Table of Contents
1. The War and the Queen
2. The Children
3. The Gentleman and a Little Part of His Amazing Land
4. The King of Animals
5. The Dangerous Darkness
6. The Flood of Change
7. The Unknown Supernatural
8. The Cave and Cubs
9. The Spirit, and Wolves
10. The Fairy, and the Old Woman
11. The Old Woman’s Story
12. The Blessing of the Fairy and the Village
13. The Tallleg
14. Young Girl and Boy the Future Hero, and the Death of the Old Woman
15. The Fairy, and the Necessary Point for Achieving Goal or Destiny
16. Young Girl and Boy the Future Wisemen
17. The Demon and Keimitui the Dangerous Water
18. Hill of Bones and the Upside-Down Castle of Niumese
19. The Boy and the War of Super Beings
20. The Flowers’ King
21. Vanva the Mysterious Bird
22. The Princess and King
23. The War and the Queen
The War and the Queen
“Your kingdom has fallen! old woman,” said the boy to the dying who was lying upon a bed.
“Listen, Aw brave man! ‘Wise man always listens’,” the old woman replied as she felt a sudden surge of energy within her but was still low and shaking.
‘And they are kind and understanding,’ thought the boy after her words and recalled his mother’s words. He remembered that his mother used to teach him those kinds of words, words of wisdom. Then he realized his words were too cruel to be used upon a dying woman, he regretted deeply and consequently chose to remain silent and listened to her wisdom. And he recalled a wise saying – “Even a fool who hold his tongue is counted wise.” ‘Wiseman are careful and thoughtful,’ he continued to think with faith in those words of wisdom.
“Let me tell you my last wish about my most precious treasures before my spirit departs,’ said the old woman and she opened her eyes weakly but focus straight to heaven. She looked pale, weak and much older than her age.
“Tell me, I am listening.” The boy step nearer. ‘Granny,’ he added remembering the kind old woman who gave him love and refuge, and realized that one must be kind to the dying.
“That is how wise men learn, that is how you will know my wish, that is how you will achieve wisdom, for ‘willingness is the key to wisdom and curiosity is to knowledge.’” The old woman had a short paused.
The boy listened, thought and understood that ‘if one is curious to know, he seeks knowledge by reading, listening, thinking and also by asking, or questioning. And if one is willing, it is easy to do things and he can do anything, he can perform, or practice, or live the knowledge and wisdom.’
”My son and daughter, the most precious and now the only unfound treasure I have in my heart,” continued the old woman and she felt strength within her when she said those words.
‘Her advice is true.’ The boy continued to think as he listened and drew closer toward the woman to listen to her last wishes. . . . . . . .
It had been more than ten years since the kingdom of the old woman had fallen, her kingdom had fallen for the first time in the enemy’s hand. Their enemies defeated them as deep as the king’s bedroom but not the heart. Their enemies were stronger than one thought, they forced through till the last strong hold of the king.
“Come my love, come.” With tears the woman urged her husband, the king of that land, for it seemed it was their last hour in this world to be together if they did not flee and it was rather certain because she knew well that her husband was a kind of man who will never giveup but will sacrifice for love and loved ones for the better and good.
And as her tears rolled down, she felt that her heart is like soaked clothe - heavy and thick with foreign or abnormal emotions like worries and fears of losing her love.
Their children were in chaos as they held their parents.
“You must save your life. The children need you,” replied the king, though his heart too was melted by love and hurt by pain, the pain of losing his kingdom and loved ones, which includes his wife and children, even before it actually happen, for it was rather certain that he would lose them and he was certain too, but believed it would be for some time only not forever. He had faith that his kingdom would be regained by someone if not his children. And, he remembered, love always fulfills responsibility, for love is action, as their enemies knocked the door with force.
“The children need you too,” replied his love.
“My dearest, you know, for a king, his country is his responsibility. It is like his children.” The king looked at the queen with pitiful eyes.
“My love, if you are gone, it is hard and would be harder to know and bear that how much the children will need you.” The queen felt like crying loudly and freely.
”So are you too to our children and so are we to our kingdom. It’s time to divide our responsibility for goodness sake. Try to understand, my love. Take them! Go... go save them and yourself.” said the king to his wife and to his brave men as his tears filled his eyes but he tried to put it undercontrol.
“We are willing to die beside you. Please let us die with you. What is life without you? What is life without loved ones?” cried the queen, she insisted, holding her husband in her heart and hands. Her tears rolled abundantly as if they can never and will never stop.
“I love you my children. I love you so much. Remember, you are my greatest treasures.” The king looked at his children who were pulled by his brave men on his command.
As if he was not satisfied holding them he grabbed their hands, which held his hand, harder as they were pulled then loosen it to free them, knowing they must leave him and their home and be saved.
