What is the price of a war against the immortal gods?
Hey, folks, pleasure to meet you. Let me introduce myself. I’m Pol, short for Polydeukes, the handsome. Heh. Okay, it was fun seeing you roll your eyes, now to business.
I’m twenty, male, Greek and twin brother of Kast, short for Kastor. We’re both Zeus’ sons, so they call us Dioscuri. It all makes sense in Greek, I swear.
Then again, you’ll have to take my word for it, won’t you – like the fact that I’m a handsome SOB.
Now, my life would have been perfect here in Athens – good food, pretty chicks, ouzo and smashing plates in the dance clubs – if it wasn’t for a couple of little problems.
One, the ancient Greek gods (and goddesses, ahem) have returned and want their territory back. A war has started between the mortals and the immortals – a war of life or death, playing out in every street and neighborhood.
Second, the war has just claimed my brother’s life. He died in battle, fighting, trying to save me.
Kast didn’t know that unlike him, I’m immortal. I never told him. I thought I could protect him. Turns out I was wrong.
But I’m not crying, am I? I’m not weeping and tearing my hair out. Wanna know why?
Because I brought him back. I made a deal with a god and brought Kast back to life. We alternate days alive, and I pretend to be Kastor, so nobody will know the truth. It helps that we’re identical twins, nobody can really tell us apart.
Kast doesn’t know about any of this, and can’t find out, because the deal will be off. But, damn it, he seems to suspect something. Could my perfect imitation of him have a flaw? I’m doing my best to sound shy and moody, like he is most of the damn time.
Now if Zeus finds out, it’s a different story. He’ll go bonkers. An angry father of the gods can be a major pain in the butt. He’ll force me to break the deal and send Kast to Hades, the world of the dead.
I can’t allow that. Uh uh, sorry, dad. Got your handsome face, but thankfully also mom’s brains. I’ll find a solution that will allow Kast and me to be together again – brothers and best friends.
At least I hope so. Wish me luck.