Once the cheering subsided the men went about getting ready once again. I was about to head back to the front of the ship when I heard my name. I looked to find Achilles motioning me over to him. "I want you to remain below deck." he told me, "The Trojans are quite famous for their archers."
He smilies and then patted me on the shoulder before returning to watch the approaching beach. I looked back at the beach one last time before I went below deck.
Before long I felt a tremor as the boat hit land and I heard the pounding of feet of the Myrmidons jumped off the ship. The sounds of battle were loud and I couldn't help pacing as I waited for it to end. Even though I knew this battle really didn't last long, it felt like hours before all was silent. Then Patroclus came down. "It safe to come up now. The Trojans have retreated back to the city."
I nodded and followed him back to the main deck. I looked around to see bodies fallen here and there. There wasn't many but I knew that would soon change.
Once the dead have been collected, mainly Trojans, I helped the Myrmidons unload the ship. Then I stood by and watched the men fix their tents. I was lucky. They had supplies to make an extra one which they built in between those of Achilles' and Patroclus'. Soon after Eudorus went into Achilles' tent, where I knew he was talking to Briseis. "My lord." I could hear him say, "Agamemnon requests your presence. The kings are gathering to celebrate your victory. He also wishes to meet Tiana."
I gasped and Patroclus, who was sitting next to me, looked at me concerned. "What is it?"
"Agamemnon requested both Achilles' and mine's presence."
"That is correct."
We turned to find Achilles emerging from his tent. "Come."
I nodded and then followed him to the ship that was also Agamemnon's tent. I stopped in my tracks and my breath hitched. Even though I knew what his fate is doesn't make me any less afraid of the man. Achilles turned around and grabbed my arms. "It'll be alright, Tiana. I won't let anyone hurt you."
I nodded and then with his hand on my back supportingly, we proceeded to the tent.
Inside the tent, the various Kings of Greece were standing around while a couple were in line in front of Agamemnon. One of the Kings standing around, Odysseus, looked on the verge of laughing. I tuned out the two Kings who were paying homage to Agamemnon and hid slightly behind Achilles out of fear. Unfortunately, that's when Agamemnon noticed us. "Leave us." he commanded.
Before obeying, Odysseus came up to Achilles. "War is young men dying, and old men talking." he said, "You know this. Ignore the politics."
He gave me a smile and then he was gone. With everyone gone, the room fell into an awkward silence. Achilles broke said silence by saying, "Apparently, you won some great victory."
As he spoke he walked a little closer to Agamemnon, leaving me unshielded. I froze as to not be noticed. "Perhaps you didn't notice." he replied, "The Trojan beach belonged to Priam in the morning. It belongs to Agamemnon in the afternoon."
"Have the beach. I didn't come for sand."
"No you came here because you want your name to last through the ages. A great victory was won today, but that victory is not yours. Kings, did not kneel to Achilles. Kings, did not pay homage to Achilles."
"Perhaps the kings were too far to see. The soldiers won the battle."
"History remembers kings!" he shouted as he leaned forward, "Not soldiers! Tomorrow we'll batter down the gates of Troy. I'll build monuments on every island of Greece. I'll crave 'Agamemnon' in the stone."
"Be careful King of kings." Achilles said calmly, "First you need the victory."
Then Agamemnon's eyes fell on me.