5. An old trick

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Clemea looked at her husband in a surprise. She has never seen Rahun so upset. In the middle of night he is walking in the balcony without even looking at her. She let him in his own world for some time. But she was curious to know.

” You are not planning to sleep tonight?” She asked

Rahun” No you sleep”

“What is it upsetting you so badly?”

” Nothing it is something that I have to find to prove I am right.”

Clemea ” If you explain may be it will help you.”

Rahun always knew that his wife had sharp eyes for details. But he was reluctant to share initially. But like always Cleamea managed to make her husband tell everything.

She thought for a moment ” During my childhood whenever we kids do some mistake and my father will catch my brother Pamar and ask him what happened. Because father knew he was the weakest of us and it would be easy to get information from him”

There was a moment’s pause. Then Rahun smiled and told “It is an old trick but I will give it a try. May be we might be able to get something”

Clemea replied ” You cannot say it straight that you liked my idea.”

Rahun smiled and kissed her deeply.

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Pig was lying in his cell with his eyes closed. His already skinny face was looking skinnier. He was disturbed by the sound of cell door opening. Two soldiers came inside and asked him to get up. They caught on his hands and dragged him outside. They were taking him upstairs. Pig was a bit confused as he did not understand what was going on.

They reached top of the prison tower and saw Rahun standing over there.

Rahun started talking ” Enjoy the fresh air friend.”

Pig smiled and replied ” Thanks.” Closed his eyes and took a deep breathe.

Rahun looked at him for some time. ” Do you know who I am?” he asked.

“Yes of course, the youngest ever to make it into the court of ministers. Some say you are the most intelligent man in this country. There are many rumors going on around like when you were born you started talking very early much before any normal kid and by the age of 5 you beat some top scholars in debate”

Rahun gave a proud face” There are many stories about you also. Like origin of your name. But….. we both know people tend to create rumors around what they do not understand and what we hear is just a collective imagination of crowd. So let us move away from rumors and get back to truth……….. Why did you get caught?”

Pig started laughing ” If you are intelligent enough find it by yourself…..”

“Yes I was trying…. but then I remembered my childhood. When we kids does something naughty my father always ask my younger brother to find the truth because father knew he was the weakest of us.”

Pig after a pause” And you choose me to get your answer…….. ? My friend, do not go by ones appearance…. It can be misleading”

Rahun smiled” Yes that is absolutely true. That is why I choose him”. He pointed his fingers towards the ground. Beast was there in chains surrounded by guards.
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4. The pattern

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It was a long path with bushes around it. The pig and the beast was walking through the way slowly. At a long distance you could see the mountain. The setting sun gave altogether beautiful scenery from distance.
The pig was taking deep breaths like he was enjoying the air and surroundings. He looked happy. Beast like always had a cold expression on his face.

Commander Mehak was looking straight at both of them from behind the rocks of Bharia Mountains. He turned his horse towards the soldiers ” They will walk straight into the trap. I do not think they have any option to escape. It will be an easy job for us.”
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Rahun was busy going through the writings. A soldier was waiting in front for his orders
“I want every details of arrests we made recently. Arrange meetings with soldiers who were present during arrests. I do not want to miss anything.”

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Pig and Beast reached almost near the mountains and soldiers were ready for the charge. Mehak was waiting for the right moment. He shouted loud ” charge” and soldiers started coming out in numbers and started moving forward. Beast pulled out his swords but pig gestured to put it down. They were surrounded in no time.

Mehak came forward with a smile
” I was waiting for this moment for a long time” he got down from horse and went near pig and slapped him. Beast was getting angry. But pig was calm.
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Rahun bowed infront of King. ” My lord we are seeing increased number of arrests of criminals from past summer.”

King” that is a good thing right? Our military is getting more efficient. We should be proud.”

Rahun ” Yes. But it feels too good to be true. None of the arrests resulted in causality. It was as easy as picking a flower. They all just walked right into the trap.”

Rahun paused and looked at king. After some moments silence King
” I see your point. It can be a coincidence. We tightened our military around the country to bring down criminals. May be because of that we are seeing improved results. But keep your eyes open.”

Rahun ” Yes my lord” He withdrew as king watched him.

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3. Wisdom and knowledge

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Young minister was standing on the balcony looking at a distance very frustrated. He was lost in his thoughts that he did not realize king was standing behind him.

King asked ” My son Rahun you are looking terrible. What happened to you??”

He was taken by surprise by the voice. He looked back and saw king with a smile.
He told “You know the reason my lord”

” You are still worried about what happened over there? Sometimes people differ in opinion. You cannot get frustrated every time somebody disagree with you. You waste your own energy and life by doing that”

Rahun” I am not angry for them disagreeing with me. I am angry because of the way they showed it. I knew they did not like me. But today I felt like I am not at all part of group”

King” My son how are you expecting them to behave when you called them stupid?”

Rahun” Stupid?. I was just making my point.”

King ” By calling them stupid….”

