Tmigran and the kinr
Once upon a time, there lived a young family: a mother, a father and two children, a ten-year-old daughter called Vetvetk and a seven-year-old boy called Tmigran. He was a very, very naughty boy. His grandmother told him, “If you don’t do as you are told, an evil spirit called kinr will come and get you”. But the boy did not believe in evil spirits and said, “I’ll do as I please”.
He would always lose his temper when playing with his friends, so they stopped playing with him. The other children helped their parents, but he just went about causing trouble. His mother would say, “Tmigran, would you bring in some firewood?” but he would reply “No, I won’t. Vetvetk can bring it in”. He then carried on doing just what he wanted to.
Once day he came back late from the river. As he was walking along, he kicked everything in his path. Suddenly he noticed something in his way. He went up to it, prodded it with his foot, and then sat down on the ground. He wanted to pick the thing up with his hands, but noticed that it was round and shaggy, and moved. The shaggy thing screamed. Tmigran bent over. He wanted to examine the strange creature. He saw that it had a mouth. The shaggy creature began to move and spoke in a menacing voice, “Hear me – if you disobey your parents once more, I will come and find you, grab you and bring you back here. You will never get home again and you will turn into a kinr, just like me.”
In a daze, Tmigran ran home and went to bed. When he got up in the morning, he quietly went outside, chopped some firewood and brought it home. He then drew water from the well, and then began to play quietly with his sister. The parents were astonished at the sudden change in their son. From that day on he was a completely different person. He would not tell his mother and father about his kinr encounter until two months later.