Word Count: 992.
Pairing: Nico di Angelo/Will Solace (Solangelo)
The first time Nico saw Will Solace’s tattoos was when they were eighteen.
To say that he had been surprised was an understatement. He hadn’t seen his boyfriend in all summer, Nico had stayed in Camp Half Blood to help with the new campers while Will had gone to New Rome, to get ready everything for the start of the college.
The boys were going to live together in the Roman city. Will spent half of his time sneaking into the Hades Cabin so they had refused to keep living like that and had agreed to live together. But it was closer to roommates that living together as a grown up couple. They weren’t ready for that kind of relationship.
Nico arrived to California one week before the start of classes and the two of them had gone to run around the city in the early morning. When they got back to the apartment, the two of them had taken off their sticky shirts, but the black marks on Will’s back were too obvious to be missed.
‘What is that?’ Nico asked him, his eyes wide with surprise.
Will turned and started to look around for any threat. ‘What is the problem?’ He said, his blue eyes were still going around the small living room, he seemed to be looking for a weapon, something non existent in New Rome.
‘You got a tattoo?’ Di Angelo was still in shock.
‘Oh, that.’ Will put his hand in the back of his neck. ‘Yeah, I did, some weeks ago.’ He looked sheepishly. ‘I wanted to tell you in person but I got distracted when you arrived.’ Nico knew obviously why they had gotten distracted last night. ‘And I forgot. Sorry.’
Nico shook his head and walked over to him. ‘Turn around.’ He asked. Will obliged and his strong back was turned to his boyfriend. It had a layer of sweat in it but Nico didn’t mind it when his fingers touched softly his boyfriend’s back. Will trembled slightly at the touch.
The tattoo consisted of two ravens. But they weren’t the kind of scary ravens that one saw in the movies. No, it wasn’t like that. Each of the ravens were standing on a branch without leafs, as if they were looking to the right side of Will’s back, their wings weren’t completely extended and Nico realized why the ravens didn’t look scary. Their eyes were kind, almost real life kind.
Di Angelo was transfixed with the art of it but he finally found his voice. ‘Wha…’ He stopped and cleared his throat, he sounded scratchy. ‘What are their meanings?’ He let his fingers fell when Will turned again.
The blonde put his hand on Nico’s right side. ‘The same as yours.’ Will whispered. The son of Hades didn’t need to look down to see his own tattoos. He knew them better than the palm of his hand.
There were two angels over his ribs, a little obvious but he wouldn’t have it any other way. They were two women, one taller than the other one. The smaller was wrapped in a hug by the other angel and the two of them had their wings folded. Their faces could have been the faces of any woman, but one of them had a bow on a hand and a circle on its head, the other one had a necklace of pearls and its hair was pulled up. Nico knew perfectly whose women were.
Maria and Bianca di Angelo.
Nico nodded. ‘And the raven is one of Apollo’s sacred animal.’ He noticed. A sad expression crossed Will’s face for a moment. It had been years since he’d heard news about his father, di Angelo suspected that he had finally giving up on knowing what had become of the god of the sun. ‘Why now?’ He asked.
Will shrugged, he was extremely quiet. ‘The day I went to the college to give the papers they needed, I realized that…’ He cleared his throat before he spoke again. ‘Lee and Michael are never going to do that, you know, they will never go to college, they will never fall in love like us…’ He paused and his eyes dropped. ‘And it kind of hit me. I was reminded of how much I miss them everyday. I… I wanted to do something to honor them.’ His voice was barely more than a whisper.
Nico put his hand under his chin and made Will look at him. ‘Hey, it was a beautiful thing to do.’
Solace nodded. ‘And I know I didn’t need a tattoo to be reminded of them, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked the idea… So I went and just did it. It hurt like hell, but I think it was a good kind of pain and I felt really good after it and I wanted to tell you right away but I didn’t want to ruin the surprise so I waited…’
Nico interrupted him. ‘Will, you’re rambling.’ He said with a lopsided smile.
He blushed and returned the grin. ‘Sorry.’ He answered. Will looked at him through his eyelashes.
Di Angelo shook his head. ‘You’re kind of cute when you do it.’
‘If I can’t call you cute, then you can’t call me cute.’ Will said, remembering the many times Nico had told him not to call him cute.
‘Of course you can’t.’ Nico was happy they had gotten over the sad mood between them. He lived to see the brightness of Will Solace.
‘Even if I say doctor’s orders?’ Will’s smile became mischievously. His two hands went to Nico’s hips and pulled him closer. The hands of the dark haired boy buried them in his blond hair.
‘It’s a double no if you say doctor’s orders.’
‘You’re not fun at all, di Angelo, not fun at all.’ Their noses were almost touching.
Nico shut him up by kissing him.