As a young lad Rinaar MoQcwu lived with his family in a semi-desert region known as the Kazakh Steppe, a vast region of open grassland spanning from the area east of the Caspian Depression and north of the Aral Sea, all the way to the Altai Montains.
His father was an influential man; a chieftain by the name of Baltabek MoQcwu of the Nunar Clan, his mother was a simple woman by the name of Mariam.
Traditional Kazakh belief held that separate spirits inhabited and animated the earth, sky, water and fire, as well as domestic animals. They lived by the laws of tribal rivalries, establishing military alliances among themselves within each jüz and quite often against others.
Rinaar was out hunting one day when the news arrived that his father had been killed by warriors from a neighboring tribe. A scene of devastation met his eyes when he returned to their village, the enemy had gotten there several hours before and in their hunger for victory they had torched everything in sight and captured women and children.
Rinaar fled to the mountains in a state of despair and became lost among the rocky crags; he became a recluse, never staying in one place for too long as he wandered the steppes without a purpose.
Eventually, he met a ranger, who called himself Rowalum the Mad. He was a warrior who used tracking and other wilderness skills to hunt down his enemies. He was a fierce protector of nature, a skilled woodsman and a solitary individual who lived of the land. Rinaar took this man as a mentor and learned the mystical ways of the ranger, perfecting his survival skills. Rinaar grew to be a man in those mountains.
One day, while hunting he saw a beautiful woman skinning a rabbit beside the entrance to a small cave. Curious he stared at her until she noticed him and then fled into her rough shelter like a frightened animal.
The woman was Surja Gefjyn Cronian.
Rinaar MoQcwu of the Nunar Clan **TAK** M+L Surja's Friend
Rinaar MoQcwu of the Nunar Clan **TAK** M+L Surja has 98 friends.
by his gaze, she saw that his lips were moving, but the words were like a
whisper. Would she stay with him and help these nice people? She had a purpose
of her trip to the mountains. Surja lowered her face, but lifted it soon after
and smiled at him. The prospect of being in his presence seemed more appealing
than traveling further, at least right now. No one knew what the future brought
and Surja was curious and wanted to know all about this mysterious man.
his lips were very close to her, his lips invited her lips for a long kiss, but
Surja hesitated. She became sweaty at the thought of feeling his lips upon
hers, she wanted to throw her arms around his neck and complete this wonderful
moment with a passionate kiss, but Surja held her desire back and kissed his
beard stubbly cheek. It was soft.
Rinaar" She whispered softly near his ear, "I want to stay here with
you and ...I agree, they have been very helpful, they saved our lives" She
cleared her throat “ I like you very much .. I am embarrassed that I did not
welcome you in my camp, but I had been alone for a long time and I was almost
dizzy with hunger " Giggling shy, she moved her head away from his and
looked deeply into his eyes "What a rabbit, it was the reason we met each
other , and right now I think about how I can help here . I think that it will
be with cooking and cleanup, I could always teach them how to skin a rabbit"
loudly she rose and grabbed his arm "Come Rinaar! Let us dance with these
went by, Rinaar were busy with the men and Surja picked berries, mushrooms and
spices with the women. When darkness fell the prey of the day were skinned and
roasted over an open fire. Surja helped with the preparation like all the
women, she loved everything she learned and enjoyed the company of these brave
women, her respect for them and their daily work which was of utmost importance
for their lives grew day by day.
royal life she never knew how hard the people worked, she was surrounded by
high walls and everything came easy to her just by ringing a bell, she never
knew that the existence outside felt like a gift to her life.
saw Rinaar during the day; the men left the village before dawn and returned late
at evening. They were sleeping in the same cabin, but in separate rooms, Surja
heard his snoring and heavy breathing, she often felt an urge to crawl up in
his bed and snuggle close to him, Surja was deeply in love. Whenever she looked
at him her heart was pounding wildly in her breast and when eating she always
found a chair next to him telling him all about how the day had been. Surja
loved the closeness and the whispering in the ears, her feelings had grown from
a fleeting infatuation to a deeply heartfelt love for him; she wanted to follow
him wherever he was.
Surja and a group of women traveled to a village to sell spices at the market.
