Aphrodite, the goddess of love, sighed and sipped wine from her crystal glass.
“Alexa, pause the tv.”
The theatre room’s titanic flat screen froze the picture and sound. Not like the magic of the old days, but close enough.
She sat back, her heart beating with pride. He did it! Her son made something of himself! Priapus turned Hara’s curse on his manhood to his advantage. And managed to show up his father, Zeus, in the process. All he needed was blue pills. A marvel of the 20th century. No more inconvenient impotence.
Her son was a star! A porn star!
Aphrodite is said to be born from the sea and daddy’s castrated bits. She is often depicted with shells, hence my inspiration for this story.
In the Greek myth, the one this flash fiction is a sequel to — Aphrodite and Zeus have relations. Hera, Zeus’ wife, finds out and curses the offspring with a titanic manhood that is permanently ready to go but drops its sail when needed. Poor randy Priapus becomes a laughingstock and is an embarrassment to Aphrodite. And this is why I love the Greeks!