By Charmaine Anneth Go
(Contributors: Chermaine Delos Reyes, Giancarlo Ramos, Jose Rivera, and Raymund Martin Salvador)
Once upon a time, there was a well in the middle of a forest. It was surrounded by tall green grass and thousands of pretty wildflowers. Pollen and bees looking for nectar flew along with the rush of wind. It was a forest that was full of life where each creature lives in friendship. However, they fear the King Lion.
King Lion was the king of the forest. He was kind at heart but was feared by all. The King Lion is rumored to have punished hundreds of trespassers – trespassers who dare go near the magical well. And so, each mother holds on tight to their playful children; everyone cowers when the King Lion passes.
In a swamp far away from the forest, Goku was raised by a frog couple. What’s so special about Goku? He bears a star mark on his forehead, the birthmark of King Lion’s cub – the cub who got lost when he was just little.
When his frog father fell ill, Goku seeked for the help of Doctor Baboon. Doc Baboon then gave him an old map that leads the way to a magical healing well. Upon receiving the map, Goku decided to embark on a journey to look for the magical well. He has to gather enough water for the terribly ill frog.
Unfortunately, Goku the little cub has to meet a challenge first. Before the magical well bears water, it needs to be fed seven dragon balls as key.
After years of searching, Goku, now a full-grown lion, was able to collect all dragon balls and managed to find the magical well not long after.
Upon throwing all balls down the well, there was a huge explosion that scattered all dragon balls across oceans and seas. After which, a dragon spirit emerged, blazing in fire. The forest was startled upon seeing the dragon spirit, but they rejoiced, for they knew that only the missing son of the King Lion can awake the dragon spirit.
The King Lion rushed to the well and pounced on Goku! As the whole forest stood by and watched the scene, the King Lion, angered, roared and roared. But then, seeing the star on the younger lion’s forehead, King Lion was taken aback.
“Why are you here? You should not be here! I left you to those frogs to save your life. You shouldn’t have come!”
It turned out that the King Lion purposely left Goku with the frog couple in order to save his son’s life. He has to keep Goku as far away as possible from the magical well that entraps the evil power-coveting Dragon – the well that only Goku could open. The truth is…the healing water does not exist. Goku was deceived by Doctor Baboon, a subordinate of the Dragon spirit.
“Roooaaaaarrr!” The King Lion was attacked by the evil dragon and now lay helpless beside Goku. The King Lion sacrificed his life. He protected Goku from the Dragon’s fatal bite, and in doing so, gave his own blood, a loving parent’s blood, the only poison that could weaken and entrap the evil dragon in the well once again.
Goku wept for the loss of both his father the Lion and his father the Frog, but this, he vowed, will not be the end. He took the King Lion’s position and vowed to keep the magical well hidden from little children whom their parents love so much.