How Aphrodite's Tears Turned to Rain
(A New Greek Myth)

Meybelline. Age 11. Richmond, California

Long ago in Ancient Greece there was a goddess named Aphrodite. Aphrodite lived in a castle up in the clouds. She had one child named Eros, and was married to Hephaestus. Hephaestus was unhappily married to Aphrodite. He worked as a blacksmith in the gods’ forge. Aphrodite didn’t know that Hephaestus didn’t want to be with her. One beautiful morning, Aphrodite, and Hephaestus woke up to go eat. Aphrodite was really happy.

“Everyone, I have wonderful news,” said Aphrodite.

“What is it?” said Eros.

“There is finally going to be another addition to our family!” said Aphrodite.

Hephaestus was furious. He didn’t want another child, and he couldn’t tell Aphrodite that he didn’t want to be with her. That night while Aphrodite was taking a shower, Hephaestus decided that he was going to leave. He couldn’t pretend to love Aphrodite anymore, so he wrote a note to Aphrodite and left.

The note said that he did not want to be with her, and he did not want another baby. When Aphrodite got out of the shower, she saw the note that Hephaestus left for her. As she read every single word, she started to cry.

“Why does this happen to me?” she said.

In the village in Ancient Greece people saw water that looked like little crystals coming from the clouds.

Everyone started to panic. Aphrodite told Ares to go down to the villages and other places where there were people, and tell them to calm down because nothing bad was going to happened. Ares was the God of War who fought on both sides, if possible. Ares went down in the villages to calm people down, and told them that everyone would be okay.

“What is happening? Are we going to die?” one woman said crying.

“No, nobody is going to die,” said Ares.

People didn’t know what to call the water that was coming from the clouds. Later they decided that it was going to be called crystal water because it looked like little crystals.

Fifteen years later, Aphrodite was living with her two sons, Eros and Rai. Eros had a family with five children. He loved his wife, and he didn’t want to be like his father had been when he was when Aphrodite was pregnant with Rai. Rai still didn’t have a family, but he loved his mom and his brother. When Rai was born he didn’t have any powers like the other kids did. He could only fly.

One night Rai was flying around the clouds when suddenly he had to stop to catch his breath. A big man with yellow glowing eyes that looked like a raccoon grabbed Rai and stabbed Rai in the heart five times, Rai was dead, and the man ran away. The guards tried to follow him, but he was too fast. They chased him like he was their prey.

Aphrodite felt a pain in the stomach. She felt that something was wrong, and it was. She ran outside and saw Rai on the floor with a knife in his heart. Aphrodite dropped.

“My SON! Guards... Find the man who killed Rai!” Aphrodite said, crying with anger.

Aphrodite was crying and could not believe what had happened. She was depressed, sad, angry at herself. She could not eat, and she was cried for five days. Down in the village, it was a storm with thunder, lightning, and crystal water. The people in the village decided that the water that was coming from the clouds was going to be named “rain” in the memory of Rai.

Aphrodite could not eat or get up. She was sad because her son that she cared for was dead, never to be seen again. When she saw Rai, she had tried to help him, she had tried to bring him back to life, but it was too late. Eros came to live with his mother, Aphrodite. He wanted to be close to his mother and protect her.

A few years later, Eros died. He got a disease and could not live anymore. Aphrodite became depressed and lonely. One night Aphrodite was thinking about Rai and Eros. Then she started crying on the bed. She started thinking about why all of these things were happened to her. She missed Hephaestus, the man who pretended to love her. She asked herself: Why did he do that to me? Why? Aphrodite started screaming.

“Why did you leave me, Hephaestus?”

Then a little voice responded, “I loved somebody else. Don't you understand?”

Aphrodite got scared. She was confused.

“Who is this?” said Aphrodite.

“This is Hephaestus, the man you loved and cared for.”

“How can you speak to me?”

“I can speak to you because I’m up in the mountains.”

“Mountains? Why?”

“Yes, I have to live here because Zeus made me because I left you. He made me pay. I regretted every second after I left you.”

“Why did you leave? I loved you, and I was going to give you another child!” Aphrodite was apoplectic with anger.

“I didn’t want another child. I'm sorry, I didn’t have the heart to say that I didn’t love you.”

“I loved you with all my heart. I still love you.”

“I was going to tell you the day you told us you were pregnant, but I couldn’t.”

Aphrodite was tearing up. She didn’t want to talk to Hephaestus anymore. Down in the village, it was raining from Aphrodite’s tears. Later on rain was seen more often. People got used to the rain, and soon it was known all over the world.

This is how beautiful rain entered the world.

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