LEGEND OF RAIN
A long time ago, the earth was ruled by gods who lived in complete harmony with each other. But time came when there were few fights that aroused between some of them. These fights happened long before there was any form of rain and the rainbow was unknown to everyone.
Once, the god of the clouds and the god of water had an argument. They wanted to know who among them was stronger. The god of water made the first move. He consulted the sun god, ruler of their territory, about how to prove himself stronger than the god of the clouds. "If you can capture the fairest creature on land, you shall be stronger than the god of the clouds. But surely you will find it hard to capture her for she is watched by a faithful guardian. As long as the guardian is awake you cannot escape from him and seize the fairest creature because his legs can run through the thickest forest." The sun god spoke with an all-knowing voice. "How can I capture her then? How can I keep the guardian asleep so I can seize the creature?" asked the god of water. "Well that is for you to know. I can not reveal everything to you because it would be unfair for the god of the clouds," replied the sun god. There was a long silence and finally the god of water left. While leaving, a sly idea entered his mind. He would take the grains of magic sand and put it in the guardian's eyes. This will make his eyes shut and will keep him asleep as he seizes the creature.
The fairest creature on land they were referring to was a forest nymph named Alana. She was a beautiful and playful creature who cared for the forests of the land. She was a rare breed of a nymph because she sings to the plants of the forest to provide them with everlasting life. In exchange the plants of the forests would give enough power to her guardian so that she could be watched carefully. She was guarded by a young and handsome warrior named Jasper. Jasper was destined to guard the present generation of the forest nymph. Alana being a rare breed was easy target for jealousy and greed. Someone was needed to guard her ever since she learned to walk and was out of the cradle.
Now the god of water had a plan. By night he sneaked into the castle of Alana and into Jasper's post. The god of water carefully sprinkled sand in Jasper's eyes. He then went to Alana's room and captured her. "Help me! Jasper where are you? Please save me from this beast!" She cried out.
But alas! She was in the chariot of the god of water and riding off to a land far away from her forest homes. No matter how loud she cried Jasper could not hear her because he was under the spell of the magic sand.
When Jasper awoke he saw no nymph greet him with a mischievous smile or a basket of freshly picked flowers on the table but a messy house with scattered furniture and no Alana. He was grieved by the sight and in an instant knew that someone had taken Alana captive. He searched the nearby lands but he did not find Alana. Finally he went to sun god and sought help. "I cannot tell you where she is for a secret might be revealed. However, I know someone who can help you. Tell the god of the clouds about what you know and he will know exactly what to do." Jasper then ventured to the god of the clouds' castle.
Jasper talked to the god of the clouds. "So this is how my rival shows his power over me. Quarreling over such a little matter is already enough trouble. Taking someone as prison must be the most terrible thing I ever heard. Do not worry. I annually travel to a lot of places during this time. Maybe my rival, god of water, has hidden her in these places. Come with me on the journey and together we will find her.", said the god of the clouds. "But how can I travel with you because you journey through air while I am only a mere human without Alana's powers to help me? I cannot fly like a bird at present." Jasper exclaimed. The god of the clouds replied: "I will give you the wings of an eagle. However, you will never be able to take them off again. This is the only way you can come with me on the journey." Jasper readily agreed.
Meanwhile, the god of water's chariot has already traveled a great distance from the great forests. They were now standing in the middle of the sea and the god of water had given Alana a fishtail so that she could swim and not drown. As she was wandering near the surface hoping Jasper might catch a glimpse of her, a beautiful bird with golden feathers came near and she recognized the nymph. "Don't worry my beauteous, I will find the guardian and tell him you are here." the bird said. And off it went.
The god of the clouds was traveling with his soldiers of clouds and with Jasper following behind. Suddenly, the bird appeared from the horizon and flew to jasper and the god of the clouds. "Master Jasper, I have found the fair nymph. She is in the southern waters. You must come to her immediately and take her from the wrath of the god of water." the bird said in one breath. "Show me the way and I will follow you to the place." replied Jasper. The group traveled to the southern direction.
Finally they had reached the southern waters of the wide sea. Behold! Out of the water leaped Alana now with a tail of a fish. "Alana," Jasper yelled "I have come to take you back to the great forests."
"But how can I live in the forest now when I have a tail of a fish? I will not last one minute without water. I will never get enough power to turn them into feet from this distance." Alana said.
"Then I will stay in the waters as well so I can make sure that the god of water does not intend to eat you for his supper."
"You couldn't do that. Otherwise your wings will get wet and you won't be able to fly back to the forests and take care of the plants. Nobody will take care of them to make them live. Do not worry. I will be fine in this sea. I only need a person to bring water to the forest as replacement for my voice."
Jasper could not disobey orders even if it was trading his life to show his love. He could not bear to leave Alana in those waters so he asked for a remembrance. Alana finally thought of a solution:
"After you have done what I have asked you to do, the sun god will cast the reflection of my smile in the sky. It will appear in all the colors of the flowers I have picked from the forest of flowers. This will serve as a memory of me." The clouds then gathered plenty of water and traveled for the forests. They poured the water over the trees and after it was done, a beautiful bow made of glistening colors appeared in the sky from the rain.
This was the first rainfall. Ever since, Jasper and Alana lived in different ways. They would see each other either frolicking below or gliding in the air above. The god of the clouds occasionally gets angry whenever the god of water is mentioned in front of him. His eyes dart like spears and his booming voice echoes in the skies. Nobody knows when Alana will be set free but most of her beloved friends, including Jasper, know that she is pleased when she smiles.