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Title: Chasing Fireflies – The Next Generation of Heroes

Fandom: Percy Jackson and the Olympians / Heroes of Olympus; post both series

Disclaimer: All rights reserved to Rick Riordan for he created the awesomeness that is Nico di Angelo. And everything else related to Percy Jackson and the Olympians / Heroes of Olympus. Aside from the Gods, they belong to the old Greeks. This fanfiction and its OCs on the other hand are entirely mine. No money is made with this, though reviews are more than welcomed.

Warnings: shounen-ai, fluff, h/c, mpreg, explicit intercourse, anal, oral, D/s, bondage, masturbation, toys, spanking, rimming, handjobs, magic, knotting, collars, past rape/abuse, (temporary) character death, depression, threesomes, shoujo-ai, hetero

Main Pairings: Sander/Donny, Trend/Derek/Sam and Nico/Percy

Side Pairings: Chris/Clarisse, Piper/Annabeth, Frank/Hazel/Leo, Jason/Reyna, Travis/Connor, Malcolm/Katie, Lou/Miranda, Jake/Will, Kayla/Nyssa, Alabaster/Liam, Tyson/Ella, Paul/Sally, Hades/Persephone, Tempest/Blackjack

Side Pairings OCs: Trend/Sam, Herc/Thea, Joe/Nico, Marshall/Sara, Loki/Blance, Dash/Kara, Vic/Stella/Jonas, Chuck/Melissa, Luke/Thess, Kitty/Percy, Fred/Carry, JP/Milly

Percy Jackson Characters: Perseus Jackson, Nico di Angelo, Clarisse la Rue, Chris Rodriguez, Annabeth Chase, Piper McLean, Hazel Levesque, Leo Valdez, Frank Zhang, Reyna Avila Ramírez-Arellano, Jason Grace, Will Solace, Jake Mason, Katie Gardner, Malcolm Cage, Miranda Gardner, Lou Ellen, Travis Stoll, Connor Stoll, Nyssa Black, Kayla Hein, Alabaster C. Torrington, Thalia Grace, Rachel Elizabeth Dare, Octavian Simmons, Ella, Tyson, Grover Underwood, Sally Blofis, Paul Blofis, Chiron, Small Bob, Mrs. O'Leary, Blackjack, Tempest, Arion

Gods: Hades, Persephone, Demeter, Poseidon, Artemis

Own Animals: Shadowchaser (Donny's shadow-pegasus), Trickster (Sander's pegasus), Nightowl (Thea's pegasus), Fighter (Sam's pegasus), Rush (Trend's pegasus), Poker (Jack's pet-bunny)

Own Characters of the Next Generation:

Nicercy: Bianca Maria 'Bia' di Angelo, Hades Poseidon 'Donny' di Angelo, Sally Persephone 'Percy' di Angelo, Theseus Paul 'Thess' di Angelo, James Charles 'Jimmy' di Angelo, Laura Silena 'Silly' di Angelo, Jackson Tyson Jack' di Angelo

Chrisse: Calandra 'Cally' Rodriguez, Chrysander 'Sander' Rodriguez, Charisma 'Carry' Rodriguez

Pipabeth: Theadora Tiphane 'Thea' Chase, Lucas Thomas 'Luke' Chase, Tristan Frederick 'Fred' Chase, Matthew Robert 'Matt' Chase

Jayna: Hercules 'Herc' Grace, Thalia Hylla 'Thyl' Grace, Jupiter Perseus 'JP' Grace

Frazeleo: Esperanza Nicole 'Nico' Zhang, Sammy Marie Zhang, Emily Fey 'Milly' Zhang, Claryssa 'Claire' Zhang

Matie: Amarilla 'Amy' Cage, Anthismos 'Andy' Cage

Louranda: Kathryn 'Kitty' Ellen, Alabaster 'Basty' Ellen

Jakill: Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Mason (adopted; daughter of Apollo)

Stolls: Hunter 'Hunt' Hood, Hayden 'Heist' Hood (adopted; sons Hermes)

Own Demigods: Samuel Raser (Ares), Derek Rhys (Demeter), Trend Austin (Athena), Marshall Mikaelson (Enyo), Sara Mers (Mars), Joanna Foxx (Vulcan), Phylicia Rosenberg (Persephone), Bellatrix la Fey (Ares), Phineas DeVorut (Venus), Melissa Montgomery (Dionysus), Charles Smith (Apollo), Stella Ribeiro (Aphrodite), Jonas Meyer (Enyalios), Victor Kruger (Hephaestus), Erik Anderson (Enyo), Lila Lovegood (Hecate), Rainbow Jordan (Iris), Takara Thompson (Trivia), Sedanur Aykan (Apollo, augur), Loki Murdock (Mercury), Blance Lamour (Chione), Ulrika Schuster (Eris), Arielle Schneider (Triton), Liam O'Riley (Hecate)

Summary: Donny di Angelo never cared about fighting or becoming a hero. Quite the opposite of Sander Rodriguez, who was the greatest Greek hero of their generation. Together with his beloved cousin Nico Zhang and his best friend Thea Chase, Donny faces the hardest quest possible. The one for confidence and love. His biggest support though are his parents and siblings. Being a teenage demigod was hard, being the son of the greatest hero ever was even harder.

