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Meeting the Mentor

Leaving the Ordinary World
Hero accepts the Call to Adventure
1st Good Decision - Meet with a Mentor
While the heroine is enjoying time spend in the Ordinary World, she is called to adventure.   It could be a letter, a warning or a newspaper article that invites her to the participate in her own growth.  In Violet's story, she is forced to attend public school for the first time at the age of 10.   In her backstory she is home schooled by her storytelling grandfather.   Through the course of story events she ends up in the Ordinary World of O'Dooley's Caravan Campground, where she runs into a truancy officer, who insists she attends school.   The truancy officer's sister is a teacher who asks Violet to write, but Violet was never taught to write.  She once knew all her family stories, and many other classic tales by heart, but she could not remember a word about any of them when she was asked to write a story on her own.  It is Violet's contention that her words were stolen by immortal creatures.   The sisters agree that she is lying.
The Mentor's Home Near the Threshold Crossing

Her only unlikely friend Fergus is prepared to help her find the words, but she must accept the call to adventure. Reticent Violet decides to meet with an experienced mentor, before she leaves the Ordinary World for good.
Knights of the Round Table
Classic Hero Storytelling

Uncle Fred North, Violet's mentor, tells her about his own refusal to take a call.  By the time he decided to grow up, the mission of pulling a sword from a stone was given to a young king.  Never was he given the opportunity to sit in one of the 12 thrones.   He challenges Violet to take a seat at the table.
Jack & the Beanstalk
Life's Best Lessons


Ruby's accepts the call on the advice of the mentor.  Then Uncle Fred takes her on short walk through the under the path passageway to a giant beanstalk.  He tells her the tale of Jack, how he managed to fend off the giant, and more importantly how he learned from his own mistakes.   All that glitters is not gold or rainbow colored beans.  Trading a perfectly good milk cow for a bit of magic should never be done in haste. And taking the author's red herring detours are part of the ordeal, but time should be managed wisely.   Ruby considers whether she wants to take this last advice or not.







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