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: Medusa In Greek Mythology, Medusa was a legendary beast or woman, depending on the interpretation, who had a horrifying face and hair made out of snakes. Being a Gorgon, Medusa's visage was so terrifying that it could turn people into stone if they looked at her face. However, unlike her sisters, the other Gorgons, Medusa was not immortal. As such, she was vulnerable to her own image, a fact which was later exploited by Perseus, who beheaded her and used her visage as a weapon. Then he gave it to Athena so that she could wear the head of Medusa on her legendary shield, the Aegis. 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.