Friday, December 12, 2014

The Queen With The Frozen Heart - A Cup Of Chicha


The jaguar men lay around the cave, snoring and drooling.

Iluku grabbed an ear and twisted it.

She yanked a piece of fur.

But the two men only moved lazily.


The first one tried to scratch behind his ear and fell down to the floor where he continued to snore even louder.

Finally she was happy.

A pilche of chicha under her arm she marched towards the entrance.

- Take the big bowl, she commanded her husband, the one that is full!


The passage under the mountain was dark and damp.

They were moving further and further inside the rock and the earth, away from the air and the open sky.

She could feel the weakness in her bones.

Just like an old, rheumatic woman would.


When they finally reached the dungeons she was limping and holding her back in pain.

- Do you really have to keep your prisoners all the way back here, she groused at the guards, at least get someone younger to bring you your chicha! Do you think that I’m a maid born just day before yesterday to be walking down all those passages!

- If you wish I can save you the trouble of walking back, one of the guards growled showing his teeth, I don’t think Kasike minds if we have one more or less closed in behind the bars.


- Wouldn’t you just love that, Iluku hissed at the guard, but I’ll just ask who’ll make you chicha then?

- Stop bothering her, another guard warned the first one, I’ve been hankering that chicha since she first came here.

- Don’t think that I’ll take just anything woman, the first jaguar man’s hackles were up, but a big pilche of chicha would help to forgive you.

- Then that is exactly what I’ll give you, Iluku held her pilche out and let the guard drink it all up.


She smiled at the guard and nodded, that’s the way to do it. Give me more old man, so I can offer chicha to the other fine warriors here.

She let everyone of the jaguar men drain his cup and then stayed to talk with them for a while.


Little by little the warriors eyelids started to droop and they fell into sleep and onto the floor.

To be continued...



This is the thirtyfirst part of the story.

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 fourteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 14

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 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

To read the eighteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 18

To read the nineteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 19

To read the twentieth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 20



To read the twenty third part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - At The Mouth Of The Cave

To read the twenty fourth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - The Visiting Star

To read the twenty fifth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - Time To Leave The Home

To read the twenty-sixth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - A Suitable Wife

To read the twenty-seventh part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - Down In The Dungeons

To read the twenty-eight part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - Savouring The Chicha

To read the twenty-ninth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - Flying With The Stars

To read the thirthieth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - The Monster Awakens

45 comments:

  1. What is Chicha? I truly do enjoy this story--hope you can keep it going--or put it into e-book form so I can read from beginning to end!

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    1. Chicha is a traditional drink here in South-America. The Amazonic chicha is different from the chicha drank in the Andes. Here it's made either from fruit of a palm tree called chonta, in which case it's actually a sort of beer. Or it's made of cassava/manioc root.

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    2. Hi had no idea what Chicha was until I read your reply to the previous comment. I love learning more about other countries, their food and traditions.

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    3. Was going to ask the same thing. I've never heard of it, but do want to try it someday!

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  2. I wonder what she's going to do... A million ideas come to mind. I guess they won't be locking her up too. ;)

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  3. I had no idea what chicha was either. is this a folk tale?

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    1. It's based on a few folktales and also folklore.

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  4. I'd love to read this uninterrupted in an ebook. Will you be publishing when it's finished?

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    1. That is my plan. I need to do some editing first, though.

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  5. This story is so intriguing. I can't wait to read what happens next.

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  6. Thank you for sharing. I didn't realize this series was an ebook.

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  7. First of all, let me just say I thought the way you integrated real-life shots into your story is a stroke of genius. I love it! Will find the time to read back on the rest of the story. :)

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  8. As picture speaks thousands word, the photos in article can prove how the book and its story is. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful book.

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  9. got a little lost for a minute hehe. Will start from the first part of the story :)

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  10. Can't wait to read about what happens next! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  11. wow. this is really long!~ but these is really interesting

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  12. Chicha here in my country would pertain to food. It's not really a Filipino word, but I hear elders use the word to refer to food. Does Chicha have healing effects?

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    1. It's not really used as a medicine, more like a mix of food and drink. You can drink chicha for lunch and that would be all you eat. But there is sort of chicha that is used as a spiritual medicine and that has halucinogenic properties.

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  13. hmm, what's a chicha? the storyline is interesting! but for this chapter, i somehow feel that the photos do not fit very well?

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    1. Chicha is a traditional drink that can be made from different ingredients.

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  14. What a great story. I have missed several chapters, and have to get to them when I have more time! Great photos!

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  15. What an interesting story! With pictures and all, I thought it was a review of a drink,lol. Greetings from Kalikotpepot all the way from Manila!

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  16. I think chicha is vegan yes? No animal products in it?

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    1. Just when you chew it to make it. Then it has human spit in it ;) But seriously speaking, no it does not contain animal products. It's water and usually maize/chonta (a palm tree fruit)/yuca, there are other kinds of chichas too. But those three are the most popular in this area. Some people put sweet potato in it to make it sweeter. It traditionally does not contain any sugar and usually people do not put sugar in it. Some put peanuts, though.

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  17. Very interesting story! I never seen any pictures from Ecuador, this is the first and thanks for sharing them. I first thought it was vodka but I was wrong. I guess this is something more valuable than that. What is Chicha?

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    1. Chicha is a traditional drink that is fermented. It can be drink as sort of beer or allowed to ferment more.

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  18. Wow! It's so good that you travel and enjoy their food and culture! Chicha sounds interesting

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  19. This is an awesome story and I can wait to see what will happen. I love the pictures you have added with the story. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. This story gets a little dry, perhaps you got a competitor for story telling and his was about murder and game. In comparison, it is not as exciting. No offense though!

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  21. I didn't realize this was a series of stories, I guess the photos really confused me as it don't go well with your storyline. Sorry! :(

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  22. The photos you have added really go well with the story. Looking forward to the next part :)

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  23. Ok... so now I know what a chicha is. Anticipate for next stories.

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  24. Now I am curious about how this chicha tastes like. Is this an alcoholic drink? Do you personally drink and like how it tastes? Interesting how you have so many photos of cultural events.

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    1. Chicha tastes interesting, lol. I must say that I hated it when I first drank it. It's so different from everything I had tried before. But I have grown to like it and actually enjoy it nowadays.
      I must say I'm lucky in that the people here have allowed me to take part in their culture. Kichwas are very welcoming people and since they are proud of their culture they enjoy very much that someone takes time to know it and celelbrate it together with them.

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  25. I heard that chicha has some beneficial effect on the overall health so I would like to try this traditional drink. After all, South-America is famous for its revitalizing natural drinks which ingredients do wonders to the body.

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    1. There are many. Another one I can really recommend (and you can actually buy from US now) is guayusa. It's really delicious and has more cafeine than coffee but it's in another form that is more easily digested by the body.

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  26. Was the something in the Chicha that made the guards to sleep? It looks like an enticing treat that the warriors weren't able to refuse.

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    1. Yes, in the chapter before it was told that there was some angel trumpet flowers and leaves (scopolamine, a hallucinogenic drug) mixed with the chicha.

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  27. What an unique and nice experience of ChiCha and Frozen heart.. :) First time heard of this tradisional drink though.. :)

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  28. Oh cool, I found the remark about what Chicha is! Perfect addition to the story..

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  29. Great story! I always love how you combine photos with it.

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  30. A drink with human spit in it! Ha ha this chicha is truly special!

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  31. You've done so well with this story and developed it every well... I like the drink with spit line... keen imagery there. Haha!

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  32. yor article about chicha is very good ,feeling of having it now ,really good drink
    keep sharing like this
    regards
    radhika

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