‘“Water is the source most needed in this desert,” said Ama. “People would kill for it. Our forefathers were torn apart by it. That’s why there are gangs. Jym’s gang is evil. They won’t stop until they have control over all the gangs in the desert. And now they have all the weapons they want. If they have control over the oasis, they will be able to control all the gangs, even ours.”’
They said he could make water fall from the sky. He, in fact, could control the entire water cycle, where he could make sure that water was where it was needed and use it to fight evil when he wanted to. I should know because I am him. My name is Andy something-or-whatever, and I am the master of water. I just haven’t mastered it… yet.
I live in the mountains all by myself in a nice, little cabin in the forest up top. I grow my own fruit every day and take them down to the desert to sell. I am a vegetarian, so I can’t use the money to buy meat. Instead, I use it to buy little trinkets and sheets. I also like sand. It feels so weird to touch. But I got a guy. His name is Kermit the frog, and he’s a frog. After I buy my stuff, I eat my fruit and go to bed. I also spend a few hours training my water skills, but no dice. This is gonna take more time. But really, what’s my purpose? All I do every day is sell fruit and buy trinkets. Then, the next day, I sell fruit and buy trinkets. Then, again, and again.
Okay, so let me tell you about the desert. It is the worst place you have ever seen. It’s hot, there’s no water, and there are lots of killings. You can’t walk fifteen feet without seeing a dead guy. Why does all this killing happen? I’ll give you one word: gangs. Each gang runs its own business. I sell my fruit to all the gangs and do my buying. But how do all the other gangs get what they want? Raids. They all hate each other, so they’re not just gonna give others what they need and let peace be among the desert. I don’t like to buy trinkets anymore because I really hate Jym, the leader of the gang who controls it. I heard she also took control of the weaponry business, so now, she can pretty much kill whoever she wants.
Kermit had been raided. That was the first thing I saw when I went to sell fruits today.
“What happened!?” I asked in shock.
“It’s Jym!” he replied. “She stole all my sand! And my money!”
“Oh, she sucks. This is why I don’t buy stuff from her anymore! Do you know she has control over the sword business?”
“Yeah. Yeah, I do. Ya know what? Someone should teach her a lesson!”
“Yeah,” I said. “Tonight, we should totally raid her. You’ll get your stuff back, and I’ll get a new sword. Or maybe, I’ll sell swords I steal from her.”
“So tonight, we steal-raid her and get our stuff back and then some.”
“But we’re only two people,” I replied.
“We’ll sneak in.”
It was set. That night we’d raid Jym.
“Oh, my god!” I said. “We’re gonna raid Jym! This is gonna be so fun!”
“Quiet,” said Kermit. “We don’t want her to know we’re here. If we get caught, it’s all over. And I’m selling you out.”
“Fair,” I said. We entered her gang town. Everything was pretty quiet. We saw a temple. “This is where she must be. Let’s go.”
“I don’t get it,” said Kermit. “I haven’t seen a single sword since we got in here.”
“They probably got them in the temple,” I said. We ran towards the temple. It was locked. “Gosh darn it, it’s locked!”
“A bone is very good lock pick,” said a voice.
“Oh hey, it’s Monk,” said Kermit. “He’s my master.”
“You have a master?” I asked.
“Yup,” said Kermit.
Monk opened the lock. “I just escaped,” he said. The temple was just one big room with a throne. It was vacant.
“No one’s here,” I said. “Let’s go.”
“No,” said Kermit. “We’re not leaving without my stuff! C’mon.”
Suddenly, the temple began to shake. The floor began to reel in towards the throne! Blackness was all we saw below. We all fell.
“GAAAAAAHHH!” we all yelled. We fell into a net. We heard laughing.
“HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!” It was Jym! “Trapped like rats!” The entire gang stepped out from behind the darkness! I saw something else. This gang had an overabundance of water. Water was something everyone desperately needed. They must have been hiding it!
“Show yourself!” Kermit demanded. She did. She had black hair and was only three feet tall! I heard she was 15. She was holding two swords.
“What should we do with them?” asked a man.
“We could all take turns stabbing them,” said Jym. I thought that was a horrible idea.
“We want answers!” said Kermit. “Where’s my sand!”
“You mean our sand!” said someone. “If we take something, it’s ours! We have done nothing illegal at all.”
“That’s what sucks about this place,” I said. “There is no law, or any organization of any kind! If there was, there wouldn’t be this much killing! And you wouldn’t be able to hide water from the other gangs!”
“That’s another reason to kill you!” said Jym. “You know our little secret.”
