The sound of the giant snail’s shell echoed in the cave.
The warriors open their eyes, slowly waking up from the magical slumber Iluku had put on them.
It was time, they felt their hearts racing.
The special chicha Iluku had prepared was ready and well fermented.
They just needed to carry it to the cave entrance.
So that Iluku could give it for the jaguar men to drink during their feast.
In silence, each of the warriors grabbed his spear and lifted his vat of chicha.
In an organized progression they exited the cave and started the long walk towards their destiny.
The moonless night felt oppressive, the queen shuddered from the weight of the star filled sky.
Somewhere her son whined and moved around in his deep sleep.
Sleep that she had cursed him with, sleep that he would never be aroused from.
The night sky gleamed and the stars winked around her.
- Oh, you darlings, she sighed, always trying to give me hope.
Her magic sang with her enchanted bird’s voice and cuddled against her neck.
- How can there ever be hope when I know that I will never be together with my son or my husband again, the queen sobbed and embraced her magic.
High up in the sky Lusiru winked again.
- Brave brother, she smiled, you never gave up hoping but kept fighting until your brother and the human race was safe. But who will save my husband or my son?
The light of the star grew stronger and stronger, until it filled the night sky.
The queen had to hide her face and cover her eyes with her hair.
Finally the light dimmed and she could see the form of a man in front of her.
His straight, long, black hair was loose around his face and his coppery skin glowed with fire from inside him.
He was only clothed with a jaguar skin on his lean hips.
- Lusiru, the queen shrieked.
- Lusiru, she then repeated with a more composed voice, what are you doing here? And where is your brother, Kuyllur?
- Our job seems to be unfinished, the man’s handsome face smiled briefly, it seems that we didn’t quite kill all the jaguar men but they are still here to plague the humans and make your life impossible.
- What do you mean; the queen asked glancing around her nervously.
There was no one to be seen and a visitor, especially a visiting star and a hero, demanded to be treated properly.
- It seems that the jaguar men are behind your husband’s disappearance, Luciru, the night’s star, explained, they have him and his men hidden in their cave. And your son was leading his warriors to save them when he was turned into a monster by Iluku’s magic.
- Why would Iluku do something like that, she felt the tears flow down her face.
- She didn’t mean harm to your son, the star answered, she is trying to help him with our father, Killa, but they also needed to defeat the vulture men. And they are a dangerous foe.
- Why did my son get mixed into something like this, the queen’s voice trembled, he is just a boy!
- It is a long time since he was a boy, Lusiru corrected her gently, and he was trying to find a way to help his people and free his father. Now it is up to us to find a way to free him from the curse you put upon him.
To be continued....
This is the twenty fourth 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
Lovely words and your pictures are brilliant - thanks xReplyDelete
So very well written - and love the accompanying photos.ReplyDelete
There's something about the telling of a good story that at onces transports the listener to far-away places, yet at the same time, holds them in a womb of safe enjoyment. You are my little tidepool of escapism in a busy day. Thanks.ReplyDelete
What a great post and again with the photos. Love it.ReplyDelete
Great photos and such a vivid description of the story xReplyDelete
The photos really make the story great! They are such a vivid description!ReplyDelete
Great story, and even better photos to go along with it!ReplyDelete
Such a nice read on this lovely morning and your pictures are amazing.ReplyDelete
I love the muted photo of the flying bird. Beautiful! I need to keep checking in every day for the story continuation. Thank you!ReplyDelete
I post a new part every Thursday. But you can check every day if you want to for other posts :)Delete
Every single post... blows.me.away!!! I love your photography. You've single handedly over the last few weeks had me add things to my bucket list!ReplyDelete
I love to hear that, YAY :)Delete
So impressive how you keep us waiting for each instalment, and despite the wait each one links seamlessly :)ReplyDelete
What a great story! Love the photos, sounds like it was fun.ReplyDelete
Really great written!ReplyDelete
Love reading your story, such beautiful pictures too.ReplyDelete
I've loved looking at all your pictures during your entire series. Each picture tell its own story.ReplyDelete
This is an really interesting story. Love the pics!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your experiences and stories and photos with us.ReplyDelete
This is so beautifully written! I'm going to have to come back later and reread with the pictures. For some reason I can't get them to load and I know how awesome your pictures always are.ReplyDelete
Always so poetic. Great photos! One of my faves has to be the bird between the leaves.ReplyDelete
I love the photos and the idea of the jaguar men going together.ReplyDelete
Great pictures as ever xReplyDelete
The story you have created is great. I love this.ReplyDelete
Very well written and you have such gorgeous photos!:)ReplyDelete
This is such an amazing story you've shared with us! Thank you! and your pictures just tell the unsaid words right along with it!ReplyDelete
Awesome story once again - and your photos never disappoint!ReplyDelete
i just learned about chicha from a beer documentary. :)ReplyDelete
Love seeing these segments on Thursdays!ReplyDelete
Looks like an interesting ceremony, I am enjoying your prose!ReplyDelete
Ecuador seems like such an interesting and amazing city! I love your photos so much <3ReplyDelete
Such a great story. Your pictures are always so greatReplyDelete
You are a lovely writer!! The pictures are a great bonus! :)ReplyDelete
I just always love those pictures you put up! gorgeous!ReplyDelete
The pictures you have to go along with your story are stunning! I look forward to that just as much as the story itself.ReplyDelete
I just love your stories and photos. My favorite part was that they were always giving her hope.ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh...you keep sucking me in with this story, but the pictures you use I keep thinking part of it's real!ReplyDelete
I really enjoy reading your posts, and your pictures are always so beautiful!ReplyDelete
