The Dark Sage & The Garden of 1,000 Delights  

Nightguy_1961 56M
3324 posts
6/27/2006 12:10 am

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6/30/2006 1:13 am

The Dark Sage & The Garden of 1,000 Delights

Note: The inspiration for this story, if you can believe it, came from remember a story in an old comic book from back in the late 70's. Hope you enjoy it NG61


The Dark Fortress is known throughout the land as having things inside that make people marvel and wonder. Rooms that change into whatever the person present wants it to be; ghosts that wander the vast hallways; statues that talk, all kinds of wonders to make one gasp in amazement.

One of the most mysterious wonders is the Garden of 1,000 Delights. No one is quite sure where the Dark Sage got possession of the Garden; some said the Far East, others said from a dark, mysterious place. Some even whispered that the Dark Sage grew the Garden himself...out of his own imagination...for the amusement of himself and others.

The secret of the Garden, according to the stories whispered, is that the Garden contained whatever your heart desired. Over time, that prize led many to believe that their was some form of treasure to be found among the plants, trees, and flowing ponds in the mysterious Garden of Delights.

One dark night, a terrified young woman was running as fast as she could. She was being pursued by a lowlife individual who had made unwanted advances towards her for much too long. He had finally crossed the line and tried to force his way upon her, which caused her to run in terror. He, in his madness, pursued the woman, forcing her away from the village...and up on the Mountain of Shadow.

She pounded on the door, which opened for her...just as the cretin grabbed her and forced her inside, the doors closing behind them with a bang. "Now,you will be mine!", said the abuser, grabbing the woman and trying to have his way with her.

"What are you doing here? You do not belong here...The Dark One will be very angry if you are here!" The villain looked up...and there was an old gardener standing near the gate leading to the Garden. At that moment, the young woman broke his grip, ran through the gate into the vast Garden...and disappeared into thin air.

The lout stood motionless, then grabbed the old man and shook him violently. "Where is she? What have you done with her?", he demanded. The old man stammered, "She went into Garden...find what her heart desires...what her soul deserves." The half crazed lothario look through the stone pillars into the Garden. "Anything my soul deserves, huh? Sounds like what I need..." With that, he plunged into the Garden...and vanished.

The old gardener straightened the Dark Sage's lady approached. "What was all that commotion, my love?", she asked. The old man's features changed into the Dark Sage's familiar visage. He smiled coldly, "Nothing, my lady...just two individuals who are about to find what their souls deserve. But some should be careful what they wish for...they might just find it"


The man stumbled into the Garden and looked around. All seemed peaceful; flowers all around, water babbling in a small fish pond that ran throughout the Garden. He looked around, but the young woman he had chased was nowhere to be found. He pushed aside some branches, only to find a unusually large orchid, with a smell that was hypnotic. He felt drawn toward it, wanting to inhale the aroma. Suddenly, the orchid wrapped it's pedals around his arm and he screamed as he felt needle like teeth sink into his arm. The plant was trying to eat him!, he thought wildly.

Tearing himself away, he stumbled and fell over some roots from a tree nearby, hitting the ground hard. He rolled over, just in time to see large insects with vicious looking pincers advance toward him. He scrambled in terror to his feet and turned to run. Where was the exit...where was the damn exit, he thought wildly. He splashed into the edge of one of the ponds, and screamed as flesh eating fish chewed at his leg. He snatched his leg out and turned to flee, only to find a rather large alligator advancing towards him.

No matter which way he ran, a new terror awaited him; blood-thirsty birds that swooped down at his eyes, trees that snatched at him with limbs as strong as steel, beautiful flowers that spit poisonous clouds of acid at his face. But the ultimate horror awaited him as he finally found the gate into this mad place. Standing at the gate, as if guarding it, were large misshapen creatures, man like in their stance, but not much more. The monsters turned to look at him and started toward him. He turned to run, and screamed as the Dark Sage stood in front of him.

"So, did you find what you sought?", the Dark Sage asked quietly. "This is no Garden of Delight", the man screamed, "It is a garden of is a lie! The woman is probably dead...and it's your fault!!!"

The Dark Sage chuckled without humor, "Little man, you don't seem to understand. The secret to my Garden is that is gives you what your soul deserves...nothing more, nothing less. The young lady is quite happy where she is, for she has found what her soul, her heart, her passion deserves. Just as you have, for you see, one person's another person's hell. Welcome to your hell..."

The man screamed as misshapen hands grabbed him...


The young woman smiled as she danced with all the others so happy there in the Garden. The sun was shining, the birds singing, there were children splashing happily in the water as the ducks and geese made a joyous racket. There were solemn guards standing around, making sure that no trouble befell those having fun. She felt a soft hand on her shoulder and turned to see the Dark Sage and his lady standing there smiling. The Dark Sage bowed slightly and asked, "Are you happy here, my dear?"

"Yes, very...but where is...?," she looked around nervously. The Dark Sage took her hands in his scarred hands and told her, "Do not concern yourself with him. He has found what he sought...and he will trouble you no more."

