It was early evening as Varuna made her way to China Town to eat at her favorite Chinese Restaurant Up Chuck Gardens. Varuna was sad and full of self-pity, you see nothing was going right for her for a long while, so she felt that some good Chinese food from Up Chuck Gardens would cheer her right up.
As she entered Up Chuck Gardens, she was welcomed by Mr. Wo-Nee-Na-Jing “Ah if it not Miss Varuna where you been, no see you for long time, we all think you fall off face of earth and not want to see your old friend Wo-Nee-Na-Jing any more.”
“No never Mr. Wo-Nee-Na-Jing!” and she went on to tell him of all her bad luck she has had lately and ordered herself a meal to remember and drown all of her sad self-pity. “….. and I will top it all off with a order of Orange Up Chuck Chicken Surprise.”
“Wow you order up a whole feast big enough for whole Chinese Army to eat for whole week, that’s why you my favorite customer Miss Varuna.”
As she took her last chop stick full of Orange Up Chuck Chicken Surprise she was given her fortune cookie and check, so she cracked open her cookie and it read “If you want a real FORTUNE turn around and talk to the man at the table in the corner.”
She turned and saw this old blind man dressed in old time Chinese blue and black silk garb and even though he is blind he waved her over to his table, so Varuna made her way over and took the seat across from him.
And then he said, “Let me introduce myself my name is Na-Na-Po-Na and I can sell you cookie with real fortune with in, all you do is ask what it is that you want and then crack open cookie it will give you answer but before it will happen you must eat cookie any questions?”
“Yes I do, how come your ……”
“Silence I am old man don’t have time for your long winded incoherent blabber, now I sell you 10 for $100.00, 10 should be more then enough to change luck.”
So Varuna pays him the money and as she gets up from her chair, Na-Na-Pa-Na speak with a very soft voice “I am blind because I have seen all there is to see in ones lifetime now I must walk the earth in a cloak of darkness a darkness of my own making.”
Varuna went on to ask. “Of your own making I don’t…….”
“Silence, I tell you I am to old for your blabber now go!”
Varuna makes it home and she puts the silk bag of cookies on her desk and goes right to bed.
The next morning Varuna makes it to the silk bag and takes a cookie in her hand and thinks to herself let see if this really works, so in a voice of skepticism she says “Oh great and powerful Fortune Cookie I would love to have a nice little bunny, because if a foot gives you luck the whole bunny should be even better, she cracks open the cookie and reads the fortune and it read.
“A bunnies luck you want the bunnies luck you will get 10 fold.”
She eats the cookie and she looks around and no bunny and she thinks to herself, I thought it was too good to be true and then went to her closet to get the out fit that she would be wearing for the day and just then 10 bunnies jump right out.
So in her excitement she sat herself down and ask for riches of gold, diamonds, and money and the on the 9th cookie it read.
“A Hotel mogul you want to be so it will be but know you have had all the luck for a life time and the last cookie will bring you an eternity of miss-fortune, but will free the last.”
So she ate the cookie and there she was in the penthouse of The Hotel Varuna over looking Niagara Falls.
She took the last cookie and hid it away so no one can find it, ten years went by and one day she was called to the front desk of her hotel, as there was a fan wanting to see her.
As she turned the corner she saw that same old man that sold her the cookies some years earlier.
“Ah remember me Miss Varuna my name is Na-Na-Po-Na or in English it would be, THE LAST, well loosely translated that is, tell me is there a place we can talk?”
They made it to her penthouse dinning room she had tea served and Na-Na-Po-Na took a sip and then spoke:
“500 years ago I wanted to see the future make a name for my self and then one day this crippled old man came to me and sold me the cookies and I had a fun time seeing the future of all I asked for and then it came down to one cookie and all that has to be done to it, is to crack it just a little, well lets just say that I was young and dumb and out of disbelief I dropped the cookie on the ground and just then he yelled I shall free myself from 1,000 years of this misery and he flopped himself out of his chair and rolled his body right over the cookie and I have been blind ever since. So I tell you this I am over 500 years old tired and I have waited ten years for you to crack that cookie and today will be it.”
Varuna answered with a smug look on her face, “You’ll never find that cookie it is in a very save place and without cracks might I add.”
And then he took his bony hand and reached into his pocket and pulled out a cookie and placed it on the table right in front of her and with a soft voice says. “You mean this cookie now I am old with a very genteel touch now you on the other hand will touch the 10 year old cookie and crack, no, pulverize it into dust, now that is not to say that it will not be cracked today and free me from 500 years of blindness. I just had to sit and watch as all my family and friends pass away and leaving me all by myself, no my misery will end today but yours will just be starting.”
Varuna just sat there speechless and just staring with a blank face.
And then he spoke again. “Now will you be a good girl and crack the cookie or will I have to take my 500 year old bony hand and crush it, now I give you 60 seconds and if you don’t crack it I will crush it beyond recognition, never mind I am very old and don’t have the time!” And with that said he struck the cookie and freed himself and started Varunas eternity of bad luck.