Later that night, after he bade Persephone good evening, Hades met Charon, who showed his master what was left of his former queen. The poison was on the verge of becoming pestilent, and as Hades eyes looked over the one he once called queen, he began to cry. The pain was tearing him apart, for not realising how shallow he had been in taking Persephone over Axelia. He called upon his “niece”, the wise Athena, who came to his aid within the hour.
“What is it that my uncle asks of me?” she questioned
“Take this insufferable pain from me. I beg of you, banish it …”
Athena shook her head.
“There is nothing I can do for you or her. Perhaps Aphrodite can aide you now, but it will come with a stiff price, of that you can be sure, uncle.”
With that, Athena departed. And as she disappeared, Aphrodite’s pristine figure of allure came into view.
“I know of this pain you feel. But as with a great deal of pain, it is often self-inflicted and well deserved. I will lessen this burden that you carry, but at this expense it will come:
Axelia will again live, but is not yours to command. Whatever she does is out of her own volition and you cannot command her.
This poison will run thick in your veins forever, but you will never be able to have what you truly desire ever again. I, the goddess of love, do pronounce this curse.”
A dreamy, tranquil mist filled the room, putting all of those alive in a deep trance (save for Aphrodite, of course) and resuscitating those once alive, now dead.
Aphrodite bid them all pleasant dreams and then like Athena quickly departed for Olympus.
In the morning, Hades and Charon found Axelia standing above them in simple, unadorned black robes, wielding dual chakram, heavily spiked. She was again the protector of mankind, as the literal translation of her name from Greek to English entails.
She would also guard Hades every now and again, all though Hades did not require it of her.
As for the Lord of the dead, the poison consumed him once more when the muse Calliope descended into his realm, and after which, he ruled over the Realm of the dead alone, no Persephone at his side (Calliope replaced her for a short time, and was then rescued by Aristo, who was really Apollo in disguise, but that’s another story for another time, place, and audience…).
Many have debated over the validity of the story, but only those involved would know for sure… the wise Pallas Athene (a.k.a Athena), the vain, but understanding Aphrodite, Ruler of the dead, Master Hades, And the valiant Axelia herself … but there is one who had no involvement that knows of this story and all stories, past, present and to come… Clio, the muse of history.
The last part of Hades’ epic tragedy…