Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Queen With The Frozen Heart - To The Enchanted Night


Iluku held out a giant snail's shell to her husband.

- Call out for the warriors before you change, she told Killa, so that the enchantment will brake and they will wake up.

The moon took the shell and lifted it to his lips.

It had been years, decades, maybe hundreds of years since he had blown into one of them.

But his lips and hands still remembered.


He blew and the low sound shook his body and travelled through the air.

On the mountain top Amarun shook in his sleep and the mountain growled and shot dark clouds of ash to the air.

Far away in her palace the queen sprung up and listened with attention.

In her village Sisa felt how her magic fluttered around her and the call compelled her to leave and search for its origin.


Under the mountain the jaguar men growled and hissed their anger at the sound of the shell.

In their cages the kings men held their heads up and felt the hope grow in their desolated hearts.

Alone in his lonely cave king heard the sound and feared to hope and wish.

Behind the waterfall the warriors woke up from their enchanted sleep.

Ready to follow Iluku's instructions as soon as the sun reaches its zenith.


Killa lowered his hand and felt his heart stir.

There was a reason why the magic loved the humans.

- Take the clothes, Iluku's exasperated voice broke the spell, we don't have all the night. In fact the night is almost over. And we still need to reach the jaguar men's cave before the sun rises over the horizon and they close the mouth of the cave.

Killa took the clothes and hid himself behind the trees.

When he had the garments on, he could feel the enchantment around him.

His back bended closer to earth, his eyes became watery and it was hard to see, and his hands shaked and had huge wrinkles and brown spots on them.

Touching his face with his hands he could feel the wrinkles there too.

- I am old, he sighed.

- Look at me, he whined to Iluku, I have never been old. And now I have to look like this just to humor you and to save some human king. Can't they find another one to replace him instead?


- Oh, be quiet before you reveal your stupidity to everyone, Iluku hissed.

Angrily she started towards the mountain and the home of the jaguar men.

Their walk was not graceful anymore.

Instead of it, they waddled around the trees and panted while walking through the bushes, heaving their disobeying old bodies up, higher and higher.

- Will we never arrive, Killa panted, when will we be there?


Iluku raised a gnarled finger to her lips and stood quietly waiting.

- We are here, she hissed.

- Finally, Killa sat down and rested his weary feet and back.

- Oh, don't be like that, Iluku shook her head, get up and let's go!
It's almost morning!

To Be Continued...

This is the twenty 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 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

If you want to read the nineteenth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 19

If you want to read the twentieth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart 20

123 comments:

  1. Great pictures to go along with the words!

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  2. Good combination of pictures and the words!

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  3. I always love the pictures in these stories. Ecuador is so beautiful!

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  4. You write so beautifully and love the photos that go with the story!

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  5. Those purple flowers! They're so pretty! Can't wait to read the next chapter!

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  6. I love the folklore and whimsy in your writing, beautiful <3

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  7. I think I'm going to have to go back and read the chapters.

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  8. Aww I love this!! Thank you for this :)

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  9. Your pictures always convey your story so well. Very nice writing

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  10. These stories are so great, and the pictures are great. The photography on them is outstanding.

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  11. I love that you add pics to the post! It definitely helps with the visual!

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  12. First time visiting here, love the concept!

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  13. I bet the shell sound sounds nice! Great story!

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  14. Wow, a great story! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Love the beauty in your words and your pictures.

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  16. What beautiful writing. I love the photos, especially the one of the jaguar! :)

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  17. Such beautiful photos. Love the series.

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  18. Incredible photos, as always - I love looking through your posts <3

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  19. I am amaze on this chapter especially the photos. Very inspiring

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  20. I love how I can see everything in my head as I'm reading. & your photos always illustrate the story perfectly.

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  21. I really enjoy these posts and especially your photos. Keep them coming!

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  22. Wonderful story and pictures! So beautiful!

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  23. Interesting story and great photos, your writing is very evocative.

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  24. You write so beautifully! Can't wait for the next installment!

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  25. while reading this, it made me feel like I was there. incredible

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  26. Amazing pictures to accompany an amazing post. great stuff!

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  27. I really like this story and the pictures. It is very thought provoking.

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  28. I have tried to blow a shell like that.. never comes out the right way! always love those pictures!

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  29. Such beautiful people - all the people of the world!

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  30. Great photo's, looks like a beautiful place x

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  31. Beautiful photos!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  32. I love this story! And the pictures are great!

    xoxo
    Candace

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  33. The photos capture the heart of the story so well.

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  34. I love love love how the photos and the words just go, amazing x

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  35. Love the pics...and the whole post!

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  36. Your writing is always so beautiful. And that big cat is beautiful too! The markings are amazing.

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  37. I love your pictures and messages. So beautiful

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  38. Her vanity adds more than a touch of realism. We've all been there, done that (not like her though, lol) with aging... well me and those my age have, anyway. :) Great writing, as usual!

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  39. Very beautiful writing. I love how you get pictures to match your story so well.

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  40. Using the giant snail shell as a means of communication is awesome. It really delivers the message faster.

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  41. Great photos to go along with the writing.

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  42. I haven't seen a jaguar in real life before. It looks like a big cat or tiger.

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  43. I always love reading your posts. They are so poetic, and they have such an epic feel to them.

