“The world that you will have in front of you will not give you what you ask for, it will want to negotiate, attack, destroy your ideas; seek unannounced, each revealed task will impact the others, influencing without destroying is the most difficult task ”The Messenger
By Ariadne Gallardo Figueroa
As was said at dawn, each of the eight, now self-appointed enlightened ones, undertook a different task; As was customary, they asked if any of them had been presented in dreams by the lady whose violent death made her a river deity, but the answer was negative.
While Evaristo was placing the bowl to prepare his infusions, he roasted a pigeon and said to Javier with enthusiasm:
-Brother, if people leave you some coins now that you are going to be a beggar to the market, buy salt, so we can better preserve the meat of some rabbit or pigeon! The picarazas have announced that we must preserve food and I believe them.
In response, Javier patted him on the back and watched Santiago approach to prevent it:
-Javier, be cautious, if someone approaches you very flattering, be careful that he will want to get information from you, beggars are common people, known in the towns, Something like part of the decoration, some will see you differently, be careful.
Between all of them they exchanged clothes to leave the most threadbare ones for Javier and Diego commented to the group:
–Most of them have to speak caló, do you know gipsy words or phrases? -Javier didn’t say a word, he just nodded. “Once the deal was done, they weren’t going to back down for talking or not, the most important thing was to find out if people were alert or worried about something.”
Finally, the seven friends saw him go away until he was lost down the hill and they waited …
At dusk they saw him climb up the hill, excited they ran up to him and Javier stretched out his hand to deliver a package of salt to Evaristo, he received it with a smile.
Patricio approached and asked him if he had only brought salt, he complained why he had not brought a loaf of bread; Inside his threadbare pants, Javier showed everyone that indeed, there was the loaf.
They all smiled and realized that Javier was clever, almost in unison they asked if he had heard something that would help them:
Javier sat down and shared bread among his companions and began to describe what he observed and heard:
-There were blue men (blamenn), but they did not look like slaves, others from the place, those who carried fish mentioned the Puerto de Palos, it seems that it is some kind of flutter with a man who got gold doubloons to go to the Indies.
Jacinto intervened to point out:
-That man must be with the powerful, where is the Indies?
They all looked at each other with bewilderment and Diego raised his hands to answer as if something had illuminated him:
-We must ask the deity of the river if their lands are in that place if there is a temple to the Moon in the Indies.
Zila looked at everyone and asked with enormous concern:
-What is the place that we should arrive like, what is the woman you describe Santiago like?
Santiago looked at them and pointed out confidently:
-She , that species that the galleons carry and bring from an exotic place (Sri Lanka), I could have been in that place as a slave if it had not been for Diego who He had the great idea that it was better to flee and then I met them all in that dungeon where later we were freed by that man who would take us to hell.
Everyone remembered those moments with clarity, they never knew what that man was referring to when he told them that they would go to hell but the trip ended in shipwreck and that changed the lives of the now eight enlightened ones.
The random moments that could change their lives were about to do so in truth and forever.
In parentheses are two terms that possibly not all the men were familiar with.
Author´s draw: “Erandi has skin the colour of cinnamon“