The Heros Journey: Part 3 Crossing the First Threshold


At some point, our adventuring hero must leave familiar lands and continue onward towards their goal. They might even be armed with supernatural aid and feeling indestructible.

But before they venture too far a threshold guardian must be faced.

The guardian will sometimes join the adventure if the hero wins.

This is the last act in departing. Beyond this point in the story, there is no going home.


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(A hero can cross many thresholds in a story. Each crossing brings more danger and better rewards.)


“If I take one more step, I’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.”

― Samwise Gangees, The Fellowship of the rings


#The Prompt:

Cross the threshold, fight the guardian and realize the way home is closed forever.


To dream the impossible dream/

To fight the unbeatable foe/

To bear with unbearable sorrow/

To run where the brave dare not go/

To right the unrightable wrong/

To love pure and chaste from afar/

To try when your arms are too weary/

To reach the unreachable star/

This is my quest/

To follow that star/

No matter how hopeless/

No matter how far/

To fight for the right/

Without question or pause/

To be willing to march into Hell/

For a heavenly cause/

And I know if I’ll only be true/

To this glorious quest/

That my heart will lie peaceful and calm/

When I’m laid to my rest/

And the world will be better for this/

That one man scorned and covered with scars/

Still strove with his last ounce of courage/

To reach the unreachable star/

― Joe Darion, The Impossible Dream

For max difficulty strive for a single entry, with a beginning, middle, and end. Aim for at least 500 words. Though, as always, feel free to stack continuations under your first submission.

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Published by Bryan Aiello

Raised on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Bryan served in the Army, graduated from the University of South Florida and now calls Brooklyn home. For more of his fiction and updates on his podcasts, follow him on Twitter: @bryaiello and Reddit: /u/voyage_of_roadkill.

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