The young girl knew. Knew well that she was fourteen and she was to marry. But she did not want to marry a thirty-three year old man and decided that she might escape. Though she had grown up to be married. Dressed like a lady and told to wait patiently for the first menstruation she had hardly been happy. Most of her life had been living outside of the world. As young bride she was told the world would spoil girls and that her beauty would be spoiled too and she was always simmering with nervousness and anger. She did not also like that she was told that she could not meet any men and that men wpuld spoil her aside the one who was her husband and that her father and her brothers could only see her. This attitude caused the young princess great pain and she would scream and cause havoc and break things and try to escape but then she wouls hit a little by her brothers or by her parents and locked up in a tiny cellar and told not to make a noise. The young girl heard of God and prayed and thought one day she would be dree. Then she was told her marriage day had arrived.
God had listened. Even if one does not believe in God one must know of opportunities and miracles. A spirit named Ezel had escaped a prison most deadly but had come in search of shelter and happened to come upon the princess’s window. The princess was at first shocked and scared but fascinated at this dark like creature who was wounded. Ezel spoke her tongue thus was able to get food for his troubles and some balm but as the wedding day had arrived and the princess asked if if he was a spirit of night then could he transform. Ezel said he would but like always he can only do so with complications that means not for long and because her life is on the line a part time product might be surfacing because of this. The princess transformed into him as they traded each others blood through their arms but as she did she saw she had a cataract but with the blurred red vision escaped.
Ezel had become a princess but his body now a mirror to his had a dark blemish near his right toe and the temporary hymen collapsed and he wore his wedding dress with the blood stains. The man thirty three was angered calling the princess a whore and said that Anna was a whore that is why her hymen has collapsed for she had had intercourse surely. Ezel laughed as the blonde man with blue eyes and fair skin cried out and kept on raging that his golden haired and fair skinned princess had gone away and that the parents were responsible. The parents and brothers reasoned that the girl was not even taught to read and write much because he wanted her dumb and only pretty. Ezel then laughed and ran with the a blade towards the man thirty-three and stabbed him in multiple places. Laughing Ezel said he was a fool to think true talent and brilliance can be impeded by a manufactured inhibition.
Though the so called prince did not die his beauty was ruined and he was retreating. Ezel then slashed the parents of the princess, Anna, and her brothers telling them they are a horrible family.
Anna cataracted went hungry for three days until she went back to her original body but by these time she had been hearing the wind and wondered what the world was like. Though it was dangerous she also found it beautiful. And that is when she met Sethe. Sethe was a huntsgirl, a year younger than princess, she was dark haired and dark skinned and she knew to fluently write and speak many languages. Seeing the girl Anna made her both compassionate but also angry she decided as Anna was recuperating she would teach Anna to hunt and read and write. Anna was very bad for the first few months. Scared of even butterflies and not seeing raw organs and meat and vegetables made her scared. She even could not understand much of wind and water and sounds. She knew of birds and insects only and small rodents. Even horses scared her and she could not stand much work for long hours and cried long and hard. But Anna was happy because this labour was for her and her alone no wedding guise or ruse and soon her body became healthier and fuller and her hair which she cut short more radiant than her long. She now loved using daggers and staffs as but loved mending the bows and arrows used by Sethe. Sethe and she both used swords too. They kept company of a small village where Sethe was apparently princess and they protected the terrain.
Of course in these excursions many young men proposed to both. Anna hated men now as most men in her life had hurt her and so she preferred only few women as most women had also hurt her. Because of her past she had a hot temper and could not fathom the feelings of others. Unlike Sethe who could be very empathetic Anna was angry and resentful. Sethe decided to teach Anna to be more negatively assertive. Also a contradictory habit of Anna;s is she wanted attention and Sethe understood it was very hard for Anna never growing up commended for anything. But Anna commented and loved and fawned on Sethe a lot.
Sethe had been a princess too. Both young girls were raised so differently. Sethe had read books and was orphaned at a young age and assumed responsibility for a whole village. The thirteen year old princess made a lot of decisions but had also left for the peripheries of her village to escape a weight of egoism and bias for her youth and the fact that young royals were usually forced to get married. She preferred small company as most villagers did not like her as she was young and sprightly and could not fathom what she wanted to do. Sethe was suggested by elders to marry but she did not. The rejected prince had promised a war but she beat him in a duel and his scorned pride was not given due. Sethe knew the dangers of arrogance and try to prepare for it.
At this time Ezel had confessed love to Anna and Anna was wondering if she should be with Ezel. But she knew little of Ezel and decided that they needed some courtship and timing to be able to seek each others’ more intimate space. Anna was wondering how love with a spirit would go. Ezel had told that in his kind trading small drops of wax outlined quotes are a good way of exchanging love and Anna had started reading that humans like outings for romance thus they went to small fields and studied flowers and wrote each other quotes from famous authors and places, some of their own things as well. But Anna wanted to travel more. Sethe couldn’t at but said that she would like to make peace with the prince she fought because though he was an arrogant bastard her people might need it and if he violated the rules he would be a tyrant to his own. So, some talks proceeded and it was decided another duel may end the grudge; this time a draw happened and the grudge was partially over. Sethe and Anna traveled a bit more and Ezel stayed over the village but when on his own excursions. On these voyages the hard p[arts for Anna was meeting her brothers who were married to shielded women and frustrated and anger at her and she just ignored them; coming to realize that her family was not her family she decided that Sethe was her family and that God made her strong and though it took time she learned thus she shone more than them in both knowledge of books and swords and fighting. She had fought with Ezel and at times she had beaten and at times he had beaten her because they were both strong and evenly matched and they always were trying not get their pride and get in the way of theirv loses and winnings.
Sethe had tried to do the same with much and Anna realized that Sethe felt lonely and suffocated because her people were at times tricked to want to just sit aroumnd and look pretty but Sethe had aim and ambition. One of them was that she wanted to make a library a vast one in amongst the trees near a forest glade near her village and that everyone could play, fence, read, study, eat and relax there. But people preferred her sitting on marriage or helping a husband have these noble goals. In fact a suitor too wanted to help her build the library but then he was thinking too much on himself and her as a aide rather a partner with the same vision which hurt Sethe so she had to tell him that they could not be together. Anna had decided to try help with the library by always trying to get books. Ezel the spirit of Night now asked most gently and understanding patience if they should remain friends. At this moment Anna realized that Ezel and she were good for each other and that they should stay together and possibly marry after they were twenry for Ezel said that though he looked a bit older he too was the same age as she. Ezel had been in prison for the people of those parts thought all night spirits were evil but Ezel was always a good young man.
Soon after they were thirty-three themselves and Sethe thirty-two the library was near completion and though Anna and Ezel were traveling and Sethe was soon to join them we hear that after a marriage of over ten years Anna was expecting their first child and it was a miraculous event of God for half night spirit and half human children were rare but Anna and Ezel may have more as it was shown their first born was going to be firstborns; twins were to be expected. Sethe looked at the collection, she had only recently fell in love with a librarian Vigil, who was younger than her and he too was of the fairy tribe and had presented her a diary of nice craftsmanship and she presented him a sword — both presents were made by each other and they both delighted by them.
“A true gift, a wedding of two souls perhaps…” thought Sethe as she saw the trees wide limbed and with books and saw many races working together…