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aleqsandre yazbegi

elguja romani

moTxrobebi

Tbilisi 2010

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qarTuli prozis saganZuri `palitra medias~ am proeqtis mizania, daubrunos wigns mkiTxveli da mkiTxvels _ wigni. `saganZuri~ xelmisawvdoms xdis qarTuli klasikuri da Tanamedrove prozis rCeul nimuSebs. yovel xuTSabaTs Jurnal `gzasTan~ erTad, mravaltomeulis TiTo wigni gamova, xolo erT weliwadSi Tqvens ojaxs mTeli biblioTeka Seemateba.

tomi #30 saredaqcio jgufi: zurab abaSiZe manana janeliZe irma xarSilaZe koreqtorebi:

nana antonova-iluriZe manana dauSvili

garekanis dizaini:

Tamar birkaZe

kompiuteruli uzrunvelyofa

rezo TxiliSvili

Š gamomcemloba palitra L, 2010 mis.: iosebiZis q. #49 E-mail: book@palitra.ge; tel.: 38-38-71

ISSN 1987-8850 ISBN 978-9941-422-47-8

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elguja Sesavali dahkra 1864 wels saqveynod sasiamovno saaTma da gamocxadda glexkacebis ganTavisufleba _ baton-ymobis gadavardna! xalxis erTi mxare _ glexkacoba da imaTi TanamgrZnobelni gatacebulni iyvnen siamovnebiT da metis-metad gadaWarbebuls sargeblobas da sikeTes moelodnen axalis wesebisagan. meore mxare _ mebatoneebi ki gulis kankaliT uyurebdnen im damokidebulebis mospobas, romelic saukunoebiT arsebobda batonsa da ymas Sua. ganTavisuflebuls glexebs egonaT, rom am dRidan imaTi keTildReoba, gamdidreba da mosveneba Seiqmna ueWvel movlinebad; mebatoneebi ki hfiqrobdnen, rom dReidan lukma gauwydaT da guSindeli imaTi mexreebi dRes mbrZaneblad gauxdebodnen. gaiara pirvelma aRtacebis Jamma da xalxi cota damSvidda. glexebma dainaxes, rom imaTi imedi measedadac ara marTldeba da mebatoneebmac, _ rom imaTi iseTi SiSi amao yofila, radganac axal „debulebas“ iseTi kudebi gamouCnda, romelic naymevis keTildReobas pirdapir nabatonaris survilzed agdebs. mcire memamule-mebatone ar daavala axalma `wesdebam~, rom Tavis moymeebisaTvis mamuli mieca, da gadasaxleba ki rac Rirs, _ nametnavad Cvenis glexkacobisaTvis, _ Tqven TiTon kargad mogexsenebaT. didi mamulebis patronebi, Tumca daavala am „wesdebam“ rom miecaT „nadeli~, magram tye mebatonis gankargulebaSi darCa da glexkaci, romelic utyeod ver gasZlebs, daayena isev mebatonisagan damokidebulebaSi. glexkacebma dauSves isev Tavebi; mebatoneebi gaimarTnen welSi. 3

magram amaTi damokidebuleba kidev, rogorc iqneba, gasaZlebia; gasaZlebia misTvis, rom axlo momavalzed imedi gvaqvs. magram warmoidgineT erTgvari ganTavisuflebul ymebis mdgomareoba, _ im ganTavisuflebul ymebisa, romelTac araviTari mamuli ar arguna kanonma. eseni gaxlavan Sina-mosamsaxureebi, romelTac ar eWiraT mamuli, ara hqondaT TavianTi saxl-kari. warmoidgineT-meTqi, im xalxis mdgomareoba, romelTac arc sofeli ikarebs, arc mebatone aZlevs rasme da arc Tavisufals saxelmwifo miwebzed asaxleben. mTaSi, sazogadod, iyo Cveulebad tyveebis moyvana da imaTi damonaveba; imaT ayenebdnen TavianT saxlSi da xmarobdnen TavianT batonuri Zalis dasacvelad. amis gamo karga blomad grovdebodnen mTis mebatoneebis saxlSi amgvari ymebi, romelTac arc miwa eWiraT. arc calke saxli hqondaT da muSaobdnen mebatonis sakuTars mamulzed usasyidlod, marto lukma-purisaTvis da zed Casacvamis konk-ZonZebisaTvis! mTeli imaTi Sromidgan ar Senaxula imaTTvis imdeni, rom erTi fexis dadgma miwa an erTi Zroxa Tavis sakuTrebad daenaxaT. am mdgomareobaSi iyvnen es bedisgan ganwirulni, rodesac ganTavisuflebis xmam grgvinvasaviT gaiara saqarTveloSi da am sacodavebsac, sxvebTan erTad, qudi moaxdevina da madloba Seawirvina RvTisaTvis. modi da nu gauxardeboda sacodavebs, rodesac zogs imaTgans kidev axsovda, rom mama CerqezSi, deda qistebSi da TviTon saqarTveloSi yofila gayidul-gamoyiduli! modi da nu gauxardebodaT axali debuleba, romlis ZaliTac dRes Tavis sayvarel Svils, cols, dedas, satrfos veRar gaaSorebdnen! marTlac sasixarulo iyo, magram dids xans gaswia imaTma siamovnebam da sixarulma? Tavisuflebis Semdeg dainaxes, rom Tumca dedas Svilisagan, saqmros sacolesagan, cols qmrisagan veRar ganaSoreben, veRar ga4

yid-gamoyidian, rogorc pirutyvebs, magram amaT yvelas Wama, sma, cxovreba unda, da isini ki axalma wesdebam daagdo xel-gaSveril Ratakebad! iqamdis SemaZrwunebeli iyo imaTi mdgomareoba, rom zogs zed dasaxuri sabani da qveS gasaSleli nabadic ki ar gahyoliaT mebatonisagan. es xalxi gaifanta sxvadasxva adgilebSi da aqamdisac isev ise xelgaSverilebi dadian da Tavis Sesafarebeli adgili ver upovniaT, maSin, rodesac aTasi Tavisufali adgilebi aris, romelzedac advilad SeiZleboda imaTi dasaxleba da, exla usargeblo saxelmwifos wevrTagan, gaeSenebinaT sargeblobis momcemi xalxi. vin icis, saidan gadmokarguls, „skapcebs“ (xojebs), damaxinjebuls zneobiTac da kacobiTac, aZleven adgilebs, _ am sacodavT, RvTisaganac da kacisaganac moZulebulT, dasaxleba ufro madli ar iyo? ai amaT cxovrebidgan minda vuZRvna mkiTxeels ramdenime moTxroba, mxolod es winasityvaoba saWirod davinaxe, radganac saqarTveloSi bevrma arc ki icis, rom amgvari ymebic iyvnen da asobiT xalxi am debulebam aseTs ganmRatakebels da unugeSo mdgomareobaSi Caayena.

I darialis viwroebSi, sadac axla mSvenieri gzatkecili midis da Sav kldeebs Sua gvelsaviT iklakneba, uwin martoka bilikebi iyo, romelzedac cxenebis qaravnebi Zlivs dadioda. es gza midioda CrdiloeT kavkasiidgan saqarTveloSi jer viwro larsis xeobazed, magram raki darialis uzarmazar kldeebs moadgeboda, iq klde iyo gaxvretili, gza qanqaniT gayvanili, romlis saTaurSiac moxeveebis yaraulebi idgnen da icavdnen saqarTvelos daupatiJebel stumrebisagan. 5

erTs civs Rames, rodesac nisls moebura da ufro mometebulad daebnelebina iqauroba, am qanqanis napiras gaeCaRebinaT cecxli ramdensame yarauls da gars Semosxdomodnen. iqve daerToT nadiris (jixvis) mwvadebi da vaxSmis momzadebas elodnen. am dros moisma cxenis fexis xma. yaraulebma daavles Tofebs xeli da erTs wuTs Caesafrnen gzis aqeTiqiT mdebare qvebs ukan. es ise swrafad da Cumad mohxda, rom kaci ver gaigebda imaT moZraobas, da guldandobili mgzavri advilad Cauvardeboda xelSi. gaiara ramdenmame wuTma am mdgomareobaSi, rodesac erTi cxenosani gamoCnda da guladad Semovida Casafrebulebis SuaSi. aqamdis Cumi yaraulebi, romelTac Tofebi gadmoeSviraT qvebzed da TiTonac gaqvavebuls suraTebs damsgavsebodnen, erTbaSad wamocvivdnen da cxenosans gars Semoertynen. _ vina xar? _ hkiTxa erTma yaraulTaganma. _ me, osi maxameTa, seni wirime! _ miugo cxenosanma... _ saidgan, an sad mixval? _ cofikaSvilTan... me imis stumari xar. _ eg? nabadSi raRa gaqvs gaxveuli? _ hkiTxa isev im yaraulma, romelmac cxenosans unagirze gardigardmo gadebuli, nabadSi Sexveuli, raRac SeamCniva. _ es qalia, Seni wirime, esec imasTan migyavs. _ sad ginadirnia, sad? _ hkiTxes RimiliT. _ cerqezidgan moitace, _ icrua osma Cveulebriv. _ ai Seni xencelais madli ki gamiwyres!.. _ dacinviT gaikamaTa moxevem. _ senma mzem, cerqezidgan... _ kargia-da, vici, Ce... ar gicnob, raica xar? e mand sulonaanTgan (osis mebatoneebi) iyidda, da aq ki imas iZaxi, CerqezSi movitaceo. _ ara, cema mzem. 6

_ kargia, kargi! _ mkacrad gaawyvetina sityva molaparake yaraulma da gaubrunda Tavis amxanags. _ aba, RmerTs ar moetyueba, rom es CerqezSi ver gavidoda. _ osi araa, Senai Wiraime, CerqezSi saiT gavidoda? _ upasuxa erTma. _ rai arian osebi?.. katebi arian, cxo rai? _ elguja! _ wamoiZaxa isev im yaraulma, romelmac pirvelad dauwyo maxameTas laparaki da romelic imaTSi Tavobda. _ rai ginda? _ wadi, wahye emasa, miiyvane CofikianTasa da, Tu aq mogvatyua, ZaRlsaviT mohkal da gadaagde. _ egre. _ gzaze Tu gaqceva daapira, maSinac ar daindo. _ egre! _ iyo isev pasuxi. elguja iyo ymawvili ocdaori wlisa; tanadi, warmosadegi, xevSi ganTqmuli iyo Tavisi vaJkacobiT da `qamandrobiT~*. amasTan, rogorc mometebuli wili moxeveebisa, gulwrfeli da saimedo, elgujam gaido Tofi mxarze da SesZaxa maxameTas: _ iare! maxameTam gaswia wina, elguja ki mihyva ukan sibrTxiliT, rom sityviT-sityvamde namdvilad Seesrulebina Tavisi ufrosis brZaneba. im dros RmerTsac nu eqna, rom maxameTas odnadac aris cxeni gaebrunebina da gadaeyenebina gzis iqiT, _ elguja imas ZaRlsaviT mohklavda da gadaagdebda. amgvarad midiodnen isini Cumad, xmagakmendilebi; maxameTa darwmunebuli iyo, rom mcvels Tvali frTxilad uWiravs da mcvelic darwmunebulia, rom Tu maxameTam gabeda rame, maSin imis tyvias Sors ver wauva da, Tundac * qamandari _ kargi msroleli.

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romlisame mizeziT tyvia dascdenoda da maxameTas gaqceva moewadina, maSin mainc advilad win moeqceoda elguja, radganac is qveiTa iyo da saqveiTo biliki erTioTxad amoklebda cxenisTvis mixveul-moxveuls gzas. miaRwies sofels stefanwmindas da mividnen pirdapir gagi CofikaSvilis karebzed, sadac elguja wadga win da xmamaRla daiZaxa: _ gagi!.. ha gagiii! gagi! am sityvebzed Tofi gadmoeSvira derefanzed safrad gakeTebulis kedlidgan da moisma xma: _ vinaa mand, vin hkivis? _ me var elgujai. _ rai ambavia, am SuaRamisas? _ ai, erTai katai moviyvane, _ sTqva elgujam da gahxeda ossa. _ martoa? _ ara... qalai raime hyavs. gagi wynara gabrunda, gaaRviZa biWebi, romlebic imis Zaxilzed SeiaraRebulebi gaSiSvlebulis TofebiT gamovidnen. es is dro iyo, rodesac saqarTvelo ruseTis mfarvelobis qveS Sedioda da maSasadame, _ dro areulobisa da mudam brZolisa am mfarvelobis qveS Sesvlis msurvelTa da mowinaaRmdegeTa Sua. amitom, rasakvirvelia, uiaraRod aravin dadioda. _ onise gadi-Ra, gahxede!.. stumari sastumroSi Seiyvane, tyve rom mouyvania, is-ki dedakacebs miabare... icodnen, Tu gahqceviaT, TavianTi Tolebis meti aRara ixsniT-ra... onisem gaswia brZanebis aRsasruleblad, magram gagim isev Seayena, raRaca waibutbuta da xmamaRla daumata. _ moica, me TviTonac Camoval. gagim maSinve icno maxameTa, romelTanac ara erTxel 8

hqonia amgvari vaWroba. amisaTvisac isini erTmaneTs miesalmnen, CamoarTves xeli da tkbilad daiwyes laparaki. maxameTa gamoutyda, rom es qali Cerqezi aris da, erTs qists moeyvana osebSi gasasyidad, sadac maxameTa Sehxvda da gagisTvis iyida. am sityvebs daumata qalis qeba, romelic tanadobiT isars emsgavseba da tuCebi axlad gadaSlils vards miugavs. gagim qals mohxada yabalaxi, miuaxlovda pirisaxesTan da muStris TvaliT dauwyo Sinjva. _ marTla lamazi unda iyos! _ warmosTqva iman bolos da gaubrunda elgujas: _ Sen mainc daRaluli xar, eg qali am sawolaSi Seagde da Senc gared mouweq amaRam... karis gadmoraza ki ar dagaviwydes. elgujam qali waiyvana. gagi ki maxameTas gauZRva sastumroSi, sadac undoda Zvirfasi stumrisaTvis Tavi moeqona, raTa cotac aris ufro iafad daesva axlad moyvanili qali. elgujam miiyvana qali „sawolSi~, aunTo CiraRi da, ra Sehxeda qals, gaSterebuli darCa. imis Tvals warmoudga iseTi mSvenieri, mimzidavi TxuTmet-Teqvsmeti wlis qali, romelmac moulodnelad guli aucaxcaxa da ZarRvebSi sisxli auduRa. rasa Svreboda, sad iyo _ imas srulebiT gardaaviwyda. is Seepyro marto erTs survils, rom ase ganuwyvetliv eyurebina am qalis mSvenierebisaTvis da damtkbariyo im grZnobiT, romelsac pirvelad gaeRviZa imis gulSi. qali ki idga fermixdili, daRonebuli, TvalebdaSvebuli da gatacebuli raRaca Rrma fiqriT. elgujas awuxebda imisi mdgomareoba. undoda dasamSvidebeli sityva eTqva, magram ena ar icoda, Tunda scodnoda kidec, Znelad SeeZlo imas sityvis warmoTqma. aris xolme iseTi mdgomareoba kacis cxovrebaSi, 9

rodesac grZnob, itanjebi, ginda warmosTqva rame, magram ena aRar gemorCileba da sityva veRar gipovnia. swored amgvars mdgomareobaSi iyo elgujac. bolos, rogorc iyo, gons movida, gaamagra kedelSi `CiraRi~ (kvari), uCvena iqve dalagebul saban-gobanzed da aniSna imaTi gaSla. kidev cota xans darCa, Sehxeda, amoioxra da gamobrunda. karebTan rom movida, erTi kidev miixeda, dainaxa, rom qalis Tvalebi elgujasaken aris moqceuli da iseTi saxiT uyureben, TiTqos imaTac ugrZvniaT moxevis gulis moZraoba da isinic TanaugrZnoben, madlobas eubnebiano... elgujam veRar moiTmina, gadaxta da gulSi Caikra qali, romelic SeSinebuli da aRelvebuli, raRaca gamoucdelis grZnobisagan damonebuli Zalzed ekvroda mkerdzed. am wuTebSi gamoixateboda wadili, SiSi, siyvaruli, brZola aRZrul grZnobasTan, magram imaTgan verc erTi ki ver getyodaT _ ra mosdiT, rasa Svrebian, an ase rad iqcevian da sxva rigad ara? RmerTma icis, didxans gagrZeldeboda es imaTTvis sanatri wamebi, an sadamdis miaRwevda, Tu isini am Tavis daviwyebidan ar gamoeyvana xmaurobas, romelic moisma sastumros karebidgan. elgujam ukanasknelad Zalzed mouWira mklavebi, aRgznebulad akoca, gamovarda gared mTvralsaviT, giJsaviT da gulis ZgeriT miwva karebTan. ezoSi gamosuliyo gagi da gankargulebas aZlevda biWebs, rom stumars rigianad dahxvedrodnen. raki biWebi gagzavn-gamogzavna, saxlis patronma gamoswia im `sawolisaken~, sadac tyve iyo damwyvdeuli. maxameTam imas imdeni mSveniereba uambo am qalisa, imden gamtacebel suraTebiT dauxata qalis mixvra-moxvra, imis tuCebi, Tvalebi, Tmebi, rom gagi srulebiT daibna da aTasma upatiosno wadilma Seipyres imis garyvnili 10

guli... gagim veRar moiTmina gaTenebamdis da im Ramesve undoda damtkbariyo Cerqezis qalis mSvenierebiT. mivida im adgilamdis, sadac elguja iwva, Sesdga cota xans da yuri daugdo. elguja xvrinavda, Tumca Zili arc ki mihkareboda. aman gaamxneva gagi: wynarad gadaabija elgujas, SeaRo karebi da Sevida sawol oTaxSi, rawams oTaxis kari moixura, elguja fexzed wamovarda da gaSmagebulis TvalebiT dauwyo sarkmelidgan yureba. qalma dainaxa Tu ara ucxo kaci Sesuli, caxcaxiT kedels miekra. gagi ki, rawams qals Sehxeda, maSinaTve Seipyro pirutyvulma grZnobam da Casisxlianebulis TvalebiT gaswia qalisaken. qals SeeSinda, Sehyvira da ufro miikunWa kedlisaken. elgujas Tvalebi aenTo, guli aemRvria, waavlo xanjals mTrTolare xeli da mrisxanebiT uyurebda. kidev erTi wuTi, gulma veRar gauZlo da giJiviT Sevarda. _ vinaa aq? rai yvirilia? _ warmosTqva iman ise, TiTqos qalis yvirilze geeRviZao. gagi SekrTa, is Tavis gunebaSi aTas rigad lanZRavda elgujas, romelmac dauSala aseTs dros da daupatiJeblad Semovarda, magram sircxvilisagan veRara moaxerxa-ra da mxolod es-Ra uTxra: _ arc vina! me var, me! karis dasaTvaliereblad movedi... _ merme gaifiqra „dRes Tu ara, xval xom Cemi iqmnebi~, da gamoubrunda elgujas: _ axla ki wavideT, davwveT! karebs klite daade, isic eyofa... gaTenda dila da mzis sxivebma oqros gvirgvini daadges yinvarwvers. gaiRviZa daZinebulma sofelma, xalxma daiwyo moZraoba, sofelTan erTad gagis saxlSiac adgnen. dedakacebma gaiges Cerqezis qalis tyved moyvana da erTi CurCuli gamarTes am SemTxvevis Sesaxeb. yvelas undoda Cqa11

ra enaxa tyve, Cqara SeetyoT imis vinaoba, Tavgadasavali. bolos Semovida erTi biWi, moitana klite da gadasca dedakacebs. _ gagima, a-iqav sawolaSi qalai ariso da is gamoiyvaneTo, _ uTxra man. _ vinaa is, qalai? marTla Cerqezia?.. ramdenis wlisaa? lamazia Tu ara? _ miscvivdnen aqeT-iqiT dedakacebi. _ aba rai vici, mec ar minaxavs... kargad mouareTo gagaima. _ Tavad raiRa iqmna? _ hkiTxa viRacam. _ gagis kaci raime mouvida da gaTenebisas xevsureTs wavida. _ raisaTvis wavidoda? _ kargiT-Ra, gahxedeT im qalsa, mSieri iqmneba... _ gaawyvetina laparaki diasaxlisma. _ wadi-Ra, jajalav, waiRe klite da gamoiyvane. jajala iyo umcrosi am saxlSi da amisTvis yvelas SeeZlo imis brZaneba da imasac unda aesrulebina sxvebis survili. Tundac ase ar yofiliyo, jajala didis sixaruliT wavidoda da gamoiyvanda tyvesa, emsaxureboda imas da yovelis RonisZiebiT ecdeboda imis nugeSis cemas, radganac TiTon jajalac aseTive tyves qali iyo da imas axsovda Tavis dedis naambobi tyves mdgomareobazed da imis gulis moZraobazed. iman icoda cotaodeni Cerqezuli, romelic dedam daaswavla. jajalas Sesvlazed tyve SekrTa da maSinaTve fexzed wamoiWra. jajala mivida, saCqarod dasva da TanagrZnobiT dauwyo laparaki: _ ijeq, ijeq! daRaluli iqnebi, _ uTxra iman Cerqezulad. Cerqezis qalma gaikvirva Tavis qveynis enis gagoneba da sixaruliT wamoiZaxa: _ maS aqac laparakoben Cerqezulad? 12

_ rad ara!.. hai, hai ro laparakoben... Sen nu geSinian, aqac iseTive kacebi arian, rogorc CerqezSi. _ maS ar mawvaleben, ar momkvlen? _ bedSao, gana urjuloebi varT?.. Sen nu geSinian. _ me ki ise SemaSina wuxel erTma kacma... iseTi Sexedulobisa iyo, iseTi Tvalebi hqonda, rom kinaRam guls Semomeyara... Tu is ymawvili biWi drozed ar Semosuliyo, uTuod momklavda. jajala mihxvda, rom qalis SemSinebeli gagi unda yofiliyo, magram ymawvili biWi viRa iyo, ver moeazra. _ Sen Cerqezi xar? _ hkiTxa jajalam. _ Cerqezi var. _ deda Cemic Cerqezi iyo!.. _ marTla?.. _ marTla... isac SensaviT iyo motacebuli... saxelad raiRa gqvian? _ mzaRo1. _ puri ar gSian? _ ara. _ wavideT, SesWame rame, Torem egre guli gadageleva. _ sad wavideT? _ Cven dedakacebTan. am sityvebiT isini gamovidnen da wavidnen samyofo saxlSi2, sadac dedakacebi miexvivnen axlad mosuls Cerqezis qals da TaviT fexebamdis dauwyes Sinjva. TiTqo adamians pirvelad hxedavdnen. bolos yvelani damSvidnen, daadgnen TavTavianT saqmes da mzaRozed zrunva ki jajalas miandves. mzaRos ukvirda, rom aqamdis arsad sCanda is ymaw1 CerqezSi xSirad arqmeven qalebs saxelad `mzis Suqs~, `mTvaris Suqs~, `naTelas~ da sxva. mzaRo niSnavs mTvaris Suqs. 2 samyofo saxli _ jalabobis saerTo saxli.

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vili biWi, romelic ise moewona, romelmac ise moulodnelad gulSi cecxli Caugdo. iqneba ise swrafad gahqra elgujas siyvaruli, rogorc swrafad daibada? mzaRos amazed unda elaparakna visTanme, magram vera hbedavda, veravis endoboda... is maxinji, TvalebCasisxlianebuli gagi raRa iqna? fiqrobda is, Tumca ki amis mousvleloba axarebda. gagim da elgujam Zlivs moaswres gamosvla saxlidgan, rodesac erTi cxenosani moadga gagis galavnis karebs, Camoxta saCqarod, movida saxlis patronTan da Seatyobina mTiuleT-gudamayrelebis areuloba, romelTac rusebi moemwyvdiaT mTiuleTis WalebSi da gagis saCqarod ibarebdnen, rogorc xevis xalxis erTs moTaves. iq mTiulebi* Seyriliyvnen batoniSvilis aleqsandres TaosnobiT, raTa winaaRsdgomodnen rusebis moZraobas. gagim im Ramesve gaswia iqiTken da elgujac Tan waiyvana. ai es iyo mizezi, rom elgujam Soridgan mainc veRar mohkra Tvali Tavis Seudarebels Cerqezis qalsa, romelmac, mTis mdinaresaviT, auCuxCuxa sisxli. gzazed elguja hfiqrobda Tavis mSveniers mzaRozed da gulSi yovelgvars lanZRvas ugzavnida mTiulebs ase udrood areulobisaTvis. elguja midioda laSqrad, magram guli ki Sin darCenoda. iqamdisin Seepyro imis goneba im qals, rom aTas saSualebas eZebda, Sin dabrunebisaTvis... bolos, gadaswyvita, rom is diacsaviT iqceva da im dros, rodesac imis moZmeni saerTo mterTan Sebmas apireben, is Sinisaken iwevs, sayvarels qalTan saarSiyod. elguja vaJkaci* sazogadod Cvens literaturaSi SecTomiT mTis xalxs mTiulebad uwodeben, maSin, rodesac Cvens saqarTveloSi mxolod erT mazrasa qvia `mTiuleTi~ da Sig mcxovrebT _ `mTiulebi~.

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saTvis Sesarcxvenad uyurebda amisTana dros tol-sworebis da saqmis Tavis moridebas da Sin myudroebaSi mofarebas... „kaci var, qudi mxuravs, waval, vaJkacobas gamoviCen, visaxeleb Tavsa da samsaxurs gavuwev Temobas. roca Sin mSvidobiT davbrundebiT, maSin viTxov gagisagan im qalsa da isic momcems“. elgujas ar gaumarTlda imedi: cxare brZolis magivrad xalxi saCqarod daamSvida sxvadasxva saCuqrebiT mTaSi meore Zalis mqonebelma mebatonem, da gagis elgujasTan erTad Sin dabruneba mouxda. am dros saqarTveloSi moemata kidev rusis jarebi, romelTac saWiro adgilebi da soflebi daiWires da iqamdis gaamagres, rom yovelive moZraoba mTis xalxisagan TiTqmis SeuZlebeli Seiqmna. gagim dainaxa Tavisi mdgomareoba, dainaxa saiTken ufro sasargeblo iyo imisTvis da gadadga rusebisaken, romlisaTvisac misces aficroba. es yvela ise saCqarod moxda da iseTi mRelvareba da mdgomareoba iyo maSin saqarTveloSi, rom yvelas daaviwyda TavianTi piradi saqme da movaleoba. rasakvirvelia, gagisac ar ascda eseve mdgomareoba, romelmac gadaadebina, Tu gadaaviwya Tavisi pirutyvuli gulisTqma tyvis Sesaxeb. amis mizeziT elgujas darCa Tavisufali dro mzaRosTan arSiyobisa, da isic sargeblobda, ramdenadac enis ucodneloba nebas aZlevda. jajala, romelic Tarjimanobda Seyvarebulebs Sua, da mzaRo ise rigad damegobrdnen, rom damaluli aRara pqondaT-ra. rasakvirvelia, arc elgujasTan iyo imaTi saidulo dafaruli. Seyvarebulebma gardaswyvites, rom elgujam unda iTxovos mzaRo, misces, rac unda urvaTi sTxovos gagim da, Tu vinicobaa, es ukanaskneli ar dahyabuldeba, maSin elguja moitacebda Tavis satrfos... ase midioda dReebi, kvireebi da saqme rogorRac vera bolovdeboda gagis iq uyofnelobis gamo, romelsac 15

Caabares ramdenime jariskaci da egzekuciad hgzavnidnen sxvadasxva damnaSave mTis xalxis adgilebSi; amisTvis is Sin mosasvlelad veRar iclida da elgujas ver moeswro imasTan molaparakeba. erT mTvarians saRamos, rodesac mTeli moxeveebi saTibad iyvnen gasulni, gagis mTibelebsac daenToT cecxli, SemoekidnaT qvabiT saklavi (cxvari) da vaxSams amzadebdnen. mTibeli dedakacebi da kacebi Semosxdomodnen cecxls garSemo araCveulebrivi mxiarulis saxiT da elodnen saWmlis momzadebas. raRac warmouTqmeli grZnoba gamoiTqmoda imaT pirsaxezed. yvela am xalxs jer kidev ver gamoerkviaT, Tu ra momavali moeliT axalis SemTxvevebis gamo, da amisTvis ZrwoliT moelodnen momavals, romelSiac hxedavdnen, marTlad Tu usamarTlod, sxva xalxisagan, sxva gvar-tomisagan TavianT Tavzed Zalis motanas, gabatonebas. am azris gavrcelebas exmareboda maSindeli zogierTi Cinovnikebis veluri da pirutyvuli qceva. ra Tqma unda, rom am mTibavebSi axali tyvec eria. es gamosuliyo ganapirebiT da daRonebulis TvalebiT gascqeroda yinvarwvers, romelsac mTvaris Suqi dasdgomoda da mSveniers ferad Seecvala dilis suraTi. xalxi dasxda vaxSamzed, dauZaxes mzaRosac. is iyo kerZebs awyobdnen jamebSi, rodesac cel mxarzed gadadebuli erTi mTibavi movida da SesZaxa: _ gamarjveba Tqvens saqmes! _ gadRegrZelos RmerTma, _ upasuxes stumars da moiwvies vaxSamzed. _ gadmohxe, aq gadmohxe! _ adgili misces elgujas. sazogadod mTaSi amgvars SemTxvevaSi erTi meorisagan Tavs ar iviwroebs da marto-muSa Tavisuflad midis mezobel muSebTan, droebas atarebs da pursa sWams. elguja ki gagis mTibavebs kargad icnobda, radganac imaT16

Tan erTi sofleli iyo, da amas garda yaraulobaSi xSirad dadioda gagis saxlSi. vaxSmis Wamis Semdeg, roca yvelani miwvnen-mowvnen da Rrma ZilSi Sevidnen. elguja gacurda im mxarisaken, sadac mzaRo iwva. elgujas misvlaze qalma wamohyo Tavi, magram raki icno, xma gakminda. elgujam aniSna, rom is gahyoloda imas da wynara, parviT gaswies burazuli tyisaken, romelic iqve axlo-maxlo iwyeboda. gaCumebulni, sulganabulni da xmagakmendilni midiodnen, rogorc usulo moCvenebani, vidre tyeSi Sevidodnen; magram raki tyis sixSirem dahfara isini da sxvis Tvali veRar miswvdeboda, elguja erTbaSad gamoubrunda qals, mohxvia Zlieri mklavebi, Caikra gulSi da dauwyo kocna... exla TiTo-orola sityva eswavla mzaRos qarTuli da es aZlevda imaT saSualebas umowmod eTqvaT erTmaneTisaTvis TavianTi gulis pasuxi, TavianTi gulis moZraoba. pirvelis trfialebis Semdeg, elgujam oxvriT da mwuxarebiT gamoucxada, rom gagis Suakaci gaugzavna mzaRos saTxovnelad, magram gagis uari gamoecxada da axla sxva saSualeba aRara rCeboda, rom mzaRo gaitacos. bolos daumata: _ ras ityvi?.. wamomyvebi, Tu ara? _ Tu Cemi Tavi SenTvis momicia, wamiyvane saca ginda... _ TuSebSi unda wagiyvano. _ sadac ginda. _ rom mogwyindes, maSin raRasa iq? _ Cveni mxris qalebs Znelad SeuyvardebaT, magram vinc SeuyvardebaT, is imis mbrZanebelia!.. mibrZane, rac ginda. am sityvebzed elgujam gatacebulis kocniT upasuxa: _ me yvelaferi movamzade... aqve tyeSi myavs cxenebi 17

da iaraRic damaluli... gudamayris xeobazed ver wavalT, iq gzebic Sekrulia da viwro xeobac aris, mTiuleTzed unda wavideT. _ eg Sen ici. _ maS nuRar vigvianebT, Cemo mzeo! _ Sen ici. _ xom ar geSinian, ara? _ SenTan?.. _ iseTis xmiT upasuxa, rom elgujas Sercxva. am sityvebzed elgujam samjer wynarad, magram xangrZliv dauStvina. cota xanma gaiara da imaT win moulodnelad erTi ymawvili SeiaraRebuli biWi gadmoxta. _ givargi, Sena? _ ho, me var. _ iaraRi ra uyav? _ ai aqaa! _ upasuxa axalmosulma da miawoda erTi xeli iaraRi. _ cxenebi? _ cxenebic, a-iq arian, _ uTxra giorgim da aniSna iqve xSirs tyezed. _ maS wadi, moiyvane! giorgi cxenebisaTvis wavida, elguja ki wynarad, Cumad da pirmokumuli iWurveboda. aSkarad sCanda, rom imas gardaewyvita advilad aravisTvis daenebebina Tavisi mSvenieri mzaRo da Tu gzaSi vinme gadaeRobeboda, maSin iafad ar daesva es Tavxedoba. movida giorgi da moiyvana cxenebi da Sesxdnen. rodesac yvelani mzad iyvnen wasasvlelad, elguja miubrunda giorgis: _ giorgi! _ rai ginda? _ me saWirboroto gzas vadgevar, mai, Sen ki dabrundi Sina! _ ras ambob? _ gaikvirva iman. 18

_ vin icis, rai SememTxvas, Sen raisTvis-Ra unda gaifuWo Tavi! _ Zmad gana imad gavficulvar, rom egeni miTxra? _ gulnaklulad upasuxa giorgim. _ kargia-Ra, iare, dros nuRara vkargavT. _ maS modixar? _ mo... sadac Sen mohkvdebi; mec iq unda movkvde. _ Sen ici! _ upasuxa elgujam da moixada qudi. _ RmerTo, didebulo, wverisa sparsTa angelozo! Sen mogvimarTe xeli, Seni wyaloba gagvatane! _ warmosTqva elgujam. _ RmerTo, uadgilo-adgilas mohkiTxe amxanagis moRalates, _ daumata giorgim. _ amin! _ warmosTqves orTavem erTad. kidev ramdenime wuTi ase qudmoxdilebi darCnen da Cumad evedrebodnen iqaurs jvar-angelozebs; da am vedrebaSi iyo raRaca didebuli, raRaca muqara, raRaca imedi da nugeSi. bolos orTav qudebi daixures. _ gagviZeR! _ dasZaxa elgujam. giorgim Semohkra cxens maTraxi, imas gahyva mzaRo da, bolos elguja. giorgis beladobiT Cumad da sifrTxiliT midiodnen Cveni mgzavrebi. gascdnen mSvidobianad sof. kobs, sadac yvelazed metad eSinodaT da gaudgnen gadasaval mTebs. isini mieSurebodnen mTiuleTis Walebisken, sadamdisac undodaT Rame CahyolodaT, radganac imas iqiT daburvili tyeebi iwyeboda, da Tavis dafarva advilad SeiZleboda; ase hfiqrobdnen Cveni mgzavrebi da amisTvis wamdauwum cas Sescqerodnen, romelzedac varskvlavebs dro unda eCvenebinaT. _ gaswi, givargi, gaswi! _ eubneboda elguja Tavis belads, _ ciskari sul gadaixara da Rame kaiSaurSiac veRar Cagvyveba. 19

_ RmerTi mowyalea, _ upasuxebda giorgi da gaduqnevda maTraxs Tavis erTguls cxens, romelic miaCakCakebda imgvaris ZunZuliT, romelsac mTaSi `mglurs“ uwodeben, amgvari siaruli gzas Zalian amoklebs. alionma aiwia. dedamiwa ganaTda. gamoCnda mSvenieri vake qveSis aRmarTisa. aq buneba srulebiT Seicvala mSvenieris mdidaris suraTebiT. vel-buCqebian mindors gars Semortymoda tyiani mTebi, romelic aqa-iq mTiulebs gaeCexaT, gaekveTad saxnavebad da saTaurSi TavianTi cixedarbazi gaemarTaT. sasiamovno, gamacocxlebeli niavi, romelic ganuwyvetliv dahqris am adgilebSi, ugrilebda Subls da mogzaurebs ufxizlebda, uRviZebda daRaluls gonebas. wminda, ankara wyaroebi CamoCuxCuxebdnen da raRaca sitkboebiT ualersebdnen kacis yurs. Citebsac ki gaeRviZaT da WikWikiT qebas asxamdnen bunebis Zalas. yvela ise rigad iyo mowyobili, rom kacs anatrebda aq Camoxdomas, mwvadis SeSiSxinebas da cotaodens Tvalis motyuebas. im adgilebs amgvari moqmedeba arc Tu marto xalxzeda _ pirutyvebzedac ki hqonda, romlebsac ityuebda msuqani, noyieri, mwvane balaxi, Semkuli aTasferovani yvavilebiT da surnelebiT. elgujam gahxeda am suraTebs da guli auZgerda. iman dahnatra im bednierebs, romelTac Tavisuflad SeeZloT am adgilebis mSvenierebiT datkboba. elguja rom am fiqrebSi iyo da suraTebiT gaetacna ocnebas, giorgim erTbaSad cxeni Seayena. _ rai ambavia? _ hkiTxa glgujam. _ ager qveSis aRmarTTan raime cxenianebi amoCdnen... mai, aq buCqebSi mivabrunoT cxenebi, Torem metad ganaTda. _ agre! _ mokled upasuxa elgujam da daiwyo iqiTken cqera, saiTac giorgim cxenianebi uCvena. 20

amaT gaabrunes cxenebi da Sevidnen buCqnarebSi, romelnic imaT sakmaod daicavdnen kacis Tvalisagan. iq Camoxtnen, gaSales nabadi da zed dasves mzaRo. giorgim cxenebi cota moSorebiT waiyvana, Caukra Tavebi da saZovarzed miuSva; TiTon ki Tofi moimarjva, falia gamoucvala da ase uzrunvelad wamowva mxarTeZozed, TiTqos Tavis saxlSi iyo. elguja wynarad gavida gzis napiras da buCqebSi, gzis pirad iseTi samzveravi adgili daiWira, saidanac TviT uxilavi yvelafers dainaxavda da Tvalyuris devna SeeZlo. cxenosnebi, ricxviT ocdaxuTamde, TandaTan axlovdebodnen im adgilas, iseTis wyobilobiT moelavdnen, TiTqo saomrad gamzadebulano. win mouZRveboda beladi, Semdeg oTx-oTxi jarad dawyobiliyvnen. rodesac isini moaxlovdnen im adgilas, sadac elguja Tavis amxanagebiT gadasuliyo, ucnobi mgzavrebis beladma cxeni erTbaSad Seayena da dauwyo miwas Cxreka. sxvebi wamoewivnen da hkiTxes gaCerebis mizezi. mowinavem upasuxa: _ cxenebis kvalia da ar vici, saiT movidoda. _ aq cxenebs rai unda! _ sTqva ufro WaRaraSerTulma kacma, romelic ufrosobda da romelSiac brWyviala pagonebiT, gagis icnobdiT. imanac daayena cxeni, gadmoixara gverdzed da warbebSeWmuxvnilma kvals Sinjva dauwyo; gverdiT ramdenjerme auar-Camouara, magram ise ki, rom Tavis cxenisaTvis uwindeli kvali ar waeSlevinebina. _ samni yofilan! _ kvali aSkaraa... cxenebi dasaWedebi yofilan... _ nawyvet-nawyvetad wamoiZaxebda ise, TiTqos Tavis Tavs elaparakeboda, marTladac, Tu daakvirdebodiT axlad danamuls miwas, advilad SeamCnevdiT unalo cxenebis nafexurs da Cliqebis imgvar beWdebs, romelsac „bayays“ eZaxian da dedamiwas mxolod maSin daetyoba, rodesac cxeni unalo aris. 21

_ es kai kacebi ar unda iyvnen! _ wamoiZaxa bolos Tavis aRebiT gagim. _ kai kacebi rom iyvnen gzas rad agviqcevdnen? _ mandeT biliki gza xom ara midis-ra? _ miubrunda gagi mTiuls, romelic Tan axlda. _ ara, Seni kvnesa-me, ara... mandeT gzas rai unda: sofeli arsad aris da ara cxo! _ iyo pasuxi. _ soflebi rogor ar aris, maS ai-is reebia? _ hkiTxa gagim da gauSvira xeli im mTisaken, sadac aqa-iq gverdoebzed mTielebis saxlebi moCanda. _ soflebia, Seni kvnesa-me, magram gza magazed ar aris... egeTi xevi Camoudis Sua, lomisis madlma, rom frinvelic ver gadafrindebis. _ maS isini am WalaSi unda iyvnen? _ ma sad janabas wavidodnen, ra vici!.. am mTisken xevi ar aris, eqeTken egeTi kldea, rom kacs gadaxedva Sehzaravs. eseni am laparakSi iyvnen garTulni, rodesac zeviT daRmarTebidgan erTi cxenosani gamoCnda, romelic Zalzed moaWenebda. is aRarc daRmarTebs uyurebda, aRarc RorRebs da xevebs, sadac cxenisaTvis sakmao iyo mxolod erTi borZiki, rom mxedari suliT xorcamde dakarguliyo. aSkarad etyoboda, rom is raRaca saWiro saqmezed moeswrafeboda. es mxedari dainaxa iq myof xalxma da dauwyes yureba. elgujamac romelic mRelvarebiT Tvals adevnebda iq mosulebs, Sehkra Tvali momavals mxedars da gulSi raRaca usiamovneba igrZno. _ eg Tu iqneba, Cveni mdevari unda iyos!.. elgujas Zalian kargad esmoda, rom, Tu gagim Seityo qalis motaceba da imaTi aq yofna, maSin saqme usisxlod aRar gaTavdeboda da axirebuli gagi arafrisTvis ar moiTmenda amisTana sircxvils da upatiurobas, rogorc imis saxlidgan qalis motaceba. elguja Tavis 22

TavisaTvis ara swuxda, iman icoda, rom Rirseulad dauxvdeboda Zalis momtans, magram aq, imas garda is iyo, visic erTi amosunTqva erCivna mTels Tavis sicocxles. ai esa stanjavda da guls uTuTqavda. amisaTvis hfiqrobda ise gamwarebuli da Wiris ofli gadasdioda; diax, moxeve marto rom yofiliyo, bevrs fiqrs ar gamoudgeboda da aqamdisac gaacnobda Tavis Tofis simarjves Sarians mgzavrebs, romelTac Tavi daenebebinaT TavianTi gzisaTvis da gamohkidebodnen viRaca kacebis cxenebis kvals. elgujas guli imazed mosdioda, rom gagi Sesdga aqa da kvals Sinjva dauwyo maSin, rodesac imas gza auqcies, dauTmes, moeridnen da am SemTxvevaSi ki, mTaSi, mosisxle mteric Camoexsneboda da aRar gamoekideboda. sanam elguja am fiqrebSi iyo, cxenosani mouaxlovda gagis da imis amxanagebs; amaT kargad icnes es cxenosani. _ rai ambavi, martiav? _ SoriTve SesZaxa gagim. _ rai-Ra rai ambavi, elgujam qali gagvtaca: saxli Segvircxvina, Tavi mogvWra mTels TemSi... _ ahu... maS elgujam gahbeda? elgujama?!. _ elgujama, maS cxom vina? _ kacebi ar iyaviT? qali rogor-Ra moatacebineT? Tqve qalaCuna diacebo, Tqvena!.. qudis magivrad Ciqila unda gexuroT... fui, Tqvens namuss! _ Rame gaitaca, qurdulada, Torem Cvenc ki mamis Svilebi varT. gagim, rogorc gamocdilma kacma, maSinadve ifiqra, rom am cxenis kvals elgujasTan ueWvelad romelime damokidebuleba unda hqonoda da moiwadina ueWvelad epovna cxenebi da imaTi patronebi daeWira. elgujam wmindad gaigona martias da gagis laparaki da gaeSura giorgisken, raTa Seetyobinebina, rom imaTi damalva gamoaSkaravda da gagi daWeras upirobs. am23

xanagebma maSinve cxenebs Tavi anebes, staces qals xeli da gaiqcnen simagris mosaZebnad, romelic aq sadme uTuod unda yofiliyo. imaT undodaT iseTi adgilis povna, sadac uSiSrad SesZlebodaT qalis Sefareba da mere... mere gaecnobinaT am xalxisaTvis, Tu ra „Sav biWebTan“ aqvsT saqme da ra advilia ori Tavgadadebuli moxevis xelSi Cagdeba. rogorc zeviT vsTqviT, es mindori erTis mxriT iseTs fiwalo kldes miebjineboda, saidanac frinveli Tu amofrindeboda, Torem kacis amosvla yovlad SeuZlebeli iyo. meore mxares Camoudioda didi xevi. swored am kldis Tavzed, xevis aqeT, imaT ipoves iseTi adgili, rogorsac eZebdnen. am kldidgan ramdenime nabijs aqeT TiTqos gangeb am SemTxvevisaTvis, amarTuliyo patara goraki, romelic Tavs dahyurebda da mbrZaneblobda im mindors. am gorakis saTauris napirebzed kbilebsaviT sali kldeebi aSveriliyo da SuaSi patara CaRrmaveba Seedgina, romelzedac oci-ocdaaTiod kaci Tavisuflad moTavsdeboda. rawams dainaxes es adgili, sixaruliT gaeqannen. _ RmerTi Cvenskenaa, da givargi, _ daiZaxa elgujam. _ avideT-Ra, erTi iqa da maSin vuCvenebT imaT TamaSas! _ upasuxa giorgim. mzaRo, romelic, aqamdisin fermixdili da gaCumebuli, raRaca mTrTolare mdgomareobaSi iyo, am ukanasknelma sityvebma gamoiyvanes sasowarkveTilebidgan da xma amoaRebines. _ maS aq rom avideT, aRara gvinda-ra, SiSi aRara gvaqes? _ RmerTi mowyalea! _ misca pasuxi elgujam. _ rai undaT Cvengan, rai? _ iseTis mwuxarebiT warmosTqva mzaRom, rom kacs guli auduRdeboda. _ rai undaT? _ ikiTxa giorgim. 24

_ is undaT, rom TiTo-TiTod ZaRlebsaviT CavxocavT aqa da frinvelebis sakortn mZovrad davyriT. _ maS omi iqneba, unda erTmaneTi daxocoT?.. RmerTo, RmerTo! _ mwuxarebiT warmosTqva qalma. _ nu geSinian, cxenebs rom ipovnian, gagis gaumaZRari Tvalebi imiTac dakmayofildeba; Tu mainc da mainc ar daiSales da aqac gvewvivnen, geficebi wminda givargis, Zvirad davusvamT TavianT gaumaZRrobas! _ mokled mouWra elgujam da warbebi SeiWmuxna. _ egeT cxare dRes davayenebT, wveris spars-angelozis madlma, rom TiTonve Tav-beds iwyevlidnen. am laparakSi imaT miaRwies goris Tavs, sadac gamagrdnen imdenad, ramdenadac SesaZlebeli iyo kacisagan. mzaRos uCvenes iseTi adgili, sadac tyvia ver miswvdeboda da daariges, rom im adgils ar moscileboda. bolos gaSales nabdebi, zed dayares tyviawamliT savse masrebi da Tofebs sapiriswamle Seucvales. bolos roca es mzadeba gaaTaves, elgujam wamoiZaxa: _ exla gvewvivnen, Cveni stumrebi!.. kai stumrebi arian, magram, RvTis madlma, Cvenc kargi maspinZlebi davuxvdebiT... ara, givargi? _ hai. hai, rom davuxvdebiT! _ iyo pasuxi. am ukanasknelma SemTxvevam gagi ara mcired daafiqra. im dros, rodesac egona, rom Tavis TvalTmaqcuris qceviT amaRldeboda, pativsa da Zalas moipovebda; im dros, rodesac aficroba miiRo, didi `xelmwife-imperatoris~ samsaxurSi Sevida, _ viRaca elguja win gadasdgomoda, Seercxvina imis saxeli, weerTva qali da saqveynod masxarad gaexada! ase hfiqrobda, ase sjida gagi da is ki ver moexerxebina, ra-rigad gadaexada Tavis SemarcxvenelisaTvis. uwindeli dro rom yofiliyo, amgvari SemTxvevisaTvis gagi Sehyrida Temobas, bWeebs amoirCevda da Temis debulebas da gardawyvetilebas unda dahmorCileboda; magram exla xom uwindeli dro aRar 25

iyo?.. Temobas daekarga Tavisi Zala, xalxis nebis asruleba SeuZlebeli Seqmniliyo da mis bed-iRbalzed zrunva TviTeuls pirs Caegdo xelSi. gagic erTi am Zalis mqoneTagani Seiqmna da, maSasadame, elgujas Tavxedobas marto ubralo gadaxdevineba ar eyofoda; is samagaliTod unda dasjiliyo da, ramdenadac SeiZleboda, mometebulis wvalebiT... amazed hfiqrobda gagi ramdensame xans da gardawyvetileba vera mieRo-ra. bolos imis daRvremili Subli gaiSala da pirisaxezed raRac upatiosno Rimilma gaurbina, aiRo Tavi da mkacris xmiT wamoiZaxa, _ martia! _ Seni kvnesa-me! _ upasuxa mTiulma da win wadga. _ gaswi exlave qveSeTs da naCalniks Seatyobine, rom ramdenime „buntma kacma“ im dros, rodesac me xelmwife-imperatoris samsaxurSi viyav, saxli amikles da dedakacic momtaces. _ kargi, Seni kvnesa-me, kargi! _ uTxari: eg yvela imisTvis Caidines, rom rusebis samsaxurSi var... Seatyobine, rom exla im moRalateebs aq movaswar da jarebi mogvaSvelos, rom daviWiroT. _ jarebi? _ gakvirvebiT ikiTxa martiam. _ maS! xelmwife-imperatoris moRalateni rusis jarebma unda daiWiros! _ jarebi rad gvinda, Seni kvnesa-me, gana Cven ki ar veyofiT _ wyeniT upasuxa martiam, romelmac gagis sityvebi dasamcireblad miiRo... _ erTi gvibZane kia, da, lomisis madlma, RvTis risxvas SevyriT, sadRa wagvivlen? _ ara, rusebi ufro awvaleben, _ mkacrad warmosTqva gagim da merme TiTqos TavisTvis daumata: _ marto sikvdili ras kmara! _ mtrebi Seni arian, Seni kvnesa-me, da sisxlic Senve unda aiRo, cxvebi raRad ginda? _ imad, rom samagaliTod awvalon, _ misca pasuxad 26

gagim da SeiWmuxna warbebi. martiam Tavi Cahkida da raRaca sagonebelSi Cavarda. rogorc etyoboda, is ara Cqarobda gagis sityvebis aRsrulebas. _ gaswi raRa! raRas eli? _ mai, agremc Segeweva lomisis madli, _ qudis moxdiT da xvewniT daiwyo martiam, _ nu CavyriT rusebis xelSi... aba, rai madlia imaTi wvaleba?.. mtrebi arian _ movhklaT da gadavhyaroT, cxo raRa gvinda? Torem, Tu imaT Caucvivdnen xelSi, uriebsaviT awvaleben, agremc Semeweva pirimze*. _ awvaleben?.. o, Tu ki awvaleben, cxo raRa minda! _ wamoiZaxa gagim da pirutyvuli survilis elva gamohkrTa imis Tvalebidgan. _ nu izam magas, Seni muxlebis Wirime, nu!.. saTemod leqss gamogiTqvamen, lomisis madlma, da SevrcxvebiT... amodena xalxs sams kaczed misvla ver gagvibednia, sikvdili araa?.. mibrZane da marto me gadaval xmal-daxmal; ga, Seni risxva ara maqvs! ramdenadac martias rcxvenoda es gaubedaoba, imdenad mtrebis satanjvelSi micema ar eTanxmeboda imis Sexedulebas. da imisi azriT rusebis xelSi CavardniT ki yvela kaci unda datanjuliyo. martia ar iyo damnaSave, rom aseTi azri Seedgina axal gvartomobis xalxzed, radganac is mowmad daswreboda im samarcxvino moqmedebas, romelsac zogierTi imaTi warmomadgenlebi Caidendnen. magaliTad, is iyo damswre „ori mTiulis maTraxebiT mokvlisa, romlebsac yazaxebma uwyalod scemes gzis keTebaSi, mxolod im mizeziT, rom erTs yazaxs cxeni wauborZikda. zamTarSi gzis muSebi Tovlis dros ar gauSves, rom Tavi SeefarebinaT; Camovida zvavi da sami kaci daaxrCo Tovlma; dedakacebi Seabes marxilebSi da cema* piri-mzes mTiulebi Tamar-dedofals uwodeben da wmindanad sTvlian.

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tyepiT bargs azidvinebdnen“1; is iyo mowame, rogorc „ananurSi erTma Cinovnikma ori osi daiWira, Causvrima gejaSi sxvadasxva uwmindureba“, romlis saxelis moyvanasac aq ver vbedavT mkiTxvelis pativiscemiT, „da is aWama Zal-datanebiT“2. martias amgvari magaliTebi, momxdari sxvadasxva pirebisagan, mravali hqonda da amitomac is ise hfiqrobda, rogorc danarCeni Tavisi moZmeebi... amis mizeziT, Tumca elgujas moqmedeba, imisi azriT, iseTi danaSauloba iyo, romlisTvisac unda dasjiliyo da sisxliT gardawyvetiliyo, magram imis wvaleba da kacobis damcireba mainc upatiosnebad miaCnda. gagis azri rusebis yofaqcevaze ar ganerCeoda martias azrisagan da swored am mizeziT undoda imaT xelSi elgujas Cagdeba. _ gaswi, gaswi, raRas uyureb? _ gajavrebiT dasZaxa gagim. _ waval, waval, Seni kvnesa-me, _ raRaca SewuxebiT upasuxa martiam da gaabruna cxeni. rodesac is gabrunda da gzas gaemarTa, gagim isev moabruna da hkiTxa: _ aq, axlo-maxlo, simagre Tu arsad aris? _ rogor ar aris, aris, _ upasuxa martiam da gaiSvira xeli im gorakisaken, sadac elguja Tavis amxanagebiT Caesafra: a-iq egeTi simagrea, lomisis madlma, rom kacs Tu tyvia-wamali eqna, mTeli weliwadi fiqri ar unda. _ kargia, axla SegiZlian waxvide, vinZlo Cqara iaro. 1

ixile Txzuleba b-ni dubrovinisa: damateba _ `mTiulebis saCivari~. 2 batoni berJes Txzuleba `saqarTvelos ruseTTan SeerTeba~, dabeWdili calke wignebad da agreTve `J,pjh~-Si (1880 wels).

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_ kargi, kargi, Cqara vivli, _ upasuxa martiam, gaabruna cxeni da gahqrola. imas pirisaxezed etyoboda, raRac mwuxareba, etyoboda, rom imisi azri raRazedac muSaobda; bolos erTbaSad ukan moixeda, gagis mxares, mrisxaned dauqnia maTraxi da SesZaxa: _ ar gaigone Cemi da axla damaca, Se „bugriano“*. am adgilebSi gza cota xveulad midioda, ise rom martia aRar uCandaT gagis da imis amxanagebs. martiam erTi kidev moixeda ukan, iSvira fexi, gadafrinda is gaWenebulis cxenidam da SurdulsaviT Seeria buCqebSi, is garboda gorisaken, rac Zali da Rone hqonda, romelzedac elguja iyo; xandaxan amoiZaxebda raRaca sityvebs, romelic pirdapir nayofi iyo imis gaxurebulis azrovnobisa. _ sikvdili ar kmara, Se codviano, gana? ar geyofa imaTi sisxli... Sen imaTi wvaleba ginda da vnaxoT... maS kargi, iq, mival... an mec imaTTan movkvdebi da an davixsni rogorme!.. am sityvebiT da muqariT martia mieSureboda aSkara wadiliT, rom elgujas SeerTeboda da gagis upatiosno damamcireblis wadilisaTvis gardaexada. am xanSi arc gagi darCa usaqmod. iman gardaswyvita, rom saSuadReod qveSidan jari moeSveleboda, magram, sanam isini movidodnen, amas dawvrilebiT undoda adgilis daTvaliereba, Seswavla da Setyoba _ Tu sad imalebian isini, visac ise dRis gamwarebas upirebda. gagim misca gankarguleba, rom xalxi gaifantos, Sevides am buCqebSi da kargad aTvalieros damalulebi. Tu vinicobaa Sexvdebodnen sadme, ecadnen, rom cocxlebi daiWiron da iaraRis xmareba ar gabedon, Tu saqme gansakuTrebiT ar gaWirdeboda. * bugriano _ muwukebiano, qaCalo, uxeiro.

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amgvarad xalxma pirjvari gardaiwera, axsena TavianTi salocavebi, gaifanta da Sevida tyeSi. yvela hgrZnobda, rom gagis brZanebis aRsruleba Zneli iyo da Tavgadadebuli SeiaraRebuli xalxi advilad ar dahnebdeboda. isini midiodnen sifrTxiliT, TiTqmis yvela buCqis SinjviT da im mTrTolvare mdgomareobaSi iyvnen, romelSiac kacs ayenebs sazogadod omi. cota siarulis Semdeg isini Sehxvdnen sams Sekazmuls cxens, romelnic damSvidebuli, frutuniT sZovdnen balaxs. gagi misdevda am xalxs ukan da sadac SesaniSn rasme SeamCnevda, im mxares gadadioda. am yofiT gaCumebulni, SublSeWmuxvnili dadiodnen isini am adgilebSi, rodesac martiam miaRwia im goraks, sadac elguja iyo. giorgim pirvelma mohkra imas Tvali da Cacmulobazed maSinve icno, rom momavali mTiuli unda yofiliyo. _ elgujav! modi-Ra, ager mTiuli rame morbis da ar vici vin iqneba. _ aba, sadaa? _ gadmoixeda elgujam. _ marTla mTiuli yofila. _ mTiuleTs mokeTe Tu arvina gyavs? _ hkiTxa isev giorgim. _ ara. _ maS vin iqneba?.. samtrod modis, Tu samSvidobod? _ aba, rai vici!.. ai exlav gavigeb, _ sTqva elgujam da gadauSvira Tofi. _ Sesdeq, Torem RvTis madlma, mandve gagaciveb. martia Sesdga da mSvidoba SesZaxa. _ vin xar, an rai ginda? _ hkiTxa elgujam. _ me martiai var, xandosxeveuli mTiuli... Zmad mwadis TqvenTan gaficva. orTav moxeves gaukvirda ucnobi mTiulis amgvari wadili. _ martiau! _ cota fiqris Semdeg upasuxa elgu30

jam, _ Tu gvatyueb, mai, ukan gabrundi, kai vaJi xar, marTalia. magram Cvenc ar dagicviviT ukan, ubralod Tavs nu gagvafuWebineb. _ lomisa iyos Tqveni Tavdebi... Tqvens moRalates dedamc SeerTos colad. am sityvebis Semdeg elguja miubrunda giorgis da uTxra: _ me Tofis niSans ar movacileb martias, Sen ki Cadi da Zmad gaefice, vin icis, iqneba egec CvensaviT Sewuxebulia da amisTana alagas ki erTi meti kaci mTeli laSqaria. giorgim xmaamouRebliv wamoayena Tofi fexzed da gadmoeSo gorakidan. Cqara Cavida martiasTan da Soriaxlo dadga. _ gza mSvidobisa! _ uTxra giorgim. _ mSvidoba mogces lomisama! _ avixsnaT iaraRi da Zmad gavificneT. _ agre, Seni kvnesa-me. orTav iaraRi Semoixsnes, dayares miwazed, mividnen erTmaneTTan, amoiRes tyviebi da gacvales. amis Semdeg gadaexvivnen erTmaneTs da samjer akoces. mere Sehfices erTmaneTs, rom ukanasknels sulis aRmoxdamdis erTmaneTs ar uRalaton. aiRes isev iaraRi da avidnen elgujasTan, romelic Tavis rigzed gaefica mTiuls Zmad. martiam uambo gagis saqcieli. imisi survili da, radganac martiam ver ikisra amisTana samarcxvino brZanebis aRsruleba, amisaTvis mihmarTa imaTa, rom an uSvelos riTme da an imaTTan mokvdes. am laparakSi moaxlovda goras gagi Tavis xalxiT, romelTac gardaswyvites, rom elguja aq unda Sefarebuliyo, radganac vel-tyianebSi versad ipovnes. gagi wamodga wina da xmamaRla daiZaxa: _ elguja, viciT, rom manda xar damaluli, gadmoixede-Ra, erTs-ors sityvas getyviT! 31

am sityvebzed pasuxi aravin misca da isev gagis mounda laparaki: _ ai mSiSarav, mSiSarav!.. Tu egre geSinoda Cemi danaxvisa, qali raRam mogatacebina?.. gadmoixede-Ra erT wamsa, Tu dedakaci ara xar! am sityvebma gaacecxles elguja, romelic mTlad amarTuli gadmodga kldezeda. _ raic mSiSara var, eg Senc ici, magram RvTis madlsa, gagi, Sens sisxlSi nu gagvrev, gza dagvanebe... qali gamamitacnia, rac Temobis wyobilebaa, gadagixdi urvaTs da Camogvexsen. _ RmerTma Senc Segarcxvina da Temic!.. exlav gamodi aqa da eg unamusoc gamoiyvane, Torem sicocxle maqvs, Savi dRe dagayeno! _ gagi, Tems nu hlanZRav, araa wesi... arc dedakacis lanZRva aris vaJkacis sakadrisi, Torem, RvTis madlma, sisxli yelSi movida. am muqaram gagi gaacecxla da gadaaviwya winandeli Tavisi mosazreba. _ erTi uyureT mag ZaRls, magasa-da? ra-rig laparaki daiwyo!.. axaleT, biWebo! am sityvebTan erTad avarda kvamli da ramodenime Tofis xma moisma. tyviebma xriali moiRes im alagas, sadac elguja idga. aman moaswro gadafrena qvebis ukan da daiZaxa: _ maS egre, gagi? raki ar dagiSlia-da, axla Cveni xla hnaxe... rac aq sisxli daiRvaros, iq saiqios Senma sulma zRos! gavarda sami Tofi da gagis amalidan sami msxverpli daeca dedamiwazed, romelTac sisxli TqrialiT gasdiodaT iarebidgan... gaimarTa Tofis srola, romlis Sedegic iyo gagis momxreebidgan kidev ramdenime kacis sikvdili; amaT saqme ise gauWirdaT, rom Tavis Sesafars adgilebs Zebna dauwyes. 32

es xalxi gaifanta da miefar-moefara aqa-iq gafantuls qvebsa da xramebs. TiTon gagimac, rasakvirvelia, moZebna uSiSari adgili da lanZRviT da qadniT moeloda dabarebuls jars. im imeds ar hkargavda, rom, ramden xansac unda gagrZelebuliyo amgvari mdgomareoba, bolos elguja mainc xelSi unda Cahvardnoda, radganac gagi am adgilebs ar mohSordeboda da goraze momwyvdeulebs yovelis mxriT gamosasvlels gzas Seukravda. srola mainc ar swydeboda, Tumca tyviebi ubralod ikargeboda da Tavis pirdapir daniSnulebas veRar asrulebda. am mdgomareobaSi iyvnen, rodesac gagi mRelvarebiT wamdauwum cas Sehyurebda da daRvremili saxiT wamoiZaxebda: _ rai RmerTi gauwyraT aqamde, rai mouvidaT? ager SuadRec gadavida... martia sadRa daixafra?! am mRelvarebis mizezi is iyo, rom gagim aSkarad dainaxa, rom igi elgujas da imis amxanagebs verc daiWerda da verc daxocavda; adgilis mdgomareobamac daanaxva, rom im mciredis xalxiT, romelic gagis axlda, yvela mxares gzas ver Seukravda momwyvdeulebs, da imaT advilad SeeZlo Rame yaraulebs gasxltomodnen da samudamod xelidan wasvlodnen. ramdenadac gagi aq itanjeboda, imdenad gorazed myofT nugeSi eZleodaT da imedi hqondaT, rom Ramis sibnelesTan erTad imaT gaexsnebodaT gza da mSvidobianad gadarCebodnen TavianT mosisxleebs. _ axla dasvenebac SegviZlian, lomisis madlma isini veRarc ki gaCuCundebian. _ ara mgonia, rom gagim egre moisvenos... aba rai enaRvleba Tu imis saqmezed cxvebi gaswydebian? _ upasuxa elgujam. _ TiTon ukan imaleba da cxvebs ki gvaxocinebs, _ daumata giorgim. _ ara, Seni kvnesa-me, ara, exla xalxi damSvidda da 33

gagis aRaravin daujerebs. ai weRan, sanam xalxi Sexurebuli iyo _ manam iyo saSiSi, Torem exla fiqri aRar gvinda, _ sTqva esa da damSvidebulma, TiTqos Tavis azris dasamtkiceblad, gadmoiRo Tofi da dado nabadze. saRamo moaxlovda, rom es sami megobari isev am musaifSi iyvnen; elguja erTbaSad wynara Camocurda Tavis adgilidam, wynara aiRo Tofi xelSi da gorazed gadauwva. _ rai dainaxe? _ hkiTxa Cumad giorgim, TiTqos eSinoda, rom imis sityvebs ar daeSala. _ aba, a-iq gahxede-Ra, _ uTxra iman da xeli gauSvira swored kldis pirisaken. giorgim da martiam miixedes iqiT da gaSterebulni darCnen. zed kldis pirzed, sadac mindori Tavdeboda, gagi, ramdenime cxenosniT, qveSeTisken miaWenebda. _ eg gagi ZaRli araa, Tqveni WirimeT? sad janabaSi midis? elguja am laparakis dros niSanSi iRebda gagis. _ aba rai vici, sad midis? magram RvTis madlma, sadac ginda midiodes, mSvidobiT-ki veRar Cava. am sityvebTan erTad, gavarda Tofi da Tofis xmasTan erTad gagis cxeni yalyzed Sedga, watrialda kldisaken, waitortmana da mxedarTan erTad gadavarda kldezed. es yvela ise moulodnelad da saCqarod moxda, rom gagis amxanagebma Svela ver moaswres, da rodesac kldezed gadaixedes, xevSi dainaxes dafleTil-damaxinjebuli kaci da cxeni. gagis moswyenoda jaris da naCalnikis pasuxis lodini da efiqra TiTon wasuliyo imaT sanaxavad. marTalia, iman icoda, rom aq veRar moaswrebda elgujas, magram, amis samagierod, qveiT Seukravda gzebs da iq mainc Cahxocavda iZ ZaRlebs, romelnic ase gauZaliandnen da amdeni zarali misces. ai, es iyo mizezi, rom gagis vxedavdiT im kldis napirzed, romlidganac iseTi ubeduri mgzavroba mouxda. 34

gagis amxanagebi Camoxtnen cxenebidgan, iJRavJRaves, ilaparakes da bolos gadaswyvites, rom wavidnen da am ubedurebazed naCalniks Seatyobinon, radganac gagis veRarafriT ver uSvelidnen. gagis kldezed gadavardna gorazed sixaruliT miiRes. _ lomisam gaumarjos Sens marjvenas! _ qudis moxdiT SesZaxa martiam. _ he! _ niSnis mogebiT warmosTqva giorgim, _ eg ZaRlic Cakvda! elgujam ki CamoiRo Tofi, gadiwera pirjvari da daRonebulis xmiT warmosTqva: _ raisTvis Semogvakla Tavi, raisTvis? RmerTs ar moetyuebis, rom nebis-nebad Cems moZmezed xels ar mivitandi... _ moZme ki ara, moRalatea! _ warbebSeWmuxvniT dasZaxa martiam, _ Zmebsac uRalata da Temobasac!.. _ ZaRli iyo da ZaRlurad mokvda... RmerTma tyviac aRar aRirsa, ise murdlad* mohkla. am dros srulebiT SemoRamda, da imaTi wasvlis dro moaxlovda. elgujam gaswia mzaRosaken, romelic unda moemzadebina da Seetyobina, rom erTi upirvelesi imis mterTagani aRar aris qveyanazed da rom exla veRaravin gahyris imaT. mzaRo dilidanve fermixdili ijda daCvenebuls alagas, gulisxeTqiT moeloda saqmis gaTavebas. imJamad imas yovelisferi dahviwyeboda da gaetacna marto Tavis megobarzed mzrunvelobas. imas eSinoda romelime Tavxed tyvias msxverplad ar waeRo erT-erTi imaTgani, romelnic ise vaJkacurad icavdnen am qalis saxelsa da Tavisuflebas. mzaRo mzad iyo gverds Camos* murdali _ mkvdari uziareblad an imgvari SemTxveviT mkvdari, romelsac Wriloba ara aqvs.

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dgomoda Tavis megobrebs da imaTTan erTad gaeyo bedi da ubedureba, magram is Sexeduleba, romelic CerqezebSi mieRo da romelic qals sruls monobas aCvevs, nebas ar aZlevda elgujas sityvas gadasuliyo; amisaTvisac ijda daCvenebuls adgilas, Tumca ase gaZleba sikvdilzed ufro Znelad miaCnda. qali loculobda, exveweboda RmerTs da yovel srolazed SemkrTali, SeSinebuli warmouTqmelis satanjveliT gulSi, gamovidoda safaridgan da Sehxedavda Tavis megobarT; rodesac imaT uvneblebs da kargad myofebs dainaxavda, imis sixaruls bolo aRar hqonda. isev dabrundeboda Tavis adgilzed, daecemoda muxlebzed da mduRare cremliT RmerTs madlobasa swiravda. Cerqezi loculobda, madlobas eubneboda RmerTs, magram sakvirveli es iyo, rom imis saTxovarSi ar gamoixateboda survili erTis mxridgan visime sikvdilisa da meoris ki gadarCenisa; is iTxovda, rom yvelaferi mSvidobianad gaTavebuliyo, aravin ar momkvdariyo da Seyvarebulis gulis miniWebulebiT yvelasaTvis sixaruls, bednierebas da mSvidobas isurvebda. am mdgomareobaSi iyo mzaRo, rodesac elguja dainaxa, romelic imasTan midioda. rawams qalma Tvali mohkra, sixaruliT imisaken gaeqana da metis mRelvarebisagan gawiTlebuli kiserze Camoekida. _ gaTavda, wavidnen?.. brZola xom aRar geqnebaT?.. oh, RmerTo! gmadlob, rom mSvidobianad gadagvarCine! _ mzaRo, Cemo mzaRo! _ mRelvarebiT warmosTqva elgujam, _ nu geSinian. _ wavidnen, Tavi dagvanebes? _ ho, ho!.. dagvanebes! _ maS wavideT, wavideT Cvenc, raRas vuyurebT? _ wavideT, Cemo gulo, wa! am dros martia da giorgic movidnen, axsenes RmerTi da wynara Cavidnen gorakidgan. darwmunebulni, rom 36

imaT aravin xedavda, isini wynara sifrTxiliT miiparebodnen buCqebs Sua, sadac gagis danarCeni kacebi egulebodaT. isini mSvidobianad Cavidnen qveSeTis daRmarTzed da es alagebic gaiares. qveSeTis cota qvemodan aris erTi eklesia, romelsac `naRvaravi~ hqvian. is adgili maSin tyiani iyo, da iq bevrma gandegilma mTis kacma Seafara Tavi da gadarCa im drois usamarTlo devnisagan. Cveni mgzavrebic iq moeSurebodnen, radganac gaTenebas moeRwiva da mets gzas veRar gaivlidnen RamiT, da dRe siaruli ki jer kidev saSiSi iyo. rodesac mogzaurebi dalagdnen, giorgim da martiam Tofebi aiRes da wavidnen sayaraulod. elguja da mzaRo ki saydris galavanSi darCnen. mTvarem amoyo wveri da nazad mohfina iqauroba Tavis sxiviT. _ aq xom aRar movlen? _ hkiTxa mzaRom elgujas. _ ara, ara... nu geSinian. _ me ki ise mgonia, rom aqac ar mogvisveneben. _ ar mogvisveneben da, rac iq waiRes, aqac imas waiReben! _ ax RmerTo! ratom ar Camogvexsnebian, ra undaT Cvengan, ra?.. _ mwuxarebiT warmosTqva qalma. _ is undaT, Cemo yvelav, isa, rom Sen metismetad lamazi xar! _ gatacebiT uTxra elgujam da miikra gulzed. _ magram, RvTis madlma, _ gaagrZela man, _ mTeli qveyana mtrad rom gadamekidos, maSinac aravis davuTmob Sen Tavs. mzaRom am sityvebzed daRuna Tavi. mTlad aenTo sixarulis cecxliT da Tumca tuCebi mTrTolvareT ucaxcaxebdnen, sityva ki veRar warmoeTqvaT. da an ra unda eTqvaT imisTana dros?.. es iyo imisTana wamebi, rodesac kacs marto grZnoba SeuZlian da marto erTi Sexedva, erTi amoqSena mTeli wlis saubarzed mets gamosTqvams, mets agrZnobinebs. 37

isinic hgrZnobdnen sruls bednierebas, raRaca umaRles sixaruls da uangariSod eZleodnen am mRelvarebis monebas. elgujas Tavi wynar-wynarad moexara, dauaxlovda qalis aRgznebul pirisaxes, romelic raRac sasiamovnod uRitinebda da raRac gamourkvevels mdgomareobaSi Sehyavda. erTi wami kidev da moulodnelad, moufiqreblad imaTi tuCebi SeuerTdnen erTmaneTs da oriv Tavdaviwyebam sruliad daimonava... am netarebaSi iyvnen, rodesac Tofi gavarda da Seyvarebulebi gamoiyvana am mdgomareobidgan. am Tofis xmazed gavarda kidev ramdenime Tofi da moisma yvirilis xma im mxares, sadac martia da giorgi yaraulad idgnen. elguja gaiWra iqiTken da Tvalwin warmoudga SemaZrwunebeli suraTi, romelic ar miemsgavseboda am ramdenime wamis win nagrZnobs. martias da giorgis gars Semoxvevodnen saldaTebi, romelTac mamacad igeriebdnen es ori, megobrobisaTvis Tavgadadebuli kaci. ramdenime kacs, romlebic darCeniliyvnen gagis amalidgan, gorakis maxloblad, elgujas da imis amxanagebis saTvaliereblad, daenaxaT gaparulebi, mihyolodnen Cumad ukan da gaqceulebis bina SeeniSnaT; amazed SeetyobinebinaT naCalnikisaTvis, romelsac mkacri gankarguleba moexdina da waeyvana mTeli rota. ai es saldaTebi gaxldnen, romlebic martias da giorgis buzebsaviT gars exveodnen. elguja xmalamowvdili gadaxta da gaqanda Tavis amxanagebisaken; win rusi gadaudga da miuSvira Subi. elgujam Subs xeli gaavlo, aicdina da ise mardad da Zalzed wamousva xmali kiserSi, rom am ubeduris tani da Tavi cal-calke gagorda, ramdenime gabrZolebis Semdeg, elguja SeuerTda Tavis amxanagebs, Tumca am SeerTebam bevri aRara uSvela-ra. im adgilas, sadac isini idgnen, xalxi erTbaSad Sejgufda da burTsaviT Seikra iq, sadac gamourkveveli moZraoba iyo. rodesac xalxi 38

gaiSala, dedamiwazed ramdenime damaxinjebuli da daCexili msxverpli gamoCnda. maT Soris icnobdiT elgujas da imis or amxanagsac, uwyalod SubebiT dacxavebulTa... elguja pirdaRebuli egdo da mkerdidgan ramdenime alagas TqrialiT sisxli gadmosdioda. erTi saldaTi mivida da kidev ramdenjerme Casca Subi... raRa Tqma unda, rom mzaRos daiWerdnen. mzaRo, didi damnaSavesaviT sifrTxiliT mihyavdaT saldaTebs, romelnic SemTxvevas ar uSvebdnen ise, rom uzrdelad ar daecinaT imis mdgomareobisaTvis da ar gamoeCinaT TavianTi Seubralebloba. qali misdevda gamarjvebulebs pirmokumuli da gafiTrebulis saxiT, imis mimzidveli, JuJuna Tvalebi metis mwuxarebis cecxliT gamSraliyvnen da garegnulad gamoixedebodnen. qalma jer ar icoda, Tu sadamdis mieRwia dRevandels ubedurebas... ai, im adgilsac miaRwies, sadac Zala da simarTle erTmaneTs Sebmodnen da am brZolis msxverplni, zogi gulaRma, zogic pirqve, Sesazarad damaxinjebulni, eyarnen; zogi maTgani, axlad aSlilis wver-ulvaSiT, TiTqos gaRimebulis pirisaxiT, dascinodnen xalxis amdens usamarTlobas da velur qcevas. zogs vaJkacuris mkerdidgan CamoewyvitaT sakinZi da TiTqos gangeb, gamoeCinaT vaJkacuri Wriloba. elgujac, romelsac jer kidev xeli ar moeSorebina xmlisaTvis TiTqos xelaxlad sabrZolvelad iwvevda Tavis mtrebs, ganapirebiT egdo. mzaRom Sehkra imaT Tvali da waibarbaca, magram isev Cqara Seimagra Tavi da Sesdga. feri ecvala, muxlebi aukankalda da wnoris furcelsaviT TrTola daiwyo... _ gaiare, gaiare! _ mkacrad ubrZana erTma saldaTTaganma da, rodesac naxa, rom imisi brZaneba ausrulebeli rCeboda, ufro mkacris da mbrZaneblis xmiT gaagrZela: 39

_ Sen ar gesmis? gaswi-meTqi!.. _ da am sityvebTan erTad ise Zalzed wahkra Tofis kondaxi, rom qali watortmanda da, Tu meore russ ar daeWira, RorRebSi gadavardeboda. mzaRo SehkrTa metis tkivilisagan da gamwarebulma iseTis TvaliT Sehxeda ase erTgulad samsaxuris aRmasrulebels, TiTqos iqve gaqrobas upirebda. _ Tvalebs ras aWyet? gaswi, gaswi! _ kidev uTxra iman, gaavlo xeli da ramdenime nabiji ZaliT gadaadgmevina. am dros qali erTbaSad gausxlta xelidgan Tavis Zaldamtanebels da warmouTqmelis mwuxare RrialiT gaqanda elgujasaken, romlisaTvisac ukanaskneli mSvidoba undoda eTqva, magram iqamdis veRar miaRwia. Zalam uRalata da Ronemixdili iqve daeca. saldaTebi miscvivdnen, aswies ise gulSemoyrili da iqve momavals mTiulis urems Seugdes, romelsac unda baton naCalnikTan waeRo. imaT, gaxarebulT „saistorio gamarjvebiT“ gaswies simReriT qveSeTisaken da mkvdrebis dasamarxad ki ramdenime mTiuli daagdes; imaT mxolod saldaTebis damarxva hqondaT nabrZanebi da im „bunti kacebisa“ki _ ise dayra, raTa gamvlel-gamomvlels enaxa, Tu ra-gvars sasjels miaRwevs amgvari mousvenari xalxi. rodesac saldaTebi daasaflaves, yvelani wavid-wamovidnen, magram rawams fexis xma miwynarda, tyidgan gamovida erTi moxucebuli, WaRara SerTuli kaci da ramdenime ymawvili SeiaraRebuli mTiuli. moxucebuli mivarda martias da dauwyo Sinjva. _ momkvdara, mouklavT ZaRlebs! _ warbebSeWmuxvniT warmosTqva iman. _ sxvebica naxe, Seni kvnesa-me, berdiav, sxvebica! Tu dauxocavT, davmarxoT, ase nu davyriT, nadiri gaafuWebs, qristianebi arian. berdiam gaSinja giorgic, romelzedac imedgardawy40

vetilma xeli Caiqnia da gadavida elgujasaken. am ukanasknels dauwyo karga xans Sinjva, ramdenjerme gauCxrika Wrilobani da karga xans akvirdeboda imis pirisaxes. _ a, bedSav vaJao!.. sul ar dauxvretiaT!.. amisaTvis yofila dedis ZuZu alali!.. _ cocxalia, cocxali? _ gulisZgeriT hkiTxes ymawvilma mTielebma, romelnic Tavs dasdgomodnen elgujas da mowiwebiT uyurebdnen imis vaJkacobis beWedsgulSi Wrilobas. _ ufalma uwyis! jer ki sunTqavs-da... _ berdiav, berdiav! egeb moarCino eg vaJi, lomisis madlsa. _ ufalma uwyis! _ warmosTqva iman mokled da isev miudga iarebis Sinjvas da Cxrekas. _ arc erTi Wriloba sasikvdilo araa! _ maS imedi gaqvs? _ ufalma uwyis! RvTisa da naRvarevis brZanebas win vin waudgeba!.. wadiT, maTarebiT1 wyali moitaneT, cda Cemi iqnebis, da brZaneba ki uflis aRsruldebis. ramdenime mTiuli gaiqca iqve wyarosTan da maTarebiT moarbenines wyali. sxvebma mouTxares saflavi martias da giorgis, romelTac erTad upirobdnen dasaflavebas. berdiam mohbana elgujas iarebi, CxiriT gaSinja siRrmave, mimarTuleba, amoiRo daZenZili kanafi CanTidgan, gasrisa marilians erboSi da gaukeTa sanaxavebi2, Semdeg 1 maTara _ meSisgan Sekerili sagzao staqania, romelsac SigniTgan wminda sanTeli aqvs gamovlebuli da wyals kargad iWers. 2 `sanaxavs~ ukeTeben iaraSi uwmindurebis gamosatanad da balRamis samuSaod. agreTve `sanaxavi~ iaras pirs ar akvrevinebs, Wrilobas Ziridgan awyebinebs rCenas.

