Chapter 1: The Valentines
Violet showed tenderness only to those she deemed worthy, and coaxed them to hypnosis with her harp, to draw out the love that infused their talents.
Her sister, Sapphire, captivated and intimidated with her statuesque beauty and dance.
She levitated and floated in place for hours, inspiring people to quiet their minds, reassess their pre-conceived limits, and overcome obstacles to meet their potential.
Their younger brother, Daeva, was a master of illusion.
He could draw down moonlight and sunlight to create shapes in the shadows.
In any patch of light, he could cast illusions of himself.
Onlookers were forced to confront their perceptions of reality.
He loved confusing everyone with his many faces.
Though Magda's children were enchanting, none could inspire absolute devotion the way Queen Emerald once had. Her son, alone, inherited this burden.
Prince Ruby Valentine was the most dangerous of all. The seed of destruction that killed his mother burned within him.
Music was his first outlet for his inner turmoil.
His relatives were eager to teach him, and in addition, many men claimed to be his father and competed to inspire and instruct him.
In his early teens, he stopped speaking, as he learned that his hands betrayed cravings that words never could.
Often, he wandered away from the palace and ignited Erosia with songs.
He did not care for royalty, power or luxury. Instead, he yearned to lose himself.
Since he was elusive, his relatives tried to engage him with music.
His aunts, Olivia and Magda, played with him whenever he was willing.
The energy that infused his music was boundless, and lured the others into a trance while he powered on.
Ruby’s hands were endowed with the power to unleash the primal energy of anything he touched.
He won games easily, by sensing the essence of objects.