Who Was Hippolyta and Why Did She Need a Dagger?
Hippolyta was the queen of the Amazons in Greek myth. She didn’t have a dagger (but she probably had a sword). However, she was given a zoster, a “war belt” by her father Ares. Acquiring this belt was the focus of Heracles’ ninth labor.
Laurie is named after a co-worker who I found out was Pagan like I had been. I’m more magically inclined, but that’s for another essay. Laurie is a very fierce woman, even though she’s a Taurus. Don’t cross her or your bridge will not only be burned, but nuked, salted, and left as a wasteland for miles around.
I wanted to immortalize her in the story, as a tribute to her ferocity. I, myself, am the quiet one, letting others take credit when something comes out right, and taking the blame, even when I didn’t do it. I wanted the character in this story to be not like me, to be “saved”, I guess.
And who can save her other than a myth? As you read stories in the Truck Stop, you’ll find out why I chose a Greek myth as opposed to something more apt, such as Egyptian or Hindu.
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