Cover Photo: An illustration of Greek pottery, each depicting Hyacinth and Apollo: Hyacinth and Apollo shooting an arrow with a bow, Hyacinth dying in Apollo's arms, Apollo mourning Hyacinth
Illustration by Sirin Thada for Catapult

Petals Bend in the Wind

Apollo’s entire being is unstoppable. Yet even he cannot keep up with Zephyrus, with the whipping stone and wind.




Apollo gives a weak smile before brushing back his hair. “I have something for us to do.” Then he walks back to his chariot. He pulls out round stones that have been ground down and polished into smooth discuses. “A new game for us.”

Brendon Zatirka is a writer of speculative fiction. He lives in Chicago where he teaches and translates ancient and medieval literature.