lightningthief: (contemplative looking away)
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My conversation with Percy the other day about Valkyrie has been gnawing at me a bit. I think I did a good job helping him decide what he wanted to do. What I didn't decide is what I want him to do. Does it matter what I want? It's his life. But, Annabeth is family. What I have decided on is to go visit Thalia. I packed a bunch of food, drinks, and a few random supplies from the Compound to bring over to her. Not that Thalia needs anyone to take care of her, it's just that we used to look out for each other. Maybe she'd appreciate a little something. It takes for-friggin'-ever to get to Thalia's trailer. I know she's got the Hunter thing going on, but could she have chosen a point any physically further from the Compound? I don't really think so.

As I walk up, I call out, "Hey Thalia! Are you home?"

Date: 2011-11-10 04:38 am (UTC)
findherwayback: (tossing lost arts out windows)
From: [personal profile] findherwayback
For the record Thalia liked her trailer. It was a pretty sweet gig. Sure it had had two previous occupants, but from what she had managed to learn about them both of them had been her kind of people. The distance was nothing compared with the quiet that it afforded her. Plus it let her have target practice close to home without that much damage.

Hearing Luke shouting her name, she pushed open the door with her foot her hands still buttoning her shirt. She'd been forced to change after the last of the bonfires of the ruined toys that she had taken on during Halloween.

"Hey Luke, what's up?"

Date: 2011-11-10 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luke-castellan.livejournal.com
I grin as Thalia comes out to greet me. My eyes look briefly at the buttoning, then back up to her eyes. I like being on good terms with Thalia a lot. It's amazing we can be friends again.

"Thought I'd come hang out with you for a while," I say as I continue closing the distance between us. "Plus, you should hear about the conversation I had with my new roommate."

Date: 2011-11-13 10:21 am (UTC)
findherwayback: (in her own language)
From: [personal profile] findherwayback
Thalia noticed the quick glance that Luke had given her, but didn't say anything as she dropped her hands down to her side. Saying something would make it needlessly awkward, something that she hoped to avoid now that they were just starting to become friends again. Their friendship was different this time, given what they had been through and the fact that they were no longer kids. But that didn't mean it wasn't worth trying for.

"Glad you could make the journey," she smiled slightly, sitting down on the steps up to her trailer. "Oh yeah? What sort of conversation or are you just going to make me guess?"

Date: 2011-11-13 05:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luke-castellan.livejournal.com
I walk over and sit down on the step next to her.

"I'd love to make you guess," I tell her. She knows my mischievous side. Son of Hermes. Can't help it. "But you'd never guess this one. Percy wanted to talk to me. He didn't specifically tell me to keep it a secret, but it's something to keep relatively quiet. He's got feelings for someone on the island."

Might as well put this out in stages. Adding, oh by the way it's your clone he's going to be making out with, is something you really ought to lead up to.

Date: 2011-11-20 12:09 am (UTC)
findherwayback: (let us die young or let us live forever)
From: [personal profile] findherwayback
"I know you would."

The truth was that she did know that. Because no matter what had changed, what was still different and what they were getting past, she knew that Luke would like to see her guess. Rolling her eyes she leaned forward and rested her for arms on her knees.

When he told her a look of confusion mixed with a bit of anger crossed over her face. Of all the things that she was expecting to hear, that was not one of them. Of course she and Annabeth had sometimes talked about their lovelives but the notion of the boys doing it was just weird. "Oh Gods, seriously? He's talking to you about his lovelife? That's a whole new level of weird."

Date: 2011-11-20 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luke-castellan.livejournal.com
I'm not surprised with the look on her face, like she's surprised and a bit ticked. I kind of had the same reaction thinking about Annabeth, but I also have a sense of loyalty to Percy now, too. What I didn't expect is Thalia to think it's weird Percy would talk to me.

"It's not so weird, Thalia. Percy and I are friends now. I used to be his counselor in camp. It wasn't all a lie."

