The Elephant Gate Part 2 – Ch 56 to 60
The next morning, Kevin was in the barn, mucking out the stalls. The work was hard and sweaty, but every bit of exercise was needed to hone his muscles. After piling the used straw into a cart, he wheeled it out to the compost pile. He forked out the first pile, then ducked and spun as a knife embedded itself into the side of the cart with a thunk. He had barely a chance to react when he realized he wasn’t alone. Read the rest of this entry
The Elephant Gate Part 2 – Ch 51 to 55
The popping noises at his joints sounded like gunshots when Kevin woke up and stretched the next day. The bed was a little too short for him to sleep out comfortably, but despite this, he felt happy. He was back in Pra’dee with his expanded adoptive family. And will a night’s sleep, he was ready to face the facts of this country’s destruction, and see what he could do to fix things. Read the rest of this entry
The Elephant Gate Part 2 – Ch 46 to 50
This is the start of the second arc of this series. I finally decided to finish it this year! Well, hopefully anyway. LOL
Kevin felt a strange sense of disorientation, as his body was swirling in two different directions at once. His arms felt leaden and numb. He had merely a moment to feel fear before the familiar, frightening darkness swept over him. Read the rest of this entry
The Elephant Gate Part 1 – Ch 41 to 45
His telephone woke him up the next morning. “Mmm…hello?” he mumbled after fumbling for it on the night stand. The low chuckle caused instant wakefulness. “Rose?”
“I didn’t mean to wake you up. It’s 10am, and I wanted to see if you were up for a little adventure.”
He rolled over until he was sitting up. “What kind of adventure?’ Read the rest of this entry
The Elephant Gate Part 1 – Ch 36 to 40
Sleep was long in coming that night. After Rose left, the place seemed emptier than usual. That was just stupid, though. He had just met her, so there was no logical reason why she was still dancing in his thoughts long after she was gone.
He cleared his mind and rolled over to his left side. Finally he fell asleep. But it wasn’t an easy one. His sleep was disturbed by fanciful dreams of horses and trucks and talking elephants. A beautiful girl who looked similar to Rose was sitting in a decrepit gazebo, her gaze sorrowful as she rubbed a heart carved into the arm of her wooden bench. Read the rest of this entry
The Elephant Gate Part 1 – Ch 31 to 35
Tonight, he was relaxing with a glass of his favorite Shiraz, feet propped up on the coffee table, idly flipping channels. He settled on a NatGeo channel. It was about elephants, an animal that figured prominently in his books. This documentary featured The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, of all places. As the voiceover droned on, he watched the videos of the elephants interacting among the trees and grassy area of the place. Read the rest of this entry
The Elephant Gate Part 1 – Ch 26 to 30
It was decided this year that Kevin’s second anniversary party would be held on the palace grounds. The family woke up early to head out from the house. Khun Mattaya filled the back seat with goodies she had prepped for the party. Kevin and Duchess sat in the back of the pickup truck for the ride; he didn’t trust the young dog with all the food in the cab, or to be by herself in the truck bed. Read the rest of this entry
The Elephant Gate Part 1 – Ch 21 to 25
There’s something ominious happening to Kevin on his first anniversary in Pra’dee.
“Sur’kya!” The familiar call wafted into her bedroom, and Suri smiled as she tied her shoelace to her sturdy boots. Today they were going to go fishing with her father. A year after they first met, the pair was inseparable, except when he had his extra lessons with the elephants and combat training. She pouted. She wanted to learn how to fight too, but her normally-indulgent father had disallowed it. And no whining or wheedling would change his mind. Still, sometimes, K’vin would show her some hand fighting moves, and they would secretly practice them by the wooden house. Read the rest of this entry
The Elephant Gate Part 1 – Ch 16 to 20
The baby elephant gets her new name. Kevin starts his schooling and his chores. And the captain finds the schoolteacher pretty as the one-year mark approaches.
Once everyone was in place, several temple priests filed out and blessed the crowd while native music played in the background. After being blessed, the chief handlers walked over to the elephants. Kevin also stood up by his chair.
First, the adult elephant was brought forward. She kneeled for a moment as the priests splashed holy water on her head and placed a huge garland of flowers around her neck. She stood up and was led to the side near the royal family. Surikitiyia was held back by her mom when she tried to reach Kwamsoo.
Khun Wit led the baby elephant forward just behind the dais. The priests completed a similar ritual, this time sprinkling the animal with holy water from head to tail. The garland placed on her neck was much smaller but no less gaudy. Once they finished the blessing, the priests filed out into the recesses of the barn. Read the rest of this entry
The Elephant Gate Part 1 – Ch 11 to 15
Kevin explores his new home and goes back to school.
His room was airy, with cream colored walls and fruitwood furniture. A platform bed with a shiny gray comforter was tucked against a corner. A small student desk was on the opposite corner, already stocked with school supplies. There was no closet. The captain opened a large cabinet; one side had a series of pull-drawers and the other had two separate closet poles.
“All of your clothing should fit in here. Do you need any help to put things away?” Kevin shook his head. “Your bathroom is through those doors. Tomorrow I will drive you to the palace to start school, and afterwards we will go through your chore list and the house rules. And Noy Kevin? Welcome home.” With that, the man closed the door, leaving Kevin to explore his new surroundings. Read the rest of this entry