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The Samarian Scalib

A myth submitted to the site by Shahir Nathan

Crete, Greece

Hercules had finally finished the despicable labour of cleaning the filthy Armean stables. He quickly made his way back to the palace of king Eurytheus which was located in the great capital city of Greece, Athens. Hercules was nervously thinking what his next labour could be…
Back in the large, huge, golden palace which inside on a bronze enormous throne sat the greedy crafty king, Eurytheus. Below him, kneeling was the wise hero, Hercules, waiting patiently for the king to tell him the next quest. “You are going to go to the hills that overlook the island of Crete with your cousin Iolaus. Your task is to get me the diamond on top of the Samarian Scalib” yelled the greedy king.

So Hercules and Iolaus set off on the Eurthean over the Aegan Sea to the island of Crete. The journey took 2 days to go from Athens to Crete. When Hercules and Iolaus arrived at the hills Iolaus asked “Do we have to go, it looks dark and scary?”
“Come on Iolaus, you are a hero’’ called Hercules.
“All right, I am a hero’’ replied Iolaus.

It was a dark, misty, cold night as Hercules and Iolaus strolled in the gloom. They needed to get the diamond on top of the Samarian Scalib, and the Scalib was on the top of the colossal hills. Hercules and Iolaus could see rotten leaves dropping from ruined trees. The strong wind was whooshing, landing on their cheeks and they could hear owls tooting and creaking. It was a long way up the hills, but Hercules and Iolaus did not give up. The moon shone on the river flowing from the Agean Sea. The river sailed in the middle of the hills.

Eventually they saw the Samarian Scalib. Once the Scalib saw them, the fight began. The Scalib had a big blue whales body that has extra muscles to make it impossible to cut down with a sword. He had viper teeth to eat humans and lion legs to kick humans. His head was made out of solid bronze, his magic tail was made like a colorful mat, which can whack opponents. His thorn antennas were as sharp as a butcher’s knife. The red gem under the diamond shot fire and lava, which suddenly blasted off from the gem onto poor Iolaus. His precious diamond shoots ice to freeze Hercules, but luckily he bent down and the ice missed him. Hercules knew he MUST get the diamond. Meanwhile, Iolaus went down to the river to wash the lava and fire off his skin. He certainly was out of the fight, so that left only Hercules and the Samarian Scalib. Hercules tried to cut the Scalib’s body, but it grew an extra part. Unexpectedly, the Scalib got closer without Hercules watching him and then whacked him on the head with his tail on the head so hard that when Hercules fell his head made a marvelous hole in the hills. The Scalib had 4 eyes to see everything around him. Hercules tried to creep behind the Scalib with his bow and arrow hoping to knock the diamond, but the Scalib caught him and froze him. After 5 minutes Hercules melted and hurried to defeat the Scalib with his power.

Then Hercules went behind the Scalib again, but this time the Scalib did not catch him. Hercules cut his tail and threw it away in the river. Then he held his sword up high and sliced the Scalib’s body into 10 pieces so hard that the only thing left from the Scalib was his head. Now it was much easier. Hercules simply took the head.

Finally, Hercules met Iolaus and both of them went to Athens with the Scalib’s head. At last they arrived at the palace and showed King Eurytheus the head. Hercules and Iolaus waited patiently thinking, about what they would have to do for their task next?

By Shahir Nathan
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