Apr. 19th, 2030

The Forgotten King )

Sep. 23rd, 2017

[Arianna]

[Since her mother's letter, Arianna went on and on about meeting her. She didn't realize the custody war she was in between with Menelaus and her mother. Her father had been there since the beginning, her mother she couldn't even remenber, but it was the idea of a parent she'd never had. She was excited as any six (soon to be seven year old) would be. Menelaus however had grown moody, almost sad when he saw her. He wouldn't tell her what was wrong.]

Dad won't tell me what's wrong. My birthday is soon. He won't ask me what I want! I promise it's not a pony!!;! I don't know why he looks so sad.

Aug. 21st, 2017

Great is having the afternoon off to spend with the my little warrior princess. Bad is when I get a call from my lawyer saying I have to go upstate and sit down with my ex-wife. I wonder what excuses she will give it all feels like dejavu as to why she disappeared for six years. I may need to fight the urge to actually stuff that lawsuit down her throat. Literally.

Jul. 4th, 2017

[This felt like it be one of few events to celebrate with Arianna. Now that her mother was threatening to take her away, Menelaus put on a brave face, and tried not to cringe every time Arianna asked about her. There were so many things that she wanted to know that he didn't want to tell her, so he did what he promised he'd never do---lie. She didn't know who he really was, he felt she was too young, that was an omission until she was old enough to understand, but the stories he told her of her mom were little white lies so he didn't crush her spirit.]

There's a children's parade down from the apartment. Arianna insisted on a warrior's helmet instead of fairy wings for her face paint. Now to wait for the fireworks. I'm doing my best to treasure these moments instead of thinking of how my world is about to be confiscated again.

May. 21st, 2017

9th Ship

[Menelaus had not seen Helen since her return. In truth he hadn't thought she'd return again, and the fact that his heart broke a second time for her, it made him put further distance between them. He used the time to focus on Arianna, her schooling and trying to show her her father was strong. But fate was a cruel monster, and it wasn't just Helen on his mind, but the fact that Arianna's mother finally came out of hiding and sent her daughter a letter, one that he quickly tossed out without even opening it. He spent the weekend trying to find it before the trash collector came, because Menelaus was not able to just let bygones be bygones. How did the woman find him when he'd never looked for her?]

It's been six years, and that woman found me. I can't bring myself to open the letter she sent to Arianna. Burning it seems more logical, but there is a fear she wants to destroy what I've spent years taking care of. It's times like this that I'd give anything for Agamemnon to show his face.

Feb. 22nd, 2017

I don't know what is about to happen, but it feels heavy.

[Achilles]
I know Helen has become a friend to you, and I'm unsure if you know anymore than I do. Could check in on her? She's not answering my messages.

Dec. 29th, 2016

8th Ship

I keep getting the feeling that something foreboding is waiting to happen. I will never lose that feeling that something important to me is about to sail away. Some things are just hard to let go of, and I can't seem to shake the anxiety that I've had for months now. Not knowing, is the hardest part. History has a painful way of repeating itself,

Aug. 10th, 2016

7th Ship

We have all become so accustomed to creature comforts that I used to know nothing about. I could deal with it, but Arianna seems to be getting bored with each day. So, I have given her plenty of books to read by candlelight. I'll quiz her on them later and see if she's actually read them.

Jul. 14th, 2016

6th Ship

Ever since the 4th of July parade, Arianna is demanding a horse. I told her she needs to wait. We don't exactly have a place to put it. She is resistant and has been leaving me printouts of the horses she's interested in all over the apartment. So, I bought her model horse. She's not speaking to me now. The silent treatment has last three days now.

May. 30th, 2016

5th Ship

I would blame the parent too that decided to let a four year old drop ten feet into a gorilla den. Who was watching? I took Arianna to the zoo once in Boston and never once let her wander off by herself.

May. 21st, 2016

4th Ship

With all this rain I can at least be proud of the fact that I don't have a child that sits at a computer all day. She'd rather keep her nose in a book or drag me out in the rain for a duel. I know this is temporary the older she gets, but I quite enjoy her while she's like this, when the only thing that gets her down is the fact that she has to leave me to go to school. It makes me feel that despite my flaws and past situations, I've been able to be strong for her.

May. 6th, 2016

3rd Ship

Arianna is settling in well enough. She still fights me every morning when she has to put on her uniform. Maybe some day here soon she will give in and put it on without me asking. I can only hope. Though, this is just a glimpse of what I get to look forward to when she becomes a teenager.

[Helen]
It was good to see you the other day. I hope it is not the last time.

Apr. 25th, 2016

2nd Ship

There was a time I thought the past would leave well enough alone. I can't deny I'm not pulled to do something about it, but my days of grande gestures are long gone. The only lady in my life that I need to look after isn't one I'm chasing anymore. That part of me is just a ghost.

Apr. 20th, 2016

1st Ship

I have retired from Boston and moved to the city, almost like something was pulling me here. New York is definitely the hotbed I expected it to be, just a lot more intense than Boston. Let's hope for my sake I can channel this without losing my sanity.