~~“You nervous?” Will, who had just gotten his driver’s license, asked his boyfriend is the passenger seat.
“A bit”, Nico admitted, and hoped Will could not see exactly how nervous he really was.
He was quite certain Will’s mom would think he was a creepy freak, but he had to trust his boyfriend when he said she would accept him as member of the family. Will took his hand as Nico tried to stop it from shaking noticeably.
“Don’t worry, Sunshine. I promise, she’ll adore you just like I do” he added with a smile, and Nico laughed flatly at the ridiculous nick-name he’d been given by the son of Apollo.
Will squeezed his hand as he stopped the car outside the house on his mother’s ranch.
“Here we are”.
Nico sighed and tried to gather his courage before he stepped out of the car. He braided his shaking fingers in Will’s as they walked inside the house.
“Mom?” Will called out when they had closed the front door behind them.
Ms. Solace came running out of the living room, pulling her son into a tight hug.
“I’ve missed you so much!”
“Missed you too mom, but uh… I need oxygen as well as hugs”.
She let go of her son, who rubbed his ribs while grinning. Will’s mom was a beautiful woman to have reached 40. She had the same tanned skin color as her son, but her hair was slightly darker than Wills blond, more like light caramel. They shared the same kind, sky-blue eyes, and she got wrinkles around her eyes when she smiled as she finally saw Nico.
“Um yeah, mom, this is Nico I told you about”.
Nico extended his hand.
“Nico di Angelo. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Ms. Solace”.
“Well he’s a gentleman!”
Ms. Solace took his hand, but instead of shaking it, she pulled him into a rib-crushing hug. Nico froze immediately, but managed to restrain himself from pulling away until she let him go, not wanting to offend her.
“I’m so glad you’re finally home! Now dinner is ready. I hope you like homemade burgers, Nico?”
“Of course I do”, Nico replied.
He was so relieved that she seemed to be okay with their relationship, and did not hate him. He felt Will’s warm hand in his.
“Told you she’d adore you”, he whispered in his ear as they made way for the kitchen.