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Well, the horse thieves are off tonight.

It is supposed to be very hush-hush, but it is pretty obvious that something is going on. The Argosians that are tagging along have been hanging out in our camp today. The guys are pretty psyched and have been acting somewhat riotous.

Following lunch, Polites and Euryalus started off with a mock battle wielding some large wooden tent stakes. After about an hour, there were about twenty guys standing around, seeing who could throw a dead goat the furthest.

Patroclus tossed the thing almost thirty meters. I have to say, it was an impressive feat.

Odysseus walked up in the middle of the goat tossing. Rather than discourage it, the General was immediately determined to break Patroclus’ record.

His first toss was close.

Although the men were impressed, Odysseus was displeased and he really put everything he could into his second throw.

Unfortunately, Odysseus’ wind-up for the second toss was more than this dead goat could bear. One of the goats hooves came off, and the carcass went sailing into a nearby fire pit. This knocked over a large pot of stew, and burned a cook’s leg pretty severely.

That put an end to the fun.

Elpenor stopped by later and told me that some of the wood-gathering Minyan sailors thought they had seen Achilles’ ship. Apparently, it was very early and still dark, but some of the men swear they saw a Magensian galley about two days south of here.

I told Elpenor not to spread this rumor.

Odysseus stopped in a little later and dictated one of his letters to Penelope. I am not sure if he is concerned that he won’t come back tonight, or if he just wants to send a letter telling her how brave he is.

The guy actually told her that he is going on a dangerous mission tonight. I quote: “Sweet Penelope, your General must embark on this night on a most perilous adventure. My thoughts will be of you, and I pray Ares, God of Battle, will keep me in his favor.” -Personally, I don’t know why he would want her to worry. I think it just makes him feel like a badass.

I didn’t mention the rumor about Achilles to him.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! That's a funny goat story. Ares must have have heard Odysseus's prayer, and granted him the strength he needed to humiliate himself.

Let's hope Odysseus starts praying to Athena before we attack Troy.

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Paulusv said...

Odysseus was a fool for not checking with the gods first.

Don't you guys have a nearby oracle, or at least a priest to read some entrails?

3:45 PM  

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