Heliolatry

Avatar Author: lastsyllable Who wants to be a writer? I do! Read Bio

Houyi was almost sorry to have shot them now that their dying forms surrounded him, cooling as their blood watered the parched earth. He could have simply subdued them as their father Dijun had requested—but no. The Sun-birds were spoiled, mischievous creatures who might have done this again someday if not dealt with.

He surveyed crops destroyed by heat, rivers boiled to bare land, raw red bodies of people and animals who had not found shelter in time. No, never again would all ten Sun-birds take flight at once, now that there was only one left.

Their mother Xihe descended from her carriage and ran from one corpse to the next, sobbing. He watched impassively, leaning on his bow. Dijun arrived, rage gleaming in his eyes.

“You are banished from the heavens,” he told Houyi. “If you will kill for mortals, then you will die like one. Begone.”

Houyi left. It was just as well. Emperor Yao had asked him to stop the Count of the Winds, and many other errant gods troubled mankind. If he did not help, who would?

View this story's details

Prequels

Oh no! This story doesn't have a prequel. Want to fill in the blanks and write one?

Sequels

Oh no! This story doesn't have a sequel. Want to fill in the blanks and write one?

Comments (4 so far!)

Average Reader Rating

  1. Avatar Marli

    definately a series here.
    Your story telling is great.

  2. Avatar Krulltar

    Nice retelling of Chinese Mythology

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Definitely had that large, mythic feel to it. Nicely done and a fair amount of characterization for your protagonist in the midst of the details.

  4. Avatar lastsyllable

    Thanks for reading, you guys. Glad you liked it. Chinese myth doesn’t get enough play time in US land, I think.