They are coming, but none believes me. It stirs and reciprocates within me, I can sense the danger. Am I to be blame for this? The power I accidentally used on one of their kind. I was doing my job back then, when a man aimed something long and slender with a hollow opening at me. His machine looked weird; I have never seen something like it before. As I am now, I could sense the threat seconds before it happened. I dodged a small bullet that came out of the hollow opening and teased him with my water-bending skill, chasing him away from the swamp. My power is developing and it grows stronger day by day.
This power I have is accidental and I thought it will fade through the days but no. It stays and brazened itself, clinging to me. A fortnight ago, I found an exquisite gemstone shining through the sea. It was so beautiful that I could not resist taking it from where it was placed. The gem felt cold when I put it on my palm. Suddenly, it changed its colour and I felt queer, like something was creeping through my veins. That was when I knew that there was something different about me now that I acquired some sort of magic power from the gemstone. That night alone, I managed to clean the whole straits of Malacca just by swimming in it. How cool was that? But, I have to keep this to myself. The palace had banned the use of magic long ago, after the magic itself brought havoc to this land.
I tried telling my friends about this guts that bore me away from my sleep and appetite but they laughed at me, saying I worry too much, confident of the safety of the straits on their watch. Everyone in Malacca called us ‘Orang Laut’ and they entrusted us to maintain the safety of the strait. Frustrated, I gave up trying to warn them.
One misty morning, the instinct is more vigorous than before. I dismiss the thought and go to the strait to catch some fish, as usual, when a sudden shockwave tumbles all of our boats. We are being bombarded by the Portuguese. I knew it, they will be coming back for us. Our land is rich and this reason alone is enough to lure them to conquer our land. They keep on attacking us, using their very powerful cannon which we do not have. Panic, all of my friends try to save themselves but I am well aware that none could survive that kind of weaponry if it continues blasting steels. Impulsively, I use my magic to meddle with the movement of the water and toppled the Portuguese’s vessel, just like that. We never see the Portuguese again, but I know that there will be more of them, stronger than before, trying to avenge for their dead associates. Great. Now everyone knows I have the power.
This happening reaches the Sultan’s ears and it spreads all over Malacca and there is absolutely nothing I can do about it. Some see me as their hero, but some say that I should be exiled as it is an act of defiance against the palace. Of course, the Sultan wants to meet me, and I do not know what to expect. My fate is in his hands and I will never harm my Sultan no matter what happens because he truly is the best among the rest. The people of Malacca live in peace and prosperity because of his intelligence in planning and organizing the land.
The Sultan himself comes to my house, inviting me to his palace. He welcomes me with a warm smile and courtesy. Well, a good start indeed. I thought that magicians – except for me – do not exist in this land anymore. It is shocking to know that my kind, magicians, are all over Malacca and they have been gathered by the Sultan, to create an army, for this kind of desperate situation. The Sultan has been planning to unban the use of magic since he first held the throne but the ministers are against this. Although he is the most powerful person here, he believes in democracy. Now that the incident happens, he has a solid reason to banish the law.
He knows that the Portuguese will come again, to take hold of Malacca, and he does not want that to happen. We – magicians – are his sole hope in restoring and maintaining peace of this land of magic. So he set a place specially for us to practise our magic. Some have not use it for quite some time and it takes time for them to get used to utilizing it again. As for me, I become their trainer. My magic seems to be more powerful than theirs. Rumour has it that one who actually touches the stone will be more powerful than the others. So I guess that is the reason. I wonder where the gemstone is now. Shocked, the gemstone slipped away from my hands and the tide was suddenly high that fateful night, severing it away from me.
The day has come. Our watchmen who have been prepared for days stay near the swamp in order to alert the others. The Portuguese are coming. The watchmen send representatives to go to the palace to alarm everyone and luckily they do so quickly. Every second counts.
I become their admiral and I lead them to the place where the war begins. We have set up traps along the straits and are confident that it will be able to hold them for a while, though not for long. The ships keep on coming endlessly and they bombard us using their cannons. The straits of Malacca are now full of scattered debris of the housing nearby it. Thank God everyone has evacuated the place. Now, it is our turn.
I briefed them before the war begins and they know well enough on what they have to do. The first magician fleet envelops all of the vessels with water of the strait. They use every inch of force they have and the attack from the Portuguese is put to a halt, when spherical steels abruptly pierced through the water and hit some of the magicians. It is horrifying to see this scene before my eyes. Blood is everywhere. The magicians with healing power save whomever they can save and tend to their injuries. But I cannot be discouraged. Before they get to make another move, I command the second fleet of magician to freeze the water. We have to act fast. Hence, the last magician that will put this war to an end is me. I gathered all my force and magic to summon the power from mother nature. A mighty lightning strikes the frozen vessels and breaks them into pieces. The ultimate peace for this glorious country has now been restored.