Hades knocked on Persephone's door.

"You have to eat, you know," he told her.

Persephone was not in the mood to talk to her captor.

"Go away. You kidnap me and then keep me prisoner. You put skimpy clothes in my new closet. You demand that I eat when I don't have to. You deprive me of company, except yourself. And that is not really comforting. Can I at least have my cell phone back?" she demanded.

"Sure, whatever," Hades muttered as he got out of her room to fetch her cell phone from the dining room where he had kept it.

Persephone was at a loss. How was her mom acting? Her friends? Her family? Wait, she thought. My only family is my mom. She barely knew her dad, a business CEO for a lightning rod factory. He and her mom had an affair, and ever since then, he left them to take care of themselves. She didn't know her grandparents. Sure, she had cousins and things, aunts and uncles, but they distanced themselves from Persephone and Demeter, because Demeter wasn't successful. She was a gardener.

"I have your cell phone," Hades said as he came in. "I really don't want to be enemies. Do you need anything?"

Persephone took her cell phone and said nothing.

"If you need me, I'll be down the hall," Hades said awkwardly.

Persephone kept her silence. She really wanted the creep to leave. Hades stepped backwards out of the room.

Persephone sighed and laid back on the bed. She hugged her cell phone, her only remains of her regular life. She called her mom.

"Hello?" asked her mother, Demeter.

"Mom!" yelled Persephone.

"Persephone! Where are you?"

"Marooned in a goth mansion with a creep."

"Are you okay?"

"Yes, Mom. I'm fine. Other than being bored to death."

"How did you get there?"

"Kidnapped. And then the power went out, and Hades' front door is electrically locked, so I'm stuck until the power goes on."

"I'm so happy you're safe! Wait, did you say Hades?! He was at juvenile hall for a few years! Try to get out!"

"I have Mom. Anyway, what have you been doing?"

"Well, according to our neighbors, I'm not keeping everyone's lawns and houses the way they should be. Plants are dying. All because I keep trying to find you."

"Mom. I'm not a baby anymore. I can handle getting out of this myself. I'm 18. I don't need you to fight my battles."

"But, Persephone-"

"No, Mom. Let me get out by myself."

"Okay. I trust you. See you some other time?"


"One thing I want you to know: even your father is looking for you. He's finally stepping in as your dad."


"I know. Bye, Persephone."

"Bye, Mom."

Persephone hung up and realized that Hades was back in the room.

"Why are you here?" Persephone asked, annoyed.

"I wanted to apologize for everything," Hades said.

"That's no- Wait, you're apologizing?"

"Yes. I'm sorry for everything."

"Well, it's nice that you're sorry."

"Forgive me?"

"I will."

Hades was turning out to be a sort of nice guy. Uh-oh. She couldn't think like that- she'd never get out!