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The Grandfather OW

 

 

 

I’m 500 years old. . .

I can make everything out of copper. . .      everything you need. .        Cauldrons, bowls, and so on. .

I can also make weapons. .      More precisely, I figured out how to do it. .      But for this they destroy.

I had been hiding the thought. . .     For a long time. . .         Waiting for something. . .                      I didn’t have time. . .         I didn’t make.

 

     ***

I liked her right away. .     A long time ago. . .              When she was just a little girl. . .                  Gray-eyed. . .

I loved her without any reason. . .       I am a slave, so I will never have only my own . . .                    so that no one can. . .       dare. . .      even think. . .

 

I just watched from afar. . .         like others did her. . .

 

 

She was not pregnant from anyone, although she was fucked by everybody. . .

It means that she didn’t want anyone. . .       Didn’t want to have a child from them. . .

 

 

     ***

Many years have passed. . .     Usually, those who don’t want to conceive a child are killed. They didn’t want to kill her easy way – she was a beauty even at fifty.

Only she has got such light hair and dark gray eyes.

 

     ***

 

She was brought to me by these. . .            They wanted her to have a baby. . .         For them. . .  From me. . .         They thought so. . .

She probably liked me too. . .      Yes. . .      She liked me. . .        That’s what she thought when they dragged her in. . .

I always liked him. . .        So she thought. . .

She thought of me before, even though I don’t have one leg. .      When I was a little boy they cut me off above the ankle so I wouldn’t run away. . .            I quickly learned to jump on one leg. . .      then the second leg was broken. . .

 

 

    ***

She was pushed towards me. . .     She looked into my eye. . .      The whole one. . . and I realized what I had to do and that she wants this baby. . .      son. . .       which. . .        which. . .

 

These stood nearby and watched. . .      They heard her thoughts as well and chuckled.

 

 

She was dragged away as soon as I finished. . . 

I never saw her again.

 

That’s when I started making a knife. . .     Olonock, for us. .

 

I knew what to add to the copper to make the blade sharp and hard. . .

The casting was already finished when the guards came running. .

The metal was still in shape when I was knocked off my knees – I could only do everything on my knees. . .

 

 

Then it is clear what. . .

You know about execution by dismemberment into many parts. . .

 

 

It’s a pity I didn’t have time to finish the olonock. . .

***

 

I hardly remember this life. . .

I only know that my mother and I were killed when I was two years old. 

When they kill you when you’re young, you can’t remember anything. . .          You know that, don’t you?

 

***

I don’t know what to tell you about myself. . .

I’m a coppersmith. .    I learned it myself. . .       Watched from afar how others were melted ore. . .

They didn’t want me to learn. . .      they banish me away so I wouldn’t look.

I thought I could make a furnace and melt it myself. . .       I was ten years old then. . .                           It didn’t work at first. . .         then I figured it out. .

I was badly beaten for it. . .      By the ones who melted metal. .          They said I stole their secret. .        And I didn’t steal any secret – I just understood, guessed – as it should be.

 

***

Do you know that we hear the thoughts of those who think of us?              And I heard. . . at night. .         He told me how to do it. . .             Said he is a coppersmith, too. . . 

Was a coppersmith. . .    when he was alive. . .          And now he’s not alive. .                                       He said he would teach me everything. . .       that he knows. . .    .

I don’t know who he is. I know that he’s good. . .      That he’s O.       That he was murdered. . . For making weapons. . .       Almost. . .          He didn’t have time to sharpen it. . .   . 

He also said that I should make weapons. . .              but not tell anyone how to make copper solid. .

 

***

I realized what he was saying then. . .   . 

Then he didn’t speak, but I knew that he was there and that he loved me. . .            That he thinks of me. . .        and I will understand – how to do everything. . .    .

Then that was gone too. . .      It became empty. . .          Not in my mind. . .      no. . .        my heart was empty.

 

***

 

I lived alone in my hole. . .        My parents were killed a long time ago. . .         I hardly remember them. . .           I remember my mother a little. . .          Remember that she is beautiful. . . 

I don’t remember, I don’t want to remember how she was raped and then killed. . .    .

I ran away and hid on the mountain. . .

Then I found a small hole in the mountain. . .      someone else’s hole. . .         So I lived in it. . .

Then they caught me and made me carry ore to the coppersmiths. . .        Then I grew up. . . Then you know. . .    .

 

***

 

 

I’m twenty years old and I know how to make a good weapon. . .        For These. . .       .

I have my own furnace and I work alone. .     I don’t want to see anyone. . .      When you’re alone, no one bothers to think. . .        Think about what He wanted to tell me and what I couldn’t understand. I still remember what He said. . .    . 

Back then. . .        Long ago. . 

 

 

Also I often think about women. . .        What are they like. . .  

I think they are beautiful. . .           That they are somewhere. . .            

That I want to make myself a weapon and run away to. . .       where they are. . .    .

 

***

I heard His voice again in the night. . .   

He said there are women, but I won’t find my own. . . 

That they all belong to These. .         That they don’t give birth to O anymore. . .       I’m from O, you know? 

I didn’t believe Him. . .     .

Then others, as dead as He was, said there was no woman for me. . .

They also said that I was the last male of the O Genus. .           That they don’t know how to explain it to me so that I would understand. .

And I understood ..

 

***

 

The weapon went into the overseer’s throat easily. . .   he couldn’t even scream. . . he was wheezing and spinning in a pool of blood on the ground, and I kept pushing and pushing on the handle. . . 

I killed the other two as well. . .        They didn’t even have time to realize. .

 

I went out and breathed fresh air. . .       Then I walked. . .      just like that. . .        just not to stand and wait for others to come running. . 

There’s nowhere to run. . .        And I can’t get over the wall in time. . .     .

 

 

 

They’re already running. . .    .          With the weapons I made for them once. . .   

There are a lot of them. . .       Red-faced and huge. . .         But they were afraid to approach. . . They throw the net. . .       and tumbled me down. . .     .

 

 

What else can I tell you. . .    .    You know how rebels are executed. . .                                                This is called 1000 pieces executing. . .

 

 

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