Taşlıçay, Ağrı, Turkey © Google Maps
Once there lived a beloved taen who ruled well. When she gave birth to twin daughters, everyone rejoiced at the good omen. The taenasses grew to be as wise as their mother and as kind as their father.
Then their father died. Debilitated by grief, the taen succumbed to the deceitful charms of Haenan, and married him.
Haenan could not fool the taen for long. Soon, she fell into a mysterious coma. Blaming the taenasses, Haenan locked them in two towers–separated, for everyone knows the great magic twins can do, that none can do alone.
The sisters communicated with secret hand-signs across the great distance until one day, they were ready. Casting in unison, they bent the towers closer until they touched hands, and floated down to the courtyard.
The crowd, hearing the clear truth of their testimony, banished Haenan.
The taenasses resuscitated their mother, and peace reigned again.
Word count: 150. Written for this week’s What Pegman Saw challenge. This is a great photo challenge, because you can scroll around the Google Maps image of the featured location and find any number of inspiring sights! I would encourage any writers reading this to join in. Click on the link to read other stories inspired by this location, and to write your own.
This story originally had a much darker ending, but it turned out that the happy ending helped me cut more words… Also, you’ll just have to imagine that the towers were too far apart for them to shout, because I couldn’t squeeze in the bit about the silence spell that Haenan used to try to keep them from telling anyone the truth.
World-building note: In Pyann, women and men rule equally. A taen is roughly equivalent to a (gender-neutral) king, and a taenass is any child of the taen. Twins, especially identical twins, are considered very special and blessed in Pyanni culture, and feature as heroes in many legends. Twin taenasses would be expected to rule jointly and equally when the time came.