The Myths of Xyz


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Long long ago in a far away land lived a mighty warrior named Xyz (pronounced as Jeez). He was brave, just, clever marksman and talented swordfighter. Going by these attributes we may assume he was young, tall with great physic. He might have been all that but we don’t know for certain. In fact we don’t know for certain he is a he. Xyz might be a woman too. But following conventional rule of myth we are using masculine pronoun only for our convenience.

Everyone in that land respected Xyz and adored him including the royal family. So it is not surprising that he was not only the chief of the army but was also chief consultant of the royal family. Xyz was loyal to the king like Hanumaan was loyal to Lord Ram.

Once the king became unwell. Days passed and he became weaker and weaker. All big and famous physicians were called. All the wise seers were also called. But no one could heal the king. The king finally became too weak to move from bed or even to talk.

Taking advantage of this situation all officers and lower staffs stopped doing their duty sincerely. Gradually the insincerity spreaded over the whole land. Everyone suffered and blamed everyone but themselves. The land had no rule and became vulnerable to enemy attacks.

Xyz tried his best to keep the army organised in this chaotic time but it became more and more difficult for him to be the only voice of reason in the whole land. So he decided to talk to the Queen to make a practical plan for maintaining law and order in those uncertain times.

When Xyz reached the palace he was immediately shown into the Queen’s office. Xyz had expected to see Queen in a state of hopelessness but instead he saw the wise eyes of the Queen full of hopes and she was not alone. She was talking to a stranger of indeterminate age with long black hair and long black beard. There was so much hair in total that it was difficult to see the stranger’s face properly. Xyz did not even realise he was giving a quizzical look to the stranger.

Seeing the “look” Queen said “dear Xyz this is Mr Ab. He is a great seer and a world traveller. He knows so much! He has kindly agreed to visit us and see the King.”

Mr Ab gave a serene smile and a tentative nod to Xyz. The Queen then continued “after seeing King he has given a solution. The King will very soon start walking but…..”

She stopped mid sentence with her face shadowed by anxiety. And now if you are wondering about her look in general then she must have been easy on eyes as all queens are supposed to be. But again we don’t know for certain.

Coming back to our story Xyz could see Queen needed his encouragement to continue. So he said “Yes Queen kindly tell me the solution. I will help Mr Ab in treating King no matter what.”

Queen hesitantly restarted “the treatment involves going to Dangerous forest in our neighbouring state and getting water from the river in the forest. Our King will regain health if he drinks that water at the exact moment of Sunrise.”

Xyz said “But…”

“I know our neighbouring state is our biggest enemy. So whoever goes to that river has to first face their watch-guards on the border, maybe their army and the unknown dangerous creatures of the Dangerous forest. Dear Xyz I can’t think of anyone else other than you doing this task.”

Xyz was deep in thought by now. He was contemplating.

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Finally Xyz said “O Queen you don’t even have to ask, you know I will go and get the water defeating all kinds of enemies!”

Almost immediately Xyz left. He fought with the guards, army and magical creatures of Dangerous forest using his fighting talent and stealth. Many times he came near death but finally he managed to bring the water from the specific river for King.

Drinking the water exactly at the moment of sunrise the King almost immediately became healthy again. King and Queen with loyal Xyz on their side ruled justly for a long time, the land far away from here, long long ago.

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Finally Xyz said “O Queen you don’t even have to ask, you know I will go and get the water defeating all kinds of enemies!”

Almost immediately Xyz left. He fought with the guards, army and magical creatures of Dangerous forest using his fighting talent and stealth.

While he was busy in procuring the river water the neighbouring state took full advantage of the absence of the only person who was keeping their enemy’s army on order. In the absence of Xyz there was only disorder in his land.

Actually Mr. Ab was a spy of the neighbouring country and all those hair was his disguise. It was easy to win confidence of Queen when she was so worried about King. And to take care of making King seriously ill there was another spy in royal kitchen adding slow poison to King’s food everyday. The royal tasters tasted the food before King everyday for poison but taking a little amount of slow poison never harmed the tasters. The other intention of the neighbouring country was to make Xyz go out of his land.

