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Friday, September 19, 2008

Into the night...


Time slipped by, like a secret tide. The knight sat deep in thought,as the moon engaged itself in a battle of wits with the clouds outside his castle walls.


The storm Gods had been wreaking havoc since they put the Sun to rest for the day. All was nearly drownded and movement was nearly impossible. The kingdom lay wasted as men waded through dark waters trying to wind their way home. This was not going to be easy.


There were people. And they were braving the weather, waiting for him. Waiting for him to bring the scrolls that would free them of their cursed fate. The scrolls which would open their eyes unto the arts, unto music so sweet, that Apollo himself would look down upon them with wonder. He would have to take it upon himself to face mighty Zeus. The people were waiting. His people. And he would do it for them.


He did not have a steed; O what he would do to have one right now! Knights, as the folklore went, would not be so, without their steed. So much so for the bards. He would need to reach the people. A farmer on his way to his village was startled when a knight asked him for a ride that night. He dropped him off at the foothill of the grey hills, from where his path separated. The journey for the knight had just started.


Zeus seemed to have relented a little. The thunderheads did not look as ominous as they had some moments back, though the heavens cried its hushed tears. He walked on, scrolls secure, water threading down his face like curious streams. He did not have time to lose. The people had been sending him calls, echoing in his mind,reverberating screams on the mountain side. He hurried his steps. Time was growing shorter, almost aging. He had to go faster. Then it happened.


His sandals ripped and he almost fell, face first. Surely this could not be happening! This was unheard of! A knight encountering broken footwear to deter him in his quest? Surely this could not be the truth. The sandal stared back at him, now trailing, almost dragging along. He could not stop. He braved the elements, almost braved Fate itself and walked along into the blackness of the night, his wits alert.


Half a field away, another noble soul offered to take him a bit of the distance. He would do this for coins. The knight sighed. The old times were indeed passing by. The knights were not taken seriously anymore. His heart felt a twitch but then he hardened up. He would live up to the legends. Hell, he was a part of them. He would do it for old times sake.


Further ahead, there was chaos. People, caught in the midst of various errands, huddled and hurried at the same time, in a wild frenzy. A shadowy figure on a dark horse cart, waited patiently for an erring customer, who would need his services. He hadn't expected a knight at this hour. "Seventy coins", he muttered, his whip silently cutting through the cold night wind and finding the horse. The knight, grumbling, got on, finally hoping that this would be the last person he would be talking tonight. Only if he had a steed!!


The night opened its mouth wide to swallow them as they rode on in the darkness. This would be a night that would not find its way into history. This victory of his would remain etched only in his mortal memories. And the people who would be saved. Hopefully. The calls had been louder now, like a seagull, making him realise that time was indeed short. They raced on, hoping to just make it in time.


"I told you I am coming, its all bloody jammed man!", I told a drenched Anil, as I stepped out of the auto. Anil totally ignored me and kept bickering about time lost, concert started, blah de blah. I took out the passes and we walked in into the concert of Shafaqat Amanat Ali, drenched to the bone. My brother and his pal kept quiet, probably realising that I had come through hell to reach the concert. The concert was yet to start so everyone was happy.


They all walked out of the mad night and into the soothing confines of the pantheon. Lights glowed, dispelling the darkness like a tide receding. The knight had made it yet again. This would not go down into history, but the name of the knights had stood the test. A smile almost formed upon his lips. He felt a chill down his spine and noticed that it was cold. A slow shiver racked through his body like a forest fire.


Some one turn the AC down!!!


(This was written when jane reminded me that I had not written for a while. The concert was one of the best ever. The only setback was a broken Reebok slipper, which I dragged along in to the concert, and post it too. The following idea struck me on my way to office today in an auto. What I would give for a bike!)


Laters.




52 comments:

Trinaa said...

OMG..!! :)) :)) :))

Hiren said...

lol .... mast thaaa ....

so the knight had to shell out money for public transport??? Thats really sad to know :)

** This would be a night that would not find its way into history. This victory of his would remain etched only in his mortal memories. And the people who would be saved.
lol ... and also in the memories of the lesser mortals like us who are blessed enough to experience the NIGHT through your words :)


p.s. This post of yours did help me augment my vocab with word like steed :) ty !!!

Akshaya Kamalnath said...

You've done it again. Brilliant. Calling the tickets scrolls was the icing:)
Atleast you're not recruiting for the dark side this time.

Vinz aka Vinu said...

brilliant..!!

btn, hw was the concert..?

:)

Scribblers Inc said...

trina: cmon yaar...aisa kuch bhi nahi tha!! :D

Hiren: dude cmon! My vocab definitely wouldnt beat yours!! glad you liked the serving! :D

Scribblers Inc said...

akshaya: thanks man...and yes, the gates to the dark side are closed for now...

vinz: the most brilliant dude!!

