Once there lived a polar bear named Veronica who lived in the North Pole. She was big, she was brave, but she was also really sad. One day she said, “Sometimes, I feel like a polar bear in a snowstorm. I am alive, but no one can see me. I feel so ... so ... lonely.”
That very same day, she decided she would go out and search for a friend.
After a while, she spotted a penguin. “What’s your name?” Veronica asked.
“Rachel,” the penguin replied.
“Wanna be friends?” asked Veronica.
“Sure,” said Rachel.
Together they played tag, which is hard on land for a penguin, went to the polar park and ate fish together.
One day at the park, they met an ostrich. “What’s your name?” Veronica asked.
“Putty,” said the ostrich.
“Wanna be friends?” asked Rachel.
“Sure,” said Putty.
Together they played at the polar park taking turns to push each other on the swings. They swam together. Putty needed a floatie because she was not a strong swimmer. They became best friends until they were old and toothless, which is easy for penguins and ostriches because they don’t have teeth.
• Aria Meyer-Fernandez is 12 years old.