Calypso’s Heartbreak

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Calypso’s Heartbreak

Odyssey Books 1-10

Odyssey Books 1-10

Kayla Shull

Odyssey Books 1-10

Kayla Shull

Kayla Shull

Odyssey Books 1-10

Laralye Calloway, contributing writer

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Comic Strip artwork by Kayla Shull and “The Sirens” vase Artwork by Eddie Ruiz, both inspired by The Odyssey


Calypso’s point of view 

Ever since the Titans vs Gods war, I have been so poorly treated. I am the daughter of Titan Atlas, so the Gods feel the need to bully me because they
won  the war. They sent me to my own island called Ogygia. I am not alone as I  have several maids but no men. When I saw Odysseus float upon my island, I was immediately attracted to him, for it has been centuries since I have seen a man with my own two eyes. I was in awe. I have been so very lonely and when I saw him, my heart burst. I was shocked honestly. I made my way towards him.”Water, I need water.” he cried. “Fetch him water.” I told my maids. They were staring at him as if he was fresh food. “My apologies this is their first time seeing a man.” “Might I say su
ch a handsome man.” The maids came back with  a fresh bag of water.

He hastily drank the water as it dripped down his face.”

— Calypso

He looked so handsome. I couldn’t help but to smile. “And your name?” I questioned. “Odysseus, m’am.’’ he replied shyly.  “And yours?” he stared right into my eyes. I melted. “Calypso.” I said dazed. “Do think you can help me get home? My wife is waiting for my return to Troy.” I snap out of it. “Wife?” “Yes’m my wife Penelope.” “You can leave now Mr. Odysseus.” “Oh, but I need your help. My ship is broken to pieces the size of marbles. Please Calypso. Help me.” My heart broke inside. “My apology but I cannot.” I turned away wiping the tears off my face.

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Odysseus’ point of view

It feels as if I have been floating upon this raft for years yet seconds all at once. As I finally feel my eyes get heavy, I am woken up by a loud crackle. Lightning strikes right behind me. *BOOM* “Zeus! Forgive me my gods of what I’ve done.” *BOOM* Right beside me this time. I cover my head and  just pray I do not die. *BOOM* “Zeus! I’m so very sorry!” As I pray myself to sleep I am woken up by my undying need for water. “Water, I need water.” I cry. “Someone please. I need water.” “Fetch him water.” Her voice was lovely. I look up as I am handed a bag of water. I drank it as if it was the best thing I  have ever tasted.  “And your name?” She asked. “Odysseus m’am.” I say shocked by her beauty. I had to look up. “And yours?”  “Calypso.” Of course a beautiful name for a beautiful lady. “Do you think you can help me get home? My wife is waiting for my return to Troy.” She turned white. Why did I say that. I’m dumb and she’s hurt.”Wife?” she barely cracks out. I swallow hard.”Yes’m my wife Penelope.” Her face turns dark. “You can leave now Mr.Odysseus.”My chest feels heavy.”Oh, but I need your help.”

Why are these words coming out my mouth? ”

— Odysseus

I don’t intend them to. My ship is broken into tiny pieces the  size of marbles. “Please Calypso. Help Me.”My heart broke inside; I don’t want to leave. I want to stay here…with her. Penelope was almost a figment of my imagination.”My apology, but I cannot.” I stand there with tears running down my face as she walks away.