Chapter 1: The Struggle
The stories and legends of Greek Mythology have always been passed down orally and it gave the younger generation after Ancient Greece to learn from it. Even the Romans adapted the Greek myths into their version.
But we all know that Greek Mythology was something to be listened to because there was something that we can learn and teach others about knowledge. The myths were used to explain the creation of the universe that we know, the relationships that might go wrong, and do not be arrogant or you will face the consequences.
Sure, Ancient Greece civilization has ended but the myth lived on.
And who knows, you might encounter the Greek Gods themselves if they ever reincarnated as mortals in this modern era.
I have always been fascinated with the Greek myths since I was a little kid. I don’t know why but Hephaestus, The God of Forges and Fire, was very appealing to me. I kind of wished that he would not be only the myth that people have always been saying.
And I should have known that be careful what you wish for.
My name is Elise Gallo and this is my encounter with Greek myth in the flash.
It was a Wednesday morning when I was sitting across the tombstone that was engraved for my father. I was still in shock when I cannot think of anything. I just got back from the grocery when I saw that my father was staying still in his chair and he was not breathing. I cried after that when I was talking to the 911 and I was still am.
I felt the tears that were running down my cheeks when I was looking at the epitaph that they engraved for my father.
‘Here lies a legend, a blacksmith, a brother and a father to a loving daughter,’
I was looking at the epitaph that they had for my mother as well. I was all alone now. I don’t know why I felt empty but it was never like this before.
Not when I left him when I know he would be pissed with me.
I was nodding at people that were talking to me when I was looking at the two tombstones of my parents. I don’t know what I was doing right now but I was just responding to their kind words and encouragement.
It’s not like it will do any good for me anyway. Just a little gesture for I am an orphan now.
The rain came and I was looking into the sky as the clouds were mundane and I was sighing in the rain as I was closing my eyes and I let them soaked into my skin.
“I guess I have to figure out on my own now,” I mumbled before I was leaving from the graveyard as I don’t even notice that I was being watched from afar.
A few days later, there was another shocking news that my father left me. I was in my home with my solicitor that was going over my father’s business. But mostly, it was his debt.
“I’m sorry, what did you just say?” I asked the solicitor before I was putting the tea in front of him. He was clearing his throat again before he was reading off the papers that the bank was sending to my father, but now it felt down on me.
“It stated that your father, bless his soul, was in debt with the bank for 200,000 euros,” he said as I was blinking before I was leaning against the chair. This cannot be the end of my life right now. What about the house and mortgage?
“Is that the mortgage of this house or was it something else?” I asked him before he was pulling another paper and I felt my stomach turned.
“Well, that was the loan alone that your father was asking from the bank, excluding the mortgage on the house and the shop,” the solicitor said as I was gulping the dry lump that was in my throat right now.
“And the total for all of them?” I asked him as I was crossing my fingers.
Please let it be bearable, please let it be bearable!
“Well, based on this calculation, it was almost 500,000 euros that you need to come up at the end of the month or you will become homeless,” the solicitor said as I was rubbing my face. Oh God! I don’t have that kind of money laying around in my savings.
“So, what are you planning to do to pay all of these debts, Elise?” The solicitor asked me as I was taking a deep breath right now.
Breathe in, breathe out. And let go.
I was staring at the papers that the bank was giving to my father and I was trying to think of anything that might be helpful for us to come with a solution.
“The forge has not been active for years. I don’t know if people would appreciate the good craftsmanship any much longer. If there was only a way to restore the forge…” the solicitor before I was remembering the ads that were showing there will be a competition for forgery and swords making. I think I can sign up for that.
“What if…I tell you that I have a solution for that?” I asked him as I was smiling at him. The solicitor was looking at me with his arched eyebrows.
“Ms. Gallo, I don’t think that this was legit,” the solicitor said as I was showing him the ads that I found in the town square.
“Why not?” I asked him as I was looking at the ads. It was legal enough for me with prizes of 1 million euros. The solicitor was shaking his head before he was looking at his watch.
“Shoot, I am late. I will come back tomorrow to talk about the other option,” he said as he was packing up his briefcase.
“But what about—”
“Not another word, Elise. We will have something much better than this to think of a solution and you have an invitation to the Caprioli clan tonight since your father and their parents were close. You might as well keep the relationship going,” the solicitor said as I was scoffing at him before I was looking at his retreating figure.
I was looking at the invitation to the wedding reception of Hermes and his bride. I sighed as I was closing my eyes before the familiar red hair was coming into my memory. I opened my eyes before I was blushing hard as I can feel the heat that was on my face.
“Not that person, Elise. You know that" I mumbled before I was taking my leave for the reception. I think this debt can be worried about another day.
For tonight I will dine and eat like a queen that I was.
Well, not the queen but not eating like a peasant than I was tonight. I will be roaming in the castle of Caprioli clan, the most prestigious family in Sicily. I sighed.
Who am I kidding? I am not their circle of friends. I am not a socialite. I am an orphan that has to deal with debts in her life. I guess I have to make sure that I blended in then.