Once upon a time when there was nothing but darkness, and the celestial Gods wandered through the circular mass they had created, an unexpected thought came to them. With nothing yet living there, they started planning what elements and creatures to add and where to put them. One of them thought the earth looked dull, so he decided to make it shiny, like him. Another one thought it looked empty and sad so she made it colorful and happy like her, adding mountains, rivers, forests, and deserts, a diversity of colors that matched each one of his moods and feelings. The last one felt it was too quiet, so he added waterfalls, rivers, lakes and oceans, and an explosive touch, which became volcanoes. This took them two days and all their strength. When they were finished and were admiring their final product, they heard something that they had never heard before, a quiet but noticeable chirping sound was coming from one of the millions of bushes they had created. At first they blamed the youngest god, he was a prankster and liked to add things to their creations without telling the others first. However, he was as surprised and intrigued as the others. After looking through every bush in the area, they found a strange little green creature hiding there.

  • “What are you?” they asked.

  • “I don’t know, you created everything around me, didn’t you?, You should know what walks through your creation.”

  • “What do you mean?”

  • “Well, two days ago everything was darkness and quiet, and now there is color, light and sounds”

  • “Wait, you were here before all that?”

  • “You gods, always thinking only about yourselves and what you’ll create next, never having the time to analyze what is already there”

  • “Are you making fun of us? We are aware of what lives, breathes or exists in our creations, nothing ever goes unseen.”

  • “Well you didn’t see me. Am I that small? Or maybe I’m very silent when i “exist”, then you can tell me, what am I?.”

The gods looked at each other, astonished at the attitude of the unknown creature.

  • “Maybe we don’t want to tell you what you are. You’re hideous, not beautiful as the things we create.”

  • “Well, then I’ll help you, I’m a cricket and thanks for all the new nature and space for me to move on. I was getting tired of just seeing dark everywhere I turned.”

  • “You’re very welcome” the oldest god said.

  • “You haven’t even seen what we were planning to add next, enormous, powerful, fast and dangerous creatures. They’re our ultimate experiment, we’re calling them humans.”

  • “That sounds fascinating, maybe you can make them a little bit smarter than you, respectful and self conscious about the land in which they live.”

  • “We’ll try our best.”


The cricket decided to turn around and continue his adventure discovering this new world. The gods asked it if they were going to hear about him again, to which he answered that his chirping sound is the source of his happiness, and as long as it continues chirping the Earth will stay healthy.

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The Banquet

The Banquet
Written By:
Andrea García and Andres Cruz

Once upon a time there was a mouse named Mike who lived just beside a restaurant with his brother Pablo. Mike was so excited that his brother’s birthday was coming up that he decided to give him a big surprise party by preparing a huge banquet. He started gathering food a whole month before his brother’s birthday arrived there was enough for the whole world. He was going to invite all the animals. Mike spent many time getting everything ready for the party. Finally the day arrived, Pablo went to work on the morning and meanwhile Mike went on a walk with his friend Petunia the rabbit to finish the last details for the night, she was helping him buy flowers, balloons and decorations. That night animals started to arrive to the huge celebration. The dogs, the rabbits, and the birds… everyone was there except for the lions that apparently were running late. Pablo arrived and he was so happy and surprised, they were all having a great time until the lions showed up. By the way they opened the door everyone knew something wrong was about to happen. They started by destroying the decorations and they ate all the food but they were still hungry. They complained there was not enough food for them, that they wanted more. Mike got very nervous and didn’t know what to do. All of a sudden, one lion got very angry, he grabbed Mike by the tail and ate him. All the animals were struck by what had happened; they had never seen an animal eat another. They were all scared and tried to run away, but it was useless. The lions were all around the animals. There was a huge mess. After 2 hours of lions eating the other helpless animals, there was no one left, but them. That’s when they realized they had nothing left, no food and no friends. They got very desperate just by the thought of this. They started fighting because they knew their meat was the only thing left to survive. The days passed, and the hunger was growing. Until one day, they couldn’t resist the hunger, they knew this was going to happen at some time, they got into a fight for their own meat. Their fight ended 5 days after, on a huge massacre, which left only 1 lion alive in the whole world. This lion felt sick at the view he had. He could see all of what remained from his dead friends at his feet. He was alone in the world, no one to talk to, no one to share anything with, no one to be with. He was like that for a week, feeling lonely and sad. He got sick and no one could take care of him. Until some days later he simply died from sadness.

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