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03-29-2004, 06:40 PM
If you don't know me, I'm completely obsessed with Greek and Roman myths. I absolutely adore Persephone. Dont' ask me why, I don't know. But, this came out of my musings about the myths...
She seemed so tired. Breathing hard and looking around her as if everything was made to frighten her, she cowered on the bed he left her on.
He had barely spoken to her, other than to call her name, lure her far enough away from her watchful nymphs, to capture her. He stole her away, barely heeding her girlish pleas to be released and returned to her mother. In his lust for her youthful beauty, he ignored all her wailing and entreating from his brothers and sisters. He had what he always watned- a beautiful, naive, innocent girl to call his own. Her pleadings to remain chaste echoed in his conflicted mind as he pulled her from his chariot.
"Please! My Lord, leave me! I swear, I will remain with you. But take me not!" Her gentle voice trembled in fare.
"i will return for you in the morning." He answered, flinging her onto her bed in his chambers.
She noticed that he looked upon her with great concern for a slight moment. then, he stalked out of her new prision. She did not know where he went, but he intrigued her however greatly he frightened her. PResently, she heard a tapping from the door. Curious, she walked to the heavy door and heaved it open. In walked two nymphs who sweetle smiled at the girl.
"I am Eurydice." the first one said.
"Eurydice." the second one repeated.
"this is Echo." the first one said, pointing to the other nymph.
"Echo." Repeated the second one. then she smiled broadly at the girl and pointed to her.
"Lord Hades had requiested that we care for you while you are here." Eurydice explained.
"I see." The girl said, watching as Echo repeated her last word. "And what would Hades wish me to do?" She asked.
"Do." Said Echo, presenting the girl with a new green dress.
She quickly stripped the girl's tattered tunic off her body and replaced it with the new dress. Then, Echo stepped back from the girl, looking at her.
"Very lovely." Eurydice said, walking around the girl. "You must be hungry."
"No." The girl stubbornly replied. "Now let me go!" She exclaimed.
"GO!" Repeated Echo, shaking her head furiously.
"My Lady, Lord Hades had decided you will remain with him." Eurydice calmly said. "For he desires you above all others."
"I do not desire him, fair nymph." She whispered. "IF this is my fate, leave me to it."
"Lord Hades desires to speak with you at breakfast tomorrow morning." Eurydice said.
"There is no morning in this place." the girl mumbled, then turned away fromt he nymphs. "Leave me." She whispered.
She heard their soft footsteps leave her room. For a time, she wept, recalling her mother. How she missed her so.
Still terrified, but quite thirsty, she inched to the door. She paused, listening for a long while. Hearing nothing, she turned the skull shaped knob and slowly opened it. she peered out into the hallway, almsot expecting Him to be there. Instead, it was eerily quite with no sigh of life. Mistering her courage, she walked down the hall, coming to a great chamber. There, she stopped and listened.
"But My Lord," A voice cried. "My wife has paid my penance! Have pity on me!"
"Lycos, your wife has done no such thing. You dare to lie to me?" A strangely familiar voice said.
It seemed almost melodic as she made her way closer to it.
"For this crime, you must suffer in Taurtorous for 30 days. Lie nto to me henceforth!"
"But My Lord!" The mortal protested.
"Furies, take him from me." The voice said.
She stepped at the doorway and peeked in. there, she saw him, her abductor, sitting upon his throne of hard metal and bone, a look of sad desperation on his face. He looked down at his hands, turning them over slowly. He seemed vunerable to her, and yet dangerous at the same time. She considered turning and running back to the safety of her room, but a cold hand on her shoulder dashed that thought.
It shoved her harshly into the room, in front of the God himself. Terrified, she froze where she fell, hoping her mother would find her.
"My Lord, I found this one wandering outside." A crass, raspy voice cackled.
"You fool!" The God yelled, running to her.
He gingerly took her hands in his and helped her to her feet. HE quickly looke dher over, searching for injuries. "Fair Madien, are you hurt?" He asked, lifting her face to his.
"Nay." She whsipered, taken by his kindness.
He turned to her attacker. "You, Hecate, are banished from my halls! Never return lest you wish for death!" He commanded.
"Hades! I only desired..." Hecate began.
"It makes no matter!" He interrupted. "She is my Queen. you are my servant. I deem you banished!"
"My Lord," The girls' small voice said. He turned to look at her, a strange hint in his eye. "Punish her not, I beg you." She continued.
"What would you have me do then?" He asked.
"understand that she loves you." She replied.
"You know this how?" He questioned.
She raised her gaze to see his eyes. "The eyes do not lie." She paused. "she loves you, truly." She finished.
"Hecate, you are banished form ym provence until my Queen deems you worthy to return again." He decided.
Furious, Hecate tried to plead her case once more, but he ordered the Furies to take her.
So, what do you think? I've got more, but my fingers are tired.
03-29-2004, 08:40 PM
Ooooooooo! More! More! More! More! More!More! More! MORE!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :beer: I love it! I love myths!
03-30-2004, 07:40 PM
Ummmmmmm....MORE !!!!!!!!! :D ;)
03-31-2004, 05:19 PM
When she was gone, he eyed his Queen again.
"It is good to see you out of your room, Persephone." He tried, smiling at her.
"It's not my room. this isn't my home!" she cried.
"it should be." He earnestly said, moving to hold her. "You are more beautiful then a soul living in the Elysian Fields. YOu are more radiant then the Graces."
"None of that matters, my Lord. You stole me. How can I love a theif?" She countered.
Growing angry, he stalked to his throne, plopped down, and began to ear some grapes.
She hadn't noticed before, but he struck her as handsome. His brown hair culred at the ends where they kissed his shoulders. He seemed muscular and fit. He definately was well groomed. Even during her kidnapping, she loved how his scent lingered.
"If i had asked you, would you ahve some willingly with me?" He countered.
"you did not give that choice to me." She said.
"So you would have come with me?" He questioned.
Her eyes shifted away from him, looking at her hands. She knew, in her heart, he excited her. She would have easily gone with him.
"No." She mumbled, turning her back to him.
"REally, Persephone?" He asked, silently walking to her. He stood so close to her, barely touching her sweet smelling skin. He saw the chills she endured in his presence.
She spun and came so close to him that he could feel her body softly touching his. Their lips almost touching, she took a step back. He grabbed her shoulders and pulled her back to him.
"Would you have come with me?" He whispered.
She fumbled, not knowing what to think. He seemed so gentle, yet she knew he was dangerous. He pulled her into a gentle kiss.
"Would you now?" He asked after he released her.
04-02-2004, 09:31 PM
*knees pulled up to her chin, eyes wide* Ooooooooooooo..............what happens next?
04-03-2004, 01:05 PM
"Yes." She whispered. Then, she quickly pushed away from him. "I am thirsty." She said.
He smiled and clapped his hands. A spirit appeared with a goblet. It oozed smoke and putrid smells. Persephone looked at it unsure
"What is it?" She whispered.
"Wine." He answered, offering the cup to her.
She backed away from it, almost certain the drink could kill her. "Can I have water?" She asked.
"Of course." He replied, snapping his fingers. From the shadows of the room, Eurydice emerged with a clean glass of clear water. Persephone sighed in relief, smiling at the Nymph.
"Thank you." She whispered.
Eurydice bowed and took her place next to Hades. Persephone lifted the glass to her lips and in one big gulp, the water was gone.
"Are you hungry also?" Hades asked, extending his hand. She took it, feeling strangely comfortable with him now.
"No, my Lord." She answered.
He pulled her closer to him. "would you like to see your new home?" He aske.d
"How long do you intend to keep me here?" She asked, a little worried.
"Forever." He simply answered, tucking her arm under his. He lead her from the chamber into a path. It was dark, but Persephone was not as frightened of it as she was of the chamber. She let his grip slip to her hand and grinned a bit as his fingers intoerlaced with hers. He lead her fromt he path to a huge beaufitul field. She blinked, blinded for a moment, by the intense white light coming form the sky.
"This will be your new garden." He whispered, watching her face.
A smile slowly spread across her face as she watched a small child run through the field. "What is this place? Why are there not trees?" She asked. Then, she stopped to inspect the soil
"This is the Elysian field. It grows with each good soul that comes to me." He paused, looking at her. "There are no trees because there is no one to tend them. That is, until now."
She looked up at him, soil still in her hand. "This soil is good. I will need seeds, though. And water." She said, almost feeling at home.
"Echo and Eurydice will bring anything you desire or need." He said, lifting her to her feet. He cupped her face and gently kissed her again. "I would do anything for your happiness..." He whispered.
She began to weep and crumpled into him.
"Persephone, why?" He asked.
"I miss my mother. I miss the nymphs." She sobbed. He wrapped his arms aobut her slender form and pulled her close to him.
"Let me show you something else." He said, dragging her away from the Elysian Field. He lead her to a watefall, with a clam pool at its bottom. Little did she know, this was the infamous pool of forgetfulness.
"Oh Hades, it's beautiful." She gasped, stepping into the cool water.
"Go on." He coaxed, watching as she stood to her knees in the clear water.
"Where am I?" She asked.
He grinned slightly. "You are home."
"Oh I see." She said, throwing off her clothes and plunging into the water. "Come swim with me!" She called.
So, I must stop, but I'll try to update again soon.
04-05-2004, 02:48 PM
:notworthy :notworthy :notworthy :clap:
Excellent, nell. Keep going! :D
04-07-2004, 10:49 PM
Wowie zowie! :eek: This is grrrreat! :notworthy :notworthy :notworthy Can't wait for more! :clap:
04-07-2004, 11:27 PM
I'm so glad you're all liking this. I will update it this weekend. Please bare with me. I have a lot of stuff on my plate and don't want to lose any readers.
04-08-2004, 12:24 AM
So dark and broody. I am definitely intrigued. ;)
04-10-2004, 08:35 PM
He was stunned at her beauty, how creamy and soft her skin looked. Her curves teased him mercilessly.
"I cannot, sweet Persephone." HE relented, longing to touch her.
"why?" She asked, looking at him.
"I have business to attend to, as do you." HE said, offering him hand to her.
Reluctantly, she took it, fearing him a little. Why, she didn't remember, but she still did. He helped her dress as her memory came back to her.
"Thank you." She mumbled, trying to hide her body from him.
"I am holding ocurt this morning. Will you sit with me?" He asked.
"If you command it, My Lord." She whispered, shamed for her reckless actions.
"I niether command nor demand your presence there." He began, rubbing her arm gently. "I only desire you there." HE whsipered.
She smiled shyly and nodded. "Then I will come with you."
She adjusted her gown and followed him to the chambers again. There, she saw the Furies, terrible and frightening things. She cringed and grasped his hand tighter as she passed them. Their furocious screams echoed in her delicate ears as she stumbled along after him. He showed her to a newly designed throne. It looked similar to his, but flowers replaced the bones and had fruits intermingled with them. She smiled a bit and sat upon it.
"Do you like your throne?" He nervously whispered.
She smiled and nodded to him.
"Hephestos made it and Echo deocrated it." He continued, beaming a bit with pride.
"It's lovely." She said. "Thank you."
"Will you join me for dinner?" He asked.
"I am unsure..." She trailed off.
"Think it over." He said. Then, he turned to the Furies. "Bring int he deceased."
In came a small boy, Persephone guessed he was only 10 or 11 years. He stumbled before their thrones, falling to his knees.
"This is Dinolus. He is a son of Lycos. He was found in a ransaked village." The first Furie said almsot sadly.
"Any crimes?" Hades bluntly aske.d
"Nay, sir." The second one said.
"Well, Dinolus, welcome to the Elysian Field. May you find peace there." HAdes said, gesturing to an opened doorway.
The thrid Furie escorted him through the door, speaking gently to him. Persephone followed the boy's movements, then turned to Hades.
"Does the boy have any family in the Elysian Field?" She aske.d
"No." He answered. "Why?"
"Is it possible for a soul to be a caretaker of a garden in the Field?" She asked.
"If you see potential in them, yes." He replied, thrilled at her enthusiasm.
"I would like to train him in caring for a vegtable garden." She said.
"We will approach him later with your wise proposition." He said. "Now for the next soul."
The first Furie dragged in the next soul. It was fighting her, screaming that it wasn't dead and it would have vengeance . Persephone cowered at how loud and frightening this one was. Hades tool note and raised his hand. the chamber immediately grew silent. The soul's mouth was still moving but no sound came from it.
"His deeds?" Hades quietly asked.
"Murder, rape, theft." The second Furie said.
"To Tartorous. Be tormented the way you tormented others." He said.
The thrid Furie dragged him to a different doorway and tossed him inside. Persephone shook with terror at what she felt when that door was opened. BUt it intrigued her so.
"Are there any left to judge?" Hades asked.
"Nay, My Lord." Came the reply.
"Very well." He said.
Then, he walked to Persephone's throne and extended his hand to her. "Shall we?" He asked.
Ok, small technical question, as I've seen it both ways in my reference books...
How do most people spell Furies in the singular form? Is it Fury or Furie? I've seen both in all my books and don't really know what the general thought is.
more to come, I promise...
04-10-2004, 08:48 PM
Fury is what I'm familiar with.
04-10-2004, 10:39 PM
Same here--fury vs. furie. Both ways work tho! :D This is great, nell, can't wait for more. :notworthy :)
04-12-2004, 04:33 PM
I have seen it as Fury myself. :hug:
04-18-2004, 02:36 PM
Ok, I don't know what I like better, as per the fury/Furie debate. Maybe I'll call one of my old Greek Mythology profs and see what he says...
She shyly took his hand, blushing at his warm touch. He held her hand close to his heart as they made their way into the Elysian Field. there, she saw a table with flowers sprinkled about it. Wine and food covered the red table cloth. She grinned slightly as he pushed her chair in and took his seat next to her.
"You look beautiful." He began.
"thank you." S he said, blushing. She was confused by his tenderness, but refused to question it. He may become cruel.
