Diplomatic Beast

It happens so often that we read an entire book thinking a character is one the ‘good’ side and then towards the end of the book they ever so slightly change their side, and show us who they are. Fret not, we too have a character like this. It was as if this story was meant to be written. Such great,conflicted characters. But can you imagine how it would be to live with these creatures?

I can feel what torment the Unicorn has been going through. I can feel his will to live creeping up his throat and almost finding a way out. But that is yet to come. That is a result of years and years of surviving in the toxic atmosphere, that he was forced to believe as home.
I have been putting Wifey as a helpless character in front of you. For one, because she seems to be that way. But this is the person who taught the Unicorn that never be too quick to perceive somebody. For, they can turn on you within seconds.
Now Wifey came from a place where all creatures were brethren. Where all creatures lived together in the utmost harmony. So when she moved in to a place which was ready to rip her in to pieces. She did the only thing she felt she could have done to remain alive. She became toxic too.
We all know how the Dragon is. He is irrational, violent and a tsunami. But that’s all his faults at face value. The Wifey however, might just seem to you as the sweetest person you know. God knows, the Unicorn believed it for years. But this one, tis the one that shouldn’t be trusted. There never has been a person more….let’s say more ‘cunning’ than her. It confused the Unicorn to such a point that he felt alien in his own home. There were times when the Wifey fought against the Dragon, in order to save her children. The Unicorn thought she wanted to save them from his wrath. But little did he know, it is never that simple. There were times when Wifey teamed up with the Dragon and feasted on the hopes and dreams of the children. What brought about this? What made Wifey change her place so often? I have for you, an answer. She only fought for herself. Cunning as she is, she would be on the side most suitable for her. The side which would benefit her the most. And as unfortunate as it was, the side that she was on would be the winning one.
This was all when the Unicorn didn’t know any better. When he still believed they were right. It was not until he started his battle that he put them in their own place.
Wifey would be from now on, a character who’s smallest move should not be taken lightly. You look away for a second, and she has already betrayed you.
This is the creature to be aware of.
This is the creature who will let you down.

The Dwarf’s Advocate 

​As the Unicorn grew up, he started getting the courage to stand up against him. This was not an overnight thing. It was a slow process, over years and years. 

The Unicorn began by thinking what he would say to the Dragon. There was a time where he couldn’t possibly imagine himself saying those things. That thought itself scared him.

As the Whispering Tree, taught him the right way of life, the Unicorn defied the Dragon every day in the smallest ways. This defiance. Keep this defiance in mind. Because this spark would one day, turn into a bout of absolute destruction.

The Unicorn still didn’t know where the Dragon was going wrong, but he knew this wasn’t right. And he never said a word when it was him being torched.
Unfortunately this meant, the anger would be bottled inside. And this wasn’t good for either of them.

For one day, it would erupt right out of the Unicorn and engulf the Dragon whole. And that day, would obviously come. 

The first spark of rebellion I seem to recall, was the time the Dragon torched the Dwarf.

By this time, the Unicorn and the Dwarf had the relationship like most siblings.  They fought over stupid things every five minutes and soon after they’d lay laughing and playing around.

As soon as the Dwarf was old enough to learn, the Dragon started on him. And this time over, he was worse. Maybe it was because of the fire of his new work. Maybe he was just getting more relentless with age, but whenever the Dragon was home, he only torched the Dwarf.

It started over studies, but soon, moved on to irrational things. One thing you must know about the Dwarf is that he is, the perfect craftsman. The minute he was born, he started playing with scraps of metal. But oh no, oh no no. The Dragon detested this. Nay, he didn’t just detest it. He abhorred it. You would never see his fire as big as it was when he was torching the Dwarf.

One day, after a really irrational torching, the Unicorn burned with anger. He couldn’t see his brother being treated this way. His child like brother, who was more sensitive than any creature in the land.
He just couldn’t take it any more.

The fire, that took place that day, it shook the entire land. Creatures everywhere still talk about it. The Unicorn and the Dragon fought like never before. The Dragon had never seen this kind of an act before.

Wifey didn’t know what to do. She tried to come between them. Tried to calm her son down.  Because even then she knew, trying to talk sense into the Unicorn was more rational that trying to make the Dragon understand.

The Dragon couldn’t understand what was happening. Was his older son, blowing out fire on him? He had never seen that kind of fire. For a moment he thought it was not even fire. It was terror in its purest form. For a second here saw where he was wrong, but recovered quickly. He got angrier than he ever had. He couldn’t let his son have the power.

Just then the Unicorn saw what was going on. He stopped his own wrath and ran away. He went to the meadows. He let the Whispering Tree calm him down.
Later the Tree would teach him to control that terror.

Things returned to normal in a few days, as they always do. But after this time. All of them knew.

The Dragon wasn’t the only terror now. There was a new Dragon in town.

We come to a point where anything can happen. This is where the battle begins.

Will the Fire of the Dragon win?
The Terror of the Unicorn?
If you are in this fight with me.
Let me know. ( comment) 
Team Dragon or Team Unicorn? 