“If you kill us,” I said, “who’s gonna buy your little trinkets that I keep in my cabin.”
“Not my problem,” she replied. “Have at them!” I closed my eyes. They slowly came closer to us. Suddenly, I felt a raindrop. Then, another. All of a sudden, it started raining.
“No!” said Jym. “Not our clouds that we made. There are only a few of those every year! Get ‘em!”
“Stop right there!” said a voice. It was female. A little girl stepped out of the darkness.
“Koli!” she said. “Get her, too!”
Koli took out a sword, which she used to cut us free. “Take these!” she said. She threw each of the three of us a sword.
“That’s nice and all,” I said, “but how do we get out of here!”
“I have a glider!” she said. “It can hold up to four people. Get on.” We all jumped on. She ran through the crowd and took off.
“Close the gate!” yelled Jym. The gate began to close. We went up.
“We gotta go faster!” said Kermit.
“Working on it!” said Koli. She increased her speed. The top was getting thinner. We had three, two, one, and it was closed.
We made it!
“Yes!” I said.
“We have to get back to Ama!” Koli said. “She’ll be thrilled to hear this!” We flew off.
Ama’s gang town was really nice. There was no temple, but everyone lived in huts. Ama’s hut was just the largest. There appeared to be a celebration of some sort. Koli flew down.
“We need to speak to Ama,” she told one of the guards. “This is important.” The guard opened the door.
“Come in,” said Ama. She appeared to be the gang leader. I think this gang specialized in tools. They were running low.
“This is shocking,” said Monk. “There is water in the temple of Jym’s gang. They have an underground base. Now they have control over all the weapons.”
“If they have the oasis, they’ll be unstoppable,” said Koli.
“What?” I asked.
“Water is the source most needed in this desert,” said Ama. “People would kill for it. Our forefathers were torn apart by it. That’s why there are gangs. Jym’s gang is evil. They won’t stop until they have control over all the gangs in the desert. And now they have all the weapons they want. If they have control over the oasis, they will be able to control all the gangs, even ours.”
“Why?” Kermit asked.
“Because this water is so desirable, all who seek it must serve the one who has it. That person must do anything he or she says for it. It’s actually the rule created by the water itself.”
“It doesn’t have to be this way,” I said. “We can have peace. I am the master of water. I made it rain inside their temple.”
“You controlled the Jym cloud?” asked Koli.
“Yes,” I said. “At least I think I did.”
“Good,” said Ama. “We know the location of the oasis. Tonight, you will stay here, for tomorrow, we will journey to the oasis, and save this land. Another rule is that all voyages and long walks must start at dawn here.”
“Okay,” I said.
The three of us made sure we had a head start the next morning. We climbed the mountain. Wait. This was my mountain. I came down here every day.
“God, I just hope we’re going up this mountain early enough,” I said.
“Why is it we have a head start?” asked Kermit the frog.
“Because,” said his master. “I’m a monk. I sense something is fishy with them. Well, sort of. I just wanna keep an eye out. After all, they’re a gang too. They also have to fend for themselves.”
“But they want me on their side,” I said. “They want to bring peace to the world. There will be no more war, no more dead guys lying on the sand everywhere you look.”
“And that’s why I want to keep us ahead,” he replied. “To make sure that we do accomplish what you want.”
“Okay,” I said. “But let’s go. If they get to the oasis before we do, they’ll be all powerful.” We continued on. Soon, we would be at my cabin. We only had a few more miles to go. I just hoped to god they weren’t up ahead.
“How ya doing down there?” I yelled.
“Good!” Ama yelled.
My cabin in the forest. The summit wasn’t far.
“Hang on,” I said. “I have to get a few things from my cabin. I’ll be back soon. Just stay here.” I entered my cabin. I grabbed my pickaxe and rope. Then, a guy jumped out of the cabin and tried to strike me. Then, two other guys jumped out at me. I avoided them.
“Hey guys,” I said. “I gotta go.” I ran for the door.
“Oh no, you don’t,” one said. “Jym sent us to slow you down.”
“I know what you’re up to,” I said. “You plan to take control of the desert by getting to the oasis before we do.” I ran outside. “Guys! We gotta move! If we don’t get up top before them, we’ll be slaves! Well, I won’t. I don’t care for that stupid water!” I started climbing again.
“After them!” yelled a gang person.
“We have to go faster!” said Monk. “I have a plan. Climb sideways!” So we did. So did they. They climbed and climbed until they got to a ledge. They took a rest.
“Yes!” said Kermit. “See ya!” There was no way off.
“There’s no time to lose!” I said. “Keep climbing!”
