Stories of Pride 2 | “Expression”

Once upon a time, in a small town filled with colorful houses and friendly neighbors, there lived a young boy named Alex. It was Pride month, a time when the town came alive with vibrant celebrations of love and acceptance. This year, something special was happening—it would be Alex’s first time attending the Pride parade.

Alex had always felt different from the other kids. Deep inside, he knew he was special, but he was afraid to show his true colors. He loved rainbows, glitter, and dancing to his own beat, but he worried that his classmates wouldn’t understand. After all, despite never coming out, he was bullied at school for it.

One sunny morning, as Alex was walking to school, he noticed the town square had transformed into a magical wonderland. Rainbow flags fluttered in the breeze, and cheerful decorations adorned every corner. The air was filled with excitement and anticipation.

Curiosity took over, and Alex decided to explore the festivities after school. As the final bell rang, he dashed out of the classroom, his heart racing with a mixture of nervousness and excitement.

The town square was buzzing with laughter and chatter. People of all ages, dressed in colorful outfits, filled the streets. Alex’s eyes widened with wonder as he saw families holding hands, friends painting rainbows on each other’s faces, and even pets wearing tiny rainbow bandanas.

Feeling a mix of bravery and uncertainty, Alex joined the parade, marching alongside kids his age, teens, and adults. For a moment, he wondered if any of his classmates would be there. Music filled the air, and the rhythm made Alex’s feet tap to the beat. As he looked around, he saw smiles on every face, as if a magic spell of joy had been cast over the entire town.

Walking a little further, Alex noticed a group of kids dancing with colorful ribbons. They beckoned him to join, and before he knew it, he was twirling and spinning, ribbons soaring through the air like magic wands. The other kids laughed and clapped, making Alex feel like the star of his own dance performance.

As they continued through the parade, Alex made new friends. They shared stories and dreams, and Alex felt a sense of belonging he had never experienced before. These friends didn’t care about being different—they celebrated it! They embraced each other’s uniqueness and supported one another with kindness and understanding.

With newfound confidence, Alex decided it was time to show his true colors to the world. With the help of his friends, he painted rainbows on his face and wore a cape made of shimmering fabric, just like a superhero of self-expression.

As the parade reached its end, Alex stood tall, surrounded by friends who had become family. The cheers of the crowd filled his heart with pride, reminding him that being true to himself was the bravest thing he could do.

Pride month had become a magical journey for Alex—a celebration of love, acceptance, and the power of embracing one’s own uniqueness. With his rainbow cape billowing behind him, Alex vowed to carry the spirit of Pride within him all year round, spreading love and acceptance wherever he went.

And as the sun set on the joyful day, Alex realized that being different was something to be celebrated, and that true magic happens when we come together in love and acceptance, creating a world where everyone can shine brightly, just like a rainbow.


Stories of Pride 1 | “The Festival”

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting vibrant hues across the sky, the small town of Evergreen Springs buzzed with anticipation. It was the eve of the annual Pride Festival, a celebration of love, diversity, and acceptance. Rainbow flags fluttered in the breeze, adorning every lamppost and storefront, transforming the town into a kaleidoscope of colors.

Amidst the excitement, there was a house tucked away on a quiet street, where a young woman named Lily prepared for the festival. She adorned herself with a flowing rainbow dress, her long hair braided with colorful ribbons. Lily had recently come out as a lesbian to her family and friends, and this would be her first Pride Festival.

As she stepped out into the street, Lily was greeted by a sea of joyful faces. Families, friends, and strangers all came together, united by the common thread of love. Laughter filled the air, mingling with the sound of music from a nearby stage.

Lily found herself drawn to a small café nestled amidst the bustling crowd. The smell of freshly brewed coffee and warm pastries beckoned her inside. As she entered, her eyes were immediately drawn to a woman behind the counter. She had vibrant blue hair, a nose ring, and a gentle smile that reached her eyes.

Their eyes met, and something sparked between them. Lily ordered her favorite drink, a caramel latte, and exchanged shy glances with the barista, whose nametag read Alex. Lily found herself stumbling over her words, her heart pounding in her chest.

“Enjoy the festival?” Alex asked, her voice warm and comforting.

Lily nodded, her cheeks flushing. “It’s my first time. It’s… it’s incredible.”

Alex’s smile widened. “Well, welcome to the community. We’re all family here.”

Their conversation flowed effortlessly as if they had known each other for years. Alex shared stories of her own journey and the challenges she had faced, while Lily listened intently, feeling a sense of kinship.

As the night wore on, the café emptied out, leaving only Lily and Alex. They sat at a corner table, hands touching its worn surface. Lily’s heart soared with a mix of excitement and nervousness. It felt like a dream, meeting someone so wonderful in such a serendipitous way.

