In the city of Utopia, lived a caterpillar named
Charlie. Utopia was a place of beauty; everything there had a
certain glow to it, besides Charlie. He was just a simply plain,
fat, green caterpillar. He really didn't have any friends because
everyone else thought he was ugly. Charlie always wished he was
as beautiful as all the other animals. Lauren, the lady bug, was
bright red with tiny black dots and could fly higher than the
clouds. Zach the Zebra had a magnificent pattern of black and
white strips and could run faster than the wind. Charlie even
thought the flowers and trees were prettier then he was. All he
wanted was to be something so beautiful, everyone would have to
One morning while Charlie was taking his daily
walk in the park, he overheard a few of the other animals talking
about him. "Charlie just doesn't belong here. Don't you agree?"
said Lauren. "TOTALLY AGREE!" yelled Zach, "He isn't as pretty as
the rest of…well everything here in Utopia." After hearing what
the others had said about him, he realized that he had to do
sometime about it. So Charlie decided that he had to leave and
find some place, anywhere he belongs. Charlie didn't even bother
to pack his bags or take anything with him, and began his
Charlie walked and walked for days, but couldn't
seem to find a place he belonged. Everywhere he went was
surrounded by beautiful things. The grass of Takamine was the
greenest grass Charlie has ever seen, too green. Deohgee was
covered with enormous fields of white roses that swayed in the
gentle breeze. Everywhere Charlie went beauty seemed to explode
out of every corner. He felt that there was nowhere he belonged,
nowhere he would feel handsome. But he wasn't going to give up
Back in Utopia Zach started to wonder where
Charlie had disappeared to. He hadn't seen him in over a month
and began to worry. "Do you think it is our fault he is gone?"
asked Zach. "Why do you care, that ugly thing has finally
vanished!" Lauren said. "True." Zach replied. Even though Zach
agreed, he still felt responsible for Charlie's departure. Lauren
was happier than ever that Charlie was no longer part of Utopia.
Charlie came across a city so disturbing that he
believed it to be perfect for him. Toograh had skies of dirt
grey, with clouds that looked like giant black trash bags full of
garbage. There was not a flower in sight, unless you count weeds
as flowers. "Who are you?" whispered someone from behind Charlie.
"Why are you here?" the voice questioned. Charlie felt scared to
answer the unfamiliar voice. "You don't belong here!" Sadness
flushed over Charlie, was he too ugly to even belong in such a
place like Toograh.
Charlie slowed turned to see who was asking such
heartbreaking questions. It was an opossum; he had sharp jagged
teeth and a long wire looking tail. Charlie has never seen
something so repulsive. "I am Charlie from Utopia; I have come to
live here because I am too ugly for Utopia." Charlie responded
skittishly. "You have to be pulling my tail!" giggled the
opossum. "My name is Oscar; I am the wizard of this wonderful
city, Toograh. Welcome." They began to walk back to Oscar's house
and talked about Charlie's journeys that lead him there.
"Why did you say I don't belong here?" Charlie asked with a
puzzled expression across his face. Oscar giggled, "You are too
beautiful for Toograh. Animals will start to talk." "But that's
exactly what I was looking for, to be something so beautiful,
everyone has to love me!" answered Charlie. "You belong in Utopia
Charlie." said Oscar. "But no one there…" Charlie began to say.
"Follow me, I can fix everything!" interrupted Oscar. Without a
word, Charlie followed, still puzzled.
"Drink this and when you wake up, you will be the most beautiful
thing alive." Oscar said as he passed Charlie a tall glass of
some purple liquid. Charlie didn't hesitate and drank the whole
glass in one go. Being the most beautiful thing alive sounded
great to him. After Charlie finished the glass of the gross
purple juice, Oscar began to giggle. "What is so funny?" Charlie
asked. "You will be asleep for three months, I forgot to warn
you." Oscar said with a smirk on his face. "That's not that bad
I…" Charlie stopped talking and looked at his hands. Some kind of
silky cloth started to form all over his body. "What is
happening!?" Charlie yelled. "Oh I guess I forgot to tell you
that part too." Oscar said still smirking.
Before Charlie had the chance to ask more questions about what
was going on, he was in a deep sleep. Oscar watched over him
during the three months to make sure everything was working
correctly. One morning just as the sun was rising; Charlie awoke
but didn't feel any different. He broke out of the silk cloth as
fast as he could, he was so anxious to know what had happen. As
Charlie stepped out of the cloth, Oscar was walking in the front
door and his jaw dropped in astonishment.
"It worked!" Oscar shouted. Charlie then realized that he had
become a something no animal has ever seen in real life.
Something made up only in fairy tales, he was a butterfly. He had
wings that were a marvelous mixture of black and yellow. When he
fluttered them he began to sore higher than he could ever
imagine. The wind that blew past his face felt like a dream come
true. Charlie was the most beautiful thing alive. Charlie said
thank you and good-bye promising to always come and visit Oscar.
He then began his journey back to Utopia.
Once Charlie arrived in Utopia, everyone was amazed at his
beauty. They couldn't believe their eyes and had so many
questions to ask him. Except for Lauren, she was jealous of his
beauty. She ended up leaving Utopia in search for this "Oscar".
Zach and Charlie became the best of friends despite what had
happen before. Charlie became the most loved, most popular bug in
all of Utopia. Everything was just as he had hoped for all his