We reached the top. The oasis was beautiful. “Yes!” I said. “We did it! Let’s wait. I’ll work on controlling the water.” I tried for five minutes. Come on, come on… nothing. “I can’t do it.”
“We only beat you by an hour and five minutes.” It was Jym.
“Were you waiting for five minutes to say that?” asked Kermit.
“Yes,” she replied. “I knew you were incapable of controlling the water. Push ‘em down.”
“Guys!” said Monk. “We need your help! Bring the giant bucket up, and we’ll fill it.”
“They won’t be able to help you!” said Jym. “We have weapons and trinkets. You have nothing. Prepare to die! Also, take care of them!”
“Protect the bucket,” said Koli. “We’ll take care of the rest. Attack!” Two gangs charged at each other. We took out our swords and buckets.
“Let’s fill this oasis,” I said.
“Get the buckets!” yelled Jym. Two guards grabbed our buckets and continued filling their main bucket. “Once this bucket is filled, it will provide infinite water.”
“No!” I yelled.
Ama and Koli arrived with the big bucket.
They were charged at, but they were taking it pretty well. Jym had a duel with Ama.
I think Jym said, “This is our water!”
“No,” Ama replied. “It is not. The thing is, that when I have the water, I will be all powerful and will rule the desert forever!”
“What?!” said Monk. “You’ve gotta be kidding me! Now, you want the water for yourself?! No. It’s what you’ve wanted all along!”
“Okay!” said Ama. “Yes! I want it!”
“But why?” asked the monk. All the fighting came to a stop.
“I don’t feel like explaining anything to you!” said Jym. “We are taking this water, and all who crave it shall fall under my control!”
“I can’t believe this!” I said. “This is too much. I’m sick of this! I am done trying to restore peace to this desert!”
“That’s why we can’t share the water!” said Ama. “We hate each other! We hate all the other gangs in this desert! Even if it were possible to restore peace, why the hell would we want to?”
“Because our forefathers were torn apart by it!” yelled Monk. “Water is all something we will have in common! We won’t be hiding it at the bottom of underground cellars and what not!”
“Are we gonna listen to this?!” asked Jym. “Because I’m done!” The bucket was full.
“Give me that bucket!” yelled Ama. “I want to be all powerful!” They both took hold of it.
I had had enough!
“Enough!!!” I yelled. I was able to pull the water up from the bucket. “Since neither of you gangs are worthy of it, none of you should have it!”
“Yes!” said Kermit. “Destroy the water! I mean, throw it away!” Jym’s guards rammed into me. I dropped the water.
“No!” said Monk. Jym took the bucket.
“Now, let’s get out of here!” she said. They vanished without a trace.
“No, no, no!” yelled Ama. “Now look what you’ve done!”
“You’re right,” I said. “I was going to throw the water away, but then Jym’s idiot guards fricking rammed into me!”
“Cut him some slack!” yelled Monk. “My gut told me you weren’t being honest! I should’ve trusted my gut!”
“Oh, go die in a hole!” yelled Ama. “We shouldn’t have peace! It will only get us into boring lives where everyone is equal and treated equally!”
“That would be perfect!” I cut in.
“You three understand something!” she yelled. “Peace will never be able to happen! And now, Jym and her gang will control the entire desert!”
“No, they won’t,” I said with determination. “I have a plan, but you have to trust me! Okay?! Look. I’m probably the last person you want to listen to, but this could work!”
“Okay,” she said. “I want power, but if peace means stopping Jym, then not having it is okay.”
“We’re gonna make it rain, and expose her water.”
“We can fill the grand well,” said Kermit.
“I’m in,” said Koli. “Let’s do it!”
“Okay.” Monk asked, “How are we gonna pull this off?”
“If they don’t need the oasis water, they won’t have to be under the control of Jym and her gang. What we have to do is expose the water she has and dump it into the grand well. Then, we have to take the oasis water and dump it into the grand well.”
I could see Jym’s village. They were assembling everyone into the center of their town. It was now or never.
“Get on!” I said. We jumped on the glider and headed for her temple. Kermit shot a bunch of arrows. “Why’d ya do that?”
“I sent all villages a message. We would reveal a big secret at Jym’s village. We have to get there before she completes the ceremony and assembles everyone in the village. She will show one jug of water, and it’s all over.” Ama’s gang was in their village, preparing for war. They were making weapons.
An arrow was shot at our glider. It hit us.
“We’re gonna crash!” said Monk.
“We have three parachutes!” said Kermit. We all put them on and jumped. The glider crashed. We opened them and floated down to Percy’s village. (They make really good wheels. You should try ‘em.)
