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: Preta In multiple far-eastern mythologies, Preta are ghosts consumed by extreme hunger and thirst. They are said to be the spirits of people who were greedy or jealous in their lives. Mostly, these ghosts are considered harmless unless they have a thirst for something extreme, although some mythologies believe that they are capable of making illusions. Still other mythologies think that they are to be pitied, so they are left offerings in the form of food or drink. 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.