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Oct 28, 2021 11:33 AM
The son of Hades attracts the attention of many beings from all paths of life and beyond
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Thanatos looks away, covering his lips with a hand. "My apologies, you are very expressive."

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"And don't you forget it!" Pause.

"Augh. I was also running around in pants, too, apparently Zagreus just thought they were my legs!! May I hide in your hood again, all of the social embarrassment is coming back to me all at once."

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"You may. ...what are pants?"

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Into the hood she goes!

"Cloth that wraps around the legs individually instead of both at the same time."

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"Oh. Those. Greeks don't wear those but some other people do."

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"Huh. All right. Well, I can come up with culturally appropriate clothing for if I ever leave the environs of Greece."

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"Greek mortals are very opinionated about these things."

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He shrugs. "Pants are only for barbarians. Women must not fight in wars, even when one of the gods of war is Lady Athena. I don't remember whether the hair thing was us or them but it is now... very entrenched."

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Snort. "Oh. I see. ... Now I'm a little tempted to be aggressively nontraditional just to make a statement, but. I think that's just my inner spite talking."

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"I think if mortals were the type to be persuaded by gods then Lady Athena and Lady Aphrodite would have done the job centuries ago."

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"Quite. And I don't particularly want to be running around with coded sex hair and then asking Lord Hades for a job."

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"...you want to ask Lord Hades for a job? Being associated with Zagreus would not help with that. The only reason I still have mine is because no one else will take it."

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"So the Underworld seems to be a bit of a mess? And I would like to help it be... less of a mess. The flooding in Asphodel in particular I could help with, it turns out that I can, er, absorb the waters of Phlegethon. So."

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"Hmm. That has been a headache of his for a while."

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“Right. And I have a very mortal perspective, and, well… there are honestly just some obvious ways that things could be run more effectively?”

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"Lord Hades would not take kindly to being called ineffective."

The upturn of the corner of his lip suggests he is not in disagreement, though.

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“I can make it a positive thing about improving efficiency instead of making it about his pride,” she snorts. “Would that be more palatable?”

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"No," Thanatos says with the kind of finality only death incarnate can muster. "...but you could frame it as taking on the jobs no one else wants to. He will tolerate proactivity if it actually helps with the hard things."

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Huff.

“… Sure,” she grumbles, irritated by this framing. “I also expect to be amazing at paperwork, if that matters at all.”

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"Might buy you some leeway," he says, shrugging a bit. "...I could put in a good word for you, too. He and I have an... understanding. Of sorts."

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“That would be nice! … but only if you really mean it, I’m not interested in my personal pride. I just actually want things to be better for the people that live here.”

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"Which makes you better-suited for this than just about everyone else here."

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“… Well. Fair enough,” she says, a little shyly.

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"I think the only people who have ever expressed an interest in making things better rather than making them work, here, have been Lady Persephone and Zag. And you, now."

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