A STEEP, ENDLESS MOUNTAIN SLOPE. TARTARUS.
HADES standsbeside SISYPHUS. Sisyphus digs his heels into the slope and presses hisback against a huge rock, holding it in place.
SISYPHUS: Really? You mean it?
HADES: Yes, Sisyphus. Let the rock go.
Sisyphussteps aside. The rock rumbles down the slope, gaining momentum untilfinally rolling out of view, beyond the visible horizon.
now my penance is done? I'm absolved of my sins, andI get to go to paradise? Oh, how I've longed for the Elysian Fields,and to be
HADES: No, Sisyphus.
HADES: That is not how our conception of the afterlife works.
SISYPHUS: Oh. Maybe I'm thinking of the Christians then.
Hades, adamantine and unyielding, says nothing.
SISYPHUS: But I'm done with the rock?
HADES: Yes, Sisyphus. You are done with the rock.
Hades takes a MacBook Pro out from his flowing, ashen robes.
HADES: The password for the wireless network is "haveapomegranate".
Hades offers the MacBook Pro to Sisyphus. Sisyphus takes it.
SISYPHUS: I don't really understand.
HADES: It is a small joke. About Persephone.
SISYPHUS: No, I mean about the computer. Do you need me to check your e-mail or something?
HADES: There is a site called "Tumblr". It is spelled without the "e".
SISYPHUS: But that's a stupid way to
HADES: You will create what is called a blog. It has a quality called
"Tumblarity". You must make this blog the Number One blog in
"Tumblarity". This shall be your task.
SISYPHUS: How do I do that?
HADES: Post things on the blog. Gain Likes, Reblogs, and Followers. This will increase its
SISYPHUS: How long do I have?
HADES: All eternity, Sisyphus.
SISYPHUS: Great! No problem.
Hades vanishes. Sisyphus sits down with the MacBook Pro.
THE SAME SLOPE. TARTARUS. A MILLENIUM LATER.
Sisyphus is in the same spot as before, typing and clicking the touchpad mouse button frantically.
I can't believe it.
Sisyphus stops typing and clicking. Hades appears.
HADES: Well done, Sisyphus. The task is complete.
SISYPHUS:Thanks. It went way up when I changed my picture. A lot of peoplefollow you if you pretend to be a cute 17-year-old girl.
Hades is silent. Sisyphus puts the computer down and stands up.
SISYPHUS: Yep, well, great. I'll just be on my way to the
HADES: Open another tab.
HADES: In your browser. Open another tab.
Sisyphus sits down. He opens a second tab in Firefox.
HADES: Load up Wikipedia.
..is there something I can look up
SISYPHUS: Any single thing?
HADES: open up the Recent Changes page.