Hermes and Chelone: an excerpt from Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan

You have to pity Hermes the messenger god, who had to deliver [Zeus and Hera’s] wedding invitations. Every god, Titan, mortal, nymph, satyr, and animal in the world was invited to join the party. I hope the snails got their invites early. It must’ve taken them forever to get there.

Different people will tell you different stories about where the wedding was held. We’ll go with the island of Crete, because it makes sense. That was where Zeus hid on Mount Ida when he was a baby, so the place had good karma.

I’m still trying to figure out the logistics, though. …So, you invite a wild rabbit living in Italy to a party on the island of Crete. What’s it supposed to do, swim there? Its little tux would get wet.

Anyway, everybody who was invited showed up, except for one really stupid nymph named Chelone. She lived in Arcadia on the Greek mainland, in this hut by a river, and she just threw her invitation away.

"Meh," she said. "Stupid wedding. I’d rather stay home."

When Hermes discovered she was a no-show, he got mad. (I guess it was also his job to check the guest list.) He flew back to Chelone’s place and found her bathing in the river.

"What’s the deal?" he demanded. "You’re not even dressed. The wedding is on!"

"Uh…" Chelone said. "I, um… I’m a little slow. I’ll be there!"

"Really? That’s the story you’re going with?

"Okay, no," she admitted. "I just wanted to stay home."

Hermes got a dark look in his eyes. “Fine.”

He marched over to Chelone’s hut and picked up the entire building, Superman-style. “You want to stay home? Stay home forever.”

He threw the house right on top of her, but instead of dying, Chelone changed form. The house shrank over her back, melting into a shell, and Chelone became the world’s first tortoise, an animal that’s always slow and carries its house on its back. That’s why chelone means tortoise in Greek. Hey, you never know. You might need that info on Jeopardy! someday.








These shoes would be really cute for a Hermes/Mercury cosplay.

Do they come in dudes?

Oi, link to shoes:  [x]They are Jeremy Scott, made by adidas, and they come in many colors, and a couple different styles (lace-up sneaker style too).

(fixed link, sorry!)

Found another shop that has them: [x]