Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Writer Wednesday: Excerpt of "The Awakening of Agnostos (Myths of the Olympians)"
The Awakening of Agnostos (Myths of the Olympians)
by: Jennifer Paquette and Nicholas Perrotti
“I banished that little trollop, dear husband. I’m finished with your sordid trysts, fathering half the spawn of Greece. Do you remember Agnostos? Do you remember how frightened we were, standing in the shadows, overhearing the story about the part of the world where our powers are useless?”
“Of course I remember Agnostos, my lovely wife,” Zeus replied, lowering his voice a notch, giving Hera a questioning look. “What about Agnostos?”
Hera tilted her head to one side, as a playful smile danced across her scarlet lips. She brushed away a jet-black curl and tucked it behind her ear. Then she stepped toward Zeus until she was so close she could feel the warmth of his body against her skin, and whispered breathlessly into his ear, “I have found Agnostos. It exists and only I know where it is.” Then she nipped his earlobe with her teeth.
He pushed her away with such force that she tripped back and fell against the marble steps. Zeus pointed a mighty finger at her and an electric current jetted across the room and stopped at the fallen queen, creating a sizzling cage around her so she could not move or speak. Her eyes were wild with fear and loathing, but she knew she had to wait out Zeus’ wrath.
“You will take me to Agnostos personally,” Zeus ordered. “You will show me that it truly exists and then you will take Hecate out of there.”
Hera stared at him while her electrical prison crackled and popped around her. She waited. As Zeus’ anger ebbed, the force diminished. Soon, Hera could wiggle her fingers and blink her eyes. She waited a few more minutes and then she was free.
She stayed on the floor while she spoke, knowing her words would make no difference if she was standing or sitting.
“She will never be free,” Hera said through clenched teeth.
Too interested in the powers of Agnostos to get angry at his wife all over again, Zeus kept his tone even. “Because you won’t free her or you can’t free her?”
Hera rose from the floor, kicking her gown back with a sandaled foot. “Your memory is failing you. If you recall the legend, once you are in Agnostos, nothing can free you. Hecate is not coming back. Get used to it.”
pp. 35-37: The Awakening of Agnostos (Myths of the Olympians), by: Jennifer Paquette and Nicholas Perrotti. J