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Sunday, August 1, 2010

A Story of a Gondang Prince

Once upon a time, in a far away land, was a peaceful country, ruled by a wise but humble king. But there was a crisis that nobody can solve, even the king himself. So, he search far and wide, for someone who can solve the mysterious crisis.

Then, came an ordinary man who claimed to come from a kampung from the country. He also claimed that he can solve the kings problem. Joyfully, the man did solved it and was celebrated merrily by the whole country.

Alas, the merry celebration turned to a sad funeral, for the king passed away after that.

There was no heir from the king, so the country chose the man to take the crown. Being responsible, the man took the responsibility and took the throne.

Many years later, the new king went on a voyage in the open sea when he found a beautiful maiden floating on the waves. He welcomed the maiden aboard.

"I am he guardian of the sea. I heard a young king is on a voyage, so came to see", said the maiden.

The king was mesmerized with the maiden's beauty and he asked her hand in marriage.

After a few years of marriage, the queen was pregnant and gave birth to a Gondang (some sort of a clam creature). The king was furious and accused the queen cheated on him. Both of the queen and the Gondang was banished from the country.

So, the queen ran into the jungle and she found an old man who lived in a shattered shack. The old man offered the queen to stay with him. He told the queen, that he will look after her Gondang while she look for work.

One fine day, a miracle happened the the Gondang opened and there was a baby inside it. The queen and the old man were thrilled.

As the baby grew up into a handsome young man, he began to realized that he felt lonely for he never knew his father. So he asked his mother's permission to look for him. Being unsure of it, his mother permitted him to look for his father. The old man gave the man a disguise of a Batak (an ugly monkey like creature) and told him only to tell lies to others (meaning to say things that's not true, like "im not Batak" meaning "im Batak").

For many days he sort the jungle and he finally stop for a drink of water by a lake. There, he saw a princess bathing alone in the lake. Being mesmerized by her beauty, the Batak stole her clothes and ran away. The scared princess ran home n reported to her father, the King of the neighboring country. The king sent his men to catch the Batak and chain him in the biggest field in the country.

Upon hearing the news, the mother of Batak when to the country as a tiger and make rampage there as she looks for her son. The villagers were terrified and seek the king's help. The king had sent his most powerful men to catch it, but they failed and nobody else dare to.

Then, the king had no choice but to ask the Batak's help to kill the tiger.

"I'll take the challenge. But as the reward, i want to marry the princess,' said the Batak.

The accepted the deal and the Batak was off the the jungle with two of the king's helper. When they found the tiger, the Batak told the men to stay and hide as he go to fight the tiger alone. Then, as the tiger wanted to "attack" the Batak, he whispered to his mother to take of the tiger disguise and gave it to him. The mother did what he wished and disappear in the jungle again.

The Batak came to the men with the skin of the tiger and claimed that he killed it. Then, they went back to castle with good news and as promised, the Batak married the princess.

One day, the princess woke up from sleep and she was surprised to see a handsome man sleeping next to her and a batak's skin by his side.

"So, this is the real you" she whispered to herself.

The princess took the batak's disguise and burn it by the castle and back to sleep.

Next morning, the Batak was surprised to that his disguise had gone missing, so he asked his wife for it. After knowing she burned it, he was devastated. The princess calmed her prince, telling him he wont need to hide himself anymore. The prince thought about it and agreed with his princess. And they live happily ever after.

The end.

p.s: a good makyong story... ;)

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