Silent Echoes is a “Games of Zeus” novel but it’s not a traditional mythological conundrum. No, as the author, I’ve taken quite the liberties in creating a situation Zeus could have used to mess with us puny humans.
So, to have a little fun as Silent Echoes releases this month, my host here at Reviewing Shelf has challenged me to create a Game of Zeus out of Basketball!
How could Zeus use Basketball upon two unsuspecting humans? How could he manipulate a seemingly innocuous game into a maniacal, devious relationship conflict? Oh, let me count the ways … or rather, let me show you.
From Wikipedia: Basketball is a team sport, the objective being to shoot a ball through a basket horizontally positioned to score points while following a set of rules. Usually, two teams of five players play on a marked rectangular court with a basket at each width end. Basketball is one of the world’s most popular and widely viewed sports.
Games of Zeus #2
by Aimee Laine
Release Date: March 11, 2013
For years, Ian Sands has enjoyed his life as a bachelor, taking advantage of singlehood and exploring his own definition of passion—whoever she may be. Blonde. Brunette. Tall. Short. Hot. Not. Five months ago, all that changed.
Ian’s been celibate, frustrated and desperately seeking answers to why one woman, who doesn’t play by girls’ rules, haunts his every waking moment.
As a renovations specialist, Taylor Marsh lives, works and breathes construction—a profession her southern belle of a mother would rather Taylor not touch. The same goes for Ian; Mama Marsh would never approve of him.
Like Ian, though, each time he and Taylor draw near, something compels her to get closer.
Something else tells her to run away.
As much as their histories suggest they shouldn’t be together, neither Taylor nor Ian can deny the pull, and the two succumb, indulging in a relationship that brings pleasure to body, mind and soul.
Doing so, though, also ushers in a series of events both should have foreseen as well as one final outcome neither expected.
And now …
think about this game for a second. To win, it’s not a matter of beating someone to the buzzer … oh! Yes it is. It’s also a matter of gathering/getting enough points before the other team AND before time is up.
Right there, we have conflict – two of them in fact. The great thing about any game is that there is at least one person going after a goal and a second doing exactly the opposite but for the same goal.
Add in the element of time and tada! We have a conflict.
How will she ‘win’ if by winning, he won’t? Isn’t love and marriage supposed to be win-win (at least in those key early years?) Ok … all the years, but we all know it’s not at times. In any case, how can two people win the same game when in basketball, a tie is not allowed. Some how, some way, only one person is going to win.
It can’t happen.
These two teams, the He and the She are going to constantly be playing the game with the singular goal of winning. The most baskets. The most points. The most opportunity to win right up until that buzzer goes off.
What if it adds time? What if, as Zeus might do, as one player gets close to winning, Zeus adds time? And gives the other player an opportunity to earn more points so that he or she might be able to take over? You see Zeus isn’t going to make this a simple game of back and forth. No, he’s going to change the rules always keeping the players able to nearly win … almost win … be only ‘points’ from winning but not getting the prize – that romantic relationship.
The question is how will they get around it? That might end up in a book!
And there you have it. What do you think? Is Basketball a possible Game of Zeus?
Wow! Now that’s a thought-provoking post, Aimee. I will never be able to look at Basketball as just a game now. I will always be thinking of how Zeus can manipulate it upto his liking.
About the Author
Aimee is a romantic at heart and a southern transplant with a bit of the accent (but not a whole bunch). She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and with him, she’s produced three native North Carolinians, two of whom share the same DNA.
With an MBA and a degree in Applied Mathematics, there’s absolutely no reason she should be writing romance novels. Then again, she shouldn’t need a calculator to add two numbers, either … but she does.