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moayara raRaca danayili balaxi da Seukra Wrilobebi. kriWaSekruli piri gauxsna xanjliT da pirSi ramdenime wveTi raRaca wamlisa Caasxa. rodesac yvela es gaaTava, wynarad daibana xelebi da damSvidebulma warmosTqva: _ nabadi moitaneT da qimbarianT kars waiReT, iq niniaisas miitaneT, is saimedoa _ Tavis saxlSi daawvens. _ kargi, Seni kvnesa-me, kargi, Tvalis daxamxamebazed aviyvanT! _ warmosTqva erTma da gaSala Tavisi TeTri nabadi, romelic gverdzed koxtad hqonda mogdebuli. imas mieSvelnen ramdenime sxva mTiulebic, daasvenes elguja nabadzed da ise waiRes. sxvebi ki, berdias TaosnobiT, Seudgnen martias da giorgis damarxvas. rodesac daxocilebi samareSi Caasvenes, berdiam, rogorc ufrosma, saWirod dainaxa gamosasalmebeli sityvis warmoTqma; is aqebda micvalebulTa guladobas da vaJkacurad sikvdils; hpirdeboda, rom amgvarad sikvdilisaTvis gaxarebulni dauxvdebodnen saiqios imaTni winaparni da siamovnebiT miiRebdnen maT ukuniTi ukunisamde dauviwyars moqmedebas. bolo sityvebi SemdegiT gaaTava: _ lomisis madlma, TiTon Tamar-pirimze migiZRvebaT meufesTan!.. Tavad uambobs Tqvens vaJkacobas da Tavis gverds Skams dagidgamT... vai amaT, rom adre daixoceniT da Tqveni marjvena veRar gaacivebs mtris guls!.. gmarxavT imisTvis, rom nadirs1 ar gaefuWebina Tqveni pirisaxe, magram, RvTis madlma, uwin yornebi amogWamdnen Tvalebsa _ TqvenisTana vaJkacebs aba yornis meti rai miudgeboda?2 Tqven cxoneba, damrCoT _ danaxva da gagoneba! sisxls sisxli gaswmends, vaJkacs guladoba, mtrisgan uSiSroba! scxondiT, scxon1

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diT, scxondiT!.. _ merme SeiWmuxna warbebi, aiRo samjer miwa da miayara: _ miwa xarT da miwad iqeciT!.. yovel miwis miyrazed warmosTqvamda is. am sityvebis Semdeg Cumad da wynarad miexvivnen iq myofi mTiulebi da saCqarod amoavses samare miwiT da daRvremilebi, SeWmuxvnilis saxiT, Seudgnen mTebs, rom pirvelsave SemTxvevaSi igenic ase vaJkacurad da sasaxelod daxociliyvnen... am xanSi mzaRo miiyvanes qveSeTSi, sadac idga naCalniki da kidev ramdenime jaris ufrosebi. Cerqezis qali xevSiac ki eucxovebodaT da, warmoidgineT, aq, mTis aqeT, sadac mmarTvelebad sxva qveynis xalxi iyo, ra moqmedeba unda hqonoda? yvela, didi Tu patara, garboda mzaRos sanaxavad, romelic erTi-orad saintereso xdeboda imisTana SemTxvevis Semdeg, rogoric imisi gataceba da imisTvis amdeni sisxlis Rvra. warmoidgineT qalis mdgomareoba, romelsac guli sevdiTa da varmiT gavseboda, iTxovda sruls martoobas, raTa Tavisuflad SesZleboda gulis „amoboxra“. iman naxa Tavisi guliTadi megobrebi, Tavisi sanatreli elguja ise damaxinjebuli, daCexilebi, _ vin icis, iqmneba cocxlebic iyvnen da ise upatronod, mouvlelad, unugeSod dayrilebi cxare mzeSi, _ da amas aramc Tu imaTzed mzrunvelobis nebas aZlevdnen, aramed imdenadac ki ar usvenebdnen, rom martoobaSi Tavisi tanjva cremlebiT Seemsubuqebina. yvelas undoda imisi naxva, imisi gaSinjva; yvela cdilobda kargad gaeSinjaT imisi saxe, imisi Tvalebi, warbebi da amisaTvis daurideblad gars exveodnen: pirdapir Sescqerodnen pirisaxeSi da RimiliT oxunjobdnen imis Sesaxeb, da es oxunjoba ar iyo moklebuli garyvnils, cinikurs azrebs. 43

_ ra lamazi yofila! eSmakma waiRos magisi Tavi! _ warmosTqva erTma aficerTaganma. _ lamazi da mere rogori lamazi! _ gazmorebiT upasuxa meorem. _ axla eg rom ruseTSi myoloda... lazaTians marxilSi Sebmuli zarebiT da eJvnebiT cxenebi da strelnaSi! _ warmoidgina kidev erTma. _ aba, iq iqneboda ambavi, ai? _ tuCebs uyureT, tuCebs, marjans ar miugavs! tuCebi ra, erTi Tvalebs SehxedeT, Tvalebs! _ qali ki ara cecxlia, cecxli! ise hSinjavda da laparakobda es xalxi, TiTqos Cerqezis cxeni Caegdo xelSi da imis asoebis Rirsebanaklulovanebas Seexeboda saqme. naCalnikic mobrZanda Tavis amaliT. is yovelis RonisZiebiT cdilobda iq myofebis yuradReba mieqcia Tavis RirsebisaTvis. aman, zurgzed xelebdawyobilma, auar-Camouara qalsa, ramdenjerme nikapzed xeli mohkida da Zalad miaRebina Tavisken Tavi. Semdeg gaacmacuna msunag ZaRlsaviT piri, moiloka tuCebi da gankarguleba moaxdina, rom satusaRoSi SeegdoT da frTxilad mohqcevodnen. TiTon ki dabrunda Sin da sadilad miipatiJa aficrebi, romelT winaSec, _ „dRevandeli gamarjvebis Semdeg“, _ Rvino kokebriv isxmoda. ase qeifiT gaatares saRamomdis aficrebma, Rvinozed Tavisuflad miSvebulebma, zedi-zed gadahkres azarfeSebi, TiTqos eSinodaT ase mSvenivrad dros gasatarebeli xani ar dahkargodaT; miTvren da iqve TavmoWrilebsaviT mieyarnen. Tavs inaxavda marto naCalniki, es iyo mizezi, rom sufridgan marto is adga mxolod SezarxoSebuli. am dapatiJebiT xalxis mmarTvels hsurda, rogorc iqmneboda Tavidgan moeSorebina sxvebi, romelTac SeeZloT imisi survilis daSla da es survili ki iyo _ ueWve44

lad da rac unda mosvloda _ mzaRos patronad gaxdoma. is fiqrobda im wamacdens siamovnebazed, romelic am qals unda moetana imisTvis; hxatavda Tavis azrovnobaSi sxvadasxva suraTebs, romelTa moqmedebac adnobda da siamovnebis sisusteSi Sehyvanda. movida is droc, rodesac warmoidgina, rom Tavis survilis aRsrulebaSi moyvana SeiZleboda, da amisaTvis daibara Tavis erTguli kaci, gagzavna qalTan da moayvanina, viTomc Cvenebis CamosarTmevad. warbebSeWmuxvnilma naCalnikma Seiyvana qali Tavis oTaxSi, magram rawams karebi Seiketa, erTbaSad mkacr mbrZaneblidan garyvnil arSiyad gadaiqca. _ Sen Zalian unda gixarodes, Cemo kargo, rom me momewone! _ uTxra iman da mohxvia xeli. qali ver mimxvdariyo, Tu rasa hniSnavda imisi saubari, magram rodesac gaigo, erTbaSad gauxta xelidan da swvda xanjals, romelic iqve stolzed egdo. _ Sesdeq, Tu weras ar augdixar! _ SesZaxa mrisxaned qalma da momzadebuli dadga kedelTan. naCalniki mzaRos iseT garyvnil qalad uyurebda, romelmac viRaca moxeveebTanac ki ikisra gaqceva, da amisaTvis darwmunebuli iyo, rom pirvelSive imis survilis gamocxadebas did bednierebad CasTvlida. amisaTvisac gabeda am kacma pirdapir, daurideblad Tavisi arSiyoba. warmoidgineT, ra mdgomareobaSi unda Cavardniliyo, rodesac qalisagan amisTana winaaRmdegoba dainaxa! naCalniki, ramdensame xans gaCerebiT Sehyurebda gacecxlebuls qals, romelsac Tvalebi cecxlsaviT anTeboda da momzadebuliyo yovelgvar brZolisaTvis Tavis namusis dasacvelad. pirveli gaSterebis Semdeg naCalnikma gaiRima, radganac azrSi gaurbina, rom „qalebi yovelTvisin Tavs Zalad inazeben _ da mzaRoc qali ariso“. _ netav icode, ra-rigad gixdeba eg javroba!.. _ 45

uTxra naCalnikma, _ swored dasaxati xar!.. kargia, geyofa xumroba!.. _ am sityvebTan erTad xelis mokideba moisurva. qalma iseTi xmiT Sehyvira da mouqnia xanjali am kacs, rom iman saWirod dainaxa ukan daxeva. yvela patiosani kaci, amgvar SemTxvevis Semdeg, Tund is marTla siyvaruliTac yofiliyo gatacebuli, Tavs daanebebda namusis damcvel qals, magram am „pativsacem“ pirs ki ver Seayenebda es sabuTebi: imas Tavmoyvareoba nebas ar aZlevda Tavi daenebebina mzaRosaTvis da, oRondac Tavis sawadelisaTvis ki mieRwiva-da, is ras dasdevda qalisagan Tvalebis brials. winaaRmdegobis Semdeg, mzaRo imisTvis erTi-orad ufro mimzidveli Seiqmna. magram rogor unda mieRwiva Tavis survilisaTvis? iman yvelazed ukeTesad dainaxa Tavis mokatuneba da motyuebiT moqmedeba, radganac nebayoflobiT da ZaliT ara gamodioda-ra. _ me Zalian moxaruli var, rom magdens danaSaulebasTan garyvnili mainc ara yofilxar. _ kargi, Sen daisjebi, rogorc xelmwife-imperatoris moRalate. Sen da Senma megobrebma mohkaliT erTguli aficrebi... sxvebi ZaRlebiviT davxoceT da Senc sikvdiliT daisjebi. _ elgujas Semdeg mec movkvde-ra!.. _ Sen gawvaleben, gtanjaven, CamogaxrCoben... _ giaurebma wvalebis meti ra ician?.. Tqven imdeni vaJkacoba vin mogcaT, rom kaci pirdapir mohklaT?.. Tqven guladebi maSina xarT, roca erTzed aTi misdixarT! dee sxvebs SeeSindeT magisi, me ar meSinian! am laparakis dros naCalniki TandaTan uaxlovdeboda mzaRos da rodesac es ukanaskneli laparakiT gatacebuli iyo, naCalnikma gadasdga ukanaskneli nabiji, miswvda imas xanjlians xelSi da magra dauWira maja. _ aa! _ sixaruliT SesZaxa iman: _ axlac wamixval? 46

qalma tkivilisagan da javrisagan Sehyvira da undoda ganeTavisuflebina Setacebuli xeli, magram naCalniks ise magra moeWira majazed, rom Zvlebs WaxWaxi gahqonda da TiTebi xorcSi Casxdomoda. _ tyuilad-Ra ibrZvi, Cemo Cerqezo, tyuilad, Seni nazi xelebi veRar damsxlteba! qali ibrZoda da RmerTs iwodebda mowmad amgvar upatiosno ZaldatanebisaTvis, magram upatronos TviT RmerTic ganzed udgeba da xalxic. imas TandaTan akldeboda Zala. mklavis ZarRvebi ususteboda da mwuxarebiT xedavda, rom Cqara brZolas veRar SesZlebda. bolos mklavi srulebiT daubuJda, TiTebi unebliv gaeSala da xanjali TavisTavad wkrialiT daeca fexebTan. aq qalma dauwyo mudara, xvewna aficebda, rac ki saficari hyavda. abralebda Tavis Tavs, _ magram ra saqme hqonda Tavmoyvareobisagan gazviadebuls naCalniks an xvewnasTan, an TxovnasTan, oRondac Tavis miznisaTvis mieRwia. is moeloda wuTis, Tumca upatiosnos, magram mainc siamovnebas, da es sakmari iyo, rom is dayruebuliyo romelime kacobriuli sityvis CagonebisaTvis. mklavebidgan gadavida tanze da magra moxvia xelebi; brZola Seiqmna ufro mware, gaSmagebuli. qals am dros TiTqos Rone emateboda gaupatiurebis SiSiT, da kacs ki _ Tavisi upatiosno survilis aRsrulebis daaxlovebiT. ase ibrZodnen orniv, magram mzaRos Cqara daetyo, rom TandaTan Rone akldeboda da aSkarad kaci sZalavda. kidev ramdenime wuTi da dasustebuli, ZlivsRa msunTqavi metis mRelvarebiT, daRaluli qali aiyvana naCalnikma, miikra gulzed da gamxecebulma dauwyo loSna. bolos miitana qali iqve mdgom taxtTan, romelzedac dasva. aq kidev ramdenjerme gaibrZola mzaRom, magram Cqara Ronemixdili da TiTqmis gulSemoyrili gadaesvena taxtzed. 47

saldaTebma, romelTac Caibares mzaRo, saWirod dainaxes masxarad agdeba misi ubedurebisa. Tavisufalis RimiliT elazRandaravebodnen imas da isec mowamluls, daSxamuls gulSi, kidev sawamlavs asxamdnen. _ ra hqen, gogo, naCalnikma, CamogarTva Cveneba? _ eubneboda erTi. _ kargad gamoiZia, kargad?.. _ dascinoda meore. qali wiTldeboda, TrToda da aRar icoda, ra eqna, an sad daemala Tavi. is iwoda sircxvilisagan, sanatreli hqonda am Jamad, _ miwa gaxeTqiliyo da Tan Caetana, Tumc ki sikvdilisac ise eSinoda, rogorc TiTon sicocxlisa, radganac, imisi fiqriT, saiqios ueWvelad elgujas unda Sehyroda da raRa TvaliT unda Seexedna imisTvis? marTalia, damnaSave ar iyo, magram xanjali xom xelSi hqonda: Tavis Zalis damtanebeli ver mohkla, Tavis Tavi rogor-Ra dairCina cocxali?! maS elguja dahkarga? dahkarga samudamod! is veRar gahbedamda saiqios imasTan Seyras. ase fiqrobda mzaRo da amisTvisac imis satanjveli erTiorad umetesi iyo sanam im xalxisa, romelic saiqiosagan romelime mosvenebas mainc moelis. sxvas, sikvdils Semdeg, sixarulis imedi mainca hqonda da amas ki sikvdilisac eSinoda; sxvas saiqios satrfos naxvis siamovnebis imedi hqonda da es ki saiqiosac iseTs satanjvels moeloda, rogorc saaqaos. bolos miaRwives sapyrobiles, romelSiac Seagdes, da ufrosma mcvelma saWirod dainaxa kidev raodenime sawamlavisa Casxma am qalis gulSi, TiTqos sakmarisi ar iyo is cecxli, romelic uwyalod sdagavda imas. _ aqa brZandebodeT, qalbatono, sanam naCalniki kidev dagibarebs Cvenebis CamosarTmevad, _ uTxra mcvelma RimiliT. am sityvebzed sxva aq myof rusebma gaixarxares da iq myofi mTiulebi ki daafiqra, SeaWmuxvnina warbebi da erTmaneTSi CurCuli daawyebina. 48

_ lomisis madlma, eseTic ara gvinaxia-ra!.. _ warmosTqva erTma, _ ra ambebi xdeba, gabrielav? ginaxavs rodisme diacis egre gaupatiureba? _ ara, ara, Seni kvnesa-me, arc minaxams da arc gamigonia!.. ori mosisxle xmal-amoRebuli erTmaneTzed rom misuliyo, diaci TavSals gauSlida SuaSi da maSinve gaSveldebodnen erTmaneTs, eseni ki... _ aRar gaaTava sityvebi da Caiqnia xeli. _ aba, qalis gatacebac bevrjer momxdara, Zaladobaca, magram, visac gautacnia, colada sdomebia, Torem amisTana saqmes vin izamda? magisTana saqmis Camdens, pirimzis madlma, mteri Tu mokeTe, yvela mtrad gadaekideboda. _ eseni ki dascinian _ gakvirvebiT sTqva kidev erTma. am laparakSi iyvnen satusaRos karebTan mogrovili mTiulebi, rodesac iasauli mivida da dasZaxa: _ ras udgexarT aqa? wamodiT, begara movida! _ Cven SeSa exla ar movutaneT? RmerTi aRara gyavsT? _ gamoiareT, gamoiareT, nu laparakobT, Torem exlav yazaxebi movlen da sul maTraxiT tyavs gagaZroben! _ razed gagvaZroben, ras gvemarTlebian?.. _ maS xelmwifes samsaxuri ar unda? _ amayad daiZaxa nacvalma, TiTqos marTla xelmwifis samsaxuri usamarTlobaSi iyos. cota laparakis Semdeg, marTla movidnen yazaxebi da wauSines maTraxebiT xalxs, romelic gaiSala da wavidnen urmebis Sesabmelad. _ urjuloebi yofilan, lomisis madlma, urjuloebi, xarebs Cliqebi wascvivda amdenis muSaobiTa da magaTgan ki Sebraleba aRar iqmna... _ „CavcvivdiT sagonebelSi, rogorc kambeCi morevSi“ _ pasuxis magier mwuxarebiT SehmRera erTma mTi49

ulma, gaukra apeuri xars da gadahkra saxre, TiTqo imazed undoda yvela javris amoyra... am xanSi naCalniki gamobrZanebuliyo balkonzed da saqarTveloSi axladSemoRebul sasmels (Cais) miirTmevda. imisi pirisaxe raRac sulelurs, Tavmoyvare siamovnebas gamosTqvamda. ramdenime mTiuli Soriaxlo mindorzed idga da batons eloda (maSin naCalniks ase eZaxdnen), romelsac mowyaleba unda moeRo da moesmina imaTi saCivari. naCalniki didi xania raca xedavda imaT, magram, viTomc metis amaRlebisaTvis xalxis TvalSi, mets acdevinebda. bolos moiRo mowyaleba da hkiTxa: _ vina xarT Tqvena? _ Cven beduaanT-karelebi gaxlavarT, Seni kvnesa-me! _ qudis moxdiT upasuxes imaT. _ ra gindaT? _ yazaxebi Cagviyenes, Seni kvnesa-me, da imaT gagvatyaves... erbo aRar SegvarCines da yveli, qaTami da kvercxi. _ maS yazaxebzeda hbedavT Civils? yazaxebo! _ daiZaxa iman da am sityvebzed gamocvivdnen yazaxebi iqave sayazaxodgan. _ maTraxebi amaT, maTraxebi! brZanebis aRmasruleblebmac dauares samarTlis mZebnel mTiulebs da Cqara gafant-gamofantes. naCalniki siamovnebiT uyurebda am suraTs, magram es siamovneba Cqara CaeSala, radganac mindorzed erTi viRac aficeri ramdenime yazaxiT gamoCnda. is Camoxta cxenidgan, movida naCalnikTan da gadasca raRac paketi. naCalnikma gaxsna, waikiTxa da gafiTrda, radganac ewera brZaneba, romliTac svimona CofikaSvili mTis xalxis mmarTvelad iniSneboda da Zvels ki umaRlesi mTavroba ibarebda. ar gauvlia ramdenime wams, rodesac qveSis daRmarTzed gamoCndnen ramdenime cxenosani da Tamamad mividnen 50

naCalnikis karebTan: isini wynara Camoxtnen, amovidnen ufrosTan da civad miesalmnen. es gaxldaT svimon CofikaSvili, gagis saxliskaci da moadgile Zveli ufrosisa, romelsac imisTvis adgili unda Caebarebina.

II Cveni moTxrobisaTvis saWiroa gagacnoT svimona CofikaSvili. saqarTvelos rusebis mfarvelobis qveS Sesvlamdinac svimon CofikaSvili iyo erTi miRebul kacTagani mefesTan. amas ebara mTeli mTis xalxi da is simagreebi, romelsac kavkasiis kars uwodeben _ dariela. es piri jer winaaRmdegi iyo ruseTis mfarvelobis qveS Sesvlisa, magram ukanasknels rCevazed, romelic mefis sasaxleSi iyo gamarTuli, iman Seityo mefis gardawyvetili survili da, rogorc mefis erTgulTagani, romelsac mefis wadilis winaaRmdegoba momakvdav codvad miaCnda, dahmorCilda brZanebas da miemxro SeerTebis msurvelT. rCevis Semdeg is isev Tavis mTebSi dabrunda da, mefis brZanebisamebr, Tavis Tavzed miiRo zrunva momavals rusebzed. is gulmodgined asrulebda am samsaxurs da cdilobda mefe giorgis aRsruleboda is wadili da is sargebloba, romelsac mefe da misi momxreni am mfarvelobisagan moelodnen. is rusebmac Cqara SeniSnes. imaT dainaxes imisi gavlena mTaSi da Tavis mxriTac jarebis Sesaxeb miandes sxvadasxva gankarguleba. rasakvirvelia, es imaTTvis sasargeblo piri, kidevac daajildoves da pirdapir maioris mundiriT da epoletebiT mxarbeWi auyvaves. svimonis amgvarma mdgomareobam Suri aRuZra gagis, 51

romelsac samudamo zrunvad Seeqna svimonis damcireba, rom imisi adgili TiTon daeWira. amisaTvis gagi SeuCnda aleqsandre batoniSvils, daarwmuna, rom rusebis Semosvlis mizezi mxolod svimoni iyo, da es rom ar ereodes saqmeSi da ar uSlides, rusebis gandevna advili iqmnebodao. batoniSvili winadve icnobda svimons, rogorc erT sasargeblo da Wkvian kacs da amisaTvis imis dacema iqamdis ar undoda, sanam imis momxrobas ar scdida. aleqsandrem, romelsac xevsureTSi Tavis momxre jarebi Seeyara, gamougzavna kaci svimons da iTxovda misgan sruls morCilebas, xevidgan rusebis garekas da am ukanasknelebisaTvis Semosavlel gzebis Sekvras. am brZanebis aRsrulebisaTvis mefe hpirdeboda did pativs da wyalobas, magram ukeTu svimon ar dahmorCildeboda, maSin emuqreboda sarCo-sabadebelis gadawvas da colSviliT amowyvetas. _ roca dro iyo, mec viZaxodi: rad gvinda rusebimeTqi? magram mefema brZana, SemouSvio, da mec mefis brZanebas saiT gadauvlidi? _ warmosTqva svimonma da Cahkida Tavi. _ maS exla, exla ras apireb? _ exla gvian-Raa, gvian!.. _ maS ra pasuxs aZlev batoniSvils, _ imis mxares ar iWer? _ ara. _ ras ambob? xom sul amogwyvetavs, saxl-kars amogiwvavs! _ ra vuyo?.. Tu rusebis SemoSveba ar gindodaT, maSin winadve unda gefiqraT, Tu ara da exla, roca yvela simagreebi xelSi Caigdes, me riT-Ra ganvdevno?! _ Sen gaige karga, rom rusebs mefe mfarvelobasa sTxovs, magram... _ mec egre mgonia!.. aba, rai vuyo? mefes egre unda... 52

raRac mwuxarebiT warmosTqva svimonma da daetyo, rom is moqmedebda Tavis survilis winaaRmdeg. gakvirvebuli mociqulebi yurs ugdebdnen svimonis gardawyvetilebas. isini icnobdnen svimons mTis kacad, romlisTvisac Tavisufleba yvelazed umaRlesi jildo aris, da es ki Tavis Tavs da Tavis qveyanas sxva gvartomobis xalxs monad aZlevda! monad aZlevda amisaTvis, rom TiTonac darwmunebuli iyo, rom saqarTvelo rusebis batonobas ver gadurCeboda. _ maS batoniSvils ra pasuxs uTvli? _ batoniSvilsa? Cemgan xvewna da mudara moaxsene: mefes nu ewinaaRmdegeba da saqarTvelos Zalas Suaze nu hyofs... Tu erTad viqnebiT, rusebi kidev veras gvizamen, magram, Tu Sua gaviyaviT, maSin Cveni saqme wasulia!.. Cavides mefesTan. moudges gverdsa da raica rusebTan pirobebi gvaqvs, isini aasrulebinos! Torem Tu egre moviqeciT, Cven erTmaneTTan brZolaSi daviqancebiT, davsustdebiT, da rusebi ki, TavianT wadils aasruleben... Cavides mefesTan, Ca! mefe RvTisagan aris daniSnuli, imis gulis pasuxs kaci ver miswvdebis, _ mefes yvela unda emorCilebodes. _ ufrTxildi, svimon, batoniSvili ganrisxdeba mag pasuxiT, da maSin veRaravin gixsnis. _ ra vuyo!.. mefis brZanebas da survils ver gadaval da, Tu mefe brZanebs, marto me Sevebmi rusebs. am pasuxiT gaistumra iman Suakacebi, romelTac batoniSvils am sityvebis azri srulebiT sxvarigad gadasces. imaT Caagones, rom svimon hRalatobs samSoblosac da TiTon mefesac, rom svimons xalxis mosveneba da Tavisufleba brWyviala tanisamoszed gaucvlia. batoniSvilma gamoistumra jarebi svimonis dasasjelad da gagis Caabara imaTzed ufrosoba. es ambavi svimons Seatyobines da is Tavis colSviliT gaixizna CerqezeTSi, Tavis colis samSobloSi, sadac ramodenime xans darCa. 53

svimons ise saCqarod mouxda Tavis saxlidgan gaqceva, ise moulodnelad, rom Zlivs moaswro cocxali Tavis gaxweva da saqoneli, simdidre Tu sxva bargi, yvelaferi iq darCa da Seiqmna ganadgurebuli Semoseulis jarisagan. svimonis saxli gacarcves, Semdeg cecxli waukides da, risac waReba ver SeiZles, mTlad Cabuges. es iyo mizezi, rom svimon aqamdis arsada sCanda da ar moqmedebda. svimon swored im xanSi dabrunda Sin, rodesac elgujam qali gaitaca da gagi kldezed gadaagdo. amave xanSi daniSnes mTis xalxis naCalnikad da, _ rogorc mefe giorgim, ise rusis mTavrobamac, didis pativiT miiRes, wyalobiT undodaT aRedginaT imisi dacemuli ojaxi. Tumca gagi Sori naTesavi iyo svimonisa, magram imis memkvidre mainc es ukanaskneli unda yofiliyo, radganac TiTon gagi uSvilod amowyda, da arc axlo naTesavi darCenia. amisaTvis, rogorc sxva sacxovrebeli, mzaRoc svimonis sakuTrebad unda Seqmniliyo. svimonma Caibara naCalnikoba, Seudga axals samsaxurs da Cqara iseTi gavlena da Zala moipova sazogadod mTis xalxSi, rom yvela SuriTa da krZalviT uyurebda. raki svimonis ambavi da siCumis mizezi SevityeT, exla SegviZlian davubrundeT isev Cvenis moTxrobis gmirebs da TviT moTxrobis mdinareobas. mzaRo Seagdes sapyrobileSi da, rodesac is martoka darCa, mxolod maSin SeiZlo Tavisuflad Tavis mwuxarebas miscemoda. pirveli gaSterebis, gabruebis Semdeg, didxans Segubebuls cremlebs gza gaexsnaT, da daiwyo tirili cxare qviTiniT. am tirilis dros imas agondeboda yovelive SemTxveva Tavis warsulidgan da rodesac romelime suraTi Tvalwin warmoudgeboda, is stiroda guladuRebiT. ver mo54

aswrebda aRZruli grZnobis miwynarebas, gamoxatuli suraTis gatarebas, imis gonebaSi warmosdgeboda axali suraTi, ufro sanatreli, ufro sasiamovno da ufro SesaniSnavi dasakargavad, da cota xans Sewyvetili cremlebi isev mduRared Rapa-RupiT gadmoedineboda. yovelgvar mwuxarebas cremli ufro Seamsubuqebs xolme da kacs daumSvidebs Tu dauClungebs grZnobis Zalas da agdebs daRalulsaviT raRaca uZlurebaSi. mzaRosac ase mouvida. rodesac guli karga ijera tiriliT, rodesac imis daRalulma tvinma veRar SesZlo Tavisuflad muSaoba, is miegdo da daiZina. karga xans imas aravin awuxebda, radganac yvelani garTuli iyvnen axali naCalnikis daniSvniT da Zvelis gamocvliT. iqneboda Ramis cxra saaTi, rodesac sapyrobileSi Sevidnen da mzaRos gamoucxades, rom naCalniki ibarebda. qals guli gadautrialda, iman ar icoda Zveli naCalnikis gamocvla da moeloda isev im Zaladobas da damcirebas, romelic am ramodenime xnis winaT miayenes. _ ar wamoval, ara! _ SesZaxa iman sianCxliT da SiSiT daiwyo caxcaxi. _ wamodi, Torem Zalad wagiyvanen da ufro cudia. _ ukacurebo, giaurebo!.. sxva magis meti ra SegiZlianT? leCaqebi mainc daixureT, Tqven kacebi ki ara, diacebi xarT, diacebi!.. vaJkacisagan diacis Zaladoba?!. wyeulimc iqmnebiT, wyeulimc, Tqve giaurebo, Tqvena! _ wamodi, wamodi! _ mkacrad gaumeores imas. mzaRo Sesdga erTs wuTs, gaiRima da Tvalebi raRac cecxliT aenTo, sCanda, rom imis TavSi raRaca azrma elvasaviT gairbina. _ maS Tqven gindaT, rom wamovide?.. kargi, kargi... wamoval, wavideT Cqara... _ saCqarod da mTrTolvares xmiT warmosTqva iman da gahyva gamogzavnil kacs. 55

qali moeloda Tavis mtarvalis naxvas, romelsac gadaxdas upirebda da amisaTvis emzadeboda. magram warmoidgineT imisi mdgomareoba, rodesac Zveli naCalnikis magivrad, svimoni dahxvda, da Cerqezulad, tkbilad uTxra: _ Sen ubedureba SegmTxvevia, me guliTadi mwuxare var im ukacurobisaTvis. vinc Sen egre mogpyrobian, diacurad moqceulan! _ RmerTo, RmerTo! _ amis meti vera warmosTqva-ra qalma da Caekeca muxlebi. svimon mieSvela, dasva taxtzed da daacala iqamdis, sanam qali guls gaimagrebda. _ me minda gamovisyido is ukacuroba, romelic SenTvis mouyenebiaT. mTxove ra ginda? mzaRom Sehxeda madlobis TvaliT da am alersianis sityvebiT guli sixaruliT aevso. _ miSvele, miSvele, damixsen am giaurebis xelidgan! _ SesZaxa mwuxarebiT qalma. _ exla nuRar geSinian, veRaras gizmen. mzaRom, amdeni mwuxarebisa da damcirebis Semdeg, Zlivs gaigona tkbili sityva da amasTan Tavis samSoblo enazed. imas kidec eWirveboda es damamSvidebeli sityvebi, romelmac mkurnal nektarad dauara imis daCagrul gulsa da areul gonebas. qali sixarulma aRitaca, aaRelva da pirveli imisi sityvebi Seexo im sagans, romelsac yvelaze mometebulad Seepyro imisi goneba. _ elguja, elguja mohkles! _ wamoiZaxa iman, _ da ise gadaagdes... damarxvis nebac aRar misces. _ Cveni mTis xalxi mkvdars daumarxavs ar daagdebda!.. _ warbebSeWmuxvniT warmosTqva svimonma. rawams es mxare daakmayofila mzaRom, maSin imas TavSi sxva azrma gaurbina, sxva fiqri, mwuxarebiT savse, aReZra. _ iqneba cocxali iyo? _ wamoiZaxa iman da saxe 56

daepranWa mwuxarebiT, _ iqneba cocxali iyo da ise damarxes? _ Cvenma xalxma cocxlisa da mkvdris garCeva kargad icis, da Tu cocxali iyo, ar damarxavdnen... _ maS cocxali rom darCeniliyo, ras uzamdnen?.. _ hkiTxa da gulis kankaliT dauwyo pasuxs lodini. _ Cveni xalxi mterTan iqamdisin Seubralebeli aris, sanam is Ronieria, magram, Tu dasustda, ubedurebaSi Cavarda, maSin imasTan mtroba diacobad miaCnia. elgujas aq mtrebic aravin hyolia, Tu cocxali gadarCa, maspinZeli aRmouCndeboda da Seifarebda. _ marTla, marTla? _ wamoiZaxa iman da maSinve daumata: _ elguja, elguja cocxali iyo! imas waiyvanda vinme... diax, cocxali iyo... me TiTona vnaxe _ sunTqavda, kidec SeinZra, kidec amoioxra!.. _ mzaRo gatacebiT laparakobda, radganac imedma warmoudgina sxvadasxva SeuZlebeli suraTebi, is im dros ise gatacebuli iyo, rom suyvela ocnebis warmodgena namdvils WeSmaritebad miaCnda da aRgznebul azrovnobis molandeba namdvils moqmedebad mieRo. Torem elgujas marTladac rom amoeoxra, ganZreuliyo, dalaparakeboda kidec, mzaRo ise gabruebuli iyo, rom verafers SeamCnevda. _ Sen laparakob Cvens enazed, Sen Cerqezis qali gyavs colad, Sen gesmis, rogor SeuZlianT Cveni mxris qalebs siyvaruli... Semibrale, moanaxvine elguja, Seitye sad aris da gamiSvi movuaro. _ elgujam me saxlis kaci momikla, imas Cemi sisxli hmarTebs! _ warmosTqva svimonma. _ ialah! _ wamoiZaxa mzaRom, romelic svimons Tavis dReSi ver warmoidgenda gagis naTesavad; _ maS gagi, gagi Seni naTesavi iyo? _ Cemi naTesavi iyo, magram nu geSinian magisi. elgujas rom kargamyofs Sevyrodi, movklavdi, magram ex57

la, exla sxva aris!.. elguja Tu cocxalia, sikvdilTan gasworebuli iqneba. _ maS sikvdils rom gadarCeniliyos, ras uzam? _ gulisZgeriT ikiTxa qalma. _ Tu kargad iqna, movklav, da naxevar kaczed ki sisxlis aReba aRara Rirs, _ eg kacs ar SeSvenis. _ risTvis, risTvis mohklav, ra daaSava? _ saxlis kaci momikla. _ marTalia, magram TiTonac upirebdnen mokvlas. _ mainc Cveni sisxli hmarTebs. _ Seibrale, Semibrale! gevedrebi... Seni colis, Seni Svilebis gulisTvis! _ ar SemiZlian. _ RmerTo, RmerTo! Sen daakel, imas romelime sxeuli da cocxali ki Seinaxe! _ warmoTqva mzaRom da daiwyo gulmxurvaled locva da, romlis drosac mduRarebiT ibaneboda. svimons Cqara guli moulbo am suraTma. _ gagi boroti iyo da borotad gaiara imisma dReebma, _ wynarad daiwyo svimonma: _ imis sisxli arc ki unda momeZebna, magram Cveni mTis Cveuleba moiTxovs, rom sisxli ar SevarCino. elguja rom mkvdari iyos, maSin imisi gvaridgan unda momekla vinme. exla gaZlev sityvas, rom ukanasknels saSualebas vixmareb da sisxls aRar davRvri. me Sevyri samebis samjeoSi Temobasa, da rasac xalxi gadaswyvets, davmorCildebi. Tumca amgvarad sisxlis saqmis gardawyveta mTaSi moxdeboda xolme, magram es iseTi Zneli saqme iyo, imdeni Suakacebisa da xvewnis Semdeg Tavdeboda, rom daboloebamdis erTi weliwadi mainc gaivlida. svimoni ki, is svimoni, romelic imave mTis CveulebaSi iyo aRzrdili, erTbaSad ase Cqara hmorCildeboda qalis xvewnas. rasakvirvelia, amis mizezi iyo imis gulkeTiloba da Wkuis gamWriaxoba, magram gagis sikvdils ufro RvTis sa58

marTlians risxvas miawerda da elgujas ki RvTis survilis aRmasrulebel iaraRad uyurebda. rodesac eseni am mdgomareobaSi iyvnen, rodesac svimonis mtris Seubralebeli guli TiTqmis dahmoneboda mzaRos cremls, _ am dros qimbarianT-kars, ninias saxlis derefanSi erTi avadmyofi iwva da raRacas bodavda. imisi Sexveuli Tavi, fermkrTali pirisaxe advilad dagarwmunebdaT, rom es kaci daWrili unda yofiliyo. _ mzaRo! mzaRo! _ saSinelis xmiT wamoiZaxa iman da wamoiwia. mTiulis moxuci dedakaci, romelic aqamdis TaviT ujda da Txilis StoTa mousvenars buzebs ugerebda, exla miswvda da isev miawvina. avadmyofi dahmorCilda moxucs, radganac metis sisustisagan brZola veRar SesZlo. avadmyofi gadaesvena sagebelzed da cota xans miCumda. dedakaci ki warmouTqmelis mwuxarebiT didxans dahyurebda imas. bolos Tvalebi gaubrwyinda, da kilozed margalitis marcvaliviT cremli gadmoekida, ramdenjerme gaTrTolda, gacimcimda, imas mohyva meore, meores mesame da dauwyo nakadulsaviT dena. am bebers moagonda Tavisi Svili, romelic am ramodenime xnis winaT mtris usamarTlo xels gaeciebina da gaeciebina ise, rom Tvalebis dasaxuWad dedis xeli verc ki mihkareboda. ramdenadac moxuci mets uyurebda daWrils vaJkacs, imdenad metis mzrunvelobiT ekideboda. rasakvirvelia, mkiTxveli mihxvdeboda, rom es daWrili elguja unda yofiliyo da imis momvlelic erTi gulkeTili mTiuli dedakacTagani. cota xans kidev misustebuli iwva elguja, xolo Semdeg wynarad gaaxila Tvalebi da warmosTqva: _ sad var, ra ambavia? _ ikiTxa iman dasustebulis xmiTa da moxucs yureba dauwyo. 59

_ niniaisasa xar, Se bedSavo, niniaisasas! _ upasuxa moxucma. _ niniaisas? _ gakvirvebiT warmosTqva iman da daumata: _ vin niniai aris, an aq rai minda? _ gayuCdi! gayuCdi! eqimma Tqva, laparaki gawyenso. _ maS avada var?.. ho, mec ar mikvirda, Rone ase ram gamomacala meTqi... am xels raiRa mohsvlia, rom veRar damiZvria ki-da. _ arc ra, arc ra, mag mxares Tu iweqi da dagibuJda. _ damibuJda? _ kidev wynarad ikiTxa iman da Cafiqrda. elgujas Tavis TavisTvis jer kidev angariSi ver mieca, radganac dasustebul sxeuls gonebis Zala metad miesustebina. Semdeg TiTqos TavSi gauelva raRaca azrma, SekrTa, Cafiqrda da yovelisferi moagonda. _ mzaRo, mzaRo ra uyves! _ wamoiZaxa avadmyofisagan Znelad warmosadgenis xmiT. ise Zlieri, ise Sesawuxebeli iyo imisaTvis es mogoneba, rom tkivilebi gadaaviwyda da zeze wamodgoma SeiZlo. dedakacs SeeSinda da gareT gamovida vismes dasaZaxeblad. imas pirveli swored is ymawvili mTiuli Sehxvda, romlis nabdiTac elguja moitanes. _ ariqa, maTiau! miSvele, Seni kvnesa-me, miSvele! _ SesZaxa dedakacma. _ rai ambavia? _ dauZaxa mTiulma da gaeSura dedakacisken, romelmac auxsna, saqme raSiac mdgomareobda. mTiuli saCqarod Sevida saxlSi, romelSiac elguja pirvelis gabrZolebis Semdeg dasustebuli taxtzed miwoliliyo, radganac mklavidgan sisxli wavardnoda. maTia mieSvela da Wrilobis Sekruloba gaumagra. elgujas Tumca sisxli Seswyda da tkivils veRara grZnobda, magram mis magier uZlurebis sibrazem aitana. metis mwuxarebiT cremlebi gadmoedina. _ kargia, iyuCe! _ dasZaxa maTiam da SeiWmuxna war60

bebi: _ diaci tiris, vaJkaci ki sisxls iRebs, _ daumata iman cota siCumis Semdeg. _ ho, marTals ambob, diaci tiris, da vaJkaci ki sisxls iRebs! _ gaimeora elgujam, moiwminda Tvalebi, da am dRidgan imis Tvalzed cremli aRar gabrwyinvebula. cota xanma gaiara; elgujam siCume veRar gasZlo da ikiTxa Tavis sanatrel mzaRos ambavi. maTiam Tavidgan bolomde yvelaferi dawvrilebiT uambo da auwera imisi amxanagebis, martiasi da giorgis gmiruli sikvdili. bolos uambo mzaRos mdgomareoba, Tumca zogierTi dawvrilebuli SemTxveva ki daumala, radganac eSinoda am ambavs avadmyofzed metismetad cudi moqmedeba ara hqonoda. _ exla is qalai svimonTan aris da egre uvlian, lomisis madlma, rogorc Tavis Svilsa, erTi Cqara morCi da kidev gavitacoT. am sityvebzed elgujas siamovnebis Rimilma gaurbina pirisaxezed, magram isev Cqara gahqra da warmouTqmelis mwuxarebiT warmosTqva: _ rai-Ra unda movrCe naxevari kaci! xeli me aRar gamaCnia da fexi. _ nu geSinian, Seni kvnesa-me, nu! berdiai ambobs: ise movarCeno, rogorc dedis muclidgan dabadebulao. marTladac, elguja gansacvifrebelis saswauliT aramc Tu sikvdils gadarCa, aramed imis Wrilobani ise bednierad momxdariyo, rom arc sicocxlisaTvis iyo saSiSi da arc dasaxiCrdeboda. _ givargi momikles, martia momikles, me raRad mindoda cocxali Tavi? _ gaagrZela elgujam da gaaxrWiala kbilebi. _ imad, rom imaTi sisxli ageRo. _ marTals ambob, marTals! RmerTma imitom gadamarCina, rom imaTi sisxli aviRo! da geficebi wminda 61

givargis, Tu RmerTma cocxali gadamarCina, imaT sisxls ar SevarCen. _ ai Seni kvnesa-me, Seni! _ gatacebiT wamoiZaxa maTiam: _ vaJi iyav da vaJuri sityvaca sTqvi! _ Ronivrebi arian, maTiav, Ronivrebi... rai qmnas erTma aTasTan? _ warmosTqva elgujam da isev dafiqrda. _ kacs kaczed meti Rone ara aqvs, Seni kvnesa-me, ara, lomisis madlma!.. erTs erTi tyvia gaacivebs. Cvenc TiTo gamovarCioT xolme da mTaSi kidev ar daleula vaJebi, Zmobilebs kidev viSoviT. _ vaJebi ki arian, magram piri aRar aris, kacs veRar gaugia: vin mteria da vin mokeTe... magram rai vuyoT, Tunda dunia Cem mtrad gadaiqces, arc-vis SevarCen imaT sisxlsa. _ lomisis madlma, mec mogyvebi... naRvarevi iyos Tavdebi, sadac Sen mohkvde, mec SenTan davlio suli! _ mTiulni vaJkacni xarT, kacs ar uRalatebT, usamarTlobas ver moiTmenT!.. magram Cemi gulisaTvis orT gaiSaves dRe, orT dalies udrovod suli, Wiri Sen raisTvis-Ra unda gadagkido? _ aba raiRa Wiri iqmneba am sicocxlezed uaresi!? da veRar Segvinaxavs da coli! barem sul davixocneT! _ marTals ambob, marTalsa! davixocneT, Tu sikvdilis dRe mosula. kaci erTxel daibadebis, erTxel unda mokvdes... saxeliT mainc davixocneT, Tu agrea! _ warbebSeWmuxvniT warmosTqva elgujam. am ukanasknel sityvebzed kidev ramdenime mTiuli Semovida, romelnic, mTis xalxis Cveulebisamebr, avadmyofis sakiTxavad mosuliyvnen. yvelani miesalmnen elgujas da am salamSi raRaca mowiwebiT eqceodnen. imaT saqcielSi iyo gamoxatuli is pativiscema, romelsac moipovebs xolme usamarTlobis msxverpli da am usamarTlobis winaaRmdegobas Tavis gmirulis vaJkacobiT daamtkicebs. 62

Tumca TiTon elgujas dRevandlamdi ar icnobdnen, magram dRes isini xedavdnen imis iarebs, esmodaT imisi lomebrivi guladoba, uSiSroba, _ da es sakmao iyo, rom imas xalxis pativiscema moepovebina. ueWvelad asec unda yofiliyo im xalxSi, sadac “vaJai naCexi sjobia” da sadac rigiani qali ar gaTxovdeboda imisTana kaczed, romelsac Tav-piri daWrilobis niSnebiT damaxinjebuli ar eqmneboda. laparaki sul erTsa da imave sagans Seexeboda da es sagani iyo xalxis mdgomareoba. im xanebSi yvelas romelime usamarTloeba da xalxzed Zalis mitana gaegona, yvela amazed laparakobda, yvelas etyoboda gulis Rrena da aSkara survili SeerTebisa, erTad SebrZolebisa xalxis Semawuxebel mdgomareobasTan, romelsac bolo aRar uCanda da TandaTan fesvebs ise imagrebda... xalxs erTi imedi-Ra hqonda da es imedi iyo _ svimon CofikaSvili, romlis saxelic, xalxis rwmunebiT, “xelmwifis karebzed iyo dawerili”. exla svimon maTi mazris mmarTveli iyo. magram ra SeeZlo imas, imden bedis mZebnel xalxTan, romelTac xeli aeRoT sinidisze, namusze da gamoqceuliyvnen saqarTveloSi, raTa ascdenodnen TavianT qveyanaSi kanonier sasjels; gamoqceuliyvnen saqarTveloSi, CaegdoT mmarTveloba xelSi da ise Semagrebuliyvnen, rom TviTon mTavrobisagan daniSnul moTaveebsac vera gaewyoTra imaTTan. amave xanSi gavarda xma, rom giorgi mefes viRaca Suakacebi gaugzavnia ruseTSio, _ rom es xalxi sando pirebi ar arian da TavianT qveyanas da xalxs ueWvelad dahRupaveno. es xmebi ufro amRelvarebda xalxs, romelic daCveuli iyo saqveyno saqmis eris dakiTxviT gardawyvetas, da exla ki raRaca saCumaTo gaexadaT. elguja darwmunda, rom xalxis azri erTdeba, imaTi kantikuntad amoCenili gulis mRelvareba grovdeba 63

da erTmaneTs ekvanZeba; is dro, rodesac xalxi grgvinvasaviT erTxmad gamoacxadebs Tavis ukmayofilebas, Sors aRar iyo. _ rodis iqmneba es dRe, rodis? _ wamoiZaxa elgujam, rodesac marto maTiasTan darCa. _ rai dRe? _ is dRe, roca yvela xmals gaivlebs xelsa. _ RmerTma uwyis! am dros ninia Semovida da megobrebma Sewyvites laparaki. ninias dafiqrebuli pirisaxe amtkicebda, rom raRaca samwuxaro ambavi unda scodnoda. is Semovida, dajda, wynarad jibidgan amoiRo Cibuxi, gamobertya xelis gulzed, mere amoiRo qisa, gafSvnita Tambaqo, Cahyara CibuxSi da isev ise auCqareblad dauwyo talkvess kveseba. moukida Cibuxs, gamouSva ramdenjerme komli da amoioxra. _ elgujav, TuSebSi unda gaggzavno! _ daiwyo iman. elgujam kargad ver gaigo ninias sityvebi da gaSterebuli uyurebda. _ marTalia, exla Sen dasustebuli xar, magram, rai vuyoT, cxofriv ar iqnebis... Zveli naCalniki qalaqSi Camosula da daubezRebixar. exla iqidgan kacebi gamougzavnia, rom _ cocxali, Tu mkvdari _ iq unda Cagitanon _ ahu, niniau, ahu!.. cocxal-mkvdars stumars magisTvis rogor hgzavni TuSebSi? _ wamoiZaxa maTiam: _ erTs stumars veRar SevinaxavT? maS Tavi cocxali raRad gvinda? gavswydeT yvelani da stumari ki SevinaxoT. _ hai, hai! _ CacinebiT warmosTqva niniam: _ Cveneburebi iyvnen, kidev vaCvenebdi, rogor vatrialebdi frangulsa, magram jars rai vuyo?.. verc stumars davixsniT da Cvens Tavsac ubralod wavaxdenT. _ eg urjuloebi stumarzedac xels gvaRebineben? 64

ara, niniav. ara! Cveni soflis sikvdili iqneba, rom erTi stumari ver SevinaxoT da sxvebs mivayenoT karzeda. _ iyuCe, vaJo! Sen jer bavSvi xar da sisxli giduRs... _ ninia, Seni stumari var da, rac ginda, is miyav! _ warmosTqva elgujam: _ Sen umfrosi kaci xar da, raica Sen ginda, imas Tavs vin gadauvlis. _ lomisa iyos mowame, rom ar iqnebis, _ Jinianad warmosTqva maTiam... _ kargia maTiau, wmindis givargis TaviT gexvewebi _ gayuCdi!.. _ miubrunda elguja: _ me movrCebi, Tu movkvdebi, ufalma uwyis, da CemiT vis rai-Ra sisxlis daRvra gindaT?.. isec cota sisxli ar daiqca. _ stumari, stumari cxoT mivayenoT karzeda? _ ar isvenebda maTia. _ sikvdili araa! _ iyuCe! _ warbebSeWmuxvniT da mbrZanebelis xmiT warmosTqva niniam: _ dRes me var ufrosi da me egre minda. am sityvebma TiTqos ena Caugdes maTias, romlisaTvisac, rogorc yvela mTis xalxisaTvis, ufrosis brZaneba, ufrosis neba xmaamouReblad da gadaubruneblad unda asrulebuliyo. _ gana me ki ar mesmis, rom eseTis avadmyofis cxoTa kars miyeneba sircxvilia, magram gaWirvebam moitana da agre unda iyos... Sen, maTiav, amaRam moamzadeb ramdenime marjve biWs da gaistumreb xaranaulisas... ise ki wadiT, rom gudamayris xeobas Rame CagyvesT da mere fiqri aRar gindaT! rogorca sTqva niniam, maTiac ise moiqca. saRamosTvis moamzades ramdenime mTiulis marjve biWi, gaakeTes, dawnes Txilis foTliani Stoebis sakace, silbilisTvis zed gaSales Tiva da zeidgan nabadi. yvela am samzadiss etyoboda sruli mzrunveloba. rodesac yvelaferi momzadda, maTia Sevida elgu65

jasTan da daiTxova dedakacebi, romelnic iq isxdnen. martoka rom darCnen, miubrunda elgujasa da uTxra: _ yvelani sikvdilis Svilebi varT... vin icis, vin mokvdebis da vin darCebis!.. saTqmeli Tu ara gaqvs-ra? _ maTiav, RvTis madlma, Zmazed ukeTesad giyureb... _ Sens moRalates mterzed moqneuli xmali tarSiamc gadautydebis! _ upasuxa maTiam. _ aba, rai dagimalo, vin icis, ramdens mTas iqiT mivdivar da guli ki aq mrCebis... _ lomisa Segewevis, Cqara morCebi da isev aq moxval. _ movrCebi, Tu ara, _ eg ufalma uwyis, magram aqedgan wasvliT _ guli miRondebis. _ raTa, Seni kvnesa-me, raTa? _ vaJkacisaTvis gulCviloba sikvdilia, da cxos arc vetyodi, magram rai dagimalo: miyvars, Zalzed Semiyvarda. _ giyvardes, Seni kvnesa-me, gi!.. guli cxos rodis ekiTxebis. _ sanam aq viyav, megona, is CvenTan aris meTqi, damSvidebuli viyav da exla!.. _ Caiqnia xeli da amoioxra. _ exla raiRaa? _ exla TiTqos gulidgam raRaca mwydebis! aqamdis xma mainc modioda imazed, exla vin-Ra ras Sematyobinebs, vin-Ra ras gamagebinebs! _ RmerTi iyos Seni Tavdebi, rogorc Zma, ise daviWer imazed Tvalyursa... Sen nu ra genaRvlebis-ra... Cveni xalxi sul midis-modis TuSebSi, da sityvas iqac mogawvden xolme. _ ariqa, ariqa, maTiaisi, Torem sul davilevi, _ wamoiZaxa avadmyofma. _ SenTvis Zma damirqmevia da, Tu Sens gulis sayvarels vuRalato, dedis ZuZumc momiWria... _ Seni Wirimc damilevia, Seni! exla Tund cis ki66

durTan gaval, javri aRar meqnebis... aras gauWireb, Tu Sen cocxali eqmen. _ cxo raiRa ginda, miTxar? _ cxo?.. _ warmosTqva elgujam da daiwyo aCqarebuli qSena. imas etyoboda, rom es laparakic sircxvilisagan uWirdeboda da ra unda mosvloda, rodesac Znelad warmosaTqmeli sityvebi guls metad Semoswoloda. maTiam SeamCniva es mdgomareoba. _ raisTvis mimalav rasme, rad ar meubnebi? gana Seni Zma ara var?.. rogorc RmerTs ar eRalatebis, ise Sena! Tu ar mendobi? _ ahu! magas rogor ambob?! Senc rom ar gendo, maS viRas unda vendo? _ kargia, miTxar yvela. _ agre, agre!.. aras dagimalav... mzaRo diacia, diaci ki male motyuvdebis... maS Seni CemTan wamosvla saWiro araa; me rai minda, Tqveneburebic wamiReben da Sen ki qveSes gadi. _ mere? _ naxe, rogorc iyos, naxe! uTxar, rom cocxali var, isev ise miyvarxar-Tqo, da Tu RmerTma gadamarCina, Tavs ar daganebeb-Tqo... magram... magram, Tu miRalate, Tu qveyanaSi gamawbile, qudi momxade-Tqo, maSin!.. maSin ori Tvalis meti veRara gixsnis-ra Tqo. _ kargi, Seni kvnesa-me! waval, sicocxled rom damijdes, vnaxav da vetyvi, yvelafers vetyvi... _ me vicodi, rom damijerebdi! _ warmosTqva elgujam da Tvalebi sixarulis cecxliT gaubrwyinda. mzaRos miswvdeboda imisi sityvebi, is gaigonebda da Tavis tuCebiT warmosTqvamda elgujas saxels! gana amazed meti bedniereba iqmneboda SeyvarebulisTvis? im wuTebSi elguja ise gatacebuli iyo am fiqrebiT, rom mzaRos mSvenieri saxe, nazi tani, JuJuna Tvalebi gonebaSi exateboda da isic gatacebiTa, gaumaZRrad Ses67

cqeroda warmodgenils suraTs: Sestrfoda da ciurs siamovnebas bolo aRara hqonda. mTiulebma, romelnic Semovidnen da moagones wasvlis dro, gamoiyvanes elguja am tkbili ocnebidam... yvelani moemzadnen, daWrili wynarad Caawvines sakaceSi, romelic oTxma Ronierma mTiulma aswia da gzas gaudgnen aqeT-iqiT misdevdnen aTi-Tormeti Tofebiani mTiuli da win maTia beladad miuZRoda. ase midiodnen im adgilamdis, sadac gza gayofili iyo da maTia qveSisaken unda gabrunebuliyo. mgzavrebma cota Seisvenes. maTiam dauZaxa yvelas, raTa daecvalaT tyviebi da yvelasTan Zmad gaficuliyo. rodesac yvela es gaaTaves, erTbaSad wamoiZaxa: _ dedamc SeurTams colad, vinc erTmaneTs uRalatos! _ dedamc SeurTams!.. _ gaimeores sxvebma da gaemarTnen TavianT gzas: maTia _ qveSesaken da danarCenni _ TuSebisaken. mzaRo Sevida svimonis saxlSi sruliad darwmunebuli, rom mosvenebas moipovebda da dro darCeboda efiqra sanatrels elgujazed da Tavis mdgomareobazed, magram imedma uRalata. marTalia, TviTon svimon tkbilad eqceoda, imisi coli ealerseboda mzrunvelis da keTilis guliT, magram saxlobaSi, romelic gavsebuli iyo sxvadasxva damonebul, xasiaT-gafuWebul mosamsaxureebiT, aTas gulmosaklavs da damCagvrels usiamovnebasa hxedavda. qals aSkarad dascinodnen, masxarad igdebdnen imis warsuls ubedurebas Zvel naCalnikTan, da es yvela erTad Ralavda, asustebda. gogoebs hyvanda TavTavisi amorCeulebi, yvela uarSiydeboda visme da eseni ki aSkara upiratesobas aZlevdnen mzaRos, da es cota mizezi ar iyo, rom aeTvalwunebinaT sabralo qali. 68

Tunda es asec ara yofiliyo, ramdenime dRis ubedurebam mzaRos ise gautexa guli, rom TiTonac eWviani, daundobeli Seiqna, da sxvebis mxiaruleba Taviszed sicils hxedavda. marTlac, ra iqneba iseTi satanjveli, rodesac kacs iqamdis gautydeba guli, da pirdapir veRaravisTvis Seuxednia im SiSiT, rom TanagrZnobis magier sxvis saxeze dacineba ar dainaxos? am satanjvels emateboda kidev elgujazed fiqri, romelzedac xma miswvdeboda xolme, icoda, rom ar momkvdariyo da daWrils ki vin icis, rogor uvlidnen, ra gaWirvebaSi iyo? ar momkvdara, marTalia, magram iqneba im dros, rodesac mzaRo imazed hfiqrobda, elguja sulmobrZavi iyo, sulsa hlevda da momvleli ki aravina hyvanda. iqneba ukanasknel sityvebSi siyvaruliT axsenebda mzaRos saxels da is ki iq ar iyo. ase hfiqrobda Cerqezis qali da es fiqrebi mwuxarebis Jruantelad daurbenda sxeulSi... mere warmoudgeboda, rom elgujas mzaRos ubedureba Setyobili pqonda, zizRiT da wyevliT axsenebs imis saxels, _ da es fiqrebi laxvarsaviT dauvlida gulSi. veravis andobda Tavis gulis dards, veravis ubedavda, da yvela mwuxareba ugrovdeboda: es amZimebda da erTi-orad metad stanjavda. amboben, _ da sworec aris, _ rom kacis mwuxarebas ise vera Seamsubuqebs-rao, rogorc molaparakeba, mindoba meore pirTan Tavis mwuxarebisao. mzaRos ki eseTi piri aravina hyvanda da yvela fiqri, yvela mosazreba unda CTabeWdoda imis gonebaSi, grZnobiani gulis cecxliT TiTqos gamomcxvariyo is da samudamod meCoTire, mtanjavs grZnobad darCenoda gulSi. erTs mTvarians saRamos, mzaRo gamosuliyo da iqve saxlTan mdgoms wiflis xesTan Tavis fiqrebs eZleoda. 69

mSvenieri buneba kacis grZnobas ualersebda raRaca guldamamSvidebelis ZaliT. zafxulis siTbo Seicvleboda msubuqis niaviT, romelic nazad gaurbenda foTlebs da sasiamovno Srials aatexinebda. aqa-iq mofenili yvavilebi damatkbobels surnelebas gamoscemdnen, aZlevdnen qarsa da isic hfenda yovels adgils. axlomaxlo wyaro CamoCxrialebda da TiTqo nanas eubneboda daZinebuls bunebas. mzaRo idga da Sesuliyo raRac ugrZnobel momxibvlels mdgomareobaSi. iqve axlo myofi buCqebi TiTqos qarisagan SeinZra da isev gaCerda. qali ise SehkrTa, ise SeaSina am moulodnelobama, rom xma veRar amoiRo da gaSeSebulsaviT darCa imav adgils. buCqebi gadiwia da viRaca ucnobi vefxvsaviT gadmoxta. _ Sen da da me Zma! _ SesZaxa kacma misvlis umal. _ rai ginda Cemgan, vina xar? Tavi damanebe! _ SeSinebulis da mTrTolares xmiT eubneboda qali: _ momSordi, Torem daviyvireb! _ iyuCe, qalau!.. samSvidobod movsulvar!.. Sens moRalates lomisam uRalatos. qals kidev ver gaego, ras elaparakebodnen da yovelis RonisZiebiTa cdilobda Tavidgan moeSorebina es kaci. _ Seni ara minda-ra, gamiSvi, gamiSvi! _ me Zaladobas ar vxmarob. diacTan Zaladoba rai vaJkacis wesia. _ maS rai ginda, rai?.. raisTvis Tavs ar manebeb? _ imisaTvis, rom sityva maqvs, elgujam damabara. _ elgujam! _ giJsaviT wamoiZaxa da mTiuls maTias gaSterebulma dauwyo yureba. _ ho, elgujam! CemTan Zmad naficia, Senc da-Zmobas geubnebi. _ elguja, elguja!.. maS gadarCa, kargad aris, ar momkvdara? _ gulis kankaliT pkiTxavda mzaRo. 70

_ lomisis madlma. rom kargad aris. sul Senzed laparakobs, sul Sens gonebaSia. _ maS uyvarvar?! uyvarvar? ar davviwyebivar? miTxar, gaficeb, rac ki saficari gyavs. _ elgujai vaJia, visac erTxel Seiyvarebs, samarec veRar gadaaviwyebs. _ morCeba? karga Seiqmneba?.. miTxari! oh, RmerTo! agre cotas rad laparakob? _ eubneboda mzaRo, romelsac undoda, rom ganuwyvetliv eambo imisTvis yvelaferi dawvrilebiT, rac ki Seexeboda elgujas cxovrebas, da es survili ise Zlieri iyo, rom laparksac aRar aclida da wamdauwumis kiTxviT maTias saubars awyvetinebda. _ elguja exla TuSebSi gavgzavneT; iq ufro uSiSars alags iqneba da ra wams srulebiT morCeba, maSinve CamovalT da wagiyvanT, ase damabara elgujam: Cemi fiqri nu geqnebiso, me egre ar dagagdebo... vinZlo, Senc ar damiviwyoo. _ wamiyvane, wamiyvane exlav!.. is avad iyos da me gverdiT ara vyvande, rai Cemi sicocxlea! _ iyuCe, iyuCe! Seni wayvana exla saiT iqnebis?.. Sen rom iq iqna, elguja Senis cqeriT sul dailevis. _ maS rai-Ra meSveleba, me daRupuls? saiT-Ra unda gavuZlo imis unaxaobas... rac imas momaSores, imis ambavi ase dawvrilebiT exla pirvelad mesmis. _ lomisa iyves Seni Tavdebi, oRondac Sen mSvidobianad iyav da mal-mal Segatyobineb xolme elgujas ambavs. _ ho, ho Sematyobine! madlia SenTvisac. _ maS mSvidobianad iqmnebi? daifice. _ oRondac elgujas mSvidobianad naxva meRirsos, da me... cxo rai-Ra minda? am musaifiT gaaTaves imaT da dasdves piroba, rom maTia yovel SabaTobiT mzaRosTan erTad unda Seiyaron 71

am wiflis qveS. am pirobis Semdeg isini gaiyarnen, _ mzaRo damSvidebuli, ramdenadac SeiZleba damSvideba im mdgomareobaSi, romelSiac is iyo da maTia ki _ gaxarebuli Tavis megobris survilis aRsrulebiT. magram sakvirveli es iyo, rom am gayris Semdeg maTias namdvili sixarulis magivrad, raRaca sevda moawva da TiTonac ver gaego, Tu rasa hgrZnobda da ra undoda, an am mdgomareobaSi rad Cavardniliyo!.. am drosve svimonis sastumroSi iyvnen Seyrilni Temis ufrosi kacebi, romelTac sisxlis samarTali unda gardaewyvitaT elgujasa da svimonis Soris. yvelani joxebiT, TmawvergaTeTrebulni, isxdnen skamebzed da damSvidebul-darbaislurad sjidnen am samwuxaro SemTxvevas. erTi, yvelazed ufrosi, asrulebda Tavmjdomaris movaleobas da danarCenebi iseTis krZalviT da pativiscemiT ekidebodnen mas, rom kaci gaSterebuli darCeboda. aq iyvnen mowmeebi, moCivari svimon CofikaSvili da elgujas Soreuli mokeTeebi, imis mxriT molaparakeni. sam-sami, oTx-oTxi kaci, TiTqos cal-calke krebas Seadgenda da Cumad sjidnen, laparakobdnen gasarCevs saqmezed. moxuci Tavmjdomare wamodga, moixada qudi da wynara pirjvari gadaiwera da sTqva: _ smena iyos da gagoneba! erTbaSad yvelani wamodgnen da iseTi siCume Camovarda, rom kaci buzis gafrenasac ki gaigonebda. _ xalxno da jamaaTno! Tqven yvelam iciT, raisaTvisaca xarT aq Seyrili. ori mosisxle gvari unda gaasamarTloT...Tu vinme erTerTi mxris an mowinaaRmdege xarT, an mokeTe, ganSordiT Temis yrilobas: kacis guli rbilia! midgom-modgomiT ar warmosTqvaT, Torem codoa... xalxis winaSe sircxvili... saiqios jojoxeTi ergebis imas! vinaa egeTi, _ gagvSordes! vinaa egeTi, _ gagvSordes! vinaa egeTi, _ gagvSordes! 72

am sityvebis Semdeg ramdenmame kacma daixura qudi da gavidnen sabWodgan. amis Semdeg moxucma isev daiwyo: _ RmerTo didebulo, RmerTo! xev-mTiuleTis jvarangelozno! Tqven winaSe aqa varT Seyrili Temis xalxi... Tqven mogveciT Zala da CagvagoneT, rom Cvenis ugnurobiT usamarTloba raime ar movaxdinoT! _ amin, Sens madlsa! _ daiZaxes danarCenebma. _ da Tu CvenSi gamovida vinme iseTi, rom midgomiT sityva daxarja, swore Cveneba ar mogvca, raime damala, _ Tqveni risxva gaayoleT Svilis Svilamde. _ amin, Sens madlsa! _ kidev iyo xalxis pasuxi. _ iseTi kaci gamoakel tol-sworebs, acocxle didxans, magram samasxaraod gahxade, mosvenebas nu miscem! _ amin, Sens madlsa! _ aba, axla ki dasxediT, Tqvens RmerTs SehxedeT, Tqvens suls gaufrTxildiT, dafiqrdiT da ise TqviT! xalxma daixura qudebi da damSvidebulad dalagda. yvelas pirisaxezed etyoboda gansakuTrebiTi dakvirveba TavianT movaleobazed da kargad esmoda, ra mniSvnelobac hqonda imaT sityvebs or gvareulobisaTvis. pirveli gamoiwvia Tavmjdomarem svimon CofikaSvili, rogorc momCivari. svimon gavida Sua adgilas, moixada qudi, daiCoqa cal muxlzed da daiwyo Tavisi saCivari, romelSiac gamoxata gagis sikvdilis mizezi, amtyunebda elgujas da iTxovda gasamarTlebas. imis Semdeg gamoiwvies elgujas Soreuli naTesavebi, rogorc damcvelni imis gvareulobis interesisa. isinic, rogorc svimon, ise gavidnen Sua adgilas, daiCoqes da amtkicebdnen, rom elgujas xeliT ar iyo mokluli gagi da sisxlis Zieba am SemTxvevaSi ar ekuTvnoda CofikaSvilebs. rodesac orTav mxrisagan moismines Cveneba, Tavmjdo73

mare isev wamodga da saWirod dainaxa ramdenisame sityvis warmoTqma. _ xalxo, smena iyos da gagoneba!.. dRes iseTi dRe mogvadga, rom Cven TiTonac veRar gagvigia, rai Wiri datrialda! rai mexi dagvatyda Tavzed... aRa-mahmadis drosac ar gvqonia es gaWirveba... gexvewebiT am moxucis TaviT, ufrTxildiT erTmaneTsa, ubralod mtrobas ufrTxildiT!.. iqnebis xval da zeg egeTi dRe dagvadges, rom TiTos Tavi aTasad dagvifasdes... mSvidobianobas ecadeT, Tqveni WirimeT, mSvidobianobas. am sityvebis Semdeg gamoiwvies mowmeebi, romelTac CamoarTves Cveneba. Semdeg daibares mzaRo, rogorc erTi umTavresi mowame, romlisaganac gageba undodaT _ ZaliT iyo gatacebuli, Tu Tavis saqmros nebiT gahyva. magram qali ar wamohyva da imis sakiTxavad ori kaci gagzavnes, romelTac moutanes Semdegi pasuxi: _ is qalai ambobs, rom Tavis nebiT gahyva, uyvarda da imisTvis; rom RvTisgan imedi ara hqondes elgujas gadarCenisa, maSin is Tavs moiklamda, raTa saiqiosac ki imas ar mohSoreboda. am pasuxis Semdeg bWeebis meti yvelani daiTxoves da daiwyes gansja da awona yvela Cvenebisa da gagonilisa. raki mosamarTleni martoka darCnen, isev daiyvnen jgufebad da daiwyes erTmaneTSi molaparakeba. Semdeg isev Segrovdnen, uxucesma daiWira Tavisi adgili, sxvebi ufrosobiT Camomwkrivdnen gverdiT da ufrosobiTve daiwyes TavianTis azris warmoTqma. ase rigad gaswia ramdenime saaTma, romlis Semdegac daibares momCivar-mopasuxis mxareni Temis yrilobis gadawyvetilebis mosasmenad. rodesac isini Semovidnen da adgili daiWires, uxucesi wamodga da uTxra momCivrebs Semdegi: _ Tqvenis TxovniT da surviliT Cven SeviyareniT 74

Temis kacni da raica ufalma gvagona, ise gavasamarTleT. Cveni gadawyvetileba unda mtkiced asruldes Tqvengan da, Tu vinmem moindomos Temis gaugonroba, is gagdebuli iqnebis Temisagan, aRar CaiTvlebis Cvens sisxlad da xorcad, aRarc eqmnebis adgili Cven kerasTan. unda daificoT amazed! _ raisTvis ara, davificamT!.. Temis sityva saiT gatydebis!.. _ upasuxes momCivrebma. _ SemoiyvaneT dekanozebi, _ brZana Tavmjdomarem. am sityvebzed Semovida ori dekanozi, romelTaganac erTs xelSi eWira merdinis droSa, romelsac hqonda asxmuli sxvadasxva sididis xatebi, jvrebi, zarebi da sxvadasxva Sewiruli nivTebi; meoresac _ vercxlis jvari merdinSive Sexveuli. imaT Semosvlazed yvelani fexzed wamodgnen da qudebi moixades. dekanozebi mividnen da dadgnen uxucesis aqeT-iqiT. yvelani rom damSviddnen, isev uxucesma daiwyo pirveli sityva: _ modiT, daificeT! momCivrebi mividnen, pirjvari daiweres, muxli moiyares da xeli mohkides droSas. _ RmerTo didebulo! _ daiwyo erTma dekanozma: _ RmerTo, ivane naTlismcemelo, wverisa spars-angelozo, xevis samebao, Rudis yovladwmidao, lomisa mTavarmowameo, Seni madli Seawie am xalxsa! _ amin, Sens madlsa! _ iyo pasuxi. _ Sen aride SfoTi da mwuxareba, Camoagde amis Semdeg mSvidobianoba Cvens TemobaSi! _ amin, Sens madlsa! _ saSviliSvilod gaayole Seni wyaloba saqarTvelos erTgulsa, Temis piris Semnaxavsa, Zma-naTesavis gamtansa, sawylis Sembralebelsa, mSvidobianobis damTessa! 75

_ amin, Sens madlsa! _ Temis piris gamtexs ki, naTesavis daundobels, mamulisa da mefis moRalates nu miscem nursad mosvenebas! _ amin, Sens madlsa! _ nu miscem amisTana kacs nurc saxls, nurc TavSesafars, nurc keras, nu moakvlevineb nadirs, nu gaamarjvebineb mterzed! _ amin, Sens madlsa! _ aba, emTxvieT xatebs! _ gaaTaves dekanozebma da daaJRriales zarebi. xalxi, romelic aqamdis daCoqili idga, exla wamoiSala, momCivrebi krZalviT da mowiwebiT emTxvivnen, droSas, jvars da daiWires isev TavianTi adgili. uxucesi (Tavmjdomare) wamodga da krebas Semdegi gardawyvetileba gamoucxada: _ „elgujam marTalia, qali gaitaca da amiTi sircxvili miayena CofikaSvilis saxls, magram Zaladoba ar uxmaria, da qali Tavisis nebiT wahyolia. „gagi Sehxvedria win da Tavis saxlis pativis dacvisaTvis Sehbmia elgujas da imasac Tavisi amxanagebiT TavianTi Tavis dasacvelad iaraRi uxmariaT, romlis Sedegic ramdenime kacis sikvdili yofila. „elgujas gagis cxeni dauWria da am mizeziT gagi gadavardnila kldezed da damsxvreula. „mere rusis jarebs dauxocniaT elgujas amxanagebi, TiTon elguja mZimed dauCexiaT da qali waurTmeviaT. „Cven, Cvenis gonebiT, Cvenis WkuiT gavasamarTleT es xalxi da gadavwyviteT: „radganac gagis amalaSi daxocilebi ori yofila Cveneburi, elgujas amxanagebis sikvdili _ imaT sisxlSi. „gagis kldezed gadavardna ar aris pirdapiri el76

gujas xeliT sikvdili, da sisxli ar eZieba amisTvis. amis samagierod elgujas CamoerTos mamuli da mieces svimon CofikaSvils... svimonma Tavis mxriT gaiRos elgujas saeqimo. „elgujas naTesaoba, Temis kacebis daswrebiT, movides xariTa da ludiT gagis saflavzed Sesaxvewad. „qali darCes svimons, rogorc nasyidi, da, Tu elgujam wayvana moindoma, urvadad gadaexados ormoci Zroxa. „amis Semdeg elgujas da svimonis gvareulobaSi Camovardes Zmoba, mezobloba da siyvaruli“ es sityvebi yvelasagan miRebuli iyo wesieris morCilebiT, da masukan gaiSala „sifro“ puris saWmelad romelzedac sadRegrZeloebi uwyvetliv ismoda. mzaRo gulis kankaliT eloda am gardawyvetilebas, Tumca winadve daimedebuli iyo svimonisagan!.. warmoidgineT qalis sixaruli, rodesac gaigo, rom elgujas sicocxles aRaravin Seexeboda da isic cocxali darCeboda. marTalia, is ar argunes elgujasa da urvadi iseTi dauniSnes, rom imis gardaxda SeuZlebeli iyo, magram Tunda gaTxovebis neba rom miecaT kidec, gana TiTon gaTxovdeboda? es man kargad ar icoda, Tumca mzad iyo dResve Tavi Seewira Tavis siyvarulis sagnisaTvis. amJamad imas daviwyeboda Tavisi Tavi da mxolod Tvalwin edga elgujas sicocxle, romelsac bednierebis mopoeba SeeZlo. gaiara am Ramem da iq myofT cxovrebam miiRo isev Cveulebrivi mdinareoba: muSa xalxisaTvis dadga isev is mTrTolare mousvenroba, romelic TiTqmis Cveulebad gardaeqcaT im ubeduri wlebis xalxs. erTs dRes mzaRo gareT ijda da saCoxe matylsa sCeCavda. gverdiT ujda jajala, romelic mzaRos pirvel moyvanaSi alersianis sityviT Sehxvda. jajala im dRe77

ebSi mosuliyo meore soflidgan da isev ise TanagrZnobiT eqceoda, isev ise gulmxurvaled ekideboda mzaRos saqmes da mdgomareobas, rogorc uwin. rodesac isini erTad muSaobdnen da erTmaneTs uambobdnen sxvadasxva ambebs TavianT cxovrebidgan, erTbaSad sityva gawyvites, fexzed wamodgnen _ imaT dainaxes svimona, romelic imaTken midioda. dedakacebs rom gausworda, Sesdga da jajala wylisaTvis gagzavna. moaxle sirbiliT gaeSura Tavis batonis brZanebis aRsasruleblad. mzaRo da svimon martoni darCnen; es ukanaskneli miubrunda qalsa: _ madlobeli xar Temis gardawyvetilebisa? sisxli aRar daiRvreba. _ Temi gonieria, Seni wyaloba nu momaklos RmerTma! _ ar ici, exla sad aris elguja? am kiTxvazed qali SeSinda, egona, rom svimon sisxlis saZieblad eZebda imis binadrobas da gafiTrda. _ nu geSinian, miTxar!.. me sityva mogec, rom imis sicocxle dafarulia... Tunda egec ar yofiliyo, Temis gardawyvetileba CemTvis gautexelia. _ me rai vici? _ kidev undoblad warmosTqva mzaRom. _ Sen ici da Tu imisTvis keTili ginda, unda gamagebino. _ ar vici, ara, Seni Wirime! _ ar ginda sTqva, Seni nebaa, _ me Zalas aRar dagatan, mxolod imas ki getyvi, rom Seatyobino, moSorebiT wavides. me TiTon gavagebinebdi, magram meSinian, xalxSi xma ar gavardes, rom me elgujas binadroba vici. _ Temma xom mogarigaT, Sen aRar emterebi, da raisiRa unda geSinodes? _ Sen jer bavSvi xar... me myavs mtrebi da Cemi mtrebi elgujas mtrebic arian. 78

