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Nakamura and her sick children to the Novitiate. Tanimoto shoved off again. As the boatload of priests moved slowly upstream, they heard weak cries for help. Help us! The water is rising! He dropped them where he had put Father Schiffer down and then started back alone toward the sandspit. The night was hot, and it seemed even hotter because of the fires against the sky, but the younger of the two girls Mr.

Tanimoto and the priests had rescued complained to Father Kleinsorge that she was cold. He covered her with his jacket. She and her older sister had been in the salt water of the river for a couple of hours before being rescued. The younger one had huge, raw flash burns on her body; the salt water must have been excruciatingly painful to her. She began to shiver heavily, and again said it was cold.

Tanimoto found about twenty men and women on the sandspit. He drove the boat onto the bank and urged them to get aboard. They did not move and he realized that they were too weak to lift themselves. He reached down and took a woman by the hands, but her skin slipped off in huge, glove-like pieces. He was so sickened by this that he had to sit down for a moment. Then he got out into the water and, though a small man, lifted several of the men and women, who were naked, into his boat. Their backs and breasts were clammy, and he remembered uneasily what the great burns he had seen during the day had been like: yellow at first, then red and swollen, with the skin sloughed off, and finally, in the evening, suppurated and smelly.

With the tide risen, his bamboo pole was now too short and he had to paddle most of the way across with it. On the other side, at a higher spit, he lifted the slimy living bodies out and carried them up the slope away from the tide. When he had finished, he decided he had to have a rest, and he went back to the park. Tanimoto, ashamed of hurting wounded people, embarrassed at being able to walk upright, suddenly thought of the naval hospital ship, which had not come it never did , and he had for a moment a feeling of blind, murderous rage at the crew of the ship, and then at all doctors.

By the light of a lantern, he had examined himself and found: left clavicle fractured; multiple abrasions and lacerations of face and body, including deep cuts on the chin, back, and legs; extensive contusions on chest and trunk; a couple of ribs possibly fractured. Had he not been so badly hurt, he might have been at Asano Park, assisting the wounded.

By nightfall, ten thousand victims of the explosion had invaded the Red Cross Hospital, and Dr. Sasaki, worn out, was moving aimlessly and dully up and down the stinking corridors with wads of bandage and bottles of mercurochrome, still wearing the glasses he had taken from the wounded nurse, binding up the worst cuts as he came to them.

Other doctors were putting compresses of saline solution on the worst burns. That was all they could do. Sasaki had not looked outside the hospital all day; the scene inside was so terrible and so compelling that it had not occurred to him to ask any questions about what had happened beyond the windows and doors.

Ceilings and partitions had fallen; plaster, dust, blood, and vomit were everywhere. Patients were dying by the hundreds, but there was nobody to carry away the corpses. Some of the hospital staff distributed biscuits and rice balls, but the charnel-house smell was so strong that few were hungry. Sasaki was incapable of dressing another wound. He and some other survivors of the hospital staff got straw mats and went outdoors—thousands of patients and hundreds of dead were in the yard and on the driveway—and hurried around behind the hospital and lay down in hiding to snatch some sleep.

How can you sleep? Sasaki got up again and went back to work. Early in the day, he thought for the first time of his mother at their country home in Mukaihara, thirty miles from town. He usually went home every night. He was afraid she would think he was dead. Near the spot upriver to which Mr. Before evacuating the wounded priests, the others passed the cakes around and helped themselves. A few minutes later, a band of soldiers came up, and an officer, hearing the priests speaking a foreign language, drew his sword and hysterically asked who they were.

One of the priests calmed him down and explained that they were Germans—allies. The officer apologized and said that there were reports going around that American parachutists had landed. The priests decided that they should take Father Schiffer first. As they prepared to leave, Father Superior LaSalle said he felt awfully cold. One of the Jesuits gave up his coat, another his shirt; they were glad to wear less in the muggy night.

The stretcher bearers started out. The theological student led the way and tried to warn the others of obstacles, but one of the priests got a foot tangled in some telephone wire and tripped and dropped his corner of the litter. Father Schiffer rolled off, lost consciousness, came to, and then vomited. The bearers picked him up and went on with him to the edge of the city, where they had arranged to meet a relay of other priests, left him with them, and turned back and got the Father Superior.

The wooden litter must have been terribly painful for Father LaSalle, in whose back scores of tiny particles of window glass were embedded. Near the edge of town, the group had to walk around an automobile burned and squatting on the narrow road, and the bearers on one side, unable to see their way in the darkness, fell into a deep ditch. Father LaSalle was thrown onto the ground and the litter broke in two.

One priest went ahead to get a handcart from the Novitiate, but he soon found one beside an empty house and wheeled it back. The priests lifted Father LaSalle into the cart and pushed him over the bumpy road the rest of the way. The rector of the Novitiate, who had been a doctor before he entered the religious order, cleaned the wounds of the two priests and put them to bed between clean sheets, and they thanked God for the care they had received. Thousands of people had nobody to help them. Miss Sasaki was one of them. Abandoned and helpless, under the crude lean-to in the courtyard of the tin factory, beside the woman who had lost a breast and the man whose burned face was scarcely a face any more, she suffered awfully that night from the pain in her broken leg.

She did not sleep at all; neither did she converse with her sleepless companions. In the park, Mrs. Murata kept Father Kleinsorge awake all night by talking to him. None of the Nakamura family were able to sleep, either; the children, in spite of being very sick, were interested in everything that happened. Toshio, the boy, shouted to the others to look at the reflection in the river.

Tanimoto, after his long run and his many hours of rescue work, dozed uneasily. When he awoke, in the first light of dawn, he looked across the river and saw that he had not carried the festered, limp bodies high enough on the sandspit the night before. The tide had risen above where he had put them; they had not had the strength to move; they must have drowned.

He saw a number of bodies floating in the river. It is believed that a new type of bomb was used. The details are being investigated. It had more than two thousand times the blast power of the British Grand Slam, which is the largest bomb ever yet used in the history of warfare. Tanimoto was still angry at doctors. He decided that he would personally bring one to Asano Park—by the scruff of the neck, if necessary.

He crossed the river, went past the Shinto shrine where he had met his wife for a brief moment the day before, and walked to the East Parade Ground. Since this had long before been designated as an evacuation area, he thought he would find an aid station there.

He did find one, operated by an Army medical unit, but he also saw that its doctors were hopelessly overburdened, with thousands of patients sprawled among corpses across the field in front of it. You are badly needed there. The doctor moved to another patient. There is no hope for the heavily wounded. They will die.

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Tanimoto began, but then he looked out across the field, where the many dead lay close and intimate with those who were still living, and he turned away without finishing his sentence, angry now with himself. They might die feeling cheated. He saw a ration stand at one side of the field, and he went to it and begged some rice cakes and biscuits, and he took them back, in lieu of doctors, to the people in the park. The morning, again, was hot. Father Kleinsorge went to fetch water for the wounded in a bottle and a teapot he had borrowed.

