Your Monday Morning Muse Muggers Prompts
Your Storyline is:
A horrible monster is terrorizing the land. A scrawny young lad steps in to kill the monster after several larger men die trying. He manages to out-think the beast and is rewarded with riches and/or the princess' hand in marriage.
Story Element Number 1: The hero finds or is given three seemingly mundane magical objects.
Story Element Number 2: The story takes an unexpected turn near the end. The result is an unhappy ending.
Story Element Number 3: A monster blocks the hero's path. The hero must answer a riddle to bypass the monster.
Story Element Number 4: The hero gives money to a beggar, and is rewarded with a very important secret.