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BEAUTY IS ONLY SKIN DEEP

By: Rebeccah M.
Pennsylvania, Age 14

THERE WAS ONCE A LITTLE BOY WHO WORKED HARD ALL DAY AND NIGHT. WHEN HE WAS DONE WITH HIS CHORES HE ASKED HIS MOTHER...MOTHER MAY I GO OUT AND PLAY NOW..SHE REPLIED NO YPU UGLY CHILD! SIT AND BE GOOD. HE WAS ALMOST THE UGLY DUCKLING. WHEN HIS BROTHER AND SISTERS CAME INSIDE THEY SAW THE UGLY CHILD SITTING THERE ALL ALONE THEY JUST LAUGHED AND CALLED HIM NAMES.WELL ONE DAY WHEN THE MOST HANDSOME AND ELDEST OF THE CHILDREN WAS WALKING DOWN THE WOOD HE SAW A BEAUTIFUL SWAN STUCK IN QUICK SAND. THE SWAN YELLED YOU LOOK LIKE A GOOD FINE GENTLEMEN WILL YOU HELP ME. HE REPLIED EWWWWW NO, FOR I JUST BOUGHT A SUIT. DO I REALLY WANT TO MESS IT UP FOR YOU? NO I DON'T! AND OFF HE WENT. NOT TWO FAR BEHIND HIM CAME HIS TWO VERY BEAUTIFUL LITTLE SISTERS. THEY TOO HAD SEEN THE BEAUTIFUL SWAN STUCK IN THE SAND.AS THEY WALKED PASSED THE SWAN SAID YOU LOOK LIKE TWO KIND HEARTED YOUNG WOMEN WON'T YOU PLESE HELP ME. THEY LOOKED AT EACH OTHER AND LAUGHED. WHY WOULD WE HELP YOU? DO YOU REALLY HAVE ANYTHING TO OFFER US? THE SWAN SAID NO. THEY SAID OUR POINT EXACTLY. BUT I HAVE THE CHANCE TO OFFER YOU A GOOD FEELING AT YOU SAVING ME. THE SWAN SAID AS THEY WALKED AWAY. THE SWAN BECAME RESTLESS AND WAS ALMOST ALL THE WAY IN THE SAND, WHEN I LITTLE BOY CAME WALKING ALONG. THE SWAN SAID YOU LOOK LIKE A SMART YOUNG LAD WON'T YOU ATLEAST HELP ME?
THEY BOY STOPPED ALL AT ONCE DROPPED HIS THINGS AND RAN TO THE SWANS RESCUE. WHEN THE SWAN WAS FREE HE ASKED THE LITTLE BOY WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WANT? ANYTHING, ANYTHING I WILL GIVE IT TO YOU JUST ASK ME. GOOD DEAR SWAN I WANT TO BE BEAUTIFUL REPLIED THE BOY. I WANT TO BE BEAUTIFUL LIKE MY BROTHER AND SISTERS. WHAT??? REPLIED THE SWAN. THEY ARE NOT BEAUTIFUL AT ALL. YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN BEAUTIFUL. AND ALWAYS WILL BE. THEN WITH THE TOUCH OF HIS WING HE TURNED THE BOY INTO THE MOST HANDSOME CHILD IN THE WHOLE WORLD. WHEN THE LITTLE BOY WENT HOME HE COULD NOT FIND HIS FAMILY ANYWHERE. HE THEN FOUND OUT THAT HE HAD NO FAMILY ANYMORE. HE THEN YELLED AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS. SCREAMING I WILL TURN UGLY AGAIN, I WILL TURN UGLY AGAIN. JUST GIVE ME A FAMILY, JUST GIVE ME MY FAMILY BACK PLEASE. WHEN THE SWAN HEARD THIS HE SENT THE LITTLE BOYS FAMILY BACK ONLY THIS TIME THEY WERE ALL UGLY EXCEPT THE LITTLE BOY. HE SAW THEM FOR WHAT THEY REALLY WERE, BUT WHEN THEY LOOKED IN THE MIRROR THEY SAW THEMSELVES AS BEAUTIFUL AS THEY WERE BEFORE. SO THEY COULD NOT UNDERSTAND WHY THE TOWNS PEOPLE WOULD RUN AWAY FROM THEM. BUT THE LITTLE BOY KNEW. AND HE ALSO KNEW THAT HE HAD HIS FAMILY BACK. AND FOR ONCE IN HIS LIFE HE WAS HAPPY