"People are coming to my
island," said Circe.Her handmaids stood at attention like
oversized toy soldiers.
"People are coming to Aeaea,"
"We shall prepare," said one
of the handmaids.The other servants nodded obediently.Circe's
pale, azure eyes regarded them coldly as she walked down the line
of servants.Her platinum blond hair glistened like ice and fresh
snow.Her skin was almost white and stood out against the deep
purple of her gown.In her pale, slight hand, a long, elegant
"You have your instructions,
now go," she told them menacingly.The line of handmaids bowed low
and left the room.Circe looked into a nearby archway with a blank
stare.People, she thought to herself.There are bound to be men
among them.She sighed with disgust.She hated men.And after all
she had been through, she had a right to hate them.
She walked out of the room and
into a columned corridor lined with torches.At the end was a door
of polished wood.Circe glided her way up to it and opened it
without any movement at all.Inside was a circular room with large
arches all around.In the center was a round pool filled with
shimmering black water.
Circe looked into the pool and
regarded her silent reflection.Her voice broke the silence as she
muttered a long and complicated incantation.Then silence.The
water in the pool rippled as a pale hand pushed itself
through.This was followed by a girl, completely nude with
sea-green eyes and silvery white hair.She was extremely
beautiful, but in a dark and watery way, and her hair moved as if
she was underwater.
"Acaste," whispered Circe," I
have summoned you so that you may watch the travelers approaching
my island of Aeaea.Find out who they are, why they're coming and
what they want.Report to me within the next thirty
The girl bowed and sank back
into the water, leaving not a trace.Circe, looked into the
water.The reflection had changed.A moment ago, there was another
Circe looking at her.But now it was a window into a world
dominated by the ocean.She was swimming underwater among fishes
and other sea animals.She was looking through the eyes of the
girl, Acaste.The reflection flashed by in a blur of blue and
Then Circe surfaced and was
looking into the horizon that was floating above the surface of
the water.And next to her was a ship.It was painted red with a
large drawn eye on the side.And it was crawling with
Circe screamed with rage.She
hated men!Her memories flew to her like a harpy.And she
She was back in her bed.The
walls of the small room were dirty and crumbling.Then she saw the
man who wrecked her life.He was naked and fat with hair
everywhere.The man grabbed Circe by the hair and tossed her
across the room.Circe screamed with pain as the man yelled at
"You wretched little slut!How
dare you sleep at a time like this!Get back to work!"Circe rose
in a clumsy fashion, her dirty blond hair fluttering around in
"Yes, father," said the
girl.Tears fell from her eyes as she stumbled to the broken
door.She walked out into the pale moonlight and limped to the
center of the village square.Several people that walked by the
girl.Some looked at her with pity, others with
A woman walked up to her and
brought out a pouch.
"Here you are dear," said the
woman, holding up a large gold coin."For your
"Thank you," said Circe.The
little girl took the coin, but just as the woman was about to
leave, Circe grabbed the woman's dress and clung to it like a
baby with its blanket.The woman took Circe in her arms and lifted
her up so that Circe's head was on her shoulders.
"Hush little one," whispered
the woman.Then the woman set the girl down and said," I need to
go now.I will visit you tomorrow.What's your name?"
"Circe," said the little
"Circe.What a beautiful name.I
need to go now, so goodbye."
The woman walked away as Circe
waved back.Tears brewed in the girl's eyes as she looked at the
pouch of money in her hand.Ever since her mother died, her father
would waste money on whores and, when he was out of money, make
his daughter steal.She would sit in the square and look lost and
alone, until some unfortunate person would saunter up to the
girl, take pity on her and then leave with her hands filled with
She hated it.She hated preying
on the sympathetic.And she could do something about it.She stood
up and ran.She ran past the outskirts of the village and ran.Soon
her run became a jog, which turned to a walk.She walked through
the night and well into the day.By noon, she was hot, tired and
starved.Her head felt enormous, while her body felt heavy.Then
she fell.The ground rushed up to meet her and ….
Circe screamed with frustration
as she watched the men in the pool.They were all big and burly,
with huge muscles and hairy chests.But one stood out.This man was
tall and thinner than the others but still muscular.He had a
handsome face with pure brown eyes and dark hair that matched the
She blushed.Then she realized
that he looked exactly like…She screamed again.It was
impossible.The man in the pool looked exactly like her lover.She
had hated that man until the day he died.This was not very long
Circe woke up to the smell of
juniper wood.It was layered onto another odor which wasn't
pretty.A voice whispered in her ear.
