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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)

TITLE: Zita of Chiaki
By Dalyn Woods


Once upon a time there was a young girl named Zita who was very curious. She wanted to know why the sky was blue and the grass was green. She wanted to know why water was wet and sugar was sweet. But mostly she wanted to know the great secret. She happily skipped through her land of Chiaki, asking questions of all the creatures she met. The birds told her how they flew. The fish told her how they swam. And the zebras told her how they got their stripes, but none of them knew the great secret. Then one day she met a dragon.

“My name is Ganesa, and I know the great secret. You must seek wisdom, study to gain knowledge and perform many good deeds. When you have gained enough wisdom, knowledge and goodness, you will have reached the highest level, and then you can go to Daichi, the great land of wisdom and intellect. You will know you’re complete when you see the blue moon.”

So, Zita studied great philosophers, read huge volumes and performed many good deeds every day. She traveled all over the land of Chiaki attending lectures and trying to live by all the tenets she was learning.

Every night she would wait for the blue moon to rise thinking, surely I’ve gained enough wisdom and knowledge now. Surely I’ve done enough good deeds, but every night the moon was just the same as it had always been. Soon she was tired, sick and empty. I will never be good enough, she thought. Each morning she would fight exhaustion to continue seeking, studying and performing.

One day she simply could not get out of bed. She cried, “How will I ever get to Daichi if I can’t get up to seek wisdom, study knowledge and perform good deeds? I’ll never see the blue moon.” And then she felt something nudging her. She opened her eyes to discover a lamb standing by her bed.

“My name is Kayson and I have come to bring you truth and healing.”

“Oh, thank you. I am so tired and sick from seeking wisdom, knowledge and goodness. What must I do?”

“You only need to believe in me. I will do all the work; I will be your sacrifice.”

“I do believe,” Zita said.

And then Kayson lay down beside her and died. Zita was very sad and she fell into a deep sleep. On the third day she awoke feeling refreshed, healthy and happy, until she saw Kayson still lying by her bed. Then a wondrous thing happened, the lamb’s body began to morph into a lion that rose up with a roar!

“My name is Elvio Setia Chaim – the way, the truth and the life. You believed and accepted Kayson’s sacrifice for your healing and I have come to take you to Elysia.”

Zita looked out the window, amazed to see the blue moon had risen.

Note: name and place meanings found at Babynames.com

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Barbara Lynn Culler01/13/11
Love this allegory!
diana kay01/13/11
interesting and engaging... thank you for the names hint i will be off to check that out
Brenda Rice 01/13/11
This is so creative and interesting. I liked it so much. Thanks for sharing.
Leola Ogle 01/13/11
Wow! Wonderfully written! Enjoyed this very much! God bless!
Mildred Sheldon01/17/11
What a wonderful story. There are no word to express how much I enjoyed this. You did an outstanding job on the challenge. Thank you and keep writing.