My hand ran along the trunk of the old oak. The feel of the trunk against
the pads of my fingers was as rough as a cat's tongue. Nature's sweet
scents filled my nostrils as I inhaled deeply and memories years old filled
my mind. I learned of my destiny here at this tree many years ago at the
age of eighteen.
The day of my eighteenth birthday started out like any other. I woke
up, dressed, and gave my parents a quick hello before disappearing here, to
this very forest. I created this forest in two years, beginning at the age
of sixteen. At that age, I found I held the talent to grow trees, flowers,
even rivers and creeks by imagining them in my mind. I found this forest
one day after hearing stories about the sixty-two thousand men and women
who lost their lives in the war of 2008. I decided then and there to work
to bring the wasteland to its full potential.
That day, however, did not end as the others have. My destiny finally
came to face me. Whispers of it had come to me in dreams throughout my
life, but on my eighteenth birthday, it decided to cower no more and
present itself to me.
My destiny appeared to me in a very tall, well built man with hair the
color of a raven and eyes the color of the green, green grass. He came to
me on my eighteenth birthday after I created this same tall oak. A knowing
smile filled his eyes as he announced my birthright as Princess
Callassandra Bridgette Carlianna May of the faerie realm.
Of course I didn't believe what he told me. As he persisted, I
attempted to run away, but the sound of wings fluttering nearby stopped me.
When I gazed over my shoulder, I almost fainted at the sight of my best
friend Holly Belle hovering in the air like a butterfly, a pair of
delicate, pale yellow wings behind her and a man next to her with hair the
color of the moon that rose in the night and a pair of strong wings the
color of the trees trunk.
The three told me a tale so outrageous it could only be believable. A
prophecy long before my birth told the tale of the good faerie King and
Queen would give birth to the most powerful faery seen since the days of
Lady Roisin. The day of my birth my parents ruled for me to live my life
with human parents until my eighteenth birthday and I could return only if
my gifts had come into good use. Holly had been sent to watch over me along
Holly took my hand at the end of their story and went to the trunk of
the tall oak. She created a gaping hole in trunk of the tree, revealing a
single room. The feeling of being swallowed over came me when we entered
When Holly and I emerged from the tree some time later, I had been
prepped for my reentrance to the faerie kingdom. She dressed my shoulder
length auburn hair in white baby roses and I wore a white dress that fell
to my knees in front but continued in the back. Holly informed me all
royalty wore their dresses so. When I asked her about my wings, she told me
that I needed to meet with my parents and they would help in bringing them
Cade the dark haired faery with a pair of dark green wings, created
his own tree while Holly and I were in my oak. Once Holly and I stepped out
of the oak, he placed his hands on the new tree. A gaping hole identical to
the one Holly made earlier appeared in the giant oak. Cade and Holly
stepped in first. Ardeth, the light haired faery, and I followed right
behind them. I again had the feeling of being swallowed.
I remember the roar that filled my ears of a crowd of as we stepped
fully inside the tree and the hundreds of colors that greeted my eyes.
Faeries crowded around to the left, right, above, and even below where I
stood. The couple that sat in front of me was regal, absolutely regal. The
man looked to be in his late forties with a head of silver hair and a pair
of dark red wings behind him. The woman looked like an older version of me
with auburn hair pulled up in a tight bun and hazel eyes. The only
difference there could be was the pair of burgundy wings behind her.
The couple stood, their feet, I noticed, were bare. Everyone's feet
here were bare. The couple, King Rupert and Queen Marion greeted me. Marion
began to cry as she studied me. And Rupert (It took me some time to call
them Mom and Dad) smothered me in a bear hug. And, while I know you may
hear this all the time, I felt as though I was actually home for the first
time. Before, I seemed to have earned the title of the hippie nature girl.
Now I knew why.
