Beneath Table Mountain beyond where two oceans meet
lies a hidden place only those who unlock the secret entrance can ever hope to see, a place filled with devious enchanted reverie by a horde of fantastic creatures some with eye-popping weird features but be not afraid and patiently wait for your elected sign to attempt to
enter their congregational shrine – For this is the ancient land of Fluweeltjie where only a selected few is granted the opportunity to uncover its secrets divine –
You might just be aware of a delicate creature with a peculiar stare as you wander on an unfamiliar path hoping to find your way back to the start, it might even seem to know your name but be vigilant as it lures you to its secret lair with hissings of magical grandeur for it is the rare korrelkop, a devious little konyn chosen to trick you into a sense of euphoria as you search for an imagined utopia
so heed to the warning sound of the babbling brook as it gently crashes over a watery nook predicting a familiar old trick for if you follow the false trail you will end up as a minion for the self-elected klong – From who you will never be set free so hurry and flee for this is the land of Fluweeltjie.
Distant strange drumming might signal your untimely coming or is it the thundering of crashing waves below hiding their celebratory dancing as yet another unsuspecting victim has fallen for the ancient trap set each mercury full moonlight following a strange light bright but not quite, for it draws you closer with enchanted notes enveloping you – Welcome hands carrying you as you submit to their harp-like voices for they are the feared fallen mannemerak who chose to get stuck in a watery grave trying to retrieve the irresistible tasting
perlemoen healing plant – Now they feed on you instead
and have their celebratory nightly reverie in this strange
© Don Beukes
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