These two crows are having way too much fun playing in the snow
”Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would, I’d never leave.” ―A.A. Milne
This is not goodbye.Through ten books, and nearly ten years, we have had the privilege to experience the beautiful journey of the greatest heroes of all time. Greeks, Romans, mythical creatures, mortals, and villains alike…they have all shaped and transformed our lives, in so many countless, life-changing ways. Upon closing the final book, I wept for many, many, many minutes. And I know, for the rest of my life, no matter how many times I revisit the story…my heart will never be quite whole again. And there will always be a twinge of sadness that surges through my entire soul in knowing that this story has come to an end.This story has been there through all of my struggles…all of my heartache…all of my darkest times. To others, it may seem petty, even childish…to be so emotional over a fictional story that doesn’t matter in the long run to the rest of the world. But it matters to ME. Because this story will always be a part of MY world, of MY life. This story has helped me through more pain than anyone will ever know. I swear on the River Styx, I wouldn’t be here without it. I would be lost, forever. And I have never felt happier then the time I first opened The Lightning Thief. This story has changed my life, for the better. Not one person and not a million, will ever take that away from me.LONG LIVE THE WALLS WE CRASHED THROUGH, THE FRIENDSHIPS WE HAVE MADE, AND THE LESSONS WE HAVE LEARNED.WE HONOR YOU, HEROES, NOW AND FOREVER.
Thank you to Percy, one of my dearest friends, and one of the greatest inspirations in my life. He has been my guardian angel, my support, and my companion for so many years. He has shaped me into the person I am today. He has saved me when I felt like I was drowning, just as he has saved so many countless others, despite his own fears and struggles. He is the sole purpose of my fight to always remain undoubtedly loyal, selfless, and brave. And he is the reason I have lifted myself to limitless height in my own eyes, defying gravity, never to allow myself to give up, or be brought down. Thank you, Percy Jackson, for your humor, your endless hope, your unmistakable courage, and your bountiful friendship. Thank you for bringing happiness into all of our lives. Thank you for helping all of us to believe in ourselves, despite our fatal flaws, and imperfections. Thank you for giving all of us a feeling of belonging. And thank you for giving all of us a feeling of purpose in this world. I love you. We all love you.
Thank you to Grover, for showing me what being a true friend is. You have taught me that being the “underdog” or “sidekick” is not always a bad thing. You have taught me how to believe in myself when no one else would, and you have taught me how to have faith. Thank you, Grover Underwood, for always providing all of us so many laughs, and so many lessons. I love you. We all love you.
Thank you to Annabeth, one of my dearest friends, and one of the greatest inspirations in my life. She has been my teacher, my role-model, and my companion for so many years. I don’t know where I would be today without her intelligence and wisdom, for they have taught me things to know and remember for the rest of my life. She has saved me when I felt like I would be overcome by my fears, despite having to face her own fears alone, by proving to me that even our greatest fears can be defeated, if we truly believe in ourselves. Thank you, Annabeth Chase, for your unlimited kindness, incredible intelligence, unmistakable courage, insightful wisdom, and your bountiful friendship. Thank you for teaching all of us that intelligence and wisdom is truly some of the greatest weapons we could ever have, and will always overcome any form of physical strength. Thank you for helping all of us to know how to find our independence, despite the obstacles and doubts we face along the way. Thank you for giving all of us a feeling of importance in this world. I love you. We all love you.Thank you to Percy, Grover, and Annabeth, for beginning this journey with us.Thank you to Nico, for reminding all of us that we can learn to grow and better ourselves regardless of the demons we conceal and the tragedy we face. You have taught us that no matter how much heartbreak we go through, we can still find the strength to uplift those we care for the most, and when all seems lost, we can be the source of hope. And thank you for reminding all of us that we should never be ashamed of who we are.Thank you to