A discussion of dark themes in YA literature, overprotective parenting, attempted mind control, and staying free while growing up. Ganked entire from its original home at "Out of Ambit".
Once upon a time, the King of the Greek gods, Zeus, was getting ready to cheat on his wife again. His latest target was a beautiful mortal girl named Io, whose resistance he’d been wearing down by sending her a series of increasingly seductive dreams of which he was the star. Having finally arrived on her doorstep to make his case in person, Zeus wrapped the two of them and that whole region of the world in a thick black cloud to hide the incipient goings-on.
This was of course a tactical error. Zeus’s wife Queen Hera noticed the peculiar change in the weather, checked Olympus to see if her husband the Cloudgatherer was on site, and – not finding him there – instantly put two and two together. She headed straight for the area of sudden overcast, ordered the clouds off, and found herself looking at her husband and an extremely lovely (and one must assume, confused) white cow, which Zeus explained had sprung from Mother Earth just that minute. Not even slightly fooled, Hera promptly confiscated the cow and assigned to guard her – or rather, to make sure her husband didn’t get anywhere near her – one of her security staff, a creature by the name of Argus. Argus was completely covered with eyes that stared in every direction and saw everything for miles around. The eyes even slept in shifts, so that the watcher’s pitiless regard was inescapable by night or day. Hera went off confident that her husband’s case was well handled.