– The Rebel . 

Where Time Stood Still

The Unicorn’s life had now taken a still turn. It was as if time had slowed down, and that he was living the same day, everyday. He started getting more and more quiet. He said close to nothing at home. One reason being he wasn’t allowed to. Another being, he knew anything he said, would cause him trouble.

When I say, not allowed to, I mean, every time the Unicorn was loud, and excited and happy, he would positively get shot down by the Dragon. Everytime the Unicorn was happy, he would be told that if he was this happy about his work, his study, he would do better.

Sometimes, the Unicorn felt, the Dragon had taken it as a mission, to get rid of every bit of his happiness. The Unicorn grew up to feel ashamed every time he was happy, without an appropriate reason.

If this was what the Dragon retorted, at the Unicorn being happy, can you imagine what he must have said to the Unicorn being sad?

Every time, the Dragon screamed in his illegible voice and torched the Unicorn, the Unicorn would shed tears. I will never know how after so many years, the Unicorn still felt such sorrow and the Dragon’s words. But he did. Maybe he still had some love left in his heart.

But everytime he did cry, the Dragon would say, ‘ Son! If you do not stop crying this instant, I will come out there, and bash your skull. What have I done to you, worth crying? I haven’t hurt you. I haven’t hit you. So you will NOT cry.’

The Unicorn grew up thinking, that creatures only cried, if they were being hit by some one.

And this was just one of the warped ways in which the Unicorn was taught to see the world. He never knew that this was not how the world works. And that things didn’t have to be so hard all the time. Life isn’t meant to be worked through. You weren’t meant to break your way through. You weren’t meant to burn through this life.

Life is meant to be lived.
Life is meant to be loved.

The Unicorn wouldn’t know this for years and years to come.

But he would, and he would one day see the world as the beautiful place it is, instead of the place the Dragon had made it.

And that in itself gives us, a spark. A spark that says better times will come. And that spark? It makes the journey worth the trouble.

Is anybody there?
Phew. Thank you.
I wouldn’t be able to take this journey alone.

Tune into Radio 1607 in just a short time. We will be taking a break. A break called Life.

– The Rebel. 

It Is The Age of The Dwarf

​I find it funny, that I have gotten so far in this story without introducing, the Dwarf. 

Who is the Dwarf you ask?

The Dragon And Wifey had a few marvellous years with the Unicorn. That was until the Dwarf was born. I would like to say, that with the birth of the Dwarf changed nothing about our story. But it is never like that.

 With the Dwarf’s birth, came the age of change. Now, the Dragon and Wifey, had two children to provide for. And that got rid of every bit of happy spirit they had in them. And the Unicorn lost everything about his home,  that made it Home.
Now it wasn’t a home. It was a regime. It was a routine. Life became about his studying only.

The Dragon And Wifey had a few marvellous years with the Unicorn. That was until the Dwarf was born. I would like to say, that with the birth of the Dwarf changed nothing about our story. But it is never like that.

 With the Dwarf’s birth, came the age of change. Now, the Dragon and Wifey, had two children to provide for. And that got rid of every bit of happy spirit they had in them. And the Unicorn lost everything about his home,  that made it Home.
Now it wasn’t a home. It was a regime. It was a routine. Life became about his studying only.

The Dragon found a gathering of dragons who taught children of other dragons how to  fight. As he would be working most of the day, there would be nobody to pay attention to his studies. So the Dragon became giddy with excitement, when he found the school.

Even though, the birth of the Dwarf changed everything, the Unicorn still loved him. He was the tiniest creature, the land had seen.
The Unicorn could see Wifey, was paying more attention to the Dwarf. But unlike other children, he never took this as a problem. He saw his mother loving this baby, and he loved it too.

I will never know, how the Unicorn found in himself, this maturity to accept his younger sibling with as much love as he had in him. I will never know, the exact moment the Unicorn grew up. I will never know what made him grow up. But one thing I know for sure. The Unicorn had grown up. And he grew up, much, much earlier than he should have.

There would be a lot more that the Dwarf would change. There would be fights the Unicorn would fight. Change is inevitable.  And things would change,  many times over. But for now, the story had a new character. An important one, too.

“Are you still with me?
This journey needs travelling.
I need you to travel this journey with me.
It is the only way of finding the truth.
So are you with me

– The Rebel.

“Love is magic at it’s very best” 

​One of the first things,the Unicorn learnt from ‘ The Whispering Tree’ was that  Love is the one thing that conquers everything. 

“Love is beyond any other feeling and it overpowers any other reasoning. Love is anywhere and everywhere.”

“Creatures show Love in the most unusual ways ever.” The tree would say, ” Never forget that, my son, Love is what will make you different. Your love, is what will make you,you”

The Unicorn, fell a little bit more in love, with love, everyday.
The thing is, family is what teaches us how to love. We open our eyes for the first time, and we see them. We learn how to love from them.

Our family, fights to keep us happy. Our family is always there. When nothing else remains, it is family which helps us.

