[ al-i-geyt ]
- To attach; bind.
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Most believe that they were born as twins. Born from the same mother, at more or less the same time. This is a common mistake in their legend. They were indeed born at the same time, but from different mothers, and half a world away from each other.
Castor grew up in what is now called Iceland. Pollux, in the area that became Ethiopia. Cold and hot. Ice and desert. Their backgrounds could not be more different, and their appearance was just as diverse. What they did share, though, was a soul.
Call it an experiment of the Gods, as it was an experiment by powers more magnificent than I can describe here. Two souls tied together. What would happen on Earth, where they would not remember?
Well, suffice it say the story is quite riveting and unexpected as one the statistical likelihood of their lifetime unfolding as it did, is zero. Yet, it happened.
Castor was a builder.
He built ships, homes, and smaller items like tables and chairs. Pollux was a soldier and a master of weaponry. There was not one he did not pick up and own like an extension of his limbs.
How these two different people, with fused souls, came together and ultimately filled the heavens as stars, begins with the clan leader in Pollux’s village. The fat man spoke to his generals as a storm raged outside the ornate hut.
“We must first conquer the other clans, and then we shall travel north to seize the lands from our traders. No longer will we buy from these men. We shall own it all!”
Do you know who Castor and Pollux are? They are the two brightest stars in the constellation Gemini and the twins in the mythology behind the astrological symbol. I thought a while back that it could be a cool idea to write a fictional re-imagination of that mythical story.
The word today had my mind going to fused souls, and then immediately to Harry Potter and Horcruxes! If you don’t know… shame on you : ). Anyway, I needed to get off that idea to write something different, and that’s when that Gemini idea came to me.
Still incorporating the fused souls, but in a very different way from Harry Potter. This is definitely a story beginning, and it can go anywhere. I like the idea though of an almost Romeo and Juliet kind of fated attraction between these two men. Not necessarily romantic, but an unbreakable connection regardless if their races are at war.
Then, the ending depends on the story you’d like to tell. So…
What do you think of Alligate?
What story would you tell, or do you want to read?
Leave your thoughts, your own story beginning/ending, flash-fiction, or whatever in the comments! Where did alligate or my story take you?
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