I wrote this for a school assignment; I love the story, and thought it was worth sharing. Not all that detailed, but it captures the essence of the story, I think. :) (since it was for school, i didnt feel i could take that many creative liberties, anyway.)



Perseus and Andromeda



After conquering Medusa, Perseus flew off over the seas. One morning, he

spotted a white figure, presumably a statue of some sort, standing against a sheer rock.

Letting his curiosity get the better of him, the youth flitted down to investigate. As he

approached, he realized the figure was a living girl, and a beautiful one at that. When he

was close enough, he could hear her cry out for her mother, and struggle against the cruel

bonds which held her firmly to the cold rock. Perseus's heart filled with compassion for

the strange girl. He longed to hear how she had gotten into such a predicament, and to

help her, if he could. Removing the cap of darkness from his head, he went down to her.

Frightened by the sudden appearance of a strange man, the girl began to cry out again,

and tried to hide her face with her hair. "Do not be afraid!" Perseus called. "I am here to

set you free from these terrible bonds. Who did this to you?" He took up his sword

and it sliced effortlessly through the fetters. The maid looked upon him with fear and

admiration in her beautiful eyes. "Oh, why have you released me? Surely now the

sea-gods will slay you, for I have been been set out here as a devoted victim to them."

"Who are these cruel gods, that prey upon fair maidens, dooming them to death?!

I have with me the weapons of immortals!! Let them try to take you from me.

What is your name, sweet one? What terrible fate has brought you here?" Perseus

inquired. The poor girl began to weep. "My name is Andromeda, daughter of King

Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia. I have been set out here as food for the terrible sea

monster, to atone for my mother's sin, though no wrong have I committed. My mother

once claimed that I was fairer than even the Sea-Nymphs; so they sent this monster, who

devours all living things, to destroy me. The priests said that only my innocent blood

could atone for the Queen's sin." At this, Perseus only laughed. "A sea-monster? Ha!

I have conquered far worse than that. I would have been willing to face immortals for

you, so how much more a beast of the sea?" For a moment a spark of hope lit in

Andromeda's eyes, but it soon faded into despair. "Do not die for my sake! You have

your whole life ahead of you! It is a noble death, to die for a whole people. I could not

bear it if I slayed you too, you who are more brave and noble than them all. Be on your

way! This is the path I was meant to take." "No!" Perseus cried, "Fear not, Andromeda,

for my life. I am Perseus, servant of the lords of Olympus! With their help, I slew the

Gorgon Medusa, and with her head I shall slay also this beast which dares oppress you.

You must hide your eyes when I unveil this horror, lest it turn you into stone." Just then,

Andromeda shrieked in terror. "Alas! Here he comes! Oh, go, brave Perseus! Leave

me to die! I cannot bear to have you look on while he tears me to shreds!" "If I slay this

foul beast, promise you will be my wife!" Perseus begged. "For I am a king's heir.

Promise me!" Andromeda lifted her head, and Perseus beheld the love in her eyes. "I

will," she whispered. Laughing for joy, Perseus bolted into the air while Andromeda

crouched fearfully on the rock and watched. The sea-monster towered over her, it's great

bulk gleaming in the morning sun. Slime and water dripped from the smooth, black hide

as it raised it's great head higher into the sky; but Perseus rose higher. An impish smile

played on the proud youth's lips. All at once, the huge beast dove for Andromeda, and

even her panicked screams were lost in the rushing sound of water. The terrified girl hid

her face, waiting for the end. Suddenly the rushing sounds stopped, and all was silent,

except for the quiet lapping of the ocean waves. Andromeda timidly looked up to see

what fate had befallen her attacker. There was Perseus, triumphantly leaping toward her,

and catching her up in his arms and flying back to the mainland. All that was left of the

sea-monster was a great stone statue. King Cepheus, Andromeda's father, was utterly

delighted. "Stay with me, and be my son-in-law! I will even give you half my kingdom!"

he said to Perseus. "I will indeed marry Andromeda," replied the youth, "but I must

return with her to Greece, for I wish to see my mother again." "Let her stay a while

longer," begged the king, "then you may go." As they were talking, they met the king's

brother, Phineus. He was not at all pleased at the engagement of Perseus and Andromeda,

because his son was at one time betrothed to the princess. "And where was your son

when the maiden was in distress?!" Perseus demanded. Furious, Phineus and his men

charged Perseus; but Perseus showed them the head of Medusa, and they turned to stone.

Soon Perseus and Andromeda were married with a grand wedding, with a feast which

lasted an entire week. After the feast, the goddess Minerva came to Perseus in a dream

and told him that he had to return the cap of darkness, the winged sandals of Hermes,

and Zeus's sword, but he was to keep the head of Medusa for awhile longer. Perseus,

rising to comply, suddenly woke up in his room, and realized it had been a dream; but

not entirely. The head of Medusa, wrapped in it's goat-skin, was in it's place, but the cap,

sword, and sandals were gone.


If anyone wants the rest of the story of Perseus, or they want me to write some more Greek myths (or maybe even some fan-fiction for Greek myths) I'd be happy to do it. I enjoy myth immensely. Just let me know! Leave a review, please! :)