The day the stars fell, the Queen came down.
We never knew what caused the stars to fall, or if it had any real connection to the Queen coming down from the Northern Castle, but it didn’t seem possible two near impossible events would just coincidentally occur on the same day. The Queen had not been seen outside the castle grounds for many years. Rumors among the Kingdom attributed this to an abusive King, which was likely not much of a rumor at all. The King had been found guilty of child abuse once, after hitting his youngest daughter, Kieta, so hard that she was left unconscious for a few hours. Kieta was just 6 at the time and had, according to the King, been mouthy and backtalked him while he was disciplining her for causing a member of her personal staff to leave abruptly and request a permit to leave the Kingdom permanently.
I know little of the actual events of that day, but I do know from that day forward, the King was not permitted to reside on the same grounds as his children. So he and the Queen took to the Northern Castle and their 3 children remained in the castle just to the West of the main town. Rumors spread like fire that the King had forced his wife to move with him with plans to have more children in secret, but the Queen denied the claims personally and was never known to bear another child.
The King ensured everything was kept from the Kingdom, including his other two children. Kieta suffered amnesia from the incident and was never able to remember any details, so she was never able to share with her siblings the truth and her pain. We knew her pain though, for Kieta was not the only one he had ever raised a hand to, even though she was certainly the last.
You see. My name is Nilah, and Kieta happens to be my baby sister. I am the king’s firstborn and I knew for myself just how bad my Father could be. I was the beginning of it all, and it was I that ensured an end to it after my sister was hospitalized at his hand.