Archive for October, 2013

The Girl

Posted: October 28, 2013 in Latest post

By: Sagel Kundieko (Grade 8)

 

There I was doing the same thing I’ve been doing in two weeks. Running but getting nowhere. It was dark around me except in front of me and The Monster behind me.

The Monster looks like a centaur but it has wings. His job is to find The next Girl but he can only take the Her if She wants to go. He comes to Her every night and chases Her into The LIGHT. The girl is supposed to rule over the LIGHT City. You will wonder why I didn’t want to go. It’s because The She has to protect The LIGHT People from The DARK City. The DARK City stole the Thing of The LIGHT City, The Thing is the protection of the LIGHT People.

All The GIRLs never return once they meet the ruler of The DARK City. The People think that They are prisoners of The Dark Angel. The vision always comes at 10 o’clock that’s because I am The 10th Girl. According to the principles of the LIGHT City, the 10th Girl is supposed to defeat the Dark Angel. Being The Girl does not mean that you are not human anymore, but in The City you become a fairy.

The lady who told me all this, at school, is my guide, she told me that it was important for me to go and I did.This is my story on how I became The last and right Girl that saved light city.

By Zainab

I have heard it all my life,

A voice calling a name I recognized as my own.

Sometimes it comes as a soft-bellied whisper.

Sometimes it holds an edge of urgency.

But it always says: Wake up my love.

You are walking asleep.

There’s no safety in that!

The Call by Oriah Mountain Dreamer

 

Why is it that we so frequently try to re-invent the person we are, but so infrequently want to be the person we have become? We allow ourselves to be defined by the clothes we wear, the cars we drive and the friends we keep. It is a juggling act that most of us can manage, even master, but sooner or later we are confronted by a real, personal question: Who am I and what have I become?

 

We dress, think, live, behave and even react a certain way with the sole purpose of fitting in. Unbeknownst to us, we have surrendered our lives to imitating trends, looks, likes and behavior. We are relentlessly bombarded by mainstream media, the master puppeteers, tugging at invisible strings and manipulating our every move.

 

We are no longer the keeper of our own souls, our inner being. Our downfall, partly because of an inherent basic human need to belong to a tribe as there is safety in number.

 

What ever happened to just being confident about your own distinct gifts and dreams and believing in not just who you are, but also what you are and where you are? What ever happened to just allowing your special traits to flourish and to become the person you were meant to be?

 

I knew a girl once. Her name was Zainab and we used to be the best of friends. She completed my sentences, knew all my joys and all my fears. We loved the some things, were intrigued by similar wonders and cried and felt sad for the same reasons. Somehow, I have managed to lose that friend. We drifted apart and I’m too scared to try to find her. I am still fearful of what I might find. Would she approve of who I have become? Would I be content with whom she is?

It is a daunting prospect to focus our judgmental eye on our inner sense of self. It takes a tremendous amount of courage to examine one’s persona, to unravel those complexities that make us unique. The thought alone scares us, but it is all right to be afraid. It’s what makes us human. We are frail and vulnerable at times and it’s okay to feel like that. It is, however, essential that we do take that first step to self-realisation.

 

So when you have some time available, when you are all twittered, facebooked and whatsapped out, look your reflection in the eye and ask yourself these questions: Who do my friends perceive me to be? Am I happy with their perception? Am I truly content to be me?

 

My hope on this quest is that I find that girl I once lost and when we reacquaint and rekindle our neglected friendship, she will look me in the eye and smile appreciatively. Only then, will I be truly content with me, myself and I.

By Layla Hildebrand, 2013

Firenza, Luna and Aurora were sisters. They were nothing more than dots on the blank canvas we call ‘space’. In their lonely surroundings of nothingness, they glowed in bright colours. This was the everyday life of three heavenly bodies with nothing but each other’s company, until one day, they felt the need for a change.

They wanted to make something of the never-ending space. Luna and Aurora wanted friends, peace, light and happiness. The three sisters were capable of anything, but for Firenza, power wasn’t enough; she wanted control.

Firenza used her powers to create a magical throne, which she planned to use to attack her sisters. Her envy of her sisters’ powers overwhelmed her and brought nothing but misery to the lives of her sisters. Firenza’s greed overwhelmed her to the point where she was completely uncontrollable, and was no longer aware of her sinful ways.

Luna and Aurora tried their best to console her, but failed in doing so. They then decided that Firenza had to be killed. The two sisters then killed Firenza by casting the Spell of Death over her sleeping body.

As Firenza died, her body gave off a radiant light that still glows today, and is known as our sun. Aurora and Luna felt something they had never experienced before: guilt. The three heavenly bodies that lived side by side for millions of millennia now became two.

There is a crack in everything; that’s how the light gets in. the two sisters realised that their sin was this crack, and that they would find real redemption by turning guilt into good.

This is when Aurora and Luna strived to create good of their guilt. They used Firenza’s light to create new life, while creating peace, friendship and happiness, as they had wished at first.

Aurora found redemption by becoming the earth, and giving life to humans, plants and animals in return for taking the life of her sister. Realising the big mistake she made, she allowed humans to make mistakes as well, to feel redemption and relief. Every night from then on, she watched the humans, plants and animals grow and adapt, and awake to new challenges every day. She created the plants and animals so that they could not live without each other, just as the earth could not survive without Firenza’s light.