My flash story “Cupid and Psyche at the Caffé Sol y Mar” is up at Fireside Fiction today!
It was inspired by thinking about the myth of Cupid and Psyche, which forms the basis of many children’s stories told, often to little girls, to exemplify a beautiful fairy-tale romance. (In fact, you can see echoes of it in many Disney-esque stories, including Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid.) Except if you really think about it, it’s a horrible example of a romantic relationship. Psyche doesn’t really get a say in marrying Cupid, she is held to unreasonable rules in his palace, and then she is forced to carry out horrifying tasks when she fails to follow those rules–but at no point does Cupid really have to prove himself worthy of her.
So I set about imagining what an immortal Psyche would have to say about her treatment, thousands of years later, if she developed into a modern woman. This story is what resulted. If that sounds interesting to you, read it here!