Doubts and Kisses
Hey hey hey! So this was a suggestion given to my by @alexfierrno where Fierrochase and Solangelo meet :D
BTW this is BEFORE Fierrochase gets together and Magnus has an embarrassing crush on Alex and is scared to admit it cuz he thinks Alex is gonna decapitate him and Alex is practically pulling her hair out with how much she just wants Magnus to say the stupid words (cuz lbr, Alex probably would know the whole time).
So ye Fierrochase and Solangelo r gonna be brought together cuz
A n n a b e t h
Magnus has no idea why he is even here. Here at a camp where the children wore orange t-shirts and ran around with swords in their hands. Sure, that was exactly like Hotel Valhalla, but technically they where all already dead so there wasn’t the problem of accidentally killing someone, but the residents of Hotel Valhalla tended to be older that 12. It freaked Magnus out when he saw a kid no older than 9 flash a toothy grin at him as she brandished her sword, pintails flying. He almost had a heart attack when the boy, Leo, set himself on fire. Really, it was an interesting day.
On top of all of it, Alex was with him. As if he wasn’t nervous enough, Alex frickin Fierro had to be at his side the whole time. Magnus didn’t really know what to expect from the demigods, and if his dubious expression wasn’t enough, Alex had to laugh at everything he did. He would stutter as another Greek came up to him with some ability that was just crazy and when they finally went off to do who knows what, Alex would pinch his cheeks and call him cute. It took every ounce of his will power not to blush, but he did it anyway.
Magnus wasn’t really sure how Alex could do it so casually. Show affection towards him without thinking that it could play with the feelings of a crush Magnus wished he didn’t have. How she kept playing with him and teasing him, without having any romantic desires. Without seeing that he had a crush on her. Of course, Alex obviously didn’t return any of these emotions. To her, her relationship with Magnus was 110% platonic and she never had the thoughts that Magnus had of kisses that ran past midnight and hands running through green hair. Magnus was a mess around Alex, and everyone knew it.
“Look Maggie! There’s your cousin!” Alex says. Magnus can make out the outline of Annabeth standing by a tree. The sunlight caught on her blonde hair and she was talking animatedly to two boys who where practically leaning on each other they where so close. The boy with golden hair like Annabeth and Magnus had his arm over the shoulder of the boy with black hair, who was noticeably slouching. The clothing of the boy with golden curls was much more colorful than the other boy’s, who wore a deep void of black. They where literally the day and night.
“C’mon. Let’s go say hi!” Alex says excitedly. For some reason, she has been super hyped about meeting Annabeth. Magnus isn’t even sure why, but he chose not to ask for reasons concerning keeping his head.
“Alright.” They walked up the hill to the tree and as soon as they where in sight of Annabeth, she called out to them, “Magnus!” She ran up to him and hugged him. Magnus, feeling really awkward, pushed her off, but his was smiling brightly.
“Annabeth! It’s so good to see you! This is my friend, Alex,” Magnus says, gesturing to Alex.
“Oh is she the one–HEY!” Magnus elbowed her in the ribs. He knew exactly what she was about to say, and Magnus was regretting ever telling her about his crush on Alex. Before Alex or Annabeth could say anything else, the two boys Annabeth was talking to earlier came over.
“Oh! Magnus, Alex. This is Will and Nico. Will, Nico. This is Magnus and Alex.”
“’Sup,” Will said. Nico waved his hand shyly.
“Hey,” Magnus said and Alex offered a hand.
“Well, why don’t you guys talk a little bit while I go check on my idiot of a boyfriend. I swear, I can’t leave him alone for five minutes without him making a toilet explode or something.”
“Sure,” Magnus says, not wanting her to go. Strangers and Alex. Great.
“So you’re the dude with the scary father?” Nico says.
“Girl. It’s girl unless I say otherwise. And why?” Magnus has to give Nico some credit, he doesn’t seem to fazed at the fact that Alex is gender fluid. He just looks 100% done with the world. That is, until he looks at Will. There is definitely chemistry there.
“Oh. It’s just my dad was dubbed bad guy too.”
“No way!” They started to walk away.
“Goodbye, Death Boy!”
“Shut up, Solace.”
“Don’t steal him while I’m gone,” Alex says, causing Magnus to turn a bright scarlet.
“The feeling is mutual, my friend,” Will says. Just before they disappear through the trees, Magnus catches Nico blushing as he digs his hands in the pockets of his black sweater, looking a little like he’s storming off from embarrassment. Will giggles.
“He always does that. Sit?” Will asks, gesturing to some logs nearby. Magnus shrugs and they sit down.
“Okay, dude, you have a crush on her,” Will says bluntly.
“Wh–what?” Magnus chokes out. Will rolls his eyes and crosses his arms.
“Dude. It is literally the most obvious thing in the world. Plus, Annabeth told me.”
“She did what?!” Magnus yells, drifting into hysteria. He should’ve known not to trust her.
“Dude, calm down. It’s not that bad. Just go for it. It’s what I did with Nico.”
“Wait. You two are… huh?” This is the stupidest Magnus has felt all day.
“Yes. Me and Nico are dating.” There is a silence.
“How did it happen?” Will flashes back to the memory that is the happiest memory he had.
It was one night during the campfire. Will insisted that he needed to be with Nico a little more often to help his “mental health”. In reality, Nico probably would’ve been fine with a few pills, but Will just wanted to spend more time with Nico. Somehow, Nico’s darkness touched the corners of his heart until his head filled with Nico’s dark curls and perfectly shaped lips.
