mark of athena feels

one cannot simply purchase a blue pencil and not draw percy jackson.

no seriously that was one of my reasons. plus it’s percy jackson. and i just finished mark of athena. and i can’t even. nope. it’s a wip but i had to upload it. percy jackson. mark of athena. reasons.

and i like how i’ve erased and redrawn his left hand so much that it’s got it’s own motion blur and actually looks like it’s shaking. that was sarcasm. how do you art.

shout out to khatoptris for reminding me to post about what I think is the smallest yet most important percabeth moment of all time. 

There are so many great Percy and Annabeth moments throughout the entire series but for me, I think the scene in Mark of Athena in Charleston Harbor is the very definition of why they are my OTP. 

“Very slowly using two fingers, Annabeth drew her dagger. Instead of dropping it, she tossed it as far as she could into the water.

Octavian made a squeaking sound. “What was that for? I didn’t say toss it! That could’ve been evidence. Or spoils of war!”

Annabeth tried for a dumb-blonde smile, like: Oh, silly me. Nobody who knew her would have been fooled. But Octavian seemed to buy it. He huffed in exasperation.

“You other two…” He pointed his blade a Hazel and Piper. “Put your weapons on the dock. No funny bus–”

All around the Romans, Charleston Harbor erupted like a Las Vegas fountain putting on a show. When the wall of seawater subsided, the three Romans were in the bay, spluttering and frantically trying to stay afloat in their armor. Percy stood on the dock, holding Annabeth’s dagger.

“You dropped this,” he said, totally poker-faced.”

Charleston Harbor is approximately 8 sq mi/20.7 km² (x) which, for comparison is about 3,872 American football fields (x). 

Percy could have been anywhere in that harbor when Annabeth threw her dagger into it but Percy was so impossibly in tune with every part of Annabeth, even down to her weapon, that he could sense it in the water and knew that it meant she needed his help.  This is how tethered to each other they really are. 

A step by step breakdown is basically this: 1. Annabeth instinctively knew that wherever Percy was in the water, he would know when she dropped her dagger into the water and that it meant she needed him to show up 2. Percy sensed it from wherever he was and instinctively knew what it meant 3. Annabeth stalled just enough to give him some extra time to show up because, like I said, he could have been anywhere in the harbor 4. their wordless communication completely flipped the script of what could have been a truly dire scenario 

This entire scene can unfold the way it does because even after being separated for so long they still know each other in a way no one else does; because no matter what, they are always best friends first. They have been fighting side by side since they were 12, and it shows. Their interactions have a seamless quality to them that leave their peers in awe. Moments like this are why they are still alive; they’re why Percy still remembered Annabeth even when he had forgotten everything else; moments like this are exactly why Percy and Annabeth are the only demigods who could have made it through Tartarus and to the Doors of Death. 

Annabeth will always be Percy’s anchor, and the things they’ve done together are the iron chain that connect them. 

This moment is what OTPs are made of, y’all. And that is why for me it is the greatest percabeth moment of all time. 

But consider this; Percy and Annabeth after Tartarus having the same after effects as Peeta after he was hijacked.

• Percy gripping the back of a couch and Annabeth having to tell them not to touch him.
• Annabeth screaming and thrashing in her sleep
• Staring off into space but their hands are slowly clenching and turning white
• flashbacks that make them cry
• people they know slowly becoming afraid of them

My reaction to Percabeth falling into Tartarus

Alright, everithing was fine. I thought Nico/Hazel/Jason/anyone would save them. But then they fell. And this is what happend to me:

Then I re-read it:

And all I could think about:

I needed several minutes to finally got used to it:

I even thought about sending Rick Riordan a letter:

But it all ended up like this:

Until they smashed my poor little shipping heart with the next book, of course.

