(2/?) Like, Achilles is bullying one of the servant boys by going really hard on him while they spar and laughing at him and Patroclus just like walks away because he can’t believe someone is that rude. And so in Achilles’ bedchambers, Patroclus is rolling up the small mat and Achilles is like, “Where are you going?” Patroclus says, “Back to the servant’s quarters.” And Achilles is just like ??????
(3/?) And at first Patroclus doesn’t want to say anything but he just goes off, he’s like, “You’re a bully and no one has the guts to say it to you because they’re afraid of you but I’m not. You treat everyone around you as if they’re nothing and you’re already a god on Olympus when you’re not. You’re not even a king. What gives you the right to be as cruel and vicious as you are.”
Dang straight Patroclus doesn’t put up with any of Achilles’ shit! He’s never understood why being a prince makes you better than anyone else. He was a prince, and yeah, he wasn’t the most gentle person in the world back then, but he wasn’t cruel. He doesn’t know how someone could be so cruel.
He avoids Achilles for a whole week. It’s hard, but not impossible. He’s nice to everyone, and even though they’re a bit jealous that he gets to be Achilles’ favorite, they like Patroclus just fine. So they help him out. When Patroclus is with the boys and Achilles approaches, they all throng around Achilles, delaying him and giving Patroclus a chance to run away. When Patroclus is by himself, there are always servants around some corner who are willing to tuck him away in an empty room or closet for a little bit until Achilles is gone.
But after a week, Achilles finally catches up with him. He’s not paying attention one second when wandering the grounds, and Achilles manages to sneak up behind him. “Hey,” Achilles says, scaring Patroclus half to death.
“What do you want?” Patroclus asks coldly.
“I’m sorry, I should have…”
“Did you apologize to the boy you were making fun of first? Or did you come to try to get me back into your room?” Patroclus refuses to even look at Achilles.
“I apologized to Archeus that day. I shouldn’t have been so mean, you’re right. They can’t help they weren’t born to a goddess.”
Patroclus rolls his eyes. “Not being glorious Achilles, you mean.”
“It seems that recently not being goddess-born is actually better. Makes you a better person and what not.”
“No, not acting shitty towards other people makes you a better person and what not.”
“Shut up. Go do your secret drills or whatever.”
“But Patroclus, I….”
“Go Achilles, I’ll see you tonight.” He hasn’t completely forgiving Achilles for being an ass, but hey, at least Achilles is trying.