But when I pulled away, thousands of gasps filled the room. My eyes
roamed the room, wondering what had happened. When my eyes meet Rupert and
Marion, their gazes were on my back. Because I didn't want to act like a
canine on my first day here, I didn't act on my first impulse to go round
and round to find out what was wrong.
My wings, it turned out, hadn't appeared. When faeries were
reinitiated into the kingdom after many years in the human world, their
wings would appear. Apparently, mine didn't.
Cade took the situation into his own hands, "Just because the
princess does not have her wings does not mean she is not one of us. I have
witnessed her powers and trust me they are strong. She may need a bit of
time to grow. I will make it my full responsibility to help bring out her
So, my first two months in the faery kingdom were full of Cade. In
that time I learned everything possible to learn in this realm. My parents
and I spoke every night, reacquainting with each other. Cade encouraged
that. He told me I needed to loosen up and not be so nervous. When I do my
wings will come out.
Cade, taking the role as my tutor, taught me of the faery ways. When
he tried to show me the difference between herbs, roots, flowers, and
plants, he learned I already knew everything there was to know about nature
and plants and the like. So he told me about the faery folk and their roles
in the kingdom.
Before I knew it, I found myself extremely comfortable in this
kingdom. It felt as though I lived there my entire life. I no longer needed
Holly to walk with me to the river that ran behind the castle I now resided
in. People in town knew me and I in turn knew them and would visit. But my
wings still hadn't appeared. Marion and Rupert began to worry about that
and I must say I myself started to worry. What if my wings never came? Did
this come in the prophecy? I once asked myself. Was the powerful faerie
princess born without wings? Rupert and Marion assured me I had been born
with wings and Cade told me that no faeries had left the kingdom for as
long I as have.
In those months, my feelings for Cade changed. I no longer thought of
him as my tutor, but as a friend. He turned into someone I found I could
talk with. Cade turned out to be half-fae, half-human. Thankfully, his
faery side broke through more than his human side ever could have. He
seemed to understand my problems with coming into this different world,
though problems were few. I loved it here. The only problem I had here was
the fact my wings wouldn't come.
After my sixth month here, my wings still did not appear. By this
time my hope and the hopes of Marion and Rupert were now crushed. My gifts
were the only things to show for my uniqueness in this world. What would I
do if my wings never came? With pensive thoughts running through my head, I
decided to take a walk by the river.
Someone already occupied the river once I got there. Cade. He stood,
staring at his reflection in the water. At least I would have someone to
speak to about my problems. When I stepped next to him, he jumped in
surprise. I thought nothing of it and continued to tell him that I decided
to leave the kingdom. With no wings, no one needed me here. What use was I
I remember Cade's stuttering that day. It made everything that came
out of his mouth incoherent. Words blended with other words. I finally
stopped him and asked whatever was the matter. He then confessed that the
world would not be the same without me. The grass would not grow as green,
the river would not run as smoothly and the sun and moon would not shine as
"And," He told me. "Love would not be as strong as it is without you.
The love between any too people would falter without you. And I would most
likely falter without you."
A single white rose appeared in his hand. The stem grew as I took it.
This, I knew, in the faerie kingdom represented a declaration of love.
Should the second party take it, the love is returned. I remember my hands
moving without a second of hesitation.
A look of pure happiness came over Cade's eyes. I'm sure my eyes
reflection his. Suddenly, his eyes widened. His gaze fell on something
behind me. I turned, but saw nothing. When I asked him what could be wrong
with him now, he whispered something about my wings. That's when I noticed
we were in the air, but Cade's wings weren't fluttering. Slowly, I turned
to inspect my back. A pair of strong, white wings fluttered behind me. Out
of shock, they stopped and we would have fallen had it not been for Cade's
quick thinking to begin fluttering his own wings.
Every year I come back to this place in the human world. Here, I
found Cade. I found my destiny here. I now am the strongest ruler of the
faerie kingdom with Cade at my side. And I'll never forget that because of
his professed love I received my wings. Nothing more could ever tell me
that love can manage amazing things.