Genie of the Sacred Mountain : Chapter 2: Meet me Halfway
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You chan, Genie of the Sacred Mountain
Chapter 2: Meet me Halfway



The steam rising from the hot springs shrouded the surrounding area in somewhat mystical aura. While the staggered clusters of clouds trying it’s best to conceal the clear blue sky succeeded only for its further enhancement… It’s perfect.

“Bathing in a natural mineral hot springs, is probably one of the few greatest pleasures in life, especially when you don’t have to share it with the wild monkeys. *smiles* However, sad memories always seemed find me in the bath…” Shin thought to himself.

Knowing what I have to do, and actually doing it, is not exactly the same. The first one is a dream, while the latter.., a reality. However, gray area fills-up the huge blank in-between, for initiative and inspiration to fill in. Sometimes having enough initiative to bring yourself halfway, could make the difference for those at the other end to reach out and meet you… halfway.

This is my story….

Before I met my other self, I’m just another no hope type of freelance wildlife and nature photographer, who can’t even balance my own checkbook and lovers that never stay longer than a week.

I know what I want, and I know exactly what I need to do, for my dream to take off from the ground. However, I was too busy wallowing in my own self pity, I’ve forgotten; that life is more about… hope rather than misery.

It’s the middle of autumn, the best time of the year to capture the essence of life as she bids her farewell performance before she falls into deep slumber. Time waits for no one….

I need to move forward and rediscover myself… my passion, and my inspiration. It didn’t take very long before I found myself in Sakurai City of Nara Prefecture… staring from the foot of Mount Miwa… the sacred mountain.

With a deep breath, I gathered all my strength to conquer my own fear, and turn a new leaf. “This is it…” I said, “There’s no turning back now…”, as I started climbing: while, instinctively taking some still shots of everything that captures my imagination on my way, towards the shrine that grants wishes.

The pristine condition of the environment reminds me of a well maintained Master Piece out of the Renaissance Era. However, I still keep reminding myself that I am treading through, a dangerous ground. And wild animals are wild animals, if I can help it, I will stay away from their way.

The sun is almost halfway down the horizon, and yet I haven’t had a clue about the location of the Shrine that grants wishes.

‘It will be dark pretty soon, I’ll better stay on the path, from here onwards’, I thought to myself, while resting on a big boulder in the middle of the footpath. It was then, when a desperate thought crossed my mind, ‘I wish, I could live with myself’, thinking that I am all alone, I whispered every single word of that little phrase from the bottom of my heart… as if, I was praying for a miracle. And then….

Out of nowhere; a giant brown bear appeared next to me… I jumped out of the rock and run as fast as I can, zigzagging along the woods, screaming from the top of my lungs, “Aaaaah!” and then, something hit’s me… “Ouch!!” I felt a heavy handed slap landed on my left cheek, followed by a violent shaking and then, a deafening scream, “SHIN! OKI NASAI!!” Before, I actually realized that; I was having a nightmare about our first meeting.

To be continued….
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Author's note:

When I was writing this chapter... a thought passed across my mind, "What would possibly bring a man down on his knees?"
I have a lot of naughty possibilities to choose from, but it wasn't appropriate... not yet. He he he...

Posted 3/10/11
Ah, so now it makes even more sense of where the wish was actually granted from. When I read chapter one, I was like, "A bear and wish?". LOL I kept re-reading chapter one just to look for the specific wish that he silently made. Thanks for this chapter, I finally understand! Leading on, I am excited!!! I must read the next chapter! I really want to know what possibilities you have. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
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Dearest LoveNEWS,

You have no idea how your messages makes me smile, everytime I come across it. *Smiles*

I'm glad that you liked my stories... Thank you. *Smiles* You chan's story is a novel that I used to post chapter by chapter (from my test site) so far I have written 14 chapters already and currently working on my 15th chapter.
Unfortunately, A lot of unpleasant events happend since last week (I'm taking about the Tsunami in Japan). *Deep Sigh*
Posted 3/19/11
Why THANK YOU! You make me smile too, honey! LIKE LITERALLY SMILE!
Yeah, I understand what you mean about the events. Are you okay? Were you harmed by any of those events too? You should keep posting them up for me to read! I will feel so honored! :D
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Dearest Jenny,

Thank you... for the smile. It means a lot to me... really. *Blushing*

Posted 3/20/11
Muahahahaha~ no problemo, amigo! You really make me laugh though! Not kidding with you, your remarks make me smile.
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