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: Maat In Egyptian mythology, Maat is both a deity and a concept. As a concept, Maat represents many things, amongst which are ‘order and balance’. For Ancient Egypt, Maat was the order of life, the order that is to be maintained by their pharaohs and the people. As a goddess, Maat was the one who created the universe’s order in contrast to the chaos that existed before it. She regulates the stars, the seasons, the mortals and even deities, and her role in the cosmos was to prevent the universe from descending into chaos. 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.