I'm so impressed you've done this many parts! How many do you anticipate are left?ReplyDelete
I always say ro myself, ten more, but that was about fifteen parts ago, lol. I know that we have passed the first half of the story but exactly how many, I'm not sure.Delete
I'm always so enamored by your shots! Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Great story and goes so well with your wonderful picsReplyDelete
Brilliant imager x love the storyReplyDelete
So interesting. I love the pictures too.ReplyDelete
I love your writing style. This is beautiful!ReplyDelete
You have such a beautiful way of writing, I always enjoy your stories and your pictures from Ecuador.ReplyDelete
YES! Keep it coming. Love how you tell this story.ReplyDelete
beautiful words and pictures. So descriptive!ReplyDelete
As short as it was it was really into the story. Great writing I really enjoyed it.ReplyDelete
The story sounds like it's getting exciting right now. And you always pair perfect photos with it.ReplyDelete
Your pictures are so beautiful. You really capture the essence of Ecuador.ReplyDelete
I love all the pictures and this part of the story is great. You are a wonderful writer.ReplyDelete
So great and beautiful photography as always. Each week makes me want to visit Ecuador even more!ReplyDelete
What A Amazing Story Love All The Beautiful Pictures!ReplyDelete
I really log show you use photos to tell a story. This was beautiful.ReplyDelete
I really enjoy reading your posts. I can not wait for the next part of the story. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Your story always fits the photo - very wonderful.ReplyDelete
This is a great story that makes me feel awe every time. How long was the walk to their destiny, I wonder.ReplyDelete
Your photos are always so good. It really gives a sense of the Equadorian culture.ReplyDelete
Great story! Love it!ReplyDelete
Ho do you manage to find the right photos for each stanza? You are brilliant! I am just startled by the names, I think I have to write them down to remember. That's what I always do when reading books. LOL.ReplyDelete
It is not always easy but I have literaly thousands of pictures I've taken through the years here. And I try to find the feeling of the story, even if the picture isn't exactly from the story.Delete
Beautiful writing and beautiful pictures. You have so much inspiration around you!ReplyDelete
Very well written, liked the photos tooReplyDelete
Wow I'd love to visit Ecuador. This is really well written.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful piece. Thank you for sharing it with us.ReplyDelete
Can't wait to see what happens next like always. I love how you fit the photos with the story too. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
I always love the pictures in your pieces.ReplyDelete
Thanks for wanting to be involved in #TheList and we appreciate your links, but please can you make sure the posts are lists, as this one doesn't qualify. Thanks so much.ReplyDelete
Another lovely episode, your pictures are great.ReplyDelete
As always I love your photos...great piece.ReplyDelete
I so understand the queen feeling her son is still a boy. Awesome photography as always. :)ReplyDelete
Love coming back and reading your story, and your pictures tell us even more details.ReplyDelete
Fantastic narrative. That bit about the long sleep just sent a shiver down my spine.ReplyDelete
I see an interesting story, beautifully written, for a moment I felt as I was part of it. I love how you illustrated too.ReplyDelete
Great story, and the pictures added more dimension to the story.ReplyDelete
Next next~ Faster, I want the next part of the story~ You are so infuriating to give us stories by parts! ArgghhhReplyDelete
Next chapter please! I want to know what happen to the son.ReplyDelete
I could so totally picture the scene. I could feel the pain the queen was going through... beautifully writtenReplyDelete
What is the festival where you got the photos in your post? are these a native festival or a religious one? - FredReplyDelete
They are from the festivities for Bilingual Education here in Tena. It's a cultural one, they celebrate their culture and language. All the programs are in Kichwa, the participants use traditional clothing and the programs need to be done culturally correct.Delete
Love this story so far! Great pictures to go along with it!ReplyDelete
A magical story, you manage to perfectly portray the characters surrounded by a veil of magic around them. I love the portrayal of the Queen. The jaguar men are so mysterious to me, and it is so interesting what will happen to the man who was leading his warriors to save the husband but was turned into a monster by Iluku’s magic instead.ReplyDelete
Oh how I've missed The Queen With a Frozen Heart! I always look forward to the photos that you share and as always, they capture so much of Ecuador. Thank you for sharing them with us.ReplyDelete
Such a riveting tale with wonderful photos. You have quieted my need for a good read once again..ReplyDelete
I feel that it's a matter of time before they free their father. You always have your unique way of telling the stories and it makes it more interesting.ReplyDelete
Love how you told the story! I'm completely drawn in and I cannot wait for the next leg of this story! :)ReplyDelete
I love your story! You right so well and the photos you include are awesome! Keep up the great work!!ReplyDelete
Another beautifully written story accompanied by equally as stunning photos.ReplyDelete
What great storytelling. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Your pictures explain all the story in one short, even some time i do not need to look at the story :)ReplyDelete
What a thrilling tale. Seriously, you should put these together into a little book!ReplyDelete
I super like this! I love how it is a story and a poem at the same time..ReplyDelete
What going to happen next? It's been an interesting journey, this series!ReplyDelete
As always, your pictures are incredible and your words are so imaginative.ReplyDelete
Great addition to the story! I am excited to read what happens next.ReplyDelete
Very nice and concise construction of words. Very detailed and clear. It was a good story.ReplyDelete
Every words of the story are define the very aspect of the whole story. You deliver it with clarity and conciseness.ReplyDelete
Oh how beautiful! The artistry you put in to the words and the pictures to accompany it are vivid and smooth! Loved seeing some of the other posts.ReplyDelete
Great story, thanks for sharing. I love reading your posts :)ReplyDelete
What is the occasion of that wonderful celebration? Is it for the tourists or a traditional exercise? Love it.ReplyDelete