Summary: Where one rash decision leads to an impulsive, selfish act and a tragic chain reaction which can never be prevented ...

A/N: the musings one of my favourite characters in the movie, the wily yet intelligent Odysseus - the only Greek in this tragedy worthy of the title of king ...

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Chain Reaction

By the gods, I never thought Troy would fall ... let alone a woman would be the cause of it.

But thanks to impetuous actions of a callow, thoughtless youth and a bored, unfaithful, young wife, the great city fell. Helen of Sparta, Menelaus' queen, deemed by the Gods and Paris, King Priam of Troy's youngest son, to be the most beautiful woman in the world. The person unwittingly responsible for despair, death and destruction for both Troy and Greece.

Both sides lost so much because of their reckless behaviour. Menelaus lost both wife and face when Helen fled with Paris. Patroclus, kinsman to our invincible hero, Achilles, fell and I was separated from my kingdom, Ithaca and my beloved, faithful, beautiful queen, Penelope.

But the Trojans fared just as badly. They lost their one true hope for a great ruler ... A man truly worthy of succeeding Priam.

For when noble, intelligent and wise Hector mistook Patroclus for Achilles, his fate was sealed. His life became forfeit by Achilles, the Myrmidon king's own hand. Leaving a desolate, grieving father, a dignified, heartbroken widow, Andromache, a fatherless, infant son and a country without hope and only despair ...

All this loss ... sorrow ... pain ... and death caused by a hapless, weak youth's selfish greed and desire for beauty.

Helen of Sparta. A rare, beauteous and unconsciously cruel harbinger of death. And the ruin and damnation of Troy ...

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