"Jae, I'm going to pull us through this", red-haired man said. Besides him was a woman; they were both standing on a side of a mountain, watching the forest in flames.
"No you won't!" Jae angrily answered. "We will face hard times together. You, me, and Ferrin." She turned her sight towards a boy sitting on the ground, confused.
"Dad, why is forest burning?" boy said slowly, as if it was still hard for him. "Did we do something wrong?"
The man gazed into the flames, emotionless. "Lat!", Jae whispered, poking his side with her elbow.
"Oh", he gasped, noticing his son. "No, this is not our fault", he kneeled down and picked up boy, placing him on his shoulders. "This time we did nothing wrong. Spirits have gone mad. I'm sure of it." Boy still seemed confused. "Let me tell you a story. After all, you are now old enough to hear it." Child atop of his shoulders smiled, then laid down his cheek on his father's head.
The group of three started walking away from the fire, descending down the other side of the mountain.
"Sometime in the distant past, the humans were many in numbers and they lived happily. They lived in forests and bathed in rivers and lakes. They were friends with critters and they fought off the corrupted beasts. This changed, one they, when a man had taught others how to shape things.
Soon, humans started cutting down the woods..." little boy straightened his back in surprise, "they chopped them and created many things. Stories tell they were beautiful, but soon forests started disappearing. Humans also learned how to cut stone and create forests of caves where no beast would ever enter."
Jae watched with joy how the expressions changed across her son's face. She remembered the first time she had heard it. The story of how humans had ruined the world, and how they were punished.
"Humans were soo greedy that they chopped down each and every mountain on the world. Soon, the grass fields would disappear too, being replaced with more and more caves. After many years, there was no place for critters to run from beasts, and they were all eaten... after being protected by humans for so many years, they also died by their hand. And soon, beasts had nothing left to eat too, so they vanished also.
Humans were left alone in this world.
That's when the gods finally enraged. They decided to curse humans and make them destroy the dead world they had created. They made humans breathe fire; it was painful, and they could not control it. Soon, their own breaths melted down the stone caverns and killed their families, and only few were to survive.
One man then fell down to his knees, shed a tear and asked Gods for foriveness. He offered his arms as a food to surviving beasts, showing that he would do anything to rebuild the world Gods had shaped. They pitied upon him, but left mankind with a grim reminder of what they had done.
Humans were to exhale smoke forever. Just like we do."
Boy's eyes suddenly started following the trail of smoke flowing from his mouth.
Jae was the same. She spent days after playing with the smoke. She was holding her breath or trying to breathe really fast, hoping the smoke would go away.
"It's good people don't do these things anymore, dad", Ferrin smiled. Jae noticed her husband clenching his fists.
"Yeah. It sure is."