Nemesis was tired. The goddess of revenge was rarely able to rest, there was always someone who wanted revenge. She sighed and focused on the current task at hand, as boring as it was. Venus wanted revenge. Not surprising, as hate often follows love. Nemesis and Venus would have been friends if the goddess of love wasn’t so air-headed, and if she didn’t always make so much extra work for Nemesis.

This time Venus wanted revenge on her son, Cupid. Apparently Venus sent him to punish a mortal girl for being pretty, and he didn’t do it quite the way his mother wanted. Typical. Revenge is best left the professionals. The idiot fell in love with the mortal girl and decided to marry her instead. So now I have to fix this mess, Nemesis thought.

After centuries of doing her job, Nemesis had perfected the art of getting other people to do her job for her. In this case she whispered in the mortal girl, Psyche’s sisters ears. She made them first fear for their sister, and then grow hateful and jealous when the finally found her. Humans are resourceful. Nemesis was sure the sister’s would find some way to ruin their sister’s happiness. Besides, there’s nothing quite like family to ruin a good day. Nemesis smiled at that though and started scheming on avoiding Venus in the future.

Later, time is hard for goddesses but it was definitely later, Nemesis was enjoying a well deserved rest when she was rudely interrupted.

“WHAT DID YOU DO?”

Psyche glared at Cupid from where she had been sleeping. “I didn’t do anything to that girl of yours. Her sisters however,” Nemesis shrugged. “Them I may have had a conversation with. Why does it matter?”

Cupid slumped over. He didn’t seem to be able to form a coherent response. Weird. And now that Nemesis got a good look at the god of Love, he really didn’t look like himself. Nemesis started to feel a bit bad.

“Look, I was just doing my job Cupid. When your mom wants revenge, she sends the best.”

“Why did my mother want revenge on my Psyche? She already got that.”

“This wasn’t revenge on the girl. It was on you. For not doing as you were told.” At the last sentence Cupid seemed to experience several emotions at once. Shock, anger, determination, and a few others Nemesis didn’t really have a name for.

Finally Cupid seemed to find his voice again. “I think I need to have a… conversation with my mother.”

“Need any help?” Nemesis asked eagerly. She’d love to put one over on that goddess.

“No. I want to work on this myself. But would you mind taking care of Psyche’s sisters? They shouldn’t have messed with my wife.”

Nemesis’ answering smile looked more like a grimace than anything. “Consider it done.”

It really isn’t fair for humans caught in the games of gods, Nemesis remarked to herself as Psyche’s second sister followed the first over the edge of the cliff. Nemesis hadn’t even had to do much. She just showed Psyche how to most effectively take revenge on her sisters. They were all to ready believe that Cupid preferred them over Psyche and they both rushed off the cliff. It really wasn’t fair.


Author’s Note: This story is based on the myth of Cupid and Psyche. In the story Psyche is so beautiful that it makes the goddess of beauty, Venus, jealous and she sent her son Cupid to make Psyche fall in love with a horrible person as punishment. Cupid couldn’t bring himself to do it, and he fell in love with her instead. They were married, but Psyche didn’t know who her husband was, and she was never allowed to see his face. Eventually, at her jealous sisters’ urging, Psyche looked at her husband’s face while he was asleep. Once she saw her husband was Cupid, she accidentally spilt hot oil on him and woke him up. When Cupid saw the Psyche had broken the rule, he fled and Psyche wandered to her sisters’ kingdoms. She convinced each one that Cupid preferred them to her because of what she’d done. They each jumped off a cliff, expecting the wind to carry them to Cupid. They both died.

I took the plot from Cupid and Psyche and retold it from the point of view of the goddess of revenge. She wasn’t in the story, but I like to image that she was very involved in the background.

Bibliography: Cupid and Psyche by Apuleius and translated by Tony Kline. Web source.

Image: Angel of Revenge by Comfreak. Source: Pixabay

4 thoughts on “Week 4 Story: A Tale of Revenge

  1. Hello Margaret,

    This was an interesting take on the tale of Cupid and Psyche. I particular like the moment when Cupid confronts Nemesis. I think that is really the climax of the story because it shows how much Psyche means to Cupid. I also found how uninterested Nemesis was in the affairs of others to be interesting.

    However, I kind of wish you spent some time and explained how Nemesis went about her tasks. Like what she said to influence Psyche’s sisters or how Nemesis influenced Psyche herself. I think this would have been an interesting addition to the story.

    Lastly, I wonder what would have happened if Cupid had taken up Nemesis’ offer. I think exploring that might have been really interesting because Nemesis seemed to be itching to get her own revenge on the gods and goddesses. Just a thought. Anyways, Best of luck with the rest of your stories.

  2. Hi Margaret,
    I thoroughly enjoyed your story! I particularly liked how you developed the character of Nemesis. I felt that you gave us a good look at her feelings and thoughts – her psyche if you will – without needing too much exposition. This was true for Cupid as well, particularly when he found out what his mother had done.

    I did wonder about the back story in a couple of places, since I was not familiar with it. What was Cupid supposed to have done to Psyche? Why did Psyche’s sisters jump off the cliff? However, this was clarified in the author’s note.

    Nemesis’ final thoughts, that it wasn’t fair for humans to be caught up in the gods’ games, made me wonder what else she might be planning. What if she hatched a plot to prevent the gods from interfering with mortals? I think that would be very interesting, and Cupid and Psyche would probably be on board to help her carry it out.

    Looking forward to interacting more with you in this class!

  3. Hello!
    First of all, I loved how you incorporated the Goddess of Revenge to the story and spoke from her perspective. You are definitely right that love and revenge go hand in hand so it makes perfect sense for Nemesis to be an integral part of a story with characters so vengeful.

    Although your authors note did clarify some of the plot, I had some questions as I was reading your story. I was wondering why the sisters had to search for the mortal girl. I also was slightly confused at why the sisters would jump off a cliff because they believed that Cupid would prefer them. This of course, was clarified in the authors note but initially was slightly perplexing.

    I think that it could be interesting for the reader if some dialogue between the mortals and Nemesis was included, or if there was more detail on what exactly Nemesis had said to them to make them react so immediately. After all, for someone to jump off a cliff they must have been very motivated.

    I look forward to reading more from you, great work!

  4. Hi Margaret!
    I loved reading your story today!! I really enjoyed the fact that you added a new character to this story! That was absolutely not a route I expected this story to go so way cool! I enjoyed the perspective that the goddess of vengeance added to the story – how often she has to act on behalf of Venus especially! I totally agree with you in your authors note – it always blows me away how often the Gods and Goddesses of Greek Mythology interact in the lives of humans and even other gods. I really like the idea that even the goddess of vengeance can’t fully appreciate the effect that revenge has on the people in the story (she is surprised that cupid is so upset) and I also really liked that you showed how little it takes for people to resort the their base, petty instincts! Overall I really enjoyed your story and look forward to reading more! Have an awesome day!

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