Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Snake (illustrated by Te’Shawn Dwyer)

The wedding day of Orpheus and Eurydice was both a joyous and tragic day.

The Endless were in attendance at the wedding and shortly after the ceremony each one left excluding Teleute (Death) who stayed for the reception party. She sat near Orpheus as he played his lyre.

Eurydice’s dancing was interrupted when Aristaeus, one of Orpheus’ closest friends asked if he could speak with her in private by the grove behind the temple. Since Aristaeus was a friend of Orpheus Eurydice agreed to meet him.

When Eurydice arrived, Aristaeus grabbed a hold of her wrist and told her that he wants her and he’s going to take her. Eurydice kicks him between his legs and runs away from him. As she runs, Aristaeus calls after her saying he was drunk and wasn’t going to hurt her. She looks back, while running, and does not see the snake in the grass. The snake bites her ankle and she collapses, dying in Aristaeus’ arms.

This is the snake that bit Eurydice. This snake is the catalyst for the events that affects the lives of Orpheus as well as his father Morphues.

The snake appears in Sandman Special # 1, on pages 10-11.

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