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Fiction- Stories, Myths, and Legends. THE LESSON. PARTS 1-4.

Fiction-, Stories, Myths, and Legends.

THE LESSON. PT 1.

"IT IS SAID THAT THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT OF ALL, IS TO STAND UPON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, AND CONTINUE THEIR GOOD WORKS. IS THIS SO?"

"NO, IT IS THAT IN THE FUTURE, THERE ARE THOSE WHO SEEK TO STAND UPON YOUR SHOULDERS, AND CONTINUE YOUR GOOD WORKS."


Dawn, Dusk, Graduates, Hill, People


The Student was ready. He had passed all the Exams, and was considered to be the Brightest and Most Capable of them all.

Yet, much Troubled him. His Teachers, Instructors, and Counselors were Highly Accomplished, and he had learned much. However, as he faced Graduation, his Life Path was still not Charted.

Told of all the Things he could do, and the paths he might take, it was Frustrating not to be able to single one out. Finally, he Decided what to do, and it shocked those close to him.

Many Years Before, there had lived in the area an Individual of such Wisdom, that All sought his Counsel. Teacher or Student, Man or Woman, it mattered not. All came to ask advice, for Failure never seemed to find him. It was said that his Intellect was so great, that to Limit it to the Classroom or Public Forum, would be a Crime against Reason.

However, as the Years Passed, the "Wise One," as all came to address him, grew so Exhausted by the constant Demand on his Time, that he left the City one Morning, to live a Solitary Life in the Mountains. He had acquired enough Wealth through the Years, (Gifts from Grateful Individuals whom he had Helped), to arrange for Food and other Supplies to be Delivered at a Specific Location, which he could pick up at his leisure. This was to be done on Certain Days, and Payment would be Tendered for the continuation of such services.

No one had seen the "Wise One" for several years, even though a few did search for him. It was said that he would be found when it was necessary, and not before.

END PT 1.







Fiction-, Stories, Myths, and Legends.

THE LESSON. PT 2.

"IT IS SAID THAT THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT OF ALL, IS TO STAND UPON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, AND CONTINUE THEIR GOOD WORKS. IS THIS SO?"

"NO, IT IS THAT IN THE FUTURE, THERE ARE THOSE WHO SEEK TO STAND UPON YOUR SHOULDERS, AND CONTINUE YOUR GOOD WORKS."

Nature, Sky, Green, Water, Clouds

The Young Graduate, of course, knew the story. Although he had only seen the "Wise One" once at a Distance, he felt that such an Intellect could Set the Course of his Life with Ease. It was decided, he would Search for this Eminent Sage of Great Wisdom, and seek his Council.

He Told Family and Friends nothing of this Decision. "Just a Short Camping Trip, by Myself, to Clear My Head and plan out the future." Although it was an Unusual and Odd Proclamation, his Parents and other Adults in his life did not seek to Dissuade him. "Ah, Youth", his Uncle had said, "it will do as it will, and live with the Consequences."

The Young Man planned his Trip as carefully as possible. Although he wanted to keep the Real Reason behind the Trip a Secret, the seeming Impetuousness of this sudden change in Personality Puzzled those who knew him.

"Where will you go," They asked, "how long will you be gone," They Continued, "What if you are Hurt or Injured, what will you do?" and so it went, question after question.

The Young Man Answered Their Concerns as Best he could. In Fact, if he had not shown such Intelligence and Ability at a Young Age, it was almost certain that he would have been prevented, Physically, from pursuing a Solitary Trip into the Wilderness.

However, his Reputation for keeping a Level Head, and Thinking before Acting, separated him from other Men and Women his age. While Immaturity, and the Desire for a "GOOD TIME" had Derailed many future plans of other Classmates, he had Stayed the Course, and earned a Reputation for Sensibility at a Young Age.

It soon became Mid- Summer, and the Time for his Departure came near. The Young Man prepared his Supplies of Food, Water and Medicine carefully, just enough for him to carry comfortably. He knew that Foraging for Food at this time of Year would be easy, and the Numerous Streams that Dotted the Landscape would prevent any possibility of Him Suffering from the Debilitating Symptoms of Thirst.

The Morning of Departure Arrived, and with a Brief Good- Bye, Together with an Admonishment by his Family to be careful, he set off.

END PT 2.









Fiction-, Stories, Myths, and Legends.

THE LESSON. PT 3.

"IT IS SAID THAT THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT OF ALL, IS TO STAND UPON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, AND CONTINUE THEIR GOOD WORKS. IS THIS SO?"

"NO, IT IS THAT IN THE FUTURE, THERE ARE THOSE WHO SEEK TO STAND UPON YOUR SHOULDERS, AND CONTINUE YOUR GOOD WORKS."