The Unicorn grew up thinking his family never loved him. He felt unloved from the second, the Dragon, towered over him. Him, a powerless mess.
One must never underestimate the feeling of Love.  Or the lack of it. The lack of Love established the personality of the Unicorn. He felt there was nothing about him, that could be loved.

What the Unicorn never knew was that,  Of course The Dragon and Wifey loved him. How couldn’t they? He was their son. But they never managed to show it, without reducing the Unicorn to tears. They thought they were caring for their child.

You tell me though? Is this healthy? Spending most of the childhood, in tears. Spending most moments together, fighting. Back then, there was nothing the Unicorn could do. He didn’t even know this was out of the blue. He felt this is how families behave.

Long, long after, when he found a friend, who became his family, he realised what he went through everyday, wasn’t what everyone went through.

“Stay with me. Stay with me because there is hope.
Stay with me because one day, the Unicorn will love

-The Rebel. 

The Whispering Tree

One day, after the Dragon had left for his work, the Unicorn ran out to the meadows. He wasn’t running away. No, he only wanted to breathe in peace. He wanted to breathe in air which was not polluted by the Dragon’s smoke. 
He ran as far as the day took him. He ran to his heart’s content. It was the first time in his life, that he felt free. He felt that, for once, he could be who he wanted to be.
As he was returning from the edge of the meadows, he heard a force beckoning him. The force pulled him, as if it had a voice of its own. With a startle he realised,  it did.
” Come forth, my son”, It said,” I await you.”
It seemed to be coming from nowhere and everywhere at once. He left like the nature was talking to him. So he followed the voice,  the beckoning of the voice,  so powerful.
As he was pulled towards it, he saw the place, he would soon come to love. The place, he would go to when nothing felt right. The place he would run to, when he wanted to escape the Dragon.

Just a little bit away, from the Dragon’s Lair, was a small clearing, with a gnarled, old, majestic tree at its centre. 

Make no mistake. This wasn’t a tree like any other. This tree was called ‘The Whispering Tree’
As he entered the clearing, suddenly his world was upside down. He felt feelings he didn’t even know he could feel.
The tree spoke to him again, ” Hello, my son, I have been waiting for you, I welcome you with open arms, for this is the place you can be whatever you want to be.”
” This is the place, you will never be judged. ”
The Unicorn was baffled by the sheer beauty of this place. It was a place like he had never seen before. He sat by the tree. The tree, took him as his own. He accepted the child for who he was. He told him what he needed to know. He told him of stories of the far,far land.

Every day, the Unicorn would go to his hideout. He would give in to the majesty of the ‘Whispering Tree ‘. The tree soon became his only solace. The poor Unicorn had no friends, he only had his tree. And to him, it was enough.
‘The Whispering Tree’ emerged him in worlds  stranger than his own, and distracted him from his own sorrows.

With the help of the tree, the Unicorn became who he was destined to be. He learned to survive with the Dragon. He survived without having to ,give in.

He finally, found his voice again.
And now, it was stronger than ever.

-The Rebel. 

Dragon Tales 

​Most people aren’t clear cut protagonists or even antagonists. There are feelings and emotions that drive them. In their own way, they are right. They are trying to get what they want. Isn’t it unfortunate when what they want is against your peace?  

Our Dragon was a character like that. He felt he had no one left in this world.  He felt he was doing the right thing. He thought making his child like him, was the only way to making him capable. But this, does not make what he did right. He ruined the Unicorn’s life from its very beginning and more than that he ruined Wifey’s life.

Him and Wifey had a different equation. Sometimes she went along with him,  sometimes she sided with the Unicorn. But it wasn’t nearly as simple as the Unicorn thought. Really, what she had been through was much more complicated.

To Wifey, her parents meant everything. She would have given up her life, and the entire world, in service to them. Mama and Papa Elf  had raised her well. She knew how one mustn’t force opinions upon another. She knew what the Dragon did at times,was wrong.
To make things worse than they even could be, the Dragon detested Mama and Papa Elf. He didn’t voice it so obviously in front of the Unicorn but he always knew. How bad was it to Wifey? That the people she grew up worshipping wouldn’t be a part of her life anymore?

Once Mama and Papa Elf gifted Wifey with something she loved. For reasons known completely to the Dragon himself, he cause havoc in their house, outraged at the Elves’ audacity to gift something to his wife. Maybe he felt that the Elves’ felt that he wasn’t competent enough to give her what she wanted. 
Soon Wifey could barely meet her family. This broke her. But the Dragon was responsible for her survival. Without him, she would be dead within minutes. It wasn’t an easy world for an Elf with a child. So she stayed with him, trying to calm his wrath. Trying to making it easier to stay with him.

But after years and years of living with him,  Wifey was at least halfway under his spell. Even though she tried her best to keep the Unicorn safe and happy, sometimes she would give in to the Dragon’s wishes, and torture him as well. If she wouldn’t,  the Dragon would torch her.

In this, our characters fell into a quiet spell. The same story repeating itself day after day.

If it wasn’t for the ‘Whispering Tree’ I wonder how the Unicorn would have turned out to be. 
-The Rebel.