81 days left.
I must become the lion-hearted girl,
ready for a fight
before I make the final sacrifice
we raise it up, this offering
we raise it up
This is a gift, it comes with a price
who is the lamb and who is the knife
and Midas is king and he holds me so tight
and turns me to gold in the sunlight
-“Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)” Florence + the Machine
This song works for Piper in so many ways, to me. It works really well overall for badass women, but Piper in particular.
In the beginning of the song, it says “Here I am, the rabbit-hearted girl/frozen in the light” which covers Piper’s views of her own fighting abilities and her own fears (especially in Lost Hero) and then it goes into how the girl in the song must become the “lion-hearted girl”, brave, ready to fight, and capable.
And Piper’s gone from the rabbit-hearted to the lion-hearted for sure. Compare to the others on the Argo II, Piper had the most “normal” life. There’s never any mention of anything supernatural happening to her before the Wilderness School. She had family problems, but no demigod problems. So, going from a somewhat natural to a supernatural, monster-infested, demigod-filled existence has to be some pretty outlandish shit.
And Piper’s handled it. She’s been determined to learn, to contribute, to help. She may not have known the people around her very long, but she loves them and she’s going to do her damndest not to let them down.
For me, all of that sums up why I feel, out of all the seven, Piper’s come the farthest. She’s had to learn the most and go from cold to hot water pretty quickly, and she’s accepted it very well.
Four for you, Piper, you go Piper!
81 days until I see my baby Piper do even more awesome shit.
Art by Limevines