The Kingdom of All Kingdoms, Genocide Child “Episode 14”

The Kingdom of All Kingdoms
The Kingdom of All Kingdoms

There was lots of blood, smoke, ashes, dead bodies, destroyed buildings and horror all over that piece of land in the “Under-World”. Queen Zoya saw that from the “Upper-World” and felt really sad, lots of “citizens” get killed every minute. Genocide is an act of evil, she thought. There was no place for them to hide in or run to, there was no way to save a life.

Although such killing doesn’t differentiate between old and young, Queen Zoya couldn’t stop looking at children’s corpses and scattered limbs and heads, as if they were nothing else than those. But there was something she never saw before, she couldn’t understand it while looking at it from the “Upper-World”, and so she decided to travel to the “Under-World” to see and maybe understand it, she saw white light filling the corners of the streets and in front of the doors of houses, and near each and every grave, that piece of land had no electricity  and no water after all the bombings.

 She hurried to see the white lights, she was surprised when she couldn’t see the white light no more, she walked around for a while hoping to find it, she passed by dead bodies, passed by destroyed houses, crying children and women, passed by unarmed fighters, walked through graveyards, but saw nothing. She decided to find a place to sit, wait and observe. The place smelled of fear and warm blood, she could sense the shivers of each “citizen” there.

As soon as it got dark, she started seeing small white lights moving around and around, restlessly they moved as if they were lost and confused. She went chasing after these lights, and as soon as she came near one, she saw a child surrounded by white light but full of blood, wearing torn cloths and no shoes on, carrying a doll in one hand, while the other hand is not there; was cut off, or taken away in brutality, the child looked restless, too uncomfortable, her eyes were lost in the dark but searching for something.

“What are you looking for?”, Zoya asked the child. The child only then saw the Queen, not knowing who she was, she turned hallow eyes towards her “I’m looking for my mother and my little brother, I saw them here last night, I shall wait, they will come back.” The child answered fearlessly, painlessly, but restlessly.

They sat and waited, many white lights started gathering and gathering, there were plenty of them, plenty of children surrounded by that light, they knew each other as they met, they hugged and cried, and told each other their stories of how they got killed and how they lost their body parts. Some carried body parts of others, and gave them back as soon as they found to whom they belonged. They carried toys, dolls, and babies. They kept keys of their houses, maybe to come back one day, and pictures of their loved ones, who still didn’t join them,  in order not to forget them.

The Queen then asked the children what they were going to do till then, but the children didn’t know. She then asked them to find those who killed them to taunt and haunt them till they die out of fear and panic, tell they go down on their knees and cry asking for forgiveness. The children’s smiles then brightened up, and they all agreed to fly and find those who robbed them their lives,childhood, happiness, families and houses. They agreed not to give up and promised not to forgive those who could kill cold bloodedly, and promised to come back each night to the graveyards to meet their loved ones and find them waiting for them there in the peaceful dark nights.

“A genuine sad dedication for our beautiful children in Gaza”

The Kingdom of All Kingdoms, Zoya & The Sea “Episode 13”

The Kingdom of All Kingdoms
The Kingdom of All Kingdoms

Have you ever owned a sea?

Before Zoya moved to the “Upper-World” she was travelling around the “Under-World”, discovering it, looking for something to learn.

That journey led her to a sea which was too salty that not a living soul can live inside it. That sea was always calm during the day, very mid waves would touch the shores and withdraw right away, its water was too thick and felt like oil, and as soon as the sunset starts, the waves grew bigger and bigger, till they grew mad at night.

She spent the whole day sitting on the shore, looking at the sea, and how “citizens” bathed in it, she noticed how they didn’t actually swim but just floated oddly in it. And heard and saw many kids crying and complaining that the water burned their skin and made it itchy. Later when the sunset approached the skies, the waves became bigger and wider, they made noises and hit the shores with more aggression. She still sat and watched people getting out of it with their hands on their teary eyes, as the waves didn’t bother there were “citizens” bathing and relaxing, and splashed salty water into their eyes. These “citizens” tried to reach the shore with their eyes closed hoping for someone to bring normal water to wash their faces with, they’d stumble and fall many times before they arrived to a safe point. Zoya enjoyed the scene, but wasn’t sure she wanted to be a victim of this weird sea.

