Twelve Years Before (prequel to Journey of the Star Bearers)

Fantasy story about a girl who lives on a planet called Starre. This is her life before the War...

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7. The Key

TWENTY YEARS AFTER CAMILLA SET UP THE PLANET OF STARRE TO HELP HER KEEP TRACK OF THE UNIVERSE, she visited it to see how the people were surviving. Many children had been born and some of the women were with child when she came. Camilla saw this and was happy with it but was sad that there were not enough stars in the universe for all the children to have one. So she fashioned the Key, a small silver key, no bigger than a grown man’s little finger.

She declared “As long as you have the Key, all the new-born children would have stars to look after but there is a condition. You must guard it with your life for it holds the secrets of the universe and, if it fell into the wrong hands, the consequences would be disastrous. In many years, when Starre and the Key are in grave peril, I will send my next gift.”

And, in a swirl of fire, she was gone. The people of Starre set up a warehouse in which they kept the Key, guarding the precious gift from Camilla. In a few years, there was an outbreak of war, the enemies, having heard of the Key, seeking to steal it for their own children but the Starbearers were so intrigued by their gift that they refused to let it slip through their grasp. When the war was finished, they built a memorial inside the warehouse with the Key trapped inside, only to be opened by a descendant of the one who placed it there.

Life continued and still there was no need for the Key, we didn't even know who the descendant was or if there even was a descendant! I used to go there a lot after that day, but never put my hand on it, even though I have no mother or father, but just in case Camilla needed the Key. It helped me concentrate, the history, the peacefulness. No one ever came here as they all found the place too sad but I guess I am the exception. As always.

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