Sarath said...

Seriously,, you can take a simple event and turn it round its head n make it an epic...

Goooooooood...

ki said...

one day in your life and it comes out sounding like an epic. wow. :)

She said...

FABULOUS!!!! "Dark (K)night" takes on a whole new meaning.

Scribblers Inc said...

Sarath:thank you for all the praise Sir!! :D

ki: same same comment man!! thanks Da! :)

she: thanks...you know where utopia is by any chance?

Cinderella. said...

I'll read the post later - had come around to tell you to participate..its game time at my page !

Babbi said...

NOW the history is etched.. NOW the knight gets its true place.. NOW its immortal... bravo!

Divya said...

lol!!! scrolls it seems! haha!

oh great knight! where do thy get such inspiration from? blessed are thou with the esoteric... bravo bravo :P :D

ceedy said...

I think you should not get a bike...not for your sake for ours - so we get to read such interesting stuff....

and I think you can sell this idea to reebok slippers...I can visualize a TV ad...

deepsat said...

excellent!! great post!!!

;-))

Neers said...

may your "steed" dream come true! but you passed the true test! the concert indeed was awesome! :)

utopia said...
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utopia said...

what an analogy you drew scribbler! :-)
not bad!

Crystal.. said...

Mast tha re..

PS_in case you have forgotten that AAYUSHI exists..then let me remind you/...SHE DOES.:(
And do come by my blog mahn!

Bhai with Chai said...

AWE-fab-SOME!!
:))

Pooja said...

Dat was AWESOME...

fanbulous...fantastic..

u r an ace,dude!!!

debasish.. said...

Totally WOW !!
Hope the Knight n His sandals r doing well :P

Nandalal said...
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Nandalal said...

Dude, the 'mapping' is fantastic. Knight, Steed... n all... you have tried to put a sort of adventure touch in it. well done. Hope the Knight has bought new Sandals for his forthcoming adventures. :)

Jhayu said...

@ Scribbler.
Damn. Nicely done, man. The analogy is effin' brilliant.

Jhayu said...

@ Scribbler.
Damn. Nicely done, man. The analogy is effin' brilliant.

Illeen said...

Awesome..yet again;
the best part about the post was it completely took me by surprise..i was expecting it to be one of ur dark ones..

btw... scrolls for passes n dark horse cart for auto..brilliant imagination.

read it twice.. :)

tessiewrites said...

the twist was too good man!!
:)

S said...

:D Brilliant.

Anu said...

Good one.. I was waiting for the twist and when it came , it made me smile..

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

hehehe.. cool :-)

Homer said...

hehehe.. this was one great epic!!

rantravereflect/ jane said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwww.. ya 're fucking back with a biggg bawng!!!!

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOPER-STUNNINGOO>
total rotfl when i saw the sandal giving away--> n that was a pai of reebok floaters???
wowwww!!!!

n ya imagination there--> stupendous!!!

applause!
brilliant stuff with the knights n the steeds n the coins!

if a propmpted ya to get on this to us, wowwwwwwwwwwwww!! am i glad oe what!

rantravereflect/ jane said...

n the people calling out to you for the 'scrolls' bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah ;0

i knoww how horrible it is whne ya're holding tickets, n ya're late!!

Ankur said...

Wonderful again...

y dont u try compiling all such and publishin them?

Anurag said...

Scribbler's incredible writing streak continues....
Guess you truly inspired by the movie ..eh?..

Jadis said...

scrolls. ROFL. scrolls. :D

Swati said...

i hate intuition! I knew this was gonna take such a turn! i blame myself!!

Vaudevillian said...

mwuahahaha!

Knight in shining Shafaqat Ali armour.

solo said...

it was a brilliant piece of writing!
AWESOME!

Amrita said...

hehehe nice one :)

mystiquedew said...

lovely work Knight Scribbler...:)

HP said...

hahahahah !! maza aya !

humbl devil said...

nys imagery...pakau knyt!!!
:P

WarmSunshine said...

hi there
a really nice piece of work!
:)

Chaggoholic.... said...

Superb man.Ecstatic to the core....

AshenGlow said...
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AshenGlow said...

Oh MGod! This was crazy!.. LoL!
So whats the moral of the story? Love for Sufi Music does make one fight against the vagaries of nature and the misfortune... ;)
Me too went for an Indian Rock Concert last Sunday.. Man.. Music is some medicine! :)

Cheers,
Ashen

Crystal.. said...

STOP WRITING THINGS THAT MAKE ME JEALOUS..AND UPDATE YOUR BLOG YAAR!

Trinaa said...

update..update!!!

Keshi said...

Rock on!

Keshi.

Alok said...

Brilliant imagery :D

...but whose concert?

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