ROMANCING THE GODS
by CHARLEY MARSH
Curiosity killed the cat. It also changed the course of mankind.
Pandora Jones roams her city streets at night, capturing the worries that keep others awake and securing them in boxes that she makes. The ultimate lonely girl, trying to atone for her ancestor’s costly mistake like a long line of Pandoras before her.
Head God Zeus sends his handsome eldest son to set things right with Pandora but neglects to tell Zee exactly who to look for, what to do, or even why he’s been sent. That would take all the fun out of the game and everyone knows the Olympic gods love their games.
Smart, playful and satisfying, Pandora rights an old wrong and brings an Olympic god down to where love and romance rule.
The god Apollo courted the lovely Princess Cassandra and bribed her with the gift of prophecy if she would only sleep with him.
Apollo should have known that it’s never a good idea to sleep with someone you have to bribe. They’re either attracted to you or they aren’t.
Cassandra agreed to Apollo’s offer and accepted the gift, but then she refused his advances. Unfortunately a divine power once given cannot be taken away, so Apollo took his revenge by ordaining that Cassandra would continue to see the future but no one would ever believe her warnings.
Life went downhill after that for Cassandra and she was eventually murdered. Those ancient Greeks loved a good depressing tale. I’ve chosen a different story for Apollo and Cassandra, one with a happy ending. This is my modern day version of what should have happened . . .
Can ancient history be rewritten into a happily ever after?
Sometimes beauty can be a curse, especially when people can’t see the person beneath.