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This week’s word prompt is "road". We are with Hades and Persephone in the fourth book in the Gods of DC series, Death Do Us Part.
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Tiki torches burning citronella oil and the smell of a grill fired hot was just what Hades needed right now.
He led Persephone up the dirt road that made up the trail that wound past the barn towards the farmhouse. He found every desire come true and waiting for them. The cement patio behind the house were lined with torches and scattered with lawn chairs around the picnic table. A fire pit blazed in the middle.
Demeter arranged bowls heaping with food on the table while Freddy manned the grill, a bottle of beer in one hand and a spatula in the other.
Hades glanced back at Persephone and smiled. She tried to force one in return but it still looked like someone kicked her puppy. Not that anyone would kick Cerberus. He was too terrifying to do that too even though to Persephone he was the goofiest dog on the surface or in the underground.
He sighed as he continued up the hill. She had kept to herself after their lunch, curling up on the bed and pretending to sleep. He knew she cried instead. He didn’t know what to tell her. He could never confess that he wanted a baby as bad as she did. But after this long it just wasn’t meant to be and he wasn’t about to get her hopes up. He couldn’t stand her hurting like this.
Demeter must have sensed Persephone’s mood because she wrapped the goddess in a mother-sized bear hug as soon as her foot hit the patio.
“What’s the matter, Seph? Demeter pried.
Persephone’s smile was a little bigger. “Nothing, Mother. Just a little tired.”
“Are you sure?”
“Then sit down and relax. Can I get you some lemonade?”
Hades let go of his wife and retreated from the goddesses. He darted towards the grill before Demeter could interrogate him. Things had been good recently. He didn’t want it to go south.
Freddy gave him a half smirk as he bent down to the cooler and pulled out a bottle of beer. He handed it to Hades. “Need a cold one, boss?”
Hades took it from him and twisted off the top. “You can call me Hades.”
“You made me a demigod. You gave me the greatest gift in the world. My wife.”
“You did that on your own.”
“You put on the wedding. And you brought me back to seal the deal when that asshole Zeus showed up.”
“I just gave two souls I’ve grown to care deeply about a place to join together. The rest is you and Dee. And in all technicality, you are now my father-in-law. So please, call me Hades.”
Freddy chuckled then took a sip of beer. “Alright, alright. So what brought you to our little corner of the world?”