Dumuzi set out to gather Humans to form a clan, together building a town that can allow Humans to prosper.
This day, Inanna arrived at a coastal village with Dumuzi and Ninurta. To their surprise, the village leader, Gilgamesh, acted leisurely about Dumuzi trying to persuade the villagers to leave with him.
: If you can persuade them, then please, by all means do so.
With that, Gilgamesh turned and sought shade to rest, as if he was uninterested in how they were going to attempt it. They then split up to their targets as planned — Dumuzi and Ninurta demonstrated their crops and farming tools to persuade the males, while Inanna showed her textile skills to persuade the females.
However, all the villagers were content with their lives; they did not lack food or clothes, and had no intention to progress further.
: ‘Hm? Why do I feel like someone is looking at me?’
Sensing something amiss, Inanna stopped her work and looked around for the source of her uneasiness. She then found that Gilgamesh was intently staring at her.
No matter where she went, Gilgamesh’s gaze remained on Inanna. From head to shoulders, and down to her chest, waist, and legs...It was as if he was carving her figure into his eyes, prompting profound angst from Inanna.
Seeing that Dumuzi was still trying to persuade the villagers, Inanna did not want to interrupt him. And even if she told him, Inanna thought that Dumuzi might not shift his focus to this minor situation, because he was too preoccupied with building the clan; there was simply no time for her distress.
Just as Inanna was contemplating what to do, Gilgamesh walked up to her side.
: Hey, beautiful. You’re...Inanna? How about you come and live here? I’ll take care of you.
While he was talking, he brought his face close to Inanna’s, and wrapped his hand around her waist lustfully.
: Why stay with the skinny guy? You’d be better off with me —
: Stay away from me!
: I wanted to hold back my hand, but you’re just too beautiful.
: Whew. My darling is so scary...
: ‘The power she’s using...Could it be...?’
Inanna managed to shake off Gilgamesh and return to Dumuzi, but did not tell him about this incident. Dumuzi had already shouldered the burden of trying to convince the villagers; she did not want the incident to bring another layer of stress to him.
When Dumuzi neared the end of his speech, Gilgamesh started to rebut with strong words, as if deliberately challenging Dumuzi. They started to argue, until Gilgamesh announced his arrogant decision —
: If the beauty over there is willing to be my wife, then maybe I’ll give it some thought.
: There is no need! We will take our leave now!
Before Inanna could say anything, Dumuzi had already replied with a shred of anger in his voice. When they were arguing about their beliefs, Dumuzi had never been so aggravated, but surprisingly, Gilgamesh’s final words brought about anger from the usually calm Dumuzi; Inanna and Ninurta were both astounded. Dumuzi even brought Inanna away before formally bidding the village leader farewell.
Inanna the Lady of Lunar
On their way back, Dumuzi’s anger remained on his face. No matter how many new topics Ninurta and Inanna spoke about, Dumuzi did not answer. Although he merely focused on the road, he never loosened his grip of Inanna’s hand. Dumuzi had never acted like this before, prompting helplessness from his two companions. They exchanged a glance, but Ninurta only shrugged his shoulders. Left with no other options, Inanna sighed before tenderly asking:
: Em...Dumuzi? Are you still mad about what happened?
Dumuzi finally looked at her, as if he had been waiting for her to ask.
: If Gilgamesh hadn’t hindered us, we might have convinced the villagers!
: Next time we see that guy, I’m not going to let him get close to you!
Dumuzi’s furious expression and outraged voice brought joy to Inanna. She had never realized that she had such an important place in Dumuzi’s heart. But now, she at least knew that he treasured her, and that she was precious to him.
: That’s good! Then, I’m counting on you to protect me!
With that said, Inanna smiled and strengthened her grip on Dumuzi’s hand. Feeling the forceful grip, Dumuzi’s expression finally looked relieved. Though the atmosphere lightened, their hands never let go. Standing beside them, Ninurta could not help but break into laughter.
: Hahaha! Two idiots!
Already long gone from the village, Inanna and her companions failed to notice that Gilgamesh’s scheming sight was still lingering on them. He was still contemplating Inanna and her power. For someone who had experienced Ancient Gods’ power, Gilgamesh was able to sense a shred of it in Inanna’s attacks...
: ‘All Ancient Gods should have disappeared...Could it be that she’s their descendant?’
: Hmph...Now I want you more, Inanna.
Gilgamesh took out a strand of Inanna’s hair he had previously obtained from her, and kissed it as if he was kissing Inanna herself...