Eumaios and the Skunks (Part 4/Conclusion)

Michael O. Varhola

him and he muttered their names as he recognized them and weakly waved his hand toward their heads in an attempt to pet them.

Then, before Eumaois could descend into the subterranean apartment, he caught some movement out of the corner of his eye and, despite his fatigue, forced himself to turn and face it. There, clearly visible in the bright moonlight, he could see two skunks, as close as he could tell his Daphne and Claea, rooting around in search of something edible. As they came into contact, the two little monsters leaned into each other, dug their clawed toes into the ground, and began to jostle and shove at one another. And, in spite of himself and his exhaustion, Eumaois laughed at the spectacle and briefly paused to watch it.