"Drink," the voice said.Circe
looked up into the face of an old woman.The woman had long, white
hair with pale wrinkled skin.Circe analyzed her with a wary
eye.The woman was dressed in black rags with a strange crown-like
object made entirely of tree branches rested on her
head.Everything about her was old, except her eyes, which were a
bright green and lit with an inner flame.
The room she was in was filled
with the strange smell.Vegetables and meats hung from the ceiling
along with jars and other strange bottles of mysterious
liquids.The room was cluttered with all sorts of
"You must rest dearest," said
the woman," You have had a long and tiresome journey.You must
"Who are you?" asked Circe in
a small voice.The old woman laughed and said," I am a Dryad.A
spirit of the trees.Daughter of Pan.My name is Cresenta. You may
call me a witch."
"Wow," said Circe in a quiet
voice.Then an idea struck her."Since you are a spirit, can you
teach me to control things?You can do magic, right?"The Dryad
"Of course dear," said
Cresenta in a mystical voice."Of course I'll teach
The witch barked a spell and
the pale girl appear in the pool.
"You are dismissed," Circe
said absently.The girl nodded with the same blank expression on
her face and disappeared.Circe left the room in a fury.She was
seething with rage.These men were to be her downfall, she
thought.They must be disposed of.She rushed down the hall, the
torches sputtering out as she passed them.
She burst into a large hall
filled with firelight.The golden light filled the room casting
shadows of the elegant furniture.
Over the years, Circe was
taught by Cresenta, the spirit witch.The girl learned many
things.Soon she could transform people into animals, fly, make
objects hover, summon the dead, other spirits and more.She lapped
it up like a dog.Until one night, it happened.
Circe was finishing her dinner
of fish and vervaine when Cresenta walked into the room.The witch
looked older and more worn, but she smiled the smile that could
wake the dead.
"Now deary, you have one more
night in my house, and then you are free."Circe was taken
"What?" she said in
confusion.The spirit witch looked directly into Circe's eyes and
said," Listen to me.I will sleep outside.Now, whatever you hear,
don't come outside.In the morning pack up as much food as you can
carry and leave my home.You can take my wand."
Circe gasped.Cresenta's wand
was extremely valuable.It was made of silver and crystal with a
sapphire handle.How the witch obtained, Circe would never
know.Cresenta smiled and sent her to bed with one final kiss on
the cheek.Then she disappeared into the night.
Circe lay awake in her bed
trying to put everything together.It was all very confusing.Then
she heard a scream right outside the house.There was a cracking
sound, like a tree falling.Circe buried her head in the warm
blankets, the strange sounds assaulting her ears as she fell into
the grasp of sleep.
After what seemed like a year
of night, Circe woke.She stretched and then remembered Cresenta's
last words.The girl jumped out of bed and snatched a rag off the
wooden table.She stuffed as much food as she could into the rag,
and after tying it into a complex knot, she grabbed the wand and
left the house.As soon as she had passed the threshold of the
door she stopped.In the middle of the path, a tree stood.It was
tall and beautiful but dead.Circe looked at it with curiosity and
then noticed that the tree's bark was formed into a
Tears welled up in Circe's
eyes as she looked into the face of Cresenta.The girl's hand
brushed the tree briefly and then she turned away and walked into
The witch stood in the door of
her house and waved her wand.Out of the dense forest that covered
the island of Aeaea, came lions, tigers, and wolves.The sat at
Circe's feet looking up at her.Circe made a silent command and
the animals understood.They looked around, stood up and began to
prowl the perimeter of the house.
Circe listened for the sound
she was listening for.She heard it.The sound of men.There was
rough laughter and grunts echoing from the nearby beach.She
smiled and then began to sing.
Her voice carried from the
house and through the island.The birds stopped singing so they
could listen.The trees stopped swaying in the breeze and silence
permeated the air.
M enelakhos looked into Circe's
eyes with a burning passion.Circe was blushing fiercely.Their
lips met.For one passionate moment they loved until Menlakhos
pulled away.She looked at his hand with the golden ring on it.
Then she slapped him.After she had left Cresenta, Circe wandered
until she came to the city of Athens.There she became a
fortuneteller that foretold the distant future until a young man
came to her.They fell in love instantly.His name was
Menelakhos.He was tall and slightly muscular with deep brown hair
and chocolate brown eyes.It was love at first
Until Menelakhos met
Koreeka.And since then, every night, Menelakhos would leave Circe
secretly to go and be with Koreeka.Circe had no idea until one of
her spirit friends told her of the scandal.After she confronted
him about it, he confessed his love for Koreeka and left Circe
for the woman only then seemed to change his mind.After that he
loved Circe and only Circe.She was furious, hurt and
"How dare you," she exclaimed
with disdain."You loved me, left me and now you want me
back?!Never in all of my years.Even if Eros himself enchanted me,
I will not love you!"
