One day when Gimba was resting in his room, a crow flew across his window. On the second day, a robin flew by. On the third day, he saw an unusual rainbow. He watched it for several hours. This particular rainbow had fourteen beautiful colours instead of the seven colours usually seen. Gimba did not understand why the rainbow had so many colours so he was curious to learn more about the rainbow, but it ultimately vanished. He has difficulties in sleeping because he thinks about the discrepancies between the seven and the fourteen rainbow colours, it puzzled him and he also wondered about the birds that flew by his windows. He was sure that there was some kind of a link between the rainbow and the birds.
Two months later, the rainbow re-appeared and invited Gimba to a long trip. That particular day Gimba went to bed in the early hours. The rainbow talked to Gimba in symbols. Everything seemed genuine in his mind. He suddenly woke up in the hours of darkness and was in panic. He was covered with sweat all over his body and his beddings were soaked.
Gimba glanced at his window and observed a Black-Crowned Night heron. Gimba had seen the bird before. It was a group of birds that generally rested and hid in trees in a wet area. During daytime they relaxed and hid in trees. They fed at dark, eating fishes and shells. They bred in nesting colonies in mangroves. They often nested in colonies. It hung around for its prey consisted of frogs and fish and caught them up with its bill. In addition it fed on amphibian’s insects, crabs, molluscs, and other invertebrates. They bred on every continent apart from Australia and Antarctica. They were more often than not seen in marsh surroundings, forests, along river banks, wooded swamps, mangroves, and from time to time in grasslands or rice fields. It flew about in large flocks and as a rule at night during winter time of the year to the southern United States.
The Moon was glamorous and the birds were singing melodious songs. The birds asked Gimba to follow them to the wonderful rainbow. He put on his school uniform and made himself a sandwich with a single slice of bread with a topping.
Hiding here and there, he followed the golden eagle to a dense forest. The forest was, thick and frightful. There were tall trees and indeed, the forest was impenetrable. Gimba was exhausted, his heart was jumping out of his chest and everything looked dimmed and dark. He was hungry and thirsty and out of food. Although, he felt that he had been stubborn, but he was determined to prove that he was stronger and had energy to prevail. He saw the rainbow’s colours- red, orange yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. However, since he saw fourteen colours he was curious to see the overlapping bows of individually pure spectral colours of the rainbow and not only mixtures. He knew that any one colour of the bow had longer wavelength colours mixed in because he saw some amount of green in the blue and lesser amount of yellow in the red. Gimba was excited.
In Gambia’s anxiety and desperation, he sat on one of the branches of some of the trees of the forest. He did not know that the particular branch of a tree was purposely meant for him. All of a sudden, the branch broke into two. Gimba fell deeper down into a big opening. The opening consisted of a hollow central opening with numerous interlocking fine strands of feathers on either side. He saw a narrow tunnel but it widened as he moved swiftly and cleanly further down the tunnel. Gimba proceeded under difficult conditions because of the narrow and the winding nature of the tunnel. He was scared and felt he was on his way to hell. He moved through something solid. He dug with his hands and created a space. There was a bend which widened into another huge hall. It was horrifying. Gimba suddenly saw a subway leading to a chamber. It was shaped like a horseshoe. Unexpectedly, a woman emerged. It was Medusa.
Gimba remembered that long ago a beautiful girl by the name Medusa lived in Athens. She was so beautiful that she became egoistic. She claimed to be the only pleasurable girl in town. She boasted daily about her skin and body and maintained that her hair glistered and shone more than the sun. She looked at her hair everyday in the mirror or water. She was egocentric and self centred. In fact, she spent her entire life looking in a mirror and admiring herself.
One day she joined her friends to visit the temple of Athena, Parthenon, goddess of wisdom. The temple was decorated with beautiful sculptures and paintings.
At the temple, she boasted again about her beauty and how inspirational her beauty changed people’s lives. Athena could not take such egotism and silenced Medusa with a discouraged wave. She told Medusa that beauty in mortals passed away quickly like the wind of the desert. Beauty did not give comfort to the sick, educate people or gave food to the hungry. Athena was so angry that Medusas beauty was stripped away to serve as a reminder to people who boasted about themselves. Medusa’s face altered to that of a monster, her hair twisted and thickened into unsightly snakes. There was never peace and tranquillity amongst the snakes on her hair. They always fought each other.
Athena cursed medusa that her face would turn men into stone. She was also warned not to look at her reflection in water or in a mirror or else she would turn into rock. Medusa was sent to live with the blind monsters, the gorgon sisters who lived at the end of the earth so that harmless people would not by chance turn into stone by looking at her.
Medusa asked Gimba not to be afraid. Gimba was not turned into stone but everything else in the tunnel was turned into stone. Gimba spent ten years with the medusa, studying and learning about the continuous cycle of things and processes that became larger and more matured through natural development. He learnt about alternative expansion, contraction, thoughtful concern for, and sensitivity toward the feelings of others. He learnt that happiness did not heal but protected against falling ill.
It was time for Gimba to fly to find the rainbow. Medusa provided a gigantic bird, Argent avis magnificent to search for the particular rainbow. He finally reached the end of the world where nothing survived. The bird, now extinct, was first located in Argentina some six million years ago. It had every characteristic of an aircraft.
At a distant Gimba saw some figures with funny green hats and curled moustaches. They were fourteen of them, the Leprechauns, dancing on an Island. Each one of them had a walking stick and a hat. They were short people with colourful clothing’s and special looking gleaming shoes. All of a sudden the walking sticks began to shine brightly with golden glow. The fourteen leprechauns were; Sana, Sane, Sani, Sema, Seme, Semi Sonar, Bama, Bami, Bana, Beni, Bini, Bine and Bona. The Island became indistinguishable and a rainbow appeared with fourteen observable colours.
Gimba took a trip with each Leprechaun to the end of their respective coloured rainbows and collected gold hidden in pots. Gimba became conscious that it was only through leprechauns and rainbows with fourteen colours that gold was found at the end of a rainbow.