“Dad! Mom! ‘Don’t leave us,” cried the children with chaos and the tears of their father, the king, rolled down on his cheeks as he looked at them and listened to their words. “Don’t worry my dearest children,” he replied. The call of his children remain in his ears as if it would never stop ringing, it rang in his head again and again as if they were calling him endless of times.
Then he turned to his love, kissed her forehead with tears filling his eyes. “You must stay alive for our children my dear, my love.”
“There are still chances for us to be saved.” The woman looked up with tears.
“How can I betray my country? How can I teach my children the true royal heart? I am going to fight and sacrifice for you, for my children, my people and for their future,” replied her husband, controlling his heart of tears. “If I save myself, I cannot save my people. My love, my dear, look at the children whom we brought in in this world, they are us and they deserve future. What I am giving today is to save the future because you will tell our children about the true royal heart. And, they will rise to take back what belongs to them because only the true royal heart can win the war for the true royal heart is sacrificing and the lost kingdom can only be regained by sacrifice.
Only the true royal heart, the sacrificing heart can regain back the lost kingdom by sacrifice. And, they will regain it back for truth is their strength and that is what the true royal heart sacrificed for. They never give up and the word ‘lost’ never exists for the true royal heart even in the face of death, even if death appears or comes,” continued the king as he wiped his tears.
“No, no, no, don’t leave me, no,” cried the woman as the king’s brave men pulled her at the gesture of their king. She really fear to lose him, and that fear is more than her fear of her enemies and dying,.
The enemy’s axes, swords, weapons and hands had struck the last door of the king’s palace. But, at the escape door the king and queen touched their fingers and hesitantly let go for the last time as the brave men pulled their queen away for her safety.
The king murmured and said, “I love you, I love you so much,” to his wife and then, in his mind, to his children and his people and country.
As the enemy forced through the last strong hold with loud voices and sounds, the king raised his sword and rushed toward the door shouting - attack till the end, to encourage his men, to never let defeat or fear of death ruin them (his men) and he rushed to the front.
The woman, his love, fortunately or should we say unfortunately saw the king, her husband fought bravely. She saw that he was never defeated because his victory lay in the mind, strength in the heart. That’s why he never feared death though he had a chance to escape.
He was never defeated because his love for others was stronger than his fear, and he believed in God and trusted that he was alive just because He will. He knew that even if his time was up, his kingdom would exist again if God will, may be through his son or may be through his grandchildren or his countryman. The woman, his love, had never seen such a belief and such a brave man in her life, may be that was why she loved him so much and couldn’t forget him ever but clear in her mind till now just as if she was with him yesterday.
The brave men helped the queen walk faster until it was safe, until they reached the preplan place where her children and brave men would wait, through the woods and darkness as she wept. She felt like half of her life was gone, half of her body, indeed, half of her but she walked faster, as fast as she could, to join her children when she realized why her husband wanted her to live, - because he trusted her (his wife, the mother of their children) to raise their children, for there is no love greater than what a father or a mother can give to their children in this world.
But her children and brave men were not there, on the preplan place, and she began to search them with tears. She called their names softly even though she wanted to shout, for their enemies could be near. She had to care for others who might be around in that woods, who also escaped from their enemies. She softly called their names in the dark, whenever she suspected a place where her children might hide but no one replied. She couldn’t find them and her heart began to beat faster, yet she continued searching until morning.
Everyone was crying - who was left behind, who escaped the enemies’ hands, and who were not taken as slaves - as each of them searched their loved ones. There were only a few men left behind, and they searched their own families, death bodies, wounded or living bodies, with tears in their eyes. Indeed, every one searched their loved ones as it always is when the war is over. And they asked about their loved ones to whoever they met - ‘whether they have seen them or not’ and they would make sure whether the death bodies are their loved ones, families, relatives, friends and neighbours or not.
The woman also searched for her children with all her heart and she cried out loudly whenever she found death bodies of someone she knew, but she couldn’t find them and she too asked every person she met about her children but no one could tell her. She felt really desperate, guilty and blamed herself for losing her children, for being unable to take care of them and she felt foolish of how she behave in the last hour with her husband and for not understand and obeying him immediately. And her worries and affliction were worsen by the loss of her children. Her sufferings tormented her day and night, for she experienced the greatest losses a woman can bear in a night - her dearest husband, loveliest children, lovely home, neighbours and land.
She could never forget them - her children, husband, friends, neighbours, people and country and everything - and she won’t forget them but recalled them on every sad and happy moment or occasion. She recalled them every morning she woke up and she would began searching them - her children, her dearest and loveliest - again and again though there might be no places where she had not searched, and she would never stopped searching them. She would still searched them inside herself, her heart would never rest until she found them.
