Hello I'm back! Sorry for the wait, I haven't been in a good place mentally and I was worried that writing this one would make it worse. Thing is, I kind of feel better now. It's kind of short, but it's all I could get out of it.
The fragile, the broken,
Sit in circles and stay unspoken.
We are powerless.
—Hospital For Souls by Bring Me The Horizon
As Will walked into the building, he noticed how colorful everything was.
He was lead to a room labeled "Doctor Chiron Brunner" and was greeted by a middle aged man in a wheelchair.
"Hello Will. Before I send you off to meet the other children, I just need to evaluate you to get a baseline. Is that okay?" He asked, his tone kind. Will had to force himself to not roll his eyes.
"Do I have a choice?" He muttered, and Doctor Brunner smiled softly.
"You always have a choice here. The last thing I want to do is take away your basic rights as a human being. We can do the evaluation later, but it does need to happen." Will blinked in confusion. He had expected to be treated like a broken doll.
"I uh…I'm tired. Could we do it later Doctor Brunner?" Will asked hesitantly, and the doctor nodded.
"Of course. And please, call me Chiron. I'll escort you to the main area. You've missed dinner, unfortunately, but I'm sure we can find you something. You'll get your schedule tomorrow. The children currently have their free period, and then it's off to bed."
Will nodded as he was led through a maze of hallways and rooms. Eventually, he made it to a large room that was full of teenagers. They were all lounging in comfortable looking chairs or on the floor, all laughing and talking. They looked normal, not like kids who were stuck in the loony bin. So different from Will, with his pale skin and dead eyes.
Chiron cleared his throat, and they all turned towards them. Will tried not to shrink backwards.
"Children, this is Will Solace, a new addition to the family. I trust he's in good hands?"
A chorus of "yes Chiron!" was heard, and Chiron turned to Will.
"I'm sure you'll get along with them quite well. Now, I have to get back to work." And with that, Chiron was gone.
Will turned towards the group, who were all looking at him expectantly. A boy with brown hair and green eyes smiled at him brightly, and scooted over on the couch.
"You can sit by me, Will. I'm Cecil." He said, and Will complied.
"Alright guys, time to introduce ourselves!" A boy with curly brown hair yelled, and then said, "Leo Valdez at your service!"
Will was then introduced to Annabeth, Piper, Reyna, Travis, Jason, and Rachel. They all seemed nice enough, offering him smiles and waves at their introductions, but Will was still nervous.
"You can chill, dude. I was scared shitless when I first got here, but it's really nice. Nobody's going to be an ass. We're all here for a reason." Cecil whispered, patting Will on the back. Will tried to smile, but it probably looked like a grimace. He made sure to keep his sleeves down.
"So, Will," Rachel called, getting his attention, "what're you in for?"
Will's eyes widened, and a cold fear gripped him. He couldn't say it. Not yet, at least. Rachel noticed his reaction.
"It's fine. You don't need to tell us yet. That was kind of a dumb question. Sorry." She said, her cheeks turning pink. Will breathed a sigh of relief.
"Thanks for understanding." Will replied, and the group nodded.
"No problemo. First day is always the scariest." Leo said, and he seemed to be messing with some building blocks.
The group then resumed their conversation, and Will noticed a boy sitting in the corner of the room, his eyes closed.
"Who's that?" Will muttered to Cecil, whose expression changed into something akin to worry.
"Nico di Angelo. I haven't heard him talk to anyone, really. He's been here for a long time." Cecil answered. When Will looked back, Nico was looking around the room, his glare radiating anger and irritation. Their eyes met briefly, and Will waved. Nico rolled his eyes and turned away.
After their free period was over, and Will was sent to the bed next to Cecil's, he couldn't stop thinking about the boy whose eyes seemed dead.