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Epilogue: 70 years later
Frank stood at the edge of the River Styx, inspecting his spectral form in the reflection. He heard the scuffling of booted feet and looked up, surprised to see Nico di Angelo staring at him from across the river.
"Frank." The son of Hades nodded cordially. Frank furrowed his brow in confusion.
"Nico. How-how can you be so. . ."
"Young?" Nico suggested, motioning aimlessly to his sixteen-year-old body. "Dad's keeping me immortal so I can keep doing his dirty work." Frank frowned, but Nico seemed indifferent.
"So, I finally died." Frank said in an offhanded attempt to change the subject. Nico nodded, his dark eyes glinting in the dim light.
"So I see." He stepped into the shadows and reappeared seconds later at Frank's side. "You look good for an 86-year-old."
"So, what do I do now?" Frank asked, ignoring Nico's comment. Nico shadow-traveled across the river, standing next to the son of Mars.
"You come with me." Nico said. The teen grabbed Frank's arm and in an instant, they were walking through darkness. There was no light and no pathways, yet somehow Frank was able to see Nico's face and his own feet.
"Where are we going?" Frank asked. Nico didn't respond. As they walked for what seemed like miles, Frank noticed that his old, creaky limbs became spryer, his eyesight sharpened and his breathing became easier. When he looked down he was surprised to see that his hands were no longer gnarled and wrinkled and his arms were stronger. "What's happening?" Frank asked. Again, there was no reply from the son of Hades.
They emerged from the shadows into a grassy field. Sun was shining and there were birds chirping. It reminded Frank of the Field of Mars back at Camp Jupiter, only without the pockmarks and patches of dead grass left over from various Games and battles. Nico stood with his arms crossed near the edge while Frank took a few steps forward.
"Where are we?" Frank asked.
"This is Elysium." Nico said. "Paradise. It takes the appearance of the places where your best memories are." Frank nodded, noticing that Nico was looking him up and down appraisingly. "You look better. Being eighteen suited you much better." Frank's eyebrows flew up in shock. Running over to a nearby puddle of water, he studied himself in the wavering reflection. He no longer had the pitted skin and deep wrinkles of an old man. Staring back at him was the eighteen-year-old legionnaire that was remembered from Camp Jupiter's glory days. Every detail was impeccable, right down to the scar below his eye that he got at age sixteen, during the battle that cost him his best friend. He hated that scar.
Rustling footsteps caused Frank to turn on his heel. Nico was no longer in sight, but the steady pounding of boots against earth warned him that someone was approaching. He tensed automatically, but relaxed once he remembered that he was Elysium. There weren't any monsters here.
"Hello?" He called out cautiously. The footsteps stopped, then resumed. A skinny figure in a purple shirt and jeans emerged from the woods, brushing twigs out of her springy hair. She looked slightly older than the fourteen-year-old girl Frank remembered. She was taller and more filled out, although her slight frame and small hands were exactly as he remembered them. Frank stared, not daring to move.
"Hazel?" He whispered. She swiveled to face him, tears filling her golden eyes.
"Frank!" She shouted, running to him. They collided in a fierce hug, both of them crying and neither of them ashamed of that fact. Other demigods that had passed on ran to join the group, and Frank recognized some of them: Jason, Leo, Percy and Annabeth, among others. He kept a tight grip on Hazel as he pulled back ever-so-slightly and gave her a gentle kiss on the lips.
"I missed you so much." Hazel whispered.
"I missed you, too." Frank replied. His heart filled with happiness, he slung one arm around Percy's shoulders and took Hazel's hand with the other. The small band of demigods set off across the Elysian Fields to the Underworld version of Camp Jupiter. This is definitely paradise, Frank thought to himself as he stole another kiss from Hazel while Leo cat-called and Percy shouted.
For the first time in seventy years, Frank Zhang and Hazel Levesque were finally home.
Wow. I finally finished. Honestly, I'm not sure what to say here! I've never finished a fic before… : D To be honest, my eyes are tearing up a little bit. This story has practically been my baby, and I'm sort of sad that it's all grown up! :')
I'd like to thank a few fanfiction readers that have truly encouraged me in my writing of this story.
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Alexandra Jackson rocks Hades: Your faith in me is so inspiring and I can never thank you enough for the countless reviews and suggestions for improvement. You've stuck with me until the bitter end. Thank you, and I wish you the best of luck with your baby! 3
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To all my readers: Thank you. Thank you for having faith in me, even though I had none in myself. Thank you for not hating me when I killed off Hazel, shipped Jeyna or fangirled about my weirdest pairings. Thank you for tolerating long absences, rants in the author's notes and grammatical errors. Thank you for walking with me as I grew as an author. Thank you for showing me that maybe, just maybe, a 15 year old with Microsoft Word and a fanfiction account can make a difference. As cliché as it sounds, if I didn't have your support, this story would have been taken down after Day 1. You all inspired me to keep going until the end. I can only hope that I've inspired you as much as you've inspired me.
Even though I'm done with this story, I will still be around! I'm working on another "version" of this story (someone requested that I kill off Percy) that should be up sometime in September or October. Until then, feel free to shoot me a PM or read some of my other fics. Let's keep this friendship alive!
365 days, 15,733 views, 260 reviews and 23,362 words later, the story has ended. I trust I'll see you very soon. Keep fighting, demigod heroes. May the gods bless you all.