ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 20: I'm right here.
Characters/Pairings: Madoka/Homura, Kyuubei, others.
Rating: R
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

The only way out is the way through, just as you cannot escape from death except by dying.
Howard Nemerov

or, in which it's all on Madoka to decide where to go from here.

(The final chapter! There may be some art or omake, which will be posted in my dA gallery and be linked from the DW ToC, but as for the story proper, this is where it ends. Thanks again to everyone who's been commenting, kudosing, or just keeping my hit count up.)

Her hair, messy and wet and with its ribbons almost completely undone, hung in tangles on either side of her face and in strands plastered across her forehead. )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 19: Just another form of insanity
Characters/Pairings: Madoka/Sayaka, Homura, Walpurgis Night, Kyuubei, (skip) Kyoko, cheer up /u/ there's MadoHomu coming
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

It gets worse. And our heroines, even Homura, are running out of time to whip out the last-minute save that will turn it around for good.

(This part is back on the every-three-days update schedule, and the next one should be too.)

then I'll have no choice but to lose the rest of my mind and become a witch )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 18: The time I try to keep her closest...
Characters/Pairings: Madoka/Sayaka, Homura, Walpurgis Night, (skip) Hitomi, Kyuubei
Rating: R
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Ich steige schon dreyhundert Jahr,
Und kann den Gipfel nicht erreichen.

I'm climbing now three hundred years,
And yet the summit cannot see.


—Goethe's Faust (tr. Bayard Taylor)

'No sense in wasting good explosives, right?' )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 17: There's nobody else.
Characters/Pairings: Madoka/Sayaka, Junko, (skip) Hitomi/Kyousuke, Albertine
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

With the clock ticking, it's training montage time for Sayaka in the last chapter before the final showdown begins.

This chapter draws on information from the PSP game, so heads-up if you're avoiding spoilers from that.

'Wouldn't listen to a word I said about danger and storms, they just kept trying to sneak information about Akemi out of me...not that Dad was real subtle about it!' )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 16: I believe it's the right thing to do.
Characters/Pairings: Madoka/Sayaka, (skip) Tomohisa, Junko
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Our heroines adjust to life on the run, do some studying, and try to lay the groundwork for a safe Walpurgisnacht. It's an uphill battle.

'This whole volume so far is records of team-up strategies she used to do with Miss Veteran, back when Miss Veteran was still Miss Rookie. How is that supposed to help me?' )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 15: Don't you go worrying about storms!
Characters/Pairings: Madoka/Sayaka, families, (skip) Homura
Rating: R
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Our heroines finally get in touch with their families, and the R rating is finally for something other than violence.

So we've clearly hit the point at which the schedule changes from "every n days" to "whenever I finish a new chapter." Sorry for the delay on this one, and I'll be writing the rest as fast as I can! Also, thanks to those of you who have pointed out honorific issues; after the story is finished I will go back through and do some fixing.

'We don't need — we're somewhere safe. I promise.' )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 14: You must be new at this.
Characters/Pairings: Madoka/Sayaka, Kyoko, (skip) Tomohisa
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Made an executive decision to split this story into two volumes, with chapter 12 marking the end of Volume I (informally subtitled "In") and chapter 13 the beginning of Volume II ("Out"). Still can't say for sure how long this will end up. My guess is that Volume II will not get as long as twelve chapters, pleasantly symmetrical though that would be.

Anyway, this is the chapter with Kyoko. Good times.

'Look, you wanna fight about this, or what? Because if not, quit wasting my time and move over. There's a bowl of shrimp soba in the fridge I have dibs on.' )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 13: Can you make it?
Characters/Pairings: Madoka/Sayaka, Kyuubei, (skip) original characters, Kyoko
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

A wild Kyuubei appears! Sayaka got a SOUL GEM! Sayaka uses Transform! It's super effective!

And she was enveloped in blue light, swimming in it, her heart dancing. )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 12: I think I met one in a dream, or something.
Characters/Pairings: Madoka/Sayaka, (skip) Oktavia, Kyuubei
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Madoka struggles with dreams of witches; Sayaka struggles to not become one.

The wheels come out of nowhere. Huge spinning wheels, rusted iron like something torn from an ancient and abandoned train. Madoka fires, two, three, five bolts of rosy energy, and the one bearing down on her explodes before it can crush her. )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 11: I bet you think that's really wonderful!
Characters/Pairings: Homura, Madoka, Sayaka, (skip) some Homulilly, Kyuubei
Rating: R
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Homura is not happy. And it's about time for Sayaka's regularly scheduled breakdown.