They where all singing campfire songs and being merry, but Nico was his usual self, staring menacingly at the fire. Will threw his arms around Nico’s shoulder and got him to sway with him.
“C’mon. Sing with us,” Will whispered in Nico’s ear.
“Why?” Nico said grumpily.
“Because. Doctor’s orders,” Will said simply. That was the best part of his job. Whenever Nico doubts what Will tells him, he just shrugs and says, “Doctor’s orders.” And he gets away with it. Nico rolled his eyes but started to murmur the words. Will kept his arm over Nico’s shoulder. When a breeze blew through, Will subconsciously pulled Nico closer, which caused Nico to blush a bright scarlet.
As soon as Will was in his right mind, he let go of Nico hurriedly. He was surprised to find Nico still at his side, shivering through his thin sweater. Nico grabbed Will’s shirt and turned him to face him.
“Don’t let go,” he said, his teeth chattering.
“I’ve got you,” Will said, pulling Nico closer. Nico settled his head on Will’s shoulder, breathing in deeply and letting out a happy sigh. Will was only partially aware of his hands combing Nico’s hair. This was the best possible moment for it.
"Hmm?” Nico says sleepily.
“I like you.” Finally, the words where off his chest. He felt free, like he reached the top of the highest mountain.
“I like you to, Will.” Nico says, sounding confused.
"No, Nico. Like, like, like you.“
"Oh….” Nico says. For a second, Will wonders if that was the best decision. Then, Nico turns his beautiful face to Will so he’s looking up at him.
"I do too,“ he says, hugging Will even tighter. Will felt his insides squirm as he rested the side of his head on top of Nico’s. He likes me.
On the other side of the woods, Nico and Alex where having an interesting conversation.
"You seem really comfortable with that boy,” Nico says.
"Yeah. He’s really great underneath that snarky exterior he puts on.“
"You like teasing him?"
"Oh all the time. He’s just so easy to make fun of and he’s always getting so flustered. It’s a miracle he hasn’t found out…."
"Well, it’s obvious, isn’t it? I like him. I like him a lot."
"And you don’t think he likes you?"
"I know he likes me."
"Then why don’t you ask him out?"
"I don’t know. Because he’s scared? Because the last thing we need is distractions when my father is still out there, plotting Ragnarok?"
"But that doesn’t mean you should let that stop you from achieving your happiness."
"But what if he doesn’t want to be with me?"
"I don’t understand your reasoning…."
"Being with me is confusing. My father is the evilest person there is, sometimes I just randomly take out my anger on people who don’t deserve it, and on top of it all, I’m genderfluid. Why would anyone want to be with someone who doesn’t even know what gender they want to be?” Alex says, collapsing on the ground with her head in her hands.
"I’m a mess.“ Nico crouched down to her, moving her hands away from her eyes.
"Alex… I’ve heard all of these wonderful things from you and Annabeth about how nice Magnus is. If he really did all of these things to help his friends, then I don’t think he’ll blow you off because of all of these things that make you, you. Before he fell in love with you, he knew everything that went into just being friends with you. Plus, if he breaks your heart just call me and I’ll raise a skeleton army for you."
"Aww Nico.” Alex felt tears start to stream down her face. She ran her fingers through her hair, took a shaky breath, and hugged Nico.
"Thank you. Thank you so much.“ She breaths.
"How about we get back to our boyfriends?"
"He isn’t my boyfriend."
"Not yet,” Nico says with a smirk. Alex rolls her eyes and they stand up, walking back to the tree together. When they saw Will and Magnus again, Alex walked straight up to him, her face set determinedly. Magnus backed himself up against the tree and winced.
"Magnus Chase,“ she booms. Magnus was practically trembling. Will and Nico shared a knowing smile.
In the end. Alex was not as patient as Will and Nico who still haven’t had their first kiss even though they’ve been dating for three years. She did not want to take Magnus gently into her arms and whisper "I love you,” until he finally believed her. No, she wanted him to know right now, and she wanted him, right now.
That’s why, instead of taking out her garrote as Magnus expected, she pressed her hands to his chest and dragged him towards her, guiding him to her lips. Magnus let out a startled cry, but then melted onto Alex, feeling the fireworks bursting between them. His hands dangled at his sides and Alex grabbed his hands, forcefully putting them on her waist. Magnus was practically swooning, the only thing holding him up was his back pressed against the tree.
Alex whispered her thanks to all of the gods, Norse, Greek, and Roman alike, and felt like finally something was finally going right in her life. As quietly as possible, Nico and Will slipped away, leaving the two of them to sort out their feelings alone. Nico put his head on Will’s shoulder as he wrapped his arm around Nico’s waist.
"You know I love you, right?“ Nico asks.
"Of course, Neeks. I never had a doubt in my mind."
"Then why haven’t we kissed?” Will stopped in his tracks.
"I-I-I didn’t think you’d want to.“
"Gods, you’re as stupid as that Magnus guy."
"C-c-c-can I kiss you?"
"Your a dork,” Nico says as he pulls Will’s face towards his, pressing his lips to his. This was the confirmation. This was the confirmation that they belonged together as Nico felt Will radiate sunshine beneath his fingertips. Nico pulled away just enough so he could whisper against Will’s lips, “But you’re my dork.”