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Dec 03, 2021 2:22 PM
The son of Hades attracts the attention of many beings from all paths of life and beyond
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“He might be fine, but I try to be at least a little self aware! And I will absolutely be the awkward one. I will not be able to keep eye contact, will flee when he enters rooms, maybe literally turn into a puddle on the floor. I just get to have the knowledge that he finds me attractive in my head to trip over, forevermore.”

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His lip twitches but he is perhaps too hugged for that to be seen.

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It is.

"Mrgh. That's overdramatic too. It's just the, the. Situation. I will always know that this happened and that I freaked out over someone trying to flirt with me in such a, an overblown way and. I don't know, I was happy, why'd he have to go and fuck with it! Why couldn't I have handled it reasonably instead of squeaking and then fleeing to hide under the bed and then showing up later failing to have my feelings in order and yelling at him!"

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"Well... there is enough work to be done that you don't really ever need to run into him again. If you don't want to."

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"I guess!" Huff, lean. "I hate being complicated."

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"...welcome to the club?"

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"Thank you," she says, wryly.

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He pulls away a bit. "I should really return to work, now, though. You can stay here if you want but, uh... I don't have doors, I'm not sure if that's okay by you? I wouldn't want you to depend on meto be able to leave."

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She gives a little snort. "Fair. I'll send part of me with you to save people and the rest of me can... I don't know. Attempt to acquire a room of my own, maybe? Get a job from Hades draining Asphodel instead of just talking about it?"

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"You could get the house contractor to build you a room, yeah. Want me to take you to them? They usually hang around the House so you could find Lord Hades or Nyx, too."

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"Yeah, sure. Thank you."

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Guh-dong.

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...something is different. There's... singing. What might be one of the most beautiful singing voices she has ever heard, and she can find its source sitting there on a stool next to a wall, playing a harp. His voice is a tenor, maybe even a countertenor, and it's gorgeous.

"...can rest his weary bones.
The weight of the world
all falls away
in time.
"

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Oh, that's pretty.

A bit depressingly sung, though? But pretty.

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It keeps going and doesn't get any less depressing:

"Goodbye
to all the plans that we made.
No contracts,
I'm free to do as I may.
No hunger,
no sleep except to dream,
mild and warm,
safe from all harm,
calm.

Good riddance
to all the thieves,
to all the fools that stifled me.
They've come and gone
and passed me by.
Good riddance
to all.

Farewell
to all the earthly remains.
No burdens,
no further debts to be paid.
Atlas
can rest his weary bones.
The weight of the world
all falls away
in time."

The shade singing it lets the last notes of the song fade before bridging them into something strictly instrumental.

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"That's Orpheus," says Thanatos. "He's the official musician here at the House. ...but that song is new. He hadn't sung any new songs in at least three centuries."

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See, that song could sound less depressing with those lyrics, but the way it's being sung makes it heartbreaking!

“I wonder what changed, that he decided to expand his repertoire.”

It’s still nice to hear, though.

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Thanatos shrugs. "My bet is on Zagreus, somehow. Anyway, I should go; you'll be fine?"

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