“Percy, let me go,” she croaked. “You can’t pull me up.”
His face was white with effort. She could see in his eyes that he knew it was hopeless.
“Never,” he said. He looked up at Nico, fifteen feet above. “The other side, Nico! We’ll see you there. Understand?”
Nico’s eyes widened. “But—”
“Lead them there!” Percy shouted. “Promise me!”
“I—I will.”
Below them, the voice laughed in the darkness. Sacrifices. Beautiful sacrifices to wake the goddess.
Percy tightened his grip on Annabeth’s wrist. His face was gaunt, scraped and bloody, his hair dusted with cobwebs, but when he locked eyes with her, she thought he had never looked more handsome.
“We’re staying together,” he promised. “You’re not getting away from me. Never again.”
Only then did she understand what would happen. A one-way trip. A very hard fall.
“As long as we’re together,” she said.
—  Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena

greystree  asked:

Hey Minuiko :) So first of all I wanted to thank you all your beautiful art as well as your meta analysis because I eat it up, it's that good. So I wanted to ask your opinion on how exactly Percy and Piper are simliar? (which is what you said if someone were to dislike Piper they would have to dislike Percy) I would love to see your take on it. Much love!

They’re not actually THAT similar - my point is more that 95% of the reasons I’ve seen people give for why they dislike Piper are things that can be attributed to Percy. Most of those people adore Percy, and I know a lot of that is just due to a lot more time spent in his POV, nostalgia, etc - but it’s still unfair to her. I got an ask today about how Piper doesn’t seem to really struggle before resolving her issues and insecurities? Exact same thing could be applied to Percy. Piper seems to think about her significant other a lot? She gets real “insecure over Jason and is needy?” Percy thinks about Annabeth at least as often, and is pretty insecure about it too (there’s that line about how their relationship feels still new and fragile to him so he treads carefully), and he’s always trying to get her attention even when she’s ignoring him. Piper feels like Jason is far away sometimes, and Percy feels the same way about Annabeth who frequently gets deep in thought and uncommunicative (“one of the challenges of dating an Athena girl”). Piper is “full of herself (i.e. not a doormat)?” Percy’s cocky as hell and people laud him for it. Piper’s “whiny and useless?” Percy spends the majority of Mark of Athena feeling/being useless (whether that’s being unable to help Annabeth on her solo quest or getting his ass kicked by Chrysaor or drowning in his own element (and look, I’m not knocking Percy, it’s just a fact. A fact that Jason shares, since he spends most of the book knocked out or in recovery lol)) and inappropriately mouthing off to gods and monsters.

Piper’s “manipulative and uses people?” Percy is constantly thinking about people in terms of their utility to him (minus the few people he’s actually close to, like Annabeth). Let’s talk about how he wishes Frank were there so he could fly them across Tartarus (“He would’ve given a thousand golden drachmas to have Frank Zhang with them right now—good old Frank, who always seemed to show up when needed and could turn into an eagle or a dragon to fly them across this stupid wasteland.” Good old Frank, like he’s a dog or something). Or about how he wishes Leo would invent an anti-dream cap for him in MoA (but otherwise, he never thinks about Leo at all). Or about how the only time he thinks of summoning Mrs. O'Leary is to help him out against monsters in Tartarus. That’s not even touching on how he basically manipulates Bob into helping him and Annabeth the whole way through Tartarus and never (until the end) truly thinks of him as a friend. The difference between them is that Piper’s more self-aware when she manipulates people (and she only does it to enemies if she can help it - when she charmspeaks friends, it’s to calm them down or encourage them) - Percy does it unintentionally most of the time. They both feel immense guilt over it when they realize what they’re doing.

Let’s look at more positive similarities - they’re both the heart of their respective teams, and they bring people together. Things are calmer when Piper’s in the room, Leo misses her presence because she helps smooth things over: most everyone likes her and she makes the team more cohesive. Percy’s presence also lightens the overall mood of the crew and bridges the gap between Roman and Greek (way more than Jason ever could). He inspires confidence and incredible loyalty from the people who know him, so he’s also indispensable to team morale. They’re both worriers and pessimists, but they’re the comparatively laid-back and fun-loving ones in their respective relationships. They both have independent streaks and pretend not to give a shit about their godly parents (though they both secretly appreciate them all the same).

That’s all I can think of for now, will let you know if I think of others :). Like, they’re obviously different characters - Piper’s more tactful than Percy is, and would never bait a god, and is less oblivious about people. She’s also not a powerhouse or a leader, so she has less on her shoulders than he does, and she’s not a snarker. And there ARE some valid criticisms you could give of Piper (being judgmental of her Aphrodite siblings for being vain and shallow, for instance; being selfish, for instance). But the vast majority of traits that seem to annoy people about Piper are things she has in common with Percy.