I jerk awake as my cheek slips from where it rested against the palm of my hand. I’d been lulled to sleep from the sheer boredom of pouring through Uncle Monty’s haphazard notes, under the gentle rocking motion of the boat.

I’m not even sure why I’m here, except that I’d received a letter from Monty, posted just a few days before he disappeared, instructing me to look through his journals if he didn’t return. His notes had seemed so preposterous but, at the same time, I was utterly intrigued. It became a mystery I couldn’t let go.

Uncle Monty’s letter claimed he’d located the chain of islands where Sarpedon, home of the Gorgons, sisters of Medusa, is located. The sensible side of me insists this is a myth. My more curious side is fascinated by Monty’s findings. His notes are so thorough, and well researched, that even my sensible side starts to believe. 

So, I’ve sailed west from Gibraltar into the Atlantic Sea, where they’d reportedly found Monty’s empty boat. Now I’ve come to a dead end. I have no idea where he went from here. All I’ve found thus far is open ocean, though a low sea fret hangs over it that never burns away in the heat of the sun.

I pick up a journal and thrust it into the pile of discarded notes. A piece of paper flutters out, which I ignore until I notice the large red circle around some text with the words Sarpedon, Stheno and Euryale scrawled next to it. I read:

At wax of summer’s moon before the morning sun crests the horizon,
Follow the shrieking cry of the Harpy through the mists of time and space.
Thence will you come to Sarpedon, home of beings most monstrous
Tarry not overlong, or remain forever to harken to the Siren’s song.

This is it, the information I’ve been missing. Somewhere out there, amid the misty fret, is the island I seek. I can only hope that Uncle Monty will still be there, although whatever else I find will be a completely different story.

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

Loved it, Carrie! I can’t help hoping that the protagonist is carrying a reflective surface with him. It’ll come in handy when he meets the three serpent-haired ladies on the mysterious island he is seeking. I enjoyed the echoes of HP Lovecraft your story is evoking!

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

This is another very entertaining and educational Greek Mythology suitable for the “Mystery” theme. Hopefully, they can overcome Stheno and Euryale on the Island of Cisthene. It is a nice read, Carrie. Good job.

Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
10 months ago

My knowledge of mythology is limited but, once again Carrie, you have ignited my curiosity and I will make time to read more. I enjoyed the gradual building of excitement from the boredom in the first paragraph until he found the missing information. Well done!

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Genya Johnson
Genya Johnson(@genya-johnson)
10 months ago

I love Greek mythology. I hope he is carrying a mirror with him in case the journal is showing the way. An intriguing story which has so much potential to be developed into a longer adventure.

Genya Johnson
Genya Johnson(@genya-johnson)
10 months ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

I could tell from reading this that you wanted to write more.

Clare Marsh
Clare Marsh(@clare-marsh)
10 months ago

I felt drawn in by the story and the myths and wanted to both learn more about the characters and especially what happened next. Good to leave it on a cliff hanger!

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
10 months ago

What a lovely story, Carrie. I hope Uncle Monty was still there?

Marianna Pieterse
Marianna Pieterse(@marianna-pieterse)
10 months ago

Congratulations, Carrie! This is one of those stories where I would love to read more. A great mystery. Well done.

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Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
10 months ago

A great story, Carrie! Congratulations on your second place public voting win.

Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
10 months ago

Congratulations! A well deserved one, Carrie.

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

Congratulations on your second win, Carrie. Good job.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
10 months ago
Reply to  Carrie OLeary

You’re welcome, Carrie.

And thank you for your encouragement, I really need it. And I am hoping that I can do it.

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