“That’s the Hag,” said a voice in her ear, and Peony all but fell out of the tree in surprise. The palace cat was sitting on a branch above her head, cleaning his whiskers. “And you can be sure that she’s up to no good. You need to watch her.”
Peony stared at the cat. “Did… did you just TALK to me?”
“Well, it certainly wasn’t the pigeon. Stupid things, pigeons.” Basil extended a paw, studied it, then began to clean between his toes. “Name’s Basil, by the way. How do you do?”
“This is how we reveal ourselves: these tiny flashes of discomfort, the reactions we can’t hide.”
I put one hand on my hip. “I have a pretty good excuse.”
I’d have to just show him. That would be easier than trying to explain. I calmly walked to my closet and opened the door. Vera peered out from between the hangers.
Charlie’s red face turned ghastly white. “Is that an alien in your closet?”
“Yes, it is,” I said. “But don’t worry, she’s friendly.”
“Okay, you’re excused.”
“Nico,” I said at last, “shouldn’t you be sitting at the Hades table?”
He shrugged. “Technically, yes. But if I sit alone at my table, strange things happen. Cracks open in the floor. Zombies crawl out and start roaming around. It’s a mood disorder. I can’t control it. That’s what I told Chiron. ”
“And is it true?” I asked.
Nico smiled thinly. “I have a note from my doctor.”
Will raised his hand. “I’m his doctor.”
‘Tony Stark? Iron Man?’ said Squirrel Girl. ‘Isn’t he just your errand boy?’
‘Errand boy?’ said Black Widow. ‘He’s an avenger.’
‘But…but I thought…’Squirrel Girl pulle up her text exchage with Tony Stark on her phone and showed it to Black Widow.
The super spy read the texts, pursing her lips as if trying to keep a straight face. A chuckle escaped her throat. Then she started to laugh. She laughed so hard the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents called for backup and set up a perimeter. She laughed so hard she didn’t make any noise at all.
Biffy huffed. “Curtains,” he explained slowly as though to a very thick child (which, to be fair, rather defined Rafe’s character), “are a serious business.”