...Continued from Part I
At the end of the boy's block lived a strange old hermit. The boy had always been told by his mother and father to stay away from the man's house, but as the boy passed, the old man called out to him. The boy had nowhere else to go, and so despite his parents warnings, accepted the hermit's invitation.
The hermit turned out to be kind, and took care of the boy. The hermit taught the young man the importance of forgiveness, and that the boy should not blame his mother too harshly for what she had done. The boy fought the urge to return to his mothers webs daily. He managed to abstain, though, and then after learning all he could from the kind old hermit, it was time for him to move on. He left a note of thanks for the old hermit and left the town he had known his whole life in the early morning hours of a cold gray day.
Abroad, the boy felt free and happy. He ate rich foods, drank delicious concoctions, and smoked many exotic herbs. One day, he overheard a group of people talking about Metropolis, which he remembered learning about from his teacher. For some reason, he thought his brothers might be there, no he didn't know where or why he got that feeling.
On the third day of the third week of his journey, the boy was travelling through a dark woods when he came across a grotesque monster, standing in his path. "Who is it that seeks?" asked the monster. Suddenly unsure of his own name, the boy answered, "It is I, with the brown hair, green eyes, fair skin, and dishonorable past." The monster laughed and said, "Your hair is brown? Your eyes green? Your skin fair? Your past dishonorable? Why, that is a million different people. These things are not who you are." This froze the boy, and the monster stole his purse.
The boy stood petrified in the woods for two weeks and an hour, until another monster came along. The boy saw the monster and a single tear dropped down his face, though he was still powerless to react. This monster took pity on the boy, and went to embrace him. As she approached, the boy realized how small he actually was in comparison, and with a thunderous shake broke free of his self-prison, stepped clear over the huge monster, and proceeded towards Metropolis.
TO BE CONTINUED...