I was very young when I first saw magic, it was just Ma, Da, and I. When the monster struck, it destroyed everything. Death was never very far. Fortunately, it was the mermaid who rescued me. The pearl she gave me was my constant companion, even after I was left in Auntie’s care. Auntie taught me many things on her little farm, yet I was unprepared for my meeting with a brave, young squire. Though we were only children, we were forced to face the dangers of the dark forest alone. It was there we found one of the greatest dangers of all: the Akaycia rose. It saved me. It blessed me. It cursed me.