So the competition required me to write a “pourquoi story, an original fairy tale or folktale that explains a how and why behind a natural phenomena – from the stars to the appearance of animals”. I originally had another idea but thought of this story instead.
I decided to based the story in Vietnam even though based on evolution and scientific data, the dragon fruit comes from South America. This is because I feel I want to bring more awareness to the rich culture in South East Asia. To make sure I get the name and story context right, I even consulted with a Vietnamese throughout the writing process.
Read it here.