Disclaimer: I do not own Percy Jackson.

Nico gripped the vanity and rocked on his heels as he stared at his reflection in the mirror. "Come on, Nico, you can do this…"

"What. Are you doing?"

Nico looked over his shoulder and scowled at Percy. "None of your business; I'm simply going on a date."

"Ah," Percy said, leaning against the bathroom doorframe and crossing his arms over his chest. "Nervous then, huh?"

"No duh," Nico snapped.

"Why? I mean, I expected a son of Hades to be smooth and calm…more likely arrogant than anything. What's so special about this girl?"

Nico didn't answer, but gave him a dark glare to clearly tell him to butt out if he wanted to keep his life thread intact.

Percy chuckled. "Come on, what is it that's got you this on edge?"

"Go away," Nico growled.

"No, I'm curious. And you're friend. I could help."

Nico laughed, giving him a genuine smile. "I highly doubt that."

"Why? Unless it's kissing that's got you so worked up…"

There was no reply, just pressured silence.

Percy raised an eyebrow with a frown. "Nico…you have had your first kiss, right?"

Again, Nico didn't answer.

"Oh…" Percy went on, concluding his assumption was correct from the boy's silence and vulnerable body language. "Well, it comes naturally. Don't be nervous."

"How can I not be?" Nico asked. "I don't know how to kiss."

"I told you; it's natural. But if you're that nervous, I could always teach you."

Nico looked up at him in confusion and disbelief. "Teach me?"

Percy nodded and stepped into the bathroom. "Just like this," he whispered, gripping the boy's chin lightly and kissing him softly. To his surprise and delight, Nico didn't pull away. Instead, the younger boy returned the kiss instantly, just proving at once that the act was natural and that Nico was good at it…way too good.

Nico pulled back after a moment, though the movement seemed hesitant to Percy. "I should get going," Nico whispered, his gaze cast down.

"You know, you could always stay and learn a few other things…"

Nico blinked and looked up at him. "But I…"

"It's up to you. You can always cancel that date."

Nico slowly smirked. "Gladly."