"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be." —Shel Silverstein

"Hey, Hazel?"

"What's up?"

"I, um...I just feel like I haven't talked to you a lot lately. We've been so busy with Percy and the quest and the fight and everything—all our conversations have been...not us-related."

"Is that why you brought me to the ever-so-romantic Field of Mars instead of to dinner?"

"You're laughing at me!"

"Am not."

"Are, too!"

"Okay. Yes, I am."

"So...uh...Hazel—one of the things I wanted to ask you—"



"Okay, I can't answer your question if I can't understand it. Talk slower."



"—you be—"

"Go on…"



"Really, Hazel?"

"Oh, Zhang, just spit it out. It's not like I'm not going to judge you or anything."

"Fine. Hazel Levesque, will you be my girlfriend?"

"Frank, is that really all you wanted to ask? Of course I will, you idiot!"

"I'm pretty sure you aren't supposed to call your new boyfriend an idiot."

"Since when did you write the rules for relationships?"

"Oh, just shut up and kiss me already."

"Gladly, Centurion Zhang."


In case anyone was wondering, the reason this fic is called "Veni, Vidi, Vici" is because Frank is conquering his fear of asking Hazel out...plus I liked it for a fic title, so there you have it.

Also: This WILL be my last fic before Mark of Athena comes out (TOMORROW GUYS IT'S FREAKING TOMORROW.) I'll probably start up my writing again next week, but all MoA fics will have "MoA spoilers" in the description so that you can wait to read it until after you've read the actual book.

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