 

Chasing Fireflies

The Next Generation of Heroes

 

1. Dear Diary

 

A teenage boy of sixteen years laid sprawled over his black silken bedsheets. He had curly, pitch-black hair that was long enough to stand into every possible direction, his sea-green, deep eyes staring curiously into a book that laid in front of him, his olive-skinned cheeks slightly flushed.

“It's embarrassing and girly! Why does mom want me to do this?”, whined the boy.

“Shut your mouth, Donny”, chuckled a voice from the window. “He's only worried about you.”

A girl with the same olive skin and dark curls leaned against the desk, her arms crossed over her silvery white gown. Her hair was put up into two pigtails, her black eyes staring at the boy.

“But it's still girly and I don't want to”, sighed Donny, clinging to the empty book. “Can't you just stay and tell him to leave it alone, please Bia?”

“No”, replied Bia and shook her head. “Aunt Thalia collects Cally and me tonight, the hunt leaves for Europe tomorrow morning. I told you I can't stay for long. And mom is right being worried.”

She slowly walked over to the bed, running her fingers through his hair, leaning down to kiss his forehead. He bit his lower lip and heaved a sigh before turning away from her, ignoring her until she sighed sadly and left the room. His eyes were tightly closed, his body trembling. He stayed like that for a couple of minutes before slowly blinking and looking at the stupid book. Heaving a sigh, he grabbed a pen, opening the book at the very first page.

 

/diary|entry\

 

Diary of Hades Poseidon di Angelo

 

Uh... Hi? Or 'Dear Diary', or whatever.

I have no idea what I'm doing. Never had a diary before. Still wouldn't have one if not for my mom. So... what am I supposed to write into you, stupid book?

Maybe I should introduce myself. Well, I already said my name, right? Stupid name, isn't it? But there is a valid reason why my parents named me that.

Oh, do I have to start that early...? Okay, so... My dad is Nico di Angelo, the most awesome son of Hades ever. And my mom is Percy di Angelo, née Jackson, the greatest hero that has ever-ever-ever lived. See, my mom is a son of Poseidon and since the sea is where all live comes from, all children of the sea have the ability to give birth too and are freakishly fertile (which explains my six siblings...). So my mom is a guy. But he's still the best mom ever. Even though he claims that that's not true because his mom is already the best mom ever. Which is not true since Grandma Sally – that's my grandma – is the best grandma already. And she can't be both, right?

Okay, so that's my parents. Percy and Nico di Angelo. But my grandparents are the reason I have that stupid name. As you may have noticed, I'm named after both my biological grandfathers. The reason for that is because my parents wanted to express their gratitude toward them. Because Grandpa Hades and Grandpa Poseidon swore to protect me and my siblings from Uncle Zeus. That started when mom was first pregnant with my big sister. She's named Bianca Maria, after my dad's dead sister and mother. He and Grandpa Hades always claim that she is the splitting image of them both. Anyway, so my big sister's existence annoyed Uncle Zeus even more than my parents' existence did because children of two so powerful demigods were more likely to become super-powerful too. The Big Three – that's what my grandpas and my uncle are called too – fought for many months. Not really fighting, more like quarreling, you know? But they were about to fight. Like, World War Three fighting. That was when mom realized he was pregnant again. With me. Yeah, I'm only like ten months younger than my big sister. But when Uncle Zeus threatened with war, the goddesses put their feet down and told him he was being stupid. Especially his daughter, my Grandma 'Phone. She specially blessed me and put me under her protection. It was a real surprise since she normally doesn't even really like grandpa's children, but she had learned to live with my dad and she really liked my big sister too. And of course, Auntie Demeter told Uncle Zeus that if he messes with her daughter, he'd also mess with her. And Auntie Aphrodite too, because she really, really, really likes that mom and dad are together (she calls that shipping, but I'm not sure what ships have to do with love...). So one by one many of the gods joined the side of my grandparents, until Uncle Zeus realized that he would stand no chance. He admitted defeat, reluctantly at least. But he's still out for us, hoping that one day a quest may cost our lives.

Anyway, to show how grateful they were towards their fathers, they named me after them both. But you really can't walk around, being named Hades Poseidon in a society with gods and demigods. So everybody only calls me Don. And some, the ones closest to me, get to call me Donny.

