I'm so sorry I'm posting this in two parts, but I really don't want to go through the hassle of reposting the whole thing if I want to correct a typo!
CoralDawn's Challenge: to write a story with food and love, and maybe caviar, based on the following from Plutarch's "Life of Alexander":
"And another time, when it thundered so much that everybody was afraid, and Anaxarchus, the sophist, asked him if he who was Jupiter's son could do anything like this, "Nay," said Alexander, laughing, "I have no desire to be formidable to my friends, as you would have me, who despised my table for being furnished with fish, and not with the heads of governors of provinces." For in fact it is related as true, that Anaxarchus seeing a present of small fishes, which the king sent to Hephaestion, had used this expression, in a sort of irony, and disparagement of those who undergo vast labors and encounter great hazards in pursuit of magnificent objects, which after all bring them little more pleasure or enjoyment than what others have."
Rating: K-plus/PG, though I really think this could almost be a bedtime story. (For AtG fans, that is!) No swearing, no bloodshed . . .
Warnings: Unbeta'ed, probably lots of historical inaccuracy (did Persians have anything like spoons?) and definitely lots of silliness.
Sources: Mostly CoralDawn's challenge. (Thank you so much for posting it!) Information about caviar is from Wikipedia.
A/N: Persians called caviar Khag-avar. This could be the evening before the incident mentioned in Plutarch. Someone please tell me why there are always exams looming when I come up with things to post!