The Epilogue

PROPHESY explores the time before Paris and Helen met, before their characters were defined by the Trojan War their love ignited. Both received prophecies that revealed a future filled with conflict and death they couldn’t escape.

This is their epilogue….

Theseus abducted Helen from Sparta not long after our story ends before her family succeeded in rescuing her and returning her to Sparta. The power over men she had begun to display continued, with countless suitors vying for her hand before Tyndareus chose Menelaus, King of Sparta, as her husband.

When Paris visited Sparta his prize promised by the goddesses was finally revealed. The couple fell in love, secretly escaping to Troy as prophesied. Furious, Menelaus gathered an enormous army and set sail for Troy to bring his wife back. His brother Agamemnon who had since married Clytemnestra, sacrificed his own daughter Iphigenia to ensure a safe voyage for the soldiers.

Troy was protected by an impenetrable high dense wall and a stalemate soon arose. Though Hector did not approve of war he was renowned for being the greatest warrior in Troy, a leader of people and admired by all. Hector was killed by Achilles and dragged round the wall for twelve days by his heels before his body was returned to the family, his death prompting a 12 day truce in the Trojan War. Paris later fatally shot Achilles in his heel.

After nine long years and many deaths the Greeks were on the brink of collapse when wise Odysseus, husband of Penelope, came up with a plan. They made a giant hollow wooden horse. Opening the gates, the Trojans brought the horse inside the city and celebrated. As so often before, no one listened to Cassandra, who warned against keeping the horse. At midnight, Greek soldiers emerged from inside the horse and massacred the Trojans in their sleep.

Blood ran in torrents, drenched was all the earth,

As Trojans and their alien helpers died.

Here were men lying quelled by bitter death

All up and down the city in their blood.

Paris died during the war defending Troy. Helen soon remarried before Menelaus reclaimed her as his own. Despite his threats to kill her, Helen used her power ensure her survival, returning to Sparta where it had all begun.

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