Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Zanipolo Saves Fahfromheri Pt. 2


To find yourself jilted is a blow to your pride. Do your best to forget it and if you don't succeed, at least pretend to.

I don't want to live -- I want to love first, and live incidentally.
~Zelda Fitzgerald

We continue with our friend Zanipolo
(Read Pt. 1 Here)

What the Water Brings
How Zanipolo Saved Fahfromheri

"Please follow me Mr. Zanipollo," Kadeem said to Zani as he led him down a long opulent hallway. The hallway was decorated with paintings from floor to ceiling, and each one depicted a moment in the history of Zani's people. Defeat or triumph, good fortune and misery, every important event was on display. The Fahfromherians had no shame, and were a proud people, they did not mind showing their misery or defeat in battle. These chronicles were a part of who they were today, they refused to forget their past, in order to know where they were headed. There was a spot at the end of the hallway, where one picture had been removed, and left a very distinguishable blank spot. Zani wondered what painting had been there. There were many doors off of the hallway, all decorated with hand crafted iron work, or gilded in gold leaf. All but the one door at the end of the hallway, which was plain and unassuming. Kadeem halted quite abruptly in front of the door and knocked forcefully enough to shake the door. Kadeem paused and jutted out his neck to listen, Zani listened too. Zani heard nothing, but Kadeem must have,

"Mr. Zanipolo the king will see you now."
"Thank you sir," Zani replied.

Kadeem opened the plain door to reveal a room that seemed to rise forever, with catwalks and ladders everywhere. Every inch of wall space was used for bookshelves and books, charts and paintings. The Ballare Palace Library.
"Welcome Zani, this is my most favorite room in the entire palace," King ChaCha said as if he were already in the middle of a conversation with Zani. Zani knelt on one knee to show his respect to his ruler.
"Please, please, I won't allow my friends to kneel before me Zani," implored King ChaCha.

Zani felt welcome, and almost instantly felt like an old friend to the king, so is request was not out of place. Zani noticed something different about the king today, he was used to seeing the king dressed in his finest garments complete with cape and scepter. But in his own personal library, his own sanctum King ChaCha wore comfortable clothes, clothes of the everyday working man. Most people would have been shocked to see a king dressed beneath his status, but to Zani it did not think it was out of place.
On an easel King ChaCha had the missing painting form the hallway. It depicted a boy, limp in man's arms being dragged out of a canal.

"Do you know what this is a painting of Zani?"

"Yes sir, that's my grandfather Zupi pulling you from the canal, when you were a little boy."

"Yes, and I am grateful to this day for the selflessness of your grandfather."
"And the Pigro family is grateful for you king, for all the gifts and kindness you have bestowed upon us, even though we may not deserve it," said Zani.

"Ah, but you Zani, you deserve it. But now I have a job for you. I want you to know this is not another act of kindness, or something I am doing to repay a debt that can never be repaid. I want you to have this job because you are the right young man for the position."

What will the job be? Will Zani be up to the task or even accept the position? Keep reading and find out!


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