WARNING THIS CONTAINS A SPOILER AND THE PART IN ITALICS IS EXERTED FROM THE BOOK. And I do not own it, I did not write Housee of Hades or the two paragraphs in italics. Rick Roirdian did.
"I had a crush on Percy,' Nico spat. 'That's the truth. That's the big secret.' He glared at Cupid. 'Happy now?' For the first time, Cupid's gaze seemed sympathetic.
“Oh, I wouldn’t say Love always makes you happy’ His voice sounded smaller, much more human. ‘Sometimes it makes you incredibly sad. But at least you’ve faced it now. That’s the only way to conquer me” Cupid dissolved into the wind
Nico turned and gave Jason once last glance before he ran. Deep in to the darkness of the forest. Shielding him from prying eyes. Nico tripped and stumbled . Being the son of one of the big three had no perks when it came to agility and balance. Nico sat on a pile of dead leaves. The lack of sunlight cast dark shadows on the trees and forest floor. Almost as if it was night. Perfect for the son of Hades. Nico reaches into military styled jacket and pulls out a few playing cards. He smirks to himself as he studies them, remembering Bianca.
"Hello!" a cheery voice broke him from his thoughts. He looks up and sees a girl around his age hanging upside down from a tree branch. Nico considered running away again, why couldn't the world leave him alone? But there was something intriguing about this girl. Maybe it was the fact she was hanging from a tree branch staring at him with large brown eyes. "I'm Stella!" She jumps down from the tree and Nico takes the time to study her. Her hair is light brown with streaks of platinum, it's a little messy but perfect hair is overrated anyways. Her face is tinged pink from hanging upside down and her wide brown eyes look at Nico expectantly.
"Hi I'm Nico..." he trails off, not sure what she's expecting. "Gummy bear?" Stella offers, holding out an array of colorful bears. "But, not green, that's my favorite." she adds on a second thought. "No thanks." Nico mumbles and stares at the ground. "You don't talk much." Stella announced before sitting cross legged on the forest floor. "Because quiet is nice, and peaceful." Nico states, his stare challenging her. Stella sighs and her whole demeanor seems to change "Sorry if I annoyed you. All the other nymphs find me annoying." She gets up as to leave, and Nico suddenly begins to feel lonely. "Wait," he calls after her, "Why don't you stay?" Stella turns around and grins at him.
An hour or so later Nico finishes telling her a story about Bianca. Stella looks up from the daisy chain she's been making. "So, you're the son of Hades?" the question isn't accusing or judge mental, it's just a question. "Yeah, I wasn't suppose ot be born. Zeus tried to kill my sister and I once, but my dad protected us. Sometimes I wish he'd only saved my mom and my sister." Nico grumbles. "Well," Stella begins "I am personally glad he saved you. I may not know your story, I may not be your best friend. We may not have any inside jokes but let's make a pact." Nico looks up at her, confused. His dark eyes search her's for why they would have a pact. "What kind of pack?" Nico asks, slowly. "A pact that, I don't judge you and you wont judge me." Stella says with a smile. Nico feels himself begin to grin "Okay, I think I'll like this pact." Stella stands up and places the daisy chain on Nico's head. "See you later." she whispers in Nico's ear before disappearing into a tree.
Nico took the daisy chain of his head. He felt like smashing it, like the world was trying to remind him he as gay. Stella couldn't know that he was gay, he didn't tell her. Nico sighed and stuffed it in his pocket.