Thursday, July 3, 2014

The Queen With The Frozen Heart 12



Outside a feast was prepared.

The women had tended large banana leaves on the ground and top of them delicious foods were served.

Everyone, the warriors, the elderly, the children and the women, had large cups of chicha to enjoy.

There was chonta chicha, yuca chicha and even maize chicha.

The pekari's meat was tender and it melted in the mouth.

The yuca was well cooked, tender and without grain, grown in the sandy beaches of the river.

There was mazamora, cream of banana and patasuchu, white cacao stew with little red chili peppers that burned your mouth and made your eyes water.

- Uchu, the men called, and the chili sauce travelled from one to another, everyone smearing their food with a generous portion of the spicy salsa.

From time to time, someone would suck a mandarine or an orange or drown their thirst with a mighty gulp of herbal tea.

The women snickered and looked at the prince shyly from under their hair.

- It will make your manhood grow more, the men laughed and offered him another pilche.

For dessert Amarun was offered a cacao fruit.
He sucked the pulp from around the seeds and enjoyed the fine aroma that rose from the fruit. 
 
What a feast, surely fit for a prince, and he was one to know, he chuckled alone.

It was time for the dancing to begun.

The women danced first, moving their bodies in sinuous forms like a snake, inviting the men with their hips and the movement of their waist.

They danced the preparing ceremony of chicha and the search and preparing of the fat and delicious chontakuru worms that everyone loved to eat.

Group of unwed young women and men danced together the proceedings of a fishing trip and how each had their own responsibility to hold.

Then it was the time for the young warriors.

Together they danced the hunt for pekari and the kill.

At the end the older men stood up.

They were the warriors and each carried a heavy chonta spear.

It was the time to dance the hunt of the jaguar to bring good luck to prince's quest.

In the end, when the jaguar lay dead, the prince stood up and nodded.

- Thank you for your help, he told them, tomorrow we must leave so that we can find Iluku on time.

Quietly everyone stood up, the women and older children running off to leave the sleeping little children inside the huts.

After a little while, they returned to clean the village’s center from the leftovers.

The men spoke quiet in little groups to each other's about the trip they were going to embark.

Sisa stole small glances at the prince but he had not looked her, once, during the whole night.

- Do not bother yourself with him; her mother warned her, he has promised to marry the daughter of the boa to tie the two nations together. He is a prince. He must marry for his people, not for love.



To be continued...

This is the twelth 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 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

86 comments:

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    1. I hope you do, Katrina. Tell me if you enjoyed them!

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  2. Wow awesome, this makes me want to start from the beginning. Your writing style leave one wanting more, very heartfelt and great word pictures. I would love to read the beginning of this to learn what is happening in this scene and to learn about the culture.

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging comment, Kim! I hope you read the other chapters, too. There are links at the end of each chapter.

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  3. Oh my gosh, that looks so much fun, and I want to eat everything in each of these photos right now. Love it!

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  4. It's awesome how involved you get in the culture! Love it!

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  5. How fun!! That looks like such a great time! Enjoy!! <3

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  6. This looks like a fun event to watch. The food looks inviting as well.

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  7. This looks awesome! I would love to try that food.

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  8. I have stumbled before on this story from other groups and it was really nice, I have also added, it would be great if you psot this on wattpad to compile it well. Love the photos!

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    1. I joined wattpad and I will post the story there when I have finished it here, Kenneth! Thank you for the suggestion!

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  9. love your writing accompanied by the photos. :)

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  10. Wow, very cool! The food looks amazing!

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  11. This is really engaging read loved it x

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    1. Thank you, Miranda! I'm so glad to hear that!

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    2. Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the live life & love linky, hope to see you again this Sunday x

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  12. Love the photos, they really helped tell the story.

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    1. Thank you, I enjoy very much planning and doing the illustration also!

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  13. bookmarking so I can go back and read the rest!

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    1. YAY! I'm so excited to hear that, Rebekah!

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  14. Really great story! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, I hope you read the earlier chapters, too!

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  15. How cool! Looks so fun to be a part of it

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  16. The mother must think he loves her, or could love her, or she'd have never said such a thing. Looking forward to the next installment. This is still getting good!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad to have you here :)

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  17. I love the food pictures, now I want to try them!

