The Celestial Maiden
a small town myth

Once there was a maiden born holding starlight deep inside. She was the daughter of a heavenly god and a mortal woman, whom he asked to become his bride. And though their love was true, their time was not, for the ancient scriptures that ruled the heavens forbade such a union… and demanded them to part.

Torn between two worlds, the maiden’s father was doomed to watch his new family from afar, where he observed the maiden’s mother wither away from the pain of her broken heart — and die.

Left with only the ghostly memories of her parents, the maiden fell to the care of her mother’s brother; a ruthless man, who found in his niece a means of fortune…

for when the maiden wished it, she could glow like the heavenly bodies that light the night.

Part of a traveling circus, her uncle forced her to display her gifts from city to city, town to town, and without any means to oppose him, the maiden grew up in captivity, her years passing from child to adulthood, merely surviving — until the day, love stepped in her way.

The man who stole her heart was a young farmer, who was the first to notice the woman behind the gift. Enamoured, he vouched to break her free of her uncle’s tyranny, and take her far away.

But, revelling in her hope for the future, the maiden failed to notice her uncle’s spying eyes till it was far too late, and he took what mattered most…

when he ruthlessly murdered the young man in his sleep.

Inconsolable, the maiden relinquished all purpose for life — and began to cry. For days upon days, she cried, and with her tears, came falling stars as she forced the heavenly gift to spill out of her, and perish, so she would no longer be of any use to the loathsome uncle she could no longer abide.

Watching her ever, still, her heavenly father defied the ancient laws for atonement when he called upon his powers, and using the stars she spilled, ferried her up to him to the celestial realms above.

And so, the myth began, as the gods allotted his challenge by giving the maiden a place at his side — and grand her wish to descend to earth just once every winter in a shower of stars, in hope of finding her love again who had so unfairly died…

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