Hades

He was- is- the king of the Underworld. By all rights, he's just a fearsome as Zeus, and he was just as self-righteous. Hades considered himself impossible to love because he considered love impossible to give. There were too many chances to hurt and to be hurt, and he had better things to do than to nurse a broken heart. So of course when his heart fluttered at the sight of Persephone, he knew he would have to squash that emotion long before it grew into something more troublesome. If only it were that simple.

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6. Before Love

Autumn

     Laying beside each other in the Fields of Asphodel, Persephone watched the petal-like ashes flutter above. Her smile is both beautiful and painful, and my fingers ache to touch it.

     Foolish.

     I know it, and yet it makes no difference. Persephone is something new and amazing. She's pure despite being in my company, and I'm completely in awe of her.

     "Do you think they'll make me go back?"

     Her smile has vanished, replaced by a look so hollow, I feel that I've affected her more than I once believed. I sigh and look away from her because I don't trust my eyes. Eros told me that my eyes reveal the things that I don't say, and there's a lot that I will never say to her.

     I sigh again, mainly to fill the silence that had gone from comfortable to heavy. She expects an answer, but I can't give her the one she wants.

     "I expect Demeter is making quite the case. By the time she's through, she'll have the world convinced that I've kidnapped you- or worse."

     Persephone groaned before grabbing my hand suddenly. I tensed before eventually relaxing back onto the gray-black grass. When I finally trusted myself to stay stoic, I glanced at her. Her smile was radiant, and for a moment I couldn't breathe.

     "Is the '-or worse' taking her daughter on dates to look at flowers made of ash?"

     For perhaps the first time in history, I feel myself blush, and Persephone's smile has turned into bubbling laughter.

     "This isn't a date..." I mumble, but Persephone's laughter continues.

     It's easily the prettiest thing I've ever heard, and I wish that I could hold it.

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