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Thunderstorms
In Flight
Questions
Forced Smiles
Shackles
Recluse
Where
Burn
Winter
Happy Oblivion
Ducking Destiny
Chance of Showers
Chance Encounters
Myopia
The Thinking Dog
Misbehavior
The Race
Flight of the Ostrich
Monster Under My Bed
The Rose Garden
Haiku
Window Shopping
Dramatic Romances
Musings on Nature
A Day at School
The Holy Light
A Rainy Night

Stories

The Roller Coaster
The Purse
Sammy's Lesson
The Legend of the Hungry Dragon
Spirits in the Night

Essays

Essays
My Philosophy of Life
Five Scholarship Questions
Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois
Prophets for God
My Service Project (1999-2000)
My Service Project (1997-1998)
The Beauty of the Forest
Reaching Beyond

Satires
The Pastry Menace
A College Just for You!
The Rights of Plants

Literary Analyses
Saving Harry:  Clearing the Controversy Over Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Essays on Wuthering Heights
The Creature in Frankenstein and the Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Edna's Decision in The Awakening
Character Comparison in Kate Chopin's The Awakening
Why The Chosen?

Research Papers
Race, Norms, and the Sidewalk
Analytical Exercise
The Validity of Comparing Governments
The British System: Legal-Rational Or Traditional?
The Importance of Framing
Madison on Factions
Spirituality and the Brain
Sea Water and Conductivity

Speeches
Clinic Violence: A "Moral" Way to Bring About Change?
Graduation Speech
The Call to Relationship
Mark Twain Speaks Again (original version)
Mark Twain Speaks Again (shortened version)

Editorials
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Year 2000
Hunting for Sport?

Articles
Mercury Spill Exercise
Chocolate Feature Exercise
Character Sketch
Reaction Story
Aspiring Actress Profile
"Shark Attack" Exercise
Villa Maria Academy Hosts Diversity Panel

Nonfiction
Coastal Vacation

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The Legend of the Hungry Dragon

Long, long ago, near the banks of luminous sky-river known as the Milky Way, there lived a great and fearsome dragon. Dragon was a fierce creature, known throughout the heavens. The smoke and fire from his monstrous nostrils could be seen streaking through the skies at night, causing terror amongst the primitive people of Mother Earth. It was not just humanity, though, that cowered before the great Dragon, but also the majestic stars. You see, children, Dragon, in his quest to keep the fire in his belly stoked, had taken to devouring these powerful infernos. To the stars dismay, Dragon thought them a choice delicacy.

As it happened on that fateful day so many seasons ago, Dragon's path took him close to the most powerful of the stars, the mighty Sun, ruler of Day. Dragon had for some time been looking for a large star to be his next meal. In fact, it had been such a long time since he had last eaten that the blaze within him had nearly died. Not wishing to look pathetic in the eyes of the universe, he decided that he must consume the next star he came upon, to nurse the flame back into all its former glory. As he soared closer to Sun, he grew excited. This truly would be a satisfying supper.

Unfortunately, Sun, observing great Dragon's approach, did not share in his joy. Sun knew that Dragon would find come eventually but had always prayed that somehow this confrontation might be avoided. Sun knew that physically he was no match for Dragon. Therefore, Sun was naturally slightly distressed.

Soon, Dragon had come close enough to Sun to shout a greeting. "Mighty Sun, it is I, Dragon! I ask you, do you have anything about to satisfy my raging appetite? I am very hungry!" Dragon smiled deviously to himself.

"No, dreaded Dragon, I do not! Please leave my domain!" replied Sun, with more than a little trepidation in his voice.

"You must have something, Sun. Perhaps something--hot?"

Sun knew the inevitability of his fate if he remained paralyzed with fright. Fortunately, Sun had quite a clever mind and prided himself on being a very good cook. While Dragon continued on his course towards him, Sun concocted a plan.

Dragon quickly covered the remaining distance between himself and Sun. His lips watered as he felt the tremendous heat emanating from the blazing star. A few wisps of smoke came from his nostrils. He stretched open his mouth to swallow Sun whole.

"Wait, Dragon!" Sun cried. "I have a gift to offer you."

"A gift?" asked Dragon. "What sort of gift?"

"One of food!"

"Food?" Dragon was confused. What was Sun trying to do?

"Yes! It is a cookie," Sun said.

"Why would I be interested in a cookie?"

"It is made of green cheese," Sun answered, waving it enticingly in Dragon's face.

"Green cheese! My favorite!" Dragon snatched the cookie from Sun. He hovered a distance from Sun, near Mother Earth, and admired his new prize.

Sun was greatly relieved to have outwitted Dragon. He watched as Dragon slowly nibbled the cookie, savoring every morsel. From that day forward, Sun always had a fresh green cheese cookie waiting every time Dragon finished the last one. So far, Dragon has always chosen the cookie over Sun, though the flames inside him are nearly extinguished. Therefore, for now, Sun is safe from an untimely death.

The people living on Mother Earth soon grew accustomed to the sight of the diminishing cookie visible in the night skies. They gave it the name Moon. Because Dragon ate his cookie so regularly, the people also began to count their days and months by it. The time when Dragon returned with his new cookie was called "full moon," and, when his cookie was entirely consumed, the time was known as "new moon."

That, children, is how Moon came to be.


Copyright © 2002 Colleen Fischer | Last updated October 7, 2002