This is a story written by my 13 year old daughter as part of our daily discipline of journal writing. We’ve been studying Greek mythology, and she has been inspired to come up with several of her own Greek myths. This is one of them.
A long, long time ago, when Zeus first began his rule, there was a cave filled with riches beyond imagination. Silk softer than down, pieces of solid sunlight, and beautiful dyes of all different colors. The cave was forbidden to everyone, including Zeus. He had told all the Gods and Goddesses never to go there because the world had nearly ended after a God had taken a crumb of the solid sunlight. Aphrodite was very vain and wanted all of the beautiful dye to herself. Unlike every other God, she didn’t believe his stories and figured that even if the world did threaten to end, she could probably use her charms to get what she desired. So Aphrodite came up with a plan. The next day, she set off to the Underworld and using her charm, convinced Hates of giving her the sleep potion. Aphrodite went back to Olympus and served a grand feast. She dripped a drop of the potion into the food of each God putting them in a deep sleep. Taking her chance, Aphrodite made her way to the cave. When she entered the cave, she filled her arms with as many dyes as possible then the silk, then the sunlight, then the dye. With very full arms, Aphrodite began the journey back. Back in Olympus, the Gods were waking up. Noticing Aphrodite’s absence, they went to look for her. They found Aphrodite struggling to carry all of the treasures. Zeus was very angry with her and told her to take them back. As if that wasn’t hard enough, he tied Aphrodite’s feet together. As she neared the mouth of the cave, the ground began to rumble. Aphrodite panicked and tripped over a rock sending the treasures into the angry sky. The dyes stained the sky a light blue, and the silk floated in white fluffs just below the stains. The solid sunlight hovered over everyone, bathing the world in endless light. “Now no one can have the treasures and the world will be safe from the power of greed.” Said Zeus.