by Peter Howard
give me that, baby, youre doing this.
whined Erin, Im already good enough,
youve never had a problem with my aim
said his mom, before the last time you
missed, you mean?
down at his sandals. He kicked at the dirt which
seemed to be laughing at him, or maybe just
giving him directions he thought bitterly.
an accident, he pleaded, could have
happened to anyone.
said his mother, but it happened to you,
and look at the result? Consider the consequences
of your actions once in a while could you,
she paused, shed agreed to
use the new name even if her new daughter in law
only wanted it to spite her. Still she pronounced
it with difficulty and the word didnt feel
right, consider the consequences, Erin?
wasnt so bad, he said shifting the
weight of the quiver, it all worked out in
worked out! said his mother incredulously,
the woman killed both her sisters, your
aunty is besides herself with the violation of
her property, your uncles mad at you for
making him get involved, and you know what a
thunderous temper he has, she paused,
you nearly started a war, Erin, and lets
not say it all worked out for the best because
you ended up marrying her!
that was because of you, mom, said Erin a
spark of defiance in his eyes.
she said, brings us back to your aim,
doesnt it? his mother walked back a
few steps and turned sharply, now point
that thing at the other thing, and hit it!
went about his target practice he tried to block
out his mother grumbling but it was hard, she had
the tendency to be heard when she wanted to be.
to do a simple job
he could hear her
saying, tripped and fell on his own arrow,
for Zeus sake
The target was
more than two miles away, and Erin found it over
and over again even with his mother grumbling in
his ear. When he had worn the target out and it
could no longer stand up under its own power he
rounded on her in triumph.
now? he said.
No, Erin Im not happy, Im not happy
about a great many things, but it looks like
well have to live with them doesnt it?
mom, he said slinging the bow back around
his shoulders, at least you got some
grandkids out of it.
look what happens to them!
does happen to them?
have to wait and see wont you, she
said with a flourish, and the next time you
decide to bribe me with the death of all living
things on earth, she said meaningfully,
be sure your new wife isnt within
reach or I dont care what Zeus says,
well find out just how divine our new
goddess really is, she shook her head,
the goddess Psyche and Erin, honestly!
With that his
mother vanished. Erin remained still. The trouble
with being the son of the Goddess of Love was
that she was all passion and often didnt
think things through. That and the fact she could