Unbound Boxes Limping Gods: Disconnected Stories. Issue # 79: Antun Rekaya

After being expelled from their homeland, Antun and Inajda Rekaya fight to stay alive, whilst being herded towards Mongolia by the military. Their parents died on the way, and the children are hungry and exhausted. (CLICK HERE for next chronological story)

Antun's back story set in Mongolia (3958)
Antun’s back story set in Mongolia (3958)

35 thoughts on “Unbound Boxes Limping Gods: Disconnected Stories. Issue # 79: Antun Rekaya

    1. Hi Lee, thank you. Yes, this was a difficult one, but I’m glad I wrote it. This is a story which has been waiting for a few decades now, but there’s never really a good time to release something like this, as world events keep this subject a constant reality somewhere in the world.

  1. Cheryl–

    As usual, you are a master of story telling–only, Mongolia is a long ways from Russia. Do you plan on having them ‘walk’ there?

    Grandpa

    1. Ah Kenny, yep Russia’s a big place! Antun and Inajda’s home (at that time; they’ve lived in various parts, such as St. Petersburg and Moscow; which I agree would be an impossible treck) was situated in the south, and was about 50 miles North of the Mongolian border, so they walked. Thanks for reading. I appreciate it. Cheryl

  2. Full of pathos and a grim reminder of how people, through no fault of their own, become refugees. The anguished faces in your illustrations heighten the feelings of loss and despair.

    1. Hi Russell, thank you, yes it’s been one of the hardest stories in this series as it’s close to what’s happening (and has happened throughout history) to innocent people in so many places around the world. Fiction is an uncomfortable mimic sometimes, but there are a lot of very good people out there, in our real world to counter some of the horrific and unspeakable cruelty. (Xan and Edith hopefully do justice to them.)

  3. A very moving edition. You really made me feel the horror of the refugees. A horrible place to be. The images of the murdered parents was very haunting. Both your writing and illustrations were very effective. Nice work.

    1. Thank you John, I appreciate it. I debated over the drawings, and something as horrible as that needed only to be in the writing. I’m always aware of going too far with a public post. The imagination is more powerful than any drawing, I feel. I’m glad it worked, as it’s always difficult to get the right measure. With something like this, the reader fills in a lot of the gaps.

    1. Thank you Richard, I’ve been debating how to tell this story for a while, but felt it was time to release it. To me the tragedy is that Inajda and Antun will never truly know their parents, and stripped of them, Inajda, especially becomes quite hardened and emotionally remote. She cares deeply about her family, especially (in the future) her children Alexand, Heyem and Farokh, but she never recovers, never becomes the woman (or mother) she would have been had her mother and father survived.

  4. Ah! This is gem of a blog! Thanks cheryl for liking mine, as it led me to discover this ultimate piece of creativity. The stories are incredible, but the drawings that complement them are ..priceless.

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