Mythology Meme -> Relationships -> Orestes & Pylades

Orestes was the son of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. He was still a child when Agamemnon sailed off to fight in the Trojan War and Clytemnestra took a lover, Aegisthus. For his own safety, Orestes was sent to live with his father’s old friend King Strophius of Phocis. 

Strophius raised Orestes with his own son, Pylades, and the two boys became close friends. When Agamemnon returned home, he was murdered by his wife and her lover. Years later, with support from Pylades, Orestes killed Clytemnestra and Aegisthus to avenge his father’s death.

The intense relationship between Orestes and Pylades was presented by some Greek writers as romantic. Pylades proved his loyalty in deeds by traveling with Orestes to share his troubles caused by persecution for his mother’s death. In turn, Orestes showed his devotion by his willingness to die in his friend’s place and declaring Pylades’ life as precious to him as his own.

Grantaire trying so hard to be a hipster artist but he accidentally becomes popular when someone names him ‘up and coming’ and he keeps trying new and more ridiculous things to put people off but it only gets him more praise. This culminates in him artfully arranging trash in a pile that spells out 'art is dead’. He wins an award for that one.

Do You Permit it?
  • Do You Permit it?
  • Enjolras and Grantaire
  • Les Mis (sort-of-not-really)

After seeing this post, I got the idea to make one of these a reality! So I put together some of the motifs from the musical and changed the words to re-create the Orestes Fasting and Pylades Drunk scene (Enjolras and Grantaire’s death). I hope you enjoy!

I can’t hear the people sing
All of my dreams have turned to ash
Now all my dear friends have gone from me
And my fate will come at last-

SOLDIERS: (soldier 1 sings lines 1 and 4, solder 2 sings line 2, solder 3 sings line 3) 
I know this man!- He shot the artillery-guard.
He is insane!- The cause of all of this blood.
He is in charge!- So if we kill him, we’ll win.
Get ready, men, you fire on my command.

Yes, shoot me now, I do not care, I wait for death-

Stop! (all freeze except for Enjolras and Grantaire)
Hold your fire, I beg of you
For I am one of them
These brave, passionate men
And I will gladly die with him - if he shall will it so
Oh, the people will sing
For our deaths here will bring
A change that makes tomorrow come

Oh God, Grantaire, you fool, have you no fear?
They’re going to kill us - you should flee from here!

It will be fine, I’m unafraid.
I’m with you - I am saved.
So don’t you fret, m. Enjolras
You won’t feel any pain
The shots fall soft as rain
They will not hurt us now
(to the soldiers) I beg - finish us both with one!
(to Enjolras again) And I will die with you (E: And I will die with you…)
If you permit me to (E:(taking Grantaire’s hand)Yes, I permit you to…)
And I’ll see you again- (E: Grantaire, I-)

(The report sounds. Blackout.)

Finally Orestes, embittered and disappointed with kin and kinship, philoi and philia, turns to his friend and co-murderer of Clytemnestra, Pylades, who himself has been rejected by kin, his father. The two friends now seek to reconstitute (with Electra) a new family, based not on blood but the spilling of blood. In a kind of manic elation, they throw off guilt and remorse and escape the sentence of death by acting out their own conflicts instead of continuing to suffer with them.
—  Mind and Madness in Ancient Greece, Bennett Simon

So… I bought a second hand copy of Les Misérables. What I didn’t notice until recently was that someone (I’m guessing it’s the former owner?) had pencilled in the initial ‘R’ and a date.

And now I can’t help but imagine a reincarnation AU where Grantaire reads Les Misérables, and realises that hey, this cynic person is pretty much him, right down to the Unrequited Crush on a Blond SJW ™.

And Enjolras reads the book as well and can’t help but feel bad for everyone in it, especially Grantaire. He gets slightly frustrated with the Oblivious Blond SJW ™ for being so clueless about how Grantaire feels, because- as he puts it to Combeferre- it should be pretty obvious, and why the hell doesn’t he figure it out?

Combeferre has to struggle to keep from slamming his head into the table.

stop apologizing to victor hugo in your tags. victor hugo didn’t give a single fuck about your feelings. victor hugo didn’t comfort you with a fix-it when you were crying at 5 am reading orestes fasting & pylades drunk for the thirteenth time. victor hugo didn’t come down raging from the heavens to interfere with the casting of montparnasse. ever. i assure you he reads every single power imbalance fic you post while posing the way he does on a cloud and he’s so smug, so full of himself. so content with what he’s done to you. so write 15K+ pwps. revive the makinghugospin kink meme. have his characters fist each other and make victor hugo watch. make victor hugo pay. and never once apologize.


No one loves the light like the blind man.