"i have something to ask you." He nervously said, playing with his napkin.
"what is it?" She coaxed.
"You know how I feel about you." He stopped as she nodded. "How do you feel about me?"
She avoided his piercing stare, looking at her hands instead. "i don't know, my Lord." She whispered, a tear escaping her eye.
He gnetly wiped it from her cheek. "Despare not. I still have time with you." He whispered, bending and kissing her soft lips again. He lifted her face so that her gaze met his. She twinged as his green eyes pierced her blue ones.
"What is it, my Lord?" She nervously asked again.
"Be my Queen. Rule with me." He said.
She looked shocked at him, longing to hold him close to her. "But my mother..." She trailed off.
He turned away from her. "You cannot see her if you stay with me."
"Why?" She asked, torn between them.
"Your mtoher hates me. I am her exact opposite." He paused. "Could death and life ever really co-exist together?" He asked, rubbing her hand.
"in death, life is renewed." She said, taking his hand to her cheek. "i do not hate you."
He leaned across the table, cupped her face, and tenderly kissed her. "Stay with me and i'll give you anything." He whispered when they parted.
"I would stay forever. My mother, however, misses me so. I must return to her." She sadly said.
He fell back into his chair, crushed.
"I will, however, return to you, my King." She continued.
"The only way for you to return is to eat my food. That will make you bound to this place and me." He said.
She took a pomegranate in her left hand and his face in her right. "this food may bind me here, but I choose to stay with you." She quickly ate six seeds, then kisse dhim gnetly.
"When you leave me, it will be winter here." He whispered.
"Then, I will bring Spring with me when I return to you." She replied.
"When will you go?" He aske.d
"Tomorrow. I know my mtoher misses me terribly." She said. "But I believe I will miss you more than she misses me."
He looked surprised at her. "Truly?" He asked.
"Yes." She said, taking his hand and pulling him up to her. She let him tenderly engulf her, feeling his passion rise within him.
"will you be mine forever?" He quietly asked, kissing her deeply.
"If you arrange it with Aphrodite, I will marry you and be yours forever. " She promised, letting her hands glide down his chest. "i will miss you."
"When shall I arrange for the wedding?" He asked, pulling her closer to him.
"the first day I return to you." She said, kissing him again. She felt his hands lip over her curves to the small of her back. She felt so enamored with him.
"Go. Before i keep you here forever." He said, pushing her away from him. "I love you." He whispered as she watched Echo and Eurydice lead her to the tunnel to the workd of the living.
04-18-2004, 07:50 PM
Oh how absolutely beautifully told, nell. Just plain romantic and angsty and very, very good. I really like this one very much I must say...:) :hug:
Please update as soon as you can!
04-22-2004, 05:08 PM
Ooooooooooo I whant moooorrrrrreeeeee........... PEALLLLLLSE??? *blinks huge bambi eyes*
05-01-2004, 02:10 AM
So sorry it's been a while...
"My dear Daughter!" Demeter exclaimed, embrading her ass he emerged from the hole he took her into. "Did he hurt you?"
"Nay Mother." She whispered, watching Eurydice slip back into the shadows. Her heart broke a bit as she watched the remains of the nymph disappear.
"I am going to Zeus this instant!" Demeter declared, pulling Persephone along. "Hades will pay for this evil deed."
"Mother wait!" The girl called.
Her mother, however, continued resolute on her path. Soon, they arrived at the gates of Olympus, where Hermes stood guard. He greeted them and allowed them to pass. Then, he quickly flew off most likely on an errand from Zeus.
"Zeus!" Demeter screamed, stil dragging Persephone behind her. "Zeus! Show yourself, coward!" She shouted.
"Calm yourself, dear Demeter." A melodic voice called from behind a cloud.
"Badger me not, Sun God." She hissed. "Or I will have a quarrel with you also!"
"Earth Goddess!" A voice boomed before Apollo could retort. "State your business."
"My daughter was stolen by your brother! I want him punished!" She replied.
Persephone's eyes grew wide with despare as her mother detailed the torture she desired to inflict upon Hades.
"And why, fair Demeter, should I grant such a request?" Zeus asked, changing into his physical form. He caught Persephone's look of horro. "Escpecially when your daughter seems so overly concerned for her kidnapper's welfare." He finished, touching Persephone's cheek and wiping away her tears.
Demeter turned to her, looking stunned. "My daughter cares not for Hades! He is death!" She screamed.
"Nay mtoher. He is not death." Persephone whispered. "He is more than that."
Demeter turned to her daughter, a look of shock coloring her face. "What are you saying, my daughter?" She asked.
"Nothing." The girl mumbled.
then she turned and left Plympus. Confused, she wandered through the trees, who bowed their branches with the wind as she passed. She heard the low mournful sound of a soul aching for its love. Enchanted, she followed the sound to a clearing where a man sat, playing a lyre. she tinidly stood, watching as animals and nymphs alike came rushing into his presence. She felt compelled to sit near him, but her feet refused to obey her mind and she stood rooted to her spot. He sang of his lost love and how he lost her. Persephone's eyes filled with tears as he continued his sad tale.
"It's horrible, isn't it?" A voice said behind her.
"Yes." She replied, turning to see the one who spoke to her. "What are you doing here?"
"I was sent from Hades. Strange, yes. But he said that Aphrodite has agreed to marry you upon your return." It continued.
"Thank you, Eros." She whispered, hugging her sweet cousin. "And will you be there? To give me away?"
He seemed shocked at her request, but quickly recovered and nodded to her. "Certainly, dear one." He answered, hugging her back. "And Persephone, be wary. Hades is angry. He has demanded an audience with Zeus." He finished.
05-03-2004, 12:38 AM
I love this and can't wait for the next update! :D
05-05-2004, 07:07 PM
Absolutely...we need another udate as soon as possible! :)
05-07-2004, 09:08 PM
I'm doing a greek mythology report in English and this can completely relate to what I'm doing! It's very VERY good kepe writing please!!!!!
05-07-2004, 09:10 PM
:jawdrop: :notworthy :notworthy This is astonishing! I love it and I couldn't stop reading! I am sad now that there is no more left. I cannot wait for another update! Really good work! :notworthy :notworthy Nellas.
05-08-2004, 12:02 AM
"An audience with Zeus? Why?" She asked.
"He loved you. Loves you like no other." He said.
She looked away from him. "Yes, I know."
"He desires you forever- without returning to this world again." Eros said, pushing her away from him.
"That cannot happen. What of my mother?" She asked, slightly worried. Her heart, though, wanted to stay with him and explore everything he was. She knew he would excite her and cherish her.
"Persephone, daughter of Demeter!" Hermes' voice rang out of the clouds. "You must come now to Olympus!" He saw her and grabbed her arm. Swiftly, he pulled her up to Olympus where the rest of the Gods waited for her. She saw them all, somewhat menacing, somewhat annoyed.
"You have been called here because Hades has stolen Persephone." Zeus' loud voice echoed through the hall.
"He took my daughter and did unmentionable things to her!" Demeter cried, hitting Hades.
"Mother!" She cried.
"Demeter! Control yourself!" Zeus commanded. then, he turend to Hades. "We are aware of your theft. Many of us also pleaded with you to return her to her mother. You had no right to keep her."
"Yes and you would deny me any happiness! I was cursed with the underworld! Now, you pay. I have claimed my Queen." Hades said.
"She is not yours!" Demeter screeched.
"I take what I desire, Earth goddess!" He said, stepping to her. "And I desire her!" He whispered, pointing to Persephone.
"You cannot have her!" Demeter telled.
But Hades did not reply. Instead, he rushed to Persephone's crumpled body and puled her to him. "I am sorry, my love." He whispered, playing with her sloft hair.
"Hades?" She weakly whsipered, raising her hand to his cheek.
He gnetly nuzzled her hand and smiled down at her. "Yes, Persephone."
"No more." She said.
"No more." He agreed. then, he helped her to her feet and steadied her.
"I will stay with him." She said. "For even after death, there is life. there I will thrive." She said, nodding to her mother. "And there you will find me."
"No! Take not my daughter!" Demeter cried, running to her.
"But, I must return. I have eaten food from the underworld. there, I must reamin." Persephone quietly protested.
"What did you eat?" Artemis asked.
"A pomegranet." She replied.
"How many seeds?" Artemis pushed.
"then, why not divide Persephone's time in two? Six months with her mother, six with her husband to be." Artemis propsed.
"Very well." Zeus decided. "So it shall be.
"Then when she is gone, no plant will grow, no tree bare fruit. The earth will mourn her as I do." Demeter decreed, then vanished, leaving her daughter.
The other Gods looked at her vanishing trail, wondering how the mortals in their care would survive without sustinance.
Just to let you all know, I'm still working on this one (I'm only about a page and a half ahead right now.). But, I think it'll be worth it, if you can just bare with me for a little bit. I know I've been saying that a lot and I'm sorry that I dont' have a lot of time right now. But, summer's coming! Then, I'll have all the time in the world.
05-08-2004, 08:24 AM
Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! :clap: Take your time nellas, we'll be waiting!!
05-08-2004, 04:43 PM
Yay more! I love it!
05-09-2004, 05:04 PM
We can wait as long as it takes for more of this, nell! :)
05-09-2004, 05:53 PM
oooo...i love mythology. and this story presents an interesting take on the myth. very nice. my friend recently drew a picture of hades stealing persephone, and let me tell you, this story reminds me of her picture. and this dispells the "disney" versions of the gods, where hades is "evil" and the world he lives in is a placve of eternal suffering. gah, that annoys me.
but your story is awesome!!
05-09-2004, 07:52 PM
Thanks all for your understanding. I promise, this one's writing itself, practially, so I shoul dhave another update soon.
Cel- I hated Disney's Hercules just for that reason. I did, however, like the way that the tv shows Xena and Hercules protrayed Hades... brooding, young, muscular, troubled, angry, hot, powerful... :swoon:
guess I'm just too much of a geek to let these things go...
05-10-2004, 12:21 AM
LOL, Disney's Hades cracked me up, however untrue to his mythological nature, even if perhaps for the only reason that when he got mad he burst into flames. :D
Anyway, yes, nellas, take your time and we will wait patiently(yet eagerly!!).
05-10-2004, 04:16 PM
Slightly off topic comment...
It was sad that I heard the actor who played Hades on Hercules and Xena passed away accidently doing a stunt for a movie he was filming in New Zealand. Left a wife and several children behind as well...:(
End off topic comment...
Anyway, keep on coming with this when you can, nell!
05-10-2004, 06:41 PM
There was only one good part in the disney hurcules, when our heros are in the city and a man opens up a black cape and says, "You wanna buy a sundial?" :D
keep up the good work!
05-13-2004, 03:15 PM
Just Keep waiting; just keep waiting What well I'll do? I'll wait.
I'll wait. As long as you need. Just take your time.
05-13-2004, 03:21 PM
I promise to update this weekend. And I swear it'll be worth it, though I may have to edit out some parts. (you know those Greek Gods and how passionate they are) I"ve written a lot, so I promise a long update. How's that sound?
05-13-2004, 07:33 PM
Ummmm...sounds splendiforous! :D :hug:
05-15-2004, 05:46 PM
Demeter, however, didn't care. She had her sweet daughter back from Hades' cluches. She silently vowed that he would never take her away again. Persephone seemed changed somehow, though. Shrugging it off, Demeter thought it would pass, as the seasons do.
"My dear child, did he harm you?" She asked as they entered her flower-covered home.
"Nay mother. He did not." Persephone answered, avoiding ehr mother's intense stare. "I swear it, he did not!"
Demeter watched her daughter grow cloder with every exchange they had. She silently mourned, for hse knew her sweet daughter was now torn in tow. Helpless, Dmemeter quietly watched Persephone long for her King. the days passes slowly, as Persephone swore that Apollo slowed the steeds of his chariot, at the request of her mother. Impatiently, she stalked through the forest, ignoring the nymphs and other animals. Suddenly, she realized she was back where he had stolen her. She sighed, wondering if he could see her now. She looked for signs of the hole but there were none. There she laid down, praying for him to come back to her.
There, he found her, one day when the winds were blowing colder. At first, he was concerned that she was deceased. He rushed to her side, and pulled her gently into his lap. Brushing away from stray strands that had fallen into her eyes, he caught the hint of a faint breath.
"Persephone, my Queen arise." He whsipered, a single tear falling onto her gown. "Arise."
She stretched slightly, being warmed by his touch. Slowly, she opened her eyes and smiled up at him. "My King?" She whispered. "Why do you cry?" She lifted her hand to his cheek.
"I feared the worst." He replied.
"That I had died?" She questioned.
"Yes." He said, pulling her to her feet.
"If I did die, would I not be in the Elysian Field with you forever?" She questioned.
"No." He quietly said. "When we die, there is nothing left for us. We fade into the night and are forgotten." He said.
"Hence the tears?" She asked.
"I would never love again." He said.
"Love?" She questioned.
"Yes." He said, pulling her into the tunnel that would take them home. "Aphordite awaits us."
The tunnel seemed to have grown in lenght, as she recalled. She minded not, however, for his scent taunted her so. Her mind wandered to what this night would hold for her as his new bride. Her dear cousin, Eros needed not to loose his arrows upon her beloved King. In her innocent eyes, he was flawless. He silently commanded her to follow. She could no longer control her desires any more and pulled on his arm to stop him. He looed back at her, puzzled by her actions.
"My Lord," she whispered, pushing the straps of her gown off her shoulders. "It has been a long, lonely winter without you." She whispered, as her form was revealed to him again.
His hand trembled as he reached for her silky skin. "My Lady, tease me now." He said, holding her close to him.
He had never felt so much for one woman befre. He did not notice her hands releasing his clothes form his body. He simply looked down and was nude, like her. "What would you have of me, my Queen?" He aske.d
"Only to be yours. To love you always and for you to love me as well." She said.
"You have my love. I will share it with no other but you, my Queen." He said.
She took his hand in hers *** "Come." She said, pulling him to the soft earth.
