The Quest

The world’s first remembered stories were epics, passed down through the centuries by solemn voices, speaking in measured verse. Now, the box office’s highest grossing films are similarly epic, aided in affective quality by modern technology and a certain brand of exploding passion. The bottom line is this: Everyone loves a good hero. And every hero must have a quest. In some cases, such as Homer’s Odyssey, a hero simply wants to get home. Other times, the hero’s task might be a bit more … apocalyptic. However, whether our favorite protagonists are saving the world or just trying to find a moment of peace, a rather cliché (yet tried and true) phrase always applies. It’s not the destination that matters, it’s the journey. The hero’s final accomplishment is merely a footnote. Rather, stories are truly about obstacles faced and personal growth along the way. We all grow, we are all heroes, and all we have to do is believe our own stories. Badgerdog writer Kate gives us a variation on a classic. Her heroine has enough imagination to believe in the power of legend, and she is the one who becomes legendary.

Atlas’ Fate

“I hereby declare this our final decision!” the president of the World Council roared across the room. “Three hundred years from now, also known as 2032, all the plates from this work of art will fall off, and the world will start to end. It shall be used to give Earth a warning of survival. Everyone is dismissed.”

 221 years later, in 2011

Mandy Kannish stood in front of the piece of art, amazed. Legend had it that when all the plates seemed to fall off, the world would end. Mandy’s father said it was “another ridiculous nonsense of a thing,” but Mandy thought differently. No one worried, though, because only about a quarter of the star plates had begun to fall. Along with the art, the people said, there was a small metal box with the directions of survival, but that had been lost a hundred years ago in a shipwreck. People said it had survived and was hidden somewhere, but no one knew where. Starting when she had heard the legend when she was six (now she was ten) she had always dreamed of finding it. She was lost in thought as a label fell down landing with a loud crack right before Mandy’s feet. She crouched down to read the plate, and was quite surprised by what she saw: six block letters that read FIND IT.

Kate, fifth grade, Badgerdog Creative Writing Summer Camp


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