Forest, Woods, Nature, Camp, Hike, Sun

At first it was almost like being on a Simple Nature Walk. The Weather was Warm and Pleasant even after Nightfall, and a Simple Campfire gave him a feeling of Safety when he turned in for the Evening.

However, after a couple of days, as he headed deeper into the High Country, the Novelty of the Journey began to wear off.

He had decided upon a Circular Grid Search, with the location of the Drop Off Site for Supplies at the Center of the Target Area. However, the "Wise One" did not appear, nor was there any Evidence to Indicate that he was anywhere in the Vicinity.

Each Day he Widened the Parameters of his Search, and climbed higher into the Mountains. There the Cooler Temperatures and Thinner Air made the "Nature Walk" more of a Challenge, and the Optimism that was with him at the start of his Trip had worn thin. By the Night of the Sixth Day he was crouched before the Fire, Contemplating and Despairing over this Seemingly Failed Endeavor.

"You would Think each Passing Generation would have More Common Sense," a Voice from outside the Light of his Fire Suddenly Intoned.

The Young Man Leaped to his Feet, and spun around in all Directions. "Who is There," he said quickly, his hand moving Instinctively to the Knife hanging from his Belt. "Show Yourself, or be prepared for the consequences," this he said as steadily as possible, but he was having Trouble keeping his composure.

"Spare Me the False Bravado," the Voice said in a Tone of Authority, with a Touch of Annoyance also coming Through. "Youve been looking for me for Days, and I have a feeling you'll continue, which may result in Death or Disability. I have no Desire to Lug your Body Down to the Valley Floor, so sit back down and Listen."

The Commanding Presence of this Stranger came Through Loud and Clear, so the Young Man resumed his seat by the fire.

"Very Good," the voice said, a Degree of Civility and Patience entering into the Speech of Unseen Visitor.

Without changing position, or entering the area by the Firelight where he could be seen, the Recent Arrival continued; "Your not the first. Since I have come to live in Voluntary Isolation in these Mountains several others have Tried to locate me and failed. However, to Them, it was more of a Simple Challenge, where Failure did not Risk great Personal Harm. Why are you Here, what can I offer that you would Dare so much?"

END PT 3.












Fiction-, Stories, Myths, and Legends.

THE LESSON. PT 4.

"IT IS SAID THAT THE GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT OF ALL, IS TO STAND UPON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS, AND CONTINUE THEIR GOOD WORKS. IS THIS SO?"

"NO, IT IS THAT IN THE FUTURE, THERE ARE THOSE WHO SEEK TO STAND UPON YOUR SHOULDERS, AND CONTINUE YOUR GOOD WORKS."

Fantasy, Fairytale, Elve, Old Man, Owl

The Young Man Shifted Uneasily on the Rock he was sitting upon, and stared into the Fire. Taking a Breath, he answered the Voice coming from the Darkness.

"I Mean No Disrespect by looking foryou, nor do I wish to Invade Your Privacy. But I am confused. My life sits before me, and I am Unable to Plot its course. I have Been Told that your Wisdom is Unsurpassed, and I seek Guidance."

It was several moments before the Voice Responded, and it began with a Deep Sigh. "You are still Young, and by carrying out this Foolhardy Quest, not Mature Enough to consider the Possible Ramifications of Attempting such a Task. What could I Give You in the Way of Advice, that you could not receive by staying Home and Listening to Your Family, Teachers, and Friends?"

The Young Man shook his Head. "No, you dont Understand. Since I was very young, the Talk about your Knowledge and Wisdom has Been the Standard By Which All others are Measured. Does it not make sense to Seek Out One Whose Intellect is Beyond That of Normal Men and Women?"

This Time a Laugh, Very Loud and Boisterous Issued out of the Darkness. After about a Minute it Quieted Down, but The Voice Still held out the Amusement the Individual Continued to Feel.

"I Wish I had been present when you Told Your Family and Friends, That Basically, They were not Smart Enough to give you Advice. So You had to Risk Life and Limb to Find a Stranger, Someone you don't know, and place more Trust in that Individual, Than Those Who Have Cared For, and Protected You since Birth."

The Young Man Looked down at his feet, and Reluctantly Answered the Thinly Veiled Insult.

"Well, I didnt exactly tell Them that. I, uh, Told Them... you know that I was just going on a Simple..." his Voice suddenly Trailed Off.

There was Short Pause, and a Figure stepped out of the Darkness. Stopping at the Edge of the Fire, directly opposite the Young Adult, was a Man who appeared to be Middle Aged, Dressed in Animal Skins Fitted as closely as Possible to the Form of the Newcomer. Rugged looking, but not Dirty in any way, he appeared to be in Good Physical Condition. However, his Face Appeared to be Carved in Stone, and his Eyes Glowed Red from the Fire.

"So, You Lied To Them."


END PT 4.