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    Default Re: Live From the Fireside: Season 4 (Week 101: The Mysterious Love Song)

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    Week 101: The Mysterious Love Song

    (real tale: "Folktales from Japan", episode 48, story 2)

    "In case you don't know, Lavaridge Town has long been known for its hot springs, which some have said have healing powers." Brock explains to his audience. "But as I'm about to tell you, they've also brought together friends and lovers as well."

    Fascinated murmurs go up at this. "Now, one day, a man--we'll call him Masato--came to the springs to relax, when he saw a girl--we'll call her Shiori--struggling with a broken sandal." he begins. "Masato fixed it for her, but all that day, he couldn't get Shiori out of his mind."

    He pauses for a beat, then continues "They met again the next day on the bridge leading to Lavaridge Town. They talked for a while, and after a few months, grow very close."

    "Aw"s fill the air before Brock intones "One day, the Masato found out that Shiori had left the springs, leaving behind an odd letter. However, it was hard for him to read the writing, so he hurried westward, in hopes Shiori went that way. Eventually he met a miko resting at an inn, and asked her to read it."

    "What did the letter say?" a man asks, piqued.

    "The miko read the message--which said 'If you miss me, visit me at the seventeenth village.' Brock replies. "She went on to tell Masato that the seventeenth village was a place known as Wakasa Town."

    After returning to his place at center stage, he goes on "Masato followed the miko's instructions to the letter, and came to the largest house in Wakasa Town, where he learned his beloved Shiori was about to be wed to a man she did not love. He settled down in Wakasa Town, where he found work running the general store, hoping all the while that Shiori would come to him and recognize him."

    "Did Masato ever see Shiori again?" a girl worries.

    "Meanwhile, Shiori got very sick, which her father believed was lovesickness." Brock assures the girl. "He told his servants that he would be willing to let her marry who she loved--if she could identify her own writing. The servants wrote all manner of love songs, but the bulk of them were terrible."

    Giggles go up at this. "When Shiori got to the last one, she found it was the song she had written!"

    Cheers go up as Brock concludes "And so it was that Masato and Shiori were reunited, and they were married not long after."

    The cheers intensify into raucous applause as Brock takes a bow...
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    Default Re: Live From the Fireside: Season 4 (Week 102: How the Norka Was Slain)

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    Week 102: How the Norka Was Slain

    (real tale: The Norka)

    "Once upon a time there lived a king and queen that ruled a kingdom so vast, no one knew where its borders ended." Brock begins. "They had three sons--two of them were pretty intelligent, but the third--we'll call him Kentaro--wasn't exactly the sharpest tack in the drawer."

    Giggles go up at this. "Now, the king had his own private Safari Zone, where all manner of exotic Pokemon roamed." Brock continues. "But every night, a fearsome creature known only as the Norka would sneak in and eat some of the Pokemon. The king did everything he could, but he was unable to kill it. So one day, he called his sons together and told them that whoever could destroy the Norka would get half of the kingdom."

    Thunderous applause goes up at this in anticipation of the epic quest that is soon to follow. "Well, the eldest son set out at sunset the next night. But before he reached the Safari Zone, he went into a tavern, and spent the whole night drinking all manner of drinks, playing games of chance, and listening to the minstrels sing. But when he finally came to his senses, it was too late; the day had already dawned. The next night the middle son went, and did the same thing. Needless to say, their father scolded them both soundly for frittering away their gold on wine, women, and song!"

    Laughter goes up at Brock's wry observation. "Well, on the third night Kentaro undertook the task. Everyone laughed at him, because they felt he wouldn't be able to do much of anything, if at all." Brock continues. "But he took his sword anyway, went straight into the Safari Zone, and sat down on the grass in such a position that if he ever fell asleep, his sword would poke him to wake him up."

    After a few beats, he continues "The night passed without incident for a while, but around midnight, the earth began to shake, the Norka came rushing up, and burst right through the fence into the Zone. Prince Kentaro woke with a jump, leapt to his feet, and charged straight at the beast. the Norka fled in fear, But Prince Kentaro was hot on its heels. He realized he couldn't catch it on foot, so he hurried to the stable, saddled the fastest Rapidash there, and set off in pursuit. He finally caught up with the beast, and they began an epic battle. They fought and fought for hours, until the best fled to a great white stone, tilted it up, and escaped into the shadow realm."

    Gasps go up as the audience speculates what will happen next. "Prince Kentaro went home, told his father everything that had happened, and asked him to have a leather rope long enough to reach to the shadow realm." Brock explains. "When the rope was made, Prince Kentaro called for his brothers, and after packing enough supplies for a year, they set out for the place where the beast had disappeared. When they got there, they built a fortress on the spot, and lived in it for some time, making battle plans.. But when the day finally came for one of them to enter the shadow realm, neither of the elder brothers could so much as lift it. Prince Kentaro decided he would go into the shadow realm himself, and easily tossed away the stone. He then tied the rope around him and told his brothers to lower him in. He would let them know he was ready to be brought up by pulling the rope."

    "His brothers complied, and when he had reached the shadow realm, he walked for a long time, until he noticed a princess crying in a little alcove." Brock goes on. "The princess told Prince Kentaro that she had been captured by the Norka, and in order to defeat it, he would need to be very strong. She gave him a potion of strength, saying not to drink it until he had found the Norka, as it would only work for a short time."

    The audience is on the edge of their seats as they await the outcome of the battle Prince Kentaro started. "After wandering through the shadow realm's many traps--which is a story in itself--Prince Kentaro found the Norka curled on a rock in the middle of what looked like an ocean, and drank the potion of strength. Despite being wounded before, the Norka still had plenty of strength left!" Brock cautions. "But Prince Kentaro matched it step for step, even as the battlefield shifted from sea, to land, to air, and back to sea again. Finally, after a long battle, the Norka was slain, and the princess freed!"

