Hera’s garden was beautiful. Every species of plant on the planet was represented, and there was a flower for every conceivable color and scent. Each gentle breeze brought a kaleidoscope of aromas to one’s nose, and it was so refreshing that it distracted Amaryllis and Homer from their reality, but only for a moment.
“Oh, no!” Amaryllis screamed.
“What?” asked Homer, not realizing that they were separated from Telemachus, and Manos.
“Telemachus! Manos! They are not here!”
“What?” Homer said incredulously.
“They collapsed on the rocks as they tried to enter Hera’s garden, and they are not moving.” Amaryllis was glad that Homer could not see, because Amaryllis could not determine whether Telemachus and Manos were even breathing. “Stay right here, Homer, I will go check on them.”
“No!” Homer yelled, reaching in the air, hoping to stop Amaryllis from leaving Hera’s garden.
“I’m not leaving them.” Amaryllis argued.
“You have no choice. You can only enter Hera’s garden once. If you leave, you won’t be able to re-enter, and you know that we need to obtain the sphylem sap.”
A tear rolled down Amaryllis’ cheek. She was forced to choose between leaving Telemachus, whom she promised to protect with her life, and leaving Homer, Ithaca’s only hope for a future. She had promised Odysseus that she would protect his only son. She had promised that son that she would carry out their mission should he fall and would protect Homer. She had promised herself that she would not fail. She wanted to honor all of those promises, but that goal was becoming increasingly difficult to attain. “Then let’s hurry,” Amaryllis said without emotion.
“Agreed. Can you see a waterfall?”
“Lead me there.” And the two began their own journey, without either Telemachus or Manos.
Scott Locke is a graduate of Brown University with a concentration in biology and of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where he earned his J.D. Scott has published many articles on various aspects of intellectual property. Telemachus and Homer is Scott’s first publication of fiction.