The Lake of Mystery: A Tale of Sacrifice, Redemption, and Regret



Afiya A., Depi M., Silvi F., Silvi N., N. Sindi R.,

Reviewed by

Yadi Supriadi, S.Pd.



SMK Ar-Ridwan Cintamulya



Once upon a time, in a faraway forest, there lived a family consisting of a mother named Ajeng, her son Joko, and a pet chicken named Lutung. Ajeng had a craving for rabbit's liver, so she sent Joko to fetch some. Little did she know that Lutung was about to become a sacrificial bird.

Joko was confused about his options and concocted a hare-brained scheme. He would slay his mother's favorite chicken and use its liver as a substitute for the rabbit's liver. What could go wrong, right?

Well, Ajeng had a sharp palate and noticed something was off with the flavor of the liver. Joko, caught in his lie, came clean, but his mother was furious and showed him the door. Joko had to cluck up his courage and leave the house.

Years later, Joko blossomed into a strapping young man and fell head over heels for a lovely lady. As fate would have it, Joko slept on his beloved's lap, and she spotted a scar on his back. The woman was gobsmacked because the mark reminded her of the son she had shooed away. She realized that Joko was her long-lost offspring, but he did not believe her and still wanted to propose her. Then, she had one test to see if he was worthy of her love.

The woman issued a challenge to Joko - to create a lake overnight. Joko, being the brave soul that he was, eagerly accepted the challenge. However, things didn't go as planned. Joko encountered a series of difficulties that caused him to fail. In a moment of panic, he slipped and plunged into the very lake he had created. And just like that, he vanished without a trace. The lake that was once his creation soon became known as the Lake of Mystery, shrouded in enigma and tales of Joko's disappearance.

The moral of this feather-ruffling tale? Don't try to wing it by telling porky pies to your parents because they will find out eventually, and the result can be fowl.

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