.
Reed: doesn’t text back until several days later, or not at all. Sends one word texts like “k”. Doesn’t know what emojis are.
Mayweather: is always texting his family and random members of the crew that no one else seems to know. Always smiles at his phone when he gets texts. Only Archer and Hoshi have his number. He sends and receives more texts than anyone else. Has been known to still use “XD”.
Phlox: enjoys emojis a bit too much 😄😄😄😄😄😄😄 LiKeS tYpInG lIkE tHiS. Uses many exclamation points!!!!!!!!!!!
The school was made up of four
wings. The boys and girls dormitories on either end of the school, the
classrooms which all looked over the woods that lay just beyond the fences, and
the recreational spaces which included a dining hall, a pool, a gym and a television
room. It would have been like any other boarding school Percy had ever
attended, only this time he’d have to look out his windows and see he giant
iron fence that lined the property. He decided that that was a fair price to
pay than having his entire room made out of bars.
Unlike the school, Leo Valdez was
exactly how Percy imagined him to be. A short, loud, annoying bundle of energy
that he was tired of within five minutes. However, he decided to give the boy
some slack, he noticed how he tensed with every fireplace they passed, which
there were an unnecessary amount of. Ms Valdez, Leo’s mom, never mentioned how
Leo ended up in this place, Percy was starting to assume it was something
related to arson.
It was lunch time by the time his
tour ended, he was to be given his room after they ate and it was the highlight
of Percy’s day. Looking through the window on the dining hall’s doors did not
do the room justice. When Percy followed the crowd inside, he was awestruck by
the size of it. It was almost the size of his entire floor in his apartment
building, circular tables filled the space and a serving station not unlike
those is high school cafeterias was positioned in the corner next to the doors.
What had Percy the most shocked was the wall facing the gardens and how it was
covered in windows, he could get used to eating in a place like that.
As he walked further into the
hall, he noticed the rest of the walls were lined with pictures, the
discolouration of some of them proving how old the school actually was. There
was one thing on the wall that caught his eye, a photo, and the man in it
looked oddly like him. Same green eyes, same messy hair, the only difference
was the man in the photo seemed happy with the patchy facial hair Percy refused
to keep on his face.
“Do you have some twin from the seventies?” Leo asked. Percy
didn’t answer, he just gave the photo one last look before turning and walking
to the serving station.
Unlike when he first arrived, the
kids in the dining hall did not hide their lingering stares. Watching to see
which table he’d choose to sit at. Percy adamantly avoided a table filled with
kids who looked a bit too pretty to be held up in a school like this, some
glared while others made a show of sliding over to make room for him on the
circular bench that lined the table. Another table housed a group of girls, all
dressed in what looked like their gym uniforms, and upon closer look he
realized they were all just wearing the same thing in general.
Leo seemed to be pushing him in
the opposite direction, as if avoiding that table all together, “The Hunters,
no one really knows how they all managed to end up here together,” he was
nudging Percy, trying to get him to look away, “really only keep to themselves,
it’s better that way.” Percy only nodded in response, but when he looked back
he noticed one of the girls smirking at him, as if she knew a secret about him
that not even he knew yet.
“Where are you taking me anyway?” Percy wanted to ask, but
before he could, Leo was already sliding onto a bench. The table had only one
more occupant, the choppy haired girl Percy saw when he first stepped onto the
“Who’s wanna-be bad boy?” The girl said, she didn’t even
glance at Percy, her eyes were only on Leo and it kind of annoyed him that she
spoke as if he wasn’t there.
“Jackson, you?” She seemed impressed with his ability to
answer for himself, when her eyes met him he managed to not look away.
“Piper McLean, have a seat and tell us your sob story,
He didn’t tell him his sob story.
Instead he scarfed down his burger, making it obvious he didn’t want to talk
about how he ended up there. However, he learned how his new friends- friends?
Yeah, friends. He learned how his new friends were arrested and smart talked
out of juvy and into this place. Piper had stolen a car right out of the lot,
but she claimed the dealer had just given it to her because of who her dad was.
That wasn’t a believable story but the fact that her dad was famous did get her
out of jail time and only four years in O.A. She’d already been there for two.
Leo Valdez was a different story.