Sometimes, she would pray to God for she believed that only God knew where they were, she knews He knows everything. Many times she would touch them in her imagination and heart, cared for them and kissed them because they were in her heart and mind though they are far, may be beyond far. Sometimes, she thought she may not see them again, suspectedly yes, she thought they have died without really believing. Sometimes she wished they were doing well if they are still alive, suspectedly yes, she believed they were alive. Indeed, she just couldn’t think or make her mind believe that they were already dead or taken to slave because they were alive and free in her heart and mind, and they would be alive until she died, for ‘children are the greatest treasures for parents and no one can take them away from their hearts, not even death.’
The children whom the woman talked about were hiding among the bushes in the darkness of the night. Their guardian told them not to speak or cry, he had to hide them because the enemy who traced to kill them or take them for slave were near. They were assigned to trace the king’s wife and children until they found them, since the king of the attackers knew that those who possess the true royal heart always come and strike back to take what belonged to them.
The last brave man picked his sword and fought till death after he hide the children when their enemies are too near and when he understood that he can’t escape from his enemies with them.
There were no more brave men to protect the children, they all had sacrificed for them and their country, till death they fought their enemies who outnumbered them and who chased them.
He fought with his enemy bravely and sacrificingly like his fellow bravemen and king, and killed half of his remaining enemies before death ruled over him. He died, sacrificing for his king, the children of his king, his people and land and for the future of his people and land. He was strong, he fought like a lion warrior.
The enemies searched the place and couldn’t find anybody. If nature had not been with the children, if something had not happened, they could have been killed in that place or taken as slaves, who knows?
The boy tried to turn his sister’s head from seeing the brutal scene but she refused., and the boy thought, ‘Death can’t defeat a brave heart. Indeed, nothing can defeat a brave heart.’
The boy and the girl saw what happened through the bushes. They saw their father’s brave man die undefeated, they saw how much strength can a man posses within himself. Of course, the brave man fought fearlessly and fiercely against his enemies and the children saw him, they saw that he was never defeated by his enemies, he was much more active and motivated then the enemies who conquered. ‘But sometimes, if Nature(God) don’t will, even the more active and motivated has to fall, even the stronger has to lose.’
The boy held his sister when they saw a man, through the bushes, approaching toward the place where they hid. When the man reached near the bushes where they hid, he stood a while, turned and walked to his left, stopped, looked around and urinated. He suspected the bushes around but not knowing what to do, he began to cut the bushes with his sword and move towards the bushes where the children hid. “It was not that they were serious in their search because they were committed but it’s the commandments of their king that counts.”
At that moment, the children felt they were covered by some unknown power, yet, they could see the man who was cutting the bushes and he had almost reached the bushes where they hid. But the man who searched that places and cut the bushes saw the shrubs or bushes which were moving as if someone walked through them, and he stepped backward abruptly, and quickly called his friends as he looked back and pointed the bushes with doubt and fear, ,Friends, come and see quickly.,
‘What is it? What do you see?’ They replied and rushed towards him.
‘Ghost! Ghost!’ they shouted with fear when they saw leaves and bushes which were moving as if someone passed between them. The bravest man among them chased a few steps to see but fear quickly filled his heart when he knew that no one followed behind him. They all feared since they believed in the existence of some power above, in the existence of super beings. Indeed, every nation, every race and tribe believe in the existence of God or of some divine power above and of super beings.
When the leaves and bushes kept moving next by next, until out of sight, one of them said, ‘We will die if we follow.’ Therefore, they decided to go back because of fear. ‘Human fear which he doesn’t know or see because he doesn’t know what it is, he doesn’t know whether it is powerful or cruel, whether it can harm him or kill him. He fear which he doesn’t believe he can defeat, he fear something when he thinks that something is greater and stronger than himself, and it’s that fear that makes a man defeated before he is actually defeated.’
The children could hear their voices and understood them though there may be some differences, because they were from one country but different cities, towns or villages, one race but different tribe, one nation but different notion. ‘Differences grow as the popultion of the world grows, but the most dangerous thing that makes the differences worse is different notions, notions of falsehood or false idea.
The children felt sleepy as they felt they were being grabbed and protected by an unknown strength and power and were moving further and further away from the enemies and from the place where they hid, but they could see their enemies in fear and chaos.
The Gentleman and a Little Part of his Amazing Land
The children heard soft, sweet and harmonious sounds when they woke up. It was the voices of the birds, animals and the sounds which came from the music of the three bright-winged musicians of the skies who stood behind but above their heads. They were playing something like harp, voilin and flute for the children and the glory of the king of that land as their wings moved steadily. And when the children woke up they saw them, the three bright winged musicians of the skies but they saw that they were disappearing slowly but their music continued to fill the air.
