Tyndareus, King of Sparta, sat sullenly upon his throne, ensconced in a crippling bout of depression so severe that even his three most ample slave girls were unable to break him out of it.
“More grapes, your majesty?” the first slave girl asked.
The king did not respond.
“Perhaps some wine?” the second slave girl inquired.
Tyndareus continued to wallow in his perpetual woe.
The third slave girl started to untie the string that held the top of her gown up when she was rudely interrupted by a pair of clapping hands.
“Begone, wenches,” commanded the most lovely and regal Queen Leda as she strutted through the chamber. “The king is in a state that only a queen can fix.”
The slave girls departed and Leda sat down upon Tyndareus’s lap. She ran her hand over her husband’s face, tickling his beard.
“Why do you suffer so, my king?” the queen asked.
“’Tis Helen,” Tyndareus answered. “Kidnapped once again under my watch and no doubt being forced to touch the super old wrinkly balls of Theseus and Peirithous as we speak.”
“Ugh,” Leda said. “Damn those crusty old fucks.”
“Tell me about it,” Tyndareus said.
“You need not concern yourself,” Leda said. “Castor and Pollux have never failed you.”
“Indeed they have not,” Tyndareus said. “Never has a father been blessed with a pair of twin sons as daring and brave as the Dioscuri. But I fear we ask too much of them, wife.”
“This week its the crusty old fucks,” Tyndarecus said. “Last week it was the Kraken. The week before that it was the minotaur. Leda, Helen is getting ridiculously hotter everyday and accordingly, no man or beast in all of Greece with a penis can control himself in her presence. If we continue to importune Castor and Pollux to save their sister every time she is kidnapped by a filthy degenerate pervert, they will never have lives of their own. They’ll never find wives. They’ll never have children. They will simply spend all of their time fighting perverts.”
Leda sighed. “I admit I never thought about it that way.”
“That’s because you never think of anyone but yourself,” Tyndareus said.
The queen stood up. “How dare you?!”
“How dare I?” Tyndareus asked.
“My betrayal was so long ago, dear husband!” Leda shouted. “Surely by now I have earned your forgiveness!”
Tyndareus took his wife’s hand. “So many nights I have laid awake begging myself to forgive you but alas…I don’t know if I will ever be able to.”
Leda stomped her foot on the marble floor. “It was Zeus! Fucking Zeus!”
The king stood up. He gritted his teeth and his face turned red. “In the form of a swan! How did you fuck a swan?”
“I don’t know!” Leda said. “I just did!”
“The logistics alone boggle my mind!” Tyndareus cried.
“Why must you insist on dredging up the past?” Leda asked.
“How did you even find yourself attracted to a damn swan?” Tyndarecus asked.
“Because it was Zeus in the form of a swan!” Leda said. “My darling, shouldn’t a woman be allowed a pass if she is seduced into adultery through the allure of a god?”
“Absolutely not,” Tyndareus said.
Leda folded her arms. “You’re going to stand there and tell me that if Aphrodite swooped down from Mount Olympus and begged you to go to town on her lady bits, you’d refuse?”
The king shook his head. “If we’re talking about Aphrodite in all her super hot goddess glory with her ginormous goddess titties, then yes, I’d most certainly lose control. But if we’re talking Aphrodite in the form of a duck, then no dearest, I would abstain. I love you enough to avoid fucking a duck. Alas, you did not afford me the same loyalty when it came to a swan. Call me crazy, but I believe we owe it to each other to avoid dalliances with water fowl.”
“It was still Zeus!” Leda protested.
“Ahhh, fi on thee woman,” Tyndarecus said. “I shall hear no more excuses for your swan fuckery.”
The king eased his weary bones back into his throne and let out an “oof!” upon landing.
“Besides,” Tyndareus said. “Your sordid infatuation with swan penis…”
“It was an infatuation with the greatest of all the gods!” Leda snapped.
“It does not matter,” Tyndareus said. “All that matters now is that is that I have failed our children and failed them miserably.”
Leda returned to the king’s lap and gently stroked her hand through her husband’s hair. “Oh my love, you are not a failure. How could Castor and Pollux have become such gallant fighters were it not for the training you provided them?”
“A fine point,” the king said.
“And who kept Helen safe for so many years until your advanced age forced you to turn the burden over to the Dioscuri?” Leda asked.
“I did,” the Tyndareus said. “But that is the point, my queen. Sooner or later, we all find ourselves dragged into the underworld. I can burden our sons no longer and yet, who will ensure our beloved Helen is safe when I die?”
Leda held Tyndareus in her arms. “A most vexing question, but one you will surely answer. You are a noble man, Tyndareus. Few men in your position would have found it in their hearts to raise Helen as their own.”
“She must never know that I am not her father,” Tyndarecus said. “You must never tell her.”
“I would never do such a thing,” Leda said. “And as far as I am concerned, you are her father, for that sleaze bag Zeus never once called, or wrote me a letter, or even offered to pick up a bill or two.”
“Fucking gods,” Tyndareus said.
“Alas,” Leda said. “I fear the more Helen learns about science, the more likely it will be that she will do the math in her head and reach the conclusion that her astounding beauty could only be the result of an illicit union between a woman and the greatest of all gods in the form of a swan. That’s just science.”
Tyndareus slammed his fist down on the arm rest of his throne. “Blasted science!”
“You can’t argue with science,” Leda said.