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favourite faces for favourite mythic ladies: Deidamia with Sophie Turner

Deidamia had been so young when Golden Pyrrha had been brought to Scyros, and from that very first day she’d been enamoured. There were secrets about Phyrra, and each day the two spent close together made Deidamia long for answers all the more.

On a night slipped free from the palace and with their laughter ringing out as they ran, the two tumbled together in the vineyards and the golden girl told her secret. Achilles. Deidamia’s tongue found bite in the name.

A week more before they kissed. A month more before they lay together, Deidamia having to put her hand over Achilles’ mouth for fear he’d wake the household. Ten months more brought them a child and Deidamia, smiling, had called him Pyrrhus. A name good enough for father was good enough for son.

Two more months they had together before Odysseus took Achilles away, and Deidamia wept and clutched at him and begged him to stay. Please, my love!

(Only when Deidamia is older will she learn that ‘love’ had never been the right word. After she has watched each of her sisters marry, and watched her son grow into a man who would go off to his father’s war and return to give her away as a nothing more than spoil. She understands then that, in youth, she’d never known what true love meant, not until she had suffered grief and loss and living.)

With a heart that felt cleft in two, Deidamia watched Achilles’ ship until it was gone from view. With babe in her arms she sat down heavily on the floor and curled herself around him, praying for the gods to return her that golden girl.

uh h hh„„„

au where achilles and deidameia are old friends who end up getting married to end the pressure from their rich-ass and traditional families

on their wedding night they both step into the hotel room and blurt out “I’M GAY AS HECK” at the same time„ and fall asleep platonically cuddling„„

they stay married to make their fams happy and it’s just A Thing. achilles has patroclus and deidameia has briseis (“just our friends !!!!”) and they get deidameia pregnant w pyrrhus by putting achilles’ sperm in a syringe thing (that’s actually a viable way to get pregnant which I saw on True Life, fun fact) and the kid has the most delightfully strange childhood ever

then they all decide to fuck it up magnificently over christmas dinner one year by telling their families all at once, and it’s gr8, thetis downs a bottle of wine, crying (like mother like son), while peleus quietly hands lycomedes $50

modern au deidameia was always that girl who got labelled the ‘cold bitch’ or even the ‘slut’ because GASP she had the audacity to kiss guys and girls, and she’s skinny and small and powerful with that raw passion written all over her, her feet all gnarly from hours in pointe shoes every night, her back always arrow-straight when she sits.

she’s scary to talk to because you just want to make her laugh, you want so badly to make her like you, you want to crawl into bed next to her and find out why she smells like sage and campfire and be the one to stoke the fire in her burning hazel eyes, to light her glass dragon pipe

patroclus and achilles and briseis are the only ones who can give her all sorts of shit and she’ll actually tolerate it, because she loves them more than she could love anything else, to everyone else she’s perfectly nice but with that edge to it, y’know

wow idk i just love deidameia a l ott„ talk to me about deidameia and briseis„„

I really am loving The Song of Achilles so far but I have to say, I have…some issues with the characterization of Deidameia. 

Let me preface by saying I love the relationship between Patroclus and Achilles. It’s a beautiful love story that pulls at my heartstrings and entirely captivates me. The novel itself is gorgeously written, as are the characters. I really especially love Thetis.

So why is Deidameia reduced to a shrieking harpy of a woman, a spoiled brat prone to stomping her feet in the face of the true love of Patroclus and Achilles? I’ve only just been introduced to the character, and I am really hoping she improves as the story progresses. I really don’t need to read about another underdeveloped woman who solely exists in the story to “stand in the way of true love!!11”

The writing and the characterization in this book are otherwise great, and I feel bad for Deidameia not only because she is written like a trope I’ve read in one too many fanfictions but because there are hints about her upbringing/the idea of her governing her father’s kingdom/her knowing her own beauty and using that confidence to her advantage that I really hope are explored later.

deidameia said:

Luna is my girls' name. I also like Sophia, Louisa, Andromeda. -- For boys, I like Casper, Noah, Sam, Oliver, Micah, Jupiter, Florian, Alexander (unfortunately taken by a sibling I generally dislike).

luna, i’d never even thought of luna but it’s stunning! i think you must be like me with the ‘a’ endings for girls c: i struggle more with boys names, but yours are lovely

patroclusandachilles said:

Deidameia/Briseis in SPACE!

Deidameia’s in nothing but her black lace bralette now, Briseis counting the dips between her ribs; it’s two a.m., and the street cats are yowling out in the yellow night.