Menelakhos looked at her in a
pleading way.Circe looked away in disgust.She would have run into
Menelakhos' arms and told him she loved him as well but the fact
that he cheated on her was too great to bear.
She pushed him away with a
single thrust.He backed away into a small table that sat next to
a marble column.They were fighting in Menelakhos' home.It was
beautiful and situated in the outskirts of Athens.It used to be a
place of warmth and comfort.But now it was a place of betrayal
and hate.This was increased by the fact that Koreeka was living
here as well as Circe.
Circe looked down at him with
a stare of hate.She hated him.She hated all men.If this used to
be my perfect man, then the rest of men are selfish, ignorant
pigs.Pigs.She looked at the man at her feet.He was begging for
forgiveness.Lies, she thought.She reached into her dress and
brought out a knife.
She put it on Menelakhos' neck
and said," You horrid thing.You will die as my heart died when I
heard that my one true love was cheating on me with some ugly
whore."She brought the knife across the man's neck.There was an
explosion of blood that spewed all over the floor.Menelakhos fell
without a word.Circe looked down at the body and studied herself
in the mirror-like pool of blood that was now quickly
The men came, entranced by the
voice of the beautiful witch.Circe listened as she sung.She heard
the men stumbling through the underbrush, the roar of the lions
and the shouts of the men.Circe stopped sing and gave a short
command.The roaring ceased.
"Come in, gentlemen," said
Circe in a seductive voice.The men entered.They were all muscular
and handsome.They gawked at the beautiful woman in front of
them.Circe looked at them, trying to find the man that looked
like her lover.But he was not among them.
"You must be hungry," said
Circe in a lovely voice."Come and eat and partake of my
The men looked on a procession
of handmaids entered the room carrying platters of food with
them.The men fell upon them at once.The handmaids stood back as
the man at the food voraciously.Circe nodded to one of the
servants.The servant nodded back and whispered to the woman next
to her.The woman disappeared into one of the arches to come back
with a platter full of wine glasses.One was presented to Circe
and the others were given to the men.The men drank from the wine
and ordered more.
"My, my gentlemen.You must be
hungry," said Circe apparently amused.Several men nodded and then
went back to eating."You know," said Circe," You all look like
piggys."Several of the men looked at her with confusion.She
raised her wand and dipped the end into her goblet of
The wine seemed to transform
into a column of red mist that rose up into the air.The witch
smiled and gave a long, satisfied laugh and waved her wand.The
men looked up in horror as a wave of red smoke enveloped
them.There was a scream followed by a thud.Another scream issued
from the cloud of scarlet.The scream slowly transformed into a
squeal.And then silence.The cloud cleared, leaving Circe in a
room filled with pigs.
Koreeka entered the room and
looked around.Circe was sitting at the end of a long table piled
high with food and wine.
"Koreeka," she said in a
sickly, sweet voice."Come and partake of my food, my
"Where is Menelakhos," asked
Koreeka.Circe looked at Koreeka.She was pretty but not
beautiful.She had shoulder length black hair with olive skin and
a small mouth.Her eyes were blank and witless.Circe could tell,
just by looking at her, that she wasn't very
"He had to leave dear.He was
very rude.We can get back at him by eating all this food I
prepared.So when he comes back, there won't be any food
"Who are you?" asked
"I'm Circe."Koreeka just
looked at her.Menelakhos probably hadn't told her anything about
his past lover.She smiled."I'm Menelakhos' new slave.I cooked
this magnificent diner for him but he left.So you and I can eat
it all by ourselves."
Koreeka smiled dumbly."Okay,"
Circe smiled and reached for a
platter covered with long strips of meat.Koreeka sat at the other
end of the table and began to eat and drink.Circe put a goblet of
wine to her mouth but stopped herself and set it back
down.Koreeka was ravenous.She gobbled down the food and chugged
the wine.It was like she hadn't eaten for days.
