theseus and the minotaur
There once lived a brave prince named Theseus. He and his father, King Egeus lived and ruled over the land of Athens. One day Theseus had heard crying and screams of sadness. It was coming from the Kings' palace. So Theseus quickly went to see what was wrong.
Alas! This is the saddest anniversary of the year. It is the day when we draw lots to see which of the youths and maidens of Athens shall go to be devoured by the horrible Minotaur!
Father what's wrong?
When Theseus heard the awful news he was extremely depressed. But he had an idea. He thought that if he were to kill the Minotaur then his people would never have to be sacrificed again. He would go on an adventure. And he would be a hero to his city.
Let the people of Athens this year draw lots for only six young men, instead of seven. I will myself be the seventh; and let the Minotaur devour me if he can!
If by some happy chance you should escape the jaws of the Minotaur, then tear down those dismal sails, and hoist others that shall be bright as the sunshine.
I Promise father!
So there they went, the fourteen young men and maidens. All of them scared, except for Theseus. He knew that he would be victorious. That he would save all these innocent people from the dreaded Minotaur. That he would be a hero.
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