_ me ar mesmis; ras ambob? _ amas, rom Zveli naCalniki Cavida qalaqs da cdilobs elgujasagan gagis mokvla me damabralos. miTomc me movisyide, da viTomc elgujas exla me vmalav... _ maS rai-Ra gveSveleba? _ SeSinebiT warmosTqva mzaRom. _ isa, rom, rogorc iyos, elgujas gaagebine es ambavi, is giJi araa, TiTon ipovis saSualebas. _ visis piriT SevuTvalo, saiT gavagebino? _ kidev ieSmaka mzaRom. _ eg Cemi saqme araa... _ upasuxa svimonma iseTis kiloTi, rom advilad darwmundebodiT, iman yvelaferi icoda, magram romelime mosazrebis mizeziT TiTon ar undoda emoqmedna. svimon wavida. rawams is moefara iqve aSenebuls saiasaulos, jajala sirbiliT movida da litriT wyali moitana. _ ra iqmna batoni? _ wavida... iman Sen gangeb gaggzavna, CemTan laparaki undoda... _ upasuxa mzaRom da gardasca, razedac imaT laparaki hqondaT, Semdeg gamoutyda, rom warsuls SabaTs erTi mTiuli, saxelad maTia, iyo da iman yvelaferi uambo elgujaze. merme laparaki gadavida sxvadasxva sagnebzed, romelic Seexeboda imaT warsul cxovrebas. mzaRos eWirveboda iseTi megobris miSveleba, rogoric jajala iyo, radganac imis guls amdeni martooba aRar SeeZlo da mogrovebuli naRveli iTxovda gareT gamosvlas. rodesac ena moijeres laparakiT, guls Camohxades mometebuli bargi da cotaodeni daamSvides, Sin wavidnen, sadac mzaRo exla ufro guladad Sedioda, radganac iseTs qomags da megobars gverdiT hxedavda, rogorc jajala iyo. imaT gardaswyvites, rom SabaTamdin, rogorc iqne79

boda moiTmendnen da SabaTs maTiasagan gaigebdnen elgujas ambavs dawvrilebiT. gaatandnen imisTvis sagules da saCoxes, romelic uTuod saSabaTod am or qals unda moeswro. rodesac eseni am gacxarebul saqmeSi iyvnen, maTias cxvari gaereka saZovarzed. TiTon dayudebuli iyo Svindis kombalzed da mTebs gahyurebda. cxvrebi, erTierTmaneTis SuriT erTmaneTs win gadaurbendnen da gaumaZRrad swiwknidnen balaxs. cxvari ZovniT midioda da hSordeboda mwyemss, romelic isev im adgils gaunZrevlad idga da erTis alagisaTvis mieqcia Tvalebi. sakvirveli iyo, rom, yovelTvis muyaiTi maTia, ganTqmuli mwyemsi, romelic erTs bijsac ar mohSordeboda Tavis saqonels _ dRes ase Cafiqrebuliyo da erTs alags miscieboda. iqneba is gaitaca bunebis mSvenierma suraTma, romelic imis Tvalwin ixateboda? ara, is im dros arc im amayad ayudebuls mTebsa hxedavda, arc mSvenivrad gadafenils tyeebs, arc naxatebs, romelic CxrialiT TeTr rZesaviT qafdeboda, gadmodioda kldeebidam da aTas winwklebad ifanteboda; arc mwvaned modebuls velebs, romelic aTasferis surnelovan yvavilebiT bunebas Seemko. maS ra unda yofiliyo imJamad am kacis gonebis ase rigad mimzidveli da gamtacebeli? es ramodenime dRe iyo, rac maTias es Cveuleba dasCemda da jer TiTonac kargad ver gamoerkvia ra mizezi iyo amisi, Tumca yovel am dafiqrebasTan erTad Tvalwin warmoudgeboda xolme momRimari saxe mSvenieris qalisa, romelic Tavis JuJuna TvalebiT maTiasave uneburad, iqamdin izidavda imis gonebas, sanam Tavdaviwyebamdin ar miiyvanda xolme. da ra am mdgomareobamdis mividoda, iseTs sanatrels, Tumca tanjviT savse, grZnobaSi Sedioda, rom imasTan gayra warmoudgenel ubedurebad miaCnda. 80

visi suraTi iyo, romelmac maTias qvis guli ise magrad SehboWa? is gaxldaT Cerqezis lamazi qali, elgujas satrfo, romelic maTias uneburad solsaviT CasWedoda gulSi. pirvelSi mTiuls egona, rom es siyvaruli iyo daZmuri, romelic dabadebuliyo elgujas mdgomareobis TanagrZobiT, magram ramdenic xani gadioda, ramdensac mets akvirdeboda am saqmes da scdilobda Tavidam moeSorebina aRZruli grZnoba, imdenad ufro cocxlad exateboda mzaRos saxe. imas uneburad swyuroda masTan ganuSoreblad yofna, imis yureba da alersi. maTia ubralod arwmunebda Tavis Tavs, rom macdurs Seepyro, romelsac undoda eRalatebina Zmobisa, megobrobisa da wesisaTvis; ubralod scdilobda Seeyenebina Tavisi grZnoba, romelsac dRiTi-dRe emateboda cecxli da umetesad uduRebda sisxls. yovel amgvar Zaldatanebis Semdeg daumorCilebeli grZnoba umetesis ZaliT iCenda Tavs. am ramdenime dReSi mxiaruli, mocinari da uzrunveli maTia Seiqmna dafiqrebuli, daRonebuli, imisma ymawvilobis kargad myofobis ferma dahkarga elvareba. gaicrica da gayviTlda, gaxda da Tvalebi Caucvivda. mezoblebi uyurebdnen maTias, ukvirdaT imisi cvlileba da mizezs ver mimxvdariyvnen. rodesac maTias am saganze vinme daelaparakeboda, is pasuxis magivrad amoioxrebda, gaakeTebda yalions da Zalzed wevas dauwyebda. da Tu vinme moaxerxebda aelaparakebina, maSin mTiuli pirdapir pasuxs mainc ar aRirsebda, laparaks sxva saganzed gadaitanda, TiTqos eSinoda am grZnobis sxvasTan gaziarebisa. maTia jer kidev dafiqrebuli idga, rodesac erTi kaci gamoCnda mopirdapire mTis wverzed da xtunaxtunaobiT daeSva Tavqve. rogorc momavals etyoboda, 81

isic mTiuli mwyemsi unda yofiliyo. imas, ueWvelia, maTia SeemCnia da pirdapir imisaken daeWira gza. rodesac ucnobi im adgils moaxlovda, sadac maTia iyo, is gaSterda da gakvirvebiT dauwyo yureba mwyemssa da imisagan daSorebuls cxvars. cxvari, dafantuli, tyeSi Sesuliyo, da patroni ki dafiqrebuli TavisaTvis idga. mwyemsis amgvarma uyuradRebobam axladmosuli iqamdin aaRelva, gaajavra, rom gulma veRar mouTmina da SesZaxa: _ maTiau! ha, maTiau! maTia SekrTa, Camoiso pirzed xeli da miixed-moixeda. _ rai mogsvlia, maTiau!.. cxori daiRupa! ager tyeSi Sesula. _ rai vuyo, _ CafiqrebiT warmosTqva iman. ucnobi miuaxlovda maTias da SeteviT uTxra: _ ugonoT Tu ara xar? cxori gagparvia-meTqi. _ aba, rai cxori? _ erTbaSad SekrTa maTia da ra Tvali Sehkra tyeSi Semavals cxvarsa, maSinve imaTken gaiqca. axalmosuli mwyemsi gaSterebuli darCa, Semdeg erTbaSad wamoiZaxa: _ Tu gagiJda! _ da isic ukan gamoudga, raTa eSvela maTiasTvis tyidgan cxvrebis gamoreka. rodesac ornive gamovidnen da cxvrebic gamoiyvanes tyidgan, mxolod maSin icno maTiam axladmosuli, romelic imaTi mwyemsi iyo da xaranaulebisas gaegzavnaT. _ moxved mSvidobiT, ivane! _ miesalma maTia. _ mSvidoba mogces lomisama! _ iyo pasuxi. _ rasa iqs elgujai? _ kargadaa. _ eqimi daayenes? _ egeTi eqimi daayenes, lomisis madlma, rom TemobaSi badali ara hyavs! _ ras ambobs, Cqara morCebao? 82

_ or-sam kvirazed fexzed wamovayenebo. _ RmerTma qnas, gisminos lomisam! CemTan xom ara dagabara-ra? _ cota siCumis Semdeg hkiTxa maTiam. _ aba SenTanac ro ara daebarebina-ra, maS visTanRa damabarebda?.. dRe erTia da Seni mogoneba aTasi... uTxari maTiasao, rom Cqara Sematyobinos Tavisi ambavio... mnaxoso. _ vnaxam, vnaxam, _ raRaca mwuxarebiT warmosTqva maTiam. _ Seni Zmobis imedi maqvs, rom raic sityva giTxar, ise aasrulebo. _ hai, hai, rom avasruleb! maS ar avasruleb? imis sityva gautexeli beWedia CemTvis, _ raRaca gaSmagebiT warmosTqva maTiam da Semdeg daumata: _ Sen am cxors mihxede, daRaluli iqnebi, kidec daisveneb da cxorsac uyureb; me ki sxvagan saqme maqvs da iq waval. jalabobaSi Tu mikiTxes, uTxari: matylis vaWrebi movidnen-Tqo da imaT gahyva qveSesa-Tqo. _ agre, Seni kvnesa-me. _ cxori wyalzed Caabrune, iq ufro grilia, riyezed deeyreba. am sityvebis Semdeg Coxis kalTebi Caikeca qamarSi, gadaigdo Tofi mxarzed da gaswia qveSeTisaken. is midioda Cqara, gaqanebuli, magram Cqaris misvlis survili TiTqos gzas ugrZelebda, da mouTmenlad wamoiZaxebda: `aRar gaTavda es baiTalmani!~ mze rom gadaiwvera, iman miaRwiva qveSeTs da, radganac cota adre iyo da ar undoda visme Sehxvedroda, amisaTvis is daimala iqve tyeSi da gulis ZgeriT moeloda im wuTs, rodesac sanatrels mzaRos dainaxavda. Tumca erTi ram aSinebda maTias: _ es is iyo, rom sanaxavad daniSnuli dRe SabaTi iyo da is ki mosuliyo paraskevs. rasakvirvelia, es SiSi miemata imis mouTmenels molodins da satanjveli erTi-orad gaucxarda. 83

_ rom ar movides, mTeli Rame aq unda gavSeSde! _ wamoiZaxebda TavisTvis da mere isev daumatebda: _ lomisa mowyalea, is Caagonebs da gamova. gaiara saaTma, orma, magram TiTqos gangeb, aravin sCanda. yovel wuTis gavlazed imas moTmineba ekargeboda da mometebulad iCenda Seyvarebuli kacis niSnebs _ imedgardawyvetilebas da imeds. bolos es imedic dahkarga da gaemzada pirdapir svimonis saxlSi wasuliyo da mzaRo enaxa, Tumca aSkarad hxedavda gars Semortymuls darajebs, romelTac yovel Rame uyenebdnen naCalnikis sadgurs. is iyo fexi gadadga iq misasvlelad, rodesac dainaxa imisken momavali ori qali, romelTac daaSlevines moufiqrebelis gardawyvetilebis aRsruleba. imaT danaxvam maTias suli gaakmendina da gulisZgera Seuyena. is moefara xes da cota xans Zgerisagan Seyenebulma gulma xelaxlad dauwyo mouTmenlad Zgera da sunTqva gauxSirda; kankalma aitana, rogorc ciebiT avadmyofi, da mzad iyo gadaWriliyo, moexvia Zlieri xelebi mzaRosaTvis da daekocna im gaSmagebulis, Tavdamaviwyebelis grZnobiT, romlis gadmocemac sityviT ar SeiZleba. qalebi, romlebSiac mzaRos da imis megobars jajalas icnobdiT, mividnen xesTan da cota xans Sesdgnen. _ ai, zed am alagzed, daiwyo mzaRom, _ zed am alagzed pirvelad gaaxara Cemi guli maTias sityvebma. pirvelad gavige simarTliT elgujas ambavi. am sityvebma maTias danasaviT gauares da mwared dauseres guli; magram Cqara dahmorCilda beds. _ iqneba maTiai gatyuebs, cxvisgan mogzavnili ki ar iyos! _ gaafrTxila jajalam. _ matyuebs?.. raisaTvis momatyuebs!.. ara, is egeTi kacia, rom vinc erTxel naxavs, maSinaTve miendoba... ara, iman da-Zmoba miTxra, da me mrwams imisi sityva. _ arc mostyuvdebi, lomisis madlma! _ wamoiZaxa 84

maTiam, romelmac siamovnebiT gaigona sayvareli qalisagan egeTi ndoba, _ Sen me mendobi, da sicocxled rom damijdes, ver mogatyueb, ver giRalateb. am sityvebis Semdeg is wynara, Cumad mivida qalebTan da wynaradve uTxra: _ saRamo mSvidobisa! qalebs ise SeeSindaT, rom gaqcevac ki daapires, magram ra mzaRom Tvali Sehkra maTias da icno, sixaruliT gaeqana, jajala mohSorda imaT. _ maTiau, maTiau! genacvalos Cemi Tavi, _ uTxra mzaRom da moavlo xeli. maTiac kankalebda da mRelvareba nebas ar aZlevda xma amoeRo, pirvelsave xelis mokidebazed imas egona cecxlis moxvedra xelSi, romelic ganuwyvetlad, raRaca ZaliT, gadadioda maTias xelebSi, uvlida gulSi, TavSi, mTels sxeulSi, Tavbrus axvevda da Sehyvanda buranSi. goneba da azrovneba hRalatobda... bolos iman mohxvia mklavebi, miikra gulzed da gaSmagebulma ramdenjerme akoca. SeSinebuli mzaRo gamousxlta maTias xelidgan da iqve gaCerda. _ ras sCadi, ara grcxvenian? _ yvedrebiT uTxra iman: _ Sen da-Zmoba miTxar, me Sen gende da... _ ho, ho, me Sen da-Zmoba giTxar, _ warmosTqva maTiam, romelic gons movida, _ da, Tu giRalato, sadac ar movelode, RmerTma iq momikiTxos. qali damSvidda, darwmunda, rom es gataceba Zmuri grZnoba iyo; kacma ki ifiqra, rom amgvari bednierebis Rirsi ar yofila, da RmerTs mzaRo sxvis sasixarulod gauCenia. _ dRes ar mogelodi, _ uTxra mzaRom. _ dRes movida kaci, elgujas ambavi momitana, mec veRar moviTmine da dResve wamovel. _ mere rai ambavi mogivida? _ elguja kargadaa. mokiTxva SemouTvlia SenTvis. 85

rai uWirs bedniersa?.. samaris pirs rom yofiliyo da Seni saxeli gaegona, gacocxldeboda, ga... RvTis madlsa. _ damirCa Seni Tavi, maTiau, rom Sematyobine imis ambavi... Cqara adgebao? _ Cqara. _ maS sul kargad iqneba, zeze adgeba? _ adgeba, adgeba, magis fiqri nu gaqvs! _ moukvda Cemi Tavi! iqneba momvlelic aravina hyavs! _ risTvis ar eyolebis, dobilebs gaiCenda. _ dobilebs? _ hkiTxa mzaRom da eWvma gaurbina gulSi. _ rai gagikvirda? _ hkiTxa maTiam da WmunviT dauwyo yureba. _ ara me ar gamkvirvebia... _ Sercxva mzaRos: _ magram ra vici, rigze mouvlis vinme? _ maS me rom daWrili viyo, Sen ar momivlidi? _ hkiTxa maTiam da daRonebulma dauwyo yureba. _ me ar mogivlidi? me dResve mzad viyav Tavi gadamedo SenTvis, Tu Sen gaWirvebidan dagixsnidi, erTs wams ar davfiqrdebodi, sicocxles Segwiravdi. _ vici... Sen marTals ambob. _ marTals, egremc Semeweva RmerTi! _ Sen keTili gulisa xar, yvela gaWirvebuls agre moeqceodi! _ warmosTqva oxvriT maTiam, romelsac undoda, rom mzaRos imisadmi sxva grZnobaca hqonoda da ara marto ubralo kacTmoyvareoba. am sityvebis Semdeg ramodenime xani siCume Camovarda, romelic daarRvia jajalas mosvlam. _ wavideT Cqara, Sina gvkiTxuloben, _ uTxra mzaRom. _ ai, esaa maTiai, Cemi Zmad nafici. jajalam Tavi daukra. _ RvTis madlma, egre miama Seni naxva, rogorc mzis amosvla, _ wynarad Tavis dakvriT uTxra jajalam. 86

_ Seni naxva mec gamixarda, lomisis madlma, _ iyo pasuxi. _ Cemi dobilis Zmobili, Cemic Zmobilia! cxo, rasa iq, TavaT, jalabobiT, saqonliT?.. _ damirCa Seni Tavi. _ rai ambavi mogvitane elgujaisi? _ mSvidoba, mSvidoba. _ xval kidev moxval? _ hkiTxa mzaRom. _ Tunda sul aRar waval am tyidgan, ara, lomisis madlma! _ mai, maTiaisi! xval am dros gamodi aqa, Coxas mogcemT da kviras wadi elgujasTan, Coxac wauRe da Sen Tavadac naxe. _ agre. _ Sen ufro dawvrilebuls ambavs Segvatyobineb. Sen Tavadac xom ginda elgujas naxva? _ hai, hai, rom minda! _ wavideT, wavideT, _ isev gaawyvetina jajalam, _ Torem Tqven elgujazed laparaks xvalamdinac ver gaaTavebT da Sin ki gveZaxian. am sityvebis Semdeg isini gamoesalmnen erTmaneTs da dasdves piroba meore dRes isev im alagas Seyriliyvnen. gaiara karga xanma imaTi gayris Semdeg. magram maTia isev ise idga da ar icoda _ rogor moqceuliyo. bolos moiazra, rom Rames iqve tyeSi gaatarebda, meore dRes mizezs rasme moigonebda, gavidoda duqnebSi da amaobaSi saRamoc moaRwevda. _ waval, adgils amovirCev da mivwvebi! _ oxvriT warmosTqva maTiam da Sevida tyeSi. Rame gareT gatarebas daCveuli, miwva erTs mindorzed da daxuWa Tvalebi. daZinebas apirebda, magram Zili TiTqos gangeb dahkargoda da yurebSi TiTqos viRaca CasCiCinebda: „Sen ginda daiZino, magram me ar dagaZineb; Sen ginda is qali gadaiviwyo, magram me ar gadagaviwyeb!“ 87

maTiam amoioxra da meore gverdzed gadabrunda. mTvare, romelic im Rames, TiTqos gangeb, ise gakaSkaSebuliyo, dedamiwas naz sxivebs hfenda da kacis guls mRelvarebas, mwuxarebas uRviZebda. maTias gadabrunebazed mTvaris Suqi pirdapir pirisaxezed miadga da ZalaTi Tvalebi gaaxelina. mTiuli amobrunda gulaRma da mTvares gatacebiT yureba dauwyo. Suqi TanagrZnobiT ualersebda imis gaxurebuls grZnobas da eubneboda: „Sen ubeduri xar da me, marto me TanagigrZnob. me momende, me arasodes ar gagcem, marto me SemiZlian Seni saidumlos Senaxva“... aseTi moqmedeba hqonda mTvares maTiazed, da imanac gaSala Tavisi guli, Tavisi grZnoba da yvela, yvelaferi miando SeyvarebulT saerTo mowames. maS visTan unda gamotexiliyo, visTvis unda eTqva, rom Tavisi Zmad-naficis mijnuri, romlisTvisac da-Zmoba uTqvams, amas Sehyvarebia iqamdis, rom gonebidgan hSlis, suls uxuTavs da mosvenebas ar aZlevs? am wvalebiT gaatara mTeli Rame, magram maTias Tvals Zili ar mohkarvia. Ramem dRisagan gayra daiwyo da maTia fexzed wamodga; mivida iqve axlos wyarosTan da ramdenime muWa wyliT gaigrila gaxurebuli Subli da Tvalebi, axsena RmerTi da gaSinja Tofi, romelsac falia dahnotieboda, da gamoucvala. erTbaSad tyidgan moesma raRaca faCifuCi, TiTqos xmel wiwkebs viRaca amtvrevda. cota xanma gaiara da ramdenime nabijzed daTvis Rriali Semoesma, da am RrialTan gamoCnda uzarmazari mxeci, oris patara beliT. Znelad iqmneba iseTi saSiSi mxeci, rogoraTac daTvi, rodesac is Tavis SvilebiT aris da imaT romelsame gansacdelSi hxedavs. sazogadod mSiSara, da kacis danaxvazed ukumouxedavad gamqcevi, Tu daWrili ar aris, _ SvilebTan is mZvinvari, Seupovari hxdeba da TavganwirulobiT ibrZvis. 88

aqedgan SegiZlianT warmoidginoT, ra gansacdelSiac unda yofiliyo maTia. maTias aramc Tu SeeSinda am moulodnelis stumrisa, kidevac gauxarda. daTvs SeeZlo imis sikvdili, magram amJamad es sasixaruloc ki iyo maTiasaTvis. daTvi gamovida Tu ara, Sesdga da bRuiliT daRuna Tavi, TiTqos miwas dahsuna da Zlieris totebiT Txra dauwyo, TiTqos samares umzadebda visme. maTiam ramdenime nabiji ukan wasdga, moefara moWrils xes, moamzada Tofi da xanjali naxevramdis amoswia. maTia ise dawynarebiT emzadeboda, TiTqos iq araferi ambavi iyo da am SemTxvevas kidec moeloda. _ ginda Seni Zala gamoscado?.. mobrZandi, vnaxoT... _ am sityvebTan erTad maTiam Caxmaxi wamoayena. daTvmac TiTqos igrZno brZolis moaxloveba da Sesdga ukana totebzed. ramdenime wuTs isini TvaliTa hzomavdnen erTmaneTs da ganrisxebulni cecxlebsa hyridnen Tvalebidgan: kaci da mZvinvare mxeci apirebdnen Sebmas! ramdenime wuTic da daTvi sazarelis RrialiT gadmoxta. imis gadmoxtomasTan erTad gavarda Tofi da daTvi yiramala gadatrialda, magram maSinve wamoxta da eZgera maTias. maTiam Tvalis daxamxamebis umales Tofi gadaagdo iqiT, gaikra xanjals xeli da win miageba. mxeci da kaci orniv gagordnen dedamiwazed, romelzedac ramodenime xani ibrZodnen da farTxalobdnen. mere orniv gaCumdnen da ramodensame xans ise gaunZrevlad darCnen. bolos kaci wamodga gamarjvebuli, Tumca arc is darCeniliyo uniSnod da imis mxars egrZno daTvis kbilebis Zala. swored im dros, rodesac mxecs kbilebi moevlo maTiasTvis, amis xanjalsac Sig gulSi gaevlo mxecisTvis da misi Zala drozed daedunebina. maTia wamodga, gawminda xanjali, Caagdo qarqaSSi da Semdeg moibana da Seixvia msubuqi Wriloba. mivida, 89

gaSinja daTvi, romelsac mkerdSi mohxvedroda tyvia, magram SigniT ki veRar Seetanebina da ver daemorCilebina. am SemTxvevam maTia cotaodeni gaarTo, magram, ra wams brZolas morCa da faTeraki aicdina, imis azrebi isev mzaRos miubrunda da gulma SfoTva dauwyo. iman ifiqra, rom daTvs gahxdida tyavsa, wauRebda svimons saCuqrad da amiTi SeeZlo, aramc Tu exla, aramed yovelTvis svimonis saxlSi Tavisuflad siaruli. rogorc moiazra, isec moiqca: gahxada tyavi, wamoikida zurgzed da gaitana qveSes, sadac svimoni saxlis gverdiT mindorzed iyo da ramdenime mTiuls elaparakeboda. rawams naCalnikma aseTi saCuqari dainaxa da gaigo maTiasagan daTvis ase guladad sikvdili, didad iama da hkiTxa: _ Tu ar dagglija? _ ara, Seni kvnesa _ me, ise cota ram gamkenwla. _ iqneba Zaliana xar daWrili? _ ara, Seni kvnesa _ me, ara minda-ra. _ waiyvaneT esa da karga puri aWameT, daasveneT, daRaluli iqnebis! _ ubrZana svimonma iqve myofs iasaulebs, _ magram visi gvarisa xar? _ me, Seni kvnesa-me, nadibaiZe gaxlavar. _ visi Svili? _ niniaisi, Seni kvnesa-me. _ ninia mTels mTiuleTSi vaJkacobiT da guladobiT ganTqmulia... mixarian, rom Rirseuls Rirseuli Svili gamouxvel... wadi, wadi, daisvene: dReidgan Cemi saxli SenTvis Riaa, roca gindodes moxvidode. _ Seni Wiri momca lomisam! _ Tavis dakvriT upasuxa gaxarebulma maTiam, romlisaTvisac yvelazed mometebuli wyaloba es iyo. ra maTia Seiyvanes sastumroSi, romelic svimons calke hqonda gamarTuli, maSinaTve yvelani miexvivnen, dauwyes kacs milocva, daTvis tyavs ki _ Sinjva, rom90

lis Tavi, kbilebi da totebi gansacvifrebelis sididisa iyvnen. mzaRomac gaigo maTias gamarjveba da iq mivida, magram imis SiSiT, rom maTiasagan misi cnoba sxvebs ar gaegoT, moSorebiT da krZalviT dadga. _ gaiare, qalau, jajalas uTxar, stumars saWmeli moumzados! _ uTxra imas erTma iasaulTaganma. mzaRo sixaruliT gaiqca, raTa miTi mainc gamoecxadebina maTiasaTvis Tavisi TanagrZnoba. Cqara moutanes sadili, Cqara moSordnen iasaulebi da danarCeni xalxi maTias, romelic marto mzaRos da jajalas darCa. isini wrfelis guliT ulocavdnen mTiuls da uxarodaT misi amgvari gamarjveba, romelmac vaJkacobis da guladobis saxeli misca TavianT megobars maTias. Tumca mTiuls uxaroda es mdgomareoba, magram saxezed siamovnebis Rimili mainc ar mosvlia. _ madloba RmerTs, rom mSvidobiT gadarCi! _ mexuTed da meeqvsed eubneboda mzaRo. _ rais maqnisi var, ro gadavrCi? _ upasuxa daRonebulma maTiam da Cafiqrda. _ alalia Seni dedis ZuZu! _ uTxra jajalam. _ RmerTsamc Seurgia SenTvis! _ merme miubrunda daTvs: _ aau... piri ramodenad dauRia, _ gaikvirva iman. _ rom movekal, iqneba ukeTesi yofiliyo, _ isev im guldaTuTqviT warmosTqva maTiam. _ raisaTvis, raisaTvis? _ SeteviT miswvdnen qalebi. _ ise! _ mxrebis aweviT, bedSavad upasuxa iman da CaRuna Tavi. cota siCumis Semdeg daiwyo isev mzaRom: _ Coxas „batara“ sirma-Ra aklia, mzis Casvlamdin gavaTavebT. _ Tqven iciT. _ maS xval waxval? _ hai, hai, ro waval! Senis gulisTvis iq ki ara, lomisis madlma, jojoxeTSiac ki Caval. 91

_ raia, beCa! Sen sul Seni elgujai gagondeba!.. _ Seexumra jajala: _ puri mainc SeaWame. am sityvebzed maTiam madlieris TvaliT Sehxeda. _ rai xar, RvTis madlma! _ gawiTlebiT da morcxobiT uTxra mzaRom. _ maS raia, sul elguja da elguja! patara daasvene. _ ara minda-ra, Seni kvnesa-me! Tu ki Tqven rogorme gagaxarebT, eg CemTvisac sixarulia. sadili gaaTaves, maTia daibara svimonma, romelsac Zalian moewona da iasauladac undoda daeniSna; qalebi ki wavidnen da gulmxurvaled, faca-fuciT moekidnen saqmes. saRamozed Coxa mzad iyo da maTiam waiRo elgujasTan. iqneboda glexebis vaxSmoba, rodesac maTias gamouCnda xaranaulebis saxli da moesma ZaRlebis yefa. im dros is Tavis ganuSorebels fiqrSi iyo da ZaRlebis xmaurobam SeakrTo. mTiuli Sedga da wamoiZaxa: _ ra piriT unda Sevxedo elgujas?.. _ da mere daumata: _ rai Cemi bralia, miyvars da rai unda vqmna!.. imasa stanjavda is grZnoba, romelic cecxlsaviT uvlida gulSi da romlis moSorebac undoda, magram Zala aRar swvdeboda. yoveli imis sxeuli, yoveli aso, yoveli niWi mzaRos Seepyro, daemorCilebina da Tavis daxsnis Secda mxolod mometebuli wvaleba-Ra iyo maTiasaTvis. erTi azri-Ra umagrebda guls da es azri Zmad naficis winaSe movaleoba, magram vin icis, didxans SeiZlebda amiT brZolas? maTia mivida xaranaulebis saxlTan da saxlis patrons SeuZaxa. ZaRlebi gadmoesivnen, magram ymawvilma TuSma, romelic gadmoeSvela, moaSora da SesZaxa: _ gza mSvidobisa, maTiau! _ mSvidoba mogces ufalma! isini Sevidnen Sin, im sawolSi, romelic elgujas92

Tvis daeTmoT. warmoidgineT ukanasknelis sixaruli, rodesac maTia dainaxa. iman aRar icoda sixaruliT ra unda eqna da rogor mohqceoda; ar icoda saidgan daewyo laparaki an rogor mihsalmeboda. maTiac swored amave msgavs mdgomareobaSi iyo, Tumca imaTi mRelvareba sxvadasxva mopirdapire sabuTisagan warmosdgeboda. aTasjer erTsa da imave saganzed iwyebdnen laparaks da yovelTvis gauTavebeli hrCebodaT. elgujas nawrTobs da gamocdils, gamagrebuls agebulebas, advilad aetana Tavisi Wriloba da exla zogierTs alagas iarebi ar Sehkroda, Torem sxvafriv srulebiT kargad iyo da Tavisuflad siaruli SeeZlo. pirveli misalmebis Semdeg stumrebs vaxSami moutanes da ufrosi xaranaulic iq Semovida. ra vaxSamzed dasxdnen, laparaki gadavida Temis yrilobazed da imaT gadawyvetilebazed, romelmac elguja sruliad gaaRariba da ulukmod daagdo. _ elgujau!.. _ daiwyo xaranaulma: _ RmerTs lukma moucia CemTvis, RvTis mowyaleba ara maklia-ra, cxoronica myavs... dasaxldi aq, dadeq cxorSi da dagiziareb. _ damirCa Seni Tavi! RmerTic imad gaZlevs sacxovrebels, rom egeTi xar. _ marTalis guliT geubnebi, agremc xels momimarTavs laSaris jvari! _ ara, Senai Wiraime, me erTs ubedurs gzas gamovkidebivar da dee ubedurad gaviaro! _ rai ginda hqmna, Temis gardawyvetilebas xom ar Seebmi? _ Temis winaaRmdegoba saiT iqnebis?.. Temis sityva RvTis brZanebaa, kaci ver gadava imas. _ vaJkacs, vaJkacuri sityva eqnebis! _ mouwona xaranaulma. _ maS ras iq? 93

_ rai vici! dedamiwa didia da ca maRali, yvelas daitevs. _ mai, agre nu, elgujav! _ gauria sityva maTiam; _ xaranaulni SeZlebuli gvaria, dadeqi magaTas, mokeTdi, damSviddi da merme rasac RmerTi gvagonebs, isa vqmnaT. _ egre hqmen, egre, elgujau! _ daumata xaranaulma, _ aq dagaqorwineb, TiTon me moggvri qalsa!.. laSaris jvaris madlma, visac Sen damisaxeleb, imas moggvri. ai dediCemis RmerTsa! qals rogor vinme dagviWers! Cemi balRebi SenTvis sul gaswydebian! _ amas amorCeulica hyavs, _ moagona maTiam: _ imas veRar uRalatebs. _ maS is mouyvanoT! _ wamoiZaxa xaranaulma mxiarulad, Caitexa qudi da daumata: _ TiTon me wamogyvebi mayarSi... yabuls ara xar? bevri uaris Semdeg elguja dahyabulda, dadga xaranaulebisas, romelTac maTias daswrebiT, oTxmoci cxvari dauziares. maTiam, elgujam da kidev ramdenime ymawvilma biWebma piroba dasdves, rom rawams elguja cota ukeT Seiqmneboda, mzaRos moitacebdnen. maTia Camovida Sina da gziur qveSeTs gaemarTa, radgan elgujas ambiT mzaRo undoda gaexarebina. mTiuli pirvelSi TiTonaca xarobda qalis amgvarad gaxarebas, magram ramdenadac qveSeTs uaxlovdeboda, imdenad guli eleoda. iyo iseTi wuTic, rodesac maTia srulebiT gamobrunebasa da gadakargvas apirobda im adgilebidgan, sadac aseTi satanjveli astexoda. _ sityva?.. fici?.. _ ityoda gamwarebuli mTiuli da gaagrZelebda gzasa. am xanSi mzaRo da jajalac maTiazed da elgujazed laparakSi iyvnen. isini sxva gogoebTan erTad wasuliyvnen iqve WalaSi Txilisa da marwyvis mosakrefad. WalaSi yvelani jguf-jgufad daiyvnen da ise daifantnen. Su94

adRem moaRwiva da Camocxa. qalebi mividnen aragvis pirTan, CrdilSi dasxdnen, romelic mosdebiyo im adgils iqve mdgaris xeebidgan. qalebs TiTqos moswyenodaT erTmaneTTan saubari da exla gaCumebulni TavTavianT fiqrs eZleodnen. _ Zalian giyvars elgujai? _ bolos gawyvita siCume jajalam da dauwyo yureba mzaRos. _ beCa, magas raiRa kiTxva unda? gana Sen ki ar giyvars maTiai? _ rai uyoT rom miyvars?.. Cemi Zmaa da ZmasaviT miyvars. is yvela qals Seuyvardeba, _ oxvriT daumata jajalam da gaCumda. mzaRos pirisaxezedac Rimili gamoixata, gaxeda mosaubres da erTbaSad wamoiZaxa: _ gonjia maTiai, gonji! _ rai sTqvi? _ wamoweviT da gakvirvebiT Sexeda jajalam. _ gonjia-meTqi maTiai, _ imave xmiT gaimeora mzaRom, romelsac gunebaSi gaurbina bavSvurma survilma _ jajala gaejavrebina. _ hxumrob, _ upasuxa qalma da xes mieyuda. _ ki ar vxumrob, marTals vambob. imas qali ar misTxovdeba. _ rad ara? _ imad, rom gonjia. _ diax, gonjia!.. Seni elgujai emjobineba, ara? _ veRar moiTmina jajalam. _ hai, hai, rom sjobs. maTiai rai kacia? _ agre raisTvi laparakob, RvTis madlsa? _ wyeniT upasuxa jajalam. amazed Sehyvnen erTmaneTs da saqmem iqamdis miaRwiva, rom jajalam tirili daiwyo da imiTi gamoaSkarava Tavisi grZnoba. mzaRos ar undoda megobris wyena da amisaTvis moexvia jajalas yelzed da dauwyo kocna. 95

_ avaime, jajalau! ras sCadi?.. me gexumrebodi beCa da Sen ki marTla tirili daiwye?.. daCumdi, Senai Wiraime, daCumdi... RvTis madlma, alal das ar eyvareba maTiai ise, rogorc me miyvars. magram ubralod aCumebda mzaRo jajalas, romelsac RapaRupiT gadmosdioda cremlebi da ambobda: _ aravis ar uyvarvar, yvelas vejavrebi, Senc, Senc ki gejavrebi. kaci ver ityvis, rodemdis gagrZeldeboda qalebis saubari, Tu imaT smenas sxva dedakacebis xmauroba ar miswvdomodaT. isini Seyriliyvnen da amxanagebs Sin wamosasvlelad eZaxdnen. jajalam saCqarod moiwminda Tvalebi, Sesdga raodensame xansa da daRonebuls mzaRos yureba dauwyo; ukanasknelma ar icoda, riTi gaesworebina Tavisi Secdoma, uneburad jajalas wyenineba. ase idgnen kidev raodenime xans, TiTqos gabutulebi ariano; mere Sehxedes erTmaneTs, orTav gaiRimes da moexvivnen erTmaneTs, orTaves erTma da imave azrma gauelva TavSi, da es azri Seexeboda sinanuls. am dros kidev moesmaT sxvebis Zaxili da saxlisken gaiqcnen gulis kankaliT. rodesac yvelani Segrovdnen, jajalam dasZaxa simRera, imas sxvebma misces bani da ase gaswies Sinisaken. jajalas qalamnebSi qviSa Cascvivnoda da siaruls uSlida. is dajda gzis pirs miwazed, gaixada qalamnebi da bertya dauwyo. amaobaSi amxanagebi karga gascildnen da moefarnen cxvirwamowvdenils kldesa. jajala scdilobda Caecva qalamnebi da moswevoda Tavis amxanagebs, magram, rogorc yovelTvis aris xolme, roca kacs eCqareba, ufro ugviandeba, imas veRar Caecva qalamani da Zabrigana* meaTed usxlteboda. Sori-axlo tyeSi Subi gamoCnda, romelic wynar-wynarad irxeoda da gzazed ga* Zabrigana _ wuRis Casacmeli

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movida rusis yazaxi, romelsac jajalas gverdiT unda gaevlo. qals SeeSinda, wamoavlo qalamnebs xeli, magram yazaxma mxolod Sehxeda da Cumad gaiara; bolos Sesdga cota xans, moabruna cxeni, Camoxta da daufiqrda. Semdeg gaqanda SeSinebulis jajalasaken da xeli gaavlo. _ kargi, kargi, maruSka, _ uTxra iman daRmejiT, romelsac Rimili unda moeswavebina. _ dagibrmes Toli! gamiSvi, momecale, gzazed! _ SesZaxa qalma da gaemarTa wasasvlelad. _ ra gayvirebs? ai, fuls mogcem, _ uTxra rusma da win gadaudga. yazaxma amoiRo jibidan kapikiani, romlisaTvisac sarkidan anafxeki vercxlis wyali waesva da vercslisfrad daefara. _ ar minda, ara! Tqvengan sacocxlec ki ar minda, aramc Tu fuli! momSordi. _ rasa hkivi?.. aq aravin aris da arc aravin mogeSveleba, aiRe, uyure, rogori vercxlis manaTia... modi, Senis nebiT makoce, Torem inaneb. qals ar esmoda rusuli, magram kargad hxedavda, rom am yazaxs Cveulebrivi upatiosneba ganezraxa da Zaldataneba moewadina. _ raRa meSveleba me daRupuls! _ wamoiZaxa jajalam da meore mxares gatrialda gasaqcevad. sagulis boloebi qarisagan gafrialda, yazaxs pirdapir xelSi mohxvda; imanac magra mohkida xeli da miizida Tavisken; jajalam dainaxa, rom veRar gaeqceoda, gamobrunda da dauwyo uzrdels Tav-pirSi cema; gamxecebulma yazaxma magrad mohxvia mklavebi, aiyvana xelSi da dadorblilis tuCebiT dauwyo loSna. qali ibrZoda, rac ki Zali da Rone hqonda, magram ras gaxdeboda kacTan, romelsac gadaewyvita ueWvelad imisi gawbileba. jajalas Rone usustdeboda. brZolaSi rusma sixaruliT gardaaqcia, qalma SiSiT caxcaxi daiwyo; sisus97

te dayvirebis nebasac ki aRar aZlevda da swored am dros, rodesac imedi unda gardaswyvetoda, viRasic Ronieri xeli wamoswvda russ kiserSi, gadaatriala iqeT da burTsaviT dasca. jajalam Sehxeda da dainaxa maTia, romelic TiTqos miwidgan amosuliyo dedakacis kivilzed da ase drozed moeswro imisTvis. _ wadi, Sina! _ TiTqmis brZanebiT SesZaxa maTiam da miubrunda russa. qalma winaaRmdegoba veRar gabeda da darcxvenili Sinisken gaiqca. _ ai. Se daundobelo ZaRlo, Se diaco, Sena... cxo rai SegiZliaT, Tu ar diacTan brZola! _ SesZaxa maTiam yazaxs. yazaxi wamodga da raki Zala dainaxa, Cveulebisamebr gamoiWima. _ damnaSave var, batono, _ wamoiZaxa SeSinebulma rusma. _ damnaSave ki ara, ZaRli xar da ZaRlsaviT da undod iqcevi! aba deda SeirTe colad, Tu Seni ZaRloba ara scado. yazaxi iseve gamoWimuli idga, magram ra Sehxeda maTias ganrisxebul saxes da amoRebuls xanjals, is maSinve daeca muxlis Coqzed da dauwyo xvewna: _ Tqveno maRalkeTilSobilebav! Tqveno brwyinvalebav! momiteveT... moiReT RvTiuri mowyaleba. maTia yurs ar ugdebda, midioda rusisken ganrisxebuli, magram ra Sehxeda imis SiSisagan damaxinjebuls saxes, zizRiT wamoiZaxa: _ me xanjals pirutyvebzedac ki vxmarob, magram Senzed ki ar wavbilwav, ar gavmurtlav, codoa xanjali. Semdeg mivida, Seukra xelebi, ahyara iaraRi, gaxada Sarvali da ise Sesva cxenzed, romelic daayena gzazed da gauSva. 98

ase advilad gadarCeniT gaxarebuli yazaxi, sixaruliT miaWenebda qveSeTisken, maSin, rodesac maTia russ zizRiT uyurebda da iZaxda: _ sxva kacs rom mohsvloda egeTi saqme, maSin is Tavad ecdeboda cxenidgan mainc gadmovardniliyo, Tavi qvazed gaexeTqa da agre sasircxvilod ki ar gamxdarayo... eg ki, uyureT-Ra, rogor miaWenebs!.. ahu! SegircxvaT kacoba! _ xelis CaqneviT wamoiZaxa iman. am dros yazaxma miaRwiva erTs ferdos, romelic mudam iSleboda da wvril-wvrilad Camodioda gzazed. vnaxoT erTbaSad raRamac iWeqa, da moxeTqili klde wamovida xrialiT. am xmazed cxeni dafrTxa da ganzed gaxta; yazaxma Tavi veRar daiWira da gadmoekida, ubedurma uzangidan fexi veRar daaxwia da aman ki cxeni ufro daafrTxo; aiTria patroni da ukana fexebis cemiT Tavi mTlad gaunaya da pirisaxe Sesazarad dauglija. _ raisic Rirsi iyo, lomisamac ise moumarTa xeli... ZaRls ZaRluri sikvdili miergebis! _ sTqva iman da gamobrunda. maTias gulSi am suraTma sibralulis naperwkalic ki ar aRZra. iqamdisin abezars mosuliyo, rom Cveulebrivs sibralulsac ki veRar grZnobda. maTiam zizRiT gadahyara yazaxis tanisamosi da iaraRi, romelsac ise uyurebda, rogorc uwmindurs rasmes da Tavis gzas gaudga. qveSes ise Sevida Tavisuflad, radganac exla malvis mizezi aRara hqonda. mzaRo moeloda, radganac jajalas Seetyobinebina mTiulis mosvla, Tumca Tavis SemTxvevazed ki yovelisferi daemala. imaT didxans laparaki ar dascaldaT, radganac maTias svimonma dauZaxa. mzaRom gaigo mxolod, rom elguja kargad iyo, Cqara morCeba da mzaRos gaitacebdnen, radganac elgujas urvadis micema ver SeeZlo. 99

maTia Sevida svimonTan, romelic savarZelSi ijda da raRaca qaRaldebs hkiTxulobda. _ saRamo mSvidobisa! _ Tavis dakvriT uTxra maTiam svimons. _ o, maTia!.. gamarjveba Seni, rogora xar? _ kargad! Seni kvnesa momca lomisam!.. _ mamaSens ar daekiTxe: gayenebs iasaulad Tu ara? _ rad ara, Seni kvnesa-me! SenTan xlebis Rirsic ara var. _ Sen Zalian momewone Ra iasaulad kidec Cagwere... cxeniT ginda iyo, Tu qveiTad? _ CemTvis ra bedenaa, Seni kvnesa-me... rogorc Sen ginda. _ maS kargi, me cxenianad Cagwer da Sen ki qveiTi iqnebi. Tu cxeni dagWirda rodisme, erTerTs Cem cxenzed Sejdebi. _ Sen ici, Seni kvnesa-me! _ exlave darCebi, Tu Sin wasvla kidev mogixdeba? _ Sin Casvla minda, Seni kvnesa-me... aq axlo sofelSi viyav, saqme mqonda da mamaCems sityva unda Cavutano. _ agre hqmen... maTiam Tavi daukra da gabrunebas apirebda, magram svimonma isev moabruna: _ elguja marTla Tqvensa iwva? maTia SekrTa am moulodnels kiTxvazed, radganac egona, rom svimoni gauwyreboda, magram Tavi Cqara Seimagra da amayad uTxra: _ iwva, Seni kvnesa-me. _ Zmad xom ara xar imasTan gaficuli? _ var, Seni kvnesa.me. svimons iama, rom maTiam aseTi guladoba gamoiCina; miT ufro, rom iman kargad icoda, rom elguja svimonis mosisxle iyo da vinc unda gamaspinZleboda mas, mTis mebatones sasiamovnod ar unda darCenoda. 100

_ exla sad-Ra aris? _ ar vici, Seni kvnesa-me! _ ar ici? _ hkiTxa svimonma da dauwyo gamomcdelis TvalebiT yureba, _ ara. _ ici, ra giTxra, maTiau? me SenTan Zmad gaficva minda. _ nu, Seni kvnesa-me! rai Rirsi var Sens Zmobas? _ eg me vici... pirdapir miTxar; rad ar ginda CemTan Zmoba?.. vaJkaci pirdapiri unda iyos. maTia gasworda da amayad Sehxeda svimons: _ Sen raisTvi-Ra ar meubnebi pirdapir? _ mec pirdapir getyvi. _ maS kargia. me SenTan Zmoba imad ar minda, rom elgujasTan var nafici da Sen ki Cemi Zmobiloba imis dasaRupad ginda. imas ki Cemgan ise ar eRalatebis, rogorc lomisasa, Cemgan fici veRar gatydebis, Tunda dResve CamomaxrCo... axla giTxar yvela... uTxar damiWiron, Semkran, damxvriton da me Cems sityvas ar gadaval, fics ar vuRalateb. _ nu Cqarob, vaJo! _ uTxra svimonma maTias da wynara amoiRo nawilebi, romlebic gulzed ekida: _ amaT geficebi rom Ralati ar gavivlo gulSi... arc egeTi kaci var, RvTis madlma, rom RalatiT vicxovro. me yvela vici _ isic vici exla elguja sadac aris! me imis gatanjva, sikvdili ar minda, RmerTi iyos Seni Tavdebi. _ maS rai ginda? _ gaSterebiT ikiTxa maTiam da dauwyo yureba. _ mkiTxav? ginda Seityo _ rai minda? kargi, mec yvelas getyvi: marTebloba elgujas xelmwifis moRalated uyurebs da imisi an daWera, an sikvdili ganuzraxavsT; mec momivida qaRaldi, romelSiac iwerebian, _ xalxs gamovucxado, rom vinc elgujas cocxals dai101

Wers, ormocs vercxlis maneTs miscemen, da vinc mohklavs, ocdaxuTs. _ mere? me an unda movkla, an cocxali daviWiro, ara? _ TiTqmis dacinviT warmosTqva maTiam. _ balRo, Sen guli wminda gaqvs da sityva win girbis! _ rai uyo, Seni kvnesa-me!.. Tu kacTan mtroba meqna, meve gadavaxdevineb, sxvas Semweobas ara vsTxov... fulis gulisTvis Zmas ver vuRalateb, vera, lomisis madlma! _ vici, vici, maTiau, da Cemi gulis pasuxsac imisTvis gandob. _ Tu ki ici, maS raRada mcdi, Seni kvnesa-me?! _ imad, rom elguja unda gadavarCinoT. _ Sen ginda gadaarCino? _ gakvirvebiT wamoiZaxa maTiam, romelic srulebiT aria svimonis sityvebma. _ gikvirs? _ hai, hai, ro mikvirs! _ elguja metad vaJkacia, rom kacma sasikvdilod gamoimetos... is Cemi mezobelia, CemTvis sircxvilia imis sikvdilis survili... daijere, RmerTi iyos Seni Tavdebi, me ar minda imisi sikvdili. _ Sen rom sxva iyo, ar davijerebdi, _ cota fiqris Semdeg warmosTqva maTiam: _ magram Seni ki mjera... miTxar, rai ginda Cemgan? svimons siamovneba gamoexata _ pirisaxezed da RimiliT uTxra: _ yuri damigde... me ar SemiZlian es qaRaldi davmalo. qveyanaSi avi kaci ar daileva... saqveynod rom gaxdes es qaRaldi, meSinian, fulma ar dasZlios vinme da marTla ar mohklan elgujai! _ CvenSi egeTi arc vin ar gamova, _ amayad upasuxa maTiam. _ mec agre mgonia, magram sifrTxiles Tavi ar astkiva... Sen Sehyare Seni megobrebi, romlebzedac imedi 102

gqondes moiyvane aqa da amaT gamovucxadeb! isini jvars dausmen am qaRalds da ise davubruneb qalaqSi, rom mec gasamarTlebeli sabuTi mqondes. _ vis gahgzavni, Seni kvnesa-me? _ qaRaldebs... gaige? _ gavige, Seni kvnesa-me? _ exlac ar gameficebi Zmad? _ exla Cemi Tavi, rogorc ginda, ise imsaxure, Seni kvnesa-me!.. maTia gaCvenebs, rom is mTiulia da icis megobroba! erTma kviram gaiara am SemTxvevis Semdeg, rodesac svimonis saxlSi maTia da svimoni, moxuci kacebis daswrebiT, Zmad ificebodnen. rogorc svimons undoda brZanebis xelis mowera, maTiam swored ise mouxerxa da amis Semdeg dadga iasaulad. es SemTxveva maTias pirvelSi uxaroda, radganac mzaRosTan ufro daaxlovdeboda da yovelTvis imis cqera Tavisuflad SeeZlo. magram, saubedurod, ise ar mouxda, rogorc egona. mzaRos yoveldRiuri Sexvedra imas ki ar amSvidebda, ufro amRelvarebda da uduRebda sisxls. sakmarisi iyo imisTvis erTi Sexedva, erTi dalaparakeba, erTi gaRimeba mzaRosagan, rom maTia gafiTrebuliyo da im mdgomareobamdis misuliyo, rodesac advilad SeeZlo yoveli danaSauloba moexdina. amave dros, mzaRos sasixarulod, elgujas kargad myofobazed xma modioda. jajala, romelsac gagiJebiT, uangarod Sehyvareboda maTia, itanjeboda, Cumad, ganmartoebiT, radganac aSkarad amCnevda maTiasagan mzaRos siyvaruls. yvelazed metad amas stanjavda maTiasTan Seyra da laparaki, radganac mTiulis sityvebi mzaRos yovelTvis ise nazad da siyvaruliT Seexeboda xolme. jajala itanjeboda da xandisxan iqamdisinac ki mividoda, 103

rom kinaRam SesZaxebda: „raisTvis mtanjav ras memarTlebi?“ maTias arc am qalis datanjva undoda da verca hxedavda mis am satanjvels. guldanaRvlils jajalas ver gaebedna gaCumebuliyo, ar epasuxna maTiasTvis, da Tumca mZime, Zalian mZime iyo imisTvis mzaRozed laparaki, rodesac guli sul sxva saubars iTxovda, mainc asrulebda mTiulis survils. erT Rames maTia metad daRonebuli iyo, Tumca gansakuTrebiTi daRonebis mizezi ara hqonda-ra, da cxovrebis mdinareba araviTars cvlilebas ar warmoadgenda. erTs mSveniers saRamos, rodesac svimon fasanaurSi wasuliyo, iq daxocilis yazaxebis saqmis gamosaZieblad da damnaSaveebis mosaZebnad, qveSeTSi raRac siCume Camovardniliyo, TiTqmis bunebac ki gaCumebuliyo, raRasac moeloda. mSvenieri saRamo, naTeli mTvare, nazi buneba, ganmartoebul ocnebisTvis izidavda kacs. maTia gamovida saiasaulodgan, wynara gaiara mindori da aragvis pirs Cavida. wyali CxrialiT TiTqos ualersebda daZinebuls bunebas. es xma am myudroSi ise tkbilad moismoda, ise ualersebda, ise uyvavebda maTias, rom misi rkinis guli moalbo da aTasgvari fiqri aRuZra, erTi erTmaneTzed sanatreli, SeuZlebeli. is Sevida ocnebaSi da warmoidgina Tavisi Tavi bednierad, romelsac alersiT axarebda mzaRo. im wuTSi is darwmunebuli iyo, rom am qals marto is uyvarda, marto imazed fiqrobda da qveyanazed araviszed ar gascvlida!.. mTiuli ocnebam iqamdinac ki gaitaca, rom sayvareli qali mTeli Tavis mSvenierebiT Tvalwin warmoudga, is xelsa hkidebda naz tansa, Sehyurebda mSveniers JuJuna TvalebSi da piri ise axlos mietana, rom TiTqmis sunTqvasac ki hgrZnobda. maTias Tvalwin exateboda giSris feri Tmebi, romelic qars gaewewa, 104

da wynarad arxevda, hxvdeboda imis pirisaxes da sasiamovno RutuniT netarebis mRelvarebas aRuZravda... maTia niavis msgavsi CurCuliT, savse krZalviT da umankoebiT warmosTqvamda fics samudamo siyvarulisa da erTgulebisas. maTia darwmunebuli iyo, rom es yvela aramc Tu ocnebis namuSevari iyo, romelSiac guls ise daejalda goneba, rom Tavis sasurvels suraTebs cocxals WeSmaritebad warmoudgenda... rodesac maTia am netarebaSi iyo, erTma kacma gamoiCqefa aragvi. amovida gorazed da mTiulis win gaCerda. axalmosulma dauwyo imas yureba da ukvirda, rom ukanaskneli mas aramc Tu araviTars yuradRebas ar aqcevda, TiTqos arc ki amCnevda mis mosvlas. _ maTiau, maTiau! _ uTxra iman da xeli daado mxarzed. am sityvebzed maTia ise SekrTa, rom axalmosuli SeaSina. _ beCa! rai mogivida, maTiau?! veRar micani? _ ha!.. Sena xar?.. ho, Sena, Sena... _ da am sityvebTan erTad gaiSvira xelebi. axalmosuls egona, rom icno da gadaxvevnas upirebda, magram maTia isev ise SeunZrevlad idga, da mxoloR maSin movida gonsa, rodesac ucnobma mklavi dauWira da dauwyo nZreva. _ vina xar? rai ginda? _ oxvriT gaeSvebina isa da ukan midga. _ bedSavo Cemo Tavo!.. rai mogsvlia, veRar mican? maSin maTiam Sexeda da dainaxa, rom imis win elguja idga. mkiTxvels SeuZlian warmoidginos, ra satanjvelic unda egrZno maTias guls, rodesac Tavisi metoqe dainaxa! sanatrelis mdgomareobidam, swored im dros, rodesac ocnebas ise sasiamovnod gaetacna, gamoiyvana im kacma, romelsac mzaRo ekuTvnoda da romlisTvisac Seub105

melad, ucdelad unda daeTmo!.. aramc Tu mxolod unda daeTmo, aramed TiTon unda mieca Semweoba, eSvela imaT SeerTebisTvis. grZnobagavsebul maTias satanjveli naRvelad gadmoedina, agrZnobina Tavisi mdgomareoba. mTiulma Tavi veRar Seimagra da TiTqmis qviTiniT, gadaexvia Zmad nafics, romelmac maTias qceva naxvis sixarulad miiRo. _ elguja, elguja, Seni kvnesa-me!.. _ kargiRa, maTiau, RvTis gulisaTvis gayuCdi!.. rai mogsvlia, bedSao? _ araferi, araferi! _ darcxveniT warmosTqva iman da guli Seimagra: _ cxo rogor xar, saidam? _ vmadlob ufalsa, kargada var... _ xom srulebiT morCi, aRara gtkiva-ra? _ vmadlob ufalsa... Tavad raRasa iqm? _ me raiRa sakiTxavi var! rai miWirs? _ mwaris RimiliT misca pasuxi. _ cxo? mTiuleTs rai ambavia? _ arc ra. _ mzaRo rogoraa? raisTvis aras meubnebi imazed? _ mzaRo?.. ho, rai uWirs bedniersa... Sen gelis. Sens gonebaSi iyo sul! saCqarod daiwyo maTiam, romelsac am sagnis Sexeba ise amRvrevda: _ wavideT! axlav gamoviyvan!.. am sityvebis Semdeg isini wavidnen im wifelTan, romlis gverdiTac maTiam mzaRo pirvelad hnaxa, elguja iq daagdo da TiTon ki mzaRos mosayvanad wavida. elguja mouTmenlad eloda qalis mosvlas, da TiTo gavlili wuTi wlebad eCveneboda. erTbaSad gaiSriala raRacam da elgujas mklavebSi miesvena gonebadakarguli mzaRo. _ Sena xar, Sena?! kidev mSvidobiT gxedav?! _ gatacebiT CasCurCulebda mzaRo. _ damSviddi, Cemo yvelav! nu geSinian, exla aRar gaviyrebiT... gciva?.. egre ra gakankalebs? 106

_ ara, ar mciva, ara... _ da am sityvebTan erTad magra miekunWeboda elgujas. bolos, rogorc iyo, imaTi goneba dons daadga da elgujam uTxra: _ mzaRo, moemzade, Sens gasataceblad Camovel! _ Cems gasataceblad? _ TiTqo SekrTa mzaRo. _ ho, Sens gasataceblad... rad SegeSinda? _ hkiTxa elgujam da gakvirvebiT daacqerda. _ ara, ara, me ar SemSinebia... SenTan risa unda meSinodes! _ maS ras ambob, rad gagikvirda? _ ar gamkvirvebia... ara, magram... vai Tu kidev gamogvekidnen, kidev vai-vaglaxi moxdes... Sen erTxel gadarCi, axla kidev xelmeored... _ Cemo yvelav!.. moxvevniT gaawyvetina elgujam: _ sul Cemzeda hfiqrob! _ ara, ara, egre meyvarebi, nu gamitaceb!.. _ eg SeuZlebelia. _ eg SeuZlebelia?.. _ Cafiqrda qali da erTbaSad wamoiZaxa: _ agre unda iyo, agre... damijere, Tavi damanebe... me ubeduri var, amdeni msxverplic kmara... _ aTi imdeni msxverplic rom moxdes, Tavs mainc ar daganebeb. _ ar vRirvar magaTa, ara! _ wamoiZaxa mzaRom da tiriliT mieyrdno elgujas. is tiroda mduRared, TrTolviT da aRelvebiT. aSkarad sCanda, rom raRaca mZime lodi awva gulzed, romlis gamoTqmac undoda da ver gaebedna. elguja daRvremili, Sewuxebuli Sehyurebda, TiTqos imasac egrZno mzaRos mdgomareoba. „iqneba aRar vuyvarvar?..“ _ TavSi gauelva elgujas. rodesac mzaRom guli moijera tiriliT, elgujam wynarad moiSora gulidgan, dauWira pirisaxe, aawevina Tavi da pirdapir TvalebSi Sehxeda. 107

_ mzaRo Sen raRaca gaqvs CemTan damaluli, pirdapir rad ar meubnebi? xval Tu zeg Cemi coli iqnebi, gana cols qmarTan damaluli unda hqondes rame? mzaRos tanSi JrJolam gaurbina am sityvebzed; iman daxara Tavi da raRaca waibutbuta. _ vaJkacs WirSi gamagreba unda, miTxar yvela. mzaRo ebrZoda Tavis grZnobas, merme erTbaSad daeca muxlebzed da mwuxarebiT wamoiZaxa: _ damnaSave var... Tavi unda momekla, magram Seni naxvis survilma SemiSala xeli... am sityvebzed elguja xanjals miswvda, magram Tavi Seikava, isev daikrifa gul-xeli da ise SeWmuxvnili uyurebda. _ miTxar, rai ambavia? mzaRo mouyva Tavis gawbilebis ambavs, romelzedac laparaki mTel sicocxled uRirda. _ exlac ar darwmundebi, rom Seni Rirsi aRara var? _ barem, barem mindoda, agre meTqva, magram rai vqmna, rom miyvarxar, Cem Tavzed metad!.. miyvarxar... _ elgujam Zalzed miikra gulzed mzaRo da dauwyo gaSmagebiT kocna. ramdenime dRis Semdeg, xaranaulebis mTazed Sedioda mefioni, romelTa Soris elgujas Tavis sacole mzaRoTi icnobdiT. mayrebma SesZaxes: movdivarT, mogvixarian, mogvyavs dedali xoxobi!

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sifrTxiliT yvelas akvirvebda. mzaRos TiTqmis yoveldRe mihqonda imasTan mTaSi jeri*. isini dasxdebodnen xolme romelime mTis ferdobzed, an serzed. maRla, maRla, ise maRla, rom bevrjer nisli da Rrubeli imaT qveiT moiqceoda, da maSin amayad SeeZloT eTqvaT, rom Rrubels fexiTa vTelavTo! iq ialaRzed xumrobdnen, xarobdnen, icinodnen. ase gadioda dReebi, kvireebi... am dros ori amaTi megobari qveSeTSi erT rigis cecxliT iwodnen, Tumca am cecxlis aRmgznebeli sruliad sxvadasxva piri iyo. eseni gaxldnen maTia da jajala. maTia, romelsac ar aviwydeboda mzaRo da jajala, romelic Tavganwirulebamdis mieyvana maTias siyvaruls. mzaRos motacebisTvis svimons gansakuTrebiT yuradReba ar miuqcevia da TiTon mdevari, romelic gamouyena gaqceulebs, xalxis Tvalad iyo gagzavnili da amisTvis mdevris moTaved maTia daeniSna. eWvi ar iyo, rom maTia elgujas ueWvelad Semweobas miscemda da arasodes ar gamoekideboda, rogorc mosisxle. es yvela icoda svimonma da swored amisaTvis daniSna maTia mdevris moTaved. swored amave xanebSi mTiulTa Soris movida ambavi saqarTvelos ruseTTan SeerTebisa. es xma swrafad gavarda xalxSi da mTeli saqarTvelo Searyia. rasakvirvelia, rom mTac ar darCenila ugrZnoblad da umoqmedod am saerTo moZraobis dros, da aqac iseTi mTrTolvare dReebi dadga, rogorc danarCens saqarTveloSi. maTiasTvis es sagani kidev imiTi iyo sxvebzed gadaWarbebiT sawyeni, rom yvelazed xSirad Sehxvdeboda xolme rusebsa da im drois Cinovnikebis uTavbolo da ara iSviaTad usamarTlo moqmedebas. amas ema* jers _ saWmels etyvian.

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teboda kidev yazaxebis da saldaTebis mxecuri qceva, da rasakvirvelia, daSinebulebs ar undodaT es SeerTeba. am mdgomareobiT isargebles aleqsandre batoniSvilis momxreTa da dainaxes saumjobeso wuTad xalxis asajanyeblad. isini yvela SesaZlo da SeuZlebels xmas avrcelebdnen rusebis Sesaxeb, da ufro aRelvebdnen isec gulamRvreuls mTiulTa, moxeveTa da fSav-xevsurT... jalabaurebi mTiuleTis erTi ganTqmuli gvarTagani iyo da moxucs abdia jalabaurs didi pativi da saxeli hqonda damsaxurebuli. is saqme, romelSiac es moxuci miiRebda monawileobas, ueWvelad Tavgamobmuli Seiqmneboda da amisTvis yvela mTiuli abdias srulis ndobiT miemxroboda xolme. erTs dRes abdias kalozed Seyriliyo ramdenime mTiuli da raRacas laparakobdnen. yvelas pirisaxezed etyoboda Cafiqreba, Wmunvareba; yvelas etyoboda, rom imaT yrilobis sagani metad aRelvebda: arc Cveulebrivi sicili da xumroba, arc simRera, arc oxunjoba! arayic ki, is ueWveli saWiroeba yovelgvari yrilobisa, arsad sCanda. ymawvil mTiulebs aerCiaT ufrosebis moSorebiT alagi da iq Segrovebuliyvnen; yvela amaTgans xelSi eWira romelime iaraRi, romelsac ise uvlidnen, swmendavdnen da marTavdnen, rogorc „gulis sayorels“. aSkarada sCanda, rom es kreba ar iyo Cveulebrivi. ueWvelia gansakuTrebiTi raRaca ambavi xdeboda, da es ambavi unda Sehxeboda saerTod yvelas, radganac iq hxedavdiT gaoflianebuls, daRaluls cxenebs, romelTac Tavisi patronebi Soris adgilidan unda moeyvanaT. am krebas wamdauwum ematebodnen axal-axali mosulebi, romelTac iq myofTagani ramdenime kaci Cumad win miegebeboda, Cumad miesalmeboda da Cumadve miacilebda moxucs _ moxucebTan da ymawvils _ ymawvilebTan. bolos moisma simReris xma da gamoCndnen dekanoze110

bi droSebiT, romelTac samasamdis SeiaraRebuli, qudmoxdili kaci simReriT mosdevdnen. es xma iyo raRaca didebuli, vaJkacuri, magram Semawuxebeli, romelic momRerlebs Sig gulis saZirkvlidgan swydeboda da maRalis baniT medgrad gadaqceuli haerSi grgvinvasaviT gaivlida. kalozed myofi xalxi wamocvivda fexzed, moixada qudebi da pirjvrisweriT win miegeba. yvelani mowiwebiT midiodnen, yvelani gulmxurvaled uyridnen muxls im wminda droSebsa, romelnic araerTxel win gasZRolodnen brZolis velzed da araerTxel iqidgan gamarjvebulni da saxelovanni daebrunebinaT. droSebi moasvenes kalozed da daasvenes niSTan, romelic iqve kalos napirzed ubralo WaWebisagan iyo aSenebuli. dekanozebi moudgnen gverds da danarCeni xalxi ki gaiSala mindorzed, romelic iqve, kalos qveiT, gadaSliliyo. yvelani gaCumdnen da gainabnen, yvelam xma gakminda, suli ganaba. cota xanma gaiara siCumeSi, da moisma zarebis JRriali. _ amwyalobneben, amwyalobneben! _ SeinZra xalxi. yvelam miaqcia Tvalebi dekanozebs da qudeb-moxdilebma daiCoqes. dekanozebma daiwyes xalxis damwyalobneba, romelSiac xvewnas gamosTqvamdnen RmerTTan da wmindanebTan, rom imaT ar daegdoT Tavis xalxi da dahxmarebodnen imaT gaWirvebaSi, daexsnaT mtris xelidgan da mfarvelad hyolodaT ubedurebaSi. exvewebodnen, rom, rogorc mravaljer, exlac gemoeCinaT Tavisi saswauli, da qarTveli xalxisaTvis Tvalebi aexilebina... amis Semdeg isini Seudgnen imaT „Sekvras“ (wyevlasa), vinc maT Soris moRalate gamovidoda da vinc am moRalates an daifaravda, an daindobda da an romelime Semweobas aRmouCenda. 111

yovel am sityvaSi sCanda xalxis saerTo survili, saerTo gulis Zgera, gulis naRveli, romelic Segubebuliyo didixnis satanjveliT, da dRes ki veRarafers daemagrebina, gadmoexeTqa gars SemozRuduli simagre da warmoudgenis siswrafiT mTels xalxs mieRo... yovel dalocvis Semdeg aRelvebul xalxSi grgvinvasaviT gaivlida: _ amin, Sens madlsa! da es saerTo fici, saerTo ubedurebisagan gamoxmobili xma, TiTqos erTiorad amxnevebda, aguladebda da amagrebda iq myofebs. locva da fici rom gaTavda, abdia wamodga da dekanozebTan avida. ahyva ramdenime moxuci; danarCeni xalxi ki gaiyara TavTavis sazogadoebad, da TiTo sazogadoebidgan rigrigad gamovidoda winamZRomeli da medroSe, mividoda droSasTan, romelic abdias eWira xolme, mouyrida muxlsa, emTxvevoda da saxalxo siwmindes mowiwebiT Caibarebda, Semdeg Camovidoda da Tavis sazogadoebas uerTdeboda; xalxi mieSureboda droSas mTxveoda, galobiT da pativiT mieRo. aSkarada sCanda, rom am xalxs didi rwmuneba hqonda TavianT droSebzed da imaTi pativiscema iqamdisin miaRwevda, rom advilad arc dahkargavdnen da arc daanebebdnen visme; aramc Tu daanebebda visme am saxalxo niSans, _ is dididgan pataramdis gaswydebodnen da xalxis erovnobis damakavSirebels niSans ar dahkargavdnen. rodesac es yvela gaTavda, _ medroSeT Caibares TavianTi droSebi, da sxvadasxva Tanamdebobis pirni iqmnen amorCeulni, _ xalxi TiTqos dawynarda. am wuTidgan meTaurebi ubralo xalxisagan erTbaSad iseTs mbrZaneblebad gadaiqcnen, romelTa sityvasac yoveli uaris uTqmelad asrulebda, da amorCeulebica grZnobdnen TavianT Zalas da mniSvnelobas. abdia gavida calke da daiZaxa: 112

_ meTaurni aq gamovidnen! imisi sityvebi xalxSi ramdenjerme gameorda da maTgan TiTo-TiTod, amayad gamodiodnen meTaurni da midiodnen abdiasTan. rodesac yvelani Segrovdnen, isini dasxdnen gansakuTrebiT martoni da daiwyes sja TavianT mdgomareobis Sesaxeb. _ xalxo! gaigeT, rom rusis xelmwifesTan gagzavnilebi dabrundnen? _ gavigeT, Seni kvnesa-me, gavigeT! _ mefe givargis sikvdilic gaigeT? _ egec gavigeT, Seni kvnesa-me! _ gaigeT Suakacebs raic pasuxi moutaniaT? _ gavigeT, magram kargad ver Cagvismenia. _ ai, qalaqidgan mosuli stumari TviTon getyvisT! _ SeWmuxvnilis saxiT warmosTqva abdiam da miubrunda iq Soriaxlo mdgoms mTiuls: _ wadi, stumari moiyvane. movida stumari, romelsac qarTluli tanisamosi ecva da Tavidgan fexebamdin SeiaraRebuli iyo. stumris mosvlazed yvelani fexzed wamodgnen da miesalmnen. imanac mdablad daukra Tavi da uTxra: _ mSvidoba vaJkacs mTiulebs! _ nu mogiSalos lomisam mSvidoba! _ iyo saerTo pasuxi. abdiam moipatiJa qarTleli, Tavis gverdiT misca adgili, da yvelani isev dalagdnen. _ stumaro, _ daiwyo abdiam, _ am xalxs gagoneba unda, raic saqarTveloSi xdeba... marTalia rom gviRalates, gagvyides? _ marTalia, marTali... dReis iqiT Tqven veRar ixilavT Tqvens mefes, Tqven aRar geyolebaT Tqveni sakuTari mefe. am sityvebma xalxSi naperwkaliviT gaiara da iqam113

dis aaRelva, rom karga xanma gamoiara, sanam axalmosuls salaparakod dro darCeboda. _ gaCumdiT, gaigoneT! _ bolos warmosTqva abdiam, da isev siCume Camovarda. _ Tqven yvelas gagonili gaqvsT, rom gansvenebulma mefe giorgim ruseTs Suakacebi gahgzavna im pirobaTa Sesakravad da dasamtkiceblad, ra pirobiTac rusebi CvenSi unda darCeniliyvnen. Cven yvelas ise gvqonda gagebuli da gardawyvetili, rom ruseTs, rogorc marTlmadidebels xalxs, Zmuri xeli unda gamoeSvira CvenTvis da SeerTebulis ZaliT winaaRvdgomodiT mahmadianebs; magram mefe mainc Cveni unda gvyoloda. amis samagierod Cven unda Segvenaxa is jarebi, romelic saqarTveloSi iqneboda da cotaodeni maxtis magieri xarji gveZlia maTTvis. _ rad gvindoda isini, Seni kvnesa-me? aTasjera vyofilvarT gaWirvebaSi, magram Cvenve mogviSorebia Tavidgan! _ warmosTqva ramdenime pirma. _ magazed exla laparaki gvianac aris da metic. mefema da xalxma agre dainaxes uked, agre amjobines Tavis qveynisaTvis da agre gadaswyvites... am pirobaTa Sesakravad mefem gahgzavna Suakacebi, romelnic dabrundnen da qalaqSi swored mefis sikvdilis dRes Semovidnen. isini jer isev verazed iyvnen, qalaqSi ar Semosuliyvnen da mefe ar enaxaT, rodesac, Cvenda vaglaxad, mefem dalia umanko suli... diaR, mefem dalia suli. da imis ukanaskneli Jami mnaxvels guls mouklavda, ise itanjeboda gansvenebuli. imis sikvdilis Semdeg Semovidnen qalaqSi ruseTs gagzavnili kacebi da maSindelma marTeblobam gamoacxada mefe giorgis survilad _ saqarTvelos ruseTis mflobelobis qveS Sesvla!.. es xma zarsaviT dagveca Tavs, radganac Cven ruseTisgan mfarveloba gvindoda da moulodnelad ymad ki gadaviqeciT... marTla mefem gardasca saqarTvelo, Tu gagzavnilebma ga114

moscvales qaRaldebi da mefe ki qalaqSi mowamles, rogorc xma gamovida, _ exlac aravin icis... amis Semdeg piroba Sehkres, rom rusis jarebisTvis, romelTac aTiode dRezed unda CamoearaT, gzebi ise Seukran fasanauris viwroebSi, rom veRarc win wavidnen da veRarc ukan; moxeveTac moelaparakon, rom imaTac darielis xeoba Sehkran da rusi aRar gadmoaWaWanon. amis Semdeg kreba daiSala da yvelani gardawyvetilebisamebr wavid-wamovidnen, gzebis Sekvras Seudgnen. dacarielebuls adgilzed mxolod erTi kaci-Ra darCa, romelic mZime fiqrebs waeRo, magram male gons movida, Seibertya da wamoiZaxa: _ aba elgujau! batarai gabrZoleba gindoda da droc movida. es kaci gaxldaT maTia, romelsac xalxis areuloba Tavis ZmadnaficisaTvis undoda Seetyobinebina. mSvenierad gamwvanebuls ferdobzed, lamazad Sefeniliyo qaRaldiviT TeTri cxvari da wynar-wynarad movid-modioda aRma. ori yoCi qveiT CamorCeniliyo da TavganwirviT ibrZodnen, radganac romelime „SiSaqi“* sadaod gahxdomodaT da erTmaneTs Tavs aRar anebebdnen, oRondac satrfos mowonebiT da arCeviT gabednierebuliyvnen. yoCebi ukan-ukan wavidodnen, gaudgebodnen erTmaneTs ganzed da, rodesac sakmaod ganSordebodnen, kamariT da lazaTianis xtunaobiT, yelmoRerebulebi erTi erTmaneTisken gaeqanebodnen; miaxlovebulni Subls erTmaneTs medgrad ajaxebdnen, Semdeg, gabruebulebi, frutuniT gaiqnevdnen Tavs da isev xelmeored ganSordebodnen, raTa xel-axlad ecadaT TavianTi rqebis, kisris da Tavis simagre da Zala, iqamdis midioda imaTi Tavganwiruleba da survili gamarjvebisa, rom bevrjer Setakebis Semdeg, orniv * batknobidam gamosuli dedali cxvari.

