'Ka, the Girl of the Sand
By: Chloe C.
Indiana, Age 13
Once a long, long time ago, a young girl named 'Ka who lived in a poor, dirt village. Everything around was brown and dark, mucky green, like an ugly blanket that covered the town. Despite this, the people were happy and joyful, always thankful for the fall harvest and the trees that grew from the dirt. 'Ka was not, in fact, she despised the ugly brown dirt, wishing for jewels and rubies in her home, instead of the tasteless, disgusting vegetables that filled the houses and dinner plates of each villager. 'Ka hated the blandness of her green life and the smell of the rancid Brussels sprouts did not help. This may have been because of 'Ka not being like other people, for she stood more tall with long 15 feet tall legs and long outstretched arms. Her birth was also different, she fell from the inside of a tree branch on the tallest tree, causing her to be as different as a diamond amongst coal.
'Ka had the daily task of fetching water to water the plants that were growing. This was because her arms were as long as ten-foot poles that could stretch into the water deep enough that the villagers did not need a well. Her hair was also an un-natural blue color that made her look like she belonged with the water to the dangerous animals that came by. It was said that evil monstrous beats lurked near the river to stop humans from stealing the river's gift of water for the animals. 'Ka dipped her long arms in the water and watched as the fish moved out of the way. As she lifted the bin out of the water 'Ka spotted an unusually colored fish. Since every single thing in the village was a green or brown, the fish glowed and sparked in 'Ka's eyes, from its rainbow radiance. 'Ka brought the water up to the land, and used her strength to pull twenty feet of grass off the ground and use it as a towel to dry her long arms. They asked 'Ka her name, with a loud fish squeak. ''I'm 'Ka, who are you?'' With another squeak the fish replied ''Ja.'' 'Ka smiled. ''I love all your colors Ja. In my village everything is brown, and green. Even the skin and tongues of our animals. I wish we didn't have all the grass and dirt. They stain everything like green and brown bleach.'' Ja then told her of a mysterious cave that could only be opened by a key made of a five-inch fingernail and a lock of blue hair. 'Ka smiled, for with her long arms and fingers came ten-inch finger nails, and her hair was also a vibrant, blue color and 20 feet thick and 50 feet wide with many locks of hair to spare. Inside the cave there was bright orange, yellow, and sliver jewels that were as tiny as grains of dirt.
'Ka thanked Ja and left in a hurry to find this cave, and use the jewels to bring color to the town where everything, even the sky and sun above were brown and green. 'Ka ran for 1,000 miles and after 10 minutes she arrived at the cave. The cave was very tall and wide, but was rocky and sharp, with pointy spikes on the inside entrance. When 'Ka made it to the gate inside, she yanked a lock of hair out of her head and cut off half of one fingernail and fixed together a key. She unlocked the gate and walked in to a room filed with jewels in numbers beyond infinity. 'Ka used her long arms to scoop up 50,000 of the ant-sized gems and ran out of the cave with the gems piled high. 'Ka went home and packed the gems into the ground behind her house. She did this every day until her yard was not big enough to cover the gems. Soon the whole village's ground was full of gems, then 100,000,000 yards beyond that, then farther, and farther, and farther, until finally the colors of green and brown were only a memory for most of that part of the world. 'Ka named the jewels in the ground sand and called anyplace where sand replaced dirt desert.
The people of her village rejoiced in the light color filling their ground, like as if people had ever seen color, but soon realized that food could not be planted in this sand. The villagers began to argue of what to do with the sand. Some villagers argued that the sand was a beautiful wonder to their boring lives, and that they should bring dirt from far away to grow their crops in. Others argued that the sand was a burden and should be abandoned. The villagers argued for a month straight, eating the remaining food to survive, but for a month roars and angry shouts filled the air, like a pack of wild dogs fighting over steak. Finally, the villagers realized they only had enough food to go on a journey to go live someplace new, not enough to go get sand and come back. So the people left and the sand stayed.
'Ka wept loudly for her selfishness by the river. ''I do not want to leave my home! It is all my fault! I should have been satisfied! I do not want to leave! Now the desert shall be a burden to Earth! No one will be able to live here, all because of me!'' The fish Ja heard her cries and squeaked to her words of reassurance.
''There is an animal swimming beneath our surface that does not belong. I love him as my own son, but I know that he is the only one who can lead a kingdom of people on this sand. I will make sure that this sand will no longer be a mistake through him leading people on it. I will make sure the sand you saw as good and turned out evil will be good again. He will lead a kingdom on this sand.''
'Ka thanked the fish and left, holding her head high, for now she has learned her lesson and will be thankful for the new land she would travel to. Just then a large lightning bolt struck the desert, and to 'Ka's delight, no wildfire started, showing that the sand was good for something, for before lighting storms set fire to the village.
''Oh, Ja, now I have Hope!'' And with that 'Ka covered her long arms in the sand, and wrapped them around the bolt, bouncing into the sky along with it. With, “Kre, kre, kre.” she was gone into the sky.
Decades later the desert stood still in silence as a tribe of hunter-gathers found the desert, with a Great Rabbit standing in the middle. He welcomed the people to his land, telling them the story of 'Ka as the settled in the desert. The named it Scaca, and like 'Ka the stood tall. Now they would be thankful and learn from 'Ka's ways, standing tall on the sand.