Everyone who lived in the land looked up to the queen. The people could see how she worked day and night in benefit of her subjects and her country and they wanted to follow her example. They wanted to make her feel proud of them and what they did for their country and for her.
- Our queen is a good queen, they would say, a queen that a country can be proud of. A queen that is dedicated to her people and the wellbeing of the land.
Everyone would nod and be happy to have such a good queen. And then.
- But she is so sad, someone would say, I wish there were a way to make her happy.
They all wanted to make her happy. Because everyone could see her sadness, even though she could not feel it herself.
The sadness was a little brown bird that always sat on her shoulder and sang beautiful, but sad, songs. Before it had been colorful and its trills had been able to make everyone's heart full of joy. But since the good king, the queen's husband, rode away to fight the evil giants it had gotten smaller and smaller and its songs were sadder and sadder.
Not even her little boy, queen's own son, the prince and the future king of the realm, could make her happy again. She would smile when the prince was happy or would do something special, like only our children can do. He was the only thing that kept her heart unfrozen enough to keep it beating and kept her alive.
- Why can’t I make my mother happy, the prince would ask the little bird.
And it would sing him another eerily beautiful song, crying out queen’s sadness. A song where prince could almost hear the words singing out. And he believed if he could just understand what the bird sang, he could make his mother happy again.
The land where they lived was old and could remember many kings and queens, princes and princesses. It was a land full of history, stories of old glories, battles and many, many lived lives full of happiness and sadness. Because that is how life is, there are happy moments and there are sad moments.
But the land knew that a human being always thrives for the happiness. There is always a hunt for the joy in the lives of people. And the queen did not seek happiness; she did not care for lives joys or enjoying the moments. The land was old and it was filled with magic. And it knew that something was wrong.
The land had time. It knew that it was full of ancient wards and powers, put there to protect its people. To keep the giants, the water elves with needle sharp teeth, the gnomes who lived under the earth and liked to steel little children and other dangerous creatures away.
The land was not yet sure if the queen was dangerous to the country. But it could feel that the queen loved her son, and that the people lover the queen. And it was content to wait and see. After all, a land has a lot of time, it is old, and it has gotten used to being patient and waiting for a long time.
Or at least, this land had gotten used to it. Because, like I already said, it was a very old land. There might be other, younger, places that are too impatient to wait and see. Who want to get results right away and think that they are more efficient that way. That they get results and things done. While other older lands might be just content waiting and seeing. Like being prudent was a big virtue for a country. Like some other, older, lands might think. But they knew that it was just because they were too old and tired to get anything properly done and should just keel over and let younger, more vigor, countries to take over.
But this was an old country, and it had seen a thing or a two since its youth. And it knew how important being prudent could be for a country. There were few lessons it could have taught to those imprudent younger countries, thinking that rushing in was a virtue, and that they knew everything just because they had just barely been uncovered by the waters and made habitable for the people.
No, this was an old land, a land that had been populated when the other countries had still been under the masses of sea. And the giants had roamed the mountain tops that had peaked out of the waters, looking for a tasty snack to eat. When the sea elf had swam uncontested in the oceans and the gnomes had picked their teeth in the bones of unwary wanderers.
It was a land who had seen the people to arrive with their little boats and fight the gnomes and trolls and other monsters. It had seen the sacrifices the humans had made and it had felt how brave and living they were. How they had the seed of greatness and High Magic in them.
It was a land who knew its people. A land that knew that haste never made good decision and that patience and goodness always won over the evil. And it knew, deep down in its bones, that if the queen was still able to love her son, she was still a good queen. And if the queens songbird still sang sad songs on her shoulder, even though it was a little brown thing she was not able to see, if the songbird still sang and was alive, there still was goodness in the queens heart and there still was hope for her left.
If the land could have talked it would have said,
- Just wait, let her show you what she is made of.
To be continued...
This is the second 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 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 twelth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 12
Very pretty! I'm going to head over and read the first part now :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing the story and also great photos! I like that bug craft- very neat!ReplyDelete
I need to go read the first part of this post. Beautifully written and these pictures are amazing!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this story. Off to check out the first part!ReplyDelete
I really like the pictures you post.. They give me a sense of Ecuador..ReplyDelete
Nice story, I'm interested in learning more about how it starts, and of course where it ends. Nice photos here as well.ReplyDelete
Again, I would love to know more about the flowers and plants you are showing!ReplyDelete
Both flower pictures are from different kind of heliconias, Scott.Delete
You are a great writer! & The photos really enhanced the story :)ReplyDelete
It is interesting to see what the children wear in different cultures versus here in America! Completely different.ReplyDelete
These are not every day clothes, Felicia, but for the presentation.Delete
What a neat craft project they did and I love the flow pictures.ReplyDelete
Great photos, and interesting to read your perspective.ReplyDelete
The last pictured plant is incredibly interesting to look at. Does this story have anything to do with the presentation that the kids are doing?ReplyDelete
The flower in the last picture is a heliconia. There are many different kind of heliconias around here. This is one of my favorites. The children are doing a traditional kichwa dance from the Amazonic area. Most of all it is a backdrop for the story.Delete
What a nice story and does teach patience and forbearance for all. The pictures are beautiful.ReplyDelete
What a great story! Thanks so much for sharing it and all of the pictures. I love to see the differences in cultures!ReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures! I'm intrigued and have to go read the beginning...ReplyDelete
Love to see this amazing culture and hear this story!! Those pictures are beautiful too!ReplyDelete
Sounds like a great story! As always awesome pictures!ReplyDelete
Adorable Kids Love Their Ways!ReplyDelete
Nice story. I like how the you write the story in vivid detail and how you came up with the storyline. Heading over to the first part.ReplyDelete
I love your style of writing, sounds like a fairy tale that I want to keep going and going...ReplyDelete
I'll be going over to read the first part now.ReplyDelete
Heading over to read the first part. I'll keep reading!ReplyDelete
What a great story. I'll have to go back to part one. I love the pictures intertwined in it.ReplyDelete
I love all of the pictures! Thanks for sharing bits of the culture with us.ReplyDelete
I love learning about other countries and cultures, a very lovely story.ReplyDelete
You have a gift :)ReplyDelete
I hope you write a book one of these days.
