What if you were the missing piece in one of the world’s most epic legends?
Despite being an art history student, Summer isn’t thrilled to be stuck with her archeologist family all summer in Greece. While the rest of her college friends are posting a million selfies by the pool together, Summer is stuck alone, trying to entertain herself alone in a place where she doesn’t even speak the language.
Upon her arrival to Greece, strange dreams and even stranger shadows seem to haunt Summer, leaving her to ponder the meaning of pomegranate seeds and twisted, darkened faces.
Suddenly, her stay abroad leads to tragic twists, leaving Summer in the arms of a dark stranger, who claims to be the god, Hades, whom she feels like she knows from another life. In a whirlwind through the busy streets of Athens, Summer is seduced to the lowest point of Greece where Hades’ lair awaits…the Underworld. Determined to find out who she is and where she belongs in an age-old myth, Summer joins Hades to discover that the secrets about her past life are beyond anything she could have ever imagined.
The first day he laid eyes on her, it was incredibly bright and warm outside. The land above the Underworld, where the humans lived out their lives, was ripe with greenery and speckled with vibrant flowers. Lilies, magnolias, and violets swayed against the cool breeze, filling the air with a sweet aroma. The harsh winter was finally coming to an end.
The warmth poured over his cold skin like tepid water, creating a translucent mist around him.
He was never fond of the seasons, or how often they changed in a year, because his realm was not so. The Underworld never changed. In his great palace of souls, Hades was confined to his regal comfort and yet, he longed for the sliver of sunlight. Though he did not know it at the time, there was something different about the ever-changing human world.
When Hades first emerged from the entrance of the realm below, he had not seen the Goddess right away. He had not noticed the way she kissed the petals of the blossoming flowers, breathing new life into their limbs. He had been too taken with the sun. When he finally spotted her, alerted by her presence only by a sigh as sweet as the fragrance in the air, he was breathless. The very essence of her being was the field of flowers. She radiated with the same vibrant colors as the lilies at her feet.
This Goddess was unlike his brothers or the others, because she was young and truly pure.
Her beauty would certainly put the naiads and nymphs at war with one another. The thought of those fickle forest creatures fighting one another caused him to chuckle. She turned at the sound of his voice, startled by his laughter, but made no move to flee. In her eyes, he could see her curiosity winning out over her fear. She wore her questions like the fine silk wrapped around her frame.
Who are you? Where did you come from?
The God of the Underworld held out his hand and smiled, “I am Hades.”
She looked to her flowers then, as if they held the answers she needed. It was a brief conversation that he could not hear, so he waited and when she smiled, he knew she was pleased. Her voice, much like the cool breeze, rippled along his skin and sighed against his ears.
Her voice was clear and light as she spoke, “I am Persephone.”
Amazon Best Selling Author, Chantal Gadoury, is a 2011 graduate from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing.
Since graduation, she has published “The Songs in Our Hearts” with 48Fourteen Publishing, and “Allerleirauh” with Parliament House Press, with future titles to follow. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues with that love of writing today.
Writing novels for Chantal has become a life-long dream come true! When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, drinking lots of DD Iced Coffee, and watching Disney classics. Chantal lives in Muncy, Pennsylvania with her Mom, Sister and furry-‘brother’ (aka, puppy) Taran.
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