Once upon a time, not so long ago, there was an adorable baby girl born to a human family in the United States of America.
That same day, a girl child was born to a family in the land of The Ageless Ones. Her father was a misbegotten djinn, kicked out of his society for exceeding his mandate and continually using his power to help humans. Her mother was an outcast fairy, a bandit of the order of Robinhood.
The djinn and the fairy knew that if the Elder Council of the Ageless Ones learned of the child, they would be required to live within reach of the Elders and raise the child according to their dictates, to ensure she would grow up to be a law-abiding citizen. Neither wished such a cloistered life for their child, instead longing for her to fully experience Earth in all its glory, growing her own earthly elemental powers.
So they did the only thing they felt they could. The mother located the human child born the same hour and minute as hers, and taking her own daughter, flew to switch them, intending to leave the human child as a foundling on the steps of Starlak Cathedral. It was not uncommon for the fairies, elves, gnomes, sylphs, and undines to raise abandoned human children.
A gnomi princess received an orphaned infant that night, but few were ever certain whether it was of human or Ageless lineage... and the princess and her husband refused to discuss its parentage with anyone. If members of the Council knew, they had been enjoined by the Light they all served to keep the secret, and no word of it ever passed their lips.
The gnomi queen, the crown prince of the djinn, and the fairy king were instructed to keep an eye on the child in the human world. Their influence was constant, but so subtle that it was untraceable. Seamlessly they cooperated with her High Guardian to ensure that she stayed safe.
Whether human or Ageless, the child was loved deeply by the human family and grew to full adulthood in the sunny South of her land. By the time she had reached her early 20s, she possessed many talents, including but not limited to:
~ a kind friendliness that reached out to male and female, young and old, alike, irregardless of the color of their skin or their profession or any other of the dividers many humans felt so necessary to take into account when speaking of their fellow humans
~ a phenomenal talent for art, honed through countless hours of excruciating practice
~ an attractive, radiantly magnetic aura that made men crazy about her and girls trip over themselves to befriend her
~ a passionate adoration of the stars and moon
~ an author whose deep understanding of the world and people around her blended with a love of the Ageless, human, and Divine to spin fascinating tales that spoke not just to hearts, but to souls
~ a sensitivity that enabled her to be a comfort and a lifeline to numerous mortals
~ an intense love of solitude
~ a loyalty so deep the stars murmured in empathy
~ a light so intense that all who saw it were entranced by it
On this young woman's birthday in the year of the Light two thousand seventeen, the gnomi queen, djinn prince, and fairy king gathered to compare notes. The girl's High Guardian stopped in for a few minutes to join them in a glass of exquisite wine. All agreed that the child had grown into someone any parent, whether human or Ageless, could be justly proud of; a tempered vessel of the Eternal Light and one whose life had touched more than they could know, and would continue to touch more each year.
Chronicled this twenty-sixth day of April in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, by permission of the Light as granted to the narrator via the djinn prince.
The narrator wishes to add the very happiest of birthday wishes to the woman who will forever be the Yang to her Yin.