Selene took the four mortals to her temple as fast as she could
"Well, that was awkward" Odysseus pointed with his usual wit "I never expected such a behavior from the immortals"
"I am really sorry you had to witness that" the titan goddess of the moon told them, her face filled with shame.
"You have nothing to be ashamed, my lady" Hector added quickly. "To me you are one of the deities that truly deserve our prayers"
Priam added with a worried expression
"It worries me that our presence may have angered many gods"
Hector put a comforting hand on his father´s shoulder and said reassuringly
"Don´t worry father, I´m sure our presence will be soon forgotten…we are but mere mortals and"
With that he took a quick look at Selene, as if looking for any show of support to his words
"And I am sure the gods have more important things to discuss among themselves"
Selene smiled nervously at him and said nothing. Unknown to them, their mere presence and their words had caused great commotion, not just in the main temple of Olympus, but also in all the different realms, as the meeting was being watched in every local temple of each town by every inhabitant of the Elysium and the underworld. No giant, nymph, satyr, ogre or minor god has ever defied or questioned the main gods. Yet these mortals, creatures many thought were legends and that were believed to be lower than any of them, have done so.
In the main temple, the shouts started as soon as Selene disappeared; Zeus against his own wife, Titans against Olympians, the followers of the different gods among themselves.
Athena approached slowly the center of the temple and used her own powers to activate the magic fountain, which worked the same way to the well in her own temple but bigger.
Everyone stopped shouting once the fountain was activated.
"Athena, what are you doing" Zeus asked, his voice still denoting his anger, more directed to his wife.
"I want to show you all something I have prepared…images of the lives of those four mortals that came as representatives of their kin"
"Do you think we are interested in those pathetic little mortals?" asked, displeasure evident on his face. He turned to look at all his equals looking for support. However, the other gods, even if they didn´t want to admit it, were all curious."
Zeus sat on his throne with a neutral expression, but his eyes betrayed his curiosity.
"Show us" he commanded.
After Athena said a few words, the fountain showed the image of Odysseus holding a small boy in his arms
"You see Telemachus, Men are haunted by the vastness of eternity, and so we ask ourselves will our actions echo across the centuries? Will strangers hear our names long after we're gone and wonder who we were? How bravely we fought? How fiercely we loved?"
The small boy was still too little to understand the cryptic words of his father and just giggled in his arms.
The scene faded and then came the sight of an army in Thessaly.
Three hour later, the last scene showed Odysseus again, writing a letter to his infant child in case he never returned home. He read the final words as he wrote them
"Men rise and fall like the winter wheat, but these names will never die. Let them say I lived in the time of Hector, tamer of horses. Let them say I lived in the time of Achilles"
Only silence filled the temple. Even Nyx, Gaia, Hera and Rhea were shocked as they hadn´t seen most of those events back in Athena´s temple.
Hector woke up early and decided to take a walk outside Selene´s temple; there was a trail that went through some woods and he went that way. He walked slowly, admiring the nature of the immortal lands, but soon the serenity in his mind was gone. Years in wars had taught him well, and he knew he was being watched and fallowed. His face didn´t change and he acted as if nothing was happening, not even when he heard some giggles and small chattering