Dark clouds, gale force winds raged the four compass points, curses and oaths echoed from the mountain tops.

This was the dark mood of Erebus, as he responded to Eo, his wife, and her continuing argument – that the blackness of the heavens was the folly of his stubbornness.  He should seek the guidance of Zeus.

Erebus believed in his own god-like immortality – and to seek guidance with Zeus was never an option.

Pandora looked down from Mount Olympus, feeling great sorrow for Eo, as she struggled to convince Erebus that the darkness was the result of his stubbornness and that the world should be parted into Night and Day, allowing the earth to be verdant, for flowers to grow and bloom, for forests to flourish, rivers and oceans to form, so allowing for the abundance of wild life, thus laying down the foundation for humankind.

So Pandora sought counsel with Zeus, putting forth Eo’s argument, and also her own solution to the problem of Erebus’ unwillingness to listen to reason.

Zeus gave ear, finally agreeing. It was time Erebus was taught a lesson.

Now Zeus laughed heartily at Pandora’s plan to re-name Eo, giving her the new name of Eos, thus gifting her ‘’Nature’s Dawn’’, finally to end Erebus’ obstinacy.

Eos then tricked Erebus into thinking that he had finally convinced her. She sat with him on the peak of Mount Darkness. He gloated and smiled, as he looked down on the barren world that lay before them.

Jumping to her feet, Eos uttered the word ‘’Dawn’’. Then s-l-o-w-l-y, darkness began to lose its power, the beauty and majesty of ‘’Dawn” was born, bathing the world in its golden light.

Erebus gasped at the beauty that lay before him.  Flowers, forests, rivers, the sound of nature filled the air.

Eos grasped Erebus’ hand. “You have now witnessed the ‘’Birth of Dawn’’ and Earth’s bounty.”

“You have been taught a great lesson Erebus.  How stubbornness can become the darkness that blinds’’.

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Carrie OLeary
Carrie OLeary (@carrie-oleary)
7 months ago

Ha, I’m so glad that Prometheus pushed himself forcefully into the starring role of my Greek mythology themed story. I was originally going to have Eos in the starring role. As it is she only got a brief mention. Nicely done anyway.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
7 months ago

As a Greek reader who grew up with stories about these characters, I have to say that I’m very pleased with how the story turned out to be. You wrote another great story, Eric! Good luck on the contest.

Katy Bizi
Katy Bizi (@katy-bizi)
7 months ago
Reply to  Eric Radcliffe

Contests are such special events because their competitiveness can make us surpass our limits, but because they also showcase a lot of well-written stories that we can learn from. When we look back at all the entries of a competition, we can truly see how much obscure talent is out there in the world. And maybe these two facts are what is so great about a contest.

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Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister (@alan-kemister)
7 months ago

The joy for me in these contests is learning something from reading the entries that reflect different approaches to stories based on simple theme words. Stories about mythology are a good example. Reading this one has made me think about my woeful ignorance of this subject for at least a few moments. But the interrelationships are too complicated for me. I think quantum mechanics is much simpler.

Greene M Wills
Greene M Wills (@greene-m-wills-2)
7 months ago

Stubborness and pride before a fall! Erebus needed a lesson but his fall was soft and his lesson one of mercy. I loved how Eos, the sweet teacher, showed him something new and precious. Your Eos is so different from mine and absolutely compelling. The way she says dawn ever sooo slowly reminded me of a mantra or an enchantation. Loved it!

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Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof (@christer-norrlof)
7 months ago

I am impressed by the knowledge there is in our “family” of Greek mythology. It’s fascinating and educational to read. In this story, the situation seems familiar, with the male stubbornness clashing with the female slyness, and the final outcome which was the way the female part always wanted it. And, of course, it was a good outcome.Good job, Eric!

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 months ago

I am ignorant of Greek mythology. But it brings to me so much joy on reading stories like this here in Voice club. I learn a lot from here. So educational.

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