Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Queen With The Frozen Heart 19


The river was filled with people, laughter and splashing sounds.

The women were washing their pots and pans with the young girls.

The young boys, too young to leave with the warrior, washed their clothes with grim determination.

A few fished with homemade harpoons, looking for fish and river shrimps.


The little children played in the water, enjoying the touch of coolness in their skins in the damp heat of the day.

The brave ones jumped from a large boulder to the current and swam to the other side.

You could see only their heads bobbing over the waves and the foam.

Everyone felt safe now that the king boa had taken his people away to the war.


The peals of laughter and cries of joy rose over the sound of the running water and the conversation.

Sisa felt the scene develop around her with detachment.

Ever since Amarun's visit she had not been able to feel part of her home and life anymore.

She knew that her mother had warned her but it was too late, the harm was already done.


Her life was changing and her magic was changing with it.

Before she had given her heart away, it had already taken the form of little pocket monkey, the ones that people liked to have as pets.

It had cuddled in her neck hidden under her hair.

But now it could not decide what shape to take.


A little while ago it had been swimming like a little fish.

Sisa had felt it elation on fighting the current and flowing together with the water.

Then it had changed into a butterfly, it's wing flapping with the wind while it recklessly defied the water drops flying around.

The magic fluttered around her and she felt its kiss.


It sat down on her shoulder for a spell and took off again.

- Sisa, she heard her mother's voice, Ushushi, daughter!

- Are you going to get those pots washed today? We'll need to them to be able to cook the dinner tonight, her mother berated.

- Stop dreaming and start working!



To be continued...





This is the nineteenth 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

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

To read the thirteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 13

To read the fourteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 14


To read the fifteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 15


To read the sixteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 16

To read the seventeenth part, go to the The Queen With The Frozen Heart 17

If you want to read the eighteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 18

105 comments:

  1. Lovely story and beautiful writing. Love the pictures to accompany.

    Katie <3

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  2. I was so happy to read this today. And as always, I love your story and the pictures!!!

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  3. I love the way your photographs are also telling the story this week.

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  4. I agree with Ness,..I too love the story line with the pictures. It took me rite there with you - thank you for sharing your journey!

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  5. I love your photos...makes me want to book flights!

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  6. Great storytelling. The photo with the blue butterfly on the lady's shoulder is spectacular.

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  7. I am loving this and the accompanying photos are fantastic x

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  8. So enjoying your story as it unfolds!

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  9. What an amazing party of the world. Your pictures and words really bring it to life. I'd love to visit too.

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  10. I can't wait to hear what happens next! I love your stories. It is such a simpler time than what I live in.

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  11. What a lovely story and the pictures are amazing - I look forward to the next part. x

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  12. Looking forward to hearing what happens next - your photos are amazing. x

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  13. They do say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it's so true. Until next time!

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  14. Amazing photos and story.. Makes me want to visit there. Things seem so simple.

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  15. The photos are beautiful! The story is even more amazing! I love your writing!

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  16. I really enjoyed your writing and the photos are amazing!

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  17. She's such a dreamer, isn't she? This is quite the tale!

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  18. Brilliant writing and great photos to go with it too - will have to go back and read the rest now!

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  19. I got lost in your story ... just beautiful!

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  20. Beautiful and lovely story. I'm in love with the photo of the woman and the butterfly on her shoulder.

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  21. beautiful story, and great phtoos too

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  22. Excellent storytelling as always! I love how your photos always bring the story you're telling to life.

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  23. Breathtaking photography to go hand in hand with a truly amazing story. Nicely done.

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  24. Beautiful. Anxious to read the rest of your journey.

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  25. What a great way to tell your story with pictures through the process.

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  26. Beautiful story and great pictures! I really enjoyed this post :)

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  27. Love Your Writing Love Your Pictures They Tell Stories Themselves!

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  28. We used to do laundry like this in the river, thanks for igniting the memories.

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  29. Thank you so much for sharing this story! The pictures are perfect too.

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  30. I love the plot of the story. Very touching.

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  31. Thank you so much for sharing this story! This is very good.

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  32. Great story, and great pics. I am from Trinidad, tiny island in the Caribbean and your pics bring back so many memories of island life. Thank you for sharing.

    Thrifting Diva
    www.thriftingdiva.com

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  33. I love the blue butterfly photo :-) I don't know much about Ecuador so this is fascinating!

    JoAnn
    Whimsicle

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  34. so cool to see everyone as a community hang out and do their chores near the river. :) great story and photos.

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  35. Such beautiful writing, as always. Love the pictures to go with it!

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  36. Your pictures are just amazing. Gorgeous scenery, gorgeous everything!

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  37. so nice to see how people interact with the river! lovely stories!

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  38. Lovely continuation of a beautiful story and as always the photos attached are very nice! Looking forward to the next part!

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  39. This is so fantastic. Love the writing and the pictures!

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  40. I am really enjoying this story and the pictures are fantabulous

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  41. Your mix of story telling and pictures is always fantastic :) Can't wait for #20!

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  42. This is such a great story. Thank you very much for sharing it.

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  43. I love reading your posts. Such an amazing experience getting to be there and see it first hand! Beautiful!

