The Hwadam, anointed of the king, sought an audience before his royal majesty.
"The coming month’s end is
a day unmarked in calendars of both sun and moon.
The fabled day when the Emperor of the Heavens and the King of the Nethers slumber.
A millennial event on a leap year day where neither sun nor moon shall light the sky.
On that day, we shall need cleanse these lands of all its unpleasantries."
- Bagdahl Year 3973, 25th of King Youngjong, 16th day of the 2nd moon
A Do wielder of the Woodo School asked unto the Hwadam,
"Twins born on a day shunned by both sun and moon...
Where ever did you find these children, O master of religious rites?"
After a brief moment of silence, the Hwadam responded.
"They are my daughters.
Do not utter another word on this matter."
One spring day with plum blossoms in full bloom,
the Hwadam relayed teachings upon the twins.
"Sit with appropriate care, calm your lips and eyes,
and extend your ears to the rumblings of your heart."
The younger twin, Hyeon, upon enlightenment, found Do (道) to be like pure winter and calm water,
while the elder twin, Eun, remained distracted, unable to proceed any further in her studies.
One summer day with orchids shyly in bloom,
a Do-wielding acquaintance of the Hwadam,
addressed the younger twin.
"You are a vessel, vast enough to hold all!"
and expressed great amazement.
Gazing upon the older twin,
"You have a face that would attract many a spirit."
and expressed great admiration.
"Alike in appearance, yet one is a cracked vessel,
a fox doomed to wander alone in the flowers."
Hearing this, the elder sister stood abruptly, yelling,
"Cracked? I’ll show you ‘cracked’!”
The Hwadam immediately began assuaging her upset guest.
One fall day with chrysanthemums strewn from heavy showers,
a Do wielder urgently sought an audience with the Hwadam.
"The elder sister has left the Woodo School grounds."
The Hwadam blows away a tiger butterfly perched upon the Do wielder’s shoulder.
"Tell me what happened!”
The Do wielder shook their head.
"The twins quarreled furiously.
Hyeon was injured and is being tended to by a physician."
As the elder twin was leaving, Hyeon relayed the following words to her parting sister,
"The way of Do (道) lies on but a single path."
Yet this message retold didn’t register to the Hwadam’s ear.
One winter day with snow piled upon the bamboo forests,
the Yuldo sage, Gildong, was worrying over the elder twin, Eun,
"Once the moon rises tonight,
you will never be able to return to your former self.
Are you sure you wish to do this?"
Eun, gently caressing the fox spirit,
drew a butterfly in the snow-covered field with her flower-leaf charm.
"If I was concerned with the price I shall pay in the afterlife,
I would’ve never set foot in the Jwado School to begin with.
For this is the way of Do (道) set before me (it is I, Maegu)."