It could have been long ago or not so long ago. Sometimes it is hard to tell for me. Who does keep count, when you are a deity? The story I am about to tell you could just have happened a year ago or very well 100 years ago. Honestly, I lost track of time.
The story starts with the sacrificial murder of a girl to the sea goddess Calypso…
Sad eyes, or sad eyes it would have been had the observer been human, watched another senseless murder of a young life. They couldn’t do a thing, just watch and then pick up the soul and guide it to a new, this time hopefully better life. That is, depending on who the sacrifice was for.
She was fighting, with all her might and it wasn’t enough. A child of 5 years was outmatched by the adults. Her own parents were pushing her small body under water, holding her there, until her need to breathe became to much, water filling her mouth and lungs and slowly her life faded from her still body.
Her translucent soul appeared near her body crying, still asking why. “Why mommy? I promised… I’ll be a good girl… what… did I do… wrong?”
They left the body to be taken away by the sea, food for its creatures. The priest started a chanting to invoke Calypso to take this soul.
Humans were so cruel to each other. But not this time. They wouldn’t allow it this time. They would foil Calypso’s never ending thirst for young souls!.
COME WITH ME CHILD.
Blurry eyes looked up to them.
A siren’s call was trying to get her attention while she still tried to understand her parents' actions. Her body was floating in the water, face down and naked. Another voice called her upon all the noise that made her dizzy. Everything slowed down until time itself didn’t move anymore.
She looked up and saw the cheetah goddess Karu in all her glory and beauty, who once was worshipped by the ancestors.
A flower crown made of white chrysanthemums adored her feline head, a single long dark blue cloth wrapped around her body, the end hanging over her left shoulder down to her calves.
The silver pendant around her neck resembled a cross but had an oval loop on top instead. The key of life.
The goddess kneeled down before her and opened her arms invitingly. Fresh tears came to the blonde’s eyes before she sought shelter in the offered embrace.
Death had been wondering in what form they would appear for the girl and it came as a surprise that the little one saw the long perished Karu. Death knelt down, offering a warm embrace which was gladly accepted. With her new claws she cut of the fabric from her sari hanging over her shoulder and wrapped it around the crying soul.
DO YOU HAVE A NAME CHILD?
“Melody.” came the muffled voice from her chest.
HELLO LITTLE MELODY. I WILL TAKE YOU WITH ME HOME TO A SAFE PLACE WHERE CALYPSO WON'T FIND YOU.
“Will you be my mommy, graceful Karu?” Teary eyes looked up at her, hopeful, trusting and lonely.
IF YOU WISH FOR ME, TO TAKE UP THIS ROLE, THEN I WILL BE YOUR MOTHER.
Picking up the girl Death took their… her leave. Calypso would be looking for this soul. She wouldn’t get it, that wretched sea monster. For far too long Death had done nothing. It was high time to spring into action and foil some plans, the girl in her arms only the beginning of something new and wonderful.