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Preview to Eternity
Summary: Zeus watches Hera and remembers (short SHORT one-shot)
I remember the day I first saw your face. So open and happy. Your hair wasn't as long as it now, and it was brighter. We were younger then, so full of life. So sure we could do, be, anything or anyone we wanted.
You who smiled at me with bright eyes and caressed me with gentle words. You say I am only tempted by other women but it was you tempted me first. You who were like my best friend, who knew me better than my brother at times I think.
I married Metis yes and I knew how much it hurt you. But even though I loved her; it was you who stayed in my thoughts. You, whose face I saw as I made love to the woman who was my wife. You who tempted me with something far greater.
And I admit it, I used Prometheus' prophecy as an excuse. And I find that it does not shame me. It brought me the chance to have you.
I suppose even then we tested our affections for one another, for I
Teenage TaoismGiving birth is the closest I’d ever felt to dying.
Before that, my near death experiences had consisted only of my silent announcement of pregnancy—silent, being that my social media accounts were all deleted almost simultaneously and I never returned to school in the fall, saying without really saying that I had caught the malicious disease of “teenage pregnancy”. I’m sure the whisper spread in the hallways like the Bubonic Plague. That September, sitting at home on what would have been the first day of my senior year, I imagined friends I’d never talk to again saying “she was only seventeen, and so full of life!” at my absence in the cafeteria tables, as if they were attending my funeral instead of talking about me behind my back.
"Full of life," I had snorted then, folding a never ending stream of what had once been my own baby clothes. "Literally."
I walked around like a zombie for the months of my pregnancy, deciding t
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