During this time humans and the trees had FIRE to warm themselves, while FIRE frightened the animals. Still, there was no light in the sky at night, causing cold and dark for the animal. Then when the wind blew scary sounds, the animals hid in fear of being hunted for foods.
One day the animals cousins got together to complain. "We must have light to see at night." "We cannot see the ground, the trees or the flowers." "We cannot see from our dens at night." In our hideouts!" "We see the light go out as the sun falls behind Mother Earth."
Father Snake asked, "Who will be brave and willing to travel and capture light for us?"
The cousins watched each other to see who would step forward and volunteer for the long trip and bring back the desired light.
Cousin Rabbit hopped forward; this was the long-legged Jack that lived in the prairies. "Don't worry, with my fine feet and my strong legs I can jump far. I will hop, and I will find the light."
As Rabbit set off on his journey's his cousin bought him flowers, carrots, and many vegetables to eat. He said, "Thank you, friends." The foods, he put in the lightly woven basket that hung from his shoulder on his back. "I will find the light and carry the glow back in my basket." Off Rabbit hopped as cousins stood on the hill and waved.
Soon after in the distance, the cousins saw Rabbit hopping back. Approaching his cousins, Rabbit said, "I have failed. The longer I hopped the farther the light moved away from me. I could not catch it. I'm so sorry about the light." The cousins patted Rabbit and gave him hugs, "We understand and appreciate your efforts."
On hearing this Cousin Fox shoved his way to the center circle. Father Snake gestures him to speak.
"My dear cousins there is nothing to fear, the great Fox is here. With my strong legs and my sense of sight, I'll find the light, and I'll bring it back tonight." He took the basket from Rabbit and placed it on his back. The cousins cheered as Fox ran along his way.
Not too long after leaving Fox limped back into the circle of cousins. His head lowered, his feet swelled, and his fur ruffled. "I ran as fast as I could, and as I ran further and further closer to the light the heat ruffled my fur. Because of the heat, I could not get close enough."
His cousins patted him and gave Cousin Fox hugs, "You did the best you could."
Cousin Eagle approached the center of the circle and stood tall. The cousins watched the mighty bird as he spoke. "I will bring my cousins the light. My wings are strong, and I have enough power. I will catch the light as it falls underneath Mother Earth." He took the basket from Cousin Fox and put it on his back.
Not too long after, Cousin Eagle with his wings drooping and his feathers ruffled said, "I flew over mountains, prairies, rivers, and oceans. I could not find the edge of Mother Earth before the sun fell. I could not capture the light. I'm a disappointment to all my cousins. Please forgive me."
The cousins gathered around Cousin Eagle patting and hugging him. "You did your best, and we are very appreciative."
Silence hung around the cousins as the sun and the light fell behind Mother Earth. As long as they could, the cousins complained about the darkness, the cold, and not seeing each other or trees in the night. The biggest of fear was the wind's noises in the dark.
Grandma Spider crawled through all the complaints to the center circle. The cousins did not notice her until she said in her small voice in her soft way, "I can bring the light to my cousins."
Everyone stopped to see who spoken. The cousins snickered and chuckled at Grandma Spider. "You can't even lift the basket." "You have eight legs that are tiny." "How far can you travel?" "Grandma Spider, you are much too old."
Grandma Spider said to her cousins, "All you say is true. I'm tiny. I'm my legs are small, so I have many. I'm old. I can't carry that big basket. However, I will bring the light back. For I am wise due to my age."
Grandma Spider did not carry the basket. She walked as long as Cousin Rabbit hopped, as far as Cousin Fox ran, and as high Cousin Eagle flew crossing deserts, prairies, and forests. She walked around lakes. She hopped across rivers. She climbed the highest mountains. She hopped and skipped among the highest clouds. As she traveled, Grandma Spider spun a thread behind her so that she could find her way home to her cousins. Through many days Grandma Spider walked; she rested during the dark, cold nights. She did not eat.
Along, a river bank she found clay. She molded the bowl, in which she would carry the light back to her cousins.
Finally, Grandma Spider saw the evening glow between the light and the darkness at the edge of Mother Earth. The glow turned orange and then it became a red-pink. As she crept closer to see what was happening, the glow turned yellow. Many Sky People danced around the light.
Grandma Spider was afraid of the Sky People. They were huge; they sang in loud voices while they danced in high steps. Grandma Spider called to them. "May I have a piece of the light?" They did not hear her words lost in their song and movements.
She approached the light and observed that rays came reached through the night sky. Grandma Spider moved to every edge of the light. Very quietly, very quickly, she broke off a piece of a ray and put the piece in her clay bowl. Then grabbed the end of her web following the thread back to her cousins.
The piece of light grew larger and larger and became hotter and brighter. Grandma Spider was too small; she could hardly carry the bowl. She took the glowing light and threw it into the sky. The huge yellow-orange light hung in the night sky. Grandma Spider called this the Moon. The sparkles that flew around the Moon and resembled small diamonds Grandma Spider called Stars.
Grandma Spider saw a tiny spark in the clay bowl and carried that home. She enjoyed her walk through the many days and nights; she was pleased with herself.
Her cousins could not believe old Grandma Spider returned. "You were gone for days and nights." "A bright round glow hangs the dark sky." "Sparkles are everywhere."
Grandma spider smiled respectfully. "The sky people were huge and danced around a bright glow. I took a ray of their light that reached into the night. As I traveled home that piece became hot, so hot, I threw it into the dark sky. The large orange glow I called the Moon. The sparkles that glimmered around the moon I called Stars."
The animals cousins gazed into the sky pleased with the light. "Thank you, Grandma Spider. We do appreciate and have gratitude for your strength and wisdom."
As she observed what the Sky People had, Grandma Spider explained her cousins, "Dig a hole in the earth for a pit. Sit stones around this hole for a hearth. Put wood into this hearth." Grandma Spider placed the spark of light on the wood. "Trees hold FIRE which will burn and make warm light. Always thank the trees that give the light."
Most animals cousins were not interested in having FIRE, which frightened them. The monkeys took the offering and went back to their jungles.
Since that day during the nights, cousins sit under the sky filled with stars watching the moon travel in the darkness, remembering how old, small Grandma Spider crossed Mother Earth into the sky to bring back LIGHT.
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Fire, the HungerRandom
Earth was created. Animals and humans lived in harmony, no fear among them. Day fill of warm and light, and life was lived. Night brought cold and dark, and human and animals hid in fear. From folktales and legends around the world, stories that tel...