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journey to the west' chapter one the

monkey

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from the beginning of time a rock had

sat high on top of the mountain the Sun

the moon heaven and earth all worked

their magic on the rock one day the rock

split open inside was a monkey

the monkeys stood up and stretched

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suddenly powerful lights shut from his

eyes

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for a moment the light reached the cloud

palace in heaven the Jade Emperor ruler

of heaven sat up he turned to one of his

captains who was standing nearby find

out what caused that light set the

Emperor yes your majesty said the

captain the captain rushed out of the

hall he looked out the southern gate of

heaven and saw the monkey on earth below

the light was gone but the captain had a

magical sight he could see everything

that had just happened

interesting said the captain well said

the Jade Emperor when the captain

returned what caused the light

it was a monkey said the captain a

monkey asked the Jade Emperor yes said

the captain he's on the fruit and flower

Mountain down on earth there had been a

rock on the mountain the monkey came

from the rock the light shone from the

monkeys eyes the Emperor thought for a

moment and then shrugged

I'm not surprised he said amazing things

happen when heaven and earth work

together

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as time passed monkey learned to walk

run and climb he drank from streams and

a grasses and leaves he gathered fruit

and unexplored caves and mountain tops

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he became friends with all the other

monkeys and apes at night he slept under

a cliff one very hot morning all the

monkeys and apes were playing in the

shade it is so hot today cried one

monkey let's play in the stream good

idea said another monkey the monkeys and

apes ran to the stream the water rolled

and bounced over the rocks the monkeys

jumped into the cool water

everyone splashed and played after a few

minutes one monkey scratched her head we

all loved this dream she said we drink

from it we swim in it we know that it

flows all the way to the ocean

what does anyone know where the stream

begins they all looked at one another

and shook their heads we have nothing to

do today

the monkey continued why don't we follow

the stream to find its source that

sounds like fun

said another monkey let's go set a third

monkey everyone jumped out of the water

they ran alongside the stream and swung

from tree to tree they jumped over rocks

and climbed up steep cliffs

higher and higher they went up the

mountain until they reached an enormous

waterfall mist filled the air the water

crashed down roaring like thunder

I wonder what's behind that waterfall

said one monkey me too

said a second monkey but nobody could

jump through it whoever can jump through

and come back alive will be our King

said it Gibbon is anyone brave enough to

try all the monkeys and apes who looked

at one another they shook their heads

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I'm not going to try set at all monkey

me neither

said a short monkey a voice called out

I'll do it everyone moved out of the way

as the speaker stepped forward

it was monkey are you sure ask the

Gibbon it looks dangerous monkey laughs

I'm not afraid of anything

and when I come back I will be king

monkey took a deep breath and leapt into

the waterfall

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monkey splashed through the waterfall

and landed in a large cave his eyes

opened wide the cave was filled with

bamboo trees and beautiful flower