“Heeeyyy Maricha!” Ravana called out, “Wanna do me a huuuggee favor?”
“What is it this time?” asked Maricha, rolling his eyes.
“You know about that dude Rama…?” Ravana began.
“Well, uh…. I want you to help me take his wife.”
“WHAT?” Maricha asked, certain he had heard his crazy nephew wrong.
“You want me to help you STEAL someone’s wife. Are you crazy? And of all people, Rama’s wife?! Don’t you know how powerful he is? He’d kill us all!” Said Maricha as he tried to convince his foolish Nephew
“He can’t hurt us. He’s only a human. I am THE demon god. I get what I want when I want it.”
“I will help you, but you need to know that it will end my life.” Maricha said with sadness.
“Whatever. You’re just being dramatic.” Ravana said as he walked out of the room. “Let’s go”!”
Maricha followed Ravana to his chariot in sadness, performing a little funeral on his way, accepting his fate.
“What a beautiful day!” Sita said to Rama as they were walking in the meadow.
“It truly is such a wonderful day.” said Lakshama to the couple.
“Oh LOOK!” shrieked Sita with excitement. “It’s a deer! A golden deer!”
“Wow! That’s a really pretty creature.” said Rama as he inched toward it to get a better look.
“I don’t know….” Lakshama began, “A golden deer. That has to be a trap…”
“Oh quit being so negative!” Sita said, “It’s a wonderful, rare animal. The gods sent it to us, for us to keep!”
“No! Look at it. It’s like…… hazy. Last time I checked, animals weren’t supposed to be holographic.” Lakshama said, realizing the truth. “It’s a Rakshama. We shouldn’t get near it!”
“Catch it honey! I want it! It’s so beautiful!” Sita said over Lakshama’s warning. “It’s SOO Pretty. Let’s keep it as a pet!”
“It really is pretty; I’ll try to catch it. I’ll just be careful.” Rama said as he picked up his bow and arrow.
Off into the forest he went, after the beautiful golden deer.
“I knew it would work!” Ravana said in excitement.
“My fate has come. I hope I die quickly.” Said Maricha as he ran further into the forest, enticing Rama
“Man, this deer is fast. He keeps weaving through the trees. It’s almost like it wants me to get lost!” Rama thought as he continued after the deer.
Maricha stopped, as Rama’s bow finally hit his side. He screamed in pain, but his voice was replaced by Rama’s.
“OWW! Help!” Maricha screamed as he took his final breaths.
“It’s Rama!” screamed Sita, “GO help him! He’s been hurt!”
“No, Rama cannot be hurt, it must be that stupid Rakshasha furthering his trick! Why can’t you see that!”
“HELP HIM!” Sita screamed, “How can you not help your own BROTHER. Go after him!”
“Fine, fine. You stay here. I’ll go make sure everything is okay like I’m sure it is.”
“Ugh. Sita is so stupid. It’s obviously a trap but whatever.” mumbled Lakshama as he walked into the forest.
“Dude. What are you doing here?” asked Rama as he bumped into Lakshama. “You should be watching Sita. You know how she tends to get into trouble.”
“HELLLPP!!!! NO! DON’T TOUCH ME!” Sita screamed in utter terror as Ravana captured her and carried her to his chariot.
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Author's Note: I took the story of the golden dear in a more modern twist. In Ramayana, Maricha and Ravana plot to take Sita from Rama. While technically they succeed it causes death to Maricha, who has taken the form of a golden deer, and complicated a war against the Raksashas and Rama. In my story, I inserted dialogue between characters to add more personality, as well as modernize the story. I also incorporated a theme and message at the end of inevitable death and karma.
Bibliography: Buck, William (1976). Ramayana: King Rama's Way.