the smuggler’s bible

Theseus

Aethra spends a night with the king of Athens and winds up in the family way. He doesn’t stick around long after that, but he does bury his sword under a boulder on the off chance that the kid will need one someday.

“What is this, some kind of prank?” Theseus says, years later.

“Your father loved you very much. He just had a hard time expressing himself.”

It’s not a small piece of rock, either. It costs Theseus most of the day and a bruised right shoulder to clear it out. The sword underneath is, of course, completely ruined.