the smuggler’s bible

Telemachus

Telemachus sits across from Helen at dinner while she tells a story all about how brave everyone was at Troy. Menelaus has his own war story and follows up with something straying dangerously close to helpful.

“We caught a fish-man in Egypt,” he says. “Told us your father got captured by some nymph.”

Telemachus thanks him and leaves. Athena is waiting outside by the road.

“Is it true?” he asks.

“Your dad always asked the same kind of question.”

“And were you just as forthcoming?”

“That isn’t how this works,” she says, laughing. “But he never got that part either.”