Queen Iseul put an end to the raised furor by announcing that she herself had summoned her. King Eun fidgeted nervously on his throne, uncomfortable with the shaman’s presence. He dismissed the court in disgust after hearing that the Queen had summoned the shaman.
“Are you out of your mind? How could you let this dangerous lady enter the palace? Did you forget what she had done to the previous king?” The King asked in vexation.
“She charmed him with her black magic and he ended up dying painfully.”
“How could you forget that it was your own mother’s conspiracy because she wanted to see you on the throne, and not your step-brother. Mi-sook was only following the royal command.” The Queen argued back.
“I still can’t believe that my own mother did this to my loving brother. Just because of her, I only exiled that shaman, or else I could have executed that toxic lady.”
“Talking about my mother, she also died a painful death. I can clearly remember her condition after my brother's death. She had been hallucinating dark shadows that claimed to kill her; she couldn’t even sleep peacefully because of the series of horrible dreams that used to chase her the moment she fell asleep.” He continued sorrowfully. “I still remember her last day, she was hiding in a big trunk while court ladies came to me, and told me about her condition. I quickly rushed to her, after seeing me, she whispers in my ear slowly that sends chills down my spine even today- ‘THE DARK SHADOWS ARE BEHIND YOU. THEY ARE SAYING THAT NO ONE CAN SAVE THE PALACE NOW. THEY ARE HERE TO TAKE ME WITH THEM’. Just after the words slipped her lips, she fell unconscious and was later declared dead by royal physicians.” The King said in a deep and somber voice.
“It was all because of her hallucination, nothing else. She just suffered from a mental illness,” said the Queen. “Let the dead bury the dead. Stop looking back, we are not going that way, we must think about our present problem’s solution. And the solution to our problem is taking the help of that shaman. She can do wonders with her powers.”
“We’ll find other alternatives. I don’t want that lady to practice her dark arts in this palace. She is dangerous and I can’t trust her.”
Queen Iseul was not positive about the idea of going for another alternative. She had made up her mind to go for shaman’s help as she is certain that Mi-sook won’t disappoint her. The Queen started sobbing in pain. She took a knife and threatened the King to agree, or else he would lose her. The King loved her wife dearly. Therefore, he reluctantly agreed to her wish.
“Promise me you’ll help me when the time comes, whatever it takes, I need your contribution too, after all, I am doing it all for this nation,” said the Queen.
“I promise you. I just want my Queen to be happy.” The King surrounded her in his embrace.
Lots of random thoughts choked his mind, but he still didn't feel frightened. But he did have an uncomfortable sense of foreboding, the knowledge that something unpleasant is going to loom in the future. He was silently praying for the wellbeing of the nation while gazing at the sunset as a fiery red orb of light slowly sank beneath the horizon, and threads of light lingered in the sky, and slowly the stygian darkness took over the sky.
The Queen and Mi-sook continued their conversation in a private quarter. She began to explain why she had called her, but Mi-sook stopped short and simply reassured her. She promised to give her a successor. No matter what it took.
“Your Highness! It is possible that the bad energy near you is a hurdle causing these problems for you.”
“Does that mean there is no hope?” The Queen asked as her spirit suddenly dampened.
“Don’t worry my lady, you have summoned me for this task and that’s my promise, I’ll definitely give you an heir. But unfortunately, you’ll have to go through some harsh practices.”
The Queen sighed and said, “I’ll do anything for this.”
Mi-sook entered the Queen’s chamber, and to their dismay, ordered all of her maids and court ladies to leave. When Mi-sook stated that the order had come from the Queen, the court ladies reluctantly filed out. Then Mi-sook had the Queen restrained and stripped, and placed a talisman on the front of her skirt.
Without warning, Mi-sook had her henchwomen whip the Queen over and over, claiming to be riding her of bad energy. The Queen was struck repeatedly until her garments were completely stained in blood. The whipping finally stopped when Mi-sook saw the burn marks appeared on the talisman.
Mi-sook- “Your Highness! I am sorry to say that, but you’re barren.”
The Queen bite down on her lip and closed her eyes for a moment to keep herself from crying out in anguish. The news broke the Queen, and she realised that the revelation is far more painful than the pain of whipping. Her body was drenched in the hues of red, blood was still oozing out from her fresh wound but she didn't care about the wound. She started sobbing in the corner, the news destroyed her.
“Your Highness! Stop crying. I know a way to work around this complication.” The Queen looked at her.
