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An Adventure Through Hell

Persephone Meets Hades

By Isabella RosePublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 2 min read
Top Story - June 2024

Emaciated arms covered by the tiniest bit of flesh capture me, holding me close to its decaying form. Gnarled and thin fingers pull my dark hair. Screams of anguish surround me, somehow reverberating from the empty chasm. I punch and watch as bits of grey flesh disintegrate into dust. Scratching at the caverns where its eyes should have been, I could only hope for an end to this hell. The sounds of torment continued, assaulting my ears with one tremendous roar.

My mind races to make sense of all of this as more entities clasp my shoulders. Chains bound these things to one another, and ironically, they all work together in some kind of nightmarish symbiosis. I struggle under their grip the same way they fight against the chains.

“Help,” I scream, adding my voice to the endless cries for mercy.

A hard pull from behind me ushers me backwards. The arms loosen and I breathe a sigh of relief. Turning around to what I assume is another assailant, I feel cold water on my parched tongue. I gulped the liquid without a thought of who was holding the glass.

How long had I been here, really? I thought, and how long were those souls shackled to that wall?

“Tell me how you got here. You’re not supposed to be here,” he proclaims in a soothing voice that somehow manages to relax me.

“I was asleep in my bed until I felt myself sit up. The moon was a pastel blue color, and the air was filled with glitter,” I stammer out a response.

He smiles as he cups my face in his hands. Looking at me with a mix of pride and amusement, he remarked, “and, being the brave little girl that you are, you decided to explore.” His jovial tone took on a darker note as he smirked, “don’t you know what happens when people leave their bodies at night?”

Fear snaked its way through me. “The only time people leave their bodies is death.”

Patting my head, he exclaims, “Now, you are catching on.”

“I’m dead and this is Hell,” I slump down onto the ground absolutely defeated before he lifts me into his arms.

“You are asleep, my darling. That is all. Let’s get you home now.”

“Who are you?” I question as we make our way into the distance.

“It’s not important,” he replies quietly.

A silence fell between us as I now peer at my surroundings with morbid curiosity. Iron bars of a gate jutted from the concrete as people clung to the iron bars, hoping for a pardon that would never come.

We came to a bright green river that contained some kind of glitter. A cloaked figure stared at me menacingly before marching up to us as if he was studying a science experiment.

He screams, “she isn’t dead!” as if being alive was a character flaw that needed to be overcome.

“I know she’s not dead,” my protector replies angrily, making the older man startle. "I need safe passage for her,” he commanded as he sat me on the hard, wooden bottom of the vessel.

“You may be the master here, Sir, but all journeys must be paid for, Hades. You know the rules! Pay now or I throw her into the water with them.”

“Here, take your damn coin,” he demands, as he tosses a large silver disc into the air.


About the Creator

Isabella Rose

I am a dedicated author with a passion for fiction. I own a joint business with my amazingly talented co-writer and poet, Raven Black.

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Comments (19)

  • Esala Gunathilake2 days ago

    Wow, well done on your top story!

  • Mark Graham24 days ago

    I really liked your story and it at times reminded me of a dream I had awhile ago.

  • Congratulations on having your story featured as a top story on Vocal! This is a remarkable achievement, and it's clear why your work has received such recognition. Your storytelling is truly exceptional. The narrative was not only compelling but also beautifully crafted, holding my attention from start to finish. The way you developed the characters and plot was masterful, making the story both engaging and thought-provoking. Your unique voice and perspective shine through, setting your work apart. It’s evident that you poured a lot of passion and effort into this piece, and it has certainly paid off. I look forward to reading more of your incredible stories in the future. Keep up the fantastic work! Best regards, Dr. Jay

  • Selina DeCarlesabout a month ago

    Love me any stories about Hades. Well done and congrats!

  • MrZabiabout a month ago

    Amazing story keep uploading

  • Ameer Bibiabout a month ago

    Really very interesting and Cathy Congratulations on TS

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • TahimaAniabout a month ago

    great task this 👍

  • Alex H Mittelman about a month ago

    Very exciting! Great work and congrats on top story! 🤓

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    oops, forgot to say congratulations on TS🥳

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Wow, this is great! And some people believe in astral traveling so this evoked that at first. Nice job!

  • John Joshuaabout a month ago


  • Jabir Shooabout a month ago

    What the hell..!!

  • Reileyabout a month ago

    Being a lover of mythology, your story on their meeting is so well done. Your dialogue and description carry the story forward and paint such an image of the characters and the Underworld. I actually would love to see more! Love it!

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    Oh this is beautiful and so well written with dialogue catching my attention. Very good work

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Awww, the way he was protective of her, that really captured my heart! Loved this story so much! How have you been, my dear Morbid Friend?

  • Manikandan Blog Writerabout a month ago

    very nice

  • Manikandan Blog Writerabout a month ago

    very good

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