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  44. Your pics just bring your story to life! Great job!

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  45. This scene reminds me of Jamaica where I am from. Great pictures!

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  46. Beautiful pictures and beautiful people!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Have a great weekend!

    Dee from www.thecsiproject.com

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  47. Really beautiful writing, such with great beauty.

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  48. Another great part to the story, you are such an excellent writer.

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  49. This is so terrific! I will need to go back and read the past parts! Wonderful blog!

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  50. I love the end, lol. Stop daydreaming and get those pans cleaned. Sounds like something my mom would say to me too.

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  51. Nice story.. These are great pictures!!


    Htp://beautyasti1.blogspot.com

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  52. These pictures are from halfway around the world from where I am, but these river scenes are all so familiar.

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  53. The pictures compliment the story very well. You could truly envision what the reader is painting in your mind!

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  54. I love your photos and the story

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  55. These pictures really captured my imagination and what a beautiful way to tie it in with a story... am going to come back for the following sequels.

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  56. Beautiful story! Can't wait till next time!

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  57. Beautiful story! The pictures are beautiful as well, but all I could think about was the show river monsters! Haha! I have a fear of rivers lol!

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  58. Lovely! I am loving your images! :)

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  59. Your photos with the people washing clothes in the river, it's also done here in the rural areas. I've had a chance to experience it too when I camped with my cousins before.

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  60. Wonderful! I love the photos that accompany the story.

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  61. That last photo is absolutely gorgeous! I can't help but to comment that I would love to live that close to a body of water like that.

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  62. Another great part to such an amazing story. I am looking forward to the next part.

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  63. Thanks for sharing this beautiful story. I love learning about the culture of others and would love to visit.

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  64. I have to ask, are you inspired to write based on your photos or do you take photos to go with your writing?

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    1. Both. Usually I go through my pictures and choose the one that goes with the story. But sometimes I'm taking a picture somewhere and it hits me. This is what is happening in the story, this is how it should go.

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  65. I love the way you're using the pictures to help tell your story. I'll have to go back to read the other parts when I have time!

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  66. You have a wonderful way with words. I like your photos too, must be a great experience.

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  67. You are going to put this all in a book one day right and get it published? You should!!

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    1. That is my plan. I'm still writing this, so it's not ready. But I have this dream of publishing this as a book and getting people excited about what I write and then hopefully getting them to buy the other books that I'm writing too.

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  68. Once again, these photos are beautiful. I love how you use them to show what you are experiencing. They make your story so much more powerful.

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  69. Great photos! I love the one with the butterfly on her shoulder!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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  70. The photos are beautiful and this is a great story! :)

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  71. Beautifully written and very nice photos! Loving this!

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  72. I agree to dissagre with the last sentence...u do need to work to succeed, but u can as well dream! Because what u can dream, u can achieve..

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  73. The photos indeed compliment your good story. I see similarities with Jamaican way of life and my own people.

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  74. This sight almost looks like a province in the Philippines. It's good to see how the kids are enjoying the waters and how the family lives a simple life but happy together.

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  75. Can't wait to be continued. The story is so touching and I love the sentence Stop dreaming and start working, it has a lot of wisdom in it! The photos are so vivid and the colors of the river are amazing!

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  76. I think this has been my favorite part of the story so far. Seems to be such a happy time!

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  77. Thank you for sharing! These pictures are so beautiful! So peaceful and everyone is so content and happy!

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  78. Beautiful Pot. Lively pictures. xx

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  79. Thank you for sharing! What a lovely story, very enjoyable!

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  80. I love how you keep us in suspense which makes it more enjoyable. Thanks for your awesome story.

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  81. I love reading your stories and always look forward to the next one. ::)

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  82. These are great candid photos. I wonder if there's a school nearby for those children.

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    1. Not all the pics are fromt the same place. The ones with people washing clothes have a school right on the other side of the road from their house. The children in the last pic need to walk a bit more but there is a school in the middle of their community also.

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  83. It's great how you manage to match the photos from the real world to the fantasy world in your stories!

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  84. Amazing writing! The pictures are great too

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  85. The photo with the butterfly is just gorgeous! What a lucky chance to have taken it at the perfect moment.

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  86. I am so taken by the pictures that accompany this story. The butterfly on the girls shoulder is perfection!

    Love the new background too! :)

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  87. Awesome story! Your blog is looking really great by the way!

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  88. I love how the pictures reflect the story

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  89. We definitely need to stop dreaming and get to working our dreams. I love the progression of this story Joanne!

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  90. Seeing the photos you have posted give me a glimpse of what life is in Ecuador. It somehow has similarities in my home country, the Philippines. Even the people look like Filipinos, including the skin color. I love that photo of the lady with the butterfly on her shoulder. It's so beautiful.

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  91. I would love to go here, i would love to visit overseas and help those people over there.

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  92. I loved this part of the story! So much imagery. You really take the reader right there.

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  93. This has been my favorite selection of the story so far! I was absolutely thrilled by the images you captured as well. :)

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  94. This is one of my favorite chapter. I love the photos too

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  95. Definitely sounds like a book in the making!

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  96. I will at some point pop back to post 1 for a read.

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