The Knight's Journal Part 5
In the land of Capucha near the hamlet of Dark Waters, the Maid sits alone in the room that has become her refuge staring out of the window at the world outside, a world no longer known to her. As she does her mind travels back in time over the recent past. 'Pain' and 'Loneliness' had once more entered her life, but she had spent the time with those companions learning to live again. The hand of 'Confusion' could be seen in all that had happened to her, 'Sorrow' and 'Desolation' had for a long time been her constant companions, but now 'Hope' walked with her and she knew that 'Love' was the person she would seek out once she departed from the world she had made for herself. As she sat there alone in her self imposed exile she gazed at the horizon as if looking for someone. "I wonder if my Knight will come to rescue me?" she mused smiling to herself. The question "Would I recognise him if he did?" then passed through her mind, bringing a feeling of discomfort to her heart.
She knew deep within that she wanted to
re-enter that world once more, to enjoy life, but the thought of doing
it alone now chilled her soul with dread.
At that moment the warm rays of the sun
burning through the departing morning mist entered her room and were
reflected from the mirror that hung on the wall near to where she sat.
A palette of rainbow colours danced around the room. "Colours that
heal", she thought as a bemused look crossed her face. "I
need to heal," she thought as the memories flooded back into her
Many suitors had tried to woo her when in her youth but there was no one who had won her heart. No one had touched her soul, a pure soul filled with love and compassion, as she knew 'he' would. Sadly in those times 'Love' never came to her and caressed her cheek with the gossamer wing of 'Completion'. 'he' remained unknown to her.
One day when the Maid finally believing that 'he' would never enter her life, and weary of 'Loneliness' as her companion, agreed to give her hand in marriage to 'Affection'. Looking back in her mind she knew she had made a mistake, but that was all now in the past. 'Pain' would make sure that is where the memories stayed.
The Maid, unknown to her, was from the 'Special' tribe but those 'Protectors' who cared for and watched over her had hidden that knowledge from her. After many years in the wilderness she still believed that it was not yet time for her to take her rightful place as a protagonist in the drama upon the 'Stage of Life' which others now trod, but little did she know but that time was now approaching her at speed.
Throughout her life the Maid had guarded her 'Gifts', although she knew not from where they had come from, she could still identify them as 'Love', 'Fidelity' and 'Compassion'. Precious 'Gifts' that she knew were to be given to 'him', but being an impatient person all she could hope was that they would be given in this lifetime and not the next. Unknown to the Maid she possessed another 'Gift'. This 'Gift' was the most precious of all. It was the 'Gift' of 'Wonder', something she would give unknowingly to the 'true one', when the time was right.
As 'Despair' looked on at the scene before
him, the Maid suddenly heard a voice. "Go" it said, "You
must go from this place and find 'him', if you stay here 'he' will not
find you". The Maid cleared the acid like liquid from her eyes,
swallowed hard, and sighed. "Yes, I must. It is time," she
answered, knowing finally that the solution to her happiness lay in
her own hands. At that moment an expression of determination crossed
her face just as 'Resolve' took a step forward so as to be close by
her side as she reached for her cape. An idea was beginning to germinate
in her mind. "I will travel and search in the 'Villages of Love'.
I will go from village to village seeking a sign of 'him'. I will not
fail this time"
Her search continued through the 'Season
of Hope and Planting' and the 'Season of Warmth and Growth' but without
success. As the Maid entered the 'Season of Cold, Death and Re-birth'
her spirits were low. 'Doubt' again stood by her side and his arrival
had caused 'Resolve' to begin his exit from the search.
As the words faded in her mind she noticed
that she had entered a 'Village' whose existence had previously been
unknown to her. It did not show up on any man-produced map, and yet
here it was. "How odd" she thought as she slowly continued
to enter. To her surprise there were a great many people there as she
looked around at her new environment. "Perhaps I will find him
after all ", she hoped as she looked around at the many, many faces
that passed her by. Suddenly she stopped as if hitting an unseen barrier.
Her eyes grew large, her heart began to pound and her breathing became
very erratic as she found herself staring at a mark left by someone
on a nearby post. It was a story about a Knight. Although there weren't
many words and they appeared written in a strange way, they took her
mind over a period of time in the author's life that would take a thousand
pages to describe, but here there was only one. "How very strange"
she thought as a feeling of warmth and knowledge came over her. As her
now moist eyes left the written words, she felt her heart suddenly stop
beating. There was a likeness of the author alongside the words and
she couldn't understand why she felt she 'knew' him. "But that's
silly" she smiled to herself. "I have never been here before,
nor have I met this person, and yet I do 'know' him". Once more
she looked at the proud face. This time not only a sensation of 'knowing'
crossed her mind, but she also started to feel the pain that was etched
deep within the Knight's heart. A feeling she knew so very well and
all to her cost. "Is this the one?" she asked out loud but
to no one. "I must find out, I MUST".
