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|Anansi and the Sun|
May 28, 2013
Anansi isn't a mean person, he rarely goes out with the intention to hurt someone. When he does its to help others who can not help themselves. He can relate to that all too well. Though sometimes, he just feels like taking people down a peg or two sometimes.
Once such person was Sun. Very long ago, he was an arrogant, self-centered and self-righteous fool. Who refused to move, leaving the world in infinite daylight. He scorched the Earth and made lakes boil over. Nothing more than an inconvenience in the Spirit World, but still worth dealing with. The other spirits complained to Sun but he had taken the form of a mighty dragon. Any who complained quickly fell victim to his insatiable hunger.
So one day, Anansi went to the Sun spirit. Sun was currently devouring herds of cattle in a field. Playing with them between his mighty paws, laughing as they desperately tried to escape his snapping jaws. Anansi scuttled over to him and sat on a rock. Dragon noticed him and looked at the tiny spirit.
"Why hello Sun!" he called out, "You look very nice as a dragon".
"Well you look like lunch", Sun replied opening his mouth to show off his giant white fangs.
"No I don't," insisted Anansi quite factually.
"Why not? I am Sun and I am Dragon! I fear nothing!" he replied a growl rumbling in his throat.
"So, are you really scared of nothing?"
"How scared?" inquired Anansi. Dragon lowered his head in shame and in a hushed voice replied.
"I am petrified of nothing", Anansi dug his hands into his pockets.
"Well, I have nothing in my pockets," Sun recoiled in horror. His mighty wings stretched out to prepare him to fly away.
"Would you like to see it?" asked Anansi, moving his hands slowly out of his pockets.
"No! NO! I do not!" cried Sun in terror.
"Well you better look out", he pointed around Sun, "There's nothing there and there. In fact there is nothing all around you.
Dragon looked around shocked. Anansi was right, there WAS nothing around him. Nothing at all. He took flight into the sky and ran. Nothing was chasing him, nothing was going to hurt him. He was terrified for his life.
Anansi laughed to himself and walked back home whistling a merry tune.
And so, the sun races through the sky to escape the one thing that he fears the most. Nothing.
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