Nico di Angelo often wondered why the Fates had it out for him. All halfbloods had it rough, sure, but none more so than children of Hades. Most other halfbloods had a support system at camp. He did not. The reason why? Simple. Power over the undead, over shadows scared people. Hades scared people.
It was idiotic. It was unfair. It was the way life worked.
As if that wasn't enough, he had to go and fall for Percy Jackson. Straight-as-an-arrow Percy Jackson. In-love-with-Annabeth Percy Jackson. Reason-for-Bianca's-death Percy Jackson. Because of course he fell for that guy. His life wouldn't be horrible enough otherwise.
If he really thought about it, it all came down to his blood. Hades' blood. Had been the son of literally anybody else... things would be... different. Maybe even good. Nico couldn't help but wonder.
What would life be like.....
..... if I was born mortal?