24 days left!
Ok, so this scene. THIS SCENE! We’re gonna talk about this scene!!!
So, I feel the Aurai scene, and its aftermath, is one of the most underappreciated scenes in House of Hades. And for me, it’s right up there with Nico’s reveal in terms of emotional stakes.
You have the fact that Percy and Annabeth are faced with the Aurai, the Curses, and every time Percy or Annabeth kills one of them, the final curses of their enemies are enacted upon them. So, the more they fight/kill the more curses they get (and that ish can be anything from “hope your eye twitches” to “die a slow and painful, burning, death, you motherfucker (or “you Oedipus” works too))”.
Not too long after the fight breaks out Bob begins to realize why he isn’t suffering curses (because he’s already cursed with memory loss) and he turns against Percy and Annabeth, because he begins to realize what Percy did to him in the Lethe.
Then Annabeth goes blind because of Ployphemus’ curse and then is unable to find Percy because of Calypso’s curse (more on that in the days to come) and then Percy takes on all of the curses himself to keep them off Annabeth.
And as he’s dying and he’s faced with the reasons behind these curses leveled against him… he apologizes. He’s not angry, he’s remorseful. That’s HUGE. He realizes he’s failed some people and he’s not making excuses for it. He, in his few remaining moments, tries to fix as much as he can and apologizes to Bob and only asks that he protect Annabeth.
I seriously can’t even do the whole thing justice, especially in one post, but DANG! It’s all so many emotions. Percy’s guilt and remorse, Percy’s determination to still protect Annabeth down to the last bit of strength he has, Bob hearing Percy and deciding to at least help them (even if he’s not sure if he accepts the apology, fully), Annabeth coming to and grieving as she thinks she’s about to lose her only assured ally in this whole place…
It’s some intense stuff. And it shows a lot of raw emotion that I really hope Blood of Olympus goes into.
And in 24 more days, we’re going to see post-Aurai Percy and Annabeth.
Art by the oh-so-awesome Burdge.
I need to re-read. I’ve been trying to hold out until closer to the release date. It’s hard!