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Tavretdasxmulni gadaiqcevodnen ukan da raodenime xani ise usuloni eyarnen. gareSe kacs rom Seexeda imaT brZolisaTvis, egoneboda, rom mebrZolni Suazed gaixeTqdnen Subls. magram mwyemsi, romelic faras saTaveSi mohqceoda, siamovnebiT uyurebda imaT brZolas. mTiuli yoCebis gaSvelebas arc ki scdilobda, radgan Zalian kargad icoda, rom maTi damSvideba, sanam erTi maTgani gamarjvebuli ar Seiqmneboda, SeuZlebeli iyo; sanam erTs maTgans ar eRirseboda alersianis ymuyuniT gavla Tavis satrfo SiSaqis win, da meores ki, Sercxvenil da Tavdaxrils, _ faraSi damalva, maTi dacxromac warmoudgeneli iyo. mwyemsi dayrdnobiliyo Tavis Svindis kombalzed da dascqeroda cxvars, romelsac metis metad win ar uSvebda, rom ufro gulianad eZovaT Ra win-gasulT ukanebisaTvis balaxi ar eqelaT. didis, gabanjglulis fexebiT da Sesazaris Sexedulobis qofaks, erT maRlobzed amoerCia alagi da iqidgan hdarajobda cxvarsa. erTbaSad ZaRli wamovarda, Sehymuvla da gaeqana erTi qedisken, romlidganac erTi dedakaci amoCnda. ZaRli mivida qalTan, dauwyo laqucoba, wkmutuniT yefa da zed xteboda; etyoboda axalmosulis naxvam ZaRli metismetad gaaxara. qalic Tavisi nazi xelebiT ualersebda da uyvavebda pirutyvs. rawams mwyemsma Tvali mohkra momavals qalsa, saxem gauRima, Tumca didi xani iyo, rac amgvarad xSirad xarobda xolme, magram gulma ise dauwyo Zgera, TiTqos Seyris pirveli dRe yofiliyo. isini mividnen erTmaneTTan, sixaruliT moexvivnen da dasxdnen. qalma moixsna guda, amoalaga xaWapurebi, yveli da qada. pirvelis alersis Semdeg daiwyes puris Wama. _ qalau, mTiuleTiT Tu aravin mosula? _ hkiTxa elgujam, romelsac ueWvelia, mkiTxveli icnobda. 116

_ ara, _ upasuxa qalma. _ raisTvisRa igvianeben? _ warmosTqva elgujam da dafiqrda. _ sofelSi ki amboben, raime areuloba aris mTiuleTsao, da ar vici... _ areulobao? _ vaJebi laSqrad emzadebian. _ mefisas ras amboben, vina dgebao? _ ar vici... xalxi giorgisa glovobs, yvela ufrosebma wveri daiyenes. _ ras gvargebs wveris dayeneba? RvTis madlsa! am dros ZaRli, romelic iqve iwva da enazeboda mzaRos, wamovarda _ da gaanCxlebuli, yefiT gaqanda gzisaken, sadac erTi mTiuli mgluris nabijiT Semodioda. TuSuri qudi koxtad gverdzed mohqceoda da umSvenebda sicocxliT savse pirisaxes, Coxis kalTebi ganiers Rvedis qamarSi ise Caekeca, rogorc siarulSi da omis dros ikeTeben xolme. qamarzed mozrdili xanjali wels uSvenebda. saswrafo da sapiriswamle, orkenve mxar-iRliv hqonda gadakidebuli, amtkicebdnen, rom meomari unda yofiliyo; gaSiSvlebuli Tofi, mxarzed gadadebuli, mzis sxivze krialebda. mTeli imisi mixra-moxra amtkicebda siamayes da guladobas. Sekruli da gafrTxilebuli, ise guladad modioda, rom mtersac ki misi naxva sasiamovnod miaCndeboda; damiznebuls Tofs Seayenebinebda, rom sakmaod damtkbariyo imis mSvenierebiT. _ maTia, maTia! _ wamoiZaxa elgujam, raki mTiuli dainaxa da gaeqana. ZaRli gaSmagebiT daeZgera axladmosuls. _ ha, azgam, Se baiTalmano! azgam! _ dasZaxa elgujam ZaRlsa, romelic maSinve gamobrunda da kudi dauSva. _ bedSavo! afTarav! mokeTe veRar gicvnia?.. _ ufro mSvidobianad daumata elgujam. 117

_ elgujas gamarjveba! _ SemosZaxa maTiam. _ gagimarjos, maTiau! am dros mzaRoc movida, magram vai im mosvlas!.. rawams maTiam Tvali Sehkra, maSinve feri ecvala da waibarbaca. _ rai mogivida? _ mieSvela elguja. _ arc ra, arc ra!.. Tavs reti rame damesxa... _ upasuxa maTiam da TvalebdaSvebuli wynarad miubrunda mzaRos: _ das gaumarjos! _ au, bedSavo Cemo Tavo, me ki guli gamixeTqe-da, raiRa gamarjvebisa?.. dajeq, dajeq, ar waiqce! _ eubneboda mzaRo. _ ara miSav-ra, Seni kvnesa-me! cxeli dRea, mzem Zala Tu damatana. _ wadi-Ra, wyarodgan wyali moitane! _ miubrunda elguja mzaRos, romelic saCqarod gabrunda. _ nu irjebi, Seni kvnesa-me! nu, ara minda-ra, gaiara!.. _ warmosTqva maTiam, Tumca Tavs Zlivs-Ra imagrebda. mTiuli im dros hgrZnobda jojoxeTis cecxlsa, wamebas da satanjvels, rac ki adamianisaTvis gaCenila am soflad, magram yovels RonisZiebasa xmarobda, ar SaemCnivaT. isini mividnen binasTan, dasxdnen da daiwyes laparaki. _ rai ambavi hxdeba mTiuleTs? _ daiwyo elgujam. _ rai ambavi, omi iqnebis. _ omi?! _ sixaruliT wamoxta elguja. _ ho, omi. _ visTan? _ rusebTan. _ Zlivs!.. aba dedal-mamloba axla gamoCndebis, ai! am sityvebzed mzaRo SehkrTa da wynarad pkiTxa: 118

_ Senc Tu ar waxval? _ me? me yvelazed meti mizezi maqvs... Cadi Sin da xaranaulT uTxar, cxors moepatronon, da me ki iq waval, saca, Cemi tol-sworebi iqnebian... mzaRo Cumad wamodga, Cumad gamoesalma maTias da Cumad TvalebSi cremlmoreuli gaemarTa gzas. maTia da elguja ki dafiqrebulni, gaCumebulni darCnen; bolos ukanasknels gulma veRar mouTmina da uTxra maTias: _ patara xans cxvarzed Tvali daiWire, Sin raime damaviwyda, waval, im qalas mivewevi da davabareb! _ agre, _ iyo mokle pasuxi. elguja gamoudga Tavis cols, romelsac Cqara moewia. _ qalau, moicade-Ra! mzaRo Sesdga da madlieris TvaliT Sexeda. _ rai ginda? _ me sofelSi aRar Camoval, aqedgan waval pirdapira. _ kidev omi, kidev xalxis wyveta!.. wamoiZaxa mzaRom gulis kankaliT. _ rai vuyoT, mters _ pasuxi unda, Zalis momtans _ winaaRmdegoba. _ Camoxvidodi, balRebs mainc gamoeTxovebodi, _ uTxra mzaRom, romelsac Tavis qmari ver daeTmo. _ meti naxva _ meti mwuxareba iqnebis. balRebs rai undaT? keTili mezoblebi ar dailevis da Sen ki Tavs ar daanebeb, upatronod ar dahyri... _ au, ras meubnebi? _ imas, rom fici unda momce... yvelani sikvdilis Svilebi varT... vin icis, cocxali moval, Tu ara... Tu momkles, mamobac Sen unda gauwio da dedobaca. _ uwinamc dRe dagveleva, sanam mag dRes SeveswrebodeT. 119

_ vin icis... vaJkaci namusisa da brZolisTvis aris gaCenili, dedakaci _ Svilebis aRsazrdelad... maS Semomfice, rom Sens movaleobas aasruleb _ Sens Svilebs Tavs ar daanebeb. _ vficav Sens Tavs! _ Zlivs warmosTqva mzaRom, tiriliT Caekra gulSi da ise darCnen ramdenime xansa. _ kargi, kargi! RmerTi mowyalea... kidev SeviyrebiT mSvidobiT... mzaRom magrad mohxvia xelebi da TrTolviT, Tumca TavSekavebiT, stiroda; elgujasac guli daulba da TiTonve eSinoda, rom Cqara ar gawyvetiliyo siyvarulis es sasiamovno jaWvi. magram moagonda maTia, moagonda Tavisi movaleoba, gaifiqra: „gulCviloba diacT wesia“, _ da cols wynarad gaaSvebina xelebi, Sexeda TvalebSi, moexvia, gatacebiT akoca da saCqarod gamobrunda. _ daica, cota xans kidev! saTqmeli maqvs raime! _ daiZaxa mzaRom, magram gvian-Ra iyo: elguja gadaefara iqve axlod myofs qeds. moxeve mieSureboda Tavis Zmadnaficisaken, raTa erTad wasuliyvnen da gverds misdgomodnen TavianT moZmeT da erTadve winaaRsdgomodnen SemaZrwunebels usamarTloebas. meore dRes amovidnen xaranaulebis balRebi, romelTac Caibares cxvari. elgujam da maTiam gaswies mTiuleTisaken. gzaSi isini agrovebdnen TavisaviT Tavgamodebuls biWebs. sanam daniSnuls alags mividodnen, ocamdis biWebi Seiyarnen, magram iseTi biWebi, romelTaganac erTi aTad dafasdeboda. isini pirvelsave Seyrazed Zmad gaificnen, dasdves piroba, rom yvelani erTad gadiqcnen da erTis saxeliT imoqmedon, erTma yvelasTvis gadasdos Tavi da yvelam erTisaTvis. magram es fici saWiroc ar iyo, isini TavianTis aR120

zrdiT, Tavis SexedulebiT da CveulebiT TavianT movaleobad hxedavdnen erTmaneTis Svelas, erTmaneTisaTvis Tavgadadebas. asec unda yofiliyo im xalxSi, romelic dedis ZuZusTan erTad Seswovdnen da Cainergavdnen _ amxanagis moRalatis zizRsa da siZulvils. im xalxSi, romelTa zRapari, Tu leqsi, am saganzed trialebda da unergavda gulSi am amaRlebuls Sexedulebas. es aris exla abdia unda enaxaT, SeetyobinaT misTvis Tavisi azri da saubari hqonodaT imazed, Tu ra rigad unda emoqmednaT. _ maS gavwydeT yvelani da sircxvils ki nu SevirCenT! _ wamoiZaxa elgujam. _ gavwydeT, gavwydeT! _ iyo saerTo pasuxi. _ rai-Ra viqmnebiT, Tu ki Cvena mefec aRar gveyoleba? _ arca ra... RvTis madlma... _ merme rogor mouklavT uRmerToebs?.. mouwamlavT! _ sikvdili moRalates! sikvdili!.. am dros movida erTi mTiuli, romelic svimons gamoegzavna maTiasTan. _ gamarjveba vaJebs! _ misvlis umales wamoiZaxa iman. _ gagimarjos! gagimarjos! _ maTiai aqaa? _ aqa var, rai ginda? _ svimonma gamomgzavna, maTias uTxari, abdia da sxva ufrosi kacebi wamoiyvanos da exlave aq amovideso. _ ras ityviT, vaJebo? _ cota siCumis Semdeg hkiTxa maTiam amxanagebs. _ svimon kai kacia, RalatiT ar moiqcevis... adi abdiasTan, da rogorc iman giTxras, ise moiqec. magram Zalian ki mainc nu endobi, rusis samsaxurSia... isini aZleven fulsa da eSmakma ar wasZlios. rva saaTi iqneboda Ramisa, rodesac qveSeTSi, svi121

monis saxlis karebzed, raRaca moZraoba iyo. Sekazmuli cxenebi da Sebmuli urmebi amtkicebdnen, rom aq an viRacani mosuliyvnen da an midiodnen sadme. TiTon svimonic, CaSalvarebuli, mTlad SeiaraRebuli, raRaca mRelvarebaSi iyo. etyoboda, rom sadRac miemzadeboda da mouTmenlad raRacas Tu viRacas eloda. wamdauwum Sediodnen da gamodiodnen imasTan sxvadasxva pirni, romelTac mmarTveli Cumad, idumalad moelaparakeboda da maSinve gamoistumrebda. aTjer mometebulad hkiTxavda svimoni biWebs: „xom ar mosulan?“ Tumca Zalian kargad icoda, rom Tu mosuliyo vinme, maSinve Seatyobinebdnen. bolos biWi saCqarod Semovarda da Seatyobina imis mosvla, visac ise sulswrafad moeloda saxlis patroni. _ Semoiyvane, Cqara, raRas eli? _ uTxra iman da bolos daumata: _ sanam is aq iqneba, aravin SemouSva! biWi gavida, gaiRo xelaxlad karebi da Semovida maTia, mTlad SeiaraRebuli. imisi Cacmuloba, ukan gadakecili Coxis kalTebi da yvela saWiro saomari iaraRi amtkicebda, rom laSqrad sadme unda yofiliyo. _ madloba RmerTsa! _ mouTmenlad warmosTqva svimonma: _ ra hqmen? miambe Cqara! _ yvelani vnaxe, Seni kvnesa-me, _ upasuxa maTiam. _ uTxari? _ hai, hai, rom vuTxar. _ mere ra giTxres?.. ar wamovidnen? _ ara, Seni kvnesa-me!.. isini amboben, rom Tu xalxisaTvis keTili gindao, Sen TiTonac Camoxval aqao. _ me? me unda veaxlo imaT?! _ gakvirvebiT da amayad warmosTqva svimonma. _ hai, hai, rom unda waxvide! _ rogor? Senc magas ambob?.. me dRes mTaSi pirvel kacad viTvlebode da unda imaT veaxlo? 122

_ abdiam SemogiTvala, Seni kvnesa-me: „dRes mTiulT ufrosebs iseTi Zneli saqme awevsT kiserzedao, rom erT dasamTqnarebladac ver moscildebian TavianT adgilebsao! Tu Sen marTla keTili gindao, an xalxisaTvis an mamulisaTvis, maSin CvenTan Camosvlasac ar daizarebo“. am sityvebma ara mcired daafiqres svimon, romelmac ramdenjerme gaiar-gamoiara oTaxSi da maTias win Sesdga. svimons pasuxi ver gadaewyvita, radganac marTla mosafiqrebeli iyo misvla ajanyebuls mTiulebTan, romelnic svimons, rogorc erTs marTeblobis warmomadgenels da, maSasadame, imis momxres, ar endobodnen. am aRelvebis, am saerTo areulobis dros mciredi eWvis Setanaca kmaroda, rom kacis sicocxle Caladac aRar dafasebuliyo. gamwarebulebs samarTlianad Tu usamarTlod mciredi eWvi eyofodaT, rom kacisTvis Tavi ise waeWraT, rogorc qaTmisaTvis. svimon ar iyo laCari da sikvdils bevrjer pirdapir Sehyroda. magram ubralod sikvdili, TavgaumarTleblad STamomavlobis winaSe, mxolod ubralo eWvis gamo, ar undoda. amasTan erTad is kaci iyo da agondeboda Tavis colSvili, romelic xalxis sibrazis ueWvels msxverplad Seiqmnebodnen, Tu TiTon autydeboda rame. marTalia is mamulisSvili iyo, qarTveli da qarTveluri grZnoba hqonda, Tavis movaleobada hxedamda misuliyo xalxSi da gaWirvebaSi gverds mosdgomoda Tavis moZmeT, Tunda es sicocxledac dasjdomoda, magram usabuTod da usargeblod sikvdili ki ar esmoda. iman erTxel da samudamod gardaswyvita, rom mxolod im azrebis aRsrulebas Sesdgomiyo, romelnic xalxisaTvis, imis SexedulebiT, sasargebloni iqmnebodnen. svimon Cafiqrda, da daRonda. saxe wamdauwum ecvleboda. erTbaSad TavSi gauelva azrma: gafrTxileba rom silaCre egonosT! mTlad gafiTrda, Sesdga kidev 123

cota xans, amoioxra, mivida axlos da gardawyvetiT uTxra: _ kargi, wamoval. am sityvebis Semdeg gavida im oTaxidgan, moamzada saxloba, romelic gaistumra larsis simagreSi, osebis mebatoneebTan. gamosalmebaSi gulma ver mouTmina da umowmod, calke darCenilma, miikra gulSi Tavisi coli, romelsac, gaCumebuls da gafiTrebuls, isic veRar gaebedna, rom ekiTxa, Tu ra hxdeba da ras unda moelodes? aRelvebulma svimonma mxurvaled dahkocna Tavis Svilebi da gunebaSi gauara fiqrma: „vin icis, kidev eRirseba Tqvens mSobels Tqveni mkerdTan mikvra?“ gahfiqra esa, da gulSi raRaca aduRda da mTels agebulebas moedo. isa hxedavda, rom sustdeboda, magram moagonda mamuli, moZmeni, romelnic iseTs gaWirvebaSi iyvnen da xelis CaqneviT wamoiZaxa: _ wadiT, wadiT! RmerTi iyos Tqveni mfarveli! _ am sityvebis Semdeg urmebi gaWrialda da gahyara Svilebi mamas, romelic saCqarod gamobrunda da damSvidebulis nabijiT Sevida maTiasTan. _ mzada var, wavideT, avasruloT Cveni movaleoba! isini Sesxdnen cxenebzed, gaiyoles kidev erTi mTiuli da gaswies abdiasaken, sadac ufrosi xalxi da laSqris meTaurebi Seyriliyvnen. aravin ar moeloda, rom svimon batoni, _ rogorc maSin mTis xalxi naCalniks eZaxda, dasaCuqrebuli da dayvavebuli rusis mmarTvelobisagan, _ ar gawyreboda da TiTon movidoda xalxTan. warmoidgineT gakvirveba, rodesac imaTTan Sevida erTi darajTagani da gamoucxada svimonis mosvla. abdia da ramdenime moxuci stumars gamoegebnen gareT, sadac miesalmnen svimons, didis mokrZalebiT da pativiT Seiwvies. 124

_ batono svimon! Zvirfasi stumari xar CvenTvis, lomisaa mowame... me mixarian, rom Cems qoxSi gxedam, _ dabla Tavis dakvriT uTxra abdiam. _ mTiulni vaJkacni arian, stumarTmoyvarulni! CemTvis saxelia SenisTana maspinZeli, _ zrdilobianadve upasuxa mosulma. _ ai, Seni kvnesa-me, Cemi saxli, mobrZandi, Sen batoni da Cven ki Seni yurmoWrili ymebi! _ am sityvebiT abdiam SeipatiJa saxlSi, sadac qvabiT saklavi* jer kidev sakidlidgan ar gadmoeRoT da wynarad CuxCuxebda. stumar-maspinZelni dasxdnen da siCume Camovarda ramodenime xans. yvelani raRaca uxerxulobasa grZnobdnen. _ abdiau! me dagibareT, magram Tqven ar moxvediT. ar mendeniT, Tu ra iyo? _ daiwyo svimonma. _ ara, Seni kvnesa-me, Sen rogor ar gendobodiT? Senc Cveni sisxli xar da Cveni xorci, ganTqmuli vaJkacobiT da guladobiT... Sen rogor ar gendobodiT? _ maS rad ar moxvediT? _ imad, rom ufrosebi vinc arian, jaris moTaved amoarCies da TavTavis alags Tavs ver daanebebdnen. _ dRes Tqven ufrosad me var dayenebuli, da raki me gibarebdiT, kidec unda amohsuliyaviT. _ ufrosad? _ amayad warmosTqva abdiam: _ Sen cxo xalxisagan xar dayenebuli ufrosad, da Cven-ki Cveni xalxisagana varT amorCeulni... Seni qomagni stumrad arian mosulni, dRes Tu xval unda wavidnen da Cven ki memkvidreni varT... ufrosebi Cvengan arian amorCeulebi, SenTan rad unda mosuliyvnen? _ vaJkacs vaJkacuri sityva eqnebis! Temis gardawyvetilebas aki mec davmorCildi da movedi. _ maS Cveni xar, Seni kvnesa-me, Cveni? _ sixaruliT wamoiZaxa abdiam. * `saklavs~ cxvars eZaxian.

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_ cocxalic da mkvdaric! RmerTia gulTa mxilavi. _ agre, Seni kvnesa-me, agre, _ mRelvarebiT moexvia abdia, Seni Wiric damilevia, rom eg sityvebi gamagone! _ maS rasac apirebT, ratom me ki ar matyobinebT? ggoniaT me ki ar mewvis guli mamulisaTvis? ggoniaT me ki ar vxedav, rom viRupebiT? mec viwvi, mec vitanjebi, magram aCqarebiTa sofeli aravis mouWamia. _ maS ras gvirCev? ras gvetyvi? _ jer dawvrilebiT gamagebineT, ras hSvrebiT, ras apirebT da maSin erTad varCioT, ZmebsaviT movilaparakoT. _ ZmebsaviT, Seni kvnesa-me, ZmebsaviT! _ aba, maS daiwyeT! _ eg marto me ar SemiZlian. ai ufrosebi aq arian; magaTac davekiTxneT. _ maS, maS, magaTac unda davekiTxneT! _ ufrosno da meTaurno, ras ityviT? am kiTxvis Semdeg raodenime xani siCume Camovarda, mere wamodga erTi da daiwyo: _ Cven dasamali ara gvaqvs-ra Cven gardavwyviteT, rom an gavwydeT da an isev Cveni mefe gveyolos... vinc Taviss Tavs qarTvelad uyurebs, unda mogvidges; vinc ar mogvidgeba, is wyeuli iqneba, moRalate, moZmeTa da xalxis gamyidi, iudis kerZi. vinc egeTia, mogvSordes. _ qarTli Taobs da Cven ki saqarTvelos nawili varT, ukan ver davdgebiT, _ daumata meorem. _ eg yvela, kargi, mec mag azrisa var, magram ras apirebT? _ daiwyo isev svimonma. _ xalxo, vuTxraT yvela? _ ikiTxa kidev abdiam. _ vuTxraT, vuTxraT dasamali rai gvaqvs? _ erTxmad wamoiZaxa xalxma. amis Semdeg abdiam uambo svimons rogorc qalaqidgan mosuli stumris nalaparakevi, agreTve TavianTi gar126

dawyvetileba gzebis Sekvraze da jaris momwyvdevis Sesaxeb. svimon Cafiqrda am sityvebzed da raodenime xani ise darCa. _ xalxo! _ daiwyo iman: _ me mgonia, rom TqvenSi iseTi veravin gamova, roma sTqvas: „svimons sikvdilisa eSinian, svimons Tavisi Tavi Tavis xalxzed da qveyanazed metad uyvars!“ vficav, rac ki salocavebi myavs, vficav, rac ufro Zvirfasad mimaCnia am qveynad _ dResve rom SeiZlebodes Cemi colSvilis msxverplad motaniT mamulis daxsna, imaTac ki ar Sevibralebdi, me TiTon Cemis xeliT yelebs davsWridi, magram eg aras uSvelis mamuls. verca ras marto Cven vuSveliT, Tu yvelani ar SevgrovdiT, ar SeverTdiT. ase nawil-nawilad mRelvareba da Tavis gawirva, mxolod xalxs gagviwyvets. Tqven Setyobili gaqvsT, rom qarTli ajanyebula da me ki zedmiwevniT vici, rom qarTli jer yizilbaSebis, da am axalis moulodnelobisagan, Semdeg, Sinauris ganxeTqilebisa da ukmayofilobisagan, Tavbrudaxveuli, Zalas moklebulia, mTvralsaviT daretianebuli daracracebs. iq TiTonac ar ician ra daiwyon, da vis mimarTon... Tu qarTlSi fxizlad vinme darCenila, isinic cal-calke gamdgaran, xedaven saqmis dawyebis SeuZleblobas da amisaTvis dros elian... xalxi sulgakmendili yurs ugdebda imis laparaks, magram, rawams gaaTava, yvela erTbaSad ayayanda, yvelas undoda pasuxi mieca. _ qarTli aRsdga, qarTli exla omobs, _ daiwyo erTma, _ Cvenc mxari unda mivsceT!.. nu gauSvebT, voJebo, momdinars rusebs, Torem egenic Cavlen, miematebian danarCenebs da isev Cvens moZmeT dauwyeben Jletas! _ marTals ambobs, marTals! _ dasTanxmdnen yvelani. _ xalxo! momwons Tqveni Tavganwiruloba, mamuli127

saTvis sisxlis daRvris survili, moZmeT miSvelebis wadili, _ eg maRali grZnobaa da mis winaSe mec qeds vixri, muxls vidrekav; magram yvelazed uwin dafiqreba da gonivrebaa saWiro im xalxTaTvis, vinc xalxisagan erTxel ufrosebad iqmnebian amorCeulni. damijereT, modiT _ qalaqs gavgzavnoT kacebi, Seityon, gaigon an iq rai ambavi xdeba an sxvagan saqarTveloSi, da raic ambavi mogvitanon, Cvenc imisdagvarad daviWiroT saqme. es sityvebi moewona yrilobis nawils, magram gafrTxilebulma abdiam warmosTqva: _ voJebo, egrec ar iqnebis... svimonma karga sTqva, Cveni kacebi gavgzavnoT, dee Seityon qarTlis ambavi, magram jaris gaSveba ki mainc ar SeiZlebis. jari vimwyvdioT da, sanam gagzavnilebi simarTles ar mogvitanen, manamdis jars ki nurc gauSvebT da nurc aras vavnebT, Tu saqme Tavad ar gagviWirdes. _ ai, Seni kvnesa-me, Seni, aba eg aris sityva, ai! _ mouwona yvelam. svimonic dahyabulda amazed da fici CamoarTva, rom sanam gagzavnili kacebi ar dabrundebodnen pasuxiT, manam mTiulebi xels Seinaxamdnen da Tu, vinicobaa, qarTli marTla ajanyebuli iyo, maSin SeerTebuls mTiulebs qarTlTan erTad erTgulad unda gaewia saerTo uReli. maSin svimonic Tavisi mxriT Tavgadadebis pirobas aZlevda. am saRamozedve ramdenime marjve biWi amoirCies, daafices da saCqarod qarTlSi ambis Sesatyobad gagzavnes. yriloba daiSala. laSqris moTaveebi TavTavianT banakzed wavidnen; svimoni ki qveSeTs dabrunda, sadac rusis jarebs unda daxvedroda da mieRo. dilis aTi saaTi iqneboda, rodesac qveSeTSi raRaca areuloba moxda; xalxi midi-modioda, yvelas pirisaxezed riRasic molodini etyoboda, maTi Tvalebi xSi128

rad mieqceodnen qveSis daRmarTs, romelzedac uwin iseTis gaWirvebiT dadiodnen xolme, da Seubralebels zvavebs da kldis naSalebs imdeni msxverpli mihqonda. qveSis daRmarTi Camodioda qveSis xeobaSi gardigardmo Cadgmuls mTazed, romelic am sofels TiTqos gangeb mohfareboda, raTa daecva CrdiloeTis civis qarebisagan. zed mTis wverzed gamoCnda ramdenime orTvliani, bargiT datvirTuli uremi da gadmoemarTa TavdaRmarTzed. aSkarad etyoboda, rom es urmebi moxeveebisa unda yofiloyo. magram yvelas gasaoceblad, arc erTi moxeve maT ar mozdevda. imaT samagierod xarebs rusis saldaTebi moerekebodnen da win erTi aficeri beladsaviT mouZRveboda. eWvi ar iyo, rom moxeveTa urmebs jaris bargi mohqonda. magram TviT meurmeebi sad moxafruliyvnen, an sayorelis saqonlisTvis Tavi risTvis daenebebinaT, kaci Znelad moifiqrebda. urmebi ise gaWedili iyo bargiT, rom sacodavs saqonels moZraoba uWirdeboda. mxolod erTi uremi ganerCeoda danarCenebs: misi bargi sruliad ar miemsgavseboda sxva urmebisas, radganac gaWuWyianebulis tomrebis, „marankebis“ da saldaTebis sxva iaraRis magivrad, ramdenime moxeve gulaRma amobrunebuli daekraT. maTi Calurjebuli da Casisxlianebuli pirisaxe ucnaurad darumbebuliyo da simsivnes Tvalebi mTlad daefara. urmebi qveSeTs Camovidnen, Semogrovdnen iqav mdebare mindorzed da gaCerdnen. aficerma naCalniki ikiTxa da maSinve masTan gamosacxadeblad wavida. axladmosuli miuaxlovda mmarTvels, gamoiWima wesisamebr mis winaSe da SublTan xelis mitaniT gamoucxada, rom yvelani da yvelaferi mSvidobianad moviyvaneo da movitaneo. 129

_ maS mSvidobianad imgzavreT? _ ikiTxa svimonma da daumata: _ didi moxaruli var, didi. _ mSvidobianad, Tqveno maRalkeTilSobilebav! _ SublTanve xelis mitaniT gaimeora aficerma. _ marTalia, moxeveT... ise... cota TiTqos areulobis moxdena daapires, magram, _ siamayiT daumata iman, _ mkacri gankarguleba movaxdine da mTiulebi mSiSara kurdRlebsaviT gaifantnen. svimons, rogorc etyoboda, ar uama es sityvebi, radganac warbebi raodenadme SaeWmuxna da qveviTa tuCma TrTola dauwyo. aficerma mmarTvelis siCume Tavis saqcielis wasaqezeblad CasTvala da ufro gabedulad gaagrZela: _ ramdenime moxeve, mowinaaRmdegeT moTaveni, daWerilebi CamogiyvaneT: samagaliTod unda gadaaxdevinoT, rom xalxma gaigos, rac mouva rusis jaris da iaraRis mowinaaRmdeges! _ me mgoni, rom maTi CamoxrCobac-ki meti ar iqneboda... xalxzec didi gavlena eqneboda da veRarafers gabedavdnen. _ ra gankargulebac unda movaxdinoT, magis rCevas me Tqven ara gkiTxavT, _ veRar moiTmina svimonma. _ gTxovT mxolod Tqveni vali aRasruloT, daWerilebi CamabareT da rasac uzam, eg Cemi saqme iqneba. aficerma ena Caikvnita da amrezili, urmebisken gabrunda, araqaT-gawyvetili moxeveebi cemas ise daesustebina, rom Zlivs-Ra iZrodnen da axsnis Semdeg asadgomad Svela dasWirdaT. svimonma Sexeda maTs tanjulsa da nawvalebs saxes, mTlad ainTo da ganrisxebuli mkacrad miubrunda jaris ufross: _ gana agre moqceva SeiZleba?.. mag moqmedebiT mTels xals aajanyebT! magisTvis iciT ra pasuxisgebaSi miecemiT? 130

_ meti Rone ar gaxldaT, Tqveno maRalkeTilSobilebav! _ imarTla Tavi ufrosma: _ ase rom ar movqceuliyav, bargi mTas iqiT gadmosatani darCeboda... magasTanave, qarTvelebis valia, yovel russ, rogorc batons, krZalviT da mowiwebiT moeqcnen. svimons Tvalebi aenTo da gajavrebiT uTxra: _ aramc-Tu mxolod ugulo, gauzrdelic ki yofilxarT... moiTmineT, mowyaleo xelmwifev! yovelisfers gamoviZieb da Tqvens umarTebulo saqciels dawvrilebiT TfilisSi Sevatyobineb... xalxis momxrobis magier, Tqven TiTqos gangeb yovlis RonisZiebiTa scdilobT rusebsa da qarTvelebs Soris uTanxmoeba CamoagdoT!.. ara mgonia, rom marTeblobis survili eg iyos. _ me Cems vals vasrulebdi da ruseTis iaraRis pativs vicavdi. _ Semcdari xarT, mowyaleo xelmwifev, Semcdari! usamarTloba aravisTvis arc Rirsebad CaiTvleba da arc pativsacem moqmedebad!.. aba SexedeT: es ra aris? _ uCvena xalxis mmarTvelma moxeveebzed. sacodavebs, mojayjaye uremzed dakvrisa da Tokebis gadaWirebis gamo, majebi da wvivebi mTlad gadaxexodaT. tanisamosi SemoscarcodaT da nagleji, sisxlSemxmari, mtverCamkvdari xorci nakuT-nakuTad ekidaT. sazareli da sazizRari sanaxavi iyo maTi mdgomareoba. rusi-ki ise gulgrilad Sehyurebda, TiTqos Tvalwin friad Cveulebrivi suraTi exateboda. _ rai RmerTi gagiwyraT? rai mogividaT? _ miubrunda svimon moxeveebs. _ rai viciT? _ kvnesiT da oxvriT upasuxes imaT. _ saqoneli jvarT-vakes gamouSviT da vaZovebdiT... Tavadac kargad mogexseneba, rom saqoneli, marTalia, pirutyvebi arian, magram Wama imaTac unda... mSivrebi saiT imuSaveben?.. es rusebi, movidnen da cema dagviwyes... raRacas gvejiyjiyebodnen, magram Cven ena ar vicodiT, da 131

Tolmaji-ki ara gyvanda! vera gavigeT-ra... Zalian ro Segvawuxes... suli tkbilia, Senai Wiraime!.. Cvenc xeli gamoviReT, magram erTs aTasTan rai gauva? vinc gaqceva SesZlo, ZaRlsaviT sikvdils gaqceva amjobina, da vinc veRar SesZlo, _ ai ase gagvxades. _ magaT xarebi gamouSves da gaparvas apirobdnen, _ CaurTo aficerma, romelsac Tavis gamarTleba undoda, _ eg briyvi da barbarosi xalxia. gana magaT daejerebaT rame? _ yovel SemTxvevaSi Tqvenzed mometebuli, mowyaleo xelmwifev! _ mkacrad mouWra svimonma. _ ara Tqveno... _ daiwyo isev jaris ufrosma, magram xalxis mmarTvelma gaawyvetina. _ kargi, kargi! magas mere gavarCevT! _ warbebSeWmuxvniT gaawyvetina svimonma da daumata: _ SegiZlianT mibrZandeT da Tqvens jars mixedoT. amis Semdev gamoubrunda iq myof iasaulebs, rom nawamebi moxeveni sadme daewvinaT da eqimi daeyenebinaT. ukanaskneli sityvebis gaTaveba Zlivs moaswro iman, rodesac momavali jaric qveSis aRmarTzed gamoCnda; isini wynarad Camodiodnen. aragvis pirs, patara mindorzed mowinave jars bina daeca da sadils umzadebda. rodesac yvelani daniSnuls adgils Camoikribnen da dabanakdnen, maTi ufrosi mazris mmarTvelma miipatiJa da Cveulebisamebr gaumaspinZlda. _ me unda mogelaparakoT, _ sadilis Semdeg daiwyo saxlis patronma. _ mibrZaneT, _ upasuxa stumarma da uzrunvelad gadawva kresloSi. jaris ufrosi, rogorc danarCeni, saqarTveloSi pirvelad mosuli rusebi, rogorc mTis xalxs, agreTve maT Cveulebas da zneobas sruliad ar icnobda. axladmosulebs Cagonebuli hqondaT, rom qarTvelebi uzrdelni, briyvni, gareganni da barbarosebi ari132

ano; rom maTzed gavlena mxolod ZaldatanebiT da simkacriT SeiZlebao; amisTvis yoveli rusi saqarTveloSi pirvelsave fexis Semodgmazed, Tavis movaleobada hxdida adgilobriv mcxovreblebs am azris Tanaxmad moqceoda, ramdenadac SeiZleboda simkacre da Seubralebloba gamoeCina. _ pirdapir saqmidgan daviwyeb... _ mohyva svimoni. _ xalxi ajanyebulia da Tqvengan gzis gagrZeleba SeuZlebelia. _ SeuZlebelia? _ RimiliT ikiTxa stumarma da daumata: _ magas vnaxavT... _ raodensame xans aq daicadeT da gaZlevT sityvas, rom mSvidobianad gaivliT. _ exlac win veravin gadamidgeba, _ mkacrad miugo ufrosma. _ mTis xalxs ar icnobT da agre imitom laparakobT... Tqven ar iciT, am erT muWa xalxs ra SeuZlian da ra TavganwirviT ician brZola. _ mxolod ubralo fari-furobaa, garwmunebT, _ mokled mouWra stumarma. svimonma ukmayofilod Sexeda da uTxra: _ Semcdari azri SegidgeniaT... mTiulebi guladni da vaJkacni arian, gaWirvebaSi TavganwirviT ibrZvian. _ me darwmunebuli var, rom Cvens iaraRs win veravin gadaudgeba. _ me ki darwmunebuli var, rom Tu wasvla gahbedeT, mag azrs sruliad gamoicvliT da bevrsac inanebT. _ magasac vnaxavT, vnaxavT... _ moiboxa xma. _ Cemi vali iyo yvelaferi Semetyobinebina, da axla Tqveni nebaa. _ ubralod nu swuxarT. Cemis jariT mTels saqarTvelos ise movivli, rom win gadadgomac veravin gamibedos. svimons eSinoda, rom xalxi am jars ar Sestakeboda 133

da usargeblod sisxlisRvra ar momxdariyo. svimonma icoda, rom xalxs, ukeTu brZola moxdeboda, garda zaralisa, araviTari sargebeli ar eqneboda, Tumca rusebs mTlad amowyvetdnen. sruliad sxva rigad fiqrobda jaris ufrosi; is darwmunebuli iyo, rom mis xmals win veravin gadaudgeboda, nametnavad „briyvi, gauzrdeli da ugunuri mTiulebi“, romelTac joxebis meti sxva iaraRic ki ara aqvT-ra da Tu mciredi Seteva moxdeboda, es kidec uxaroda, radganac es aucileblad jildos da pativs moumatebda. _ Cems rCevas ar ijerebT? _ ukanasknelad hkiTxa svimonma. _ ah, gavaTaoT magazed laparaki!.. ara Rirs. svimon gulnaklulad gamobrunda da TavisTvis waibutbuta: _ maS mibrZandiT da naxamT Tqvens yofas. svimonma Zlivs moaswro gasvla, rodesac weRandeli aficeri Semovida da ufrosis win gamoiWima. am mdgomareobaSi, gaunZrevlad idga da mowiwebiT moeloda Tavis mbrZanebelTan laparakis dawyobas. ufrosi taxtzed miwoliliyo da noyieris sadilis Semdeg zarmacad sTvlemda. karga xanma gaiara da dazarmacebulma sardalma Tvalebi gaaxila, Sexeda Semosuls da isev gansvenebas mieca. rodesac karga xanma gaiara da ufrosma uncross sakmaod alodina, maRalxarisxovanma stumarma xelaxlad gaaxila Tvalebi da aficers xelaxlad cqera dauwyo. _ rogor imgzavre? _ gaabedniera kiTxviT ufrosma, magram ase gafrTxilebiT ki, rom Tavis Rirseba ar daemcirebina da zarmacad daamTqnara. _ kargad, Tqveno aRmatebulebav, kargad. _ gzaSi usiamovnoba xom ara SegmTxvevia-ra? _ meurmeebi cotaodnad gamijiutdnen, magram male movaWkviane. 134

_ magaT, rac SeiZleba, mkacrad unda moeqceT, batono aficero, mkacrad, Torem dayvavebiT veras SeasmenT. _ yvelani gavalaxvine da moTaveni uremze dakrulebi aq Camoviyvane, _ siamovnebis RimiliT moaxsena waqezebulma aficerma. _ egeni ki ar gaalaxvine? _ iseTis xmiT ikiTxa Reneralma, TiTqos mwyurvali wyals iTxovda. _ cotaodeni. _ cotaodeni ki ara, ise unda gecemnaT, rom samudamod dahxsomebodaT. _ mazris ufrosma magisTvisac sayveduri momca, Tqveno aRmatebulebav, _ frTxilad gautara sityva gamoqnilma aficerma. _ rao? _ gagrZelebiT warmosTqva warbebSeWmuxvnilma Reneralma, Tumca Zalian kargad gaigona mosaubris sityvebi. _ imas mogaxsenebdiT, Tqveno aRmatebulebav, rom mazris ufrosma sayveduri momca-meTqi. _ rogor Tu sayveduri?.. sayveduri Cems aficers?.. o-o... eg xom sruli Tavis daviwyebaa!.. ver uyurebT imas! _ SfoTavda jaris moTave. _ daWerilebi ra uyaviT? _ hkiTxa. _ mazris ufross Cavabare. _ damiZaxeT, exlave aq movides mazris ufrosi! _ cxarobda Renerali, _ daWerilebi Tu erTi kargad ar gavawkepline, ar SeiZleba... wadiT, damiZaxeT. _ TviT mazris ufrossac ubrZaneT rame, Tqveno aRmatebulebav, Torem metad Tavs gasula. _ rasakvirvelia, rasakvirvelia!.. magaT Tu neba miecaT, kaci veRaras gaagonebs... wadiT da exlav aq gamomigzavneT. aficeri gavida; maTi aRmatebuleba ki karga xans SfoTavda da sibraziT iZaxda: „magas ver uyurebT? Cems afi135

cers, ha?“ Semdeg mieluSa taxtzed, ramdenjerme wailuRluRa: „Cems afic... afi... afi...“ daamTqnara, Zilisagan TavmoWrilma sityva veRar gaaTava; amouSva xvrinva da tkbils gansvenebas mieca. saRamozed svimonsa da Renerals am saqmis Sesaxeb didi baasi hqondaT, magram mazris mmarTvelma isec Sewuxebuli da dasustebuli moxeveni sawvaleblad aRar daaneba. daRamda da yvelani gansvenebas miecnen. jaris banakis suraTi aqa-iq gaCaRebulma cecxlebma sruliad Sescvala; darajad dayenebuls saldaTebisTvis daRalvas Zili moegvara da ganuwyvetlad sTvlemavda. irgvliv sruli siCume Camovardniliyo. axlos Camomdinare aragvic ki TiTqos misustebuliyo da wynari xuili-Ra gahqonda; aTasSi erTxel romelime cxeni daifrutunebda da gafrTxilebuls mcvelebs Tvals gaaWyetinebda; bolos yvelas CaeZina, yvela gaCumda. am saerTo gansvenebas ganSorebodnen mxolod is mTiulebi, romelnic SeTqmulT banakidgan rusis jarebis saTvalTvalod gamoegzavnaT. isini jaris banaks gars uvlidnen da dawvrilebiT tyobilobdnen maT ricxvs da iaraRis simravles. am momzveralTa Soris elguja da maTiac erivnen; isinic banakis erTs mxrisaken tyes Sehfarebodnen da xma gakmendili, TavianT movaleobas aRsrulebdnen. am siCumeSi karga xanma gaiara, rodesac foTlebis Sriali moisma. amxanagebi SehkrTnen da erTmaneTs xeli wahkres. moxeveT Zalian kargad esmodaT, rom sifrTxiliT unda moqceuliyvnen, raTa ucabedi xmaurobiT Ramis mSvidobianoba ar daerRviaT da miT rusis jarebis yaraulebis yuradReba ar mieqciaT. erTbaSad raRaca Sriali moisma da amxanagebi SekrTnen. _ Tofi ar axalo, _ wasCurCula elgujam. 136

_ ara, _ wynaradve upasuxa maTiam da orTaveni, xanjlebzed xeldadebulni, xes moefarnen. Sriali kidev moisma da adamianis gafrTxilebuli fexis xma aSkarad gaarCies. _ gamodi-Ra, gamodi, viRaca xar da naxav, ra dResac moeswrebi, _ Zlivs moaswro elgujam TavisTvis wynarad wamoeTqva, rodesac Stoebi gadiSala da mis win viRaca ucnobi patara biWi, Tavidgan fexebamdis SeiaraRebuli gadmoxta. amxanagebma gza gadauRobes. _ vina xar? _ wynarad hkiTxa elgujam da xeli gaavlo. _ raSi gekiTxeba vina var! _ upasuxa ucnobma da daumata: _ mokeTe ki var da sxva rai-Ra gindaT? _ aq raid mosulxar, rai saqme gaqvs? _ mkacrad gaimeora moxevem, romelsac axladmosulis nazi xma akvirvebda. _ imad movel, rom TqvenTan sikvdili mwadis, _ biWma mokled miugo. _ gana gvicnob? _ metad da metad hkvirdeboda elguja. _ hai, hai, ro gicnobT: Sen elgujai xar, moxeve da a iski maTiai, _ mTiuli, _ misca pasuxi pataram. _ Senc moxeve Tu ara xar? _ hai, hai, ro moxeve var. _ ici, balRo, rai giTxra: Sens weras augdixar, Torem aq rai mogiyvanda? mai, Sin dabrundi, wadi, Sens patronebs mixede, tyuilubralod Tavs nu gaifuWeb da Sens cods nu gvayurebineb! _ Sin saiT waval? viRa myavs? _ oboli xar? _ mama myvanda da ai emag ZaRlebma momikles, _ gaiSvira rusis banakisken xeli. _ Zma myvanda, magaT muSaobaSi Tovlma CamiCumqra. marto meRa davrCi da sadRa unda wavide?.. barem mec magaT momklan da gaTavdebis. 137

ara elgujaisi, magaT Cemi sisxli hmarTebT da sisxli unda aviRo! _ nu geSinian, RmerTi xels mogimarTams, _ uTxra maTiam. _ iqneba ver momklan da Cems movaleTgan sisxli aviRo... o... o... rogor davlevdi magaT sisxls, rogor davewafebodi! _ kargi, balRo, kargi! balRi xar, magram vaJkacsaviT laparakob... kacma sisxli unda aiRos da mtris mtrobiT sikvdilamdis ar unda gaZRes. _ lomisis madlma, egeT balRsac pirvelad vxedav! _ gatacebiT wamoiZaxa mTiulma. _ maS kargi, _ miubrunda elguja _ CvenTan iyav, ori Zma varT da mesame Zma Sen iqnebi. am sityvebis Semdeg, isini isev jaris Tvalierebas mohyvnen da rodesac yovelisferi Seityes, rac-ki maTTvis saWiro iyo, TavianT banakisken gaswies. gaTenda dila da jarma mzadeba daiwyo; isini eSurebodnen, radganac fasanauris viwroebi sinaTliTve undodaT gaevloT. jaris sardalTan ganuwyvetliv sxvadasxva moxeleni brZanebis misaRebad Sediod-gamodiodnen. ufrosic, Cveulebrivis medidurobiT, gankargulebas aZlevda. xalxs raRaca gansakuTrebiTi moZraoba etyoboda; yvelas pirisaxezed angariSmiucemeli mzrunveloba da aRSfoTeba ewera. maT Soris xma gavrcelebuliyo, rom mTiulebs gzebi SeekraT da, maSasadame, dRes Tu xval imaTTan Setakeba aucilebeli xdeboda. brZola miT ufro saSiSrad da yuradRebis miqcevis Rirsad dainaxes, rodesac gaTenebasTan erTad im adgilebis mdebareoba da simagre Tvalwin mZlavrad warmoudgaT. imaT SeniSnes, rom gzas aqeT-iqiT atexili xSiri udabno tye hqonda da eski mters yovelgvars Semweobas aRmouCenda da maTgan SeumCnevlad amoqmedebda. yvelas moagonda Tavisi saxlka138

ri, miwawyali, col-Svili da odesme moZulebuls, gayinuls samSoblos exla naTeli Suqi dasdgomoda, netarebiT ixsenebdnen. maT agondebodaT TavTavianTi gulis satrfo, romelic Sors qveyanaSi upatronod, vin icis vis saTamaSod, gasaxareblad darCenodaT!.. Zalian swuxdnen, rom imaTzed am samoTxis msgavs adgilebsac-ki moqmedeba aRara hqonda, radganac vin icis bedi vis ras Seaxvedrebda, vis ra rigad gauRimebda. aRaravin icoda erTi wuTis Semdeg ra moeloda, ra rigad gautrialdeboda bedis Carxi da es ucodinaroba yvelas guls uwyalebda; yovels fexis gadadgmasTan, yovel nabijzed, yovel xesTan, yovelis buCqis miaxlovebasTan rusebi Seubralebels sikvdils moelodnen, romelic arc Wabuks da arc moxucs ar daindobda. risTvis Sordebodnen Tavis samSoblos, risTvis daekargaT mosvenebuli cxovreba da risTvis gadmoxvewiliyvnen am adgilebSi, TiTonac ar icodnen. modiodnen Tavdaxrilebi da TavianTi moqmedebis angariSi ver miecaT. dahkres barabans, Cahberes sayvirs da imaT unda daeviwynaT aRZruli mogonebani, radganac sardalma jaris banakiT ayra brZana; sakravebis xma jer ar Sewyvetiliyo, rodesac svimon ReneralTan movida da misi SeCereba kidev erTxela scada. _ Tqveno aRmatebulebav! rogorc mazris ufrosi, Cems valaTa vracx kidev erTxel gamogicxadoT, rom aqedgan jaris daZvra saSiSi aris. _ ubraloda swuxdebiT, batono mazris ufroso! garwmunebT, rom gzas mSvidobianad gavivliT da xmis gacemas veravin gagvibedavs. Renerals moarTves Cinebuli cxeni, romelzedac SebrZanda, gaakuntruSa da begzed gadadga; mis win gaiWima darazmuli laSqari. _ mSvidoba Tqvenda! _ medidurad dasZaxebda doin139

jSemoyrili ufrosi gamvlels jars da pasuxad miiRebda: _ visurvebT mSvidobas Tqveni aRmatebulebisaTvis. rodesac jarma gaiara, ufrosmac gaaCaqCaqa cxeni da Sig Sua jarSi Seeria. saldaTebi mRerodnen da cdilobdnen Tavi uzrunvels mamacebad gamoeCinaT, magram cudi mxiarulebaa, rodesac Tavis Tavs angariSs ver aZlev visis mizeziT eZlevi faTeraksa... erTbaSad Savi Rrubeli gamoCnda; haeri Sedga, TiTqo im adgils Tavis dReSi qars ar gaeqrola; Camocxa kidec. Rrubeli TandaTan izrdeboda, TiTqos uxilavi Zala hberavda; ca tyviis frad moiqca. erTbaSad dahqrola qarma da iqaurobas korianteli aadina; foTlebma Sriali daiwyes, maRali xeebi Seirya da TiTqos viRacas emuqrebodnen, Tavebis qneva daiwyes. qari isev Cavarda, xmauroba Seswyda, isev Camocxa da, sulTqma gaZnelda; erTbaSad iWeqa, igriala da wamovida xSiri Sxapuna, qariSxalSi areuli wvima. mTebidgan Camonadeni patara wylebi wuTzed niaRvrebad gadaiqca; iseTs niaRvrebad, romlis momdinareobasac win veRara umagrdeboda-ra; qviSa, qva, uzarmazari xeebi iTxrebodnen, Zirianad iglijebodnen da erTmaneTSi domxaliviT areuli Seuyovnebliv damyruebelis grialiT Tavqve mohqrodnen. ZirgamoTxrili begebi wamdauwum xevebSi xrialiT Cawvebodnen da erTi orad adidebdnen gasqelebuls da Sededebuls qva-tye areuls tlapos. es Camodioda gzebzed da Walebzed da sadac vake adgili daxvdeboda, iq maRals gorebad aigeboda. winadve saomrad dawyobilma jarma moTmineba dahkarga, radganac niaRvris gamo walekils gzazed gaWirvebiTa ZlivsRa miizlazneboda; urmebi, cxenosanni da moqveiTeni sul erTmaneTSi airivnen; yvela hyviroda, yvela rigs aZlevda, magram radganac moTave ara sCanda, gamgonic aRaravin iyo. erTmaneTis sityva aRar esmodaT, urmebi da cxenebi miuxedaobis gamo TonTlo miwaSi eflebodnen da maTi 140

mSveleli-ki aravina sCanda. bindma moaRwia, magram imaT ramdenime versis gavlis meti ver moeswroT. jari fasanauris im viwroebSi Sevida, sadac aragvis pirzed gayvanils gzas aqeT-iqiT maRali, daburvili tyeebi misdevda, aq damaluliyvnen mTiulebi da daupatiJebels stumrebs mouTmenlad moelodnen. mowinave jarma im gaWrils kldes miaRwia, sadac viwro xeobaSi, gzis gardi-gardmo, uxelovno, magram mkvidri kedeli dainaxes; xeebi da fiCxebi, romelTac qva da miwa hqondaT dayrili, gasavlels gzasa Robavda da mimavalT gzas ukravda. magram, rogorc etyoboda, es Senoba saCqarod iyo agebuli da mis gamkeTeblebs ufro simkvidreze efiqraT, vidre mis lazaTsa da Snozeda. adgiladgil xeebsa da fiCxebs uswormasworod Tavebi gamoeyoT da midgomas miT ufro aZnelebdnen. kedelzed viRaca mTiuli, gaSiSvlebuli TofiT dadioda da ganuwyvetliv gzas gamohyurebda; aSkarada sCanda, rom viRacas moeloda; rawams kacma momavals jars Tvali Sehkra, maSinve Tofi haerSi gaisrola da daiZaxa: _ ZaRlebi modian, vaJebo! ZaRlebi! am ZaxilTan erTad mTiulTa uricxvTa gundma kedelis iqidgan Tavebi amoyves, Tofebi gadmoiSvires da mimavals rusebs lodini dauwyes. sanglis damcvelebi moemzadnen, rom sroliT mieRoT ZalisZal momavali jari da maTs miaxlovebas ucdidnen... rusebma xalxi dainaxes, Sesdgnen da gakvirvebiT laparaki daiwyes. sangalzed erTi moxuci gadmodga da maRalis xmiT daiZaxa: _ Cven, mTiulebma, gadavwyviteT, rom gzebi SegikraT da agrec moviqeciT. ukangabrunebac rom gindodesT, veRar gaxvalT, radganac iqidganac sanglebi gagikeTeT... Tu gonsa xarT, dagvmorCildiT, Torem, RvTis madlma, aqedgan cocxali veravin gava. am jarSi ufrosad myofi aficeri mTiulis sityvebzed airia da karga xani mounda sanam pasuxs moaxerxeb141

da. bolos, rogorc iyo, Tolmajis SemweobiT, Seatyobina, rom mTeli jaris ufrosad Renerali aris daniSnuli da imis Seutyobineblad pasuxis micema ar SeeZlo. _ maS wadi da imas Seatyobine, _ uTxra mTiulma. aficerma jari Seayena da TiTon Reneralisken gahkurcxla. sardali cuds gunebazed iyo, radganac avdars sakmaod Seewuxebina da visac-ki Tvals Sehkravda, javrs imazed yrilobda. _ Tqveno aRmatebulebav! mTiulebs gza SeukravsT... gavla SeuZlebelia... iZulebuli Seviqen jari Semeyenebina... _ misvlis umal moaxsena aficerma. _ rao? _ Tvalebi daubriala ufrosma. _ damTvralxarT da mTiulebi mogCvenebiaT. _ ara, Tqveno aRmatebulebav! es aris exla iqidgan giaxlebiT... sanglebi gaukeTebiaT da xalxi mTlad SeiaraRebulia. _ SeiaraRebulio?.. ha, ha, ha! _ dascina jaris moTavem da daumata: _ geubnebiT damTvralxarT da mTielebi moglandebiaT-meTqi... qarTvelebs iaraRi vin misca, rom mag sisuleliT mawuxebT? _ mogaxsenebT, rom SeiaraRebulebi gaxlavan-meTqi da xalxic blomad aris. _ me-ki geubnebi, SiSis gamo mogCvenebiaT da gaugeblobis gamo-ki gibrZanebT exlav morig aficerTan waxvide, misce Tqveni xmali da Seatyobino, rom sams dRes gatusaRebT. _ Tqveni neba gaxldesT, Tqveno aRmatebulebav! _ SublTan xelis mitaniT Tavi daukra aficerma. _ meomars laCroba ar SeSvenis, batono aficero! gesmisT?.. Tqven SemTxveva geZlevaT, rom Tavi gamoiCinoT vaJkacobiT da mamacobis saxeli daimsaxuroT... da Tqvenki amgvaris SemTxvevis dros sixarulis magivrad, guli gagxeTqiaT!.. mikvirs Tqveni saqcieli... oriod Tavzed 142

xelaRebuli mTels laSqrad mogCvenebiaT da mzada xarT maT win iaraRi dahyaroT! wadiT, exla mipatiebia da SemdegSi-ki gafrTxildi, Torem kavkasiaSi Cinebis miRebis magivrad eg pagonebic ageyreba da carieli damrCebi. gaswie exlav, exlav mixede Sens jars da Tu marTla ramdenime Tavzed xelaRebuls mTiuls win gadadgoma gaubednia, maTraxebiT tyavi gaaZeri... mxolod ar dagaviwydes: brZolaSi, Tunda es saWiroc ar iyos, cxenosnebmac da artileriamac monawileoba unda miiRos... SemdegSi... raportSi mosaxseneblad gamogvadgeba... dRevandelis dRisTvis jildo yvelam unda miiRos... gaswiT da mtkiced aasruleT Cemi brZaneba. aficerma Tavi daukra, gatrialda da brZanebis aRsrulebas daCveulma Tavis jarisaken gaswia. Tumca is midioda darwmunebuli, rom brZanebis micema ufro advili iyo, vidre misi aRsruleba, magram ra eqna? samxedro wodebis disciplina mas valada zdebda. rodesac Tavis jarSi mivida, man Renerlis brZanebisa Tanaxmad SesZaxa: _ gaswordiT, moemzadeT, gaswiT! _ momzadebuli saldaTebic damorCildnen. am moZraobam mTiulebi gaakvirva, radganac rusebis moqmedeba sigiJeT miaCndaT da sanglebis aRebis SeuZleblobas aSkarada hxedavdnen. _ gagiJdnen, Tu rai mouvidaT? _ mTiulebma erTmaneTs Sexedes da gaSterebuli hkiTxulobdnen: _ sad moexirebian!? _ axaleT, axaleT, vaJebo! raRas uyurebT, mag ZaRlebs! _ dasZaxa mTiulT moTavem da erTad gacvinulis Tofebis grialma haeri Searyia. SeTxelda mowinave razmi da airia. ocamdis kaci, TiTqos manqanebiT miwazed wawva. moisma yiJina da Seferxebulma rusebma isev winisaken gaiwies, magram pirvelma srolam razmi sruliad aria da saldaTebs jer TavSesa143

fari adgilebi moaZebnina, mere ukuqcevac akadrebina; isini garbodnen gulgaxeTqilebi, iaraRs gzaSi hyridnen, raTa cotaTic aris Semsubuqebuliyvnen, magram gabrunebamac veRar uSvela: maT tyeSi Sesafrebul mTiulebis srola sdevnida da Seubralebeli tyvia rusebs xan aq waaCoqebda da xan iq. gacxarebulma srolam im adgilsac miaRwia, sadac Renerali iyo; iqac gaimarTa Tofebis tkaca-tkuci da mxolod exla darwmunda jaris ufrosi, rom qarTvelebs iaraRi hqoniaT, radganac mis garSemo tyviebma zuzuni daiwyes da uricxvi xalxi farTxaliT sulsa hlevda. _ eSmakebi, qajebi!. sul gagvwyveten, eg SeCvenebulebi, _ iZaxda gafiTrebuli Renerali da saCqarod umatebda: _ jari ukan dabrundes, ukan!.. am sityvebTan erTad, TiTonac gamoabruna cxeni da ukan gahqusla; mas gahyva ramdenime cxenosani da upatronod darCenili jari-ki metad airia. yovel nabijis gadadgmazed ufrosebs gadarCenis imedi eZleodaT. rodesac erT xevs miaRwies, gaxarebulebma cxenebs Seuties: hfiqrobdnen, begs gadaefarebodnen, da tyviebisagan Tavs daifaravdnen, magram miaxlovebis umal, swored im begs iqidgan, ramdenime Tofi gamovarda da Renerals gverdidgan ori amxanagi mousxlita. ufrosma cxens jilavi moswia da mTlad gafiTrda. _ aqac gza SeukravsT, mag uRmerToebs! _ cxenis gamobrunebasTan erTad wamoiZaxa iman da iq myofebs miubrunda: _ RvTis gulisaTvis, gviSveleT rame! _ magram vin ras uSvelida, rodesac yvelas TavTavis Tavi gasWireboda da Tavis sicocxlezed zrunvas Sesdgomoda. sardali aSkarad darwmunda, rom briyvs da gauTlels qarTvelebs, _ rogorc im xanSi kavkasis aqeTa mxaris mcxovreblebs eZaxdnen, _ Zalian kargaTa scodniaT SemTxveviT sargebloba, Cinebuli iaraRi hqoniaT 144

da sanaqebod scodniaT maTi xmareba, sardals moagonda svimoni da mwared amoioxra. Rame TandaTan axlovdeboda, iqaurobas Savs sudarasaviT sibnele exureboda; mwuxrad ibureboda da Tumca xalxi erTmaneTs veRara hxedavda, magram Tofis xma mainc ara swydeboda da masTan erTad gamoiZabeboda usiamovno ali. Tofis srola Seswyda da moqanculma xalxmac Seiqaqana, radganac Tvali veRar arCevda da tyvia Tavis daniSnulebas veRar aRsrulebda. iSviaTad Tu sadme gaielvebda Tofi, rom ubedurs mters Sexvedril kacisTvis sicocxle gaeqro. mxolod erTs adgils, patara vake mindorzed, ramdenime kaci Sejgufebuliyo da xelCarTuli gaemarTaT. es gaxldaT elguja Tavis amxanagebiT, romelnic brZolis Jins metad gaetacnaT da mterzed javris amoyra salaRobo mejlisad gadahqceodaT. imaT rusTa saerTo gundidgan raodenime nawili moewyvitaT da damTvrals veSapebsaviT dareodnen. isini gamgelebulsaviT ibrZodnen, aCvenebdnen TavianTis mklavis Zalas, xmlis mWrelobas da Tu pirvelisav dakvriT miwasTan ver gaasworebdnen, samudamod dasaxsomebels niSans mainc daadebdnen. iqav trialebda ucnobi patara biWic, romelic elgujas da maTias qveSes Sexvda da rac-ki SeeZlo TavganwirviT ibrZoda. magram es biWi erTbaSad Sesdga, simwariT daikivla, gaaRrWiala kbilebi da saldaTis SubiT gulgangmiruli Zirs daeca. gamxecebuli rusi Seubralebelis xarxariT gaeqana da gamwvetebulis SubiT miwazed milursmas upirebda, magram ielva elgujas xmalma da uRmerTo rusi mxariRliv gadasxipa. waqceuls bavSvs maTiam Tvali Sehkra, calis xeliT burTsaviT aitaca, meoreSi xmali moimarjva da undoda brZolis velidgan gaeyvana. viRac rusi win gadaudga, magram is vefxvsaviT gaqanda gzazed gadaRobebilisaken da vidre elguja mieSveleboda, Tav145

gaCexils saldaTs miwazed farTxali daawyebina. kidev ramdenjerme xmlis moqneva, amxanagebma gza gaipes da tyeSi Sevidnen. imaT daanTes cecxli da daiwyes iarebis bana da Sexveva. iqav awewils Tivazed daawvines patara biWic, romelsac maTia da elguja Wrilobas uxvevdnen, magram sisxli ver SeewyvitaT. biWi jer kidev hfeTqavda da rusis SubiT Cangreuls mkerdzed xels idebda. bolos miyuCda da miiluSa; tkivilebma TiTqos gaduara da Tvalebi aaxila, grZnobas movida da amxanagebs sacodavad Sehxeda. is daaSterda maTias, romelic mis gverdiT daCoqili da daRonebuli idga. _ Tvalebi gaaxila! _ sixaruliT warmosTqva maTiam. _ maTiau, gadarCi? _ daikvnesa biWma da qSeniT da RimiliT daumata: _ madli ufals, rom Tqven mainc cocxlebi xarT. _ beCao, Cemo Tao! Sen raiRa giWirs? _ anugeSa elgujam, magram Tvali-ki moarida. _ arc-ra, _ oxvriT warmosTqva biWma. _ rai unda miWirdes?.. movkvdebi da yvela gaTavdebis. _ su-Ra, Ce! naxav, rogor male morCebi, _ warmosTqva maTiam. daWrilma Sehxeda, gaiRima da qSenas moumata. _ aq modi, maTiau!. _ mixrwnilis xmiT warmosTqva iman. _ xeli momec... aRar movrCebi, aRar... _ mwuxarebiT daumata iman da mTiulisken xeli gaiSvira. _ mSvidobiT, maTiau, mSvidobiT, elgujav, Senca... ufalma gaxarosT... _ ras ubnob, rai mogsvlia?.. Sens meti daWrili aRaravin yofila, Tu rai ambavia? biWma Sexeda, Tvalebi gauStera da cremlebi gadmoedina. _ ara, aRar movrCebi!.. an rais maqnisia sicocx146

le?.. _ imedgadawyvetiT warmosTqva iman da cota siCumis Semdeg daumata: _ ver mican?.. me... me jajalai var. _ jajala?! _ gakvirvebiT wamoiZaxes orTav amxanagebma, romelTac iqamdis dro ar miscemodaT patara biWs dahkvirvebodnen. _ maTiau!.. SenTan cxovreba ar xdeboda da uSenoT sicocxle-ki ar SemeZlo... ar SemeZlo da... aha, vkvdebi... me Sen miyvardi da Sen-ki cxo... saiT-Ra mecocxla? _ am sityvebma oriv amxanagi iqamdis gaaStera, rom pasuxi veRar moexerxebinaT da pirgamSrali, gaunZrevlad idgnen. _ mSvidobiT, maTiau!. mSvidobiT, elgujav, mzaRo... mzaRo momikiTxe... uTxrode, momigonodes... RvTis madlma, isic Zalzed miyorda... _ qali miiluSa, Tvalebi daxuWa da gaCumda. mere erTbaSad SekrTa, gaibrZola da wamoiwia; Sexeda maTias da Tvali gauStera. _ beCau! erTai, erTai mainc makoce... momasvene... _ gaSala qalma xelebi da gaxurebuls tuCebTan miikra mTiulis cremliT dalorTxili saxe, magram wadili veRar Seusrulda. qalma daixriala, xelebi Camoucvivda da kocnisTvis momzadebuli tuCebi haerSi odnav-Ra SeinZra, wuTic da gaRimebuls saxes sikvdilma moaswro da ise gayina. swored amave dros rusebis banakic TiTqmis aRwerilis suraTis mzgavs mdgomareobaSi iyo. gansxvaveba mxolod is iyo, rom dakodilTa xelebi amaod aRipyreboda zecisken, Svelas amaod iTxovda, radganac maTi mzrunveli arsada sCanda, mSobliuri xeli Tvals ar uxuWavda. TviT Renerals moenaxa uSiSari adgili, iq Camomxtariyo da iqve miewvia visac-ki romelime rCevis micema SeeZlo. gulgaxeTqili yvelas exveweboda jari gansacdelidgan daexsna da misTvis Rirseuli jildo mieRo. mTiulebma daumtkices, rom rusebis dasaxvedrad Tofebic sakmao hqondaT da saldaTebzed ukeTaca scodno147

daT maTi xmareba; rodesac Renerals Zala daadga, neba unebliv qarTvelebis Sesaxeb azri unda gamoecvala. _ ratom svimons ar gaugone, ratom? _ vin icis meramdened iZaxda sardali da unugeSod iglejda qoCors, magram ubralo „viSi“ saqmes vera Sveloda. mTiulebs gza ise magrad SeekraT, rom rusebs aRarc win wasvlis, aRarc ukan dabrunebis saSualeba aRara hqondaT da Tu TavianTi gaJuJva ar undodaT, gaunZrevlad unda darCeniliyvnen. _ ra vqnaT, ra? _ dafantviT hkiTxulobda da Tavs Cahkidebda. _ ra mogaxsenoT! _ mxlebelni erTxmad miscemdnen pasuxsa da isinic Tavs Cahkidebdnen. _ ase darCenac SeuZlebelia, _ CaurTo viRaca aficerma. _ SimSiliT gavwydebiT, sxva rom ara iyos ra. _ mazris ufrosi mainc aqa yofiliyo! _ inatra jaris ufrosma. _ brZola Zalian gagviWirdeba, _ daumata meorem. _ diax ro gagviWirdeba... naxe rogor ibrZodnen? _ miugo mesamem. _ egeni kacebi-ki ara, namdvili qajebi yofilan, qajebi! _ sworeT marTalsa bZanebT! aficrebi erTmaneTSi laparakobdnen, rodesac erTi xanSiSesuli win wadga da Renerals moaxsena: _ Tqveno aRmatebulebav! aba erTi Tarjimans dauZaxeT. is aqauria da iqneba rCeva ram mogvces. _ sul ar gadamaviwyda! _ ufrosma SublSi xeli Semoikra da sixaruliT wamoiZaxa: _ momiyvaneT Tarjimani, Cqara momiyvaneT! bZaneba swrafad Seasrules da maT win gulaspasSvili, romelsac amJamad gaWirvebidgan damxsnels angelozad uyurebdnen, moiyvanes da gars Semoexvivnen. yvelam dauwyo xvewna da mudara, rom jaris gaWir148

veba svimonisaTvis rogorme Seetyobina da amodena xalxi gansacdelisagan daexsna, TviT gaampartavnebuli Renerali dRes damdablebuliyo da Tavmokatunebuli eubneboda: _ Cemo megobaro! oRond am dRidgan dagvixsen da gagamdidreb, gagabedniereb. Tarjimanma mTiulebis azri icoda da darwmunebuli iyo, rom Tu rusebi TavianT qerqSi dadgebodnen, xalxic oms Seswyvetamda, magram mainc saWirod dainaxa eTqva: _ svimon Wkviani kacia, raisTvis ar daujereT? _ ax, RmerTo Cemo! ra vicodi, rom aseTi saqme dagvemarTeboda? _ maS rai gegona?.. Cveni kacebi qudebis magier mandils Tu atarebdnen?.. magram raic moxda, moxda... rasac aRara eSvelebis, imas Tavi davaneboT... me waval, vecdebi... mxolod sanam davbrundebode, adgilidgan ar daiZraT, Torem RvTis madlma, cocxals bRavansac ver gaiyvanT. am sityvebiT moaxta cxens da qveSesken gaemarTa; Reneralma-ki ramdenjerme pirjvari gadiwera da xatebs maneTiani keleptrebi aRuTqva, oRondac aris mSvidobiT gadarCeniliyo. gaTenda kidec, rodesac rusebisagan svimonTan gagzavnilma kacma im adgils miaRwia, sadac mTiulebs gzebi zemodganac SeekraT da mters fxizlad hyaraulobdnen. gagzavnili kaci ise pirdapir, mourideblad midioda, TiTqos im adgilebSi araviTari areuloba ar momxdariyo da sruli mSvidobianoba sufevda. mgzavri Sevida im adgilas, sadac Txilis tyis xSirfoTliani totebi gzazed gadmozneqiliyvnen da erTmaneTSi gaxlarTulebs ferxuli daebaT, cocxali sasiamovno TaRi SeekraT. 149

gza siarulis gamo raodenadme daleuliyo da Tavis napirebzed dabla Casuls siRrmave Saedgina; amis gamo, aqeT-iqiT maRali begebi kedlebiviT amosuliyvnen da mosiaruleTaTvis gzisa da xeebs Sua sakmao manZils stovebdnen. xeebs Sua gaxlarTuliyo svia da sxva mxvevi mcenareni; imaT Ziridganve wkvertad moyvanili xSiri foTlebi mizdevdnen da mgzavrs zafxulobiT sakmaod uCrdilebdnen da ugrilebdnen, mxolod zamTrobiT ifaravdnen Zrielis qariSxlisagan da Cumqrisagan. garSemo sruli myudroeba sufevda. mxolod mgzavris cxenis fexis xma arRvevda siCumes. esec rom ar yofiliyo, kacs udabur adgilad miaCndeboda. erTbaSad SeiZra foTlebi, gaSrialda da mgzavrma igrZno, rom viRacam kiserSi Zlieri xeli waavlo; magrad dauWira da mkacrad uTxra: _ vina xar? _ me Suakaci var, _ damSvidebiT upasuxa mimavalma da daumata: _ kiseri-ki gauSvi, Torem xumroba ar gcodnia. _ styui! _ mkacrad gaawyvetina ucnobma, sayelo mozida da cxenidan gadmoagdo. amave wuTs, ramdenime SeiaraRebuli mTiuli daWerils gars Semoertynen da Tofebi miuSvires. _ Tqvens moTavesTan mimiyvaneT da maSin gaigebT, gatyuebT Tu ara. _ iare, magram gafrTxildi-kia, rom mzis sxiviT ukanasknelad ar stkbebode. _ isini gabrundnen, mgzavrs garSemo Semoudgnen da amgvarad moTavesTan miiyvanes. ramdenime kiTxvis Semdeg svimonTan mimavals Tavisufali gza misces da imasac aRar daugviania. Suakaci amxedrda, magram didxans siaruli-ki ar mounda, radganac, ra wams xalxis mmarTvels mTiulebis da rusebis Setakeba gaego, maSinve maTken gamomgzavrebuliyo da Suakaci gzaSi Sexvda da Soridganve dauZaxa: _ ariqa, Seni kvnesa-me! rusebi Caxoces. 150

_ maS Cxubi moxda? _ cxenis SeyenebiT ikiTxa ufrosma. _ sisxlis Rvari adines, Seni kvnesa-me!.. egre gauxades saqme, rom verc win da verc ukan veRar ganZreula... vera, agremc Semeweva lomisa. _ ufrosi raRasa Svreba? _ ikiTxa svimonma da cxeni gaatara. _ ras Svreba?.. jer ibereboda da axla ki mokuntuli, wnoris furcelsaviT caxcaxebs... _ warmosTqva mosulma da daumata: _ kvexna saqmezed marjve yofila, Seni kvnesa-me! _ RmerTo!.. ra kacebs abareben xalxis bedsa da qveynis marTvas? _ ukmayofilod warmosTqva mmarTvelma da daumata: _ ar gaigona Cemi da exla raiRa unda uSvelo?.. bevrni daixocnen? _ bevrni, Seni kvnesa-me, bevrni! gzazed mkvdrebi qviSasaviT hyria. _ kidev sisxli... ubralod daRvrili sisxli!.. swored magas veridebodi da ar agvcda... rai unda hqnan marto bedSavma mTiul-moxeveebma?.. rai gauvaT? marto egeni swydebian da qarTli ki ise gaCumebula, TiTqos dasZinebiao!.. _ mwared warmosTqva svimonma da cxens maTraxi gauqnia, TiTqos javris amoyra imazed undoda. isini mieSurebodnen rusebis banakisaken; daRonebuli mosaubre Tanamgzavrs omis dawvrilebuls ambavs hkiTxavda. bolos miaRwies im adgils, sadac mTiulT yaraulebi idgnen da svimonTan gagzavnili kaci am ramdenime saaTis win ise mkacrad mieRoT. yaraulebma TavianTi mmarTveli icnes, moegebnen da misalmebis Semdeg ufrosebTan waiyvanes. _ voJebs gamarjveba! _ miesalma svimoni misvlis umal. _ ufalma gadRegrZelos, _ erTxmad upasuxes erTad Seyril Temis Tavebma. svimon Camoxta cxenidgan, mivida xalxTan da pirdapir daiwyo: 151

_ Tqven dampirdiT, rom sanam gagzavnili kacebi qarTlidgan ar dabrundebodnen, xels ar gavanZrevTo... mTiulebs dRemdis sityvaca da saqmec erTi hqoniaT, dRes piri raisTviRa gatexeT; raisTvis ar SeasruleT dapireba? _ ra vqnaT, Seni kvnesa-me? nebis-nebad Cvenc ar gvindoda, magram gavla Zalad undodaT da raiRa gveqna?.. iaraRis meti rai Seayenebda?.. _ axla saqmes raRaiT vuSveloT?.. xalxi xalxad gawyda da rusebic usargeblod gadavimtereT. _ mokeTeni rodis iyvnen, batono? _ upasuxa ramdenime kacma da Semdeg erTma daumata: _ usargeblod raisTvi... magaT egonaT, rom mandilebi gvxurams da Cven ki qudosnebad davxvdiT... aqeT rom modiodnen, guli galaRebuli hqondaT da kacad ar gvagdebdnen, exla gafrTxildebian mainc... kacad Cagvagdeben... Torem Temis egre daColfotebac xom ar iqnebis?.. Cvenc RvTis gaCenilebi varT, pirjvars marjvena xeliT viwerT. _ marTalia, magram sanam mters Zala aqvs, ubralod gabrazeba ar unda... _ miugo svimonma. _ amazed mets raRas gvizamen, Seni kvnesa-me, batono?.. dana da yeli erTad-ki gvaqvs mitanili da... _ eg salaparako ar aris... vaJkacs moTmineba unda hqondes da dros molodini icodes... ager! udrood saqmis dawyobam qarTlSi rai moaxdina? vinc gandegili iyo, dauWeriaT* da sawyalis qomagi ki aRaravin aris... ara, rusebs unda SeurigdeT rogorme, Torem saqme gaWirdebis. _ ara, Seni kvnesa-me, batono!.. RvTis sityvasa bZa* ixile masalebi saqarTvelos axali istoriisa, Txz. p.g. butkovisa furc. 379. (igulisxmeba: <enrjd& Vfnthbfks lkz yjdjq bcnjhbb Rfdrfpf^ CG< 1869â&#x20AC;˘u. _ red.).

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neb, magrama sanam qarTlidgan gagzavnilebi ar mogvivlen, da dawvrilebuls ambavs ar Segvatyobineben, Serigebac ar iqnebis. am laparakis dros xalxSi erTi mTiuli Semoeria, Semovida wris Sua da Tavi Cahkida. misi daRalva, aCqarebuli qSena da areuli pirisaxe aSkarad amtkicebda, rom metad Cqara eara da raRaca saSuri, saWiro saqme unda hqonoda. _ meTaurni sad arian? _ bolos ikiTxa imana. _ aqa varT, rai ginda? _ abdiam gamomgzavna... _ rai ambavia? _ qalaqSi gagzavnili kacebi dabrundneno... _ dabrundneno? _ erTbaSad ikiTxa yvelam da mosuls gars Semoexvivnen. _ rai ambavi mogvitanes, rai ambavi?.. sTqvi Cqara! _ saqarTvelo damSvidebuli ariso... _ mgloviares xmiT wamoiZaxa iman, moiglija qudi da mwared Cahkida Tavi. am sityvebma elvasaviT gairbina; yvelani da yovelisferi gaCumda. yvelas erTbaSad xma Cauwyda da zedve im adgilzed gaSeSda, romelzedac mTiulis sityvebma moaswro. am samaris msgavs siCumeSi darCnen da pirgamSralebs sityva veRar moexerxebinaT. mosuls esmoda Tavis mdgomareoba, esmoda, rom misgan motanils ambavs wyevliTa da qolviT miiRebdnen da laparakis gagrZeleba veRar moexerxebina. yvelas mZime lodad daawvaT es xma da Tavs dacemulma zarma fexebamdis gauara. qalaqi, maTi imedi qalaqi, saqarTvelos moTave qalaqi amisTana dros gaCumebuliyo, dadumebuliyo da imaT raRa unda eqnaT, raRa SeeZloT? _ vaJno!.. dasaklavs xars raiRa yureba unda?.. gviambos, raic unda gadagvxdes da gaaTaos! _ bolos warmosTqva erTma. 153

_ hai, hai, rom unda gviambos, _ sxvebmac xma misces da iseve siCume Camovarda. axladmosulma qudi da joxi dedamiwazed dayara, cal muxlzed daiCoqa da daiwyo: _ iulons da farnavaz batoniSvilebs cota raime xalxi misdgomoda, imaT aeRoT Tavzed rusebis gareka... magram am cis Camongrevis dros rai erToba eqnebodaT?.. isinic erTurTs sWamdnen da hglejdnen Turme. am ukanasknel dros, imereTisken yofiliyvnen, iulon iq dauWeriaT da farnavazi ki gaqceula sadme*... danarCeni qarTvelebi ki jerac gons ver mosulano da ver gaugiaT, saidgan rai mosdiTo... yvelani gaCumebuli da miyuCebuli ariano... abdiam SemogiTvalaT: exla aRara garigdeba-rao, daiSaleniT da rusebs gza mieciTo. _ qalaqi, qalaqi raiRas Svreba?.. isic Cumad ariso? _ raiRas Svreba? _ mwaris RimiliT warmosTqva mTiulma: _ rusebi mSvidobianad miiRo da imaT `rai, rai ratatais“ Sescqeriso! sanam eseni am laparakSi iyvnen, gaCumebuls svimons feri mihxdoda da yurs ugdebda. kaci Znelad mixvdeboda imis pirisaxezed, axarebda es xma, rogorc ruseTis erTs mosamsaxures, Tu sxva ram grZnoba amRelvarebda. _ sxva rai-Ra dagabara abdiam? _ hkiTxa bolos svimonma da xmam kankali dauwyo. _ raiRa unda daebarebina?.. daiSaleniT da Tqven Tqvens keras mixedeTo. _ voJebo! mai meTaurni abdiasTan avideT da yvelaferi bejiTad SevityoT; umagisod daSla ar iqmnebis, _ warmosTqva erTma ufrosTaganma. _ avideT, avideT! _ misces xma sxvebma, radganac * sxvaTa Soris ix. butkovis „masalebi saqarTvelos axali istoriisaTvis“, t. III furc. 376.