The young woman smiled and asked, "Is it okay if I come back to visit your Garden again?" His lady laughed, "My dear, you are welcome here anytime."

The Dark Sage smiled in agreement with his lady, but said nothing...


Each person makes their own Heaven or Hell...their own Garden of Delights...or a Garden of Torment. The universe has given all of us the most sacred gift...the gift of free will and choice. But one must choose wisely...for each choice, there is a consequence. For every action, an equal and opposite reaction...not just a rule for physics, but for the human heart as well...

The choice is yours...which do you choose?

Thus endeth the lesson...

©NG61 2006

NSAAddict 43F

6/27/2006 12:28 am

Thank you Dark Sage for a wonderfully enchanting story and an important lesson I very much needed to be reminded of at this moment in time. There are no coincidences in life... Many thanks, NSA (standing at the gate)

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 2:59 am:

Thank you...I've never believe in luck, only that we make our own luck..our own breaks...

and nothing is coincidental....


rm_smosmof2 68M
3240 posts
6/27/2006 1:13 am

As a comics fan from way back, I'm surprised I don't recognize the story at all (I'd imagine it was from one of the Warren magazines, Creepy or Eriee, black and white, but some of the best art to ever grace the field, and no Comics Code Authority to censor...

Do you remember where you saw it?

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 3:01 am:
It wasn't in Eerie or Creepy, though I loved those along with Vampirella (remember that one?)

It was from one of those 25 cent comic books with a name like 'Terror Tales'...something like that...

The original story dealt with an old Chinese man and his garden, where a treasure was hidden...thieves tried to steal it, but the garden chased them away...


BaronessK 53F

6/27/2006 1:19 am

Not a place...a state of mind.... You are, indeed, very wise...for one so young!

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 3:02 am:

young one? indeed!

Babel__Fish 46F

6/27/2006 1:38 am

Wonderful... thanks for sharing!

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 3:03 am:
Thank you Babel

do you know how glad I am that you're back?

curious082385 32F
4925 posts
6/27/2006 3:40 am

In every action, choice and experience there is a decision to be made. The power of the mind and of clear intention is incredible. You always have a choice.

My uncle is an ER doctor. He has had people come in with injuries that made the entire trauma team lose hope...but they lived. And others with serious, but survivable injuries who died. The difference? The patient had to have made the decision...somewhere inside themselves, that they were going to live. Without that choice being made, the team could only do so much.

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 5:39 pm:

I can see that happening...if one loses the will to carry on, there is nothing on earth that can save them...except themselves.


fancy_for_you 41F
3014 posts
6/27/2006 4:22 am


I swear this story is for me in a way. The other night a friend and I were talking about living life to be happy about how it's all in the choices you make, then I turned on the TV and caught a Inspirational lecture about living your life for Happiness and about how you have to train your mind to envision the good in every situation no matter what and to let go of the negative and evil thoughts. And now your story showing the different asspects of the two different mind sets. I honestly feel the good LORD is trying to tell me something through my friends, the TV, and you.

HUGS and thank you Sir for helping me step back and think about my own choices. Hopefully I remember this lesson and choose the right path to find MY Garden of Delights.



Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 5:42 pm:

Thank you....I'm glad you enjoyed this...hope you find your right path.

LustyTaurus 50M
21253 posts
6/27/2006 4:27 am

No argument about the lesson to be learned...good story NG

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 5:43 pm:
LT, glad you liked it.....

MaggiesWishes 61F

6/27/2006 4:41 am

*loves attending class under the Dark One*

Such as it is, so shall it be.
It's mind over matter, if you don't mind, it don't matter.

You are still young in age, but oh ... so wise in wisdom.

Warm huggies 2ya
.... still breathless

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 5:45 pm:
Bright One,

I'm glad you liked this....classes under me, huh? sounds interesting...

Young in age? Hmmmmmmm

Thanks, darlin'

angelofmercy5 60F
17881 posts
6/27/2006 4:52 am

This story was just you! You really should publish some of these...especially this one. What a great lesson to be learned here about our own "free will". This is one that I may read to my grandchildren one day if that is alright with you.

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 5:45 pm:

I'm glad you liked it....I may publish some...and you can share this with whomever you wish...I'm honored


Fox4aKnight1 44F

6/27/2006 5:02 am

how very true ............"may your life be interesting" is a chinese curse. Also you can only use what you have. If sight is clouded then your choices are not really true. To be able to choose you must have clear sight.
Sadly I have clear sight and still choose the road I am on. Why? I am afraid. One day perhaps I can find my nerve to reach out and do things the way I envision. But for now I let fear hold me prisoner.

*going back to my books to escape for a bit*


Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 5:48 pm:

I've heard the same thing, but a little different "May you live in interesting times..."

I'm glad you enjoyed this and that it made you think...


mysticdreamangel 62F
2759 posts
6/27/2006 5:40 am


As I leave for work today your words will surround me...thank you again for another beautiful piece of art!


Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 5:48 pm:

Thanks....glad you enjoyed it

rm_shannee2006 53F
3355 posts
6/27/2006 6:00 am

Thank you. You do indeed understand the power and wisdom of the deep darkness. Blessings.

Yup...this juiciness is from me....


Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 5:49 pm:

Now you know why I stay in the shadows....


HBowt2 60F

6/27/2006 6:41 am

Standing at the cross roads of such a choice...knowing that either way creates change and pain for day soon I have to stop turning in circles...

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 5:50 pm:

Not all choices cause pain...just consequences, good or bad...

Here's hoping you stop turning in circles and find your path soon...


NGs_lady 65F
762 posts
6/27/2006 6:56 am

It is so hard to be a teacher. You do it so well it sometimes amazes me. To put a lesson in a story so people will be sure to read it and learn is a wonderful gift. Glad you do continue with your ambition to teach.

Hugs and love


Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 5:52 pm:
My lady,

I don't know if I'm a teacher...but I do like to tell stories...

I'll continue, if it is wanted...

my love for you is forever

Whispersoftly5 53F
15176 posts
6/27/2006 7:54 am

I needed to read this today. You are so talented and such a sweet person. Thank you.


Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 5:54 pm:

I'm glad that you found something in here that touched you...


wickedeasy 68F  
31332 posts
6/27/2006 12:58 pm

divine reciprocity - well said my Friend

thinking of this garden, i wonder what my soul would deserve? we all have those parts of ourselves that shame us, no?

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 5:55 pm:

Don't even go into what parts of us shame us...that's why I don't go into my own Garden....just stay in the shadows where I belong...


rm_Twister2bed 48M
617 posts
6/27/2006 6:13 pm

I remember the story I collected comics for a while. Can't remember what one it was in though.
Strange Tales maybe?

My garden is filled with brimestone and fire hehe and waiting for me to take over

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 10:01 pm:

I know, it's frustrating that I can't remember which comic book, but some of those old comics had some great stories in them....a lot in the vein of O. Henry or R. Serling.

Glad you liked it...thanks

mycin62 56F

6/27/2006 6:33 pm

    Quoting HBowt2:
    Standing at the cross roads of such a choice...knowing that either way creates change and pain for day soon I have to stop turning in circles...
I'm in the same place, only my choices and changes are coming so fast and furious, it makes me dizzy!!!

Wonderful story, wonderful message, appropriate for me, right now.

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/27/2006 10:02 pm:

Think about it like surfing....just ride out the wave and you'll do fine...

Glad you liked it, thanks

MamChelle 49F
1443 posts
6/27/2006 9:56 pm

You truely are a Master in many senses of the word, my Friend. My soul is soothed and i smile in contented pleasure as i read the tales You weave. Thank You. *and with a giggle the fairy Queen shows herself to the Dark Sage, then takes flight, leaving a happy laugh in her wake*

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/28/2006 1:58 am:

Well, I'm glad you enjoyed it...I'm just someone who likes to play with words...nothing more...


waerlookin4fun 51M/47F

6/28/2006 1:14 am

I don't remember the old comic book that you speak of, but I know this reminds of the movie with Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding JR........."What Dreams May Come", perhaps this movie was also coined after the same comic???????? I agree and thank you for your post once again

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/28/2006 2:00 am:

I really couldn't say if the movie was loosely based on that old comic book...I just remember the story and how the old Chinese man told the thugs about his Garden at the it was a 'reflection' of the person's soul...

Thanks...glad you liked it...


6/28/2006 3:28 am

this is such a simple quote for such a wonderful story " be happy for the rose with the thorns..or angry with the thorn you can't enjoy the beauty of the rose"
wonderful provoking post...

under the stars
We choose to write
you choose what you comprehend.
read twice and be nice
every key stroke... has a heart beat

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/30/2006 1:14 am:
Thank you...I'm pleased that you enjoyed it....and thanks for the quote...far more pleasant sounding than mine....


libgemOH 57M/53F

6/28/2006 4:25 am

I saw that you had written this yesterday but didn't get a chance to read it, was too bleary eyed thanks to the girls....

Now that I have had the chance, all I can say is AMAZING!!! L, with your talent, you do need to be compiling a book to publish. This story truly does sum things up and I'm honored to be part of the sneak previews of the books I will be buying someday off the bestseller lists!!

Waiting for that knock on my door! -B {=}

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/30/2006 1:16 am:

Maybe it will happen someday...that knock on the door...



ohcurious14 60M  
1684 posts
6/29/2006 6:42 am

My garden flourishes and if I could plant the same thing in every spot in the garden I would choose to plant seedlings of my sweetheart, NB.How Lucky I am to have her not only as my soon to be collared submissive but as my Lover, best friend, and soulmate as well. She flourishes and blossomed oh so well. It is my job to take care of her, which I do. I love my garden.

Nightguy_1961 replies on 6/30/2006 1:17 am:
You are a very lucky man....cherish her, protect her always....for there will be someone who would steal her if you let your guard down even for a second...


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