Deniz was only twelve years old. He didn’t have any friends at school yet. According to everyone he was a crazy dreaming all the time! The reason for all these was his father who was telling mysterious stories to his son since he was a little child. He has created a world full with the various weird creatures and as said by the legend, this land passed by a hidden door was the twin brother of Istanbul. And this door was controlled by a watchman there. Should Deniz believe in these stories? However, there was a truth Deniz didn’t know. His father was the watchman separating these two lands from each other. And one day this challenging task would be in possession of his son.
On the dangerous way of this Journey to the Quest in Forest, Deniz was going to find himself in an adventure that he couldn’t even imagine in it.
The clock bell started to ring. Its scream tone still continued when Deniz obtained power to open his left eyes gently. The child wandered around with his left eye tried first to understand where he was. He yawned big and thought if he was at the magicians’ market to himself. There shouldn’t be probably a Nirvana poster of someone who lived in magicians market hanging on the wall. He smiledand started to whisper a melody from Nirvana came to his mind first. Then he half opened his right eye too. He wasn’t at the breakfast saloon of the dwarfs either. Hearing the sound of car horns outside he was in his room and it was morning. So it means he was too far from the magical world that fancies his dreams.
It was an ordinary week day. For a twelve years old child it would be nonsense to think of the lectures weren`t boring. But if you compare Deniz with an ordinary student he was getting very much bored rather than them. This was due to his incredible power of imagination and having not so many friends either. Even though he had everything to get friends this power of imagination as we said was working different with him. To tell you the truth Deniz was confusing the reality with the dreams continuously.
Someday the weird creatures, some bizarre pretending people appear in the back of the streets he would think they are real though.His school friends and the teachers unfortunately did not agree with him. And this was an enough reason for them to stay away from him. Deniz was a liar, in fact not more than a lunatic student.
Perhaps, it was all his father`s fault. Yes, yes who else’s fault could it be? Instead of a father telling all the time mysterious stories, if he had a snoring in front of the television one whose only passion was washing his car, talking about the work constantly, things would be different. Was Emre seeing weird creatures? No! Was Galipdoctor to doctor going in between the real and dream continually? Certainly No! Their fathers were boring. Leave the telling stories apart they were not even reading a book. But the kids were solid. There no one had seen a little elf on the street yet!
‘’There is no doubt he has got the power of imagination from his father.’’ He whispered to himself laid down on his back stretching.Deniz was very young yet his father began to tell mysterious stories to him. The kid was almost grown up with the legends of that world. All those stories were so engraved in his mind that he started confusing the truth and the fiction to each other. Interestingly, his father never gave up telling those stories to his son. He might have been to all the doctors in Istanbul, he passed in his mind. To him it was his father who should see the doctor; there was no doubt about it.
On the other hand, it must be admitted that he was in love with those stories. His father had made a world of those stories that he knew every point with all the details of this world. This land passed through a hidden doorwas the mysterious twin brother of Istanbul as told by his father accordingly. Listening to the magical stories about this land was more enjoyable than the stories about the Anatolian Seljuk State set up.
He got up staggering from left to right and took the way to go to the bathroom. He straightened his messy hairs with water and thought that the best thing to do was going the breakfast table. His t-shirt was half socked in his pyjamas and the other half was out of it. One part of his pyjamas was stuck in his socks.
His father was having the breakfast sitting at the table. ‘’wish you have many good mornings Mr. Deniz, how do you do today?’’ he asked with joy. It wasn’t a good night I guess.’’
‘’You know it father, again those fantastic dreams.’’ I wish I could say all those magic dreams and the imaginations were because of you my dear father. And once when I wake up in the morning I wish I could have realized myself being in my own room in a second!
His mother after putting the breakfast on the table caressed his hair and gave a kiss on his forehead.
Deniz looked to his father with shimmering eyes. ‘’ I hope the stories you told me were fact. Then I wouldn’t have to go to the school. I would take my back pack and go beyond the mountains. I could be a kind of traveller, I guess.’’
His father smiled while putting cheese on his bread. ‘’ Be sure you would still have to go the school’’ he said staring at his eyes.
What do they understand from such a school I never knew! The teachers didn’t know much, say the students, they were already stupid. Desks were uncomfortable, the ceiling was low, the windows were taking the sun too much…
Deniz took a deep breath. ‘’ But school is very boring and I have no friends.’’
‘’I am sure you have a few’’ his mother said sadly.
‘’No one’s mind is working’’ he answered in anger.’’ The only thing they think is to draw mountain and hills, cars, babies etcetera.’’
Well, what do you think? He asked after having a big piece of bread.
‘’I am thinking of the magic places you told me, magicians, witches, and that the whole story! The mountains and the hills everybody thinks of any way!
