90. Cephalus brings Procris back

Once upon a time, Cephalus, the grandson of Aeolus, disguised himself to test the virtue of her wife Procris, the daughter of the Athenian king Erechtheus. Cephalus tempted Procris by offering gifts, which she refused but later, accepted a costly gift and allowed the disguised Cephalus, to share her bed. Cephalus removed his disguise and Procris left Cephalus, to live in the wild mountains.

Cephalus loved Procris most dearly and grieved her absence. The flames of his love for Procris, consumed his body. Unable to bear the painful separation, Cephalus went to the mountains, to fetch Procris back. When he saw Procris, his love for her burned all the more.

Begging for her forgiveness, Cephalus acknowledged that it was his fault. Without any hesitation, he declared that he might have also yielded, in the same manner as Procris had, if he would have been tempted with the offerings of such expensive gifts. Miserably, Cephalus confessed that it was entirely his wrongdoing, and he had full faith and trust in the virtue of Procris.

But Procris was angry that why Cephalus had not come earlier to fetch her, if he indeed loved her so much, as he was now declaring with tears and sighs. After Procris had delivered, at great length, her angry outburst, and after she was satisfied that she had avenged her outraged emotions, she submitted to the supplications of Cephalus. A tearful reunion took place, and they tightly clasped each other for a long time, as if attempting to recover all the moments lost in separation. Then, thanking the wilderness for giving shelter, Procris left, to live with Cephalus in the palace.

Cephalus and Procris, lived happily. Procris fondly gave to Cephalus, the extremely fast hound and the beautiful javelin that Diana had gifted to her. Cephalus named the hound as the Tempest. He always carried the wonderful javelin, which unerringly pierced its mark and on its own, came back to the hands of its owner.

Excerpt from the book “Once Upon A Time-II: 150 Greek Mythology Stories” by Rajen Jani

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