The night approached sooner than she expected it, and the place was suddenly dark and people vanished behind the darkness, everything was quiet except for the waves that were racing to hit the rocks on the shore. Zoya felt herself all alone and isolated. But she didn’t feel scared, because she had her horse standing right next to her. She stood up, patting the horse’s forehead asking him how did he find this place, and of course the horse doesn’t talk but she could read his mind as good as he could. He told her that he liked it there, and that he was glad “citizens” wee all gone, and that they both now can try and get into that water. “But it’s dark, doesn’t that scare you?” Zoya asked. “No, darkness doesn’t scare a horse like me, let’s go!” he encouraged her, “But dear, we don’t see how big the waves are, we don’t see the stones inside the water, I don’t wanna stumble and fall in such salty water, we can’t waste the water that we have to wash.” But the horse started marching towards the water and big waves started crashing against his forelegs, and bigger waves came to hit his chest, he stepped back, “Zoya! This wants to kill me!”, “Yeah sure! I told you, let’s wait for the morning, then we can bath like everyone else did.”

But the horse was curious to know what would happen if Zoya went into the water, and so he insisted that she tries, “Come on Zoya, let’s see what happens if you go alone.”, “Same as happened to you!”, “No way, I feel something else is going to happen.”, “Yeah, maybe it will kill me, that would be something different.”, “No, no! It won’t kill you! come on, just try, if you felt uncomfortable then leave, just like I did”

Zoya got up and walked carefully towards the sea, she could hear the waves coming and going, and she could sense the power in them. Funny how the breeze coming from the sea was warm. The moment she stepped one foot into that water, the water turned still, she wasn’t sure if her foot was inside the water because it was warm too. She stepped in and walked into the water, while the horse walked and waited at the edge of the shore. No more waves, Zoya then touched the water with her hands and felt it heavy like oil, she rubbed it on her arms before she decided to let go and sit and try to float like everyone did earlier that day. She felt the water carrying her gently, very gently, she felt herself weightless. She tried to stand in the water, and it worked as if she was standing on some ground but there was nothing but water surrounding her, she called out for her horse to join her, but as soon as the horse stepped a foot in, the waves started crashing on his legs, Zoya then went back to her horse, climbed him to lead him, and as they  walked in together the water behaved, everything was quiet. Zoya Jumped of his back, stood in the water and they both walked together deeper into the sea. The horse then thought “I was right!” and Zoya smiled at his thought, not quite sure what to think.

Zoya felt so comfortable and thought this sea won’t hurt her no matter what, there is a reason why she came, and she knew she would discover it soon. They bathed and enjoyed, later washed and slept till the morning splashed some gold on the surface of the sea.

And again “citizens” came, swam and bathed, sat down and enjoyed the morning sun, everything was just right. The time passed quickly, till the sunset time arrived, and the waves grew bigger and harsher, attacking “citizens” and making them feel uncomfortable. One could hear the cry of children and the anger of men. Zoya then stood up walked into the sea, the waves didn’t stop then, but every time a waves was going to hit her it suddenly died just right in front of her body, Zoya then went deeper, stood in the water facing the waves, but every wave died just there. Zoya was frustrated, because there is nothing fun about that. She screamed then: Let me have some fun!! The waves then came back, very big, but very gentle, carrying Zoya over them, she felt her body going up on a waves then down after the wave was gone. She spent enough time playing with the waves, and not a single salty drop of water rested on her face or got into her eyes. She then turned around to ask her horse to join when she saw a big crowd of “citizens” watching her in silence. She felt somehow uncomfortable. And so she decided to go back to her horse, where she felt safer.

As she was walking outside the water, she herself was surprised that she didn’t stumble nor fell, and as soon as she reached the shore, a woman came to her and asked her “Do you own the sea?”, Zoya then didn’t know what how to reply. And another man came wondering “Does the sea belong to you?” She again didn’t know what to say, but she turned around looking at the sea, she smiled to the sea, and as soon as she did, water came out of it flying in the air like fountains on its surface in shapes of circles and squares and crossed lines.  Everyone then understood that The Crazy Salty Sea belonged to this girl who’s a stranger to everyone around.

When Queen Zoya settled down in the “Upper-World” She asked King David to bring her her Crazy Salty Sea, saying: Nothing made me feel any happier than the Sea.