"This is no bed fit for my Queen!" He said, pulling her up and retreiving their clothes.
"Hades!" she cried.
He turned back to her. He could se her intense desire swelling within her. Tears began to form in her eyes as she stood almost broken before him.
"Cry not, my sweet Queen." He said. "I want to make you mine in our bed within our own time." He kissed her softly. Then, he handed her clothes to her and began to dress.
"You desire me no more?"
"I desire you now more than ever." He said, reaching for her. "But a tunnel, in the dirt is not where I would have you."
"i was born in the dirt, in a garden, under a flowing tree." She replied, puling on her gown.
He stopped, and looked softly at her. "I am sorry, my beloved." He said, as the significance dawned on him.
"Tis well." She said, pushing off her remaining tears and trudged down the tunnel.
Hades sighed, knowing he hurt her and followed. They did not speak as they journied through the tunnel. Soon, she saw Echo and Eurydice waiting for them with a goblet of wine and some grapes.
"We thought you may be hungry." Eurydice explained as Persephone laughed.
"Thank you." Persephone said.
"A word, please." Hades said, grapsing her hand. He led Persephone into his chambers and sat her on his bed. "I realize the rashness of my actions eariler today. I apologize." He humbly said.
"My dear Hades, I had forgotten how you did not think of the earth like I did. It was my fault." She said, smiling as he sat beside her. "I'm sorry as well."
He smirked and cupped her face, pulling her gently toward him. She succombed to the power of his kiss, letting herself get lost in him. For a moment, he forgot where he ended and she began, as if they were one. then, they parted at the sound of knocking on the chamber door. He glared angrily, stalked to it, and flung it open.
"What?" He yelled.
05-15-2004, 10:02 PM
LOL, I wouldn't like to get on Hades' bad side. :D
Very good, and keep it up! :D
05-16-2004, 07:23 PM
Hahaha! Getting on Hades bad side. You would be dead before, well, before you breathed again!
I loved this installment! I always wondered how gods died...
05-16-2004, 08:00 PM
Huzzah!!!!! Excellent update!! :D
Dances with glee as she rereads the update, and awaits another...
05-17-2004, 11:27 PM
"Calm yourself, Hades." A female voice called from the door. "Your bride is just as nervous as you." She continued, floating into the room. Persephone bowed as her aunt came beside her.
"It is good to see you, aunt Aphrodite." She said, smiling.
"It is good to be seen." Aphordite joked. "now then, Hades tells me you wish to be married?" She asked.
"Yes, Aunt, Hades speaks the truth." Persephone replied, not sure how her aunt would react.
"If I may, my dear." She said, pointing to a secluded spot. Persephone followed her.
"Yes, aunt?" The girl asked.
"This venture is unwise, my sweet niece. He is a jealous angry God." She paused. "And should he catch you fancying a mortal, he wil destroy you and the man."
Persephone grew red with anger. "I plan not to fnacy anyone else. He has no reason to be jealous." She said, looking at him. His strong cheekbones coupled with his piercing eyes and taunting lips made her desire him all the more. "I lov ehim, dear Aunt. Bless us, please." She said.
Aphrodite aighed. "Damned fool. This love will be the end of you."
"Then so be it. For him, I would die a thousand times over." PErsephone said.
"And you just may." Aphrodite replied. "the wedding will be in one week in Thrace." She said, beginning to vanish.
"Not Thrace!" Hades protested.
"Either Thrace or not at all." She replied.
He scowled, then nodded. Aphrodite faded away. Eurydice and Echo came to Persephone's side.
"My Queen, " Eurydice began. "How may we be of service?"
"In one weeks' time, we will be married. We must make the preparations quickly." Persephone said.
"You will have any help that you need, my love." Hades said, engulfing her in a warm embrace. "I however, must attend court. Keep me apprised of your progress." He finished, then gave her a quick kiss and turned to leave.
"Will I not see you again tonight?" She aske.d
He stopped and turned back to her. "MY apologies. Of course you will see me tonight. I will meet you for dinner in the Elysian Field." He said.
"Nay- near the pool." She said, smiling mischeviously at him.
He caught her eye and smiled. "Yes, the pool." then he turned again and hurried to his throne.
She was left with the nymphs to plan the event. they worked swiftly, empolying many dead souls to help them. Several worked on perfecting Persephone's wedding gown, while others were consumed with perparing the banquet after the ceremony. Persephone, Eurydice, and Echo were left to plan the ceremony. Before long, Hades returned to retrieve her for their dinner.
"Have you leave, beloved?" He aske.d
"Of course!" she said, taking his extended hand. She looked back at Eurydive and Echo and giggled. They laughed and returned to their plans. He took her down the path to the pool. there int he shallow water sat a table with thier dinner covering it.
"You won't forget me, will you?" She asked before she set foot in the water again.
He tenderly touched her face. "I remember nothing else but you.
How can I forget you? You're all I have or have ever wanted." HE replied. then, he pulled her closely into a passionate kiss. She felt herself melt with desire. She knew he was so emotional but she also knew he would always love her. He could sense that she was in love with him. But he had to wonder how long it would take her to find someone else who was as young and beautiful as her. Had he fooled himself by thinking she could ever love him, as miserable as he was?
05-17-2004, 11:59 PM
oooh, nice update. you know what i never really thought about? how the gods are all related. when you mentioned venus as Persephone's aunt, i had to stop and figure it out. i never really thought about their relationships before....
but anyways...i am relly loving this; you take the structure of the stories and add your own little spin. after all, persphone is often portrayed as the victim, and is said to have been tricked into eating the pomegranent (sp??) seeds. interesting take...
05-18-2004, 06:23 PM
I agree with celendil completely. You always add your own spin to these ancient tales, and I love it! :)
05-18-2004, 08:21 PM
Ahh... lovely. :notworthy I love how for once Persephone isn't the cliche, terrified victim... :notworthy Can't wait for more!
05-18-2004, 08:28 PM
More more more! But do not rush! Excellent job. Nasty Aphrodite she is mean. Long marry Hades and Persephone!
Dont pull a Britteny Spears lol
05-19-2004, 10:43 PM
"Hades? Is something wrong?" She asked, touching his face. He looked deep in her eyes, marveling at how innocent she still seemed. His gaze wandered all over her.
"No. nothing is wrong." HE lied. "Shall we?" He asked, leading her to the table.
She knew otherwise, but did not desire a confrontaion. She sat beside him and slowly chewed her fruit.
"Pomegrant." She giggled as the food entered her mouth.
"Yes, and cherries and meats." He replied, shoveling a mouthful of potatoe into his.
"Are you that hungry?" She asked, looking at the inviting water.
He put down his fork and looked at her. "What are you suggesting?" He asked.
"Maybe a swim before dinner?" She replied, taking her tunic off. "Or will we forget dinner?" She asked.
"Here." He said, placing a lotus blossom in her hand. "Eat it and your memory will not fade." He said, chewing his. She smirked and gobbled the blossum. Then, she watched him strip off his own clothes and fling them away from him. He looked at her, unsure.
"Come." She whispered, holding out her hand to him. "Come with me."
He sighed in relief and took her hand. She pulled him into the water and close to her. He could hardly breathe as her skin touched his. They wadded out into the depth of the pool. She clung to him as he supported them. He said nothing but soaked up al she brought to life in him.
"Make me yours." She softly whispered in his ear.
He felt her arms wrap tighter around his neck and her body pressed closer to him. Finally letting himself live, he kissed her and knew he could only love her forever.
"You have all of me." He siad.
The night passed all too swiftly for them. Fortunately, Selene hid behind the clouds, revealing few stars and fewer lovers in the darkness. their dinner went untouched, unnoticed, and unimportant for they were finally whole with each other.
With the first hints of Aurora's coming, Hades awoke to find himself in the banks of the pool with her sleeping in his arms. He watched the sun's rays dance across her face and shimmer in her hair. He leaned down and softly kissed her lips. Their shared passion played in his mind as she stretched and woke. She smiled up at him, gnetly caressing his face.
"Hello, beloved." She whispered. then, she rolled toward him and let his arm support her hand.
"Good morning, Sweet Queen." He whsipered and kissed her again. "Are you hungry?"
"Starved, actually." She said, laughing.
"shall we go have breakfast?" He asked, rising and extending his hand to her.
She marveled for a moment at how handsomely chiseled he was. Slightly blushing, she took his hand and let him pul her to her feet. He pulled a little too hard, causing her to fall into him. Her gentle skin against him teased him merciliessly. How he longed for her agian, to just hold her close again, forever, and know she would never have to leave him is what he only desired. She, however, nuzzled into his chest, breathing him in.
"How I love you..." She mused.
His heart seared, but he did not let her know. Her impending departure would break him, if ever that was possible.
"I love you." He barely whispered, as if those words were capable of tearing out his soul.
"So, breakfast then?" She asked cheerfully.
"Yes." He mumbled, gathering his clothes. She had already covered her perfect body with her clothes. He silently vowed to outlaw clothes in the Elysian Field when she was home. She took his hand and they returned to his chambers where they found Echo and Eurydice waiting to serve them. The Nymphs bowed as the couple entered, smiling.
"Your usual, my Lord?" Eurydice asked.
"Please." He replied, helping Persephone to her chair.
"And my Lady?" Eurydice asked.
"Fruits, please." PErsephone replied, cuaght in Hades' stare. She found him so seductive now, as her partner. Her breath caught as the buttons on his shirt flew open, revealing his scuplted chest. A small smile played upon her face. She knew she was hopelessly his, but if this was death's peril, why would she ever want to live again? Not to mention without him with her. She shuddered at the thought of having to leav ehim agian.
"My love, are you well?" He asked, seeing her chilled body.
"Nay. But let us not concern ourselves with sadness now." She whispered, watching him draw near to her. "Let us enjoy what we have now."
"Aye, beautiful and wise. Twas a good choice on my part and good luck that you chose to stay." He mumbled.
"Chose to stay?" She repeated. "There was no alternative, especially in the end." She said. "For I could never abandon those I lov.e"
"It does mine ears well to hear you speak of me so. but tel me plainly, doest thou love me?" He tried not to look at her, for fear of rejection and disappointment.
She, however, sensed his dehbilitating disbelief and cupped his head in her hands. She raised his gaze to hers. "I swear beyond all earth and heaven that I love only thee. More than this, I shall ever love only thee."
"I apologize for my..." He began.
"Nay, gentle one." She interrupted. "You have no cause for justification for I will hold no secrets from you. I am yours for the asking." She said. then, she puled him to her and wrapped herself around him. "What must I do?" She aske.d
"Do?" He repeated.
"To prove my worthiness?" She answered.
"You have proven it enough." He said. "You had several opportunities to leave me, to return to your mother and you refused each time." he said.
"then, question me not." She commanded.
"Yes, my Queen." He said, smiling.
"All tis well, then?" She asked.
"All tis well." He replied, wrapping her arms tighter around him.
I am honestly flattered that this is geting so much attention. I hope you like reading this as much as I like exploring it. There's never enough of the Myths.
05-20-2004, 06:36 AM
Oh it is so great! I love reading this at all hours of the day. But soon Persephone must go back to her mother, I fell that mischief will blossom and really test Hades and Persephone's love. But that is just a hunch. I can't wait to see what really happens!
05-20-2004, 06:11 PM
what can i say except *sigh*. you write so well, nellas!!
05-20-2004, 07:49 PM
Awwwwww... *sniff* :) This is great - whatever will happen next? :confused: Can't wait to find out!
05-20-2004, 09:32 PM
Now that is, above anything, the most swoonful update I have seen here in these forums. Post more as soon as you can, nell! :)
Gets all swoony thinking of starlit nights...
05-20-2004, 10:47 PM
Ok, honestly, it's not too mushy, or gushy? You all know by now, I'm not really good at the romantic stuff. I just can't help it with this couple. They seemed to never get their due and Hades really does seem so in love with her, and yet so worried that he'll kill her, one way or another.
I love these myths...they're full of hop ein the strangest places.
And thanks for all the great compliments. I really appreciate them. Makes me think I'm doing the Gods justice.
05-20-2004, 11:58 PM
Makes me think I'm doing the Gods justice.
oh, you are. and this is coming from a latin student who is required to know these myths backwards and forwards. that's why i have a problem with "evil" hades. But anyways, you are truly doing the Gods justice.
05-22-2004, 06:19 PM
Absolutely doing them justice, nell. And as far as Hades goes, there is no light without dark, and no dark without light. He is no thief in the night...;)
05-23-2004, 01:34 PM
The rest of the week flew by. Aphrodite visited them daily, counseling them in the proper way to care for each other. Athena also visited Persephone, advising her of her mother's sad state. Never did Athena burden Persephone with the suffering that the mortals were enduring because of her absence, nor did Athena tell the girl that her mother refused to attend the wedding. the day of the wedding finally came. Many ofthe Olympians joined the couple in Thrace the celebrate. Hera, of course, blessed their union with an unbreakable bond of compassiona nd caring for each other. Aphordite gifted Persephone with a lotion that would allow her to seem even more radient, but only to Hades' eyes. Zeus blessed them with the benevolence of all the Gods, swearing to help keep this marraige sacred. Eros was the last to bless the ocuple, but his gift was neither youthful passion nor reckless abandon of the senses.
"I gift to you perserverance. For yours will be a marraige that greatly needs it." HE said, hugging his dear cousin. "Use it well, for it will see you through many long absences of each other."
"Thank you, dear one." She whispered. She felt his embrace tighten more.
"Be wary for he is a very jealous God." Eros warned.
"He has not to fear." She replied, a bit annoyed at all the unwanted warnings of Hades. She pushed away from Eros, took a chair and stood upon it.
"MY fellow Olympians," she began. the corwd turned their attention to her and smiled. "Thank you all so much for joining us on the happiest day of our lives. I presume not to speak for my new King, but I declare that this marriage will stand the test of time." Then, feeling validated she steeped down into the waiting arms of HAdes.
