T is for theft.
|The forest, courtesy of Moyan Brenn on Flickr|
|A fire roars from within the house. Courtesy of Pixabay|
|The Ivory Book of the Dead. Found in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. Wikimedia Commons|
I pulled this story from Twenty-Two Goblins: The Three Lovers translated by Arthur Ryder. Twenty-Two Goblins tells the story of a king who sets out to help a monk recover a body from the woods. Here's the catch: the body is possessed by a goblin, who makes the king answer riddles in order to transport him. If the king answers the riddle correctly, the body/goblin are transported back to where they were originally found, and the king must go back to retrieve them. If the king does not know the answer to the riddle, he can continue to carry the body to the monk, who is also waiting somewhere in the woods. If he king does know the answer, but lies and says he doesn't, his head will explode. What a fun game! My story is based off of one of the goblin's riddles, where he describes the death of a beautiful woman with three lovers. Each man reacts to her death differently. One man becomes a monk and travels around and encounters a family who offers him dinner and a place to stay. The mother ends up murdering her son during dinner, but then uses a mysterious book to bring him back to life. The monk steals the book in the middle of the night, and goes back home, where he eventually uses it to bring his dead wife back to life. A bhikkhu is an ordained male monk in Buddhism.
The two immoralities in my story are theft and murder. The monk steals the magical book from the family in order to attempt to bring his wife back from the dead. He's only made aware of this book's magical powers due to the demonstration of the woman using it to bring back her dead son that she brutally killed in front of him. Although the boy brought back to life, this is obviously not possible in real life, hence my haiku. The theme of an immoral alphabet comes from A Moral Alphabet by Hilaire Belloc, 1899. The letters T and M are courtesy of Maelle K on dafont.com