The following story is not a sex story. There is no graphic sex. There is perhaps some implied but nothing overt. I wrote this fable years ago about something that really happened on line. The characters are real but the names and nic names have been altered. It was a time of happiness for those of us who congregated in a certain news group. Many of us were Webtv users and the magic box mentioned here is the black box for Webtv.
The story started out to be a happy tale and that was what moved me to write it. Once I wrote chapter one I felt obligated to continue until the story was over. I hope you like it.
Once upon a time not so long ago on an island out in the ocean there was born a boy. Now this boy was not special. He was the son of regular people who loved him and raised him to be a good person. He tried. But sometimes he would get into a little trouble.
He grew toward manhood and did well in school, making many friends. His family was proud of him. The day came when this boy, now a young man, felt the need to leave this garden in the ocean and spread his wings. He decided to go to the mainland and seek higher education.
He found a place in the middle of this great land that seemed to suit him and he settled into his studies.
It was while he was out exploring one day that he found a box. This box was a magic box. The box contained a genie who promised him the world. He took the box home and prepared to see the world. He asked the genie to let him find others like himself and was whisked away to a land near a university that was very crowded with many different people.
Most of these people had one thing in common. They were attracted to young girls. This frightened the young man. Was he like these people? Yes he was. And so he watched these people for a while to see what was going on.
He found there were also people there that would destroy the land if given a chance. People that hated what he and the others were.
And he watched. He made friends. He found some he liked and some he didn't. But overall he was happy there.
Then came a day when the genie told the man that he could not go to this land any more. He said that it had been decided that he should not see that which he wanted to see. And so he was left alone again with no friends. Shortly one of his friends came to him and said "I have found another group where we can all meet and have the things we had back in the land by the university. He went willingly.
The new place was a kingdom. There was a king and queen and a wise man. There were all sorts of people. Some were titled and some were not. But all were friends. He joined in and became a contributor.
He still had the habit from his youth of getting into a little trouble at times and so he was named Small Hot Water. Small Hot Water became well known and liked in the kingdom. The time came when he was offered a title. But true to his roots on the garden island he declined with respect.
And so it came to pass that he was given a position instead. He was given the position of promoting the goodness of the people of his island among the subjects of this kingdom. Small Hot Water did his job well even if he did now and again live up to his nic.
As the days passed, there came into the kingdom some who did not fit well there. From time to time Small Hot Water spoke in their defence and from time to time he spoke out against them. He did not think he was heard but it turned out he was and many agreed with him though not always.
Time passed and a sad day came when two of the subjects of the kingdom were whisked away and thrown in a dungeon for putting up pictures that made the subjects of this kingdom happy. They were all saddened by this loss. Then more people from the land of the university came to visit and then decided to stay. These people were stronger than the subjects of the kingdom as they had more powerful boxes with smarter genies. Things worsened when these new arrivals blamed the subjects of the kingdom for the loss of the two who gave them pictures.
And there was unhappiness in the kingdom. Some of the people left. The king went away and the queen abdicated. The wise man became silent. Others left.
One day the person who had been a watchman over this kingdom sent secret messages to some of the subjects inviting them to a new place. The new place was like a den. A family room. The people started to arrive and they made it a friendly place. The very thing that had first attracted Small Hot Water was no longer important. The friendly atmosphere was the attraction.
All who stayed dedicated themselves to peace and having fun. There was no more of the pictures that had first been so important in the first land. Here it was good. More like his home.
Yes he flourished in this family room. He still visited the kingdom and still lived up to his nic at times. But he was loved by all.
Now the man did not know that for a long time even in the other places there was one who loved him more than the rest. This person had been watching him and growing to love him without saying anything. Then one day she came out of the shadows and joined in the fun in the family room. No one noticed at first and when they did she was named She Who Is Not Seen.
She began to talk to Small. The conversation was all fun at first but then became flirtatious. Little by little the two became more and more involved.
Then it happened. Much to the surprise of Small Hot Water, She Who Is Not Seen made a bold statement. "I love you." she said. At first it was just thought to be a casual statement. Then as days went by it became more. Soon all the people in the family room realized the truth. The men stopped flirting with She Who Is Not Seen except for the occasional jest. Everyone noticed that the two were there at the same time and gone at the same time. It became obvious that they were spending much time together.
Small Hot Water was amazed that this woman was in love with him. He was also surprised to find that he was falling in love with her. All of this was going on through the magic boxes that they both had. It was beautiful to see.
The wise man from the kingdom was a special friend who often called Small his brother. He was very happy to see this happening. He gave them his blessing and warned them to be careful and go slow. He wished them joy and hoped they might someday join together as one.
Now this is the point where most stories either give the happy ending or the terrible sadness that ended the story. But I can not do either. You see I am the wise man in the story and my two friends are only now at the point where I have ended the story. How will the story continue? Will the story end sadly or will it go on in joy and happiness? I wish I knew but I can only watch, and wait and hope.
Let us all join together in the hope that this story goes on and brings joy to She and Small. They deserve to be happy.
Not the end, I hope, but to be continued.