Since I already introduced my parents and grandparents – oh, I nearly forgot about Grandpa Paul, he is that really awesome mortal, even though he's a teacher, he's really nice! He's married to my Grandma Sally and they're both living in New York. So... where was I? I sometimes lose my thoughts, because it's really hard to concentrate on one thing. Mom calls it ADHD, but my aunts and uncles call it being a seaweed brain, though I'm not quite sure what that's supposed to mean. Ah, yeah, since I already introduced my parents and grandparents, I should probably also introduce the rest of my family, right? My siblings. First, I really love them all. It's great having siblings. But I kind of love my bigger sister more than my younger siblings. We're really close.

Bianca Maria, but most only call her Bia for short, looks really like Aunt Bianca did. I saw old pictures of her, after all (really old since my dad was born in 1924, which was like over hundred years ago, but that's a really long story and I'm tired so I'll not write it now!). Which means she is really pretty. And also really powerful. Most children of Grandpa Hades either have power over the death and shadows, or over wealth and riches. But Bia can control both. She's seventeen now. Or, well, she would be seventeen now. But... she joined the huntresses of Artemis shortly before her birthday. Which is kind of the reason mom gave me this diary. Because he's worried that I take my sister's leave bad. What I kind of do. I mean, next to mom, my sister always was the most important person in my life. And now she's gone. Well, not completely gone of course, she was just here to visit for example. But now she spends most of her time roaming the world with the other huntresses and left me behind just like that. The... thing I really fear is... I mean, I know the stories. Dad and his sister Bianca used to be really, really, really close too. And then she joined the hunt. And died. And I really, really, really don't want my sister to die. Being a huntress is dangerous. I don't want her to be in danger...

 

/break\

 

Donny sobbed slightly and rubbed his eyes as he saw tears falling onto the pages of the diary. He hated that he was being so emotional about stuff like that. It made him feel girly. But that was most likely because of the Ares cabin, they truly managed to make everything emotional sound girly and stupid sometimes. Biting his lips, he turned back to his diary...

 

/entry|continuation\

 

Bia is not the only sibling I have though. I'm the second oldest child of seven at all. Seven di Angelos, which means... I have five younger siblings too.

The youngest is Jackson Tyson, he's named after our Uncle Tyson, mom's brother. And he has mom's last name as first name. But because he's too cute to be called Jackson, we mostly call him Jack or Jacky. He's only four, so of course he's cute. All my siblings were cute when they had been that young. He looks just exactly like mom and has his powers too. That's why he got the name Jackson. He's very boring though, I mean he's just too young for me to do much with him.

The second youngest are the eight-years old twins James Charles and Laura Silena. They're named after mom's grandparents and two old friends of him who had died during the Titan War. Silly is all the cute, well-behaved Sea Princess while Jimmy is a totally creepy Ghost Prince.

The next older ones are Sally Persephone and Theseus Paul, who are twins too. They're only two years younger than me, which makes them fourteen. I think Thess, that's what we call my brother, feels the same toward me as I feel toward Bianca. He's very clingy , but other than that he's mostly very shy. He got our mom's powers, while his twin-sister, who we call Percy for short, which was totally the idea of Uncle Connor and Uncle Travis to annoy mom, is a bit more like dad, having his powers. The two of them are always together, typical twins. But since Percy is very mischievous, she always gets them into trouble. The two of them have really many friends too. Very much unlike me... Oh, maybe I should say something about me now too, huh?

Well... I'm not very special, I guess. I mean, I'm not tall, I'm not muscular and I really suck when it comes to fighting. I know that mom is disappointed that I can't do anything with a sword, even though he never says it. But he always wanted to give me his old sword, Riptide. Though it's totally useless in my hands. Other than that? Yeah, I'm the biggest freak at Camp Half-Blood. And Camp Jupiter probably too. I can control water just as well as death and shadows. I have the powers of both my parents. Which means that yes, I talk to ghosts, horses and fishes. And thanks to Grandma 'Phone's blessing I am also able to communicate with the animals of spring. Like bumblebees and butterflies and fireflies and stuff. They call me a Disney Princess (well, Aunt Clarisse calls me Disney Princess Junior). Because I talk to animals no one aside from me understands.

Like I said, I'm a freak. I mean, my younger siblings have like a hoard of friends, while I have... Well, I have my big sister, who doesn't really count since she is my sister. And her best friend, Cally Rodriguez, who doesn't really count either since she's my sister's best friend and joined the hunt together with my sister. I have a best friend, yeah. Thea Chase, but she's the daughter of my Aunt Annabeth, who is my mom's best friend, so most of the time I think that Thea probably wouldn't be my friend if not for our mothers... But Thea always whacks my head for saying that. She claims I'm the 'most adorable thing ever' and we would totally be friends in every reality possible. Cally's twin-brother Sander is a friend of ours too. And his best friend Herc Grace, but Herc lives in New Rome, just like my cousin Nico Zhang and her siblings. See, that makes is exactly two friends I have. And Sander is only in this because our sisters are best friends.

