Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Queen With The Frozen Heart 4



During the years to follow the prince would wander further and further away from the castle, from his mother and from his human companions. In these years he grew in size, in valor, kindness, sorrow, wisdom and magic.


Even if the pain of loneliness never really left him alone, he would not succumb to his mother’s faith. He kept is hope and trusted to find his father one day. That one day he would have a family again, one day he would not be alone but he would have a father and a mother. And at the nights he returned to the castle he would whisper this to his mother while she slept alone in her bed.


He would stay awake at her side, sing her little songs and tell her about his adventures in the forests. At first the queen tried to get the prince teachers. Wise and able men and women who would teach him to be a prince, to read and write, to hunt and fight. He would do his best and excel them in all, until they left him alone. And then he would run off to the forest and return a day, or two, or week, or two, later.


While he would be roaming the forests, the wind would sing stories to the prince, and tree leaves would rustle their gossip to him and the rivers would laugh and gurgle to their own jokes with him. There would always be an animal cub or puppy to play with, a new story to learn or a new adventure to embark. And without noticing it, the prince had learned the language of the animals and of the nature.


He knew his mother longed for her, just like she longed for his father. But her heart was hidden behind the wall of ice. Safely ensconced there so she would feel no further pain. It would thaw a little when she saw her son and then freeze all over again when he would go out wandering about.


But the prince could not stay for her. He knew that it was his destiny to find his father. To do it he needed to go out to the world. And so he started staying away for longer and longer times. Wandering further and further away. Trying to talk with the northern wind, asking for news beyond the limits of his country. He would ride his bear cub until they would find a new river or creek running from north to south and they would ask for any news it would know.


When the birds would fly by to the north, when it was time for the snow to melt in faraway places and the plants to grow again. They would stand waiting, the prince and his bear, and ask the birds to go looking for his father, the king on their way to the north.


- He is tall and handsome, with black hair and dark eyes like mine, the prince would explain, please, look if you can find him. And listen, just in case, maybe you'll hear something new that might help.


And the birds would promise to help. Because they knew him and had learned to love him. Like the land loved the promise that he was to its continuity.


When the leaves would fall in the faraway places and everything stayed the same hi his home. When cold would make the birds return but his country remained as warm as ever, the prince would be waiting. Waiting or hear something new, waiting for a keen eye to have seen something different. Waiting to have something to bring hope to his heart.


After the birds had passed once again, without anything new to add, he would vanish to the forests and roam them further and further. Closing to their northern most point, and he would sit on the mountain peak. Gazing into the air, trying to see beyond. Willing for his father to appear, wishing for something to tell him where to start looking for him.



The night would fall and he would sit under the stars, waiting and willing, wishing and hoping. Hoping even when all the hope seemed lost. Because his roots were profound in the earth and the earth knew how to abide its time and was teaching it to the prince also.


Finally the cold mountain air and the darkness around him would make it impossible to stay and he would need to start looking for lower places to spend the night in them. He would jump from cliff to another and call the wind to lift him and help him to reach a place for his foot. Or for the earth to hold out for him. When it would rain he would ask the rain to go around him, so he would not get wet. And so much did they love him that they all did his asking. Even the fire would leap to him and start burning when he would ask it to.



It had been many long years ago that the prince lost his father. So many years that it was hard for him to remember his father’s face. But he still could remember the king’s voice and the touch of his hand over the prince’s head, and how he would smell when he would hold the little prince in his arms. And how strong those arms had felt, how invincible he had seemed.


To be continued...

This is the fourth part of the story.


If you want to read the first part of the story go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 1

To read the second part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 2 

To read the third part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 3

To read the fifth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 5


To read the sixth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 6


To read the seventh part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 7


 To read the eight part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 8

To read the ninth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 9

To read the tenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 10

To read the eleventh part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 11

To read the twelth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 12 

69 comments:

  1. I love this! You can definitely tell a good story and I am loving all the pictures you included :)

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  2. How long were you in Ecuador? I love reading your stories!

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    1. I've been here since -96. I went back to Finland for a year at 2000 but after that it's been just one month visits every couple of years.

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  3. This is a beautiful story and I do love the pictures you include.

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  4. You should link the first story parts to the top of the post so that we can find them before we start reading. I like the flower photos with that part of the story. it matches.

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    1. Thank you, Lindsey, that is a great idea!

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  5. Lovely stories you have been sharing! Also wonderful photos!

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  6. You tell some great stories.. waiting on the next part to see how it all plays out..

