THE STAR GRINDER and the QUEEN
By T.B. CHARLES
Caspian was at work grinding stars.
He was one of many Star Grinders who worked for Queen Morea.
Every day he worked grinding up stars for her crown.
And every day her crown got a little bit bigger.
Some in her court were afraid it was getting too high. They said it was dangerous.
Queen Morea ignored them.
“HIGHER!” screamed Queen Morea. "I want it to reach to the STARS!"
She wanted everyone in the kingdom , both far and wide, to see her crown.
"I want the biggest and most brilliant crown ever," she said as she walked through her castle. "Get me MORE!"
The next night the Royal Star Gazer spotted a falling star.
The queen summoned her Star Chasers.
She hopped into her carriage with her crown stretching as high as the treetops.
When the Star Chasers arrived at the site, the star’s light was still beating.
When the queen saw it, she cried: “Hurry, this one still has a strong light beating inside. Get it to my Star Grinders quickly.”
All the Star Grinders grabbed their hammers when the star arrived.
Caspian waited for the signal.
But when he looked at the light beating inside the star he dropped his hammer. All he could see was that light beating, beating, beating.
The other Star Grinders began hammering when they heard the signal.
Caspian could see the light slowly staring to fade.
“ENOUGH!” shouted Caspian.
No one knew what to do now. Nothing like this had happened before.
Caspian grabbed the star and ran out of the castle.
Queen Morea ordered her Royal Guards to capture him.
She followed the guards in her carriage.
Caspian ran to the end of the kingdom.
He arrived at a cliff. There was no where to run. He stood at the cliff's edge with the twinkling star.
The Royal Guards were getting closer.
“Give me that star!” demanded Queen Morea.
“The stars don’t belong to anyone,” said Caspian.
“I must make my crown HIGHER! Give me that star now before it loses its light!”
Caspian lifted the star. “I am giving it back to the night sky so everyone can see it!”
Queen Morea stepped out of her carriage. “That star is mine!”