The River of Life, upon which the brave one travelled, still flowed slowly through the seasons following his visit to the 'Hall'. It was to be a time in the life of the Knight of calm and learning. During this time the Knight immersed himself into his communing, not only with the 'Protectors' in the Spirit realm, but also with his own spirit. He began to learn why things had happened in his life and how they had moulded him into the person he was today, a better person, he believed. Those people who had entered and then left his life he considered now to be like milestones on his journey, and like milestones they represented not the distance he had travelled from the beginning of his journey, but rather the distance from his journey's end.
The Knight looked on as his children played together making gleeful noises as only children can. All was at peace in his world and the time to finish his healing was almost upon him. He gazes above at the pale blue sky of the 'Season of Warmth and Growth' and feeling the welcome rays of the sun on his body he thanks God for the beauty of the day and his many blessings, two of who were calling out to him and waving. The Knight waves to them and as he watches them play, goes back into his mind to once more read his 'Journal'.
Since his departure from his beloved 'Hall' the Knight had in the company of his children travelled beyond the shores of his homeland to a land far away. It was there in that world, so very different from that of his own, that he had met many new people, some of who became friends, but the elusive one wasn't to be amongst them. "Still", he reasoned, "I have my companions the 'Protectors' with me always, so I am never alone" and with that simple thought the Knight made what was to be one of the biggest decisions of his life he finally ceased his search for 'her'.
This was to be the final stage in his recovery
and the beginning of his re-entry into the world that he had left all
that time so long ago. This was the time to complete his healing and
what better medicinal potion could he receive, than the laughter and
love from his 'Angels'.
That evening as his children slept safe in their beds, the Knight looked up at the stars in the sky and noticed that the moon was almost full again. It had been a new moon when they had arrived at their destination many days before and soon they would have to return to their own world to begin again the lives they now led. 'Regret' briefly stood at his side, but the Knight bid him leave and continued to look towards the heavens alone.
Following his return to his homeland the Knight's life took on new meanings. He no longer allowed 'Loneliness' or 'Sadness' to be his constant companions, but instead banished them to the furthest regions of his world. 'Faith' and her brother ' Belief' were to be seen many times by his side, just as 'Trust' and 'Hope' were. As time passes and the seasons change his new companion 'Peace' weaves her spell.
It is during this time with 'Peace' that the Knight enters the 'Season of Holly', a time the Knight would have expected to return to his home to exile himself until the next season, as if in hibernation. To be alone and have little contact with the outside world, a world of jollity and companionship that the Knight no longer knew but this time it was not to be.
The Knight awakes and looks out of his
window at the grey light of day, a cold unwelcoming gloom, yet strangely
the observer feels nothing but warmth. Looking across the room his eyes
once more alight on the calendar and in his mind he acknowledges the
4th anniversary of the beginning of his battles and the quest for 'her'.
His mind travels back in time over all those years. Years fighting dragons
and demons, some of whom were cleverly disguised as friends until their
true purpose was discovered. As 'Despair' and his companions were no
longer welcome in his home, 'Pain' and 'Regret' no longer called to
visit him either. The injuries from his battles were now all but healed.
As he reaches to retrieve the communication
he notes with surprise that it had been sent to him from one of the
'Villages of Love' that such a long time before he had frequented. Opening
the message he starts to read what a so obviously delicate hand had
The Knight folds the message and deciding
to respond picks up pen and paper, and begins to write.
Suddenly things happened in such a rapid
succession that the Knight felt as if he had been caught up in a whirlwind.
In the second message from the Maid, a story was told about her life
and how she had given her hand in marriage many years before but had
departed from that union for reasons she cared not to now remember or
discuss, and that she now lived alone. She told how 'Sorrow' and 'Desolation'
had been her companions in the recent past. She wrote of her decision
with the help of 'Resolve' to seek 'him' out, and how her search had
led her to the very 'Village' where the Knight had once such a long
time before left his mark.
As he looks around nervously at the people
leaving and entering the inn that the communication had brought him
to, he feels 'Excitement' bring it's energy to him as 'Trepidation'
and 'Bewilderment' both stand at his side smiling serenely.
" So now, I'm glad I didn't know the
way it all would end, the way it all would go. How our lives are better
left to chance, I could have missed the pain, but I would have had to
THE END ?
The Music Playing Is Called: "The Dance"