A short story for my sister. Enjoy!
Jade stood at the edge of the cliff under the blossoming peach tree. The smell of crisp ocean spray tickled her nose and her tears cascaded down her cheeks.
The beautiful, peaceful scene made her think of her earliest memory.
It was a late summer’s day, the sun was starting to touch the horizon, causing the sky to glow ruby, gold, and purple.
The waves rolled against where the cliff met the sea, the seagulls were flying above, and the breeze that carried the smell of the ocean blew across the land.
A woman of great beauty with flowing hair of ebony bathed in midnight, lavender snake eyes and porcelain skin paler than the moon, held a small child in her arms.
The little 4 year-old had ruby red hair and amethyst snake eyes. The demonic mother ran her fingers through her daughter’s hair and scratched her behind the cat ears.
“Isn’t it beautiful, my darling Jade?” Medusa smiled. “Someday you will be more magnificent, beautiful, and stronger than the precious light!” She spoke confidently.
“Really, Mommy?” Jade chirped, her cat tail wagging furiously.
“Of course!” Medusa leaned down to kiss her daughter’s cheek. “Blaze will rule the Realm of Dreams, Su will rule the Realm of Nightmares, and you will rule the Underworld.” The Queen of the Darkness reached up and plucked a peach blossom from a low hanging branch. She stuck the flower behind her daughter’s ear.
“But now you are my little kitty,” Medusa tickled Jade a little then brushed a piece of red hair out of her face, “you’ll be a great Queen someday, but not today.”
“Aaaaaaaaaaaaw, I wanna be Queen now.” Jade whined, fumbling with a piece of her mother’s ebony hair.
Medusa giggled. “Trust me, Jay-Jay, enjoy being a young while you can.”
Jade pouted cutely. “Okay Mommy, but I won’t like it.”
The two goddesses laughed together under the peach tree and watch the sun set behind the horizon.
Medusa stood up, holding her daughter in her arms. “Let’s go home, Jade.” She smiled.
“Okay Mommy.” Jade yawned
The memories of her late mother that resurfaced wasn’t the reason why she was crying.
“You are absolutely PATHETIC! Look at you! You’re merciful, and WEAK!! You’re supposed to be the fucking Princess of the Underworld for fuck sake!!!!! INSTEAD YOU’RE A PIECE OF SHIT!!!!” Hades, Jade’s father, shouted. “Take a look at your sister, she’s a HALF ANGEL and she deserves to be the heir to the Underworld more than YOU do, a PURE-BLOOD DEMON!!! She’s strong, merciless, and best of all, not you. You’re never going to become the Underworld’s ruler at this rate, you are nothing compare to her. You might as well be an ANGEL.” He hissed.
That was the memory that made her cry. She could stand being called a piece of shit, but “angel” was the worst insult a demon could ever receive. It’s an insult worse than a fate worse than death.
Jade’s chest felt tight, she could barely breathe. She could feel the tears flow faster and faster until she started to full out cry.
The demon princess buried her face in her face and continued to let it go.
Her cries echoed through the sky and over the ocean; her heart, her body, her spirit, herself couldn’t take it anymore.
Jade caressed the peach blossom in the palm of her hand while gazing at same spot where she and her mother sat years ago, her back to the edge of the cliff with the ocean below.
The demon princess closed her eyes and felt her body grow heavier, the flow of gravity slowly pulling her to the ocean. She felt her feet give out underneath.
Then warmth enveloped her, pulled her forward away from the cliff. Jade felt her knees hit the ground and arms squeezing her in a tight embrace.
When Jade opened her eyes, she saw Link, tears streaming down his face. “You can’t die...” Link choked between sobs. “I can’t lose you.”
It was the first time Jade had ever seen Link cry. She pulled him closer, a few tears rolling down her cheeks too. “I love you too.”