“Yeah? Oh sorry, I wasn’t listening. Yes, I completely agree with… look, a bird!”
“What do you mean? Of course I didn’t stay up all night watching Stranger Things. I mean, I had breaks too.”
“No, it’s not the millionth time I’m watching Finding Nemo. Now get away from my screen.”
“Eww how can you eat fish it’s so gross ew.”
“Hey, you know that picture you posted on Instagram? … Yeah, that one. See, you shouldn’t take selfies at an aquarium like this. Sea creatures have rights and you shouldn’t post a picture of them, maybe they don’t want to be seen. Don’t block me what are you doing?”
“Yeah… I know you texted me but… you know… this new book just came out and…”
“Oh my God you’re so wrong please stop talking, I’m gonna need mental therapy.”
“That isn’t even a word.”
“No, I can’t help you with that, but I completely memorized the first two chapters of this book if this can help.”
“Well, of course I remembered! You said it last year on April 23 at 2.31pm.”
“I don’t love books, books love me.”
“Umm… Mrs. ? I am sorry I have to correct you, but that’s not how you pronounce it. I mean, yes, I cut you off in class but I couldn’t accept the stupi– sorry! Oh, yes, I would love to teach the lesson by myself, thank you so much.”
“Did you just say what about her? Um, excuse me, since when do you have the right to talk?”
“Nope I don’t know what you’re talking about but I’ve just seen that dog.”
“Sometimes I go to sleep at 8pm, but when nights get wild I end up sleeping on the couch at 9pm.”
“What do you mean you don’t sell burgers at Pizza Hut”
“OHHHH. OKAY. YES.”
“I’m not stupid you are. And you’re ugly too.”
“If you don’t delete that post I’m gonna hack your account and I’ll still delete it.”
“Who says I love Sephora? Oh, this bag? No, I do not have makeup in it. No wait don’t check.”
“I’m not a fangirl. Okay maybe I am. Just a little.”
“Oh my God why are you wearing that.”
“I’ve been to Starbucks only twice this week yooo”
“My nail broke. It’s not like I care, but… it broke.”
“Yeah I’ve been staying up all night. Yeah I wrote that essay. Yeah I - dude, who am I”
“Oh my Gosh dude lemme show you what I’ve been working on you won’t believe this is just the most amazing thing I’ve ever done OH WAIT I just remembered about this project I did last summer you gotta see it it’s the most -”
“Who needs girls when I have cars? *sees crush* Oh hi wait what was I talking about? Oh yeah Star Wars.”
“Did we have homework”
“I’ve just seen this dog and I wanted to pet it but it bit me am I a werewolf”
“Oh do you need a hug? Do you need to talk about your problems? How’s your day? How are you? Awe come here sweetie I’m not a bad friend”
“Yes of course you can copy my homework… wait, no. Lemme write it for you on your notebook, yes I’ll try to make my handwriting look like yours”
“Did you just step on my brand new white shoes? Is the bottom of your shoe okay?”
“Sorry I’ve been staying up all night watching those videos when kids get surprised with puppies I love you.”
“Look at that cute boy oh is he your crush? Don’t worry I got this hEY CUTIE PIE COME HERE”
“I’m not that cute. Mom. Really”
“Dude me and my girlfriend went wild yesterday. We kissed twice.”
“Can I help you? Oh. Can I carry- Oh, okay. Can I-”
“I’m not mean I’m just honest.”
“I haven’t sleep in 3 days kill me pls”
“Okay, I don’t know who you are, but can you please move the heck out of my way because I’m trying to get to a place when I will study hard enough not to be in the same room with you ever again so this will be probably the last time you hear me talking.”
One of the things that Riordan didn’t do so well at was showing how the Seven’s experiences as children shaped them later in life. Because anyone who goes through half the stuff that the seven has knows that it leaves its marks.
I don’t care how great of a guy Paul Blofis is - Percy will still watch his every move, checking in with his mom and carefully watching for any sign that she was being mistreated. It happened before and he wouldn’t let it happen again. He flinches every time someone goes to give him a high-five, and while he’s slowly getting better that instinct to duck will never fully go away. People tease him because its weird for a kid his age to be so close to his mother, but he doesn’t care.
It took Annabeth YEARS to get to the point where she trusted Chiron enough to treat him like the father-figure he became. She kept waiting for that other shoe to drop, for him to realize that she wasn’t worth keeping around. Keeps waiting for Sally to turn on her, to say ‘stay away from my family, you aren’t safe’. Except for Percy, there has been no one in her life that she can rely on no matter what. Even though she knows he won’t, there’s a voice in the back of her head that says its only a matter of time until he leaves her too.
Nico wears terrifying clothes not because he’s the son of Hades, but because they scare people away. The less people that are close to him, the smaller the chances of people getting hurt because of him. He’s a control freak - if he is on a quest he plans out every last detail, and he has to run point. He volunteers for every quest that he can. The last time he let someone else lead while he stayed home, Bianca died. He doesn’t want anyone else to have to go through that pain. He hoards food - peanuts, protein bars, things that have lots of protein and fat in them.
Frank lives every day like it’s his last, because it just might be.
Hazel crosses the street when she sees a group of white men, and is extra polite to police officers. She still has to remind herself that she can sit wherever she wants, that she can eat at any restaurant, that she can go to the bathroom in any women’s restroom. She hates swimming more than anything, because she’s seen first-hand what happened to black people who swam in the pool.
Leo wakes up every morning and has to remind himself to smile. He cracks jokes because he can. But also because he thinks that he can’t be too much of a monster if he can make people laugh. He can never get comfortable staying in one place for too long - he’s constantly on edge, waiting to be sent to the next home. He dreams of fiery garages and his friends turning on him, calling him 'el diablo’ before they try and kill him.
And this is before you factor in the PTSD of surviving multiple battles, the worries and fears that go hand-in-hand with being a demigod.
I never tell people off the bat that I’m gay. I wait. I wait until they say some homophobic shit and then I laugh and am like “you know I’m gay right?” And watch the look of terror on their face.