"That was lovely." He said as she grazed him ***. HE smirked a bit. "You look amazing."
"Thank you." She blushed and wrapped her arms around her. "You look wonderful."
"I am however, growing tired of thie party." He said as his eyes wandered over her form.
"i also grow weary." She replied, giggling as his hand traveled up her side. "Shall we retire?"
"It wouldn't be rude?" He aske.d
She looked stunned at him for a moment, then back to their guests. The Gods, escpeically Apollo, had consumed too much of Dionysos's special brew and were dancing without a care.
"I doubt they would even notice." She whispered, pulling him toward their chambers. "come." she led him back into their chambers. Slowly turning, she caused a scent of vanilla and fresh rain to entice his sences. She smiled, knowing those were his favorite scents and embraced him.
"We haven't had our first dance, my Lady." He said, holding her closely.
"We have not." She whispered, embracing him closely.
With closed eyes, she broadly smiled as her chin rested upon his shoulder. Never did she think he would make her feel so at home here. Never did she imagine him capable of such tenderness and passion. From the corner of the chamber, she heard a familiar haunting voice being to sing.
"I sing of the Underworld King and his new Queen. Forever, their union be blessed. Forever may they enjoy hapiness. The Underworld Queen and her new King."
She looked at him, slightlt shocked. "that was lovely." She said.
"Thank you." Came the reply fromt he shadows.
Curiosity overwhelmed her as Hades let her slip from his grasp. She slowly ventured to the corner, disreguarding the singer's pleas to be left alone. As she neared him, she felt a strangely familiar sence of recognition.
"I know you." she gasped, pulling him from the shadows.
05-23-2004, 05:00 PM
Bum bum bum.... what a cliff hanger! It is a person she knows... a man she knows...will Hades get jealous quick?
Lovely, awesome, super, stunning, superb, and much much more!
05-23-2004, 05:22 PM
Oh my! I'v been left behind. *trout
s herself for doing so*
I don't know why but I am imagaining Hades sounding like Captian Kirk. *shakes head*
05-23-2004, 05:31 PM
Originally posted by nellas
With the first hints of Aurora's coming...
This is such a small gripe, but Aurora is actually the Roman name for this deity. The Greek version is named Eos. :)
05-23-2004, 11:06 PM
My text says the names are interchangable, so I guess they didn't really care or know? Besides Auroura was the name most people recognized, hence maybe the interchangable names.
Ok, sorry...little grouchy from seeing the mess Petersen made of Troy... I still wonder why I just saw that. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
05-24-2004, 01:05 AM
Oh, but you knew it was going to be awful and annoy you, right?
05-24-2004, 11:09 AM
Did we not tell you to avoid all such annoyances while writing, dear? :hug:
05-24-2004, 12:23 PM
I know, hard as it is to believe, I was dragged to this one. Red owes me big time. I warned her, I warned her through all the previews, but did she listen? NOOOOOOOOOO
Anyway- back to business as usual. I will have more up later. I am writing more.
05-29-2004, 01:27 PM
"You sang of your lost love." She said.
"Please, my Lady," He began. "The memories are so excruciatingly painful. I wish not to relive them."
"But, your love, is she not here?" Persephone pushed.
"Aye, I venture she is, my Lady." He said.
"What is your name, gentle musician?" She asked.
"Orpheus." He quietly replied, not looking at her.
"And your lost love?" Hades asked, intriqued.
"She was the most beautiful Nymph in all the world." He paused, a sad tear carving its way down his face. "A snake took her from me."
"Her name?" Hades pushed.
"Eurydice." HE said.
Persephone gasped at the mention of the Nymph's name. She grapsed Hade's hand, pulling him away from Orpheus. "We can reunited them." She whispered.
"that is quite impossible. He is alive...barely." Hades said, looking over her shoulder.
"So you have no sympathy, no empathy for him, losing his beloved?" She asked. She knew he would see that she was right, and that he would give the world if the situation was reversed.
"Damn these feelings." HE muttered.
"Really? Would you choose to never know love?" She countered, a bit upset.
"Never!" He exclaimed. "But this has never been done before."
"Then test him. Make him prove his love for her, then trust in her to follow him." She paused, looking at their bed. "i would follow you anywhere. Is there no greater test of love than this?" She aske.d
"We are not testing her love, but his." Hades whispered to her. "orpheus, step forward." He called, louder.
"Yes, my Lord?" Orpheus said, bowing.
"I will give you one chance to prove your love to Eurydice." Hades began.
"Anything, my Liege!" Orpheus exclaimed. "thank you!"
"Thank me not yet. Here is the task set before you. She will not know she is following you, but she will be instructed to follow. You, however, decide whether she stays with you or returns to my wife as a chambermaid." Hades said.
"How do I decide her fate?" Orpheus asked.
"You may not look upon her unti lyou reach the land of the living." HAdes replied.
"We must know that you trust her as much as you love her." Persephone chimed in.
"What a cruel jest you have concocted." Orpheus mumbled, pondering the task set before him.
"If you look upon her even only once, she will return to my wife forever." Hades warned. "Do we have an agreement?"
"Of course." Orpheus simply said. "When do we begin?"
"Right now." HAdes said. "i have already sent for her. Echo will show you where to wait."
"Thank you." Orpheus breathed agian.
Persephone sucke din a deep breath and watched Hades instruct Eurydice to follow the mortal, even through the opening to the world of the living. She obediently nodded and Orpheus was instructed to leave. Eurydice followed, a few paces behind and disappeared down the path. Hades engulfed Persephone and held her tightly.
"She will be back." He whsipered.
"i know, but there is always hope." She replied.
"Is there hope for us?" He aske.d
She turned to face him and smiled. "Let me show you what our hope is." She taunted, pulling him to their bed.
Their passion and love showed itself all throughout the reaminder of her time with him. there would be several souls that were forced to wait for a God who had finally realized what living was. The ocuple knew her time was coming soon and made preparations for their long absence form each other.
He found her packing her tunics and gowns once afternoon. She did not notice him, being blinded by her tears. He watched her for a time, feeling his soul shatter with each piece she packed. He did not realize that he was crying until his tear fell from his cheek and hit the tile floor, causing the quietest sound. she spun around and gasped as he stood beofre her. She exploded into a tearful tirade, flinging herself into his arms. He hled her tightly and wept with her.
"I am so sorry." She choked.
Confused, he pulled her far enough away to look at her. "For what?"
"Not eating all twelve seeds." She said, smiling.
"I would rather have you for half of my life than not at all." He said.
"i am selfish then." She whispered and returned to her packing.
He stood rooted and watched her again. Soon, he would have to let her go. He sighed and ran from her.
She knew he was dying again. She was dead already. there was only the small formality of stopping her heart form its mechanical beating. she heard him leave and knew that she would only have this one chance. She stole to her dresser and produced a small dagger, dipped with an Eunich's blood. she placed the tip to her chest and drew a breath. Through tear-stained eyes, she caught a glimspe of her reflection, but she seemed a bit older. In this vision, there was no dagger, but there Hades stood, gifting her with a jewled necklace. And there was a small child at her side, a son she thought him to be. then, she looked at her swollen stomach and found that she was with child again! But, how came these things to pass? She blinked, trying to focus on the conversation, but the cruel mirror only displayed her with the dagger to her chest. Now resolute to fulfill the vision she tossed away the dagger, checked her tears, and gathered her packages. She determined she would survive the Spring and Summer without him for their future's sake.
05-29-2004, 07:10 PM
nell...You really have to get this published!!
Keeps her fingers crossed for her co mod to find some wonderful person in a publishing company who has faith in what nell has done here...
05-29-2004, 11:11 PM
Nell, this is wonderful! Please continue this so I can read more and swoon over Hades!
And yes, I am a Hades swooner! ;)
05-29-2004, 11:47 PM
Thanks you two. I'm actually going to send a query letter to a few agents this summer and see what happens. (I have no idea how to write a query letter, but that's ok.) I have to finish this one before I start to plug it to agents. But, I've got 9 other stories/novels that I can send in. That's not a bad number...
05-30-2004, 09:45 PM
Another great installment! :clap: Awesome job Nellas!
06-01-2004, 09:33 AM
Taking a last look around, she left, knowing her mother's time was slowly fading away. Hades escorted her back through the tunnel and stopped just short of the sun's rays. She looked back on him and bravely smiled.
"Remember my love for you." She said, kissing him one last time.
He said nothing, but watched her leave.
She marched to her mother's house and threw her belongings into her room. Then, she left for the Oracle at Delphi. Her mother found her half way to Athens and stopped her quickly.
"My daughter, where are you going?" Demeter asked, smiling. "You look well."
"You lied." She retorted, pushing past her.
"My sweet Persephone, I lied about what?" Demeter asked, trying to catch up.
"He loves me and that frightens you." She accused, quickening her pace.
"He is incapable of love. You know that!" Demeter protested angrily. "And of course I fear it! He is death! Have you not noticed those in his employment? The Furies, for one, are horrible creatures!"
"That is their job to terrify evil doers, Mother. Everyone knows that." Persephone said, rolling her eyes. With an exasperated sigh, she began again on her way.
"What of Tartourous? Is that not evil?" Demeter countered.
Persephone stopped, visibly shaken. "Of course it is! That is where evil dwellers are tortures for all of eternity." She paused. "Has no one told you of the beauty of the Elysian Field? Or of the waterfall that spills into a pool that is meant for swimming? Or of Eurydice and Echo, the sweetest Maidens a Goddess could ask for? Of course there are horrid things, but there are enchanting things as well."
She searched her mother's eyes for the same depth she saw in her King's but found none. All she saw was sorrow and grief.
"I must be on my way." She pushed, beginning to run down the path.
"Where are you going?" Demeter asked again.
"To the Oracle." She called back over her shoulder, running faster.
Demeter stared after her, worried two times over. Her concerns drove her into madness as she headed to Olympus, seeking Apollo.
Persephone knew nothing of her mother's plans to coerce the Sun god, and kept going. She only stopped when she could no longer take another step. She reached the Oracle in a week and collapsed in the temple. The virgins that lived there immediately tended to her, taking her into a secluded room. There, she was permitted to rest and regain her strength. After a few days, she was herself again and asked for an audience with the Oracle.
"With respect, my Lady, I have come to see you." A light voice said from her door.
"Welcome, I suppose." She fumbled. "Plese come."
"I am very honored that you have joined us here." The Oracle said, lifting her hood. "My name is Rayna. I bid you welcome and peace."
"Thank you." Persephone said. "I seek wisdom."
"Yes, I know. But is it truly wisdom you seek or is it answers you desire?" Rayna continued.
Persephone quietly hung her head in shame. "I seek an explaination to a vision."
"What is the vision?" Rayna asked.
Persephone related her vision as Rayna sat listening, captivated. When the goddess was finished, the Oracle smiled. "Tis been a long age since a Goddess has had such a vision." Rayna said.
"Do you know what it means?" Persephone asked, perplexed.
"Yes, but I think you already knew what it meant before you came here." She said.
"Will it come to pass? Or was that just a cruel joke?" Persephone asked.
"That is difficult to say." Rayna said, looking at her hands. "And unfortunately, I would not have the answer to that question."
"Who would?" Persephone asked.
"Seek Athena's wisdom and Hera's compassion. Therein lies your answer." Rayna said.
"Thank you, sweet Oracle. May Apollo bless you for many years." She said, rising swiftly. "Hermes!" She called. Then, to Rayna, "Speak of this to no one. Betray me not and you shall be richly rewarded."
Rayna nodded as Hermes appeared.
"Persephone?" He questioned.
"Please take me to Athena. It is urgent." She said, taking his hand.
"I know not where she is." He replied, looking nervously around him. She notcied immediately and looked at him.
"My mother knows?" She guessed.
"She had threatened the Gods?" She asked.
"Nay- mankind. She will destroy them all to keep you away from him." He answered.
"Take me to Hera." She demanded.
"Please, PErsephone." He pleaded.
"Take me!" She screamed.
"Very well." He relented.
06-01-2004, 05:39 PM
Ooooooo.......me likes.........you should add in Artemis...... :yes:
06-02-2004, 07:19 PM
I personally have this soft spot for Sun Gods myself! ;)
06-02-2004, 10:34 PM
Then, taking her hand, he rose from the ground and dragged her to Olympus. Once there, he opened the gates for her and followed as she entered.
"Where?" She asked.
"Straight ahead." HE replied. then, he vanished again. She shrugged her shoulders at this and continued down the path before her.
"This is unwise, young one." A voice said.
"I must know." Persephone protested, running toward Hera's voice. "i know you do not love my mother. But, please help me." She pleaded as tears fell down her face.
"My sweet girl," Hera began. "What do you wish to know?"
"I had a vision of a family with Hades. Is this possible? Can I bare his child?" She asked.
Hera looked stunned at her and began to pace the flor. "My brothers, all three, have been fertile always. So, it is possible. However," She paused, looking compassionately at Persephone. "thsi child must never be born. For if it is, it will have dominance over both life and death."
"I will raise the child responsibly." Persephone attempted to sway Hera. "Please let me have this onet hing."
"Mankind is suffering because you insisted upon having Hades. This thing you ask is not one thing but one immortal who will be too powerful even for Zeus to control. It will be the end of us all." Hera said.
"I ask onyl for my own child!" she cried, growing angry.
"And the answer is no." Hera said, the vanished, abandoning Persephone.
"curse you!" she cried, falling to her knees and weeping so terribly that the sky wept with her. "Am I not punished enough?"
Demeter emerged fromt he shadow of the throne Hera sat upon and rushed to her daughter. she scooped Persephone into her arms and took her back home. Persephone slept for weeks and ate nothing as her mother watched her succomb to her growing depression. One morning, Demeter awpke to find her daughter wandering the gardens outside their home.
"Good morning, daughter." Demeter said.
"morning Mother." She replied.
"Are you hungry?" Demeter tried.
