Though that promise hurt the head of the council, it instigated Maya, the second in command. For years now, she sought to be the head of the council but was never even offered the chance to compete against her superior. She saw this as an opportunity to prove her worth though she didn’t have a clue as to what the answer could be.
That evening, after having their supper, Maya told her husband about the King’s offer and expressed to him that she would like to make the best of this possibility. As much as he wanted his wife to succeed, her husband could see the aggressive determination in her eyes and calmly replied, “The young king is reckless enough to propose replacing the current head over a single question. Do you really want to compete to gain validation from someone who would replace you just as easily?”
Noticing his wife’s disappointment, the husband held her hand as he assured, “If it is meant to be yours, you will get it no matter the circumstances. However, if it isn’t meant for you, no matter what you sacrifice, it will slip right through your fingers.”
As much as she disagreed with him, Maya chose to instead focus on the challenge at hand and just smiled. It bothered her that she did not receive the encouragement she expected, she still hoped to succeed in being the one to find the answer for the king.
That night lost in her thoughts, Maya closed her eyes before she felt nothing for a moment. But suddenly, she felt like she was falling from the vast nothingness to a world covered in red clouds. When she almost touched the clouds, Maya felt like someone was holding her. Floating above the clouds, she heard a voice from within asking her, “Do you really wish to know the truth?”