[M.M.X.I.V. 147 / M.A.P.L.E. III-27] Black Horse and the Cherry Tree

Sir Alex, the courageous Knight, quests for the Holy Grail in a treacherous forest.  For years has he wandered, together with his trusty black steed, named Kemal.  The Holy Grail lives inside the legendary cherry tree, which is heavily fortified by its own structure.  Other Knights have found their own Holy Grails in other forests, after long periods of training.

For years has Sir Alex attempted to assail the massive roots and branches that protect the sanctuary of the Cherry Tree.  Despite being well equipped with various Weapons, the Tree’s protection has held up well against this Knight’s attacks.  The weakest roots of the tree have been assailed.  The strongest roots and branches are that way because of their deceptive weakness, when in fact they hold details that create cringing in the depths of Sir Alex’s soul.

The Holy Grail is not the only mission that this Sir Alex holds, however.  Legions of squires look up to him each year, to be taught the basics of Knighthood.  As thou shalt master the basics before advancing, this Knight has taken this lesson in stride.  Furthermore, some of Sir Alex’s lessons have rubbed off on himself, and brought on new ideas for the assailing of The Tree.

Kemal, the Black Horse, however, refuses to directly approach the heavy roots and branches of the Tree, leaving Sir Alex to his own devices and weapons to attack.  Piled higher and deeper in his quest, he backtracks daily to try and find a weak point in the Tree’s fortification.  On some days, this results in a successful attack, only to find a similar point that cannot be defeated.  In communing with Kemal, Sir Alex sometimes feels insufficient to ask.

Sir Alex’s quest has taken years, but he refuses to surrender, as the innermost sanctum of the Cherry Tree is in sight…


Today is the one-hundred and forty-seventh day of M.M.X.I.V.  That makes twenty-one weeks.

היום שנים וארבעים יום, שהם שישה שבועות לעומר

Today is the twenty-seventh day of M.A.P.L.E.  That makes three weeks and six days.


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