"What a piggy you are," said
Circe with a cruel laugh.Koreeka looked up in
"How dare you speak to me that
way you slave!" yelled Koreeka.Circe looked at her in hateful
"Do you love your lover?" she
asked.Koreeka nodded in a furious manner."What would you do if
you found out that you were eating him?"It took Koreeka a second
to understand.Then she froze.She slowly looked down at her meat
covered plate.Around one piece of meat, a golden ring
Koreeka screamed and then
vomited all over the floor.Circe reached under the table and
brought out a long, beautiful wand.Koreeka was running at the
witch screaming," You killed him you bitch!!"
"And you ate him," replied
Circe happily.Then she stood and dipped the tip of her wand into
her glass of wine.Crimson smoke rose from the cup as she cast the
spell.There was a squeal of surprise from Koreeka as she was
enveloped by the smoke.After the mists cleared, a pig stood in
the place of Koreeka.
Night fell.And as the house of
Menelakhos burned Circe rode away on a horse of white ivory.When
Circe reached the docks, she looked into the distance toward the
place she had just come from.A pillar of smoke rose from the
house that she had just burned.She had to get away from all of
the evils of men.She jumped off her horse and walked to the edge
of the wooden dock.Several ships lay moored, floating in the
She lifted her wand and
touched the tip to the water.The water began to boil.Bubbles rose
into the air and a cloud of steam followed it.And after the steam
cleared, a silvery ship sat in the dark water.People watched in
wonder as Circe stepped into the boat.With a quick movement of
her wand, Circe was already about a mile away from the dock, the
moon glistening on the water.
Circe looked around at the
pigs.They were all brutish looking and ugly.All had wet snouts
and black, white and pink skin.Their clothes no longer fitted
them, so they were constantly slipping away from them.The
handmaids looked at the pigs without a scrap of
"Take them away," said Circe
in a disgusted manner.The handmaids nodded and began to herd the
pigs through one of the many arches.Circe looked toward the
archway where the men had come through and waited.If the men did
not return, the handsome man that looked like her lover would
have to come.Then she would add his head to her collection.She
began to sing again.
After a while, Circe heard
someone at the door with the animal guards.She stopped singing
and walked to the doors.She opened them and looked out.It was the
handsome man she had seen on the ship.His brown hair framing his
"Come, weary traveler, and
partake of my meal," she said seductively.The man looked at her
with wide brown eyes and said," I am Odysseus.I am sailing to the
island of Ithaca.I am seeking lodgings for the night to
"You are welcome in my house,
my dear.I am Circe.Lady of the island of Aeaea."
Odysseus glided into the house
of Circe and sat at her table.Circe followed.He was an exact
likeness of Menlakhos.He would be a fine addition to her
collection.As the handmaids put the food and wine in front of
Odysseus, the man put something in his mouth and began to
chew.After he swallowed he began to eat and drink.
Circe was smiling wickedly.She
took the wine that her handmaid gave to her and brought out her
wand.Odysseus looked up as Circe dipped the point of her wand in
the wine.She gave one cackle and then brought her wand out of the
cup.The smoke rose and flittered towards the man in the center of
the room.But as soon as the smoke touched Odysseus it
dissipated.Circe raised her eyebrows in shock.No one could resist
her potions and enchantments.The smoke wasn't entirely gone so
Circe couldn't see Odysseus creep through the mist and jump out
at her.She screamed in panic.And ducked, her wand dropping to the
floor.Circe's mind was panicking.No one could resist her
magick.And yet this man somehow had.His sword was now at her
Tears rushed from her eyes as
she pleaded with the man in front of her.
"I'll do anything, you ask,"
"Take me to your bed," said
Odysseus.What an odd request, thought Circe, but I can deal with
"Of course my love," she
said.She knew exactly what to do.She would take him and strip him
naked. And then drain every last bit of strength from him.Then
she could add him to her collection.
"But you need to promise that
once in your bed, you will not try any other magick.Circe swore
in her mind but put on a pleasant face and swore the oath.And
once she swore the oath, she could never go back.
So Odysseus took Circe by the
hand and led her through the house until they came to Circe's
bedroom.Circe pushed Odysseus into the room and closed the
door.Once inside, Odysseus took her and threw her on the bed and
the love flowed.
At about noon the next day
Circe awoke next to Odysseus.She looked at him with an odd
expression on her face.The expression on his face as he slept, it
was not the face of Menelakhos, but something different.It was
purer and more innocent.For the first time in years, she felt
love creep back into her heart.
With a slight nudge from her
hand, he awoke.She pulled him out of bed and put him in a
bath.After she bathed him lovingly, Circe led Odysseus into the
great hall in which she had tried to enchant him.Her handmaids
set food and wine in front of Odysseus as Circe sat in one of the
chairs set out.But Odysseus didn't eat or drink anything.He just
sat there and looked worried.
