Sunday, May 26, 2019

4.48: Epilogue II: Born To Be Kings

1180 BCE - Western Coast of Italy.

The trip across the Mediterranean had been arduous. Aeneas had aimed to travel south and make for Egypt, but days of tempestuous storms and terrible visibility had left them – of all places – west of Greece. They’d continued on westward, rounding the great peninsula that all but bisected the Mediterranean, and briefly stopping in the strange land of the Carthagenians, before finally bringing their ship to its final rest on the western shore of the aforementioned peninsula.

4.47: Epilogue I: You Know What Flows There Like Wine

1182 BCE - The King's Palace in Mycenae.

Agamemnon set his travel bags down in the hallway. It had been an unreasonably long voyage back from Troy. A storm had scattered the Greek fleet, and thanks to the 10 years lying on dry sand and baking in the sun, many of the ships had proven unable to handle the strain of tempestuous waters. It seemed as if Poseidon had had the last laugh.

4.46: Forget How To Hate

1183 BCE - Western Shore of Troa.

Odysseus watched as Aeneas’s ship disappeared to their south. He’d given them some of Athena’s maps, and had taught them how to plot a course, but he asked them not to tell him their heading. He wanted Astyanax to grow up without any fear of Greek daggers stalking him in the night. Wherever they went, Odysseus knew they’d be fine. Between Aeneas and Briseis, they had more than enough strength, wit, and resolve to handle whatever the seas threw at them.

4.45: Everything I Do

1183 BCE - Troy's Southern Gate.

Adresteia and Athena’s battle carried them down the adjoining street, Odysseus chasing after them. Helen, wounded several times over, joined Menelaus at the gate as Agamemnon returned with dozens of men.

4.44: The Best of Us Can Find Happiness In Misery

1183 BCE - Troy's Southern Gate.

Agamemnon pushed Kassandra into the arms of two of his soldiers and lunged at Odysseus with his spear. Athena threw her spear at Adresteia, and then charged at her shield first. Diomedes, Ajax, and Teucer charged at Aeneas, and Greek soldiers poured down the street, trying to reach the wailing infant.