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  7. Lovely photos for this post and it's story. Nice job!

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  8. I really enjoyed this part of the story and the lovely photos. Makes me want to visit Equador!

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  9. I'm really enjoying the story. You do a great job of painting a picture with words. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Another engaging entry in your story! Thanks!

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  11. thanks for sharing. what beautiful foliage.

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  12. I love reading your stories. They are very inspiring and the pictures add to the message.

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  13. You are a fabulous story teller. I can't wait for the rest!

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  14. I am really enjoying following along with the story! Thanks!

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  15. Beautiful story! I love how you have the pictures with it too. Very talented!

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  16. You are wonderful story teller. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. I love the pictures of the beautiful flowers! Gorgeous!

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  18. You should have this story written as a whole in a child's storybook!

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  19. Beautiful story integration. I love that the wind sang stories to the prince.

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  20. As usual it was nice to read your story and imagine how the photos went with the story and made the story come to life.

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  21. I didn't know you have a gift of writing wonderful stories. I love all your photos and it reminded me of my birth country(Philippines).

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  22. This story gets better and better. I'm so hoping for the happy ending. The beginning was so full of happy, but no great story goes without plot twists and turmoil. Kind of like life, huh? :)

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    1. Thank you! And there really would be no story without the trouble and the sad part. Even though it is hard to read and write.

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  23. Your stories are always so touching and pictures are amazing. The story of our lives is made up of both good and bad.

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  24. Love your story telling and pictures! I'm hocked and can't wait till the next one!

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  25. This was awesome, keep it coming! Such a great title, pics, etc.

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  26. What a great story. Have to go back and read the others, too.

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  27. This is just such a beautiful story, I love following along as he grows and finding out what happens next. You are a great writer!

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  28. i love this story. when is the next part coming?

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    1. Thank you, Brett. It's every Thursday, I'm glad you liked it.

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  29. You have a way with words. I love reading the way you share stories. Looking forward to the next part.

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  30. Love the vivid imagery in your stories. Can't wait to read the next part!

    ~Amanda

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  31. Wow. That story so far is amazing. I can not wait to hear the ending

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  32. I really love this series. Really looking forward to the next part.

    Michelle F.

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  33. Wow! Love this story. Thank you for sharing it. Looking forward to more

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  34. You are really good at telling a story! I could really feel how she must of been feeling longing for her dad which made her distant from her mom knowing it made her mom feel the same way. Great Job!!

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    1. Thank you, it's a great compliment that you could live their feelings together with the characters.

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  35. Still loving all the photos, but this time I did find myself enjoying the story. Thanks again!

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  36. Beautiful Story and looking at the pictures Ecuador is like Philippine's

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    1. I was gonna say the same thing :)

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  37. Touching. Engaging. It's well-written and I can't wait to read the next installment. Keep it up :)

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  38. Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy seeing your pictures.

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  39. The prince have been going through a lot but he does have a positive outlook in life to overcome his loneliness.

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  40. Such a great read. I absolutely love so many of theses photos. I can't wait to keep reading this story.

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  41. Great story and your pictures are fabulous! Ecuador looks so beautiful.

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  42. This is a beautiful story. And the pictures are beautiful as well.

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  43. I like how the rain and fire did his bidding. This is an interesting tale.

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  44. This is a great story. I love the concept.

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  45. I love this. I'm going back to read the rest, can't wait to see what happens.

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  46. What a wonderful story. I love it! I need to catch up with 1-3, now.

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  47. Very beautiful story... You have an interesting way of narrating a story ... loved it

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  48. I love how you narrate your stories which went well with your amazing photos.

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  49. The way chronicle part has done in above matter is simply flawless. Had a great time with above words with beautiful pictures.

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  50. I love reading your story each time you post it! You're so lucky to live in such a beautiful country. I always look forward to your posts.

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  51. I bet kids swarm you for story time! What a gift.

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  52. Can't wait for what's next. I love this!

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  53. I just love your story. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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  54. Oh, you hook me each week! I wish I could be this creative.

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  55. I have not had the chance to go anywhere outside of the US. I would love to visit Ecuador one day!

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  56. you're a good story teller. I have the imagination but not the will to put it all down

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  57. I'm fascinated with your story and look forward to the next post! Thanks for sharing this.

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  58. I am loving your stories right now :) Thanks for sharing such lovely stories

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  59. One of my favorite people comes from Ecuador. This was a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing!

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