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Fanfic / Persephone's Waltz

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Persephone's Waltz is a fanfiction of Puella Magi Madoka Magica written by Erin Ptah (SailorPtah). Taking place during one of the later time loops, Homura has become so exhausted by the repeated failures that she's kidnapped Madoka and locked her in a basement, intending to hold her there until Walpurgisnacht has come and gone. It doesn't go well.

Not to be confused with Perfect Crime, another Madoka Magica fanfic with similar main idea but different plot points and writing style.


Persephone's Waltz contains examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Madoka has been kidnapped, and her parents react appropriately.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Too many to count. Sayaka apparently comes in at Homura's mercy, but then reveals that she came in intentionally. Kyoko provides Sayaka a grief seed moments before her witch transformation. But the one that tops the entire list is Kyuebey, who brings Sayaka's Soul Gem back to her so they can break out.
  • Bunker Woman: Poor Madoka is imprisoned by Homura in a basement completely terrified of her.
  • Cutting the Knot: The entire premise. Homura has failed to communicate how dangerous the situation is so many times, she just decides to take Madoka by force.
  • Discard and Draw: Instead of healing Kyosuke, Sayaka wished to find Madoka, exchanging her usual healing powers for extrasensory abilities.
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  • Exact Words: Homura states all of her friends have died. "Have died", not "are dead".
  • Foregone Conclusion: This story takes place before the series, and ends with Madoka wishing to save Homura's life, and to repair her psychological damage. Homura does not succeed, and goes back in time again.
  • The Ghost: Mami is mentioned, but never appears in person, succumbing to despair during Sayaka's imprisonment.
  • Gilded Cage: Madoka's prison is made as comfortable as possible, modeled after her own room, including stuffed animals and clothes she likes. The implications of this only terrify her more.
  • Hearing Voices/Freudian Trio: To deal with her isolation, Madoka (Ego) talks to mental versions of her mother (Superego) and Sayaka (Id).
  • Hope Spot: Mami, Kyoko, and Sayaka are dead, but Walpurgisnacht is destroyed with Madoka still alive and non-magical. Homura actually succeeded, just in time to get chopped in half by falling debris.
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  • Killed Offscreen: Mami transforms into a witch after Sayaka goes missing, and is then killed by Kyoko.
  • Public Secret Message: Madoka tries to hide a clue to her kidnapper's identity in a message to her family. Homura sees through it instantly, but lets her rewrite the message.
  • Rewatch Bonus: In the last chapter, Homura comments offhand that she sometimes stops time to cry on Madoka's shoulder. Chapter 5 is narrated by a different person, but contextual clues note  indicate that she was doing this during the conversation about Amy.
  • Sanity Slippage: Homura is outright insane by this point, despite remaining externally emotionless. The few chapters from her POV have erratic prose that barely differentiates from thought and speech, and eventually turns into quoteless rambling.
  • Split Personality: Madoka suspects Homura has one due to how easily she switches between her current stoic personality and the original, meek one.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Madoka towards Homura, and she's aware of it. Unfortunately, she doesn't know how to process the fact that her captor has bona fide magical powers and everything she's told turns out to be completely true.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sayaka, thanks to Mami's notes given to her after her death, gets to do some amazing things with Mami's posthumous training. Such as actually hurting Walpurgisnaut...solo, which was more than Homura could do. And with Kyouko's help, they manage to actually kill the mega-witch, something only Madoka was capable of doing.
  • Unwinnable by Design: Kaguya Super Contract Z, a game modeled after the Magical Girl-Witch system meant to show Madoka what's going on. It turns out the game was created as a result of another contract as a Noodle Incident. Homura mentions that she has no idea who or what created the game, only that it exists.
  • Yandere: Homura kidanps Madoka. She also shoots Sayaka when she tries to break her out.
  • Your Favorite: Creepy version. Not a food in this case, but rather a special soap Madoka likes, a pink one in the shape of a strawberry. Its presence makes her realize this is not a prank, Homura has been stalking her, and has been inside her home.