He had heard that it was possible to get fresh tap water outside Asano Park. Going through the rock gardens, he had to climb over and crawl under the trunks of fallen pine trees; he found he was weak. There were many dead in the gardens. At a beautiful moon bridge, he passed a naked, living woman who seemed to have been burned from head to toe and was red all over.

Near the entrance to the park, an Army doctor was working, but the only medicine he had was iodine, which he painted over cuts, bruises, slimy burns, everything—and by now everything that he painted had pus on it. Outside the gate of the park, Father Kleinsorge found a faucet that still worked—part of the plumbing of a vanished house—and he filled his vessels and returned. When he had given the wounded the water, he made a second trip. This time, the woman by the bridge was dead. Thinking there was just one soldier, he approached with the water. When he had penetrated the bushes, he saw there were about twenty men, and they were all in exactly the same nightmarish state: their faces were wholly burned, their eyesockets were hollow, the fluid from their melted eyes had run down their cheeks.

They must have had their faces upturned when the bomb went off; perhaps they were anti-aircraft personnel. Their mouths were mere swollen, pus-covered wounds, which they could not bear to stretch enough to admit the spout of the teapot. So Father Kleinsorge got a large piece of grass and drew out the stem so as to make a straw, and gave them all water to drink that way.

Yet there in the park he was so benumbed that immediately after leaving this horrible sight he stopped on a path by one of the pools and discussed with a lightly wounded man whether it would be safe to eat the fat, two-foot carp that floated dead on the surface of the water. They decided, after some consideration, that it would be unwise.

Father Kleinsorge filled the containers a third time and went back to the riverbank. There, amid the dead and dying, he saw a young woman with a needle and thread mending her kimono, which had been slightly torn. Father Kleinsorge joshed her. She laughed. He felt tired and lay down. He began to talk with two engaging children whose acquaintance he had made the afternoon before. He learned that their name was Kataoka; the girl was thirteen, the boy five.

The girl had been just about to set out for a barbershop when the bomb fell. As the family started for Asano Park, their mother decided to turn back for some food and extra clothing; they became separated from her in the crowd of fleeing people, and they had not seen her since. Occasionally they stopped suddenly in their perfectly cheerful playing and began to cry for their mother. It was difficult for all the children in the park to sustain the sense of tragedy.

Father Kleinsorge began to be thirsty in the dreadful heat, and he did not feel strong enough to go for water again. A little before noon, he saw a Japanese woman handing something out. For weeks, he had been feeling oppressed by the hatred of foreigners that the Japanese seemed increasingly to show, and he had been uneasy even with his Japanese friends. Around noon, the priests arrived from the Novitiate with the handcart. They had been to the site of the mission house in the city and had retrieved some suitcases that had been stored in the air-raid shelter and had also picked up the remains of melted holy vessels in the ashes of the chapel.

Murata and the Nakamuras into the cart, put the two Nakamura girls aboard, and prepared to start out. Then one of the Jesuits who had a practical turn of mind remembered that they had been notified some time before that if they suffered property damage at the hands of the enemy, they could enter a claim for compensation with the prefectural police. The holy men discussed this matter there in the park, with the wounded as silent as the dead around them, and decided that Father Kleinsorge, as a former resident of the destroyed mission, was the one to enter the claim. So, as the others went off with the handcart, Father Kleinsorge said goodbye to the Kataoka children and trudged to a police station.

Fresh, clean-uniformed policemen from another town were in charge, and a crowd of dirty and disarrayed citizens crowded around them, mostly asking after lost relatives. Father Kleinsorge filled out a claim form and started walking through the center of town on his way to Nagatsuka. It was then that he first realized the extent of the damage; he passed block after block of ruins, and even after all he had seen in the park, his breath was taken away. By the time he reached the Novitiate, he was sick with exhaustion. The last thing he did as he fell into bed was request that someone go back for the motherless Kataoka children.

Altogether Miss Sasaki was left two days and two nights under the piece of propped-up roofing with her crushed leg and her two unpleasant comrades. Her only diversion was when men came to the factory air-raid shelters, which she could see from under one corner of her shelter, and hauled corpses up out of them with ropes. Her leg became discolored, swollen, and putrid. All that time, she went without food and water. On the third day, August 8th, some friends who supposed she was dead came to look for her body and found her.

They told her that her mother, father, and baby brother, who at the time of the explosion were in the Tamura Pediatric Hospital, where the baby was a patient, had all been given up as certainly dead, since the hospital was totally destroyed. Her friends then left her to think that piece of news over. Later, some men picked her up by the arms and legs and carried her quite a distance to a truck.

For about an hour, the truck moved over a bumpy road, and Miss Sasaki, who had become convinced that she was dulled to pain, discovered that she was not. The men lifted her out at a relief station in the section of Inokuchi, where two Army doctors looked at her. The moment one of them touched her wound, she fainted.

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She came to in time to hear them discuss whether or not to cut off her leg; one said there was gas gangrene in the lips of the wound and predicted she would die unless they amputated, and the other said that was too bad, because they had no equipment with which to do the job. She fainted again. When she recovered consciousness, she was being carried somewhere on a stretcher. She was put aboard a launch, which went to the nearby island of Ninoshima, and she was taken to a military hospital there.

Another doctor examined her and said that she did not have gas gangrene, though she did have a fairly ugly compound fracture. He said quite coldly that he was sorry, but this was a hospital for operative surgical cases only, and because she had no gangrene, she would have to return to Hiroshima that night. But then the doctor took her temperature, and what he saw on the thermometer made him decide to let her stay.

That day, August 8th, Father Cieslik went into the city to look for Mr. Father Cieslik started hunting in the neighborhood of Sakai Bridge, where the Jesuits had last seen Mr. Fukai; he went to the East Parade Ground, the evacuation area to which the secretary might have gone, and looked for him among the wounded and dead there; he went to the prefectural police and made inquiries.

He could not find any trace of the man. Back at the Novitiate that evening, the theological student, who had been rooming with Mr. If there is a real air raid here in Hiroshima, I want to die with our country. Fukai had run back to immolate himself in the flames. They never saw him again. At the Red Cross Hospital, Dr. On the second day, he began to sew up the worst cuts, and right through the following night and all the next day he stitched.

Many of the wounds were festered. Fortunately, someone had found intact a supply of narucopon , a Japanese sedative, and he gave it to many who were in pain. Word went around among the staff that there must have been something peculiar about the great bomb, because on the second day the vice-chief of the hospital went down in the basement to the vault where the X-ray plates were stored and found the whole stock exposed as they lay. That day, a fresh doctor and ten nurses came in from the city of Yamaguchi with extra bandages and antiseptics, and the third day another physician and a dozen more nurses arrived from Matsue—yet there were still only eight doctors for ten thousand patients.

In the afternoon of the third day, exhausted from his foul tailoring, Dr. Sasaki became obsessed with the idea that his mother thought he was dead.

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He got permission to go to Mukaihara. He walked out to the first suburbs, beyond which the electric train service was still functioning, and reached home late in the evening. His mother said she had known he was all right all along; a wounded nurse had stopped by to tell her. He went to bed and slept for seventeen hours. Before dawn on August 8th, someone entered the room at the Novitiate where Father Kleinsorge was in bed, reached up to the hanging light bulb, and switched it on.