"I am immortal. It matters not whether I eat or no. Starvation will not kill me." She replied, plopping down on a rock.
"the day is young. Will you see your nymphs form the forest? Or perhaps dance with the Fairies in the meadow?" Demeter asked, trying to distract her.
"Nay. My children need me." she replied, nodding to the vegetables in the garden.
"Yes, they ahve long missed your gentle touch." Demeter said, growing a bit worried. She watched Persephone finger the soil, wondering what was making her so dreay and sad. She had her suspicions that Hades had somehow poisoned her daughter's mind. Or that he had truned her against the land of the living. but could a God truly be changed so quickly? Demeter said nothing else to Persephone, but silently sat by her side, watching time run away from her. Soon, Persephone's time with Hades was approaching again. Grief and sorrow filled Demeter's heart again as she watched Persephone pack for her journey. She seemed a bit more upbeat, but a shadow still lingered upon her fair face. Before she left, Demeter took her back out into the garden. They stood quiet for a time.
"Mother, may I ask a favor of you?" She asked, staring at the vegetables that were florishing there.
"Anything, my sweet girl. You know that." Demeter replied.
"Be gentle this winter. Kill not my garden for it is all I have now." She said.
"What vexes you, my child?" Demeter asked, looking at her.
"These are my only children. Tend to them as if they were me." She said, looking at her mother, tears spilling down her gace. "Care for my children, please!"
Demeter pulled her daughter into her bosom and held her until the next sunrise. In that time, Persephone revealed her visiona nd broken-heartedness at her conversation with Hera. It was now that Demeter began to understand the complexity of the love those two shared.
"i will tend your garden for as long as need be. If you lov ehim as you say, stay with him until you concieve. Birth the child there, for if it is born here, it will surely die." Demeter advised.
"Why will it die here?" Persephone asked.
"Hades' blood is much stronger than yours. Let the child grow for a year. then, bring my grandchild to me. Spend a year's time with me and the child wil be acclimated to both worlds." Demeter said.
"Will you get on without me for two years or more?" Persephone asked.
"If the cost is your happiness, then yes, I will." Demeter replied. "For a mother's love is like no other. i would rather die than see you sad agian."
"Oh Mother!" She exclaimed, throwing her arms about her mother's neck. "How horrid I have been to you! I am sorry."
Demeter stroked her golden-brown hair. "i know, sweet daughter. We have all made mistakes. I am sorry too."
"I love you Mother." She said.
"And I love you, my darling daughter." Demeter replied, pushing Persephone away. "The day lingers. You should go soon."
Persephone rose and helped her mother to her feet. They stood in silence watching flowers spring from where their tears hit the soil. Persephone turned to Demeter, squeezed her hand and embraced her again.
"Thank you." She whispered. Then, she left to find her way back to Hades.
06-04-2004, 06:47 PM
Did I make you all mad with that last update?
06-04-2004, 07:47 PM
Aw, of course not! We're just too lazy to comment on your wonderful story, I guess. (I've been to shy to post anything so far, but I'm just here to say that this kicks butt! Such a refreshing take on the myth. :) )
06-05-2004, 03:54 PM
She slipped through the underworld relatively unnoticed and crept to the throne room where she heard Hades' voice. He was judging an evil soul, sentencing them to Tarturous for all etenity. Something in his voice troubled her, almost as if he were depressed. The first Furie came to the entrance to retrieve the next soul and saw her Queen. Persephone quickly quieted her.
"HOw is the king?" Persephone asked.
"He is always melonchony without you. He is but a shell of his former self." The Furie said.
"We shall soon remedy that." PErsephone said. then, she walked into the room, marched up to him and kissed him deeply. She felt his momentary shock at seeing her melt away with the lingering kiss.
"Hello beloved." She whispered, holding him.
"Am I dreaming? Or are you early?" He asked, confused.
"Three months early, to be exact. But, I will tell you of that later." She answered, touching his chisled cheekbones. "You do not seem well, my Liege." She said.
"My well being is the least of my concerns when I am without you." He replied, looking her over. "You seem changed somehow."
"In time, Hades, I will tell you everything." She paused, realizing that the throne room had been vacated during their welcomes.
"How much longer must you hold court?" She asked, throwing of fher traveling cloak.
"I have many souls to judge today." He said, ripping off her tunic. "But they will wait for us." He said, pulling her down to the floor with him.
"Hades, are you sure?" She nervously asked as he kissed her neck. "No one will interrupt us?"
He paused, realizing what he was doing. "No, you are correct, my love. We should wait until our duties are done." He paused, helping her off hte floor. "Will you judge with me?" He asked.
"Yes, but after I change." she laughed, nodding to her shredded tunic.
"My apologies." He offered.
"Why? Tis good to know you still desire me like that." She giggled.
He pulled her close and kissed her gently. "Always."
Persephone smiled broader and quickly made her way to their chambers. There, she found a clean gown and put it on quickly. Then, she spun back to the door. There, she came to face Eurydice. She gasped as the nymph bowed to her.
"You were to live with Orpheus." Persephone choked out after she recovered.
Eurydice forced a smile and shook her head. "Nay." She barely whispered. "Nay, my Queen."
Persephone gathered Eurydice in her arms and held her as she sobbed. Not knowing what else to do, she began to hum a lullabye that her mother would sing to her, as a child. Eurydice's weeping grew softer until she had stopped.
"I meant no harm." PErsephone said.
"I know." Eurydice replied, drying her tears. "Twas good to be listened to, however."
"I will not force any details from you. But if you desire a friendly ear, I will listen." Persephone said, hugging her tightly. "I am so sorry."
"thank you." Eurydice replied, then rose. "I have chores and you have court." She said.
"Yes, I do." Persephone replied, rushing from the chambers. She swiftly ran down the corridor to find Hades in a heated arguement with another deity.
06-05-2004, 06:51 PM
Oh boy...a heated argument. This bodes not too well for our lovers methinks! :eek:
Please update soon, dear! :)
06-05-2004, 08:19 PM
Ooooo.... who can this other deity be? :confused: :confused: :confused: Great updates, nell! Can't wait for more!
06-07-2004, 04:45 PM
i have good news and bad news...
Good news- I just finished writing this in my journals. It'll take some time to type it, but it's done.
Bad news- I may have carpool tunnel syndrome. The doctor will know more later. My cousin has it and I may be next. :cry: But will that stop me? NO WAY! Even if I have to type with two fingers and speak into a tape recorder, by George it won't stop me!
06-07-2004, 05:43 PM
Carpal tunnel syndrome??? Geez woman, get thyself to a doctor post haste and make sure your typing digits are in good order. We cannot wait overlong for updates to this one!!! :eek:
:hug: Feel better, dear!
06-07-2004, 06:56 PM
Oy! that's not good at all! I hope you feel better soon so's we may have more of this wonderful tale! :hug:
06-07-2004, 11:20 PM
"If Persephone has not contacted you, then you do not belong here, Hecate!" He yelled.
"This was my home long before it was hers!" Hecate yelled back.
A chill overtook the Queen as shel istened further to their fight.
"She has no rights here! She is an Earth Goddess!" HEcate continued.
"She has every right! She is my wife!" Hades retorted. PErsephone knew he was upset enough to act before he thought. She began to rush toward them when a hand grabbed her from behind.
"Wife." A familiar voice whispered.
Half startled, half upset, Persephone supn to see who had stopped her. Echo still held her grip on Persephone's arm. She was veiled by darkness, but Persephone could tell she was crying.
"Echo, I am sorry." Persephone whispered, guessing at the nymph's reason for stopping her.
"Sorry." Echo repeated.
Persephone hugged her and made a pact that she would never allow Hecate to harm Echo again. Echo began to cry harder and showed Persephone many scars upon her back.
"Are these all from her?" Persephone gasped.
"Her." Echo said, nodding her head.
"were you in her service?" Persephone aske.d
"Service." Echo nodded.
"And she did this to you?"
"You." Echo repeated, crying again.
"I will banish her forever." Persephone said.
"Forever?" Echo asked.
Persephone looked at her and held her close. "She will never hurt you again nor will you have to endure her presence much longe.r"
"Longer." Echo sighed in relief. Then, she hugged Persephone and released her grip. the Queen, in turn, took her servant's hand and led her into the Great Hall where Hades was still agruing with Hecate.
"Peace!" she called out.
Startled, the two stopped speaking and turned their attention to her. She drew Echo to her side and faced Hecate.
"You know this nymph, do you not?" She asked, whoving Echo at Hecate.
"Yes." Hecate said.
"And you beat her like this?" Persephone asked, turning Echo around so Hecate could see her back. Hecate paused, so Persephone pushed her. "Well, did you?"
"It was owed to her." Hecate harshly said.
Persephone watched Echo's reaction and caught her before she fell tot he ground, weeping.
"For this cruelty alone, I banish you fromt he Underworld forever. And if I encounter a living soul who has suffered because of your malice," She threatened.
"You'll what, Earth Goddess?" Hecate aske,d snidely mocking her.
"I will come for you. Then, I will ahve justice." PErsephone warned.
"You'll excuse me if that does not frighten me, little girl." He cate laughed.
"Does this?" PErsephone asked, touching her. Instantly, Hecate fell to the ground, screaming in horrific pain. Hades looked on in terror as his wife showed a side of her that he had never seen before.
"Test me not Death Goddess. For if anyone can kill you, it is me." PErsephone said, releasing her. "Now, be gone."
With a terrifying cry, Hecate vanished, leaving a smokey trail behind her.
"That was unwise." HAdes muttered, taking her by the arm and leading her back into their chambers. "Those wounds..." HE began.
"Were torture for Echo. She was crying in the halls as you and Hecate were debating." She said.
"Those wounds were old ones." Hades said.
"So that makes it right? She should not be held accountable for the pain she inflicted becuase it was an old pain?" She countered.
"That is not what I was saying." Hades replied, wondering at her. When had she become so strong? He had to admit that she excited him all the more now.
"Waht did you mean, then? Or did Hecate harm you as well?" She asked, half-joking.
He said nothing, trying to fight the lump in his throat. She turned and looked at him, tears in his eyes. "She did hurt you, did she not?"
06-08-2004, 01:59 PM
Hades? Hurt? I think that a frist. COOL! Keep writing Nellas! This is good.
06-08-2004, 04:57 PM
:jawdrop: Sheesh, what a wench. Go Persephone. ;) What could Hecate have done to Hades...? :confused:
06-08-2004, 07:44 PM
"there are more important things..." He began.
She shook her head and softly touched his cheek. "Nothing is more important than you, my beloved. She did hurt you, did she not?"
"PErsephone, please..." He begged.
"i will never betray you, my love." She whispered, pulling him close to her. "I will wait until you are ready to tell me."
"And if I am never ready?" He asked.
"I will not stop waiting." She promised.
Her gentle words soothed him so that he almost told her everything. But he could not find the strength to relive those painful memories again. He did not want to lose her and knew the truth would kill her. So, instead, hek issed her tenderly and whispered promises of romantic passion after his deeds were done and the dead were all judged. She knew he was holding back but she also knew she had forever with him, so she agreed to join him in the judgements of the dead. On their way to the Great Hall, he gripped her hand tighter than usual. She, however, did not mind for she loved him so. After they were seated, the Furies bowed before them. Then, they brought in the dead. HAde's judgements were swift and accurate. Persephone watched as the door to Tartarus was opened more this day then any other when she had been judging with him. She wondered, slightly, what it looked like inside. She knew she should never go in there. But But she wondered still...
"How did so many evil souls die in one day, Hades?" She asked, watching as a Furie tossed another soul into Tartarus.
"A great war, I suppose. Or Zeus became angered and showed his might." Hades answered.
"And what would happen if a pure soul entered Tartarus?" She continued.
"they would be there forever, watching their life as it played out before them." He answered. "Why?"
"Just curious." She said.
"You do know what curiosity did to the world, when Pandora opened her box?" He asked.
She laughed, slightly nervously, and nodded. "Yes, I know."
"Enough." Hades said, stopping everything. "We will retire now. Judgements will wait for the morning." He decreed.
The Furies ushered the waiting souls out of the Great Hall. Hades took Persephone's arm and led her to their chambers. There, he locked the door and turned back to her. Wordlessly, he engulfed her in a deeply passionate kiss. She had almost forgotten how powerful and tender he could be at the same time. She felt his hands on her back, slowly undoing her gown, and she threw her arms around him. She was so overcome by his desire that she had no strength to undress him. He carried her to their bed, quickly stripped himself of his clothes, and embraced her again. Not until the following evening did they emerge, utterly weak, but wearing contented smiled.
Eurydice and Echo shared a knowing glance as they folloed their majesties to their dinner.
"that was truly generous of your mother to give us more time." HAdes whispered.
"Yes, but forget not, I will have to make that time up later with her away from you." She said.
"It matters not. you will be joyful again." He said. "That is all that has ever mattered."
"When shall we start trying?" She asked, anxious to become a mother.
"We cannot begin until after dinner." He said, helping her into her chair. "Tell me everything that you found when your spoke with the Oracle." He begged.
She laughed and caressed his hand. "i have told you everything, my love." She said.
"Majesties," Eurydice interrupted. "There is someone here requesting an audience with you." she said. "I apologize." She whispered.
"Apologize for what?" Persephone asked.
"Intruding on your dinner." she answered.
"Tis well, Eurydice." Hades said. "Show them to us." He commanded gently.
She bowed and quickly ran to get their guest.
"WEre you expecting anyone?" Persephone aske.d
"No." He replied. "Were you?"
"No." She replied. Soon, Eurydice came back, leading a clocked figure to them.
06-08-2004, 09:25 PM
Quivers with anticipation of the next update...
Wonder how Hades would judge the screenwriters of a certain recent ancient Greek themed movie which shall be nameless...;)? They should have hired you, nell! :hug:
:D August Persephone and the mighty Hades, absolutely knackered after a full night of rampant deityness! Superb!