The journey on horseback lasted a whole day; they arrived late in the evening
and spent the night in a local inn. After breakfast they went to the market
which was already filled with people who sold lots of different things. The
jewelery on the carpeting was shining bright in the sun and beautiful decorated
bags with beads lay on rows. Most of all there were sold daily groceries with
live chickens in cages and bread.
came from different clans, some friendly acquaintances and others were new
laughing filled the lively market Surja was busy selling goods to customers
while the women from her village bought the most necessary goods around the
market, they would have filled baskets on their return home. Everything seemed
peaceful Surja loved the atmosphere, but suddenly Moran walked towards her with
big steps, she seemed angry "Pack everything we have to leave the village"
She said loud while the small group of women quickly threw the goods in the
baskets and folded the carpet, Surja sensed that something was really wrong,
their faces were determined without smile and while they were packing they
often turned their attention towards one of the side streets "What is
wrong?" She asked gently, but got no response.
filled her mind as they quickly galloped back to their village, none of them
spoke and they had no break on the way. At nightfall they arrived home, the
people were sleeping, but awoke of the noise outside. Moran jumped off her
horse while it was still moving and ran to the leader’s cabin. The horses neighed
aloud and snorted when the women pulled hard in the reins, Surja heard yelling
from the cabin as she shaking dismounted Lemalien” What happened in the village?”
She whispered to the woman next to her. The woman turned her face and looked at
Surja” Our enemies are close, they left long ago, but people saw them in the
village we visited” Then she walked away.
Surja turned her face to find Rinaar….”Rinaar” She called, at this moment her
only wish was a warm hug from him.
brushed her hair and took a last look in the mirror before slowly walking into
the kitchen. Where was Rinaar? Her
cheeks blushed slightly of the thoughts that passed her mind, the muscles in
her legs were sore after a rather hot night. Rinaar was extremely sexy and he
knew exactly what she adored. Surja
giggled while looking out of the window. He was not in the garden and there was
no sight of Nurzhan…oh well!! He was probably on his way to the mountains…she
had to order him to say goodbye before leaving home…like father like son.
that Rinaar left home early, he often went on hunting and perhaps he did that
today…mhh she sighed and started preparations for lunch. Rinaar always returned
fried eggs and bacon while making a delicious salad. The kitchen in their cabin
was quite smoky and Surja heard nothing about what was going on in the garden.
When all was finished she cut the bread into slices and placed everything on a
beautifully set table.
that??? ..... Surja rushed to the window ...” Oh my gawd” ... her favorite
flowers and color .. “RINAAR” She yelled aloud and opened the door to the
garden. Completely speechless and surprised she threw her arms around his neck
kissing his cheeks “OH MY GAWD Rinaar..yes it is today…I forgot…oh baby it is
beautiful…Thank you soo much, I love it”
Surja said with a low voice, she was hoarse of the calling and the pain in her
wounded back hurt more up against the rock wall. Sighing she careful turned her
torso to find a comfortable place on the cliff edge; it was not comfortable
when she finally could rest, but better than sitting. Exhausted and tired she
tried to take control of her gasping breathing and closed her eyes.
Surja knew that darkness was approaching and
the cold had already taken hold in her body as she bent her knees to find a bit
warmth under the long skirt. It helped for a brief moment. "Please"
she said while folding her hands and prayed to the gods, preparing herself for
the inevitable, her last hours in the earthly life, it was impossible to
survive the cold dark night and the wounds needed care. “Please help me in my
last hours….dying….” She muttered, but her words were abruptly interrupted by a
loud roar from the bear followed by a strange noise that almost sounded as if
the bear was on his way down to her fairly safe place. Anxious Surja raised her
head and turned her attention toward the sound, but her vision was blinded by
dust and gravel…”OH MY GAWD” She screamed, her eyes wide open staring into
deeply dark eyes. She remembered those eyes and the person they belonged to..he
trembling hands she tried to remove the dust off her face for a better view “
Y..ou” She said with a shaky voice while turning her face glancing worried up
to the top and then back again looking at him. The bear roared angry at his
neighing horse however it sounded as if the horse galloped away from the danger
“The bea..r, he can smell us” Just the thought of the bloody foaming mouth send
shivers down her spine, but thankfully she was not alone anymore.