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daSla ar undodaT da abdiasTan asvliT egonaT saqme gaurigdebodaT rame. imaTi mdgomareoba swored iseTi iyo, rogorc wyalwaRebulisa, romelic xavss ekideba da Svelas misgan moelis. _ meTaurno! _ daiwyo isev svimonma, _ wadiT abdiasTan... kargad moifiqreT, moilaparakeT!.. abdia gonieria, urigod ar dagarigebsT... wadiT da uTxariT, rom me rusebis jarSi waved da sanam ar amovide, araviTari gadawyvetileba ar moaxdinoTqo... nurc xalxi daiSleba da nurc Cxubs astexamTqo. _ kargi iqneba, Seni kvnesa-me, kargi! svimoni cxenzed Sejda da rusebis banakisaken gaswia. ra wams jaris ufrosma mazris mmarTvelis misvla gaigo, gaxarebuli gamoeqana, da visac am ramodenime saaTis win rigianis pasuxis Rirsadac ara hxdida, exla TiTqmis fexeb qveS Cauvarda da damcirebulad elaquceboda. _ ax, batono svimon! _ eubneboda maTi aRmatebuleba. _ Tqveni mobrZaneba, Tqveni garja... RmerTo Cemo! ar vici WeSmaritad, madloba rogor unda gadagixadoT? _ madloba metia... _ gaawyvetina svimonma mkacrad. _ me mxolod Cems vals vasruleb... _ ax, rasa brZanebT, rogor iqneba?.. eg vali-ki ara, gansakuTrebiTi gulkeTilobaa; kacTsibraluli, kacTmoyvareoba gqoniaT... SegvibraleT, batono svimon!.. am mdgomareobidan dagvixseniT... daviRupe... naxevar jarzed meti gamiwyvites!.. _ risTvis gaiWireT saqme? ratom ar damijereT?.. _ RmerTo Cemo, ra vicodi!.. ese rom mcodnoda, gana fexs gadmovdgamdi?.. Tqven ar gagigonebdiT? _ magisTvis codna ki ara, rwmuneba da ndobaa saWiro... Tqven ki arc erTi ar gamoiCineT Cemdami, _ usayvedura svimonma da daumata: 155

_ Cveni xalxi gulwrfeli da pirdapiria... raki erTxel sityvas mogcemenT, ukanasknels sulis aRmoxdamdis mogyvebian; ar giRalatebenT da ganzed ar gagidgebianT, Tu iZulebuli Tqven TiTon ar gaxadeT. _ ra vicodiT, ra?!.. _ TmebSi xelis wavlebiT wamoiZaxa imeddakargulma Reneralma da xelis gamoSveriT daumata: _ mapativeT, momiteveT!.. RvTis gulisaTvis, gulkeTilad SemindeT! _ CemTan bodiSis moxda saWiro ar aris... me mxolod is mawuxebs, rom sisxli ubralod daiRvara da amodena xalxi usargeblod gawyda, Torem Tqvenzed gajavrebac ki ar SemiZlian... waval, vecdebi... Cemis mxriT yovels RonisZiebas vixmareb, rom gadarCenili jari mainc mSvidobianad gaviyvano mxolod Tqvenc piroba unda momceT... _ mibrZaneT! _ xalxs yovelgvari SeRavaToba unda misceT... Tanaxma xarT? _ gaZlevT sityvas, sityvas, rogorc patiosani aficeri!.. svimonma xeli mohkida, raodenadme miuaxlovda da wynarad uTxra: _ CemTvis... patiosani kacis sityvac kmara. Renerali gawiTlda da Caaxvela. _ gaZlevT patiosani kacis sityvas: mTels Cems sicocxleSi vecado, xalxs yovelgvari Sveba mivce da sadac ki SemeZleba, Semweoba aRmovuCino. _ gmadlobT, _ xelis CamorTmeviT upasuxa mTiulma. amis Semdeg svimonma uambo im dros saqmeTa viTareba saqarTveloSi da Seatyobina mTis xalxis Sesaxeb is usamarTloba, romelsac sxvadasxva axladgadmosulebi, Tu ukve dabinavebuli moxeleni Caidendnen; masTanve gaagebina, rom gzis napirad mcxovrebi mTiulebi, danarCen qar156

Tvelebzed ufro xSirad xvdebodnen rusebsa da, maSasadame, rusebzed xmis gavrceleba danarCens saqarTveloSi, mTiul-moxeveebzed iyo damokidebuli. arc is daumala, rom erTaderTi gzis aqeT-iqiT mcxovrebi xalxi, ara mcireds samsaxurs uwevda rusis jarebs, romelTac saxlebSi uyenebdnen, SeSas uzidavdnen, mTazed gadahyvangadmohyvandaT da gzebs ukeTebdnen. _ adgilis kurdRels, adgilis mwevari unda, Tqveno aRmatebulebav! _ daabolava svimonma. _ Tu es xalxi momxrobili, dayvavebuli da pativcemuli ar geyolebaT, aqedgan gadaixvewebian, da sxva adgilebis mcxovrebni-ki mTaSi verafers ver gaawyoben... ubralo burusis dros baris kaci gareT fexs ver gazdgavs da mTis xalxisTvis-ki sul erTia... yinvasa, Tovlsa da gaWirvebas SeCveulia... aseTi xalxi da mere amisTana adgilas ar SeiZleba rom ar daafasoT. _ warmoidgineT, ha! aba Cven, rusebma ra viciT egeni? _ gakvirvebiT warmosTqva Reneralma. _ verc-ki movifiqrebdi, rom mTis xalxi odesme dagvWirdeboda. _ mTis xalxi bevris momTxovni ar aris. kacobriuli mopyroba da samarTlianoba maT guls samudamod daimorCilebs; mxolod iseTi mopyroba da saqcieli, rogorc Tqvenma erTma aficerma Caidina, ueWvelia, xalxsac gagifrTxobs da megobrobis magivrad, mtradac gadagiqcevsT. _ marTalsa brZanebT, marTalsa... _ Tqveni aficeri meurmeebs uRmrTod, usamarTlod da Seubraleblad moeqca da Tqven arc-ki dastuqseT... rasakvirvelia, Tqveni aficeri waqezdeboda da SemdegSic aTas usamarTlobas Caidens... Tqvenc, ueWvelia, bevrjer usiamovnobas mogayenebsT. _ marTla, sul ar gadamaviwyda! _ dafacurda jaris ufrosi da daiZaxa: _ morig aficers damiZaxeT! _ da aficeri imav wams ufrosis win gamoiWima. 157

_ ufalo kapitano! _ uTxra mosvlis umal Reneralma. _ exlav moaxdineT gankarguleba, rom mkacri gamoZieba dainiSnos im aficris Sesaxeb, romelic mTazed urmebs mozdevda da meurme moxeveebs ise usamarTlod mohqceoda. yvelaferi dawvrilebulad iqnes gamokvleuli da ukleblad momxsendes... mxolod sanam gamoZieba gaTavdebodes, xsenebuli aficeri daatusaReT. kapitanma SublTan xeli miitana da gatrialda. Renerali ki svimons miubrunda: _ rac SeiZleba, mkacrad movepyrobi... kmayofili xarT? _ ukacravad, Tqveno aRmatebulebav! mis dasjas Cems dasakmayofileblad ki ar gTxovT, aramed samarTlianoba moiTxovs. Tu Cemi survili usafuZvlod migaCniaT, nu aRasrulebT Tqvens ganzraxvas. _ ax, rasa brZanebT, batono, rasa?.. Tqven usafuZvlo survili rogor geqnebaT? _ daiwyo jaris warmomadgenelma. svimon gamoeTxova da pirdapir abdiasTan wavida. iq Seyrili mTiulT meTaveni mazris mmarTvels mouTmenlad moelodnen da ar icodnen saqme rogor unda gadaewyvitaT. pirvelsave misvlazed svimons Seatyobines, rom xevsac, sanibel osebTan erTad, larsis xeoba SeukravsT, iq sakmaod uJletiaT rusebi da aqeT aRar uSvebeno. masTanve acnobes, rom isini mTiulebis gadawyvetilebas elian da sicocxlec da sikvdilic maTTan erTad undaTo. Suakacebi pasuxs elodnen. svimonma moiwvia xevis warmomadgenelnic, da saqarTvelos mdgomareobazed laparaki saerTod daiwyo. Savad da bnelad gulSi Casaxoda mas saqarTvelos mdgomareoba da bnelis feradiT uxatavda moZmeT ganxeTqilebis mavnebels moqmedebas. dasustebuli xalxi svimonis sityviT gayofiliyo aTas nawilad da winaaRmdegobisa 158

da uTanxmobis gamo, TandaTan erTmaneTs ufrodaufro asustebda. ubedureba saqarTvelos qselsaviT gars Semohxveoda da yovels ganZrevasaTan erTad, metad da metad uxvevda Tvalebsa, agrZnobinebda Tavis Zalas... gzaareuls cxvarsaviT upatronod, udaburs tyeSi darCenils qarTvelebs, veRar gaegnoT saiT wasuliyvnen. yvelani erTmaneTs ejaxebodnen, aqcevdnen erTi meores, hqelavdnen fexiT da erTmaneTs daxrCobaSi TavTavianT Svelas eZebdnen... ai, aseTs mdgomareobaSi exateboda svimons saqarTvelo. _ exla gavCumdeT, Zmano! gavCumdeT imad, rom erTmaneTisa aRara gvesmis-ra. exla xalxi avad aris erTis avadmyofobiT, saerTo seniT. mova dro da Rrubeli CvenSiac gaimqrevis, mze gamoixedavs, dro Seicvlebis da avadmyofi mokeTdebis; Zma Zmas dainaxavs da SaerTebuli saqarTvelo, erT xorcs da erT sul gadaqceuli, aRsdgebis!. aRsdgebis imad, rom mters mtris sakuTno mouwyos da moyvares _ moyvrisa! exla ki Cvenc daviSalneT, gavCumdeT da Cvenc Cvens qoxs mivxedoT... glovis droa da viglovoT, Zmano! _ gaaTava svimonma. _ meti rai dRe gvaqvs, rom ar daviSalneT, Seni kvnesa-me! _ mwaris RimiliT warmosTqva abdiama da daumata: _ magram vai im gulsa, romelica scems da im sisxlsa, romelica sduRs!.. _ mxolod ise ki unda daviSalneT, rom rusebma Cveni saqcieli maTTan megobrobis survilad CasTvalon... Cven mdgomareobaSi myofisTvis amgvari saqcieli sircxvilad ver CaiTvlebis... naxvamdis, Zmebo! xalxi daRonda, dafiqrda da male wavid-wamovida. imav adgilas gaunZrevlad, martodmarto abdia darCa. aRSfoTebuls suls da naRvelmoreul guls mZime lodi daswoloda, suls uxuTavda da sisxlisa da gonebis mdinareobas gzas aRar aZlevda. imeddakarguls warsuls didebasTan gamosalmeba metad umZimda. daRvremilis sa159

xiT, guldalaxvrili moxuci gascqeroda im gzas, sadac qarTvelis xmlis kriali Tavis sakuTar saqmisTvis ukanasknelad enaxa. erTbaSad sayviris xma moesma, mTieli SekrTa da guli SeuTamaSda, TiTqos brZolad gaizidao. gaixeda, gafiTrda da Tavi daxara: man dainaxa gaSlili almebi gamarjvebuli xalxisa, romelTac subuqi, Cumi da surnelovani niavi wynarad arxevda da ualersebda. abdia gaJrJolda, gaaRrWiala kbilebi da wynaris mwuxarebiT warmosTqva: aqamdis gulo xalaso, exla ra sevda dageca? ar sjobda sarCo-sabadi winadve sxvisTvis migeca... ukanasknelis SemTxvevis Semdeg didsxans aRar gauvlia, rodesac rusebi saqarTveloSi dabinavdnen da stumrad mosulT maspinZloba daiwyes. xalxisTvis gulis Sematkivarni, zogni daiWires, zognic aqeT-iqiT gaiqsaqs-gamoiqsaqsnen da upatronod darCenilni ki sakmaod daaSines. xalxi wavid-wamovida; yvela Tavis keras miudga da varam gulSi CaTxrobili, axals mdgomareobas gamourkvevlad Sehyurebda. arc Rimili, arc mxiaruleba, arc xatobaSi Cveulebrivi dros gatareba ar ismoda. TiTqos yvela gadaviwyebodaT da ganuwyvetelis fiqriT daborkilebuls guls gasaRimeblad veRar moecala. rusebi dabinavdnen, magram xalxi mainc ver SesCveoda axals mdgomareobas da eqsueboda. svimonic Tavis saxlSi dabrunda da mindobils Tanamdebobis aRsrulebas Seudga; elguja-ki pirvelSi isev xaranaulebisas wavida da iq scxovrobda Tavis mzaRoTi, magram bolos veRar moiTmina, radganac mwuxare gulma Tavis samSoblos miwawylisken gaizida, Tumca iq misvlac ver gaebeda. svimon, marTalia Surs ar eZiebda, magram 160

xalxis Tvalad da mTis wesis dasacavad mosisxles moridebas urCevda. elguja mTis kaci iyo da svimonis sityvebi kargad esmoda, aSkarad xedavda, rom mTis mebatone da masTan Zala-mqonebeli ufro moyvarulad eqceoda, sanam mtrulad; moxeves umadurobiT ar undoda gadaexada da, madlobis niSnad, TiTonac erideboda. ganvlo xanma am moTminebaSi, magram guli isev male autokda, Tvalma Cveulebrivi suraTebi moiTxova, sulma kvnesa dauwyo da warmouTqmelis ZaliT yinvarwverisken gaizida... elgujam Sehkra bargi, Semoisva coli cxenzed da sacxovreblad Tavis adgilebis maxloblad dabinavda. iqidgan, ganuwyvetliv sanadirod dadioda Tavis mTebSi, da mTels dReebs, gulis caxcaxiT, Tavs dahyurebda Tavis gatialebuls qoxsa... aqedgan igonebda warsuli dReebis suraTebs, aqedgan ugzavnida salams yovels kedels, yovels qvas, romelic ki odesme imis TavSesafars Seadgenda. ase midioda dReebi zamTramdis da elguja jer Tavis sofelSi ar Casuliyo. erTs bnelsa da civs saRamos, rodesac Zliers yinvas xeebi gaeWirxla da mTa-barisTvis TeTri zewari gadaefarebina, svimonis saxlSi raRaca moZraoba iyo: galavnis karebi uwyvetliv iReboda da Sig sxvadasxva xalxi Sediod-gamodioda. yvela mimsvlels xelSi eWira an WurWeli Sinauris aryiT, an kasri ludiT, an qaTmebi da kvercxebi, an Rori da xabizginebi da sxva. xalxi svimonTan mosakiTxad midioda, radganac mZime avadmyofi Seqmniliyo da mTis CveulebiT-ki amgvars SemTxvevaSi, mosakiTxad ZRvenmoutaneli veravin mividoda. umetesi nawili mimsvlelebisa iyvnen moxucebulni, WaRaraSerTulni ufrosni, da friad pativsacemni. Sesvlis umal stumrebi avadmyofs anugeSebdnen da gars mosdiodnen; cdilobdnen sxvadasxva gvaris ambebiT dasustebulis gamxnevebas, mWmunvarebis gulidgan moSorebas. 161

xandisxan romelime maTgani aiRebda fandurs, Cahkravda Zalebs da warsulis gmirebis cxovrebas â&#x20AC;&#x17E;daZaxiliTâ&#x20AC;&#x153; mouTxrobda. danarCenebi, xmagakmendili mousmendnen da avadmyofsac garToba etyoboda. gaCaRebul buxarSi cecxls mxiaruli guguni gahqonda da sruliad ar miemzgavseboda iq myofTa gulis moZraobas, daRonebulsa da mowyenil saxes. iqve taxtTan idga svimonis coli, romelic sdneboda sayvarels qmarTan Sealersebis surviliT, magram Cveulebis mona, adgilidan ganZrevas vera bedavda da TviT oxvrasac ki krZalviT. moridebiT da farulad warmosTqvamda. is coli iyo da xalxis Sexedulebas-ki, qmrisadmi grZnobis aSkarad gamoTqma, dasaZraxad miaCnda. qals mxolod is-Ra rCeboda, rom mware naRveli gulSive daetrialebina da miT wyluli da mwuxareba gaeorkecebina. svimonis ori Svilic, erTi ToTxmetis da meorec imis momdevno, stumrebs Tavs adgnen da Sinaurs arays sTavazobdnen. isini kargad ver mimxvdariyvnen mamis saSiSs mdgomareobasa, magram saerTo Wmunvarebas Saepyro da daeRonebina. svimonis TavTan ijda moxuci Rinja, romlisTvisac gaTeTrebuli wveri xansa da dros raodenadme SeeyviTlebina. es iyo mTaSi ganTqmuli mefandure, da Wkuamaxvili, grZnobiT savse moleqse; maSasadame, yvelasagan pativcemuli da sayvareli stumari tkbili mosaubre, amaRlebulis grZnobiT aRsavse, moazrebuli Rinja, yovel simis Cakvrazed fandurs iseTs xmas aRebinebda, romelic kacs guls uwuravda, Jruantels aRuZravda da ofls daasxamda. dasustebuli, Rones moklebuli svimoni taxtzed iwva da mwared qSinavda. gaCumebuli, dafiqrebuli da odnav SublSeWmuxvnili, Rinjas sityvebs yurs ugdebda; avadmyofma miixeda Svilebisken, daakvirda, daakvirda da Tvalebi gaubrwyinda. am dros Rinjam simebs Cah162

kra da kvnesa CarTulis, mwuxare, gulis CamTuTqavis xmiT dasZaxa: Rariboba da obloba, orive gamomivlia, sjobs Rariboba oblobas, obloba metad Znelia. Seswyda simebis JRera da masTan erTad sruli siCume Camovarda, TiTqos yvelani TavTavianT guls Cahbrunebodnen, yvelasgan ganSorebuli cxovreba SehqnodaT. _ obloba... obloba metad Znelia! _ Zlivs warmosTqva mixrwnilis xmiT svimonma da cremlebi TvalebSi moeria. Rinjam Sexeda saxlis patrons da gulisTqmas miuxvda. _ beCao Cemo Tao! _ usayvedura iman, _ ras dahRondi?! samagiso rai gWirs?.. Tu egre iq, RvTis madlma, aRarc davukrav da aRarc davZaxeb. _ ara, Rinjaisi!.. daukar, daukar!. sikvdilisa ar meSinis, ara, RvTis madlma!.. Tu sikvdilis dro movida, dee movkede, magram eseni mebralebian... _ warmosTqva svimonma da oblebisken xeli gaiSvira: _ obloba metad Znelia... da mteri ki bevri, Zalian bevri myavs. _ vaJkacs mteri ar daelevis da RvTis gaCenils-ki RmerTive daarCens. _ patareebs damiRoneben, Rinjav, Torem mteri ras mizavs? _ magaTTvis nu sjavrob, svimonisi!.. egeTi deda hyavsT, RvTis madlma, rom aravis daaCagvrinebs... Tavs ar daanebebs da cxo rai undaT?.. Tu gauWirdaT rame, Temi didia, mezoblebic gonji ara gyavs, mouvlian. _ Temi?.. _ naRvlianad CaiRima avadmyofma: _ barem, Tu Temoba SegvrCa magram: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;raic viyaviT _ aRar 163

varT, raca varT _ aRar viqnebiT“ _ warmosTqva leqsad, _ marto dedakaci-ki ras gaxdebis?. _ mai, magas Tavi daanebe, Senai Wiraime!.. „RmerTia kacis gamCeni, igive aris damrCeni!“ _ upasuxa Rinjam da SexumrebiT daumata: _ magis magierad, Seni Svilebis sadRegrZelod erTi sikeTe dasTese!.. _ rai sikeTe?.. sTqvi. Rinjam Sexeda; saxe gaubrwyinda, tuCebi gauRimda da Tvalebma JuJuni dauwyo. qudi moimarjva da uTxra: Se daWirebis kulao, modi, dagvixsen sulao, ymad dagviwere yvelani, welSi gagvigde culao! ufrosTa xvewnad mosulTa xaTris Senaxva Tqmulao, xalxis pirisa gamtexi damwvaramc, dadagulao. svimonma gaiRima, TiTqos raRaca moagonda, mococxlda da Tumca gaWirvebiT, magram leqsiTve upasuxa: Rinjav, aha, Cemi Tasi, ara myavs-ra Seni fasi, vficav Txovna aRgisrulo, Tunda gqondes asjer asi! _ miTxar rai ginda? _ daaboloa avadmyofma da mieluSa. Rinjam qudi moixada, iatakzed daagdo da wamoiZaxa: _ ai, Seni muxlebis Wiri momces ufalma, rom xaTri Segvinaxe!.. wminda givargis giyenebT Suamavlad, nu 164

gaswirav Sens moZmes, Sairige elgujai!.. Tavis mama-papis saflavidan fexs nu amoakveTineb, Tavis miwa-wyals nu daanatreb. nu, Senis Svilebis sadRegrZelod!.. _ elgujai Savirigo?.. me ar veCxubebi!.. arc Temis gadawyvetilebas gadavsulvar?.. cxo raiRa gindaT, raRasa mTxovT? _ bWeT amorCeulni gulCvilobas ver mihyvebis!.. isini samarTalsa sWrian da mosamarTle ki gulCvili ver iqnebis... rasac mosamarTle ver Seundobs, _ kacma unda Seundos, moZmem miuteos. _ barem, Rinjav! agre iqneboda, RmerTi rom viyneT, magram rai vqnaT, rom kacni varT? _ hai, hai, rom RmerTi ara varT, Seni kvnesa-me! magram RvTis saxes vatarebT da imis sityvas unda vaRsrulebdeT, mas vbaZamdeT. _ miuteve, Seni Svilebis sadRegrZelod, Seirige. _ wynarad da mowiwebiT warmosTqva svimonis colma. _ unda miuteo, batono svimon! unda Seirigo! _ erTxmad wynarad warmosTqves iq myofTa da qudmoxdilebi fexzed wamodgnen. _ xma mRvTisa da xma erisa!.. _ cota siCumis Semdeg warmosTqva svimonma. _ amodena xalxs egre gsurT da neba Tqveni aRsruldes. _ ai, Seni Wiri mogvca RmerTma, Seni!.. _ moisma gaxarebuli xalxis xma. _ RvTis madlma, kacic Sena yofilxar da qudic Sena gxurebia!.. mag sikeTes ufali ar dagikargavs, ufali gadagixdis. _ ufali, imisma madlma!.. _ pirjvris gadaweriT warmosTqva Rinjam da miubrunda erT biWs... _ maS Semoiyvane. gvianobisa aRaraa!.. diasaxliso!.. elgujai Senc Svilad unda aiyvano, _ miubrunda qeTevans. _ Tqveni nebaa, _ daedastura svimonis coli. 165

_ nu dagikargos wminda givargim!.. _ uTxra Rinjam da erTs ufros kacs miubrunda: _ wadi, SemouZeR! es ambavi xalxs ise rigad gaexarda, rom im soflis didi Tu patara, qali Tu kaci svimonis saxls moawyda da mis dRegrZelobas RmerTs SeRaRadebda. erTbaSad gaiRo karebi, da avadmyofis oTaxSi wynarad ramdenime moxuci elgujas SemouZRva. diasaxlisi, romelic aqamdis zeze idga, dedakacebma „martoSkamSi“ Casves da gars Semoexvivnen; gauxsnes gulispiri, gamouCines mkerdi da marjvena ZuZu ubidgan gaunTavisufles. elguja pirdapir imasTan mivida da ZuZuzed samjer kbilis dadgmiT, samjer warmosTqva: _ Sen deda da me Svili, Sen deda da me Svili, Sen deda da me Svili. iq myofni am saxalxo Cveulebas mokrZalebiT uyurebdnen, iwerdnen pirjvars da axlad danaTesavebulebs RmerTs avedrebdnen. elguja jer kidev imav adgilzed idga da ver ganZreuliyo, rodesac qalma xeli mohkida da uTxra: _ elgujau! dReis Semdeg Sen Cemi Svili xar... Sena xar sisxli Cemis sisxlisa da xorci Cemis xorcisa. qali gadaexvia, rogorc mSobeli RviZls naSobs da ramdenjerme akoca. Semdeg miiyvana qmarTan, daaCoqa taxtis win da uTxra: _ aha, momiyvania Svili, daloce. svimonma gadmoxeda da TvalebSi cremlebi moeria; Semdeg gaxurebuli xeli gadmoiRo, Tavzed daado da ramdensame xans, gaCumebuli, grZnobiT uyurebda. vin icis im wuTebSi momakvdavs Tvalwin ra suraTebi exateboda? ra grZnoba amRelvarebda mis sulsa, ra fiqrebi mosdioda TavSi da ra rigad moZraobda misi guli? moxucis tuCebma xmis amouReblad daiwyes moZraoba, TiTqos Cumad raRaca locvebs warmosTqvamdnen. _ elgujau, _ bolos daiwyo daRalulis kacis 166

xmiT avadmyofma: _ dReis iqiT Sena xar sisxli Cemi sisxlisa da xorci Cemis xorcisa!.. vinc Sen gawyeninebs, me mawyeninebs... vinc Sen gatkens rasme, _ me matkens... vinc Sen dagWris, _ me damWris!.. dReis iqiT Sena xar Cemi Svili da nawili Cemi gvareulobisa!.. Seni tkivili Cemi tkivili iqneba... RmerTma uRalatos, vinc Sen giRalatos, Cem gvarSi nu daindos isa, vinc Sen ar dagindos... _ amin! _ warmosTqves iq myofTa. _ xalxo! Cemi saqme Tqven mogandeviT, Tqven gadaswyviteT da mec dagmorCildiT... gaxsovdesT, rom Temis survili, _ uflis survilia... me momxedeT da xalxis survils Tqvenc ase aRasrulebdeT... amasve anderZad daugdebdeT Tqvens Svilebs. _ RvTis piriT laparakobs, uflis madlma! _ me Zala mqonda da SemeZlo aTi, asi, orasi kaci, Cemi survilis aRsrulebisaTvis, or batkansaviT Semewira... SemeZlo elgujas mze gameqro, vcdiliyav magis dasjasa, magram Temma mibrZana da imis winaSe mec muxli movidrike, qedi movixare... _ marTalia, marTali. _ romelsa asxmen yurni smenad, isminen! Temis sityvas yvela ise unda damorCildes, rogorc RmerTis brZanebas. avadmyofi gaCumda, Cafiqrda da qSenas moumata. TiTqos Sesustda da loginzed mieluSa. _ didi xnis sicocxle aRar damrCenia, _ daiwyo isev svimonma. _ daixsomeT Cemi naubari: erToba Zalaa da Zala ki bednierebaa... elgujau!.. Temma mTlad Seni mamuli, saxnavi da saTibi, saZovariTa da wyaliTa, mTiTa da bariTa, sul erTianad me marguna... _ alali iyos, rogorc Seni dedis ZuZu! _ gatacebiT upasuxa elgujam. _ ara, elgujau! rad minda?.. Cemic sakmarisi maqvs. Sen rom damnaSave iyo, Senis balRebisa rai bralia?.. 167

imaT ulukmod ver gavuSveb. marTalia, Cems mkvdarsac unugeSod ver davkargav... Cemis daklebulis niSnad davigdeb... Sens saTibs, xeTa SuaSi ro gaqvs... Tavadac kargad ici, rom mag miwas mxolod saxelada hqvian saTibi, Torem iq RorRis meti ara moipoeba-ra da RorRi ki yvelgan bevria, rom fasi raime hqondes; eg saTibi amiRia da danarCeni-ki, ai am xalxis daswrebiT da mowmobiT, SenTvisve damibrunebia... RmerTma alali qnas Senzed ise, rogorc Seni dedis ZuZu. _ ai, gadRegrZelos ufalma! _ daiZaxa svimonis guluxvobiT aRelvebulma xalxma. _ Seni Wiris sanacvlod iyos, Seni kvnesa-me, Cemi mamulic da Cemi Tavica!.. oRond Sena myvande cocxali da mamuli ra Sav qvad minda?.. rai gamiWirdebis? am sityvebis dros garedgan raRaca xmauroba moisma; erTbaSad gaiRo karebi da yvelam gakvirvebiT iqiT miixedes. mTaSi avadmyofTan mteric ki sifrTxiliT da mokrZalviT dadis xolme da aseTma daurideblobam yvela gaaoca. karebSi gamoCnda ramdenime SeiaraRebuli yazaxi, romelTac samxedro tanisamosSi gamoWimuli viRaca ufrosi win miuZRveboda. _ naCalniki naCalniki! _ moisma xalxis CurCuli da yvelam gaiw-gamoiwia. mazris marTveli iyo Sua tanisa, gamxdari da welSi moxrili; win wamotexili Subli da banjgvliani, grZelbewviani warbebi uSnod amosjdomoda da borotebis beWedi daesva. grZeli cxviri jer moxroda da Semdeg boloSi mohkavSoda; mokumuli da gacrecili tuCebi TiTqos gaRimebas cdilobdnen, magram Sxamis morevas mainc vera malavdnen; Sav-yviTeli, gaWimuli piris kani alag-alag mohfxuwoda da mouTmenlobis daRi daesva. aCqarebuls da mouTmenels stumars, etyoboda rom kapasi, Seubralebeli da ampartavani unda yofiliyo. eseTi gaxldaT mTielT marTveli, romelsac svimoni unda gamoecvala. 168

_ umaRlesis mTavrobis gankargulebiT, Tqvens magier mTis marTvelad me damniSnes... dResve unda CamogarTvaT saqmeebi da gamoZieba movaxdino Tqvengan Cadenils zogierTa ukanonoebis Sesaxeb... imedi maqvs iZulebuls ar gamxdiT Zala vixmaro da yovelisfers daubrkoleblad aRmasrulebinebT! _ uTxra iman. _ eg gafrTxileba sruliad mometebulia, _ upasuxa gakvirvebulma svimonma. _ umaRles mTavrobas dauniSnixarT da unda dagmorCildeT... me mainc didi xania amas movelodi, vicodi... am ukanasknel dros, imdenma gulmodgine mosamsaxureT gamoiCines Tavi, rom es ambavi aucilebeli iyo... mxolod gTxovT xvalamdis damacadoT... dRes metad sustada var. _ magis garCevas me ver Sevudgebi, _ mkacrad mouWra iman. _ gamosaZieblad movsulvar da dResve unda daviwyo. mxolod ramdenime kiTxva unda mogceT im jaris Sesaxeb, romelTac fasanauris viwroebSi, Tqvenis mizeziT, mTielebi daecnen da imdeni erTguli mosamsaxure gawyvites. _ Cemis mizeziT? _ hkiTxa avadmyofma da sicxisgan aRgznebuli Tvalebi ufro metad aRegzno. _ diax, Tqvenis mizeziT... eg damtkicebulia, da veRarc Tqven gadasTqvamT. TviT jaris ufrosi, maTi aRmatebuleba amtkicebs magas. _ jaris ufrosi? _ gakvirvebiT wamoiZaxa svimonma da pirisaxezed almuri aedina. _ diax, jaris ufrosi da imis sityvebis simarTle ki im mciredidganaca sCans, rac am male xanSi Sevitye... _ is kaci, romelic RmerTsa da sjulsa hficulobda, rom qalaqSi Casvlis umal, yovel RonisZiebas ixmarebda, xalxis satanjveli mTavrobisTvis Seetyobinebina, is kaci Camovida da mageebs laparakobs?! mabezRarobas mihyolia?.. momiteveT... ar vici ra vsTqva, ra vifiqro magram, magis meti ris molodini unda mqonoda?! 169

_ maS Tqven im azrisa xarT, rom xalxs awvaleben da Svela, gamosarCleba eWirveba? _ hkiTxa gamomZiebelma. _ diax, awvaleben, uRmerTod epyrobian da maTi gamosarCleba yvela patiosani kacis valia. _ maS, ueWvelia, Tqvenc esarClebodiT? _ me mogaxseneT, rom yvela patiosanis valia meTqi! gamomZiebeli miubrunda mwerals, romelic iqve axlda da stolzed qaRaldebi gadaeSala. _ dawereT, _ ubrZana mwerals: _ TviT mazris ufrosi saqveynod aRiarebs. rom xalxi gaWirvebaSi aris, awvaleben da uRmerTod epyrobiano... mweralma brZaneba aRasrula, gamomZiebeli ki isev svimons miubrunda: _ ueWvelia, Tqvenc Tqvens movaleobada sTvlidiT, rom xalxs gamosarClebodiT? _ diax, Cems movaleobada vsTvlidi. _ da... xelsac uwyobdiT? _ diax... Tumca samwuxarod imdeni Zala ara mqonda, ramdenadac Semweobis survili. _ dawereT, _ isev mwerals miubrunda: _ â&#x20AC;&#x17E;mTis mebatone yovelis patiosanis kacis valad sTvlis daicvas xalxis sargebloba, maT esarClebodes da xels uwyobdes... TiTonac, mazris marTvis dros, amis kvalobazed iqceoda... exlac mxolod imazeda swuxs, rom xalxs survilis odeni samsaxuri ver gauwiaâ&#x20AC;&#x153;. _ vgoneb ase brZaneT? _ miubrunda svimons. _ namdvilad. _ amis gareT, Tqven unda miTxraT ajanyebis moTaveTa saxelebi, radganac maTi daWera da raodenadac SesaZlebeli iqneba, mkacrad dasja da sastikad mopyroba maqvs nabrZanebi. am sityvebma svimons gulSi laxvrad gaurbines. Tvalwin warmoudga isec dawiokebuli moZmeT ojaxoba. xalxis bediRbali xelSi iseT kacs uvardeboda, romelsac araviTari Sewyaleba ar eqneboda da piradis angari170

SisTvis qveyanazed aravis ar dazogavda. svimon Zalzed kvnesoda, Tumca sakuTari seni gabrueboda da mTeli misi arseba saerTo tkivils Saepyro. imas undoda daeZaxa: _ mTis xalxi gulkeTilia, patiosani, marTali... dasjas ras emarTlebiT?.. isini icavdnen TavianT qveyanas, radganac TavianT valad racxavdnen... ar undodaT Ralati Tavis mefisa, TavianT samefos memkvidrisa, TavianT erovnebisa da TviT myofelobisa... magram raki Tavis mopirdapires Sexeda, sityva Cauwyda da amis magierad gulidgan mxolod mware kvnesaRa aRmoxda, civi ofli daasxa da mwuxarebam guls RrRna dauwyo. karga xans imagrebda Tavsa, karga xans Tavmoyvareoba Sexvewnis nebas ar aZlevda, magram bolos ZmaT moyvareobam dasZlia da gamomZieblisken xelebi gaiSvira. _ RmerTia mowame, rom CemTvis ara gTxovdi, ar Sevwuxdebodi, magram xalxi beCavia... iqonieT Sebraleba! mkacrad nu moeqceviT... javrobiTa da SuRliT imaTac daRupavT da marTeblobasac verafers argebT... Cemzed daswereT, rac gindaT, is moigoneT, rogorc gindaT, ise damabezReT, rac gindaT, damabraleT; yvelaferzed xels mogiwerT, oRondac imaT CamoexseniT!.. CamoexseniT, Torem... Torem... _ avadmyofi mRelvarebam Seipyro, sityva veRar gaaTava da dasustebuli, baliSebzed gadawva. _ wyali, wyali! _ daiZaxa gamomZiebelma, romelsac am suraTis naxvam TiTqos kacobriuli grZnoba gauRviZa. oTaxSi Semovarda svimonis coli da mosamsaxureni, avadmyofs miexvivnen da mosuliereba dauwyes. gamomZiebeli, Sexeda Tu ara qeTevans, mixvda, rom svimonis coli unda yofiliyo, mivida imasTan da Tavis dakvriT uTxra: _ Tqvenis pativiscemiT gamoZieba xvalamdis gadamidvia, _ da wynarad gavida. svimoni mobrunda mxolod imisTvis, rom ukanaskne171

lad gamosalmeboda Tavis xalxs, ukanasknelad gulSi Caekra Tavis colSvili da yvelasaTvis ukanaskneli mSvidoba eTqva... gaTenda meore dRe da svimonis sikvdilis xma mTels mTas moedo. daiZra xalxi da yovlis kuTxidan satirlad moeswrafeboda. qali da kaci, didi da patara, Sin aRaravina rCeboda, radganac yvelas, Cveulebisamebr, Sesawiravi unda moetana, micvalebulisadmi ukanaskneli vali gadaexada. yvelam icoda mTis Cveuleba, yvelas esmoda, rom iseTis kacis damarxva, rogoric svimoni iyo, Wirisuflebs iafad ar daujdeboda, soflebs sasoflod da mokeTeebs piradad, uricxvi Zroxa da cxvari moudiodaT, erbo da yveli mohqondaT. axladdaniSnulma mazris ufrosma naxa xalxis TanagrZnoba da dapirebis aRsruleba ramdenime dRiT gadasdo; mas eSinoda sastiki gankargulebis moxdeniT xalxSi ukmayofileba ar gamoewvia. micvalebuli gabanes, Caacves saukeTeso tanisamosi, moparses wveri da sakaciT „samyofo saxlSi“ daasvenes. Wirisufalni da mgloviare naTesav-mokeTeni samis mxriT gars Semoexvivnen, mxolod ise moSorebiT ki dadgnen, rom motiralTa da cxedaris Sua kacis gasasvleli adgili darCeniliyo... eseni, gansakuTrebiT qalebi da dedakacebi iyvnen, romelTac TavSlebi moexadaT, Tma gaewewaT da damklavebulni satirlad momzadebuliyvnen. ganuwyvetliv TiTo da TiTo soflis dedakacebi jguf-jgufad samyofo saxlis derefanzed grovdebodnen da cal-calke gundebad, mTaSi SemoRebulis Taviseburis tiriliT Semodiodnen. amgvarad Semsvlelebi, karebSive erTi meoris ukan damwkrivdebodnen, da win ueWvelad ufross gamoiZRolebdnen... mowinave wynarad da mwuxares xmiT daiZaxebda: „dadai“, da loyebSi cemiT sxvebi bans miscemdnen da patara nabijis gadadgmiT win waiwevdnen. amaT loyebSi172

ve SemokvriT da sityvebiT „adai“, cxedarTan myofi Wirisuflebi upasuxebdnen da usiamovno yvirili da loyebSi tyapa-tyupi, mosulTa da saxlSi myofTa Soris ara swydeboda. es ambavi iqamdis grZeldeboda, sanam axladmosulebi Zalian wynaris, odnav SesamCnevis nabijiT, mkvdars samjer gars Semouvlidnen. sanam erTi soflis dedakacebi amgvars litanias ar gaaTavebdnen, meore soflis dedakacebi derefanSi elodnen da mxolod maSin daiZaxebdnen „dadais“, rodesac pirvelebi daiSlebodnen. gamoucvlelad mxolod Wirisuflebi idgnen da yvela axlad mosulebs „adaiT“ da TavpirSi cemiT unda daxvedrodnen. ambavi sruli Svidi dRe grZeldeboda, radganac svimon, es saxelovani kaci pirveli gvariSvili iyo, sacxovrebeli da ganTqmuli saxeli hqonda, da imis damarxvisTvis saWiro samzadisi amazed adre ver moeswroboda. xadisxan, rodesac mosulni mTlad Semoikribebodnen, da derefanSi aRaravin eloda, saxlSi myofT Soris romelime moxuci mandilosani cxedaris mkerdidgan Tofs aiRebda, zed daeyrdnoboda da micvalebuls leqsad Sesxmas etyoda, mis cxovrebas xalxs mouTxrobda. momTqmels danarCenebi, dro gamoSvebiT, miscemdnen bansa da mohyvebodnen Semawuxeblis xmiT, zariT tirilsa. yoveli moqmedeba, yoveli samsaxuri, yoveli saxsenebeli saqme, romelic micvalebuls cxovrebaSi Caedina, exla saqveynod moixseneboda da msmenelTa Soris TanagrZnobas da madlobas gamoiwvevda. micvalebulis saxelTan erTad im daklebulT saxelebsac ar iviwyebdnen, romelTac xalxisTvis odesme SesamCnevi samsaxuri gaewiaT da vaJkacobis saxeli daemsaxuraT. yvelas, vinc-ki iq iyo, da momTqmelT sityvebi swvdeboda, amgvari gamosalmeba umaRles jildoT miaCnda da moZmeTagan am pativiT moxsenebas natrobda. rodesac motirali leqss gaaTavebda, wynarad mivi173

doda micvalebulTan, Tofs isev gulzed daadebda da mowiwebiT warmosTqvamda: „Sen cxoneba da damrCenT dRegrZeloba“. xalxi miyuCdeboda da sanam axali momTqmeli wamodgeboda, da xelaxlad daiZaxebda: „axa vaiTa avi me“, yvelani erTmaneTSi kiTxulobdxen: vin iyo moxsenebuli, an ra samsaxuri gaewia? amgvarad mTeli xalxi tyobulobda TavianT gmirebis saxelebs da maTi moqmedebis ambavi saSviliSvilod gadadioda. is iyo erTma moxucma gaaTava tirili da misma grZnobierma sityvebma da gulis CamTuTqvelma xmam iq myofni mTlad daimonava, rodesac erTbaSad moisma fanduris mkvnesavi, mgloviare xma da zed qviTiniT daZaxili. Zlieri da mwvave iyo es xma, romelmac xalxi Seatoka, aamRelvara da moZraobaSi moiyvana. _ elgujai modis, elgujai! _ niavsaviT wynarad moisma sulSetacebulT da xma gakmendilTa Soris. xalxi orad gaiyo da maT Sua gamoCnda lomebriv vaJkaci, romelsac Tma gaswewoda, sakinZi Camoswyvetoda da guli gadaReRoda; Sesazari iyo misi mxne da gmiruli, WmunviT moculi mduRare cremlebiT dalorTxili saxe. elgujas xelSi epyra fanduri da mTrTolvare TiTebiT simebs dasTamaSebda. is gamovida Sua adgilas da Sesdga; ramdenjerme gadaavlo iq myofs xalxs Tvali da yvelam igrZno namdvilad Sewuxebulis kacis guli, yvela daemorCila, gaCumda, gaCqurda. im wamSi buzi rom gafreniliyo, imis moZraobis xmasac ki gaigonebdiT. moxevem Cahkra da Cahkra fanduris Zalebs, daaTamaSa TiTebi da haeri mkvnesavis xmiT Seirya. bolos gaivlo tuCebs kbilebi da ise Zalzed mouWira, TiTqos mokvnetas upirobso, mohyva usityvod zuzuns da am xmazed yvelas guli amoujda, caxcaxi daawyebina. TiTqos TviT haersac ki egrZno xevis mwuxareba da misi gulis TrTolas ahyoloda. 174

moxevem fandurs kidev Cahkra, Cahkra da erTbaSad daiZaxa: Sen rom gvSordebi, gmirT-gmiro, raRas gvipireb Cvenao? giyurebT, guli duRdebis, Zlivs-Ra gvibrunavs enao! wavida Cveni kacoba, veRar vixileT lxenao, bRavis cxori da batkani, sadRaa imaT smenao?!. rodesac es sityvebi gaaTava, fanduri ukuagdo, micvalebuls daacqerda, daacqerda da CawiTlebulis Tvalebidgan cremlebi xelaxlad, Rapa-RupiT gadmoscvivda. kidev ramdenime gulis CamTuTqavi sityva uTxra da xelis CaqneviT warmosTqva: _ fui! cru da muxTalo sofelo!.. imasTan mivida ramdenime ymawvili biWi, miuaxlovda, mohkides xeli da sityvebiT: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;kmara, elgujau, kmara, Tavs xom ar moiklav?â&#x20AC;&#x153; derefanSi gaiyvanes, skamad gadebuls grZels WaWzed Camosves, Cibuxi gauvses da misces: _ moswie, moswie, guls mainc gagibruebs! satirlad mosuls kacebs, romelnic iqav isxdnen da svimonis av-kargianobazed laparakobdnen, micvalebulis naTesaoba xelT yavarjenaRebulni Tavs adgnen da Sinaurs arays sTavazobdnen. am dros ezos karebSi erTi umcrosTagani gamoCnda da xmamaRla daiZaxa: _ stumrebi, stumrebi modian. derefanzed myofi maspinZlebi da ramdenime moxuci stumari wamodgnen da wynaris siaruliT, karebisken gaemarTnen. galavans moSorebiT, ramdenime xeljoxiani moxucni wynarad da dalagebiT modiodnen; rodesac stumar-maspinZelni erTmaneTs dauaxlovdnen daupirdapir175

dnen, daeyrdnen yavarjenebzed da TavCamogdebulni, mowyenilis saxiT dadgnen. karga xanma gaiara am siCumeSi da orive mxare sityvis dawyebas erTmaneTs sTavazobda. bolos stumarTagan yvelazed uxucesma aiRo Tavi da mousamZimra. _ ai mogikvdesT Cemi Tavi, daTukau! _ uTxra iman, _ is ara sjobda, rom Cemi sikvdili gagegonaT, sanam xevis burjis waqcevas gavigonebdiT?.. bralia RvTis madlma, rom xevis ganmanaTlebels, xalxis nugeSs, moZmeT Semnaxvels Savi miwa sWamdes!.. _ sul uflis nebaa, TorRav!.. rai vuyoT?.. ufals xels veravin Seafarebs, _ upasuxa yvelazed ufrosma maspinZelma da daumata: _ Tqven iyaviT mSvidobiTa, kargaTa da uvneblada... rai uyoT? sikvdils kaci versad wauva. _ RvTis piriT laparakob, daTukau!. RvTis piriT!. kargi mokvda, uflis madlma, magram: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;kargisa kargi mokvdebis, _ kargive wamoizrdebisâ&#x20AC;&#x153;... magis danaklisi dRe ufalma damrComs Sehmatos. _ umagisod rani-Ra varT, TorRaisi, rani?.. dagvirCa Tqveni Tavi, rom mogvigoneT. TqvenTan lxinsa da qorwilSi mogviyvanos ufalma... samxiarulo SesawevriTamc gadagvixdia. gadmoxediT, Tqvenai Wiraime, gadmoxediT... batarai daisveneT, Soridgana xarT da daRalulebi iqnebiT. maspinZeli stumrebs gauZRva, derefanzed aiyvana da iq dasxdnen; gamarTes yalionebi da saerTo saubars gaebnen. dilidganve mosuli kacebi da dedakacebi sakmaod daRaluliyvnen da mosveneba eWirvebodaT; radganac saxlis patronebi dasaflavebis dRisTvis dids mzadebaSi iyvnen da stumrebis dasaxvedraT aRar ecalaT, amisTvis maTi pativiscema da daxvedra mezobelTa vali iyo da isinic stumrebs TavTavianT saxlSi epatiJebodnen. 176

samyofo saxlis karebTan, ramdenime ymawvili kaci Sejgufda, moisma raRaca tkacani da xalxi iqiT gaeSura. _ maTraxebiT modian, maTraxebiT! _ daiwyes erTmaneTSi CurCuli. ramdenime dedakaci WirisufalTagan gamoerCia, wavida karebSi mogrovils biWebisaken da maT mwkrivad ukan moudga. cota xans Semdeg, viRaca dedakacma kvnesiT da xmis kankaliT warmosTqva: `avai!“ da saxlSi darCenilTagan pasuxad miiRo: „av-dadai“. ymawvili biWebi, mwkrivad dawyobilni, sakinZ-Camowyvetilni da gulgadaReRilni, wynaris nabijiT wamovidnen; yvelas marcxena xeli Sublzed hqonda mifarebuli da marjvenaSi-ki, gansakuTrebiT amgvaris SemTxvevisTvis gakeTebuli maTraxi eWira. marjvena xelis SemoqneviT maTraxis tari Tavzed gadizniqeboda da meSis prtyeli, gasanTluli farCumi Zalzed kiserSi xvdeboda. yovel „av-dadais“ warmoTqmisTanave Semoikravdnen maTraxebs da yavar-yavar daxeTqili kisridgan sisxli Cqafa-CqufiT gadmosdiodaT. maT ukan midiodnen damklavebuli dedakacebi da maTraxis SemokvrasTan erTad isinic loyebSi icemdnen. moklesa da pataras nabijiT cxedars samjer gars Semouares; rodesac guli sakmaod ijeres, da mTaSi SemoRebuli wesi Seasrules, Sua adgilas gavidnen da maTraxebi gadayares, mjiRis gulSi CakvriT daiZaxes: „vahi“ da saCqarod gavidnen. ra Tqma unda, rom maTiac, am SemTxvevisTvis, mTiuleTidgan gadmosuliyo da rogorc bavSvi ise Rrialebda. mTeli kvira svimonis saxlSi es areuloba iyo; xalxi sakmaod daiRala, dasustda da yvelazed metad gulis Sematkivarsac-ki mosveneba dasWirda. dasaflavebis dRes didZali saqoneli daikla da uricxvi „sifroebi“ gaimarTa, romelsac patara biWebi Tavs dastrialebdnen da puris Wamas mouTmenlad moelodnen. 177

micvalebuli gamoasvenes, ukanasknelad gamoitires, gars Semoavles ukuRma Sekmazuli cxeni da odesme mxurvale guli civs miwas miabares. daqvrivebuli qeTevan, jered kidev ymawvili da sicocxliT savse, mZime SavebCacmuli, iglovda Tavis sayvarel qmars, romelmac am areulobis dros Tavis pawawebi ase upatronod dahyara. marTalia gulkeTili mezoblebi qvrivs pativsa scemdnen, yovel saqmeSi dauzareblad exmarebodnen, mzaRo yovels mis sityvas aRsrulebda, magram mosveneba mainc ver moepova. axladdaniSnuli mazris marTveli, mTielT areulobis Sesaxeb gamoZiebaSi iyo da ganuwyvetlis kiTxvebiT Tavs abezrebda; iTxovda, rom qeTevans mieRo da pasuxi mieca im kiTxvebzed, romelis Setyoba misgan undoda mazris ufross. mTis qalisTvis, amisTana dros ucxo kacis miReba TiTqmis SeuZlebeli iyo da marTvelisgan-ki es saqcieli Seuracxyofad miiReboda; brazdeboda da gulSi gadaxdevinebis survili emateboda. elguja da maTia Tumca moxevis saxlSi cxovrobdnen, magram yoveldRe qeTevanTan Camodiodnen da upatronod darCenils ojaxSi rigs aZlevdnen. ase midioda imaTi dReebi, svimonis daklebas aSkarad grZnobdnen, magram cxovreba mainc SesaZleblad miaCndaT. saRamo iyo. elgujas saxlis keraSi cecxli wynarad enTeboda da iqaurobas sasiamovno SuqiT hfenavda. sakidelzed Camokidebuls qvabs CuxCuxi gahqonda da madis gamRviZebels surnelebas haerSi atrialebda. saxlis patroni da maTia iqav cecxlis piras isxdnen da laparakobdnen xalxis im Sewuxebazed da usamarTlobazed, romelsac axladdaniSnuli mazris marTveli Cadioda. mTiuleTidgan xma modioda, rom ajanyebis saqmes gamomZiebeli metad gulmxurvaled mohkideboda da aRaravis ar ibralebda, araviTars saSualebas ar erideboda, oRond ramdenadac SeiZleboda, saqme Tavis sasar178

geblod gamoeCina. am simkacris da sastikobisTvis dids jildosa da pativis miRebas moeloda. elguja erTi im damnaSaveTagani iyo, romlis daWerac mazris ufross imeds aZlevda, rom SesaniSns samsaxurad CaeTvleboda, radganac svimonis SemweobiT mTielis datusaReba mTavrobas TiTqmis SeuZleblad miaCndaT. _ xval Tofis xma* unda gavtexoT, _ daiwyo elgujam. _ droa, Seni kvnesa-me! _ upasuxa maTiam, _ monadireni daRondnen da sofelSiac mxiaruleba aRar gaismis. _ hai, hai, ro daRondnen!.. ager rogori zamTaria?.. Tovlma nadirebi sul dabla Camohyara. oTaxSi mzaRom karebi SemoaRo, Tovliani fexebi daibertya da Semovida. _ moxved? _ hkiTxa elgujam. _ moved. _ raisTvi daigviane? _ svimonis „dedakaci“ ar miSvebda... egeTia beCavi, rom kacs guls mouklavs! Tvali ar SeSrobia... dRevandlamdis Zili ar mihkarebia. _ rai sakvirvelia, Seni kvnesa-me? _ CaurTo maTiam. _ xumroba ki araa, xelmwifis swori kaci moukvda... Camovarda siCume; mzaRo mivida TarosTan da WurWels lageba dauwyo. _ moita-Ra, gvaWame rame, Torem cxogan unda wavide da damigviandebis. _ amaRam waxval? _ hkiTxa maTiam da TiTqos feri ecvala. _ exlav unda wavide, Torem `snos wyali~ Sesandobarzed daupatiJebeli dagvrCa da dagvemdurebian. * romel sofelSiac micvalebuli yofila,sanam imas patronebi „Sesandobars“ ar dasdgmen (niSanSi srolas ar gamarTamdnen) sofeli glovobs da arc erTi kaci Tofs ar gaisvris.

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_ ar giTxar, vaxSami-meTqi?! _ gaumeora elgujam colsa da gakvirvebiT Sehxeda, radganac pirveli SemTxveva iyo, rom gameoreba dasWirda. _ exlav, exlav! _ upasuxa colma, TiTqos mxolod maSin gamofxizldao da dafacurda. qalma mardad moitana vaxSami da puris Wama daiwyes. maTia, rogorRac dafiqrebuli iyo da xmas ar iRebda; bolos, erTbaSad elgujas miubrunda. _ mai, elgujau, snos wyalzed me waval. _ beCao Cemo Tao!.. eg rai sTqvi? stumari saqmezed gavgzavno da qveyanas rai-Ra pasuxi mivce? _ uTxra elgujam da daumata: _ is Tu ar ginda, rom saleqsod gamxadon? _ saleqsod raisTvi? rai stumari var? Seni saxli Cemi araa?.. RvTis madlma, me waval, ara miSavs-ra, guli rasme miRondebis da gaverTobi! _ ara, maTiaisi, ara!.. Sen arc-ki ici visTan mixvide. mzaRom CiraRi kedelSi gaamagra, maTias gafiTrebuli saxe ganaTda da tuCebma caxcaxi dauwyo; iman veRar gasZlo, naxevrad mibrunda da skamzed ise gasworda, rom Suqi veRar miswvdomoda. elgujam Sehkra Tvali da hkiTxa: _ maTiau! ras mobuzulxar? _ Tavadac ar vici, _ mokled da xmis kankaliT upasuxa stumarma. _ avad Tu ara xar?.. emanda, kidec gakankalebs. _ mciva, maJrJolebs rasme. _ qalau, moitane-Ra tyavi da wamoasxi. _ elguja cols miubrunda. _ nu irjebi, ar minda, _ upasuxa mTiulma, magram tyavi mainc gamoarTva, moiWuWka da qudi Tvalebze Camoifxata. 180

_ arayi Tu ara gvaqvs? _ ikiTxa elgujam da motanili WurWeli cecxlis piras dadga. _ aba, Sen Seeqeci da me-ki waval, Torem migviandebis... batarai arayi daliode, kidec gagaTbobs da oflsac moggvris. _ mec wamoval, _ wamoiwia maTiam, magram moxevem ar auSva. _ ugonoT Tu ara xar, ras ubnob? daje, RvTis madlma, Torem mawyeineb, _ uTxra elgujam da Zalad dasva. Semdeg cols miubrunda da uTxra: _ Tbilad dauge, ar Sescivdes. Torem zamTris sicive kacs Tu erTxel janSi gaujda, Znelia... mSvidobiT, maTiau! moxevem Tofs xeli wamoavlo da karebisken gaemarTa; colma CiraRi aiRo da derefnamdis miacila. elguja erTbaSad Sesdga. cols Semoxeda da magrad mklav-moxveulma, gulTan mikruls, ramdenjerme Zalzed akoca. mzaRo gawiTlda da qmris gasvlis Semdeg kars urduli gaugdo, movida keris pirs da Tavisave adgils dajda. maTiam qals Cumad gaxeda, SeamCniva siamovnebisagan gamowveuli siwiTle da amooxvriT Cumad warmosTqva: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;bedniero!â&#x20AC;&#x153; isini didxans isxdnen gayuCebulni da xmagakmendilni, TiTqos erTmaneTs gabutviano. gaSmagebuli mTieli qals ise gahyurebda, rogorc mimino, romelsac mwyeri daunaxavs da gafaTrvas upirebso. qalsac egrZno imis Tvalebis Zala da raRaca mousvenrobaSi Cavardnils, Tavi daexara. orniv ase isxdnen da TavTavianTs sagonebels miscemodnen; orTav raRaca fiqri guls umRelvarebda, maTi azris gageba kacs Znelad SeeZlo. maTias Subli xSirad SeekumSeboda xolme, Tvalebi gaubrwyindeboda da aRSfoTebuls qSenas astexda. ara iSviaTad tuCebs gaxsnida da TiTqos sityvis warmoTqma undoda, magram TavSekavebuli tuCs kbilebs Sua moiqcevda da Tavs gasaCumeblad Zalas atanda. kedelSi 181

gakeTebulis sarkmlidgan niavi Semohqroda da CiraRis als wynarad amRelvarebda; erTbaSad dahqrola qarma, CiraRi gadmovarda da gahqra. orniv iq myofni SekrTnen da angariSmiucemlad fexzed wamocvivdnen. oTaxis ganaTeba keraSi anTebuls cecxlzed-Ra mivarda, da amisTvis sakmaod Camobnelda. qali CiraRs daswvda, magram maTiam daaswro, aiRo da cecxlSi Caagdo. am moZraobis dros qals mohxvda da TvalT daubnelda; watortmanda da goneba areulma qals magrad xeli gaavlo, miizida da gulSi Caikra, gaSmagebiT daekona da kocna dauwyo. _ ras sCadi, ras? _ farTxalebda SeSinebuli mzaRo, maram mTieli Wkuazed veRar mosuliyo. didi xnis Segubebuls grZnobas es-Ra aklda, rom wamalsaviT afeTqebuliyo da mTiulis arseba mTlad aRegzno, Tavdaviwyebamdis mieyvana. _ ras sCadi-meTqi?! _ gabrazebiT ganumeora qalma da xeli gulTan miabjina. _ ras sCadi? _ imas ro davilie, uSenod sicocxle gamwarda da Cemi unda iqna! _ maTiam isev mozida qalsa, romelic ganTavisuflebasa cdilobda. cecxlSi Cagdebuli CiraRi erTbaSad aenTo, iqauroba gaanaTa da maTiam dainaxa SeSinebuli saxe mzaRosi, romelsac Tavi ukan gadegdo, Tma gaswewoda da Tvalebi gabrwyineboda; Sexeda da gaSmagebam umata. _ Cemi unda iqna, Cemi! _ xmis kankaliT wamoiZaxa iman da ise moswia, rom qalis Zvlebma WaxWaxi daiwyo. mzaRom daiwivla, moqnils saxresaviT moizniqa da kaci Caakvda imis sicocxliT savse tuCebs. _ usircxvilov!.. namus dakargulo! fui Sens kacobas, _ maRla wamoiZaxa qalma da daumata: _ maS SenTvis aRarc naTesaobaa, aRarc ZmaT nafici!.. _ ara, RvTis madlma! _ marto Sen, Senis meti arvin minda, Senis meti arvin maxsovs, Sen gadamaviwye yvela! 182

_ me ar mindixar. mZulxar, mZagxar da mezizRebi! _ Sehkivla qalma. am sityvebzed maTia SekrTa, rogorc gvelis nakbeni, simwvavisagan mTlad daiklakna da mRelvarebiT warmosTqva: _ maS is giyvars, marto is aris bednieri? _ is miyvars, marto is aris bednieri, damexsen! _ gaanCxlebiT upasuxa qalma. mTiulma mklavze magra mouWira da Semdeg xelis kvriT wamoiZaxa: _ maS imis sikvdili mogdomnia da mokvdeba! mzaRo SekrTa am sityvebzed, Sehxeda maTias da imedi hqonda, rom sibraluls dainaxavda; magram mTiulis saxe gaSmagebuls vefxvs damzgavseboda, romelsac msxverplis siaxlove egrZno da survilad mxolod misi sisxliT gaZRoma moswadeboda. _ maTiau, ras sCadi? ras ubnob, rai mogsvlia? _ isa rom â&#x20AC;&#x17E;gonTâ&#x20AC;&#x153; gadamagde, isa rom me da imis erTad sicocxle aRar xerxdebis! _ raisTvi ara, raisTvi? gana Sen-ki ar miyvarxar?.. _ maS giyvarvar!.. _ sixaruliT wamoiZaxa kacma da isev xelebi moxvia. mzaRo gausxlta. _ Sen Zma xar da ZmasaviT miyvarxar. _ kidev movtyuvdi? maS aha, _ daswvda mTiuli culsa, romelic iqve egdo da daumata: _ damkari TavSi da gamaTave. _ ras ubnob? _ ukan midga SeSinebuli qali. _ damkari, damkari-meTqi, _ areviT eubneboda kaci. romelsac moqmedebisTvis angariSi veRar mieca. _ damkari-meTqi, Tu elgujas gadarCena ginda, Torem Tu aqedgan cocxali gaved, RvTis madlma, rom imis mze gaSavdebis! _ maTiau! Senai Wiraime, RvTis madlsa!.. _ maS damkar da morCi!.. morCi, morCi-meTqi!.. 183

_ beCau!.. _ ho, _ gaawyvetina iman. _ Cqara, Cqara... kaci mTlad caxcaxebda da ori sityva gadabmiT veRar moexerxebina. am dros karebidan raRaca xmauroba moisma da gaxarebulma qalma wamoiZaxa: _ elguja! _ da gasasvlelad gabrunda, magram maTia win gadaudga. _ moica! _ gamiSvi, kari gauRo! _ momkal! _ ara-meTqi... gamiSvi!.. _ ara?.. maS codo Senzed iyos!.. qalma daiwivla da daeca, maTiam ki culi gadaagdo, gaiZro xanjali da gabrazebulis xarxariT karebisaken gaqanda. maTiam gaaRo karebi, magram maSinve ukan moawyda, radganac moxevis magivrad ramdenime SeiaraRebuli rusis yazaxi daxvda. eseni mohyolodnen mazris marTvels, romelsac elgujas daWera ganezraxa. mTiulma karebis Caketa veRar moaswro, am SemTxveviT rusebma isargebles da saxlSi Sevidnen. _ elguja Sena xar? _ hkiTxa jaris meufrosem. maTia gaSterebiT Sehyurebda da gaSiSvlebuls xanjals xelidgan ar agdebda. rusebsac Tofis Caxmaxebi fexzed SemoeyenebinaT da mtris dasaxvedrad momzadebuliyvnen. _ elgujai ara var! _ bolos upasuxa maTiam. _ Caage xanjali, _ ubrZanes imas. _ xanjali? _ CacinebiT warmosTqva mTiulma da qudi Tvalebzed Camoifxata. _ raisTvi? _ Caage-meTqi da wamogvyev! _ gaumeores brZaneba. _ raisTvi Cavago, an sad unda wamogyveT? _ maTiamac xma aimaRla. _ Tqven elgujas eZebT, da me-ki elgujai ara var... cxo raiRa gindaT?.. 184

_ elguja Sena xar, ver mogvatyuileb!.. geubnebi wamogvyev! _ geubnebiT rom ara-meTqi... elgujai rom viyo, saxels raiRa damamalvinebda? _ isa rom geSinian. wamogvyev, Torem ZalaT wagiyvanT. maTiam Tavis CamoqneviT qudi moimarjva. _ lomisis madlma, elgujai ara var, arc meSinian, Torem saxels Tqven damamalvinebdiT?.. arc amdens galaparakebdiT. _ dagvmorCildi-meTqi, Torem... rusma sityvebis gaTaveba ver moaswro, rodesac mzaRo muxleb qveS Cauvarda da xvewna dauwyo. yazaxma wamoayena da uzrunvelad xeli hkra. _ gamecale! qalebTan saqme ara maqvs _ daiZaxa yazaxma mkacrad. amis mnaxveli maTia mTlad gafiTrda, TvalTagan nawinwklebi gadmoscvivda da mTlad TrTolam aitana. _ daiWireT eg kaci. _ jaris ufrosma maTiazed uCvena. yazaxebi win wardgnen, magram mTieli uku gadaxta, amoefara godors da mtris medgrad dasaxvedrad moemzada. yazaxebma kidev miiwies, magram mTiulma kedlidgan Tofis CamoReba moaswro da gaumizna. _ SesdeqiT, lomisis madlma! niSndaudebels ar gagiSvebT. _ elgujav, dayare iaraRi da dagvnebdi-meTqi. _ iaraRs-ki ar davyri da Tu SegiZlianT, ZalaT amxseniT. ufrosi ganrisxda, magram srola mainc ver gabeda, radganac elgujas cocxlad miyvana hqonda nabZanebi. _ maS kargi! _ daemuqra yazaxi da mxleblebs miubrunda: _ es qali daiWireT. SeSinebuli mzaRo kedels ahkroda da mTlada cax185

caxobda; yazaxebi miscvivdnen, Seipyres da wivil-kiviliT gareT gaaTries. maTiam moTmineba dahkarga da Tofis gasrolis Semdeg, gulamRvreuli, Sejgufebuls xalxs gadmoeria. yazaxebi gamocvivdnen da xanjal-mowvdili maTiac ukan gamohyva. pirvelSi SemkrTali rusebi garbodnen da maTia Tavisuflad xanjlamda, magram male gons movidnen, Semoexvivnen, Caigdes SuaSi da xmlebi dauSines. ramdenime Tofi gavarda, magram gaxurebuli maTia ver Seayenes; iman isic ki ver gaigo, dasWres Tu ara. Tvalwin mxolod mzaRo exateboda, xedavda rom rusebi wivil-kiviliT miaTrevdnen da am Seuracxyofis gadaxdis meti aRara axsovda-ra. maTia ibrZoda gamwarebuli da yovel mxares, saiTac gaibrZolebda, niSandaudeblad ar gamobrundeboda, magram iarebidan gadmonaCqebma sisxlma male Zala mouklo da CaiCoqa; mklavi dausustda, kankali daiwyo da wuTs Semdeg usulod daeca... gamarjvebuli yazaxebi gaxarebulis yiJiniT miexvivnen da TavianT xmlebis mWreloba gufTasaviT akefils mTiulzed kidev ramodenjerme scades. swored im dros, rodesac Tofebi daicala, elguja iqav axlo-maxlo sofelSi yofiliyo, da gareT gamovardniliyo; daenaxa, rom imis sofelSi Cxubia da mTlad gafiTrebuli iqiTken gaiqca. gzaSi ramdenime biWi moegeba da Seatyobines, rom elgujas dasaWerad yazaxebi movidnen da maTia daCexeso; moxevem kbilebi gaaxrWiala da gonebadabneulma ufro Cqara gaswia. _ sad mixval, sada? _ mezoblebi win gadaudgnen. _ ar gesmis, rom Sens dasaWerad movidnen?.. _ dasaWerad?.. vnaxav!. _ wamoiZaxa iman SeuCerebliv... _ nu mixval, Se beCao, Sena!.. imden xalxTan marto kaci rai gaxdebi! _ kideva scades imis gamobruneba: _ mai, dabrundi da cxofriv mouaroT. 186

_ maS stumris sisxli SevarCino? Tavi saleqsod gavixado!.. _ Senc mogkvlen... _ momkvlen da alali iyos! kaci erTxel daibadebis da erTxel mokvdebis! _ wamoiZaxa moxevem bevrs exvewnen, bevri ecadnen, mravali sabuTebi mohyvandaT, magram elgujas dabruneba vera RonisZiebiT ver moaxerxes!.. is sul erTsa da igives gaiZaxoda: _ Zma momikles da sisxli unda aviRo! elgujas, romelic sazogadod moxerxebuli, gafrTxilebuli da moazrebuli kaci iyo, exla sruliad goneba daefanta da Tavis moqmedebis angariSi veRar mieca. moxeve mxolod erTs wadils Seepyro da imis meti aRara axsovda ra: imas stumari moukles da samagiero unda gadaexada, Tunda amis aRsasruleblad sicocxlis Sewirvac dasWireboda... elguja gavida sofelSi da swored im dros mivida Tavis saxlTan, rodesac mkvdars maTias, viRaca upatiosno, suliT dacemuli masxarad igdebda da uSveris piriTa lanZRavda. moxevem mkvdris amgvari Seuracxyofa veRar moiTmina da Tavdaviwyebuls erTis xeliT miswvda sayeloSi da Tavisken moibruna. _ aqeT mobrundi, daundo ZaRlo, aqeT, _ da sityvebTan erTad moqneuli xanjali taramdi mkerdSi Causva. gulCangreuli yazaxi maTiazed daeca. _ es erTi, maTiau!.. _ wamoiZaxa iman sibraziT da daumata: _ nu geSinian, jer kidev bevrs gamogayoleb. gamobrunda da danarCens yazaxebSi gaeria; imaT mTieli mxolod maSin SeniSnes, rodesac ramdenime kaci waiqca. gaSterebuli yazaxebi jer airivnen, radganac ver warmoedginaT, rom erTi kaci amodena jarSi Camorevas gabedavda, da RrubelSi Semaluli mTvare-ki sakmaod aRar anaTebda, rom namdvili daenaxaT. magram raki Rrubelma gaiwia da mTvarem iqauroba 187

gaanaTa, jarma dainaxa erTaderTi kaci, romelsac xanjali eWira da uwyalod, Seubraleblad iqnevda. rusebi moexvivnen da gza Seukres. elgujam gaibrZola. gasvla daapira, magram win kidev ramdenime xmalmowvdili kaci gadaeRoba. imaT Sexedes erTmaneTs, TiTqos TvaliT awonas upirebdnen. moxeve SeikumSa, gadaxta, magram ramdenjerme xanjlis moqnevis Semdeg, TavSuazed gaCexili maTias gverdiT daeca. _ maTiau, ver misayvedureb! martod ar dagagde... mzaRo... Svilebo!.. _ warmosTqva iman da saukunod daxuWa Tvalebi. ase gaTavda am ubedurT sicocxle, romlebis gulic siyvarulis cecxliT sduRda da imdens moelodda daundoblis soflisgan... gaiara weliwadebma, saqarTveloSi damyarda rusis marTebloba da kanonebi. xalxi damSvidda, daiwyo axali cxovreba; saukunoebiT daRaluli brZolisagan. is TiTqmis dasvenebas eZleoda. erToba wynar-wynarada hqreboda da imis samagierod, yvelani, TiTqos gansakuTrebiT exveodnen Tav-TavianT sakuTar saxvevSi. daiviwyes bevri warsuli Cveuleba, warsuli azrebi, uromlisodac maSin cxovrebis SeZleba ar egonaT. daiviwyes elguja da maTiac, rogorc sxva maTi medrove xalxi. gardaicvala svimonis coli da imis adgili daiWira imis ufrosma rZalma, romlis qmari samxedro samsaxurSi Sesuliyo da bednierad hmsaxurobda. marTeblobam daiwyo baton-ymobis, gvar-tomobis da mamulebzed davebis garCeva. im saqmeebis areulobaSi, rogorc maSin iyo, yvela cdilobda meti kacebi daewera TavianT saxelobazed ymad, meti mamuli daeWiraT da TavadebT siaSi Caweriliyvnen, romelsac gansacvifreblis gamocdiT axerxebdnen. 188

erTs dRes svimonis ufrosi Svili dabrunebuliyo samsaxuridgan Sin, rodesac imis mamulsa swveoda Cinovniki, romelsac mindobili hqonda ymebisa da saxelmwifo glex-kacebis kameraluri aRweris Sedgena. rasakvirvelia, amgvars SemTxvevaSi guluxvi qarTveli mebatonis saxeli ise ar dadgeboda, rom msuqani vaxSmebi galazaTianebuli kargis kaxuris RviniT, ar gaemarTa. amisTvis svimonis saxlSi iyo gamarTuli lazaTiani nadimi im pirisaTvis, romlis kalmis mosmazedac iyo damokidebuli glex-kacT yurmoWril ymad, Tu Tavisuflad gaxdoma. glex-kacebi darwmunebulni, rom upatronod, ubatonod, e.i. umosarClod im xanaSi darCenili, rodesac dianbeg da naCalniks usulod SeeZloT raca hsurdaT is eqnaT, _ cxovreba wva da dagva iyo, garbodnen da ucxadebdnen romelsame SeZlebul da Zala mqonebel mebatones ymobas. amgvarad isini hxdebodnen sxvadasxva pirebis sakuTrebad. rodesac Cinovnikma gaaTava Tavisi muSaoba, Tqven rom Tvali gadagevloT imis rveulisaTvis, sabatono ymebis siaSi amoikiTxavdiT: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;mzaRo nasyidaSvilisa, Tavis ori SviliTâ&#x20AC;&#x153;. diax, _ mzaRo Seiqmna, Tavis SvilebiT erTad, mebatonis sakuTrebad da es xalxi im SemTxvevaSi Caayena iseT mdgomareobaSi, rom ymaTa Soris, gulis ZgeriT moalodina is dro, rodesac baton-ymobis gadavardnis xma grgvinvasaviT gaivlida saqarTveloSi, da aTas wamebuls locviT Tvalebs miapyrobinebda zecisaken.

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ken, sadac sarkmlebidgan gaCaRebuli cecxlis Suqi da mxiaruli taS-fanduras xma gamodioda. karebTan gacvivda kidev Tofebi da dambaCebi, da am grials SeuerTda iqav mogrovilis bavSvebis yiJinis xma, da cxenosnebi Camoxtnen. patareebi miscvivdnen cxenebs, CamoarTves da dauwyes win da ukan tareba, radganac gaoflianebuls cxenebs orTqli koriantelsaviT asdiodaT da siarulSi SeSroba eWirvebodaT, rom civs niavs ar daekra da ar daexuTa. stumrebi mogrovdnen karebTan, SuaSi Caiyenes erTi wamosadegi, axlad wver-ulvaS aSlili ymawvili biWi, romelsac nabadi hqonda wamosxmuli da gverds mouyenes meore ymawvili biWi, ufro mdidrulad Cacmuli da mTlad oqro-vercxliT SeWedili. yvelani gaCumdnen da Camovarda iseTi simSvide, rom buzis gafrenis xmasac ki gaigonebdiT. cota xanic da gaisma wvrili, wkriala xma „jvarulisa“. mas misces bani da haeri daifara mediduris, Zlieris da am erTaderTis savaJkaco simReris xmiT, romelic Tavis harmoniiT kacs gaitacebs da smenas dautkbobs, ZlierebiT Zvalsa da rbils auTrTolebs, sisxls auCuxCuxebs da saxelis gamoCenas moawyurebs. am simReras mxolod mTaSi mRerian, mxolod iqaurs medidurs bunebas SeeZlo amisTana harmoniuli xmis dabadeba!.. am simReras mRerian xolme mxolod omSi, xatebisa da droSebis gamosvenebis dros da qorwilSi. exla qorwili gaxldaT. nabdiani kaci, gugua fiCitauri, iyo sasiZo da mis gverdiT myofi ymawvili, mdidrulad Cacmuli _ onise, Svili ganTqmulis „xevis berisa“ goCasi, romelic guguas xelismomkided, mejvared mohyoloda.

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II stumrebi Sevidnen xalxiT gamoWedils saxlSi, sadac ufrosi kacebi moegebnen, dauloces sasiZos gza, Semoatares kera da „xelis momkidesTan“ da saxlis ufrosTan erTad keris piras TavSi dasxes. aSlili xalxic isev dalagda, gaimarTa isev lxini da Tasebis gagzavngamogzavna Cveulebrivis „smurebiT“. aq iyvnen martoka kacebi, qalebi arsad sCandnen. maTi xma moismoda saxlis ukana kuTxidgan, sadac sena iyo gamarTuli. iq gaemarTaT taS-fandura da iqve miezidaT ymawvili biWebi, romelnic gatacebiT Sescqerodnen lazaTiT savse molekure qalebs. yvelani mxiarulad TamaSobdnen, macdurad gauxtgamouxtebodnen ymawvil biWebs, romelsame „Sav biWs“ eSmakurad Caukrentdnen Tvalsa da esec, aRgznebuli raRaca ZaliT, waxalisebuli gaekideboda xan wynarad damSvidebuls wyalsaviT mimdinars da xan mTis mdinaresaviT gacofebuls da gaSmagebuls qalsa. ager mirbis, damkrTals arCvsaviT, moxevis SavTvala qali, imisi saxe sruls SiSs gamosTqvams, radganac arwivsaviT mklavebgaSlili kaci misdevs Tavis msxverpls. nazi qmnileba TandaTan dundeba, kaci eweva, ai wuTic da gulSi Caikravs SeSinebuls, qedansaviT akankalebuls qals, magram molodini ar umarTldeba. erTbaSad gatrialebuli qali xelidgan ecleba da meore mxares gamxtari fexebs aTamaSebs. guldawyvetili kaci gascqeris da xedavs Tavis msxverpls momxiblavis RimiliT da moJuJune TvalebiT, romelnic imas iwveven, ipatiJeben da TiTqos eubnebian: „damiWire da me gagrZnobineb sicocxlis sitkboebas!“ onise da gugua, romelTac dRes darbaisloba unda 192

gamoeCinaT, isxdnen gaunZrevlad, Tumca guli da suli gamxiarulebul ymawvilebTan hqondaT da CumCumad gascqerodnen im mxares, saidganac lxinis da TamaSobis xma modioda. gugua iwoda surviliT, rom Tavis sanatrelis ZiZiasTvis Tvali Saekra da onise ki, rom qorebrivi Tvali gaeyara visTvisme ganurCevlad, vinc unda yofiliyo isa, oRondac aris mis Tvalebsac elvareba hqonoda, tuCebs mimzidveloba, loyebs siymawvilis elferi da guls sisxlis amaCuxCuxebeli Zala. ar gauvlia ramdensame wuTs, rodesac xalxi gaipo da maT Soris gamoCnda viRaca moxucebuli diaci. yvelani zeze wamodgnen da miesalmnen moxucs, romelic pirdapir â&#x20AC;&#x17E;xelis momkidesTanâ&#x20AC;&#x153; mivida, Caikra gulSi da uTxra: _ aba, Cemo yvelav, Cem qala-Savas Sen gabareb... Sen unda mouaro, Sen upatrono, imis gamjavrebeli Sen unda gaajavro! _ RmerTs ar moetyuebis, xazuav, rom, raic xelidgan gamamiva, Tavs ar SeviSureb, _ upasuxa ymawvilma kacma da daumata ara saxumro kiloTi: _ vinc magas awyeninebs, imas CemTan eqnebis saqme da, RTis madlma, CemTan masxarobas ki arc-vis ar vurCev. _ guguai balRia, _ daumata moxucma, _ da sofeli ki Wreli... kacis enas rai ar SeuZlian, daarigode es balRi, cxoTa enas nu mihyvebis, qveyanazed mteri ar dailevis da imaT sityvas rom mihyves, e mag qala-Savas Camomidnobs, damilevs... _ raisTvi, raisTvi ambob magas xazuaisi! _ gaawyvetina onisem: _ guguai, marTalia, balRia, magram araa loTi da avardnili kaci... amxanagebs Tavis marjvena TolsaviT uyvarsT, yvela Tavs dasdebs magisTvi, amitom rom Tavad guguac egeTia mezoblisTvi... guguai vaJkacia da, RTis madlma, jalabobaSiac Tavs ar Seircxvens. 193

_ Sens pirs Saqari, Cemo yvelav, Sens pirs Saqari! _ upasuxa moxucma da daumata, _ nu damZraxav, oniseisi!.. cas Sevaberdi, adamis Jamisa Seviqen da mag erTai qalais meti ara gamaCnia-ra... magazed amomdis mze da mTore, magazed-Ra vibruneb sulsa. _ kargi-Ra, xazuaisi, stumari nuRar Seawuxe, _ dasZaxa viRac moxucebulma kacma da daumata: _ waiyvane da patarZali Caabare. _ agre, agre, Senai Wiraime... iare, onise! _ moxuci dedakaci gauZRva onises da guguam ki SuriT avsebuli Tvalebi gaadevna, radganac iq unda darCeniliyo da ZiZias xilvamdis kidev ramdensame saaTs unda gamoevlo.

III dabnelebuls senaSi, romelsac odnav anaTebda mbJutavi kvari, kasrebsa da qilebs Sua ijda patarZali ZiZia Tavis ramdenime amorCeulis megobrebiT, romelnic mis garTobas cdilobdnen. ZiZia iyo Teqvsmetis wlisa, maSasadame, asakSi mosuli qali, sruliad gaSlili da gadafurCqnuli, sityviT, im xanSi, rodesac ZarRvebSi aRelvebuli sisxli qafdeba, sduRs da CuxCuxiT momdinareobs, rodesac guli miiltvis raRaca jered ucnobis bednierebisaken da TrToliT SesTamaSebs yvavilebs da bunebas, sicocxle edemad eSleba, cxovreba siamovnebis neqtars eqadis. is iyo tanadi, lamazi, mSvenieris dakokrebulis lamazis Txelis tuCebiT, romelnic TiTqos sakocnelad momzadebuliyvnen. TeTr-yirmizs, atlasis msgavs saxezed dasTamaSebda mxurvalebis niSani elferi, romelic Tavis dReSi gatyapuls siwiTled ar gadadioda; moJuJune, 194

lurji cisferi Tvalebi macdurad ukamkamebda da gulis gamgmiravs isarT isroda; Savi grZeli wamwamebi gars mcvelebad mosdgomoda da wvrili, xaverdisebrivi warbebi grZlad gadasWimoda; sqeli Savi Tma ors nawnavad TeTr broliviT yels surosaviT Semohxveoda, _ sityviT, ZiZia naxati mSveniereba iyo da misi mnaxveli ver gasZlebda, ar eTqva: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;cxondes Seni mSobelioâ&#x20AC;&#x153;. ZiZias Setrfodnen bevrni, Zalian bevrni, ramdenjerme misi motacebac ki scades, magram, rogorc etyoboda, misi bed-iRbali gugua iyo da mas darCa. raki guguam Tavisad daasaxela ZiZia, raki qalmac piroba misca, imas ise advilad veRaravin gaubedavda rasme, radganac amgvars SemTxvevaSi guguas xumroba ar uyvarda da male daabnelebda imis mzes, vinc win gadadgomas moiwadinebda. Tumca ZiZia Txovdeboda Tavisis surviliT, Tumca moswonda Tavisi gugua da ara erTi Rame gaeTenebina masTan Cqara SaerTebazed fiqriT, ara erTxel mozmaneboda misi lomebrivi, vaJkacis saxe, magram dRes, rodesac is unda gamosalmeboda Tavis saxls, megobrebs, Cveulebas, rodesac qalobidgan dedakacobaSi pirveli nabiji unda Saedga, guli rogorRac aukankalda da warsuli Senanda. am warsuls is kargad icnobda, kargad hqonda igi SeTvisebuli; is iyo yovelTvis da yvelasgan ganebivrebuli, yvelas uyvarda, yvela ualersebda da, vin icis, momavalic amasve miscemda? qali hgrZnobda raRac instiqtiurs mRelvarebas da angariSi ver mieca Tavis TavisTvis. am mdgomareobas moepara misTvis feri, nazad gaecrica da am fers kidev ufro metad daemSvenebina misi angelozebrivi saxe. megobrebi anugeSebdnen, exumrebodnen, rodesac moisma xma: 195

_ „xelismomkide“ modis, „xelismomkide“! _ da yvelani zezed wamocvivdnen. ZiZiam igrZno, rom TiTqos mas gulSi raRamac uCxvlita. mTels sxeulSi gaurbina raRaca usiamovno grZnobam da fexzed wamodgomiT saCqarod Camoifara pirbade. oTaxSi Semovidnen xazua, viRaca moxucebuli kaci, onise da ymawvili qalebi, romelnic Semoexvivnen ZiZias. daiwyes gamosasalmebeli simRera, sadac sagrZnobelis sityvebiT ymawvils qals Tavis warsulTan da megobrebTan asalmebdnen da tiriliT da kocniT TiTonac esalmebodnen. bolos, Seswyda simRera, moxucma kacma aanTo wminda sanTeli, wynarad gadaiwera pirjvari, mivida qalTan, gamoarTva xeli, axsena xeuri jvar-angelozebi d miubrunda onises: _ onisev! aha, Cagvibarebia TqvenTvis qali wrfeli da Seurcxveneli... dReis amas iqiT Sen agvirCevixar amis Zmad. _ am sityvebzed iman gadasca onises qalis mTrTolvare da gaxurebuli xeli. onisem rawams am xelis mikareba igrZno, rogorRac SehkrTa, daibna da TiTonac gaJrJolda, Tumca amgvari mdgomareobis mizezi ver aexsna. _ aba Sen ici da Senma kacobam, rogorc dReis amas iqiT mouvli da upatroneb... Tqvens sofelSi Sens meti patroni aravin eyolebis, Sen unda gauwio Zmoba. _ aba, RmerTs ar moetyuebis, rom Tavs davdeb magisTvis. moxuci mivida, wynarad aswia pirbade swored im dros, rodesac onise ambobda: _ eg da _ me Zma... magram sityva naxevarzed gauwyda, mTlad gaTrTolda da mTvralsaviT wabarbacda, magram Tavi isev Seikava. 196

_ rai mogivida? _ mieSvela moxuci. _ arc-ra, arc-ra, damcxa, Tavs bru rasme damexva, _ ZlivsRa warmosTqva onisem. _ bevri Tu ara svi?.. maita-Ra wyali, _ miubrunda moxuci iq myofebs. _ ar minda, Senai Wiraime, _ upasuxa kacma, romelsac qalis xeli jer kidev ar gaeSva, Tumca hgrZnobda, rom es xeli swvavda, sdagavda mas, uRelvebda sisxls da gonebas afantvinebda. onisem moisva Sublzed xeli, magrad moiwura ofli, pirdapir Sehxeda qals da xmamaRla mtkiced warmosTqva: _ iyos Tavdebad zeviT RmerTi da qveS dedamiwa, rom ZiZia dasaviT meyvareba, gavuwev Zmobas, magisTvis Zmazed ufro meti viqnebi! _ am sityvebzed qalis xeli kidev erTxel SehkrTa, kidev wynarad gaJrJolda, erTi Sehxeda da maSinve Tavi dahxara. wynarma, magram Zlierma oxvram onises sityva gauwyvita pirSi da guli mousvenrad gaufarTxala.

