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After a more interesting day at the Compound, I decided to go back home and wait up for Percy. He hadn't been back at our place when I got there, so I fired up the game system and started up dishing out some digital death.

Coraline had asked me if Percy liked her. She'd also mentioned Esther attacking her, and how she and Percy had some earlier conversation that hadn't answered her questions. I didn't honestly know anything about any of it. I'd told Coraline I'd ask Percy for her. Maybe the best thing would've been to insist that the two of them try talking again, but I thought I'd get in the middle here just for a bit. This could get messy considering not-Thalia, a.k.a. Valkyrie.

And, maybe Percy doesn't know either. I'll help him sort it out if he needs me. Anyway, until he gets here, I'm going to pile up the virtual bodies.

Date: 2012-10-27 10:19 pm (UTC)
percy_jackson: (Percy Thoughtful)
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I pushed open the door to the hut that Luke and I shared. "What a day," I muttered. "Hey, Luke!" I stepped into our bathroom and poured myself a cup of water. I drank it down and poured another. I took this back out to our common area and sat down on the couch. I set the cup beside me and picked up a console, logging myself into the game. "How goes the battle?"

The game went "Blip! Blip! Blip!"

Date: 2012-10-27 11:31 pm (UTC)
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I frowned. I was pretty sure the game didn't normally have a provision where trap doors opened up beneath advancing troops. Or for the advancing troops to make Wile E Coyote faces or whistling falling noises while they fell. But I shrugged and kept on playing.

"Always dangerous," I said in response to Luke's comment. "How's she doing? Any better?" I took a drink of water.

Date: 2012-10-28 12:13 am (UTC)
percy_jackson: (Percy Huh?)
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"Yeah, that was Esther." I grit my teeth at the thought of her hurting Coraline. "Didn't you hear about that? Creepy girl who, turns out, wasn't a girl, and she tries to knife the chief of the IPD and gets shot to death? Crazy! We thought we had some weird monsters back home."

I frowned as I registered the other part of Luke's comment. "Wound up? More or less than being attacked by Esther?" I thought a moment. "Well, she and Johnny have been awkward. Again. Apparently she wants an innocent sleepover, and he's all 'Um' about it." I decided not to mention that I'd been roped into acting as chaperone, just yet. I took another sip of water.

Date: 2012-10-28 05:38 pm (UTC)
percy_jackson: (Percy Nervous)
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I blinked as the game froze, and then I looked sidelong at Luke. Why did I get the feeling I'd stepped into a minefield and hadn't seen any signs.

"Yes..." I said, slowly, warily. "She told me she wanted a sleepover with Johnny, and she couldn't understand why he was uncomfortable, and I told her that of course Johnny was uncomfortable for, you know, reasons."

I sighed and shook my head. "You know, I was fifteen once. I vaguely remember being so. I knew about sex. I know Coraline knows about it too. And while I was a lot more busy to worry about it, Annabeth and I would never have even thought about asking for something like a sleepover. We were friends. And there was more there besides. But we'd both know that was a line we weren't ready to cross unless something really serious was about to happen. How does Coraline not get that?"

Date: 2012-10-28 06:25 pm (UTC)
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"Hm," I said. "I hadn't thought of it like that. That makes a lot of sense."

I thought a moment, then decided to add, "Well, you can be sure nothing... untoward is going to happen at Johnny and Coraline's sleepover. I..." I took a deep breath. "I kinda got roped in as a chaperone. Apparently.

Date: 2012-10-28 08:34 pm (UTC)
percy_jackson: (Percy Nervous 2)
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I lowered my head. "Because Coraline demanded one?" I grimaced. "Actually, she sort of didn't. She just invited me to this future sleepover with her and Johnny. The 'chaperone' part is what I'm telling myself in order to sleep nights."

I looked up at Luke. "I know you're laughing. Stop it! It's not funny!"

Date: 2012-10-28 08:52 pm (UTC)
percy_jackson: (Percy Huh?)
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"What are you talking about? Of course like her. Why would I have to--"

I stopped, suddenly keenly aware of another connotation for the word "like". A connotation that Coraline used quite often. "You mean 'like-like' her, don't you?"

I looked at Luke for a response, all the while wondering how this had come to me through him. Must have heard something. How? Through Coraline. Why?

I lowered my head in my hands. "Oh, crap!"

Date: 2012-10-29 03:39 am (UTC)
percy_jackson: (Percy Whoa!)
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I glared at him. "Luke: Coraline is fifteen. And I'm in love with Valkyrie. And Coraline's Johnny Maxwell's girlfriend. And did I mention that Coraline's fifteen?"

But my mind was beginning to spin. Geez, first Annabeth, then Valkyrie and now, possibly, Coraline?! What kind of lovesick fiend was I?

Then again, maybe it was the Island. Bella was a friend who'd just married Edward Cullen -- a man/vampire from back home. But I'd heard through the grapevine that she'd been in love and living with another man whom she'd met on the Island. And Annabeth had been here and suddenly she wasn't and I was full of regrets.

It wasn't that my feelings for Valkyrie were superficial -- far, far from it. But maybe it was possible to love more than one person in your heart. And maybe this place, with its uncertainties, made this more urgent.

Date: 2012-10-29 11:45 am (UTC)
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I rubbed my forehead wearily. "Luke, Coraline is my friend." I sighed, then I laughed a little. "If she were in our world, she'd be one hell of a Demigod. Who do you think? Daughter of Zeus? Or Athena?"

Date: 2012-10-30 04:58 am (UTC)
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For a moment, I could only stare at him, my mind a complete blank. Finally, I answered with the only thing I could: "I don't know the answer," I said. I looked away, and pinched the bridge of my nose. "I'm confused. It's damn confusing. You know, I once told Coraline that she was like a sister to me? She said 'ew', basically. It might help if I knew what she thought for sure but--" I laughed bitterly. "--like that's going to happen."

Date: 2012-10-31 04:52 am (UTC)
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"Uh... thanks," I said, frowning at him. One of the last things I was expecting was such a compliment, but it is welcome, just the same. "I'll talk to Coraline, okay? Though I don't promise that I'll be able to get very far. Can we get back to the game now?" I reached over and press the pause button on his game console.

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