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  18. this makes me want to read the rest of the story!

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    1. I hope you will, Betsy. There are the links at the end of each chapter!

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  19. How fun and interesting! Love your writing :)

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  20. How awesome! This looks really fun!

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  21. Thanks for sharing! Very interesting.

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  22. Its such a beautiful country, isn't it?

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  23. I love yuca and platanos, but not sure about the worms lol I have tried Peruvian Mazamora and it was super delicious!

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    1. The worms do need time to get used to, Elayna, but people who like them, really love them. And mazamora is delicious!

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  24. Such a cool post, interesting read.

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  25. I love all the photos you've shared here. I wish I can relate to the story but I may have to read the rest to be able to follow through. :) The pictures speak so much of the life and culture in Ecuador. Seeing them made me feel like I'm standing amongst them and enjoying the festivities. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I hope you read the whole story, Ria. Let me know what you think about it if you do :)

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  26. I love the pictures you take, they are very neat. It's cool to see different food that we don't have here.

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    1. I am always in awe of her pictures, too, Bonnie!

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  27. Love reading about different cultures and love how you capture details of the foods! So interesting about the worms...I don't know if I would give them a try, but the mazamora is a different story!

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  28. lovely event... and lovely pictures.. now shall read the rest as well.. bookmarking this now.. thanks :)

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  29. Adding pictures really adds depth to your story...

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  30. Another great read. I think these photographs are the best in the series, so far. I love reading and seeing photos of other cultures.

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  31. This is somewhere else I would like to travel. It really seems like a very beautiful place.

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  32. Your writing style and photography are both so lovely! I can't wait to reread this from the beginning.

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    1. I hope you do! Let me know what you thought about it!

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  33. That food looks very tasty. I love the banana leaves. Wish we had them here, I think anything cooked in or served in them tastes better! lol

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  34. I am curious-will you be putting this into book form when you are done? I truly am enjoying this ongoing story and the beautiful photos.

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    1. Yes, I'm planning to make it a book and hopefully get people interested and then sell other books of mine, that I'm writing.

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  35. I pictured the preps and the feast. This one's the yummy part of The Queen With A Frozen Heart.

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    1. Thank you, Russ! And I'm so glad to have you back here :)

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  36. Wow I love these pictures, I have never heard of this feast but it looks fascinating. I hope to explore the world one day, this looks like a great place to put on my list.

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  37. Yay! Another addition to the story! I love it! <333

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  38. I love your photos, felt like I was there

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    1. Thank you, John, I'm glad to hear that!

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  39. I love how you use every day pictures in your life to tell your story. That is pretty unique.

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    1. Thank you, Healther! I'm glad you enjoyed them :)

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  40. The pictures are amazing, I really want to taste the Patasuchu.

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  41. These are really beautiful photos, and what an amazing event to get to see. The food looks really interesting and unlike anything I have seen over here in Pennsylvania. You are making me realize just how sheltered I have been and how narrow my worldview really is, and I am thankful for that.

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  42. This is such a good series. It's like the ever ending story. Every time I think you're done you come back with another chapter.

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  43. This story keeps going! Thanks for sharing another chapter.

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  44. Your stories are always such a cultural walk. Love the photos!

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  45. Love the story thanks again for sharing and the food omg looks delicious

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  46. The food looks amazing as it is made from tradition and sprnkled with a lot of love.

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  47. Love reading about Ecuador, the culture, the celebration! So interesting! Love your posts!

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  48. I think your country has a very rich culture. From food to events, every thing looks exciting!

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  49. This story has really evolved! I would love to visit Ecuador someday.

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  50. I love your blog. I feel like I m getting a glimpse into other cultures. Thank you!

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  51. It was nice that you can insert food of your own locality and at the same time linking it to a novel(story) that you are writing. The story title was nice and very captivating to the ears of kids. keep it up!

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  52. The story just keeps getting better and better, all that food looks really good too.

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  53. wow nice story and those foods looks so interesting! would love to visit ecuador too

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  54. Quite the story you have here! Its fun to read a part each week!

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  55. Very engaging. Is this folklore or nonfiction piece you wrote? Reads well too.

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