IV onisem igrZno, rom mas zRvasaviT moawva aRelvebuli sisxli, romelic CuxCuxiT xan gulisken gaqandeboda da aatokebda, rogorc zRvis zvirTebi uialqno navs, xan Tavs eZgereboda da nislsaviT exveoda, ubnelebda Tvalebs da gonebas. ymawvili biWi javrobda Tavis Tavzed, javrobda, rom aRZruli grZnoba veRar Seemagrebina, avardnili guli veRar Seeyenebina, cdilobda qalisTvis dasamSvidebeli sityva ram eTqva, magram pirgamSrali, TiTqos yelSi ra197

Raca gaxirebiao, enas veRar ibrunebda. iman saukeTesod dainaxa, male moSoreboda im safrTxes, sadac misi arseba ase swrafad iqmna damorCilebuli, guli ase moulodnelad gaqelili. onise gamoeTxova qalsa da gavida samyofo saxlSi, sadac danarCeni stumrebi mxiarulobdnen: ymawvili biWebi erTmaneTs ebaasebodnen da moxuci xalxi ki saqarTvelos momavals mdgomareobazed laparakobda. Cqara moitanes „sifroebi“, gaavses „funTuSebiT“* da movlilis Wedilebis msuqani xorciT. radganac es ambavi zamTarSi xdeboda da im Rames ki Tovli modioda, amisTvis yvelani Cqarobdnen, rom puris Wama male gaeTavebinaT da Sin dabrunebuliyvnen, raTa Camosuls zvavebs sadme gza ar Saekra da axal jvardawerilebi gareT cis qveS ar darCeniliyvnen. sayvelawmindo Tasmac Camoiara; gvaris ufrosma, sufris Tavs „martoSkamzed“ mjdomarem, aanTo wminda sanTeli, axsena xeuri jvar-angelozni da meqorwileni RmerTs Seavedra. mere miubrunda onises da ramdenime sityviT moagona „xelismomkidis“ movaleoba qalisadmi da moiTxova mziTvis yuTi, romelic Caabara mayrebs. ar gaiara wuTma da xelismomkide xelaxlad waiyvanes senaSi, sadac patarZali unda CaebarebinaT. onises jer kidev angariSi ver mieca Tavis TavisTvis da gabruebuli, raRaca ucnaurs mdgomareobaSi myofi, sruliad dafantuli aRsrulebda, rasac ki eubnebodnen. is Seiyvanes, misces qalis xeli xelSi da moisma isev jvaruli. xelismomkidem da qalma gamoswies samyofo saxlisken, sadac siZe iyo, am simReris xmazed, romelic onises dasaflavebis galobis xmad eCveneboda. imaT gamosvlazed gugua mTlad ainTo, naRverdlad gaubrwyin* funTuSa _ erTgvari puria, romelsac RumelSi acxoben.

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da Tvalebi, Sekavebulma siamovnebis Rimilma SeuTamaSa tuCebi da morcxvobam Tavi daaxrevina. onisem miiyvana qali da gadasca sasiZos, romelmac gaSmagebiT saCqarod miaSvela Tavisi xeli. mxolod sakvirveli es iyo, rom qali TiTqos ramdenjerme SehkrTa da xelismomkidis xelis gaSveba eZneleboda, magram guguam gaavlo xeli da iseT rigad mouWira, rom qals Zvlebma WaxWaxi dauwyes da tkivilisagan kinaRam Sehyvira. onise gauZRva wina da mas mihyva mefe-dedofali, sadac saqmros marxilamde unda miecilebina, da iq ki patarZalzed zrunva isev xelismomkidesaTvis unda miendo. pirvel marxilSi Casxdnen, Cveulebisamebr*, mxolod xelismomkide da patarZali. mefe cxeniT unda wamosuliyo, radganac qals jvarisweramdis ver miekareboda. meore marxilzed dauwyes mziTevi da am saxiT, mayrebis simReriT, Tofis sroliT da yiJiniT gamoswies Sinisken.

V Rame iyo civi da nisliani, Tumca Tovlis gamo sakmaod ganaTebuli. xangamoSvebiT qvena qari zuzuniT uberavda da wvrili, magram xvriSi Tovli mimavlebs pirisaxes uwkeplavda. patara biWi, mTlad tyavSi, nabadSi da yabalaxSi gaxveuli, cxens mierekeboda, radganac Tovls gza CaeCumqra da cxens siaruli uZneldeboda da gasavleli gza ki jer bevri hqondaT. mayrioni, gaxurebuli jiriTobiT da warsulis qei* es Cveuleba exla Seicvala: am bolo dros mefe-dedofali da `xelismomkide~ erTad sxdebian qalis saxlidamve, radganac jvariswera umetes SemTxvevaSi qalis samSobloSi xdeba.

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fiT, marxils kargad dahSoreboda da xan cxenebis erTmaneTzed migdebiT, xan erTisagan meoris qudis gatacebiT da gadagdebiT, mesamisagan kidev gaWenebulis cxenidgan gadazneqiT da ise aRebiT kideca Tbebodnen da drosac atarebdnen. onise ijda marxilzed, gadaegdo Tavidgan yabalaxi, gadaewia qudi da gaxurebuli Subli da saxe gamyinavis qarisTvis mieSvira. wminda haerma, Tu xanis gamovlam imas TiTqos moazrebis saSualeba misca da mxolod exla daakvirda Tavis mdgomareobas. mxolod exla igrZno pirvelad gaRviZebulis grZnobis sitkboeba da masTan is mtanjavi mdgomareoba, romelic valad sdebda gverdiT myofs satrfos sruliad sxva gvarad mohqceoda. imas mieqcia piri qarisa da Tovlisaken, romelTac aRaraferi uSlida da sxapa-sxupiT scemda pirisaxeSi; is maTgan moeloda raodenadme SeRavaTsa da damSvidebas. imas egona, rom Sublis gagrilebisTanave sisxlic daumSviddeboda da avardnili guli Tavisave doneSi Cavardeboda. magram, samwuxarod, fiqri atyuebda da daRonebuli xedavda, rom mis gulSi aRmoufxvrelad Casaxuliyo ZiZias saxe da wynarad, frTxilad da siamovnebiT arxevda; arxevda im sifrTxiliT da mzrunvelobiT, rogorc mSobeli Tavis pirmSos, rogorc yaWis parks nazi niavi, romelsac Zvirfasis qmnilebis aRorZineba bunebisganve hqonda mindobili. onisem sityva misca Tavis Tavs, rom qalisken ar moexedna, ar dalaparakeboda mas, radganac icoda, ra saSiSi gansacdeli iyo misTvis amgvari saqcieli. imas aramc Tu mixedvisa da dalaparakebisa eSinoda, aramed ganZrevas, mometebuls amoqSenasac ki vera hbe200

davda, raTa romelime moulodnelobiT ar Seewyvita is xasiaTi, romelzedac TavSekaveba ekideba. ZiZiac ijda gaCumebuli, Tavdaxrili da xmas ar iRebda. vin icis, imis gulSi ra moZraobda, misi azrebi ragvars talRebs aagorebda, saiTken da ra ZaliT miaqrolebda, an romels sagans Casciveboda. ra suraTi warmosdgomoda Tvalwin da gawamebuli zed dahkdomoda. mayureblisaTvis misi guli am wamSi iyo bneli ufskruli, sadac kaci verafers gaarCevda, saidanac veras amoikiTxavda, da misi gulis moZraobis Setyobis msurveli pasuxismiucemlad, imedgadawyvetili ukanve unda dabrunebuliyo. ZiZia ijda gamoqarguls Txels axaluxSi da zeidgan wamogdebuli hqonda Sali, romelic avdrisa da qarisagan sakmaod ver ifaravda. is TandaTan ToSdeboda, magram xmas mainc ar iRebda, Tumca sicive Zvalsa da rbilSi gasjdomoda da metad awuxebda. imis „xelismomkides“ es SemTxveva TavSi arc ki mohsvlia, iqamdis garTuliyo Tavis sakuTaris mdgomareobiT. imas cota fiqri ar undoda, radganac naTesavobam saTemod ZiZias momavali mis sinidiss da mzrunvelobas Caabara. am qalis saxeli da pativi, qmris winaSe dacvac ki misi movaleoba gamxdariyo, xolo mTielT SexedulobiT, „anabari mgelmac ki icis“. da am dros, rodesac TiTon mas Sesdgomoda macdurad grZnoba, Casvloda sulis saZirkvlamdis da Zvalsa da tvins uwovda, Seubraleblad uRrRnida, onises amisTana Znelad Sesasrulebels movaleobasa sdebdnen. qarma, avdarma da sicivem Tavisi imoqmedes: qalma veRar gasZlo da gaJrJolebuls caxcaxi daawyebina. mis pirvelsave moZraobazed onise gvelis nakbensaviT SehkrTa da Tavisave uneburad kiseri qalisken mieRrija. iman 201

dainaxa Txels tanisamosSi qali da guli moukvda. ZiZia, imis RmerTai, salocavi, siwminde am gaWirvebaSi iyo da imas arc ki mohgoneboda imazed zrunva! erTi Tavis mibruneba, erTi Sexedva, odnaTi mikareba sakmarisi iyo, rom Tofis wamalsaviT efeTqa da mTels sxeuls cecxli mosdebiyo. _ qalau, mogikvda Cemi Tavi!.. mTlad gaToSilxar da me ki arc ki momagondi!.. _ warmosTqva onisem da xma ise aukankalda, rom mRelvareba daetyo. _ ara miSavs-ra, Senai Wiraime _ warmosTqva qalma nazis da, vin icis, ra mizezis gamo cremlmoreulis xmiT. _ beCau, ara miSavs-ra raia?.. Sen rom avad gaxde, me raiRa meSvelebis? _ am sityvebiT onisem aiwia nabadis kalTa, wamoaxura ZiZias, romelsac sveli Sali moxsna da iqve marxilSi Caagdo. merme magra moiWuWka nabadi da nazs welzed xelmoxveuli qali mkerdzed miikra. am qalis mikarebasTan erTad onises guli metismetad gaTrTolda, SeikumSa da Sesdga, gaTrTolda kidev, kidev da erTbaSad aZagZagebulma gza misca gamoqanebul aduRebul sisxls, romelic mwvaved da sanetaro aRmaSfoTeblad mTels sxeulSi daimqra, romelmac sxeulis yovels ZarRvSi dahkra. ZiZiac gaCumebuli, gawamebuli da gayuCebuli, TiTqos am kacis mdgomareobas SaeSinebina, daemonebina, Tu gaegebinebina misi gaWireba, ar ewinaaRmdegeboda onisesa. am kacs daekargna moazreba, dahviwyeboda Tavisi Tavi, Tavis movaleoba da TandaTan ufro da ufro hxvevda xels, ufro da ufro ikravda gulSi da yovel moZraobazed gonebasa hkargavda. is Saepyro mxolod erTs grZnobas, romelic tkbilad CasCurCulebda, rom is bednieria, rom am bednierebas qveyanazed ara Seedreba-ra. raRa saqme hqonda an xalxTan, an qveyanasTan, sadRa ecala maTzed safiqreblad. onises Tavi 202

wynar-wynarad ixreboda, da uaxlovdeboda ZiZias saxes, romelsac Zalzed swvavda kacis gaxurebuli qSena. is TandaTan uaxlovdeboda da CasCurCulebda warmoudgenelis sitkboebiT, im sitkboebiT, romliTac marTla wrfelis guliT Seyvarebuls SeuZlian, rogorc Seyvarebuls kacs, romelsac mravalsityviereba gadahviwyebia. _ gciva, kideva gciva... Cemo yvelav!.. _ mokled da nawyvet-nawyvetad ambobda onise, magram am oriod sityvaSi xmas imdeni mixra-moxra hqonda, iseTis harmoniiT imkoboda, rom aSkarad SeniSnavdiT aRgznebuls sakires, mis gulSi anTebuls, gamxecebuls siyvaruls, mis mbrZaneblad gamxdars. ZiZia, kurdRelsaviT ganabuli, kacs mihkroboda mkerdzed da misi norCi guli SiSgareulis sixarulis farTxaliT upasuxebda qalis mdgomareobas. aqamdisa hfaravda TavSekaveba, am wuTebamdis Zala kidev Seswevda grZnoba daefara. magram exla, rodesac onises Tavi TandaTan ixreboda, rodesac imis saxe TandaTan uaxlovdeboda ZiZias saxes, ukanaskneli hgrZnobda kacis gaxurebuls qSenas, ZiZias gauwyda xasiaTzed Camokidebuli moTmineba, TviTonac mouTmenlad amoiqSina da madlieri Tvalebi misken miaqcia. SepyrobilT erTis grZnobiT, aRgznebulT erT rigis wadiliT, raRaca uxilavi Zala erTmaneTisken izidavda. wuTic da sitkboebiT damTvralT-dabnedilT tuCebi maTsave gaugebrad erTmaneTs Caewebnen.

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mayars metad Sescivnoda da moewadina arayiT gaTboba, amisaTvis Seeyenebina cxeni da marxils eloda, romelSiac tikWorebi ewyo. rodesac marxili gausworda, dainaxa, rom onises, romelic TiTqos sicives mohfareboda, Tavi nabadSi Caeyo. amgvari saqcieli mTis kacs ar moewona, radganac mamakacs simxdale dedakacisTvis ar unda eCvenebina: es, mTielT SexedulobiT, sircxvilic iyo da damamcirebelic, da amxanagis saqcieli ki danarCenebis saxelsac imdenad Seexeboda, ramdenadac TiTon momqmeds. amisTvis mayarma gaduqnia onises maTraxi da Tumca SexumrebiT, magram sagrZnoblad uTxra: _ ras sCadi, gugriano, Tu ar gaiyine? onise SehkrTa da gaJrJolda. iman wamoixeda da jered kidev warsulis wuTebiT dafantuls TavisTvis angariSi ver mieca. pirvelSi isa grZnobda mxolod, rom mas daurRvies sitkboeba, dauSales wuTis bedniereba. magram rada, vina? amaSi angariSi ver mieca. magram amgvars mdgomareobaSi mxolod erTs wuTs iyo. onise Cqara gons movida da aSkarad dainaxa Seuwyalebeli WeSmariteba, romelic uspobda aramc Tu am wuTis siamovnebas, aramed momavals mosvenebazedac ki imeds akargvinebda, da civi ofli daasxa. wuTis win is iyo Sepyrobili mxolod erTis grZnobiT: mas uyvarda angariSmiucemlad, xarks aZlevda am Zalas; maSin yvelaferi gadahviwyeboda, yvelaferi: xalxic, maTi movaleobac, debulebac, TviT moazrebac da marto mTrTolvare gulis farTxals miscemoda, miT ufro sasiamovnos, rom amiTve pasuxs aZlevdnen; _ exla ki is iyo kaci, romelic sjida, angariSs aZlevda Tavis moqmedebaSi da swonavda Tavis mdgomareobas. onisem aSkarad dainaxa Secdoma, aSkarad igrZno Ta204

vis wadilis aRsrulebis SeuZlebloba da sinanulis naperwkalma mwvaved gahkra gonebaSi: _ „maS tyuilad TrToda misi guli sanetaro momavlis molodiniT?.. maS tyuilad enTeboda da mousvenrad tokavda misi guli? amaod styuvdeboda da am grZnobiTve aRelvebuls ZiZiasac tyuilad iwvevda saalersod?“ es kiTxvebi swrafad ebadebodnen TavSi, swrafadve scvlidnen erTmaneTs da erTs gadawyvetilebamde midioda, erTi pasuxi SeefeTeboda da yurSi mwared TiTqos viRaca Caswivlebda: „tyuilad iklav Tavs“. _ biWau, rai mogsvlia, damTvrali Tu ara xar? _ gaswyvita siCume mayarma, romelsac onise gaSterebiT Sehyurebda. _ hai, rai? _ warmosTqva onisem, romelic jer kidev ver gahSoreboda gulSi da gonebaSi CaWedils grZnobas. _ avad Tu ara xar? ras sCadi? _ ar vici, RvTis madlma!.. ise ugunebod rasme Seviqen. mayari miuaxlovda marxils, gadaizniqa cxenidan da pirdapir pirisaxeSi Sehxeda onises, romelmac Tavi iqiT miibruna da gabrazebiT warmosTqva: _ ras miyureb, rai ginda Cemgan? _ arc rai, _ gaikvirva mayarma da daumata: _ mindoda menaxa, sicxe Tu ar gqonda, gawiTlebuli Tu ar iyavi? _ RameSi rai unda dainaxo, RTis madlsa? _ imave kiloTi uTxra onisem da cota siCumis Semdeg daumata: _ sicxeca maqvs, Tavica mtkiva da mibruvdeba. mayarma ise Sehxeda, TiTqos ar ujerebda, undoda raRac eTqva, magram TavSekavebulma cxens mkerdzed maTraxi-Ra gadahkra, etyoboda mas gonebaSi raRaca azrma gaurbina, radganac sicivec gadaviwyeboda da arayic, romlis dasalevadac aq movida. 205

karga xanma gaiara saerTo siCumeSi, yvela Tavis gulisTqmas Cahbruneboda, Tavis sakuTars azrebs dahkvirveboda da raRaca ucnaurs dumilSi Cavardniliyo. isini am mdgomareobaSi iyvnen, rodesac haerSi gaisma mxiaruli simReris xma da mas mohyva leqsi: gausvi da gamousvi, viTom Wianuriao; mezoblis cols xels nu axleb, isic Sinauriao. am sityvebma mwared gakenwles onises guli, romelsac simRera TandaTan uaxlovdeboda, radganac win wasuli mayrebi Semdgariyvnen da marxilebis molodinSi lxini daewyoT. gaiara ramdenime wuTma da gamoCndnen cxenosnebi, romelTac marxili miuaxlovda. ymawvili mayrebi xumrobdnen erTmaneTSi, exumrebodnen onisesac, magram iZulebulni iyvnen Tavi daenebebinaT, radganac pirvelad mosulma mayarma Seatyobina, rom onise avad aris da imaTi xumrobisa ara scxela. amisTvis mayrebi daSoSmindnen, magram marxils ki mainc ara Sordebodnen. mxiaruleba erTbaSad Seswyda da mis magier raRaca WmunviT savse siCume Camovardniliyo; xvriSi wvniki Tovli ganuwyvetlad mohqroda qvena qarisagan gamotacebuli da mTlad aTeTrebda nabdian mgzavrebs. amgvarad midiodnen gaCumebuli mayrebi, gulCaxuruli da Cabnelebuli xelismomkide da mihyvandaT gamoucdeli qali, romlis gulsac namdvili siyvaruli pirvelad egrZno, mis sitkboeba naxevrad gamoecada da is ki ar icoda, misi momavali ras SeamTxvevda. 206

ramdenime wuTi da xSirs nislSi gaibJuta Suqma da Senobebis suraTebi bundad gamoCnda. kidev wuTic da yvelam SeamCnia, rom sofels miaxlovebulan. marto onise ijda gafiTrebuli, TavdaRunuli da mware fiqrebisagan waRebuli verafers amCnevda. mayrebma igrZnes, rom mayrionis ase Cumad misvla ar Sehferoda arc iqaurs Cveulebas da arc imaT siymawvilkaces da amitom dasWyivla erTma, gavarda Tofi da meore gaqanda maxaroblad. yvela SeinZra, aRelda, sicocxle gamoiCina. haerSi gaisma simRera da yiJina, mimavlebs sicocxle daetyoT. gamofxizlda onisec, magram is sruliad ganSoreboda danarCenebs, imisma gulma sruliad sxva igrZno. iman icoda, rom sofelSi misvlisTanave hkargavda satrfos, romlis gamoucdelobac da sircxvilic xalxis Cveulebis winaaRmdeg ver waiyvanda da masTan erTad dahkargavda mosvenebasac...

VII ager Sevidnen sofelSi, miuaxlovdnen saydars, romlis winac idga viRac warmosadegi moxuci, gaTeTrebuli rogorc Tovli, da mxiarulad Sehyurebda momavalT. imisi keTili saxis gamometyveleba daxazuli iyo raRaca gvaris xazebiT, romelnic pirvelsave Sexedvazed pativiscemas gagrZnobinebdaT da Wkviani Tvalebi, gulkeTilobis gareSe, brZaneblobiT gamoiyurebodnen. gaTeTrebuli, lazaTianis SexedulebiT, mbrZanebelis mixvra-moxvriT da mediduris, mtkice saxis gamometyvelebiT eloda xevis beri goCa, mmarTveli mama Tavis xalxisa, axalgazdebs. imas pirvels unda daeloca meqor207

wileni da mSobliuris lmobierebiT esurva maTi bedniereba. onisem Sehxeda Tavis mamas, romlis winaSec mTeli xeoba Tavs ixrida da romlis sityvac gadaubruneblad sruldeboda, da ferma metad gadahkra, piri mometebulad gauSra. marxili Sesdga, magram onise iqamdis dafantuliyo, rom gadmosvlac ki veRar moexerxebina, sanam mamam ar dasZaxa: _ gadmoxe, raRas eli? ymawvili biWi Camoxta angariSmiucemliv, dadga iqav da, mkvdars damsgavsebuli, gaqvavebuli Sehyurebda xalxs, romelic imis TvalSi buzsaviT ireoda. patarZals miexvivnen dedakacebi, Camosves da goCasTan miiyvanes, romelmac moixada qudi, axsena RmerTi da uTxra: _ gakurTxos ufalma. _ xeli gamoarTva da maSinve daamata: _ beCau, mTlad gayinulxar... mTlad kankaleb. am sityvebTan erTad iman miaSvela meore xelic da qalis nazs xelebs ise dauwyo sresa, TiTqos maTi gaTboba undoda. mere moaSora erTi xeli, gauSvira iqav mdgoms guguas da sacoles xeli xelSi Caudo. _ ufalma SegaerTaT, kacimc nu gagaSorebsT! _ mtkiced warmosTqva moxucma. am sityvebzed qali TiTqos umetesad gaJrJolda da qSenas moumata, onise ki watortmanda, magram iqav myofma viRaca kacma daiWira. xalxma daiZaxa â&#x20AC;&#x17E;jvaruliâ&#x20AC;&#x153; da mefe-dedofali saydarSi Sevidnen, sadac Semosili mRvdeli elodaT da goCa ki Svils miubrunda. _ rai mogsvlia? _ hkiTxa iman da gamomcdelis TvaliT dauwyo yureba. _ arc ra, _ mokled upasuxa onisem da Tavi daRuna, radganac mamis cqerisaTvis ver gaeZlo. 208

_ raRa arc ra, rom adamianis feri aRar gaZevs da fexzedac Zlivs-Ra sdgexar? _ ugunebod rasme Seviqen. _ ugunebod? _ gaagrZela mamam da kidev daakvirda: _ maS qorwilSi rai ginda? Sin wadi da daweq... xelismomkide sxva iqneba vinme. am laparakSi Camoerivnen guguas naTesaoba, dauwyes onises xvewna, rom amisTana dros Tavi ar daenebebina da Tvisi megobari gugua martoka ar daegdo, magram onises gauxarda, rom misTvis metad satanjavs suraTs mohSordeboda da Tavis ubedurebas TvaliT mainc aRar uyurebda. gabrunda da laslasiT gaswia TavianT saxlisken, sadac bnela „sawolSi“ pirqve daegdo. goCa ki Sevida da jvariswerasTan erTad uyurebda pirbade Camofarebuls qals, romelsac wamdauwum aJrJolebda da xangamoSvebiT qSenas Zalzed umatebda. ramdenime kaci, romelic goCasTan idgnen, miubrundnen moxucs da gulmtkivneulad eubnebodnen: _ beCavi, rogor Sescivnia!.. magram goCa, pasuxis magivrad, Sublzed xels gadaisvamda da isec SeWmuxvnils warbebs metad SeiWmuxvnida. jvariswera Cveulebisamebr midioda: onises magivrad „xelismomkided“ sxva viRaca ymawvili biWi gamoiyvanes. yvelaferi momzadda. mRvdeli mivida jer kacTan da hkiTxa: surviliT irTavs am qalsa da hsurs jvariswera, Tu ara? kacma gaiRima, Sercxva da Tavis daqneviT Tanxmoba gamoacxada. merme amave kiTxviT miubrunda qalsa, romelsac sicocxlis niSani marto sunTqvazed da mxrebis moZraobazed etyoboda. qalma pasuxis magivrad marto Tavi daRuna da mis magivrad sxva dedakacebma, yovelTvis sxvis magier mopasuxeT, _ yayani daiwyes. 209

_ hai, hai, ro surs!.. raiRa kiTxva unda?.. Tu ar sdomoda, aq raRad movidoda?.. arTmevdnen erTmaneTs sityvas, magram ZiZia ki Cumad iyo. _ maS Senis nebiT iwer jvarsa? _ ganimeora mRvdelma. _ Tavis nebiT iwers, Cemo yvelao, Torem moZalade vina hyavs! _ moisma isev dedakacebisagan da dakmayofilebuli mRvdeli Seudga meSvide saidumlos aRsrulebas.

VIII jvarisweram gaiara Cveulebrivis mxiarulebiT: mogrovili xalxi, mayrebi da metadre dedakacebi ar isvenebdnen da yovelTvis saCurCulo masalas poulobdnen da, erTxel momzadebulni samxiarulod, SemTxvevas ar gauSvebdnen, rom ar gaexarxaraT, Tunda sasacilo ara momxdariyo-ra. marto patarZali idga qvasaviT damunjebuli da goCa, romlis saxec raRaca damyarebulis, pativsacemis sxiviT brwyinavda. imas aSkarad etyoboda, rom gulwrfelis rwmunebiT iyo gatacebuli da mTlad miscemoda Tavis grZnobas da uzenaess gulwrfelad evedreboda. goCa iyo mSobeli mama Tavis xalxisa da, maSasadame, imisTana amaRlebuls SesamCnev SemTxvevis dros, rogoric qorwineba aris, Tavis SvilebisTvis rom ar elocna, ar iqneboda. amasTanave mas swamda, rom xalxisagan amorCeuli, RmerTisaganac amorCeuli unda yofiliyo, radganac, aRzrdils xalxis CveulebaTa Soris, andazad gardaqceuli rwmunebac, â&#x20AC;&#x17E;xma RvTisa da xma erisaâ&#x20AC;&#x153;, sisxlsa da xorcSi gasjdomoda. goCa darwmunebuli iyo, rom miss gulwrfels vedrebas uzenaesi Seismenda da, rwmunebiT daimedebuli, im kacis saxe, gulmxurvale 210

locvis dros, raRac Zlevamosils, xalxis dammorCilebels suraTs warmoadgenda. aseTi iyo moxucebuli goCas saxe, romlisTvisac ganuwyvetliv zrunvas, fiqrs, gamocdilebas da gonebriv muSaobas ufro umetesis patiosnebis, Wkuis da adamianobis beWedi daesva. es saxe xandisxan icvleboda imis kvalobazed. Tu misi azrebi da gonebis mimdinareoba ra sagans Seexeboda da amgvaradve ecvleboda feri pirisaxezed. xandisxan raRaca mWmunvareba Seuxrida warbebs, Seukravda Subls, magram es iyo erTs wuTs mzezed gadafarebuli Rrubeli, romelsac mxolod wuTiT SeeZlo moCrdileba, _ mlocvelis Tvalebi, cisken mipyrobilni, isev Zlevamosilis, gamarjvebulis SuqiT ainTebodnen. goCas aSkarad etyoboda, rom misi mravalgvarad gamocdili guli raRaca ubedurebis moaxlovebasa hgrZnobda, misi gamocdilis TvalebisTvis Svilis erTi danaxva kmaroda, rom mis saqcielSi, avadmyofobis magier, sxva mizezi daenaxa, magram ra iyo es mizezi, saidana hqroda niavi, romelic mas, rogorc nadirs, suns ayrida da akrTobda, _ moxuci ver mimxvdariyo. gaTavda jvariswera, mefe-dedofali waiyvanes saxlSi, Semoatares keras da gaaSores, raTa dedoflisTvis qalebSi misvliT raodenime Tavisufleba miecaT, da xalxi ki goCas TavmjdomareobiT vaxSmad dalagebuliyo. rasakvirvelia, siZec, Tavzed foCebian gvirgviniT, iqve Sua adgilas daesvaT, tol-sworebi gars Semohxveodnen da laJRandarobiT garTuls da bednierebiT gaxarebuls, dros atarebinebdnen. daiwyo saerTo mxiaruleba, sma, simRera da â&#x20AC;&#x17E;smurebiâ&#x20AC;&#x153;; xangamoSvebiT romelime moxuci gadmoiRebda fandurs da TiTebis CakvriT sevdians simebs aaJRerebda da 211

zedve sevdianad, magram sagrZnoblad dasZaxebda romelsame gmiris leqsad moTxrobils moqmedebas. am wuTebSi gamxiarulebuli, ayayanebuli xalxis xumroba erTbaSad Seswydeboda, Camovardeboda sruli siCume da gulis ZgeriT yurs miapyrobdnen saxalxod warmoTqmuls sityvas, sadac qveynisTvis Tavdadeba da samsaxuri, sivaJkace da patiosneba ise uxvad jildovdeboda da sadac kacis movaleoba cxovrebaSi ise naTlad ixateboda da Seiswavleboda... amas isev Sescvlida „smuri“, mere „gogona“ da ase grZeldeboda gaTenebamdis.

IX am saerTo mxiarulebis dros, rodesac guguas saxlSi TavmoyrilT gulebi mxiarulad yinulzed gamosuls uzrunvels batknebsaviT TamaSobdnen, onise pirqve egdo da damZimebuli, gaxurebuli Tavi baliSidgan ver aeRo. mas sisxli moswoloda TvalebSi da drogamoSvebiT brWyvialebiT uelavda, Tavi Zalzed gahbrueboda da safeTqlebSi TiTqos CaquCebsa scemdnen; yurebSi xuilis xma gaismoda da tani cecxlsaviT gaxurebuli raRaca mousvenrobaSi amyofebda. Cqar-Cqara da Zalzed qSena aSkarad amtkicebda, rom raRac awuxebda da imis moSoreba TiTqos mklavebis uazro wyvetebiT undoda. am mdgomareobaSi myofi onise xan mTlad gacivdeboda da xan civ oflsave dasxuli wamotrialdeboda, wamojdeboda, usagnod gauSterebda rasme Tvalebs, Tavi da mklavebi Camoucvivdeboda da, naxevrad tuCebgaxsnili, raodensame xans ase darCeboda. mere isev mousvenrad miegdeboda da Tvalwin dauwyebdnen TamaSs sxvadas212

xva suraTebi, erTi meorezed ufro saocnebo, ufro gasaSterebeli, magram imaT araviTari gadasabami, SemaerTebeli naskvi ar mosdevda. magram es Tavdaviwyeba iyo wuTisa, radganac onisem erTbaSad daikivla da gafiTrebuli fexzed wamoiWra. Sesdga, wuTzed moifSvnita gaxurebuli Tvalebi, romlebSiac eklebsaviT raRaca sCxvletavda da sityvebiT: „ar iqnebis, ar moxerxdebis!“ karebisaken gaqanda. _ sad mixval? _ iqav Seayena viRacas xmam da karebis zRurblzed gamoCnda goCa, romelsac anTebuli kvari xelSi eWira. _ goCa! _ moulodnelobis gamo ukan mowyvetiT wamoiZaxa onisem da Sesdga. moxucma Sehxeda Svilsa, aaTvalier-CaaTvaliera, Sevida saxlSi da Camojda. _ daiWi, kedelSi gaamagre, _ gauSvira mamam kvari, romelic onisem gamoarTva da buxridgan gamoSverils WaWzed dado. _ sad midiodi? _ isev im mbrZanebelis, Tumca damSvidebulis kiloTi gaimeora xevis berma. _ arc-sada, _ veRara moaxerxa-ra onisem. _ eg pasuxi araa, _ SeiWmuxvna warbebi moxucma, romelsac undobloba ar uyvarda. _ qorwilSi vapirobdi wasvlas... _ raiRa qorwilisaa, exla iq galeqebuli xalxis meti vinRaa? _ mTebi CamoTovla da nadirebs qveviT Camohyrida; vambobdi, qorwilSi vinme monadire iqneboda, „namgalad“ gavixdidi da nadirob erTad wavidodiT. onisem es satyvebi xelad moigona, radganac mama Cascqeroda da mas ki gulis gadaxsna ar undoda. _ balRo, ras xumrob? 213

_ raisTvi vxumrob? _ mouTmenlad Sehxeda onisem, romelsac gadahkidebodnen da aRar exsnebodnen. _ am fifqs TovlSi sanadirod saiT gaisvlebis?.. zovma sadme Cagmarxos, is Tu ar ginda? onisem erTbaSad ver moiazra, rom fifqs TovlSi nadiroba marTla saSiSi iyo da amisTana mouazrebloba, umizezod Zalad gaWirvebis Tavs moxveva gamocdils moxeves ar moewoneboda. _ raisTvi? _ moiwadina Svilma Secdomis gasworeba: _ qari iyo da qedebzed Tovlebs aRar daayenebda. moxevem kidev Sehxeda da cota siCumis Semdeg uTxra: _ iyuCe, balRo! Sen cxo raime gaqvs gulSi. _ rai unda mqondes? _ aCqarda onise. _ ar vici da amas arca gkiTxav, _ mtkiced uTxra moxucma da daumata: _ Sen isa sTqvi: ici, visi gorisa xar? am sityvebzed rigi onises Sehxvda, _ gakvirvebiT Seexeda moxucisaTvis. _ hai, hai, ro vici. _ aba, maS magas nu daiviwyeb, _ TiTis qneviT uTxra moxucma da swavlebis kiloTi gaagrZela: _ vinZlo qveyana ar gaacino... ymawvilma biWma Tavi dahxara, TiTqos danaSauli igrZnovo da loyebi wiTlad aenTo. _ aba, maS wadi, _ wamodgomiT gaagrZela moxucma: _ wadi, sadac ginda, oRond Cems sityvebs nu daiviwyeb... gaxsovdes, visi gorisa xar da kaci ki tanjvisTvis aris gaCenili. am sityvebzed moxucma kvars xeli daavlo da SvilTan erTad derefanSi gavida. iq kidev Sesdga, Sehxeda Svilsa, TiTqos raRaca undoda eTqva, magram xmaamouRebliv gabrunda da samyofo saxlSi Sevida. 214

onise ki ramdensame xans imav adgils derefanSi idga da angariSmiucemlad adgilidgan ver daZruliyo. imas esmoda, rom Svilis mdgomareobas mama mimxvdariyo, magram sadamde miuRwevia am mdgomareobas, moxucs jer ver gamoerkvia, Tumca esmoda, rom es mdgomareoba mis saxelsac Seexeboda. mama eubneboda: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;gaxsovdes, visi gorisa xaroâ&#x20AC;&#x153;, da swored am sityvebiT agonebda im movaleobas, romelic erTs pirs mTels saxlobasTan akavSirebs da misi saqcieli mTeli ojaxobis gamapatiosnebeli, Tu damamcirebeli aris. magram, Tund asec ar yofiliyo, onisesac kargad esmoda Tavisi vali, wuTis Tavdaviwyebas sakmao danaSaulada sTvlida, ficulobda, rom aRZruls grZnobas gulidgan aRmoifxvrida da swored am wadilma wamoaZaxa: _ waval, Seval qorwilSi... ulvaSi maqvs, qudi mxuravs da gulic unda dammorCildes. am sityvebTan erTad is gabrunda kibisken, ramdenime gadaxtomazed Cavida qveviT da mivida guguas saxlSi, sadac jer kidev gacxarebuli taS-fandura da mxiaruleba iyo, Tumca gaTenebas ukve moeRwia. yvelani sixaruliT miegebnen onises, romelic misvlis Semdeg yvelazed mets mxiarulebda, yvelazed mets mReroda, yvelazed mets oxunjobda...

X gaTavda qorwili mxiarulebis pirvelma dReebma gaiares. patarZalic sworebma waiyvanes, Cveulebisamebr, wylis mosatanad, iq gauWres xabizginebi da umReres am SemTxvevisaTvis SemoRebuli leqsi: 215

Cemo xelismomkideo, taganai momkideo... da cxovrebam miiRo Cveulebrivi saxe. ZiZia gamodga Cinebuli, morCili qali, romelic arasodes ara zarobda da saqmesa da saxls muyaiTad eqceoda. misgan arc Cxubi, arc winaaRmdegi sityva ar moismoda da ufrosi rZlebi, yovelTvis umcrosebis damColfotebelni, ZiZias namdvils dasaviT uvlidnen. gugua, romelic Sestrfoda Tavis cols, ise Sin ar Semovidoda, rom colisTvis an CurCxelis naWeri, an wiTeli vaSli ar moetana da gatacebulis grZnobiT ar daekocna. magram sakvirveli is iyo, rom sazogadod gaCumebuli ZiZia, yovelTvis martoobas eZebda. da imisi ferdakarguli, gacrecili tuCebi Tavis dReSi ar gaiRimebda. yvelani cdilobdnen mis gamxiarulebas, SedarebiT xevis sxva rZlebTan Tavisuflebas aZlevdnen, dahyvandaT xatobaSi da satiralzed, im erTs Tavmosayrels adgils, sadac mTelis wlobiT daSorebuli naTesavebi da megobrebi erTmaneTs xvdebian da didxans Segubebuls STabeWdilebas sxvasTan gasanawileblad gzas aZleven. magram ZiZia mainc isev ise gulCaTxrobili rCeboda, Tumca mas yvelaferi hqonda: saWmelic, sasmelic, Casacmelic; ar aklda arc mzrunvelebi, arc mosiyvarule guli, magram mis arsebas raRaca sCagravda, raRaca aRonebda da hlevda. pirvelSi bevrsa cdilobdnen gaegoT, ra mosdis sabralo qalsa, magram Cqara iZulebulni iyvnen Tavi daenebebinaT, radganac mis gulis siRrmeSi ver Caswvdnen da gadaswyvites, rom aseTi xasiaTisa yofilao. am xanSi onise ki fSavs wasuliyo, sadac dedis Zmebi hyvanda da iq nadirobaSi da mecxvareobaSi apirobda dros gatarebas da naRvelis gaqarvebas, magram, rodesac sad216

me qedzed gasuli Tavis beds daakvirdeboda, maSinve ZiZias saxe ganmanaTleblad CaeSuqeboda gulSi da sanetaro tkbils mkvnesavs oxvraSi Seiyvanda. ca, Rrubeli, varskvlavi, mTvare, bunebis mdidari suraTebi onisesTvis mdidarni da sitkboebiT savseni mxolod imitom-Ra iyvnen, rom maTTan erTad exateboda ZiZias suraTi, maT satrfosTan dadarebiT Tavdaviwyebamdis ealerseboda.

XI gaiara bnelma da gulCaTxrobilma zamTarma da masTan erTad gaqra sevdis amSleli tyviis feri Rrubeli, romelic mwuxris zewarsaviT abnelebda mTis wverebs da xevebs. masTan erTad gahqrnen CrdiloeTis civi qarebic, romelnic baiyuSuris zuzuniT gayinuls Tovls ayridnen dedamiwis gacocxlebuls surnelovans fardags da sulSexuTuls axmobdnen, fSvnetdnen da mtvrad aqa-iq abnevdnen. buneba Seicvala: mousvenari zuzuna qarebis adgili wynarad mrxevelma niavma daiWira, miwa SeTba da moacocxla mcenareni, balaxma igrZno Tavisi Zala, wamoiwia da TeTrad gadafarebuli Tovlis sudari jer dedamiwas aaSora da male, mzis daxmarebasTan erTad, wylad aqcia da qveviT xevebSi xrialiT da ugzo-ukvlod gaaqana. mZime, usiamovno tvirTisgan ganTavisuflebulma kavkasiis mTebma TiTqos Tmebi Seibertyes da damasevdianebelis yinulis magier mwvane xaverdi gadaifares. gaiRviZes yvavilebma da nazad Tavis gadagd-gadmogdebiT dauwyes erTmaneTs arSiyoba. gaSmagebuli mzis sxivi mousvenrad hlamobda maTis mSvenierebiT datkbobas, magram mdeloT keklucni morcxvad pirs aridebdnen. mar217

to dausvenars futkars ver emalebodnen da nebas aZlevdnen surneliani ferfli moekriba Tavis nazis, rbilis, bususianis fexebiT da gaSmagebuls amoewova aq sanetaro neqtari. dilis nami margalitsaviT esxmeboda sicocxliT savse mwvane foTlebs da mzisgan metad gaxurebuls mcenareT raodenadme agrilebda. haerSi gaisma galoba da WikWiki frinvelebisa, romelTac mTeli samoTxis netareba moelodaT; tkbilis ZaxiliT mousvenrad iwvevda amxanagi amxanags am netarebisTvis. yvela gacocxlebuliyo, yvelas guli scemda da miibrZoda tolTan safarTxalod. bunebis am saerTo mejliSs dahyurebda onise, romlis gulsac jer gazafxuli ar swveoda da zamTris RrubelsaviT nislmoxveuli mwared Cabnelebuliyo. yvelasTvis tkbili, gasaxarebeli iyvnen es mediduri suraTebi, magram onises guls ki marto naRvels awveTebdnen da sitkboebis magivrad Zirmwares apkurebdnen. onise oxravda, hqSinavda, mosveneba ver epova da daWrils lomsaviT gamedgrebuli gminviT dadioda mTa-barad. isa swuxda da Rondeboda, undoda Tavis qveyanaSi dabrunebuliyo, undoda TavianTi ankara wyaros CuxCuxi gaegona, radganac sxva qveynis wyalis aramc Tu gemo, aramed xmaurobac ki iseTs moalersed aRar eCveneboda, rogorc vefxsaviT gaafTrebulis, kldidgan kldezed mxtunavis Tergisa. onises exla Tavis qveynis im adgilebis naxvac ki sanetarod gahxdomoda, romelnic uwin Tvaldasanaxad ejavreboda, magram Tavis mxareSi mibruneba ver gaebeda, radganac eSinoda, Rones ar eRalatna da mamis sityvebi: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;ici, visi gorisa xar?.. qveyana ar gaacinoâ&#x20AC;&#x153;, romelsame ucabedo SemTxvevas ar gadaeviwyebina. 218

onises imedi hqonda, rom ZiZiasTan daSoreba gulis cecxls gauqarvebda; amave azriT earSiyeboda TuSis tanad qalebs; imedi hqonda, rom maTi alersi daakmayofilebda, magram rawams tkbils sityvas visme etyoda, rawams miuaxlovdeboda romelsame TvalJuJunas, maSinve ZiZia macdurad daebadeboda Tvalwin da keklucis, Wkuis amrevis RimiliT dauwyebda cqeras; dauwyebda cqeras, aRuSfoTebda sisxls, guls, mTels arsebas. is Semoscinebda da am RimilSi gamoixateboda sityvebi: „Tavs ubralod awyvet, versad wamixval“. da es sakmarisi iyo, rom angelozis saxe onises eSmakad mosCveneboda. amgvarad atarebda onise drosa da uimedod, ubralo brZolaSi hlevda ymawvilkacobis grZnobas da cecxlsa. Zneli da mware iyo misi cxovreba, magram mainc yovelTvis misi fiqrebi erTisa da imave gadawyvetilebiT Tavdeboda da es gadawyvetileba iyo, rom ZiZia ar unda hyvareboda da unda daeviwya.

XII erTs dRes, arxotis erTi mTis Ziras, sadac TuSebs sazafxulod cxvari edgaT, mwyemsebi Seyriliyvnen da saRmrTo gaemarTaT. mwyemsTa Soris mravali moxeveebi iyvnen, romelTac TuSebis cxvari „daeziarebinaT“ da aq elodnen yavlis gasvlas. saklavebi moxarSuliyo da mogrovili xalxi erTmaneTs eTavazebodnen, rom rigzed ufrosobiT damsxdariyvnen; naxevari wili xalxisa kidec dalagebuliyo, rodesac qedzed gamoCnda viRaca kaci, gaSiSvlebuli Tofi gadaegdo mxarzed, wamoekeca Coxis kalTebi da gamalebuli moabijebda; moxdili qudi xelSi eWira da miT 219

Cqar-Cqarad iwmendda Sublsa, romelzedac xviTqi gadmosdioda. rogorc etyoboda, momavali Soris gzidgan unda yofiliyo da ueWvelad saWiro saqmezed wasuli, radganac yovel fexis gadadgmazed cdilobda nabijisTvis moematebina da miT grZeli gza Seemoklebina. mTazed myofma xalxma momavals Sehkra Tvali da yureba dauwyo. mTaSi mgzavri Znelad hxvdeba, da amisaTvis axladmosulisagan yvela axals ambavs moelis xolme; yvelas imedi aqvs rom Tavis soflis, Tu saxlobis mdgomareobazed rasme gaigonebs da amis gamo momavlis yovel nabijs mouTmenlobaSi Sehyavs momlodine da gulis ZgeriT asurvebs mis Cqara moaxlovebas. swored ase iyo exlac: yvelani wamoiSalnen da sityvebiT: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;vin iqneba? Zalum Cqara ki modis...â&#x20AC;&#x153; _ dauwyes yureba. mze momavlis mxridgan iyo da, radganac mwyemsebs Suqi pirdapir saxeSi scemda, amisTvis imaTac xelebiT moeCrdilebinaT TvalebisTvis da ise gascqerodnen. mayurebelT Soris onisec eria, romelsac mouTmenloba yvelazed mometebulad dastyoboda da yvelazed win gasuliyo, rom ucnobs sxvazed adre Sehyroda. ucnobi jer Sors iyo da Rele hqonda gamosavleli, romelSiac Cqara Caefara. onise Tvals ar aSorebda am adgils, sadac is kaci ukanasknelad dainaxa. momavalma amoiara Rele, Tavi amohyo ferdobzed da onisem erTi Sehkivla da sixaruliT momavlisken SavardensaviT gaqanda. icno Tavisi mezobeli da TavisTan erTad Sezrdili moxeve. _ gza mSvidobisa, daTau! _ Soridganve SesZaxa gaxarebulma onisem. _ mSvidoba mogces ufalma, _ gadauxada salami daTam. orniv miaxlovdnen erTmaneTs, Sesdgnen da gadaexviv220

nen. masukan gaSorebulni raodensame xans Cumad darCnen. onises ver moexerxebina ekiTxa rame, radganac Zalzed mowolili survili aTasis ambis erTad Setyobisa nebas ar aZlevda, rom erTerTidgan daewyo gamokiTxva da daTa ki TiTqos gasjibreboda da gangeb aras eubneboda. axladmosuli metad dafiqrebuli iyo, rom mis mxriT es siCume onises xumrobad mieRo; ueWvelia, imas raRaca ubedureba moeloda da daTa imitom agvianebda xmis amoRebas. onisem Sehxeda da feri ecvala. _ rai ambovia, miTxar? _ TiTqmis xvewniT da kankaliT warmosTqva onisem da uangariSod xelebi win gaiSvira, TiTqos eSinoda ar waqceuliyo. _ ambovi... mivideT binaSi da getyviT, yvelas giambobT. onises, rogorc marto erTs saganzed dafiqrebuls, sxva vera warmoedgina-ra, rom saqme ZiZias Seexeboda da egona, rom axladmosuli sibraluliT ar umJRavnebda. im wuTSi onise iseTs mdgomareobaSi iyo, rom daTam imis mdgomareobisa ara icoda-ra da, maSasadame, mis sibralulsac ver igrZnobda. aRgznebuli goneba farvanad gadahqceoda, misTvis mxolod erTs adgils anaTebda siwmindis lampari da mas dastrialebda, mas evleboda Tavsa. sxva sagani arc mis guls, arc mis azrovnebas ar ekareboda. _ miTxari, balRo, nuRar mimalav, _ Zlivs warmosTqva onisem da daumata: _ dasaklavs xars raiRa yureba unda? axladmosulma Sexeda onises da dainaxa, rom samaris feri dasdeboda. ifiqra, rom onises ueWvlad egona, Sin raime ubedureba SeemTxva da misi SeeSindao. _ beCa, rai mogsvlia? yvelani mSvidobiT arian. 221

_ nu momatyueb, RTis madlsa! _ ara, spars-angelozis madlma. aba raisTvi mogatyueb. laparaki isev Seswyda. daTa gabrunda mwyemsebisken da onisec instinqtiurad ukan gahyva. _ daTau, maS rad ar meubnebi, rai ambavia? _ isev eWvma gaurbina gulSi. _ mSvidobis meti ara vici-ra. _ moica-Ra! _ Seayena onisem, magram laparakis gagrZeleba ki veRar moaxerxa; sityva ZiZiazed undoda Camoegdo, magram misi saxelis warmoTqma ver gaebedna. daTa idga da laparakis gagrZelebas eloda. _ rai ginda? _ hkiTxa iman bolos. _ me... me... mamai kargadaa? _ Zlivs gaigno ena. axaladmosulma gaocebiT Sehxeda. _ gonsa xar, biWau, Tu ara? _ maS miambe, miTxar... miTxar yvelaferi, yvelas ambavi, _ aCqarebiT daiwyo onisem da iseTis mudarebiT Sehxeda, rom kacs Seecodeboda. _ goCac mSvidobiTaa, Seni biZaca, RTis madliT Seni jalaboba yvela mSvidobiTaa... isre arian, RTis madlma, Tiknis yuric ar dahklebiaT. _ maS rai ambavia? _ rai ambavia da nugzar erisTavs Cveni ymad gaxdoma gauzraxavs. _ rao? _ gaikamaTa onisem iseTis xmiT, TiTqo ar sjeroda. _ Tu ar dammorCildiTo, laSqriT Tavs dagesxmiT da amogwyvetavTo. _ manam nuras sWams, sanam xevi verc amoswyvitos da verc ymad gaixados, _ amayad warmosTqva onisem da Subli SeiWmuxvna. 222

am laparakSi movidnen sxva mwyemsebic. _ aba eg niadag egre iqnebis, magram nugzaris mousvenroba saTemod gavardnilia... raki erTs ityvis, Tavadac iciT, rom usisxlod aRar dadgebis... _ maS xevSi ras apiroben? _ ikiTxes iqeT-aqeT. _ emzadebian... Tu Zala moindomes, uCxubrad ver movrCebiT: mTebSi yvelgan biWebi gagzavnes, rom saca Cveni mwyemsebi arian, moagrovon, mec aq gamomgzavnes. mTeli mTiuleTi Seuyria. osebic mas misdgomian da Cvenzed wamosulan... exla Trusos xeobaSi Turme dganan. _ wavideT, wavideT! _ gaisma ramdenime kacis xma, romelTac iaraRs gaivles xeli, TiTqos exlav omSi unda Sereuliyvnen. _ osebs raiRa undaT? _ ikiTxa onisem, romelsac am saqmem ZiZia erTis wuTiT daaviwya. _ osebi viTom Suakacoben da saqmiT ki wyals amRvreven... Tavad CvenTan vera gauwyviaT-ra da axla nugzarais imedi aqvsT. _ aba, biWebo! gvianobisa aRaraa! _ daiZaxa onisem da daumata: _ raic ambovia, iqac gavigebT. _ wavideT, wavideT! _ misces pasuxad da gaqandnen TavianT bargisa da Tofebisaken.

XIII gariJraJi iyo. Tergis xeobazed xSiri da bambasaviT gahpentili nisli Semowoliliyo, moebura mTeli midamo soflebi, TiTqos Sig gaxveuliyvnen. ramdenime adgils nisli amoeglija umaRles mTis wverebs da ise moCandnen, TiTqos haerSi dganano. maT zeviT laJvardovani ca SewiTlebuliyo mzis moaxlovebulis SuqiT. varskvlavebs 223

egrZnoT dRis moaxloveba da SemkrTalebi nazis sxiviT ZlivsRa cimcimebdnen. gaTeTrebuli moxuci kavkasiisa amayad gadmohyurebda samebis wvers, romelzedac amave saxelis taZari, Zveli da sakmaod mozrdili, gamwvanebuls yvavilian velze warsulis mosagonebel naSTad darCeniliyo. qveS mimdgars Tanaswor nisls wminda saxsovari Cvenis warsulisa TiTqos dedamiwisagan ganeSorebina. am adgilidgan yvelaferi medidurad moCanda. yvelas eZina, gayuCebuliyo da TviT es gayuCeba raRaca sevdians dumils hbadavda. TviT daudgromels niavsac ki suli gaenaba da celqad aRar SesTamaSebda kekluc surnelebs. aTasSi erTxel damkrTali jixvis fexiT gadmogorebulis qvis xmauroba Tu daarRvevda sazogado siCumes da SeuerTdeboda mTebidgan gadmonadenis CanCqeris Cxrials, romelic daZabuls bunebas mSobliurs nanas eubneboda. erTbaSad gaisma gagrZelebuli stvena: es romelsame mousvenars SurTxs egrZno gaTenebis siaxlove an sizmrad toli mohlandeboda. gawiTlda yinvarwveris Tavi, mzis sxivebma oqros gvirgvini gadmofines, TeTrma umtvero Tovlma naTlad brWyviali daiwyo. mas mohyva kakbis kakani, romelic gaSmagebiT eZaxda gulis megobars, radganac bunebis mSvenierebiT marto datkboba ar esmoda. SefrTxa jixvic da arCvic, Ramem sakmaod dauRala mardi da mkvircxli fexebi, varjiSoba eWirvebodaT, TeTri, aTasferad mokamkame Tovli saTamaSod izidavda, sasiamovno surneleba tvins umRelvarebda, Tavbrus axvevda da daWarbebuli sitkboeba frutuniT unda moeSorebina. Sori-axlo myofs â&#x20AC;&#x17E;daTvis tyeSiâ&#x20AC;&#x153; SaSvmac grZnobiT SesWikWika bunebis sitkboebas. erTbaSad dahkra zarma da misi xma ltolviT da TandaTan misustebiT amovardnilma niavma 224

gahfanta mTebSi. moisma meorejer da mas mohyva Cqar-Cqari da xangamoSvebiT reka. etyoboda, samebis taZarSi myofs yaraulebsac gaeRviZnaT. dilis niavma dahqrola, nisli Searyia, SeaRelva, moeSvela mzis Suqic da nislma aRSfoTebuls sayvarelsaviT, romlisTvisac ganTiads moeswro, wynarad mTa-mTa daiwyo gaparva. gamoCnda xeoba da masTan erTad gvelsaviT daklaknili, gamxecebuli da aqafebuli Tergi. soflebic moZraobaSi mosuliyvnen. yvelgan xalxi midi-modioda, soflebis win jgufdeboda da raRacas mRelvarebda. yovels sofelTan xalxis Sua moCanda sasoflo droSa, romelic niavisagan wynarad frialebda. am xanSi wmidis samebis samreklozed zarebis reka ara swydeboda. erTbaSad xalxi SeinZra, gaisma „gergetulas“ simRera da grgvinvasaviT banis mimcemma xalxma qudebi moixada. medroSeni droSebiT gauZRvnen wina; ukan wamohyva mowiwebiT xalxi, romelic Tavis pativis da saxelis niSans, saxalxo wmindans, cecxlSiac warbSeurxevlad gadahyveboda. yvelani samebisken gaemarTnen; isini mieSurebodnen im taZrisaken, sadac Temis yriloba unda momxdariyo, sadac Temis sabWo iyo gamarTuli da sadac erTxel xalxisagan gadawyvetilebas yvela mTieli emoneboda da ganukiTxvelad asrulebda. maT samebis sabWoSi moeloda oris kviriT „sawmendad gasuli“ xevis beri goCa da misni TanaSemweni, romelnic ori kviris marxulobaSi da locvaSi iyvnen, rom saTemo „droSis Tavis“ Sexebis Rirsni gamxdariyvnen. „droSis Tavi“ maTTvis saxumro ar iyo: mis winaSe naTqvami sityva veRar gadabrundeboda, yoveli moxeve sikvdils irCevda, moSordeboda dedas, Zmas... gulis sayva225

relsac ki, magram am saTemo kavSiris niSnis win micemuls sityvas ki veRar uRalatebda. arc saxumro saqmisTvis iyreboda dRes Temoba. TavisufalT ymobas uqaddnen, damoyvrebuli mezoblebi oms ucxadebdnen, gaumaZRari nugzar erisTavi lomsaviT brdRvnida, mis ganusazRvrels wadils xalxis damonebisas marto mTiuleTi veRar akmayofilebda, misi batonuri moTxovnileba Tavisufal mezoblebTan veRar Tavsdeboda, imaTi damorCileba undoda da unda daemorCila, Tunda amisTvis moZmeTa sisxliT SeRebiliyo. moxeveebs esmodaT, rom saqme saxumro ar iyo da Rirseuls Rirseulad daxvedras upirebdnen.

XIV samebis taZari sdgas yinvarwveridgan Tavqve mindvrad wamosuls qedis bolozed, sadac patara goras mrgvlad da moxdenilad Tavi aumarTavs da Tergis mxares ki erTbaSad mZime daRmarTad daSvebula sofel gergetamdis. aSenebuli Tlilis qviT, sakmaod didi taZari, samreklo da sabWo, romlisTvisac jer bunebas Semouvlia magari kldis kedeli da mere zogierTs adgilebSi kacis xels kidev ufro Seumagrebia, amaysa da sasiamovno suraTs warmoadgens. am adgils axlo-maxlod ara aqvs saTali qva, romliTac taZari aSenebuli aris, wyalic sakmao siSorezed qveviT xevSi Camoudis. gzad mxolod erTi patara xveuli biliki Sesdevs, romelzedac qveviTi kacic ki gaWirvebiT adis. ase rom pirvelsave Sexedvazed kaci gancvifrebaSi modis da nebaunebliv Tavis Tavs ekiTxeba: saidgan moutaniaT am Cinebulis SenobisTvis masala, an riTi mouzidniaT? 226

sakmaoa am Senobis naxva, rom kacma gaigos, ra SeuZlian xalxis SeerTebuls Zalas da maTs amaRlebuls suliers mdgomareobas. taZris kedelSi mxolod erTs adgils Catanebulia marmarilos qva, romelzedac qarsa da niaRvars jer ver mouswvria sruliad amoeSala zed wawera da mwignobars kidev SeuZlian gaarCios sityvebi „...xari loma... mwyemsi Tevdore...“ _ es ori saxelia, romelTac, ueWvelia, didi Rvawli miuZRodaT am xevis warsulis didebis aSenebazed. mimavali xalxi Seefina mTis gverdozed da swored im dros, rodesac xalxi Segrovda mindorzed, taZris galavnidgan jer wveri amohyo droSis jvarma da mere mTlad droSac gamoCnda, romelic gaSliliyo da wynarad frialebda. wuTzed mTeli xalxi muxlebzed daeca da miwasTan gaerTebiT Tayvani sca saxalxo wmindans. kedelzed gadmoCnda qudmoxdili kaci, gZelis gaSlilis TeTris TmiT da wveriT. xamis umtvero TeTri perangi, romelzedac ubralo Toki qamrad SemoeWira, raRaca saocnebod mogaCvenebdaT moxucs. gabrwyinvebuli, magram damyarebuli moxucis saxe, zrunviTa da mWmunvarebiT savse, yvelas guls igebda da misve uneburad imorCilebda. xalxs mohSorda sasoflo droSebi, romelnic taZris galavanSi Seitanes TeTrCoxa medroSeebma da ramdensame wuTs Semdeg droSis Tavs gars Semoaxvies. yvela gaCumda, dawynarda. haermac ki igrZno, rom unda damSvidebuliyo, Tavi moexara am saxalxo yrilobis winaSe, romelsac dRes unda gadaewyvita xevis bedi. moxucma SeanZria droSa da am saerTo siCumeSi gaisma patara zarebis wkriali, romelmac SeakrTo muxlmoyrili xalxi da ZarRvebSi JruantelsaviT gaurbina. _ amwyalobeben, amwyalobeben! goCa amwyalobebs! _ CurCulma xalxSi niavsaviT gairbina da Seswyda. 227

goCam kidev SeanZria droSa, kidev gaawkriala zarebi da pirjvris gadaweriT mohyva wynarad, tkbilad da dinjad xalxis dalocvas. saerTod xalxis dalocvis Semdeg daiwyo imaTi damwyalobeba, visac saTemod Tavi gamoeCina da Sroma da jafa ar daeSurebina Tavis xalxis keTildReobisTvis. daamwyaloba isini, vinc mtris gansadevnad mdevarSi pirveli gasuliyo, daamwyaloba is vaJkacni, romelnic iaraRs gamarTuls inaxavdnen da gaaTava uflis vedrebiT, rom mas xevzed xeli ar aeRo da yofiliyo misi mfarveli yovels gaWirvebaSi mravalJamier. damwyalobebis dros goCas yovels Sesvenebazed xalxSi grgvinvasaviT gairbenda: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;amin Sens madlsaâ&#x20AC;&#x153;. am xmas mTebi miscemdnen bansa da aTasgvarad Secvlil xmad haerSi dafantavdnen. rodesac goCam dalocva gaaTava, xalxs gamoucxada nugzar erisTavis survili. aqamdis mSvidad da wynarad myofi xalxi erTbaSad SeinZra. erTbaSad aRelda da ukmayofilebis gamo kargaxans borgavda. _ gaCumdiT! _ ramdenjerme gaimeora xma-maRlad goCam da, karga xans Semdeg, daiwyo. _ RmerTi didia da guluxvi!.. Tavis gaCenils kidec daarCens... Cvenc ar dagvkargavs... rai unda Cvengan nugzaras, raisTvi gveWreba ojaxobaSi?.. Cvenc vicnobT qarTvelTa mefes da dRemc gaSavebia im moxeves, ukuRmarTadamc mohqcevia im qarTvelis dedas wuTi, romelmac mefis gaWirvebaSi Svili Seibralos, xalxisTvis saxlic, naSobic ara gaswiros!.. vemsaxurebiT CvenTa moZmeTa da agrec unda iyos. maS Zma raisia, Tu gaWirvebis dResac Zmas ar mieSvelebis?.. magram nugzarai ki Tavs igdebs da, dRes gaZlierebuls, gaumaZRari Tvali Cvenken mouqce228

via, ori mezobeli erTurTs unda wahkidos, moxeve da mTiulni erTurTs Seaxocos da Tavad ki gabatondes... ras ityviT, jamaaTno!.. nugzarTan brZola advili araa, mTiulTac Zmoba daviwyebiaT da Cvenzed gamolaSqrebas apiroben... davmorCildeT? damSvidebuli xalxi isev Seirya da aRelda; grgvinvasaviT guguni xalxisa gaerTebuliyo da haers mxolod erTi medgari sityva aryevda. _ ara, ara, ara! _ ganuwyvetlad ismoda xalxSi. erTbaSad mindorzed xalxis win erTi ymawvili biWi gamovida, romelmac xeliT xalxs gaCumeba aniSna da daiwyo: _ goCau! raisTvi gvekiTxebi magas!.. xevma Zmoba icis da, RTis madlma, mokeTed myofs mezoblisTvis Cvengani yvela Tavs gadasdebs... mokvdes is kaci, vinc moZmes ver gaitans, Sercxves is qudosani, vinc mezobels Ralatad Seadgebis!.. magram is moxevec daimarxos, vinc ymad gaxdoma isurvos!.. nugzarai cxogan gaxelebula da hgonia Cveni damorCilebac advil iqnebis. mTiulTac daviwyebiaT Cveni kacoba da purmarili: Cvenzed modian... erTxel dabadebulebs erTxel gvindis sikvdili... gavwydeT, xalxo, da cxo xalxs ki nu vibatonebT! _ gavwydeT, gavwydeT, _ iyo am sityvebis saerTo pasuxi. molaparakes miuaxlovda viRaca moxuci, daeyrdo joxzed da miubrunda: _ onisev! RTis madlma, kargi mamis Svili xar da Tavadac kargi vaJoba getyobis... hai, hai, rom vaJkacs Sercxvenils sicocxles sikvdili urCevnian, gawbilebas _ cocxliv miwaSi Camarxva... raic sTqvi, RTis madlma, kargada sTqvi da agrec unda yofiliyo!.. magram mTiulni Cveni Zmebi arian, imaT macdurad Sesdgomia nug229

zarai, jer vecadneT maTTan morigebas da osebisa ki rai morideba gvinda. am sityvebzed xalxi or dasad gaiyo. erTi iTxovda pirdapir Sebmas ganurCevlad, vinc unda yofiliyo mowinaaRmdege, meores ki moZmed SecdomisTvis morigebis ucdelad Sebma ar undoda. xalxi karga xans mRelvarebda da araviTars gadawyvetilebas ar adgeboda. gaisma isev zarebis wkriali, romelmac xalxSi isev siCume Camoagdo. _ xalxo! _ daiwyo goCam, _ gvianobisa aRraa, mteri kars mogvdgomia, gamovidnen Temis Tavebi... mtersa da moyvaresa yvelas daxvedra unda... Temis kaci! _ daiZaxa iman. am sityvebis Semdeg xalxidgan gamovidnen jguf-jgufad amorCeulebi da gaswies wmindis samebis sabWoSi, sadac xevis beris goCas TaosnobiT, xevis bedi unda gadawyvetiliyo.

XV moTaveT didxans laparaki ar dasWirdaT, radganac yvelas winadve an sikvdili, an Tavisufleba hqondaT gadawyvetili. iqnen amorCeulni jaris moTaveni, beladni, qamandarni da Suakacni, romelnic mTiulebTan mosalaparakeblad unda gaegzavnaT. yvelazed ufrosoba da gankargulebis micema ki uflebisamebr goCam miiRo Tavis Tavzed. am Cveulebrivi molaparakebisa da gadawyvetilebis Semdeg, romelSiac xalxis survili da wadili gamoiTqmoda, goCam Suakacebi mTiuleTs gaamgzavra da yriloba ki daiTxova, raTa samis dRis ganmavlobaSi momzade230

buliyvnen, mowyobiliyvnen da qudzed kaci sionis mindorzed gamosuliyo, radganac mters am adgilebSi upirebdnen gzis Sekvras. xalxi daiSala da wavid-wamovida, goCasa da soflis medroSeTa garda, romelTac ukanasknelad unda elocaT da xevis keTildReoba SeevedrebinaT RvTisTvis. momaval xalxSi, sxvaTa Soris, onisec eria da Zalzed gamalebuli modioda Tavis soflisken, sadac didixnis unaxavs ZiZiasTan Sexvedris netareba moeloda. tol-sworni, romelnic onises gars Semohxveodnen, ar usvenebdnen TuSebisa da fSavlebis ambis gamokiTxviT. magram onise mxolod erTs sagonebels waeRo da amisTvis usiamovnod da mokled upasuxebda. isini Camovidnen im adgils, sadac xevis qali da rZali samebis qeds mosdebiyo: Savxilsa, xaxamasa da qubsa hkrebda. _ uyure-Ra, onisev! qalebi cxorsaviT ar mosdebian am velsa. _ uTxra onises viRaca moxevem da gaiSvira qalebisken xeli. onisem mxolod imisTvis miixeda iqiT, rom Tavidgan moeSorebina TavismomZulebeli mosaubre, romelic uSlida Tavis fiqrebs dahkvirveboda da mTlad gulis moZraobas Cahbruneboda. magram, rawams miixeda, rawams Tvali gadaavlo iqaurobas, guli rogorRac SeuTamaSda, ramdenjerme gaibrZola da Sesdga. onise SeCerda, gafiTrda da Sublzed xeli gadisva. _ ra mogivida? _ hkiTxa amxanagma, romelmac pirisaxezed cvlileba Seatyo. _ arc rai, arc rai... _ saCqarod upasuxa onisem da bolos daumata: _ WaWma banduli gaglija da fexic gamiWra. am sityvebiT koWlobiT mivida qvasTan, Camojda da fexsacmelis xda daiwyo. 231

_ mai, me gagxdi, _ miuaxlovda pirveli mosaubre. _ ara minda-ra, Senai Wiraime, ara!.. me Tavad gavixdi. _ upasuxa onisem, romelmac aRar icoda, ra saSualeba exmara, rom marto darCeniliyo. _ beCao Cemo Tao, _ daiwyo isev ucnobma: _ ras mexaTrebi, balRi xom ara xar? mai, _ gagxado! _ gaiSvira xelebi. _ ar minda, me Tavadac gavixdi, _ veRar moiTmina onisem da Seutia, magram Cqara isev Tavi Seikava da damSvidebiT uTxra: _ ager mze gadiwvera, nuRara gvianob... me daRaluli var pataras davisveneb. meore moxevem Sehxeda, aRara uTxra-ra, Camoifxata Tvalebzed qudi da gaswia. onise ki RorRianebSi gadavida da iq ise miimala, rom Camomvlelebs ver SeemCniaT, Tumca TiTon imaTac hxedavda da moxile qalebsac, romelT Soris ZiZiac iyo, uTvalTvalebda... samebaSi myofi xalxi male Camoikriba, radganac yvela Sin mieSureboda, rom daniSnul drosTvis momzadeba moeswro da zozinobisTvis amxanagebis sasayveduro ar gamxdariyo. onise ijda Tavis safarSi da gulis ZgeriT gascqeroda qalebs, sadac xilsa hkrebdnen da Tavisuflad erTmaneTs eleqsebodnen. marto ZiZia ganmartoebuliyo am saerTo mxiarulebas da calke gasuli, ferwasuli da daRonebuli TavauRebliv xilsa hkrebda. Soridgan rom SegexednaT qalebisTvis, maSinaTve ifiqrebdiT, rom ZiZia imaT Tabuns ar ekuTvnoda, imaTTan saerTo ara hqonda-ra da arc araferi akavSirebda maTTan. onise gulamRvreuli, gonebadafantviT Sescqe232

roda moxevis gogos da hgrZnobda, rom misi fiqrebis mizezi is iyo; undoda daeZaxna: aqa var, aq modi, me var Seni toli, mxolod me SemiZlian Seni gaxareba, magram sityva pirSi uwydeboda, radganac ZiZias amxanagebisTvis ar undoda Seetyobinebina arc Tavisi siaxlove da arc gulis pasuxi. is erideboda ZiZias saxelis gatexas, moyivnebas qveyanaSi. qalebi TandaTan uaxlovdebodnen im adgils, sadac onise iyo damaluli, da maTs moaxlovebazed ki moxeves caxcaxi ekideboda. isa hgrZnobda, rom ZiZias moaxlovebasTan erTad raRac Zala emateba, romelic TandaTan magrada hkravs da hboWavs moxevis guls, TandaTan metis simZlavriT da medgrad izidavs Tavisken. erTbaSad qalebi gabrundnen sruliad sxva mxrisken da onisem ki sixaruliT kinaRam Sehkivla, radganac dainaxa, rom ZiZia danarCens amxanagebs gamoSorda da pirdapir moxevesken wamovida. onises qSenam iqamdis moumata, rom gulma Zalzed dagadugi dauwyo da ganuwyvetliv sulsa stacebda. ZiZia gamovida RorRebzed, dasdga kalaTa da Camojda iqve moCuxCuxe wyarosTan, romelsac miapyro sevdiani Tvalebi da dafiqrda. onise miibrZoda qalisken, magram raRaca grZnoba Zalas arTmevda da gaubedaobaSi agdebda. xandaxan im mdgomareobamdisac ki midioda, rom pirmokumuls sunTqvac ki veRar gaebeda, raTa haeris mciredis moZraobiTac aris misTvis myudroeba ar daerRvia da nazi qmnileba ar daekrTo. ZiZiam erTbaSad amoioxra, moeria Tvalebzed cremlebi da wynaris zuzuniT mRera daiwyo. mere margalitsaviT gadmoekida grZelsa da Savs wamwamebzed cremli; imas mohyva meore da qalma wynarad tirili daiwyo. 233

onisem satanjavs veRar gauZlo da Cumad miuaxlovda. _ qalau, rai gatirebs? _ niavsaviT Cumis xmiT CasCurCula onisem, magram es xma iqamdis Zlierad eCvena ZiZias, rom mxolod Semoxedva moaswro da gaSeSda. ZiZia ijda gaqvavebulsaviT, Sescqeroda onises da mxolod tuCebis moZraoba umtkicebda, rom riRacis Tqma undoda, magram ver moexerxebina. _ miTxar, qalau, miTxar... _ daiwyo isev onisem da ZiZias win CaiCoqa: _ raisTvi meridebi, gana Seni xelismomkide ara var? ZiZia SeinZra, mis loyebs sicocxlis niSani daetyo, elferi SeuTamaSda, Tvalebma brwyinva dauwyes da gaocebuls tuCebzed sixarulis Rimili daetyo. ZiZia karga xans iyo im mdgomareobaSi, rodesac kacs gaoceba nebas ar aZlevs Tavisi grZnoba gamoirkvios. bolos win gamoiSvira xelebi da wynarad, magram garkveviT, warmosTqva: _ onise!.. saiT moxvedi? onise TandaTan uaxlovdeboda qalsa, radganac naxevrad miwolili xelebzed dayrdomiliyo da xelebi ki caxcaxiT TandaTan qals uaxlovdebodnen. moxeve Sescqeroda ZiZias aRgznebulis TvalebiT da aSkarad sCanda, rom amdeni xnis ganSorebas mis gulSi trfialebis cecxli aramc Tu ver gaeqro, aramed ufro gaeZlierebina da misi guli satrfosTan Seyris survils ufro gaekapasebina. mis mecadineobas amaod Caevlo, radganac mxolod erTi Sexvedra ZiZiasTan, erTi Tvalis mokvra sakmarisi iyo, rom yovelisferi xelaxlad gadaeviwyebina da akankalebulis xmiT da mTrTolvare tuCebiT marto am qalis saxeli SerCenoda, TiTqos misTvis qveyanazed amis meti sityva aRar moiZebneboda... _ ZiZiau, ZiZiau!.. _ imeorebda is meaTased da xma iseTgvarad trialebda, iseTgvarad gamoismoda, rom mar234

Tladac Tavis grZnobis gamosaTqmelad ukeTess veRaras moigonebda. es saxeli onisesTvis metad Zvirfasi iyo, rom misi Tanabari sxva sityva kidev ram hqonoda, an iseTis ZaliT warmoTqma SesZleboda. aSkara iyo, rom ZiZiaca grZnobda am sityvebs, radganac gakvirveba TandaTan Sordeboda; misi nazi sxeuli onisesken ixreboda da kekluci saxe, romelic TandaTan metad enTeboda, moxeves uaxlovdeboda. gaiara wuTmac da ori dabnedili qmnileba, erTmaneTis sunTqvisac ki erTmaneTSi gadamnergavni, miuaxlovda da gaSmagebuli Sescqeroda erTmaneTs. swored am dros celqma da mousvenarma niavma dahqrola da ZiZias moglija TavSali. xSiri da gruzi Savi dalalebi gadmoscvivdnen da onises saxes cigligi dauwyes. es-Ra aklda, rom orTaves ukanaskneli Zalac mixdodaT da maTi tuCebi wuTzed Sewebebuliyvnen... vin icis, sadamdis gagrZeldeboda, sadamdis gastanda maTi trfiali, Tu moaxlovebuli qalebis xmaurobas Seyvarebulni Tavdaviwyebidam ar gamoeyvana. ZiZias moagonda Tavisi movaleoba, romelic xalxis rwmunebiT xelismomkides anaTesavebda, da am fiqrma gasWvala. warbebi Seekra, saxe daepranWa da metismetma tkivilma, romelic gulsa da RviZlSi uvlida, gaafiTra. qalma xeliskvriT moiSora onise da fexzed wamoiWra, gabrunda da ukan mouxedavad gaemarTa amxanagebisken. onise ki imav adgils darCa gawamebuli da daRonebuli, radganac jer kidev ver gaego, ra mizezi iyo ZiZias ise wasvla. ZiZia SeuerTda qalebs, romelTac Camoiares RorRiani adgili da onise ki gulis ZgeriT ucqeroda Tavis sanatrels, romelsac qorwinebis Semdeg tuCebzed pirvelad gadahSloda vardi, TvalebSi gahbrwyinveboda si235

amovnebis naperwkali da jeiransaviT yelmoRerebuli koxtad migogavda. onise uyurebda gulis ZgeriT. nebaunebliv gunebaSi kiTxva ebadeboda: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;ase Tavi rad daaneba, ratom ara uTxra-ra, an kidev Sehxvdeboda rodisme masTan alersi?â&#x20AC;&#x153; qalebi gascdnen da onisec wamodga zezed. is gaizmora. medidurad miixed-moixeda da raRaca Zala igrZno, romelsac Tavis Tavs dRemdis ver amCnevda. ZiZias uyvarda _ qveyana Tavisi egona!..

