Silently the warriors passed under the canopy of the giant trees.
The early morning sun shone golden through the leaves.
The men warmed themselves in its rays while walking from the waterfall to the jaguar men’s cave.
Their magic fluttered in the air, jumped from tree to tree and skulked behind the green growth of the forest floor.
The vats of chicha were heavy on their backs but they trudged on.
They have promised Iluku to have everything ready for her at the cave’s mouth by the night fall.
The walk was long but they did not falter.
It was not in their nature.
Nor was to care about the cold or the heat, the insect bites or the sun in their eyes.
They were warriors and their skills were needed, tonight.
Sisa stared at the sun’s play on the river.
She had not been able to forget Amarun or shake the feeling of threat.
The village was quiet, everyone worried about the faith of their men.
What had happened after they left?
Why had not they returned with the snakes?
Her magic had finally taken the shape of an ocelot.
Small, but fierce and dangerous, feline hunter.
Not something that the village was accustomed to see as a female’s guardian.
It purred and pushed its head against Sisa’s feet, trying to calm her down.
- My soul can’t rest, she petted the magic, not until I know what happened.
- And you won’t be able to rest then either, her magic answered her.
It had gotten its voice as soon as it had chosen a definitive form.
- What do you mean, Sisa’s voice trembled.
- You will only want to help, the magic laughed, you say that you will be at rest when you know what has happened. But when you do, you won’t be at rest until you can help and make everything right. That is your nature, embrace it.
She shook her head.
It was not a female’s place to change the world.
Her place was at home, taking care of the hearth.
- It is time you accept who you are, her magic demanded, you cannot keep hiding and living here anymore. Not with a magic like this.
Sisa looked around her.
She saw the worried faces of the women, the silent looks and eyes evaluating her.
Their backs so eloquently shown to her.
The way the women huddled together, closing their circle and shutting her out.
- You don’t belong here anymore, the magic repeated, and they all know it.
- What am I to do, Sisa bursted and then drew a shuddering breath.
- You know it, the magic shook its head, take your things and find the queen. She is the only one who can help you!
Inside the cave the king roamed in his cell.
He could hear his men, their desperate sobs when they remembered their homes and families.
There was no more hope, nothing to look forward to.
- Tonight, the jaguar kasike had told them, tonight we feast. And you will be our main course.
To be continued...
This is the twenty fifth 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 first part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - The Night Of The Black Moon
To read the twenty second part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - To The Enchanted Night
If you wish to read the twenty third part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - At The Mouth Of The Cave
If you wish to read the twenty fourth part, go to The Queen With The Frozen Heart - The Visiting Star
I never go this this place before. Looks fun trip. Thanks for sharing your trip photosReplyDelete
Never been to this place but seen lots of posts about it.xReplyDelete
Yet another set of beautiful pictures and awesome writing.ReplyDelete
What interesting photos and I love the way you write. An intriguing place.ReplyDelete
I love all the amazing photos you always pick to go with your stories. They always compliment them SO well.ReplyDelete
Looks like a very interesting place! Thanks for the shareReplyDelete
Beautiful words and picturesReplyDelete
Are you going to publish these? The photos are amazing!ReplyDelete
I love the photos you use to accompany your story.ReplyDelete
Wow, beautifully written, great pics and now desperate to read the next one!ReplyDelete
Beautifully written and I love the way you weave a fantasy story with everyday photos to illustrate!ReplyDelete
I can almost hear the voices in the story surrounding me!ReplyDelete
I admire you for the talent you have in writing, plus the creativity of coordinating your photos with your story.. Will surely be coming back for more stories! :)ReplyDelete
Woman's place is to change things and I hope that is the way this story is goingReplyDelete
The picture really helps in being immersed with the story. I wonder how they would escape from being the feast.ReplyDelete
Very atmospheric pictures xReplyDelete
I think your pictures help tell the story the most, and helps you go on and on. Without those pictures maybe your words would not be sos pictorial. Great eye for a photo.ReplyDelete
You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful writing. And the gorgeous photos really accompany the story well!ReplyDelete
Your words are simply beautiful and so are your photos.ReplyDelete
Incredible photos and more so an incredible adventure that you'll remember for years to come!!!ReplyDelete
The photos are amazing and thanks for catching me up on this. This is my favorite blog to read on the weekends, because of the adventure.ReplyDelete
I like the pics and this is a great read :)ReplyDelete
This story could be a beautiful coffee table book- I hope you do something with the saga.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing your photos. I am assuming this is the Sierra area not La Costa? :)ReplyDelete
