He cursed, for the umpteenth time, under his breath as he trudged along the rocky surface of the black mountain. The Garden had been elusive to locate but finally he seemed to have found it. His trial was nearing its end with every step he took towards the summit, every step brought him closer to the item of his quest; the fabled ‘Pink Mango of the Garden of Elysium’. He could see the tree in the distance, getting bigger with every stride. Soon the Gates loomed large in front of him. There was a cloaked figure sitting crouched in front of the golden bars.
“Stop!”, the figure said, “Who goes there?”
“It is I, Vikrama, I have come to take some fruit from the fabled Tree”
“Read the sign. No one passes these Gates”
“But I need to do so that my curse may be lifted. I’ve heard that eating the fruit gives you the boon of immortality”
“Well if you still want to enter you will have to fight me first. I beg you to heed the advice on the sign”
“I am ready to fight you!”, said Vikrama, drawing out his sword. He knew there was no going back now. “It would have better to have read the notice than fight me”, the figure said. The figure dropped his cloak and there stood in front of Vikrama, a strange animal. It seemed to be a mixture of all the feared carnivores; a chimera of legend. And with one fell swoop of its hand, Vikrama was killed. The Chimera spoke, “These guys are too foolhardy. Why don’t they ever read the sign board?” as he gulped down the last of Vikrama.
The signboard read – “Bob’s fruit shop: 1 Pink Mango – 100 gold coins.”
This was the result of a classroom story writing assignment given to us by Arshia Sattar. The brief was to use the words Curse, Boon, Well, Animal and Mango with a 20 line limit.