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Odysseus sent word that he wanted a tour of the build site today.

I brought Hermes over to his tent and escorted them there.

When we arrived, Elpenor and Epieus were in the middle of a fight. Not a physical one, just a shouting match.

Right as we walked up, Elpenor screamed: “Well, maybe next time I get my tunic stitched, I’ll have lunch with the tailor. Hell, my sandals look a bit worn! Maybe the cobbler is free for dinner!”

I cleared my throat loudly.

Elpenor whirled around angrily, but upon seeing the General, he gasped and stammered something like: “Sir! Oh, General, welcome… You’re welcome. I mean, welcome to the build site! Oh, sorry Sir, my deepest apologies.”

Odysseus just nodded slowly and eyed Elpenor.

Epieus on the other hand, coolly walked up and greeted the General.

He bowed and said: “General Odysseus, it’s an honor to have you with us.”

Odysseus was much more pleased with Epieus’ greeting, and he asked if Epieus would show us around the site. -Epieus respectfully obliged.

Despite their apparent tiffs, Epieus and Elpenor have been doing a great job with the Wooden Horse project. The entire site is well organized, with all the excess materials neatly stacked about the perimeter.

Even their men looked sharp and purposeful, and they calmly but efficiently moved about.

Misenus told me that Elpenor and Epieus have been making lunch for their workers for some time now. Sometimes when they have extra, they treat Misenus and his guys too. -That would be enough to keep me happy.

The Horse looks great. The base and wheels have been attached, and the four pillars that will be its legs are almost complete. The legs aren’t actually just pillars either. They bend at the knees just like a horse. One of the front legs even comes forward a bit to suggest somewhat of a prance.

Odysseus was visibly impressed, and not just with the Horse.

It was obvious that he was very pleased with Epieus. Epieus had not only done first-rate work, but he also knew how to stroke the General’s ego.

As Epieus described the project, he managed a tone that implied that Odysseus, but likely no one else, could understand what he was talking about. -Epieus is a smart guy.

Anyway, Elpenor and Epieus made us lunch after the tour. -It was delicious.

After lunch, Odysseus pawned Hermes off on me once again. He asked if I could keep him until his winged helmet was done. For some reason, I agreed.

I’m a bit disappointed in myself.

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Blogger Eurylochus said...

May harpies eat your eyes.

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Blogger Irm said...

Cai: I would be disappointed with myself too. But, really, aren't we all suckers for it, now and again. Well, maybe some of us more than others.
Mai: Neato blog! Love that sense of humor.

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