The Decision

Jupiter and Juno, Version 2 by Frans Christoph Janneck

Jupiter and Juno, Version 2 by Frans Christoph Janneck

I’ve decided. I’m going to marry him!

What?! Who?! Your TWIN?! You CAN’T!

I can and I will…not that he has asked yet… But he will because I will not go to his bed any other way.

But why HIM?

He is the only one worthy of me. All the others were consumed by my father’s greed and power. He is the only one worthy of me and the only one I will have. I will forever be seen as nothing more than a girl if I don’t marry him. But upon our marriage, I will be not only a queen but a WIFE.

When did he ask?

I told you, he hasn’t YET. But he will. I refused his bed because he is my homogastrios*. He will ask me because of his lust for that which he cannot have. As his twin, I complete him as no other can. Besides, we were not raised together. You and Uncle O raised me. He was raised by our mother’s servants. There is no familiarity. It will not occur to him what problems and issues this may cause.

It is WRONG! Your subjects will follow your example. The ills it could engender!

Not if I don’t bear him children. AND, as his Queen I will assume control of the sanctity of marriage and …

WHAT?! But, child, he will be king and all kings need heirs.

He will have to adopt then because he will not get a child of my body.

He will visit other beds! Rumor says that he has already visited plenty.

No he won’t or they and he will feel my wrath. Enough! No more, Aunt Tethys. I’ve thought this through. I will marry Zeus!

But HERA…

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* brother by the same mother.

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