XVI sadac exla saqarTvelodgan CrdiloeTisken gza midis, sof. kobis qveidgan, raki samtveros mindors Camoscdeba, gza grkalsaviT ixreba da sammxriv Camolesils sionis kldes sartyelsaviT ertymeba. zed kldis wverzed amayad amarTula maRali koSki, romelic medidurad da mtris gulis gasaxeTqad sdarajobs im xeobas. es adgili mbrZaneblobs iq gasasvlels adgilebzed da mosavleli mxolod narovanis uReltexilidgan aqvs. Semkobili mSvenieris saZovriT, wyaliTa da tyiTa, bunebiTve Znels gasatexs simagred Seqmnili, xevisTvis warsuls cxovrebaSi erTsa da upirveles sanugeSo adgilad iTvleboda. sionis kldis Tavzed gadaSliliyo patara mindori da zed gaeSenebinaT WaWiT da basri qviT agebuli saxlebi, romelnic bunebisganve gamagrebuls adgils ufro metad amagrebdnen. ai es adgili gaxldaT, sadac xevi ikribeboda, rom warsulis drois mtarvalis wadils win gadasdgomoda da misi mosisxle survili Seemusra. radganac goCas xevis dasacvelad metad bevri xal236

xi sWirdeboda, amisaTvis xevis berma gasca gankarguleba, visac xevSi iaraRis tareba SeeZleboda, yvela brZolis velzed gamosuliyo, xolo raTa dedakacebic usaqmod ar darCeniliyvnen am saerTo saqmeSi, valad daedoT mTebidgan, sadac cxvari sawvelad edgaT, jarisTvis yveli, erbo da rZe ezidaT. puri ki yvelas TavTavianT saxlidgan unda mosvloda. amgvarad moziduli xoragi yvelas Tanasworad eZleoda, Tumca mimRebT Soris iseTnic erivnen, romelTac sakuTari cxvari sulac ara hyvandaT. tyvia sakmarisi CamohqondaT xdidgan, gvarjilas hkrebavdnen Sigve sofels sionSi gamoqvabuls kldeebSi, sadac TeTr marilsaviT miwazed eyara da gogirdi ki winadve hqondaT damzadebuli. iqve swvavdnen aryis xesac da amgvarad amzadebdnen Tofis wamalsa. moxeveni amagrebdnen agreTve sionis win mdebare samtveros tyesa da sazogadod ise emzadebodnen, Tu bedi ukuRma daubrundebodaT, Zvirad daesvaT TavianTi damarcxeba. erTs bnel Rames, rodesac kaci TvalTan mitanils TiTsac ki ver gaarCevda, samtveros TavSi moisma wynari xmauroba ramdenisame momavlis kacisa. isini mouaxlovdnen im adgils, sadac biliki tyeSi Sedioda. magram erTbaSad iZulebulni iqmnen Semdgariyvnen, radganac gaigones ramdenisame kacis xma. _ vinaa? Sesdges, Tu Tavi ebraleba. am sityvebTan erTad momavalT igrZnes, rom maT mkerdebs Tofis tuCebi SeexoT. isini Sesdgnen. _ vina xar? _ ikiTxa isev im ucnobma, romelic pirvelSi gamoelaparaka. _ Cvena: wmindi-samebis ymebi, _ iyo pasuxi. _ sad mixvalT? 237

_ goCasTan. _ saidgan modixarT? uSiSrad epasuxeboda erTi momavalTagani, romelmac daumata: _ onise, Sen ara xar? _ ho, me var, _ upasuxa onisem da pirisaxis axlo mitaniT Caakvirda ucnobs: _ ahu, veRar gican, Tolikau!.. moxved mSvidobiT. _ mSvidoba mogca ufalma, _ upasuxa axladmosulma da daumata: _ goCa sadaa, imis naxva gveswrafis. _ iareT, _ miugo pasuxad onisem da gauZRva win. Tolike iyo erTi im SuakacTagani, romelic mTiulebTan iyvnen gagzavnilni da yoveli moxeve gulis TrToliT moeloda maTs dabrunebas. rasakvirvelia, onisesac guliT undoda Seetyo, ra pasuxi misces mTiulebma, mouxdebodaT damoyvrebul xalxTan Cxubi, Tu mSvidobianad moSordebodnen erTmaneTs, magram rom sazogadoebisTvis sasargeblo saidumloeba ar gamoaSkaravebuliyo, _ kiTxvas verc ki hbedavda. imas arc ki SeumCnevia, rom am gamokiTxvis survili hqonda da Tavis simunjiT am saganzed amtkicebda, raodenad pativsa scemda xalxis sargeblobas da raodenad esmoda siCumis saWiroeba. Suakacebic qvasaviT gaCumebulebi misdevdnen onises da im wuTs rom aso-asod daeWraT, mindobils pasuxzed saWiroebamde xmas ver gaawyalebinebdnen. imaT kargad esmodaT, radganac saukunoebiT SesCveodnen, erTs mometebuls sityvas xandisxan ra vnebis motana SeuZlian. isini mividnen goCasTan, romelic mosulT danaxvisTanave fexzed wamoiWra, Seiyvana Suakacebi sawolSi da dasxa ubralo ficris taxtzed, romelic xevis bers sarecelada hqonda gakeTebuli. 238

onise, romelic iqve idga, eloda goCas brZanebas da moxucmac didxans ar daagviana. _ balRo, amaT mohyev? _ hkiTxa iman onises. _ hai, hai, _ iyo pasuxi. _ kargi, wadi, mihxede Sens amxanagebs. vinZloT, frTxilad iyvnT, _ uTxra goCam da mbrZanebelis kiloTi daumata: _ aravin gamogeparosT, Torem Tqvenis Tolebis meti veRara gixsniT-ra. _ beCao Cemo Tao! _ amayad wamoiZaxa onisem da medidurad daumata: _ qudebi ar gvxuravs?! mSvidobiT. _ odnav Tavi daukra da gamovida. _ RmerTma xeli mogimarTos, _ daloces axladmosulebma da mamam ki Tumca xma ar gasca, magram iseTis siyvaruliT gaadevna Tvali, imdeni siamovneba gamoixateboda imis saxezed Svilis pasuxis dros, rom yvela aSkarad dainaxavda, _ moxucs mze da mTvare onisezed amosdioda.

XVII vidre moxeveni samzadisSi iyvnen da TavianT adgilebs amagrebdnen, nugzar erisTavic ar iyo gulzed xeldakrebili da yovelis RonisZiebiT cdilobda Tavisi jari gaemravlebina, raTa auarebelis ricxviT xevs Tavs dasxmoda da erTbaSad Zlieris SeteviT moemtvria moxeveTa sikerpe. is ar kmayofildeboda osebis da mTiulebis umravlesis jariT, imas undoda saqmeSi Caeria xandosxevelni, WarTlelni da gudamayrelni, romelTanac kacebi gaegzavna da dRedRezed pasuxs moeloda. amaT garda is moeloda kidev lekebs, romelTa dapirebac didad aimedebda. 239

nugzar amgvars saqmeebSi gamocdili iyo, kargad icnobda xevsa. Tavs ar aimedebda, rom saqme saxumrod gaTavebuliyo, is vaJkaci da Seubralebeli iyo, sisxlis Rvra misTvis dros gasatarebeli mejliSi iyo, magram mas goCasi efiqreboda, radganac amis moazrebis da gamocdilebis saxelic mTels mTaSi gavardnili iyo. erTs diliT gariJraJzed mTiulebis urdoSi Sevida tanad mosuli da kargad Casxmuli viRaca wveriani kaci. imis jaWvis perangi, TvlebiT da mZimed oqroTi moWedili xmali, oqroTive naWedi CaCqani amtkicebda, rom is ubralo mTiulebs ar ekuTvnoda da romelime gamoCenili gvarisa unda yofiliyo. imis tlanqi pirisaxis nakvTebi, sqeli da raodenadme gadmobrunebuli tuCebi, msxvili mogrZelo cxviri, ganieris nestoebiT da patara, quTuToeb SeSupebuli Tvalebi amtkicebdnen mis Seubraleblobas da daudgromels mxne xasiaTs. xSiri gaerTebuli Savi warbebi naoWad Sekruls SublTan erTad ufro mometebuls simkacris beWeds asvamdnen imis isec usiamovno saxes da ramdenime xazi, romelic Tvalis kiloebidan sxvadasxva mxares SuqsaviT ibneodnen, aSkarad giCvenebdnen, rom cxovrebaSi moTminebis mimyoli ar unda yofiliyo. imis misvlasTan erTad mTiulebis urdo SeinZra da ufrosi kacebi misalmebiT miegebnen. xalxi misvlis umal quds uxdida da mdablad Tavis dakvriT eubneboda: _ batons nugzars gaumarjos, batons nugzars vaxlavarT! _ da isic siampartavniT da medidurad odnav Tavis moxriT salamis Rirsad Zlivsa hxdida. nugzar mivida im adgils, sadac urdos SuagulSi cecxlis piras nabadi iyo dagdebuli da zed moikeca. mTielTa jaris ufrosni gars Sori-axlo Semoexvivnen. 240

_ dasxediT, sityva maqvs, _ mokled, magram brZanebelis kiloTi da boxis xmiT daiwyo nugzarma. mTiulebma moikeces balaxians velzed da moTminebiT elodnen, ras etyoda im xanebSi qarTlSi naTesavebis SemweobiT gamZlavrebuli erisTavi. _ xalxo! _ daiZaxa nugzarma da xmaSi mrisxaneba daetyo: _ gudamayrelebsa, xandosxevelebsa da WarTlelebs uari SemouTvliaT Cvens daxmarebazed da vficav ananuris RvTismSobels, rom mkacrad gadavuxdi mag uarisTvis, gavumwareb sicocxles da mzes davubneleb... vecdebi, rom maT soflebSi imdeni yvavili ar gawiTlebuliyos, ramdensac maTi sisxliT SevRebav, imdeni yorani ar moipovebodes, ramdensac Savad Sevmosav... imaT moTaveebs Cemis xeliT amovglej gulebs, siamovnebiT gamovwurav sisxls da Cemi guli maSin damSviddeba, rodesac xeli igrZnobs maTs ukanasknels farTxals... aq nugzar Sesdga ramodensame wams. misi Tvalebi borotebis cecxliT ainTnen da Casisxliandnen. msmenelT Soris bevrni iseTni iyvnen, romelnic pirzed RimiliT sikvdils aTasjer pirmomcinarni Sehgebebodnen da ganuwyvetliv brZolaSi guli kaJad gadaqceodaT, magram imaTac ki veRar Seimagres Tavi da nugzaris sityvebzed raRaca aRSfoTebam usiamovno Jruantelad gaurbina sxeulSi. xalxSi sruli siCume iyo, yvelas suli gaenaba. _ magram eg Semdegisaa!.. moxeveebisTvis Cvenca vkmarvarT... me ar mindoda bevri brZola, vfiqrobdi erTbaSad gamesrisa isini, magram ara uSavs-ra... xmlis TiTo moqnevis magier, oroljer moviqnioT da isev is iqneba... nuRar vigvianebT, wavideT dResve! nugzar, romelic TanagrZnobis yiJins moeloda, erTbaSad Sesdga; xalxSi siCume odnavis SerxeviTac ar dar241

Rveula. nugzarma Sehxeda imaT da saxes sibrazis almurma gadahkra. _ xalxo, es ra ambavia? _ warmosTqva iman cudad dafarulis TavSemagrebiT. amazedac sruli siCume iyo pasuxad. nugzarma veRar moiTmina da mrisxaned wamoiZaxa: _ aqac Ralatia, Tu SiSi?!. laCaro diacebo... vin gahbedavs Cems win uars?!. vin ar gamomyveba? _ nugzar dadga ganzed da krebas iseT rigad dauwyo yureba, TiTqos TvalebiT SeWmas upirobda. mTiulTa moTaveT Soris gamovida erTi da pirdapir nugzars daudga. _ me, Seni kvnesa-me!.. me ar gamogyvebi. am sityvebzed nugzarma Tofis wamalsaviT ifeTqa, gaivlo xmals xeli, magram Tavi isev Seikava. _ Sena?.. Sen ambob magas?.. magram marTali xar... Seni kacoba vis gaugonia, Seni saqme mandilosnebTan yofnaa... wadi Sin, moujeq dedakacebs, brZolis velzed Sen ra xeli gaqvs?.. Sens magier Seni jari moTaved sxvas amoarCevs da, ueWvelia, is Senzed guladi iqneba. mTiuli, romelic moTminebiT eloda nugzaris sityvebis gaTavebas, erTbaSad gaimarTa welSi da mxolod xmis mcireds kankalzed SeatyobdiT, rom sawyeni sityvebi gulamdis Caswdomoda. _ Cveni Tavi, nugzarau, mefem Sen Cagabara... Seni saxeli dRes mefis saxelia da ici, rom imis saxeli gifaravs, mTiuli qarTvelT mefis win xels ver gasZravs... rad mlanZRav?.. Cvengan arc erTi ar wamova, arc vin ar mogeqomageba... rai gvaqvs gasayofi moxeveebTan?.. ara, xalxo? _ miubrunda mTiuli danarCenebs. _ marTalia, marTali, lomisis madlma! _ grgvinvasaviT gairbina xalxis xmam. amis naxvazed nugzari ra242

odenadme SehkrTa da airia, radganac amgvarad saqmis datrialebas ar moeloda, magram, rogorc gamocdilma kacma, Tavi male Seikava da ufro dawynarebiT hkiTxa: _ maS sityva rad momeciT, rada mpirdebodiT? _ Sen gviTxar, rom pir-iqiTels oseTzed unda gavilaSqroTo, gviTxar, rom Cvens mefes ewinaaRmdegebiano, mogvatyue, rom moxeveebs osebis mxare uWiravsTo da imad wamogyeviT. _ marTali aris... moxeveebs osebis mxare uWiravsT, unda gadavaxdevinoT. _ tyuilia. tyuili! _ erTxmad igriala xalxma. nugzar sibraziT tuCebs ikvnetavda da guliT undoda Seetyo, vin Seatyobina mTiulebs es ambavi. _ vin giTxraT, rom tyuilia? _ erTbaSad wamoiZaxa nugzarma, romelic imedobda, rom moRalatis saxels gaigonebda. _ Tavad gviTxres, Tavad! _ moisma ramdenisame kacis xma. _ da Tqvenc daujereT?! ha, ha, ha, ha! _ borotad gaixarxara nugzarma. _ rad ar unda dagvejerebina? _ imitom, rom Tqveni SeSinebiaT da undaT Tavidgan mogiSoron. _ tyuilia, tyuili! _ ganimeora xalxma saerTod. nugzar mTlad galurjda sibrazisagan, radganac amgvar pasuxs is daCveuli ar iyo. im wuTSi imas rom SesZleboda, iqav yvelas gasresda, gaanadgurebda, mtvrad aqcevda da qveyanazed gahfantavda, magram iseTs mdgomareobaSi iyo, rom nebauneblied Tavi unda Seekavebina. _ maS imaTi sityva gjeraT? _ ikiTxa nugzarma. _ gvjera, lomisis madlma! _ misca ramdenmame kacma pasuxi: _ gvjera imad, rom moxevis kacebi iyvnen, Se243

mogvfices da Wde dasdes... Wdes saiT eRalatebis, ara, xalxo? _ ar eRalatebis, ara!.. wavideT, davbrundeT Sina! _ yvirodnen mTiulebi, romelnic aiSalnen, airivnen da TavianT binas xeli wamoavles. karga xans grZeldeboda JRavil-JRuili da CoCqoli, romelic mxolod maSin Seswyda, rodesac mTiulebi pirvels begobas gadaefarnen. dacarielebuls mindorzed marto erTi kaci-Ra darCa. imisi daRvremili saxe Rrma fiqrs waeRo da mTlad gafiTrebuliyo. karga xanma gaiara, rom es kaci ase gaqvavebuli idga, TiTqos ganZrevis Tavic aRara hqonda. mere erTbaSad aiqnia Tavi, daaRrWiala kbilebi da muqariT wamoiZaxa: _ Tqveni fexi damkariT, Tu dRevandeli dRisTvis ar gadagixadoT!

XVIII Trusos xeobis gamosavlelSi, sadac Tergi viwro xeobidgan Tavs aRwevs da iSleba kobis gadaWimuls vakezed, osebis ukanasknels sofels oqroyanasTan, sakmaod xalxi mogroviliyo da mxiarulis simReriT dros atarebda. Tumca es mxiaruleba da ganuwyveteli yiJina amtkicebda, rom Sekrebili xalxi raRaca siamovnebaSi iyo, magram aSkarad etyoboda, rom isini arc romelsame dReobas Seeyara, radganac arc erTi qali ar moCanda maT Soris, da arc romelsame saxalxo dros gatarebas; yvelani Tavidgan fexebamde SeWurvilni iyvnen da uricxvi bargakidebuli cxenebi WixviniT totebsa scemdnen miwas da aqeT-iqiT mouTmenlad miizidebodnen. xalxi moZraobda da raRaca mRelvarebaSi iyo, ety244

obodaT, rom aq dabinavebas ar apirobdnen da male gzad unda gamarTuliyvnen. eseni am lxinSi iyvnen, rodesac Trusos xeobis xveuls bilikzed korianteli avarda da momRerlebis yuradReba miiqcia. yvelani gaCumdnen, gaiSalnen da im adgils dauwyes yureba, saidganac moCanda mtveri. mtveri TiTqos moZraobda, adgils icvlida da Sekrebils xalxs TandaTan uaxlovdeboda. aSkara iyo, rom ramdenime mxedari cxenebs moaWenebda, magram cxenebis fexiT avardnili mtveri da gzis napiras myofi qvebi mayurebelT uSlida momavalni daenaxaT. cota xanmac am mdgomareobaSi gaiara da erTs Camolesils kldis napirzed, erTbaSad, TiTqos miwidgan amoizardneno, gamoCnda ramdenime cxenosani. am adgils biliki ise viwro iyo, rom geCvenebodaT, TiTqos momavalni kldidgan cxenebs gadmoxtomas upirebeno; ise hqonda kldes cxviri wamowvdili, rom momavalTa suraTi cis tatnobzed ixateboda, medidurs da gulisSemtacebs ocnebad mogeCvenebodaT da gasurvebdaT maTTvis Tvali ar mogeSorebinaT, magram swrafad gamoCenilebi swrafadve Caimalnen amaRlebuls qedis ukan, ise, TiTqos wuTzed amoCenilni wuTzedve miwam CanTqao. Tumca am suraTis cvlileba wuTzed moxda, magram Seyrilis xalxisaTvis es mcire xanic sakmarisi iyo, rom mgzavrebi ecno. _ nugzarai, nugzarai modis! _ daiZaxa sixaruliT xalxma da siamoenebis Rimilma gaurbina pirisaxezed. diaR, es gaxldaT nugzari, romelic moaWenebda Tavis erTgulis osebis urdosken, sadac pirobisamebr isini unda mogroviliyvnen, aq SeerTebodnen mTiulebs da saerTo ZaliT xevzed galaSqrebuliyvnen. 245

sityva ar unda, rom imaT guliT undodaT gadaxdevineba im xalxisa, romelic maTsa da qisteTs Sua solsaviT SeWediliyo da damezoblebul xalxTaTvis saSualeba moespo, gadauxdevineblad saqarTvelos sxvadasxva kuTxeebs dascemoda. osebs undodaT gasresa im xalxisa, radganac, SuaSi SeWrili, yovel mxriv mterSemortymuli TavSeuwyvetliv icavda saqarTvelos alayafis kars da marjvniv Tu marcxniv, mamulis sadideblad basrs gordas iqnevda. raRa Tqma unda, rom nugzaris miSveleba imaT wadils eTanxmeboda da am brZolis Semdeg isini imedobdnen, rom farTo asparezi darCebodaT Tavisufalis avazakobisaTvis. osebs Zalian gaexardaT nugzaris danaxva, magram misgan ise cota xalxiT mosvla mayureblebs metad akvirvebda, radganac nugzarTan erTad mTiulebsac moelodnen; osebma sruliad ara icodnen-ra mTiulebis Sin dabrunebisa, radganac ukanasknelebi pirdapir lomisis mTazed gadasuliyvnen da oqroyanas mogrovil osebs veRar Sexvdebodnen. _ marto rad modis? sakvirvelia, RvTis madlma! _ iZaxdnen osebi, magram isev male mSviddebodnen zogierTebis pasuxiT: _ albad jari ukan modis da eg ki Tadarigis misacemad win wamosula. am sityvebis Semdeg osebis urdodgan gancalkevda ramdenime gamorCeuli mxedari, amxedrda da Tavsbru damxvevis siswrafiT nugzaris misagebeblad gahqusla. yvelani miaWenebdnen simReriT, Tofis sroliTa da yiJiniT da TandaTan uaxlovdebodnen erisTavs, romelsac amxanagebTan erTad mTis bilikebidgan Camosvla moeswro da gaTqvirebuls cxens, mTlad oflSi gaqanebuls, moaqrolebda. 246

osebi da nugzar gaeqannen erTmaneTisken da cxenebs jilavi mxolod maSin moswies, rodesac maTi Sublebi TiTqmis erTmaneTs Seexo. pirdaRrenili cxenebi ukan moawydnen, ukana fexebiT CaiCoqes da gaqvavebulsaviT Sesdgnen. _ da fandag rast! (gza mSvidobisaT) _ miesalma nugzar da pasuxad miiRo: _ da yuta rast! _ sxva?!. rogora xarT, rasa iqT? _ kargad varT, RvTisa da Senis wyalobiT. _ jari mogrovda? _ mogrovda; yvelani iq arian, _ upasuxa erTma, romelic mosuls osebSi Taobda. _ xom aravin dahklebia? _ mzrunvelobiT kiTxulobda nugzar da cdilobda mxiarulad sCveneboda, Tumca Subli SesWmuxvnoda da pirisaxezed mware dumilis beWedi dastyoboda. _ Tu ki Sen dauZaxeb, uars vin ityvis? _ mouqasura osma da daumata: _ yvelani aq arian, Seni Wirime, yvelas Seni samsaxurisTvis Tavi gadaudvia. nugzars siamovnebis naperwkalma gaurbina gulSi, saxe raodenadme gauRimda, magram maSinve isev gafiTrda, Subli SeiWmuxvna. _ madlobeli var, madlobeli, Cemo navruz! _ aba, ra madlobas mibrZaneb, Seni Wirime, Seni samsaxuris Rirsic ki ara varT, ara, Cemma mzem!.. ara, biWebo? _ miubrunda osebs. _ hai, hai, ro agrea, _ daumowmes sxvebma. nugzar gaCumda, radganac misi goneba metad satanjavs sagans daakvirda, misi mdgomareoba advili ar iyo, radganac osebis guladoba mxolod mTiulebis daamxanagebis gamo warmosdgeboda da kargad icoda, rom, Tu 247

imaT moSorebas Trusoelebi gaigebdnen, maTi daWerac Zneli-Ra iqneboda. maS rogor moqceuliyo, rom osebi ar Semohfantoda da maTzed gavlena ar daekarga, rodesac es ukanasknelebi WeSmaritebas Seityobdnen? eTqva yvelaferi pirdapir, Tu drosTvis moecadna? ai, es iyo is mware fiqrebi, romelT gadawyvetasac nugzaris mTeli arseba Seepyro da, yovelTvis amayad mosaubrisTvis, dRes pirSi sityva gaewyvita. _ marTla, Seni Wirime, sul ar damaviwyda! _ daiwyo navruzma. _ rai ambavia? _ mokled ikiTxa nugzarma. _ lekebSi gagzavnili kacic dabrunda! _ dabrunda?! sad aris? miCvene Cqara! _ mouTmenlad wamoiZaxa nugzarma da Tvalebi gaubrwyinda. _ iq, binazed aris. _ ra ambavi moitana?.. miTxar, miTxar Cqara!.. _ lekebic amaRam gadmovleno, _ uTxra osma da nugzari sixaruliT ainTo. _ marTals amboben, marTals?! _ dafantviT mivarda oss, magram saCqarod Tavi Seikava, gasworda, gaimarTa cxenzed da kbilebis RrWialiT warmosTqva: _ axla ki me vici. am wuTis Semdeg nugzar isev gamoicvala da Tu weRan raRaca molbobili da Tavmdablobis kilo gamoiTqmoda mis saubarSi, exla sruli mbrZanebeli Seiqna. _ maS gavwioT binaSi da xval moxeveTa mze davabneloT! _ es warmosTqva, Seibertya, gasworda Ra gaaTamaSa cxeni maTraxis SemokvriT. wuTs Semdeg isini oqroyanis banakSi gaCndnen da nugzar mbrZaneblobda srulis Tavis medidurobiT.

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XIX nugzaris moZraoba moxeveTaTvis farulad ara rCeboda, radganac erTis mxriT osebs uTvalTvalebdnen Tavgamodebuli moxeveebi, romelnic uSiSrad xan saidgan moeqceodnen mtris jars da xan saidgan, dawvrilebiT tyobilobdnen maTs mdgomareobas da yovel dReve xevis bers goCas uambobdnen; meores mxriT enis tantals daCveuli osebi saidumlos ver hfaravdnen da yovel ambavs sixaruliT TiTo kanZ matylad hyiddnen. erTs saRamos mze jer ar Casuliyo, rodesac goCam Semoikriba Tavisi xalxi da damwyalobebis Semdeg daiZaxa: _ xalxo da jamaaTo! nugzarisgan mTiulebis gaSorebam omi Tavidgan ar agvacila... maT magier nugzars lekis jari mosvlia... raisTvi dagimaloT, brZola gacxarebuli iqnebis. bevris dedai Caicvams Savsa, bevri mSobeli gulSi veRar Caikravs Tavis naSobs... imad, rom mteri Zlieria da nugzar ki sisxliT gaumaZRari... icodeT, saxumro saqme araa, magram ramdenadac brZola gacxardebis, ramdenadac saqme gaWirdebis, imdenadac gamarjvebas meti fasi eqnebis... rai vuyoT, rom erTzed aTi mova?! asic rom movides, mainc gamarjveba Cveni iqnebis, imad rom Cven RmerTTanac da kacTanac marTalni varT... Cven gvicvivian saxlSi, Cven gvipiroben aklebas, Cvens dedakacebs gawbilebas da amgvari saqmis sawinaaRmdegod sikvdili, RvTis madlma, sanetaroc aris!.. vina xarT bednieri, vis gicemsT qudosanT guli, vis gerCiT mklavi?.. yvela erTisTvis da erTi yvelasTvis! _ dedamc SeurTams colada, vinc karze momdgars mters gamoeqces, vinc sikvdils SeuSindes... moRalates risxavdes sameba! _ o-omen! _ iyo saerTo grgvinvasaviT pasuxi, rome249

lic axlo myofma mTebma bansaviT ramdenjerme gaimeores. xalxi aRelda da aiSala, goCas Tvalebs ki cremli moeria da gulma veRar gauZlo, rom SuriT ar wamoeZaxna: _ netavi Tqven, rom ymawvilebi xarT, jani da Rone gerCisT. netavi Tqven, rom ibrZolebT. netavi imas, vinc amgvars saqmeSi mokvdebis, sasufevlis gza gakafuli aqvs. am sityvebis Semdeg yvelani Semojgufdnen saydris galavnis kedelTan, sadac saaraye qvabebSi saklavebi ixarSeboda, raTa saerTo puris Wamis dros erTmaneTs gamosalmebodnen da TavianT adgilebzed gasulni Tavis movaleobas Sesdgomodnen. vin icis, xval visi mze dabneldeboda, visi Tvali daixuWeboda, visi deda atirdeboda mduRare cremliT.

XX bindbundi iyo; dRe wynarada hqreboda. mzis ukanaskneli Suqebi sevdianad esalmebodnen mTis wverebs. gagulisebuli nisli uSiSrad amodioda dedamiwidgan da oSxivarsaviT efineboda mwvane mindors. soflis sionis samreklodgan Ramis guSagebs TavTavianT adgilebzed gasvla aniSnes. zaris xma danotioebuls, gaJRenTils mZime haerSi rogorRac mwuxared JRrialebda. moxeveTa guSagebs raRaca gansakuTrebuli mousvenebloba etyobodaT. yvelas pirisaxezed mzrunvelobis beWedi dastyoboda; gafrTxilebulni smenad da Wvretad gadaqceuliyvnen; mciredi moZraoba ar gamoeparebodaT da Tu TvaliT ver dainaxavdnen, moZraobis xmas yurs mainc aris mohkravdnen. aseTia mdgomareoba kacisa, rodesac igi aRelvebulia, moelis rasme. moxeveTac gamoecxadaT, rom momavals Rames nugzar unda dascemoda da yvelani emzadebodnen gaufrTxileblobiT ara wae250

goT-ra da sxva ki RmerTzed da SemTxvevazed miegdoT. am saerTo mzadebis dros, goCas sawolis karebi viRamac SeaRo da iqav karebSi SeCerda. moxuci qudmoxdili patara jvarcmis win idga da mxurvaled loculobda. mas maRla aeRo Tavi da Tvalebi zecisken miepyro. Sexurebul guls sisxlis moZraoba aeCqarebina. mudam swored dalagebuli Tma, exla ZarRvTa Jriamuls aeSala. gadaWimuls yelzed gamagrebuli da sisxliT gaWedili neStvebi xnierebisagan moRmenWils kans qveS amoburceboda. is xmas ar iRebda, magram saxis moZraobazed aSkarad etyoboda, rom grZnobis als mTlad moebura misi arseba, Semortymoda gulsa da sisxls uCuxCuxebda. Semosulma ver gahbeda am wminda myudroebis darRveva, wynar-wynarad TiTonac daemorCila am suraTis Zalas, jer gaxevda, mere wynar-wynaradve Tavi moexara, muxlebi Caekeca da daCoqili darCa. man igrZno, rom moxucis vedrebaSi misi saxelic ismoda; kidev erTi wuTic da aSkarad gaigona: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;RmerTo, pirnaTlad amyofe Cemi onise!â&#x20AC;&#x153; da am sityvebzed karebTan myofi SehkrTa. SehkrTa moxucic mis moZraobazed; moixeda da dasustebuli wynarad wamodga. mivida SvilTan laslasiT, daado Tavzed xeli da aRelvebulma mTrTolvares xmiT ganimeora: _ RmerTo, Cemi Svili pirnaTlad atare!.. adreve mouspe sicocxle, sanam gawbildebodes, qudi moexdebodes!.. am sityvebzed moxucs gamxdar Rawvebzed gadmoedina mduRare cremlebi, romelnic saCqarod moiwminda da gafrTxilebiT aqeT-iqiT miixeda, TiTqos eSinoda, rom aravis daenaxa. onises gulma veRar gauZlo, moxucis moCvilebis xilviT TiTonac molba da Tvalebi wvimaSi mzis msgavsad gaubrwyinda. iman igrZno, ra rigad uyvarda mamas, ra unda egrZno mis guls, rodesac Svili gansacdelSi iqneboda da es gansacdeli ki iqav axlos zurgs 251

ukan edga; ramdenime wuTis Semdeg mTvaris Suqzed maxvili gakrialdeboda da haerSi stveniT da zuzuniT wamosuli, vin icis, vis pirzed Rimils gaacivebda, vis grZnobis moCuxCuxe wyaros yinvasaviT moaswrobda. _ mamaisi, rai gatirebs? _ vin icis, rai SegemTxveva, _ CurCuliT warmosTqva moxucma. _ rai unda SememTxvas? _ gaumagra guli onisem, _ RmerTi mowyalea!.. mters gavabrunebT da Tavad mSvidobianad davrCebiT. _ brZanos ufalma, _ warmosTqva moxucma da xelebi auTrTolda: _ wadi, onise, droa... RmerTimc iqmnebis Seni mfarveli... Tu sikvdili SegemTxva, isic uflis nebaa... erTxel naSobi erTxel mokvdebis!.. magram vaJkacad ki mokvdi... ise mokvdi, rom xevs Seni damarxva ar eTakilebodes. _ magas naxav! _ ar daiviwyo, rom sadac Seni mama-papa gaCenila da damarxula, sadac maTi Zvlebia Cafluli, imas gedavebian da ar daanebo... maTac cota Wiri ar unaxavT TavianT miwa-wylis dacvis dros, maTis sisxlis nakaduls miwa qvesknelamdis gauJvenTavs... axla Tqven iciT, rasac iqT... moxuci Sesdga, daacqerda Svilsa, ramdenjerme scada kidev raRacis Tqma, magram sityva gauwyda da mxolod cota xans Semdeg xeli gauqnia da ZlivsRa warmosTqva: _ wadi, kargia... onise swrafad gamovida da gaemarTa daniSnul adgilisken, moxuci ki imav adgilidgan Tvals adevnebda im dromdis, vidre Svili saxlis kedlebs ar moefareboda. mere odnav amoixvneSa, gadisva SeWmuxvnils Sublzed xeli da warmosTqva: _ axla jars unda mivxedo. 252

XXI onise gasvlis umal gaemarTa narovanisken, sadac mTis bilikebzed unda gasuliyo da Tavisi gundis ufrosis brZanebiT mterzed Tvali daeWira da maTi moaxloveba drozed Seetyobinebina. is midioda Cveulebrivis sifrTxiliT, rodesac mis win raodenime manZilze qva viRamac SeanZria. onise vefxviviT gadaxta gzas iqiT, amoesafra qvasa da Ramis mSvidobianobis damrRvevs moeloda. karga xanma gaiara, sanam xveuls bilikzed gamoCndeboda vinme, magram fexis xma, romelic TandaTan axlovdeboda, aSkarad esmoda. wuTic da gzazed qali da kaci gamoCnda, romelTac erTi datvirTuli viri mohyvandaT. aSkarad etyoboda, rom eseni mwyemsebi unda yofiliyvnen, romelTac mTidgan jarisTvis yveli mohqondaT. onise darwmunda, rom momavlebi moxeveni unda yofiliyvnen da is iyo Tavis safaridgan gasvlas apirobda, rodesac aSkarad gaigona Tavisi saxeli da suli ganaba. momavlebi xmamaRla laparakobdnen da TiTqos maT Soris ukmayofileba etyoboda. orniv gauswordnen onises da dasasveneblad qvazed Camosxdnen. _ qalau, _ daiwyo kacma, _ RvTis madlma, rom meti moTmena aRar SemiZlian... Camovdni, davilie Senis lodiniTa da Seni guli ver galxva. _ rai vqna, Tu ki ar miyvarxar. _ viTmendi da aba... aqamomdis zRvas daaSrobda, rac gulSi cecxli menTebis... momkvdarviyav mainc, gza mogecemodis. _ raisTvi Tavs ar manebeb!.. rai ginda Cemgan? Zalad xom ver Segiyvareb? 253

_ Tavi saiT daganebo? coli xar, qveyanaSi mec qudi mxuravs. _ maS rai giyo? _ rai miyo da coloba unda gamiwio. _ kargi-Ra, RvTis madlsa, biWau!.. giTxar ar miyvarxar-meTqi da gaTavda! kaci gaCumda raodensame xans da TavCakidebuli iyo. Semdeg wynarad wamoixeda, misi Tvalebi elvarebdnen. _ iyuCe, qalau!.. Seni Tavi mainc Seibrale, Tu me aRar gebralebi. qalma Sehxeda da mxrebis aweviT upasuxa: _ Sesabralebeli rai maqvs! momklav da guli damSviddebis... _ maS aRar iqnebis?.. arc rodis ar damibrundebi, ar Semiyvareb? _ ara. kacma xanjlis tars gaivlo xeli, magram isev Tavi Seikava. _ maS imisi unda iqmna?.. ggonia, rom daganebeb?.. dagiTmob imas?.. RvTis madlma, Senc mogklav, imasaca, Cems Tavsac zed dagaklavT da SeniT ki arvis vaxareb. _ ai, momkal!.. cxvebs raisTvi eqadi, ras emarTlebi! _ qalma miuSvira mkerdi da sibrazisagan aRgznebulis TvalebiT dauwyo yureba. kaci aimRvra da wamovarda. _ maS sikvdili ginda?.. kargi, mogklav, magram mogklav maSin, rodesac onises Tavs mogitan... am sityvebiT kaci gadaxta gzas iqiT da ugzo-ukvlod onises binisken Tavqve daeSva. qalma daikivla, mivarda im adgils, sadac kaci begobas gadaefara da mwared SesZaxa: _ guguau, guguau!.. nu damRupav, ras Cadi!.. vaime daRupulma! _ wamoiZaxa iman da gaqanda frialo kldisken. 254

is-iyo miuaxlovda kldis napirs da gadavardnas apirobda, rodesac viRamac xeli gaavlo da gulSi Caikra. qalma moixeda da Ronemixdilma Zlivs-Ra warmosTqva: _ onise! _ da kacis xelebzed mieluSa...

XXII karga Ramem gaiara. mowmendils cazed mTvares kaSkaSi gahqonda da nazis sxiviT iqaurobas ekamkameboda. onise da ZiZia imav adgils isxdnen, sadac trfialebis cecxlma dasca da daimona; orniv jer kidev gons ver mosuliyvnen da dabangulebsaviT sitkboebis netarebas eZleodnen. mTvaris Suqi nazad SesTamaSebda ZiZias daTenTils saxes, romelsac onise ar usvenebda da mTvarezed mobrunebuls xan gaSmagebiT Cascqeroda, xanac giJsaviT hkocnida da exveoda. yoveli maTi erTmaneTTan miaxloveba, mikareba aTrTolebda, rogorc mousvenari niavi wnoris furcels, da kvnesaSereulis sitkboebiT aRsavse guls afarTxalebda. orTav daviwyebodaT sad iyvnen, daviwyebodaT TavianTi Tavi da mxolod erTs-Ra cdilobdnen, rom erTi meoreSi gadaqceuliyo. eseni am TavdaviwyebaSi iyvnen, rodesac erTbaSad gavarda Tofi da Seyvarebulebi fexzed wamocvivdnen. bednierebiT gatacebuls da Tavdaviwyebuls onises, mxolod exla moagonda Tavisi vali da samwuxaro WeSmaritebam gulzed mware Waxraki mouWira. mis Tvalwin wuTzed gairbina mlocavi goCas suraTma, moagonda imis sityvebi da Tavmoyvareobam cremlebi gadmoadina. mas Tvalwin gadeSala SemaZrwunebeli suraTi misis amxanagebis amoJletisa, romelnic onisezed daimedebulni miwoliliyvnen da uzrunvelad daeZinaT. 255

qveiT gaimarTa mkvircxli Tofis srola. Tofebi elavdnen, cecxlebi enebsaviT grZeldebodnen da grialiT ganaqrobdnen lomebriv mamacTa sicocxles. onisem Sehxeda ZiZias, guli auduRda da gunebaSi gaurbina sityvebma: macdurad momxibla da macdurad damRupa!.. mSvidobiT, Cemo vaJkacobav! am sityvebiT is gahqanda Tavqve, rom Tavis amxanagebTan erTad Tavi daedo da gamoesyida wuTiT Tavis daviwyeba, magram gvian-Ra iyo: mters maTi sangali, simagred gakeTebuli, aeRo da maTi droSa onises daxocili amxanagebis xrovazed frialebda.

XXIII onise Tavgadaglejili mirboda Tavqve da gonebadafantulma aRar icoda, ra unda eqna. mtris laSqars aeRo moxeveT pirveli sangali da misi damcvelni TiTqmis mTlad gaewyvita. sacodavi hgrZnobda, ra Zvirad daujda wuTis Tavdaviwyeba, romlis gamoc imdeni mamaci bedis ucdelad, biWobis gamouCenlad Seimusra, da sinidisis yvedrebam mwared dauwyo tanjva. goneba sinanulis mets veRaraferzed veRaras fiqrobda da daZmarebuls guls ki uwyalod raRaca hkuwavda da anadgurebda. is garboda da pirisaxe giJs damsgavseboda; qudi moxdoda, Tma aswewiyo da tanisamosi areoda. amRvreuls Tvalebs Tumca unugeSod, magram rogorRac ucnaurad aqeT-iqiT atrialebda. kaci veRar ityoda, im wuTSi ras gamosTqvamda misi saxe, radganac misi azris triali elvasaviT mkvircxli iyo da wuTzed aTas rigad icvleboda. is mirboda gamarjvebulis mtris razmisken, radganac goneba pirveli azris gaelvebas Seepyro da mxo256

lod imas mohyavda moZraobaSi sakuTars wadils moSorebuli moxeve. es iyo sikvdilis wadili da sikvdili ueWvelad im xeliT, romelmac misi amxanagebis sicocxle gaaqro, im maxviliT, romelic misi mezoblebis ubralo sisxliT SeRebiliyo. is iyo onise im WalaSi Cavida, sadac gamarjvebuli osebi mxiarulis varaidaTi fexqveS hqelavdnen mamulis damcvelT patiosans gvamebs da apirobdnen TavianT banakisken gabrunebas, rodesac win SeefeTa ramdenime moxeve, aRebulis sangalis gundidgan gadarCenilni. _ vina xar? _ erTbaSad onises win gadaeRobnen moxeveni, romelTac Tofis tuCebi daades gulzed. _ me var! _ gabrazebiT, magram TiTqmis tiriliT SesZaxa onisem, _ mesroleT, momkaliT!.. madlia TqvenTvis! _ abaime, onise! _ wamoiZaxa erTma da yvelam Tofebi CamouSves. _ madli ufals, cocxali gadarCenilxar, _ daumata meorem. onisem daRonebiT Sehxeda, magram maSinve Tvalebi elvasaviT gaubrwyinda: imas egona, rom molaparakem icis misi saqcieli da dascinis, mTlad aenTo da iwoda uxilavis cecxliT, romelic miT ufro Zneli iyo, rom ar darCenoda saxsari, sadac Zalzed ar aRgznebiyo da Tavisi Zala ar egrZnobinebina. _ momkaliT, Rirsi var, momkaliT!.. RTis madlsa, nuRar damindobT! _ emudareboda onise da mduRareba gadmosdioda, _ momkaliT, geubnebiT, madlia TqvenTvis!.. Tu dabrmavdiT, rom vaJkaci diaciviTa vtiri!.. moxeveebi gaSterebulni Sehyurebdnen onises da ver mimxvdariyvnen mis saqciels. _ maS aRar gebralebiT, aRara?!. gindaT ase vewvalo?! mostyuvdiT, RTis madlma! egre ar iqnebis... onise 257

qveynad aRar ivlis, mters ar gaacinebs!.. gixarianT, gixarianT gana?! ha, ha, ha, ha! _ mwared gaixarxara onisem da gahqanda mtris binisken. pirvelis gaSterebis Semdeg, iq myofni moxeveni gons movidnen, gamoekidnen onisesa da daiWires. _ sad mixval, ras sCadi, beCau!.. gonT-gamosulxar, Tu raia?!. _ eubnebodnen onises, romelic Zalzed ibrZoda da cdilobda gaSvebineboda. _ rai gindaT, rad miWerT?.. sadac amxanagebi damilies, mec iq unda Cavekafvino... maS, Tu egrea, Tavad moviklam Tavsa! _ wamoiZaxa onisem da Caxmaxwamoyenebulis dambaCis lula pirSi miica, magram viRamac xelidgan gamostaca da sikvdils ase gadaarCina. iq myofT egonaT, rom onise megobrebis gawyvetas aeria da, radganac gons veRar moeyvanaT, amisTvis ahyares iaraRi, Sehkres da Tan waiyvanes. _ uRmerTono, ras memarTlebiT? _ gulsaklavad warmosTqva onisem da javrisagan gamowveuli mduRare gadmoedina: _ rai gindodaT, movekali... Cemi sircxvili Tqven ras SegmatebT? kidev bevrsa laparakobda onise, romelic TandaTan sustdeboda da wynardeboda, magram imas yurs aRaravin ugdebda, radganac yvelani saSiS mdgomareobaSi iyvnen da im adgilisken mieswrafebodnen, sadac goCa danarCenis xalxiT gamagrebuliyo.

XXIV isini midiodnen jgufad, gaCumebulni, daxocilni. pirisaxe zafranad gardahqceodaT, tuCebi mohkumodaT da Tvalebi cecxlebsaviT anTebodaT. metismetad Zneli iyo maTi mdgomareoba, radganac 258

mterTan SebrZolebac ki ver moeswroT da ise unda damorCilebuliyvnen, an diacebr gamoqceuliyvnen, an ara da cxvrebsaviT kiseri mieSviraT, rom sisxliT gaumaZRaris nugzaris jars Seubraleblad xanjali, an xmali gamoesva. brZolas guliT mowadinebulebs, TiTo srolac ki ver moexerxebinaT, ise daecnen Tavzed da vin icis ramdeni saleqse qebaSesasxmeli biWi, mezobelT imedi, amxanagebisTvis Tavmosawoni, ucdelad gafuWebuliyo. vinc gadarCnen, an imaT raRa moelodaT? saTemod moyivneba, radganac mTaSi gaufrTxileblobiT saqmis waxdena masxarad asagdebia, damarcxeba ki _ ubedureba!.. pirvel SemTxvevaSi yvelasgan zizRi, damcireba moelis, meoreSi ki _ sibraluli da TanagrZnoba. mimavalni moxeveni iqamdis daexoca TavianT ubedurebas, rom TavianT Tavs imis angariSsac veRar aZlevdnen, Tu rogor moepara maT nugzaris jari ise, rom moZraoba verc ki gaegoT. imaT mxolod erTi dasamSvidebeli is-Ra hqondaT, rom sami kaci Sekruli mihyvandaT da maTis azriT eseni iyvnen osebis da lekebis gzis maCveneblebi. amaT SemoeparebinaT imaTi jari da moxeveTaTvis gars SemoertyaT. am daWerilT Soris iyo ori osi, romelnic TavianT xalxs adridganve gamohqceodnen da xevs Semohxiznebodnen, amaTgan gacema da jaSuSoba SesaZlebeli iyo, magram mesame daWerili uxeTqavda maT gulsa. is iyo moxeve da misi saqcieli mTels xevs Cirqad ecxeboda. daRonebuli, dasustebuli da sulierad dacemuli onise misdevda am xalxs da Tvali veravisTvis gaesworebina. _ onise, Senc dagiWires? _ erTbaSad gaigona iman, SehkrTa, miixeda da gaSterda. imis Tvalwin idga gafiTrebuli da aRelvebuli gugua, romelic mTlad kankalebda. 259

_ gugua! _ bolos Zlivs moaxerxa onisem da aniSna Sekruls xelebzed: _ rai mogsvlia, raisTvi SeukvrixarT? _ Ralats mabraleben, _ yrud warmosTqva iman da metis sibraziT gadaafurTxa. onise am kacs kargad icnobda, gamocdili hyvanda da darwmunebuli iyo, rom misgan amxanagebis Ralati SeuZlebeli iyo. amis gared, am ubedurobis SemTxvevis wined, gugua ZiZiasTan erTada naxa, Tavis yurebiT gaigona maTi laparaki da dainaxa, rom sruliad sxva azriT gaswia moxeveTa binisaken. guguas onises sikvdili undoda, onise iyo misi mteri, misdami aRvseboda guli mZulvarebiT. „magram, iqneba“... _ erTbaSad gaurbina onises TavSi: „am kacs Cemi mtroba edo gulSi, mag jaris mSvidobianoba me mqonda mondobili da SurisZiebis grZnobam moRalated gaxada?“ _ onises warbebi SeeWmuxna da usiamovno grZnoba kbilebis RrWialze daetyo. _ raisTvi aras meubnebi? _ daiwyo isev guguam. _ rai-Ra giTxra? _ maS ara gaqvs-ra saTqmeli? _ mwared warmosTqva guguam da daumata: _ iyos, mec gavCumdebi... ufals madloba uTxar, rom Tavs veRarsaiT vimarTleb. Torem, RTis madlma, mzes didxans ar gacqerinebdi... exla dRe Senia. Seni yvavili gaiSala, Seni mze gabrwyinda... albaT ufals egre unda da dee gabrwyindes... sikvdils ar vnanob, magram vai amiTi, rom yvelasTvis moZmeT moRalate davrCebi. am sityvebis Semdeg guguam Cahkida Tavi, TiTqos mZime tvirTi daawva kiserzed, mwared amoixvneSa: „oh-h!“ da ganSorda onises; onises guls ki erTi wveTi naRveli-Ra aklda, rom gavsebuliyo da guguam damatebiT CauwveTa. 260

XXV jer kide dRe-Rame ar gayriliyo, rodesac sionis simagreSi mTeli xevis jari moZraobaSi movida, maT SeetyoT, rom nugzaris SeerTebuls jars maTi sangali aeRo, da Sig myof moxeveT gundisagan mxolod mcire ricxvi-Ra gadarCeniliyo. yvela aRgznebuliyo gadaxdis surviliT da TvalebanTebulni, pirgamexebulni xmamaRlad gadaxdevinebas iTxovdnen. _ sisxli, sisxli! moZmeT sisxli aviRoT! _ iZaxda mTlad xalxi da am sityvis meti maTgan sxva ara gaigoneboda-ra. maT Soris mxolod erTaderTi kaci iyo, romelsac araferi ar aviwydeboda, rogors mdgomareobaSiac unda Cavardniliyo da yovelTvis drosa poulobda saqmis yovelive mxrisaTvis yuradReba mieqcia. es gaxldaT goCa da amisTvisac iman daibara sangalzed gadarCenili moxeveni. goCas didi imedi hqonda Tavis Svilisa da is ki iq iyo; maS rogor moxda, rom mteri SeumCnevlad daeca? _ miTxariT, Cqara miTxariT: saqme rogor iyo? _ daiwyo goCam, rawams dabarebulebi dainaxa. _ raiRa rogor iyo, _ daiwyo erTma mosulTaganma: _ osi beCirai da Tafsiruyo wasuliyvnen mtrebTan, mosavleli gza eCvenebinaT da mteri sanam Tavs ar wamogvadga, vera gavigeT-ra... mosaubre gaCerda da goCa ki mTlad smenad gadaiqca. misi guli TrToda da TiTqos raRaca usimovnebas moeloda. _ cxo? cxo Tu aRarvin yofila? _ ikiTxa goCam cota siCumis Semdeg da warbebi Seekra. _ baremdis, rom imis meti arvin yofiliyo? _ cxo viRaa? _ saCqarod ikiTxa goCam da Tvalebi aenTo. 261

is Caacqerda mosaubres, romelsac moRalatis dasaxeleba TiTqos uWirdeboda. _ vinaa-meTqi? _ mkacrad gaimeora goCam. _ guguai. _ rogora, rogor sTqvi? _ zardacemulsaviT warmosTqva moxucma da yelma xriali dauwyo. goCas egona, rom smenam uRalata. _ guguai! _ gaimeora moxevem. metismetad Zneli gasagoni iyo goCasTvis Tavisi mezoblis dasaxeleba, im mezoblisa, romelic imis samwysos ekuTvnoda da, maSasadame, guguas zneobrivs mimarTulebaSi masac wili unda sdeboda. _ ufalo, rai SegcodeT, rom moZmeT Ralatic gvaCvene! _ warmosTqva moxucma da Tvalebi zecas miapyro. mis guls mwared sdagavda amgvari Seuracxyofa mTelis erobisa da kargad esmoda, rom SesaZlebeli iyo am magaliTs xalxzed metad cudi gavlena hqonoda. moxuci isev Cafiqrda, gaCumda da didxans xmaamouRebeli idga. imis pirisaxe am xanSi mTlad moZraobda da aaSkaravebda, rom misi goneba Seuwyvetlad muSaobda da moazrebaSi iyo. bolos moxucma gadaisva SeWmuxvnils Sublzed xeli, ramdenjerme Sehxeda gamomcdelis TvaliT mosaubres da pirvelad daetyo gaubedaoba. misi Tvalebi TiTqos xvewnasa da sayvedurs erTad gamosTqvamdnen. magram ra gasCenoda xevis bers, xevis mmarTvels ubralo meomarTan an saxvewari, an sasayveduro? goCas erTaderTi Svili hyvanda, onise daRupulis sangalis damcvelTa Soris iyo da is arsada sCanda... maS ra iqna. ratom ar eubneboda rasme mosaubre ubedurs mamas?.. Tu mokvda, ratom mis gmirulis sikvdilis ambiT ar anugeSebda mSoblis sevdamoculs guls? yvela es moxucs swrafad warmoudga gonebaSi da 262

medgrad miwyvet-mowyveta dauwyo mis gulsa. moxucma veRar moiTmina da kidev wynarad Sexeda, moikriba ukanaskneli Zala da warmosTqva: _ onise raiRa iqna, ras mifrTxildebi? _ onise, beCavi!.. kinaRam gagiJda... Cven rom ara vyofiliyaviT, mters Tavs Seaklavda, RTis madlma. goCa am mxriT raodenadme damSvidda: imisi Svili cocxali iyo da vaJkacad eCvenebina Tavi. sxva raRa undoda? _ exla sadRaa? _ exla batarai damSvidda da amxanagebTanaa! _ upasuxa isev im mosaubrem da cota siCumis Semdeg daumata: _ aseTia beCavi, rom dana pirs ver gauxsnis. moxuci dakmayofilda am kiTxvebiT da damSvidda, raodenadac mis mdgomareobaSi damSvideba SeiZleboda. _ uTxar, damnaSaveni daamwyvdion da kargad Tvalyuri adevnon... Cven ki RmerTi vaxsenoT da mters moZmeT sisxli movTxovoT, _ warmosTqva goCam da gamovida gareT, sadac jari ukve mogroviliyo da mouTmenlad eloda mterzed galaSqrebis wams.

XXVI goCas gamosvlazed xevis jari wynarad SeinZra, gaiyo sam razmad da beladebis winamZRolobiT mtrisaken gaemarTa. imaT gadawyvetili hqondaT nugzarisgan daWerils simagres sam mxriv dascemodnen da saerTo ieriSis mitaniT mtrisaTvis gadaexadnaT. yvelasTvis aSkara iyo, rom am brZolas unda gadaewyvita xevis momavali mdgomareoba da bed-iRbali. yvela midioda pirzed RimiliT, radganac darwmunebuli iyo, rom wminda movaleobas asrulebda da, Tu 263

sikvdili SeemTxveoda, misi saxeli xalxSi didxans moixseneboda da Sors mTebSi gaiTqmeboda. saaqaos moeloda sanetaro xseneba da saiqios _ zecieri jildo. maSasadame, amgvari rwmunebis xalxisaTvis brZola TviTmyofelobisTvis, Tavis miwa-wylis dasacavad mejlisSi wasvlas emsgavseboda. brZolisa da mterTan Setakebis survils umetesad ucxovelebda moZmeT wamebis mogonebani, romelnic guls Zalzed umRvrevda da sisxlisTvis sisxls moawyurebda. mimavalT moxeveTa Soris onisec iyo, romelsac mxiaruli, mudam moRimari saxe WmunvarebiT Sescvloda, da Zalzed mokumuls tuCebis gamo saxis kanic gasWimoda. TvalebaRgznebuls Rawvebi TiTqos gamoburceboda da sibrazis niSnad loyebis ZarRvebi Zalzed ucemda. onises, bunebiTve vaJkacs da Tavganwiruls, dRes meti mizezi hqonda erTi-orad gadaqceuliyo, radganac Tavis Secdomas da Tavdaviwyebas hgrZnobda da undoda metis TavganwirviT codva raodenadme Seemsubuqebina. imas hyvanda Cabarebuli ramdenime kaci, romelic moxeveTa erTis gundis mowinave jars Seadgenda da mindobili hqonda, rom yoveli RonisZieba exmara mtrisgan sadarajod gamoyenebuls kacebs SeumCnevlad mihpareboda da an Seepyra, an daexoca. amasTanave es ise unda momxdariyo, rom mtris umTavress gunds ver Seetyo, raTa maT moxeveebis dasaxvedrad momzadeba ver moeswroT. onise miuZRveboda Tavis patara razms da yovelgvarad frTxilobda, brZaneba gadaubruneblad aResrulebina. yvelazed win midioda smenadgadaqceuli onise da Semdeg mwkrivad misdevdnen danarCenebi, romelnic sifrTxiliT abijebdnen da fexs TiTqmis imav adgilas adgamdnen, romelzedac wuTis wineT maTi beladis fexi mdgariyo. riyian adgilzed metad didi gafrTxileba da fexis 264

simarjve undoda, rom qvebis SenZreviT Ramis myudroeba ar daerRviaT da miT TavianT moZraobazed mtris yuradReba ar mieqciaT. bandulebCacmuli moxeveni miiparebodnen da, sanam dedamiwazed magrad daabijebdnen, raodensame xans adgilis simkvidres fexiT scdidnen. erTbaSad onise Sesdga da im adgilzedve Cawva. sxvebic xmis amouRebliv amgvaradve moiqcnen da miwas gakrulebma xanjlebi amoiRes. gaiara ramdenmame wuTma am siCumeSi da mopirdapire mxridgan xuTi kaci gamoCnda, romelnic amgvaradve sifrTxiliT da gaCumebulni modiodnen. onisem daacala, sanam ukanaskneli gauswordeboda da, ra mouaxlovda, fexzed wamoiWra. masTan erTad wamocvivdnen danarCenebic da wuTs Semdeg adgilis dasaTvaliereblad gamogzavnili osebi miwazed farTxalobdnen. da ramdenadac sisxli akldebodaT, imdenad sikvdils metis gamwarebiT ebrZodnen. yvela es ise swrafad moxda, rom osebma dayvirebac ki ver moaswres. raki moxeveebma amaTgan moicales, isev TavianT gzas gaudgnen da alionis awevasTan erTad mtris banaks miuaxlovdnen. iq Casafrdnen da amxanagebs lodini dauwyes. mtris banakSi sruli myudroeba sufevda, radganac erTis mxriT gazviadebulni pirvelis gamarjvebiT da meores mxriT darwmunebulni TavianT darajebis sifrTxileSi Tavisufals, damSvidebuls gansvenebas miscemodnen. nugzar darwmunebuli iyo, rom moxeveni SeSindebodnen da meore-mesame dRes Suakacebs gamougzavnidnen. is Tavis dReSi ver warmoidgenda, rom xevis erTi muWa xalxi masTan SebrZolebas gabedavda, miT ufro, rom mas axlda sakmao ricxvi lekTa garazmuli da kargad SeiaraRebuli jarisa. moxeveT samive mxridgan wamouares da SeumCnevlad mters gars Semoertynen. 265

gavarda erTbaSad Tofi da es niSani iyo saerTo ieriSisa. wamocvivda nugzaris jari, magram moulodnelobis gamo mTlad airia da gonebadakarguli mebrZolni uazrod darbodnen. Seseuli moxeveni dros ar aZlevdnen, rom gons mosuliyvnen da uwyalod hxocdnen. am saerTo areulobaSi, mxolod erTs adgils moCanda TeTri cxeni da mazed amxedrebuli nugzar, romelsac xelSi xmali eWira da marjvniv, Tu marcxniv sxepavda. mas gverds mosdgomoda ramdenime gamoCenili lekTa vaJkaci da Rirseuls mxars uSvenebdnen; aSkarad sCanda, rom maTs gulSi vaJkacobis cecxli umetesad inTeboda, vidre im TrusoelebisaSi, romelTac Sebmas gaqceva erCiaT. am saerTo areulobaSi onise damTvralsaviT dadioda da visac ki Seeyreboda, mzisTvis didxans aRar acqerinebda. is eZebda gacxarebuls brZolas da, sadac igi gaCndeboda, swrafad SuagulSi moeqceoda, Tumca sikvdilis mZebneli mojadoebulsaviT yvelgan uvneblad rCeboda. misi simamace, guladoba da Tavganwiruloba mayurebelT aocebda da qebas warmoaTqmevinebda. erTbaSad gorazed gamoCnda goCa, romelsac TeTri Tma gaSloda da niavi umRelvarebda. droSis Tavi, romelic xelSi eWira, sanugeSod frialebda da wverzed gakeTebuls oqros jvars kriali gahqonda. goCas cxeni amayad da medidurad miabijebda, TiTqos hgrZnobda, rom misi mxedari xalxisagan iyo arCeuli da mas arc erTxel Tavis amrCevTagan sayveduri ar mieRo. moxucma Seutia cxensa da gaaqrola im mxarisken, sadac nugzar ramdenime kaciT jer kidev ibrZoda. _ aba, biWebo!.. momyeviT. visac guli gerCisT! _ daiZaxa goCam da xalxi swrafad Sejgufda, burTsaviT Seikra nugzaris garSemo. 266

avarda korianteli; yvela mtvriT daifara; mzis Suqic ki TiTqos mibnelda. aqamdisin moyiJine, exla gaCumebuliyvnen da myudroebas mxolod kbilebis RrWiali, iSviaTi dakvneseba da iaraRis Caxa-Cuxis xma daarRvevda. xandaxan niavisagan gafantuls mtverSi goCas droSa gamoCndeboda, romelic isev uvneblad frialebda da mebrZolTa gulebs foladad uwrTobda. erTbaSad SekumSuli xalxi rogorRac wamotrialda, gaiSala da astyda isev yiJina. qarma gahfanta brZolis mtveri da wuTs wineT sicocxliT savse mebrZolTagan koSkad aSenebuli daxocilebi-Ra gamoCnda! maT Soris idga goCa, daRonebuli, gafiTrebuli da sevdiani Tvalebi zecisken miepyro! Sors gzazed mtveri moCanda da imis Sua xandisxan gamoCndeboda xolme nugzar da ramdenime cxenosani, romelnic sikvdils raRaca manqanebiT gadarCenodnen.

XXVII xalxi dawynarda; daasaflava TavianTi daxocilebi, magram jer ar iSleboda, Tumca darwmunebuli iyo. rom nugzar ase male veRar moubrundeboda da sakmaod dafrTxobils osebs ise advilad veRar daiyoliebda moxeveebzed gasalaSqreblad. am gorakis erTs adgilas rgvalad Semowyobils qvebzed mogroviliyvnen Temisa da jaris Tavebi. iqve mosuliyvnen dekanozi sasoflo droSebiT da xevis bers goCas gars Semohxveodnen. es wre mxolod erTis mxriT iyo gaxsnili da iq danarCeni xalxi mogroviliyo. yvelas pirisaxezed raRaca Wmunvareba etyoboda; kaci ver gaarCevda, es iyo glova TavianT daklebulobisa, Tu romelime usiamovnobis 267

molodini. goCas da masTan erTad Temis ufrosebs Tavebi CaekidaT da xmaamouRebelni raRaca fiqrs eZleodnen. metismeti mZime mdgomareoba iyo, suraTi Savad da bnelad moculiyo, mayureblis guli hkvnesoda molodiniT. erTbaSad goCam aiRo Tavi da iqaurobas sevdiani Tvali moavlo. onise, romelic xalxSi idga da goCas Sehyurebda, gaJrJolda, Tvali veRar gauswora moxucs da Tavi dahxara. goCa daakvirda onises, magram Cqara isev Tvali moaSora da wynarad, magram mtkiced warmosTqva: _ moiyvaneT damnaSaveni. xalxi SeinZra, gaipo orad da Temisagan arCeulis msajulebis win warsdgnen ori osi da gugua. xalxi caxcaxiT uyurebda am suraTs da moeloda im wuTs, rodesac uzenaesis ufleba unda mieRo da vin icis ra unda gadaewyvita. _ gauxseniT xelebi, _ brZana goCam da misi brZaneba mswraflad aRsrulda. amis Semdeg goCam, xevis berma, idayvi daido muxlzed. xeliT Tavi miibjina da, mTlad smenad gadaqceuli, ise darCa. Temis Tavebidgan yvelazed ufrosi wamodga, gavida Sua adgilas, daiCoqa da warmosTqva: _ xalxo da jamaaTno!.. smena iyos da gagoneba... ai. Tqvens wina sdgas ori osi... eqvsi welia mas Semdeg, rac eseni Cvens TemobaSi movidnen, Segvabrales Tavi da Segvatyobines, rom TavianT xalxSi aRar ecxovrebaT, radganac kaci SemohkdomodaT da sdevnidnen... hai, hai, rom nebisnebad kacis sikvdili ar varga, codoc aris, magram roca kacs gauWirdebis, aramc Tu cxosa, Tavsac ki moiklavs xolme... kacis Semokdoma ubedurebaa da ubedurebi iTxovdnen xevisagan lukma pursa da TavSesafarsa... xevi Cveuli araa stumars daemalos, mTxovarai ar ganikiTxos; xevma misca 268

maT bina, auSena saxli, dauTmo saxnavebi, xevma iZmo da mosvenebuli cxovreba misca... amaT riTi-Ra gadagvixades madloba?.. Cvens mters uCvenes mosavleli bilikebi, Cvens jars moulodnelad Tavs wamoayenes da vinc amaT lukma miawoda, sakideli Camoakidebina, isini RalatiT gaawyvetines... ras ityviT, xalxo da jamaaTno!.. yvela SegatyobineT, yvela gagagebineT, saxumro ar aris kacis sikvdili. moxeve wamodga, daukra yovels mxares Tavi da Tavis adgilas dajda. _ imarTleT Tavi, Tu SegiZlianT, _ warmosTqva goCam, romelsac mdgomareoba ar Seucvlia. mayurebelni mousvenrad tokavdnen, magram saqmeSi ki ar ereodnen. osebis danaSauli metad aSkara iyo, rom kidev Tavis marTlebas mohyolodnen da amisTvis daecnen muxlebzed da tiriliT exvewebodnen patiebas, magram msajulni maT mudarisadmi yruda rCebodnen. isini Sejgufdnen goCasTan, cota xans raRaca arCies da isev TavTavianT adgilas dasxdnen. cota siCumis Semdeg, goCam aiRo Tavi da warmosTqva: _ orniv Caqvavdes! am sityvebma xalxSi Jriamulad gairbina da osebs feri sruliad daakargvina. erTi maTgani miuaxlovda goCas, romelmac gadawyvetilebis warmoTqmis Semdeg isev Tavi Cahkida da Rrma sagonebelSi wavida. _ goCav, gemudarebi: _ daiZaxa osma: _ ymad gagixdebi, oRondac damixsen. _ Caqvavdes! _ imav xmiT gaimeora goCam. _ maS unda momklan, Camaqvaon?! _ daiZaxa osma da fexzed wamovarda: _ dee momklan, magram Senc aRar gacocxleb! am sityvebTan erTad, osis xelSi gaielva xanjalma, romelic Coxis qveS hqonoda damaluli. xalxi erTbaSad miawyda im adgils, burTsaviT SeikumSa da rodesac 269

gaiSala, goCa isev ise medidurad ijda! adgilic ki ar Saecvala moxucs. mxolod zizRi aRZroda TvalebSi, romelnic iqav Caxocils osebs dahyurebdnen.

XXVIII rodesac osebisgan moicales, goCa isev Cafiqrda da wynarad da damSvidebiT warmosTqva: _ moiyvaneT gugua. ramdenime kaci miuaxlovda guguas, gauxsnes xelebi da win waayenes. pirvelsave ganZrevazed moxeves TvalT daubnelda, watortmanda, waibarbaca, magram maSinve Tavi Seimagra da Sedga. braldebuli gugua mTlad gafiTrebuli da pirgamSrali idga xalxis win da uazrod Tvalebi erTis adgilisken mieqcia. xalxi swyevlida, lanZRavda da erTmaneTs TiTiT uCvenebda am avazakzed. rogorc weRan, exlac gamovida erTi Temis TavTagani da Seudga guguas gamtyunebas. aRmoCnda, rom rodesac mteri moxeveTa binazed ieriSiT modioda, gugua maT win mouZRoda da, ueWvelia, nugzaris jars gzas uCvenebda. _ gaimarTle Tavi, Tu SegiZlian, _ uTxra goCam da gaCumda. guguam amoixvneSa, moavlo iqaurobas Tvalebi da onise, romelic isev im adgilzed gaqvavebulsaviT idga, dainaxa. guguas Tvalebi gaubrwyinda, pirisaxe gauwiTlda, gaibrZola imisaken, datortmanda da Tavi Seimagra. gugua mobrunda msajulebisken da mwuxarebisagan daRrejili saxe Seaqcia. bolos moiglija qudi, romelic TiTqos Tavsa swvavda da dedamiwazed daaxeTqa. _ sTqvi, Tu saTqmeli rame gaqvs! _ gaimeora goCam 270

da xmam mxolod erTs adgilas uRalata, erTgan gaisma danJRreuls simad. _ rai vTqva, rai giTxraT?.. _ mwared warmosTqva guguam: _ ufalma icis, rom damnaSave ara var, magram mteris win momZRoli mnaxes da vin damijerebs?.. raisTvi-Ra mawvalebT, raisTvi malaparakebT?.. momkaliT da Tqvenc moisvenebT! _ balRo, sikvdili Zneli araa... _ cota siCumis Semdeg daiwyo isev goCam da xmaSi aRgznebuli siyvaruli daetyo: _ magram guls ar sjera, rom xevis miwawylis kaci, xevis ZuZuTi gazrdili, _ moZmeT uRalatebda, amxanagT gahyidda, miwas Searyevda da cas Camoangrevda!.. guli samudamod ikvnesebs, sevda ar daelevis, nisls veRar gaiclis, Tu marTla moZmeT gamsyidavad gicno. guguas am sityvebma guli moulbo, iman dainaxa, rom moxucis guli mSobliuris mzrunvelobiT eqceoda da guliT undoda patiosnebiT savse kaci mainc daerwmunebina, rom marTali iyo. _ goCav, uflis madlma, didebulis wveris sparsangelozis madlma, vficav ymawvilkacobis siymes, vficav Sens saxelsac, rom damnaSave ara var, magram Tavs verafriT vimarTleb da unda davisajo, unda movkvde. _ mtris jarSi saidgan gaCndi? _ saidgan?.. ginda yvelaferi maTqmevino?.. Tavi damanebe, goCav!.. nu malaparakeb!.. xom xedav, rom laparaki miZneldebis?.. yovelTvis gulkeTils, dRes Cemi wvaleba raisTvi-Ra mogiwadinia? _ Cemi gulic ar aris mosvenebuli, guguav, uwyis ufalma!.. yovel sityvazed, yovel kiTxvazed laxvari mitrialebs gulSi, magram Temi da misi saqme Senzedac didia da Cemzedac... maS gviTxar yvelaferi. _ giTxraT?.. kargi!.. _ wamoiZaxa moxevem da saCqarod mibrunda im mxares, sadac onise idga. 271

sacodavs saxe mTlad dapranWoda da mZime tvirTs TiTqos oTxad moexara. gayviTlebuls pirisaxezed sicocxlis natamali aRar etyoboda. gugua isev Sesdga, Seimagra Tavi da msajulebisken gamobrunda. _ gamigoneT... sikvdilisa ar meSinian, Tunda gamamarTloT kidec, RTis madlma, Tavs aRar vicocxleb. raisTviRa manda erTxel gawbilebuli sicocxle!.. maS gamigoneT... yvelas marTals getyviT, _ me mTidgan movdiodi da, rodesac Camovivake, mters SevefeTe... gamoviqec, rom safarSi Semetyobinebina, magram mteri fexdafex momdevda da veRar mivaswar... isini Tofs ar mesrodnen, rom xmaurobazed Cveni mdevari ar gamosuliyo da me ki Tof-tielas Caxmaxi momeSala... Cvenebma mtris jarTan daminaxes da moRalate gamxades... Tu vstyuode, miwamc gamiskdes... da Tan Camitanos! _ mTaSi rai gindoda? _ hkiTxa erTma msajulTaganma. _ saqme mqonda. _ marto iyav? guguam ara upasuxa-ra da amisTvis kiTxva gaumeores. _ marto iyav? moxeve ebrZoda Tavis grZnobas da ar undoda im qalis saxeli moeyivnebina, romelic mainc kidev qveyanas erCivna. _ rai bedenaa, marto viyav, Tu ara? _ bolos warmosTqva guguam da daumata: _ TqvenTvis imis gamokiTxva iyo saWiro, rom gagyideT, Tu ara... me geubnebiT, rom ar gamiyidnixarT, ar miRalatnia TqvenTvis, Cems gaCenaSi gulSiac ar gamivlia Tqveni winaaRmdegoba, mowme RmerTia!.. cxos nuRaras mkiTxavT, pasuxi ar miSvelis da sikvdilis wina wuTebs ki momiwamlavs. amis Semdeg gugua gaCumda, daikriba gul-xeli da gaCumebuli dadga. yovel kiTxvazed is munjad rCeboda da misi siCume mZime lodad awveboda onises. 272

xalxi gaCumebuli iyo da sulgakmendili eloda Temis moTaveTa gadawyvetilebas, romelnic goCas Semohxveodnen. karga xanma gaiara, vidre moTaveni rCevaSi iyvnen. erTbaSad gaiSala kreba, da msmenelT gulis Zgeram ufro imata. mouTmenlobam ukanasknels sazRvramdis miaRwia. yvelam TavTavisi adgili daiWira da saerTo siCumis dros wamodga goCa. _ RmerTo, mogviteve, Tu vcdebiT raSime!.. rac Sen gvagone, imas warmovsTqvamT... xevis mSvidobianoba moiTxovs, rom gugua gawiruli, moSorebuli iyves Temisaganac da naTesaobisaganac... marto imis cols eZleva neba Tan gahyves... dReis Semdeg, arc vis ara aqvs neba mas miawodos cecxli, Tu ucecxloda naxa, miawodos wyali, Tu mwyurvali naxa, miuSviros puri, Tu mSieri naxa... yvelas saxlis kari daxSuli unda iyos misTvis, yvela damunjebuli unda iqmnes misTvis pasuxis misacemlad, yvela dayruebuli unda iyos mis xvewnis gasagebad... xevis jvar-angelozno, Temis piris gamtexs da gadambrunebels Sena ris... _ Sesdeg! _ erTbaSad viRamac xeli gaavlo goCas da sityva gaawyvetina. xalxma gakvirvebiT Sehxeda xevis beris xelis Semxebs, nametnavad im dros, rodesac mas xevis siwminde, droSis Tavi, xelSi eWira. maT Tvalwin onise idga. _ Sesdeg, xevis bero! gugua marTalia! _ daiZaxa onisem, romelsac Tma ahburZgnoda da TvalebSi sisxli ise moswoliyo, TiTqos wamocvivnas apirebeno. xalxi aiSala. airia da yayani daiwyo. goCam Searyia droSa da zarebis xmasTan erTad xmamaRlad mbrZaneblis kiloTi daiZaxa: _ iyuCeT! _ da am xmis gagonebazed erTbaSad yvela gaCqurda. _ sTqvi, ras ambobdi? 273

_ gugua marTalia-meTqi, tyuilad nu dasjiT... guguas da me mizezi gvaqvs erTmaneTis mosisxleni SevqmniliyaviT.., eg mTidgan rom modioda, bilikebzed imad daeSva, rom me movekal... magram gzaSi mters Sexvda da moRalatobas tyuilad swamobT... _ eg viRam giambo? _ erTbaSad wamoiZaxa guguam da eWvisagan Tvalebi aenTo. _ Cemis yuriT gavigone... rodesac Sen laparakobdi, me gzis iqiT viyav Casafrebuli... raiRa davmalo?.. moZmeT codo me maZevs kiserzeda, Cemi bralia maTi gawyveta... me davkarge goni, mteri me gamomepara!.. gugua ubraloa! _ laparakobda gaCqarebiT da aRelvebiT onise da mTlad kankalebda. onises sityvebi xalxs mexsaviT moxvda da gaSterebuli Sescqeroda. zardacemuli moxuci mTlad kankalebda da karga xans gons ver mosuliyo. bolos Zalzed amoixvneSa, moisva Sublzed xeli da yvedrebiT warmosTqva: _ maS egre gaigone Cemi darigeba? wyeulimc iyav, yvelasagan moZulebulo, dedmamis saflavidgan amomgdebo!.. ra sasjeli aris, rom Sen gadagiwyvitoT!.. _ am sityvebis Semdeg moxuci msajulebs miubrunda: _ moZmeT sisxli caSi RmerTs SesCuxCuxebs da samarTals iTxovs, gadaswyvite, Temo! karga mRelvarebisa da CoCqolis Semdeg Temis Tavni miuaxlovdnen goCas da wynarad warmosTqves: _ goCav! Sens Svils xevi ar gauyidnia... mxolod ymawvilkacobas gautacnia da TavdaviwyebaSi Caugdia... _ miT ufro meti sabuTia, rom mkacrad gadaxdes... kacs ulvaSi namusisTvis gamouva... onise exlave mkvdaria... magis sasjeli cecxlSi dawvaa! _ goCau, _ scades moxucis Seyeneba, magram pirgamexebuli xevis beri cecxlebsa hyrida TvalTagan. 274

_ unda mokvdes, mokvdes Seubraleblad... da Tu Tqven ver gagibedniaT samarTlianad moeqceT... me miyureT... _ moxucma gaiZro xanjali, gaqanda Svilisken da SesZaxa: _ moZmeT moRalate sicocxlis Rirsi ar aris! am sityvebTan erTad iela xanjalma da onisem miwazed farTxali daiwyo; moxucis maxvils SvilisaTvis guli orad gaepo. es moZraoba ise swrafad moxda, ise saCqarod, rom ubedurebis Seyeneba veRaravin moaswro. xalxi Semoifanta da axlo veRar mihkareboda moxucs, romelsac ZarRvebi Zalzed uRmeWavdnen da ucnaurad uTamaSebdnen saxes. _ goCa! _ cota xans Semdeg viRamac xeli gaavlo moxucs. _ hai? _ angariSmiucemlad wamoiZaxa moxucma da moixeda. mis win idga gugua. _ goCav! _ ganimeora iman xmamaRla: _ weRan giTxar, rom damnaSave ara var-meTqi, magram erTxel maggvaris cilis wamebis Semdeg aRar vicocxleb-meTqi... vaJkaci erTxel gadafurTxebuls veRar alokavs... mSvidobiT goCav, mSvidobiT xalxo! _ am sityvebTan erTad man gaiZro dambaCa, miica lula pirSi da tvini haerSi Seasxa... moxucma mxolod amoikvnesa, miixed-moixeda SeSinebulis TvalebiT da SehkrTa. bolos daawyebina caxcaxi da gasisxlianebuli xanjali, romelic xelSi eWira, Sors gadastyorcna... raodensame xans ise Cumad idga. daesxa Tavsbru da Caikeca, is daekona Svils da ramdenjerme wynaris xmiT warmosTqva: _ Svilo, Svilo! _ da zed gaekra. karga xans dastiroda onises gayinuls sxeuls; bolos wamoixeda, velurad daiwyo aqeT-iqiT yureba da erTbaSad SeSinebuli wamovarda. 275

_ Sors, Sors!.. _ daiZaxa iman da haerSi xelebi gaiSvira: sisxli, xanjali... Svili, Svili! ra iqna Cemi Svili! _ Zalzed Sehkivla da vefxiviT Rriali daiwyo... gaiara karga xanma, xevi damSvidda. cxovrebam Cveulebrivi mdinareoba miiRo. mxolod samtveros tye gadaiqca yvelasaTvis mosarideblad, radganac iq Casaxlda Wkuazed Semcdari goCa da gamvlel-gamomvlels Tavis Svilzed ambis kiTxviT ar usvenebda. is yvelas epatiJeboda Tavis saxlSi da uambobda, rom Svils moeloda Soris gzidgan. mere dauwyebda muqaras, rom SaetyobinaT, ra mouvida onises, da bolos Semzaravis RrialiT gaaTavebda. ase midioda moxucis dReebi im dromdis, sanam erTs zamTars Tovls viwro xevSi ar CaeCumqra. rac Seexeba ZiZias, is im Ramidgan, rac onises ganSorda, aRaravis unaxavs.*

* es moTxroba sityviT-sityvamde miambo friad moxucma moxevem dinja xulelma.

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namwyemsaris mogonebani I 18... wels gardavwyvite mecxvareoba damewyo da am xelobis SemweobiT momevlo mTa da bari, gamecno xalxi da gamomecada is SiSiT da siamovnebiT savse cxovreba, romelic mwyemss ganuSorebliv Tana sdevs. me TiTon, rogorc mTis kacs, myvanda raodenime cxvari, cotaodeni kidev zogierTs miwebSi gacvliT movagrove, mivumate Cems faras, aviRe joxi da Tofi da amgvarad Seviqen mecxvare. rasakvirvelia, pirveli Cemi nabiji yvelam, ganurCevlad yvelam masxarad aigdo, radganac ambobdnen, rom mebatones da masTan saxeliani kacis Svils ubralo mecxvareoba ar ekadrebao, magram me Cemi mizani mqonda, Cemi survili da es iqamdis Zlieri iyo, rom araviTars rCevas yuri ar vugde; me mindoda menaxa xalxi, msurda gamego imaTi survili, mecxovra imaTi cxovrebiT, Cem Tavzed gamomecada is moTxovnileba da gaWirveba, romelic ukan sdevs muSa xalxs, da raRa damayenebda Sin! mivaRwie Cems mizans, davuaxlovdi, gavican isini, visic gacnoba da daaxloeba ise guliT msurda (Tu rogor _ Cemis nawerebis mkiTxvelebzed mivagdeb). aq ki minda giamboT zogierTi epizodi Cemis mecxvarobidgan da mgonia rom es raodensame interess moklebuli ar iqneba. jer kidev zafxuli iyo. cxvari ar gagveSro da dedals cxvars mivsdgomodi mosawvelad. gzaSi Semomxvda ori moxeve, romlebic sruliad ar micnobdnen da Cacmulobazed ki ver gamarCevdnen, ubralo mwyemsi viyav, Tu mTaSi saxeliani kacis Svili. _ baraqa Sens cxorsa! _ wamomZaxes imaT, rawams gamiswordnen. 277

_ ufalma gilxinasT! _ vupasuxe me. _ visia eg cxori? _ mkiTxes. me davusaxele Cemi gvari. _ beCao Cemo Tao, marTla imaT seria*... damRac imaT mets aravisa aqvs, _ warmosTqva erTma da daumata: _ Sen viRas balRi xar? _ me araxveTeli gaxlavar, Seni kvnesame, _ movuqcie mTiulurad, _ burulian iakobasi. _ mojamagireda xar, Tu cxori gyavs daziarebuli? _ kideva mkiTxes. _ cxori, Seni kvnesame, _ mivec pasuxad. Cemi Tanamgzavrebi momidgnen gverds da mSvelodnen cxvris gamorekas. _ balRo, rai gqvian? _ mamuka, Seni kvnesame. _ marTla, Seni aRa Tavad dadis cxorSi? _ dadis, lomisis madlma! _ vupasuxe me. _ Tavad dadis? _ gaikvirves imaT. _ ho. _ sakvirvelia, RvTis madlma! _ raisTvis? _ vkiTxe me da gulis ZgeriT davuwye yuris gdeba. _ aba, rogor sakvirveli araa, xelmwifis sworis kacis Svilia da cxors asdevnebia!.. ahu! _ Caiqnia xeli ucnobma. _ mere mand cudi ra aris?.. cxori hyavs da TiTon dasdevs. _ cudi?.. xevis batonis Svili da ubralo mecxore! _ gaikamaTa imanve. _ magis mama-papasac hyolia cxori, magram TiTon ar uvliaT, ara, RvTis madlma, _ daumata meorem. * seri _ yuris wverzed niSani. yvela cxvris patrons Tavisi niSani aqvs.

