"It has to be this way," Leo said. "Nike confirmed it. Apollo confirmed it. The others would never accept it, but you guys... you're Romans. That's why I wanted you to come to Delos with me. You get the whole sacrifice thing--doing your duty, jumping on your sword."
Frank sniffled. "I think you mean falling on your sword."
"Whatever," Leo said. "You know this has to be the answer."
"Leo..." Frank choked up.
Leo himself wanted to cry like a Valdezinator, but he kept his cool. "Hey, big guy, I'm counting on you. Remember you told me about that conversation with Mars? Your dad said you'd have to step yp, right? You'd have to make the call nobody else was willing to make."
"Or the war would go sideways," Frank remembered. "But still--"
"And Hazel," Leo said. "Crazy Mist-magicky Hazel, you've got to cover for me. You're the only one who can. My great-granddad Sammy saw how special you were. He blessed me when I was a baby, because I think somehow he knew you were going to come back and help me. Our whole lives, mi amiga, they've been leading up to this."
"Oh, Leo..." She really did burst into tears then. She grabbed him and hugged him, which was sweet until Frank started crying too and wrapped them both in his arms.
-Blood of Olympus, pages 324-325, Rick Riordan.
This took a long time. Sorry it's hard to read! And the bottom is cut off but whatever. Wow they look so little in that last panel oops.
MUSIC: "SAY SOMETHING" (MAX AND VICTORIA JUSTICE), "LOOK OUT" (JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW)