The War Between the Clouds and the Earth – Part Two

And so the Earth became parched and dry, and the Clouds became mere wisps, and their voices like the whisper of a small, empty bell.

And watching all this, from high on her mountain at the top of the world, was Kay, the most lost of the Lost Women, who had gone out across the Earth and across the Ocean to search for the Box of Tomorrow, and had never returned.

And as she watched, she said:

“This is a sorrowful scene, to see the Earth so dry, and the skies so empty. I must go down into the jungles and wastes, to search for the Monkey Who Has Forgotten, and tell him what he must remember.”

And so she climbed down from her home on top of the mountain; and the animals about her were astonished, for she had been there so long many could not recall a time when she was not there.

And Ratatosk the Squirrel watched her pass, as he went on his way, and said to her:

“Where are you going, most lost of the Lost Women, and what has made you leave your fastness in the heavens to travel across the face of the starving Earth?”

Then Kay turned to him, and said:

“I am going to search for the Monkey Who Has Forgotten – for the Clouds and the Earth are at war, and we will all surely perish if they do not make peace; and they will only listen to the Monkey, and so I must remind him of what he must remember.”

Ratatosk nodded.

“I wish you the speed of the Wind,” he said, “for the Monkey Who Has Forgotten lives many days’ journey from here. But you should know before you set out that there are three witches who guard the place where the Monkey lives, and each will ask you one question. Only if you answer correctly all three questions will they let you pass – if you fail to do so, they will kill you, and eat you.”

Kay thanked the Squirrel, and so they took their leave of one another, and she set out on her journey, to find the Monkey Who Has Forgotten…

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