It had been a long battle from the time it had begun. Every day brought another challenge, another fight, another war. Every day demanded courage and strength for the promise of a tomorrow.
Today, however, the mission had changed. The promise of tomorrow was replaced by a light everlasting.
Dressed in white with a kerchief tied to her head, the little Warrior dotted each I and crossed each T before folding the parchment and leaving it on the dresser. With one final look to her mother who sat folded over the patch worked bed, the little Warrior blew a kiss through the open air, turned, and began her journey to the Ever Fairies.
The grass tickled at her feet as she made her way across the field towards the willow trees. The stars danced above her, and for the first time in a long time, she felt life through every breath. The air soothed her aching limbs, and lifted the kerchief’s long tail as though she was a star shooting through the skies.
For a moment, the canopy from the willow’s weep left her nerves in fear. The world she once knew was gone, the sky had disappeared, and for the first time in a long time there was silence.
Flint by flint the way was lit by tiny fireflies dancing through the mid summer night’s breeze. Though dirt and shrub, the path was soft beneath the Warrior’s toughened feet. Pushing past the sway of the eldest willow, she was met with a soothing mist from the water’s fall.
With eyes tired from a life fought yet hardly lived, the Warrior strained in vain to find the water’s beginning. A song chimed from beneath the cascading stream when all of a sudden an opening appeared as though someone had swept open a curtain. A lily pad crept to the water’s edge and waited patiently for the Warrior’s to embark.
Nervously, the Warrior looked back to the canopy of the swaying trees. A heart conflicted she knew walking through the falls would both free her from the dark and cast a cruel shadow over the world she once belonged.
With a tear, she continued her journey. The portal welcomed her to a world beyond dreams. She sat as the lily pad gently moved across the silky pond. Dragonflies danced under the light of the moon. Music swung softly through the air. The Warrior closed her eyes in delight as the cool breeze washed over her.
Gently, the lily pad began to slow. The Warrior opened her eyes and let out a soft sigh. Before her, perched so elegantly a top golden toadstools, sat the Ever Fairies. Three goddesses dressed in white with their hair softly draped behind them, their wings as delicate as a spider’s web, their skin emitting a silver glow.
One by one they spoke:
The world is full of little fighters
Who make our earth so much brighter
However, sometimes their light is just too strong
And on this earth they don’t belong
So after showing such strength in plight
We Fairies summon you to illuminate our night
It seems a trick of fate
One that has caused a great debate
For one so young and pure of heart
To be called to fill this sacred part
And so to most it seems quite cruel
To crown you with our sacred jewel
But we have seen in you, so pure and true
More than strength and outstanding virtue
A beacon of wonder, hope and love
We need your shine way up above
And so we humbly call to you, an immortal girl
To breathe eternal life back to a broken world
You are the sun, the earth, one of the best by far
Will you be our shinning star?
The Warrior sat in silence, contemplating the words that had just been spoken. She looked to her frail arms and thought of hardships lived beyond the willows. She remembered the fear, the heartache, the pain. She thought about the people in the trenches with her, their lives forever altered; and she spoke.
I want my light to be bright as can be
So the world I left will remember me
Though maybe sad enough to weep
They’ll know I’m with them in their sleep
Watching over them with grace and pride
As they learn to trust what’s deep inside
Hope, love and above all faith
To live a life that’s truly great
Though not beside them, watching close
No need for anything more verbose
While they may walk another plain
I want them to know my love remains
Always, forever, end to start
Entwined forever are our hearts
The Fairies looked to each other with a nod before softly beginning their chant. Between their hands light began to swirl as they drew energy from beyond. With a gust of wind and a flash of light, a tiara appeared between the middle Fairy’s hands.
The remaining Fairies flanked to the Warrior’s side and escorted her step by step into the soothing tide. Gently one stood to her front with their hands entwined while the other unraveled the kerchief allowing the moonlight to dance off the Warrior’s head.
The Eldest Fairy descended as the others cradled the Warrior in the eternity pool. Their song washed over her in time with the rolling waves.
Young Warrior, your battle’s nearly done
As you’ve been chosen as our one
You’ve shown more strength and bravery than anyone ever should
You are too pure for this plain, more than could ever be understood
And so you’ve agreed to be a guide to those who’ve lost their way
A beacon of hope, of light, of good for those who’ve gone astray
Your love forever present, your life has left a scar
A beacon of faith and love, living as an Ever Star
You’re an inspiration, that everyone can agree
But before you shine your light for all the world to see
We want to say we’re sorry, for the cards you had been dealt
Your life, your laugh, your dignity is a mark that countless felt
So thank-you for what you give the world
You precious little girl
Ever humbled by your strength and smile when faced with such distress
Crowned for today and all tomorrows as our Starlight Princess
The crown felt cool against the Warrior’s pale head. Her legs began to tingle as she was lifted through the air. Her soul began to spiral as the light from within which had been felt by so many began to radiate brighter and stronger than before. For the first time in a long time, she felt the strength that others saw. Her body no longer aching, no longer shrouded in fatigue, the Princess leapt into the air as elegant as a gazelle.
Up, up past the second star to the left, she sprang through the night as a shooting star. Her tail was her paintbrush leaving a streak of embers to further glisten the sky.
After a journey nowhere near as long as her fight, she found comfort in the stars, and settled in at peace. Though a part of her was sad for missing what might have been, she found solace in the fact that she was not up there alone. She was surrounded by other Warriors who were quick to make her feel at home. After living restlessly, she let out a great big yawn with the first sight of the rising dawn.
Before she could lay her head and finally get some rest, she looked down to her little house. Her heart tightened thinking of her mother waking soon. She blew a kiss that housed with it the tiniest of lights for every night she’d sing to it to make that light ignite.
With her silver voice she sang:
It’s okay to miss me, but don’t let that stop you from your life
I fought too hard for mine to watch you give up in this strife
No one chose this deck of cards, no one would have been so foolish
But here we are, the cards were dealt, so please listen to my wish
Your hopes, your dreams are ours to share so please don’t lose your way
You taught me how to be this strong, and that strength will build each day
It’s okay to miss me, but know I’m not really gone
I’m high above, forever eagerly cheering you on
Thank-you for your courage, your care and love for me
You are my light, my best friend, my wonderful mommy
Until the day we meet again though I hope that day is far
From high above I’ll watch you as your brightest shining star