Her jaw was set, lips trembling; she was furious as much as terrified, and in that moment Madoka adored her, would have done anything for her. )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 10: Akemi's weak point is you.
Characters/Pairings: Homura, Madoka, Sayaka, (skip) MadoSaya, hints of Oktavia + Homulilly
Rating: R
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Sayaka slows down enough to do some observation and come up with a complex plan (and confront how she feels about Madoka along the way). This just might work, as long as Sayaka can be ruthless, Madoka can lie through her teeth, and Homura doesn't turn out to be more powerful (or more unstable) than anyone suspected.

'Don't you get it? I was trying to upset her. To throw her off-balance. And it worked! Didn't you see the look on her face?' )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 9: All that matters is to keep moving.
Characters/Pairings: Homura, Madoka, Sayaka
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

In which the BFFship of Sayaka and Madoka struggles to weather strained conditions; there are more escape attempts, interspersed with waltzing; and Sayaka won't forgive anyone who makes Madoka cry, herself included.

'If she wanted you to avoid contracting so bad, why couldn't she be straightforward about it, huh? Why does she have to be a freak about it?' )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 8: Kyuubei says she's 'anomalous'...whatever that means.
Characters/Pairings: Homura, Madoka, Sayaka
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

In which Sayaka adjusts to imprisonment, fills Madoka in on some of the events she's missed over the past couple weeks, talks about Mami, and meets Homura in a new light.

The wall of high-tech screens in the window display lit up with a news report, flashing cropped photos from Madoka's Facebook page in a dozen different resolutions and aspect ratios. )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 7: You can't forget that that's wrong!
Characters/Pairings: Homura, Madoka, Sayaka
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Sayaka joins the party! Also, she doesn't know about Homura yet. What will Madoka do? Hijinks ensue. And by "hijinks" I mean "a whole new round of panicky escape attempts."

Sayaka stirred or huffed in her sleep several times without waking. Madoka, frantically putting as much of the room in order as she could, jumped each time. )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 6: You said you'd be here. You promised!
Characters/Pairings: Homura, Madoka, (skip) Sayaka
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Homura explains the power of wishes, and Madoka begins to come apart at the seams.

(As of this chapter, posting is going to be slowed down to every two days rather than every day, to give me more time to write the later chapters. Thanks to everyone who's been following/commenting/kudosing so far!)

'You know something of that now, Kaname Madoka. If a figure had appeared to you the first night you were here, and offered you a deal to get out, how many questions would you have asked?' )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 5: Can't you just tell me?
Characters/Pairings: Homura, Madoka, (skip) Kriemhild Gretchen
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Madoka admits to needing care for her bumps and bruises, and Homura inadvertently reveals some of her own inner wreckage.

She dutifully reported the pains as Homura's questing fingers moved down the muscles of her neck. )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 4: She's a puella magi, just as I am.
Characters/Pairings: Homura, Madoka
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Madoka begins to become more familiar with Homura's battle scars, and gets a few worrisome wounds of her own.

As usual, Homura knocked before coming down, and her gait on the steps was nothing special. When she reached the bottom of the stairs and turned the corner into view, Madoka had to stifle a gasp. )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 3: If I write Mama a letter....
Characters/Pairings: Homura, Madoka
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Homura reveals a few more pieces of information, and Madoka tries to come up with a more subtle plan.

By now she must have been reported missing, and the police would be searching. They'd have to find her soon enough. But that was no reason she couldn't help them along a bit. )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 2: I'm not taking anything from her.
Characters/Pairings: Homura, Madoka
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Madoka takes stock of her new surroundings, and makes her first desperate attempts to get out of them.

The sides of her fists were red and raw when she finally collapsed. Her steel opponent hadn't taken so much as a dent. )
ptahrrific: Madoka preparing to take on Walpurgis (madoka magica)
Title: Persephone's Waltz, Chapter 1: This is a joke, right?
Characters/Pairings: Homura, Madoka, Sayaka, Hitomi, Walpurgisnacht
Rating: PG-13
Disclaimer/Warnings: See table of contents.

Madoka has a mysterious dream, and there's a new student in her class. So far, it's a rewound timeline like any other...right?

Dates are based on the timetable worked out at the wiki.

There's a creature floating overhead, a monster of gears and lace, its shrill laughter rattling a cityful of broken windows as explosions bloom uselessly across its flanks. )

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