After that the piece of bread was swallowed into the stomach, father looked again to his son while trying to stab a green olive with his fork in the bowl.
‘’Thinking of those doesn’t mean their being stupid. Of course, they have stupids in themselves, undoubtedly,’’ he grinned. ‘’
But you never know whatever the thing whoever wants to think, let everyone think whatever they want. Let yourself be happy with the dreams you have.’’
‘’No more dreams, please!’’ as her mother went into the word. Parents looked into each other’s eyes for some time. Afterword his mother decided to go into the kitchen.
Deniz started to crack his eggshell bored. At that morning neither of his parents understood him well. In fact, you couldn’t say they understand him well normally. He got the egg down into stomach in a snap. İf he didn’t have the warm tea in his fronthe could have been drowned.
‘’Hasn’t the shuttle come yet mum’’ he asked without patient.
‘’Try to geton well with your friends and teachers, do you?’’ his mother asked, ignoring question of the kid.
‘’When a few more years passed you will understand me better son! Never forget that, there is always mystery somewhere waiting to be solved. Life is not only shuttle and school of course. You go to school, study your lessons, keep on reading stories and fairy tales, the mystery will find you. Is that ok?’’
‘’Yes, sure it will.’’ Deniz skipped and while playing with the olive seed in his mouth ‘’see you later’’ he said and left.
After having the third lecture finished Deniz took the way to the bathroom. İf his best friend at school Emre didn’t chat with him he could be back to his classroom on time, but because of big mouth Emre, he was just cleaning his hands when the bell rang. He wiped and dried his hands on his uniform hurriedly. He was just going out from the door; he heard a voice coming from one of the toilets which was closed.
‘’The son of Watchman! Hey’’
Deniz couldn’t understand what it was. Possibly, he converted the voice coming from the water pipes in something else in his mind. Having had beaten some water on his face and shaken his head, he straightened his tie in the mirror.
‘’Are you there, little boy?’’
The voice reminding a snarl was really coming from one of the closets though.
After a few seconds thought, he approached the doors.
‘’I can’t stand here waiting all day long kid’’ the voice growled again.
Deniz got a few steps back. Who was it and why it was waiting for him in one of the closets? Afterwards, everything suddenly fell into place. He would bet, it was one those monkeyshines that one of his friends were trying to do.
He was bored from all these jokes. It’s okay, he could have seen some weird creatures from time to time but every day making the same joke on and on…. Laughing to himself, when he opened the door of the closet where the voice were coming, things he had seen were certainly saying it was not a joke.
There was standing a weird thing on the closet, short but quite fat, with a big nose like potato, braid beard sweeping the floor, worn outfit same as in the fairy tales. One of his feet was in the closet; it looked like it was stuck there. When Deniz felt two steps back he noticed on the wall behind the closet some awkward things as well.
It was as if there was a semi-visible curtain where at the wall was and if he is not mistaken there was another world extending behind the wall.
Is it imagination? I shall go and tell to the teachers…well what if, it was like the others he has seen last month imagine? I can’t risk this. But what if it was real… then I can convince my lunatic friends that the whole thing is true.
‘’I will be there in a minute’’ Deniz said; he was about to turn his back and leave ,with a quite loud ‘’stay’’ as the dwarf shouted.
Denizstoped for a moment ‘’what happened?’’
‘’You will get me out of this hole and take to your father’
‘’My father?’’ he asked unconsciously.
‘’how could you know my father?
‘’Aren’t you the son of the Watchman or I have lost the skill of my vision?’’
Me…yes..I mean…no Deniz could only say. ‘’ no..no..no certainly not, my father is not a watchman, he works in a shipping company’’
‘’The son of the man who protects the holly door, the Guardian between the two lands would be afoolIcouldn’t think of,’’ dwarf said un favourable.
‘’you are a fool! ’’ as kid got nervous. ‘’ what are you so, a ball of twine braided!?’’
‘’twine braided, you little fool?’’ growled the dwarf.
‘’You look like you come from a story book’’ Deniz said with a stammer.
‘’will you stand looking foolish at me or will you call your father’’ dwarf reproached.
Deniz went next to him and pulled his beard. ’’ It looks like real’’ he said with temper and burst into laughter.
‘’Stop talking nonsense kid’’
‘’As it wasn’t a dream’’ he whispered. ‘’ may be, I should enjoy with this from now on, that realistic dreams’’
‘’ You are not in dream or something. Look kid, your father might have not told you the truth yet. You may not be old enough to learn it but your father is the Watchman of the Unique Gate and you are the future Gatekeeper, did you understand? And I am psychic Teorgen. Psychic of the temple built on the highest top of hill of the Seven Hill. On the full moon day sometimes, very rarely on the morning times as well,there would appear fake doors. These are not a good sign.’’
