What are your thoughts of Poseidon and Sally as a couple?
ugh it just has such adult romance novel vibes to it lol…. secret forbidden affair, two different worlds, high stakes, ‘i know this is a bad idea but i’m gonna do it anyway,’ ‘he was only with me for a summer’………
one of my FAVORITE things to consider in the whole world is that sally jackson was truly a gem truly an unusual mortal and the qualities that made her so attractive to poseidon in the first place are the same qualities that make percy his favorite son. LOVE to imagine a younger sally having the same kind of irreverence and snarkiness that percy is so known for. also love the idea of sally being a bit of a wild child like just being carefree and having an ill-advised affair and putting her middle finger up at the world. going out dancing and drinking with friends and these friends being like !!!!!!!!!!!!!! girl if you don’t hit that i will !!!!!!!! and sally being like ;) and also the idea of sally being like a total milf lol and we don’t know this because we only see her from percy’s pov but like at some point he has definitely heard ‘dude, your mom is HOT’ (probably from rachel. definitely from rachel lol). it makes so much sense to me that a god like poseidon would find a woman like this so compelling.
and this is not explicit but there’s enough textual backing for it. the idea that poseidon was like let me stop the tide for you let me make you a castle under the sea and sally said NO. and also poseidon saying ‘obedience does not come naturally to you…. i suppose i must take some credit for that’ (which doesn’t necessarily mean poseidon is saying ‘most of it comes from your mother’ but i like to think it does lol). and of course percy saying ‘she has a bit of a rebellious streak, like me.’
i just love to imagine the idea of the two of them playing this little game like poseidon being like ‘come back to bed….. i’ll make you a castle under the sea.’ ‘i’ve heard that one before.’ ‘i’ll…… restrain the tide for you.’ sally, arching an eyebrow: ‘and why would i want that?’ ‘i’ll inscribe your name, on every sea vessel, at every port, so all the sailors will know to pray in your name for safe passage. helen’s face launched a thousand ships, but yours will launch all the rest, until the end of time.’ ‘oh i like that one, you should get on that.’
and of course sally grows up and life isn’t kind to her and after she has percy she gives up all those parts of herself because she has something better, something that’s going to outlive her. and this is when that little game turns serious: “come away with me. i’ll hide you both, under the sea.” and sally smiling a melancholy smile before saying, “that’s never what i wanted.” and he says, ‘i know,’ and leaves just that brief touch on percy’s forehead that he remembers until the lightning thief and that’s the last time they see each other, until, of course, he materializes in her apartment and sally is like ******KILL BILL SIRENS******* how do i process seeing my old hot sex fling in the same room with my fifteen year old son and my new, adult, real life boyfriend akdjfa;jaj;
and of course poseidon watching percy turn down immortality, the only one in the room, including annabeth, even including percy, who isn’t surprised.
edit: this madeline miller quote is how i think poseidon feels about sally:
“But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.”