The Boy and the Moon.

In the 18th century, a boy by the name of James Watson was the quintessential contumacious child. His mother and father could not control the eleven year old and no form of discipline worked. Many sunrises in Kingswood, James fled from his room and wandered carelessly into the forest. His parents warned him of creatures who prey on children. There have been nine cases in 1786 about children ambushed by the larex. Citizens call the beast the devil’s child for it had the head of a bull, wings like a phoenix, and claws of a dragon. James was not discouraged, and all summer long, his ventures into the army of trees continued.

One summer dawn, the larex swooped down and latched his claws around James’ torso. As they flew across the sky, James screamed and tried to wiggle his way free. The larex threw James onto the ground where it began to charge at him. James crawled under a tree log and waited until the larex became exhausted from the fight. As the sun set on the forest of Kingswood, James hid in fear beneath the shadow of the trees. He could not go home; he did not know his way back home. The night grew older and James grew hungry. He climbed a tree to reach the moon. He had heard once that the moon was made out of cheese. James tried his luck and grabbed a piece of the moon. It was indeed made out of cheese.

Mr. and Mrs. Watson feared the worst when James had not returned after several days. They went out looking for the young boy. They found him sitting at the top of a tree and he refused to come down. His parents climbed the tree and discovered James had metamorphosed. After eating a piece of the moon, James too grew craters all over his face and body. Angered by James’ foolishness, Mr. and Mrs. Watson forced James to live on the moon. They ordered the forest to be cut down so that James would not be able to make his way back. Mr. and Mrs. Watson now knew where their son was at all times.

Kristina Whitmire