Note: I wrote this during my Intermediate exams while I was a naive(even now 😉 ) in writing
but fascinated by “Robinson Cruisoe and William Shakespeare’s “Tales from the Shakespeare”.
I was overwhelmed by the fake faces of people and the fear of failures. My soul was enslaved by dark thoughts and I had lost the aroma of life. I wanted to emancipate myself from this state and run way away from this world.
One day I decided and made my preparation. I was determined but at sea because I was about to start my journey to a new world to which I was completely stranger. Anyhow I left with nothing in hands, only me and my quest to achieve my dreamed serene life. I traveled miles on land, passed through ruthless deserts and crossed mountains. Ultimately I reached on the brink of the world. While I was about to cross the boundaries of this world, an old woman with wrinkled face and grey hair stopped me by pointing me with her stick. She slowly stepped towards me with a sack tied around her back. Then she took an axe out of the sack and said:
“Seek your fortune beyond this boundary. Avoid what entices you until you are under the Grand Rock in the Pine valley. Behind the Grand Rock a sleek white horse will be waiting for you. The horse will take you to a lush green valley without your guidance.”
The old lady then told me that when you find yourself under the Grand Rock wait for a moment till u hear the horse neighing.
After giving me all those kind advices the old lady went away. Eventually I crossed the line I got a shock and lost my energy. I fell down to a ditch which was so deep that it was almost impossible to get out of it. It further had tunnels sideways. I was confused which one I should choose because all the tunnels were dark and alike. But my confusion was over when I saw cat coming out of one tunnel and I presumed that this tunnel has an end. I entered the tunnel and started moving ahead. It was complete dark and the track inside the tunnel was zigzag but smooth. I was so scared and at some stage hopeless to reach the other end. I stopped there thinking that I am on the wrong way. I should go back to the ditch and climb up by some means. While I was thinking all this I heard a deadly roar. I couldn’t see anything but two eyes shining like a torch. It started coming towards me. I was desperate and helpless against such a monster. It was ugly and its smell so agonizing. When the monster was on my head I remembered the axe which the old lady had exclusively given to me along with the sack of tools. I showed it to the monster. He went aggressive at me and threw me like a pebble. All this was happening in the dark. Now I was so exhausted and injured too. Eventually the old lady appeared again and stood beside me as if she’s guarding me against that evil creature. She pointed her stick towards the monster. He kneeled down just as if he’s obeying the commands of his master. The old lady then put her hand on my forehead and said:
”My son this path belongs to you not! You shall endeavor to find a new path of yours or get back to the world of humans. I’ll help you get out of this dark path and take you to the place where I met you earlier. But if you are committed to carry on with your journey you must have valor, patience and courage. May the SAVIOR of all protect you.”
I thought I better find my fortune myself and bid farewell to the old lady again.
I was badly injured but had to go back to the ditch. I dragged myself to the ditch scarcely. Now I had to choose one of the other two tunnels. One of the tunnels was wide and open but the other was so small that one could hardly enter into it. Meanwhile I felt immense hunger and sat down by leaning back against the wall of the ditch. Due to bleeding from the wounds I had no energy. I felt dizziness and fell asleep soon. I slept there for almost two nights. When I opened my eyes a long haired fairy was in front of me with deep beautiful eyes. I was ceased by her extraordinary beauty. She then with her beautiful smile offered me milk and venison of the deer. I couldn’t move my hands because of the injuries infected to me by the monster. My shoulder was still bleeding and I felt my left leg paralyzed. The fairy then felt my pain. She fed me herself the venison of the deer and milk. I felt a strange power in my body. Now I could move my hands and legs too. She then with her delicate hands touched my wounds one by one and all at once the wounds were gone as if there weren’t any. I looked into her eyes. They looked like a threshold to the heavens. I got myself lost in her eyes. She smiled and said:
“My Lord ! I’ve been sent from Boinal Valley by the Queen Shutuki to help and serve you. She’s the queen of beauty, more elegant and charming than all the fairies. She’s kind hearted and generous. She’d like to see you in her court. Let me escort you my Lord.”
For a moment I wondered how beautiful Queen would have been, because the fairy who was telling me about the Queen’s beauty herself was a perfect creation of God. I couldn’t wish for more than this because I had been through a terrible situation earlier. I was so anxious to see the Queen.
The fairy grabbed my hand to help me stand up. We entered the wide tunnel and moved forward. She asked me to pace up. Her voice was getting rougher with every step.
I suspected my hearing and thought it’s because of the echo in the tunnel . A strong beam of light illuminated the tunnel. What I saw at that moment was horrible. The fairy who was with me had turned into a dark black witch with red eyes. I was terribly frightened. She tried to snatch my sack of tools.
“Hand it over to me lad if you want yourself alive. Otherwise you’ve no other way out.”
I freed my hand from her and took out the axe. In the mean time I heard the voice of the old lady. She reminded me of what she had told me not to listen to anything until I hear the horse neigh under the Grand White rock. I repented my forgetfulness. All these troubles were just because of not obeying to the orders of the old lady and not sticking to my aim.
I was sure that the old lady would come to help me again. It gave me confidence enough to fight the cruel witch.
The black Witch flew towards me. I targeted her head and threw the axe. The axe did a magic trick. It cut off half of her face and flew back to me like a trained eagle. My second hit chopped her head off. The beam of light eventually vanished and the old lady appeared with a lamp in her hand. She angrily said while walking towards me:
“Careless fellow Don’t you remember my words that you are not supposed to talk to anyone or give a thought to what moves you away from your destiny”
I had already realized my fault but wondered a question. I asked the old lady that why didn’t she come for my help this time. She said:
“Remember! When you are on your way to the ultimate goal of your life, do not trust everyone and never rely on anyone. It’s you who is trustworthy and it’s only you who you can rely on. “
These words, I wrote in my heart and pledged to remember these guidelines ever in my life. She further continued:
To be continued…