But sir, we have very little food and water to live on. Many people have died already. You must do something.
It'll be alright. Things will get better, you'll see.
This has gone too far. You must give us water or else you will retire from being leader.
It was a dry day in the city of Patras, Greece. They had been in a drought for almost a month now, and the people of the village were surviving on the very little food and water they had. As poor and helpless as they were, they had a leader. There was a very scholarly man among the villagers named Proteus. All the people learned from him, as he was the head of the village.
Ha Ha Ha! You fool! If you are so "powerful" give me and my village water tomorrow.
I am Poseidon, the god of the seas and storms.
One day, the people in the village couldn't take it any longer. Every time they complained about their misery, Proteus simply said that life would get better. So, villagers said that they would overthrow him if he didn’t help them. That certainly got Proteus’s attention. He wanted his people to be happy, but above all, he wanted to remain ruler. So he agreed to a deal. He would get everyone water by tomorrow, or else he would no longer be the head of the village.
As if we haven't waited long enough...
What's taking him so long?
Heh heh... The water should be here any minute now...
Does anyone hear that rumbling noise?
That night Proteus couldn't sleep, so he went to the beach. He wished his people could drink the ocean water. It would be very simplistic. He sat on the sand and closed his eyes. As soon as his eyes opened he was shocked to see a huge figure under the moonlight. It was so big, it caused the dusky blue waters to rumble and become violent.
Aaahhhhhh!!! Run for your lives!
Proteus stared in fear at the massive silhouette. “Who are you?”, he trembled. “I am Poseidon, the god of the sea and storms”, the great figure replied. Proteus thought this guy was just joking around. He didn't believe Greek gods were real, so he laughed and ordered Poseidon to help get water for the people. Poseidon could not accept the mortal trying to order him and underestimating his powers and abilities. So he decided to teach him a lesson.
The next day, Proteus gathered all his people in one area and told them that water is on the way. They heard a rumbling noise, as it got louder and louder. Proteus started to worry and went to see what was taking so long.
When Proteus got there, the last thing he witnessed was a massive wave of water coming over the village. Poseidon flooded the village because Proteus underestimated the power of him. Most villagers were killed and homes were swept away. Proteus, however, was still alive. It was then, he realized that the gods could not be compared to mortals like him. Then Poseidon submerged back into the ocean. Ever since that day, tsunamis would occur on Earth. This is because of a foolish, mortal human who messed with the gods.