It is said that somewhere in the mountain of Grinties, a rich shepherd had his sheepfolds, and which has raised beautiful house, but far from the village. It was ugly and pot-bellied, but his wealth made him the master of many beautiful things.
Sunday, he came out dressed in rich vestments at the round dance, and in his girdle golden coins were jingling, but the girls ran from him as from the Devil. And so passed one, two, three Sundays and Budihău (Paunchy), as people nicknamed him, realized that he can’t have a beautiful wife unless he will buy one. He passed the mountains to the Country of Dorna and found a poor family where the father, a lumberjack, was not succeeding to feed the many mouths which were demanding food. With the ax and saw he was earning only for the daily living. He was dreaming to have a car and two oxen. Budihău found out at the pub about that man’s need and that he had a daughter, the eldest of those eight children, and the girl was beautiful and diligent. At a glass of brandy, the poor lumberjack consented to give his daughter for a car and two oxen, to which Budihău added a cow being delighted that he will get such a beautiful girl. Măriuţa yielded at her father’s and mother’s entreaties, hoping that her younger brothers will be better and she will not be too bad. She passed the mountains to a new household and family.
But, although surrounded by all she has dreamed of, was not happy. She didn’t love her husband and didn’t give him children. The ugly and paunchy was guarding her as his own eyes and was keeping her always beside him, and if she remained alone, a dog trained by him was taught to jump on anyone who approached his wife. One day, however, when she was picking up blueberries on Ceahlău’s plateau, met a young shepherd, who had lost a sheep in a ravine near Thundered Stones. We don’t know if love is really a thing with sense or the dog was foolish, but those two have loved each other for two summers under the understanding sight of the dog that was guarding them above the vault where the young lovers sheltered.
But, in the third summer Budihău found out. He hired on big money four thugs who had hit the young lad with hatchets and rolled him into the abyss that stretches deep under the rock that had witnessed so many moments of love. The girl came, waiting in vain her lover, crushed by heavy thoughts. But, in one day the dog discovered the corpse of the young shepherd. The girl wanted to throw herself in abysses where her lover found death, but in pain fell unconscious. The dog was watching her, lurking her weak breath, when, suddenly, felt the thugs closing which were coming to catch the girl and take her back to her husband decided by the parents. The faithful dog howled loudly and woke her mistress. Seeing the murderers of her beloved approaching the rock, she has started to climb the high and right rock, which seemed impossible to climb. And his faithful dog followed her, but fell into the abyss. Budihău’s thugs looked stunned the girl who reached the top of the rock but they did not have the guts to climb it. They have waited for three days, but she did not come down.
It is said that for three weeks her wail was heard, on peaks, on the rocks. Suddenly, the wail ceased. From the rock’s top began to drip drops of crystal clear water. They were the very tears of the girl.
People came to see the barren stone from which water is now flowing. And they realized that is the dew of girl’s eyes and called it the Stone with Water. Those who spend the night nearby are hearing in night a heavy cry. It is of the girl that’s weeping her unfortunate love.