And so it came to pass that She and Small spent much time together. They kept using the magic boxes but also used land lines to spend much time talking and sharing their lives, hopes and dreams.
Soon the holiday season was upon them. They and all their friends had many good times together but She and Small had the best times alone together. Christmas came and went. New Years Eve arrived. There was much celebrating in the family room.
A friend suggested that She and Small spend the evening on the beach and showed them a place. There were many good natured jokes about the special place. The evening drew close and plans were made.
As the evening progressed there was much music and everyone sending out good wishes over the magic boxes to their friends in the family room. Those who watched the room but did not speak were invited to do so and join the fun. Passers by were invited to stop and join the fun. Even those who were thought to be enemies were sent good wishes.
The wise man watched and smiled. This was good. But he saw something not all there saw. Something special was going to happen besides the coming of the new year.
The party went on for hours. Then it came. A message in the family room from Small to She.
"To all in the room I ask attention. I Small Hot Water ask She Who Is Not Seen to become my life partner. To be my wife and share the joy of life together with me."
There was a hush in the room. The wise man smiled. This was good. There were a few comments but the party continued as they waited for She to respond. The clock ticked as the wise man waited for what he knew would be the answer Small wanted. Then as the hour approached to start the new year, it came. A message on the magic box from She.
"I, She Who Is Not Seen, say to you, Small Hot Water, that I accept this honor you have offered me. I will join you in the celebration of life together. We will show the world the meaning of joy as we travel the path to happiness together as one."
The people of the family room erupted in shouts and cheering. The wise man smiled so wide that he was in danger of splitting his face. Congratulatory messages poured in from all the people of the room and even those who only watch sent wishes for happy times to the couple.
She and Small were joyful and began sending messages over the magic box using both their names as a sign of togetherness. It was good.
The new year started off with the happiest news any could imagine. There was much joy and singing in the family room.
As the night progressed things became quieter. No one noticed that Small and She had slipped away. But the wise man did and knew they were together as it should be. They were sharing this special moment with each other by land line.
The party died out and people went to bed. In the morning there was sunshine. The people of the family room began to ask about plans for the wedding, Small and She were not ready yet to announce plans. They were engaged and that was enough for that time. They were happy and the people in the family room all smiled and felt joy for them.
Well now again I reach a point where the story might end. Who knows what will come to pass? Not I and I am the wise man. I can only wish that the story may continue for many happy chapters. Who knows? Maybe there will someday be small drops of warm water that will not be seen. :-)
It is with heavy heart that I write this next chapter for I must tell of sadness. This story I have told has reached it's end. There will be no small drops of warm water that will not be seen.
After much celebrating and joy, Small and She finally made plans to meet in person. They kept the meeting secret since there were those who might object. It seems that She was joined with another at that time. It was not a permanent bond but it was thought to be by some.
And so after much planning Small traveled across the great land to see his lover. They met and for a short time enjoyed one another. They shared that which makes a man and a woman become one. It seemed that they were on the way to the future they had planned. But it was not to be.
In all the time these two spent sharing their hopes and dreams through the magic boxes, Small had made promises. It seems that She had three little ones that were not seen. And Small knew of this. He promised She that he would love and care for her and her small ones for ever and ever. She was happy that Small was willing to take on this duty.
Then when they met, Small made a confession. He was poor and did not have the means to care for She and her little ones as he had promised. He wanted to but was not able. He told She that he would find a way. That he would work hard and save for the future. But he had lied.
She Who Is Not Seen was unable to risk the future of her little ones on the promises of Small. She wished it were possible but she needed help and support then and not later.
And so it came to pass that She Who Is Not Seen told Small Hot Water that they could not be together. She told him that they must go their separate ways. She told him this with great sadness.
Small Hot Water was crushed. He blamed himself as was proper. But he could not face life in the family room without She Who Is Not Seen. He said goodbye to all his friends. He told them that he and She were no longer to be wed. He said he could not stand to be in the place where they had been so happy. And so he left. The people were saddened to hear what had happened and were sorry to see him go.
She who Is Not Seen continued to visit the family room. She was popular and fun to be around. She found others to care for who also cared for her. She changed from She Who Is Not Seen and became Young Lady Who Rides The Waves. She slowly reduced her visits. After a time she stopped visiting at all. She too had left the family room.
It is known that Young Lady Who Rides The Waves moved across the great land and joined with another from the family room. They and her little ones lived by the sea. They were not joined for life but simply shared a life.
Small Hot Water has gone on with his life. Not much is known except that he is working hard. Perhaps once a year he stops by the family room to greet those he knew. But that is all. He does not stay.
Now you ask. Are they happy? I can not answer. I have my feelings but do not know for certain. I think not. And that saddens me. These two had been my friends. I wanted them to be happy but it was not to be.
Much time and many things have gone by since this story started. The family room is almost deserted now. Very few that were there in the days of love are there any more. Life has moved them on. It has changed many of us. Some for the good and some not. I am sad that I must tell of this unhappy ending but I owed it to those who read my tale.
Is there a moral to this story? I think perhaps there is. Remember at all times that what you see and hear on your magic box is but a fantasy. Enjoy it while you can but do not expect it to be real or to last.
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