Myths and legends could be said to be the prototypes of modern novels. They are stories in their own right, tales that were passed on for generations. Even today, some elements from the old myths remain in our stories and occasionally, they serve as inspiration. This week’s mythical element is: Charybdis Charybdis is one of the dangers that stood in the way of Odysseus during his journey home. Charybdis is described either as a sea monster that appears as a huge whirlpool, or a simple whirlpool that consumes all. Either way, the Charybdis represents the dangers of the sea and its name means certain death for those who dare to sail through it. Your challenge is to write a story that incorporates your own take on this mythical element. The genre and setting of the story does not matter as long as the element remains recognisable.