‘Is this my dream?’ thought the boy and he tried to catch one of them with his hand but they disappeared and the boy was greatly moved with amazement.
They woke up early in the morning before the land sees the sun, and they thought that the clouds above the land were reddened and pinkened by the sun which seemed to be behind the beautiful tall trees of that land.
With amazement they looked up and around the wonderful, beautiful and lovely garden which they had never seen in their whole life, which the imaginations of men had never found. Impossible is nothing for the mind of men to perceive, or imagine the land. Indeed, it is beyond impossible for the mind of men to perceive, or imagine that land needless to say that it is beyond impossible for men to explain it in words.
In the wonderful, beautiful and lovely land which is beyond the imagination of men, which the imagination of men cannot reach, the children saw a stream which flowed coolly, and heard and saw wonderful, beautiful and lovely chatters of birds and birds. They also heard the music of the three bright winged musicians of the skies.
The place where they slept and sat upon was snowy white, soft and gentle. It was a cluster of extraordinary cottons which gathered together to make a bed for them, and they were amazed to know that.
The trees were green and they were decorated beautifully with fruits. Everything there was lively and present, or contemporary.
The songs of the birds were more beautiful and had deeper meaning than the songs they used to hear at home. It seemed like their ears were wide opened. The wind was soft and gentle, and the atmosphere was more than perfect, or too perfect.
As they looked around, “Look brother, a gentleman with white hair,” said the girl, pointing at the man, when she saw him approaching them. Of course, his hair was white and long, his clothes were long and white, whiter than their royal clothes on earth, and they shined.
”Maybe he is the landlord or the landlord’s son,” said the boy as they stood up to walk down from the extraordinary tall cotton trees. and they realized that they were high in the air above the ground and were again greatly amazed.
The moment they thought of walking down from it their hearts were again filled with amazement when they realized that the extraordinary tall cotton trees began to bend down to the ground, as if they understood their minds. They looked at each other and said, ‘They obey us.’
And, when they walked down from it they were amazed again to see the extraordinary tall cotton trees moved back, separated and stood on their own in their own position as if they could never gather together on their own..............................
(excerpt from 'chapter 21. Vanva the mysterious bird')
And, when he did not see any other bird, he looked at the big extraordinary weird bird and he was shocked to hear him saying the same words ‘What are you searching, boy?’ with a same small and shrill voice, and the boy was too frighten and shocked that he almost fell, as if he almost fly away, and quickly grab the stock of his gun in the saddle within just a moment, and he realized, or learned that ‘one should not simply mock or challenge the small and shrill voice, or sounds’ and he also realized that 'one should control his fear, one should suppress, or overcome his fear' and he replied by controlling his fear.
He feared but when he control his fear and calm a bit, he felt laughing at the big weird bird because of the small and shrill voice it possess, which is exceedingly unmatch with his body.
‘I am searching vanva the mysterious bird, for, I am searching for the life of my sister, for the unity of my nation, for the freedom of my country, for the peaceful and secure future of my people, and for the destiny of man’ and he tried to continue to say something, but he saw that the bird seems to be filled with fear in his face. And, the bird, with extreme fear, said ‘Ghost, ghost’ with his small and shrill voice but also with a bit bass, which is the result of extreme fear, and flew away at once, or all of a sudden, and is out of sight within a wink, for, he feared too much, and, the boy understand that, and he realized, or learned that ‘one should not simply fear something, which is big in appearance or size, even which is odd.’
And, the boy continued to walk with wondering and he saw a bird that flew above him which has strange legs, whose legs is like animal’s legs, but the bird was out of sight.
And, he walked further. Then, there was a bird who spoke to him on his way, from the branch of a tree. ‘Where are you going gentleman?’ asked the bird with a big and bass voice, the boy looked around to see and answer to the one who speak to him, but he was shocked to see only a very small and creepy bird the size of half a thumb which sat on the branches just beside the ground where he stood. He looked around to see more other for he don’t and cannot believe, that, that small bird could have a big and bass voice but he found none, and he realized that everything is possible in this mysterious land.
And, he realized that the bird he searched for is called the mysterious bird, and he realized that “in search of goal one must be clear about his objective, and if possible the description of his objective and he must always, remember, keep that in mind.”
The boy suspectedly speaks to that bird ‘Are you speaking to me?’ ‘Yes, of course. What are you dong here?’ continued the bird with the big and bass voice, and the boy realized, or learned that ‘one should not simply fear the big voice, or sounds.’ ‘I am looking for a bird called vanva the mysterious.’ replied the boy, and the boy realized what he was saying and he thought ‘It could be him.’ and he realized, or learned that ‘one should not simply mock, or challenge something which is small in appearance or size, even which is bizarre.’
And, he continued ‘Are you vanva?’ .............................
The book will be published after it is edited.