sea of sisters

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We all make choices. But in the end, our choices make us.

Andrew Ryan: (born Андрей Раяновский) is the founder of Rapture and the owner of Ryan Industries. He is the Chairman of the Rapture City Council, owner and operator of Hephaestus, and one of the most important men in the city. He only appears in person in the Rapture Central Control, but he sends radio communications throughout Jack’s travels.

Track: Dancers on a String

Unofficial Track: The Bloody King

See Also: ATLAS, Subject Delta, Big Daddies, Little Sisters, Big Sisters, The LighthouseMedical Pavilion

Learning modern languages: Hello! How are you? My name is Josh. I am happy today. Where is the bathroom please?

Learning ancient languages: Life is long and unbearably hard. Each day barbarians slaughter another member of my family. Pirates, sailing swiftly across the wine-dark sea, have kidnapped my sister and stolen our grain. We are starving. Oh immortal gods! Soon we all will die.

Freya is the goddess of war, love, and fertility. She is the daughter of the sea god Njord, and sister to Frey. She has many admirers and treasures, and also knows many different powerful magics (which she taught to a select group of gods, including Odin).

She has taken an interest in the heroic dead. While many people are familiar with Valhalla, Odin’s Hall for the slain, few know about Sessrumnir, Freya’s hall. Freya always gets first pick among the dead, and so it can be argued that living in her hall is a more sought-after prize than Valhalla.

#183.5, part 2. • Percy’s daughter knows ASL

• Her name is Saffi, which is a Greek variation of the name Sophia and means ‘wisdom.’

• Or Meri, which is a Finnish name that means Sea* (edited, originally said water which is false, thanks @anonymous)

• Annabeth is not one for subtle names

• They moved closer to Camp Jupiter, since they’ve got faster resources

• The don’t live at CJ though, they live further north

• In fact, they are the mid point in the journey of many roman demigods coming from Lupa.

• They live in Novato

• Annabeth liked the quieter life, and has even opted a no-speak household

• Percy shot it down.

• “The visitors need to hear us, we can’t teach everyone sign language”

• “Plus our daughter needs to speak, she doesn’t qualify for a deaf school.”

• Saffi/Meri is quad-lingual

• ASL (or, as she likes to call it, DSL demigod sign language), Greek, Latin, and English

• Piper teaches her French, though she never truly picks up on it because aunty Piper isn’t around enough

• It was sometime in 1st grade when she first signed at school

• Out of pure confusion, she forgot how to spell ‘apple’, so she spelled it in sign language.

• The teacher, for one, was so shocked.

• She’s never had a student do that before

• Saffi/Meri kept doing this for plenty of other words. She taught her friends how to sign their names out

• When they asked why she never signed her father’s name out as letters, she told them he was special like that

• Truth was, she never asked. It never bothered her.

• She asked him, but he just smiled and said ‘that’s a story for another time’

• Her aunt, Percy’s sister, knows ASL too

• She’s not much younger than her aunt, so they do play dates all the time

• Sleepovers are strictly ASL

• But, in 3rd grade, she met this boy

• He was in her class, the one with Miss Pykonne (pronounced like Pike-a-nin), and he was being followed by the lady in her 30’s

• Now, little Percabeth daughter hadn’t really been educated on the deaf culture. Percy hadn’t really gotten around to telling her

• He was too busy with his job

• He’s a self defense teacher, Annabeth is a Greco-Roman history teacher

• Saffi/Meri goes over to this boy and tries to ask him who the lady was while she was at the bathroom

• He frowned and shook his head, pointing to his ears

• Saffi/Meri was so confused.

• She tried again in Greek

• He did the same thing

• The same thing happened when she asked in Latin

• Finally, she signed ‘are you deaf?’

• And his face lit up

• He frantically signed ‘You know sign?’

• ‘Yes, my father taught me since birth’

• They instantly become friends in like 0.000000000001 seconds flat

• His name is Marleen. His interpreter is Amanda

• All the kids in her class were excited, all of them wanting to be friends with the boy who can recite the MLK speech with his hands

• Come Parent-Teacher conferences, she convinced her dad to get this particular time slot because Marleen’s was the time slot before. Mom was out of town that week

• They arrive at the school 10 minutes early, so her father and she played a game they called “What’s the word?”

• More on that game… maybe. You’ll have to tell us if you want that information. I might post it one day

• They played the game with only ASL that time

• Marleen and his father walked out of the classroom, Amanda translating what the teacher was saying to him

• Basically how his grades have improved dramatically since his arrival, that he shouldn’t be sent to a deaf school because he has so many friends and support, etc. etc.

• Something about the father seemed so familiar

• Then Percy sees Marleen’s father….

• Jacob sees Percy too

• And everyone went silent

• Jacob signed Percy’s name

• Percy signed Jacob’s name

• Then Jacob practically tackles Percy

• Percy, who was so stunned that his childhood friend’s son went to the same school he was sending his daughter, and that his daughter was his friend’s son.

• Marleen is confused because his dad didn’t like hearing people, but he just hugged one

• Saffi/Meri is so happy that she didn’t have to go through any awkward introductions

• Jacob is practically in tears

• Percy invites them over for dinner the week after, since that’s when Annabeth gets back in town

• Everything went so smoothly that Percy couldn’t believe it was that easy

• When he asked Jacob why he left, though, a brick wall went up and he signed ‘Long story, you wouldn’t understand’

• When Jacob asked why Percy had been wanted more than once, he got the same response he used

• Then Annabeth noticed something strange

• A marking

• On the inside of Jacobs forearm

• …

To be continued