This is a retelling of Cupid and Psyche, only Psyche is named Sadie in my version. In this scene, Sadie (the MC) is about to find out that none of the 14 suitors who have come to her palace will consider marrying her. Sadie had planned on marrying to prove to her admirers that she is not Venus incarnate and spare herself the goddess' rage (Venus is none-too-thrilled about being compared to the beautiful young princess). Her reaction to the news is the "over-the-top" emotion being submitted.
“No, Sadie, listen. This is important. You deserve to know this. None of these men, including myself, came here to marry you.” Krios paused to correct himself. “Well, maybe at first we did, but something changed along the way. By the time we reached your palace, we agreed amongst ourselves that not one of us felt worthy of marrying you--or of taking on the obligation of protecting you.”
“Protecting me from what? My father hasn’t had any problem looking out for me for this long.”
“I simply don’t have the armies, Sadie. I can’t afford a war for you. None of us can,” Krios said in an emphatic whisper.
Although I realized what he was talking about, I couldn’t believe all of Greece was so consumed by fear of another Trojan War.
“I’m not Helen!” I stood up and shouted at Krios.
Conversation and eating came to an abrupt halt as all eyes turned to me.
“You don’t even know me, but you assume I’m the sort of person who would run off with another man. Why? Because I have a pretty face? You have misjudged me. I’m as fiercely loyal as any woman you will ever meet.”
“Sadie,” my father quickly rushed to my side. “No one is questioning your loyalty, or even Helen’s loyalty. Helen was powerless to resist the will of Venus.”
“Venus again?” I shrieked. “How many times will she ruin my life? I’m trying to serve her by marrying and now she’s denying me a husband.”