Today’s Positive Adjective:
Opportune: suitable or convenient for a particular occurrence
Tierha left his meditative realm and rejoined the monks as they prayed. The temple hummed with their soft chanting. Tierha let the sound sooth his spirit as he prepared himself. His revelation would cause dissent.
He inhaled, and in one fluid movement, he stood, silent among them. Their melodious devotions ebbed then ceased, and their attention resting on their lama. The room was silent for many minutes before Tierha spoke.
“The grey ghost of the mountains visited me,” he said and paused. “I am to undertake a journey to the Great Cave of Conquering Demons.”
A breeze caressed the monks, touching the nape of a neck, quieting a restless hand, and soothing the shoulders of the fearful.
“We will start preparations for a spring departure,” one monk volunteered.
“Make the arrangements, but I leave at dawn,” Tierha replied.
The once quiet prayer space erupted with works of concern and admonishments for his trip’s delay.
“We are entering winter—”
“You can fight demons anytime, anywhere.”
“Wait until the passes are free from snow.”
“The envoys won’t be able to reach the supply drop.”
Tierha’s hand gently petted the air and their voices stilled.
“The opportune place is the Great Cave of Conquering Demons. The moment is upon us,” he said.
His face said they would not dissuade him.
“There is nothing to fear. The snow lion walks with me.”
The monks peered into the dark recesses, searching. A monk pointed beyond the door. Silhouetted by dawn’s orange glow they saw tiger eyes surrounded by a turquoise mane. The snow lion bowed to them, then turned and walked toward the light.
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Jo Hawk The Writer