He was young when he accidentally set fire to a neighbouring garage, old enough
to be arrested but not to attend O.A. At only age eleven he found himself being
taken away from his mother and being sent to a home for troubled kids. He was
allowed to go back home only a year later. However, he was arrested again for
picking the lock of a badly chosen car that belonged to the owner of a large
Law Firm. It was then that he was sent to Juvy but was allowed to transfer to
O.A. for good behaviour and because he fixed the security system in the
Percy wished he had stories as cool as those; his was a
children’s book in comparison.
Sitting quietly as Piper and Leo
had their own conversation, he took in more of the students around him. Sitting
two tables down from him sat a boy with his right arm and leg wrapped in casts,
Percy smirked at the lewd drawings the covered them. The rest of the boy’s
table was rowdy and seemed to be amusing the neighbouring tables with trying to
distract one of the guards on duty. The guard was obviously immune to their
attempts, Percy could tell he was playing along to keep the table occupied. He
was kind of curious what that table would do if they were actually bored.
Another table was filled with boys and girls who looked like they’d been
lifting weights since they left the womb. He was quick to avert his eyes, but
not before he caught the ones of a particularly scary looking girl whose glare
could probably castrate a man.
“Coming, Percy?” The question pulled him from his wondering
and he nodded up at the now standing Leo, “Good, I have class soon so I should
take you up to your room.”
The room wasn’t too bad, it was
like any other dorm he stayed in, only this time he didn’t have his own
adjoining bathroom and he shared the room with three others instead of just one
“Lunch is still going on and then we have class, so you
won’t meet them until later, but you’re rooming with Travis Stoll, Malcolm
Pace, and yours truly.” Percy suppressed the urge to roll his eyes at Leo’s
bow, the last thing he needed was that much energy in a place he needed to
sleep. “ Malcolm is cool, he lets you copy homework and he’s the reigning Super
Smash Bros champion, it’s Stoll you need to watch out for, he has a bit of a
pranking hobby. You’ll probably learn about that soon though. Anyway, I have
tech class in about five minutes so I guess you can roam around until you get
called down to get your schedule. Your best bet is to just explore or hit the
gym or cry like most kids do on their first day. Are you going to cry?”
Percy shook his head.
“Good because you will be made fun of for the rest of your
life here if someone finds out you did.”
Percy raised an eyebrow.
“Yes, I cried and people still wipe their eyes whenever they
“Okay, I’m going to class, make yourself at home,” he
pointed to the bed closest to the door, “that one’s yours, fair warning, it’s
After storing his clothes into
his assigned dresser and splashing some water in his face in the communal
bathroom, Percy decided that his best bet with spending his probably only time
alone for the next two years would be to actually do what he did best. Popping
in some headphones and just taking a nap. He liked naps, he could imagine he
was back in his own bed at home, not in a room where he’ll be stuck with three
other teenage boys who could be more disgusting than himself. With the world
being drowned out by the soothing sounds of Blondie, he let himself doze off.
When he finally came to, he was
quickly reminded of summer days with his mom. The unforgettable smell of
chlorine filled his nose and he smiled. However, the smile didn’t last when his
hand dropped off the side of the mattress ad instead of the carpet he expected,
he was met with something very wet. Eyes snapping open he realized where the
smell of chlorine was coming from; he was in the middle of the pool.
“Good morning, Starshine, the earth says hello,” a voice
called. He groaned when he turned and noticed almost the entirety of Olympus Academy
staring at him. “Think of it as initiation, nothing personal.”
When Percy noticed who was
speaking he decided to finally sit up. The speaker was the boy in the casts he
saw earlier, next to him was who he guessed helped orchestrate his prank: Leo
Valdez and a blonde boy he guessed was Malcolm Pace. Which made the speaker, “Travis
Stoll?” The boy smirked.
“The one and only,” he did the physically impaired
equivalent of a bow but stood straight back up when the doors opened, revealing
the man who disappeared on Percy when he first arrived.
“Dean Grace, we were just-“
“Initiation, yes I am well aware of your practises Mister
Stoll. Now, if I am not mistaken you were all meant to be in the dining hall
for dinner five minutes ago.” It was all the crowd needed to disperse, leaving
Percy stranded. “That included you, Jackson.”
Percy raised an eyebrow and the man, Dean Grace, who only
nodded and walked off the way he came.
If Percy was confused before
about the man, he was even more so now. Why did the dean of the school feel the
need to pick him up when any other officer could have done the same job, and
why wasn’t he addressed as formally as the other students? He dropped in the
water not willing to get in any more trouble but decided to stay in there
longer than necessary. The pool usually calmed him, this time he hoped it would
give him some answers.