Now the fun really begins. As I mentioned in an earlier post, the Threshold of Adventure is the Rusty Scuttle, Chapter Six. However, to make matters interesting, I have defined the actual boundaries of the threshold ( the line in the sand, so to speak, that once the hero crosses he or she can not cross back over.) As in all retelling of the Mythological Hero, (if one does it right :) the hero can not go back and forth through the first threshold. This would not " be playing by the rules."
So what I did, was to further emphasize the boundary of the threshold, that being the Red River. In Chapter Seventeen, Charlie says goodbye to his mother ( a rather touching scene if I do say so myself) and leaves the Otherworld. He crosses the Red River and heads into Northlander territory. This becomes the actual boundary for the adventure. Once crossed, Charlie can not go back to the Otherworld until he has "won the prize" so to speak.
Now just as aside, the Red River, for those who may not be familiar with it, is an actual river in the States and it does run north. The river begins with the joining of the Bois de Sioux and the Otter Tale rivers between Minnesota and North Dakota. It flows north through the Red River Valley and eventually empties into Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada. From there, by way of the Nelson River, it flows into the Hudson Bay.
Next post, I'll talk about what happens when Charlie tries to go back home with Rocky (after the fight with the Dunks.)