curiously_cora: ([Teen]Blank)
Coraline Jones ([personal profile] curiously_cora) wrote2012-10-24 08:37 pm
Entry tags:

(no subject)

There was one excitable puppy running towards a young man, bouncing and yipping at his heels. There was one haughty black cat, slinking through the open door to the Homestead and miaowing a soft warning at his human. And there was one teenage girl, her face covered in fading bruises and scratches lying beneath a set of blankets and dozing softly. She dreamt of dark girls and darker deaths and terrible things and it was only Cat, leaping onto her, that woke her up and startled her.

"What? Oh, what are you doing hey fusspuss? See, I'm okay you need to stop worrying silly Cat. Were you worrying?" Coraline asked curiously, tickling Cat beneath his chin and wrapping her arms loosely around him before hugging him. Listening to his soft miaow, Coraline looked up at the warning and listened out for the excitable bark of Bobo. Staring at the door curiously, Coraline waved at the familiar sight of Percy and made a face at him. "What are you doing here?"
percy_jackson: (Percy Huh?)

[personal profile] percy_jackson 2012-10-24 08:17 pm (UTC)(link)
I blinked at that. Why in Tartarus wouldn't I be here. "I went to the clinic," I said. "I thought you'd be there. I just heard--" I stepped forward, trying to keep my breathing under control. "Are you all right?"
percy_jackson: (Percy Angry)

[personal profile] percy_jackson 2012-10-24 10:38 pm (UTC)(link)
"What do you mean, why?" I could see the bruises on her face! I stopped myself a moment and took a deep breath. "I heard..." Another deep breath. "I thought I heard Esther hit you with a branch."
percy_jackson: (Default)

[personal profile] percy_jackson 2012-10-25 12:02 am (UTC)(link)
For a minute, I couldn't say anything. I couldn't stand still. The thought that anyone would try to hurt Coraline... Well, I wanted to hit something. I'd actually brought my sword with me -- it was in its scabbard on my back -- before I'd learned that Esther had, in fact, been killed. And, for a fraction of a second I'd been upset that I hadn't been the one to kill her.

Annabeth would have told me to cool it. Valkyrie would have reminded me I was letting emotions getting the better of me. But how could one not be emotional about this!

Abruptly, I turned and, stepping forward, I wrapped Coraline in a hug.
percy_jackson: (Default)

[personal profile] percy_jackson 2012-10-25 03:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I stepped back hurriedly. Coraline was hurt, and I was hugging her? What was I thinking. I gripped the hair on my head. "I... No. It's just... Someone hurt you, Coraline!" I took a deep breath, held it, then let it go. "I really, really want to hurt them back."

I felt like I'd failed. I'd fought for my friends before. Who was I if I couldn't protect them?

"Sorry," I said. "I'm acting like an idiot. You probably don't want to hear this." I looked at her. "Is there anything I can do? Do you want me to get Johnny?"
percy_jackson: (Percy Angry 3)

[personal profile] percy_jackson 2012-10-25 06:21 pm (UTC)(link)
Sitting down was probably good advice, so I sat down. But I gave Coraline a bit of a dubious look at her "that's not you Percy" comment. She hadn't seen me when Annabeth had been made to literally hoist the world on her shoulders. She hadn't seen me when Valkyrie gave herself to the zombie horde in order to try and save us.

"I'm... okay, I guess," I muttered. Really, I was not. "I just hate the thought that somebody tried to hurt you." I looked up at her and gave her a small smile. "I'm glad you're okay, though. Mostly. Right?"
percy_jackson: (Default)

[personal profile] percy_jackson 2012-10-25 06:37 pm (UTC)(link)
I looked up at Coraline. In my mind, there was a certainty. I would definitely hurt anyone who deliberately hurt Coraline. Just as I would if it were Annabeth who'd been hurt. Or Grover. Or Valkyrie. Or, nowadays, even Luke. But telling her that... that wasn't a good idea.

Loyalty was said to be my fatal flaw. Was this why?

But Coraline was right: there was no way I could lie to her. So I told her a different part of the truth.

"You're my friend. My best friend. And there isn't anything I wouldn't do to protect you," I said.
Edited 2012-10-26 04:14 (UTC)
percy_jackson: (Default)

[personal profile] percy_jackson 2012-10-26 04:04 pm (UTC)(link)
"Coraline," I said, before stopping. How could I possibly explain this? "Yes, I'd protect you, but it's more than that. If somebody hurts my friends -- my best friends--" I struggled for the next words. "How can you expect me not to be angry? You're my friends! And nothing and no one should be allowed to hurt them, ever! As long as I'm living, nobody hurts the ones I--" I caught myself with a cough. That was a dangerous bridge too far. "I'm best friends with."

Clearly, I needed to walk this back, fast. "I'm glad you're better, and I'm sorry I went a little crazy, there." I looked away. "I saw some good friends almost die. I saw some friends die back at the Labyrinth. I swore then and there never again."
percy_jackson: (Percy Happy 4)

[personal profile] percy_jackson 2012-10-29 03:15 am (UTC)(link)
At her comment about my being an idiot, I couldn't help but grin. "So I've been told. So I've been told." I accepted her hug and touched my forehead to hers, gently. Then I pulled back. "And I'm really glad you're not dead."