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  44. I wonder how many days it took you to finish it! It might take me a year! LOL! I am not really good with poem, only with school homework which I have no choice but to finish. I think you have a great talent!

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  45. Another amazing installment. This story is great,thank you for sharing your talent with us.

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  46. As always love reading each installment. Love the pictures too.

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  47. another great addition to the story and the pictures are simply amazing.

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  48. Great pictures, I like the one of the baby jaguar. Great writing.

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  49. I love this series and am always looking forward to more parts ;)

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  50. Again beautifully written and the photos are amazing! Great work!

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  51. Another great part to your story. Your pictures are great again too. =)

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  52. Love your stories, i think you need to publish them in book format for the world to read too!

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  53. Sounds like a great place, you are a great story teller!

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  54. What an interesting story, and beautiful pictures to go with the story!

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  55. Ecuador looks so beautiful and interesting. Great story.

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  56. Beautiful story excerpt and pictures. Ecuador is quite a muse!

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  57. This was fun!!! I enjoyed how the pictures went with the words!!! Keep creating with such imagination and fun!!!!!

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  58. Did you change your site? It looks different. Great story and love the pictures.

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  59. Another greta installment! I love the poetry of the lines like "his lips and hands still remembered." :-) Great pictures to accompany it too.

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  60. Another great installment! Thanks for sharing!

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  61. I always love reading your posts and looking at the pictures. so pretty

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  62. I'm getting invested in this story. I always love your poetic imagery!

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  63. Thanks for sharing another great chapter. I always look forward to reading them,

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  64. Lovely and poetic chapter. I adore your photos. They add so much to the story!

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  65. Such a beautiful place and your pictures are amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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  66. I <3 this. I hope your publish it as a book one day.

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  67. Beautifully written... even though I am not following each and every chapter, I still enjoyed reading this bit so much.

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  68. The journey continues as this lovely story unfolds. I do like Killa.

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  69. Written with true feeling and a magically respect for love, Will be def coming back to read more. Thanks for sharing Queen with a frozen heart, beautiful.

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  70. you write so beautifully :) Thank you for sharing!

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  71. Stunning shots - they really help bring the story to life x

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  72. The pictures and the words are united to form the basic lines of the story. Moreover, it reflects the concept as well.

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  73. It has been a long time since I have been to Ecuador but it looks how I remember it. Thanks for the memories.

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  74. I like how you accompany the photos with your story... But somehow it is hard to imagine the characters being the person in the photos... Hope to read the complete version instead of reading it in bits and pieces like that!

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  75. Nice shots! The description is well complimented to the photos. Hope to read the sequel.

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  76. I really like the pictures in this one. I especially like the picture of the jaguar. It is beautiful.

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  77. Shall sounding at any auspicious occasion is a cultural phenomena in india. The words going well with the pictures. I agree with@Risa the Jaguar picture is great

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  78. I agree that magic loves the humans because we are the ones capable of strong feeling and emotions. Your tales are magical, too. They take me to a better world full of pristine beauty.

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  79. Ecuador looks amazing! Your writing is beautiful!

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  80. Magic loves human indeed. They complement each other.

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  81. A giant snail shell?! Where did the snail go?

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  82. Such great photos to go along with the story!

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  83. I love the photo of the leopard! Beautiful story!

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  84. Great sharing. The photos are beautiful~~

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  85. great story. Would like to see how the story goes.

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  86. I followed the write-up like a short story and was really lost in its peaceful message. The snaps are awesome. Reminds me of my mountain vacations.

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  87. I think it is time to start reading from the beginning. Love the pictures going with the story.

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  88. I like that picture of the jaguar. Is that a baby one? Where did you shoot that photo? Is that from a zoo?

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    1. It's not actually a jaguar. It's an adult male ocelot. The picture was taken in a local Kichwa village where it was recovering from a poacher's wound so it could return to the jungle.

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  89. I always admire the concept of putting photos along with words for a story, regardless if it's the entirety or just a single part. Forget the misconception that this style's for children books. I love the story. Just... wow. Great post!

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  90. And the story is out now! Love how you put those words together. Lovely photos too!!

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  91. You have such a way of telling stories! Very mesmerizing!

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  92. Thank you for sharing another great chapter!

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  93. i love how the pictures relate to the story and make it a lot more interesting

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  94. The photos are great! And that cat is beautiful. Sounds like a lovely story as well.

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  95. I love looking at these photos! Such a wonderful snap shot into a different life.

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  96. You're pics are always amazing.

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  97. Such a fascinating story! Love the cat picture too! I find wild cats fascinating!

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  98. Great story! The fact that you live in Ecuador is amazing :-)

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  99. It sounds like great story! I love the pictures along with it.

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  100. your photos are so beautiful!! Love the culture!

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  101. Thrilled to read the next installment to this exciting series. Love the pix too! :)

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  102. The place looks really great! And that one inside, is beautiful. :)

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  103. Ecuador is such a beautiful country and you capture it perfectly.

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  104. I love the jaguar! Great addition to the story.

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  105. You write so beautifully! I love the photo you have included in with the story!

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  106. You are a gifted storyteller! I feel like the "Queen with the Frozen Heart" should have it's own Facebook page ;).

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  107. The conch blowers caught my attention. They make it look so easy and yet , it is hard to do and takes practice... like everything else in life...

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  108. I love the jaguar picture so much.

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