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You Are My Sunshine

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High school seriously sucks. If it wasn’t for Netflix, YouTube, and the occasional good book, Nico had no idea how he would survive. He would so much rather be sulking in his bedroom, covered in band posters and painted black, than in the grey halls of Olympic High School. He sighed as he reached the water fountain, pulling out his water bottle and moving to fill it up, as he always did at the beginning of lunch. It was always the same thing, every day. Get to school by 8, go to three classes, eat lunch, three more classes, go home and do three hours of homework, sit in silence during family dinner trying to hold back the eyerolls as his stepmother told him he was too skinny and his father never shut off his work phone. What an exciting life.

“Nico!” Well, there was one light in his life. Percy. Nico and Percy had been best friends since they were in middle school, Nico being in sixth grade and Percy in eighth. Now Percy was a senior, which means in a few short months, the swimming champion, hottest boy in school troublemaker would be leaving him. Nico screwed the cap on his bottle and looked up.

“Yes?” He asked, raising a single eyebrow. Percy often got over excited, sort of like a puppy. It was a wonder he didn’t urinate all over the floor.

“I know a boy that likes you!” Nico wasn’t expecting that. He choked on the sip of water he had taken, eyes widening and face turning red. He quickly slapped a hand over Percy’s mouth.

“Would you shut up? What if someone heard you?” Percy rolled his eyes and took Nico’s hand of his face.

“No one cares, Nico. Half this school is gay, or at least bi-curious.” Nico glared at Percy and looked around at the people nearby. No one seemed to have heard.

“That’s not the point, and you know it! Half this school also has a parent who works for my father, and what if they told their parents, who told other employees, who told Father, hm? I can’t have that happening! I don’t come from a hippy-liberal family like you, you know.” Percy looked a little guilty after that. He put his hands up in surrender.

“Okay, okay, I get it. I know your dad can’t know. Can I tell you about the boy now?” Nico huffed and looked around again. He grabbed Percy’s wrist.

“In here.” Nico pulled Percy into the boys’ bathroom. He locked the bolt, than checked that all the stalls were empty. “Okay, coast is clear. Now who on Earth are you talking about?” Percy smiled and his green eyes lit up. Moments like this are when Nico remembers how big of a crush he had on Percy in middle school. Thankfully, he’d grown out of that and had become best friends with the boy since Percy started going out with his girlfriend Annabeth. Percy really wasn’t Nico’s type.

“His name is Will Solace. You know, cute blond boy in English class? He told me he likes you, so I gave him your number.” Nico’s eyes bulged out of his head.

“You what?!” Nico had a thousand thoughts running through his head. Why would Percy betray him like that? Why did Will Solace like him? A senior dating a sophomore isn’t exactly the ideal situation for said senior. Especially for someone as hot and popular as Will. What god had decided to ruin Nico’s life today? Apparently Aphrodite. Nico was starting to believe maybe the Greek gods exist solely because she would love to play a trick like this.

“I gave him your number! What, was I supposed to say ‘Oh, sorry Will, you see, my friend Nico is too shy to talk to you because he’s been in love with you since freshman year so it’s not really worth the effort’”. Nico pouted and slumped his shoulder against the wall.

“You’re an idiot. This is ridiculous, and I hate you.” Percy laughed lightly as Nico glared at him with crossed arms. Nico was a good six inches shorter than Percy, so it was pretty funny to Percy when he tried to act all tough.

“You don’t hate me. You love me!” Right then, Nico’s phone buzzed. Percy smirked at him. “Speak of the devil.”

“I’m pretty sure you’re the devil, actually,” Nico muttered as he pulled out his phone. Sure enough, the text was from an unknown number.

{unknown} Hi Nico! This is Will, Will Solace. Percy gave me your number? Percy Jackson? You’re friend? Best friend, I guess. Anyway, I asked Percy for your number, so here I am, texting it. Hi.

Nico couldn’t help but crack a smile. Even over text, where one could edit the message, Nico could see the hesitation and nervousness Will must have felt. He quickly went back to a grimace when he caught Percy grinning back.

{Nico} Hi Will. Percy told me he gave you my number. What’s up?

“‘What’s up?’ Seriously?” Nico flinched away when he noticed Percy had been peering over his shoulder.

“Hey! Don’t eavesdrop!” Percy chuckled.

“I’m technically not eavesdropping, just reading over your shoulder.” Nico huffed in annoyance and rolled his eyes. He turned away from Percy with his back to the wall as another text came in. Nico added Will to his contacts.

{Will} Nothing. I’m good. School. Trig. Yeah. Anyway I don’t know if Percy told you but I was wondering if maybe you wanted to go out some time?

