PANDORA - char.
[ excerpt from “the hope of pandora” ]
PANDORA means ALL GIFTED:
- CREATED thanks to HEPHAESTUS
- BEAUTIFUL thanks to APHRODITE
- CLEVER thanks to ATHENA
- CURIOUS thanks to HERMES
Such a pity that these gifts were to be used for the purpose of deception.
“Your name is Pandora,” Hermes says, and his voice takes on a slow, hypnotic quality, tongue wrapping, snakelike, around each word. “Your name is Pandora, and you are beautiful.”
“My name is Pandora,” the figure says duly, and Hephaestus tries not to flinch. Her voice is the sound of waves washing up on shore, foreign yet familiar. Aphrodite smiles coyly when he meets her gaze. “My name is Pandora, and I am beautiful.”
“Your name is Pandora, and you are clever.”
The figure’s eyes sharpen. There is something wily in the way she regards them all now, Hermes’s words turning on a switch in her mind. “My name is Pandora, and I am clever.”
“Your name is Pandora, and you are curious.”
A smile, too quick for comfort. Something in Hepheastus’s chest twists. “My name is Pandora, and I am curious.”
“Your name is Pandora,” Hermes says, his rhythm slowing to a stop, “and you are a woman.”
“My name is Pandora, and I am a woman.”
“She is done,” Hermes says. His breath is shallow. “Hello, Pandora.”
The figure blinks, then tilts her head, regarding them all with interest. Something unreadable dances behind her gaze - the same fire she is being sent down to Earth to punish men for having.
“Hello,” she says.
Hephaestus leaves the room.