Inside the Riordome, no creature, demigod or god can ever truly relax — not even a bystander faun is free from the plague of fight or flight. So, we figured we should seek the advice of a stress-tested warrior to learn about mechanisms for remaining mindful and chill. Oh goddess of the hunt, disable our anxiety!
RR.COM: Artemis, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to pick your brain a bit.
ARTEMIS: If you even attempt to puncture my skull, I will—
RR.COM: It’s just a figure of speech! You can put the dagger down. Anyway, as we were saying . . . Our readers know you primarily as the goddess of the hunt.
ARTEMIS: I’m also the goddess of the wilderness, the goddess of the moon, the goddess of archery, the proud leader of the Hunters of Artemis, the—
RR.COM: Exactly! That’s our point. Our readers wonder how you manage to balance so many duties at once. After all, there are only so many hours in the day.
ARTEMIS: Don’t remind me. I find centering deep breaths to be my only remedy when I’m feeling as overwhelmed as you just made me. Thanks for that.
RR.COM: Sorry, we don’t mean to be triggering.
ARTEMIS: Did you say something? I had to tune you out momentarily for the deep breathing. Also I focused on the great enjoyment and purpose I find in the tasks I’ve been assigned. How convincing did that sound?
RR.COM: Just convincing enough.
ARTEMIS: Now I just have to re-engage my coping strategy of avoiding most men. It’s a surefire way to maintain energy and composure.
RR.COM: Well, speaking of men, you ARE connected to one our readers know well. What are your your thoughts on your twin brother Apollo’s current . . . predicament?
ARTEMIS: My heart yearns for word of his safety. I spend most nights on the moon chariot overcome with a sense of dread over his precarious fate.
ARTEMIS: Of course! When not traumatized by shame and embarrassment. Stories of “Lester’s” blemishes and unseemly body hair have been making the rounds among my hunters. Only my brother could have been cursed with mortality for the THIRD time in so many centuries. Clearly, he has many more lessons to learn.
RR.COM: Any chance of you bargaining with Zeus to reverse his decision and restore Apollo’s godly powers?
ARTEMIS: I have enough to manage without wading into father-son conflicts. Male drama in general, really. And with that, I’m afraid I must be off. Running drills with the Hunters and so forth. I’m sure you understand.
RR.COM: Hey, wait a second. Isn’t that Apollo’s Sun Chariot you’re stepping into?
ARTEMIS: What if it is? Are you implying something?
RR.COM: It just seems that. . .
ARTEMIS: I’m feeling ATTACKED! Deep breaths! Deep breaths!!!
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