This is such a great experience to read about!ReplyDelete
It's always so interesting to read and hear about other cultures. Love the photos...especially the one of the kids.ReplyDelete
I always enjoy reading your posts. Great photography.ReplyDelete
I love the pictures with the story. I can't wait to hear more.ReplyDelete
I love where this is going so far. It sounds like a tale one could tell through generations.ReplyDelete
You're a great writer, i love these plant pictures, they look really cool.. need to read the first part.ReplyDelete
Those flowers are lovely! I don't think I've ever seen those here.ReplyDelete
What an interesting portion of the story! The artwork is neat!ReplyDelete
What a great journey for you!! I love the children dancing and the story of the young prince and his queen mother!ReplyDelete
This looks fun!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful story. I love the pictures. Can't wait to go back and read part 1!ReplyDelete
What a great story. I need to rewind and read part one! Thanks for sharing this story with us as well as the wonderful pictures. -Michelle S.ReplyDelete
Lots of pretty imagery. Love how you incorporate the pictures into the story.ReplyDelete
Very cool. I'd love to be able to write a story, but know I don't have the talent, lol.ReplyDelete
Beautiful story and message. The flowers and views are magnificent.ReplyDelete
I love your story and the way it pulls you in. I also love your pictures. They also tell a storyReplyDelete
What a great story. I had never heard of it before.ReplyDelete
Happy to see the next installment. I knew there was more to the story than was meeting the eye, and I was looking forward to reading more (as I am yet again w/this one).ReplyDelete
So glad to hear that. Next Thursday the next part, hope to find you here ready to read it :)Delete
wonderful pictures, and great story :) ty for sharing.ReplyDelete
gorgeous flower photos... I've read part 1 and 2... looking forward to 3 ;o)ReplyDelete
Beautiful story. I love your compelling pictures.ReplyDelete
wow, this is beautifully writtenReplyDelete
Great store, I enjoyed reading it!ReplyDelete
Really beautiful story. It is so well written.ReplyDelete
Love following your story. Hope to see more soon!ReplyDelete
well written story. I love reading your blog and seeing your pictures.ReplyDelete
Just as great as the first part of the story. I'm intrigued as to how it will end.ReplyDelete
The pictures are beautiful like always, you take stunning shots. I love the story and can't wait to read more, I feel so bad for the queen.ReplyDelete
That is such a wonderful thing, Kisa. Well, I don't think it's wonderful that you feel bad but it's wonderful that the story has spoken to you so strongly. Exactly what I wanted it to do.Delete
Great photos. I love tropical flowers. I wonder if I could get something like that to live through our sometimes bad winters here.ReplyDelete
I think heliconia would not live through winter, Tiffany. But you could have it inside. I think it would like it, as long as it has warmth, water, space and light.Delete
You right so well and I like the pictures you've posted. It kind of transported me to Ecuador.ReplyDelete
Great storytelling here! The pictures bring the story to life!ReplyDelete
This is awesome. I love the photos. I know I have told you that before, but it is true. Amber NReplyDelete
Beautiful, you should write a book! I loved the pictures too!ReplyDelete
YOu are an amazing writer. I am going to have to check out the first part of this.ReplyDelete
What a great story! Those flowers are beautiful as well!!ReplyDelete
I was waiting for the second part.... Wow...and now I cant wait for the thirdReplyDelete
Great story. I love all of the pictures you share.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing this wonderful story and pictures.ReplyDelete
I'm off to find part one! I love the photographs, so vivid. And those flowers are gorgeous! Love the children's artwork too :)ReplyDelete
I'm glad you enjoyed it, Sara-Jayne.Delete
What a beautiful story and the pictures are incredible! The children's artwork is wonderful as well. Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoy reading about other cultures.ReplyDelete
Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed. The artwork is done by the same children as in the dancing picture.Delete
This is such an interesting story. These pictures are beautiful!ReplyDelete
Those plants are beautiful. What is the weather like there now? Is it already warm?ReplyDelete
Thank you, Krystal. We're on the equator, so it's always warm here. And since this is rainforest area, it's always hot and humid. Sometimes it rains a bit more, sometimes it pours and sometimes it just drizzles, lolDelete
I truly look forward to your posts and mesmerizing writing.ReplyDelete
Can't wait to read what happens next. You've written this beautifully.ReplyDelete
I love the blog craft! Can't read what happens next.ReplyDelete
This is such a great story with beautiful pictures!!!ReplyDelete
Great costume for kids. Your photos are good quality as I've seen with the previous oneReplyDelete