When he realized what had happened, he laughed confusedly and went back to bed. He stayed there all day. On August 9th, Father Kleinsorge was still tired. The rector looked at his cuts and said they were not even worth dressing, and if Father Kleinsorge kept them clean, they would heal in three or four days. Father Kleinsorge felt uneasy; he could not yet comprehend what he had been through; as if he were guilty of something awful, he felt he had to go back to the scene of the violence he had experienced. He got up out of bed and walked into the city. He scratched for a while in the ruins of the mission house, but he found nothing.

He went to the sites of a couple of schools and asked after people he knew. He walked back to the Novitiate, stupefied and without any new understanding. It was several days before the survivors of Hiroshima knew they had company, because the Japanese radio and newspapers were being extremely cautious on the subject of the strange weapon.

On August 9th, Mr. Tanimoto was still working in the park. He went to the suburb of Ushida, where his wife was staying with friends, and got a tent which he had stored there before the bombing. He now took it to the park and set it up as a shelter for some of the wounded who could not move or be moved. Whatever he did in the park, he felt he was being watched by the twenty-year-old girl, Mrs. Kamai, his former neighbor, whom he had seen on the day the bomb exploded, with her dead baby daughter in her arms. She kept the small corpse in her arms for four days, even though it began smelling bad on the second day.

Once, Mr. Tanimoto sat with her for a while, and she told him that the bomb had buried her under their house with the baby strapped to her back, and that when she had dug herself free, she had discovered that the baby was choking, its mouth full of dirt. Kamai also talked about what a fine man her husband was, and again urged Mr. Tanimoto to search for him. Since Mr. Every time she saw Mr. Tanimoto, she asked whether he had found her husband. Once, he tried to suggest that perhaps it was time to cremate the baby, but Mrs. Kamai only held it tighter.

He began to keep away from her, but whenever he looked at her, she was staring at him and her eyes asked the same question. He tried to escape her glance by keeping his back turned to her as much as possible. The Jesuits took about fifty refugees into the exquisite chapel of the Novitiate. The rector gave them what medical care he could—mostly just the cleaning away of pus.

Each of the Nakamuras was provided with a blanket and a mosquito net. Nakamura and her younger daughter had no appetite and ate nothing; her son and other daughter ate, and lost, each meal they were offered. On August 10th, a friend, Mrs. Osaki, came to see them and told them that her son Hideo had been burned alive in the factory where he worked.

This Hideo had been a kind of hero to Toshio, who had often gone to the plant to watch him run his machine. That night, Toshio woke up screaming. He had dreamed that he had seen Mrs. Osaki coming out of an opening in the ground with her family, and then he saw Hideo at his machine, a big one with a revolving belt, and he himself was standing beside Hideo, and for some reason this was terrifying. On August 10th, Father Kleinsorge, having heard from someone that Dr. Fujii had been injured and that he had eventually gone to the summer house of a friend of his named Okuma, in the village of Fukawa, asked Father Cieslik if he would go and see how Dr.

Fujii was. Father Cieslik went to Misasa station, outside Hiroshima, rode for twenty minutes on an electric train, and then walked for an hour and a half in a terribly hot sun to Mr. He found Dr. Fujii sitting in a chair in a kimono, applying compresses to his broken collarbone. The Doctor told Father Cieslik about having lost his glasses and said that his eyes bothered him. He showed the priest huge blue and green stripes where beams had bruised him. He offered the Jesuit first a cigarette and then whiskey, though it was only eleven in the morning.

Father Cieslik thought it would please Dr. Fujii if he took a little, so he said yes. A servant brought some Suntory whiskey, and the Jesuit, the Doctor, and the host had a very pleasant chat. Okuma had lived in Hawaii, and he told some things about Americans. Fujii talked a bit about the disaster. He said that Mr. Okuma and a nurse had gone into the ruins of his hospital and brought back a small safe which he had moved into his air-raid shelter. This contained some surgical instruments, and Dr.

Fujii gave Father Cieslik a few pairs of scissors and tweezers for the rector at the Novitiate. Father Cieslik was bursting with some inside dope he had, but he waited until the conversation turned naturally to the mystery of the bomb. Then he said he knew what kind of bomb it was; he had the secret on the best authority—that of a Japanese newspaperman who had dropped in at the Novitiate. The bomb was not a bomb at all; it was a kind of fine magnesium powder sprayed over the whole city by a single plane, and it exploded when it came into contact with the live wires of the city power system.

After five days of ministering to the wounded in the park, Mr. Tanimoto returned, on August 11th, to his parsonage and dug around in the ruins. He retrieved some diaries and church records that had been kept in books and were only charred around the edges, as well as some cooking utensils and pottery. While he was at work, a Miss Tanaka came and said that her father had been asking for him. Tanimoto had reason to hate her father, the retired shipping-company official who, though he made a great show of his charity, was notoriously selfish and cruel, and who, just a few days before the bombing, had said openly to several people that Mr.

Tanimoto was a spy for the Americans. Several times he had derided Christianity and called it un-Japanese. At the moment of the bombing, Mr. He received serious flash burns, but he was able to walk home. He took refuge in his Neighborhood Association shelter and from there tried hard to get medical aid. He expected all the doctors of Hiroshima to come to him, because he was so rich and so famous for giving his money away. Now he was very weak and knew he was going to die. He was willing to be comforted by any religion. Tanimoto went to help him.

He descended into the tomblike shelter and, when his eyes were adjusted to the darkness, saw Mr. Tanaka, his face and arms puffed up and covered with pus and blood, and his eyes swollen shut. The old man smelled very bad, and he moaned constantly. He seemed to recognize Mr. Standing at the shelter stairway to get light, Mr. Thou carriest the children of men away as with a flood; they are as a sleep; in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.

For we are consumed by Thine anger and by Thy wrath are we troubled. Thou has set our iniquities before Thee, our secret sins in the light of Thy countenance. For all our days are passed away in Thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. On August 11th, word came to the Ninoshima Military Hospital that a large number of military casualties from the Chugoku Regional Army Headquarters were to arrive on the island that day, and it was deemed necessary to evacuate all civilian patients. Miss Sasaki, still running an alarmingly high fever, was put on a large ship.

She lay out on deck, with a pillow under her leg. She felt as if she were under a magnifying glass in the sun. Pus oozed out of her wound, and soon the whole pillow was covered with it. She was taken ashore at Hatsukaichi, a town several miles to the southwest of Hiroshima, and put in the Goddess of Mercy Primary School, which had been turned into a hospital. She lay there for several days before a specialist on fractures came from Kobe. By then her leg was red and swollen up to her hip. The doctor decided he could not set the breaks.

He made an incision and put in a rubber pipe to drain off the putrescence. At the Novitiate, the motherless Kataoka children were inconsolable. Father Cieslik worked hard to keep them distracted. He put riddles to them. He told Bible stories, beginning, in the order of things, with the Creation. He showed them a scrapbook of snapshots taken in Europe.

