Their was a fierce war going on outside and we had been assigned a more difficult job of finding Kruraka!! The odd of finding him was so small as yet we were optimistic. And the only thing in our side is that we know some part of the castle very well..if the mirage castle was a exact copy of real one. we were alert and confused at the same time...here we were not sure whats there waiting for us....the devil king in no circumstances would welcome us here and not going to hide. He must have some surprises waiting for us and those must be dangerous for us. It will not be an exaggeration to say that we were fearing of the prospect of being attacked by him. The place was unknown to us. Every step were put with lot of consciousness.
" You must not fear my friend, as long as I am with u. Just keep searching for him....he will not try to attack you directly as long as I am here."
we all looked behind in unison. There he was...Raja Digvijay raj standing behind us in human form. He looked more human now. And there was a additional shine in him which we didn't seen in him before..
" Are you surprised by seeing me like this." He asked.
"Yes, how could this be possible? you are not human." I answered.
" Its because my body is present in this castle and my powerful sword is being present here. It gives me power..my inner sense of life. Outside this castle I am a mere soul. I had been here for so many years in this castle.'He replied,'now move to the stare case and go to eleventh room from the right. There you will find the sword."
" Not so soon my friend.....so you had brought your tiny rats with you. Let see how could they save themselves from my magic. Ha ha ha ha....
We couldn't find anyone as the sound was echoing all around us! And then suddenly their was darkness filling on the roof of the ground hall. And suddenly something took hold of my legs. I couldn't free myself as the hold was firm. Swikriti shouted at the top of her voice...the whole thing looked creepy to us. Now we were frantically trying to free ourselves. Our sword were of no use. If we could cut that thing holding us..a new hold begins.... It was slowly pulling us down. We were hoping that something or some help would come. And lo behold their was a angelic brightness all around. We couldn't even see what was it but it surely took some fear away from us. We could see now the thousand hands coming out of floor and could easily cut them ..moreover it looked like excess brightness were troubling them. Soon we were freed.
" what the hell was it?? Is this what he call magic?? no face to face attack!!!" Bhira roared.
" Its one of his dirty tricks...he doesn't attack from front...You have to be careful, Next time may be I couldn't help you..." Raja told us.
" So now we could move to stare case. Lets make it quick, before new problem arises." Uncle called.
We were soon running towards the stare case...as we had covered half of it.... something started on the stare case...it started moving, and we were all in trouble for holding to it. And to put salt on injury, there came some jumping creatures towards us.
" They were Grumpin, Magic creatures...save yourself from their bite...they are poisionous and could bring hallucination to you. They are quick. I will try to slow them down. I can't stop them." Raja shouted to us.
He then vanishes in air but now we could clearly visualise these jumping Grumpin...I was with my gun and all others with their sword. Though Raja was slowing them down but they was too quick for us. It took many attempt to kill them. Our eyes were tired concentrating on them...it was like hitting a fast ball coming towards us. We suffered many scratches and Surya suffered a bite. But in the end we could survive the scare.
" Bhira, Surya will soon be in hallucination. Protect him, I will go with Daksha and Swikriti." Uncle advised.
"He is right Bhira, I am also with the children, now we are near the sword. " Raje echoed
We reached the top with some difficulty and were on our way towards the Raja sword as this was the only thing which will kill Kruraka and strengthen us against him. As we were moving in our right direction, counting the room as we go, we couldn't find the eleventh room. We just couldn't make up our mind or something...as it just not there!...
" The eleventh room is on this wall...he had hidden it from you, let me open it for you, I can feel my sword inside this wall." Raja said.
And the wall was broken in a second. We are inside a room, a much bigger one and in the end of the room was a wooden chest...here was the Demon imprisoned by our ancestor king. There was a darkness, or negative radiance around it. And the sword was right in the middle of the room. the floor being cracked in the half. (now this much power that cracked that floor could have brought some earthquake to seal the castle door with rocks, I thought)
" Swikriti, take that sword!..its yours". King ordered her.
" You will never touch it!.. a sound echoed and something took away the King out of our sight and the next moment he was being suspended in the air...being hold by some magic invisible prison."
" Now what will you do, all your protectors are gone. Who will save you from me?" A dark appearance was taking a human form in front of us. He was certainly looking evil, his eyes, face and body!
" I will, and I will kill you." I got some courage and took my gun, and fired all the bullets on him. With Uncle too dazed to react.
" Your bullets are of no use, let me handle it" He laughed. Now the gun was not in my hand, being thrown far away from me. He mumbled some magic words and me, Uncle and swikriti being attached to the wall as if we were some paintings.
" So, let me finish this chapter forever, no more nuisance for me, I will then capture all the world, use there weapons for my purpose...dominate the world!! ha ha ha" He was amused with himself.
" Its not that easy, We were here for no fun." And there he was...Angara! he must have killed the priest and Bhira have told him where we are.
There follows a gruel some fight. Both were powerful but Kruraka was dominating Angara. We know that Angara will not last long, only if we were freed. Angara also know the face. He used his magic Gada to block the attack and attacked his hand. His powers on his hands. The devil become weak for some moment, enough for us to get free.
Swikriti jumped towards the sword as I get my gun. Kruraka could see that and suddenly swikriti lay there frozen on floor, sword near her hand. Devil used his full force against Angara, and Angara was thrown far away, unconscious. He was injured and weak..so passed out. I had to do something quick and I took my sword in the hand and run towards him..he also came running towards me, with swikriti at centre. He sprang towards me, flying in air...it was the moment swikriti finger touches the sword, giving her the strength she needed. As the Kruraka sword was just near me, my sword near his neck....in a quick movement, she take out the sword, and pierced it into the heart of the devil. It was like some movie scene but, there he was falling down, howling the loudest I ever heard. And in a Tiffy, he was turned into dust.
Our uncle came to his senses and King got freed, The dark cloud give away to bright sunlight outside. We won the war, succeeded in our quest. Angara was injured but was fine. Surya had been given some Ayurveda medicine. Injured were taken care of.
" Its my time..I had to go, thanks for setting my soul free, now I can go to where I belong. Keep the sword with you, it will remind you of great family heritage to which you belong." King digvijay raj said.
" Its we, who had to thank you. It was a wonderful journey...we met new people, seen the legends coming true, becoming a part of it, saving people." I replied.
Swikriti hugged the king. Uncle gave a parting hug. Angara kneel to his knee to say farewell to a great king.
" Good bye all, Angara..be a good leader, Daksha be with your family, bring them happiness.
Hukum singh, always be friend of our family, protect these kids. I am proud of you all." He just vanished in thin air...there were flowers and leaves falling from the tree. (I am proud that you were our ancestor, I thought)
Now we were on our way to return to the monkey men village. It was a long journey and we all chatted and sympathised with injured and those killed.
" So, whats your plan after this, anything you want to do, will your family come out of jungle? " I asked.
" I don't think so, jungle is our home and we don't want unnecessary attention from you humans. What about you? do you want to go for another quest like this." Angara answered.
" can't say, my life would never remain normal after all this. Devil is died but not darkness, for any presence of positive side, there has to be a negative side.' I said, ' who knows if the dark priest will not make another devil, someone wanting to rule the world." I was philosophical but optimistic."
" Yes, and we will be all there then, for another quest for the survival of humanity...right?" Uncle joked and we all laughed at this prospect. Not another one, at least for some time, I thought.
Far on the west side, near the devil castle, in the remains of the fallen slaves and killed priest.....there was a man, walking towards the castle...
" We will not die...we will fight, they are fools, they don't know anything." he cried. His sound echoed but there was no one hearing him. he was alone.......