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The Story of Pegasus

A myth submitted to the site by James

Lycia, Greece

Once upon a time, there lived a king and a young man named Bellerophon, who received a message from King Proteus, the king's brother. Now, one day, the king of Lycia, the town that Bellerophon was born, was very upset. But instead, at dinner, he decided to set him an impossible task.

"There's a terrible creature in my kingdom. The king, Caria, has tamed a horrible monster called the Chimera. I want you to kill it," said the king."

Bellerophon felt terrible. The chimera was a fierce monster with a head of a fire-breathing lion, a goat body and a snake tail which spits venom.

Poor Bellerophon began to walk out of the castle, when suddenly, he bumped into an old man. He said that he has to find a horse named Pegasus, the winged animal when Perseus sliced off Medusa's head.

When Bellerophon was asleep, the goddess of war, Athena, gave him a magic bridle. Then, she took Bellerophon to Mount Helicon, where Pegasus lives.

Bellerophon crept up slowly behind Pegasus, who was drinking from a pool of water. And quick as a flash, he tied the golden bridle that Athena gave to him, around Pegasus's neck.
Pegasus gave an ear-splitting neigh. Then, Bellerophon caught him and rode him to the rocky cliffs where the monstrous chimera lived.

He saw the chimera and aimed his arrow. But, it leaped out of the way and shot a blast of flames at him. This time, the young man shot his arrow again, and this time, it pierced the goat body.

Now, the creature was angrier was angrier than ever. Its snake head spat out venom at Bellerophon. He remembered the spear that Athena gave it to him, and plunged it deep into the lion head's throat.

The entrance was boiling hot. They melted the entire lead inside it. The evil chimera bellowed and its roar made the animals run away in terror. And then, all of a sudden, it started to choke and splutter. The chimera rose up in one last effort, then slumped to the ground, dead at last.

At the end of the day, Bellerophon led Pegasus to the stables of King Augeas where he had some fresh oats and clean water to drink.

By James
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