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.


3. Volcanoes


     There was a time the stars would fall to their knees for me. I was denied nothing, but I wanted nothing, either. Everything that could be claimed came easy enough, and it was a wonder I found her at all. I wasn't only the god of the Underworld- I was also the god of riches- and it was amazing that I saw a flower among the gold and diamonds.

     She was royal in her own right. Not a queen- she was far too spirited to be considered that to them- but she was certainly a ruler. She ruled and reflected the beauty of the flowers and nature. If it weren't for Demeter's heavy hand, Persephone could have given Pan a run for his money. It was never my right to oppose her...

     ...but oppose her I did.

     We were like volcanoes. I'd explode and she'd erupt and we left destruction in our wake. I wasn't used to someone else in my darkness. This world was mine, and I'd lived in it long enough to know it was as good as it was going to get. But we burned so beautifully.

     Sometimes, we were like mountains. I was constant and she was docile, and we enjoyed the act. If nothing else, we were great actors. We had everyone convinced we were simple things, but nothing was ever simple with Persephone. We were volatile.

     If ever the stars fell for me, they died when we touched. They burned out and we burned on, and we faked regret every time. She feigned being dormant, and I pretended to be a mountain, and Olympus rejoiced in the thought that we would never know real love.

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