The Journey to the Underworld
by Selene (scooby_doo1986 at hotmail.com)
When Aphrodite and Lestrade walked into the beautiful corridor,
Lestrade saw something and pulled back Aphrodite. "Aphrodite, who are
they?" She pointed to a big portrait.
The painting showed a young couple that were standing together. The
man, who looked stern, handsome, and formidable, was wearing a silver crown
and black leather. He had dark brown hair that was slightly disheveled and
a pale face. Standing very close beside him was a beautiful smiling woman
with blond hair. She was wearing a golden wreath on her head and was
wearing a simple white gown.
"Them? The king and queen of the underworld themselves. They..."
Aphrodite stopped when she saw the very surprised look on Lestrade"s face.
"What is that look for?"
"Well.... I thought Hades was supposed to be...." Lestrade trailed
"Old?" Aphrodite finished for her. Lestrade nodded slowly. "Well,
we gods never grow old; we remain young and beautiful. Like me." she said
proudly. Lestrade nodded and both of them continued to walk and search.
A few hours later...
"My legs are so tired!" Aphrodite wailed as she and Lestrade sat
down on a bench of another corridor.
Lestrade nodded. "Mine, too. We had been looking for them
everywhere and there is no sight of them. This palace is just so big."
Indeed it was! Hadesí palace had an indoor swimming pool and
a tennis/badminton court, a big library, a ballroom, and a karaoke lounge
(Lestrade wondered why a king and queen needed that lounge, and Aphrodite
explained that there are some other gods beside the king and queen. And
gods also need to relax; they are not as plain as the mortals think.), a
study, a big dining room, a conservatory (for the Queen only.), a dungeon
and even a billiard room!
"Maybe we did see Hades after all," Aphrodite said thoughtfully.
"Really? When? We have seen nobody except the guards and the
"Well, Hades has a helmet of invisibility. He wears it sometimes.
Darn!! If he wears that stupid helmet, weíll never find him!" Aphrodite
"There must be somewhere we have not searched..." Lestrade trailed
"The bedrooms!" Aphrodite slapped her forehead. "How could I
forget!" Despite the tiredness, she grabbed Lestradeís hand excitedly and
ran across the corridor.
Lestrade looked at the golden doors of a room and Aphrodite knocked
on the door. "Hades, are you asleep?" she called out. No answer. Aphrodite
knocked repeatedly; each knock was louder then the last. Lestrade counted
the times that she knocked.
Finally, Lestrade heard a male voice yelled from inside: "All
right! Iím awake! Stop knocking already!"
"Finally. How many times have I knocked on the door?" Aphrodite
shook her hand in pain and asked Lestrade.
A few minutes later, a handsome man yanked the door open. Beside
him was a woman who was wearing a white gown. Lestrade recognized them
immediately; they were the ones who were in the portrait. The only thing
that was different was that the man was not wearing a crown. "What do you
want, Aphrodite?" the man demanded.
"Just a minute." Aphrodite turned to Lestrade. "This is Hades and
Persephone, the rulers of this kingdom."
Lestrade bowed. "Good evening, Your Majesties."
Persephone smiled and responded, "Good evening. Whatís your name?"
"From New Scotland Yard, New London?" Persephone asked.
"How did you know?" Lestrade asked, surprised.
"I went traveling a lot with my husband and Iíve seen your uniform
"Well?" Hades asked Aphrodite.
"Well, my friend here wants to claim her good friendís life back."
Hades groaned. "Not again! First Orpheus, now...." He took a deep
breath and started again. "Come with me to the main hall." Hades turned to
Persephone. "Darling, why don't you stay here and wait for me?"
Persephone shook her head. "No, I want to see how do you handle
"Fine." They walked towards the main hall.
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