We got on a carriage. “To Jym’s village, and step on it!” I yelled.
“My senses tell me Ama’s gang is already there,” said Monk. We took off.
“Take us through the back,” said Kermit. Monk knew of this entrance to the temple. We went in. I looked up. The Jym cloud was above us. I made it rain a bit. Then, I heard cheering.
“Yes!” Jym yelled. “Now I have control over all the gangs in this desert.” We were too late. “Now, destroy all the other water,” she said to a guard. “We have no use for it.” The temple pit opened. We fell in, but this time landed on our feet. No net there.
“Grab all the water possible and find a way out,” said Monk. Jym jumped down.
“Not so fast,” she said. “You’re too late. I am now all powerful!”
We grabbed all the water we could and made a run for it. Guards came after us. They destroyed all the other water kegs in sight. I dropped one. No! Jym threw an axe at me. I dropped all the water I had while trying to avoid the axe. So did everyone else on my side. We needed a new plan. There was light.We ran up a slanted hallway to the outside world. We were exposed. We saw Ama’s gang fighting everyone. They could not do it alone.
“Get them!” said Jym. We ran and fought. Then, we scattered.
I ran through the streets with a mob of people chasing after me. I was then cornered in an alley. I tried to climb, but I couldn’t. Suddenly, I was shot up. A streak of water was coming out of both my hands. I went to the top of the building. I needed the giant bucket. I could now control small streaks of water freely, but not too much. Jym was with the bucket. I used water to fly to her, but I was struck down by a guy on a glider. Ama went up to the water bucket on the temple to fight Jym. They started dueling. Now was my chance. I shot up there and grabbed the bucket. I was wide open, however, and everyone started charging at me. I shot water at a few of them, but all it did was slow them down. I tried to lift the bucket with my powers but it was too strong. Kermit and Monk helped me carry it and we hopped buildings. I could use my power to keep us in the air, but that’s it.
“What’s your plan?” asked Kermit.
“I need to get the keg to the well, fast.” I replied. There was a way down. We needed Ama’s army to protect us or we weren’t gonna get very far. Jym still had power over the water and there for over everyone else (besides us). Ama’s army agreed to hold them back so we could get out of town. Ama and Koli followed us. We turned all the corners and were almost to the exit when suddenly it was blocked.
“Did you really think that we would just let you leave?” asked Jym. “I was working on something big. It’s called a flying vehicle.” It was so impressive, when I saw it. It was made of wood, it had a real propellor, and it was powered by people peddling in a cockpit. “Get in! All of you!” We took off. “Well, you’ve officially lost. I loaded the keg in the trunk, so you won’t have the chance to join me. You will die. Throw them out, when we get to high enough altitude.”
“Don’t do this,” said Ama. “A few hours ago, I was just like you, but now I have opened my eyes thanks to these three fine, young gentlemen. I have to thank you three for this, even though we won’t get what we want, I owe you a lot. Thank you.”
“Okay,” said Jym. “Let’s cut the small talk. Out ya go.” The door opened.
“Enough,” I said. The plane then tilted sideways. “You fell for it.”
“What?” asked one of Jym’s guards. “
“This,” said Monk. The oasis water broke through the trunk and fell out…
Right into the grand well.
“Yes!” I said. “Bullseye! The water doesn’t belong to you anymore. Any oasis water that is in the well is to be shared by all. It’s one of the rules of the oasis.”
“Right on target,” said Koli.
“No! No! No!” said Jym. “This isn’t over! I can still control the well and veto that law! It’s the law! Get out, all five of you!” She held a sword to my face.
“Okay,” I said. I grabbed the five of us, and we jumped. It was like skydiving, but without the parachute. We fell right into the well! That’s not everything. It rained across the entire desert. The water lifted us out. We went back to Jym’s town. Everyone was cured.
“How did you do it?” asked someone.
“Easy,” I said. “I controlled the water and took us to the well, so I could dump it there. I actually gave away my powers to form clouds and make it rain way more frequently. Soon there will be rivers, and lakes, and streams. Now Jym can’t control the well!”
Jym came down. “I’m really sorry.” she told Ama. “We should be friends and share everything instead of being forced to raid others.”
“You’re right,” she replied. “Let’s celebrate our bringing peace to the desert and our acceptance for each other!”
Everyone cheered. Yay!
I decided I would move to the desert and sell fruits there more easily. After all, it’s the best place you’ve ever seen. It’s beautiful, there’s lots of water, and there’s no killing. Why? I’ll give you one word: No gangs. So it’s two, but you get it. I’ll stop copying what I said earlier and say this is a world I can live in.