I love retellings of old stories, like fairy tales. One of the stories you see often is Persephone’s story, where a young woman is kidnapped by Death, and most of them end like the original, with her making some sacrifice to be with him. Often she gives up her life, family and friends, joining him in the Underworld. Which made me think–why does she have to give up so much?


Image from WikiMedia by Didier Descouens.


Death’s Love

Once upon a time

there was a girl who fell in love

with Death

and he with her, but fate

decreed they could not be

together until her heart ceased to beat

so they were separated


and longed

She fell in love again

married and had two children

both boys

lived a long life

died peacefully in her sleep

and rose

young again in spirit

Death greeted her

and their afterlife was very happy



About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

2 responses »

  1. Joyce says:

    Happy? She was DEAD. This Death must be quite a guy.


    • caitlinstern says:

      Well, she lived a long life, and died naturally. And then she got to be with her first love, so that’s pretty happy.

      It seemed a better idea than a book I read where a girl ended up trapped in the underworld in her teens, which is what gave me the idea.

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