RIGHT *rolls up sleeves*
Caleo is real because when Leo first got to the island, they hated each other. However, they grew to like and then have feelings for one another, as seen when Calypso mimics Leo by saying “You’re really warming up to me.” Hate to love relationship? Hello, Percy and Annabeth? In my opinion, all the best relationships are hate to love. It just let’s you see that they’ve come to know the other person and nseen that there’s way more to what they originally disliked about them.
In addition, when Percy came to the island, and had to leave, Calypso kissed him on the forehead, and watched him leave, which showed she was sad, but not irreparably sad. However, when Leo left, she kissed him on the lips, and walked off before he left, which strongly suggests it was too painful for her to watch him leave. If that doesn’t prove Caleo, I don’t know what does.
On the other hand, some people say the ship is irrelevant because Calypso is forced to fall in love with whoever is sent to her island. They think it isn’t real, because it is forced, and that doesn’t count on Calypso’s part, so really, to them, it’s just another one of Leo’s unrequited crushes.
However, this is incorrect. The curse is not that Calypso will always fall in love with the guy. The curse is that the gods send her a hero, someone she “can’t help falling in love with.” The love is her choice, but the curse is that they always have to leave. I think that the boat comes as soon as she loves them, which explains why it wasn’t there for Leo straight away. It is not forced, the gods choose someone they know she will fall in love with; she falls in love with them by herself.
Ultimately, Caleo is fucking real. The fact that Leo swore on the river Styx that he’d come and get her shows that not only is he a good and loyal person, but that he has at least some feelings for her. He knew that making an oath in the present environment could end badly, but he didn’t care. He just wanted to help a girl he really liked who had been screwed over. Henceforth and forevermore, CALEO IS REAL!
wow my English teacher would have been proud of me I’m really getting good at these debate essay things