The Iliad and the Odessy will never be the same again - then again, those Greek Gods did have the eternal horn... :o ;)
06-08-2004, 10:50 PM
Haven't had a chance to read through the whole thing yet, but I'm really enjoying it. Great interpretation of the myth! Very good writing, Nellas.
06-09-2004, 09:20 AM
Quivers with anticipation of the next update...
Wonder how Hades would judge the screenwriters of a certain recent ancient Greek themed movie which shall be nameless...;)? They should have hired you, nell! :hug:
Hades: What's this Agamemnon?? You're not supposed to die for another few months.
06-09-2004, 10:16 AM
:rotfl: @ Arryle and Belle! I appreciate that! Thank you! As for the film, in the words of Johnny Depp :swoon: "Where are the writers, I'm going to kill them!" (PotC)
:grouphug: To everyone! Thank you for the wonderful comments! I do have to warn everyone, incase you think i'm a hopeless romantic and won't let anything bad happen to these two, that's not the case. However, i won't be able to update until Friday afternoon. Xyla's here and we have a ton of things, like shopping!, that we girls must do! So, please don't think I'm abandoning you all. Persephone will be back...we're only about half way through what I've written, so take heart!
06-09-2004, 02:00 PM
No worries. :) Have fun with Xyla and rest those wrists!!
This has been a great story so far. :D
06-09-2004, 04:29 PM
In regards to the movie, which I saw a week or two ago: My goodness! They killled it! For example...
When Hector killed Agammemnon my mouth went like such: :jawdrop: and I turned 'round to my mother - "THAT WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN!" And was it just me, or did it seem to any of you that the Trojan War lasted about two weeks? :rolleyes: :no:
Can't wait for more, nell, as usual. :)
06-09-2004, 05:49 PM
Cami and I counted about 15 days. 12 of which were bleeped over because of the funeral games for Hector.
I'm reading this, btw. ;) I'm just a lurker.
06-09-2004, 07:31 PM
Well, dear nell, we will keep a candle burning for you and wait in anticipation. ;)
Hey all...there is some discussion of above nameless movie here (http://www.council-of-elrond.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2199) . ;) :D
06-11-2004, 02:31 PM
Now that Xyla's gone, I'm sad...a little story may help...
"Another place setting, please, Echo." Persephone said. "And more wine for our guest."
"Thank you, Queen, but no." A strong female voice said. "I will not linger long." She removed her cloak and revealed herself to them.
"Niece!" Hades cried and rushed to embrace her.
"Athena!" Persephone said, overjoyed. "It does us well to see you!"
"That is good, however, I have a city to defend against Posideon, whom is angry. So, I am here as a curtisy to you, Queen. What did you seek my wisdom for?" She asked.
Persephone quickly related her vision to Athena, then asked if her vision would be fulfilled. Athena smiled, giving Persephone courage.
"My sweet girl, not even Hera can stop you from being a mother. She will, however, seek to corrupt them or even you to stop you. But, yes, the vision will be fulfilled." Athena paused. "I am no seer, but it may be wise to discuss where the children will live with Hera or your mother. That way, they will always be cared for by a parent or grandparent."
"Thank you, wise Athena." Persephone said, hugging her tightly. "You ahve given me hope again." she said.
"A word of caution. If you wish them to live, you must give birth to them in the land of the living." Athena said. "i must go. Good luck, sweet Queen." she whispered, then vanished.
Persephone turned to Hades and smiled. It quickly faded when she saw his sullen face. "What is it, my love?" She aske.d
"I will never see them." He said, clearing his throat. "But if this is what you want, I will give it to you."
She stopped, realizing he was right. He would never be permitted to journey the land of the living to see his children. they would not be allowed to see him until they died.
"there must be some way for you to see them..." She began. "Even if they were born there, they would ahve to return, like I do, if they ate the food of the underworld."
"They woul dhave to be immortal as well, my love." He said.
"Would they not have that blessing form us?" She asked, hope rising in her again.
"Yes." He said, still sad.
"What else troubles you?" She asked.
"I am selfish now." He said. "I will not be permitted to aid you when you need me. I will not witness their births."
Overcome with sympthay, she embraced him and kissed him gently. "You are always with me, if only in my heart."
"You will tell me all about them, right?" He asked, unsure.
"Of course." She said, running her hands through his long hair. "And I will tell you as many times as you need." She promised.
this was a rare time when her words had caused him to cry. She felt his arms wrap around her tighter. He nuzzled into her neck and breathed her in again, knowing that he would not be allowed to have an heir.
"come." she invited, lifting him to her. She placed his hands on her hips and pulle dhim close. they began to dance, wordlessly and without need for music. she felt him hiding something but could not bring herself to ask him aobut it. Instead, she rested her head upon his broad shoulder and remembered why she loved him so much.
He knew she should have some answers. He even thought about sending her to Hera to get them, but kne wthat would break her heart. He did not want to hurt her anymore then she would be when she miscarried, so for now, he held his tongue. He knew she would need those memories to see her through the loss she was doomed to suffer.
"What is it?" She whispered.
"Nothing." He lied.
"I know you ware worried. But keeping it to yourself will only hurt us." She said. "Please, trust me. Tell me." She pleaded.
"I will not be allowed an heir." He whispered. "Hera and Zeus will nto permit it." He gently said, unable to look at her
"They will find it more difficult to take our child from me." she said. "i will not lose my only piece of you that I have when I am there. I will not let them hurt you."
He smiled bravely. "you are very young and brave. But you will nto be able to overpower Hera. She is the Queen of all Gods."
"True. But she is not powerful enough to save all of her mortals." Persephone said, a slight hint of malice in her eyes. "i will do what I must to save our child." She finished.
Hades pushed her from him. "You would kill mortals?"
"Yes." She simply said.
"You go too far, Persephone." He said, taken aback at her blind loyalty.
"To protect us? To protect our children? There is nothing I would not do." She said.
He stared at her, wondering when she became so viel to him. then, he vanished. She watche dhim disappear in diebelief. then, she crumpled to the ground and wept. From her tears sprung weeds and thorny bushed, instead of roses and lilacs.
"What have I become?" She whispered.
Hades ran into Hera's chambers, looking quite frightened and worried. She looked up at him and scowled.
"What are you doing here?" She hissed.
"Quiet." He demanded. "Where is Zeus?"
"How dare you!" She yelled.
"Tell me where he is!" Hades yelled back.
"I am here, brother." A booming voice said from behind him. "What vexes you so?"
"Have you not seen my wife and her resolve to give me an heir?" Hades aske.d
"I have. and I belive her to be a good wife and even better mother." Zeus said.
Hades blimked, not relaly certain he had heard his brother correctly.
"YEs, she will concieve. the babe will live. You will have your time with it and someday it will help you reign the Underworld." Zeus said, smiling at his youngest brother.
"Why? Hades aske.d
"i have never seen a woman love a man so much that she would give up everything for him. Your wife has done that and without a single complaint. there is no purer love than this." Zeus said.
"What must I pay?" Hades asied.
"That is what we must negociate." Zeus said, gesturing to an empty chair. Hades sat and listened as Zeus gave himseveral options of repayment.
06-11-2004, 08:08 PM
Huzzah!!!!!!!!!!!! An update, and a fantastic one at that! More please!!!!!!!!! :D
06-13-2004, 12:04 AM
He found her still weeping in a thicket of weeds and thorns. She looked horrible, cut and bleeding from the thicket slowly engulfing her. He gently leaned down to her, caressing her face.
"Arise, my Queen." He whispered.
"Leave me. I am a monster." She wept.
He broke off the branches that barred him from her. then, he laid down next to her. "If you will not come with me, I will come to you." He whispered, wrapping her in his arms.
"I failed you." she said.
"No, you did not." He paused. "Frightened yes, but failed? You could never do that." He said, inspecting her wounds. "Come, you need medicene."
"Where have you been?" She asked.
"Speaking with Zeus." He said, helping her up.
"What aobut?" She asked.
"Our children." He said, steadying her. "How long have you been there?"
"As long as you ahve been gone." She said.
"You laid crying for a week?" He asked in astonishment.
"I thought you hated me. I was ready to die." She answered.
He picked her up and carried her back to their bed. then, he dismissed all the servants and asked Echo to bring him some fruit and soup for her. there, she lay, a former shadow of her beautiful self. He did not wish to burden her with the deal he made with Zeus, but knew it would be revealed when their first child was born. She did not press him for answers yet, but he knew that would come as she regained her strength. But for now, he doted upon her and cared for her as any loyal and loving husband would if his wife had taken ill. He also dispatched the Furies to beg Apollo to come and heal her. Hades could do no more than wait for PErsephone to heal in her own time.
"I understand that my cousin needs me?" A strong and melodic voice rang from outside his chamber door.
"Yes, my Lord." He heard Eurydice say.
Then, she knocked upon the heavy door three times. Hades knew no pride as he ran to the door and flung it open.
"You came!" He exclaimed, embracing Apollo. "Please, come quickly. She is very ill." He said, ushering Apollo into the chambers and to his bed. There, Apollo saw Persephone sleeping. He placed his hand upon her forehead and paused. then he loked gravely at Hades.
"She is cold to the touch. She seems to be in a dream, but I know not if I can rouse her. How long has she been ill?" The Sun God asked.
"Almost two weeks now, I imagine." Hades guessed, searching Apollo's face for hope.
"Uncle, there is only one thing that can cause a Goddess to become this ill." He said.
"What is it?" Hades asked.
"A broken heart. I fear I know not how to mend that." Apollo said, looking back to Persephone. "You, I count extremely fortunate to have a wife who would rather die than lost you." Apollo finished, looking wistfully away from Hades.
"My dear boy," Hades began. "Love is a very dangerous thing."
06-14-2004, 05:05 PM
:clap: :clap: :clap:
Huzzah...an appearance from my fave!!! :D
More please, and quickly! ;) :D
06-15-2004, 12:25 AM
Not just an appearance, a whole section!!!
"Aye, but is she not worth the danger?" He countered, smiling at Hades. "Do you not love her as well?"
"That I do." Hades said, thinking swiftly. "Have you your lyre?"
Apollo nodded. "Yes."
"woudl you play a tune for her and sing to her? She has always enjoyed musicians' melodies." Hades asked.
"It would be my honor, uncle." Apollo said. Then, he removed his lyre from his quiver and sat at the foot of the bed. He softly began to sing and play. He sang many songs of his unrequanted love for Daphne the Nymph, of his adventures driving the sun across the sky, and of his skill as an archer. When he stopped playing, he looked at her agian. She was awake, watching his every movement.
"Play on, gentle soul. For thou hast found favor with mine ears." She pleaded.
Hades rushed to her side, tears spilling on her sweaty face. "My love? Are you well?"
"Aye, thanks be to you." She answered.
Apollo strummed his lyre again, singing,
"Of my cousin, I sing. Radiant underworld Queen. With her gentle manners and skill with flowers, she has stolen the heart of a king. For in truth, I plainly say that this love shall never sway. No end shall they endure so long as they remain maritally pure. Of Persephone, radiant cousin, I sing, and of her underworld King."
Persephone laughed as tears spilt down her pale cheeks. "that was lovely, Apollo. It does my heart good to hear such kind words about us."
"Lord Hades wished you to know that he wrote the song for you. I merely gave it a voice." Apollo fibbed, catching Hades' eye.
"It was wonderful, beloved!" She gushed. Then, she kissed his hand. "Thank you." She whispered.
He smiled at her, then insisted that she eat some fruit while he escorted Apollo out. She obeyed, being helped by her nymphs.
"Very clever." Hades said. "What so you desire?"
"Only that you recall this act of kindness when I need you." Apollo said.
"Agreed." Hades hastily replied, hearing his wife's weak voice call for him. "thank you." He said.
"You are welcomed. My morning duties approach. Farewell." Apollo called, quickly vanishing.
"Farewell." Hades replied, then rushed to Persephone's side.
06-15-2004, 08:23 AM
Now see...that is what I call the epitome of graciousness in a God. Healing, helpful, and musical! :swoon: :swoon: :swoon:
06-18-2004, 07:59 PM
Just to let you all know, I have completed this one. Guess that's a good thing.
“Tell me what happened with Zeus.” She implored as Echo tried to give her more soup. “Please.”
“I had to make an arrangement with him about our children.” Hades said.
“What kind of arrangement?” She asked, showing concern.
“It was the only one I could bring myself to make.” He replied, hanging his head.
“Tell me.” She insisted.
“They will be immortal, but they will be stripped of any powers. They will not be raised by us, but by Fairies. They will be pixies and sprites, not Gods.” He said.
“After all this, to learn that we will not raise them, will we ever see them?” She asked.
“Yes. When they come here, they will be sprites, almost resembling Goblins. They will tend the Field with you, but must remain unpleasant to look upon. Thus, keeping a balance between life and death.” He said.
“And when they are in my mother’s world?” She asked.
“They will resemble fairies, lovely to look upon but mischievous.” He replied.
“I see.” She mumbled.
“It was better than allowing Zeus to swallow them when you gave birth!” He exclaimed.
She looked at him. “My dear Hades, I meant no offense. I must grow accustomed to the idea of having pixies and sprites as children.” She said, shocked at both his outburst and Zeus’s threat.
“I am sorry.” He whispered. Then he lay next to her, holding her close to him. “I only desire to give you a child. I know you desire one as well. I did what I had to.”
“Just hold me.” She pleaded.
She tried to sleep, but visions of her children plagued her mind. She resolved that if this were the only option, she would bare no child. For what kind of mother would she be to an ever-changing race that she would never hold, never kiss, never comfort? She knew it would destroy her to give her child away.
Hades watched his wife’s health slowly return to normal. While they were walking in the Elysian Field, he began to wonder when she would be ready.
“Persephone…” He began, a hint of nervousness coating his voice.
“Yes, Hades?” She asked.
“When will you feel ready to begin?” He stuttered.
“Begin what?” She asked.
He cleared his throat, looking at his hands. “Our family.”
