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 Serpent The serpent is a recurring theme in many mythologies, but it is an especially prevalent element of Christian and Jewish mythology. A creature of cunning and deception, the serpent is responsible for tempting Eve into trying the Fruit of Knowledge and ultimately exiling Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Most of the time, the serpent is seen in a negative light and Christian mythology makes a direct connection between the serpent and Satan. 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.