Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Queen With The Frozen Heart 7




 This is the seventh 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 fourth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 4

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


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


The two weeks were torture to the prince. He travelled as fast as he could to his mother’s castle where he tried to say goodbye to his mother. But he was too old, too big, too grown-up, her mother didn’t even recognize him.

In her mind the time stood still, and so in the castle and around it, everything was in a standstill. Even the sun and the moon moved slower and seasons of the rains had changed to accommodate her magic.

But her enchantment only reached the area around the castle. And the prince had treaded the outlying forests and the distant mountains. He had reached the peaks that almost touched the sky and the rivers that were born in faraway lands.

For him, the time never stood still. It moved its steady course with the rains and dry seasons, just like it always had. And through the change of the rainy seasons to dry seasons and back, the prince had grown and become an adult himself. He was no longer the little boy that the queen remembered.

- Farewell, mother, the prince whispered and a single tear slid from his eye to his cheek and fell to the ground.

Where the tear fell grew a bush of chili pepper with tiny little peppers, the strongest ones. Without saying a word, the bear took a handful of the peppers and hid them in his chikra.

From a far, prince stood looking at her mother and said his goodbyes. It almost broke his heart but he was determined to go. He buried his hands to the bear’s fur, loyally it had followed him to the castle and loyally it stood next to him while he said his goodbyes.

- Are you sure you want to go, it asked him and looked him straight to the eyes; the queen will go mad from grief and loss if you will perish also. She cannot lose both of you, you know?

- I am sure, friend, prince answered; I cannot stay here and watch her destroy herself. And I cannot be the small boy he wants me to be.

Now the whole kingdom and its future depended on his journey and its success. The queen’s magic was changing everyone and little by little this corner of the world would be separated from everything else. And who could know what would happen then?

Prince could feel the land’s dissatisfaction and knew how dangerous that was. It would not let this go too far. And when that would happen, he knew that his mother’s life would be in danger.

Fast he ran, as fast as he could. Around the castle that was not fast. It was more like treading molasses, he fought against the wind and his feet could not find a good hold on the earth. He knew that in reality he was fighting against his mother’s will.

Finally he came to a standstill. He stood next to a calm little lake where his parents had used to bring him when he was little. Prince looked at his image in the lake and stood as still as he could. Little by little he could feel the grip of the queen around him, letting go. And he could his mother’s deep sadness that lingered around the lake.

He remembered the good moments that they had had at the lake, the laughter and the play. How his father had taught him to swim and her mother how to jump. How they had spent the days in the water to dry themselves in the sand later on, basking in the heat of the sun. He remember how they would have sat under the trees, eating maitos and drinking chicha, his mother herself had made and served them.

The queen wrapped herself in these memories and let go of her sadness. It was good, she told herself, everything was good. Her son had just gone to the lake to swim and play, like he always did. And she moved on, letting go, letting the prince free.

- Goodbye mother, the prince whispered again and jumped into action.

He ran and ran, his feet flying over the forest path. For him it had been only two days but when he finally passed the area surrounding her mother’s castle and the limits of her spell, he could see that the fortnight had almost passed. It would be a close call to reach the spot where he had agreed to meet with Iluku.

So the prince ran, without stopping to eat, or drink, without taking even a slightest nap. He carried a bit of food with leaves wrapped around to it, to keep it fresh and a little bottle of chicha that his mother had given to him while welcoming the stranger that she thought he was, to the castle. From this he took sips while he ran, and felt fortified by her love. The food he saved for later.


 

To be continued...

This is the seventh 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 fourth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 4

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 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 

44 comments:

  1. Another great part of the story! Love the writing and the photos are amazing! Enjoyed my visit.

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  2. It's a bittersweet parting between the two.

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  3. Fascinating. I love learning about other cultures and your presentation through fiction is delightful

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  4. I look forward to posts and hearing more of the story. The pictures bring it to life.

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  5. Beautiful story and wonderful pics! I cant wait to read the next installment!

    -Tara
    http://www.pookasfamily.com/2014/05/etsy-addiction-pinnate-bebe-giveaway.html

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  6. Wow what an awesome part. I am really enjoying the series. Looking forward to the next one.

    Michelle F.

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  7. I just love how your pictures relate to these stories.. it really helps tell the story as a whole..

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  8. Love reading your story. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I love the story. The pictures are really great. I would love to read the first parts. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Great addition to the story so far! Thank you!

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  11. I wonder how the prince looks like. Please have more descriptions of the characters. :)

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  12. Great story :-) and also the image will make me more interested to read :-)

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  13. Incredible story and such vivid pictures.

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  14. I'm going to be sharing this with my daughter. I try to show her other cultures. thank you!

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  15. Leaving home to move onto your future life is such a classic tale and I like the way you've written it. Great story!

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  16. Loving this story now and I must admit I must go back to some part that I did not pay attention to.

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  17. Loving this story, cant wait for the next part

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  18. He's got quite the challenge ahead of him! I hope you tell this tale to your son. :)

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  19. You have a really nice story going on here. Ever thought of publishing it as either an e-book or other book service?

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  20. A great story! Can't wait to read the next part. I really like that you also add photos!

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  21. talk about a story! thanks for sharing.... the photos are beautiful!

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  22. What an interesting story. The prince is facing quite the challenge.

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  23. Wait I have to read your story from the beginning...I am a newbie but thats pretty cool you have pictures to go with the story!

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    1. Newbies are always welcome :) I hope you enjoyed the other parts too!

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  24. Amazing pics and such a interesting story. Waiting for the next part! :)

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  25. Such another great installment to this story and the photos are amazing as usual!

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  26. I have not gotten to read your entire series. I will need to one day when I am 'free' from kids. I love your pictures. The kids are beautiful and how awesome you got to spend time in Ecuador.

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  27. This is great. I really love your photos. What a story!

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  28. I am on pins and needles waiting for each addition to this story.

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  29. The connection between him and his mother is interesting. This symbolism in this excerpt is awesome!

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  30. I am loving this part of the story, now I Need to go back and read all of the rest! Your photos really do a great job of illustrating too!

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  31. I can't believe this is the 7th edition! I love that I have been following along since the beginning!

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  32. I love how the pictures help with the unfamiliar terminology without making the reader feel like an idiot. :)

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  33. ah! i hope you post part 8 soon!! i love this!!

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  34. Another great installment of the story. Can't wait to read part 8!

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  35. You're doing such a great job! I love the second photo in this installment. (Beautiful photos, as always.)

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  36. I always love your pictures. Seeing the houses on stilts is really fascinating!

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  37. These photos are amazing. Beautiful country. Very interesting story.

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  38. Very cool story, glad to be following along.

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  39. The little girl in one of the last pictures stole my heart! Love her little outfit. Amazing writing- as usual!

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  40. I hope everything turns out okay for the prince. He has faced quite a lot of challenges.

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