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: Ask and Embla In Norse Mythology, Ask and Embla are the first two humans to be ever created, and the progenitors of the whole human species. However, unlike in Christian Mythology, where Adam and Eve are responsible for the downfall of humanity into mortality, Ask and Embla were actually created and blessed by the gods. Formed out of wood, they were then given life, followed by movement and intelligence before finally, they were given shape, speech, hearing and sight. As such, Ask and Embla can actually be considered to be figures blessed by the gods. 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.