Deidameia rolls her neck and cracks open her eyes, burnished hazel, pupils inflated (if Briseis were to look in a mirror she might see that hers look entirely black, the pupil and the dark brown blended), and casts an eerie little smile. 

"If I were queen of Jupiter," Deidameia mumbles, in her so-far-gone-it’s-not-even-funny voice, "would you be my warrior princess?" 

THE SONG OF ACHILLES: THE UNOFFICIAL MOVIE SOUNDTRACK - [link]

i.patroclus’ theme: coming back around by john powell ii. achilles’ theme: thor: the dark world by brian tyler iii. the games: first class by henry jackson iv. helen: flying with mother by john powell v. the roll of the dice: stoik saves hiccup by john powell vi. phthica: mhysa by ramin djawadi  vii. gaining favor: dragon racing by john powell viii. love theme: romeo and juliet love theme by henry mancini ix. mount pelion: romantic flight by john powell x. you are the reason: ancient stones by jeremy soule xi. achilles is stolen: riders by two steps from hell xii. to skyros: iron man 3 by brian tyler xiii. the dancers of skyros: dance of the satyrs by daenomia nymphe xiv. deidameia: laura’s murder by berliner philharmoniker xv. discovery: adventures of gillock by two steps from hell xvi. returning home: test drive by john powell xvii. gathering of the greeks: gone by ioanna gylka xviii. journey to troy: freedom fighters by two steps from hell xix. iphegenia/the gods: calypso by klaus badelt xx. the camps: dragon flight by alexandre desplat xxi. briseis’ theme: clary’s theme  xxii. the claiming of briseis: london calling by michael giacchino xxiii. the fall of the greeks: underwater march by klaus badelt xxiv. the battle/patroclus fallen: out of the frying pan by howard shore xxv. two grieving souls: epteslcus by james newton howard and hans zimmer xxvi. mourning: death favors no man by james newton howard xxvii. achilles’ rage/blessed arrow: resurrection by john debney xxviii. achilles’ funeral song: the long song by murray gold xxix. death of a slave girl/the end of the war: new beginning by audiomachine xxx. patroclus waiting/be with him: the letter that never came by tomas newman xxxi. mars: sleeping at last xxxii. lover solider: washington xxxiii. flightless bird, american mouth: iron & wine xxxiv: proud of your boy: clay aiken xxxv. poet: bastille

misandryachilles replied to your postsuddenly i want deidameia/briseis

*ZOOMS OVER 2 U* I HAVE NEVER THOUGHT OF THIS BEFORE BUT YES PLS CONTINUE

idk

it’d only work in modern au but like - 

they’ve got mutual friends in patroclus and achilles, so they hang out p often, after a while deidameia is like why don’t we hang out, they’re hooking up in the next room anyway, imma buy you a hamburger and we can get to know each other properly!

and it’s this like quiet gorgeous growing love over starbucks and indie music and briseis helping deidameia sew her tutus and pointe shoes and leather slippers, deidameia stealing briseis’ phone and setting the wallpaper to a selfie and briseis never changing it, the kind love that feels like Royals 

and together all four of them plus automedon (who is ace and works as a valet so he steals cars and drives em real real fast) have this thing where they all chill all the time, making dinner and bonfires and watching movies on achilles’ giant couch and falling asleep in a big weird heap

(also deidameia looks like mckayla maroney and briseis is all tall and luscious and dfjjshdkfj)

misandryachilles replied to your postmisandryachilles replied to your post: suddenly i…

ahhh theyd totally be That Couple before even becoming an actual couple im so happy rn omg *smooches ur cheek w consent* god bless u

oMF AND ACHILLES AND DEIDAMEIA’S FRIENDSHIP

they have the same ballet classes and deidameia falls in luv w him and so they’re like this rly weird pair, deidameia is always kind of clingy and talkative and when achilles isn’t like ohi patroclus they actually get along well… ish. with a ton of fighting. they’re together like aLL THE TIME

but when deidameia starts slllowly goin w briseis instead, achilles is like. WHAT HAPPENED. WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME ANYMORE

wOW DEIDAMEIA BEING THIS PERFECT PORCELAIN BEAUTY WITH YELLOWISH HAZEL EYES AND A TINY SPRAY OF FRECKLES ACROSS HER LIL NOSE AND EVERYONE IS AFRAID SHE’LL BREAK AT ANY SECOND BUT REALTALK SHE RIDES HORSES BAREBACK (W PATROCLUS YEP) AND DID MANUAL LABOR AROUND THE HOUSE FOR HER ENTIRE LIFE AND SHE TAKES 0 SHIT FROM ANYBODY

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