A slightly upset look has crossed my face. Even though my life is going to turn out much better than I had hoped, that terrible past of mine continues to screw things up. Like, even though I'm friends with Percy and Thalia now, there's always a distance there too.

"Anyway, the reason I needed to tell you is because seeing him with this girl is going to be, well, something you and me are going to have a hard time getting used to."

Date: 2011-11-26 10:13 am (UTC)
findherwayback: (don't look back)
From: [personal profile] findherwayback
"That isn't what makes it weird."

There would have been a time when she wouldn't have had to explain it. That it wouldn't have been an issue and she wouldn't have felt like she was walking on eggshells. Thalia didn't know what to make of this strange sense of divided loyalty. Part of her was possessive, another part knew she had no right to be.

Pressing her lips together in a line, rubbing her temples briefly she shook her head. "It's nothing. It was more that guys talk about their love lives or that Percy even has one. Just forget it."

Resting her chin on her cupped hand she looked at him now seriously feeling confused. "Don't get mad, okay? And what do you mean it's going to be hard? Annabeth doesn't have a clone, does she?"

Date: 2011-11-26 02:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luke-castellan.livejournal.com
I probably shouldn't have been defensive. I sometimes get this irrational fear that my new friendships are just a joke, like I'm not really capable of having real interactions with people. When she tells me not to be mad, I give her a nod and tell her seriously, "Yeah, okay."

"No, but you do. Have you met Valkyrie yet?"

Date: 2011-12-02 04:36 am (UTC)
findherwayback: lastloved (Default)
From: [personal profile] findherwayback
There was a moment of hesitation before Thalia slowly nodded her head. There was something about the way that Luke had asked that question that set off all sorts of weird radars in her head. It felt strangely loaded. Something was up.

"Yeah. I met her when she arrived. She's different from Effy. Very...Irish." Thalia hadn't decided if that was a good or a bad thing. At least it made it easier to tell her doubles apart. "Why?"

Date: 2011-12-03 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luke-castellan.livejournal.com
I cast a glance over to Thalia. I'm sympathetic for her, because I have a good idea how this will make her feel. But, it's time to break it to her. Better that she mentally prepares for it than be caught flat-footed.

"You're going to have to get used to seeing Percy Jackson dating someone that looks just like you."

I'm sure she'll realize that 'dating' could mean all sorts of particular actions going on between Percy and some girl with Thalia's body. What does that mean for the relationship between Thalia and Percy? Weird at best. Probably not good.

Date: 2011-12-06 07:37 am (UTC)
findherwayback: lastloved (Default)
From: [personal profile] findherwayback
It swept over her in a quick wave. A series of feelings that came one right after another, a mix of anger and weirdness and confusion all at once. Thalia wasn't certain if she had any right to any of them, but she wanted to get offended on Annabeth's behalf. Just because the girl was absent didn't mean that she was any less of Thalia's best friend.

Frowning slightly she pressed her fingers against her temples. It was hard to not thinking about what that meant. It was hard to not let her mind go to the place that she had no right to let it wander, but she just couldn't help it.

"Oh Gods, he isn't," it was more a statement, half-groaned as she leaned against the door. "The only way it'd be weirder was if you were dating her."

Date: 2011-12-06 11:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luke-castellan.livejournal.com
Me date Valkyrie? No way. No way in Hades. I can't look at her and not think of Thalia. Why settle for some copy? I would want the real thing, but Zoe Nightshade was right. As much as I hate it, she was right all along. She knew it was only a matter of time before I hurt Thalia, and I did. Maybe it would've been better for Thalia if she had joined the Hunters all those years ago.

"I couldn't," I tell her, though I'm not saying everything.

"Did you know I can tell you apart from your copies? It's easy with Effy. She seems more like a shell. You and Valkyrie hold yourselves stronger and more proudly. Valkyrie is a little harder, but I can still tell. She's got an accent, and there are small differences in body language."

Plus when Valkyrie looks towards me, there's no recognition there. When Thalia looks at me, there's recognition, and what seems like tension. Thalia's gaze tends to make all of my past guilt bubble up from wherever I hide it. Valkyrie can't do that to me.

