Why the Emu doesn't fly
A long time ago, when birds only had small boney limbs instead of wings, a very cold chill came over the land. All the birds panicked as no-one knew where to go or what to do. They all soon decided to wake Owl and ask for his advice.
"Everyone must move to a warmer place. The cold-season is coming." said Owl, very sleepily.
"But how are we going to do that?? It's so far away." asked Parrot
"We don't have anything to travel by. We only have our tiny little legs and these useless boney limbs!" cried Willie Wagtail.
"You must go to the Moon-spirit at dusk on The-Day-of-Full-Moon." replied Owl, "She will grant you all wings to fly."
"What utter rubbish!" Emu rudely interrupted, "Everyone knows that moon-spirits don't exist!" and with that, she stormed off.
The other birds, however, saw sense. They knew that Owl was old and wise, so they trusted him and all agreed to go see the Moon-spirit.
At dusk on The-Day-of-Full-Moon, each and every bird, except for Emu of course, walked off to climb the tallest mountain and they then waited patiently, but eagerly, for the Moon-spirit to rise into the almost-dark sky. When she did this, all the birds watched and waited for her to speak, but as beautiful and bright as she was she stayed silent. So Magpie called to her,
"Oh great and mighty Moon-spirit, hear our calls, our cries for help, and please grant us wings so we can survive the cold-seasons harsh climates!"
The Moon-spirit stared down at the birds for a length of a heartbeat, and then she nodded once. Small rays of light drifted from her gleaming body and touched each bird as if they had been granted a very rare and very precious treasure.
They all stared in amazement as each of their small, boney limbs began to sprout neatly-lined feathers,
"Thankyou!" cried Raven, and with this, the Moon spirit rose high into the sky to continue her nighttime duties.
All the birds flew off back to their nests, they would start their journey the next day.
When daylight approached, Emu watched in horror as every bird took off for their cold-season journey. She then realized how foolish she had been, to not trust old and wise Owl.
That afternoon, Emu climbed the highest mountain and waited for the Moon-spirit. When she rose, although not as brightly as the night before, she was not surprised to find Emu standing and waiting for her.
"Oh wise and mighty Moon-spirit, please forgive my foolish ways, and grant me wings like the other birds so I can survive the cold-season!"
The Moon-spirit stared down harshly at Emu, looking very unimpressed. She then spoke these words with a chuckle:
"Emu, Emu you silly old fool
You were not wise to think, you are more stubborn than a mule
You heard about the warning, but you did not fret
Because you thought I did not exist, so you took a bet
That there was no danger, none at all
But now you stand here, so pitiful and small
You ask me for forgiveness, and for one wish
So I will only grant you, what's left on your dish…"
A small ray of light drifted from the Moon-spirit, but did not seem like treasure, as she, once again rose into the night sky, leaving Emu to watch in horror as her feathers thickened, neck stretched and legs grew. Emu felt very humiliated, and wingless.
So, from that day on, Emu has run around the wild, hoping to one day find another spirit, who could grant her wings to fly, as the Moon-spirit refuses to lift her curse.