she would have to return.
she understood that, now -
that this place was a part
of her. the same way
hades was a part of her. a dark, cold,
unreachable place within. she didn't
resent it anymore. maybe,
in some inexplicable way,
she even loved it. but she
couldn't chain herself to it - to him -
any longer. it was
time to accept it, the mistake she had made
when she was so young. the mistake she would
carry for the rest of her life.
it was time to accept it and love it.

persephone smiled and stepped into the sun.

- fin. -