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Secaela and the Sintoar

A myth submitted to the site by Hannah Hsu

Sparta, Ancient Greece

Three thousand years ago in ancient Greece, there was a stunning city named Sparta. It was a blazing hot day and lots of people were strolling in the local agora. Some young women, who were sweating in their dull, grey, woolen chitons, were chatting about the success of the Trojan War. A slave had a sad face while fanning her owner. A philosopher was bartering over the expensive price of lamb in the stoa. The sweet smell of fruits made the people want to buy them even more. 2 soldiers, who were covered in blood, had just came back from the Trojan War. Their shiny shields had sword marks. The armour was nearly, but not quite, torn off. A woman was delicately carving the wooden sofa. Inside the stoa, a barber was carefully trimming a man’s hair. There were some children tasting some squishy oranges. Some travellers were touching their fluffy purple chitons. A tramp was begging for a sip of the scrumptious wine. The day was normal, except that the citizens didn’t know the terror that was coming…

The Sintoar was a terrifying creature. He was one of Zeus’s most ghostly sons. His teeth could crush bones in 1 second. His paws were as sharp as daggers. The Sintoar was a colossal shark eating his prey. He lived in a deep, dark cave, which was perishing. His gigantic lightning bolts could create a huge thunder storm in the whole of Sparta. He came out to eat twice a year and ate 12 citizens, all villagers who he tortured and they would scream till death. His legs, which were running at full speed, were spine chilling. Anyone who was seen by this unintelligent monster would become his next meal. His nose, which was like a dog’s, was good at sniffing out prey. His eyes were as sharp as an eagle’s eyes. His arms smelled sweet, so he could lure his prey. His body could feel any tiny droplet of blood that fell on him. If any blood was on his body, he would eat another 12 citizens. Every citizen knew about this horrifying monster. This monster was indestructible.

The Sintoar had just approached from his freezing cave. He started to bite a lyre. The columns were devastated like an earthquake had just happened. People hid in the pediment, but the monster stomped on it like thunderstorm had just happened. The poor children got hurt by the dagger-like claws. Then he gobbled up the drunk men from the symposium. Pregnant women, kept hidden in the stoa, were screaming for help. Lots of teenagers were fleeing in terror. A philosopher gathered all the food possible, but it was soon eaten up by the terrifying monster. A few unlucky slaves ran but fell in a bottomless well. Some horrified little kids were dashing frantically from column to column, but they got shot by the hazardous lightning bolts. The Sintoar roared like a huge rapid had just come roaring through the agora. The monster left the agora with a pool of dead bodies and debris everywhere. The dazzling white colonnades collapsed. Lots of parents lost their newborn babies. A butcher cried because his meat was eaten by the Sintoar. All the children cried until their mothers came. A rich man walked out of the stoa with tears on his face. Everyone in the agora agreed that it was the most fearsome monster they had ever seen. But help was coming…

The monster left the citizens outraged. They went to find the king and wanted revenge. Everyone said that the king didn’t take care of Sparta well enough. The king didn’t listen to them. After a week of terror, a girl fell down from the blue sky. Everyone saw that on her shield there was an owl. The citizens knew that she was Athena’s daughter, Secaela. Everyone knew that Athena was goddess of wisdom and war. They all said that she must be good at fighting. Secaela fell down with a shield and sword in her hands. She went to the temple of Athena. She asked her mother what she had to do to go back to Mount Olympus. She was told that she had to kill the Sintoar. Secaela had never heard of the monster Sintoar. She asked some citizens what it was. After she heard of the monster, she was terrified. However, she wanted to go back to Mount Olympus so badly so she was willing to kill it. She told the king that she would kill the monster.
“Really?” asked the king.
“Yes,” replied secaela.
“ Our kingdom is saved!” ssid the king gracefully.
“To go back to Mount Olympus, I’d do anything,” said Secaela proudly.
“ The monster lives in the cave near the grey sisters,” said the king.
“Yes sir!” cried Secaela.
And off she went to the deep dark cave. All citizens said that the trip there would take a week. Secaela wondered if she was still immortal. So she wouldn’t accidentally be eaten by the monster. She wanted to go back to Sparta after she had thought that she would die. Then she remembered that she told the king that she’d do anything to go back to Mount Olympus. She kept saying, “I’m Athena’s daughter, I’m Athena’s daughter,” until she saw…

Secaela saw the cave. She went in with a bad feeling. She then heard a sound. Was it her heart pounding or was it the monster? She kept walking. Secaela saw the monster sleeping. When she was about to stab the Sintoar, he woke up. The monster threw gigantic rocks at Secaela but she ducked. She had torn off some the Sintoar’s skin. The Sintoar got furious and caged her with a bunch of huge rocks. Secaela used her sword and chopped the rocks. The monster was terrified. Sintoar threw one of his lightning bolts at Secaela. Sintoar grabbed Secaela’s sword and broke it in half. Secaela held a nearby amphora and threw at Sintoar. The Sintoar got very furious. He used his jagged claws and hurt Secaela.
“Why are you coming to my cave?” asked Sintoar.
“ You are killing citizens in Sparta,” replied Secaela.
“Well I do not want to kill you but it is the only way to stop this nonsense!” yelled Sintoar
“You are a weak and insane monster,” teased Secaela.
The Sintoar was insane after he heard that. He pinned Secaela to the floor.
“ How are you going to kill me now?” asked Sintoar in a teasing voice.
“ I don’t know?” she said smiling.
“ Why are you smiling?” questioned Sintoar.
She swiped her swiped her sword and killed the Sintoar.
“Ha! Ha!” said Secaela.
She came to town with a smile on her face. She went into the house where she lived. Her eyes were wide open. Her jaw dropped. Secaela saw…

Secaela came back to city with a big surprise. There was a symposium. There was a plump suckling pig that was ready to be eaten. The sweet smell of the fruits attracted bugs. The splendid sound of the lyre enchanted the people of the party. Some elegant ladies were dancing to the dazzling music. Out of the blue, there was a golden crown on Secaela’s head. It was made out of the most precious gold in the whole of Greece. A woman, who was trying on her best dress, could not choose one. Secretly, a chubby kid sneaked in a gobbled up the shaved ice. Two rich men, who were in their fancy outfits, were drinking wine. The elaborate acrobats caught people’s attention. Secaela tried her first sip of wine. Some poor people were invited and saw the table with lobsters, sardines, olives, boiling eggs, suckling pig and fruits. They dived into the food as quick as possible. Secaela gave a toast.
“To all citizens of Sparta, you may now live your lives in peace!” yelled Secaela.
“Hooray!” replied the people.
After the symposium, Secaela went to the temple and spoke to Zeus.
“Oh mighty Zeus, when can I come back to Mount Olympus?” preyed Secaela.
“Now!” said Zeus happily.
Secaela went up and hugged her mother.
“ Secaela, you are now the goddess of braveness,” said Athena.
Nowadays, some people go to the temple of Secaela before they join an Army so they will be a very good soldier.

By Hannah Hsu
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