Junior 3rd Prize Winning Story
“The Three Dragon Eggs” by Ma Theint Nwe Soe, CAE Private High School (Nay Pyi Taw), Myanmar, is the Third Prize winning story in the junior category of the second biannual Short Story Contest 2018.
The Three Dragon Eggs
In the hills of Northern Myanmar, there once lived a Naga-princess. She was very beautiful, and the sun-god fell in love with her. So he came down from the sky and lived with her for some time. Then he went back to the sky. Later, the dragon-princess gave birth to three eggs and she carefully looked after them. When the eggs were nearly hatched, she called the crow to her and asked him to go and tell the sun-god that his three children would soon be hatched. At that time, the crow was snow-white in colour. The crow flew to the sun-god and gave him the massage. The sun-god brought out a ruby, which was worth a kingdom, from among his treasures and said to the crow, “Tell my beloved that I cannot come and see the children. But give her this ruby, and ask her to buy a kingdom with it.” Then the sun- god wrapped up the ruby in a piece of cloth and gave it to the crow, who flew towards the Northern Hills of Myanmar with the bundle in his beak.
On the way, the crow saw a caravan of five hundred merchants. The merchants were having their breakfast, and hundreds of birds were hopping about nearby, gobbling up the morsels of food thrown to them by the merchants. The crow felt hungry and alighted not for away. After hiding his bundle under a bush, he joined the other birds. One of the merchants saw the crow hiding in the bundle and he went towards the bush without letting the crow see him. He found the ruby in the bundle, and took it, replacing it with a piece of cow-dung. The crow after having his fill, picked up the bundle, and without realizing that the ruby had been stolen, flew on the dragon-princess. The princess received the message and the bundle in great joy, but her joy soon turned to sorrow when she found a piece of cow-dung in the bundle. She died soon after of a broken heart. When the sun-god learnt of the tragedy later, he scorched the feathers of the crow as punishment for losing the ruby. Since that time the crow has been black in colour. The eggs lay neglected for many days and they did not hatch as there was no mother to look after them. When the rains came, the eggs were washed into the Ayeyarwady and they floated down the great river.
When they reached Mogok one of the eggs struck against a rock and broke and countless numbers of rubies fell out of it. That is why there are rubies at Mogok. When two remaining eggs reached middle of Myanmar one egg struck against a rock, and a tiger came out of the broken egg. The last egg reached lower Myanmar, where it struck against a rock and a crocodile came out. So the tigers and the crocodiles of the present day are descendants of the tiger and the crocodile who were the children of the dragon-princess and the sun-god.
This story isn’t true but I want to give you a massage. The dragon princess was dead because the crow didn’t make his task dutifully.. And it was punished. The dragon’s egg did not hatch and was struck. If the crow made his task dutifully, the story was pleasant in the ending. So I want to give you a massage that adhere on your duty and try to be the dutiful person.