Chapter: XXII Saturnalia

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"How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard"--Anonymous


Cornelia looked at the new girl in the mirror. She always knew her sister had a talent for cosmetics, but this brought things into a new perspective. Flavia, armed with a few stolen technologies, had transformed Cornelia into a stunning creature. One she did not recognize.

She played with her crimson braid."How is this going to keep me from standing out?" Cornelia loved and hated her 'new look'. Which was ironic, and she chided herself as her mind endlessly ran over all the times she had cursed her own boring brown hair. She did love her augmented appearance, but there was a part of her that felt like it was missing. After all that had happened, she already felt less like herself than ever.

Flavia rolled her eyes, "The point is not that you do not stand out the point is that no one recognizes you." Cornelia glared back at her. Well if no one is supposed to recognize me then I also get a new name. The thought emboldened her. She could be a new person. She was no longer Cornelius' daughter or Gaston's wife. She could be something new something incredible.

"Hades took care of that as well," Apollo said stepping into the room. His eyes widened as he took in Cornelia's transformation. "Have I mentioned I always had an extra special place in my heart for red-heads?"

"Are you sure it is your heart?" Cornelia snorted.

Apollo smiled and walked around her inspecting Flavia's work. "I see you found your war skirt again."Cornelia beamed up at him proudly. Apollo smiled and continued, "Hades suggested the name Persephone."

"Persephone?" Cornelia questioned him, but her question quickly transformed into a blush. It was a character from Hades' favorite book, the one that he had insisted she read. Persephone was an amazing heroine and queen beloved by all that knew her. Persephone had also become one of Cornelia's favorite characters. She smiled but said nothing.

Apollo's eyes twinkled as he watched the thought pass across Cornelia's face, "He said you would understand."

"When do we leave?" She asked admiring her new self in the mirror. Her heart thrummed at the name Hades had given her. It was perfect.

"Now," Apollo said. "We cannot stay in any one place for very long."

Cornelia gazed at her sister who was busy tidying up her cosmetic laboratory, a forlorn look on her face. They had merely begun the process of understanding each other and now she had to say goodbye. With everything that had been happening as of late Cornelia was gaining an understanding that no one lived forever, and that tomorrow is not guaranteed. Another gentle and unpredictable earth shake hit the room. Flavia cursed as a vase crashed to the ground.

"I love you," Cornelia said to her sister who looked up from her task and smiled.

"I love you too," She stood up brushed herself off and gave Cornelia a tight hug. The moment seemed to last for an eternity which was not enough. Cornelia wanted to say so many things to her sister, but for the first time in her life, she could not find the words. She hoped that the gesture alone was enough.

Cornelia found Apollo outside readying the carriage. It was stacked high with supplies for their long journey. When he looked up at her, she waved.

"You all right?" He shouted over to her as she descended the grassy hill.

"Yeah!" She wiped away a tear that was on the brim of her eye. "It must be something in the air!" She shouted back through a lump in her throat, and herself for the oversentimentality. Nothing was wrong. She was rescued and they were going to go find Hercules. There was no reason for her to be upset.

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