No one aside from them want to have anything to do with me. Because I'm a freak, like I said. I guess they're scared of me or something like that. I don't blame them though. I guess I would be freaked out too if I were a normal demigod and faced with some meddled hybrid of two super powerful demigods, who talks with about anything.

But I'm grateful enough to have the friends that I have. Thea is the best friend I could wish for, she's just as wise as her mom. Well, as one of her moms. And as beautiful as her other mom. Yeah, she has two mothers, like I have two fathers. I guess that's part of why we are best friends. But she and her siblings had been possible because of her grandmother Athena, who gave birth to children by a thought. It seems her children have the same ability. So Thea had been born from a thought, which is even more weird than my birth (but don't tell her or she'll get mad at me again). And my sister and Cally, I really, really like them even though they're away now. And Cally's brother, who is... uh... Sander is really, really, really great. He's a trickster like his father and because of his mom's training he is like the leader of Camp Half-Blood. There's no better hero than him! He's very awesome and always nice to me, which, well, is kind of no one aside from Thea and my family. But he has much responsibility, as the camp leader and stuff. And he has a best friend in New Rome. Herc Grace, who is like the biggest hero of Camp Jupiter these days, just like his dad was back in my mom's time. But New Rome is really far away from New Athens... I mean, different sides of the US, after all! Oh, and my cousin Nico, well her name is Esperanza Nicole Zhang but she doesn't like that so everyone only calls her Nico, lives there too with her siblings and Aunt Hazel, Uncle Leo and Uncle Frank. Though she is not really my cousin since she is the daughter of Uncle Frank and Uncle Leo – Uncle Leo can control fire and you certainly know the legends of the phoenix who is born by the ashes of it's flame, which somehow means that his fire bears life too. So technically Uncle Leo is Nico's mom. I know my family is weird. But I still love them all...

 

/entry|end\

 

“Is he asleep?”

“Fell asleep with his pen still in his hand”, the green-eyed man smiled softly, taking both the book and the pen away from his son to lay them onto the desk. “I knew he would write into it.”

The taller man with olive skin and dark eyes smiled just as softly as he pulled the blanket over their son, sitting down next to the teen to run his fingers through the dark curls. He turned to look quizzically at his husband, who joined him, sitting down next to him.

“And we're really not going to read the diary, Percy?”

“Nico”, grunted the son of Poseidon with a warning glare. “That's his privacy. I gave him the diary so he gets a chance to sort his own thoughts. And not for us to sniffle around in them.”

“I know, I know”, sighed Nico, laying one arm around his husband's waist. “I'm just... worried.”

Percy chuckled amused, leaning up to kiss the son of Hades softly. “No need to be worried. I think he will come around. Just give him some time to think things through.”

“What do you mean by this?”, grunted Nico skeptically.

“He's having some trouble, but that will pass”, smiled Percy. “He just needs to settle with his own thoughts and feelings. Once he understands them, it will be better again too. Just like with me back then. You know my life turned out to become perfect once I realized you are my life.”

“So cheesy”, snorted the son of Hades amused. “Come on, let's go to bed too. I'm dead on my feet and we'll have to get our chaotic children ready for camp tomorrow.”

“Don't remind me”, groaned Percy and stood. “That will be a fight again...”

Nico chuckled, pulling Percy closer as they walked out of their son's bedroom again, kissing Percy's cheek. “But you know what that means, right?”

“Huh?”, asked the son of Poseidon innocently and blinked with big, sea-green eyes.

The Ghost King smirked wickedly, licking Percy's ear-shell to whisper softly. “Two months of only you and me in this house. It's Jack's first summer. This means we will have the house all to ourselves. Two months of you, me and this house. All. To. Ourselves.”

“Oh... it sounds heavenly to have you all to myself again!”, grinned Percy lazily, wrapping both his arms around his husband. “And not being woken by the girls fighting who gets to go to the bathroom first in the morning...”

“No, instead I'll wake you with something else demanding your attention”, purred Nico, wiggling his eyebrows suggestively. “I'll finally get to take you again.”

“But you are not making me another one of those rascals”, warned Percy sternly, poking Nico's chest. “If so, I will personally tear your dick off. Regardless of how fond I am of it.”

“You're so cruel, my love”, chuckled the son of Hades, kissing his husband.

“And you are so horny, my love”, smirked the son of Poseidon, returning the kiss. “You know I love your horniness, my Ghost King. But no taking it too far while the children are in the house.”

“That's why I'm so glad they'll soon be out for a while”, whispered Nico with a wicked grin. “Then I can finally do all the dirty, dirty things to you again.”