Nevertheless, they cried most of the time for their mother. First, he learned through the police that an uncle had been to the authorities in Kure, a city not far away, to inquire for the children. After that, he heard that an older brother had been trying to trace them through the post office in Ujina, a suburb of Hiroshima. Still later, he heard that the mother was alive and was on Goto Island, off Nagasaki. And at last, by keeping a check on the Ujina post office, he got in touch with the brother and returned the children to their mother.

About a week after the bomb dropped, a vague, incomprehensible rumor reached Hiroshima—that the city had been destroyed by the energy released when atoms were somehow split in two. On August 12th, the Nakamuras, all of them still rather sick, went to the nearby town of Kabe and moved in with Mrs. The next day, Mrs. Nakamura, although she was too ill to walk much, returned to Hiroshima alone, by electric car to the outskirts, by foot from there.

All week, at the Novitiate, she had worried about her mother, brother, and older sister, who had lived in the part of town called Fukuro, and besides, she felt drawn by some fascination, just as Father Kleinsorge had been. She discovered that her family were all dead. She went back to Kabe so amazed and depressed by what she had seen and learned in the city that she could not speak that evening.

A comparative orderliness, at least, began to be established at the Red Cross Hospital. Sasaki, back from his rest, undertook to classify his patients who were still scattered everywhere, even on the stairways. The staff gradually swept up the debris. Best of all, the nurses and attendants started to remove the corpses. Disposal of the dead, by decent cremation and enshrinement, is a greater moral responsibility to the Japanese than adequate care of the living.

Beginning on the second day, whenever a patient appeared to be moribund, a piece of paper with his name on it was fastened to his clothing. The corpse detail carried the bodies to a clearing outside, placed them on pyres of wood from ruined houses, burned them, put some of the ashes in envelopes intended for exposed X-ray plates, marked the envelopes with the names of the deceased, and piled them, neatly and respectfully, in stacks in the main office.

In a few days, the envelopes filled one whole side of the impromptu shrine. In Kabe, on the morning of August 15th, ten-year-old Toshio Nakamura heard an airplane overhead. He ran outdoor and identified it with a professional eye as a B The question had a kind of symbolism. Nakamura had gone to the city again, to dig up some rice she had buried in her Neighborhood Association air-raid shelter.

She got it and started back for Kabe. On the electric car, quite by chance, she ran into her younger sister, who had not been in Hiroshima the day of the bombing. Some time later, in a letter to an American, Mr. Tanimoto described the events of that morning. Our Emperor broadcasted his own voice through radio directly to us, common people of Japan.

So I went to Hiroshima railway station. There set a loud-speaker in the ruins of the station. We are thoroughly satisfied in such a great sacrifice. He had begun to think that this bag, in which he kept his valuables, had a talismanic quality, because of the way he had found it after the explosion, standing handle-side up in the doorway of his room, while the desk under which he had previously hidden it was in splinters all over the floor.

Now he was using it to carry the yen belonging to the Society of Jesus to the Hiroshima branch of the Yokohama Specie Bank, already reopened in its half-ruined building. On the whole, he felt quite well that morning. It is true that the minor cuts he had received had not healed in three or four days, as the rector of the Novitiate, who had examined them, had positively promised they would, but Father Kleinsorge had rested well for a week and considered that he was again ready for hard work. The whole way, Father Kleinsorge was oppressed by the thought that all the damage he saw had been done in one instant by one bomb.

By the time he reached the center of town, the day had become very hot. He walked to the Yokohama Bank, which was doing business in a temporary wooden stall on the ground floor of its building, deposited the money, went by the mission compound just to have another look at the wreckage, and then started back to the Novitiate. About halfway there, he began to have peculiar sensations. The more or less magical suitcase, now empty, suddenly seemed terribly heavy.

His knees grew weak. He felt excruciatingly tired. With a considerable expenditure of spirit, he managed to reach the Novitiate. He did not think his weakness was worth mentioning to the other Jesuits. As she dressed on the morning of August 20th, in the home of her sister-in-law in Kabe, not far from Nagatsuka, Mrs.

Nakamura, who had suffered no cuts or burns at all, though she had been rather nauseated all through the week she and her children had spent as guests of Father Kleinsorge and the other Catholics at the Novitiate, began fixing her hair and noticed, after one stroke, that her comb carried with it a whole handful of hair; the second time, the same thing happened, so she stopped combing at once. But in the next three or four days, her hair kept falling out of its own accord, until she was quite bald.

She began living indoors, practically in hiding. On August 26th, both she and her younger daughter, Myeko, woke up feeling extremely weak and tired, and they stayed on their bedrolls. Her son and other daughter, who had shared every experience with her during and after the bombing, felt fine. At about the same time—he lost track of the days, so hard was he working to set up a temporary place of worship in a private house he had rented in the outskirts—Mr. Main article: Archimedes' principle. Play media. Main article: Archimedes' screw. Hanc sphaeram Gallus cum moveret, fiebat ut soli luna totidem conversionibus in aere illo quot diebus in ipso caelo succederet, ex quo et in caelo sphaera solis fieret eadem illa defectio, et incideret luna tum in eam metam quae esset umbra terrae, cum sol e regione.

When Gallus moved the globe, it happened that the Moon followed the Sun by as many turns on that bronze contrivance as in the sky itself, from which also in the sky the Sun's globe became to have that same eclipse, and the Moon came then to that position which was its shadow on the Earth, when the Sun was in line. Main article: Archimedes Palimpsest. Historia Mathematica. But in both instances the issue is Archimedes' inappropriate use of a "solid neusis," that is, of a construction involving the sections of solids, in the solution of a plane problem.

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Percy proceeds to compile all of the stories that the demigods of Camp Half-Blood and Camp Jupiter told him over the years. After finishing his narration of the book, Percy mentions being late to a meeting with Annabeth, which worries him. A year after finishing writing Percy Jackson's Greek Gods , Percy is approached by the same New York publisher, who, very impressed with the last book, asked him to write one more, this time focusing more on the Ancient Greek heroes. While Percy had originally refused, he was finally persuaded by an offer of a year's supply of free pepperoni pizza, along with numerous blue jelly beans.

Percy reasoned that this book would help his fellow demigods, instructing them on how to properly defeat most of the infamous monsters that they might happen to come across. Right after finishing his narration of this book, Percy reveals that after the events of The Blood of Olympus , he and the rest of the Seven started the tradition of monthly Argo II reunion parties, and he is quite worried about being late to the current one. A giant crocodile has been terrorizing Long Island , along with other magical disturbances in the area.

Percy approaches and stabs the beast in the rear with Riptide. The crocodile proceeds to spit out Carter Kane and run away. In the process, Percy's orange Camp Half-Blood T-shirt get splattered with mud, leaving the words on it unreadable to the other boy.

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Much to Carter's surprise, Percy can clearly see his wand and khopesh , which would have been impossible for a mortal. Despite meeting almost all magicians in the North American nomes, Carter has no idea who this person is, only that everything about him seemed un-Egyptian. Percy tries to get Carter to thank him for rescuing him from the crocodile, but Carter is somewhat embarrassed and ends up getting angry at Percy's comments instead. The two then get into a small argument over the ownership of the monster, with Percy thinking that the monster is Carter's pet after he said it was his monster, but only meant he was chasing it.

