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The Creation of Rivers

A myth submitted to the site by Niamh Jones

Ancient Greece, Greece

Ever wondered how rivers were created, or how eels came about? Well read on to find out.

As usual, Medusa was devoting her morning to lecturing her hair, which if you didn’t know is made of snakes. Suddenly, one of the snakes started to wriggle and writhe and with a piercing scream from Medusa the snake fell out and onto the floor, leaving a gaping hole behind.

The snake slithered away. Medusa was petrified. What if her power of turning things to stone was fading? What would she do? The snake, named Serpius, slipped away, through Medusa’s horrifying home and out into the open. After a couple of days he reached the ocean and took a sip. Serpius like what he tasted. He liked it so much that he drank and drank the exquisite water until it was all gone and he had swollen to an unbelievable size.
Serpius rested for a long time. After all, he was tired and full of water; all he wanted to do was sleep. When he was finished he slowly made his way across and around Greece. Leaving behind a maze of shallow valleys.

Eventually he reached the sea again, hoping to get another drink of the beautiful water. When he got there he was shocked to discover that there was no water left. In his shock, he accidently opened his mouth and water poured out, into the sea and through the valleys, filling them with water. As he was lying in the valley, water soon surrounded him and he soon discovered that he was surrounded by it. At first this scared him and he was in danger of drowning. However, after a time the discovered that he quite liked the sensation of water running over his sleek body.

That is how the rivers were created and eels came to exist.

By Niamh Jones
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