Percy: Hey, man. I hear you had the final say on our new book cover.
Blackjack: That’s right, boss! Looks pretty awesome, huh?
Percy: Um, I notice it’s a picture of you.
Blackjack: Well, sure, but if you look really close you’re in there too. How about those wings, huh? And I like the way my head tilts heroically to one side. It really plays up the best things about this book!
Percy: Like . . . you.
Blackjack: You’re making me blush, boss.
Percy: Hey, didn’t we already have a cover with you on it? The Titan’s Curse, right?
Blackjack: (whinnies) This is totally different. We’re flying, see? And we’re heading up to Mount Olympus to –
Percy: Whoa, big fella. Remember, we’re not supposed to give away the story.
Blackjack: I’m just saying . . . this is a different scene. Besides, boss, you can’t have only one cover with me. People would complain!
Percy: Annabeth’s only been on one cover. She’s like a tiny little dot on the Sea of Monsters.
Blackjack: Does she have beautiful black wings?
Percy: Well, no.
Blackjack: I rest my case. Anyway, this cover ties the series look together. You can tell it’s a Percy Jackson book with lots of action and adventure and cool close-ups of me. They do have photos of me inside, right?
Percy: Um, I’ll get back to you on that.
Blackjack: Besides, this cover is a different color than Titan’s Curse. They let me pick my favorite color, you know.
Percy: Let me guess: black.
Blackjack: With gold lettering! Looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it? Speaking of which, did you bring me a sugar cube?
Percy: You’re not supposed to have sugar cubes.
Blackjack: But I’m a star, boss. Look at the cover!
Percy: Whatever you say, buddy.
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