The door behind Persephone burst open, revealing a very wide-eyed Alix, breathing hard. "Demon! You are not welcome here!"
Persephone had taken that moment to snatch her hand away from the shadow before her, breathing hard, her lungs burning for air.
Alix had tried to step into the room, but was met with a rather painful shock to his foot. He cried out, taking a step back. "Persephone! Snap out of it! Don't be deceived!"
The shadow rounded on him, her voice booming. "What do you know of deception, Lord of the Underworld?" she demanded. "Am I any better than what you did to try and hide just who you really are?"
"I know enough!" Alix spat out, glaring. "I could sense you the moment you stepped foot here! Nice try trying to keep the door sealed, by the way."
Persephone didn't hear the bickering, instead keeping her head down. All of a sudden, her heart started beating faster than before, as if it was going to burst from her chest. "What...what is this..." she wondered aloud, her voice soft. She spoke again, her voice deep.
"I...I won't be used...not again..." She raised her head up, her hands moving against her will for her brooch.
"What...what are you doing?" Persephone asked, once again, her voice normal. Whomever or whatever currently possessed her arms didn't speak. Instead, Persephone had started to feel funny, almost dizzy. There was a flash of golden light so bright, it had caught the attention of both Alix and the shadowy figure, stopping their bickering in its tracks.
Alix's eyes widened again, unbelieving in what he saw. Where Persephone sat moments before, now sat a Sailor Guardian, Sailor Dathomir.
The shadow raised a hand up, it too in a state of surprise. "Huh? What?"
"This is..." Alix whispered, too low for anyone to hear, "...the will of Persephone...her previous incarnation...I was right..and soon...soon she'll find out the truth..."
The shadow moved back, unsure of what to do, whom to attack. Making its mind up, it dove for Persephone to strike, and hopefully regain the lost ground.
Persephone raised her head up, eyes completely silver, her face blank. Quietly, she opened her mouth, took in a deep breath, and unleashed a loud, deafening scream of energy. The soundwaves from her screams converged together, becoming solid, as they rushed forward, slamming one after another against the shadow.
"N-n-nooo!" it screamed out. "Not like this!" It raised a hand up to Persephone, as if begging. "P-please...!"
Persephone's mouth only opened up wider, increasing her screams that sprang forth. Slowly, the shadow fizzled, before dissolving, leaving a faded scream in its wake. "Refresh!"
Slowly, the shadows that clung to the walls began to fade, leaving behind the familiar blue walls from before. Alix let out the breath he had been holding, and stepped into the room, relieved it wouldn't shock him this time.
"Refresh huh...?" he murmured softly. "That's an odd thing to say. Then again..." His gaze turned to Persephone, who remained knelt on the floor as her glow faded away. "Since running into her, it's been a whole bag of weird, and then some..."
Persephone finally took a breath, slowly exhaling, all adrenaline gradually fading away, leaving her weak. Her eyes faded back to their normal shade, as she looked down at her gloves. "I...I transformed...? But...how...? I-I didn't even say my transformation phrase...unless..." No...but then again...she did start to feel weird when she had spoken in a slightly deeper voice earlier...She gazed down at her brooch sitting snugly in her bow, which now twinkled in the light like an ordinary bauble.
"Perhaps I still have a ways to go in my training...and some secrets left to discover...either way, you're probably a big part of them..."
"Persephone...?" She looked up, surpised, at Alix. He started back at her with sympathy. Quietly, he came forward, kneeling before her. "A-Alix...I..."
He held up a hand, shaking his head. "Please, you don't have to say anything." Tears once again filled her eyes, before she flung herself onto him, arms wrapped around his body, her head resting on his chest. All Alix could hear were her sobs, her shoulders heaving up and down. His arms came around her, holding her close, gently rocking her back and forth. One hand came up to gently stroke her hair, while he gently shushed her with whispered promises of how everything was going to be okay.
No...not everything was going to be okay. She had to tell him the truth...eventually. Her past, her mistakes, sins...all of it...but...she would save it for another day...
"Please..." she whispered against him. "please don't leave me alone..."
"I'm not going anywhere," he whispered back gently. "I'm not going anywhere..."
This only made Persephone cling harder to him, sobbing harder. "Don't leave me...please..."
They sat like that for an hour, both comforting each other. One was scared to be alone, the other finally starting to warm up again. But who could say was whom...? Well...
...that was anyone's guess...
Well...tah-dah! I worked hard, and here it is! Parts 1 and 2 of Round 2! Which will lead into Round 3, which is next on my list. But, I did some playing with my phone, and managed to edit things better than on my comp. I just must've been stressing last night, and being sicky doesn't help. Written story pieces included in the description of each picture.
I was inspired by quite a few songs from singers, such as Dina Lancaster, Jonathan Young, etc. This Round was submitted in 2 parts, as to help with camera quality, and to give me a bit more to work with. Original idea was inspired by
Now, some quickie author notes about these two pieces. A big theme that was listened to during this whole thing was Dima Lancaster's English cover of Naraku no Hana, which I will link here at the end of my notes. I DID drop a couple of major bombs here, including a bit more about Persephone's backstory, Alix's true identity, and the fact that we may have a new Black Moon Clan rising up, which our shadow seen here will be mentioned in the final round, in passing.
I also wanted to do a small bit of vent art for myself too, to release what final bit of toxic thoughts I may have had about myself, in seeing myself as a monster. I suppose...I wanted to try and rid myself of these thoughts, to allow myself to move forward with my life in a more positive way.
That being said, I want to dedicate this Round to my husband, Alex. In case it wasn't noticed yet, Alix is somewhat based off my husband, as Persephone is based off myself. And if you know your Greek mythos, you should be able to start piecing together just what Greecian legend I'm playing off of for this storyline. If you can't tell, then come Round 3, her true power will be revealed (what power she has domain over, I.E. water, fire, ice, etc).
I do not own Sailor Moon. Sailor Moon and anything Sailor Moon related is owned by Naoko Takeuchi, VizMedia, Toei Animation, and Cloverway.
Dima Lancaster's cover: youtu.be/h-aZ3Ly1g_Q
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