FC: The Life of Perseus | Kinza Abbas
1: The Life of Perseus By Kinza Abbas Illustrated by The Internet
2: Once, in a faraway land called Greece, there lived a king, Acrisius of Argos. The King had a beautiful daughter, Danae, yet he longed for a son. But after Acrisius had learned that he would never have his own son, and that her daughter's only son would kill him, he locked Danae in an underwater cavern made of bronze.
3: Danae was lonely, so Zeus, King of the Gods, visited her. Together, the two had a child, Perseus. When King Acrisius found out about Perseus, he was angry and scared. He put the mother and son into a chest and threw the chest into the sea.
4: A fisherman named Dictys found the chest and broke it open, saving the mother and child. Dictys and his wife were kind and cared for Danae and Perseus as the children that they never had. Danae was happy to let her son be a fisherman, safe from Argos.
5: But a new problem had arisen. Polydectes, Dictys's brother, had fallen in love with Danae and wanted to marry her, but he didn't want Perseus as a son. To get rid of Perseus, Polydectes asked for a wedding gift that he knew no man could give; the head of the Gorgon Medusa, whose look could turn a man to stone.
6: Athena and Hermes, pitying the boy's struggle, both agreed to help him. Athena offered the shield that covered her breast, and Hermes not only gave Perseus a sword that could cut the Gorgon's head off, but also accompanied Perseus on his travels. In this way, Perseus traveled to the land where the Gray Women resided, where he tricked them into telling the two travelers how to get to the Nymphs of the North.
7: The Nymphs of the North, also known as the Hyperboreans, greeted Perseus and Hermes warmly, and offered Perseus the last gifts he needed to fight Medusa; a wallet that would carry anything he put in it, a pair of sandals that would allow him to fly, and a cap that made him invisible. Equipped with these things, Perseus successfully captured the head of Medusa.
8: Medusa's two immortal sisters, outraged by Medusa's death, began to chase Perseus. Perseus was about to outrun them, traveling through Ethiopia to get back home.On his way back, however, Perseus saw a Princess, Andromeda, about to be sacrificed to a sea monster and saved her. The king and queen happily gave Andromeda's hand in marriage to Perseus, and together the two headed back for the island.
9: Alas, when the hero and his wife returned to Perseus's island home, Perseus discovered that Danae and the fisherman (his wife was already dead) were hiding in a temple, fearing the wrath of Polydectes, now that Danae had refused his marriage offer. Seizing his chance, Perseus took the head of Medusa to Polydectes' court and unleashed its wrath on the people inside. All of them were turned to stone.
10: After Dictys was given power of the Island, Perseus, his wife , and his mother went back to Greece, h0ping to find Acrisius and reunite as a family. However, Acrisius was not in Argos anymore, and no one would tell the family where he currently was. On his travels to find his grandfather, Perseus heard about a great athletic event and decided to take place. He swung a discus, hitting an old man in the crowd. The man happened to be Acrisius. The prophecy of Perseus killing his grandfather had come true.
11: The End