THE SCROLL OF GREATNESS [part 16 / end]
a Sherlock Hong story by Don Bosco
That evening we had a special guest for dinner.
Pa had invited the old woman to join us. She turned up with a big jar of pickled cabbage.
Ma was delighted with this delicious gift.
The old woman introduced herself as Madam Bao.
As we settled down at the dining table, Madam Bao told us her story.
She was a member of the Great Scroll Society, an ancient organisation formed during the Qin Dynasty, two thousand years ago, when some brave citizens came together and swore to protect the Scroll of Greatness with their lives.
She lost her sight when she was eight years old, after an accident.
But there was a school near her village that was run by some monks and nuns. They taught Madam Bao and helped her memorise the writings of the past masters.
Madam Bao was such an exceptional student that people came from all over the kingdom to hear her explain the teachings.
And when she was just sixteen years old, the Great Scroll Society invited her to join their order.
I was mesmerised by Madam Bao's tale.
Once, when she was talking, I thought I saw the wooden box glow! But only for a moment.
My friends, fellow members of the International Order of Young Seekers, perhaps one day we’ll understand what the words on the Scroll of Greatness mean. And then we can use the knowledge to build an enlightened city for everyone, here in Singapore.
When that time comes, I’ll invite Aisha to join us. I’ll make her promise to take everything seriously. And never be late for our appointments again!
All sorts of fantastic adventures await us.
Good night, my friends.
The future belongs to the young and brave!
[The End! Watch out for the next SHERLOCK HONG adventure!]
Based on the Weird Tales storytelling card game by Red Tin Bot.
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