Colour­ful friend­ship

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Family - By Hazel Lim Zhan, 11

A LONG time ago, the uni­verse com­prised eight plan­ets, the star and the sun. Ev­ery­one en­vied Earth be­cause it had lots of trees, clouds, an­i­mals and many other beau­ti­ful things liv­ing on it.

All liv­ing crea­tures looked for­ward to the rain on Earth.

They also looked out for the rain­bow af­ter the rain. Clouds would gather un­der the rain­bow and try to play with it. But ev­ery time the clouds wanted to play with the rain­bow, it would dis­ap­pear. The clouds were con­fused.

The skies also liked the rain­bow as it was pretty.

When­ever the rain­bow ap­peared, birds would come out and sing sweet songs. But­ter­flies would flit around with their colour­ful wings flut­ter­ing. Rab­bits would hop about and squir­rels would dash around hap­pily. The rain­bow was the cen­tre of ev­ery­one’s at­ten­tion.

One day, the rain­bow did not ap­pear. The clouds and sky scoured through the whole planet look­ing for the rain­bow. For one month, they ne­glected their du­ties – sum­mon­ing rain clouds, cov­er­ing the sky with clouds and cre­at­ing thun­der­storms.

At last, the sky mur­mured de­ject­edly, “The rain­bow is miss­ing. Let’s go now.”

The sky re­turned to its ter­ri­tory and started do­ing its du­ties – send­ing rain clouds over the woods.

Just af­ter the rain ended, the rain­bow came into ex­is­tence.

The clouds rushed over and asked the rain­bow, “Why did you dis­ap­pear? Why won’t you ever stay?”

Rain­bow smiled, “I can only ap­pear af­ter it rains and the sun shines. I ex­ist only be­cause of the friend­ship I have with you and the sun. With­out you and Sun, I am noth­ing.”

True friends are never apart, maybe in dis­tance but not in heart. –

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