Strawmen and Spiders
why there were only spiders and no other animals was not the only thing she wondered. she knew that some important reasons for the existence of the tower and a song that might open the padlock were being kept from her view, and she hoped that in time she would understand the whole picture. in the meantime she learned what she could and hoped that she would be prepared for the day when, as she hoped and trusted in the universe, the padlock would be opened.
this tower and the woman's spirit locked in the top chamber had existed for a very long time. at first the staircase was empty except for spiders and their webs. adventurers heard about the woman who held something of value and the padlock that required a magic song for the lock to open. this seemed like an unusual challenge, and adventurers would imagine the woman and write songs from the inspiration. what each adventurer saw was in their own mind's eye, and the woman enjoyed seeing the pictures that arose from their imagination.
that was at first, when things were simple.
the songs began to have scenarios where the woman was interacting with the singer and sometimes trouble arose. the main snag in this was that the focus seemed to be forgotten.....the focus that the woman held something of value and that a magic song was required to open a padlock. once the focus went into imagined interactions, both positive and negative, the original beautiful exciting and unusual quest that the universe had offered seemed to be forgotten by most adventurers.
to be continued.......
©anita klinger 2006