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First Draf Proserpina was out in the fields picking flowers and whistling along with the birds in the trees. Her mother, Ceres, against her better judgment, stayed one field over and tended to the harvest. She could hear her daughter whistling along with the birds and this brought some relief to her worry. Then, in between breaths, the ground burst open. All the birds instantly stopped singing and the flowers were no longer in bloom, they were dead. Ceres began running and screaming for her daughter to hide since she knew Pluto was coming for her Proserpina. Pluto burst out of the ground, riding his chariot, which was pulled by four massive horses. Pluto’s hair blew in the wind as the horses raced towards Proserpina. His strength was unmatched on Earth since he controlled the horses with one hand on the reigns and sweat dripped across every muscle in his body. His eyes were so dark they penetrated the soul of everyone who dared look him straight in the eye. His presence alone would place a cold fear in the depths of your soul. He drove those massive horses straight towards Proserpina. Ceres, running faster than the wind was no contest for Pluto. As she raced towards her daughter, she saw Pluto’s chariot already ahead of her and racing faster than ever towards her daughter. Proserpina was whistling so loud she could not hear the call of her mother or the sounds of Pluto’s chariot racing towards her. Proserpina became fearful when the flowers she was picking instantly died in her hand. She then glanced around and noticed all the flowers were dying in the fields and the birds were no longer singing. As she turned, to tell her mom of the death of all the flowers and the quietness of the birds, she saw him, Pluto. He was just a field away, horses’ hooves beating down on the ground, steam rising from their nostrils and Pluto getting ever so close to her. Ceres’ screams were finally heard by her daughter, but it was too late. Pluto reached out from his chariot and grabbed her by the waist. She was gone. Instantly, the ground opened and Proserpina, the horses, the chariot, and Pluto disappeared. Ceres, still running, stopped and collapsed on top the ground where she last saw her daughter. She didn’t have any voice lef to cry out loud, or strength to dig in the dirt where she last saw Proserpina. Ceres just wept because she knew the fate was now in the hands of her daughter, but she worried if she prepared her for what was to come. In one last breath of anger, Ceres cursed the ground, causing death for all plants until her daughter returned. Deep beneath the Earth, the chariot came to a rest. Pluto released his grip on Proserpina and helped her down from the chariot. Proserpina asked, “Why have you taken me from my mother?” Pluto responded, “I have brought you to a better place!” “This is a better place? This is nothing, but a cemented building covered in dirt. It is cold here and death can be felt all around me! Take me back home!” Proserpina cried.
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