“Your Highness! I must inform you beforehand that this spell is going to be risky. It’s up to you now.” Mi-sook warned the Queen.
“I’ll do everything; my top priority is to get an heir for the throne,” said the Queen.
“Alright. But first, you need to be treated. Pardon me for causing you pain.” She called the Queen's maid and asked them to take care of the Queen.
The Queen ordered her maids to hide her injury from the King. She knew that if he found out, he would execute Mi-sook.
Mi-sook gave a devilish smile and walked out of the Queen’s quarter only to see Lord Yong stand before her.
The air became thick with the tension between them.
He heard that Queen Iseul had invited her back and wasn’t pleased with the idea of her residing in the palace.
“Long-time no see Lord Yong.”
“Our Queen is naïve. You can trick her with your shrewdness but you can’t trick me. I know very well what you are up to. You won’t be able to succeed in your cabal while I am here.”
Lord Yong proceeded to the Queen’s chamber but stopped right in front of the door. He asked the Queen why she brought Mi-sook back to the palace.
The Queen silenced him. She knew that Lord Yong had known all along that the Queen was barren. She no longer wanted his help. She had decided that from now on, she would rely on Mi-sook. She commanded him to leave the palace forever and asked him to never utter a single word to anyone about what he knew.
Later that night, a young court lady of the palace who’d woken up, ran to Mi-sook, shouting, “That person! That person is in danger!”
After some time, the Queen got news that the King had fallen ill and rushed to see him. She was told that it was an acute indigestion, and they were lucky to catch and treat it so quickly.
Mi-sook recalled the young girl who woke up from her sleep and ran outside to inform other people about the King’s condition but eventually bumped into Mi-sook.
“How come you know about the illness of the King before anyone else?”
“Since childhood, I can hear and see glimpses of the future.”
It didn’t take her much time to realize that the girl was gifted.
“A girl who can see future events can be dangerous for me, I need to get rid of her anyhow,” Mi-sook planned something to take care of the girl.
She quickly rushed to the Queen with a game plan in her mind to make the innocent girl her scapegoat.
“I have found a girl for the King, my Lady.”
“Good. But how do we convince her?”
“It’s treason to not follow the order of a Queen. Therefore, no one can deny your order.” Mi-sook stated.
The Queen summoned Min-shi and ordered her to sleep with the King. The Queen kept a passive expression as she commanded her to sleep with the King to get rid of his bad energy.
“Your Highness! Have mercy on me. I can’t do this; I’m a maiden, I can’t give my body to a man.” She tried pleading with the Queen which earned her a slap.
“He is not just a man. He is the King of Noam. As a citizen of Noam, it is your duty to do this much. You should feel proud at this moment that you have been chosen for this noble work. Once it is done, I will reward you handsomely.”
The innocent girl was left with no choice. She reluctantly said yes.
So that night, Min-shi was bathed and robbed, and the Queen issued instructions on how (and how not) to comport herself. She notices Min-shi’s hands tightly grasping her skirt and pulls them into her own, embracing her. One can see her expression break into one of guilt.
No one looked happy at all as the King entered and began to disrobe Min-shi.
To convince the King to sleep with a maiden was also a hard task but the Queen succeeded in convincing him in the end.
After 1 monthThe physician checked Min-Shi’s health. She was indeed pregnant.After hearing the news of the pregnancy of the young girl, the Queen was absorbed in deep thought where she recalled what Mi-sook told her.Flashback“Your Highness! It is clear that you are barren, but still you can give birth to a child.”“How is that possible?” The Queen asked desperately.“My Queen! Kindly forgive me for what I am saying, but we need a girl to sleep with the King.”Queen angrily looked at Mi-sook, but before she could react, Mi-sook calmed her down.&l
17 years later Far away from the hustle bustle of town, free from the human surroundings, in the deep forest there was an abandoned mansion. The mansion was as dark as coal with a small gate detailed with intricate designs and a window. One could hear lots of brown, scary owls hooting up. The mansion was also surrounded by lots of talismans. The bright and booming lightning was illuminating the sky. A young girl was peeping out from the mansion’s window with a black mark on her left hand. She was watching the full moon. The moonlight was illuminating her ivory skin. To say that Si-ri is beautiful would be an understatement. She had
Min-ho opened his eyes and saw sunlight streaming in through the window. He recalled last night's events. He noticed that his hands and legs were tied. His head was aching like anything. He started shouting like a madman. “Leave me or else I’ll kill you.” When he heard footsteps coming from the staircase. He saw a girl, a beautiful girl he recalled the rumours as he had heard about the witch. “So you are the so-called witch who hit me yesterday. You can’t bewitch me with your pretty looks. Release me and I’ll forgive you,” said Min-ho trying hard to open the knots. “I was not expecting you to wake up for at least one day after receiving that shot. Hmm…quite strong,” said Si-ri looking at Min-ho. Meanwhile Min-ho wa
Lord Yong and the other members of his bureau were huddled over a map at a tea stall. They all used to discuss serious matter at that place only. They were contemplating on the matter of finding the location of the dark lord of the north — the only person who supposedly knows about the book that holds the key to break the curse. The followers of Lord Yong tried their best to find him but all in vain. Lord Yong had been looking for THE DARK LORD for a very long time. The man was a really renowned personality in the world of black magic, besides practicing black magic, he could even see the dead. There was one thing that made him different and more respected from others who practised black magic, he only used his powers and knowledge for helping people.
