Lighting the world

A Meeting in the middle of a night!

Long, long ago, when the times have just struck this world everything here was sloppy. Sun rose from the east a day and tried west on the other. Nights teased pleasant mornings giggling, swinging in and out. Friday rushed in shouting "It's my turn" when Sunday slipped after Thursday. Worst of all, day broke thrice in a single night when the king of the gods, "Zeus" was resting in his sky palace after a big fight.

 “What’s this nonsense?” Annoyed he woke up from his bed and continued "Is this the world I built or a kindergarten?" Seeing the fainting daylight he questioned him! "You... Day!" Who is your ruler? By now the Day understood his mistake, but didn't had the nerve to face his king. He took the advantage of his fainting light and disappeared without an answer.

"What is happening here? I have been observing such recklessness everywhere these days. Let all the Keepers of the world be asked to show up in my chamber immediately. I need peace and a solution for all and now” He ordered, in a quashing tone. His fiery red eyes in the darkness of the room suggested that something big is in the making.


With-in no time the directions east, west, north & south took the king's message to all the Keeper's gates. Known of their king's reputation everyone turned up at the meeting hall without an utter. Uncertain of such a request they sat murmuring and guessing of why the king had asked for such an immediate meeting in the middle of the night.


“Keepers," calling out his agnates, Zeus, still very angry appeared in his chair, high in the chamber. The whole chamber became silent and turned towards him.

He continued, "I see nothing in our world is in an order or checked. Can I ask the sun god, what was he doing tonight when day broke thrice?" Startled at the question, the sun god stood shaken and couldn't speak.

"No Answer! The world today is behaving like an infant playing a romantic date, but that's not why I appointed you. We are here to safeguard this world and its people, but not to trouble out of our arbitrariness. See the farmer's house there" he pointed towards a farm on the earth.


"Dear...! Boys are growing fast and their appetite is demanding. I feel sad to give them half they eat. Today the older one said that he is not hunger and let the brothers have the dinner, I couldn't see into his eyes." The farmer's wife broke into tears, discussing the scarcity of food at home after years of unseasons.


"I am unable to understand if I can start farming, these unseasonal winds and rains are testing us. Neither my father nor his prepared me for this; only gods should help us now." Looking at the heavens, the farmer took his wife into his arms and spoke with a heavy heart.


"Now that's the situation mostly on the earth" Zeus continued. "Not just the earth but every other place and not just the humans but every other being. The world is not the stones we have built, neither the gods nor their king. The world is the life with-in and it shouldn't struggle due to our negligence. We as the keepers must find a solution, and let me make it easy to you."

He took a pause staring into the eyes of the assembly and said: "Let there be fear, fear of a curse."

A sudden outburst of anxiety started in the assembly.

"Yes, a curse" Saying thus, stepping forward, Zeus rose from his chair and spoke:

"I Zeus, the king of the times, the worlds and the gods curse every keeper here today that, from the very next morning the one who fails to deliver his responsibilities designated as in the book of new times even by a fraction of second will turn in to an immovable stone then and there for an eternity"

There was not much reaction in the chamber for a minute or two. Everyone stood silent looking at each other beyond belief and almost gave up any hope when they heard Zeus warning "and remember, I myself cannot reverse the curse now"

The Law-bringers briefed everyone their responsibilities once again. They gave the charges officially to all the keepers and called off the meeting. Keepers discussing the new changes to each other started leaving the chamber and suddenly started cackling. Somebody from the behind has thrown a comment with sneaky voice.  "No matter what happened, the moon god got lucky with the nights, now he can continue enjoying his solitary"

Even Zeus couldn't hold his laughter but quickly controlling his titter he gave a comforting gaze to the Moon-god who was walking silently with embarrassment.


Aruna Reddy

#967 in Fantasy
#206 in Dark fantasy
#408 in Short stories

Story about: love, tragedy, sorcery

Edited: 12.06.2019

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