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A clay tablet revealing a bastard tempting a pious youth away from his duty.
Crete is not known for its venomous snakes. It is of no surprise, then, that the one who would tempt a prince away from his duty came from across the sea.
The tablet is adorned with wave-like motifs.
The tablet reads:
“The coast is not far, much less the crocuses for which this island is known.
Let us depart tomorrow upon the break of dawn, I shall take your hand
as we cross this plateau upon the break of dawn, I shall take your hand
as we cross this plateau and feast our eyes upon its colors.
Let this shrine’s crimson be forgotten, run your fingers over the purple petals
and sink your hooves on the sandy shores and murky waters.
Tomorrow, you and I, upon the break of dawn,
let us leave this captivity behind and rejoice.”
But the son of Minos would not entertain such impious ideas.
“That I must not do, for I gave my word to father, that I would not leave
the home Daedalus built. I must tend to the shrine and guard the labrys,
lest ruin befall our land and all its people.
You are a prince as much as I – a bastard too.
As much as it is our right to partake in royalty’s pleasures,
duty shackles myself alone.”
“We shall return before nightfall, Asterion. The shrine will not go unmaintained,
nor will Hestia’s tribute go unoffered. Let us harvest a dash of saffron and offer it to her,
our adventure will bring joy to her homely visage.
No man will know of our transgression, only the sea’s foamy waters.”
He caressed his lyre’s strings, plucking here and there.
“But I would know, and that is bad enough.
You would do well to etch my sentence on your mind.
Forget no the Fates did not see fit for I to be a man,
nor did they weave the sea’s foam or the flower’s saffron on my tapestry.
Inside the labyrinth I shall remain, for that is my promise.”
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- Crocus - The flower from which the spice saffron derives. It's highly associated with the island of Crete, to the point of being depicted in the frescos of the Palace of Knosssos.