Once upon a time, there lived Heady the peacock in the forests of Arem Min. Heady, was quite famous among the animals. He had a distinct greenish blue colour, a very special eye-spotted tail and a crest atop his head. Heady was also the best dancer in Arem Min.
In most celebrations at Arem Min, Heady’s dance was much sought after special feature. Heady would gracefully fan his eye spotted tail and dance all night long. His rain dance was quite popular. All the other animals loved to watch Heady dance. All the animals liked to be friends with Heady. But, Heady did not have any friends at all. He mostly kept to himself. All the animals wondered why he had no friends.
One day, there was a big celebration at Arem Min. Lolu, the lion was hosting a big party. Lolu and Lolo were celebrating the birth of their daughter. Every one was invited. All the animals gathered at the jungle grounds for the party. There was plenty of food and drink. The animals ate, drank and enjoyed themselves.
Golu, the monkey stood up and said, ” Come! let us dance. What is a party without a dance’. All the animals agreed. There was no party in Arem Min without a dance. The jungle band got started and began to play the jungle music. Lolu was first to dance. All the animals started to dance. Even Toto, the frog, Gogo, the elephant and Dodo the donkey who were not known to dance joined in.
“Where’s Heady the peacock?” asked Lalu, the lion. All the animals looked around for Heady. Heady was sitting and sipping his favourite guava juice at the juice counter far removed from the crowd. “Heady, come and join us, please…please…”, pleaded Lolo, the lioness. Heady wanted to dance but then he did not want to dance with all the other animals. He wanted to do it solo performance. But, all the animals pulled him to the centre and he was forced to dance. Heady did not like this one bit.
When Heady was dancing with all the other animals, Toto, the frog came near Heady and said, “You dance very well…you must find a partner”. Heady pretended that he did not listen. He found an opportunity to slowly move away to another place. He managed to find an empty seat at the juice counter. He sat down and with his favourite guava juice. Toto felt a bit sad when Heady ignored him. ” Perhaps, the music is too loud”, he thought.
He went close to Heady again and said, ” Hi! Again. I am toto. You seem to be alone. Can we be friends?”. Heady did not like this at all. ” You! want to be my friend. This sounds very funny”, he told Toto on his face. Toto did not expect this at all. ” Why can’t I be friends with you”, he asked Heady. ” Look at you. You are so ugly… and dirty… and you don’t know how to dance. How can I be friends with you”, Heady replied. ” Go! away,” said Heady as he want back to the dance floor. Toto felt deeply hurt and sad.
As Heady was dancing, Jojo the elephant came near Heady and started dancing . He desperately tried to get Heady’s attention. Heady knew that Jojo was interested to talk to him. Heady tried to avoid jojo but he couldn’t. ” Hi! Heady. I’ve been wanting to talk to you for a long time”, said jojo. “For what?” said Heady. Jojo did not mind Heady’s curt response.
He was so excited that he got an opportunity to talk to Heady. ” I’ve been your secret fan. I love you groovy moves and the way you sway your eye-spotted tail. I don’t like dancing but after I saw you gosh! I want to let my hair down and dance all night”, said jojo. ” No! way! How I can you expect me to be your friend you fatso”, sneered Heady.
Jojo felt very sad. He did not expect Heady to say things like this. Heady turned around and walked the other way. He met dodo the donkey. ” Hi dodo, lets dance”, said Heady as he pulled Dodo along. Dodo could not believe his ears. He never expected Heady to talk to him, let alone dance with him. He did not know that Heady was dancing with her just to to make Toto and Jojo feel bad. Dodo was so happy that he began to sing. Hee! Haw! Hee! Haw! Hee! Haw!
When Heady heard this he stopped to dance. He felt embarrassed to be anywhere near dodo. ” Can you please stop it!”, he yelled. dodo was completely shocked to hear Heady yell at him. After all it was Heady who invited her to dance with him. ” err… I thought we were friends” said dodo. ” what made you think we were friends you stupid donkey?! Don’t you know that I am Heady- the most famous guy in Sunderban? Go away…get rid of your dreams”, he chided. Dodo left the dance floor immediately.