Thalia, for always being there when you were needed the most, for showing us the true power of sacrifice, and for reminding us of our own strengths, as well as having the ability to trust in ourselves. Your bravery and leadership are unmistakable.Thank you to Clarisse, Connor, Travis, Katie, Jake, Will, Austin, Kayla, Mark, Sherman, Malcolm, Pollux, Chris, Miranda, Nyssa, Christopher, Harley, Drew, Lacy, Mitchell, Clovis, Lou, Butch, and all of the other unnamed Greek demigods, for sharing this story, providing laughs, providing contemplation, and for being true heroes and examples for all of us.Thank you to Tyson, for bringing light, joy, and laughter in our darkest and most difficult times.Thank you to Chiron, for teaching all of us that no matter how much sadness you can experience in a lifetime, you can always have hope.Thank you to Sally, Rachel, Frederick, and Paul for teaching us that, even though we are not sons and daughters of immortality, we all have heroic qualities within us.Thank you to Luke, for proving that even though we might stray away from the right path, and perhaps are even overcome by darkness, we always have the ability to return to the light, and be a true hero despite all of our flaws and mistakes. Rest in peace.Thank you to Bianca, Zoë, Lee, Castor, Charles, Silena, Michael, Ethan, and all of the other unnamed heroes for sacrificing yourselves for what you believed in. Rest in peace.Thank you to Jason, for teaching all of us that having responsibility and leadership does not make you a cold-hearted person, but rather, someone to admire. Your strength and courage is unmistakable.Thank you to Piper, for teaching all of us that there can be so much more to a person than beauty, and that being in love does not mean you are without cause or importance to the rest of the world. Your growth throughout your journey will be an inspiration forever.Thank you to Leo, for showing all of us that, despite our losses, we can stand back up, and keep moving forward with our heads held high and our hearts full of hope. A friend who can cause a moment of laughter even in the darkest of times is a friend to cherish. And thank you for, in those final moments, embodying the true meaning of sacrifice, in order to save the ones you love.Thank you to Hazel, for reminding all of us that we deserve second chances, are capable of showing generosity, and have the power to do great things, no matter how shy and innocent we may appear. Your growth throughout your journey has been incredible.Thank you to Frank, for teaching all of us that our worth is not measured by our size, abilities, or status, but rather, our loyalty, our bravery, and our ability to love. And thank you for proving to all of us that we can be anything we aspire to be.Thank you to Jason, Piper, Leo, Percy, Hazel, Frank, and Annabeth for ending this journey with us.Thank you to Reyna, for showing all of us how to be a leader, as well as reminding all of us that we can be successful and brave within our own independence and strength. Your courage will inspire us forever.Thank you to Gwendolyn, Dakota, and all of the other unnamed Roman demigods, for sharing this story, providing laughs, providing contemplation, and for being true heroes and examples for all of us.Thank you to Gleeson and Ella, for reminding us of the importance in family, friendship, loyalty, and love.Thank you to Celyn, Naomi, Phoebe, and all of the other unnamed Hunters of Artemis and Amazons who sacrificed yourselves to help Reyna, Nico, and Hedge to complete their quest. Rest in peace.Even though you were scum until the end, we understand how madness can take over a person to the point of no return, and we might even feel a twinge of sadness that you were engulfed in fire. Rest in peace, Octavian.And thank you to all of the other unnamed Greek and Roman campers who sacrificed yourselves for what you believed in, and in the fight to defeat Gaea. Rest in peace.Thank you to every single demigod, hero, god, goddess, minor god, minor goddess, mortal, mythical creature, monster, Titan, and Giant, for giving all of us such a beautiful story to cherish for a lifetime.And thank you to Rick Riordan, for giving us a story to discover ourselves in, characters to have as dear friends forever, and a place to call home.Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus may have come to an end, and this incredible story may be coming to a close. But these characters—this story—will live on in all of our hearts forever.You know, Percy stated: For once, I didn’t look back.Well, I have. And I promise, I WILL NEVER REGRET IT.