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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