Percy then asks Carter if he is a son of Ares as he must be a half-blood of some kind. He also asks why his sword is all bent, but Carter tells him it is supposed to be like that, being a khopesh. Carter also gets angry at Percy's use of the word half-blood as his dad is African-American and his mom is white , as well as Percy offering to help because last time Carter was eaten by the crocodile.

Carter accidentally uses the "Fist of Horus" to cause a fist to knock Percy right out of his shoes and into the swamp. Carter instantly rushes over, thinking he might have killed Percy, but is hit in retaliation by a huge wave of water generated by the angry demigod. Percy lunges at Carter with his sword, forcing the latter to defend himself, not able to attack due to Percy's superior skills with a sword. During the fight, Percy accuses him of being a monster, which Carter angrily denies.

Percy also asks if he is an escaped spirit from the Doors of Death , or if the monster was his pet and Carter was just trying to find it. The fight ends when Carter uses some magic rope to tie Percy's sword to his head just as Percy hit his arm, causing Carter to bleed. Percy also asks if he was a rogue demigod who used to be part of Kronos' Army. After listening to Percy talk for a bit, Carter starts to realize that Percy isn't a magician and is something completely different, as Percy keeps using words related to Greek mythology.

The two form a truce so that they can go after the crocodile, as it has been terrorizing Long Island for weeks now. The two also introduce each other, eventually revealing their names. They eventually find the crocodile terrorizing a small cul-de-sac with a few kids spraying the monster with water guns and hitting it with water balloons. Carter sees a gold necklace around the crocodile's neck and tells Percy that they need to remove it to stop the monster, as it can't be killed.

Percy tells Carter to distract the crocodile so that he could get it. Carter makes a large avatar of Horus around himself and attacks the monster. Percy then jumps on the crocodile and tries to unlock the necklace, but can't, as he isn't a magician. As Carter's avatar fades and the crocodile crashes into a house, Carter and Percy switch places. Percy creates a massive whirlpool in the center of the cul-de-sac using the water generated by the crocodile.

The crocodile is swept up in it and Carter manages to make it to the necklace. As Percy begins to tire, Carter finally manages to remove it and the crocodile returns to its original form; that of a baby crocodile. Percy and Carter run off with the baby crocodile after hearing some cop cars approaching.

Resting at a nearby diner, Percy and Carter watch the news, as they report that a freak sewer incident had destroyed the homes in the cul-de-sac. Carter and Percy wonder if someone is trying to bring them together to cause trouble and agree to keep their respective worlds a secret from each other until the time is right. The two part on good terms. While Percy himself never actually appears in this story, is mentioned multiple times by Annabeth, who was taking the subway to his apartment before encountering Sadie , and is implied to have gone there after her adventure.

Annabeth goes to Percy's apartment and tells him about a dream that she had from her mother Athena, about trouble brewing in Manhattan. They take a ferry to Governor's Island where a freak hurricane has caused all the mortals to evacuate. Annabeth and Percy decide to face Setne , who is reading from the Book of Thoth, by themselves. They make a plan to use invisibility cap to sneak up on Setne, while Percy distracts him. Before running off into battle, Percy gives Annabeth a kiss in case they die.

Setne knows that Annabeth is using her invisibility cap and captures her, stating that he's been using invisibility magic for as long as the pyramids have been existing. Setne then uses a magic spell that pins Percy to the ground. Setne summons Wadjet briefly so that he can consume her essence and take the Crown of Lower Egypt that she wears. Before he destroys her, he takes a selfie with her to "remember" the moment. Annabeth concludes that once he puts two crowns of lower and upper Egypt that he will destroy the world.

Setne claims he learned that a "little" demigod blood is good for starting a war, but Percy stops him by hitting him in the gut with Riptide. With Riptide protruding from him, he absorbs the sword's essence and learns about all of Annabeth and Percy's adventures. Suddenly, Sadie and Carter arrive and attack Setne with a camel, but he manages to escape. The squad decides to regroup and decide to plan while heading south of the Governor's Island. Carter and Annabeth decide that they need to combine attacks to defeat Setne. Carter gives Percy his wand turning into a kopis and Sadie teaches Annabeth the Egyptian word for exploding.

In exchange, Annabeth teaches Sadie the Greek word for exploding and gives her invisibility cap to Carter. When the squad finds Setne, he is trying to summon Nekhbet. They all charge, but fail at attacking Setne. Nekhbet is successfully revived and tries to attack Setne, but Percy and Annabeth pull her away since Setne is trying to consume her essence.

Nekhbet decides to stay with the four teenagers to get her crown back and help destroy Setne. She suggests that she merge with Percy since mixing Egyptian and Greek powers worked earlier. Percy reluctantly agrees to it, but only because it's the only way to defeat Setne. After merging with the goddess, they go off to find Setne again. After finding him, the quartet goes after the crown so he doesn't turn in the ground. Setne talks about Carter's dad, and Carter takes off his hat of invisibility and goes to attack Setne in his avatar form, but Setne blasts Carter to the ground.

Setne then rambles on about why he wants to be immortal including getting souvenirs after him such as snow globes. After Carter gets blasted, Percy turns into his vulture avatar form, and Sadie whispers something into Annabeth's ear. Percy grabs Setne and swoops him into the air. While in the air, Setne tells Percy he was a fool for giving up immortality.

Nekhbet agrees with Setne that Percy was foolish to turn down immortality, but Percy fights back then plummeting to the ocean. Once in the ocean, Percy regains all of his strength, drops his avatar form, grabs Setne by the throat, and drags him to the island. A newly bandaged Carter greets Percy, along with Annabeth and Sadie who have drawn a circle on the ground.

Percy decides to make him suffer for eternity instead of destroying him. While sealing him off, Carter thinks of Setne's snow globe idea and traps him in a snow globe. Sadie reveals that she told Annabeth her secret name earlier, but Annabeth states she's already forgetting all the magic she learned. Percy and Annabeth decide to not tell Camp Half-Blood , at least not yet. The four determine that they will remain in contact. Sadie and Carter Kane fly off, and Percy and Annabeth go on a date afterward.

Apollo takes Meg McCaffrey to Percy's apartment because he thinks he can help them. When they arrive, he asked Apollo what he was doing here and was shocked to find out that he was not a god anymore. He invited the two in when they said they were being followed by malicious spirits. Percy tells Apollo that he will take him and Meg to Camp Half-Blood , but he needs to focus on his school work as he promised Annabeth that they would attend New Rome University together and that he would also like to meet his younger half-sister. On the way to camp, the three of them are attacked by three Nosoi.

One gets to Percy but he summons water from an underground pipe and washes it off of himself and Apollo before the disease becomes deadly, but becomes congested. He gestures for the fallen god to thank him, which he does. Percy tells the two to go back to the camp, while he talks to a police officer that has just arrived on the scene, and that he will visit the camp on the weekend. During Nero 's attack on the camp, Percy and Mrs. He and Chiron distract it, while Apollo takes it down with a plague arrow.

