Nico's Secret

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So you know how back in the good old days Nico always seemed so distant to Percy? And he left Camp Half-Blood?

Well, one would guess that it's because of what happened to Bianca, but there is another reason. It is revealed in HOH. Totally caught me by surprise.

Before you start reading, I want you guys to just take a moment and take a wild guess of what could be the reason!

When you're done, read on.


Nico's voice was like broken glass. "I—I wasn't in love with Annabeth."

"You were jealous of her," Jason said. "That's why you didn't want to be around her. Especially why you didn't want to be around...him. It makes total sense."

Cupid was handsome, but also harsh—as difficult to look at as a spotlight. He watched Nico with satisfaction, as if he'd identified the exact spot for his next arrow to make a clean kill.

"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 woudlnt' 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.

"But it's your call," Jason added. "Your decision to share this or not. I can only tell you—"

"I don't feel that way anymore," Nico muttered. "I mean...I gave up on Percy. I was young and impressionable, and I—I don't..."

His voice cracked, and Jason could tell the guy was about to get teary-eyed.


Percy couldn't help feeling a little hurt, being told to take a hike. Then again, Nico had been through a lot. The guy had survived in Tartarus on his own. Percy understood first hand just how much strength that must have taken.

Annabeth walked up to the hill to join them. She took Percy's hand, which made him feel better.

"Good luck," she told Nico.

"Yeah." He didn't meet her eyes. "You, too.


"Tempting," Frank agreed. He turned apprehensively to Percy. "But you guys...Tartarus has to be the real story. What happened down there? How did you...?"

Percy laced his fingers through Annabeth's.

Hazel happened to glance at Nico and saw pain in his eyes. She wasn't sure, but maybe he was thinking how lucky Percy and Annabeth were to have each other. Nico had gone through Tartarus alone.


Yeah, he definitely isn't over Percy.

Did you guys guess right? For those of you who thought Nico had a crush on Annabeth, you were way off LOL.

Leave comments about what you think of Nico being gay!

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