Rahun ” I did not indent to offend anybody I was just making the point that there is some chance that pig and beast are playing with us. They are not the ones who will make this kind of mistake.”

King” May be you are true and they are wrong. But you could not make your point and win over them to your way of thinking. I bought you into the court seeing your intelligence and knowledge. But to get further from here you need the ultimate wisdom on how to deal with people.”

Rahun looked confused.

King continued ” Do not worry son. I am sure you will eventually learn that art by yourself”

King walked away as Rahun watched him still confused.

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2. Wise men

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A soldier was riding the horse fast through the busy streets of Thivathon…. Soldier was asking everyone on street to move…..and people was jumping away from the path. At a long distance there was a dark fort.

The soldier went inside fort. He was walking fast through the corridors and went into a room. There was a man sitting behind the seat checking large sheets of writing.

Soldier bowed and started talking”
Minister we have got information about pig and beast. They are in the western province, near village Ganton. We can easily trap them.”

The old man’s face glowed like he saw a treasure box. He ordered “inform lord…and ask to summon court of ministers. I will prepare the plan of action.”
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Inside the large hall there were nine people sitting and discussing something serious. Couple of them was standing and discussing others was sitting. Then a soldier came inside and bowed in front of them “Lord is arriving” Everyone became silent and came to their seats.

A tall man with beard came into the room with couple of soldiers behind. His eyes and body told you that he was a man of immense power. His face was calm but gave a powerful impression. He asked soldiers to leave him. Everyone in the room stood up and bowed. He sat on the throne and gestured others to sit.

He started talking ” Is this true?”

One of the ministers told ” yes my lord we got information. The pig and The beast are moving along the border village of Ganton. They destroyed a bar due to some altercation they had with local people. Since we have good army presence around that region, It will be easy for us to trap them. They do not have too many paths to get out. I firmly believe they will try to take eastern route. If we plan properly we can surround them near Bharia mountain pass. ”

King looked pleased. He told” So finally after years long hunting we are onto something. So I believe everyone agrees to this plan”

Everyone started nodding. Then a voice came ” No my lord. I do not agree.”
Everyone turned to the direction. A young man probably youngest among them started talking. “They are the ruthless criminals who have been troubling the law and order of our country for years. They murdered hundreds of men and women. They looted innocent people and yet we could not give justice to those innocent people. We hunted them for years and could do nothing. But now how are we going to trap them? By this silly stupid mistake. Are we stupid enough to believe they will make this mistake and walk directly into our trap”

The old man who talked before replied” So what do you propose? To leave them and waste this golden opportunity? I have seen enough criminals and thieves. Most of the brilliant criminals finally falls by their simple mistakes, not by great plans devised by us. And my lord I will ensure the trap is fool proof and they will not escape this time.”

Everyone in the room started clapping. The young man looked angry but he did not reply anything.

King looked around on every face. He told ” I believe most of us agree with Hamen’s plan to trap them near Bharia mountain. So I order Hamen to do the necessary arrangements.”

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1. The Pig and The Beast

“Do you know why they call me “The pig”?” A skinny man sat straight on the chair and asked. He was so skinny that it felt like he did not had food for a week.
“No I don’t “. Bartender told with a confused face.
” because if they call him…… “the pig”….. he will tear them apart… ” pointing finger at a tall masculine sitting at a far corner of the bar.

” so what do they call him?”

” actually nothing…… Nobody ever dares to call him any names….. But he thought a title would make him a legend.. .. So I….. gave him title ” The beast”.

” So you two are the famous pig n beast duo from Roanotting” a voice from behind asked.

The pig turned back to see a man with a hat almost covering his face.

Pig just shaking a bit in chair asked with a proud face” so I am famous here also ”

Man with hat” yes I have heard that your head is worth a lot”
Took out out a sword from his coat.
” Close the door….” He shouted loud. ” friends we are gonna be rich tomorrow…. We need these two alive”

Door was closed.A bunch of people pulled out weapons with different shapes and circled both of them.

The pig did not move from the chair. But beast was so quick to pull out couple of swords one in each hand. People surrounded him but he was too quick in his actions and looked like a well trained warrior. He used both sword effectively to defend as well was injure the opponents. Number of people around beast was getting reduced fast. The man with hat asked people around him to help others to fight beast. They moved towards beast leaving pig and man with hat alone.

Pig pulled out a small weapon which looked like a small bow and shot at the man striking at his head. He fell down immediately.

The pig turned back to see frightened bartender and told him. ” just enjoy my friend….”

At same time the The beast was easily taking on the opponents. He
He was too good for them. When they tried to attack from the back he rotated his body like a wheel to hit them back. Eventually every one was down.

Beast shouted loud ” I…… AM….. THE…….BEAST”

Pig to bartender ” He likes that name so much”

Pig ” Well the show is over….. So good bye friends…..”

They walked out of the door with pig in front and beast behind.
After reaching outside beast asked ” So what should we do now?”

” Nothing…. the message was loud enough. We will wait for the reply.”
To be continued……….

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