She stopped and looked at him. Then, tears began to form in her eyes. “I cannot.” She said.
He looked up at her. “Why?”
“What family will we be if our children are stolen from us? What will they know of us? Will they even recognize us?” She paused. “I cannot…”
He stared at her in disbelief. He knew not what to say, for all he had done, all he had risked was for her. All he had dared to let himself finally feel was shattered.
“I am sorry.” She mumbled.
“You lied…” He began, growing angry.
“What?” She asked.
“When you said you loved me, you lied!” He screamed. “It was a mistake marrying a young girl. Go home to your mother.” He said, then left her side.
She called after him but he did not respond.
He did not turn back to her. The Underworld had reclaimed its King.
She crumpled again and wept. But he did not come for her. The Furies took her back to Demeter’s home and left her on the doorstep.
The nymphs that lived nearby rushed to comfort her. Laurel was sent to find her mother, but Persephone did not move. Into her house the nymphs took her and cared for her. Laurel returned, relating that Demeter was nowhere to be found, but she had been visited by Hera.
“I was instructed to give you this to help you remember.” Laurel said, handing the package to Persephone.
She slowly opened it and peeked inside. Then, she tossed the package away and ordered the nymphs to leave her. As they left, they were cautious to avoid stepping upon the pomegranate that had rolled out of the package. She sat upon her bed, looking out of her small window for several days.On the fifth day she heard the sound of wings.
“No arrows can aide me, cousin.” She whispered, not moving from her bed.
“I know that.” Eros said. “For yours is not a fading lust but a long-lasting love.” He said, sitting next to her. “And what great love does not endure troubles and hardships?”
“This is neither hardship nor trouble.” She said. “This is punishment.”
“Punishment? For what?” He asked.
“Trying to love. Trying to help him live.” She managed. Then, she turned to him, fresh tears spilling down her cheeks again. “Do you not see? Living without him is killing me and living with me is destroying him.”
“Nay. For you have not witnessed his fall. He is miserable, a shadow of what he once was without you. And knowing you may never return is what is destroying him.” He said.
“Then why has he not come for me? Why does he linger in the underworld?” She asked.
“He is angry. He is prideful. But mostly, he is brokenhearted.” Eros said
“I will not chase after him. He knows I am here and when he is ready to come for me, he will.” She stubbornly said.
“Are you prepared to wait for eternity?” He countered, taking her hand. “For he is very stubborn when vexed.”
“I will wait as long as need be.” She said.
“Very well.” Eros said and vanished.
Persephone sighed and rose to leave her room. She turned and saw him standing in her doorway.
06-18-2004, 09:21 PM
I almost hated Hades for a second there. What a stubborn- oops I can't go too far. But it isn't all his fault, I mean he did try very hard to have Persephone be able to share and love her children... and then they both have broken hearts :( I am sad...
Hope you write the next one before I get more depressed!
06-18-2004, 10:08 PM
Hey Hades has always been my favorite god, ok!
Euterpe, now is she a greek godess or Romen?
06-18-2004, 11:26 PM
Euterpe is a Greek Muse. She's the muse of music- "giver of Pleasure" and plays the double flute. That's what my text says anyway. I didn't use the Muses, though. I couldn't see them making a journey down into Hades for Persephone. Are you using her?
06-19-2004, 12:51 PM
Wow, Hades sure has a temper. But seriously, can he really blame Persephone? 'T would be my decision, too. Children are there to be loved and coddled and raised... Can't wait for more!
06-19-2004, 03:30 PM
I know Hades sounds like a jerk now, but you have to remember how the Greeks thought of him and what he risked by loving Persephone. They feared him, mostly because he was brooding and emotional. That's why he had to steal his Queen. I loved Hades the most just because he was that way.
He looked over her, a save of different emotions coursing through his mind.
She stood, shocked that he had come for her again.
“I am still upset.” He finally whispered. “But I understand now why you have these concerns.”
She smiled, waiting for him to continue. “I fought for this and now you want to give up? Because we won’t raise them?” He asked.
“Yes.” She said.
“Then, I will send them with you. You can stay in the forest with the fairies and raise them.” He said.
“Very well.” She conceded.
He held out his hand to her and looked pleadingly at her.
She felt her heart melt and her stubbornness fall away. Slowly, she reached for him and took his hand.
Then, he engulfed her in him again.
“I will not apologize for my words or deeds.” He said. “But I will apologize for the pain I caused you, my love.”
She turned and faced him. “Then you will understand my actions as well and not judge me?” She asked.
He nodded and kissed her forehead. “Shall we return to our home?” He asked.
“Is it still our home?” She countered.
“It will always be our home.” He said.
She nodded and let him whisk her away to their home. She noticed that it seemed a bit more dreary and quiet. She also took note that their chambers was in frantic disarray with clothes strewn everywhere and furniture overturned. She looked at him, questioningly.
“I would never hit you.” He offered as a meager explanation.
She began to clean up, first taking the clothes to their bed, then neatly folded them into piles.
“I caused this.” He began to protest.
“Yes, but I was the cause of this.” She said, continuing to clean.
He helped, fixing the overturned dressers and upside-down tables. When they were finished, she surveyed the room.
“Was no one with you when this came to pass?”
“No, you were gone.” He said.
“Is the throne room in disarray like this?” She asked, thinking of how heavy the thrones were.
“No.” He said, putting away piles of clothes. “This is the only room where this happened.”
“Well, that is good.” She said, watching him.
“I am sorry.” He whispered. Then, he plopped to the bed and threw his head into his hands. “I feared losing you so much. And when I did, I couldn’t face you. I couldn’t do anything except this.” He said.
She softly moved to him and sat beside him. Then, she lifted his face to hers and carefully wiped off his tears. “There is nothing you could do that would make me leave you forever. I just needed time to myself.” She whispered.
“Would you take that time by the waterfall next time?” He mumbled.
She giggled and threw her arms around his neck. “Of course I will!”
He grabbed her and kissed her deeply. That night saw them locked in their chambers, refusing everything but each other. With the morning hours approaching, he watched her sleeping in his arms. Her gentle breath caressed his skin as he fingered her long hair.
It was now that he fully understood her pain at not raising his children for he felt that now. He smiled bitter sweetly, though, for she would be with them always. He did not know how he would survive without her and the children, as he could barely endure the long spells of time she was separated from him now. He did know that he would not take a second with them for granted.
“Hades.” She whispered.
He looked down at her, a bit startled. “Yes.”
“I think I am hungry now.” She said.
“Of course.” He replied, then rose from the bed to fetch his robe. “What would you like?”
She smiled, seeing his chiseled form again. “Fruits or anything.” She said dreamily.
He nodded and left to get their breakfast.
“Persephone…” A voice whispered.
She looked all around her but saw nothing.
“Persephone…” It said again.
“Show yourself!” She demanded, gathering her sheets to her.
“Persephone…” It said again as a figure began to form at the foot of her bed.
“Who are you?” She asked.
“I am a servant of Hera. She sends word that you have conceived a child with Hades. She also bids you to remember the promises made by her brothers.” The figure said.
Speechless, Persephone watched the form continue to take shape. Before her stood Daphne, Apollo’s desire. She gasped, recognizing her.
“Thank you.” Persephone said.
“Tell no one, save Hades, that I was here. If you do, the Sun God will hunt me without ceasing.” She said.
“Are you not safe here?” Persephone asked.
“No. I am safe nowhere. But I offer you hope.” She said, smiling.
“Thank you.” Persephone whispered.
“Farewell.” Daphne said, fading.
“Farewell.” Persephone replied.
06-19-2004, 05:28 PM
Woo hooo!!!!! Updates galore!! :D
And you're finished with it as well? Excellent, dear. Post on! :D
06-19-2004, 06:43 PM
:D I am not so sad anymore! *I wait for the baby*
06-20-2004, 12:45 AM
oooh, the angst! gotta love it. :D btw, can i goad (100 point word!!) you into posting more so i can print it out and give it to a friend who loves persephone? *big puppy dog eyes* please??
06-20-2004, 01:35 AM
LOL, Cel! Of course you can print it out and let your friend read it. would you make sure, though, that my name's on it? (Heather Foster Copyright 2004) Of course, you also have to promise that you'll buy the book, if it ever comes out!!! LOL! :wink: :wink: I wish... :rolleyes:
I have one more chapter, then we're done.
Hades opened the door to their chambers and brought her breakfast to her. She immediately related Daphne’s visit to him.
He grew excited with the news that he was to be a father. He kissed her several times and ran about their chambers in pure joy.
She laughed at his excited state and told him of Daphne’s visit four more times.
With each telling, he became more excited almost to the point of blindly running into the dressers. “Did she say if it was a boy or girl?” Hades asked.
Persephone shook her head. “She did not.”
“Tis well. We will love it so much that it will not matter.” He said.
“Shall we think of names?” She asked.
“Yes.” He said, then fell silent.
She, too, was lost deep in thought when a knock came on their door.
“Pardon me, majesties.” A strange voice called. The two exchanged glances and he went to the door.
“State your name.” He demanded.
“I am Psyche, my Lord.” Came the answer.
He cracked the door open and looked at her. He watched as tears fell ceaselessly from her amber-colored eyes. Taking pity upon her, he let her in and showed her to a chair.
She wept for so long that Persephone began to grow uneasy. “Sweet maiden, you cry as if you have lost everything.” Persephone whispered.
She looked at the Queen and nodded. Then, her gaze fell to her hands as she began to relate her betrayal of Eros. Then, she began to weep again, reliving what she did and the great love she lost.
“Why are you here, Psyche?” Hades asked.
“Aphrodite is so angry at me for what I did that she is making me prove my undying love to her son. I am to ask for a cream for her.” She said.
“A cream?” Persephone asked.
“Yes, one made from the waterfall. She said it will give her a more youthful look.” Psyche said.
Persephone glances at Hades and laughed.
“Is she not vain enough?” Then, she looked seriously at the maiden. “Gods do not age. Were you unaware of that?”
“Tis but a test. I am being punished.” Psyche replied.
Persephone’s mind flashed with recent memories of her own torturous punishment. “I have no cream made, but you shall have it by tonight.” She promised.
Psyche began to cry again. “Thank you.” She barely whispered.
Hades escorted her to where Echo waited to care for her. Then, he called for Eurydice. “Fetch Eros. And fetch him swiftly.” He commanded.
Persephone could sense a slight annoyance in his voice as he sent her. Then, he looked upon his Queen again. “It seems that once again our lives are interrupted by other less important people. I am sorry.”
She smiled and patted the vacant spot he left on their bed. “I have eternity with you. A few short hours will not cause that much trouble.” She said.
“I love you.” He breathed, kissing her.
Then, he placed his hand upon her stomach. “We still need a name.”
“We could name it after a plant.” She suggested. Then, she laughed as he made a disapproving face. “You do not think Thorne would be a good name?”
He cast a mock glare at her. “What of Serenity or Hope?”
“I truly like those.” She gasped, shocked at the depth he was showing. “But what of boy’s names?”
“Bravado or Integrious?” He said.
She stared marveling at him “Yes.” She finally said.
Then, she let him wrap her in his safe arms again. He knew their children would possess the qualities they were named for, hence, he knew he must balance them out. It would nearly destroy him to name his next child, for its name would not be so kind.
“My Lord.” A loud voice boomed.
It was the first Furie. Persephone trembled at her raspy voice.
“My Lord! Come quick!” She called as they heard a scuffle from the other side of the door.
“What is it?” Hades asked walking to the door and swinging it open.
There Eros stood, a bit unnerved at the Furie. “They said you wanted me.” He said, nodding to the Furie and Eurydice.
“Do you know who is here with us?” Persephone asked, slightly upset.
“No. Who?” He asked.
“Your fiancée.” She said. “Why is she really here? What did she do?”
“I told her not to look upon me until our wedding day. I would visit her at night, but she did not listen. She followed me to my bed and looked upon me.” He paused. “She proved untrustworthy.”
“She proved nothing except the idea of not being allowed something is too overpowering when love is involved.” Persephone countered. “You knew that.”
“Yes, I did.” He said.
“And yet you are punishing her for her normal actions? Actions that you, no doubt, would have done yourself?” She asked.
“She proved untrustworthy.” He repeated.
“And you proved disloyal.” Hades said, showing Eros to the door. “She loves you and yet you cast her away from you.”
“What is love without trust?” Eros asked.
“Hell.” Hades replied. “Now find her and fix this.” Then, he shoved Eros out of the chambers and returned to Persephone.
“That was a bit harsh.” She said.
“I don’t have the time nor patience to deal with that reckless boy. I have a child to prepare for.” He said, rushing back to her.
She giggled and kissed him. “Yes, we do have a child to prepare for.”
Then, she left to find Eurydice. Eurydice cared for Psyche while Persephone made the potion for her. When it was finished, Persephone took Psyche aside, giving her careful instructions.
“Use this on no one save Aphrodite. She is bitter and does not forget injuries. Anger her not again.” Persephone warned. “For if you do, she will send you here to stay.”
“Thank you, my Lady.” Psyche whispered.
“Do not thank me. Just love Eros with all you are. For he loves you that way.” She said.
The girl bowed to the Queen. Then, Eurydice showed her the way out to the Living World. Persephone watched as Eros came to her side.
“I apologize, cousin.” He said.
“You should, but not to me.” She replied, turning to face him. “That maiden loves you. To brave the underworld for you, she must.”
“Have I been rash?” He asked.
“Absolutely.” She said. “But we all are, when the ones we love are involved.”
“When did you grow so wise?” He asked.
“When I realized I could not live without his love.” She said. “Find her. Comfort her. Marry her.”
“And my mother?” He asked.
“Is your problem. I was forced to confront mine.” She said, smirking. “Good luck.”
He sighed and hugged her tightly. “Thank you.”
“Go quickly.” She whispered.
Then, she watched him vanish. Shaking her head, she returned to her chambers and found Hades waiting for her.
“Is everything well?” He asked.
