The Woes of the Gods of Olympus - Lynx and Apus
Tavia as herself
Raymond Lam as Zeus
Myolie Wu as Hera
Bosco Wong as Lynx
Tavia completed her end of the bargain. Surprisingly, Zeus really enjoyed her company and returned to the paradise just for her. This baffled the other great gods who couldn’t settle down with one Apus, and their mightly leader willingly bedded the same Apus on several occasions.
With time, Hera found out about Tavia, and her jealously became insurmountable. She always knew that Zeus had affairs with other mortals, demi-goddesses, and minor goddesses. But she only allowed the affairs to happen because she believed that Zeus always returned to her. He never lasted for more than one month with the same woman. However, Tavia was different. Zeus had been with her for more than two months, and it didn’t seem as though he would get sick of her. Hera’s insecurity magnified her jealously, and she sought out Tavia and Zeus.
She journeyed to the paradise and found the two lying naked and leisurely in a grassy area. Unable to suppress her anger, she approached them and yanked Tavia away from Zeus, “Is this the demi-goddess who had mesmerized you, Zeus?”
“Hera, what are you doing here?” Zeus quickly stood up and ran over to embrace Tavia protectively.
Seeing how Zeus preferred a mere Apus to her, Hera’s anger increased significantly. She icily stated, “Reclaiming you, of course.”
Zeus looked at her and stated calmly but warningly, “I’ll return home later. Why don’t you just leave now?”
Hera became even more frustrated because Zeus chose to ignore her for a demi-goddess. She used her powers to strike Tavia and hurl her against the tree.
Zeus intervened. “Stop it, Hera.”
“Why should I?” Hera rose her hand and was ready to strike Tavia once more.
But Zeus stopped her in time. “Because she has the grand pardon. If you hurt her physically, you will be punished. You know the rules.”
Pulling her arm down, Hera resently said, “Smart girl to get the pardon from you. Nevertheless, there are other methods of punishment. Tavia, listen to me and obey. As the queen of Olympus, I now banish you from this paradise and from Olympus. You will no longer have the right to earn immortality. You will be sent down to Earth and live the life of a mere mortal. Your memories of Zeus, of this paradise, and of your past will be erased. You will start life as a mortal baby.”
Hera struck Tavia before she or Zeus could protest and sent her down to a mortal’s womb. Tavia grew up with no knowledge or remembrance of her past as a demi-goddess. She bloomed into a beautiful maiden who captured the attention of Lynx, a minor god of the seagulls. With time, he won her over and courted her. They eventually got married and lived a blissful life.
Over the years, Zeus had forgotten about Tavia; however, one day, when he looked through the crystal lake to observe the events in his domain, he fell onto Tavia and suddenly remembered her. Her face re-ignited his feelings for her, and he decided to pay her a visit. When he appeared to her in all of his glory, she fainted from his overwhelming radiance. Using that opportunity, he restored her memories of the past.
Tavia woke up to a smiling Zeus. Confused, she asked, “Where am I?”
“Earth.” He answered as he impatiently waited for her to regain her past memories.
All of the events of her current life and her past rushed into her: her affair with Zeus and her love for Lynx.
Pulling herself up, she wondered, “Where’s Hera?”
Zeus’s smile quickly disappeared as it was replaced by a dark expression. “Don’t mention her. If it weren’t for her then we wouldn’t have been separated for so long.”
“Zeus, I cannot believe you still think about this woman for after so many years,” another voice boomed.
Zeus and Tavia looked to find the source of the voice and saw Hera standing at the doorway.
His expression grew darker as Zeus demanded, “Hera, what are you doing here?”
“Isn’t it funny how you asked me the exact same question almost two decades ago in the same predicament?” She refused to give him the satisfaction of an answer.
“Remember that she has the grand pardon.” Zeus reminded her.
Hera smiled bitterly as she stated, “How can I forget after the way you threatened to punish me back then? But remember, Zeus, I have my way of getting around to punish her.”
Unaware of the occurrence at home, Lynx returned home at the most unfortunate time. He entered the house to see the two greatest gods of Olympus arguing in his own home.
Seeing him, Hera said, “Lynx, you must be the lad who married this vixen, Tavia.”
Shocked at the two faces in his home, Lynx finally found his voice and answered, “Yes, Tavia is my wife, but she is not a vixen, Hera.” Turning to his wife, he asked, “Tavia, why didn’t you inform me of our famous guests?”
Tavia ran to his side, much to Zeus’ disappointment, and replied, “I didn’t know they would come here.”
Seeing how happy the couple was, Hera more than anything wanted to destroy their marriage. She smirked as she challenged Tavia, “Tavia, why don’t you reveal to Lynx your love affair with my husband?”
This came as a bigger surprise to Lynx who could only mumble, “What?”
Tavia held onto his arm lovingly as she explained, “Lynx, that was in the past before I got sent down to Earth. You’re the only man I know in this lifetime.”
Seeing their interaction, Zeus became more jealous. “Tavia, I traveled from Olympus to re-unite with you. Are you going to choose him or me?”
Facing her past, Tavia pleaded, “Zeus, that was in the past. It was what you claimed it to be, an affair. We both knew that it would eventually end.”
All hopes that he had for the reunion were gone. “We’ll see about that.” Zeus left as quickly as he entered, but his emotions upon leaving were different from his emotions upon entering. All wonderful hopes for passion were replaced by anger and bitterness and jealousy.
Hera remained behind and stared at Tavia with more hatred in her eyes. “He will never give up unless I get rid of you.”
Tavia clung onto Lynx for protection.
Smiling widely, Hera asked herself, “Now why didn’t I think of this earlier? You caused a drift between Zeus and me for awhile. It’s only fair for you to suffer the same fate.” Looking at him cynically, Hera stated, “Lynx, rest assured, you will leave a legacy behind.”
Seeing Hera’s expression, Tavia foreshadowed a disaster. She pushed Lynx behind herself and wondered, “What are you going to do to him?”
Hera threw a force at Tavia and pushed her down, “Never mind you. I will get to you eventually, Tavia. Lynx, since you are a minor god of the seagulls, I will turn you back to your original form and send you to the sky.”
Tavia understood Hera’s intention. “You’re going to turn him into a constellation?” She quickly kneeled down an pleaded, “Please, don’t! He’s innocent. He has nothing to do with my relationship with Zeus…that was all in the past. Why can’t you please leave us alone?”
Hera ignored her cries and used her power to dissipate Lynx’s form and sent him to the sky where his seagull form was only visible to the most careful observers, even for Tavia.
“As for you, Tavia, I will return your immortality so that you would have to suffer eternal separation from your husband. Seeing how your slight beauty has such a dramatic effect on Zeus, I will have to change your physical form as well.”
Hera put a cursed on Tavia, and Tavia aged quickly in a matter of a few seconds. She soon developed a hunchback, and her face and body were covered with wrinkles. Her hair changed from jet black to gray. Her sight was also affected so that she could barely make out the outline of her husband’s form in the sky.
***end of the narrating***