(House of Hades-inspired sequel to Of Angels, Also posted on FF.net. Slight Spamano, warning for crude language, a bit of homophobia, and similar talk. Lots of fluff. Sometimes I just need Nico to be happy with himself.)
Romano likes flirting with girls. He likes it because he can compliment them without feeling embarrassed, see the small smiles playing on their lips and hear their sweet voices as the bella ragazza flirt back. Flirting has become somewhat of a second nature to him and his brother, something that he hardly notices he’s doing until his companion (usually Spain) interrupts with a sheepish grin and a nonsense excuse.
Which is why it took him so long to realize that Nico would always stand quietly beside him. Nico di Angelo, the son of Hades (or Pluto, as Romano prefered to call him), had a tendancy to fade into the shadows. He would never look a girl in the eye, would never say much beyond a short greeting, and would never interrupt Romano. That realization made Romano feel guilty - bringing the younger out and ignoring him was particularly cruel when they both had experiences with being forgotten.