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The masked lake serpent and the lost constellation

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Out on the Lake of Hardean, there was a young ferry brazen who was trying to cross the lake during a foggy afternoon.  He was waiting for someone, well more like looking for someone.  In the lake, it was said there was an old wise man who could answer any question he was asked.  The brazen was looking for an obscure constellation that was not on any of his maps and he wanted to find it so he could follow it to a river that was rarely traversed.  He decided to take a nap and slept for some time until he felt his raft shake.  He woke up to see that the fog still hadn’t lifted and considering it was very dark that it must have been very late.   His raft rocked again and he became worried.  Then the waters of the lake began to stir and out of the water rose a very large, very old, weed covered lake serpent.  The lake serpent wore a mask and the only thing he could see was his new companion’s piercing eyes looking at him from under the mask.  The serpent spoke in a deep voice.  “Who might you be, my earth walking friend?  Your raft has been here all day, floating like a discarded log on the surface of my home.  What is your purpose?”  The brazen replied, “I am only a ferry driver, I have only one purpose and no other.  I wish to find a lost constellation.”  The serpent lowered his head, “Why do you seek this knowledge, ferry driver?”  “It points the way to a river I wish to traverse.  My reasons are my own on why,” the ferry brazen replied.  The serpent remained silent, looking into the sad eyes of the ferry brazen then spoke again, “You carry much sadness in your heart, your eyes tell me this.  Tell me, what is the source of such a great sadness and I will tell you where the constellation is.”  The ferry brazen sighed and looked down, clutching a necklace and his neck.  Then he replied with tears streaming down his face, “I lost someone I loved with all my heart.  We always talked about going to that river and ride it current.  But they were taken from me for no reason before we could ever go.  I thought I had more time with them.  It’s not fair.”  The serpent let out a deep breath.  “I know the pain of your loss, this mask I wear belong to my teacher and his before me and so on.  I wear it to keep him close and even if I don’t he is always with me, as all those who are lost are with us when they leave us to join the ones who came before in the earth.  Your love maybe gone forever but they will always be a part of you, even if you can’t see them.”  The brazen looked up at the serpent and smiled.  The fog suddenly cleared and it revealed a sea of stars.  The serpent raised it’s head and pointed in between the 3 rising moons.  “There, between the middle and the left moon.  That is your constellation.  Follow it and you will be find your river.”  The brazen stood up and drew the constellation on his chart then when he was done he bowed towards the serpent in thanks.  The serpent sunk below the water again and the brazen started off back to the shore.  He followed the constellation to the river and sailed down it like he and his love always planned.

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