"I'll always think of the others as bad copies. Rip-offs, if you ask me."

Date: 2011-12-07 08:30 pm (UTC)
findherwayback: (how full of life)
From: [personal profile] findherwayback
Part of her wished that he hadn't just said that. It almost hurt to listen to, even if it was exactly the sort of thing that she had wanted to hear. Luke was Luke and no matter how close to destroying the world they had become, no matter how far from the kids they had once been, that didn't change. The idea of him with Effy or Valkyrie made her head hurt, in a way that was wholly selfish. It made her very much her father's daughter. Zeus had never been good with sharing either.

Reaching up, she fingered the crown that had now become a necklace a smile turning up the corners of her mouth. "Plus she doesn't have this kick ass necklace."

It occurred to her to defend Effy, who can't help what she was and what was broken about her, but Thalia didn't say a thing. Instead she looked at him, feeling strangely touched by his declaration. "Thanks. I'd feel the same if it was you. It could be thirty guys with your face and I'd always know which one was you."

Date: 2011-12-07 10:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luke-castellan.livejournal.com
I grin at Thalia's mention of her kick-ass necklace.

"Yeah, not only can you fight better, you can accessorize better too."

The comment makes me think of her 'Die Barbie Die' shirt. Classic.

"I found out there is someone out there, in some world, that looks like me. If you know a guy named Sam Winchester, he said I look just like his half-brother. The guy's name is Adam, but he's not here on the island."

I sometimes wonder what the clones mean. I have a guess, but it isn't something I like to think about. I've decided it's something I never want to know.

Date: 2011-12-10 09:55 pm (UTC)
findherwayback: lastloved (Default)
From: [personal profile] findherwayback
"One of my many skills."

That and she had a knack for collecting some seriously kick ass tee-shirts. There was something about this conversation, the ease of it that Thalia had missed. They were friends, had been friends and despite everything Luke was still one of the people that knew her best. That wasn't going to change. History couldn't be rewritten like that.

"I know Sam. He's cool." Sam definitely didn't find the whole 'end of the world' thing to be half as troubling as some others might. "But now that makes everything a little stranger. I don't know what I'd do if he showed up. Probably get a killer headache."

Date: 2011-12-11 12:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luke-castellan.livejournal.com
I wouldn't doubt she'd date him. Maybe he'd be me without the emotional baggage and Kronos taint. I'd probably want to fling him off a cliff. Maybe right along with that guy from the carnival. But then again, there's that whole 'being good' thing I'm supposed to be doing now...

I simply shrug. No need to get into any of that.

"How about we go shoot some arrows or something?"

She'll outshoot me just about any day. She was always better than me with a bow.

Date: 2011-12-11 11:09 am (UTC)
findherwayback: lastloved (Default)
From: [personal profile] findherwayback
If Luke had posed that question to her, she'd have laughed in his face. The only person who looked like Luke that she'd even dream of dating was Luke, the original and in her opinion the only one that mattered. It wasn't something that she gave a great deal of thought. It wasn't something that she ever thought would even come up.

Getting to her feet, she smiled feeling far more relaxed than she had during the entire time that they talked about Percy's love life. Stepping up into the door of the trailer, she paused and looked down at him. "Sounds good to me. Need me to grab you something to use or will you be fine?"

Date: 2011-12-11 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] luke-castellan.livejournal.com
"Grab me something, will you?"

I stand up and stretch.

"Let's go see if this island's made you soft, Hunter girl."

I'm sure there's no way in Hades she's gone soft, but I've got to challenge her. A little smack talk is required, even though I'm surely going down.

Date: 2011-12-18 07:19 am (UTC)
findherwayback: (took to the dark of the day)
From: [personal profile] findherwayback
Rolling her eyes she laughed, ducking into the trailer and emerging a few minutes later with an overstuffed quiver as well as some weapons.

"As if. It'd take more than an island to make me go soft." Holding up a crossbow and her regular bow she looked at him. "Crossbow, long bow or battle axe?"

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