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The Frog God

Pooperscootie, the god of all things, is a fool of a god. It is a reckless, lumbering, clumsy oaf of a god. It is an eternal child of a god, but its greatest weakness, and its greatest strength, is that it is always striving to learn and grow.

Its first two children, the God of Darkness and the God of Light, weren't much help in this regard. They were overconfident. They liked to bicker, and in their squabblings they accomplished much, but alone they accomplished little. They'd made the first life together. The God of Light had ignited the first stars, and the God of Darkness had cooled them to stone...and within this stone the God of Light's fires calmed until life could emerge...for nothing can survive the pure untamed passion of the God of Light for long, but when focused, when tamed, its fires can be a powerful source of energy and life.

Pooperscootie made a third god after a time of watching its children...a god nearly as dumb as its parent. It was also clumsy. It was fat. It was quite small, but was arrogant. It considered itself King of the Swamp, for it could belch the loudest.

It was almost immediately eaten by a bird...almost immediately.

It did have time to make tadpoles first. It was the Frog God, and its tadpoles all considered themselves Kings and Queens of the Pond, and so they were almost all eaten by fish.

They were not all eaten though. Two of them grew into frogs themselves, and belched their claims of royalty...and they were soon eaten by snakes...but not before they made tadpoles.

And the tadpoles kept getting eaten by all sorts of things, and the frogs kept getting eaten by all sorts of things, and they never really learned to be humble and quiet. They're still as loud and arrogant and almost as stupid as ever.

But along the way they learned a few tricks. Now, when the snakes come for them they can puff themelves up like balloons. They can secrete toxins from their skin. They can break their own legs and twist them into bone claws. They can leap through the air and swim through the water.

And of its three godly children, Pooperscootie is most proud of the frogs. They were as stubborn as their siblings. They were as stubborn as the God of Darkness and Light, but were just mortal beings. They weren't forces of nature, just mortal beings, and so they could be shown to be wrong. And that was their greatest strength.

And so, like their parent, the frogs continue to grow and adapt and change, and they have such big mouths because beings most often learn more through their mouths than through their ears.

Other animals certainly learn a lot through their mouths too, when they try to eat a poisonous frog.
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