Mary Persephone Hail
Hailâ€”well that speaks for itself.
Her name is painful to think about. Mary, his newfound daughter, isnâ€™t a wished-for child. Persephone, though? Yeah, destruction is a fitting description. And Hail? Yeah, thatâ€™s just the final f-you.
The moment that her mother drops her off on his doorstep, Danteâ€™s hell becomes complete.
Or so he thinks.
What can make life worse after losing oneâ€™s wife and kids, you ask? Hereâ€™s what: being given a baby that depends on him for her survival. Finding out that the babyâ€™s mother is dying of brain cancer, and has a husband that he never knew about. A husband that Dante knows in the marrow of his bones is trying to kill her just as surely as the cancer eating her brain.
Danteâ€™s a bad person. Heâ€™s done some not so nice things, and now heâ€™s being punished for his misdeeds. Karma is finally catching up to him.
This child that heâ€™s been stuck with is of his flesh and bone. This child is his salvation. This child is the final nail in the coffin of his wife and daughtersâ€™ too short lives.
He doesnâ€™t want this child.
But this child will save him whether he wants her to or not.
With the help of a friendâ€”yes, a woman friendâ€”Dante finds his way back to life. But what he finds when he gets back isnâ€™t the same life that he left behind. Turns out, he has to start living a new one. One where he's suddenly having feelings for a friend that helped him get through some tough times, and loving a daughter that wonâ€™t let him quit.