Monday, June 26, 2006

Zanipolo Saves Fahfromheri, Pt.1 of a Serial Short Story


It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.

We love because it's the only true adventure.
~Nikki Giovanni

Nano Nano

1. The Payback ~James Brown
2. Spread ~Andre 3000
3. You're Beautiful ~James Blunt
4. Move Along ~All American Rejects
5. In My Place ~Coldplay

What the Water Brings
How Zanipolo Saved Fahfromheri

Once upon a time in a land called Fahfromheri lived a young man named Zanipolo Ottavio, but every one called him Zani. Zani was the eighth and youngest child of the Pigro family. Fahfromheri was a hustling, bustling, port city nestled around the half moon shaped Opimo Bay. The Pigro family was known through out Fahfromheri for two things; Zani's grandfather Zupi (whom Zani was named for, and had never met) had once saved King ChaCha's life when he was a boy, and they also had a reputation for laziness. But Zani was different, he was like his grandfather, willing to do a thankless job, hard working, kind hearted, and always putting himself before others. Zani and Zupi proved there were exceptions to every rule. When Zani was old enough to take a job King ChaCha summoned him to the palace. The king requested only Zani come before him, while he was thankful and grateful for what Zupi had done he knew also the Pigro family selfishly looked for ways to advance themselves with the least amount of work possible. King ChaCha knew Zani was different he could see his grandfather in Zani's eyes, almost as if he had be re-born in Zani himself. ChaCha was a great and benevolent king, not only did he feel like he had to repay a debt to the Pigro family, he genuinely liked Zani. So Zani set out through town, along the way he could hear the whispers in town,

"Oh, there goes Zani, such a good boy."
"He must be adopted, he's not like the rest of those rotten Pigros."
"Just like his grandfather, and a handsome boy too."

So he climbed the 73 stairs to the great big doors to Ballare Palace, and rang the itty bitty brass bell. Zani wondered how anyone would hear such a little bell in such a great big palace. The little bell he soon found out was only little in size, because when he rang it a thunderous, echoing shook the palace, and Kadeem the king's servant opened the door immediately. Kadeem was a tall, dark, mysterious man, who always wore a turban and a big simitar. Kadeem smiled widely (a rarity for the perpetually stern Kadeem) when he saw Zani had arrived, and in a low but powerful tone said,
"Come with me Zanipolo Ottavio Pigro, King ChaCha has something very important to discuss with you."



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