It mixed. The first one is Sierra. Then the next three pictures are from the cloud forest area on the way to the La Costa. Then few pictures from the Amazon. Again cloud forest, then Amazon and the cloud forest. The are so many climatic areas here.Delete
Great pictures! They go so well with the story! :)ReplyDelete
Another continuation so beautifully written. The photos are all so amazing!ReplyDelete
beautiful as always xxReplyDelete
That pig photo is so cute. Loving the story!ReplyDelete
You write beautifully!ReplyDelete
What a nice story, and the pictures that go along with it!ReplyDelete
WOW. That environment look so beautiful! Your story is really great!ReplyDelete
I'm not sure what I enjoy more- the pictures or the story. Both are amazing.ReplyDelete
What a fun trip! Just beautiful.ReplyDelete
I always look forward to the next part of The Queen with the Frozen Heart :)ReplyDelete
Those flowers look unreal.ReplyDelete
Love your story and those pictures are amazing!ReplyDelete
Oh wow thank you for the interesting read and the photos.ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos, thanks so much for sharing.ReplyDelete
Amazing photos to go with a beautiful story. It really does touch me. Thank you for sharingReplyDelete
The story continues and I am still enjoying it. Is that pig a pet or food?ReplyDelete
It is food. What I love here is that animals can live as they are meant to be. Before they become food.Delete
Love your beautiful photos! It is always so interesting to me to see other places and cultures.ReplyDelete
Another great part of your story. Love your photos as always.ReplyDelete
Yet again I love how well your photos seem to tell the story. & another cliffhanger!ReplyDelete
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Beautiful shots, as always Joanna! And great story :)ReplyDelete
I posted, but it didn't show. This is absolutely beautiful. So peaceful, so calming. I love the writing. Great job.ReplyDelete
I love the intriguing story-line and the suspense of waiting until the next installment comes out too. The pictures here are great. I hope the wild boars don't mess with people, they look pretty strong!ReplyDelete
They do sometimes. Especially with the small children.Delete
I would so love to read the book. Are you planning on publishing?ReplyDelete
I will edit the story after I finish it and then plan to publish it as ebook.Delete
The place reminds me of my home in Philippines. I remember it really feels cold on those foggy mornings. Love the picture with the banana tree, miss seeing picture of those. Thanks for the tour.ReplyDelete
Wonderful story! Thank you for sharing!ReplyDelete
I just love how you put together your posts - it's so nice to have photos along with your beautiful words!ReplyDelete
Yet again a beautifully written post with wonderful pictures to illustrate. Thank you for sharing this story!ReplyDelete
Love reading your story. Keep them coming.ReplyDelete
I love your story! Amazing photographs you got there.ReplyDelete
Thank you for continuing this story, can't wait to see the next chapter!ReplyDelete
beautiful photos and story as always.ReplyDelete
I love the sense of folklore and wonderful culture your posts always have :)ReplyDelete
I am really enjoying reading each part of this story. Thank you so much for posting each one.ReplyDelete
What amazing pictures! I love your stories and photography as always.ReplyDelete
Once again, love the photos. You must have at least a million images of Ecuador. It makes me want to visit there. I love the lush greens in the rainforests and the exotic-looking flowers.ReplyDelete
Not millions but hundreds, and maybe even thousands, lol. I do love photography :)Delete
Your story has so many new twists and turns.ReplyDelete
Such a beautiful new installment. And your photos! That pig (warthog?) is so adorable, and my grandma has angel trumpet flowers (hanging yellow ones) at her house.ReplyDelete
I look forward to each and every instalment - the pictures make the story for meReplyDelete
The plot thickens. Can't wait to meet the queen!ReplyDelete
Beautifully written, beautiful photos!ReplyDelete
Those photographs are beautiful! Look at those flowers, oh my!ReplyDelete
You're a very talented writer! Great postReplyDelete
Lovely pics and look forward to the next update. xReplyDelete
Beautiful pictures and as always interesting story!ReplyDelete
Beautiful photos! I love how they add so much to the story!ReplyDelete
Such gorgeous photos. I'm loving the story as well :)ReplyDelete
This story just keeps pulling me in! The photos are beautiful!ReplyDelete
I always look forward to reading your posts! And as with everyone else your photos are stunning!ReplyDelete
As usual, your photos are gorgeous. I love seeing your pictures!ReplyDelete
Great addition to the story and fabulous photography. LOVE IT! :)ReplyDelete
Love the photos! Thanks so much!ReplyDelete
Eek! Great ending and looking forward to the next! Beautiful description once again!ReplyDelete
I will not be surprise if one day i'll be reading this in paperback! :)ReplyDelete
Great story and photographs as always...ReplyDelete
great story! Hope you get it published one day! xReplyDelete
Love the pig picture - how cute! Hopefully in the story, hopefully she escapes the being the main course.ReplyDelete
I can completely relate to the unrest even after knowing what happens because of my need to help and fix things to make them all better.ReplyDelete
I like this addition to the story. The picture at the top is absolutely breathtaking!ReplyDelete