Heady once again found an empty chair near the juice corner. He tried to avoid looking at toto, jojo and dodo. Suddenly, he saw a lovely fox dancing in the middle. The Fox’s dance moves were graceful and she was causing a lot of heads to turn. Heady’s heart skipped a beat. He could’nt stop admiring her. He decided to walk to the juke box.
“Hi! The name is Heady. What’s yours?”, heady introduced himself. ” Hi! heady. My name is Mojo. I keep reading about you in the Sunderban Times. I never thought I’ ll be able to meet you”‘ said Mojo. Heady was quick to see Mojo blush. “Can I get you guava juice, it’s my favourite?”, asked Heady. ” but why would you buy me a guava juice”, asked Mojo in return. ” because…because… I want to be your friend”, said Heady. ” Ok! Then…” said Mojo.
Mojo asked heady if he could dance with her. Heady readily agreed. “hmm… are a great pair”, said mojo. ” we sure are mojo”‘ replied Heady. Heady and mojo passed by toto, jojo and dodo as they danced. Heady made sure they saw him. Mojo was a trophy partner that he could be proud of. After all, as the jungle saying goes, you don’t find a bull among the common herd. Toto, jojo and dodo felt sad. They also felt sad for Heady. They knew who Mojo was. They knew that Heady was in a grave danger. They tried to talk to Heady but he avoided them completely. The dance ended. So did the celebrations. All the animals left to their homes.
Heady became friends with Mojo. Toto found an opportunity to meet Heady and talk to him in private. ” Heady, Mojo is dangerous. You must be careful”, she warned. ” Go away! You’re just being jealous about the two of us”, replied Heady. Jojo met Heady and said,” you’re blind. Watch out”. “Thank you fatso”, Heady snubbed jojo. Dodo told Heady not to get carried away by the way Mojo danced. ” listen! I have finally found someone to match my looks, skills and style. I will appreciate if you guys will leave me alone. I’m off to the dance with the foxes tonight, replied Heady.
It was 10 pm. Heady was impatiently waiting at the place where Mojo said she would pick him up. Heady could see a car speeding towards him. That must be Mojo, he thought. It was indeed Mojo. Mojo had brought with her a gang. Heady felt a bit uneasy by the look of Mojo’s friends. But…Mojo’s smile did the trick. He hoped along in the back of the car. ” “what this dance party all about”‘ he asked inquisitively. Mojo replied, ” it’s something we foxes do once in a while. It’s an exclusive party and we don’t allow just anybody in there. We sing songs… dance in a circle.. Heady you’ll get to know about it today”. The other foxes laughed sheepishly.
They reached the place where the dance was scheduled. It was a dark corner in the middle of nowhere. Heady had never been to this part of the forest. ” Am I in Arem Min?”, he thought. A number of foxes had already gathered there. They were all wearing strange clothes and a strange hat. As soon as Heady arrived, the foxes greeted Heady with a wide array of different sounds that never sounded together as a chorus. Heady was given a white cloak and a red mask.
Anyways, Heady felt a bit elated. The foxes began to dance in a circle. They invited Heady to the centre. Heady loved all the attention. He spread out his fan tail and started to sway to the music. Heady forgot all about himself and got fully involved in the dance. Suddenly he heard a strange noise. He looked around. All the foxes were ‘gekkering’ aggressively. Fear gripped Heady. He looked around for Mojo. She was no where to be found.
The foxes did not seem friendly at all. Just then, Mojo appeared. Heady was much relieved. But much to his surprise Mojo had lost her smile. She completely ignored Heady. She told the foxes, ” friends, tonight is the benjong mong and we have a special Tenla”. “Tenla – what’s that?”, asked Heady.
“Thatssssss you”‘, the foxes wailed in a chorus. Heady felt terribly let down. There was nothing he could do about it. The foxes broke out into a frenzied dance and pounced on Heady. Within minutes nothing of Heady was left except the bones and the beautiful eye-spotted feathers. Mojo picked some up to keep it as a souvenir. She perhaps added a few feathers to her cap.