Week 7 Story: Exiled in the Tongass

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The dense air weighted on the shoulders of Jacob and Joseph as they plunged through it gathering all their supplies to head out camping into the Tongass, the largest forest in America located in Southeast Alaska. They looked forward to this day for months, but something didn’t seem right to the twins on this very day.

“Maybe it’s just the polluted air making us feel uneasy,” Jacob screamed to Joseph who was forcing a few last things into his duffle bag.

Joseph nodded in agreement, and began discussing all of the plans the two had for the trip.

“You know, there is everything we could possibly want to experience there. There’s dog-sledding, fishing, hiking, and 17 million more acres of activity in the forest.”

With the positive outlook on vacation, the two loaded up the third brother, Wayne’s car. Wayne dropped Joseph and Jacob off at the grand entrance of the Tongass, helped throw out all of their supplies (tent, etc.) onto a safe camping spot, and waved the twins goodbye. As soon as Wayne drove out of the gate, thick barricades rose up from the ground. As far as the pair could see, barricades kept rising. There was no way out.

A gruff voice spoke, “now you both are captured, you will live life exiled in the forest until further notice. It’s only a small whisk at gaining back what you’ve put us through.”

Joseph and Jacob frantically looked around to locate where the voice was coming from. No one was in sight, but Jacob quietly whispered, “the Jural brothers.”

***

Years seemed to pass by and Joseph and Jacob were still living exiled in the forest in a one stall tent. They’d fought for survival until they grew so weak that they barely had enough strength to hold the fishing rod in hand waiting for a bite. They’d grown so very tired.

“Joseph. Jacob.”

The brothers hadn’t heard a voice in years, could this be their saving grace?

The barricades to the entrance alone lowered and in walked the Jural brothers with bulky guards all around them…

Authors Note: Life in the Forest from the Mahabharata, as well as scenes from the Ramayana were used in order to create a modern approach to exile in the forest. Joseph and Jacob represented the Pandavas brothers. In the Mahabharata, the Pandavas brothers were exiled to the forest for 12 long years. During this time the Pandavas brothers encountered many different sages who lived in the wilderness, which I didn’t include in my recreation. The Tongass Forest is truly the largest forest in America, and I thought it was a cool idea to bring in some of the things you can actually do at the forest, as well as information about it. I wanted to leave the story at a cliffhanger on whether or not the Jural brothers, taking the place of Duryodhana and his brothers in the original, to decide on whether or not they would be able to enter back into the real world.

Bibliography:

Image One: Tongass National Forest by Wikimedia Commons.

Sources were taken from several different places: Arnold, Besant, Devee, Dutt, Ganguli, Kincaid, Macfie, Mackenzie, Nivedita, Seeger, and Tagore. All were accessed online for free here.

Tongass National Forest

3 thoughts on “Week 7 Story: Exiled in the Tongass”

  1. Chelle, this story was really intriguing. I like that you left a cliffhanger, but I was slightly confused about how the twins were trapped or if Wayne knew that they would be trapped. Maybe that’s the mystery of it all! I really enjoyed this story, it is different than most I’ve read and creative. I hope you could continue this in some way, it would be cool to see how they are saved from being trapped. Or even like a prequel to the story to explain why the Jural brothers want to trap them. Great story!

  2. This story was super creative and interesting, Chelle! I love the ending, and I thought that your manipulation of the events in the Mahabharatha to make it more modern was absolutely fantastic. The parallels between your characters and those in the Mahabharatha are clear enough where the similarity can be drawn, but different enough so that they are unique. I loved the imagery laced throughout the story, too. Great job, and I wish to read more of your work in the future!

  3. Chelle,

    I loved reading your story and can’t wait to read more of it in the future. I think you did a great job of making the story your way and giving the story a different feel from the original. I like your page as well and the picture you have as a backdrop. I hope I get to read more in the future and have a great rest of the semester!

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