I could say her last name all day. It is a Twined prequel focusing on Cisaro Episcopo and his attempts to save the hidden city of Sanctus from annihilation. You don't know why they give you the time of day. She's perfect.
He's a prodigy. You've never had anyone who thought you were worth a damn, and now you have two. It's a big adjustment. Having friends when you used to be so alone. Maybe that's why you used to get into so much trouble all the time. Any attention is good attention, right? It doesn't matter now. You're rough around the edges.
Sometimes offensive. But you're tempering. You're learning. You ju But how could you ever be like them? She's beautiful, she's the girl everyone wants to be. It's like the world was created with her in mind. He's an Esper, an outcast like you. But he owns the role and owns it well. You know everyone thinks he's better than you. You try to act like that bothers you, but you don't mind. You're too alike to hate him. But you screwed it all up somehow, just like you always do.
Now she's in trouble. Someone said something they shouldn't have, and Ms. Perfect went on the run. And the boy you thought was your closest friend holds the knife that was used to pierce your stomach. He tells you why, too. Why he did it. He claims you deserve it. The worst part is, you agree with him.
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But even though you're not perfect, even though you're not like him, you can't find it in you to give up and die. Lying there, bleeding to death You were convinced you were worth nothing. Those two proved you wrong. They showed you where true strength comes from. The only thing a man needs is a cause to fight for. That was the first thing your father ever said to you.
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A man is born to succeed and, failing that, to die with honor. A true man also never gives up on his friends. That was the last thing your father said to you--before the man he trusted most betrayed him and left him for dead. Your family? Torn apart. Now they're looking for you. They know your father was an Esper. They know he passed his mental prowess onto you.
What t You plan to use these gifts to seek vengeance against the man who betrayed your father, against the bureau who supported him. You can never forgive that traitorous bastard or anyone who ever associated with him. You can never forget until you have made him suffer the way you have suffered. You would think growing up in a perfect family would be ideal.
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A flawless reputation. Endless opportunities. A utopia. But what happens when you find out that you aren't like your mother, your father, your sisters? What happens when you learn that you can set things on fire just by looking at them, or read the thoughts of the person across the room? Suddenly you realize that you're not so perfect after all. That people are deathly afraid of freaks like These abilities, the things you thought made you special, they've threatened the sleek and priceless world your mother and father have created.
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You are a threat to all that they know. But they won't lock you away, they promised that they'd never do that. After all, society does terrible things to people like you. Zeus commands you to send him swiftly on his way: it is not his fate to die here far from his friends: he is destined to see those friends again, and reach his vaulted house and his native isle. Jealous, you gods, who live untroubled, of rosy-fingered Dawn and her Orion , till virgin Artemis , of the golden throne, attacked him with painless arrows in Ortygia , and slew him.
Jealous, when Demeter of the lovely tresses, gave way to passion and lay with Iasion in the thrice-ploughed field. Zeus soon heard of it, and struck him dead with his bright bolt of lightning.
And jealous now of me, you gods, because I befriend a man, one I saved as he straddled the keel alone, when Zeus had blasted and shattered his swift ship with a bright lightning bolt, out on the wine-dark sea. There all his noble friends were lost, but the wind and waves carried him here. I welcomed him generously and fed him, and promised to make him immortal and un-aging.
But since no god can escape or deny the will of Zeus the aegis bearer, let him go, if Zeus so orders and commands it, let him sail the restless sea. He was forced to sleep with her in the hollow cave at night, as she wished though he did not, but by day he sat among rocks or sand, tormenting himself with tears, groans and anguish, gazing with wet eyes at the restless sea.
Fell tall trees with the axe, make a substantial raft, and fasten planks across for decking, so it can carry you over the misty sea. I will not trust myself to a raft when you do not wish it, unless you, goddess, give me your solemn word that you are not planning something new to harm me. Rather my thoughts and advice are like those I would have for myself if I needed them. My intentions are honest ones, and my heart is not made of iron. It too can feel pity. With this, the lovely goddess swiftly walked away, and he followed in her footsteps. Man and goddess reached the hollow cave, and he sat down on the chair that Hermes had used.
Then the Nymph set all kinds of food and drink before him, those that mortals consume. But before her the maids set ambrosia and nectar, as she sat facing divine Odysseus. So they reached for the good things prepared for them. Still, let fortune go with you. Though if your heart knew the depths of anguish you are fated to suffer before you reach home, you would stay and make your home with me, and be immortal, no matter how much you long to see that wife you yearn for day after day.
I am surely no less than her, I contend, in height or form, since no woman can reasonably compete with the gods in form or face.
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Even so I yearn day after day, longing to reach home, and see the hour of my return. And if some god should strike me, out on the wine-dark sea, I will endure it, owning a heart within inured to suffering. For I have suffered much, and laboured much, in war and on the seas: add this then to the sum.
As he spoke the sun dipped, and darkness fell. And the two of them found the deepest recess of the hollow cave, and delighted together in their lovemaking. As soon as rosy-fingered Dawn appeared, Odysseus dressed in tunic and cloak, and the Nymph clothed herself in a long white robe, lovely and closely woven, and fastened a fine gold belt around her waist, and covered her head with a veil.