    He concludes "Prince Kentaro and the princess were married that day, and both of them lived happily ever after."

    "Aw"s fill the air as the audience applauds and Brock takes a bow...
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    Default Re: Live From the Fireside: Season 4 (Week 103: The Miko and the Shiny Mightyena)

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    Week 103: The Miko and the Shiny Mightyena

    (real tale: "Folktales from Japan" episode 50, story 2)

    "Once a certain miko--we'll call her Akina--was on a journey across the land to hone her powers." Brock begins. "But she was a bit of a trickster as well, but even her pranks were careful not to harm anything."

    He pauses for a beat before continuing "She had planned to stop and rest in a town close by Mt. Moon, but the sun set before she could make it over. Akina was very aware of the rumors that many people had gone missing on the mountain, and even she got a little scared as the wind rustled through the trees. After walking down the road for a bit longer, she concluded that it would not be safe to camp on the ground, so she made camp in the hollow of a tree."

    Tense murmurs fill the air as Brock continues "Suddenly, around midnight, she noticed a pack of Mightyenas gathering around the tree. They were looking for their leader, who was named Kinojo, or 'the gold lady'."

    The lights go down for a moment, before coming up again on Brock, who now has a bow and a quiver of prop arrows on his back. "After a few tense minutes, a Shiny Mightyena arrived, who Akina presumed to be Kinojo." he continues. "Suddenly, the shiny Mightyena started climbing the tree, bent on killing Akina!"

    Gasps go up at this as Brock readies a shot at a imaginary Mightyena growling offstage. "But Akina struck first by enchanting her bow with lightning, and firing a charged arrow at her foe." he intones. With that, he fires at an offstage target, making the imagined Mightyena cry in pain to signal a successful shot.

    Applause goes up as soon as they hear the <i>thunk</i> signaling Brock's successful shot. "The Mightyenas fled in terror, and the night passed without further incident." Brock continues as he sets the bow and quiver aside. "The next morning, Akina arrived in town, and asked if anyone had heard of anyone named Kinojo, as she believed that there may be more to the shiny Mightyena. A man of the village told her that Kinojo was his wife's name, and that she was mysteriously hurt the night before. Akina quickly figured out that the woman was possessed by a Mightyena spirit."

    Some "Oh"s go up as the audience puts two and two together. "Sure enough, the woman had a wound on her face where Akina's arrow landed!" Brock continues, pointing out where the wound was on his own face. "Akina wasted no time in casting out the spirit, and the woman's wound healed, although she had no memory of what happened."

    He concludes "With the Shiny Mightyena gone, the other Mightyenas disappeared, rendering Mt. Moon safe to travel again. But to this day, no one knows for sure why Kinojo was possessed. But they always remember the brave miko that cleansed the mountain."

    Thunderous applause goes up as Brock takes a bow...
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    Default Re: Live From the Fireside: Season 4 (Week 104: The Thousand Mile Shoes)

    Last episode of Season 4, but stories will continue in a new thread Friday.

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    Week 104: The Thousand Mile Shoes

    (real tale: "Folktales from Japan" episode 50, story 1)

    "In a certain village lived a widow with three sons." Brock begins over a quiet melody from his guitar. "One day, they traveled into the mountains to find herbs for dinner. Try as she might to get the boys to help, all they wanted to do was play."

    Giggles went up from the crowd at this. "She chased them about the forest and mountain paths, but in all the confusion, the boys were separated from their mother." Brock intones over a tense chord. "She was especially concerned, since a storm was about to roll in, but the boys were in a berry grove happily picking Oran Berries. They noticed the rain as well, and decided to take shelter in a house by the Berry grove."

    "What sort of monster lived in the house?" One boy in the front row shuddered at what the boys were about to meet.

    "They didn't know the house belonged to an oni--a demon of the forests and mountains--and the oni's servant girl pleaded with the boys to flee." Brock replies. "The eldest son replied they were not scared, so the girl instructed the boys to hide in a closet."

    He plays a panicked chord before continuing "The oni returned, and sensed the boys, but the girl insisted no children were there. Undeterred, the oni put on a pair of magical shoes that allowed the wearer to fly if someone with a pure heart sang..." He pauses to sing <i>Karuto, iichiida shou...</i>

    Excited whispers race through the crowd as Brock continues "The girl sang this, and the oni flew off in search of the supposed children."

    The crowd's excitement becomes concern as Brock plays a tense interlude. "The girl gave the boys a demon protection charm, and told them to hide in the trees as they returned home. The youngest son asked the girl to come with them, but the girl explained that while she was kidnapped by the oni when she was younger, she told the oni she was an oni stronger than him, and so he did not harm her."

    "That's one way to outwit a demon..." Sachi notes as the Players arrived in the wings to listen to the unfolding performance.

    "The boys started for home, but just before they arrived, they found the oni fast asleep in the middle of the road." Brock goes on. "The middle son got the idea to take the magical shoes. But before they could sneak away with the shoes, the oni woke up and chased them all the way out to the edge of a cliff!"

    "And then?" Even Lotta was worried for the boys.

    "All three boys climbed on the shoes, and the eldest brother commanded them to fly with..." Brock proceeds to sing again. <i>Karuto, iichiida shou...</i>

    "The oni tried to grab at them, but ended up falling into the abyss!" he announces to a triumphant chord.

    Relieved applause went up as he concludes "The boys were reunited with their mother, and ever since then, put in their fair share of the work with help from the magical shoes."

    Wild applause goes up as Brock takes a bow...
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