“Y..ou heard my call..ing” She managed to say
between her heavy breathing and nodded of his words “Yes..y..es..dress my
wounds..of course I am grateful that you are here to help me..thank you..thank
his eyes showed anxiety and worry Surja knew that nothing could happen to her
now by his side, his warm hands comforted her and helped her to breathe normal,
but she was not prepared for his actions. A gasp escaped her lips when he
pulled off his shirt and his muscular chest was before her eyes..oh my she
thought and cursed herself for blushing in a time like this, by god he was
sexy, Surja melted into butter in his hands she had almost forgotten the
painful wounds however they came to live when he gently cared for them “Ouch”
She moaned softly, every muscle in her body were tense as she with both hands
desperately held on to a rocky outcrop, but fortunately the dressing alleviated
the severe pain .It was like magic.
"Thank you" She said with a sleepy
voice and turned her face smiling at him “You saved me, I am deeply thankful” Drained
she closed her eyes and fell asleep.
when he gathered wood for a small fireplace, confused she turned her face from
side to side unaware of where she was however the surroundings reminded her,
she was with him at the cliff edge and the hungry bear was waiting for them “I
am sorry, I fell asleep “She muttered while raising her body to sit up against
the rock wall smiling at him and when he looked another way peeking at his
extremely sexy torso. Oh my…Surja shook her head and lowered her gaze, you are
stupid Surja, their situation at the cliff edge was dangerous as night time was
close, he was thinking about it, his eyes showed worry when he smiled at her
and spoke. Surja heard every word and nodded
“I believe you..do not think about my words in
the camp..we need the warmth..I hope we find a safe route tomorrow” Concerned
she turned her face and glanced at the dark sky and then back again looking at
him “The dressing helped me..but..but you must feel cold” Her voice sounded
shaky Surja was deeply worried about the night and hopefully she was able to
give him some warmth however she did not have to think about that long,
suddenly the noise of hooves above disturbed the silence
“Horses..people” Surja`s heart jumped frightened
and she gasped when the stranger called for their help and not long after she
was standing at the top, everything happened so fast. Rather confused and
unable to speak she managed to smile at the men as they lifted her up on the
horse, it was like in a dream. The environments seemed blurry, but where was
her friend, Surja turned her face, he said something to the owner of the horse
who in a friendly manner stepped aside handing him the reins.
after they all rode up the narrow road, Surja seated comfortable with a strong
arm around her waist, she was very close to the man she called the stranger,
his name was completely forgotten in her mind, how rude she thought, how could
she forget an important name, he was not the man she met in the camp, the man
with bad manners no he was exceptionally kind and caring for her, the gods had
heard her prayers.
Gently she squeezed his arm as he whispered
warmly into her ear and assured her she would be safe. “You are wonderful I am
deeply thankful for everything you do for me” She whispered back and tried to
ignore the heavy beating in her chest while they approached the mountain
village camp. Several children ran to meet them along with barking dogs and a
few women were standing by the cabins. The smell of wood and fire filled their
noses; Surja saw a roast on a stick which reminded her of how hungry she was
and the rabbit in the camp. Giggling she leaned back and whispered ”Food”
smiling woman approached them as they stopped “You are most welcome, come along
and raised a hand to help Surja off the horse “Thank you soo much” Surja nodded
kindly and was about to turn her face to look at the stranger when a big hand
grasped her hand and pulled her away, the woman almost ran and Surja tried to
follow the best she could towards one of the cabins “ Ehh…yes..yes I am coming”
She could not help but laugh as they stepped inside
“Now little one, I am Moran” The woman said as
she gently slapped a hand upon Surja`s hand. Surja nodded kindly and said with
a smile “I am Surja I have lived in the mountains several months, I did not
know the existence of this village, it is very beautiful” Moran blinked admiring
at Surja to her it was unbelievable that a woman of that size could live in the
mountains, she choose to be quiet with those thoughts “Soon we will eat, but you need more clothes
in this cold night” She stepped a few steps back to inspect Surja before
grabbing a warm sweater and a scarf “My wounds” Breathless of all the new
surroundings and the kindness she met Surja turned and pulled her blouse down
“How does it look?
