What Every Hero Knows


When Avarit stole the stars, the people shrugged.

“We’ve still got the moon,” they said.

But Vagus worried. What if the moon was next? Or the sun?

“I know where Avarit lives,” Vagus said, for he’d seen it in a dream. A forest, a tower, and the stars in a jar on a window ledge.

The people laughed, but Vagus knew that Avarit had taken things before: like nobkins and gillyfish. And Avarit would never stop until he had it all.

That night, Vagus stared up at the bottomless black and knew: any journey worth taking was worth taking alone.

100 words

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  1. What a great first line!

    1. Thank you Neil! Thanks for reading.

  2. Dear Karen,

    I’ve been wondering what happened to the nobkins and gillyfish. Thank you for clearing this up. Your story is both fanciful and poetic. Delightful.



    1. Ha, the mystery of the disappearing gillyfish has confounded me for ages! Thanks for reading and thanks for your kind words.

  3. The people will thank Vagus in the end…if he survives. Wonderful take.

  4. Lovely idea here; so creative! What a fantastic take on the prompt!

    1. Thanks so much & thanks for reading!

  5. I simply love this story which could be something to start a great fantasy adventure…

    1. Thanks Bjorn, it means a lot!

  6. Im thinking Avarit could well be the god of avarice. Hurry Vagus, the future of the galaxy rests in your hands.

    1. You get a gold star, that is exactly how I came about the name! Thanks for reading.

  7. What a brilliantly different take.Off you go Vegus…

    Please click to read my FriFic

    1. Thanks so much Keith!

  8. This is wonderful. A journey tale. You’ve created something magical here.

    1. Thanks & thanks for reading.

  9. I think this is one of your very best pieces. Whimsy and fantasy and dread and hope and challenge all wrapped up together!!!! Well done.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. So glad you liked it 😀

  10. peterkirsch

    Ah, fantasy…the oft ignored genre. This is a fitting start to an excellent tale.
    I dare you to keep going someday.

    1. An interesting suggestion. Who knows, maybe someday I will.

  11. Holy shit this is great. Evocative and playful, with marvelous style and panache.

    1. Thanks so much for your generous praise 🙂

  12. I’m imagining Vagus besting Avarit and letting the stars loose to explode into the night sky. I hope he finds the nobkins as well. I’m not so bothered about the gillyfish. Nasty things.

    1. HA! Who needs gillyfish 😉 Such a delightful comment–made me laugh out loud.

  13. The beginning of a great quest, and would make a great longer piece. I love it.

  14. michael1148humphris

    And the legend begins. Lovely

  15. You are onto something big here. We need more of Vagus Vs Avarit.

  16. I love these kinds of stories and you write them so well, K.

    1. You’re very kind Neel. Thanks for reading!

  17. Yes, what J. Hardy said and I’m sure he doesn’t cut you any slack. Lovely Karen.

    1. 🙂 Thanks Tracey. I can’t remember if J Hardy ‘never cuts me slack’ or ‘gives me too much credit’. It’s one or the other for sure. Thanks for reading!

  18. Life Lessons of a Dog Lover

    That has to be an all time great first line to a wonderfully creative story.

    1. Thanks so much 😀

  19. Beautiful story! Very delightful. Well done!

  20. I can’t help but thinking of the song “Moon Over Georgia” by Shenandoah. Quite interesting, your story be. Well done.

    1. I can’t think of the song. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks for reading!

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