Aphrodite brushed her hair whilst admiring her reflection in the mirror. She would never describe herself as beautiful, but knew that was the description others used about her. She looked deeply into her own eyes. A radiant and deep blue that reflected reflections. Light danced and sparkled like sunlight streaming through a canopy of leaves that danced in a gentle breeze on a hot Summer’s day. She imagined clouds floating by in the depths of blue, before simply fading away like a passing thought. She
“Aphrodite!” Hera broke Aphrodite’s concentration. “My hairdryer’s exploded again. May I please use yours?” Hera fumed unnecessarily.
“Of course, Hera.” Aphrodite refused to have her moment spoiled. She unplugged her hairdryer and passed it over to her fellow Goddess, who graciously took it from her and left the chamber.
Aphrodite returned to her ponderings. Gently she brushed her hair downwards from the left side of her head, and down over her left shoulder. She gazed into the deep blue of her eyes once again… but the moment was gone. The deep blue wasn’t gazing back at her. Her eyes were now jet black, surrounded by reddened eyelids and puffy bags held in place by dark rings beneath. Fire raged out of control around her. Quickly, she rubbed her eyes and tied her hair up on top of her head. She blinked, and the reflection in the mirror had returned to normal. She secured her hair in place using her favourite floral headdress and quickly stepped away from the mirror. She wrapped her shawl around her shoulders and hurried out of the chamber to join Athena in the kitchen.
“Ath,” Aphrodite asked just as Athena took a large bite from a slice of hot buttered toast, “That mirror is broken again. The reflection was dark, almost macabre!”
“Mmm mmm-mmm mmm-mmm mmm…” Athena realised she shouldn’t speak with her mouth full. She managed to finish her bite, and repeated what she’d tried to say. “The mirror doesn’t lie.”
“That one does. I was pondering my beauty when it all went suddenly wrong.”
“Aph, pondering your beauty? Again? Surely that is where the problem is. You should merely take it at face value and move on. Don’t dwell on it. You’re a Goddess after all!”
“You do speak wisdom, Athena, but I know what I saw.”
Diana walked into the kitchen and popped a piece of bread into the toaster. “Morning ladies!” she said cheerfully.
“Good morning, Diana!” Aphrodite replied, equally as cheerful. “Did you sleep well?”
“I did indeed! I feel like a new person this morning!”
“Diana,” Athena sounded confused. Diana looked at Athena and smiled as she watched her finish another bite. “What are you doing here? You shouldn’t be here.”
“What do you mean, Ath?” Aphrodite was curious. “Where else should she be?”
“Not here. Aphrodite, Diana’s in the wrong place. I just know it.”
“The wrong place?” Diana laughed. “I most certainly am not. You’re speaking in riddles again, Ath.”
“No, I’m not. Something’s off. You should not be here. We should consult Jupiter immediately to see if he can check the Balance of All Things. Aphrodite, your mirror may also have been trying to tell you something now. Come at once! Jupiter will have the answer.”
“Jupiter’s visiting Poseidon at the moment,” Hera walked into the kitchen, her hair still wet. “Sorry Aphrodite, your hairdryer blew up as well. Something tells me we need to listen to the Wisdom of Athena. We shall ready the horses and depart for Atlantis forthwith!”
“Horses?” Diana asked. “To get us to Atlantis?”
“Naturally.” Hera replied. “You should know that, Diana, Goddess of the Hunt.”
“But Atlantis is beneath the waves. We cannot possible get there on horseback.” Diana started to feel very out of sorts.
“Not on horseback, silly! On the chariots. The horses will get us to the Island of Atlantis with ease.”
“No. That isn’t right.” Diana was now convinced something was mixed up. “We should depart immediately. Once I’ve eaten my toast!”
Oh dear. Legendary Circles Two has started with 666 words. Something is up. Will things make sense this time around? Time will hopefully tell.