Thursday, 25 October 2012

Diabolical Deeds 4: A Sister's Lament

The fourth of Timony’s #DiabolicalDeeds challenges is to write a 100 word story inspired by the Gorgon Stheno and two prompt words.

In Greek mythology, Stheno was the eldest of the Gorgons. She and her sister Euryale were both immortal, and the third sister, Medusa, was mortal.  The prompts are:

saccadic – jerking and twitching
sussurate – whisper, sussurant

A Sister’s Lament

The snakes jerk, saccadic, around her ravaged face, their forked tongues sussurating in the dust.  Her dying eyes stare sightlessly at the barren earth as Greek lifts her head.

She was barely more than a child when Poseidon tore her body, defiled Athene’s temple with her virgin’s blood.  Just a child, her beautiful eyes blank as they are now.  Empty.

“Whore.I screamed. “Defiler.”  Because of her beauty, we were all rendered monstrous.  She got no comfort as she held her tattered robe to her tender breasts, as her lustrous hair grew serpentine.


I wish I had been kind.


Lisa Shambrook said...

These are so good Meg, your background in mythology/history just lifts them!

Emilia Quill said...

Agree with Lisa :)
Such a sad tale, beautifully described.

David A Ludwig said...

Ooo, I knew you'd do a good job with the gorgon. Stheno witnessing her sister's death, the story more people are familiar with, was a great call for this entry.

I really love how you bring the myths and their actors to life.