Hey everyone! Welcome to the first chapter of my Solangelo story. I'm just editing it since I read it again and crossposted it on ao3 and noticed a few mistakes. From now on, I'll edit all the chapters and correct the mistakes. Please let me know what you think, that would be awesome!
I don't own the characters or places!
His dreams were dark. Very dark, to be exact. But that wasn't a surprise since Nico was a son of Hades, the God of the Underworld.
He saw many different things; the imagines just appeared like flashes of light. And between them there was darkness. Darkness and silence. It didn't bother Nico very much, even if there were just a few moments in which he could sleep without seeing bad things, he appreciated them. Normally, something like that didn't happen.
First, there was Bianca, his sister who'd died a long time ago (at least it felt like a long time to Nico). He saw her laughing and smiling about something he'd said and she just looked happy. There was this look on her face which he hadn't been able to interpret until now. It was love and it showed how much she'd cared about Nico.
Then the image changed and he was in Camp Half-Blood, some time before the war against Kronos and the other Titans had started. The other Demigods hadn't liked him very much and he hadn't really cared about it. He could have tried to make some friends, but it was easier to push the others away and stay alone with his thoughts and feelings. Then, there was no one who could ask stupid questions.
Suddenly, he saw Camp Jupiter again and the time he'd spent there. It had been nearly the same as in Camp Half-Blood, but Nico hadn't cared about the Demigods there as well. The only thing which made him feel uneasy was to pretend that he was a son of Pluto, and not Hades. But since when had he cared about his father? Never.
And then there was the war against Gaea and the Giants. Nico saw their faces and remembered their voices. And then there was Tartarus. The darkness there had been different from everything he'd seen or felt before. It was like a silent evil which was creeping towards your heart slowly...
A loud explosion made Nico wake up from his dream. The ground of the Hades Cabin in Camp Half-Blood was shaking and he could hear someone crying. It didn't sound as if it was close to his Cabin, but he stood up quickly and searched some clothes he could wear anyway. As usual, he decided for a black t-shirt and a jeans and when he looked into the mirror, Nico saw that he was very pale. There were dark rings under his eyes and it seemed as if he hadn't slept for many days. Which was - somehow - true.
When he opened the door to leave the building, he was blinded by the sun that had just appeared above Half-Blood Hill. Nico resisted the urge to take a step back again and looked around for a few seconds. After the days in the infirmary, Nico had begun to feel more comfortable here at camp. He knew that he had friends and was accepted. His role as Head Counselor of the Hades Cabin gave him a task to do and even if it was a calm day, there was always something going on.
And then there was Will. Will Solace, the blond, blue-eyed son of Apollo who used to confuse Nico very much. During the battle against Gaea, Will had done everything to show Nico that he was accepted at Camp Half-Blood and that he should stay there - which he had done in the end. He had also been furious about him using his powers too much (for example by shadow travelling a very tall statue hundreds of miles) and it seemed as if he cared for him. At least Nico thought that since he had to stay in the infirmary for three days because of Will. To his surprise, the days had been over far too soon and after that, Nico found himself visiting Will very often.
Somehow, talking to Will made him... happy. And that was something Nico hadn't been in a very long time. With him, he could just forget the world and all the darkness which used to surround him. It hadn't taken them long to become best friends. But was it normal that you had this strange feeling in your stomach when you were talking to your best friend? And that you felt kind of electrified when he touched you?
"Hey Nico!" A voice called and ripped him out of his thoughts. Slowly, Nico turned around to see who was walking towards him. Jason Grace was smiling widely, but something in his posture told him that something was wrong.
"Jason, what's up?" Nico asked, nodding at the son of Jupiter. "You look like something happened. Is it about the explosion I've heard some time ago?"
Slowly, Jason raised his eyebrows and his smile turned into an unbelieving grin. "You look like you haven't slept for ages, and yet you are able to see through me so easily?" He shook his head and began to walk towards the Hephaestus Cabin, making a gesture for Nico to follow him. "You're right, by the way. I've heard the noise too and I'm on my way to see what's going on there."
"You know that you're not responsible for it, right?"
"Jason always thinks that he's responsible for everything!" Now both Jason and Nico turned around to see Piper leaving her cabin. She kissed Jason on the cheek quickly and when she looked at Nico, she frowned. Of course she turned away so that he couldn't see the look which appeared on her face now. However, he could imagine what it looked like very well.
"You're talking about Percy, not me." Jason murmured and Nico couldn't stop himself from grinning. It was true, Percy always thought that he was able to deal with everything that happened at camp.
"No, I think I know my boyfriend." Piper began and it looked like she wanted to say something else as well, but the sound of another explosion stopped her from doing that.
They headed towards the Hephaestus Cabin quickly, just to see that dark smoke was coming out of the doors and windows. Apparently, everyone had already left the building since many people stood in front of it and didn't seem to know what to do now.
"That's all your fault!" A tall, brown-haired boy said loudly and pointed at another son of Hephaestus who was covered in black dust.
"My fault? I think you were the one who wanted to start the experiment today and not tomorrow like it was planned!"
"You said that it would work very well, even if we hadn't made the final tests-"
"I said that? And why can't I remember it? I think that you were the one who said it!"
Piper, Jason and Nico exchanged looks quickly and in a silent agreement, they began to walk backwards without stopping to look at the sons of Hephaestus who were shouting at each other very loudly. This wasn't something they wanted to chime in. Sometimes, it was better to leave them alone than to try helping them because it only made things worse, not better.
"What happened here?" This time, Nico didn't have to turn around to see who was speaking. Will sounded worried and he understood why. The son of Apollo always took care of injured people and the sound of the explosion had made him think that something bad had happened.
"Nothing too bad." Nico muttered and finally turned around to look at his friend. Will's hair was a complete mess and it looked like he'd just jumped out of bed. He was wearing a white t-shirt together with jeans and Nico realized that he wasn't wearing shoes. "An experiment went wrong and now they're trying to decide who's responsible for it."
"That happens very often." Jason added and he and Will exchanged a smile.
"So I've hurried up without having a reason for it?" Will asked and raised his eyebrows at Nico again, who couldn't stop himself from grinning any longer.
"Apparently." He answered and pointed at his feet. "I think you can still put on your shoes before breakfast."
At that comment, Will rolled his eyes and crossed his arms. "You seem to be in a good mood, Death Boy." He muttered. However, he grinned as well and without thinking about it twice, the two of them began to walk towards the Apollo Cabin slowly. "But I don't like the way you look. When was the last time you've slept?"
At that question, the strange feeling in Nico's stomach returned, but he tried not to show it. "Last night. Not very good, I have to admit, but I've slept. You should know that being a son of Hades doesn't mean that I dream of sheep and the sun at night."
"Very funny, Nico. Really very funny." Will murmured and shook his head. "You look really bad. And I think I know what might help you."
Now Nico looked at his friend questioningly and Will's lips twitched. "After I've put on a pair of shoes, we'll go and have breakfast together."
"You must be very brave when you want to sit at my table. Normally, people avoid to come too close to a person who's as scary as I am."
"I don't think you're scary." Will replied immediately and turned away quickly when he realized how he'd sounded. Nevertheless, Nico noticed that he blushed and that made his grin grow even wider.
"Well, then I think we should go." When Will wanted to change the direction and walk towards the middle of the camp, Nico raised his hand to make him stop again. "After you've put on some shoes, Solace. It's kind of disgusting to eat without having shoes on."
With a sigh, Will shook his head and turned around again to enter his cabin. "You're going to be the death of me, Nico!" He shouted, but Nico thought that he'd seen an amused sparkle in his eyes.