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Swamped, a novel

Posted: 17/08/2022 by vequinox in Literature

Saturday afternoon came around at last. Logan had left for the Okanagan early in the morning, leaving his father to take care of all the house things for Alex and Jonathan for the next two days. However, Eteo planned to spend the weekend with Ariana, including the nights. In fact, he wanted to take Ariana to Harrison Hot Springs for the weekend. It would be the first time, except for some business trips, that he had slept outside the house since the divorce. He arranged with Jonathan what to do about their food, left some money for them, and after Alex and Jonathan told him he could go and they would be fine for two days, he decided to proceed with his plans. Then he talked to Ariana again. She was elated that they could get away for two nights.

He drove to the Ambleside, went upstairs to Ariana’s apartment, and found her almost ready for their first weekend together. A few minutes later he was carrying her small overnight bag down to his car.

“Where are you taking me, my love?” she asked him

“I’m not telling you. It wouldn’t be a surprise if I did, would it?

Ariana smiled and kissed him. “Okay then, I’m all yours; take me anywhere you wish,” she said, then added, “and do anything you wish with me,” her voice husky with desire.

In silence, he drove east along Lockheed Highway, passing Port Coquitlam then Mission, through the farmlands of the Fraser Valley to Harrison Hot Springs in Agassiz. The parking valet at the big hotel by the lake where they stopped took his car and the doorman carried their bags to their room, beautifully decorated with fresh flowers and a bottle of wine with some finger food already laid out on the table. Ariana smiled and gave him a look of approval. She knew him well enough by now to know he was man of good taste who enjoyed going out of his way to make her feel great.


Η επιστήμη πίσω από τον μύθο

Η τύφλωση του Πολύφημου από τον Οδυσσέα σε φράγμα από κρατήρα του 7ου αιώνα π.χ. (Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Άργους).

Μήπως ο Πολύφημος – ο κύκλωπας που τύφλωσε ο πολυμήχανος Οδυσσέας – δεν ήταν αποκύημα της φαντασίας του Ομήρου, αλλά υπήρξε στην πραγματικότητα και έπασχε από κυκλωπία; Υπάρχει περίπτωση ο μυθικός πρώτος βασιλιάς της Αθήνας, ο Κέκροπας – που ήταν μισός άνθρωπος και μισός φίδι – να αποτέλεσε ιστορικό πρόσωπο με συμπτώματα ιχθύασης; Και ενδέχεται ο διασημότερος κωδωνοκρούστης της παγκόσμιας λογοτεχνίας, ο Κουασιμόδος, να μην ήταν δημιούργημα του Βίκτωρος Ουγκό, αλλά ένας ασθενής με νευροϊνωμάτωση;

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