At first there was only empty space and an artist. Her name was Savisa, a large being that spent all her time drawing and painting. She wasn’t fond of anything she made though. Whenever she found it unworthy, she’d crumble her work up and start a new piece. The crumbled pieces would condense from all the pressure in the universe and form into planets and stars.
Eventually she created a piece she was actually proud of. Using her creative powers, she took the drawing from off the paper and made it into an actual being. His name was to be Kaan.
Soon Kaan developed his own personality, which actually annoyed Savisa. Since she wasn’t very fond of him, he spent most of his time wandering through space. Looking at all the old pieces Savisa had created, that were now planets, he thought maybe he could keep one for himself. He began collecting a bunch of planets, hoping he’d find the “perfect one.”
Stumbling upon it by accident, he couldn’t believe his eyes. He knew immediately that this was the planet he’d been looking for. Kaan let go off all the planets he’d previously collected-which remained in groups, I believe they’re called galaxies now. He named his planet Earth after he noticed a few lines on the still condensing piece that seemed to form the word.
Kaan went to Savisa, asking her if he could have some paint for a new important project. Believing that everyone can be an artist and trusting her creation, she gave him every color she had. Every shade, every tone, every tint.
Excited, he hurried back to his Earth. At first he splattered blue and green everywhere. Then came the detail. Using brown, grey, and white to create large masses he’d call mountains. With white and blue he’d make the poles of the earth. The red seemed to signify something hot, heat was dangerous, he’d apply it scarcely across only a few mountains. These would be called volcanoes.
Kaan spent four days designing his earth, making sure every piece was designed specifically so that each biome would grow properly with the amount of light received from the nearby star, Sun.
After he’d finished his biomes, Kaan began creating the animals that’d exist in them. The animals were tricky because their sizes and colors varied in correspondence to their biome. But with much patience he was able to create thousands of them. Some flew, some belonged in the blue surrounding the land, some were bound to the earth. All with appetites for different things. Animals that ate only the plants of the earth were called herbivores. The ones that enjoyed the taste of other animals were carnivores and the ones that couldn’t decide on which of the two they liked most were called omnivores.
And so life went on. Earth was peaceful and complete to Kaan. Very proud of himself for his work, he decided he’d tell Savisa hoping she’d finally appreciate him and be proud of him.
When he finally found Savisa again she was in the middle of creating another “masterpiece,” called Zepha. The creature was the complete opposite of him, could not create a single piece of art. And yet Savisa loved her, she told Kaan to take Zepha back to his Earth so she can work with him, to teach her the ways of art.
Back to earth they went. Upset, Savisa didn’t even show an ounce of appeasement for his work. Kaan despised the trip back home.
Zepha couldn’t learn anything. Her lines were sloppy and she was probably color blind because every color she chose was the opposite of the piece she was trying to recreate. After a couple days Kaan just left her alone to learn for herself, he wasn’t going to spend his time teaching someone he detested. He went to the other side of the earth, as far away as possible from Zepha.
Two years went by and the two never crossed paths. But one day Kaan noticed some of his animals disappearing. He knew it had to do something with Zepha.
Apparently, throughout out the two years spent apart she finally learned how to create art. But these creatures were different from any animal Kaan had ever seen. She called them Humans. These creatures were able to build their own shelters and procreated rapidly. They ate all of Kaan’s creations, from his producers to the largest of his animals. Destructive things even fought each other.
The two argued over the humans. Kaan insisted she’d rid of them, they were gonna destroy his planet, but Zepha was proud of herself and wouldn’t dare to. The argument had gotten to the point where neither would settle their differences. So they decided to take it to Savisa, who they trusted knew best.
Hearing both sides, Savisa decided they should just destroy earth, it’d give neither of them a reason to argue. But this was something the two artists were not willing to do, they’d grown attached to their home and didn’t think it necessary. So Zepha and Kaan made an agreement; with every animal erased from the earth, a catastrophe would have to take place wiping out a decent amount of humans.
It was their way of sustaining a sense of balance.
Adriana Amador-Chacon, an 11th grader at Woodrow Wilson High School, is a reader, a visual artist and a writer. Adriana’s favorite subjects are chemistry and creative writing.