{Will} It’s totally alright if you don’t

{Will} I get it really

{Will} No pressure

{Will} Just a suggestion

{Will} I’ll stop texting now

Nico couldn’t help but laugh this time. Percy eyed him wearily. “What’d he say?” Nico looked up at Percy.

“None of your business, fish face.” Percy scowled and crossed his arms.

“I hate it when you call me that.”

{Nico} I’d love to

Nico didn’t have to wait long for a reply.

{Will} Awesome. Tonight at 6? Have you ever been to Victor’s? Their pizza sticks are to die for

“Victor’s is where you camp kids hang out?” Nico asked nonchalantly. Percy quirked an eyebrow.

“Yes, why? Did he ask you to go there? That’s so cute!” Nico rolled his eyes at Percy’s girlish voice.

“Maybe. Come on, lunch is almost over.” Nico grabbed Percy’s hand and started to pull him out of the bathroom.

“I’m coming over to help you find an outfit! And I’m bringing Annabeth!” Percy shouted. Nico just smiled.

***

Okay, so Nico did have a little crush on Will Solace. When Nico was a freshman and WIll was a junior they had English together, and Nico just about fell in love on the spot. Will had a beautiful golden complexion, perfectly tousled blond hair, and bright blue eyes that sparkled when you looked into them. He was the exact opposite of Nico. Will was all sunshine and smiles, whereas Nico was all darkness and death. But Nico loved it.

This year, they had English class together again. Thank the gods for Nico being an advanced student. Nico loved how much Will got into it every time they studied poetry, and how he narrowed his eyes and ran his fingers through his hair when he got stuck. It was gorgeous.

Nico was snapped out of his daydream by Annabeth clapping in his face. “Hello, Earth to Nico? You have a date in ten minutes!” Nico blinked his eyes so they came into focus on Annabeth’s stearn face.

Annabeth was Percy’s girlfriend. She had big blonde hair, startling grey eyes, and a boss attitude nearly everyone was afraid of. She could get anything done she set her mind to. Including making Nico look decent for his date.

“Okay, okay, I know. Just tell me what I’m wearing.” Nico looked over to Percy, who was lounging on Nico’s bed like he owned the place. Annabeth through some clothing items into his arms.

“Here. Change.” She sat down on the bed and Percy started running his fingers over her back. Nico hoped he could be so close and comfortable around someone like that someday. The couple weren’t into much PDA, but Percy liked to give her soothing touches to calm her down when she was stressed or angry. It was adorable.

“Okay.” Nico shuffled off into the bathroom. He changed into the black skinny jeans with no holes and a button down navy shirt that once belonged to Percy. It was a bit big, but not bad. It was from middle school, but still looked okay on Nico’s small frame.

Nico walked back into the room. Annabeth and Percy looked up and the latter gasped dramatically. “Wow Nico, you look sexy.” Annabeth elbowed Percy in the ribs. “Ow.” He rubbed his chest and grimaced.

Nico laughed. “Thanks, fish face. I think I like it.” Nico smiled at Annabeth. “Thank you.”

“No problem.” Just then, the doorbell rang. Percy and Annabeth both sprang up, and Nico’s eyes widened in horror.

“Don’t you dare!” It was too late. The couple had run down the stairs and Nico groaned. He raced out after them, but they had already opened the door.

“Hiya Will, good to see you. Come in, come in.” Nico watched as Percy pulled the poor boy into the living room and shut the door. Nico couldn’t help but stare at him for a moment. Will looked amazing. He was wearing blue, medium-wash jeans and a grey pullover. His hair looked like it had been brushed, but was still all over the place. Will was blushing slightly, and had his hands in his front pockets.

“So, Will, what are your intentions with our boy Nico, hm?” Percy asked with a stern expression. Annabeth stood next to him with her arms crossed. Nico came out of his daze and rushed over.

“Guys! Shut up! Oh my god, I’m so sorry.” Nico pushed Percy and Annabeth away. “You guys are not my parents, and I’m not a baby. Chill.” Nico then turned to Will and smiled. “Hi.”

Will was blushing heavily, one hand rubbing the back of his neck as he looked at Nico with nervousness obvious on his face. “Hi.” Nico then turned around and glared at his friends.

“I’ll be home later. It would be appreciated if you guys weren’t here when I came home, thanks. Bye.” Nico grabbed Will by the wrist and pulled him outside, slamming the door shut behind him. “I’m so sorry about that, they’re ridiculous, but it’s just cause they’re protective.” Nico stopped walking as they reached Will’s car. Will turned around to look at him and smiled shyly.

“It’s alright. I think it’s sweet. And I promise, I have good intentions.” Nico laughed and Will grinned. “Let’s go, then?” Nico nodded as Will opened the door for him.

“Yeah, let’s go.” Nico climbed into the passenger seat. He really couldn’t believe this was happening. Nico di Angelo was going on a date with Will Solace. Truly groundbreaking.