Far and near, stretching hundreds and thousands of miles, King Cyrus ruled all of the Persian land. Unto him, everyone fearfully followed. His beautiful wife, Dorothy, was nothing short of admirable, she was the most breathtaking woman known to the Persian’s, known to the entire world. But what lie beneath their flawless facade was something so detrimental that if revealed to public scrutiny, the King’s hierarchy would be immediately stripped beneath the soles of his feet. Was he worthy of leading an entire empire?
Meanwhile, all the way in the North East corner of Russia lived Timmy Boy. Timmy was not your ordinary man you see everyday, he was only half of a man. Now not half as in ego or height, but half as in his body was literally split in the middle. What kind of birth defect this was, no one knew. But Timmy was tough. Though he didn’t appear to be a minute stronger than your average Joe, Timmy was. He was on a mission to find his father and mother. His parents whom abandoned him as soon as he was born in half. His parents who shipped him thousands of miles away by carriage to be on his own, as an infant. Luckily for Timmy, his childhood turned out better than expected as he grew up in an old grandmother’s (Ellen) house who had already raised several kids of her own. She instilled bravery in Timmy, trust in Timmy, and hope in Timmy.
Ellen inquisitively urged Timmy to find his parent’s and prove what an amazing man he turned out to be. She feared that the King of Persia was Timmy’s father, based on the coat that was left with Timmy (along with a note inside), unintentionally it seemed. For this reason, Timmy set off to Persia to complete his mission. His mission was much more powerful than finding his parent’s, he wanted to overtake his father. He wanted to for once put him in his place for horrifying him.
So his journey began…
Day one he hiked hundreds of miles, through thick grass, through rain, through darkness. As night rolled in Timmy took shelter in a beat up old shed. To his surprise, he found a beautiful horse. He immediately connected with this horse, Pete, shared his story, and Pete decided to tag along on the journey.
Then there were two…
As the pair made their way through the deep valley, they met Peter and Piper. These love birds were caroling, when caroling turned into conversation.
Peter, a little nervous spoke “Who are you?”
“I’m Timmy and this is Pete, so very nice to meet you” Sword in hand, he continued. “We’re on a journey to conquer Persia, my dad is King there, and he neglected me as a boy, he doesn’t deserve such hierarchy, for he might abandon his people as well.”
Peter and Piper made quick eye contact, looked away, and immediately jumped aboard. They continued singing carols along the way about the poor Timmy Boy.
Then there were four…
“Oh Timmy Boy, he’s distraught, for he was left never fought. He needs us all to join along and help him to a victory.”
This brought village people along the way, caught hundreds of bird’s attention, wolves and goats alike joined in too.
Then there were hundreds…
By the time they arrived on the sacred ground in Persia where his father resided, he had a full blown army. They arranged so that there was no escape for the King. He must face his son. The commotion immediately sparked the entire land’s attention, and everyone gathered around the crowd.
When out walked King Cyrus…
“I must be a fool to think that could possibly be my son, for it is not so,” he thought.
“FATHER,” Timmy shouted angrily.
“You are terribly mistaken sir, for I am not your father”
Timmy pulled out the jacket engraved with a note containing his information, as he walked towards the King.
“Not my father is correct, but you are my biological father, unfortunately” Timmy said quietly.
Getting louder with each sentence Timmy continued, “You and mom left me, you shipped me far away because I was an embarrassment to you. Just because I’m half a boy does not mean that I’m not special. It does not mean that I’m not smart. For this you will pay. To all who are on this land, I will over rule King Cyrus. He will no longer be your King, for he is libel to out on the empire at any given moment. He is a poser, he is a fake. This is my land”
Without further ado, King Cyrus took off running, swooped Dorothy up, and left far far away, never to be seen again.
Timmy’s dreams came true, as he was able to build and grow an amazing empire that no one was disappointment in. He lead by truth, faith, and bravery, just as Ellen had taught him. For all of those that attended the long journey, he gave a permanent arrangement in the Kingdom to. This indeed made for an excellent life for Timmy, friends, and the Persian Empire.
For those that help and believe in you deserve to be rewarded too.
This was definitely something different than I’ve done previously. I used the Persian Tale “Nim Tanak, or Half-Boy,” and completely changed the entire story line. I left the King (Cyrus) and Half-Boy (Timmy) as characters, but gave them different names. In the original, Nim Tanak (Half-boy) was the only child of the King’s four that wasn’t “normal,” for he was born as half a child. The King always treated him as if he didn’t matter, as if he had no importance. When the Div took the King’s only daughter far away, the King sent his first son to retrieve her. He failed, so the king sent his second, which again, failed. This inspired Nim to prove his worth. He set both brothers free and returned the daughter to the King. After realizing what a mistake he made, the King made Nim his heir, loving him more than any of his other children. I kept the idea that the King did not want his son, but instead, I had him shipped far away. This lead him to find the King and over take the land, proving his worth to his father in the only way he knew he could. I got the idea of a journey and a continual increase in the number of people along the way from the story, “The Wolf and the Goat.” I thought it was a cool addition to show encouragement of others in Timmy’s journey. Overall, I combined two small ideas in different stories, and created my own story.
Persian Tales translated from Kermani and Bakhtiari by David and Emily Lorimer. This text can be accessed online here.
Image 1: Photo taken from Nim Tanak, or Half-Boy from Persian Tales. This photo can be accessed online here.