July 5th, 2021


Sunshine Challenge 2021 - Prompt 1 (Hades)

Prompt 1: Hades
Hades is the god of the dead and the king of the Underworld with which his name became synonymous. Despite modern connotations of death as evil, Hades was actually more altruistically inclined in mythology; his role was often maintaining relative balance between the realms. He was often depicted as cold and stern in his judgement, and he held all of his subjects equally accountable to his laws. Above all else, Hades ensured the finality of death and that none of his subjects ever left the Underworld.
This prompt promptly prompted <g> me to think of Forever Knight, particularly the episode "Near Death", whose flashback shows us Nick's experience in 1228 after the vampire LaCroix drains him to the point of death.
Nick confronts his Guide figure at the gateway between life and death
He is offered the option of passing through a gateway to a brilliant light, representing death or some afterlife; but instead he chooses to answer LaCroix's call and wake to an altered immortal body.

It is an essential part of the vampire mythos, at least in this series, that they are not dead: being "undead" is something Other. For LaCroix (and most vampires in their community), actual death is The End; and, as such it is to be avoided at all costs. For Nick, whose quest is to reverse his vampiric condition, it is mortal life that he wants desperately to regain.

That death is the inevitable consequence of mortality is something that Nick accepts. Or, at least, in the strength of his current state and the health of his youth when he was brought over, he accepts death in theory. Whether, in the extremity of illness or age, he might alter his view ... well, that is a topic for fan fiction. Admittedly, few authors have tackled it.

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Sunshine Challenge 2021 - Prompt 2 (Eos)

Prompt 2: Eos
The dawn goddess Eos was almost always described with rosy fingers or rosy forearms as she opened the gates of heaven for the Sun to rise. Eos had a team of divine horses to pull her chariot, providing daylight as they climbed the arc of heaven scattering sparks of fire across the sky (she was also sometimes depicted aloft by the power of her own wings). Eos is known for having had many lovers, which has led to Eos being known by some as a goddess of joy and pleasure in addition to being the goddess of the dawn.
I thought, for Eos, I'd offer the webpage design for a story I wrote back in 2014, "A Little Chat over Breakfast".

Once upon a time, there was a LiveJournal community (maryrenaultfics) for fans of Mary Renault's books. It lasted for ten years, all told, though the decline in the last few years was becoming obvious (to everyone else, though possibly not to the moderators). Still, there had been a glorious fifth-anniversary celebration to which many of the members were active contributors. The main event was a series of stories set in a metaverse where the characters from all of Renault's books could meet at a clubhouse. The mods decided to do the same for the tenth anniversary as well.

Well, it wasn't the same. (Couldn't be, really.)

If you're up early, there's a stage when dawn looks a lot like dusk. Except for being in the east, of course.

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