She laughed. “I suppose. But they do not matter. Are you well?”
“I am now.” He said, gathering her to him.
06-20-2004, 09:37 AM
:clap: I am so excited! Nell this is awesome. A book of the myth wouldn't be bad...I would certainly buy it!
06-20-2004, 05:53 PM
In the months that followed, Persephone grew in size as her child grew in her womb. Hades’ attention to her also grew as he came to understand his new responsibilities to the little one.
Before they realized, it was time for the child to be born. Persephone was granted the presence of her mother and father. Zeus and Demeter seemed to only be focused upon her and not their petty disagreements.
“How is she?” Zeus asked Demeter when she left the birthing room for some towels.
“She is doing well.” Demeter replied, rushing to get the towels.
Hades began to pace the floor, his worry increasing with each passing moment. Soon, Demeter returned and scurried into her daughter’s room.
“You had to pick her? There are a million other maidens in the world.” Zeus complained.
“Exactly. The other million are plain and ordinary.” Hades said. “She is none of that. She is all that I have been missing and all that I never knew existed.” He said. “She is everything.”
Zeus laughed and clapped his brother on the back. “And may that never change.”
Hades continued to pace and Zeus continued to ramble on about the beauties in the world, including his newest conquest, Europa.
Hades ignored him and tried to crack the door and peek in. Eurydice, however, was too swift and closed the door on him. He began to get angry until he heard his wife’s voice.
“No. Let him come.” She said.
He burst through the door and ran to her side. He had never seen her so disheveled and in so much pain. “I am here, my Queen.” He whispered.
She smiled weakly and gritted her teeth as she endured another contraction.
“You should not be here.” Hera’s voice said from the other side of Persephone’s bed. She looked up at him.
“He helped make the baby. He stays.” Persephone demanded, pushing again.
“Can I do anything?” Hades whispered.
“Towel.” She said, collapsing back on the five pillows that supported her.
He grabbed the nearest one and dabbed at her forehead while Demeter helped her drink. He shot Demeter a panicked stare, but she just smiled back at him and gently squeezed his hand. This gave him more hope.
“Persephone, one more push and we should see the head.” Hera said, squeezing her shoulders. “With the next contraction, push.”
Persephone glanced at Hades. He smiled and mouthed, ‘I love you’ to her. She took his hand and began to push again. He put his free hand behind her back, mirroring Demeter and waited for her to collapse again. He marveled at how strong she was, hardly making a sound and calmly breathing.
“I see the head!” Hera said. “Persephone, one more big push!”
“I can’t.” She began.
Hades looked at his tired wife and began to whisper encouraging things to her. She rested her head upon his shoulder, catching her breath. Then, she pushed again. Hades continued to speak softly to her until he heard a new voice. The baby cried, filling his heart with joy.
“It is a girl.” Hera said. Then, she looked to Hades. “Congratulations, my Lord. You have a daughter.”
He smiled again and helped Persephone back to the pillows. He wiped off her brow as Hera handed the baby to Echo, who began to clean her. Hera then cleaned the rest of the delivery and came to Demeter’s and Persephone’s sides.
“You are both blessed. Take care of her and in a year’s time I will visit again to complete our contract.” She said. Then, she left the room to inform Zeus of Persephone’s progress.
06-20-2004, 06:33 PM
Oh my...wonderfully done, dear nell. :hug:
I hope they now can have a year of happiness, before the sadness begins again.
Just realized...you posted this particular update on Father's Day. ;) :D
06-21-2004, 05:15 PM
Euterpe is a Greek Muse. She's the muse of music- "giver of Pleasure" and plays the double flute. That's what my text says anyway. I didn't use the Muses, though. I couldn't see them making a journey down into Hades for Persephone. Are you using her?
Nope I just like the name. :D Some one told me she delt with poetry........hmmmmm..........ah well..... a double flute is cool.........
Oh, wow. I love this book! Telling you now I'll be first in line when it comes out!
06-21-2004, 07:00 PM
“Well done, my daughter.” Demeter said, kissing Persephone’s head. “I will see you in a year with my grandbaby.” Then, she looked at Hades. “Well done, my son.” She said.
“Thank you, mother.” He whispered, then bowed to her. “Thank you for everything.”
Demeter smiled, bittersweet at the events that transpired, and vanished.
Echo came then and placed the babe on Persephone’s chest. Then, she began to clean her forehead.
“Hello, our dear little girl.” She whispered.
Hades was silent, amazed at how perfect his new daughter was. She barely made a sound, but he knew she knew him. She grasped his finger and tightly squeezed.
Persephone laughed. “Would you like to hold her?” She asked.
“Is it permitted?” Hades asked nervously.
“Of course. You are her father.” She said, placing the child into his arms. “Just hold her to your chest. She needs to hear your heart beating.” She instructed.
He cradled her gently and carefully supported her head. Then he smiled. “She has your lips.” He whispered.
But Persephone did not hear him. She was sleeping and recovering.
Hades smiled and held his daughter closer. She seemed to cuddle into him.
“My Lord…” Eurydice said. “Have you thought of a name?”
He nodded. “Yes. Her name is Hope.”
Eurydice bowed. “My Lord…” She said again, almost fearful.
“Yes?” He asked.
“I apologize, but other things require your attention.” She said.
“Of course they do.” He dryly said. He looked upon his new daughter and sleeping wife one last time. “They should be in our chambers. Move them immediately.” He commanded.
“Yes, My Lord.” Eurydice said, holding out her arms for Hope.
Hades hesitated, looking at her sleeping peacefully in his arms. “Let no harm come to her.” He said, relinquishing her.
Then, he gathered his wife and carried her into their chambers. There, he laid her on their bed and had Hope’s bassinette put within arm’s reach of Persephone.
“Stay with them. Retrieve me when they wake.” He said.
“Which one?” Eurydice asked.
“Either.” He replied. Then, he left for court and the other duties that required him.
Persephone woke a few hours later and asked for him. He came quickly, leaving behind many to be judged. She was still weak, but held her child as he came into their chambers. She looked up at him and smiled.
“You’re a father now.” She whispered.
He stood at a distance for a moment. He knew his heart would never be able to be so full of love as it was not. “She is perfect.” He said, walking to her.
‘They tell me you picked her name?” She asked.
“I thought Hope was a good name for her.” He said.
She nodded as Hope began to nurse. “It is a wonderful name.”
“And how are you? Are they caring for you well enough? Do you have everything you need?” He asked.
“I am well.” She said. “Only tired.”
“Would you like me to take her so you may rest?” He asked.
“How much longer will you be?” She asked.
“I have a few more souls to judge.” He replied, wiping off her brow again.
“Maybe she should stay with me until she is finished? Then I will send her to you.” She said. “She seems very hungry.”
Hades smiled and kissed her. “Very well.”
He rose to leave, but Hope stopped him. Very softly, she cooed.
He rushed back to Persephone’s side, amazed at his daughter’s voice. “Did you hear that?” He whispered.
She nodded and laughed. “She has your voice.”
He smiled again and kissed Hope carefully. “I will be back before dinner.”
“Good.” She said. “We will miss you.”
He ran back to the Great Hall where some twenty souls waited upon him for judgment. He earnestly dispatched all of them, thinking only of his Hope and Persephone.
She tried to gather her strength and walk, but her muscles would not obey her.
“My Lady?” Eurydice called from the corner of the room. “My Lady, what is your bidding?”
“Some water, please?” She said.
Hades soon came back to them and their evening began, as did Hope’s first year of life. Her parents watched her grow so swiftly that she could almost walk by her first birthday. They were both filled with joy and sorrow when Hera appeared one morning.
“It is time, Persephone.” She said, holding out her hands for the child.
Persephone hesitated, looking at Hades. He sternly nodded and stared at Hera. Persephone gave Hope to Hera and watched.
Hera placed her hand over the child’s head and closed her eyes. A dull yellow light began to shimmer around the two. In a moment, it was gone and Hera returned the baby to her parents.
‘Your child loves you very much.” She said to Hades. “She will miss you in the coming year.”
He bowed and thanked her.
Then, she held out her hand to Persephone. “Your mother awaits you, dear child.”
Persephone kissed her husband farewell and took Hera’s hand with her free one. “I shall return soon.” She called as she departed.
He watched her vanish, along with his sister, and quickly returned to his duties. He smiled, though, knowing his little Hope was returning to him in a year's time.
Here are the Muses...
1. Klio- Muse of history
2. Melpomene- Muse of tragedy
3. Thalia- Muse of comedy and burlesque
4. Kaliope- Muse of heroic poems and often thought of the chief of the Muses
5. Urania- Muse of astronomy (that was kinda obvious. We named Uranus after her)
6. Euterpe- Muse of music
7. Polyhymnia- Muse of song and oratory
8. Erato- Muse of love and marriage
9. Terpsichore- Muse of dancing
Kaliope, Euterpe, and Polyhymnia were often together, which makes sense. Maybe that's where they got that idea from, SG?
06-21-2004, 09:51 PM
Comes in very happy for her daily update...
Excellent, nell! The emotion your update conveyed was moving, and I really am loving how their relationship is evolving as you continue on. :)
06-21-2004, 10:50 PM
I am now going to wow everyone with my speech on how much I am liking this. Deep breath...
*mouth opens. no sound emerges*
ok, suffice to say that i am really loving this (and that i am also running out of intellegent things to say...)
06-22-2004, 07:17 PM
Persephone thanked Hera again and rushed to find her mother. Demeter was tending the gardens and did not hear them arrive. Hope giggled and waddled over to her grandmother.
“Grah.” She said, grabbing at her.
“Oh!” Demeter exclaimed, a bit startled. Then, she turned and picked her up. “Hello my dear Hope! It is so good to see you again.”
“Mother.” Persephone whispered and embraced her.
“Hello my sweet daughter.” She replied.
“The gardens look wonderful.” Persephone said.
“Yes, they have been fortunate. I had a good year.” She said, then laughed. “Thank you for that.”
Persephone nodded. “Has a fairy family been found for Hope?” She asked.
“Yes. Daphne found one who agreed to take her and raise her.” Demeter said.
“When do we meet them?” Persephone asked.
“Now.” Demeter said as fairies floated about her. “You have known this family all your life. They have grown and lived in our gardens. They will continue to do so, provided one thing.” She coyly said.
“What is that?” Persephone asked.
“They share a room with you.” She answered.
Persephone smiled broadly, realizing what that meant for her and Hope. “Very well.” She agreed, beaming with joy.
“We have already furnished the room with things that Hope will need. Hephaestos fashioned a crib for her. And she has many other toys.” Demeter said, showing her the room.
“It is wonderful. Thank you, mother.” Persephone said, placing Hope down.
Thus, their lives continued, Persephone spending six months with her mother and pixie children and the next six with her husband and sprite children. The Gods were pleased with the marriage and blessed them with many riches. The Elysian Field grew as many more good souls came to Hades to be judged. And Persephone was finally contented with her life.
i was going to drag everyone along, but thought it was time to end this tale...
So, now comes the time for reflections... have at it...
06-23-2004, 08:55 AM
Yay nellas!! Wonderful tale from beginning to end! :clap: :clap:
06-23-2004, 09:52 AM
Thats WONDERFUL!!!!!! Well sorta Hades won't be able to see Hope agian will he? Poor Hades......
THis deserves some... :beer: CHEERS!
I think that makes seince alittle bit........only Kaliope and Euterpe don't sound alike........
06-23-2004, 02:06 PM
:clap: Nell that was awesome! I loved the whole thing. :D Hope to see more myths perhaps?
06-23-2004, 04:28 PM
my friend is currently reading it. I'll post what she thinks.
:beer: :clap: :notworthy :biggrin: :wink: :D :p :balloons:
06-23-2004, 06:45 PM
Well, first off...YOU ARE A DARN GOOD WRITER!!! ;) :D :hug:
Your style manages to engage the reader and pull them into your story. I really like that about how you write very much.
Secondly, I agree with Celendil. YOU ROCK! ;) :D
06-25-2004, 09:27 AM
Thank you all so much! I'm working on a cover letter for this one, then I'll be sending it out. As for more myths, it's always a possibility. I'd love to do a screen play of Oedipus Rex, but I don't know if I have the patience to do it. We'll see.
08-28-2004, 11:21 PM
i think I'm going to write the next one through the eyes of the Moon Goddess Selene. I picked her because in all the texts I've read, she's the one that is the most stationary. By that, I mean, she's only associated with the moon and I've never read her leaving the moon or the moonlight, unlike Dianna, who actually takes human form and Artemis, who is the night huntress. I think I'll be able to explore a lot of the lesser gods and heros through Selene. She's more of an observer than anything else.
I hope this makes sense. I only want to write the Gods and Goddesses that don't get all the recognition.
08-29-2004, 09:17 PM
You're gonna post it here, I hope. ;) :)
12-11-2004, 07:04 AM
What a great story!!!!! It's a MILLION times BETTER than the myth I was told at school. Great job!
Just one question...what exactly happened between Hades and the 'woman' Persephone threw out of their kingdom? The one that hurt Echo?
12-13-2004, 02:54 PM
I'm not sure what happened to Hecate, Isil_leena. That, however, would make for a very interesting and bitter tale. She's not a happy goddess.
01-06-2005, 12:01 PM
So, I'm writing Hecate and have found some interesting things that I'm not quite sure how to write in. (But they will be in the story in some form or another.)
1. Hecate also has a second form, Triformis, in which she has three heads. This relates, if only in physical form, to HAdes' guard dog (who's name escapes me right now and I'm at work so my books are not here.)
2. Her favorite animal and her signature animal is a dog, which again relates to Hades' pet dog.
3. She is described as the huntress of souls. The dog is the guardian of the souls, not letting them escape from the underworld.
So, this leads me to a few different questions: Was she connected in more ways with Hades' dog? In specific, was he her son/brother/family member? Were there more symbolistic characteristics shared between the two that my texts didn't mention?
01-06-2005, 01:35 PM
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