After the battle, Percy and Rachel talk with Apollo about what he is going to do next. After he tells them the prophecy he heard in the Grove of Dodona , Percy interprets that his help will be here momentarily, and Leo Valdez arrives shortly afterward. While the rest of the camp both greets and hits Leo, Percy is so overjoyed, that he only hugs Leo, after which he proceeds to somewhat awkwardly greet Calypso. Percy heads back home soon afterward, diving underwater with Mrs. Apollo mentioned Percy when thinking about the pros of twenty-first-century demigods, he complements the son of Poseidon's driving skills.

Meg also mentioned that Percy taught her not to jinx her quests. Grover mentions Percy, wishing he were with them. Apollo also mentions constantly how handy the son of Poseidon could be on their quest. Percy is mentioned by Annabeth to Magnus when he asks her advice about traveling through the oceans and she responds by saying it is time for Magnus to meet Percy Jackson, her boyfriend. Percy is seen training Magnus in order to prepare him for his journey across the seas.

Percy mentions that he will be going straight back to New York to babysit his baby sister. After Loki was captured and Ragnarok avoided for the moment. Magnus calls Annabeth and she signs the Chase Mansion over to him. She states that when she and Percy reached California something bad had happened.

This is later revealed to be the death of Jason Grace. Many people tell him he is brave, such as friends, family, strangers, and even gods and goddesses. He also states that he has the same "brooding" look as his father, that always branded him a rebel, and that his mom, Sally Jackson, also has a rebellious streak just like him. Annabeth mentions that he is technically smart but seems to act dumb; and is obtuse, meaning he doesn't always see the obvious even when it is right in front of him, such as people's feelings and what they are trying to say indirectly.

Despite this he is perceptive when he wants to or needs to be; he could tell that Gaea wanted to keep him alive and gambled his life knowing that he was too valuable to Gaea for him to die at that time. Percy can also be derisively sarcastic and moody, and he dislikes being manipulated or forced to obey. Percy also has small feelings for Annabeth Chase at the beginning of the series and these feelings became romantic over the course of the series, but he finally confirms it in The Last Olympian. Although Percy is a leader at Camp Half-Blood , he is considered a troublemaker in school, with a track record of expulsions, like most demigods.

He has never been one of the "cool" kids in class because he hangs out with supposedly "un-cool" people, such as Tyson or Grover Underwood. Possibly because of his bad history in school, Percy feels a strong level of affection and attachment to Camp Half-Blood. After getting his memories taken by Hera , and living on the streets and fighting monsters, Percy has developed a "wolf stare" that says " No matter how bad you think you are, I'm worse ," which enables him to scare off people like gangsters.

He is not afraid of anything in the mortal world anymore, including gangs. He notes that it is probably Lupa 's influence on him, as he stayed with her and her pack for weeks. Despite being very confident in his own abilities, Hazel Levesque can sense there is a quiet sadness in Percy like he saw his destiny and knew that one day he would face a monster he couldn't beat similar to how she feels about Jason Grace. In The House of Hades , Hazel states that Percy was a child of Poseidon's better nature: powerful, but gentle and helpful, a person that would guide ships safely to the shore rather than destroy them.

While in Tartarus in The House of Hades , Percy is starting to show a darker and more dangerous side of himself in his personality. He begins to question himself about his morality, and if he's really a good hero or not. After his return, Percy tries to make up for his tattered relationship with Nico by thanking him for visiting Iapetus and leading the Seven to the Necromanteion. While battling Akhlys , Percy taps into his rage and controls poison to overwhelm Akhlys—to the point where even Annabeth is terrified of him. In Tartarus, there are many instances where Percy feels hopelessness and fear, although he ultimately overcomes it.

He's shown to be more prone to aggression when he vows to destroy Gaea and avenge Bob and Damasen , something which does not seem to disappear towards the end of the book. After the events of The Blood of Olympus , Percy seems to be less impulsive.

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He has grown a bit tired of the constant dangers of a demigod and looks forward to living a normal peaceful life as much as possible. The cunning sorcerer, Setne tried to manipulate Percy but it backfired on him and Percy succeeded in capturing him. Percy gives more priority to his family and even turns down Apollo's offer to go on a dangerous quest to help the latter regain his godhood.

However, he does small favours to Apollo as it is his principle to aid demigods as much as possible. However, before Percy's fatal flaw dooms the war and the world as Mars had predicted Frank intervenes and manages to convince Percy that he must let Jason and Piper do it instead. According to Piper in The Mark of Athena , Percy smells like the sea, looks like a skater and a troublemaker, but she can still see what women would like about him, even if he isn't her type.

Piper later states that when Percy pleads, his sea-green eyes seemed to be "like a cute baby seal that needed help," and marvels at how Annabeth had ever won an argument with him. In The Hidden Oracle , the god Apollo is struck by Percy's close resemblance to his father Poseidon, noting that he had the same handsome features, "which easily shifted from humor to anger. Percy as the demigod son of Poseidon is an immensely powerful individual as stated by multiple characters in the series in which he has appeared and is one of the most powerful demigods in the series.

He has fought and defeated many monsters probably more than any other demigod in the series as well as other demigods, gods, titans, and giants. He on more than one occasion has contributed to the salvation of Olympus and the world as a whole. Percy has these abilities and traits:. Could have fooled me. You're the son of the Earth-shaker, lad. You don't know your own strength.

As a son of Poseidon ; one of the Big Three, Percy is an extremely powerful demigod, being considered to be the most powerful demigod in Camp Half-Blood. Hazel had considered Nico di Angelo the most powerful demigod she knew until she met Percy, now believing that Percy's power rivaled Nico's and Jason 's abilities.

Nico later states that, even compared to the rest of the Seven Heroes of Olympus , Percy is the most powerful demigod he has ever met. Both through his father's authority and his own inherent power, Percy's abilities include:. In The Crown of Ptolemy Percy temporarily hosted the goddess Nekhbet and gained several abilities while doing so. He lost those abilities when Nekhbet left him, but the abilities he displayed while hosting the goddess included:. The Minotaur 's Horn , he obtained this when he killed the Minotaur after it supposedly killed his mother, Sally Jackson.

Annabeth Chase is portrayed in the series as Percy's primary love interest and eventually becomes his girlfriend. When Percy first wakes up in The Lightning Thief , he describes her as a "pretty girl with princess curls. She nursed him back to health after the Minotaur attack. Annabeth disliked Percy when they first met because their parents Athena and Poseidon have a rivalry with each other. Percy eventually developed a crush on her as they both became fonder of each other.

Aphrodite told him that they will have a "tragic love life. Annabeth also stated that she forgave her ridiculous boyfriend Percy for everything he's ever done wrong when she realized he rejected Reyna's love for hers. Annabeth has kissed him technically only four times in the original series. Once, after winning the chariot race in The Sea of Monsters , though that was only on the cheek. In The Battle of the Labyrinth , she kissed him again for luck as she leaves him to fight the telekhines at Mount Saint Helens.