The Zorus province was a part of The Kingdom of Noam, which was built amidst the windy fields of gentle grasslands and is truly a state-of-the-art sight. Its allure was matched by the backdrop of rich, luscious fields which had helped shape the city into what it was today. Zorus itself looked beautiful. With its maple wood rooftops, maple wood walls and white, sandy beaches, it had a pleasant atmosphere. The main attraction was the guard tower, which had been built fifty five years ago and designed by barbarians. It had a feeble economy, which was mainly supported by fishing, jewel crafting and leather working. But their biggest strengths are refined carpentry and rare wood production. Lord Yong and Nyang entered the province without wasting time. They asked some people for directions to the forest then headed straight towards it.
By the time Min-ho reached the town, he had already cooked an impressive story in his mind for his friend. After arriving at the marketplace Min-ho saw his friend and shouted his name at the top of his lungs. Ji-ho turns around and sees a tall figure rushing towards him. His eyes widened when he looked at his friend Min-ho standing in front of him. Alive. "How is this possible? I can't believe this! How could he make it to that witch's mansion and return alive? He must have come back without visiting that mansion. Thank God! My money is safe now, I will not have to pay him a single penny. There was no way this poor rat confront the witch of that mansion?" Ji-ho thought. "My friend, as you can see I've come back alive from the mans
The old mansion might look quite horrible and unfortunate from outside but from inside it possessed a good fortune in the form of its owner, Si-ri. In all these times she had actually made it liveable and turned the awful and gloomy looking mansion into a beautiful house from inside. The mansion was really big and spacious. It is said that years ago the royal family of Noam built this majestic mansion for their amusement purposes like hunting, enjoying the beauty of nature, etc. But the walls of this majestic mansion had seen the cruellest death of one of its Kings. Nobody knows what happened on that fateful night, as per the guards King Woo-jin returned to the king’s chamber at night after dinner but the next morning when he didn't come out, the guards decided to check and the moment they entered the chamber their eyes were pouring the grief of their Kind King’s death. Golden rays of sunlight peeping through the window, tickled Min-ho to get up frombed. With half open eyes, the young man yawningly walked towards the washroom to continue with his morning routine. Looking around the house, anyone would say that the house was small yet beautiful. There was only one bedroom attached with a kitchen and one washroom with a big porch, more than enough for a single person. However, the thing that can make anyone’s heart flutter was, looking at this small house's garden; beautiful cherry blossoms surround it. With the blowing wind, the cherry blossom sheds its pink leaves over the roof like it’s raining blessings over the small house. Min-ho got ready and walked towards the gambling house. The owner of the gambling house Kwan adoreed Min-ho as he was of the best use to him. Kwan was a wealthy yet cruel man. He was a renowned p
The Girl of an Old Mansion A Present-I
Golden rays of sunlight peeping through the window, tickled Min-ho to get up frombed. With half open eyes, the young man yawningly walked towards the washroom to continue with his morning routine. Looking around the house, anyone would say that the house was small yet beautiful. There was only one bedroom attached with a kitchen and one washroom with a big porch, more than enough for a single person. However, the thing that can make anyone’s heart flutter was, looking at this small house's garden; beautiful cherry blossoms surround it. With the blowing wind, the cherry blossom sheds its pink leaves over the roof like it’s raining blessings over the small house. Min-ho got ready and walked towards the gambling house. The owner of the gambling house Kwan adoreed Min-ho as he was of the best use to him. Kwan was a wealthy yet cruel man. He was a renowned p