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Teens' Stories – 1st Place: "Gallery Mouse"

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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2013 5:00 am

Stephano was a mouse that lived in an art gallery in the Plaza. He considered himself more refined and tasteful than others of his species. While all the other mice were scurrying around avoiding cats and clumsy feet, Stephano would admire the lovely art at the gallery he lived in. While all the other mice were stealing bread crumbs and bits of cheese from pantries, Stephano would enjoy fine cuisine at the many diners found on the Plaza, and had a particular fondness for chile. If you wanted to look for him, you could find him in the art museum, having sophisticated conversations with the museum patrons. He was a very classy mouse, and very smart, but he was frustrated because none of his kind were as intelligent. He tried educating them about the wonders of art and the amazing taste of chile, but they turned up their pointy noses at both.

Stephano had one real passion, and that was painting. He would paint and paint all he could, and when he saw something that piqued his interest, he would take out his tiny mouse easel and paint it to his heart’s content. He used his tail to paint long bold strokes, and his thin fingers on his tiny mouse hands to paint the fine details. He was incredibly proud of his work.

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