Then in the dining pavilion of Camp Half-Blood when Percy was trying to show his feelings towards her prior to all the other campers throwing them in the canoe lake in The Last Olympian and again underwater in the canoe lake which Percy described as "pretty much the best underwater kiss of all time. Percy mentions in The Son of Neptune that whenever he did something stupid Annabeth would kiss him, going on to say that she must have kissed him a lot, which meant he probably did stupid things a lot.

In The Mark of Athena , they kiss many times: once when they reunite, once before Percy, Piper, and Jason leave to meet Bacchus, twice in the stables on the Argo II , once before Annabeth leaves with Piper and Hazel to search for a ghost at Charlestown Harbor, once before Annabeth goes to find the map for the Mark of Athena, once after Percy successfully defeats Chrysaor , and once before they depart when Annabeth goes on a motorcycle with Tiberinus and Rhea Silvia. Annabeth Chase was jealous for some time, of Rachel Elizabeth Dare , the clear-sighted mortal girl, because Percy spent a lot of time hanging out with her, but Annabeth eventually befriends her after Rachel became the Oracle.

Annabeth has also shown jealousy toward Calypso when Percy arrived back at camp after being marooned for two weeks on Calypso's island of Ogygia. It is also well mentioned that she and Percy have officially become a couple and had been dating for four months before he disappeared a short time before The Lost Hero. When Percy went missing, Annabeth was out of sorts trying to find him even counting how long it's been up to the minute. In the beginning of The Son of Neptune , Percy's only memory of his past life is Annabeth, but it is "frustratingly dim.

When the Argo II approaches, with Annabeth on it, Percy states that "If things went right, today would be the best day ever. Later, Percy gets furious at Hera when she states that Annabeth is a troublemaker and she will cause the most problems during the quest for Greece and Rome, in which Percy states, "She's the person I want most watching my back," and with a fist of water he smashes Hera in anger. Percy also sees a possibility of a life of college and marriage with Annabeth while at Camp Jupiter when inside the protected city of New Rome. While they were having those two months of dating they had become closer, romantic and more loving toward each other.

When Luke Castellan was still around, Percy would get jealous about how Annabeth would get protective and caring toward him whenever he was accused. In The Mark of Athena , At the Beginning of the book Annabeth and Percy kiss after so long apart but then Annabeth judo-flips Percy for being gone for so long, the end of the book, they fall into Tartarus holding hands when Percy swears that he will never let her go again. In the The House of Hades , Annabeth and Percy's relationship faces its hardest challenges ever while they try to escape Tartarus.

However, they make it through by mostly focusing on the life they want to have together in the future. After escaping Tartarus, their relationship has become stronger with Annabeth knowing that she wants nothing more than to have a happy and peaceful life with Percy, who has begun to seriously think about their future together and even the possibility of having a family.

Annabeth also states that she doesn't want to break up with Percy because she wouldn't be able to look at the sea without getting reminded of her broken heart. Calypso and Percy first met when Percy was stranded on her phantom island of Ogygia. Calypso had healed Percy after he was severely weakened at Mount Saint Helens. Percy later learns that the immortal Calypso was condemned to live on the island forever after supporting her father, Atlas. She asks him to join her and live with her forever where he would become immortal, but he turns her down, even though it would save him from the prophecy if he had stayed on the island, he would never turn Calypso was in love with Percy, and he somewhat loved her as well.

Percy considered her more beautiful than Aphrodite, "but I wouldn't say that out loud or she'd blast me to ashes,". Percy has even stated, that for as long as he lived, she would always be his biggest "what-if". It was revealed that Hera sent Percy to Calypso so she could heal him, while the Fates allowed Percy on the island as he was the kind of person Calypso couldn't help but fall in love with. However, like all other heroes that land on her island, Percy had to leave her, which too was part of her punishment. In The House of Hades , Calypso reappears.

It is known that, when Percy made the gods swear to free her from her prison, she was forgotten, staying trapped on Ogygia. She blamed the gods for this, but also Annabeth, as she thought it was Annabeth's fault she was alone. Although she cursed Annabeth for it, Percy did not blame her but instead blamed himself for not ensuring that the gods freed her from her island. Rachel Elizabeth Dare is Percy's only human love interest. He stated that while he was in the mortal world, he could always call Rachel and she'd be there so they could hang out together.

Percy says it was as if his dad were keeping the sea nice, just for them. While they are alone, Rachel admits her feelings in the form of a hypothetical question. However, Beckendorf and Blackjack land on the hood of the car before Percy is able to answer though he remarks to himself that he felt like one of Apollo's sacred cows—"dumb, slow, and bright red". After he gets up to leave, Rachel kisses him anyways and tells him to go save the world. It is unsure what Percy's exact feelings for Rachel are, as he never openly states them though, this may be because of Aphrodite making it hard for him, as she said she would because she likes him.

Later on Olympus , Rachel tells Percy that she was drawn to him due to his introducing her to the Olympian world, but that they could never be together as she is meant to become the new Oracle he thinks she dumped him, "which kinda stunk since we were never dating in the first place". Grover Underwood and Percy have been best friends since they were in middle school in Yancy Academy. At the time, Percy would protect him from bullies and others that would pick on him, but he was not aware of Grover being a satyr. Their friendship is as deep as any of Percy's relationships excluding Annabeth, his girlfriend as shown in The Sea of Monsters , when he saved Grover from being killed by the Giant cyclops Polyphemus and Grover establishing an Empathy link that connects them emotionally allowing him to know if the other is in danger and what their feelings are such as when Percy got done talking with Aphrodite and Grover knew that she and him were talking about his love life.

Grover had all the satyrs looking for Percy when he vanished in The Lost Hero. Thalia Grace, Percy's friend. Thalia Grace and Percy first meet at the ending of The Sea of Monsters when she was turned back into mortal form with the Golden Fleece , introducing herself as the daughter of Zeus.

As a daughter of Zeus, Thalia was always looked at when in difficult situations, taught to master more complex skills, such as playing with the mist, making Percy feel rather intimidated by her. During The Titan's Curse , their relationship becomes a love-hate relationship that a brother and sister would have, even going as far as fighting with their elemental powers. By the end of the quest however, Thalia considers him a friend, showing him this when she hugged him after she joined the hunt and became a Hunters of Artemis , stating "I am honoring a friend.

She expresses great concern for him throughout the ordeal. Once it's all over she invites him to lunch and they go for cheeseburgers together. She also once again decided to make lunch plans with him and Annabeth after the war was over, should they all live through it. During The Lost Hero , Thalia is sent by Artemis to search for him and was worried for his well-being showing, that they still have a strong friendship together.

Leo, a good friend and ally of Percy. They're not particularly close and haven't gotten to know each other well yet, as Percy was initially angry at him for shooting on Camp Jupiter. When Percy was mad at him, Leo was scared, as he recognized the look that reminded him of the times Jason summoned lightning. The two have also shown the same sense of sarcasm and, at times, a degree of ignorance. At the end of The Mark of Athena Leo is filled with guilt because he thinks opening Nemesis's fortune cookie was the reason Percy and Annabeth fell into Tartarus, in spite of Hazel and Nico's objections.