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_ aba, Zalian ikadrebdnen mecxorobas!.. sul CinebiT savse hqoniaT yel-guli. _ maSin cxo dro iyo da exla sxva, _ vcade Tavis marTleba. _ cxo dro ki ara, uxeiro yofila, Torem qveSes pristavad iqmneboda. metad guli matkina am sityvebma, rom kidev laparaki gamegrZelebina; wamovuare cxors da Sevfine mTazed, sadac kidev ramodenime xani mindoda meZoebina, radganac mosawvelad mireka jer adre iyo. Cemi ucnobebi gamomeTxovnen da me ki davrCi imaT sjiT daRonebuli da fiqrebma gamitaces. wamovida nisli da daiwyo Jona; mec wamovisxi yisina, baSluya wamovigde Tavzed da cxvars davudeg win, raTa winebi Semeyenebina da gaumaZRrad sirbilis gamo madians Zovnas ar mohklebodnen. ar gaiara ramdenmame xanma, rodesac Sevamcnie, rom ori viRaca kaci wverianebi da Stackurs tanisamosSi modiodnen Cemken. me gakvirvebiT davuwye imaT cqera, radganac Tu mgzavrebi iyvnen, maSin imaTi gza gaRmazed unda yofiliyo da im mxares ver moxvdebodnen, saiTkenac me viyavi. isini movidnen axlos da moimarjves joxebi, radganac Cemi basara yefiT gaeqana imaTken, magram, ra me davuZaxe ZaRls, da isic kudis qneviT movida CemTan. ucnobebma Rimili daiwyes da damtvreulis rusulis eniT laparaki damiwyes: _ Ñîáàê, Ñîáàê... Íåò êóñàé... _ Íåò êóñàé, _ vupasuxe mec amgvaradve. _ Áàðàí, áàðàí... _ daiwyo erTma, veRar gaaTava, radganac rusuli ar icoda da miubrunda amxanags francuzulad: _ rogor unda vkiTxo, matyls sada hyidian? _ mec ar vici, _ francuzuladve upasuxa meorem. bolos imaT gaabes laparaki matylis sikeTezed da ukvirdaT imodena faras mTaSi rogor vaTavsebdiT. bo279

los kidev moiwadines Setyoba: sada vyidiT matyls da ramdeni fuTis mogroveba SeiZleba mTaSi. me vlaparakobdi francuzuls, gulma veRar gamiZlo da amisTvis vupasuxe: _ mTaSi Zalian bevria cxvari, xalxi TiTqmis amiTi scxovrobs, matyls ki aqve yiduloben somexi vaWrebi. warmoidgineT imaTi gaStereba, rodesac raRaca ucnaurs da velurs mTebs Soris, sadac imaTis SexedulebiT barbarosebi scxovroben, romelTac aTze meti Tvlac ki ar ician, erTbaSad ubralo mecxvare, ubralo mTis kaci francuzulad elaparakeba! _ rogor! Tqven laparakobT francuzulad? ! _ gaSterebiT wamoiZaxes orTavem erTad. _ diax, cotaodens. _ ras ambobT, sad giswavliaT?.. ara, eg SeuZlebelia! me momwadda maTTan xumroba da amisTvis vupasuxe: _ CvenSi mwyemsebi TiTqmis yvelani laparakoben francuzulad... me sxva adgilebSi viyav mojamagired da kidev gadamaviwyda, Torem sxvebs verc ki gamoarCevT francuzebisagan. _ ras ambobT?!. ai gasaSterebeli saqme! _ eubnebodnen erTmaneTs: _ Cven ki velur xalxad migvaCnia es xalxi! karga laparakis Semdeg, rodesac isini moiRalnen da mec Tavi momawyines ybedobiT, imaT mTxoves saRamozed yazbegis stanciaSi, sadac Ramis gatarebas apirebdnen, mivsuliyav da meambna Cveni xalxis cxovreba, Cveuleba da xasiaTi. bolos mkiTxes: _ Sen ici inglisi an safrangeTi? _ vici, _ Tavis daqneviT vupasuxe. _ ai es francuzelia, me ingliseli, _ miCvena erTma da daumata: _ rasac Sen gviambob, Cven qveyanaSi wignebSi CavwerT da yvelani waikiTxven... modi uTuod, _ daumates imaT, _ fulebsac gaCuqebT. _ madlobeli var, geaxlebiT, _ vupasuxe. 280

francuzma gaivlo jibes xeli, amoiRo maneTiani da gamomiSvira: _ aha es beiTa gqondes saRamomdin da saRamozed kidev gaCuqebT. _ gmadlobT, _ vuTxar darcxveniT da gavwiTldi. _ saRamozed geaxlebiT da maSin miboZeT. _ gamoarTvi, nu grcxvenian. _ saRamozed, batono. _ maS kargi, saRamozed iyos. _ mipasuxa iman da orniv gamomesalmnen, mec gavibrune cxvari Cveni soflisken da wynar-wynarad gavreke. saRamozed Cemi amxanagi mwyemsi „Camomidga“, radganac is dabrunebuliyo mTidgan, sadac „mSrals cxvars“* marili wauRo, imas mosdevda meore biWi, romelic yovelRam sayaraulod CamogveSveleboda xolme. _ moxvediT mSvidobiT, _ mivesalme mosulebs. _ mSvidoba mogces ufalma. _ cxori rogor aris?!. _ vkiTxe mTidgan Camosuls. _ aba rai uWirs?!. batkani yovel dRe yirvanzed gahyavT mwyemsebsa da egre TamaSoben, rom raRa giTxra... Zalum dakeTebula... _ balaxi rogoriRaa? _ uh! _ mowonebis niSnad wamoiZaxa iman: _ balaxs raiRa kiTxva unda, cxori kitrsaviT daurgvalebia... marTla, qalbatonma SemogiTvala: erTs wuTs aq amodio. stumrebi mogvividao. _ daumata iman. _ vin stumrebia? _ vkiTxe me. _ aba rai vici, qalaqidan movidnen, aficrebia raime. _ qalebic arian? _ arian. _ aba, maS me waval da rogorc Tqveni imedi mqondes, karga yuri ugdeT, cxori ar dagisxltesT. * mSrali _ cxvari, romelic ar iwveleba.

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_ fiqri nu gaqvs, cxors aras gavuWirebT. me gamovesalme, gadusvi xeli Cems erTguls ZaRls, romelic cxvars ise SesCveoda, rom moSoreba ver moexerxebina, da gavwie Sinisaken. radganac saRamo Cinebuli iyo da mTvariani, yeelani patara baRCaSi gamosuliyvnen da Cais miirTmevdnen. mxiaruls sicilzed da laparakzed Sevatyve, rom isini sasiamovno stumrebi unda yofiliyvnen da ramdenime fexis gadadgmis Semdeg gavarCie, rom erTi Cemi axlo naTesavi eria imaTSi. me avCqardi imaT naxvas, radganac didi xani iyo, rac ar menaxa, da moxuci naTesavi ki mami-Cemis megobari gaxldaT. mindoda tanisamosi gamomecvala da ise mivsuliyav stumrebTan, magram imaT Tvali momkres da damiwyes Zaxili. me bodiSi movixade da mived; marTlac ra mosaridi iyo tanisamosi naTesavebTan? magram warmoidgineT Cemi mdgomareoba, rodesac asvlis umal, Cemi moxuci naTesavi damxvda Semdegis sityvebiT: _ if, if!.. damixedeT mTis mebatonis Svils! me gaSverili xeli ise damrCa da moxucs gaSterebiT davuwye yureba. Cemi ymawvili naTesaobac iqve axlos mikunWuliyvnen da Cumad icinodnen. _ ara grcxvenian? namusi aRar gaqvs?.. _ meubneboda gacxarebuli moxuci. _ rada mlanZRavT, batono! ra damiSavebia? _ Zlivs movaxerxe sityva. _ kidec rom kiTxulobs?.. biWo! mamaSeni mecxvareda gzrdida? magisTvis daxarja Seni wona fuli?.. Tu mecxvareoba gindoda, Se Cemo codviT savse, an ruseTs raRad midiodi, an fuls raRad xarjavdi?.. miebarebodi Cems sarqals da aseTs mecxvareobas gaswavlida, rom ukeTesi aRar iqneba!.. _ mamaCemi scxovrobda ise, rogorc TiTon esiamovneboda da mec Cems siamovnebazed minda vicxovro. _ wyeniT vupasuxe da Sevatyve Cems Tavs, rom mTlad avenTe. 282

_ xalxSi gavida, imaT daaxloeba unda, kniazo! _ wamotyvra erTi ymawvili aficeri da gaiRima. _ xalxSi minda gareva da daaxloveba, Tu ara, eg Tqvens Wkuas ar ekiTxeba, _ vupasuxe me da davumate: _ magram imas ki getyviT, sityvebis raxaruxs me mecxvareoba mirCevnian, saqme mainc aris. me gavbrundi Sinisken da, sanam oTaxSi Sevidodi, momdioda gaSmagebuli moxucis yvirili da ymawvili xalxis sicili; moxuci yviroda: _ ris xalxis daaxloveba, ris xalxSi gasvla! Tqven isa brZaneT, rom exlandeli xalxi gamoudegarni arian, arafrisaTvis vargian, verafrisTanas ver gaakeTeben. aficeri ki WiWinebda: _ magas rad brZanebT? marto erTis magaliTiT rad adgenT sxvebzedac azrs?.. Cvenma naTesavma mxolod imitom daiwyo mecxvareoba, rom Tavis gamoCena unda; sxvebic xom agre ar arian? _ didi Tavis gamosaCenia mecxvareoba, swored mogaxsenoT... _ ukanasknelad gavigone moxucis sityvebi da Sevixure kari. erTis mxriT lanZRva imitom, rom imaT gakveTils bilikzed ar mivdiodi da miznad ar gamexada â&#x20AC;&#x17E;Cini da pativiâ&#x20AC;&#x153;; meore mxriT lanZRva imisaTvis, rom ganuwyvetlivi WriWinis magivrad Zneli saqmisTvis momekidna xeli, da mesame mxridganac _ undobloba, radganac im xalxs, visac guliT veltodi, ver warmoedgina kaci, romelsac imaTi carcva SeeZlo da carcvis magivrad imaTTan erTad muSaobas da Zmobas apirebda! ase daiwyo Cemi mecxvareobis debiuti, ra xelobaSiac Svidi weliwadi gaxldiT da rac vnaxe, gavigone da vigrZen, Semdegidgan dainaxavT.

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_ Sen raRad gindoda Cemi daaxloeba? _ rada?.. imad, rom Sen mwignobari xar. _ mere? _ mere is, rom yazaxebi Sarianebi arian da SenisTana kaci ki Tavs gaitans imaTTan. _ Zalian gawuxeben yazaxebi? _ Zalian, wminda giorgis madlma!.. aba, rusis Sari ar ici?.. isini uSarod ise ver gasZleben, rogorc Tevzi uwylod... am sityvebiT gavaTaveT Cveni laparaki da yvelam aviReT nabdebi. gavediT Teozed1 da mivweqiT dasaZineblad. mxolod ar eZina sams morig yarauls, romelnic gars uvlidnen cxvrebs da ufrTxildebodnen, rom ar gahparodnen. meore diliT, alionis awevasTan erTad, mopirdapire mTidgan mzem jer amoibJuta, mere amoiwvera sxivebiT da Cqara iqauroba dahfera oqrosfrad. Ramis nams gamacocxleblad emoqmeda xaverdis msgavs balaxzed da yvavilebzed, romelTac feri daswmendodaT, sasiamovnod gadaSliliyvnen, TiTqos mzis sxivebi undodaT daetkboT TavianTi mSvenierebiT. mwyemsebi wamodgnen, daibanes piri da, yazaxebis daSinebulebma, Cveulebad dadebuli sityvebi warmosTqves: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;RmerTo damixsen rusis (viTom yazaxis) Sarisagan!â&#x20AC;&#x153; cxvari gavida saZovarzed, me da simona ki binaSi davrCiT, radganac molaparakeba gvindoda Cvens momavals mgzavrobazed da SesaerTeblad dRis daniSvna. _ Tavi sarqali2 Sen unda iqmna, _ daiwyo iman. pirvelSi me uari vuTxar, radganac xami viyav, mwyemsebis Cveuleba da wesebi ar vicodi, magram svimona iqamdin gadamekida, rom aRar vicodi, uari ragvarad momexerxebina. 1 2

Teo _ faris ganapirebiT. sarqali _ mwyemsebSi pirveli anu moTave.

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_ rad iTxov, rom sarqloba vikisro, rodesac bevri Cemzed gamocdili da Cveuli mwyemsi aris? _ imada, _ mipasuxa iman, _ rom Sen yvelgan misvla-mosvla SegiZlian, Sen, Tu gaWirda, Tavsac gaitan da Cven ki bedSavebi varT... Tu SenisTana kaci kriWaSi ar Caudga rusebs (yazaxebs), Cveni kaci aba rai gaxdebis? rogorca xedavT, yvelgana sCanda yazaxebisagan Sewuxeba mwyemsebisa, romelTac Tavi hqondaT moZulebuli am mSvidobianobisaTvis dasaxlebulebisagan. _ mamasaxlis-pristavic veRar gvawvalebs, _ daumata svimonam. _ gana isinic gawvaleben? yazaxebi raRad? _ RmerTma nu icis imaTi Tavi! _ wamoiZaxa guldawyvetiT; _ sanam bileTs mogcemen, kacs suli yelSi moebjinebis... qvemoTken (CeCenSi) Tu ar pristavis bileTi, ar gamodgebis da pristavi ki mamasaxlisis mowmobasa gvTxovs... _ eg ra gasaWiria, weliwadSi erTxel gindaT bileTi. _ erTxel? _ Caicina iman: _ erTxel unda, magram vai im erTs aRebas? _ rogor? _ ai rogor: jer erTi _ bileTi saerTod faras Tavis mwyemsebiT unda; meore _ sam kacs TiTo-TiTo bileTi... _ sam kacs raisTviRa? _ imisTvi, rom zogi â&#x20AC;&#x17E;jerisaTvisâ&#x20AC;&#x153;1 igzavnebis, zogi TivisTvis, zogsac saqme gauCndebis rame... mere saqonlisaTvis bileTi!2 Cemi mteri Cavardes magaT xelSi!.. exla rai giambo, gaican cota Cveni cxovreba da maSin gaigeb, raic dRe mwyemsebs adgas. 1

jeri _ fqvili, saWmeli. jer cxvari midis, amzadeben farexebs, da mere msxvil-fexi saqoneli. 2

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_ Sen uTuod gagajavres razedme da imitom laparakob agre. _ hai, hai, ro gamajavres! SarSan, _ daiwyo svimonam, _ asinskaSi cxori medga da me ki Sin movedi, jalabi momikvda, damarxva undoda... Suaguli zamTari iyo, rodesac kaci movida cxvridgan da Sematyobina, rom Cvens farexs cecxli mohkideboda... Sens mters Seeqnas ageTi guli, rogorc me Semeqna. gamoviqec mamasaxlisTan bileTisTvis. iman pristavzed gamiRira xeli da pristavi ki qveSeSi sdgas; aqedam qveSemde samoci versi iqmneba. win da ukan as-oci versis gavla xumroba araa, mere zamTarSi da mTazed gadasvl-gadmosvla xom raiRa giTxra! magram meti Rone ra iyo? vTxove mowmoba; im urjulom manam ar momca, sanam beWedis fuli xuTi maneTi ar gamomarTva. waved, RmerTma xeli momimarTa, mTas gadavrCi, mSvidobianad gadavel, magram pristavs raime saqme gasCenoda, Tu saqeifod wasuliyo qalaqSi, Sin ar damxvda. iasaulebma ki miTxres: erTs Tvezed adre ar dabrundebiso. raiRa unda meTqva? guli sisxliT ivseboda: Cemi sarCo sabadebeli cxori iyo, farexs cecxli mohkideboda, da me ki dabejiTebiT ar vicodi _ sul daiwva cxori, Tu gadarCa rame... vioxre, vijavre da daRonebuli gamovbrundi. gzaSi amidga buqi da kinaRam TovlSi damaRrCo... Sin rom Camovel, vifiqre, vifiqre da gulma veRar gamiZlo: ubileTod wavel. vifiqre, Cem Sav dRes Sevatyobineb, Tavs Sevabraleb da gamiSvebs-meTqi. magram darielas yazaxebi damxvdnen, mTxoves bileTi da saiT movutandi, raic ar mqonda? damiWires, gamikres xelebi da Zaugs Camiyvanes, iq ori kvira viyav daWerili; memre gamatanes etaps da ori kvira mominda, sanam duSeTs Cavidodi. guli ki sivdeboda da sivdeboda!.. iqac erTi kvira momagvianes da memre gamiSves... madli ufals, cxori gadarCeniliyo, magram an raiRa guli unda mqondes amis Semdeg magaTzed. an rai SemiZlian, riTi gadavuxado?!! 288

imisma laparakma mec damafiqra da mwuxarebiT warmomadgenina is ubeduri dro, rodesac patiosans muSas Semweoba da daxmareba eWireba patiosani SromisTvis! damafiqra im xalxis mdgomareobam, romelT bediRbali CavardniaT xelSi sxvadasxva uTavo moTaurebs da marTven TavianT gemovnebazed, sdeben TavianTgan gamogonils wesebs, hkreben jildoebs.

III gaiara raodenime xanma, me movamzade saWiro bileTebi, da stefanwmindis pirdapir, Tergs gaRma, SavxalianT saTibSi yvela namgalaebi movgrovdiT, davurieT erTmaneTs cxvari da, radganac meore dRes gamgzavrebas vapirebdiT, Cveulebisamebr gavmarTeT saRmrTo. aq yvelani ise iqceodnen, ise loculobdnen da eTxovebodnen mowveuls megobrebs da naTesavebs, TiTqo saomrad midiodnen sadme anu dids faTeraks eZleodnen. marTalia, noRebisa da CeCnebis mindvrebi karga daSorebulia Cvengan, magram iqac xom damSvidebuli xalxi sdgas; maS risa eSinodaT am mSromels xalxs, romelic iseTs mSvidobianis saqmisTvis midiodnen, rogorc saqonlis movla, gakveba aris?.. me xami viyav, da yvela gasakvirvelad meCveneboda, radganac ver warmomedgina yvela is gaWireba da usiamovneba, romelic Turme gzaSi mogvelodda. erTxmad gadaswyvites iq mogrovil mwyemsebma, rom gzaSi da binazed rigis mimcemad me unda vyofiliyav da svimonac Cemi survilisamebr TanaSemwed daminiSnes puris Wamis dros, Tass Taszed migzavnidnen, smurs smurzed* meubnebodnen da, sazogadod, leqsad gamohyvandaT is imedi, romelsac Cemgan moelodnen. * smuri _ puris Wamis dros Tass miutanen da leqsiT Sesxmas etyvian.

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mzem gadaixara, rodesac puris Wama gavaTaveT. me Sevudeg Cemi movaleobis aRsrulebas. mwyemsebi imdens laparakobdnen gaWirvebazed, aucilebels Setakebazed, qurdobazed, rom pirveladve Cemi yuradReba iaraRma miiqcia da amisTvis movkribe mwyemsebi da davusinje iaraRi, romliTac sruliad kmayofili davrCi; yvelas Tofebi da dambaCebi gawmendili, Caxmaxebi momarTuli, talebi axali da gamopiruli, xanjlebi dalesili da tyviawamali sakmarisi hqondaT. erTi sityviT ise mzad iyvnen, rom, ra wuTsac gindaT, sabrZolvelad gayvana SegeZloT... cxvari im Rames iq unda darCeniliyo da meore dilas, gariJraJzed unda gavmgzavrebuliyaviT yazaxebis stanica maxaniurtis adgilSi, bragunSi, sadac sazamTrod adgili gvqonda daWerili. me da svimona gamovediT Cvens sofelSi danarCeni saqmis gasarigeblad, SinaobaSi rigis misacemad da gamosasalmeblad. _ Zalian ki vemzadebiT, svimonau, da ar vici, rai iqmneba? _ vkiTxe. _ momzadeba winaT unda, Torem, roca gaWirdebis, gvianRa iqmnebis, _ mipasuxa iman auCqarebliv. _ Sen ise laparakob, TiTqos jarSi mivdiodeT! _ RimiliT vuTxar, radganac mindoda salaparakod gamomewvia da daaxlovebiT Semetyo, Tu ra mogvelis gzaSi. _ ra bedenia, Senai Wiraime, kaci Tund jarSi wasula, Tunda mwyemsad?.. organve iaraRs ver moiSorebs. _ rogor? _ rogor da ise, ro cxors yvela emterebis: nadiri, kaci, amindi _ yvela cxoris mteria, yvela imas etanebis, _ warmosTqva iman da daumata: _ magiTia mecxvare bedSavi. yvela xelobis kacs SeuZlian moisvenos, gadasdos saqme. magram mecxvares ki ara... avdarSi cxo muSa Tavs Seafarebs da mwyemsi ki cxorTan unda mokvdes... Ramea da cali Tvali gaxelili unda eWiros, an cxori ar 290

daufrTxes. an nadirma ara gaitacos da an qurdma... mwyemsisTvis mosveneba arc dRea da arc Rame! marTlac, warmoidgineT, mkiTxvelo, mwyemsis mdgomareoba, cis qveS, bnelsa da civs Rames; ganuwyvetlivi kokebrivi wvima, romelic asvelebs da hyinavs rbilsa da Zvals; qariSxali sadgisebsaviT sCxvletavs qarisagan gadagdebuli nabdis adgils _ da cxvars ki mainc ver mohSorebixarT, Tavi ver SegifarebiaT, amitom rom cxvars ver moacdenT saZovars da iq ki gafacicebuli, gafrTxilebuli Tvali eWireba. cxvari jer binidgan ar aSliliyo, rodesac Cven gavediT da RmerTsa da xeuri jvar-angelozebis xsenebis Semdeg gavemarTeniT Cvens gzas. Cveni sanamgalao cxvari gavyaviT xuTs farad, winas gavatane svimona da me TiTon ukana faraSi davrCi; Tumca Cemi TanaSemwe wina faraSi yofnas rogorRac zarobda, magram im moazrebis gamo, rom ukanmyofs ar amcdeboda, rac ki wineebs SeemTxveoda da ufro advilad Tval-yuris daWerac da miSvelebac SemeZlo, _ Cemi avasrule. cxvari gaiZaba viwro, xveuls xeobazed da daemsgavsa moZravs grZels xorts. wynaris da frTxilis siaruls Semdeg mivaxlovdiT darielas. uecrd wina cxvari Seayenes da raRaca xmauroba momesma; ar gaiara ramdenmame wuTma, rodesac erTi mwyemsi wamovida Cemken rboliT, movida da Sematyobina, rom yazaxebi cxvars ar uSvebeno. darielaSi mSvidobianobis dasacvelad dganan rusis yazaxebi da imaT sxva uflebis gareT neba aqvsT micemuli gamvlel-gamomvlels bileTebi mosTxovon, Seamowmon bileTSi Cawerilis niSnebiT sinamdvile qaRaldis warmodgenisa da sxva. _ raisTvis dagayenesT? _ vkiTxe me. _ imisTvi, ro yazaxebs kacis wvaleba uyvarsT, _ mokled mipasuxa mosulma. 291

me gavwie, Caved da vnaxe Semdegi: Cvenzed win wasuli farebi daeriaT _ erTmaneTSi, SeerekaT mownuls bakSi, romelic talaxiT savse iyo da wmindad gabanili cxvrebi muxlebamdis Sig iflebodnen! radganac dedal-mamali yazaxebs daeriaT erTmaneTSi, cxvari nerbobda da batkani ueWvlia adre gamovidoda, swored iseTs dros, roca axali balaxi jer ar iqneboda gaCenili, deda rZes ver moumzadebda da, maSasadame, an unda daCagruliyo norCi, nazi batknebi da an daxociliyo. didi xnis nadgomi dampali da ayrolebuli sxvadasxva uwmindurebiT talaxi ki cxvars fexebs â&#x20AC;&#x17E;uyelamdaâ&#x20AC;&#x153;, ufuWebda da dakoWlebuli cxvari saZovarzed veRar ivlida, qaCebiT Tovls veRar gasTxrida da ver amoaCenda saZovar balaxs. es gaalubebda cxvars da, Tu zamTars gadarCeboda, patrons sargebels mainc veRar miscemda, _ matyli ar gahyveboda da batkans ver aRzrdida. rasakvirvelia, rom yazaxebs, SeCveuls mudam taciobiT cxovrebas, suliT da xorciT damaxinjebulebs, garyvnilebs, ar esmodaT is zarali, romelsac TavianTis ZaldatanebiT da usamarTlobiT mwyemsebs aZlevdnen! magram me gamikvirda is Tavawyvetili areuloba da Tavisneboba, romelsac isini hbedavdnen. mivel Tu ara, Semomexvivnen Cveni da sxva mwyemsebi xvewniT: _ gviSvele-Ra rame, wmidis givargis TaviT gexvewebiT! _ rad dagayenes, ras amboben?.. _ vikiTxe me. _ Sari mogvdes, cxo raRa! _ mipasuxa erTma da daumata: _ xuT Tumansa gvTxoven, Tu mogvcemT, gagiSvebTo Tu ara da, arao... _ erTi Tumani vaZlieT da ar dagvjerdnen, _ daumata meorem. _ ras ambob, rad unda misceT! _ vuTxar me da 292

mivubrundi iq myofs yazaxebs: _ vin aris TqvenSi ufrosi? _ mere Sen ra ginda? _ miviRe pasuxad, _ naCalniki xar? _ magas gaigeb, vinca var, _ vupasuxe gulmosulma da gavumeore kiTxva: _ vin aris ufrosi? _ me var ufrosi, ra ginda? _ rad gagiCerebia cxvari? _ Cveni nebaa da imitom. _ Sen gesmis, ra zaralsac aZlev mwyemsebs? _ sulac rom gawydnen, me ra menaRvleba?.. aSkarad davinaxe, rom am kacTan kacuri laparaki ar gamodgeba da davrwmundi kidec, rom cruobda _ ufrosi is ar unda yofiliyo, radganac araviTari niSani ar hqonda da ubralo yazaxi iyo. me movSordi imas da gavwie kazarmebisaken, sadac karebSi Semxvda meore yazaxi. _ sad mixval? _ Semayena iman. _ Tqveni ufrosi unda vnaxo. _ isa qeifobs, SenTvis ara scalian. wadi, uTxar, rom imis naxva msurs, _ me davusaxele Cemi saxeli da gvari. _ Sen ra Cveni naCalniki xar! _ gaicina iman. me guli momivida da Zlivs Sevimagre Tavi. mSvidobianobis damcveli qeifobs da rodesac kaci samarTlis saTxovrad midis, yazaxebi masxaradac igdebdnen! raRa mrCeboda?.. kidev kargi, rom rusuli wmindad mainc vicodi, Torem Tu iseTi vinme SehxvedrodaT, romelsac es ena ara scodnoda, umetes Seuracxyofasac miayenebdnen. me gamovbrundi, davZaxe biWebs, rom gamoerekaT cxvari da gaewiaT Tavis gzazed. rawams sacodavebma gaigones Cemi xma, sicocxle gaqvsT, Cqara gadmoamtvries karebi da gamouSves dam293

wyvdeuli cxvari, romelic Sewuxebuliyo da, ra Tavisufali gza dainaxes, xtunaobiT gamodiodnen. yazaxi mivarda erTs mwyemss da dahkra maTraxi, romelmac aanTo mecxvare; isa swvda yazaxs, gadmoiRo Robidgan, romelzedac Sexta, Caido fex-qveS da, sanam me gavagdebinebdi, karga lazaTianada sTela. imis yvirilzed gamocvivdnen sxva yazaxebi, daerivnen mwyemsebs, magram ras gaxdebodnen TxuTmetiode yazaxi oTxmoc xevSi gamorCeuls mwyemsebTan. male Seiqma yazaxebis xvewnamudara, TiTon imaTi ufrosi, uriadniki belogorovi Tu belagorski, exla kargad aRar maxsovs, gamobrZanda gaxeTqili da Zlivs fexzed mdgomi, marto cariela perangSi. pirveli imis daZaxeba iyo: _ iaraRi! magram ra dainaxa Tavisi gafantuli yaxazebi da Zala sxvis mxares, Cqara ikadra Sin Sevardna, Coxis gadacma, xmalic ki gadaekida mxarzed da mowiwebiT movida CemTan, xvewniT da mudariT, rom gvepatiebina yazaxebis uwesoba. xalxi rogorc iyo davamSvide, cxvari gamoviyvane da mwyemsebis sasiamovnod gavagrZeleT Cveni gza.

IV ver movaswariT darielis faTeraks acdena da cxra versis gavla, rodesac larsis yazaxebi gadagvidgnen win da farazed TiTo batknis Txovna dagviwyes! risTvis, ra mizeziT, romlis uflebiT gvTxovdnen _ es yvela gamoukvleveli darCa da radganac ar vanebebdiT, isini ki iTxovdnen _ Cxubi aucilebeli xdeboda. RmerTma uSvelos larsis aqciznis, romelmac Seatyobina imasTanave mosuls sotniks Cemi vinaoba. am SemTxvevam gadagvarCina meore xaTabalas... mwyemsebi mxiarulad icinodnen da ukvirdaT mSvidobiani ga294

darCena „Sarian yazaxebs“, rogorc isini yazaxebs eZaxian. Cven gaviareT kidev raodenime gza da davinaxeT Calxis wyalzed ramdenime adgils gaZlierebuli cecxli: es iyo Cveni „mobinavebi“, romlebic vaxSams gvimzadebdnen, _ Rame aq unda davrCeniliyaviT. cxvari SevabruneT saZovrad, gvindoda kargad gagveZRo, radganac mTeli dRe faras gasaSleli adgili ar Sehxvedria da viwro xeoba ki, romelzedac Cven movidodiT, mTlad gavlili iyo Cvenzed win Camovlili cxvaris fexisgan. _ aq sifrTxile gvinda, _ momesma svimonas xma, romelic CemTan movida. _ aq raRasi SiSia? aqac xom yazaxebi ar arian? _ vkiTxe. _ mgeli icis da osebic yazaxebzed ukeTesebi ar arian. _ rogor? _ rogor da ise, rom exla Cven binaSi rom mixvide, gaWedili iqneba osebiT... _ mere ra? _ moitandnen erTs boTls gawyalebuls arays, viTom mwyemsebis pativis sacemlad, da TiTon ki Tvali imazed uWeriaT _ cxvari rogor dadgeba, saidgan ufro marjved moiparebis. _ e, ras ambob, magas rogor izmen? _ Sen Zala gaqvs, xemwifis swori kacis Svili xar, iqmneba SenTan ver gabedon, Torem aba marto Cveni kaci iyos... _ ras iqmodnen? _ magas Tavad gaigebdnen! _ aRar gaaTava svimonam da qva gadugdo metad ukan darCenils cxvars, romelic erTs adgils Casciveboda da gaSmagebiT raRasaca sWamda. _ tiali, miwasa sWams, marili mosdomnia! _ warmosTqva da mere isev osebzed gadvida. 295

_ neta guladni, pirdapiri mainc iyvnen, Tu ara da aba raia, RvTis madlsa!.. movlen, xelSi mogikvdebian, migindoben da dandobazed ki ufals hkiTxe. _ rogorc getyoba, osebi Zalian gejavreba? _ moica-Ra, batarai iare, gaican da maSin SenTavad naxav. cota laparaks Semdeg me wavedi binazed, raTa arCeuli adgili dameTvalierebina da swored giTxraT, gavkvirdi am sabrZolvelad mowyobilis adgilis amorCeviT!.. me momegeba mobinave, Tumca arc ceremonia da arc is formaluri qceva hqonia, romelic samxedro xalxSi WimviT da pranWobiT Tavs iCens, magram is aSkarad xedavda, rom saqme hqonda mindobili da movale iyo aResrulebina wesierad; agreTve is aSkarad Tavis Tavs movaled xdida, rom CemTvis, rogorc sarqlisTvis, Tavis moqmedebis angariSi moeca. adgili imgvarad iyo amorCeuli, rom mTlad SemozRuduliyo patara gorakebiT, saidganac advilad SeiZleboda Tvalis daWera. Sua adgilas _ sakmao da balaxiani mindori, erT mxares _ wyali. _ adgili kargia, magram tye rom Sorsa gaqvsT? _ SevniSne ufro imisTvis, rom eTqva rame. _ tye moSorebiTa sjobs. _ rogor? _ tye rom moSorebiTaa, cxvari Tu an mgelma, an kacma gaitaca, male ver Seefarebis, _ mokled mipasuxa da darwmunebiT gaiswora qudi, TiTqos undoda eTqva: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;me mTis mwyemsi var, maggvari saqme me ar amerevaâ&#x20AC;&#x153;. mec CavCumdi da gavyevi, sadac cecxli daenToT. Soridganve SevniSne, rom cecxlTan bevriT umetesi xalxi ireoda, sanam Cveni binis kacebi iyvnen, da svimonas sityvebi momagonda. _ iq bevri xalxi sCans, _ gavuSvire xeli binisken: _ vin arian? 296

_ katebia. _ vin katebi, ras ambob? _ osebi, cxo vina. magaT sul agre ician, raki binaSi gaCenils cecxlsa naxven, maSinve iq Camocvivian, TiTqos svavebs leSis suni miedinaTo... exla gaiges, rom Sen aqa xar, raRas mogSordebian, Tu ara mieci ra. Cven misvlazed wamocvivdnen osebi, TaviskvriT da RrejiT momegebnen. marwmunebdnen, rom warmouTqmelad vuyvardi imaT, rom mamaCemis amagi saSviliSvilod ar daaviwydebodaT da bolos gaaTaves sityvebiT: „roca „glaxas“, _ ase eZaxdnen mamaCems, _ cxvari Camoivlida, yovelTvis saklavs gvaCuqebda“. erTma mamiCemisagan iseTs naCuqar yoCzed miambo, romelic, Tu spilos odena ar iqneboda, kameCebzed ki bevriT didi unda yofiliyo. bolos, ise rigad gabedes erTi boTli aryis motana, rom guli gaawvriles. aRar momexsnen, damsves cecxlapiras da „varada-varadas“ bolo ar moeRo, sanam mwyemss Toxli ar movayvanine da ar miveci. rogorc iyo isini Tavidan moviSore, Tumca mTxovdnen, rom Rame yaraulad damdgariyvnen da iZaxodnen: _ au! sen stumari, cven maspinZeli, seni wirime, egre Tavi rogor daganebeb? magram Cemi mwyemsebi ase mtrulad ubRverdnen, rom osebis wadilis aRsruleba ver gavbede. raki osebi gavistumre da martoni davrCiT, movidnen morigi Ramis yaraulebi, aiRes TavianTTvis saWmeli da gaswies Teozed, (cxvris ganapirebiT) sadac Tav-Tavis ZaRli gaiyoles. danarCeni mwyemsebi davsxediT puris saWmelad, da kargad SeveqeciT Tbils altamebs* da damarilebuls xorcs, romelic Tan sakmaod gvqonda. mTelma vaxSamma gaiara xumrobaSi, oxunjobaSi da leqsaobaSi. siamovne* altamebs eZaxian simindis coms, patara kupatebad moxarSuls.

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biT vuyurebdi im sicocxliT savse, TiTqos uzrunvels da udardels xalxs, romelic cxovrebas ase Caekirkitebina, ase gaemagrebina, rom daRalvac ki ar etyobodaT. cota laparakisa da yalivnebis mowevis Semdeg, yvelam aviReT nabadi da gavwieT Teozed, sadac cxvris pirad unda dagveZina. mTvare Casuliyo da Savs sivrceSi varskvlavebi ufro Zalzed kamkamebdnen da amSvidebdnen iqaurobas. mTebi, romelTac piri daeRrinaT da gamvlelgamomvlelisTvis gza miecaT, TiTqos ufro gazrdiliyvnen da ikargebodnen Ramis ufskrulSi. Sors momdinaris Tergis xmauroba aTasSi erTxel wynarsa da moalerse nanad moismoda. nadiri ar etaneboda cxvars da ZaRlebic damSvidebulni farebs gars uvlidnen. am mSveniers, yrus da sasiamovno saRamos, rodesac ynosvas daatkbobda surnelian yvavileb-gareuli Tivis suni, kaci raRaca aRtacebaSi, SfoTvaSi Sedioda. Tqven grZnobdiT, rom cocxali xarT, sicocxle tkbilia, aris raRaca Zala, romelic gialersebsT, gizidavsT da raRac simsubuqiT da netarebiT gasunTqebsT!.. aseTad meCveneboda es Rame, aseTi moqmedeba hqonda Cemzed da, vgoneb danarCenebzedac. ar vici, am dros sxvebi rasa Svrebodnen, da me ki Zili gamikrTa, aiSala fiqrebi da vin icis sad ar mimaxeta, ra ar warmomadgenina... karga xanma gaiara, rodesac, TiTqos damTvrals, dasustebuls Tvalebi damexuWa da is iyo buranSi wavedi, rodesac erTbaSad Semomesma ZaRlebis yefa, Tofis srolis xma da mwyemsebis yiJina. me wamovvardi da yvela mwyemsebi fexzed damxvdnen. isini misdevdnen SeSinebuls faras, romelic damfrTxaliyo, daexara Tavi gzis gaurCevlad da Seuyenebliv garbodnen. meore mxares, cecxlis-pir mgeli daetrialebinaT ZaRlebs, SuaSi CaegdoT da TavganwirviT ebrZodnen. 298

erT wuTzed mgeli daeca, mTeli xrova ZaRlebi miscvivdnen da gafaTres. mwyemsebma Zlivs daimorCiles cxvari, romelic dafrTxobis Semdeg aRarafers arCevs da garbis, garbis sanam win rame ar Sexvdeba, an qSena sisxls ar dauyenebs, Tavs brus ar daaxvevs an muxls ar mosWris. cxvari isev davabinaveT, alionmac aiwia da me ki vifiqre: _ an Zili, an mosveneba rodisRa unda mRirsebiyo.

V gaTenda dila da stvenasTan erTad moisma mwyemsebis erTmaneTis Zaxili. cxvari binidgan aiSala da gaudga gzas. ver movaswariT Casvla sof. balTas, sadac zastavaSi Segvayenes da gzis xarjis* Txovna dagviwyes. Cven es xarji usamarTlod gveCvena, radganac gzagza ar gvivlia da sul mindorzed ZovniT mogvidioda cxvari, magram Cvens sabuTians laparaks yuradRebas aravin aqcevda da gasasvlels gzas ar gvanebebdnen. meti Rone ar iyo, unda gavsworebodiT da amisTvis warvudgineT bileTebi, romelSiac cxvris da binis mzidav saqonlis ricxvi Cawerili iyo, magram imaT ar irwmunes es qaRaldebi da daTvla moindomes. warmoidgineT rva aTasamde cxvris daTvla, nametnavad namTevisa, dasuqebulisa, an ramdens xans daiWerda da an ramdens zarals miscemda imaT patronebs. me wavel zastavis ufrosTan, magram yoveli laparaki, Txovna amaod darCa: â&#x20AC;&#x17E;unda gavTvalo!â&#x20AC;&#x153; daeJina imas, TiTqos sxva sityvebi gadaviwyeboda. cxvari Segrovda gzazed, imaT moawyda zeidgan da * gzis xarji cxvarzed imisda mixedviT, Tu romeli xevis soflidgan modis, 12 kapeikidgan 18 kapeikamdin aris dadebuli.

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qveidgan momavali urmebi, furgonebi, troikebi, aqlemebi da warmoudgeneli areuloba moxda. yvelani yvirodnen, ilanZRebodnen da Cxubobdnen, radganac gza Seikra. me gadavwyvite, rom cxvari ukan gaebrunebinaT iqve patara mindorzed da iq SeeyenebinaT, sanam vladikavkavSi, romelic 12 verszed mdebareobs balTidgan, Cavidodi, Sevatyobinebdi amgvars areulobas b. delakruas, romlis gankargulebaSiac iyo es gzebi da romelsac kargad vicnobdi. is iyo gamovel zastavis ufrosisagan da Cems ganzraxvis aRsrulebaSi moyvanas vapirobdi, rodesac erTi gzazed mosamsaxure saldaTebTagani momidga gverdzed: _ Tqven ubralod swuxdebiT, _ daiwyo iman... _ rogor ubralod?.. _ gavikvirve da davumate gajavrebulma: _ ar gvivlia Tqvens gzebzed, ara wagvixdenia-ra da sruliad usafuZvlod fulsa gvTxovT... magasac xom ar kmayofildebiT: gzis qaRaldebs, pristavisagan mocemuls da saxelmwifo beWdiT dabeWdilsac, ar erwmunebiT da gindaT, Cvenda sazianod, cxvari gagviTvaloT!.. _ yvelazed kanonia, naCalnikebi gvibrZaneben... _ me ara mjera, rom ufrosebi gibrZanebdnen xalxi awvaloT da aSkarad xalxis sargeblobis winaaRmdeg moiqceT! _ ubraloda javrobT, garwmunebT! _ mamSvidebda CemTan molaparake rusi, romelsac aSkarad etyoboda kantonistebisagan iyo da mwerlad daeyenebinaT. am xalxs yovelTvisin raRac gansakuTrebiTi beWedi azis da saqcieli aqvs, romelic aTas kacSi gamogarCevinebsT. ferwasuli, wminda Cacma, qudi gverdzed, romlis qveSedganac Roris qoniT gapoxili Tma moCans; pirisaxis gamometyveleba â&#x20AC;&#x17E;vir-eSmakuriâ&#x20AC;&#x153;. saponwasmuli da gawkepili ulvaSebi; laparakSi cdiloben tkbilis sityvebiT Seazavon TavianTi saubari da, Tu sityva veRar ipo300

ves, maSinve SeTxzven, imis miuxedavad _ mosaxdenia es sityva, Tu ara. erTis sityviT, CemTan molaparake erTi imgvar xasiaTTagani iyo, romlis laparaki kacs ufro metad ajavrebs. _ rogor? ubraloda vjavrob? _ ar visvenebdi. _ samiode batkani aCuqeT da gagiSveben, _ amixsna iman. _ sam batkans ki ara, sam groSs ar mivcem. _ rogorc gindaT, magram egre ki sjobda. _ miTxra iman. gaxsna kartonis portsigari da miTavaza: _ ar inebebT? _ madlobas mogaxsenebT, _ vupasuxe da mwyemss davuZaxe cxeni moeyvana. _ maS wasvlas apirobT? _ mkiTxa imanve. _ diaR, pirdapir delakruasTan _ unda Sevatyobino Tqveni saqcieli. _ me ki iseTi azri maqvs... _ daiwyo iman. _ Tqven araviTari azri ara gaqvsT! _ gavawyvetine moTminebidgan gamosulma. momiyvanes cxeni da, ra uzangSi fexi Sevdgi, saldaTi xelaxlad momiaxlovda. _ ors batkans mainc miscemdiT?.. me Sevexvewebi, rom gagiSvas. gesmiT!.. viRac, vin icis saidgan moxetebuli, Seexveweba iseTsave moxetebuls, rom mSvidobiani kaci, saqmezed mimavali, romelsac yvela saWiro qaRaldebi mzada aqvs, saxelmwifo gzazed gamiSvas! RmerTo Cemo! sada var? vfiqrobdi im wuTSi da angariSi ver mimeca Cems TavisTvis. _ mai, mivceT mag ZaRlebsa da aq nuRar movgviandebiT? _ miTxra svimonam. _ aras dros! _ vupasuxe da davumate: _ erTxel mainc undaT gaCveva mag mcarcvelebs! svimonam Caicina da mipasuxa: _ barem, Tu ki gaeCvevian. 301

_ maS ras iqmen, rodesac sayveduri mouvaT? _ zastavis ufrosad sul xom eg Ripiani ar iqnebis? sanam davbrundebiT, cxo mova da isic egre moiqceva! _ Sen rom yuri gigdos kacma, qveyana sul avazakebiT aris gavsebuli! _ warmovsTqvi ukmayofilod. _ ara, avazakebiT ki ara da, usamarTloba ki aris... magram, ai rai giTxra: Tu ar dagiSlia, ai wyalzed gavideT da gzas sul avcdebiT. _ ras ubnob, biWav! _ gaeria Cves laparakSi meore mwyemsi: _ SarSan zdezed avediT, jariaxzed gaviareT da ise CavediT Zaugs, rom saxemwifo gza TvaliTac ar gvinaxavs, magram iq ki yazaxebi dagvwies da damatebiT wagvarTves. _ rogor?.. saxelmwifo gzazed sul ar gagivliaT da fuli ise gamogarTvesT? _ vkiTxe gaSterebiT. _ ise, spars-angelozis madlma. me es ar mjeroda im xanamdin, sanam Semdegma magaliTebma ar damarwmunes.* guliT mindoda svimonas rCeva mimeRo da am usamarTlobaSiac davrwmunebuliyav, magram samwuxarod xalxisagan gakeTebuli xidi iqaurs inJeners n. Caengrevinebina da wyali ki gasasvlelad metad didi iyo. amisTvis isev vladikavkavisken gavemarTe, rodesac balTas griali moitana gamalebulma kaliaskam, romlidganac gadmoxta b. delakrua. me mivedi imasTan, avuxsen Cemi gaWirveba, romlisTvisac dastuqsa zastavis ufrosi da sxvaTa Soris uTxra: _ mowyaleo xelmwifev, garCeva unda icodeT, garCeva!.. yvela xom erTi ar aris? * ramdenime mwyemsebi gadasuliyvnen samebazed, soflis adgilebSi gasavlelad erTi Tumani misces da gzis xarji mainc waarTves. magisTanave magaliTebi ananuris zastavazed moxda.

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me garCevas ki ara, samarTals viTxovdi da amisTvis vuTxar: _ batono polkovniko! me garCevas da Cems pirad Semweobas ki ar viTxov, me minda kanonierad momeqcnen. _ Tqvenc axirebuli xarT, _ miviRe pasuxad: _ Tqven da ubralo glexuWebs erTgvarad xom ver moveqceviT? _ am SemTxvevaSi, vgoneb, ganurCevlad unda mogveqceT... kanonisTvis erTi unda viyvneT. _ ilaparakeT, ramdenic gindaT, eg Tavis dReSi ar moxdeba! _ Caiqnia Tavi. Cveni laparaki kidev Sors gagrZelda da gaTavda imiT, rom zastavis xarji sruliad ar gamogvarTves, Tumca yoveli RonisZiebiT vcdilobdi kanonierad momqceodnen. gavcdiT am adgilsac da CavediT Zaugis mindorzed, sadac qalaqis saZovrebis moijaradreebTan unda gvqonoda saqme.

VI Tval-win gagveSala fuTxuzis farTo mindori, romlis boloSic burussaviT TeTri kvamli idga. es gaxldaT Zaugi, rusebisgan vladikavkazad gadanaTluli. cxvari oris dRis marxulobis da wvalebis Semdeg „gawamda“ msuqan da noyier balaxzed. mwyemsebma Tavisuflad amoisunTqes, radganac Zaugs iqiT, Tumca gaWirveba da Zala ar moSordebodaT, bijis-bij sdevdaT, magram mTis mwyemsebic „dedais vaJni iyvnen“, isinic moaxerxeben wesierad daxvedras. rodesac kacs triali mindori, anu udaburi tye axlo aqvs, rodesac saTaveSi aqafebuli da gacofebuli Tergi, mindvrad Casuli, farTod iSleba da butbutiT wynarad, magram mZlavrad mihqanavs, kacs TviTon mdebareba, buneba agonebs _ ra dros rogor moiqces, ra hq303

nas. vladikavkavis maxloblad mogvegebnen ramdenime cxenosani, romelnic Semogvelaparaknen. _ visia cxvari? _ Cvenia, _ upasuxa mwyemsma. _ ufrosad vina gyavsT? _ ikiTxes imaTve. _ ager, _ gamoiSvira mwyemsma Cemken xeli. cxenosnebi movidnen da gamomicxades, rom dRe-RameSi cxvarzed kapeiki unda vaZlioT saZovris fasi da mkiTxes _ ramdens dRes movatrialebT am adgilebSi cxvars. Cven winadve gadawyvetili gvqonda, rom am adgilebSi sami dRe mogvegviana, radganac rva Tve mindvrad da velad unda gvexetialna da imisTvis raodenime momzadeba kidev gvWirdeboda. magaliTad, saqalamne tyavebis yidva, perangebisa, Wedilebis gayidva da sxva. me momces raRaca qaRaldi, romelzedac Cveni misvlis dRe unda yofiliyo daniSnuli, da miTxres: _ es qaRaldi imisTvis aris, rom Tqveni mosvlis dRe ar dagaviwydeT. Cven qalaqis moijaradreni varT. gamovarTvi qaRaldi da davxede. Cven mivediT eqvs sektembers da warmoidgineT Cemi gakvirveba, rodesac qaRaldSi pirveli sektemberi amovikiTxe! _ Tqven SegcdomiaT, _ vuTxar, _ dRes eqvsi sektemberia da qaRaldSi ki pirveli daginiSnavsT. _ aba sad aris, _ mipasuxa erTma da cxenidgan gadmoixara ise, rom tuCebi Cem yurTan moitana. _ ra genaRvleba, erTs Tumans Sen mogcemT. pirvelSi gamikvirda imis sityvebi, radganac ver gamego, raSi unda moeca erTi Tumani, magram male mivxvdi â&#x20AC;&#x17E;mebalaxisâ&#x20AC;&#x153; sityvebis azrs. aqac ukacuri da Seubralebeli gacarcva moelodda sacodav mwyemsebs! saqme rom ufro gamogiaSkaravoT, Tu rogor xdeboda amgvarad mwyemsebis carcva, unda SegatyobinoT, rom mTis xalxi rusulad ara laparakobs da amgvars mgzav304

robaSi ki yovel nabijzed rusebi xvdebian, imaTTan undebaT vaWroba da laparaki. amisTvis mwyemsebi qiraoben rusuli enis mcodnes, romelmac mgzavrobaSi unda uTolmajos. rasakvirvelia, rusulis mcodneni ufro xSirad im garyvnilebTagani Sexvdebian xolme, romelnic inJenrebTan, aficrebTan Ra sxva moxele xalxTan gdebiT garyvnilan, uswavliaT „SalTai-balTai“, daukargavsT namusi da svinidisi da Tumnad ki ara, maneTisTvisac ki ar dazogven TavianT moZmes-damqiravebels. _ Sen Segcda, Cemo Zmobilo! _ vupasuxe me: _ dReRameSi cxvarzed erTi kapeiki, aTas sul cxvarzed Tumans Seadgens da xuT RameSi xuTs Tumans, me ki aTass sul cxvarzed meti myavs. _ Sen cxvarzed aras aviRebT, sxva raRa ginda? _ kidev wamCurCula. _ RmerTi ara gaqvs, Se rusulad monaTlulo, Sena? _ dauZaxa svimonam CemTan molaparakes: _ raic gergeba, aiRe, mets raisTvisRa iTxov? _ daikarge, Sen ra ici? vis elaparakebi? _ dauyvira cxenosanma. _ emand gaCumdi, RTis madlma, _ upasuxa meore mwyemsma, romelic iq movida, _ gaCumdi-meTqi, Torem male mteri mamikvdes, male cxenidgan gadmogiRo... Senc xom yazaxi ara xar?.. cxenosanma SehbRvira, gadmoafurTxa, gaabruna cxeni da wynarad gaemarTa Zaugisaken, svimona ki momiaxlovda da miTxra: _ Cqara ki ikadra gabruneba. _ SarSandeli axsovs, da, _ daumata meore mwyemsma. _ ra iyo? _ vkiTxe me. _ SarSan erTi Tolmaji myvanda, mebalaxes imasTan Seekra piri da eqvsi dRisa ki meti wagvarTves... _ mere, ar iCivleT? _ vkiTxe me. 305

_ viCivleT, _ CacinebiT wamoiZaxa mwyemsma. _ hai, hai, ro viCivleT. _ mere? _ mere da Cven sami dRe dagvamwyvdies satusaRoSi da am sami dRis fulic wagvarTves, radganac amxanagebma Tavi ver dagvanebes da cxvaric iqa trialebda. _ meti dReebisac wagarTvesT? _ hai, hai, ro wagvarTves! samarTals vin mogvcemda? _ kaco, an mowmebi ara gyvandaT, an mnaxveli? _ gamikvirda. _ rai mowmebi, Seni Wirime, Tavad mogvces qaRaldi, gviTxres: Tqveni mosvlis dRe aris daniSnulio. Cven kiTxva ar vicodiT, imaT ki eqvsi dRe meti CaeweraT... roca samarTalSi mivediT, baraTi warvudgineT da am qaRaldma ki Cven gagvamtyuna. _ Tunda mnaxveli yofiliyo, vin movidoda?.. _ daumata svimonam. _ ratom? _ Seni Wirime, autkivars Tavs vin aitkivebda?.. imaTac daiWerdnen, cxo rai iqneboda. _ ara, rad daiWerdnen, mowmebis daWera gagonila? _ SenisTana bedniers kacs, kacic eweva da RmerTic, _ mipasuxa imave mwyemsma da oxvriT daumata: _ magram CvenisTana bedSavisaTvis sadaa samarTali?.. Tu xvTiani kaci Segxvda, iqneba Seibralos Cveni bedSaoba, Torem samarTals tyuilad monaxavs moxeve kaci: sadac wava, yvelgan mtyuania. _ ena mainc vicodeT, kidev iqneba gagvegonebina rame, _ daumata svimonam, _ Torem isini TavisTvis laparakoben, Cven CvenTvis, movawyenT erTurTs Tavsa, dagvibraxuneben fexebs da gamogvreken. vinaa patroni? Cven am laparakiT movSordiT cxvars da CavediT binaSi, sadac tanisamosis gamocvla mindoda, radganac Za306

ugs vemgzavrebodi. iq mindoda menaxa zogierTi im drois mmarTvelebi da Semetyobina is uwesoeba da areuloba, romelic imaT samflobeloSi xdeboda. me darwmunebuli viyav, ra imaT yuramdin es uwesoeba miaRwevda, yvelani yuradRebas miaqcevdnen, Sescvlidnen xalxisTvis samwuxaro da mmarTvelobisTvis ara sasargeblo wyobilebas, _ magram warmoidgineT Cemi gakvirveba, rodesac Cemi sityvebi darCa xmad mRaRadeblisa udabnosa Sina. Cemi sityvebi didxans amkobdnen Zaugis aristokratT sastumroebs da erTi meores RimiliT gadascemda im SemTxvevazed, Tu Reneralis Svils rogor aeRo joxi xelSi da cxvrebs dasdevda!.. samis dRis Semdeg Cven gavcdiT vladikavkazs da pirvelsave SemTxvevazed mogvivida Cxubi stanica sunJis yazaxebTan. mizezi Cxubis iyo gza, romelsac yazaxebi ar gvanebebdnen da kanoni ki nebas gvaZlevda usasyidlod gzis aqeT-iqiT ocdaaTi saJeni gvesargebla. kanoni gvaZlevda mag nebas, magram ra aris kanoni da imis debuleba iseTi xalxis xelSi, rogorc arian saerToda da gamouricxavad rusis usamarTloni, usvindiso, ugunuri da Sarzed agebuli yazaxebi; yovelTvis ise swyveten saqmes, rogorc TiTon undaT, goneba uWrisT, da mwyemsi ki ver aicdens imaT samarTals, radganac, rogorc gamvleli xalxi, sxva adgils ver mimarTavs da ukan sadevneladac ara scalianT. amisTvis an TiTonac ukanonoba unda ixmaron da ZaliT daicvan TavianTi Tavi, an ara da damorCildnen da ramdenime Tumani meti daxarjon. amisTana stanicebi ki gzazed uricxvi uZevsT. Cven virCieT pirveli saSualeba da ZaliT gaviareT is adgilebi, sadac kanoni, anu, ukeT vTqvaT, kanonieri debuleba usasyidlod gavlis nebas gvaZlevda da yazaxebis Sarianoba ki win gveRobeboda. 307

VII mTeli Cveni mogzauroba mindorzed, vidre braguns gavidodiT, erTgvarad midioda. yazaxebis uricxvi stanicebis adgilebzed ise ar gagvivlia, rom Sari ar moedosT da Cxubi ar aetexaT, magram mwyemsebi simardem ufro metad dagvakavSira erTmaneTs da zurgi gagvimagra. Tu saWiroeba moiTxovda xolme, brZoliT da CxubiT vikvalavdiT gzas, romelic simarTliT CvenTvis Tavisufali unda yofiliyo. mxolod maSin gavige, ra mdgomareobamac aTqmevina Cvens mwyemsebs, „RmerTo, gvaride rusis Sars“, radganac mSvidobianobis damcveli yazaxebi uSfoTod da Sarmoukideblad fexs ar gvadgmevinebdnen. magram ra gansxvaveba iyo imaT da CeCenT sofleb Sua, romelT avkacobac, Seubralebeli garegnuli xasiaTi bavSvobidganve yurSi gvqonda CawveTebuli! eseni dagvixvdebodnen Tu ara, zrdilobianad soflis bolos mogvesalmebodnen, TiTqos didi nacnobebi ariano, aiRebdnen xelSi wkeplebs da gvSvelodnen soflis gacilebas. RimiliT da mzrunvelianad gvkiTxavdnen Cvens mosavalzed, mSvidobianobazed da sazogadod „gurjeTis xabarzed“, romlis Setyoba ise undodaT. xalxSi aSkarada scocxlobda am xalxTan mezoblobis rwmuneba, uyurebda gurjebs rogorc raRac moZravs Zalad, romlis bediRbalic TiTqos enaTesaveboda am sikeTiT savse xalxis cxovrebas. Tqven vera naxavdiT CeCnis soflebSi iseT galeqebuls damTvrals xalxs, rogorc rusis yazaxebs, romelic diliT saRamomde dRes atarebdnen duqnebSi, sadac yazaxebi aramc Tu TavianT sacxovrebels hRupaven, aramed hyidian Tavis tanisamoss da bevrjer colebsa da qalebsac ki aSiSvleben da Tavis gaRorebuls mucels akmayofileben. Tqven vera naxavdiT CeCenSi qalebs, romlebic aSkara garyvnili RimiliT, SexumrebiT da niSne308

biT Segiwvevdnen saxlSi; vera naxavdiT aramc Tu damTvrals dedakacs, aramed nasvamsac, rodesac rusis dedakacebi, bevrjer xanSi Sesulebic, galajuli dganan duqnis karebSi, gadaWarbebuls „votkas“ arwyeven da goneba-dakargulni, raRasac luRluReben. bevrjer iqve gverdiT udgasT rusis yazaxebi, romlebic an gulgrilad, an siamovnebis RimiliT uyureben am Sesazars, samarcxvino suraTs, radgan moelian imaTTan sasiamovno drosgatarebas. isini iginebian, ilanZRebian uSveris piriT, aTreven erTmaneTs TmebiT, magram yazaxebzed amas araviTari moqmedeba ara aqvs, TiTqos es ase unda iyos, TiTqo imaTi cxovreba midiodes wesiers, adamianis sakadris kvalobazed. bevrjer Semxvedria aseTi suraTi: rodesac CeCens gauvlia yazaxebis duqnis win da, ra daunaxavs Sesazarebeli suraTi: deda-kacisagan dakargva namusisa, patiosnebisa da adamianis daniSnulebisa, _ gauTlels CeCens, rogorc isini Cvena gvgonia, piri mouridebia, zizRiT gadaufurTxebia da Tvalebis cisken miqceviT wamouZaxnia: ialah! magram es „ialah“ unda gagegonaT, ra xmiT warmouTqvams imas, rom gagegoT, ramdenad aRelvebula gauryvneli buneba am kacoba-dakargulis suraTis naxviT... Cveni mgzavroba, vidre adgilzed CavidodiT, gagrZelda swored xuTi kvira, wynari da zoziniT siaruliTa. am xnis ganmavlobaSi ori dRe zedized mze ar gvinaxavs, radganac araCveulebrivi wvima ganuwyvetliv Tavs gvesxmoda. warmoidgineT, ra sixaruliT mivaRwieT groznas, sadac im xanSi naCalnikobda Tavadi n. erisTavi, romelic mSobliuris zrunviT ekideboda am sacodavs da daCagruls xalxs; marto imas miaCnda CeCneli adamianad, sxvebisTvis ki es saxeli gaigeboda rogorc avazaki, ueWvelad mtyuani da Rirsi maTraxisa, gardaxdevinebisa da bolos sarCobelisa, an cimbirisa. gamovlilma gzam damanaxva, ramdeni xaTabala sdevs 309

Cemgvars mgzavrs yazaxebTan Sexvedris dros, da me mindoda meTxova naCalnikisaTvis qaRaldi, romliTac stanicebis mmarTvelebs Semweoba moecaT wesierebis aRsadgenad im xalxSi, romelic daesaxlebinaT ganaTlebis gasavrceleblad. groznaSi gavxseni Cemi Camadani, romelic gaxveuli iyo xaliCaSi, zeidgan gadafarebuli nabadi hqonda, magram avdari Sig gavardnoda da tanisamosi mTlad dasvelebuliyo. aqedgan dainaxavT, ra saSineleba unda gamogvevlo gzaSi da ramdenad dametebiT Segvawuxebda yazaxebTan vaivaglaxi. me miviRe sasurveli qaRaldi, romliTac ecxadeboda stanicebis atamanebs, rom kanonieri Semweoba moecaT CvenTvis da am qaRaldis ZaliT danarCen mgzavrobaSi ise aRaravis SeuwuxebivarT, rogorc iqamdin. bragunis maxloblad maxan-iurtis stanicis adgili, romelic Cven gvqonda daqiravebuli, Seadgenda mdidars saZovars, Semkuls vel-tyianebiT da wyliT. Tiva da jeri iafad isyideba CeCnebis soflebSi, romlebic gars Semoxveuli aqvs am adgils da sadac ise xSirad davdiodi xalxis da Cveulebis gasacnoblad, romelic makvirvebda da maocebda. es mgzavroba gaTavda farexebis SenebiT, romelic mnaxvels gaakvirvebs, nametur mwyemsebisgan Sromis gaweva da mouRalavoba. warmoidgineT mTeli sofeli, ezoebiT, bakebiT da farexebiT, romlis gverdebic keTdeba orpiris wnuliT da Sua adgilebi iWedeba miwiT da drebliT. yovel dRe Seuwyveteli muSaoba, iqve tyeSi culebis kakuni da mwyemsebis xumroba, simRera da Sairoba raodenadme arTobda kacs. es moZravi mxiaruleba, raki farexebi gaTavda, Seicvala erTsgvars muSaobad, romelic yovel dResve Seucvlelad meordeboda: diliT adrian cxvris saZovarzed garekva, saRamozed morekva da dabinaveba farexSi. aTasSi 310

erTxel cxvris saZovrad gamreki mwyemsi mijnazed Tu Sexvdeboda meore sasarqle mwyemss. isini dasxdebodnen da erTmaneTs gauSlidnen guls, uambobdnen TavianT Tavgadasavals da amiT atarebdnen dros. xandisxan Ramis simSvide dairRveoda CeCnebis motacebulis cxenebis bragi-brugiT da mdevris Tofis sroliT, Torem cvlilebas verasa naxavdiT. magram kidev erTi dros gatareba damaviwyda, romelic me ise gamarTobda xolme da dros matarebinebda: es gaxldaT zRaprebi, ambebi, romelime saxelganTqmuli mwyemsis an yaCaRis cxovrebidgan da sxvadasxva legenduri moTxrobani. aq vwyvetav am werilebs, radganac, rac vnaxe da gavigone, rogorc es yvela Cavismine da gavige, gadavwyvite moTxrobebad gadmogceT da gagacnoT im xalxis Cveuleba, xasiaTi da wesebi, romelic an saqarTvelos nawils Seadgens, an ara da, imis aucilebels damoyvrebuls mezoblebs, romlebTanac ufro mkvidri kavSiri ar agvcdeba momavalSi.

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sofels gergetSi, qvemo ubans, romelsac gverdiT xevi Camoudis da movardnis dros ara iSviaTad saxlebs miuvardeba xolme da azaralebs mcxovreblebs, yvelaze saSiS adgils idga erTi patara, Zveli da naxevrad dangreuli saxli. pirvelsave naxvazed Tqven darwmundebodiT, rom am saxlis patronebi SeZlebulebi ar unda yofiliyvnen, radganac amisTana saSiSs adgils ver moscilebodnen da saxlic ver gaeaxlebinaT. iqneboda Ramis 9 saaTi, Suaguls zamTarSi, rodesac am saxlSi kerazed cecxli odnav bJutavda, ufro Tvalis mosatyueblad, sanam gasaTbobad, keras gars Semoxveoda ramdenime balRi da ori â&#x20AC;&#x201C; erTi axlad mowifuli da erTic karga moxucebuli qali. imaTi nakonki tanisamosi, aqa-iq miCxlarTul-moCxlarTul sxvadasxva feris ZonZebiT, ver aRsrulebda Tavis daniSnulebas da Zlivs ufaravda xorcs. yvelgan naklulovaneba aSkarad giCvenebdaT imaT bedSavobas da mwuxarebas. oTaxSi bneloda, radganac mbJutavi cecxli sakmao sinaTles ver aZlevda. yvelani gaCumebuliyvnen da raRaca sevdians mwuxarebas moecva. aTasSi erTxel bavSvebi, SimSiliT da siciviT Sewuxebulni, Tu daarRvevdnen siCumes da imaT pasuxad dedisgan gamoismoda gul-dasawyveti, naRvliani kvnesa, romelic aSkarad ambobda: `neta me viqce SeSad, rom gagaTboT, neta me viqce purad, rom gagaZRoT!..~ es gaxldaT maxia goderZianTi, Tavisi mozrdilis qaliT ninoTi da samis patara vaJiT, romelT gaWirvebac ukanasknels sazRvramdin misuliyo. maxias qmari adre moukvda da sruliad upatronod darCa da suls marto mezoblebis gulkeTilobiT-Ra ibrunebdnen. maxia uyurebda Tavis naSobebs da guli sdneboda, 312

radganac xedavda Tavis Svilebs gaWirvebaSi, xedavda imaT SimSils, wyurvils da sicives, undoda eSvela riTime. magram ra SaeZlo qvrivs, upatrono moxucs, rodesac saxls iseTi aravina hyavda, romelsac ofliT moerwyo ojaxoba da sisxliT lukma eSovna! _ dedav! _ daiwyo fSrukuni erTma balRma, _ mciva, mciva! dedam Sexeda Sewuxebulis TvaliT da pirisaxezed aSkarad daetyo is mware mtanjveli moqmedeba, romelic iqonia am sityvebis gagonebam. _ gaCumdi, _ wynarad warmoTqva moxucma, _ ai, kvers amogiReb da gaTbebi. _ oh, kvers!.. ar minda kveri, cecxli minda! _ Wirveulad gaimeora balRma. _ su-Ra, su, iyuCe!.. ager mgeli ymuis! _ ieSmaka dedam, romelsac undoda bavSvebis yuradReba sxva sagnisTvis mieqcia da gaerTo riTime. bavSvebi marTla gaCumdnen da dauwyes yuris gdeba, magram garedgan marto qaris zuzuni da wivili moismoda da gamSrali, gayinuli Tovlis raka-ruki ficris karebzed. aSkarad etyoboda, rom gaSmagebuli qari ebrZoda yvelas, rac ki win Sexvdeboda da Tu Tan ver gaitacebda, susxavda da ayinulebda. _ ar aris mgeli, puri mSia, mciva!.. _ astydnen isev bavSvebi. _ suT da `leqss~ giambobT, _ uTxra ninom, romelmac is-iyo gadaswia nacars da gamosacxoblad Cafluls `gudunas~, `arciskaniT~ wynara dauwyo sinjva. bavSvebi miexvivnen das, romelmac ise icoda imaTi garToba. is-iyo ninom piri gaaRo, rom daewyo `leqsi~, rodesac moisma karebSi rakuni da moulodnelobam yvela erTbaSad SeakrTo, yvelas pirSi sityva gauwyvita. Camovarda siCume, moisma kidev rakuni da Caxrinwianebuli, usiamovno xma. 313

_ gawydiT Tu rai mogsvliaT?.. raisTvi xmas ara mcemT?.. _ vina xarT? _ ikiTxa maxiam _ me var. _ Sen vina xar?.. rai ginda am drosa? _ nacvalia, _ wasCurCula dedas qalma. _ gaaRe da gaigeb... Cqara, gaviyineT! _ aSurebda gareT myofi. moxuci wamodga, gaanTo `CiraRi~ (kvari), butbutiT mivida karebTan da gaswia urduls. oTaxSi Semovida nabdiT da yabalax-moxveuli kaci, romelsac Tovli dazdeboda da gZels uSno ulvaSebad yinulebi Camohkideboda. iman gadigdo baSluyi da Seibertya nabadi. _ uh, hu, hu! Zalum ar civa!.. _ warmoTqva Semosulma da sifrTxiliT gadisva ulvaSebzed xeli. _ mogikvda Cemi Tavi! Cven ki arayic ar mogveZeveba! _ uTxra maxiam da daumata _ aba riT-Ra gagaTbo, SeSac aRara gvaqvs! _ me SeSa ar minda, _ SeiWmuxna warbebi mosulma, ra gaigo, rom `Casacecxlebeli~ ascda, _ ai rusebi moviyvane TqvenTan dasayeneblad. _ rusebi?! _ elda-nakravsaviT warmosTqva dedakacma da gafiTrebuli gaSra. _ ho rusebi, stefanwmindas aRar daetia da aq moviyvane. _ bedSao Cemo Tao! kaci aravina gvyavs da ara cxo, saiT CaviyenoT cxoTa kacebi? _ dedaisi, nu davayenebT! _ xvewniT moexvia nino maxias. _ hai, hai rom ar daayenebdiT, Tu Tqvens kiTxvazed iyos, _ Caicina nacvalma da mere ufro mkacrad daumata: _ xemwifes samsaxuri unda, maS rai gegonaT? _ baremdis, Tu SegveZlos, magram beCavebi, Raribebi varT... 314

_ TqvenTan laparakisTvis ar mcalian, _ gaawyvetina nacvalma, gabrunda karisaken da dauZaxa saldaTebs, romlebic bartya-burtyiT da yayaniT Semovidnen. dedakacma gaiSvira xelebi mimavlis nacvlisaken, romelmac rusebs uCvena es saxli da gabrunda. undoda raRac eTqva, Sexvewnoda, magram sityva veRar moexerxebina. bavSvebma ra gaigones rusis saxeli, maSinve ninos miekuWnen, TiTqmis zed gaekrnen da SeSinebulebi gamoiyurebodnen. saldaTebma miixed-moixedes, ramdenjerme daurideblad, rusulis wesiT Seiginen saxlis mouwyoblobazed da miexvivnen keras, saidanac gaToSili bavSvebi gaiqcnen. saldaTebi dasxdnen, daixades fexT da oflisa da uwmindurebis gamo fexzed saxvevebs dauwyes Sroba, magram Camwvari SeSa male Canelda da sicivem Tavisi Zala male agrZnobina. _ rogora dganan am jojoxeTSi? _ daiwyo erTma saldaTma. _ `busurmanebi~ arian da ra sakvirvelia, _ upasuxa meorem da mcodne kacis kiloTi daumata: _ busurmanebi mxurvaleni arian, imaT rodi SescivaT. _ agre unda iyos, Torem Cveni dedakaci Tu feCis Tavzed kargad ar gamocxva, ra gaaZlebinebs? _ eg yvela-yvela, magram gana SeSa ar gvekuTvnis? _ ikiTxa erTma, romelic aqamdin Cumad iyo. _ rasakvirvelia, gvekuTvnis, _ upasuxes imas. _ visgan gvekuTvnis, marTvelobam unda mogvces, Tu saxlis patronma? _ rasakvirvelia, saxlis patronma, amitom rom eg `muJikia~, muJiki unda emsaxuros xelmwifes, Cven ki xelmwifis kacebi varT. _ ai eg marTalia, _ mouwones danarCenebma, _ ra315

sakvirvelia, muJiki saldaTs unda emsaxuros, radganac saldaTi xelmwifis kacia. muJiki raa? fu! _ gadaafurTxa molaparakem, _ amis meti araferia. _ maS ratom ar moaqvs SeSa im eSmakis fexsa? _ warmoTqva meorem da miubrunda maxias: _ ei, dedakaco, SeSa moitane! maxias esmoda, rom imas elaparakebodnen, magram ver gaigo, Tu ras eubnebodnen, radganac rusuli ar icoda, da Tundac scodnoda, mainc ver daakmayofilebda imaT survils, radganac erTi `wkiri~ ar moeZeveboda saxlSi. _ ra eSmaksaviT dagiWyetia Tvalebi? _ Seuties imas, _ SeSa, SeSa! `ceckli!~ _ cecxli? _ mixvda dedakaci, _ saiT mogitanoT cecxli? _ ara, ara! _ gabrazebiT da dacinviT `gaukircxles~ moxucs. _ TavSi qva Semoikar da iSove. _ wmina givargis madlma, ar gvaqvs, _ Sehfica maxiam, TiTqos rusebs esmodaT imisi laparaki. _ ras uyurebT magas, Cven TviTon movnaxoT da davanToT, _ arCies saldaTebma, _ saca iqneba, vipovniT. sami saldaTis garda yvelani wamocvivdnen da gacvivdnen derefanzed, magram imaT vera ipoves-ra. bolos, bevri Zebnis Semdeg, imaT Tvali Sehkres erTs urems, romelic iqav ezoSi egdo. yvelani sixaruliT da yiJiniT miexvivnen. _ ai, SeSac viSoveT, SeSac!.. maxia, romelic gamohyva da karebidgan uyurebda, mixvda imaT azrs da gaeqana xvewniT: _ RvTis gulisaTvis!.. nu damRupavT!.. cxoTa uremia, SeSis mosatanad maTxoves!.. magram saldaTebi, darwmunebulni, rom SeSa unda mieca visme, aRar arCevdnen, rasa Svrebodnen; imaT mxolod erTi is-Ra hqondaT azrSi, rom Cqara daaguguneben 316

cecxls da gaToSils, gayinuls sxeuls gaiTbobdnen, sxva ra enaRvlebodaT?.. arc xvewna, arc mudara, arc Tavis Sebraleba aRar gadioda! isini miscvivdnen `uras~ ZaxiliT urems da radganac culi ver epovaT, xelebiT dauwyes mtvreva. am xnis ganmavlobaSi saxlidan moisma gulis gamgmiravi wivili, romelmac maxia gaabruna saxlisken, sadac Sesvlis umal Tval-win warmoudga saSineli da SemaZrwunebeli suraTi: oriode saldaTi, romelnic saxlSi darCeniliyvnen, miscvivnodnen yuTebs, senas da iqaurobas abrunebdnen da aqoTebdnen. erTic mivardnoda lamaz ninos da Tavis daxeTqils da umsgavso xelebSi sjijRnida!.. SeSinebuli qali gafiTrebuliyo da wivil-kiviliT farTxalobda. Tavs aridebda umsgavso tuCebs, romliTgan otkis suni amosCqrolda. qali magra miekra mkerdSi da dorblianis da mxecuris wadiliT damaxinjebuli tuCebiT loSnida. moxucs guli moukvda am danaxvazed, miswvda qmris daJangebuls xanjals, gaaZro qarqaSidgan da angariSmiucemlad, Tu rasa Svreboda, Zalzed Casca gamxecebuls saldaTsa, romelic RrialiT: miSveleT momkles! dasisxlianebuli iqve daeca. imis yvirilzed Semocvivdnen sxva saldaTebi, dauwyes maxias uwyalod cema da magrad Seukres xel-fexi. xmauroba SeesmaT soflelebs da Secvivdnen saxlSi, rom maxia xelidgan gaegdebinaT gabrazebuls saldaTebisTvis. _ nino, ninos upatroneT! _ Zlivs warmosTqva maxiam da gulSemoyrili iqve daeca. xalxma bevri eZeba nino, radganac is saxlSi aRar iyo, bevrs ecada, magram TiTqmis Ramis ufskruls STaenTqa, _ veRarsad ipova. ase samwuxarod gauTenda maxias meore dila, romlis Semdegac imis Tvals cremli ar SeSrobia da guls 317

ar mohklebia kvnesa... Cqara isic Seibrala RmerTma da mwvaleblebis xelidgan samarem daixsna. zamTari Seicvala gazafxuliT, miwa aWrelda, mTidgan Tovlebi zvavad mosxlta. yvelgan xalxi samuSaod emzadeboda da RimiliT moeloda zafxuls. erTs dRes ramdenime kacs saqoneli CaerekaT xevSi wyalis dasalevad, magram, radganac gza zamTarSi Zalzed `CaeCumqra~, Tovli uSlida gavlas, imaT niCbebiT dauwyes gzas wmenda. erTbaSad niCabi Tovlis qveS raRacas moedo da muSam daiZaxa: _ miSveleT, Tovlis qveS raRacaa da ar vici ki raia! yvelani miexvivnen, gadmoTxares da erTbaSad mwaris mwuxarebiT daiZaxes: _ nino! diaR, es gaxldaT sabralo nino, romelic im ubedurs Rames SeSinebuli gamovardniliyo, qariSxals gza aeria da xevSi gadavardnili Tovls daemarxa. patara ZaRls, romelic imas ganuSorebliv Tan dasdevda, exlac ar eRalatna da patronTan erTad damarxuliyo. magram, RmerTma icis, ra erCivna ninos: samudamod gansveneba, Tu cxovreba, romelic, vin icis, kidev ra gansacdels SeamTxvevda?..

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ukve gamovida: #1 _ guram doCanaSvili. kaci, romelsac literatura Zlier uyvarda #2 _ mixeil javaxiSvili. TeTri sayelo #3 _ nodar dumbaZe. me, bebia, iliko da ilarioni #4 _ ilia WavWavaZe. oTaraanT qvrivi #5 _ guram rCeuliSvili. neli tango #6 _ vaJa-fSavela. bunebis mgosnebi #7 _ rezo WeiSvili. askilis wiTeli yvavili #8 _ akaki wereTeli. Cemi Tavgadasavali #9 _ guram gegeSiZe. stumari #10 _ daviT kldiaSvili. samaniSvilis dedinacvali #11 _ otia ioseliani. qali gamovida saRalatod #12-13 _ grigol abaSiZe. cotne anu qarTvelTa dacema da amaRleba #14 _ arCil sulakauri. luka #15 _ niko lorTqifaniZe. mrisxane batoni #16 _ goderZi Coxeli. Cemi wigni #17 _ levan goTua. yinwvisis angelozi #18 _ aka morCilaZe. Seni Tavgadasavali #19 _ vasil barnovi. mimqrali Saravandedi #20 _ Tamaz bibiluri. Jami kiTxulisa #21 _ rezo inaniSvili. Sori TeTri mwvervali #22 _ niko lomouri. winaparTa aCrdilni #23 _ guram fanjikiZe. Tvali patiosani #24 -25-26 _ konstantine gamsaxurdia. mTvaris motaceba. kari I-II-III #27 _ ediSer yifiani. caSi asrolili qudebi #28 _ lavrenti ardaziani. ori romani #29 _ merab elioziSvili. beberi mezurneebi ukve gamosuli wignebis SeZena SegiZliaT wignis maRaziebSi 320


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