Before the Darkening Dawn's Light
The Boy and the Village
The Boy and the Village
Once there was a young giant boy. He lived with his grandmother in a small stone house in a small village on the side of a very large mountain. Every evening when he looked out his window, he would see the lights of the town on the other side of the great valley. And he would dream of traveling there. For, in the evening, that distant town would shine and glitter like gold. It must be a very rich city if they can make paint their houses with gold.
One day the young boy told his grandmother that he was going to go to the shining city. His grandmother shook her head, no one had ever gone to that place. It was too far, she told him, and he was just a little boy. But the boy did not listen, so he filled his pack with sweetbread and the next morning he set out to find that city.
Things went well for the first week. And he felt like he most be nearly there by now. Then he stepped out of the forest and found himself at the edge a a huge chasm. The Chasm was so deep that he could not see the bottom, and so wide that he could not see the other side. The boy sat down and thought. As he thought, he nibbled on a sweetbread from his pack. Just as he was giving up hope that he would be able to think of a way across, he heard a voice. The voice appeared to have come from a very large black and grey duck. If you give me a sweetbread, I will carry you across the chasm, said the duck. The boy pulled another sweetbread out of his pack and gave it to the duck. Then he climbed onto the duck’s back and the duck flew all the way to the other side. The duck the said farwell and flew off into the sky. The boy left the chasm and kept walking.
A few days later, the boy found himself walking across a huge desert. After walking for a couple days, the boy realized that he had become lost. And he sat down to think. And as he thought, he munched a sweetbread. Just as he was about to give up, he heard a voice. A great blue toad stood there eying the sweetbread. If you give me a sweetbread, I will take you across the desert, said the toad. So the boy took a sweetbread out of his pack and gave it to the toad. Then he climbed on the toad’s back and the toad hopped all the way to the other side of the desert. The toad then said farwell and hoped off into the sand. The boy left the desert and kept walking.