“It was long ago when the world was young.The Moon some say was bright and full once or twice a year but then she would be gone for weeks at a time.” My grandmother said with a quiet, serious voice.
I closed my eyes. Grandmother told great stories.
“There were fewer people, no one to protect our world or our universe. I do not think when Mars chased Luna that he intended to sire a beast. But beast he was.”
“How can such silvery beauty as I spawn repulsion?” she screamed as she flung him into the abyss of night.
“I am sorry, Luna. Please forgive me” the love struck Mars pled.
“Our love created that foul thing. We cannot be together, ever.”
“So Mars retreated to his corner of the Solar System looking each evening for a glimpse just a whisper of her , his dearest Luna.”
“A star took pity on the child as he somersaulted through the dark. She sheltered him, giving him time to grow. The star did not intend for its kindness to be met with such hatred. The beast devoured the star and grew strong.”
“You fool he sneered you should have let me die. He shook his fist at his mother, a piece of the star hanging from his mouth.”
“The beast found himself on a planet called Earth. It was green,full of life. The beast could not stand the light so in daylight he would vanish. At night dogs, chickens even people would be found missing. None wanted to believe the folk-lore.
“Grandmother, I simpered how can we be safe from this beast? I will never go outside at night again.”
“There, there child. Listen…
For some time the dark beast roamed the earth never content with his destruction. He would stoke the earth’s innards and make rocks so hot that it flowed from mountain tops into villages below. It was not enough. The Moon Beast for so he was called by the Universe would grab the sinews of the earth and pull shaking the ground, making worlds tumble.”
“We must stop this” Venus looked with a jealous side glance at Luna.
“I have no power over him, none at all,” Luna cried.
“There must be a solution” said the usually disregarded Pluto.
“He has one weakness, have you not seen?” The Sun rumbled. “He cannot be in the light of my rays. Perhaps I could shine day and night.”
“But you cannot Father Sun,” Saturn wrung her hands.
“Luna, on the nights that you come out our son shrinks in strength. Your beauty makes him sick. Perhaps if you shine each night, he will die.” Love burned in Mar’s eyes.
“How can I destroy my son?” Luna despaired.
“You must” the people of the earth chorused to the Heavens.
“What did Luna do Grandmother?”
“Sadly, the celestial mother put on her silvery shawl to steal herself against the cold night air and kept a nightly vigil. The beast could not stand her light with time he grew weak. Luna too was growing weak. Mars saw it and wrapped his warm arms around her once or maybe twice a month to give her rest. It is said that on dark, moonless all hallow’s eve night’s very strange things happen. No one knows for sure if the beast died. Luna continues to shine. She hopes her son is still alive. She sighs in relief each time her dearest Mars comes so that she might rest. Tonight, grandson, if the moon is hidden you must run to your home. Quickly now and keep your doors locked; I have heard strange tidings.”
The next morning a mournful wail into the a blood-red dawn.