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This story took place in 1300 BC and it was a happy time with no word of war or hardship The place is Thrace in a small village on the shore of the beautiful Aegean Sea which served as both pleasure and business for the people It had sandy beaches for recreation and grassy hillsides for children to play on Also on the coast there were fishermens docks and small harbors for their boats The sea was also home to the monster Thropnon He was a sort of giant lizard who was for the most part friendly The fishermen saw him often and were not afraid The thing Thropnon loved most was to swim wildly about at the bottom of the sea and for great distances Sometimes there were weeks at a time when the monster was not seen for he had gone on another one of his journeys to no place particular He simply loved the freedom the ocean gave him Thropnons only flaw was his obsession with practical jokes He loved to bother the fishermen but he meant no harm He would do things like make waves with his giant tail to rock the boats or more often splash water at the men Sometimes though he would go a bit too far with the practical jokes Thropnon was not a very smart monster Once he tipped a mans boat causing him to lose all fishing equipment aboard Most men did not mind Thropnon and simply laughed at his jokes But one man who lived quite close to the shore hated the beast And many say that is why Thropnon chose him to be the victim of most of his practical jokes The man was Linates Linates lived with his wife Relin and their son Whillon who was only a few years old Quite often as Linates was about to go off fishing in his boat he would get to the shore only to
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