Tuesday, January 3, 2012

With Impartial Tread

For about a year now, I have been wanting to write about the Greek love god Eros trying to explain death to his son Arden (who's only three at the time). Explaining death to a deathless being is all too fascinating to me, so I am happy to report that I have finally been able to explore it in short story form! This story is called "With Impartial Tread"--which I filched from a quote by a dead Roman poet--and takes place years before For the Love of Gods. (AKA the book where Arden isn't a cutesy three-year-old, but a snarky, insufferable brat worthy of being banished from Olympus!) Here's a sample of the story below:

“Dad! Daaaaad! Dad-dad-dad!”

I expelled a sigh before turning around to face my son—or, rather, the four tempestuous Anemoi he seemed to personify this morning, Arden was as turbulent as any such wind. He was even stirring up a little of his own, his gold-tipped wings beating the air not in flight—he was using his feet to barrel toward me—but distress. Although Psyche and I have had him part of our lives for three years already—or was it only two so far?—it was still hard to adjust to raising a child again after literally ages since our first. Grip tight on my bow, I knelt down to better be at eye-level with him and said, “Arden, I need to go to work.”

“B-b-but—” Sniffling, Arden thrust his hands up. I expected to see the stuffed Pegasus I had given him, but instead, cradled in his palms was a pigeon.

A
dead pigeon.

To read more, click here! I hope you all enjoy this quick, little slice-of-life story of mine. :)

11 comments:

  1. I love the story! It's so sad. I felt really bad for the poor pigeon!

    I didn't know a mortal could become immortal!

    Kids don't understand death because they haven't really developed a complex understanding of the world. My cousin's four year old runs around talking about dying but has no real idea what happens.

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  2. @ Kamille: Glad you could enjoy the story! :)

    And yep, a mortal can become immortal, at least in Greek mythology! In the Eros-and-Psyche tale, Psyche is allowed to become immortal to be with Eros, and it is done by giving her ambrosia. (AKA food of the gods.)

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    1. I didn't know that. But then again, I don't really know much about Greek mythology. I'll have to read up on it.

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    2. I've been reading Greek mythology since I was a kid. It's heaps of fun to learn about! It's pretty much a big, ol' twisted soap opera, haha.

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    3. That's what I call Tudor History! Medieval Eastenders. (Eastenders is the name of a soap opera in the UK).

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    4. LOL! Gotta love how so many things can easily be equated with soap operas. XD

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    5. Yeah. Even though soap operas in general seem nothing like real life.

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    6. The fact that they're nothing like real life is probably why people enjoy them, haha. So many decades-old soap operas have been getting cancelled here; I didn't watch them (the only soap opera I ever liked was cancelled years ago), but it's very much feeling like the end of an era....

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    7. Aw no!

      Over here, we tend to keep going with them. One of them has been on TV for like 26 years and it's ratings are huge. It's usually from 5 million to 15 million.

      Why are they getting cancelled?

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    8. I have no idea why they're getting cancelled, but I know two went off the year recently, and these are ones that have been on the air for, like, four decades! Daytime talk show type of stuff has since replaced them, which is just sad.

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    9. Ew! I hate talk shows. They never talk about interesting stuff and only talk to the celebs who star in crap movies!

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