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The Bajang Child Swinging the Moon (107)

Sumantri follows at a distance, wondering anxiously whether he will really be able to present Sriwedari Garden to Dewi Citrawati. He waits with his shame, as well as his guilt.

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The night feels very long. However, even if morning comes soon, Sumantri will still be tormented by the merciless darkness. He doesn't even know where Sriwedari Garden is, let alone how he can move it to Maespati. The only thing he knows is he is determined to fulfill his promise for the sake of Dewi Citrawati. His determination burns like a raging fire, even though not a single flame of his determination is able to illuminate the darkness he is experiencing.

It is a very dark night, and everyone is hiding in the dark. The sound of falling leaves is heard, but not a single leaf is seen. The sound of falling leaves seems to come from far away, even though the leaves are very close. Sumantri even tramples on them, and the rustling sound as he tramples them seems to be the shrill scream of a heart that is powerless against the will of determination. Sumantri smells an odor that lets him know that a gadung vine is climbing and spreading its fragrance somewhere nearby. But he feels that even the vines iares not willing to offer themselves to him so he can hold on through the dark night. Sumantri really cannot find a way to extricate himself from his own darkness, the darkness he grew when he boasted that he could move Sriwedari Garden to the earthly realm.

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