(At the heart of winter is one truth: not even death can stop a memory.)
Snow falls, continuously, eternally. Thick, cloying flakes collecting heavily on hibernating trees.
There has not been any other weather for so long, no sunshine to melt the ice, the entire world in stark white and somber grays.
No creatures dare brave beyond their burrows for long, risking more than just the cold and hypothermia. For if they intrude on Her perfect world, they may find themselves drawing undue attention.
Outside her castle of sharp towers–edged in icicles and cruel stone, metal so frozen it burns at a heedless touch–a crowd of such fools stand.
The Lions, first, those made in the image of Aslan, the only one who might threaten Her reign. Talking or silent, majestic or cowardly, trapped before they could unsheathe their claws.
Then, oddly, the denizens of the rivers and sea–the hippocampi, naiads and nereids both–caught before they could escape Her lands. Waves stopped mid crest, movement halted, faces immortalized in desperation to flee.
By then most Narnians had begun to hide, a mad scramble to avoid her clutches. But the frost continued: dryads protecting their trees, unable or unwilling to leave them behind. The gryphons and eagles, too brave, too proud, grounded and caged in unforgiving ice.
And yet the thought remains through the years, whispered furtively from mother to cub:
Hope for spring to come again.
A/N: This is actually canon Chronicles of Narnia compliant, but I figured it’d be a nice opening to Once Then Always since just look at these pictures! Aren’t they nice?
And, well, frozen fountains seemed like a good way to thematically start off December.
A/N: I was considering having today’s post be a missed post, given that my writing today was more… commercial?… in nature. And, also, describing shoes. But I did honestly have fun doing it so…
For context: Shoes of Prey is having a contest where you design shoes and the winner gets 52 pairs of shoes. They have twelve default outfits (but you can also upload your own) and I kind of just went–wait, there are twelve Olympians. But, wait, some of them are male. And then I was like… but what if all of them were female.
So I… rearranged?… the gods about, replaced them with goddesses with similar role and ended up with twelve Olympian goddesses.
Under the cut is the swapping/descriptions I used of the goddesses (but not the descriptions of the shoes because… I’m not sure if posting it here would disqualify there):
(Um, also a little bit related, I came up with a kind of interesting idea for a Persephone/Hades influenced DoS fic so… maybe I’ll get to that tomorrow?)
Okay, so given that I didn’t win the contest, I am no longer worried about disqualifying myself so here were my entries for my “Goddesses of Olympus” series:
Zeus –> Hera Part One of The Goddesses of Olympus Series: Hera, Queen of the Gods. Goddess of women, marriage, and family she is frequently symbolized with a crown and peacock.
Poseidon –> Amphritite Part Two of The Goddesses of Olympus Series: Amphitrite, Queen of the Oceans. She is often considered the personification of the sea itself, and creator of such marine mammals like seals and dolphins.
Demeter Part Three of The Goddesses of Olympus Series: Demeter, Mother of Earth. Goddess of the harvest, agriculture, and civilization.
Athena Part Four of The Goddesses of Olympus Series: Athena, Protector of the City. Goddess of wisdom, justice, war strategy, and the arts–the patroness of inspiration and logic.
Apollo –> Eos Part Five of The Goddesses of Olympus Series: Eos, Bringer of Dawn. Goddess of the morning and rising sun, it is said she opens the gates of the sky to usher in each new day.
Artemis Part Six of The Goddesses of Olympus Series: Artemis, Huntress of the Wild. Goddess of the hunt, archery, forests, and the moon; protector of young girls.
Ares –> Enyo Part Seven of The Goddesses of Olympus Series: Enyo, Terror of the Battlefield. This goddess of war enjoys flying into battle and striking fear into her enemies’ hearts. She thrives in times of strife.
Aphrodite Part Eight of The Goddesses of Olympus Series: Aphrodite, The Fairest. Goddess of love, beauty, and sexuality; she appeared from the sea foam, fully formed and resplendent.
Hephaestus –> Hestia Part Nine of The Goddesses of Olympus Series: Hestia, Keeper of the Flames. Goddess of the hearth, domesticity, architecture, and community. She is the oldest of the gods, the first to receive sacrifice; her fire is the eternal flames that begin every Olympic Games.
Hermes –> Iris Part Ten of The Goddesses of Olympus Series: Iris, Messenger of the Gods. Personification of the rainbow, she connects the gods to humanity, and travels across sky, sea, land, and beyond–the wind beneath her wings and feet alike.
Dionysus –> Hebe Part Eleven of The Goddesses of Olympus Series: Hebe, Cupbearer of the Gods. Goddess of eternal youth, provider of ambrosia and nectar, daughter of Hera and Zeus. Her symbols are the wine cup, vine, eagle, and wings.
Hades –> Persephone Part Twelve of The Goddesses of Olympus Series: Persephone, Queen of the Underworld. Goddess of vegetation, spring, and rebirth, daughter of Demeter. While her origins are sweet, she is darker than appears: as wife of Hades, she is in charge of punishing the souls of evildoers.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I know some of them are pretty tacky and also don’t really match their outfit, but the outfits were more of a suggestion to me? Really I just wanted to be like–THAT IS DEFINITELY THIS GODDESS’ SHOE.
(I’ll probably post the other sets later today? I dunno, I can’t sleep…)