~The Song of Achilles~
~The Song of Achilles~
oh man oh man
- What they smell like:
Achilles: Probably amazing. Like sea breezes and salt, ocean air and fresh fruit.
Patroclus: Earth and musk and sometimes sweat. But also like fruit. Also like Achilles.
- How they sleep (sleeping position, schedule, etc):
Achilles: On his back or his side, calm and easy, used to tucking his arm up under the pillow to make room for Patroclus.
Patroclus: Usually a side or tummy sleeper, depending on whether or not Achilles is sleeping on his side (side) or back (tummy).
- What music they enjoy:
Achilles: His own music, mostly. Achilles is a bit of a music elitist, he likes old music with good instrumentals and thoughtful lyrics. He’ll pick apart and critique anything that isn’t, and then proceed to cover an infuriatingly better version of it himself. He can be a bit of a prick about it, too.
Patroclus: He likes soft folk and indie, but it has to be thoughtful and executed well. The half of his iPod that wasn’t deemed either of those things now consists of overs of those songs by Achilles, and songs Achilles wrote and recorded for him. He tolerates this, even likes it, but makes sure Achilles isn’t too much of a dick to other people about their musical tastes.
- How much time they spend getting ready every morning:
A: No time at all. He rolls out of bed and looks magnificent and everyone hates him for it. His sweat even smells like angel tears.
P: Probably a half hour to an hour. It used to be shorter, but when you’re rolling out of bed next to someone like Achilles you kind of feel the need to shower and make something of your hair.
- Their favorite thing to collect:
A: Instruments, probably. And things he sees in shop windows that he thinks Patroclus would like and then forgets to give to him until Patroclus finds it in the closet one day and asks him about it.
P: Things Achilles sees in shop windows that he thinks Patroclus would like and then forgets to give to him until Patroclus finds them in the closet one day and asks him about it.
- Left or right-handed:
A: Probably right handed but pretty good with his left when he needs to be.
P: Probably left handed but okay with his right when he needs to be.
- Religion (if any):
I don’t want to be that one who says they probably still believe in Greek deities but seeing as Achilles is a demigod, they probably still believe in Greek deities.
- Favorite sport:
- A: Anything. He likes track events best though.
P: Patroclus probably likes track events too, but I feel like he’d also be pretty okay at baseball.
- Favorite touristy thing to do when traveling (museums, local food, sightseeing, etc):
A: Achilles is the food nut. If there’s a body of water nearby though, the ocean or a lake or a famous river, he’ll want to see it.
P: Patroclus is more the museum-goer. Achilles takes him sight seeing because he thinks Patroclus likes it best, but he really likes just spending time somewhere foreign with Achilles best.
- Favorite kind of weather:
A: Achilles is a fan of rain and cloudy days, I think. He likes sun, too, but there’s something peaceful and life-giving about the rain that reminds him of Patroclus.
P: Despite this, Patroclus is a less a fan of the rain and more keen on mild, sunny days, good for sitting in the park.
- A weird/obscure fear they have:
Aside from losing each other?
Achilles is probably afraid of injury. HATES papercuts, cringes at the thought of breaking a bone, god forbid he step on a nail or something because feet are the worst, too…
Patroclus is scared of oblivion. He’s scared of losing his memory, or his mind, or of not remembering Achilles. He’s scared there won’t be any more Achilles once they’ve passed into the afterlife. He finds comfort in the thought of the afterlife but is terrified that there isn’t one.
- The carnival/arcade game they always win without fail:
A: Haha is there literally anything Achilles can not do? It pisses the staff off.
P: Patroclus tends to just watch but he’s more keen on games that require minute dexterity.
Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
i’m so mad about these two dumb sandaled gay shitheads let me tell you
The yearning for him is like hunger, hollowing me. Somewhere his soul waits, but it is nowhere I can reach. Bury us, and mark our names above. Let us be free. His ashes settle among mine,
and I feel nothing.
The Song of Achilles- Madeline Miller
“Perhaps it is the greatest grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.”
Then, the fall.
People who use a lack of education to justify subjecting poor people to poverty are fucking revolting. They’ve invented a system wherein poor people cannot obtain a quality education because they are poor and then they use that lack of education to justify their continued poverty. It’s self-sustaining, vile, oppressive, and a fundamental tenet of modern American conservativism.
He’s got to be some kind of ancient God of beauty because this is ridiculous.
Petition for him to play a swashbuckling pirate or a starship captain or an ancient gladiator or, really, ANYTHING where we can just look at him and drool and dream for ninety minutes.
i wonder what it feels like to be the most beautiful man in the world