In many respects, the story-line of Chameleons is a modern retelling of the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, where Orville Braithwaite stands in for Orpheus, Candice stands in for Eurydice and our big bad represents the shepherd/satyr Aristaeus. The Orphean storyline is allegorical, and the ending might not be quite as disappointing. Another change is that in the original Orphean myth, we primarily hear the tale from Orpheus’ point of view. In Chameleons, the focus is squarely on Candice’s journey, and while Orville will be her guide out of the “underworld,” the choice at Cerberus’ gate will be her own.
For those of you not familiar with the classic Greek myth, Wikipedia offers a brief overview.
In case you’re wondering… yes – Orville is an intentionally similar name to Orpheus, and it’s no coincidence that Candice’s name has the same ending as Eurydice. Candice is also the name of a character I created in a flash fiction piece called Cybabe, although this one lacks the aiming reticles on the eyeballs, the eight-inch rippers and the chain-mail dress of the original Candice.