“I’m so glad I came here tonight,” Lily said softly, her voice laced with vulnerability.

Alex’s eyes sparkled. “Me too. Sometimes, the most extraordinary moments happen when we least expect them.”

Their connection grew deeper as they shared their hopes, dreams, and fears. They discovered the power of embracing their identities and the strength that lay in being true to themselves. In that quiet corner of the café, they found solace and understanding in each other’s presence.

As the festival reached its peak outside, a symphony of cheers and music filled the air. Lily and Alex shared a knowing look, and without a word, they rose from their seats and stepped into the swirling sea of colors and love.

Hand in hand, they embraced the festivities, dancing together under the moonlit sky. Their hearts beat in harmony, a testament to the beauty of self-discovery and the magic that unfolded during Pride Month.

At that moment, surrounded by thousands of individuals celebrating love and acceptance, Lily and Alex knew that their own love story was just beginning—a tale of courage, resilience, and the triumph of authenticity.

And as they twirled and laughed beneath the vibrant rainbow lights, their love illuminated the night, reminding everyone that no matter who they were or whom they loved, they were worthy of celebration and pride.


“Rex the Angry Dinosaur” | Quick Reads 3

[Reading Time: 1 Minute] | Genre: Children’s Stories

Rex was a young dinosaur who loved to play with his friends. He had a big boy roar that he liked to use to scare them, but he didn’t mean to hurt anyone. 

One day, Rex’s friends started to avoid him. They feared his big boy roar and didn’t want to play with him anymore. Rex didn’t understand why they were afraid, and he felt lonely and sad. 

Rex didn’t like feeling this way, so he started to think about why his friends were scared of him. He realized that his big boy roar was too loud and scary and needed to find a way to control it. 

Rex started practicing using his indoor voice instead of his big boy roar. He also started taking deep breaths when he felt himself getting angry. 

At first, it was hard for Rex to control his big boy roar. He would sometimes forget and scare his friends again. But he kept practicing, and soon he was able to play with his friends without scaring them. 

Rex felt proud of himself for learning to control his big boy roar. He realized that he didn’t need to be angry all the time and that he could have fun with his friends without scaring them. 

The End.

“Kobold Baker” | Quick Reads 2

[Reading Time: 1 Minute] | Genre: Children’s Stories

The kobold is a small, grumpy-looking creature with shaggy brown fur and piercing green eyes. He wears a red and white striped apron over his patchwork trousers. His bakery is small and cozy, with a sign that reads “Kobold’s Cakes” hanging over the door.

Despite his surly demeanor, the kobold is an amazing baker. His cakes are light and fluffy, his pies are perfectly flaky, and his tarts are filled with the most delicious fruit. However, the other creatures in the village are put off by his gruff manner and thick Scottish accent, so they don’t visit his bakery very often.

The kobold spends most of his days alone in his bakery, muttering to himself as he mixes the ingredients for his latest creation. But when someone does come in to buy a cake or a pie, his face lights up with pride and he can’t help but smile a little.

“Magic Lily” | Quick Reads 1

[Reading Time: 2 Minutes] | Genre: Children’s Stories

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there was a young wizard named Lily. She lived with her parents in a cozy cottage at the edge of the forest. Her parents ran a wizard shop that sold potions, spells, and magical trinkets.

Lily loved helping her parents in the shop. She would help her customers find what they needed and sometimes even demonstrated how to use a spell or potion. But, Lily had a secret dream of her own. She wanted to create her own magical inventions and sell them in the shop.

One day, Lily’s parents went on a trip to a wizarding convention, leaving her in charge of the shop. Lily was excited to have the shop to herself and began experimenting with her ideas. She mixed potions and tried out new spells.

Suddenly, there was a loud knock at the door. It was a group of wizards who needed a potion to cure a sick dragon. Lily was nervous, but she remembered everything that her parents had taught her. She found the right potion and gave it to the waiting wizards. The dragon was cured, and the wizards were impressed.

Lily realized that she had a talent for creating magical inventions and that she could help people with her creations.

Lily worked hard to create new magical inventions. She spent hours each day building and testing her creations. She tried out many ingredients and spells for creating unique potions and trinkets. She even made her own magical broomstick that could fly faster than any other.

Sometimes, her inventions didn’t work out, and she had to start over. Other times, she would get frustrated when things didn’t go as planned. But, she never gave up. She kept working hard and pushing herself to create new and better things.

Soon, Lily’s parents came back from their trip and were amazed by Lily’s creations. They were proud of her and told her that she could sell her inventions in the shop. Lily was thrilled. The next day, she began selling more of her inventions. Customers loved them, and Lily’s parents were happy to have her as their partner in the wizard shop.

Wizards from all over the land stop at her parent’s shop to buy Lily’s creations.