In The House of Hades , after meeting Calypso , Leo becomes quite angry and resentful at Percy for seemingly abandoning her, as well as somewhat jealous, since Calypso clearly still had feelings for Percy which made things "ten times worse" for Leo. Ultimately, however, Leo is the one to save Percy and Annabeth by flinging a screwdriver at the Doors of Death , managing to open them just in time. By The Blood of Olympus they've finally gotten to know each other somewhat. Leo admits to feeling awkward hanging out with Percy, since he wasn't sure what kind of small talk to make with a recent survivor of Tartarus.

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He admits that Percy and his impressive powers had been intimidating enough before, with Leo having trouble of even thinking of Percy as part of the same camp as him, since the two of them had never been at Camp Half-Blood at the same time. The only things the two of them had in common are their silly senses of humor and Calypso , and every time Leo thought of the latter, he wanted to punch Percy in the face. He had wanted to discuss the subject with Percy for days, yet the timing had never seemed right, and the subject had gotten harder and harder for Leo to broach as the days went by.

They finally manage to talk about it while attempting to fight Nike and her minions. Percy admits to feeling bad about Calypso, feeling that he's failed her, recalling how he'd experienced Calypso's grief after seeing her curse on Annabeth take effect. Percy admits to his mistake without making excuses, admitting that he should have made sure that the Olympians had kept their promise to free her. He is happy about Leo finally finding her, and promises that if he and Leo survive the ordeal at hand, that he'll do anything he can to help Leo find a way back to her, insisting that this is a promise that he will keep.

As a result, Leo is finally able to let go of his anger for the son of Poseidon, admitting that he "just couldn't dislike the guy" any longer, due to the latter's sincerity, and is calmed by the confirmation that Percy didn't return Calypso's past feelings. The two are shown to be very friendly around each other after that, with Leo even nicknaming Percy "Aquaman", much to the latter's chagrin, and also teasing Percy about his Zodiac sign being a Leo. Like the others, Percy is devastated at Leo's death in The Blood of Olympus , and remains hopeful in the possibility of Leo still somehow surviving.

When Leo finally returns in The Hidden Oracle , Percy is so overjoyed to see him, that he, unlike most others, embraces Leo without even punching him. Some of the things Leo and Percy have in common is a goofy sense of humor, them both having traveled through the Sea of Monsters and encountered Polyphemus , and them both having been marooned on Ogygia , becoming a love interest of Calypso in the process.

Nico di Angelo has the ability to annoy Percy Jackson quite easily when they first met by asking Percy several questions in The Titan's Curse. However, after they go on a quest with his sister, Bianca di Angelo, he understands more about his past. After Bianca dies, it is Percy that decides to break the news to Nico. Nico takes it very hard and begins to hate Percy, blaming him for his sister's death before running away from camp. He completes a job for Geryon to free Nico, even at the risk of Percy having to stay there himself if he fails. Even though Geryon double-crossed Percy, after his defeat, Percy asks Nico to stay on the ranch to keep him safe.

Nico begins to open up to Percy more and rushed into the Labyrinth again after King Minos told him Percy was in danger. During the quest, Nico saved Percy many times, especially when Kronos first rose from his sarcophagus in Luke 's body; creating a large wall of black rock between them.

When Nico arrived at Percy's house with a plan to help defeat Kronos, Percy invited him instead and offered him some of his birthday cake. In order to gain information on his mother , Nico lead Percy to the Underworld to unknowingly speak to his father, Hades. Hades double-crossed Nico and put Percy in his dungeon. Percy becomes angry at Nico for a while, even after Nico saved him and helped him bathe in the River Styx. During the Battle of Manhattan , Percy asks Nico to get his father to help, as Nico is the only one that can; even though Nico wants to stay and help in the battle.

In The Son of Neptune , Nico meets Percy who has no memory of his past , but says they have never met because Percy needs to find his own way. When Percy does remember Nico later, he becomes angry all over again, stating that he was going to strangle Nico. During The Mark of Athena , Percy never gives up on finding him, and tries hard to free Nico before he runs out of air. When Percy sees Nico's state, he doesn't scold or reprimand him as he had planned. After saving him and almost falling into Tartarus, Percy trusts Nico to lead the other Heroes of Olympus to the Doors of Death on the mortal side so they can meet.

In The House of Hades , Percy realizes that Nico indirectly saved his and Annabeth's lives by reminding Iapetus also known as Bob that Percy is a friend even though Percy didn't visit him and Nico was the one who actually visited him in Hades palace. Percy, when on the verge of death from Gorgon blood, admits that Nico is another friend that he had not treated fairly. It is revealed, that Nico is homosexual, and claims he had a crush on Percy, although Nico denies he no longer does.

Percy himself knows nothing of these feelings and doesn't return them, though he does care for him like a brother. After returning from Tartarus, Percy comes to thank him for keeping his promise and tries to pick up their tattered friendship, Nico, afraid of his feelings, asks Percy to give him space and leave him alone, much to Percy's confusion and hurt. At the end of The Blood of Olympus , after Gaea and the Giants' defeat, Nico finally works up the courage to tell Percy and Annabeth about his crush on Percy, and is genuinely happy for them.

Percy is stunned as he was genuinely oblivious to Nico's feelings for him. Or I'd have to kill you. Clarisse La Rue and Percy have a rough relationship. Clarisse dislikes Percy at first for dousing her in toilet water when he first arrives at camp even though she was trying to dunk his head in the toilet. She later learns that Percy beat her father, causing her and her cabin to dislike Percy even more. They manage to grow a bit closer in The Sea of Monsters when Percy manages to free her from Polyphemus the two were even able to work well together and sends her ahead with the Golden Fleece , a gesture she greatly appreciates.

During The Demigod Files , Percy helps Clarisse get her father's chariot back and has a vision of his friends in danger. When Clarisse asks if she was one of the people he saw, he says yes, but not to tell anyone. While the two can at least stand each other by the end of the original series, they do have great respect for the other. But right now, you need some rest. Jason and Percy have first meet in The Mark of Athena and have been shown to be on good terms.

Percy says that Jason "thinks the same way he does" and mentioned a "spark of friendship. Annabeth Chase calls their growing relationship a "budding bromance. It is also shown that when working together their powers get more intense when they created a huge storm at Fort Summer, while fighting the Romans. The two also have a bit of a rivalry. After the two were possessed and forced to attack each other, Jason apologizes and says that he could have killed him, which Percy quickly turns around and says he could have done the same.

Also during a meeting, both Percy and Jason go for the chair at the head of the table and Jason's hand gives off sparks. The two have a silent standoff until Annabeth ultimately takes the seat. After Percy examines himself and his fatal flaw , he realizes that he feels responsible for everyone on board, including Jason. Because of this, while they are at sea he gets nervous when it is Jason's turn to take watch and feels like he should be the one to protect everyone.

Hazel Levesque, Percy's friend. When Percy first arrives, he saves her and Frank's lives.

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