Forbidden Food

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  • Published: 9 Feb 2014
  • Updated: 9 Feb 2014
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Artemis is tired of the life of the gods. She decides to run away to Earth, where she strikes an unlikely friendship with hunter Actaeon. But, can they stay friends without risking the wrath of the gods, and can Artemis control her longing for love?


6. Epilogue


So, that's the story that has always been told, until now. That's the story that everybody knows. That I turned Actaeon into a stag, and his own dogs got him. I now carry two scars. And they still burn. I changed after Actaeon's death. It became known that I had vowed chastity, that I wanted to hunt forever and that I thought men were worthless. Every day I think of Actaeon, and how if it wasn't for me, he'd have lived a long life. And how, if I had saved his sister that time in the woods, he would have lived a happier life. I decided to dedicate myself to maidens then, to protecting them. I had let Actaeon and his sister down. And they deserved more. So, from then on, every girl I saved from men, from horrible things, they were Actaeon's sister, they were the girls I never got to save. Hard to understand, I know, but I hope one day, when you have been in love like I have, that you will understand. And every night, I lay and gaze at the stars, at Orion. And I remember, I remember the smell of thyme, and freshly cooked deer. I remember the bright masks, the wooden bed and the colours in his eyes. I remember pine needles, and a midnight kiss that lasted forever.

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