‘’look at me fat man, these things happen to me very often lately, I mean confusing the real and the truth you know it’’
‘’That is why…’’
‘’Oh! Stop it, you’ll drive me mad!’’
‘’ok..ok don’t get nervous. Let’s say I am not in a dream and my father is the person you have said. Well then haven’t the gatekeepers enchanted tools allow to find the people come from the gates.’’
Look kid reach him at once, there might be more than on gate open. Here it is very crowded, I see, what if he doesn’t send me back immediately?
‘’Send you back?’’
‘’Then very bad things will happen, believe me.’’
Deniz couldn’t believe what he has heard.At the school’s Toilet, a dwarf saying his father is the watchman of the gate, looks like it stepped out of fairy tales, he was talking to.He was in an imagination for sure.
What if the recreation never ends? Most probably I am asleep buried my desk.
He took green hat of the dwarf and wore it. ‘’does it suit’’?
Dwarf trimmed red with anger started to shaken.
‘’For the Great Ardebum sake! Spirit of the rocks, take my life!’’ He yammered.
‘’I had heard of its name’’ kid said fixing his hat. ‘’It passes in the stories my father sometimes… by the way, do you think I can fly? ’He asked at once irrelevantly and closed his eyes tried to rise rushing through the air with his hands. Within his dreams he was flying in this way sometimes.
‘’look kid’’ dwarf said and grasped Deniz’s arm. He was so strong that Deniz felt his arm was almost going to be broken. ‘’ call your father urgently. It is more important than you think. You do whatever you want when your father comes. Either you throw yourself from a window or go into this white hole like fish. You do whatever you want, just call that Gate-keeper.’’
The thick and the breathy voice of the dwarf echoed in the toilet. Deniz has stuck where he was. He was staring at the dwarf without movingand thinking how crazy the things were he was living. At that moment that he was in various thoughts he seemed to hear the voice of his father. It was like his father was whispering his name.
‘’Finally, you brought my father here’’ the kid said. ‘’ you are really a good witch’’
‘’ I am not a witch, you fool kid! I am a Psychic! Dwarf murmured.
When his father entered the bathroom he couldn’t believe in seeing Deniz with the dwarf standing next to each other. The kid was grinning stupid and dwarf was reddened from the nervous struggling where he was.
‘’you…are you fine my son? He asked in fear.’’
‘’of course father! This is a magnificent dream! It’s because your visit’s probability to my school was null percent so it is a dream, I am sure now’’ Deniz said with a smile on his face. ‘’ let me introduce you, this is witch something like Treloboblo..’’
‘’Psychic, you idiot kid, I am a Psychic and my name is Teorgen! Send me back to the place where I come from, if not this kid will drive me mad!’’
‘’This is a dream’’ the man said looking through his son.’’ You will wake up in a while’’
‘’I will be very upset when I wake up’’ the kid said with grief. ‘’look at it, the Gate-keeper is in front of me and plus the fact he’s turned into my father! There is no way!’’
The man opened collar of his long coat and over the belt,the bags holding his trousers, compasses and mechanical tools were seen.
‘’Fake gates are the sign of bad events, you know it.’’ Dwarf said.
Man ignored, he took out a handful dust from his bag and spilled over the dwarf and the wall behind the dwarf too. The transparent image rippled.
‘’Vouw…right as you told’’ kid said following his father with admire.How many fake gates for the last decade, and how may for this month? Dwarf asked. ‘’ these are not good signs, rumours went too far. Bad things…’’ but the man has blocked the words in his mouth.
‘’shut up and pass through the portal and get out of here’’
‘’how dare you talk to me like that, I am the Seven..’’
But again the man cut the words of the dwarf. ‘’I am the Gate-keeper, the Lord of the Unique Gate’’ he said with power. When Deniz was watching his father admiringly, it was like the man was raised and empowered. Dwarf was furious with anger and gothis foot out of the closet hole in sudden hardly and grabbed his hat from kid’s head rashly.
‘’Let it be as you know’’ he said and passed the portal. The Watchman blew the dust in his hand over the portal by murmuring some strange words while the image of the dwarf was rippling through that world.The portal closed down slowly and cleared away in the end.
‘’That is it’’ kid said with pleasure. May I temper with them for sometime’’ kid reached out the belt of the man but the Watchman grabbed the hand of his son.’’ Not yet! ‘’ He said in smile.‘’keep for the following dream?’’
At the time of Deniz’slooking at the man , there were some shining glitters browsed around the Watchman who was banging his cane on the floor.The eyelids of the kid got heavy and then fell asleep in the toilet.