hell’s tears (a story)

They came to the river, at dusk. All they saw was fog and confusion. All they felt was rage, unable to separate it. Till they saw the man in the cloak rise with some [odd beast][https://youtu.be/djPhqdXu7z0] that looked like … maybe a dog??
They felt numb at first, like they were in shock, or was it disbelief? They felt nothing, when their world was ablaze. They felt nothing, when they should be screaming in pain.
Charon stepped forward and sang [ooh child][https://youtu.be/_DHRGrIqmb0] and held out his hand to them. They shivered and stepped back. How do you believe a man who seems more fog or demon than a comforter? Yet he meant them no harm.
Charon lifted his hands again and set forth the healing mists of Lethe. For humans. shock and forgetfulness are healers. Till your mind can grasp the painful state, without breaking. He sang again, and they walked slowly toward him. He smiled.
As they came near him, they heard a choir [sing][https://youtu.be/iDNtqy0zjJA] . Even in their shock they found a few tears to cry. The choir was the voices lost in Acheron.
Charon guided them to the boat, to cross the river Styx. It was the last line of humanity, where few could return without the blessings of the gods. They weren’t aware of that. They were wandering as if it was temporary, or a dream. With a look somewhere between terror and confusion on their faces. But when they were in the boat ahd he started to row, they soon became calm. The lapping of the waters had them feeling calm soon.
As they saw the other shore, they asked to be taken back, but Charon shook his head sadly. They searched their pockets and found nothing to offer. He just smiled calmly to reassure them.
Their faces fell and they [cried][https://youtu.be/t5fZFYv3YEw] the tears of Cocytus.
Ahead they saw their fate. Which they now knew was unavoidable. They saw the [fire][https://youtu.be/NOErZuzZpS8] of Phlegethon and screamed.
It seemd like a second. It seemed like an eternity. All at once and yet waves of torture. With little seconds of respite within.
In that moment of clarity, they finally understood,… they had come to hell.


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Cerberus often called the “hound of Hades”, is the monstrous multi-headed dog that guards the gates of the Underworld to prevent the dead from leaving.
Charon was the son of the primordial Gods Erebus (God of Darkness) and Nyx (Goddess of Light).
Acheron was the river of lamentation.
Cocytus was the river of woe.
Lethe was the river of forgetfulness.
Phlegethon was the river of fire.
Styx was the river of unbreakable oath, by which the gods swore. It was also the river of hate.