She gave him a bronze double axe that fitted his hands well, one with its blades both sharpened, its fine olivewood handle firmly fixed, and a polished adze as well. She led the way to the fringes of the island where stands of alder, poplar, and fir rose to the sky: dry, well-seasoned timber that would ride high in the water.
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When she had shown him where the tall trees stood, Calypso, the lovely goddess, turned for home, while he began felling timber, making rapid progress. He cut down twenty trees in total, trimming them with the axe: then he smoothed them dextrously, and made their edges true.
Meanwhile Calypso, the lovely goddess, brought him drills, and he bored through the timbers then joined them, hammering the mortice and tenon joints together. Odysseus made his raft as wide as a skilled shipwright makes the hull of a broad-beamed trading vessel. And he placed the decking, bolting the planks to the close-set timbers as he worked, completing the raft with long gunwales.
He fixed up a mast and yardarm, and a steering oar for a rudder. Then he lined its sides from stem to stern with intertwined willows, as a defence against the sea, and covered the deck with brushwood. Meanwhile Calypso, the lovely goddess, had brought him the cloth for a sail, and he skilfully fashioned that too. Then he lashed the braces, halyards and sheets in place, and levered it down to the shining sea. By the fourth day all his work was done, and on the fifth lovely Calypso bathed him and dressed him in scented clothes, and watched him set out.
The goddess had placed a skin filled with dark wine on board, and a larger one of water, and a bag of provisions, full of many good things to content his heart, and she sent a fine breeze, warm and gentle. Odysseus spread his sail to the wind with joy, and steered the raft cleverly with the oar as he sat there.
At night he never closed his eyes in sleep, but watched the Pleiades , late-setting Bootes , and the Great Bear that men call the Wain , that circles in place opposite Orion , and never bathes in the sea. Calypso, the lovely goddess had told him to keep that constellation to larboard as he crossed the waters. Seventeen days he sailed the seas, and on the eighteenth the shadowy peaks of the Phaeacian country loomed up ahead, like a shield on the misty sea. With that, he gathered the cloud, and seizing his trident in his hands, stirred up the sea, and roused the tempest blast of every wind, and hid the land and sea with vapour: and darkness swooped from the sky.
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I fear the goddess spoke true when she said I would know full measure of suffering at sea before I reached my own country: now all is coming to pass. Zeus has covered the wide heavens with cloud, and troubled the sea, and the tempest blast of every wind sweeps over me: now I am doomed for sure.
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I wish I had met my fate like them, and died on that day when the Trojan host hurled their bronze-tipped spears at me while we fought for the corpse of Achilles , son of Peleus. Then I would have had proper burial, and the Achaeans would have trumpeted my fame, but now I am destined to die a miserable death. Even as he thought this, a great wave, sweeping down with terrible power, crashed over him, and whirled his raft around. Loosing the steering oar, he was thrown far from the raft, while a savage blast of tempestuous wind snapped the mast in two, and yardarm and sail fell far off in the sea.
At last he rose, and spat out bitter brine that ran too in streams from his hair. Labouring as he was, he still remembered the raft, lunged after it through the breakers, holding tight clambered to its centre, and sat there, trying to escape a deadly fate: and the heavy seas carried the raft to and fro in their path. Just as in autumn the North Wind blows a ball of thistle tufts, clinging together, over the fields, so the winds drove the raft to and fro over the sea. She pitied Odysseus , driven on, surrounded by dangers, and she rose from the waves like a sea mew on the wing, settled on the close-knit raft, and spoke to him:.
Yet for all his anger he shall not destroy you quite. You seem a man of sense, so do as I tell you. Strip off these clothes, and let the wind take your raft, while you swim hard towards the Phaeacian coast, where you are destined to escape the waves. And take this veil, and wind it round your waist. It has divine power, and you need not fear injury or death. But when you clasp the land, unwind it once more, and cast it far out onto the wine-dark sea, and turn your eyes away. With this, the goddess gave him the veil, and like a sea mew dived at the stormy sea, and the dark wave covered her.
I will not obey her yet, since the land, she said I would escape to, was far away when I saw it. This I shall do, and this seems best, to wait here as long as the timbers hold, and endure in misery, then if the seas beat the raft to pieces, swim, for want of a better plan. While he reflected in mind and heart, Poseidon, Earth-Shaker, raised another fearsome, threatening wave, arched above Odysseus, then hurled it down on him. But Odysseus straddled a plank, like a horseman, and stripped off the clothes lovely Calypso had given him.
Then he wound the veil round his waist, and arms outstretched plunged into the sea, prepared to swim. But Athene , daughter of Zeus, had an idea. She checked the winds in their course, and ordered them all to stop, and sink to rest, except for the swift North Wind, and him she commanded to smooth the waves ahead of the swimmer, so that Odysseus, scion of Zeus, might escape from fate and death, and reach the Phaeacians, who love the oar.