attacked me, but my friend dressed it” Moran sighed, a bear had killed many
from the village “Now little one they seem perfect your friend have done a good
job, you need rest, but first we must eat and welcome you in a proper manner, I
will fetch some water and you can clean your pretty face” She laughed aloud and
pinched Surja`s cheek before stepping out of the cabin.
inhaled deeply, had she known the day would end like this she would not believe
it; it was like pictures passing through her mind, unreal however she was very
much alive in this room as she slowly turned her face from side to side. The
heavy walls of wood were decorated with pictures and trophies of bears and
deer’s, probably killed by the hands of the strong warriors. Sighing she
stepped closer to a bear trophy wishing it was the one that hurt her when the
door suddenly opened and Moran stepped inside with a bucket of water leaving it at the floor “Food is almost done,
hurry my lady” She said and turned strolling out of the door again.
washed her face and pulled the sweater over her head, it felt warm as she with
both hands brushed her skirt to look somewhat presentable, perhaps her friend
“Damn” She cursed “I really have to ask him about his name” He was no longer a
stranger to her not after today. With that said Surja reached for the scarf and
turned it around her neck before leaving the cabin.
of the camp were seated around the fireplace, some on chairs and others on felled
trees that were neatly placed surrounding the fireplace “Mam” A large hairy man
stepped closer to her and elegant bent his arm to guide her to a place. It all
seemed very cozy Surja had never experienced that in her royal life, family in
her life gathered around a large table too far from each other so they almost
had to shout while talking “Thank you Sir” She nodded and smiled at him while
moving her arm around his and they slowly walked towards the fireplace.
like millions of eyes were following her footsteps while she turned her face to
the left and the right greeting and smiling at everyone. In the mist of smoke Surja caught sight of an
extremely handsome man, her friend. With pounding heart she smiled at him and
waved..oh my Surja licked her dry lips as they approached him “I feel like this
is a dream” Laughing she with both hands folded her skirt in front before
sitting next to her dear friend. He was like her dressed in warm clothes
are..I mis” Surja stopped her words and lowered her gaze. She felt like home by
his side however she had stopped her words for not sounding too eager. Her
thoughts were interrupted by Moran, she was serving meat and potatoes.
Completely stunned by the sight of food Surja giggled and forgot everyone
around her, she only stared at the wooden plate as if she was afraid of losing
it “That look delicious..mhh” Surja lifted the plate to her nose and inhaled
the smell before grabbing a piece of meat into her hand and started eating.
There was no time to think of manners Surja
was very hungry. The oily liquid ran down her chin while she now and then
smiled at her friend and continued grabbing the next piece until her stomach
rolled making loud noises and first then she realized the bad manners she had.
Embarrassed she peeked at the others, they were busy eating, nobody noticed
her, fortunately and even her friend was busy with a large piece.
her mind when the plate was empty, she had experienced a lot in one day it was overwhelming
to her, Surja felt like crying, but held the pressing tears back and lowered
her face while fumbling with her fingers. Control yourself, she commanded herself,
do not make unnecessary attention.
waited a few minutes before raising her face and managed to smile at a little
boy who merrily danced in front of them. He was adorable, but suddenly he ran
away and hid behind a large woman.
Her mood immediately
changed, life was magnificent and she was sitting beside a wonderful man. She
knew well the words her heart spoke..but yet she was unaware of his feelings
even though eyes said more than words and he often looked warmly at her.
Now..she said to herself while cleaning her chin with the back of a hand and
smiled lovingly at him.
“I am sorry, but I have to ask you a question”
She started slowly and sank a lump in her throat “Please forgive me, but I have
forgotten your name, I do remember that you presented yourself while I was
hiding in the cave however at that time my thoughts were elsewhere, I only
heard Rinaar I think, is that your name? I am sorry I did not ask you before. I
am embarrassed” She said shy and continued “..ohh and by the way, my name is
Surja, but I guess you heard when I talked to myself”
moment Surja felt that everyone around them disappeared even though the sound
of laughing and talking people filled the air. Someone started playing a flute
and another started to sing, people clapped their hands and followed the music
and far away a wolf howled, but still she felt that they were alone.
eyes searched his while she lifted a hand towards his face and gently stroked a
finger along his cheek.