"What is wrong?" asked
"My men are still pigs,
"Oh," said Circe shyly.Then
she stood up and snapped her fingers.A handmaid came into the
room.Circe whispered something to her and watched the handmaid
leave a second later.The woman returned herding a large group of
pigs.Odysseus looked at them with interest.Circe walked over to
them and reached into her gown and brought out a pouch.She
reached into the pouch and brought out a handful of
She sprinkled it all over the
pigs and waved her wand.There was a strange hiss as the powder on
the pigs smoked.There was a squeal and then another hiss.And a
group of naked men stood where the pigs once stood.
Odysseus cried aloud, jumped
up and embraced the men despite their nakedness.Circe watched
blankly.Then she smiled and said to Odysseus," Go down to your
ship and bring back your men.They are welcome here as you
are."Odysseus gave Circe a wide grin and then disappeared out the
door and into the forest. The men looked at Circe warily.Circe
waved her hand as if to swat a bug away.The men instantly got the
message and jumped out of the house.
Once everyone was gone, Circe
walked to her bedroom.Once inside, she closed the door.She
fluttered over to a large mirror that hung beside the bed.She
looked at it and, with a sigh, walked through it.On the other
side of the mirror, Circe entered a hallway lit by small floating
fires.At the end of the hall, was a door.It was made of blackened
metal and the smell of rotting flesh was coming from behind
She made a motion to touch it,
but she couldn't.
Odysseus and his men arrived
around sunset, and the feast began.Circe talked with many of the
men, becoming accustomed to the joy that was emanating from
them.But as she talked and ate with them, she still thought hated
thoughts.How could she forget Menelakhos?
She went to bed early.She
wanted to get away from all the festivities and idiotic
drunkards.As soon as she had lay down in her bed, Odysseus came
to her.It was totally unexpected.Then came that strange
feeling.It was love.She was feeling love for the man.Without
control, she grabbed him and pulled him against
Odysseus woke her up and
proclaimed that he and his men had to leave.Circe was
"What?" she said
"We are leaving, and I need
you to help me to get home."
Circe's rage and anger filled
her heart but it was beaten back by the love that had grown.She
"I will tell you.But you must
promise you will visit me sometime."
"Very good.So first, you need
to journey to Persephone's Grove and onto the Land of the
Dead.Once there you need to find the Rivers of Fire and
Lamentations and set up a trench between them.Mix honey, milk,
wine and water together and pray to the spirits of the
dead.Promise them offerings when you return home if the dead
prophet Teiresias comes forth.When you are finished, kill a ram
and a black ewe and drain them of blood.
"Take the bodies and burn them
in the name of Hades and his wife.Then take the blood of the
animals and let only the prophet Teiresias drink from it.There
will be many ghosts that haunt you for the blood, but only let
Teiresias drink.He will tell you of your journey."
When she was finished,
Odysseus kissed her one last time and left.Circe slipped out of
bed as Odysseus vanished from the room.She walked over to the
window and stepped out into the clear, fresh air.She inhaled and
breathed out.She snapped her fingers and two animals appeared.One
ram and one black ewe.She took them in her arms and jumped into
the sky.She flew through the air carrying two sheep-like animals
in her arms.She felt the wind rush through her hair and the sweet
morning moisture upon her baby-soft skin.
She landed on the ship quietly
and silently as the wind.Odysseus and his men weren't there yet
so she did what she had to do silently and quietly.She took a bit
of rope and tied the two animals she had to the mast and then
launched herself into the air.
The way back to her house
seemed longer.And as she landed on her balcony she realized that
she loved Odysseus.Even though she hated men, she loved him.It
was so unlike her.She ran back into her bedroom and stumbled to
the mirror.Once through the reflexive glass, Circe ran to the
metal door.She drabbed it with one hand and wrenched it
Darkness greeted her.She
whispered a word and a small flame came into being on the end of
her fingertip.The light revealed a room filled with heads.The
heads of men, and they all looked the same.Each had brown hair
and dark, chocolate eyes.Each was a perfect likeness of Menlakhos
and Odysseus.They were all in various states of decay.So were
new, and some were nothing but skulls.
"I have no need to continue
this," she said to herself.The past was the past.And there was
nothing she could do about it.She looked into the eyes of one of
the heads.Anger, fury and insanity built inside her.She couldn't
forget.How could she forget what all the men, including
Menelakhos, did to her. She would kill them, she would kill them
all.And only then would she have peace.