Now it was only a child’s play to defeat the land far away.

The moment the Queen heard about enemy at the border she fled the palace with king wrapped in a mattress and carried by few trusted servants. She went inside a deep forest where no rules of “civilized” world reached and only the descendants of foragers lived. Her servants made a hut in no time. After being away from the palace and away from the palace kitchen, in few days King became perfectly fine in the absence of the constant supply of slow poison.

The King, Queen and their servants lived a fulfilling long life of foragers, not thinking too much about how their country was ruled by neighbor king. The King from neighbouring country was not a bad ruler. The people of both lands enjoyed a more peaceful phase when two warring countries became one.

Only unfortunately our brave warrior Xyz died while trying to procure river water from Dangerous forest. He died when suddenly a cat appeared from nowhere and jumped on his face while he was busy in a sword fight. You can see, among his attributes strong heart was not mentioned.

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Finally Xyz said “why?”

Queen was taken aback like you are now.

“What do you mean, Xyz?”

“I mean O Queen what is the reason behind bringing the water from that particular river? We have some pious rivers in our own land. Why can’t we use water of our own country to treat our King?”

Mr Ab interjected “I have travelled all over the world and I know only this river in Dangerous forest has the power of healing for all kinds of curses and illnesses that exist in our world.”

Xyz now talked to Mr. Ab directly. “Can you bring the water for us? Our enemies won’t attack you if you travel inside their country so we can get the water easily.”

“I will get a terrible hex if I visit the same place twice.”

“The water from the river can heal any curse. Then why can’t you use that water to heal yourself afterwards?”

Mr. Ab could not give a satisfactory reply. Xyz got suspicious and asked few of the guards present to keep him under custody.

After two days of tactful interrogations and effective threats, Mr. Ab broke and confessed to the whole vile scheme of the neighbouring country about slowly poisoning King through another spy in the royal kitchen and also the scheme to remove Xyz from the scene.

The spy from kitchen had already fled when he had heard about Mr. Ab’s arrest from palace insiders. From next day only Queen or Xyz were allowed to cook and handle King’s food. In few days King was perfectly fine. King and Queen with loyal Xyz on their side ruled justly for a long time, the land far away from here long long ago.

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Finally Xyz said “O Queen you don’t even have to ask, you know I will go and get the water defeating all kinds of enemies!”

Almost immediately Xyz left. He fought with the guards, army and magical creatures of Dangerous forest using his fighting talent and stealth. Many times he came near death but finally he managed to bring the water from the specific river for King.

The king was supposed to drink the water exactly at the moment of sunrise. You see, the Queen was an over-thinker. She started over-thinking about the exact definition of the exact moment of sunrise.

Every day brought a new Sunrise but she could not decide the exact moment to give the water to King. Meanwhile the condition of King became worse and worse. Finally one day he died.

After him Xyz became the king because the previous King did not have any heir. Xyz made sure that Queen would live comfortably for rest of her life. Xyz ruled justly for a long time, the land far away from here, long long ago.

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Finally Xyz said “O Queen you don’t even have to ask, you know I will go and get the water defeating all kinds of enemies!”

Almost immediately Xyz left. He fought with the guards, army and magical creatures of Dangerous forest using his fighting talent and stealth. Many times he came near death but finally he reached at the bank of the special river.

But just when he wanted to collect water he remembered he had forgotten to pack any container to carry water. He could not even borrow a container because he was the only human in that Dangerous forest.

He could not imagine going back to his own land for the water container (he couldn’t possibly borrow a water container from the enemies!) and then coming back to Dangerous forest second time which would have involved once again fighting the dangerous animals and human enemies. In huge frustration he jumped into the river and ended his life. You can see, among his attributes strong mental strength was not mentioned.

Back in his land the King died waiting for the magic water. After King’s death the Queen understood her position and her responsibility. She became ruler of the land ruled justly for a long time, the land far away from here, long long ago.

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Finally Xyz said…………………………………..

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4 thoughts on “The Myths of Xyz

  1. Finally xyz said–now the kingdom is in safe hands—though I regret not being able to save the king!

    Lovely Jeeta!!

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