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.
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.
Image One: Tongass National Forest by Wikimedia Commons.