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: The Golden Apple In many mythologies and pieces of folklore, the Golden Apple is a very important element. Often representing some sort of an extraordianry value, this strange object usually jumpstarts the plot or provides motivation for the protagonist. At other times, such as in Homer's Iliad, the Golden Apple serves as a means to an end, generating friction between even the gods, and ultimately ending up with the destruction of Troy. In other circles, these mystical objects may even have magical properties, but one thing is for sure: They are always precious and are an important element in the story. 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.